The Religious Ed Registration can be found online. Please make sure you register. Beginning Saturday, July 1st, a $50 LATE FEE per family is assessed.
The following classes are offered for the upcoming year:
∙ Sunday Morning, 8AM-8:50AM Kindergarten-7th Grades
(No Confirmation Classes)
∙ Sunday Morning, 10AM-11AM Kindergarten - 8th Grades
∙ Wednesday Evenings, 6:30PM-7:45PM 1st-8th Grades
(No Kindergarten Classes)
Have you ever considered volunteering with our parish Religious Ed classes? Our Religious Education program is made up of many wonderful volunteers like you! The Religious Education Office is especially looking for catechists, assistant catechists, and substitute catechists for our Sunday morning 10AM classes grades K-6th. Training and formation opportunities are available for practicing Catholics willing to share our faith with the next generation-no prior experience is necessary! Please contact Katie Sukley firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can help, or drop by and introduce yourselves, we'd love to hear from you!
CATECHISTS SAVE THE DATE: I hope all of you are enjoying your summer thus far and the time spent with family! Again this year there will be a Catechist/Teacher Orientation meeting for the upcoming school year. We ask that all catechists, assistant catechists, and substitute catechists please select and attend just one of the following dates; Sunday, August 13th at 10:15AM, Tuesday, August 15th at 7PM, or Sunday, August 20th at 10:15AM, in the church hall. There are several things for the upcoming school year that we will be going over at this meeting. If you are unable to attend one of the above mentioned meetings, please contact Katie.
Religious Education classes have ended for the summer. We encourage you and your family to continue working with your children on learning their prayers, attending Mass together each week, praying as a family. These are all irreplaceable examples to set for your children as they grow and learn about our Catholic faith. Your example as parents is part of your responsibility as the first teachers of your children.
Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer! Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. Thank You for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family, and for the more casual pace of the summer season. Draw me closer to You this summer. Teach me how I can pray no matter where I am or what I am doing. Warm my soul with the awareness of Your presence and light my path with Your Word and Counsel. As I enjoy Your creation, create in me a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for You. Amen.
ADORATION-Come join us! Eucharistic Adoration is held each Wednesday in the Chapel throughout the summer from 6:30PM-7:30PM.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14. The Children's Liturgy of the Word will continue through July at the 9:00 AM Sunday mass. We hope to see you there!
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Diocese of Wilmington announces plans for year-long sesquicentennial celebration
150th anniversary year to run from March 3, 2018 to March 3, 2019
March 2, 2017 – (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has announced plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding with a year-long celebration that will include special Masses and prayer services, pilgrimages, a keepsake-publication, a traveling exhibit, and a Eucharistic Congress. The Diocese of Wilmington was established on March 3, 1868 by Blessed Pope Pius IX.
A sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) committee, composed of clergy and laity, has been meeting for over a year. A logo and the slogan – “Rejoicing in the Lord since 1868” – have been developed and will be used leading up to and throughout the year. The slogan was chosen in honor of the Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, whose episcopal motto is “Rejoice in the Lord.”
The celebration year will open with a Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
In April of that year, a pilgrimage to Annecy and Rome will take place. Annecy, the birthplace of Saint Francis de Sales, patron saint of the Diocese of Wilmington, is an alpine town in southeastern France, where Lake Annecy feeds into the Thiou River. It’s known for its cobbled streets, winding canals, and pastel-colored houses. Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display, including ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum. It is the home of Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, as well as the burial place of Blessed Pope Pius IX, the diocese’s founder.
On October 6, 2018, as part of the sesquicentennial observances, the annual diocesan Marian Pilgrimage will take place at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Shrine at Holy Spirit Church in New Castle, Delaware. A Eucharistic Congress is to be held in the fall of 2018 that will bring Catholics from across Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore together to learn, celebrate, and pray.
In January 2019, services will be held to recognize the contributions of men and women religious, honor Saint John Neumann – who ministered in the Diocese of Wilmington, and pray for Christian unity.
A closing Mass is being planned for Sunday, March 3, 2019.
Throughout the 12-month period, regional celebrations will be held, as well as pilgrimages to historic churches in the diocese. A traveling exhibition, featuring artifacts and historic documents, will be at all of the major and regional celebrations. A coffee-table style keepsake book featuring diocesan and parish history and photographs will be published, along with a graphic history of the diocese.
“The celebration of our sesquicentennial year gives us many opportunities to come together as a diocese to honor our rich past and look to our bright future,” said Bishop Malooly. “Every deanery, parish, church, and Catholic in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore will have an opportunity to participate in 150th anniversary activities. It will be a time of joyful thanks to God for our countless blessings and prayer for the future of the Diocese of Wilmington.”
As it becomes available, detailed information about the 150th anniversary celebration will be posted on the Diocese of Wilmington’s website, www.cdow.org.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 36 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are over 244,000 Catholics in the diocese.
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CHRISTIAN MEDITATION-After prayer on Fridays, from 9-10am, we are discussing some teachings from John Main. God loves us, in Christ. Present yourself as a living sacrifice, letting go of all, and dying to self. In that, we are reborn into Christ. Be present to God, for He is within you.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14. The Children's Liturgy of the Word will continue through July at the 9:00 AM Sunday Mass. We hope to see you there!
LADIES OF THE PARISH-You are all invited to join the Knightengals! We are a vibrant group of Catholic women spanning all different ages. While we are affiliated with the Knights of Columbus, you do not have to have a spouse, sibling, etc., in order to join our group. Some of the things that we help the parish with are both the First Communion and Confirmation receptions and, of course, our highly successful plant sale. During the fall months you may even see some of us in the hall, knitting and crocheting scarves and hats for the less fortunate. If you are interested in attending a meeting to see what we’re all about please call Victoria Brownley at 410-310-4971 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org
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