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



Football & Forgiveness

Today’s Word:

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness.
(Psalm 51:3)

On This Date…

On September 15, 1932, the second day of school for the new Archmere Academy, Mr. John Oakes, teacher and football coach, invited students to join the first football team. Of the seventeen Archmere students, fifteen joined the team. One became manager, and one became the cheerleader.

The whole school was involved – an anticipation for Tuesday’s Activities Fair.

Archmere A Auk Green

Early last week, Archmere played its second football game of the season because Saturday was Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, marked by fasting and asking God for forgiveness at prayer services in Jewish synagogues around the world.

Read my recent post about Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah »

Today at Mass, we heard of a forgiving God in the parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 15. We also prayed with King David, “Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness.”

– Father McLaughlin

Rosh Hashanah: Reflection & New Beginning

Today’s Word:

I will thank You always for what You have done, and proclaim the goodness of Your name before Your faithful ones. (Psalm 52:11)

On This Date…

At sundown this evening, the Jewish people began the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish New Year 5774. The celebration spans over a period of ten days, known as the “Days of Awe.” It concludes with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

In the Jewish faith, Rosh Hashanah is a time of remembering the creation of the world, God’s covenant with Israel, and the good deeds done to others.


A shofar is a hallowed-out ram’s horn.

The sounding of the shofar (audio above; photo left) and honey are two symbols of the holiday. People dip slices of apple in honey and offer them to others, wishing them a sweet New Year.

At Mass today, we prayed from the Hebrew Scriptures, “I will thank You always for what You have done, and proclaim the goodness of Your name before Your faithful ones,” – such perfect words for Rosh Hashanah.

– Father McLaughlin