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Bishop’s Schedule

SATURDAY, MARCH 28

• Student cross pilgrimage, Wilmington

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

• Palm Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter, Wilmington, 11 a.m.

MONDAY, MARCH 30

• Chrism Mass, Holy Cross, Dover, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

• Holy Thursday liturgy, Cathedral of St. Peter, Wilmington, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3

• Stations of the Cross, Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington, noon

• Good Friday liturgy, Cathedral of St. Peter, Wilmington, 3 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

• Holy Saturday liturgy, St. Elizabeth, Wilmington, 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5

• Mass of Resurrection, Cathedral of St. Peter, Wilmington, 11 a.m.

 

Services

April 3, Noon: Stations of the Cross, Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington. Bishop Malooly will preside. In case of inclement weather, Stations will be held indoors at the Queen of the Apostles Chapel on the cemetery grounds.

April 3-11, Novena to Divine Mercy, St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. Novena pamphlets available in church. For more information, www.sjbde.org.

April 3, 8:15 p.m.-2:30 a.m.: Communion of Reparation All Night Vigil, St. Hedwig Chapel, 408 S. Harrison St., Wilmington. For more information, call Irene Harach, (302) 738-1285.

April 11, 9 a.m.: Monthly Mass of Remembrance for the recently deceased, All Saints Cemetery, Chapel of the Risen Christ, 6001 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington. For more information, (302) 737-2524.

April 12, Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Hedwig’s, Wilmington. 1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.,  Confessions; 2p.m.-2:45 p.m. , Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary; 3 p.m., ‘Walk with Christ’ Outdoor Eucharistic Procession with the Charles Parks sculpted Divine Mercy Pilgrimage Statue, Sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy; 3:45 p.m., Mass in Church, Guest Homilist: Rev. Anthony Giamello,, Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church in New Castle & Chaplain of St. Mark’s High School.

April 12, 2:00-3:30 p.m.: Celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, Pa. Program includes Presentation, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Sung Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Related materials in CD, images in various sizes, novena pamphlets, newspaper etc., are available for free. All are welcome. For more information, (610)444-4364

April 12,, Divine Mercy Sunday, St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. Confessions, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Chaplet and Rosary, 3:30 p.m., Mass at 5 p.m. For more information, www.sjbde.org.

April 15-16: Presentation featuring the official relics of Saint John Paul II, St. Hedwig Church, 408 S. Harrison St., Wilmington. April 15, welcoming Mass and veneration; April 16, 5:30 p.m Holy Hour, 6:30pm Mass, 7:30pm Veneration of the Relic.  Immediately following, there will be a Saint John Paul II Display and Refreshments in the Msgr Gulcz Hall. For more information about the relic go to http://www.isucatholic.org/blessed-john-paul-ii-relics.html Click on the 2nd video / www.sthedwigde.org or (302) 594-1400.

April 18, 9 a.m.: Monthly Mass of Remembrance for the recently deceased, Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington. For more information, (302) 656-3323.

April 29, 30, May 1, 7-8:30 p.m.: Parish mission, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. “Encountering Christ” is the theme, presented by Father Frank Donio, SAC, director of the Catholic Apostolate Center. Light refreshments in the hall after each service. All are welcome.

May 6, 7 p.m.: Charismatic Mass, Holy Cross Church, 631 S. State St., Dover. Msgr. Daniel McGlynn will be the celebrant. For more information call Ann 302-233-3336 or Katie 302-734-8953.

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Weekdays, 7:15 a.m.: Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, St. John the Beloved Parish, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. All are welcome. (302) 981-4567 or sjbpsalms@ verizon.net.

Mondays, 6 a.m.-Noon Saturdays; Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.: Eucharist adoration, St. Jude the Apostle Church adoration chapel, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes.  (302) 703-2419.

Mondays, 10:30- noon: Contemplative prayer in the Chapel, Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, 2501 Milltown Rd, Wilmington. (302) 995-6859.

Every third Monday: Children’s Rosary, St. Patrick’s Church, 212 Meredith St., Kennett Square, Pa. 5:45-6:15 p.m. during Adoration. Open to children of all ages, prior Rosary experience is not required, children will learn as they go.

Tuesdays, 10 a.m.: Locutions to the World, Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, 801 N. DuPont Hwy., New Castle.  Explore your role in the world and join Mary’s army. More information, call Petra, (302) 838-2742.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation; 5:30 p.m. Mass, St. Patrick’s Church, 15th and King Streets, Wilmington.

Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.: Mass in the Chapel. Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, 2501 Milltown Rd, Wilmington. (302) 995-6859.

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.: Prayer meeting. Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, 2501 Milltown Rd, Wilmington. (302) 995-6859.

Third Tuesday of every month, Healing Mass. Begins with prayer and song at 7:10 p.m., Mass at 7:30, followed by prayers for healing. Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, 2501 Milltown Rd, Wilmington. (302) 995-6859.

First and Third Thursdays, 8:30 p.m.: Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Holy Cross Church, 631 South State Street, Dover. All are welcome. Rose Pritchett, (302) 284-4437 or rr18bay@comcast.net.

