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MONDAY, DEC. 9
• Tree of Lights ceremony, St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, noon
TUESDAY, DEC. 10
• “Wave of Prayer” to combat hunger, sponsored by Catholic Charities, 1626 N. Union St., Wilmington, noon
THURSDAY, DEC. 12
• School visit, St. Ann’s, Wilmington, 10 a.m.
• Mass for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Veronica Giuliani Monastery, Wilmington, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, DEC. 14
• Confirmation, St. Edmond, Rehoboth Beach, noon
Through Dec. 15: Our Lady of Guadalupe events, including Masses, Mañanitas, and other celebrations. For a detailed schedule, go to www.cdow.org.
Dec. 10, Noon: Wave of Prayer, a worldwide movement to respond to the needs of the poor, in response to the call from Pope Francis. Catholics are invited to join in prayer individually. More details on the Wave of Prayer, including the designated prayer for the day, and donation locations to support Catholic Charities, can be found at www.cdow.org.
Jan. 3, 7 p.m.: Diocesan Healing Masses, St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. Father Charles Dillingham will be presider and homilist. Reserved seating area for aged and infirm available; ushers available to provide assistance. Church is handicapped accessible, with wheel chair ramp and rest room with side rails. Father Dillingham will go into the congregation to bless those in the reserved seating area and prayer teams will visit those who cannot come forward to the altar for prayers. Future Masses scheduled in 2014 for June 6, and Oct. 3. For more information, call Angel Crossing, (302) 654-3232.
Jan. 4, 8:30 a.m.: First celebration of The First Five Saturdays, sponsored by Our Lady of Fatima Parish Sodality. 801 N. DuPont Hwy., New Castle. Follows on subsequent first Saturdays of the month. Based on Our Lady of Fatima devotions established during the Fatima apparitions in 1917. Devotions begin with Mass, followed by private recitation of the rosary and private 15 minute recitation on one of the mysteries of the rosary. Confession will be available following Mass. Information on Consecration to the Immaculate Heart through Louis de Monfort will also be available. More information, call Petra, (302) 838-2742.
Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m.: St. Elizabeth Devotions, St. Elizabeth Church, Cedar and Clayton Streets, Wilmington. Liturgy of the Word, Exposition, prayer and hymn to St. Elizabeth, blessing of infants in the womb for pregnant attendees. (Continues on the 5th of every month.) (302) 652-3626.
Feb. 12, May 7: Charismatic Mass, Holy Cross Church, 631 S. State Street, Dover. All are welcome. More information, email@example.com.
Weekdays, 7:15 a.m.: Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, St. John the Beloved Parish, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington, Del. 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, Del. (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.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.: Locutions to the World, Our Lady of Fatima chapel, 801 N. DuPont Hwy., New Castle. More information, call Petra, (302) 838-2742.
Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.: Mass in the Chapel. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Thursdays, 6-6:30 p.m.: Prayer service to celebrate 125th parish anniversary, and end to 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
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Dec. 11, 7 p.m.: Diocesan Vocations Guild meeting, Diocesan Office Building, 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. More information, Mary Ann Peirson, email@example.com or (302) 573-3113.
Dec. 19, 7-9 p.m.: Come and Seek gathering for men interested learning more about the priesthood. Vianney House, St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. Meet others who are considering answering the call, and chat with Diocesan priests about their vocations. For more information call Father David Kelley at (302) 573-3133 or Father Chris Coffiey at (302) 239-7100, x24.
Dec. 11-March 12: Total Consecration through Mary to Jesus, based on the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort, St. John the Beloved School, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. Classes will take place Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12 and March 12. Consecration Mass will March 25 at 5 p.m., the Feast of the Annunciation. More information, Johannah Wojcik, (302) 998-3057 or Janet, (302) 996-0482.
Jan. 24-26: Annual Retreat for Women, hosted by St. John Neumann Parish in Ocean Pines, Dunes Manor Hotel, 28th Street, Ocean City, Md. Retreat director will be Rev. Joseph MPR Cocucci. Room and meals rates are $235/$170/$150, depending on choice of accommodations. More information, Kathy, (410) 641-6662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Dec. 9, Noon: Mass and Lights of Love tree lighting, St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington. Bishop Malooly will be the main celebrant of the Mass, followed by the tree lighting. Sponsored by the Junior Board of St. Francis Hospital.
Dec. 9-10: Sacred Heart Oratory parish mission: “How Faith Illumines the Darkness.” Sacred Heart Oratory, 917 N. Madison St., Wilmington. Monday, noon Mass, conference, confessions; 3 p.m. Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, confessions. Tuesday, Noon Mass, conference, confessions. All are welcome. Mission director will be Father Pio Mandato, FMHJ. For more information, (302) 428-3658.
Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Breakfast in Bethlehem, St. Matthew Church, 901 E. Newport Pike, Woodcrest, Wilmington. Story of Jesus’ birth will be presented; refreshments will be available. Pictures with “Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus” will be available as well as opportunities to make personalized picture frames. Makes a great gift. Free, all are welcome. Please bring a canned good for the outreach cupboard.
