Apostles of Peace

Today’s Word:

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2)


On This Date…

UnknownOn October 13, 1793 Norbertine Father Pierre-Adrien Toulorge was guillotined at age 36 in Coutances, France during the French Revolution. Just before his death he forgave those who were executing him; his body was thrown into a common grave. Father Toulourge was beatified in 2012 in Coutances; today is his feast day.

On October 13, 1985 Norbertine Father Roger Paider, Archmere’s third headmaster (1945-1946) died of cancer at age 71. He was at Archmere from 1944 to 1961, as chemistry teacher, librarian, prefect of discipline, and grounds keeper. He is buried at Daylesford.

Today at Mass we heard these words: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. The lives of Blessed Pierre-Adrien and Father Paider brought grace and peace to those they served – like Saint Norbert, “apostles of peace.”

– Father McLaughlin

The Lord Watches Over the Way of the Just

Today’s Word:

“The Lord watches over the way of the just” (Psalm 1:6)


On This Date…

On October 12, 1932, a Wednesday, Bishop Edmond FitzMaurice of Wilmington presided at the blessing of Archmere Acadeny in the afternoon. More than 300 people attended, amazing given that 22 students comprised the whole student body. Archmere’s students acted as acolytes at the blessing; one of them later returned to Archmere after college as a teacher before being ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wilmington. Bishop FitzMaurice said, “May Saint Norbert, the great apostle of the Blessed Sacrament, through whose inspiration and symbol you live, be ever an inspiration to you.”

On October 12, 2016, today, 46 Archmere mothers and grandmothers gathered in the formal garden next to the Patio, to pray the rosary before the statue of Our Lady. After the rosary the women gathered inside the Patio for refreshments.

October 12, 2016 is also Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the most important day of the Jewish calendar. Today, the “Sabbath of Sabbaths,” is a day free from work and free for fasting and prayer, especially asking God for forgiveness of sins. At Mass today we prayed from the Hebrew Scriptures: “The Lord watches over the way of the just” – perfect for Yom Kippur and for Dedication Day.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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The Rock of our Salvation

Today’s Word:

“Come let us sing joyfully to the Lord, let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation” (Psalm 95:1)


On This Date…

On October 2, 1932 Archmere played its first football game, against Saint James High School, Penns Grove, New Jersey; Archmere lost 12-0. In 1982 Archmere defeated Saint James High School 28-10 – a second-half comeback win; Dr. William Doyle was varsity coach. Saint James High School closed in June 1983.

At sundown this evening the Jewish People begin the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish New Year 5777; the ten-day celebration will conclude on October 12th, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

With the Jewish people we say, “Come let us sing joyfully to the Lord, let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation”, today’s responsorial psalm at Mass.

– Father McLaughlin

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