First Thursdays, 6-6:30 p.m.: Prayer service to celebrate 125th parish anniversary; to end war and violence; and for the sick. St. Joseph Church, 1012 N. French St., Wilmington. Service starts with rosary, followed by silent prayer. (302) 658-4535.

Fourth Thursdays, 1:15 p.m.: Healing prayer service, Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, 2501 Milltown Rd, Wilmington. (302) 995-6859.

Perpetual Adoration: St. Ann’s Divine Mercy Chapel, Gilpin Ave. and Union St., Wilmington. Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, only closed during the Easter Triduum and inclement weather. www.adorationchapel.org, or Chris (302) 668-1819.

 

Right to Life

April 3, 10 a.m.-Noon: Good Friday Life Chain, in front of St. Jude the Apostle Church on Coastal Hwy., Lewes. All are welcome. Signs will be provided.

Through March 29: 40 Days for Life, Wilmington. Vigil at Planned Parenthood, 625 N. Shipley St., Wilmington, 9 a.m. 1 p.m., Mon.-Sat. For more information contact Lorie Issel, (302) 994-8861, loriei@comcast.net or 40daysforlife.com/wilmington.

Through March 29: 40 Days for Life, Dover. Vigil at Planned Parenthood, 805 S. Governors Ave., Dover. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact Donna, (302) 538-5730 or 862-266-1099.

 

Vocations

Fridays, 11 a.m.: Holy Hour for Priestly Vocations, Cathedral of St. Peter, Sixth and West Streets, Wilmington, Del. Exposition 11 a.m., Confessions 11:30- 11:55 a.m., Benediction 11:55 a.m., Mass 12:10 p.m.

Come and Seek: Men interested in finding out more about the priesthood are invited to attend upcoming Come and Seek gatherings, opportunities to socialize with priests and like-minded men who wish to learn more about vocations. Dates and times are subject to change, so call before you go. For more information call Fr. David Kelley at (302) 573-3133 or visit the Vocations website : www.cdow.org/catholic-diocese-of-wilmington-offices-and-ministries/vocations/

• TBA, 6:30 p.m.: Southern CAS group, Ss. Peter & Paul Rectory, 1210 S. Washington St., Easton, Md.  For more information, contact Fr. Joe McQuaide at (302) 674-5787 ext. 115.

• April 22, 6:30 p.m.: Northern CAS group, St. John the Beloved Parish, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. For more information, contact Fr. Chris Coffiey at (302) 239-7100 ext. 24.

TBA,  7 p.m.: Diocesan Vocations Guild meeting, 1626 N. Union St., Wilmington. The Guild is open to Catholics from within or with ties to the Diocese of Wilmington who pray for, encourage and support the bishop, priests, religious, deacons and seminarians of the diocese.  The objectives of the Guild are achieved through prayer, service and the affirmation of the importance of the priesthood, diaconate and the religious life to the mission of the diocese.  Meetings are held the second Wednesday of most months in the Diocesan Building, 1626 N. Union Street, Wilmington.   For more membership information, contact Mary Ann Peirson at 302-573-3113 or mpeirson@cdow.org.

 

Programs

April 17: Story time at Mount Aviat Academy library, 399 Childs Rd., Childs, Md. Story time will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 10:15 a.m. after a craft activity with parent support. Special guest Mrs. Dawn Preske. Registration required. Contact Charlene Nichols at Advancement@MountAviat.org or 410.398.2206 ext. 214.

 

Saints in the City Series, programs showcasing city parishes and the saints who have shaped them. All are welcome. The remaining schedule:

March 29, 3 p.m., St. Thomas, 301 N. Bancroft Pkwy., Wilmington.

April 13, 6 p.m., St. Elizabeth, 809 S. Broom St., Wilmington.

April 25, following 4 p.m. Mass, Christ Our King, 2810 N. Monroe St., Wilmington.

May 1, 6:30 p.m., St. Joseph, 1012 N. French St., Wilmington.

May 3, following 11 a.m. Mass, St. Peter, 500 N. West Street, Wilmington.

May 17, following 4 p.m. Mass, St. Anthony, 901 N. Dupont Street, Wilmington.

June 7, 2 p.m., St. Paul, 1010 W. 4th Street, Wilmington.

For more information, Andy Glover, 717-649-9145 or aglover@comcast.net or Bruce Mulrine, (302) 220-7050, bmurlrine@comcast.net

May 16, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.:  Building Intercultural Connections (B.I.C.), a program developed by the U.S. Bishops’ Conference to provide church leaders with cultural training for the growing diversity in the Church, St. Michael the Archangel Church, Georgetown. Open to clergy, religious, lay leaders, liturgists, educators, outreach coordinators, and all interested faithful. Day will conclude with a multi-cultural Mass. Admission is free. A $5.00 donation will be requested for a magnificent multi-cultural lunch. Registration deadline is May 4. Contact Br. Chris Posch, ofm at (302) 655-0518 or chrisposch@gmail.com, Theresa Moschelle at (302) 798-0123 or religioused@hrparish.com or Deacon Luke Yackley at (410) 6426534 or click here to register.

