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Bishop’s Schedule


• Visit, Salesianum School, Wilmington, 9 a.m.


• Mass of remembrance, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Dagsboro, 4 p.m.


• Confirmation, St. John Neumann, Ocean Pines, Md., 11:30 a.m.



Sept. 17, 7 p.m.: St. Robert Bellarmine Mass, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Weldin Rd., Wilmington. For those with Down Syndrome and their families and friends. Father Leonard Klein, Director of the Diocesan Office of Pro Life Activities, will be the celebrant. For more information, go to www.saintfordownsyndrome.org or call (302)  299-0823

Sept. 17, Nov. 19, Feb. 4, 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.

Sept. 20, 4 p.m.: Annual Mass of Remembrance, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 32112 Vines Creek Rd., Dagsboro. Mass in memory of all those buried at the cemetery; also fulfills Sunday obligation. Bishop Malooly will be the main celebrant. Protection from the weather and seating are provided. For more information, call 866-855-3541.

Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, 9 a.m.: Monthly Mass of Remembrance for the Recently Deceased, Queen of the Apostles Crypt, Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington. For more information, (302) 656-3323.

Sept. 21, Oct. 26, 4 p.m.: Mass, St. Francis Xavier Shrine, the mother church of the diocese, Church Rd., Warwick, Md. Volunteers also needed for various projects. For more information, contact Marji Matyniak at (302) 328-4803.

Sept. 27, 1 p.m.: Diocesan Marian Pilgrimage, Our Lady Queen of Peace Shrine at Holy Spirit Church, 12 Winder Rd., New Castle. All are invited to attend. Exposition, Holy Hour with Father Andrew Apostoli CSR, opportunity for confessions, outdoor Stations of the Cross; gift shop run by the Sisters will be open. Mass at 4 p.m. Bishop Malooly will be celebrant and homilist. After Mass, procession to the Shrine for the Rosary, Litany of Loretto and renewal of the Consecration of the Diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. No charge, however, a collection will be taken to support the parish’s maintenance of the Shrine. Carpooling is encouraged. For more details, http://www.cdow.org/you-are-invited-to-the-diocesan-marian-pilgrmiage-on-september-27th/

Sept. 28, 1:30 p.m.: Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass, St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Rd., Sherwood Park, Wilmington. Bishop Malooly will be the celebrant. Certificates for 25, 40, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 years of marriage will be distributed. No cost, but reservations are required by September 18. For more information, contact your parish or the Diocesan website: http://tinyurl.com/pwunu2s

Oct. 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.

Oct. 5: Celebration of the 125th anniversary of St. Joseph Parish, French St., Wilmington, the “Cradle of Afro-American Catholicism in Delaware.” 10 a.m. Mass with Bishop Malooly and Father Paul Williams, OFM; Gala at the Hotel DuPont 2 p.m. Tickets are $75. All are invited. For gala tickets, call Barbara Willis, (302) 762-9185; For souvenir book advertising, call Loretta Young, (302) 658-4535; For more details, (302) 658-4535.

Oct. 6, 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. (Devotions are scheduled for the first Monday of each month.) (302) 652-3626.

Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, 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.

Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.: Charismatic Healing Service, St. Polycarp Church, Smyrna. Music provided by Radiance of Joy. Scripture and reflection, followed by Eucharistic procession and laying on of hands by Fr. Tom Flowers. All are welcome. For more information, office@saintpolycarp.org or (302) 653-8279.

Nov. 7, 7 p.m.: Diocesan Healing Mass, 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 is available; ushers available to provide assistance. Church is handicapped-accessible, with wheelchair ramp and restroom 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. For more information, call Barbara, (302) 234-0921.




Oct. 11, 9 a.m.: Monthly Mass of Remembrance, All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Hwy. (Second Saturday of each month), Chapel of the Risen Christ. For more information, (302) 737-2524.

Sept. 20, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.: Monthly Mass of Remembrance, Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Ave., (Third Saturday of each month,) Queen of the Apostles Crypt. For more information, (302) 656-3323.

