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

 

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100th Anniversary of The Patio

Today’s Word:

“His heart was moved with pity for them” (Matthew 14:14)


On This Date…

John J. and Helena S. Raskob

John J. and Helena S. Raskob

On August 1, 1910, John and Helena Raskob moved from their home in Wilmington to their new home at Archmere, along with their first four children: John (3), William (2), Helena (1), and Elizabeth (6 weeks). Nine more children were born at Archmere.

In 1921, Mrs Raskob wrote a book about the planning and construction of The Patio (1916-1918). In part she wrote, “Archmere is now a beautiful dream come true. But the greatest charm, aside from the voices of the children, is the homelike spirit which has been fostered in these walls.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus saw a vast crowd and “his heart was moved with pity for them”. Like Jesus, Mrs. Raskob’s heart was moved with great affection for her children. As we recall the 100th anniversary of the construction of The Patio we say, “Archmere is now a beautiful dream come true.”

– Father McLaughlin

Homelike Spirit

Today’s Word:

“You will be given at that moment what you are to say” (Matthew 10:19)


On This Date…

On July 8, 1963 Mrs. Helena Raskob, died in Tuscon, AZ at age 78 (born 11/30/1884). She and her husband, John, moved to Archmere on August 1, 1910 with four children. An additional nine children were born at Archmere. In 1921 Mrs. Raskob wrote these words: “And so Archmere (The Patio) is now a beautiful dream come true. But the greatest charm, aside from the voices of the children, is the homelike spirit which has been fostered within its walls.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “You will be given at that moment what you are to say”. Mrs. Raskob spoke eloquently about Archmere’s “children” and “homelike spirit.”

– Father McLaughlin

John and Helena Raskob

John and Helena Raskob