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



The Sustaining Body

Today’s Word:

Rejoice in the Lord, you just. (Psalms 97:12)

On This Date…
On June 18, 1906, a Monday, John Jacob Raskob married Helena Springer Green at a Nuptial Mass at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Wilmington, Delaware. The Raskobs moved to Archmere on August 1, 1910, with their first four children, born between 1907 and 1910. Nine more children were born in Claymont, Delaware.

On June 18, 1933, a Eucharistic Procession was held at Archmere Academy, just after the close of the first school year. According to Archmere’s first yearbook, the 1935 Keystone, more than 1,000 people took part in the Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) Procession.

Bishop Edmond F. FitzMaurice of Wilmington, celebrated the Benediction on three altars set up on campus. This year, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi will be observed on Sunday, June 22.

The Raskobs began their marriage with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist. On the Archmere ring is an image of Saint Norbert holding the Holy Eucharist. May the Body of Christ sustain us too.

– Father McLaughlin