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|Posted on December 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Shawn Butler, center, holding the check, with his parents Mike & Sharon along with Fr DiBuo and several Hibernians
Congratulations go out to the first recipient of the Newark AOH Academic Scholarship, Shawn Butler. Shawn is a graduate of Delaware Military Acadamy and attends St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic parish along with his parents, Mike & Sharon. Shawn will apply the scholarship toward his studies at the University of Delaware.
The Newark AOH Academic Scholarship is open to high school seniors who are involved in the church communities at any of the four churches from which our division draws its members. Those churches are: Holy Angles/Saint John, Holy Family, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Saint Margaret of Scotland.
Applicants must be matriculating in a two or four year accredited degree program. The award is limited to two payments of $500.00, one per semester, during the coming academic year. The payments are made directly to the institution attended by the recipient. Payments will not be made for special or shortened semesters.
The 2013 Scholarship committee was chaired by Brother George Murphy. Other Committee Members were Mike Quirk, John Lynch and Patrick Costello. The award was presented to Shawn and his parents at the LAOH-AOH Picnic at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish over the summer.
|Posted on September 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
PHILADELPHIA CEILI GROUP’S 39TH ANNUAL TRADTIONAL IRISH MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVAL - Three Days of Live Irish Music, Dance, Workshops, and Fun!
The Festival takes place at the Commodore Barry Club in Philadelphia. Known as the "Irish Center", it is close to train line and has nearby free parking. 6815 Emlen St. Philadelphia, PA 19119
On Thursday, September 12th at 8:00 p.m. there will be a night of song hosted by Gerry Timlin with some of the best singers of Irish songs in the region including Terry Kane, Matt Ward, and Mary Kay Mann. This Thursday night concert is dedicated to local singer/musician and longtime festival chairman, Frank Malley.
Friday night, September 13th, starting at 8:00 p.m. is filled with music and dance with a Ceili dance with live music by the McGillians & Friends, one of the best Ceili bands in the tri-state area, certain to make the Festival Ceili dance a hit. Additionally, in the Fireside Room a music filled Rambling House hosted by Gabriel Donohue that will start at 8:00 pm and go on through the night. Get ready to hear tunes, songs and a story or two – with very special guest Joanie Madden. Be sure to read Irish Philadelphia's beautiful story on Joanne.
Saturday, September 14th is jam packed with things to do for the whole family. The day kicks off at 11:00 a.m. with the live music and instrumental workshops at all levels for all ages offered by world class musicians. Additionally, there will workshops in singing both in Irish and English, Irish language, genealogy, St. Brigid’s cross making and much more. Workshops free this year to current PCG members with the price of admission. There will be live music provided by local musicians and singers, and dance demonstrations by local dancer groups, activities for the kids including facepainting, and Irish fairy tales. Irish product vendors and food will be available throughout the day. Saturday’s 7:00 pm concert featuring the Philadelphia premier of Tony DeMarco's Atlantic Wave (Tony DeMarco, Martin O’Connell, Sean Earnest, Donie Carroll, and Siobhan Butler) and Nuala Kennedy with Eamon O'Leary. – just part of a stellar line-up and a fitting finale to the festival. It will be a rockin’ night of Irish traditional music, and dance. It’s bound to be great “craic!” (great fun to the non-Irish speakers!)
A special thank-you to all our sponsors and volunteers that make this festival happen! Go to www.philadelphiaceiligroup.org/2013pcgfestival to get more information on the Festival; the 3-day schedule; to buy tickets; and sign up for workshops.
The Ceili Group began in 1958, when a group of young Irish immigrants and Irish-American ceili and step dancers gathered at The Commodore Barry Center (a.k.a the “Irish Center”) to formally promote Irish music, dance and culture. The annual festival began in 1975, when founders of the Ceili Group decided that our local Irish music and dance talent should be shared with a larger audience, and in a larger setting, than just the Friday night ceilis. In a short time, the Ceili Group Festival featuring many of the finest Irish performers from around the globe, became the largest-attended one-day Irish festival in this country, and then expanded to a three-day festival in recent years. There is a good chance that one or two might show up at the festival.
