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Bishop’s Schedule

FRIDAY, NOV. 21

• Father Trainor Scholarship lunch, Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, noon

 

SUNDAY, NOV. 23

• Confirmation, Holy Family, Newark, 4 p.m.

 

SUNDAY, NOV. 30

• Mass, St. Peter Cathedral, Wilmington, noon

 

Services

Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m.: “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” ecumenical Thanksgiving eve service, Resurrection Church, 300 Videre Drive, Wilmington.  302-368-0146, www.resurrectionde.org. Participants from Ebenezer United Methodist, First Presbyterian Newark, Resurrection and White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church will gather. Non-perishable food offering for the parish food closet and cash offering for the Doctors Without Borders response to the Ebola crisis will be received. More information, 302-368-0146.

Nov. 27, 10 a.m.: Thanksgiving Day Mass, St. Polycarp Church, Smyrna. Worshippers are invited to bring bread and wine for a special blessing, after which they can share them at their holiday meal. For more information, (302) 653-8279 or office@stpolycarp.org. (Check local parish bulletins for additional Thanksgiving day Masses in your area.)

Dec. 1, 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.

Dec. 5, 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.

Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m.: Our Lady of Guadalupe feast three hour evening of recollection for the pre-born, Chapel of Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark. Rev. Brian Lewis officiating. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Benediction, Confession. Mass at 8 p.m.  Sponsored by Our Lady of Peace Chapter, Catholics United for the Faith, Inc.  Call Betty at (302) 453-8846 for more information.

Dec. 14, 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.

Dec. 21, 9 a.m.: Monthly Mass of Remembrance for the recently deceased, Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington. For more information, (302) 656-3323.

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.

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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, 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.

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

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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. For more information, www.cdow.org/catholic-diocese-of-wilmington-offices-and-ministries/vocations/   Upcoming meetings:  Nov. 20: Gathering for Northern CAS group, St. John the Beloved Vianney House, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. More information, Fr. Chris Coffiey, (302) 239-7100, ext. 24; or Fr. David Kelley (302) 573-3133. • Dec. 19: Come and Seek trip and dinner at Longwood Gardens. Meet at 5 p.m. at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. For more information call Father Christopher Coffiey at  (302) 239-7100, x24. • Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. Gathering for Southern CAS group, Ss. Peter & Paul Rectory, 1210 S. Washington St., Easton, Md. Food will be provided. More information, Fr. Joe McQuaide, (302) 674-5787, ext. 115; or Fr. David Kelley (302) 573-3133,

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.

 

 

Programs

Dec. 10-March 25: “Total Consecration though Mary to Jesus,” spiritual program based on the methods of St. Louis Marie de Montfort. St. John the Beloved School Library, 907 Milltown Rd. Wilmington. Meetings are Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Feb. 4 and March 11 from 7-8 p.m., concluding with Consecration Mass on March 25 at 6 p.m. For more information, call Johannah Wojcik, (302) 998-3057 or Janet (302) 996-0482.

Through Dec. 14: Seasons of Hope, a Christ-centered grief support program, Mary Mother of Peace Church Hall, Mt. Joy Rd. and Rt. 24, Millsboro, De. Sunday afternoons, 1:30-3 p.m. Six week program centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in the healing wisdom, traditions and practices of our faith. Pre-registration required to ensure program materials are available. Call Ann McGough, (302) 947-4164 or Fran O’Malley, (302) 947-2532.

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

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.

Nov. 21-23: Divine Will Retreat with Thomas Fahy from the Center for Divine Will, Hilton Hotel, 100 Continental Dr., Newark, Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Cost is $105 for entire retreat, $70 for Saturday only. For additional information about Masses and costs, contact Priscilla Collins, 302-239-6125, pjoancollins@yahoo.com  or Lori Holmes, 610-732-9941.loriholmes26@gmail.com

Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m.: Day of recollection, St. John the Apostle Church, Milford. Facilitated by Father Michael Heine, OFM(Conv.), co-director of postulants at St. Joseph Cupertino Friary in Ellicott City, Md. Day begins with Mass and ends with prayer service. To register, call (302) 422-5123 or contact Deacon Bob Herzog, (302) 786 2139 or theherzogs@cablespeed.com.

