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Bishop’s Schedule

SUNDAY, JULY 5

• Closing Mass for Fortnight for Freedom, St. Peter Cathedral, Wilmington, 11 a.m.

THURSDAY, JULY 9

• Catholic Youth Ministry golf outing, Cavalier Country Club, Newark

SATURDAY, JULY 11

• Delaware Knights of Columbus officer installation, Holy Angels, Newark, 1 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 12

• Mass celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph Mission, Cordova, Md., 11 a.m.

 

Services

July 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.

July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, 9 a.m.: Monthly Mass of Remembrance for the recently deceased, All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington. For more information, (302) 737-2524.

July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19, 9 a.m.: Monthly Mass of Remembrance for the recently deceased, Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington. For more information, (302) 656-3323.

July 19, Noon-4 p.m.: Jesus House 40th anniversary celebration, 2501 Milltown Road, Wilmington. Noon Mass followed by by open house and light fare. Families welcome. Extra parking available at the Heritage Park Office Complex across the street. Handicap parking on site. RSVP: 302-995-6859.

July 22-25: St. Ann’s Novena, St. Ann’s Church, Gilpin Ave. and Union St., Wilmington. Adoration and Benediction at 7 p.m. Weds., Thurs. and Fri.; closing mass 8 a.m. Saturday.  Father James Lentini, Pastor of Holy Cross, Dover, and Immaculate Conception Parish, Marydel, Md. and former associate Pastor of St. Ann’s will be the celebrant and homilist.  Father Lentini is also an award-winning columnist for The Dialog. All are welcome. For more information, (302) 654-5519.

July 26, Aug. 30: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, St. Edmond’s Church, King Charles Ave. and Laurel St., Rehoboth. More information, (302) 762-5511.

Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m.: Annual Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, U.S. Navy Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Concpetion, 400 Michigan Ave. Northeast, Washington, D.C., 20017. Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, will be the main celebrant and homilist. Open to the public; military members are encouraged to wear uniforms. For more information, www.milarch.or (202) 719-3600.

Perpetual Adoration: St. Ann’s Divine Mercy Chapel, Gilpin Ave. and Union St., Wilmington. Beginning May 23, chapel house are 6 a.m.-10 p.m. every day. Closed during the Easter Triduum and inclement weather. www.adorationchapel.org, or Chris (302) 668-1819.

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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.

 

 

Right to Life

July 23-Aug. 1: Volunteers needed to be pro-life missionaries at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington. Shifts are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 3-7 p.m.; 7-11 p.m. For details, Delaware Right to Life, Janet Grayson, (302) 661-1877, (302) 250-3023 or randjgrayson@hotmail.com.

The Delaware Stork Bus seeks a part-time temporary development person to support underserved women in Delaware and help reduce abortions. For more information, http://delawarestorkbus.org/employment.

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.

TBA, 6:30 p.m.: Southern Come and Seek group gathering for men interested in finding out more about the priesthood.  Ss. Peter & Paul Rectory, 1210 S. Washington St., Easton, Md.  Opportunity 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, contact Fr. Joe McQuaide at (302) 674-5787 ext. 115 or visit the Vocations website: www.cdow.org/catholic-diocese-of-wilmington-offices-and-ministries/vocations/.

July 22, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Come and Seek group gathering for men interested in finding out more about the priesthood.  St. John the Beloved Parish, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. Opportunity 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, contact Fr. Chris Coffiey at (302) 239-7100 ext. 24 or visit the Vocations website: www.cdow.org/catholic-diocese-of-wilmington-offices-and-ministries/vocations/.

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

Welcome Home, a program for those considering returning to the Church, is being offered by Christ Our King Church, 2810 N. Monroe St., Wilmington, 19802. The six session program provides an array  of resources to help understand the Church and its teachings more clearly. Rediscover your Catholic roots.  No obligation, all are welcome, regardless of situation, to participate in the program or speak privately with a priest. For more information, contact Father Joe Brennan, OSFS, (302) 762-4140 ext. 104, or jbrennan@christourkingcatholicchurch.org  www.christourkingcatholicchurch.org.

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.

Through Aug. 24, 6:30-8 p.m.: Summer grief support group, St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. Meets Monday evenings. Group is open to the newly bereaved and also those who have struggled with long-term grief. Topics include: understanding the grieving process; facing changes; relationships with family and friends; the cycle of the year; stress and coping. For more information, contact Frances M. Castello 484-732-8026 or 201-669-0566.