Beidh fáilte romhat. Buail isteach.
|Posted on August 11, 2013 at 3:55 PM||comments (1)|
Division 22 Fire Fighter John J. Redmond, Isle of Erin Degree Team & Philadelphia County Board invite you to join them for the annual presentation of the Major Degrees
When: Sunday October 13th 2013 10:00am
Where: Philadelphia Fire Fighters Local 22 Union Hall 415 N 5th (5th & Willow) Philadelphia, Pa 19123
Timeline of Events
Valid travel cards must be presented to gain entry. 1030AM Sign In, 12PM Shamrock Degree Major Degree Ceremony to immediately follow. Reception to follow at the conclusion of the Degrees
Cost: Candidates 35$ ~ Observers 25$
To observe only with no admittance to the reception: Free
The exemplification of the Major Degree Ceremony is open to all formally sworn in members of the Order, who are in good standing in their division.
All candidates must pre – register with the degree team
Please direct all questions and headcounts to Mike Groves – Vice President Division 22 firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-275-2632
|Posted on May 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
Right-click your mouse button in the image above and select "Print" from the menu to print the flyer
The St. Brigid Division of the LAOH is having a fundraiser Thursday June 21, 2013, at McGlynn's Pub in Pike Creek. The beautiful thing is it won't cost you anything! Just print the flyer above (Important: you MUST bring the flyer with you for them to receive credit!) and 10% of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to St. Brigid's! Let's show our support by joining them and raising a pint!
|Posted on May 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
Click on the image above to go to the Irish Heritage Night page
The Newark AOH Division is pleased to announce that we are partnering with the Wilmington Blue Rocks to present the 2013 Irish Heritage Night at Frawley Stadium.
The annual Irish Heritage Night will be held July 25, 2013 at Frawley Stadium. Game time is 7:05 PM and the opponent is the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Click on Rocky Bluewinkle (above) for complete details and to print a copy of the full flyer. There is a box-seat ticket and Guinness deal, but you can only get it by following the instructions on the flyer!
|Posted on April 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
This weekend is the Archbishop Fitzmaurice retreat at St. Joseph's in the Hills Malvern Retreat House. This retreat is primarily for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington but all are welcome! Click here to visit the website for the Malvern Retreat House and learn more about this amazing place. Any members interested in attending may call them directly at 610-644-0400 to reserve a room.
Accomodations are dormitory style and include a bed, desk & chair and a sink & mirror. Each floor has restrooms with private showers. Included in the retreat are meals: Dinner Friday and Saturday nights, breakfast Sat & Sun and lunch on Sat. There are conferences, speakers, walking Stations of the Cross and many other activities, all optional. The highlight for most retreatents is private adoration time in the magnificent oratories. Payment is voluntary (no one will be turned away for lacking the funds to attend). The encouraged amount, whicn only partially covers the costs, is around $225.
|Posted on April 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM||comments (0)|
A.O.H. NOTRE DAME DIVISION 1 in Swedesburg PA is hosting a Major Degree ceremony April 21, 2013. It will be conducted by the legendary Isle of Erin Major Degree Team (MDT). Click here for registration information and to register to attend (as an observer or or candidate).
Once a Degree is scheduled all candidates and observers are required to fill in the information form and click the ”submit” button. This required information will go to the Degree Team Secretary or Designee. The candidate will then receive a pre registration confirmation with additional information to be followed.
All non-degreed members are strongly urged to sign up to take the Major Degrees. Degreed members are urged to sign up as observers. Members cannot hold office at any level of our Order without their degrees.
If you are unable to register via the interwebs, call: Jack Schneider at (215) 783-112 if you plan to take your degree or attend as an observer.
|Posted on March 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Recently, a replica of the Shroud of Turin was on display in Delaware. A new scientific analysis claims the shroud dates from between 300 B.C. and A.D. 400, putting it's age squarely within the time Jesus Christ walked among us. A new book titled “Il Mistero della Sindone” (“The Mystery of the Shroud”) has been published with the findings.