April 1-May 6, 1:15 p.m.-3:35 p.m.: Free diabetes self-management workshop, St. Jude the Apostle Religious Education Center, Lewes. Presented by DHSS Diabetes Prevention and Control. For more information and to register, contact Linda Crone, 302-744-1020 or Gary Grimanels at 302-424-1473 (leave message).

April 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: “Picture the Future” seminar on future planning for special needs families, room 110 , Higher Education Center, Chesapeake College. Sponsored by Benedictine Programs and Services and the Law Firm of Parker, Counts, Melton, and Goodman; By Their Side (lifelong advocates for Marylanders with disabilities); and the Kinera Foundation, (a parent support group). Laura McKenzie, Benedictine’s Transition Coordinator, will discuss “Understanding and Accessing the Adult Service Delivery System of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) as well as Transition Planning to Adulthood.” Ann Goodman, Esquire will present on “Where to Begin with Special Needs Trusts.” And Kathy Vecchioni, Executive Director of By Their Side will discuss “Planning for the future.” Registration is limited. For information and registration visit Benedictine online atwww.benschool.org, or like Benedictine School on Facebook. For additional information or help in registering please contact Christy Russell of the Kinera Foundation at 443-926-6483 orChristy@kinera.org.

May 18, 7-8:30 p.m.: World Meeting of Families presentation, St. Jude the Apostle Church, 152 Tulip Dr., Lewes. Meghan Cokeley, Director, Office for the New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will speak about the Fall event in Philadelphia, and the theme of the meeting, Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive. To register for the presentation and order the catechism, call the Religious Education Office at (302) 644-7413.

Religious Education for Children with Special Needs Classes: Religious Education classes for children with special needs are available at the Church of the Holy Child, Wilmington, or St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Bear. For more information or to register, please call Linda Jackson at 302-573-3130.

 

Retreats

April 17-19 Retrovaille Marriage Program for stressed and troubled marriages. Malvern Retreat Center, for information contact our confidential phone line at 1-800-470-2230 or www.helpourmarriage.com

April 24-26, Nov. 6-8: Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, Rehoboth Beach. For more information, visit the website at www.wwme-delmar.org or to register for the weekend, call Dave and Cyndi Germack, (302) 220-9833.

June 5-7, Sept. 11-13: Women’s wellness weekends, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Mary-by-the-Sea Retreat House, Cape May, NJ. Range of workshops from Yoga and Tai Chi to Weaving and Skin Wellness to Inner Harmony and the Power of Friendship. Our 11 workshops are created to balance and improve physical, emotional, and spiritual health; fun psychedelic social Saturday night! $395 for the weekend, includes room, meals, workshops, and evening socials. An early registration price of $375 is also available for both weekends, and evening socials. Email development@ssjphila.org or call 1-800-482-6510 for more information.

St. Mary-by-the-Sea Retreat House in Cape May, New Jersey, facilitated by the Sisters of St. Joseph, has a brochure available for download by going to www.stmarybythesea.org or by calling (609) 884-8708.

 

Lenten Programs/Advent Programs

Fridays during Lent, 7:30 p.m.: Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross). St. Anthony of Padua Church, Ninth and DuPont Streets, Wilmington.

Daily Mass during Lent in Wilmington: St. Patrick’s Church, 15th and King Streets, 8 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, with 5 p.m. confessions. Mondays through Fridays: Sacred Heart Oratory, 917 Madison St. at noon; St. Joseph, 1012 N. French St., at 12:10 p.m.; and the Cathedral, Sixth and West Streets, at 12:10 p.m.

Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m.: Mass, St. Matthew Church, Newport. Join the Calix Society for these Masses offered for all those suffering from and those who have died from the sickness of addiction. For more information, go to calixde.org.

St. Jude the Apostle Holy Week Schedule: Holy Thursday, April 2: 7:30 a.m. morning prayer (no 7:30 a.m. Mass); 7 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Good Friday, April 3: 7:30 a.m.morning prayer (no 7:30 a.m. Mass); Service of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 4: 7:30 a.m. morning prayer (no 7:30 a.m. Mass); Also, no 4:30 p.m. Mass or Sacrament of reconciliation on March 30. Easter vigil Mass, 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 5, Masses at 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 AM.

March 29, 7 p.m.: Tenebrae, presented by St. Mary of the Assumption’s SMYLE Youth League, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. All are welcome. Free will offering will benefit sending SMYLE teens to summer camp. For more information, Father Chris Coffiey, (302) 239-7100 or Kim Gennusa, (302) 382-0809.

March 29: A Lenten Gift, musical presentation from St. Helena’s and the choirs of Salesianum and Ursuline. Alyssa Schulteis, accompanist, and 60 member choir and chamber orchestra. Free will offering.

April 3, Noon: Stations of the Cross, Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington. Bishop Malooly will preside. In case of inclement weather, Stations will be held indoors at the Queen of the Apostles Chapel on the cemetery grounds.

April 3, 8 p.m.: “The Passion of the Christ” passion play, St. Paul’s Church, 1010 W. 4th Street, Wilmington.

