Nothing Will Be Impossible for God

Today’s Word:

“Nothing will be impossible for God” (Luke 1:37)


On This Date…

On December 8, 1854 Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On December 8, 1932 Archmere Academy blessed the picture of the Immaculate Conception that currently hangs over the fireplace in the music room of The Patio (the image used on today’s Mass program); the picture was a gift of the first Mothers Guild of Archmere.

On December 8, 1965, 50 years ago today, the Second Vatican Council came to a close; it had opened on October 11, 1962.

On December 8, 2014 Father Steven Albero blessed the icon of the Immaculate Conception that currently hangs in Archmere’s Oratory; the Blessed Mother is pictured with Saint Augustine and Saint Norbert, two key patrons of our school.

ANSA917624_ArticoloOn December 8, 2015, today, Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, formally opening the Year of Mercy; the year will continue until November 20, 2016.

Father Joseph Serano invited us this morning to extend mercy to one another. As we heard at Mass today, “Nothing will be impossible for God”.

– Father McLaughlin

Helping Others

On This Date…

On  September 28, 1932, Archmere’s Mothers Guild was organized. According to Archmere’s first yearbook (1935 Keystone), the purpose of the Mothers Guild “is to better the school in every way that it is able.”

On September 28, 1898, Abbot Pennings opened Saint Norbert Priory in West DePere, Wisconsin, the home of the future Saint Norbert College and Abbey.

On September 28, 1929, the 21 year old “Good King Wenceslaus,” about whom we sing at Christmas for his kindness to the poor, was killed on his way to Mass, by his own brother; his last words were, “May God forgive you, brother.”

On September 28, 1978, Pope John Paul I died in Rome at age 65, after just 33 days as pope; he was known for his joy, holiness, and simple goodness.

Inspired by Archmere’s mothers, present and past, and Abbot Pennings, Good King Wenceslaus and Pope John Paul I, we help others in every way that we are able.

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– Father McLaughlin

Joy, Holiness, & Simple Goodness

Today’s Word:

While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over men.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying. (Luke 9:43b-45)


On This Date…

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Saint Norbert College & Abbey

On September 28, 1898, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. opened Saint Norbert Priory in West De Pere, Wisconsin. Saint Norbert Priory would be the site of future Saint Norbert College and Abbey, and it marks the beginning of Norbertine community life in America.

On September 28, 1932, Archmere’s Mothers’ Guild was organized. According to Archmere’s first yearbook, the 1935 Keystone, the purpose of the Mothers’ Guild “is to better the school in every way that is it able.”

On September 28, 1978, Pope John Paul I died suddenly ate age 65, after serving just 33 days as pope. He was elected on August 26, 1978. John Paul I was hailed for radiating joy, holiness, and simple goodness.

Inspired by Abbot Pennings, the Archmere Mothers’ Guild, and Pope John Paul I, may we radiate joy, holiness, and simple goodness.

– Father McLaughlin