We reflect during this Holy Week, the Passion of Christ, who died on Good Friday in reparation for the sins of mankind, and rose on Easter Sunday to give new life to all who believe. Thus, while Holy Week is solemn and sorrowful, it also anticipates the joy of Easter through the recognition of God's goodness in sending His Son to die for our salvation.
The History Channel has more information on the new findings with regard to the Shroud. Click here to read their article.
|Posted on March 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
Division Historian and webmaster Joe Conway was interviewed for the St. Patrick's Day edition of the Catholic Forum radio program. Listen to the full interview here...
|Posted on March 17, 2013 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
Little is known of Patrick's early life, though it is known that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest.
In 432, he again said that he was called back to Ireland, though as a bishop, to Christianise the Irish from their native polytheism. Irish folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people. After nearly thirty years of evangelism, he died on 17 March 461, and according to tradition, was buried at Downpatrick. Although there were other more successful missions to Ireland from Rome, Patrick endured as the principal champion of Irish Christianity and is held in esteem in the Irish church.
Saint Patrick's feast day, as a kind of national day, was already being celebrated by the Irish in Europe in the ninth and tenth centuries. In later times he became more and more widely known as the patron of Ireland. Saint Patrick's feast day was finally placed on the universal liturgical calendar in the Catholic Church due to the influence of Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding in the early 1600s. Saint Patrick's Day thus became a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland. The church calendar avoids the observance of saints' feasts during certain solemnities, moving the saint's day to a time outside those periods. Saint Patrick's Day is occasionally affected by this requirement, when 17 March falls during Holy Week. This happened in 1940, when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on 3 April in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and again in 2008, where it was officially observed on 14 March (15 March being used for St. Joseph, which had to be moved from 19 March), although the secular celebration still took place on 17 March. Saint Patrick's Day will not fall within Holy Week again until 2160. (In other countries, St. Patrick's feast day is also 17 March, but liturgical celebration is omitted when impeded by Sunday or by Holy Week.)
In 1903, Saint Patrick's Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. This was thanks to the Bank Holiday (Ireland) Act 1903, an act of the United Kingdom Parliament introduced by Irish Member of Parliament James O'Mara. O'Mara later introduced the law that required that pubs and bars be closed on 17 March after drinking got out of hand, a provision that was repealed in the 1970s. The first Saint Patrick's Day parade held in the Irish Free State was held in Dublin in 1931 and was reviewed by the then Minister of Defence Desmond Fitzgerald. Although secular celebrations now exist, the holiday remains a religious observance in Ireland, for both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland.
The first Saint Patrick's Festival was held on 17 March 1996. In 1997, it became a three-day event, and by 2000 it was a four-day event. By 2006, the festival was five days long; more than 675,000 people attended the 2009 parade. Overall 2009's five day festival saw close to 1 million visitors, who took part in festivities that included concerts, outdoor theatre performances, and fireworks. Skyfest forms the centrepiece of the festival.
The topic of the 2004 St. Patrick's Symposium was "Talking Irish", during which the nature of Irish identity, economic success, and the future were discussed. Since 1996, there has been a greater emphasis on celebrating and projecting a fluid and inclusive notion of "Irishness" rather than an identity based around traditional religious or ethnic allegiance. The week around Saint Patrick's Day usually involves Irish language speakers using more Irish during Seachtain na Gaeilge ("Irish Language Week").
As well as Dublin, many other cities, towns, and villages in Ireland hold their own parades and festivals, including Cork, Belfast, Derry, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, and Waterford.
The biggest celebrations outside Dublin are in Downpatrick, County Down, where Saint Patrick is rumoured to be buried. In 2004, according to Down District Council, the week-long St. Patrick's Festival had more than 2,000 participants and 82 floats, bands, and performers and was watched by more than 30,000 people.
The shortest St Patrick's Day parade in the world takes place in Dripsey, Cork. The parade lasts just 100 yards and travels between the village's two pubs.
Christian leaders in Ireland have expressed concern about the secularisation of St Patrick's Day. In The Word magazine's March 2007 issue, Fr. Vincent Twomey wrote, "It is time to reclaim St Patrick's Day as a church festival." He questioned the need for "mindless alcohol-fuelled revelry" and concluded that "it is time to bring the piety and the fun together."