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



Saint Norbert Oratory Dedicated Sunday – Now Immaculate Conception Oratory

This past Sunday, we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Also called Candlemas and the Feast of the Purification, the feast marks the official end of the Christmas season and represents the fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.

The Immaculate Conception Oratory.

The Immaculate Conception Oratory.

According to Mosaic law (Leviticus 12:2-8), Mary presented her Son at the temple forty days after his birth, which marked the first solemn introduction of Christ into the House of God.

Archmere community members congregated to celebrate Mass Sunday morning in Saint Norbert Oratory, appropriately dedicating the space to the Blessed Virgin and renaming it The Immaculate Conception Oratory and Spirituality Center in Saint Norbert Hall. In 1932, the Priory of Archmere Academy (The Patio) was dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.