Dec. 14, 7 p.m.: “Darkness into Light,” children’s Christmas pageant, St. Jude the Apostle Parish Life Center, 152 Tulip Dr., Lewes. Music by the church choir and the Christmas story told by the children of the parish. All are invited. For more information, (302) 542-4407.
Dec. 14, 5 p.m.: Caroling Under the Spires, St. Hedwig Church, 408 S. Harrison St., Wilmington. St. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments to follow in Msgr. Gulcz Hall. More information, (302) 594-1400.
Dec. 15-18, Advent Mission, Mary Mother of Peace Church, 30839 Mount Joy Rd., Millsboro. Presented by Father Jack McDowell, OFM, who will prayerfully guide participants from Delaware to the Creche. Father McDowell will speak at Masses, as well as sessions in the mornings and evenings, Monday through Wednesday. There is no charge. For more information and a schedule, (302) 856-6451.
Dec. 15, 2 p.m.: Penance Service, Mary Mother of Peace Church, 30839 Mount Joy Rd., Millsboro. Extra priests will be available to hear confessions. All are invited to attend.
Dec. 15, 2 p.m.: Christmas in Italy Concert, featuring Holy Spirit and St. Anthony’s Choir, Holy Spirit Church, 12 Winder Rd., New Castle. For more information, contact Nicole Matos, (302) 521-4873 or Marie Redman, (302) 658-1069.
Dec. 18, 7 p.m.: Advent Penance Service, St. Jude the Apostle Church, 152 Tulip Dr., Lewes. Extra priests will be available to hear confessions. (302) 544-7300.
Dec. 22: Christmas With a Loved One Service, Mary Mother of Peace Church, 30839 Mount Joy Rd., Millsboro. Bring a picture of a loved one you would like to remember to be placed near the altar, as they are remembered through prayer, song and fellowship. For information, call Deacon Dave McDowell, (302) 945-8317.
Dec. 22 4-6 p.m.: St. Michael’s Christmas covered dish and children’s program, St. Michael’s Church hall, 202 Edward St., Georgetown. Sign-up sheets are available at both St. Michael’s and Mary, Mother of Peace. For more information, call Barb DeBastiani, (302) 856-7947.
Dec. 19, 6:30-11 p.m.: An “Evening for Eliza,” Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St., Wilmington. Eliza O’Neill, the 3-year-old daughter of 1990 Salesianum School graduate Glenn O’Neill, has been diagnosed with the degenerative disease Sanfilippo Syndrome. Proceeds from this event will go toward a clinical trial scheduled for the end of 2014. Food, drink, dancing, raffles, silent auction, more. Tickets are $45 and available at www.eventbrite.com/event/9194150953. For more information, contact Dan Fraley, (856) 723-4627.
Golf Outings/Fishing Tournaments
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Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m.: Voices for Caring, concert to support the Ministry of Caring’s childcare programs, DuPont Country Club. Features local choirs and performers. Refreshments will be available for purchase. More information, http://www.ministryofcaring.org/events/voices-caring.
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Christmas Sale at Benincasa Gift Shop, Saturdays, 1-6 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m.-noon: on the grounds of Holy Spirit. Christmas items as well as religious art, wood cuts, silk screens, cards, books, music and other gift ideas. Proceeds benefit the Dominican Sisters at Caterina Benincasa Dominican Monastery, 6 Church Dr., New Castle, DE (302) 654-1206.
Now through Dec. 31: St. John/Holy Angels Lottery Calendars for sale; makes a great Christmas gift for neighbors, teachers, etc. $20 each, with 90 chances to win between $50 and $250. Only 1,000 calendars will be available. Winning numbers based on Del. state lottery play 3 numbers from Jan. 1 to March 31. More information, email@example.com or (302) 731-2219.
Dec. 13, 7 p.m.-Midnight: Christmas dance with Jerry Blavat, “The Geator with the Heator,” St. Elizabeth’s Grant Hall, Cedar and Clayton Sts., Wilmington. $40 per person, includes dinner, beer, wine, soda. Cash bar available. For tickets, call Mania (302)598-0682 or Roseann, (302) 743-1108.
Dec. 15, 5:30-10 p.m.: Christmas dinner and dance, Post Cana Group, Hockessin Memorial Hall, Hockessin. Dinner at 6 p.m.; Dance 7-10 p.m. Music by Good Times. For more information, Nancy, (302) 479-5109.
Dec. 29, 12:30-5 p.m.: New Years’ lunch and dance, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Fire Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Cocktails at 12:30; Lunch at 1 p.m. Music by Joe Staffieri Band. For more information, Nancy, (302) 479-5109.
Dec. 10, 17, 7 p.m.: Bingo, Holy Rosary Parish hall, 3210 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. Food and refreshments available.
Dec. 13, 20: Knights of Columbus bingo, 9901 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Md. Refreshments for sale. Doors open at 5 p.m., games at 6:30 p.m. (410) 524-7994.