 

Fish Frys:

March 27, 5-7 pm: Lenten Dinners offered by the Knights of Columbus Council No. 13348 in the Parish Life Center , St. Jude the Apostle Church, Lewes, DE.  Weekly menu of fried cod, baked tilapia, and changing chef’s special served with fries, cole slaw, and dessert.  $13 per person, $25 per couple, or $6 for children under 12.

March 27, 4-7 p.m.: Lenten fish dinners, Holy Family Church, 15 Gender Rd., Newark. Menu: Fried or baked flounder, cod, & pollock, grilled cheese sandwiches for the kids, scalloped potatoes, green beans, & hush puppies, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, coleslaw & pasta salad, donated desserts, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, tea, and milk, soda for $1, beer and wine available. Adults, $14; Senior citizens,  $12.00; Children ages 4-12, $5. Take-outs available.

March 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m. : Lenten Fish Fry, Holy Cross Church upstairs auditorium, 631 S. State St., Dover, presented by Knights of Columbus Dover Council 4182. Adults, $10, Children under 12 FREE. Menu includes broiled flounder, batter fried cod or shrimp, fish sticks, tater tots, macaroni & cheese, vegetable, cole slaw, rolls, desserts & beverages. Take 0ut available. Fro more information, contact StanOleysyck, (702) 340-2067 or smo3549@verizon.net

March 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Lenten Fish Fry, St. Paul’s Church, 4th and Jackson Sts., Wilmington. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus San Pablo Council. Menu includes fried or baked fish, French fries, mice vegetables, salads and coffee. $8 per person. For tickets and more information, Ismael Prado, 9320) 658-9696 or Franky Gonzalez, (302) 275-9128.

 

Fundraisers

April 17, 7-9:30 p.m.: St. Vincent de Paul Society cocktail party and silent auction, Oxford community center, Oxford, Md. For more information, (410) 829-7706.

April 18: Emmanuel Dining Room Annual Auction, Barclays Building, Wilmington Riverfront. Silent and live auctions, refreshments. Donations and program sponsorships being accepted. The feature event of the Auction is the drawing of our Grand Raffle, awarding three prizes:  $10,000, $2,000, and $1,000.  You do not have to be present to win.  Grand Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 500 tickets will be sold. For more information, contact Priscilla Rakestraw, (302) 428-3702.

April 26, 9:15 a.m.: 5K and Sister Walk, Mount Aviat Academy, Childs, Md. $20 per person/$50 per family before April 27, includes T-shirts. Trophies will be awarded after the race. Go to www.MountAviat.org or contact Dina, dinaokie@verizon.net, Kandi, kandischreuder@gmail.com. Mass at 8 a.m. at the school.

April 26, 1-4 p.m.: Delaware Adolescent Program, “Step Into Spring” Awards Brunch and Fashion Show, Sheraton Wilmington South. Awards brunch and fashion show featuring: recognition of community partners and students, fashions featuring local celebrities, vendors, giveaways, auctions, raffles, and a fabulous Disney vacation trip drawing. Tickets are $10 – for information or to purchase email  info@dapi.org. For more information about DAPI, the spring brunch, and the graduation ceremony, please contact: Lucy O’Donnell, 302-764-9740, lodonnell@dapi.org

April 26: Ministry of Caring International Night, Francis X. Norton Center, 917 North Madison St., Wilmington. Theme is Thai night, food by Chef Bill Bradley & The Staff of FXN. Tickets are $25; $176 per table of 8 Doors open at 5 pm, service begins at 5:30. To make reservations, contact Dorine Menchhofer at dmenchhofer@ministryofcaring.org.

May 7, 7-10 p.m.: Line Dancing for a Cure, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Hall, 345 Bear-Christiana Road, Bear. Instructor, Donna Boyce and DJ, Joanne Brady, benefits the American Cancer Society. $10 per person at the door. Event hosted by Second Chances. No experience necessary. Beverages, snacks for sale, 50/50, door prizes and more. More information, Kim Gonzon, kjgonzon@verizon.net

May 17: Ministry of Caring International Night, Francis X. Norton Center, 917 North Madison St., Wilmington. Theme is TBD, food by TBD. Tickets are $25; $176 per table of 8 Doors open at 5 pm, service begins at 5:30. To make reservations, contact Dorine Menchhofer at dmenchhofer@ministryofcaring.org.

June 28: Ministry of Caring International Night, Francis X. Norton Center, 917 North Madison St., Wilmington. Theme is Tuscan Table, food by Chef Dan Butler and Toscano’s To Go. Tickets are $25; $176 per table of 8 Doors open at 5 pm, service begins at 5:30. To make reservations, contact Dorine Menchhofer at dmenchhofer@ministryofcaring.org.

July 26: Ministry of Caring International Night, Francis X. Norton Center, 917 North Madison St., Wilmington. Theme is Taste of the Chesapeake, food by Caffé Gelato. Tickets are $25; $176 per table of 8 Doors open at 5 pm, service begins at 5:30. To make reservations, contact Dorine Menchhofer at dmenchhofer@ministryofcaring.org.

