The Lord Will Guard Us

Today’s Word:

“The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock” (Jeremiah 31:10)


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Pope Pius VII

On April 8, 1808 Pope Pius VII established the Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia. It included all of Pennsylvania, all of Delaware, and the southern half of New Jersey. Eleven dioceses now serve this area, eight of them in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia became an Archdiocese in 1875. There are now five counties in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery. Archbishop Charles Chaput, a Franciscan, became archbishop in 2011. Saint John Neumann and Saint Katharine Drexel are both buried in Philadelphia.

Today at Mass we prayed, “The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock”. That is our prayer for all the members of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

– Father McLaughlin

God Works Through Us

Today’s Word:

O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come to you. (Psalm 102:1)


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On April 8, 1808, Pope Pius VII established the Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia. It included all of Pennsylvania, all of Delaware, and the southern half of New Jersey.

Eleven dioceses now serve this area, eight of which are located in Pennsylvania. The first bishop of Philadelphia was Bishop Michael Egan, OFM, who died on July 22, 1814.

Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Saint Julie Billiart

On April 8, 1816, Sister Julie Billiart died in France at age 65. She was born into a peasant family in Picardy, France. She began teaching catechism to small children in her town at age 7, and at age 14, she devoted herself to works of mercy and teaching her poor neighbors.

After the French Revolution, she founded the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for the Christian education of children. She was canonized in 1969; the postulator of her cause of Norbertine Abbot General Hubert Noots, O.Praem.

Saint Julie once said, “You out to have great trust that the good God will protect you in every circumstance.”

So, we pray today’s psalm which we prayed at Kenosis, “O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come to you.”

– Father McLaughlin

“Make Us Apostles of Peace”

Today’s Word:

Give us that reverence for one another that will make us apostles of peace.

From the Archmere Prayer


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Today, 100,000 people gathered with Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and throughout the world.

Pope Francis said, “War begets war. Violence begets violence.”

Tonight, about 60 people gathered in church with the Norbertine Community at Daylesford Abbey for a prayer service for peace.

In part, we prayed, “God of Hope, inspire leaders to choose peace over violence, and to seek reconciliation with enemies.

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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul

Tonight, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia is leading a time of prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, for peace in Syria.

Communal prayers for peace will be offered on the hour.

In the Archmere Prayer, we ask God to “give us that reverence for one another that will make us apostles of peace.

May Saint Norbert, “minister of peace and reconciliation,” show us the way.

– Father McLaughlin