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

Jan. 23-25, 2015: St. John Neumann Parish annual retreat for women, Dunes Manor Hotel, 28th Street in Ocean City, Md. Retreat director is Elizabeth Skorup. Room and meals $242, $175, $155. Deadline for registration is Dec. 22, 2014. For more information, please call Kathy, 410-641-6662 or e-mail kmundie@mchsi.com

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. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Advent Day of Renewal with artist Brother Mickey McGrath, Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, 2501 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. Brother Mickey will share his art and stories and explore creative ways to pray. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. To register, (302) 995-6859 or jesushousecenter.org.

Dec. 6, 10 a.m.: Christmas Holiday Mass, St. Patrick’s Chapel, 237 Pleasant Grove Rd., Conowingo, Md. Snow date Dec. 13. All are welcome, please remember to dress warmly. Wonderful way to begin the holiday season. For more information, go to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StPatricksChapel/timeline

Dec. 7, 2 p.m.: Festival of Lessons and Carols, Cathedral of St. Peter, 500 N. West St., Wilmington. Join the Cathedral community for an hour of peace in the midst of a busy season: Advent Scriptures and music, time for meditation, seasonal songs and hymns. No admission fee; free-will donations will benefit The Cathedral of St. Peter School. For more information, (302) 654-5920.

Dec. 7, 2-4 p.m.: “Waiting for the Gift,” afternoon of reflection. St. Helena’s Parish Masci Hall, 210 Bellefonte Ave., Bellefonte. Hosted by Parish Social Ministry. Kellianne Conaway, certified Spiritual Director and member of the parish, will be the presenter. Includes reading from the scripture, discussion and teaching, guided meditation, reflection, and sharing. For information, call (302) 764-0325 ext. 104.

Dec. 7, 2 p.m.: Festival of Lessons and Carols, Cathedral of St. Peter, 500 N. West St., Wilmington. Join the Cathedral community for an hour of peace in the midst of a busy season: Advent Scriptures and music, time for meditation, seasonal songs and hymns. No admission fee; free-will donations will benefit The Cathedral of St. Peter School. For more information, (302) 654-5920.

Dec. 7, 8 a.m.-Noon: Breakfast with Santa, St. Polycarp Church, 135 Ransom Lane, Smyrna. Enjoy breakfast and have a picture taken with “the Big Guy in red.” For more information, (302) 653-8279 or office@saintpolycarp.org.

Dec. 7, 3 p.m.: Blue Christmas Service, St. Polycarp Church, 135 Ransom Lane, Smyrna. Hymns, Scripture, reflection by Fr. Flowers and intercessions. Candles will be lit as the names of deceased loved ones are read aloud. Helpful for those who are spending their first Christmas without a loved one. For more information, (302) 653-8279 or office@stpolycarp.org.

Mondays through Thursdays during Advent: 6:30 p.m. Mass, confession available half-hour before Mass. St. Hedwig Church, S. Harrison and Linden Streets, Wilmington. www.sthedwigde.org or (302) 594-1400.

 

 

Fundraisers

Nov. 22: Most Blessed Sacrament School 5K, Family Fun 1-Mile Walk and Kids Dash, 11242 Racetrack Rd., Berlin, Md. The 5K starts at 8 a.m.; Family Walk at 9 a.m., Kids Dash at 9:30 a.m. Ages 15 and up, $25. Ages 14 and under, $15. Ages 3-11, $10. T-shirts for all participants and prizes. For more information, (410) 208.1600 or Lisa Mitchell at MitchellsInOC@yahoo.com.