Aug. 23: Ministry of Caring International Night, Francis X. Norton Center, 917 North Madison St., Wilmington. Theme is French night, food by Chef Tom Hannum, Buckley’s Tavern. Tickets are $25; $176 per table of 8 Doors open at 5 pm, service begins at 5:30. To make reservations, contact Dorine Menchhofer at dmenchhofer@ministryofcaring.org.

Sept. 27: Ministry of Caring International Night, Francis X. Norton Center, 917 North Madison St., Wilmington. Food by Kildare’s. Tickets are $25; $176 per table of 8 Doors open at 5 pm, service begins at 5:30. To make reservations, contact Dorine Menchhofer at dmenchhofer@ministryofcaring.org.

Oct. 25: Ministry of Caring International Night, Francis X. Norton Center, 917 North Madison St., Wilmington. Theme is Oktoberfest, food by the German Club. Tickets are $25; $176 per table of 8 Doors open at 5 pm, service begins at 5:30. To make reservations, contact Dorine Menchhofer at dmenchhofer@ministryofcaring.org.

Golf Outings/Fishing Tournaments

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The Arts

April 11, 7 p.m.: Concert featuring Vince Martell, former lead guitarist for the 60s band Vanilla Fudge, St. Ann’s Church, Gilpin and Union Streets, Wilmington. Vince Martell’s guitar riff for “You Keep Me Hanging On” was listed in Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “100 Heaviest of all Time”.  Vince will be playing Fudge classics and other 60‘s favorites. Tickets at St. Ann’s Rectory during business hours or order online at www.splatterconcerts.com.  Cash only please.  $20 adults ages 14-18 $5; 13 and under free.  Food and drink available for purchase at the show.  Doors open 6:15 p.m. and music starts at 7 pm.

 

Festivals/Carnivals/Bazaars

April 27-May 2: St. Helena’s Carnival, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington. Dinners in the school hall start at 5 p.m. Midway opens at 6 p.m. with rides and games for all ages. Nightly admission: $5. ages 13 – 59. Ages 12 & under, free with an adult. Ages 60 & over, free. Entertainment every night under the Big Top. Family nights Tuesday and Wednesday: Ride all night for $20 per person. Megapasses, good for unlimited rides & free carnival admission all week, $40 per person. New Seafood Café & Bar, rides, games, prizes, food, bakes goods, basket raffles and much more. Discounted admission passes and mega-passes available in advance, call 302-764-0325.

May 3, noon-4:30 p.m.: Annual Iron Hill Archaeology and Heritage Festival, Iron Hill Museum, 1355 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark. General Admission $5, kids under 4 free. Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform are also free. For more information, contact Maureen, (302) 368-5703 or www.ironhill-museum.org.

 

Sales

April 11: Consignment sale, St. John the Beloved Parish, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. Lunch and baked goods available. For more information, (302) 994-5327.

April 18, 8 a.m.-2 p.m: Spring sale, St. Gertrude’s Monastery, 14259 Benedictine Lane, Ridgely, Md. Benefits the sisters’ retirement fund. Clothing, housewares, toys, baby items, craft materials, office supplies, books, puzzle. Light lunch available for purchase. No early  birds, please.

April 25, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.: St. Mary’s Children’s Resale, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. Maternity, baby equipment, children’s clothing, toys and more.

May 30, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.: St. Catherine of Siena Garage sale, church parking lot, 2503 Centerville Road, Wilmington. Vendors welcomed, $25./car w/two parking spots. Contact Mary Gispert for details 302-239-1699 or mogispert@gmail.com.

Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Benedictine “B” Blossom Garden Center, 14299 Benedictine Lane, Ridgely. The center offers fresh floral arrangements, potted and garden plants, perennials, annuals and garden accents. Benedictine’s Yard Bee’s also offers grass cutting, mulching and trimming.  For more information, call (410) 364-9650.

Weekends: Benincasa Gift Shop, Saturdays, 1-5 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m.-noon: on the grounds of Holy Spirit Church. Religious items and sacramentals as well as religious art, wood cuts, silk screens, cards, books, music and other gift ideas. Also first Communion and confirmation gifts. Proceeds benefit the Dominican Sisters at Caterina Benincasa Dominican Monastery, 6 Church Dr., New Castle, DE (302) 654-1206.

 

Dances/Socials

April 10, 5:30-10 p.m.: Dinner Dance, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Black and white attire, music by Swing City Dance Band. Cocktails 5:30, Dinner 6 p.m., Dancing 7-10 p.m.; For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

April 24, 7-10 p.m.: Dance , Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Music by Phil Berger Band. For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

May 8, 7-10 p.m.: Dance , Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Music by Flash Back. For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

May 29, 5:30-10 p.m.: Dinner Dance, Post Cana Group, Cavaliers Country Club, Wilmington. Semi-formal. Music by Good Times. Cocktails 5:30, Dinner 6 p.m., Dancing 7-10 p.m.; For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

June 19, 5:30-10 p.m.: Dinner Dance, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Music by Joseph Staffieri Band. Cocktails 5:30, Dinner 6 p.m., Dancing 7-10 p.m.; For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

July 17, 5:30-10 p.m.: Dinner Dance, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Patriotic theme, Music by Flash Back. Cocktails 5:30, Dinner 6 p.m., Dancing 7-10 p.m.; For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