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.  (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.  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.

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

Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Volunteers needed for Delaware Right to Life Booth at Newark Community Day. For information, contact Janet Grayson 302-661-1877 or randjgrayson@hotmail.com.

Sept. 24-Nov. 2: Forty Days for Life, Wilmington and Dover. For more information, go to www.40daysforlife.com/wilmington or www.40daysforlife.com/dover

Sept. 25-Nov. 1: Forty Days for Life, Sussex and Kent County. For more information, call (320) 538-5730.

Oct. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: 40 Days for Life candlelight vigil, Planned Parenthood, 805 Governors Ave., Dover. All are welcome to attend.

Nov. 2, 1-2 p.m.: 40 Days for Life Victory Gathering, Planned Parenthood, 805 Governors Ave., Dover. All are welcome.



Sept. 17, 6 p.m.: Come and Seek gathering, St. Hedwig’s Polish Festival, Wilmington Waterfront. Opportunity for men interested in finding out more about the priesthood to enjoy the festival and socialize with Diocesan priests. For more information, contact Father Chris Coffiey, (302) 239-7100, ext. 24.

Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, 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. Members pray for an increase in priestly and religious vocations, the success of priestly and religious ministry in the diocese and participate in a variety of programs to promote and affirm vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  For more information, contact Mary Ann Peirson at 302-573-3113 or mpeirson@cdow.org.

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.



Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Building Intercultural Connections (BIC) training conference, part 2, Holy Cross Church, State Street, Dover. Program is designed for those who participated in the first program earlier this year. Register by Sept. 8. For more information, Deacon Luke Yackley, (410) 642-6534; Meg Kane Smith, (302) 836-3511; Brother Chris Posch, (302) 655-0518.

Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m.: Great Adventure Bible Study Series, St. Ann’s School Library, 2006 Shallcross Ave., Wilmington. Meets every Tuesday. Study program will cover the entire Bible, including people, places and events, that come together to form our faith. Register by Sept.16, (late registrants also welcome), (267) 614-1564 or elizabethjaynesmith@gmail.com

Sept. 23, 7-8:30 p.m.: Consoling the Heart of Jesus and Mary program, St. Mary of the Assumption parish hall, Hockessin. Sponsored by the Legion of Mary. Meets every Tuesday until Nov. 10. For more information, contact Ann Courtney at 302-494-4138 or email amc13pa@aol.com for no cost registration. All are welcome. Not recommended for children under 14.

Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.: Tuesday evening series, “Get to Know Jesus Christ In His Catholic Church,” St. Polycarp Church, Smyrna. For more information, office@saintpolycarp.org or (302) 653-8279.

Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m.: Fr. Robert Barron’s ten part series on the Psalms, Mondays at St. Polycarp Church, Smyrna. Led by Fr. Tom Flowers, sessions include meditation on psalms and shared prayer.  $25 includes workbook & refreshments.  Pre-registration at office@saintpolycarp or (302) 653-8279.

Oct. 8, 7 p.m.: Edith Stein Lecture Series, Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pa. Theme is The Holiness and Prudential Wisdom of Pope St. John XXIII presented by Reverend Dennis J. Billy, C.SS.R., the John Cardinal Krol chair of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Free and open to the public. Advanced registration is recommended. Call 610-647-4400, ext. 3438 or email bgirafalco@immaculata.edu.

Oct. 10, 7-8:30 p.m.: Community Forum, hosted Parkinson’s Education and Support Group of Sussex County, Cape Henlopen High School, 1270 Kings Hwy., Lewes. Dr. Harold Koenig will speak on health and spirituality.  Dr. Koenig is director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health at Duke University Medical Center and is on the faculty as a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences as well as associate professor of medicine.  Dr. Koenig has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion. The event is free to the public.  