Nov. 23: St. Joseph Church Annual Family & Friends Day, 1012 French Street, Wilmington. Mass at 10 a.m., Father Paul M. Williams will be the celebrant, Wilmington Diocesan Gospel Choir will provide music. Dinner following Mass in St. Joseph Hall. Tickets are $10; Take out dinners $12. Proceeds benefit sending parish youth to the next Black Catholic Congress in New Orleans. 125th anniversary books and videos will also be on sale. The Knights of St. Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary will have a bake sale after Mass. Everyone is invited. For more information, call St. Joseph Church, (302) 658-4535.

Nov. 23: Sunday Breakfast and Thanksgiving Raffle, Holy Cross Church upstairs auditorium, 631 S. State St., Dover, Follows the 7:30 and 9:15 a.m. Masses. Sponsored and prepared by Dover Council KofC. $8, Adults; $5, Children (12 and under). Menu includes kielbasa-scrambled eggs, French toast, bacon & sausage, potatoes, biscuits & gravy, coffee, tea and juice. Take out meals available. More information, Stan Oleysyck, (702) 340-2067.

Nov. 23, 12:30-4:30 p.m.: Beef and beer in memory of  St. E’s graduate Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick. Kelly’s Logan House, Delaware Ave. Wilmington. Proceeds benefit the Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund at St. Elizabeth High School. More information: www.mrfscholarship.com or  www.facebook.com/MRFScholarship or contact Kerry Porter (302) 562-2886.

St. John/Holy Angels Lottery Calendars now available for purchase. Makes great gifts for neighbors, teachers, etc. $20 each with 90 chances to win between $50 and $250. Only 1,000 calendars will be sold. Sales run through Dec. 31. Winning numbers are based on the Delaware State Lottery’s Play 3 night drawing from Jan. 1 to March 31.  Contact the Parish at 82 Possum Park Rd., Newark, apress@holyangels.net, or (302) 731-2219.

 

Golf Outings/Fishing Tournaments

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Performances/The Arts

Nov. 21: “God Will Delight,” concert featuring David Hass and Lori True, St. Casimir Church, Kenwood Avenue and O’Donnell Street, Baltimore, MD.  $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information, (410) 276-1981.

Nov. 22: Christmas concert, St. Andrew Catholic Center, 14401 Sinepuxent Ave., Ocean City, Md. The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians presents Baltimore’s Irishman’s Chorale and harpist Kara Dahl Russell. For more information, call Betty, (410) 208-3847 or Maureen, (302) 208-3847.

Nov. 23, 3 p.m.: Ein Deutches Requiem of Johannes Brahms, performed by the UD Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus under the direction of Paul D. Head. St. Helena’s Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Bellefonte. Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni and Seniors; $5 students, available at the REP Box Office in the Center for the Arts, University of Delaware www.rep.udel.edu/plan-your-visit/Pages/directions-and-parking.aspx Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m.; or by calling (302) 831-2204 ($3 processing fee for phone orders)

Dec. 6: A Christmas Carol, presented by the Joy Club of Christ the King Church, Candlelight Theatre, Ardentown. $59 adults, $33 children 4-12, includes buffet dinner. Free parking on premises. Reserve tickets by Nov. 3, contact Margaret Kenney, (302) 573-6804 or peg10leg20@verizon.net.

Dec. 7, 3 p.m.: Christmas Concert, St. Mark’s High School Concert Choir, historic St. Francis Xavier Shrine, 1604 Church Rd., Old Bohemia/Warwick, Md. Sponsored by the Old Bohemia Historical Society. Both sacred and secular music will be featured. Free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served following the concert. Visitors are welcome to come early to explore the adjoining cemetery that contains the graves of many historical figures, and tour the museum; gift shop will be open. For more information or directions, call Marji Matyniak (302) 328-4803.

Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m.: “Veni, Veni Emmanuel,” concert, presented by The St. Joseph on the Brandywine Music Ministry, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville. A variety of seasonal music from classic carols to contemporary. Audience will have opportunities to sing beloved carols and hymns. Free will offering. Reception follows the concert in the Family Center. For more information, (302) 658-7017.