Aug. 7, 5:30-10 p.m.: Dinner Dance, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Hawaiian theme, Music by Phil Berger Band. Cocktails 5:30, Dinner 6 p.m., Dancing 7-10 p.m.; For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

Aug. 21, 7-10 p.m.: Dance , Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Music by Johnny Kay’s Rockets. For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

Sept. 25, 5:30-10 p.m.: Dinner Dance, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. End of Summer theme, Music by Good Times. Cocktails 5:30, Dinner 6 p.m., Dancing 7-10 p.m.; For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

Oct. 16, 7-10 p.m.: Dance , Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Music by Flash Back. For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

Nov. 1, 12:30-4:30 p.m.: Dance and Luncheon, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Halloween  theme, costume parade at 2 p.m., music by Johnny Kay’s Rockets. Cocktails 12:30, Lunch 1 p.m., Dancing 1:30-4:30 p.m.; For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

Nov. 15, 12:30-4:30 p.m.: Dance and Luncheon, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Fall festival theme, music by Joseph Staffieri Band. Cocktails 12:30, Lunch 1 p.m., Dancing 1:30-4:30 p.m.; For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

Dec. 13, 5:30-10 p.m.: Dinner Dance, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Christmas Semi-Formal, Music by Phil Berger Music. Cocktails 5:30, Dinner 6 p.m., Dancing 7-10 p.m.; For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

Dec. 27, 12:30-4:30 p.m.: Dance and Luncheon, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. New Year’s theme, music by Good Times. Cocktails 12:30, Lunch 1 p.m., Dancing 1:30-4:30 p.m.; For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

 

Meals

April 12 & 26, May 10 & 24, 8-11:30 a.m.: Breakfast, Knights of Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Md. Menu includes scrambled eggs, western omelet, bacon, sausage, home fries, chipped beef, French toast, regular toast, plain pancakes, blueberry pancakes, orange juice, coffee. $9 for adults, $4 for children under 8. For more information, (410) 524-7994.

April 12, 8-11:30 p.m.: All you can eat breakfast, Good Shepherd School, 810 Aiken Ave., Perryville, Md. Adults $7 ; Children age 6-12, $4; Age 5 and under free.

March 25, April 29, May 27, June 245-7 p.m.: Simple Supper, Knights of Columbus Council #9053 Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md.  $5 per person, children under 12, $2.For reservations, call (410) 524-7994.

April 12, 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Second Sunday Breakfast Buffet, St. Helena’s Masci Hall, Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington. Large assortment of hot foods, baked goods, beverages and more. $8.50 adults, $4.50 children. For reservations, contact Nancy, (302) 598-8586.

April 18, 5-7 p.m.: Birthright of Delaware Spring Feast, St. Hedwig Church, Linden and S. Harrison Sts. Menu includes Italian hoagies, hot porkette sandwiches, pasta salad, soft drinks, and dessert. Advance tickets: adults $10, children 12 and under $5.  At the door: adults $12, children $6. Cash bar. For more information contact Nan Freeman (656-7080) or Tom Deangelo (598-9402).

April 18, 5:30 – 7:00 pm: Italian Dinner, St. Jude the Apostle Church, Parish Life Center, Lewes, offered by KofC.  Stuffed shells with Italian sausage, green beans, salad, bread, and cannoli.  Live entertainment by Anthony Barcola.  $14 per person, contact Jim at 645-1261.

April 18, 4-8 p.m.: Spaghetti dinner, sponsored by the KofC St. David Council, Christ the Teacher School, 2451 Frazer Road, Glasgow. $10 adults, $6 children 12 and under. Cash bar for beer and wine. Dine in or take out. Tickets available at the door, or by emailing  sdcspaghettidinner@gmail.com.

 

Bingo/Games

March 27, April 10 17 & 24: (Please note: no bingo on Good Friday, April 3) Bingo, Knights of Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Md. Refreshments for sale. Doors open at 5 p.m., games at 6:30 p.m. For more information, (410) 524-7994.

March 24 & 31, 7 p.m.: Bingo, Holy Rosary Parish hall, 3210 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. Food and refreshments available. For more information, (302) 798-2904.

March 26: Bingo, St. Helena’s School Hall, Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games begin at 7 p.m.. Door prizes, pull tabs, food, drinks, snacks. Must be 18 to play. For more information, (302) 764-0325.

 

Volunteers Needed

The Ministry of Caring is looking for volunteers to participate in a mentoring program for children in its shelter. The program, which requires eight hours of training, has been developed by Catholic Charities USA. Mentors are to participate with the children they are matched with for a total of two hours a week. Interested volunteers are asked to contact Jennifer DiPietro at (302) 652-1935 or jdipietro@ministryofcaring.org.

The Religious Education for Special Needs Program seeks volunteers. Many activities require one-to-one assistance. Join this loving and meaningful ministry. For more information, call Linda Jackson at 573-3130.

The Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel, at St. Ann’s Parish in Wilmington, seeks volunteers to help cover various hours for Adoration. The chapel is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, www.adorationchapel.org, adorationchapel.stann@gmail.com, (320) 584-1422.

