Open Your Door to Christ

Today’s Word:

“Take courage” (John 16:33)


On This Date…

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Father Thomas Hagendorf

On May 18, 1920 Karol Josef Wojtyla was born in Poland. After he was elected pope in 1978, taking the name John Paul II, he often invited cardinals in Rome who were over the age of 80, and thus unable to vote in a papal election, to join him for lunch on this day, to get their thoughts on the needs of the church, and to show his appreciation for their wisdom and insights.

On May 18, 2013 Father Thomas Hagendorf, O.Praem., died suddenly in his parish in Wisconsin just before he was to celebrate Mass. He served at Archmere from 1964 to 1988, as librarian, college counselor, cafeteria director, teacher of religion and history, a member of the Board of Trustees, and the religious superior of the Norbertines.

In his first homily as pope Saint John Paul II said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Take courage”. Both Pope John Paul II and Father Hagendorf took courage and opened their doors to Christ.

– Father McLaughlin

The Solemnity of All Saints


Today’s Word:

“We are God’s children now” (1 John 3:2)


On This Date…

On November 1, 1893, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere Academy, left Holland by boat for America with two fellow missionaries. It was stormy at sea, but Abbot Pennings wrote that day, “We are not afraid; after all, this morning we entrusted ourselves to all the Saints.” They had celebrated Mass at 4:30 AM for the Feast of All Saints.

On November 1, 1946, Karol Josef Wojtyla was ordained a priest in Poland. He celebrated his First Mass on November 2nd, All Souls Day, commenting that his First Mass was actually three masses. Today we honor Saint John Paul II, elected pope on October 16,1978 and canonized on April 27, 2014.

On November 1, 1983, Bishop Thomas Mardaga of Wilmington dedicated the Library and the Performing Arts Center, celebrating the first Mass in our theatre, where we continue to celebrate our monthly school Masses.

At Mass today we heard Saint John say, “We are God’s children now”. Such good news enables missionaries to leave home to serve in foreign lands, seminarians to say “yes” to the call to priesthood, school to be opened and dedicated, and all of us to “entrust ourselves to all the Saints.”

– Father McLaughlinAll-Saints