Dec. 12-13, 6:30 p.m.: “Alice in Wonderland” presented by the Cedar Street Players, St. Elizabeth High School Benedictine Performing Arts Center, 1500 Cedar St., Wilmington. $10 adults, $5 students, children and senior citizens. For more information, (302) 656-3369.

Dec. 13: “Caroling Under the Spires,” outdoor Christmas caroling, front steps of St. Hedwig Church, 408 S. Harrison St., Wilmington. Following 4 p.m. Mass. All are welcome. Light food afterward in Msgr. Gulcz Hall (below church). In the event of bad weather, caroling will take place in the hall. Santa is expected, so bring the kids and your camera. For information, call Denny: 302-994-0764.

Dec. 14, 2 p.m.: Christmas concert, St. Ann’s adult and children’s choirs, 2013 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington. Featuring Lawrence Stomberg, cello. Free admission. More information, Jane, (302) 654-5519.

Dec. 14: “A Midwinter’s Dream,” presented by the art department and pep club of St. Elizabeth High School, St. E Center, 1500 Cedar St., Wilmington. Activities for children including face painting, photo booth with costumes from the movie “Frozen,” crafts, and more. Admission price is a donation to help send the drama class to see a Broadway show. For more information, (302) 656-3369.

 

 

Festivals/Carnivals/Bazaars

Nov. 21-22, 4-8 p.m.: Christmas Bazaar, Good Shepherd Catholic School, 800 Aiken Avenue, Perryville, Md. Spaghetti suppers both nights from 4 to 7 p.m. along with Santa pictures, vendors, raffles, basket wheel, kids activities, live entertainment, rosary making, kid’s movie room and face painting. Food includes pretzel and hot dog carts, and spaghetti dinner. $9 adults, $6 children. Raffles include iPhone 6 and an iPad mini. For more information, call (410) 642-6265.

Nov. 21-22: Christmas Bazaar, St. Mary Star of the Sea/Holy Savior Parish, Father Cannell Parish Center, 17th & Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City Md.  Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m-1 p.m. Avenue of Shops, eight rooms filled with goodies for all the family, food court serving lunch and dinner.  Santa will be on hand Saturday Noon til 3 PM. For more information, (410) 289-0652.

Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Christmas Bazaar, Mt. Aviat Academy, 399 Childs Rd., Childs, Md. Pictures with Santa, Nevada, 50/50 raffle, food, home-baked goods, silent auction, and more. For more information, www.MountAviat.org

Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Christmas Bazaar, Craft Show & Christmas Café, St. John the Apostle Church, Milford.  Homemade soups and desserts; eat in or take out. Craft vendor tables available.  For more information call Lorraine @ 422-0812.

Nov. 22-23: St. Peter the Apostle Parish Christmas Bazaar, Fifth and Harmony Streets, New Castle. Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Santa will appear for breakfast on Saturday from 8-11 a.m. Kids crafts, pictures with Santa, homemade baked goods, white elephant, gifts from around the world at the International Post Office shop, crafts, raffles. Spaghetti dinner on Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Adults $10, children $5. Contact Elaine Pupillo at (302) 328-7222 to purchase dinner tickets.

Dec. 5, 8:30-11 a.m.: Cape Henlopen Senior Center breakfast and Christmas bazaar, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. $7 per person, breakfast buffet, vendors including jewelry, hand-knitted accessories, kitchen items and more. For more information, (302) 227-2055.

Dec. 6, 9-11:30 a.m.: Breakfast in Bethlehem and Children’s $1.00 Book Sale, Saint Matthew Parish, Foley Hall, 809 E. Newport Pike, Newport.  Enjoy hot chocolate and muffins, get your picture taken with Mary, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus. Make a gift for someone. Please bring a canned good for parish outreach cupboard. For more information, (302) 633-5850.