The sisters at Benincasa Dominican Monastery have a need for dedicated volunteers to help in the gift shop. The Benincasa Gallery and Gift Shop is located on the grounds of Holy Spirit Church, 6 Church Drive, New Castle. For more information please contact Sr. Emmanuella at (302) 654-1206.

The Little Sisters of the Poor, a nursing home which serves low income seniors located at 185 Salem Church Road in Newark, is seeking volunteers. Flexible schedule available: Volunteer once a month, once a week, or more.  Help is needed with breakfast, lunch or dinner, driving to medical appointments, kitchen prep work, folding laundry, cleaning the Chapel, photography, and more. For information, please contact Mary Cella atvolnewark@littlesistersofthepoor.org or (302) 368-5886.

The Diocese of Wilmington is looking for extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist who can serve Catholic patients at Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital.  Eucharistic ministers interested in volunteering should call 302-834-4321.

The Junior Board of St. Francis Hospital is looking for new members to support the hospital’s mission and its patients through fundraising and by working as volunteers in the Gift Shop and patient service areas. Established in 1924, the Junior Board has a long and honored tradition of service that has helped make possible the purchase of hospital equipment and furnishings. Those interested in joining our dedicated and enthusiastic team, please call Lois Torgerson, membership chair, at 302-764-0292.

The Old Bohemia Historical Society, which manages the St. Francis Xavier Shrine, the mother church of the diocese, needs volunteers for various projects. For more information, contact Marji Matyniak at (302) 328-4803.

Thresholds Volunteers is seeking volunteers to help prisoners by teaching them decision-making and problem-solving skills. These skills help prisoners take control of their lives and benefit themselves, their families, and communities. The group serves prisons in the Wilmington, Smyrna and Georgetown areas. There is a one-day (Saturday) training session, and volunteer times are in evenings or on weekends to accommodate schedules. Retirees make valuable volunteers because of their life experience. For more information, (302) 478-3053.

 

Donations

April 25-26: Parish drive for the poor and needy, St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Frazer Rd., Glasgow. Items (in good condition) being accepted are: gently used clothing, furniture, housewares, small appliances, toys, blankets, sheets, etc. Non-perishable food and personal care items for the emergency food closet also needed. Volunteers will be on hand to assist Saturday from 5-7 p.m, and Sunday from 8-noon. Tax receipts available. For more information, (302) 834-0225.

Catholic Charities Thrift Center, 1320 E. 23rd St., Wilmington, Del. is seeking donations of gently-used household goods, including furniture, mattresses and working appliances. (302) 764-2717.

 

Groups

St. Peregrine Cancer Society, Mary, Mother of Peace Church. Meets fourth Sunday of the Month at Either Mary, Mother of Peace or St. Michael the Archangel. Group is open to those with cancer, or those who wish to support them through prayer. Please bring your rosary; medals and prayer cards will be provided. Join us for fellowship after the prayer service. For information, contact Deacon Dave McDowell, (302) 945-8317.

Cancer Support Group program for those with cancer and their caregivers. Every fourth Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital Library, second floor, Medical Offices building, 701 N. Clayton St., Wilmington. The group is professionally facilitated and free to the public. Parking lot available. Call for next meeting date. (302) 421-4970.

Always Our Children, a support group for families and friends of GLBT Catholics meets monthly at Holy Redeemer Church, Bi-State Blvd. at Chestnut St., Delmar, Md. For more information and the next meeting date, (410) 812-3117.

Calix, an association of Catholic alcoholics who maintain sobriety through affiliation with a 12-step program and those impacted by addiction has a group in the Wilmington area. Call (302) 521-9330 or find local information at calixde.org for links to meeting and resources.

Carmelite Community of Mary meets the second Saturday of each month at St. Jude The Apostle, Lewes, January through May and St. Francis De Sales, Salisbury, June through December. Community prayer at 9 a.m., with opportunity to ask questions about the Secular Discalced Carmelites and Carmelite spirituality.  For information, Pam Becker, 302-645-8505 or www.carmelife.com.

The Columbiettes are a service organization of Catholic women who wish to make a difference in society by taking strong stands on issues such as abortion, human trafficking, pornography and euthanasia. The group presents an opportunity to serve God and others and enrich your own spirituality. Members must be over age 17 and be practicing Catholics. For more information, call (302) 897-3022 or email 12374Columbiettes@gmail.com.

Parents Pray, prayer group for parents with children ages infant to age 5. Meets every Tuesday, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Discuss faith topics while children have an opportunity to play together. Holy Savior Parish Center, 1705 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, Md. Contact Rita Danhardt, (410) 289-7038.

The Post Cana Group offers local widowed persons mutual support and socialization. Participants must offer proof of nearby residency (Delaware, Eastern Shore of Md., Salem County, N.J. or Chester/Delaware Counties in Pa.) and proof of widowed status. The group offers social activities such as meals, dances and field trips (See listing of dances under “Dinner/Dance” above). Most local events held at Talleyville Hall. More information: Nancy (302) 479-5109.