The sisters at Benincasa Dominican Monastery have a need for dedicated volunteers. Seeking volunteers to help in the gift shop and with web page development; knowledge of WordPress is preferred. Located at 6 Church Drive, New Castle, Del. on the grounds of Holy Spirit Church. Call (302) 654-1206.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, is a nursing home serving low income senior citizens. Seeking volunteers to be a backup CDL mini bus driver, and photographer for special events. For more details on opportunities, please contact Mary Cella at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 368-5886 (ext 286).
The Junior Board of St. Francis Hospital has opportunities for volunteers wishing to serve the hospital in the fundraising and patient services areas. Call Lois Torgerson, (302) 764-0292.
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.
Through Dec. 13: Coat Drive, organized by the Ss. Peter and Paul High School fashion club. Clean coats in reasonably good condition, in all sizes from infant to extra large, are gratefully being accepted. Benefits the good works of the local St. Vincent de Paul Society. Drop off at the school, 900 High Street, Easton, Md. or contact Christi Messick at Ss. Peter and Paul, email@example.com
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.
The Seaman’s Center of Wilmington (affiliated with the Apostleship of the Sea), will be collecting ditty boxes (shoeboxes filled with gifts) to give to every seafarer arriving in Delaware in December. The boxes are filled with essentials like toothpaste, razors, soap, a knitted hat, socks, chapstick, and more. Distribution of the boxes begins Dec. 1. For more information on how to participate or donate items to the program, call (302) 575-1300.
Carmelite Community of Mary, St. Ann’s Church, Rt. 26, Bethany Beach. 8:30 a.m. Mass, 9 a.m. community prayer in Masterson Center, with opportunity to ask questions about the secular order of Carmelites, and Carmelite spirituality. For more information and upcoming dates, Marianne Chapin, (410) 742-1777 or www.carmelife.com
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.
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., reads a scripture passage, and discusses how to put the passage into practice. All are welcome. More information, Kim Zarif, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
St. Peregrine Cancer Society, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 202 Edward St., Georgetown, Del. 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. Please join us for fellowship after the prayer service. For questions or information on the next meeting date, 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.
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.
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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 1, 2014, 7-9 p.m.: First Mount Aviat Academy alumni reunion, including high school classes and up to the class of 2005. Mount Aviat Academy, 399 Childs Rd., Childs, Md. Join old friends, reconnect with the sisters, and walk the halls of the school again. For information, or to help out with the event, contact Randy Najera, ’77 at MountAviatReunion@gmail.com.
Dec. 13: Bus trip to Longwood Gardens, sponsored by St. Jude the Apostle Parish. Enjoy Christmas shopping, Christmas displays, fantastic light show, Christmas music and more. Deluxe bus with rest room; snacks and drinks will be provided for trip. Lunch/Dinner on your own at Longwood. Fun for the whole family. Bus leaves St. Jude’s parking lot at 10:45 a.m, arrives at Longwood approx. 12:45. Departs 7-7:30 p.m. $55. Reservations are non-refundable. Tickets will go quickly, order now. Joyce Quintero, email@example.com, (302) 329-9144 for more details.
Dec. 14: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 50+ group Shopping and Slots Road Trip, Maryland Live Casino and Anne Arundel Mall. Bus leaves St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parking lot (in Bear) at 10:30 a.m., returns 8:30 p.m. Cost is $35, $20 back in slot dollars, includes bus driver tip and goodie bag. More information, Pat Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org or (302) 378-3170.
Jan. 15: Bus trip to Harrington Casino with the Bishop James C. Burke Columbiettes. $25 per person, which includes $10 of free play and a buffet meal. Bus leaves Harris Teeter parking lot on Rt. 24 at 9:30 a.m.; please arrive by 9:15 a.m. Bus departs Harrington Casino at 3:3o p.m. Please send check made out to the Bishop Burke Columbiettes, to: Theresa Shaffer, 32315 Hidden Acres Dr., Frankford, DE 19945, (302) 344-5659. Money is non-refundable. Deadline for reservations is Jan. 10, 2014.
Feb. 2-7: Winter trip to Mt. Tremblant resort, near Montreal, Canada, sponsored by the St. Thomas Knights of Columbus. Cost is $699 per adult, reduced rates for children, children under 6, free. Cost includes suite at 4 star hotel, skiing, tubing, ice skating, hot tub, breakfast, salad bar, and much more. Other activities, such as dog-sled tours, snowmobiling and snow-shoeing also available. Each party provides their own transportation. Great trip for all ages and families. More information, Larry, (302) 658-4792.
July 30, 2014: Rhine River Cruise with Father Ed Aigner, pastor of St. Francis de Sales in Salisbury. Trip begins in Amsterdam and sails through Germany and France before arriving in Basel, Switzerland. Cruise only price, $2944, includes city tours, beer, wine and soda with lunch and dinner on board. Optional extensions for Lucerne and Zurich available. Trip expected to sell out quickly; contact Mary Grubert for information, (800) 275-0921.