Dec. 6 & 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Christmas Bazaar, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, Sixth and Pine Streets, Wilmington. Food, bake table, jewelry, new items, silent auction, 50/50 raffle. For more information, (302) 652-0743.

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.

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

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. 12, 7 p.m.-midnight: Oldies Dance with Jerry Blavat, St. Elizabeth’s Grant Hall, Cedar and Clayton Streets, Wilmington. $40 per person, includes dinner, beer, wine soda. For tickets, call Mania, (302) 598-0682 or Roseann, (302) 743-1108.

Dec. 14, 5:30-10 p.m.: Christmas Semi-Formal Dinner/Dance, 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 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.

 

Meals

Nov. 27, 1-4 p.m.: Annual Thanksgiving dinner, Holy Cross Catholic Church auditorium, 631 S. State St, Dover. Dinner is free and open to the public. To volunteer or to RSVP if planning to attend, please call the church office, (302) 674-5787.

Dec. 14, 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.

Bingo/Games

Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26: 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.

Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 7 p.m.: Bingo, Holy Rosary Parish hall, 3210 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. Food and refreshments available. For more information, (302) 798-2904.

Nov. 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18: 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.

Dec. 3: Jackpot Bingo, Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., early bird at 1:30, regular games at 2 p.m. $20, includes one game pack, three specials and lunch, dessert and beverage. Open to the public. (302) 227-2055.

 

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. 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 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.

 

Donations

Through Dec. 3: Cookie Drive, sponsored by Church Women United (CWU), Prison Fellowship, Prison Ministries of Delaware and the Columbiettes. This year’s goal is to collect 70,000 cookies. (Due to allergies please not nuts, peanut butter or brownies.) Also seeking donations of 2015 calendars (not spiral bound) full size and pocket calendars, religious and non-religious. Lower Delaware: Drop off at Christ Episcopal Church, S. State & Water Street, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. Northern Delaware: Drop off at Peniel United Methodist Church, 115 E. Market St., Newport, Dec. 3 between 9-11 a.m. All are welcome to stay and pack cookies. For more information: Mary Beth (302) 998-1582.

Through Dec. 5: Catholic Charities Seton Center, 30632 Hampden Ave., Princess Anne, Md. is in need of large tubes of toothpaste and adult toothbrushes to help fill their Christmas Food Share bags.  Please bring donations to Seton Center between 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays.

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

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 Oct. 26, Dec. 28). 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.

 

Reunions

Nov. 29, 4 p.m.: Christ Our King reunion, 28th & Madison Streets, Wilmington. Mass at 4 p.m., followed by tours of the Church, Archives & Convent. 7- 11 p.m., dinner, music, socializing. Wilmington Montessori School,  1400 Harvey Road, Wilmington $45,  cash bar, beer and wine, soda is free. Email Joe Kane at joe48kane@gmail.com with the names and number of guests. On Facebook, Friends of COK. No tickets will be sold at the door.

 

Trips

Dec. 5: Bus trip to Berlin, Md. for fun day of sightseeing and shopping. Coordinated by St. Jude The Apostle Parish, Highway 1, Lewes. $25 per person. Bus will leave from St. Jude’s parking lot at 9:30 AM and leaves Berlin at 4 PM. For reservations call (302) 644-7782.

Jan. 17: Bus trip to see “Moses” at Sight-n-Sound theatre in Lancaster, Pa. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Columbiettes from Mary Mother of Peace Parish, Millsboro. 11 a.m. show. Price is $90 per person and includes show, bus transportation & driver’s tip. Bus leaves Lowes parking lot in Lewes at 8  a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. Lunch buffet after the show at a cost of $13.95 plus tax at Dienner’s Country Restaurant. Sign up by Dec. 19; More information and to sign up: Mary Jane Deni (302) 945-3251, or Don Clark (302) 945-1555, or Theresa Shaffer (302) 344 5969.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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