Aug. 5-7, 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.: Catholic Debate Camp, Salesianum School, Wilmington. High school students and recent graduates are invited. Sponsored by The Society of Statesmen, a non-profit,Wilmington-based education institute. Learn vital presentation skills, grasp deeper things about the workings of public policy, plenty of practice and debate. Eight students admitted; senior instructor presides throughout. Scholarships available. More information, www.catholicdebate.com.

 

 

Retreats

Sept. 11-13: Women’s wellness weekends, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Mary-by-the-Sea Retreat House, Cape May, NJ. Eleven workshops to balance and improve physical, emotional, and spiritual health including yoga, Tai Chi, weaving, skin wellness, inner harmony and the power of friendship. Fun psychedelic social Saturday night. $395 for the weekend, includes room, meals, workshops, and evening socials. Early registration price of $375 is available for both weekends. Email development@ssjphila.org or call 1-800-482-6510 for more information.

Oct 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m: Bilingual youth retreat, St. Paul’s School Hall, Wilmington. For youth ages 13-18. For more information, Crystal Rodriguez, (302) 358-5474 or holy_detox@aol.com

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.

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

No listings at this time.

 

Fundraisers

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.

July 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Annual Chrome City Ride, Benedictine School, Ridgely, Md. Special appearances by two actors from “American Graffiti,” Bo Hopkins and Candy Clark, who will greet visitors and sign autographs. Also Rockin’ Elvis, Big Daddy P and DJ Chris, motorcycle demonstrations. $25 per rider (or spectatorO includes T shirt, catered lunch and entertainment. For information, visit benschool.org or  call the Benedictine Foundation at 410-634-2292.

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

July 30: Swing Fore Little Sisters Charity Golf Outing, Cavaliers Country Club, 100 Addison Dr., Newark. 11:15 a.m. registration, bag drop, practice and lunch; 12:30 p.m shotgun start; 5:15 putting contest, 6 p.m dinner, cocktails, silent auction. $175 individual/$800 foursome, includes golf shirt, green fees, cart, practice area, gift pan, lunch, beverages on course, dinner, awards and more. Register by July 16. For more information, devnewark@!littlsistersofthepoor.org or (302) 368-5886.

 

The Arts

No listings at this time.

 

Festivals/Carnivals/Bazaars

July 6-11, 6-10 p.m.: Our Lady of Fatima Fair, 801 N. DuPont Blvd., New Castle.  Mega Passes sold after every Mass. Food, drink, games, rides and prizes. Take a chance to win $1,500. Free parking and free shuttle available at Ashbury Methodist Church, 300 E Basin Rd. New Castle. For more information on Mega Passes, entertainment, gate fee, etc., Olffair.blogspot.com or olffair@verizon.net

July 14-18, 6 p.m.: St. Joseph Parish Carnival, Main Street and Cleaver Farm Rd., Middletown. Rides, games, children’s game area, $40 megapasses, family nights Tues. & Weds — ride all night for $20. Dinners in the parish hall. Nightly raffles, entertainment. Free admission and parking. For directions or more information, call the Parish Office at 302-378-5800 or www.stjosephmiddletown.com.

July 25, 3-7 p.m.: Annual “El Toro” Bull Roast, St. Dennis Church, Galena, MD. Featuring: Roast Beef,  Deep Fried Chicken Corn, Tomatoes,  Potato Salad, Green Beans,  Tacos , Tamales , Ice cold Beer,  Ice Tea,  Lemonade. Also Raffles,  Silent Auction,  Bake Sale, 50-50 Drawing, Mexican Folk Dancing. Tickets available before and after each Mass. $22 adults @door, $5 children, age 6-12, free ages 6 & under. $50 Family Deal — 2 adults and 3 or more children. For advance tickets ($20), call Jim (717) 575-1235. For more information call (410) 648 – 5145

Aug. 5, 9 a.m.: St. Joseph’s Jousting Tournament and Horse Show, St. Joseph’s Church, Cordova, Md.  Rain or shine event. Horse Show starts at 9 a.m. Tickets: adults, $15; children under 12, $7.  Jousting starts at 1:15 p.m. Gate charge $1 per adult. Chances on sale, first prize, homemade quilt; second prize, wooden rocking horse; third prize, $200; fourth prize, $100. Food includes country ham and barbecued chicken dinner, starts at 11:30 a.m. For information call Mike Boyle, 410-822-6915.

 

Sales

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.

Mon.-Sat.: Sweetly Made Bakery, bakery, florist and gift shop sponsored by Benedictine Adult Services, 323 Market St., Denton, Md.. For hours, information or to place an order, contact manager Kathleen Bartlett at 443-448-4663 or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sweetlymade.4.

