The First Day of Passover

On This Date…

Today is the first day of the Jewish Passover (it began at sundown last evening). Passover will end at sundown on Tuesday, April 18. Passover seders occur on the evenings of April 10 and 11. The main food is matzah, unleavened bread. During the seder there will be the retelling of the events of the Exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, freeing the Israelites from slavery.

Christians will re-live the Exodus on Holy Thursday, April 13. We shall hear at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, “This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate”. Jews and Christians alike are united in these special holy days.

– Father McLaughlin

The Lord Will Guard Us

Today’s Word:

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


On This Date…

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

Love of God and Thy Neighbor

Today’s Word:

Jesus spoke of the two key commandments: love of God and love of neighbor (Mark 12:30-31)


On This Date…

Oscar Romero of El Salvador

On March 24, 1980 Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated while celebrating Mass in a cancer hospital at age 63; he had been archbishop for three years. The day before his death he issued this plea to the members of the military: “In the name of God, in the name of our tormented people whose cries rise up to heaven, I beseech you, I beg you, I command you: Stop the repression.” Archbishop Romero was beatified in 2015 in a ceremony in San Salvador.

On March 24, 1985 Abbot Norbert Calmels, O.Praem. died in Paris of cancer at age 76. He was ordained a priest in 1934, elected Abbot of Frigolet Abbey in France in 1945, and elected Abbot General of the Norbertine Order in 1962. He was abbot general when Daylesford became an independent Norbertine community (1963) and an abbey (1971). He attended the dedication of Daylesford Abbey in 1967.

In today’s Gospel Jesus spoke of the two key commandments: love of God and love of neighbor. Archbishop Romero and Abbot Calmels loved God and neighbor “with all their hearts.”

– Father McLaughlin