Oct. 11-12: Maryland Catholic Women’s Conference, Mount St. Mary’s University, 163 Old Emmitsburg Rd., Emmitsburg, Md. Theme is Conformed/Transformed: Pursuing God’s Will. Keynote speakers will be Vinita Wright and Tim Walkins. Sessions and opportunities for prayer, meals, candlelight walk in the Grotto. For more information, (443) 324-8487 or www.marylandcatholicwomen.com

Oct. 15, 7-9 p.m.: Screening of the film-“Not My Life,”  which examines the issue of human trafficking.  Saint Helena’s Masci Hall, 210 Bellefonte Ave. The film is beautifully made and deeply impassioned plea on behalf of millions of young people subject to the cruel and evil practices of human trafficking and modern day slavery.  For information, please Saint Helena’s parish Social Ministry at 764-0325 extension 104.

Oct. 18, 9 am.-3:45 p.m.: The Costs of the Sexual Revolution, a workshop for teachers, catechists, parents, and pro-life leaders, St. Polycarp Church, 135 Ransom La., Smyrna. Keynote speaker, Gloria Purvis, EWTN host and chairperson of Black Catholics United for Life. Fr. Leonard Klein, director of pro-life activities will also present a workshop. Workshops include topics on chastity education, strengthening Catholic culture, the beliefs of opponents, and cultural realities faced by youth. No cost, but a free-will offering will be collected for lunch. For more information, e-mail Father Klein at lrklein45@comcast.net.

Nov. 1,  8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Diocese of Wilmington Women’s Conference, St. Joseph Church, 371 E. Main St., Middletown. Theme is “Be who you are and be that well.” Conference speaker will be Johnnette Benkovic, founder and president of Women of Grace. Topics will include “Creating a balance in our busy lives,” “Healing the wounds of the heart,” and “Authentic Femininity.” Day includes Mass, presentations, lunch and inspirational music. $30 (lunch on your own); $40 (includes box lunch).  Registration deadline Oct. 15. For more information, contact the Office for Marriage and Family Life, (302) 295-0667.

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.



Sept. 19-21: Francis of Assisi, A Wounded Warrior, men’s retreat weekend at St. Francis Retreat House, 3918 Chipman Rd., Easton, Pa. Presented by Fr. John Quigley, OFM. Cost is $195. For more information, (610) 258-3053, stfranrh@rcn.com or www.saintfrancisretreathouse.org

Oct. 3-5: Journeying with Pope Francis, secular Franciscan retreat weekend at St. Francis Retreat House, 3918 Chipman Rd., Easton, Pa. Presented by Bro. Al Mascia, OFM. Cost is $195. For more information, (610) 258-3053, stfranrh@rcn.com or www.saintfrancisretreathouse.org

Oct. 17-19: It’s a Gift to be Simple, women’s retreat weekend at St. Francis Retreat House, 3918 Chipman Rd., Easton, Pa. Presented by Jeanne Hunt. Cost is $195. For more information, (610) 258-3053, stfranrh@rcn.com or www.saintfrancisretreathouse.org

Nov. 7-9: Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend, Rehoboth Beach. For more information, www.wwme-delmar.org or call Dave and Cyndi Germack at (302) 220-9833.

Nov. 21-23: Rachel’s Vineyard confidential retreat: Healing from abortion one weekend at a time, sponsored by the Diocese of Wilmington Respect Life Office. Open to women and men who have been impacted by abortion. For more information, contact Nan Freeman, (302) 528-8313 or www.rachelsvineyard.org.

Dec. 20-21: Pre Christmas with the Franciscans retreat, includes prayer, discussion, and creative activities. Begins Saturday morning and ends Sunday after lunch. Cost is $95. For more information, (610) 258-3053, stfranrh@rcn.com or www.saintfrancisretreathouse.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

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Sept. 20: Friends of the Poor Walk/Run, benefits local conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Hosted by Christ Our King Church, 2810 N. Monroe St., Wilmington. Registration: 9 a.m.; Walk begins at 10 a.m. Three mile course will include the track at P.S. du Pont school. To donate online: www.svdpusa.net/walk/1060; For more information contact Andrea Starr, AndreaSVdP@Yahoo.com or 302-740-0662, www.fopwalk.org.