Word of Life Scripture group, Holy Savior Church, 1705 N. Philadelphia Ave. Ocean City, Md. Group meets on the second Sunday of each month at 11:15 a.m. Group chooses a Scripture passage, and discusses how to put the passage into practice. All are welcome. More information, Kim Zarif, followthestar@comcast.net.

 

Young Adults

Summa Young Adults, young adult ministry for ages 19-35, meet and greet after the 4 p.m. Mass at Mary Mother of Peace Hall, 30839 Mt. Joy Rd., Millsboro. For more information, (302) 856-6451 or stmichrc@verizon.net.

St. Mary’s Young Professional Project (SMYPP) encourages the social, spiritual, and intellectual formation of single and married young adults.  Service opportunities are also available. Open to people of all faiths, ages 21 and older. For more information, contact Lottie Johnson at lottie.johnson88@gmail.com.

Spirit on the Shore is a young adult group based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Young Catholic adults in their 20s and 30s participate in spiritual, social and service activities to better participate in the mission of the local Church on the Eastern Shore. For more information, spiritontheshore@gmail.com.

 

Trips

April 8: Trip to D.C. visit St. Matthew’s Cathedral, National Museum of Women in the Arts (self- guided tour) and Hillwood Museum (1 hour docent tour). Bus leaves St. Polycarp 135 Ransom Lane Smyrna, DE at 6 AM. Cost $50 per person. Lunch on your own in Museum café. Bus to leave Washington at 3:30. Payment due at registration. For info please call Bernadette, (302) 653-8279.

April 12-21, 2015: Pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, Lourdes, France, Burgos and Barcelona with Msgr. George Brubaker, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church, New Castle. For more information, call Cheryl Cook at the parish office (302) 328-3431.

April 13-23, 2015: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Join Fr. John Hynes as he celebrates his 50th year as a priest. Ten-day trip includes airfare, 4-star hotel lodging, breakfast, dinner and some lunches and admissions to sites. Cost $3,700. For more information, brochure and reservation form, call Fr. Hynes, (302) 633-4915 or  stcathwilm@comcast.net, maryjofrohlich@gmail.com.

April 25-26: Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., organized and hosted by Johannah Wojcik. Visit the Shrine, Visitation Monastery, Norman Rockwell Museum. $164 per person. For more information and reservations, call (302) 998-3057.

June 8-16, 2015: Join Fr. Brian Lewis, associate pastor at St. John the Beloved, on a nine-day pilgrimage to the holy shrines in France focusing on the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Includes visits to Paris, Nevers, Ars, Paray-le-Monial, and Lourdes; Mass at the Sacred Heart Basilica, the Miraculous Medal Chapel, and the Basilica of Lourdes. Celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Paray-le-Monial, and the Feast of the IHM in Lourdes. For more information, contact Fr. Lewis at (302) 999-0211 or fr.brianlewis@yahoo.com.

June 22-26: Niagara Falls, Ontario trip with side trip to Toronto, organized by the Ministry of Caring. $650 ppdo. Includes 4 nights lodging, four breakfast and full course dinners, all day tour of Niagara including Niagara on the Lake, tour of Toronto, Maid of the Mist boat ride, tour of FX Chocolates, and much more. For information, contact Annie Halverson, (302) 652-5523, ahalverson@ministryofcaring.org.

June 27, 2016: Spain and Provence River Cruise. Join Father Ed Aigner for a cruise on the Rhone River in the scenic south of France.  Tour begins June 27, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. The cruise, which leaves from Arles, France makes its way to the city of Lyon and includes all tours as well as beer and wine with meals.  (These AMA Waterways river cruises sell out way in advance.) The relaxing and intimate river cruise offers an experience not available on the big cruise ships.  For more information on this trip to the land of artists, wine and cheese contact Mary Grubert 1-800-275-0935 or mkgrubert@comcast.net..

Sept. 28-Oct. 3: Pilgrimage to Mexico with Fr. Roger from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Bear. Visit the Guadaloupe Shrine and attend Mass there. Accommodations at the Sheraton hotel, including daily breakfasts and dinners. Visits to the pyramids dedicated to the sun and moon, Pueblo, Frida Kalo’s home and art studio, the Folkloric Ballet and much more. $1899 ppdo. For more information, contact Fr. Roger at Fr.Roger@setonparish.net or Merle at premier tours@verizon.net.

Nov. 6-18: Portugal, Estoril Coast, Azores & Madeira Islands with Fr. Tom Flowers. 4 nights in Lisbon, 4 on St. Michael Island, 3 on Madeira Island.  Includes churches & castles, Fatima shrine, scenic villages, volcanic lakes, pineapple & tea plantations, botanical garden, waterfalls, & hot springs, optional whale & dolphin watching and cooking class, ceramic studio, distillery, banana plantation & vineyards, trout farm & sugar mill, local embroidery & wicker crafts, Madeira wine.  Daily Mass. A representative from Colette Tours will be at St. Polycarp in Smyrna on Feb. 4, at 6:30 pm, to discuss the itinerary and questions about the trip.  For flyer, contact Vacations for Catholics at (888) 878-8187, office@saintpolycarp.org or (302) 653-8279.

 

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