Upon This Rock I Will Build…

Today’s Word:

“You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Matthew 16:18)


On This Date…

On June 29, 1932 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem. in Montana, appointing him the first headmaster of Archmere Academy. Father McKeough telegraphed his response that same day: “Will do as you say. Sounds great.” The next day Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond Fitzmaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval of the plan to open Archmere Academy.

In today’s Gospel for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul Jesus says to Peter, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church”. Father McKeough was the rock upon which Archmere was built.

– Father McLaughlin

Saints Peter and Paul

Saints Peter and Paul

Keeping the Faith

Today’s Word:

“I have competed well, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7)


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Vincent J. Filliben ’47

On This Date…

Today in Archmere’s Theatre was the Funeral Mass for Vincent James Filliben, ’47, a teacher and coach at Archmere from 1954 to 1992. The basketball/volleyball court in The Moglia Fieldhouse was dedicated to Vince on January 30, 2010. Vince played football, basketball, and baseball at Archmere, coached all three at Archmere, and was Athletic Director. He was an altar server and Vice President of his senior class.

Last evening the Viewing for Vince was held in The Patio where Vince attended classes from 1943 to 1947. Three of Vince’s children attended Archmere: Vincent ’78, Anne ’84, and Sean ’86. Every year an Archmere senior receives an athletic award named for Vince’s son, Mark, who died in 1965. Three of Vince’s brothers also attended Archmere.

Concelebrating with me today were two Archmere alumni who are priests of the Diocese of Wilmington: Father John Hynes ’57 and Father Anthony Pileggi ’87. Vince coached Father Hynes.

On the cover of the Mass booklet today were these words of Saint Paul to his younger disciple, Timothy: “I have competed well, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. As Vince did, so may we compete well and keep the faith.

– Father McLaughlin

 

Emmanuel

Today’s Word:

“There was great calm”  (Mark 4:39)


On This Date…

At 9:30 AM today the congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, gathered for Sunday worship, their first gathering since the shooting in their church on Wednesday evening during Bible Study of nine of their members, 6 women and 3 men, including the pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney. At 10:00 AM today many churches in Charleston, Protestant and Catholic, rang church bells in solidarity of faith and forgiveness, hope, and love.

At 12:38 PM EDT today summer began with the summer solstice, the day of most daylight in the calendar year. The sun rose this morning at 5:33AM and will set this evening at 8:34PM.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus said that our God is “a God of the living”. Saint Norbert and Saint John XXIII inspire us to be people of faith and patience, especially in illness.

Today is Father’s Day, first celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910, and established as a national holiday by President Nixon in 1972. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Today is a day to remember all fathers, living and deceased. Rev. Pinckney, age 41, was the father of two children.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus, in a boat with His disciples, calmed the wind and sea during a storm – “There was great calm”. On this longest day we pray for calm and light in the hearts of our fathers and in the hearts of the members of Emanuel Church in Charleston. The name “Emanuel” means “God is with us.”

– Father McLaughlin

 

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