Sept. 21, 11 a.m.: St. Catherine’s/Give It Up For Gulu 5K walk/run, benefits St. Catherine’s Nursery School in Gulu, Uganda. Rockford Park, Wilmington. Register at www.giveitupforgulu.com.

Sept. 27, 7-10 p.m.: Wine/craft beer tasting, sponsored by Msgr. Dewson Knights of Columbus  in conjunction with Kreston Wine and Spirits of Wilmington. St. Ann’s Social Hall, 1851 N. Union St. Wilmington. Sample a large selection of wines and craft beers with the opportunity to place special discounted orders with Krestons.  Hors d’oeuvres included in ticket price. Door prizes, silent auction and 50/50 tickets also available. Tickets are $30, proceeds support the Knights’ works of charity and community service. For information and tickets call Dave Skillman at 302-762-3239 or email KofC13821@gmail.com. Tickets may also be purchased at Krestons.

Sept. 28, 3-6 p.m.: Annual Roast Beef Dinner, Mount Aviat Academy , 339 Childs Rd., Childs, Md. Roast beef dinner with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, and a variety of desserts. Tickets $12 adults, $9 seniors, $7 children 4-10. For more information and to order tickets, call Mrs. Mackie, (410) 398-2206 ext. 213, or development@mountaviat.org

Oct. 6: Eighth Annual Serve For The Cure volleyball game, St. Elizabeth’s High School. Archmere Academy vs St. Elizabeth. JV game begins at 5 p.m. Varsity game starts at 6:30 and other activities will be taking place during the game.   $10 admission at the door; a limited number of event T-shirts available with the price of admission.  Raffles and auction items to benefit Helen Graham Cancer Center and promote breast cancer awareness.

Oct. 24, 6-10 p.m.: “Delight Night” benefits the diocesan partnership with San Marcos, Guatemala.  Features international foods, beer, wine and soft drinks, entertainment and a silent auction.  Hosted by Holy Family Parish, 15 Gender Rd., Newark.  For tickets and info: email maryjofrohlich@gmail.com or call 302-559-7766.

Oct. 25, 6:30-10:30 p.m.: “Comedy Knight,” sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #12190, Church of the Holy Child Social Hall, 2500 Naamans Rd., Wilmington. Entertainment, food, beverages, 50/50, raffle baskets and more. Tickets are $30 per person. Contact Matt Doyle, 584-4641 or Larry Doyle, 478-4439.

Nov. 8: 5k Walk/Run for the “Well” of It, St. Benedict’s Church, 408 Central Ave., Ridgely, Md. Benefits Lifetime Wells for Ghana. Race shirt for all participants who register by Oct. 19. For more information, or to register, www.beparish.com, or call (410) 634-2253.


Golf Outings/Fishing Tournaments

Sept. 30, 10 a.m.: Immaculata University Golf tournament and auction, River Crest Golf Club, Phoenixville, Pa. After check in and lunch, play begins with a shotgun start at Noon. Dinner to follow, including silent auction. For more information, http://www.immaculata.edu/uc/39th-annual-immaculata-golf-invitational/ or  (610) 854-2433.

Oct. 8: St. Thomas the Apostle Knights of Columbus annual golf outing, Newark Country Club, Newark, Del. Registration at 9:30 a.m., shotgun start at 11 a.m. $135 per player, $500 per foursome,  includes lunch, golf and cart, dinner, auction and awards. Sponsorships available. For more information, John Merritt, (302) 995-1197 merrittind@juno.com or www.TournEvents.com/KofC12374


Performances/The Arts

Oct. 5, 2-6 p.m.: Ge’la and One Way concert, St. Mark’s High School, 2501 Pike Creek Rd., Wilmington. Tickets are $10, $5 for children 5-14. Ge’la and One Way are part of the joven music ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish in Marydel. For tickets and information, contact Jose Luis Bartolon, (410) 253-8125, josebp_@hotmail.es or Brother Chris Posch, (302) 655-0518, chrisposch@gmail.com

Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.:  Concert with founding member of The Byrds and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chris Hillman. St. Ann’s Social Hall, 2013 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington. Food available for purchase. Tickets are $27 advance, $30 day of show. Special prices for children and teens. Tickets and information at www.splatterconcerts.com and splatterconcerts@yahoo.com.



