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



The Rock of our Salvation

Today’s Word:

“Come let us sing joyfully to the Lord, let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation” (Psalm 95:1)

On This Date…

On October 2, 1932 Archmere played its first football game, against Saint James High School, Penns Grove, New Jersey; Archmere lost 12-0. In 1982 Archmere defeated Saint James High School 28-10 – a second-half comeback win; Dr. William Doyle was varsity coach. Saint James High School closed in June 1983.

At sundown this evening the Jewish People begin the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish New Year 5777; the ten-day celebration will conclude on October 12th, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

With the Jewish people we say, “Come let us sing joyfully to the Lord, let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation”, today’s responsorial psalm at Mass.

– Father McLaughlin


This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made

Today’s Word:

“This is the day that the Lord has made.” (Psalm 118:24)

On This Date…

On September 23, 1968 Franciscan Father Pius (Padre Pio) died in his monastery in Italy at age 88; he had experienced the wounds of Jesus on his own body beginning in 1910, resulting in much loss of blood and great pain. He drew many to his confessional, to confess their sins and receive his counsel. He was canonized on June 16, 2002.

On September 23, 2015, at 4:15 PM today, Pope Francis will canonize Father Junipero Serra, also a Franciscan priest, at a Mass on the campus of Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, the first canonization to be held in America. Father Serra founded nine missions in California before his death on August 28, 1784.

At 9:30 AM today Pope Francis was welcomed to the White House by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden (Archmere, Class of 1961). Both the President and Vice President met Pope Francis at the airport yesterday.

Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish Year. The feast began at sundown last evening; the sound of the ram’s horn invited Jews to remember the dead, atone for misdeeds of the past year, and ask God for another year of life.

Tonight at sundown Muslims will begin the celebration of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, which recalls the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, in response to God’s request. Muslims will beg for mercy from God, who, in the end spared the life of Isaac.

At 4:21 AM EDT today Fall began, with the autumnal equinox (“equal night”); there is equal amounts of day and night. The Heritage Dictionary notes that Autumn is “a time or period of maturity verging on decline.” However, on this day, as we recall Padre Pio and Father Serra, Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha, we say, as President Obama said to Pope Francis this morning, “This is the day that the Lord has made”.

– Father McLaughlin