Let Us Be Glad and Rejoice

Today’s Word:

 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice” (Psalm 118:24)


On This Date…

On April 19, 1775 the “shot heard round the world” was fired at Lexington, MA signaling the beginning of the American Revolution; today the Museum of the American Revolution opened at 123 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, with former Vice President Joseph Biden, Archmere Class of 1961 speaking at the dedication.

On April 19, 1887 The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC was chartered; it opened in November 1889.

On April 19, 2005 Cardinal Josef Ratzinger was elected as Pope Benedict XVI; Pope Benedict resigned in 2013 and on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 he celebrated his 90th birthday.

Today at Mass we heard these words: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice” – words that help us thank God for America, for The Catholic University, and Pope Benedict.

– Father McLaughlin

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