Sept. 15-20: St. Hedwig Polish Festival, Wilmington Riverfront, Wilmington. Food, live music, midway rides and attractions, vendors and more. Free admission and parking. Mon.-Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., 3-10 p.m. Special lunch on Thurs. and Fri. from 11-1 p.m. For more information, http://polishfestival.net

Sept. 18-20: St. Francis de Sales Riverside Carnival, 514 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD. Thurs.-Fri. 6-10 p.m.; Sat. 5-10 p.m. Rides, 50/50, raffles, food, music and more. Advance ride tickets available at the parish office at a discounted price of $14 ($20 night of carnival). For more information, www.visitstfrancis.org or call 410-742-6443.

Oct. 3-4: Oktoberfest, St. John the Apostle Church, 506 Seabury Ave., Milford. Friday, 6-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Food, fun and entertainment for all. No admission fee. For more information, call (302) 422-5123.

Oct. 3, 3:30-6:30 p.m.: Family Fall Festival, Most Blessed Sacrament School, Berlin, Md. Free admission, family-friendly event. Kid-friendly vendors selling crafts, clothes, games, etc. (no silly string) are welcome; $50 10×10 area, tax deductible (only $25 if  2 or more new packaged items are donated to the Kids Chinese Auction). For more information, (410) 208-1600, or www.mostblessedsacramentschool.com

Oct. 25, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.: Christmas Bazaar, Mary Mother of Pace Church, RT. 24 and Mt. Joy Rd., Oak Orchard. Craft vendors, please call Bonnie, (302) 280-5795 to reserve a space in the parking lot. Bazaar features food and bake sale, silent auction, many items perfect for Christmas gifts. Hosted by the Bishop James C. Burke Columbiettes.

Oct. 25, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.: Christmas Bazaar, Mary Mother of Peace, Rt. 24 and Mt. Joy Rd., Oak Orchard. Craft vendors, food and bake sale, silent auction including baskets decorated and filled that would make perfect Christmas gifts. Hosted by the Bishop Burke Columbiettes. Interested vendors, please call Bonnie, (302) 280-5795 to reserve a place in the parking lot.

Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Vendors needed for Holiday Craft Fair, hosted by the Brother Vincent Columbiettes, Del. State Troopers Association, Route 13, Dover. Interested vendors call Mary Burke, (302) 653-7867 or Connie Kenney (302) 514-9319.

Nov. 7-8: St. John the Beloved Holiday Craft Show, Fri. 4-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Large variety of locally produced items. Those who design and make their own crafts by hand are invited to participate. Proceeds support the parish’s work with Emmanuel Dining Room, the SJB Food Closet, and the Family Promise program. . More information can be found at http://sjbcraftshow.weebly.com or contact Leila Lyons leilaca@comcast.net , (302) 998-5994.


Sept. 20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.: Consignment Sale/Swap Shop, St. John the Beloved Parish, 907 Milltown  Rd., Wilmington. To sell items call Debbie Petrucci at 994-5327 no later than Sept. 12.  Sale will feature large variety of items including costume jewelry and baked sale goodies. Lunch also available. For more information, (302) 999-0211.

Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Welcome Fall Sale, St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, 6th and Pine Sts., Wilmington. Begin the season with bargains. For more information, (302) 652-0743.

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.