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.

Nov. 14, 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. Cash and credit accepted.

 

Dances/Socials

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

July 12 & 26, 8:30-11:30 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.

July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 5-7 p.m.: Crab Nights, Knights of Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Md. Menu includes Maryland steamed crabs and shrimp (market priced), hot dogs, pizza, corn on the cob, french fries, crab soup. Reserve in advance, call Mon.-Tues., 9 a.m.-noon, (410) 524-7994.

July 18, Aug. 15, 5-7:30 p.m.: Pasta Nights, Knights of Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Md. Catered by Mia Fratello. Menu includes two pastas, three sauces, salad. Cash bar available. $10 adults, $5 children under 10. For more information, (410) 524-7994.

July 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.

TBA, 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.

 

 

Bingo/Games

July 3, 10, 17 & 24, Aug. 7, 14, 21 & 28: 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.

July 7, 14, 21 & 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18 & 25 7 p.m.: Bingo, Holy Rosary Parish hall, 3210 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. Food and refreshments available. For more information, (302) 798-2904.

July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27: 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 Council of Wilmington of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society is seeking volunteers. The organization helps the needy; training will be provided for all volunteers. For more information, contact Barbara E. Willis, Council President, (302) 658-3545. If no answer, please leave message.

St. Ann’s Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel is seeking permanent adorers. The chapel is located behind the church, 2013 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington. The chapel is open 6 a.m.- 1o p.m. daily. For more information, contact Chris Eckrich, Chapel Co-leader (302) 584-1422  adorationchapel.stann@gmail.com  www.adorationchapel.org

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 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

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

Sept. 28-Oct. 3: Pilgrimage to Mexico with Fr. Roger from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Bear. Visit the Guadalupe Shrine and attend Mass. Accommodations at the Sheraton hotel, including daily breakfasts and dinners. Visits to the pyramids dedicated to the sun and moon, Pueblo, Frida Kahlo’s home and art studio, the Folkloric Ballet and much more. $1,899 ppdo. For more information, contact Fr. Roger at Fr.Roger@setonparish.net or Merle at premier tours@verizon.net.

Oct. 21-Nov. 1: Best of Ireland, with Father Arthur Fiore. Visit Dublin, Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Derry, Donegal, Slieve League Cliffs, Galway, Knock Shrine, Drumcliffe, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny and Killarney. $3,229 includes round-trip air from JFK, ten breakfasts, ten dinners, two evenings of entertainment, sightseeing and entrance fees, transportation church/airport/church. For more information, (800) 932-9213 or Premiertours@verizon.net.

Oct. 19-31: Pilgrimage to Greece with Fr. Mike Gallagher. Walk in the footsteps of St. Paul, sail on the Aegean Sea with stops on Patmos, where the book of Revelation was written, and Ephesus, where Mary spent her final days. For full itinerary, Caroline, 800-334-5425.

Nov. 6-18: Portugal, Estoril Coast, Azores and Madeira Islands with Fr. Tom Flowers. Four nights in Lisbon, four on St. Michael Island, three on Madeira Island.  Includes churches & castles, Fatima shrine, scenic villages, volcanic lakes, pineapple and tea plantations, botanical garden, waterfalls, & hot springs, optional whale and dolphin watching, cooking class, ceramic studio, distillery, banana plantation and vineyards, trout farm and sugar mill, local embroidery and wicker crafts, Madeira wine. Daily Mass. For flyer, contact Vacations for Catholics at (888) 878-8187, office@saintpolycarp.org or (302) 653-8279.

Dec. 11: Bus Trip to New York City, organized by St. Hedwig Parish. $95, includes bus, water and snacks on bus and Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall. Lunch/shop on your own in Little Italy before show. After show visit Rockefeller Plaza and see the gigantic Christmas tree lit up. Only 55 seats available; Book by July 7. Bus leaves St. Hedwig’s at 8:45 a.m., departs New York 7:30 p.m. Information and reservations, Eileen, (302)594-1400, sthedwigchurch@comcast.netsthedwigde.org.

July 29-Aug 5, 2016: Alaska’s Southern Glacier Cruise with Father Ed Aigner of Salisbury Md., on board Celebrity Cruise Line’s Millennium. See amazing wildlife, beautiful fjords and awesome glaciers; experience fine dining, entertainment and full range of shipboard activities. Sail from Seward, Alaska, to Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Straight and Ketchikan and on to Vancouver, BC. Reserve space now for the summer of 2016. More information, Mary Grubert 1-800-275-0935 or mkgrubert@comcast.net.

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