Sept. 16, Noon-3 p.m.: Picnic, Post Cana Group, Fox Point State Park, Wilmington. For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

Sept. 28, Noon-5 p.m.: Lunch/Dance, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. End of Summer Celebration, music by Phil Berger Music. For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

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

Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m.: “Take Me Back to Those Golden Years of My High School Prom,” dinner dance, Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth. $20 per person, includes dinner and dancing; BYOB. Formal or dance attire requested. Singles and couples are welcome. Call for tickets: (302) 227-2055.

Oct. 31, 5:30-10 p.m.: Halloween theme Dinner/Dance with Halloween parade at 7 p.m., Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Cocktails at 5:30, dinner at 6 p.m., dancing 7-10 p.m. Music by Al Santoro and the Hi-Liters. For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

Nov. 23, 12:30-5 p.m: Fall Festival Lunch/Dance, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Music by Good Times. For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

Dec. 14, 5:30-10 p.m.: Christmas Semi-Formal Dinner/Dance, Post Cana Group, Hockessin Memorial Hall, 1225 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. Cocktails at 5:30, dinner at 6 p.m., dancing 7-10 p.m. Music by Phil Berger Music. For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.

Dec. 28, 12:30-5 p.m.: New Year’s Lunch/Dance, Post Cana Group, Talleyville Memorial Hall, 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Cocktails at 12:30, lunch at 1 p.m., dancing 1:30-4:30 p.m. Music by Joseph Staffieri Band. For more information, contact Nancy, (302) 479-5109.



Sept. 28, Oct. 12 & 26, 8:30-11:30: Buffet Breakfast, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md. (behind St. Luke’s Church). Menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, French toast, creamed chipped beef, orange juice and coffee. Adults $9, children under 10, $4. For more information, (410) 524-7994. (2nd and 4th Sundays, Oct. 26th is last breakfast of the year)

Oct. 12, 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Second Sunday Breakfast, St. Helena’s Masci Hall, Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington. $7.50 adults, $4 children, includes buffet of hot foods, baked goods, beverages. Call ahead to save table for larger parties. (302) 598-8685.

Sept. 21: Bull and Oyster Roast,  Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md. (behind St. Luke’s Church). Benefits the Special Olympics of Md. Menu includes steamship round of beef, oysters on the half shell, fried oysters, fried chicken, oyster stew, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, pasta salad, rolls and dessert. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the Door.  Order by calling 410-524-9974.

Sept. 24, 5-7 p.m.: Simple Supper, 9901 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City. $5 per person, $2 children under 12. For reservations, call (410) 524-7994.

Sept. 28, 3-6 p.m.: Annual Roast Beef Dinner, Mount Aviat Academy , 339 Childs Rd., Childs, Md. Roast beef dinner with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, and a variety of desserts. Tickets $12 adults, $9 seniors, $7 children 4-10. For more information and to order tickets, call Mrs. Mackie, (410) 398-2206 ext. 213, or development@mountaviat.org

Oct. 12, 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Second Sunday Breakfast, St. Helena’s Masci Hall, Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington. $7.50 adults, $4 children, includes buffet of hot foods, baked goods, beverages. Call ahead to save table for larger parties. (302) 598-8685.

Oct. 16, 8:30-11 a.m.: Pancake and sausage breakfast, Cape Henolopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth. $5. Also wellness information fair free to all participants. Door prize drawings, health screenings, flu shots, and more. Call Bernita Hackney, (302) 227-2055 to find out more information.



Sept. 23 & 30, Oct. 7 & 14, 7 p.m.: Bingo, Holy Rosary Parish hall, 3210 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. Food and refreshments available. For more information, (302) 798-2904.

Sept. 18 & 25, Oct. 2 & 9: 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.

Sept. 19 & 26, Oct. 3 & 10: 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.

Oct. 1: Afternoon jackpot bingo, Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth. Doors open at 11, game packs can be purchased. Early bird game 1:30, regular games 2 p.m. $20, includes one game pack with specials, hot dog or slice of pizza, beverage and dessert. Additional games available for purchase. (302) 227-2055.

Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m.: Card Party, sponsored by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Andrew’s Catholic Center, 14401 Sinepuxent Ave., Ocean City, Md.  Tickets are $22, includes buffet lunch, desserts and beverages (coffee, tea, soda). Benefits LAOH charities. Parties of 4 should bring their own table by 2 p.m. Oct. 6. Tables will be available for larger parties. Door prizes, Chinese auction including golf packages, gift certificates, baskets of cheer and more. Games other than cards are also welcome. For more details, contact Maureen O’Brien, (443) 614-5221, (302) 988-1498.


Volunteers Needed

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, Del. For more information please contact Sr. Emmanuella at (302) 654-1206.

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 has opportunities for volunteers wishing to serve the hospital in the fundraising and patient services areas. Call Lois Torgerson, (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.



Oct. 4-5: Parish drive for the poor and needy, St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Frazer Rd. and Rte. 40, Glasgow. Sponsored by the parish St. Vincent de Paul Society. Items (in good condition only) being accepted are: gently used clothing, furniture, house wares, small appliances, toys, blankets, sheets, also non-perishable food and personal care items for the parish emergency food closet. Donations accepted Saturday, 5-7 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon. Volunteers will be on hand  to assist with items, and tax receipts will be 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.



Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m.: Catholics United for the Faith of Delaware, dinner meeting, Crossroads Restaurant, Limestone & Kirkwood Highway. Rev. Leonard Klein will speak on “Purgatory.” Call 453-8846 to make a reservation.  Or contact e-mail jlaird7851@aol.com.for more information.

Oct. 27, 6:30 pm. : Catholics United for the Faith of Delaware, dinner meeting, Crossroads Restaurant, Limestone & Kirkwood Highway. Rev. Christopher Coffiey will speak on “The Need for Confession.” Call 453-8846 to make a reservation.  Or contact e-mail jlaird7851@aol.com.for more information.

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.

Sept. 28, Nov. 30, 3 p.m.: St. Peregrine Cancer Society meeting, St. Michael the Archangel Church, 202 Edward St., Georgetown. 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. (Meetings at Mary, Mother of Peace Aug. 24, Oct. 26, Dec. 28). For information, contact Deacon Dave McDowell, (302) 945-8317.
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.



Oct. 4, 7-midnight: Conrad High School Class of 1974 40th reunion, Firestone Roasting House, Wilmington Riverfront. $50 each, includes buffet and 3 free drinks. For information, contact:  Karen Durham,  Karen.durham.monaco74@gmail.com or Laura Fernandes,  laura.fernandes@outlook.com



Oct. 6: Pilgrimage to the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia, sponsored by the St. Mary Star of the Sea Sodality. Leaves Holy Savior parking lot 8 a.m.; returns 8 p.m. There will be time for a snack or light lunch on arrival. Vending machines available or bring your own food. Mass with Novena 12:05 p.m. After Mass, visit the Shrine Museum with more than 500 pieces of Marian art. Confessions available 1:45-3 p.m. Trip is $25, plus optional dinner at the Christiana Buffet. If you would like to participate, contact Annette Day, addled@comcast.net, 443-235-7138 or call the office 410-289-0652. Make check payable to St. Mary Star of the Sea, memo “Sodality Trip,” 1705 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, MD.

Nov. 1: Bus trip to New York City, sponsored by St. Joseph’s Parish, French St. $45, includes continental breakfast on bus, snack and beverage on return trip, 50/50, and games. Leaves CHR Hospital parking lot at 8:30 a.m, depart New York at 6 p.m. To reserve a seat, contact Denise Scales, (302) 368-9881 or brnzgds51@verizon.net. Cash only, payment due by Oct. 9.

April 12-21, 2015: Pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, Lourdes, France, Burgos and Barcelona in Spain 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 (Please note the new dates). 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 email  stcathwilm@comcast.net or maryjofrohlich@gmail.com.






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