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Sept. 26, Noon-12:45 p.m.: Prayer service to honor police officers, Bethany Beach police station, Routes 1 & 26. Pray the Angelus and St. Michael the Archangel Chaplet. All are welcome. Rain or shine event.

CALL TO VERIFY: Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4, 8:15 p.m.-2:30 a.m.: Communion of Reparation All Night Vigil, St. Hedwig Chapel, 408 S. Harrison St., Wilmington. More information, Janet Aluise, (302) 996-0482. (First Fridays)

CALL FOR NEXT DATE: Second Saturdays, 9 a.m.: Liturgy of the Hours, Morning Prayers and meeting, Community of Mary of the Discalced Secular Carmelite Order. Meets at St. Francis De Sales Parish, Salisbury, Md. May 10-Dec. 13; St. Jude The Apostle Parish, Lewes, Dec. 14-May 9. The Community welcomes Roman Catholic lay men and women who, by special vocation, choose to live, in the world, with the spirit and the practice of contemplative prayer and service as it was taught by St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Therese of Lisieux and lived by following the Rule of Carmel. Brother Bryan, OCD, from the Carmelite Monastery in Washington, D.C. will be in attendance.  More information, Pam Becker, OCDS, 302-645-8505 or Cindy Ostrowski, OCDS, 410-208-3858. (Second Saturdays)

CALL TO VERIFY: Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.: Devotions to St. Elizabeth, St. Elizabeth Church, Wilmington. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Liturgy of the Word, Benediction, Litany & Hymn to St Elizabeth. A blessing of the child in the womb will be offered to any pregnant parents in attendance. All are welcome. (First Mondays)

CALL FOR NEXT DATE: Devotion of the 1,000 Hail Mary’s, St. Elizabeth Church, 809 S. Broom St., Wilmington. Dates and times vary, call Winnie, (302) 998-5211 or Suzanne, (302) 994-3930.

CALL TO VERIFY: Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, St. Jude Church Adoration Chapel, 140 Tulip Drive, Lewes. 4 a.m. Monday to noon Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 pm. Sunday. All are welcome. More information, call (302) 703-2419.

Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington. All are welcome. To request a Holy Hour, call Kathy Dunworth, (302) 383-6452.

Right to Life

Sept. 23 – Nov. 1: Forty Days for Life, internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. Dover location, Public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood, 805 S. Governors Ave., Dover, 7 a.m.-7 pm., seven days a week. More information, jim@cordie.us. Wilmington location, Public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood, 625 N. Shipley St., Wilmington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Satuday. More information, nancyfrick93@verizon.net


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Ongoing, before Oct. 10: Carmelite Community of Mary Visitors Program. The Community of Mary, members of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, will hold a series of Visitor Sessions for persons interested in exploring a vocation to the Secular Order. The Community welcomes Roman Catholic lay men and women who, by special vocation, choose to live, in the world, with the spirit and the practice of contemplative prayer and service as it was taught by St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Therese of Lisieux and lived by following the Rule of Carmel.  The sessions are normally held the second Saturday of the month for 6 months. Usually, we meet at St. Francis De Sales Parish, Salisbury, MD in October and November and at St. Jude The Apostle Parish, Lewes, DE from December-March. Because of Covid 19, our dates and meeting sites will vary. More information, Dawn Waehler, OCDS, 302-249-6904 or Diane Householder, OCDS, 302-855-1190 prior to the October 10th meeting.

Sept. 24, 12:15-12: p.m.: When Mom Comes Home From a Facility Lunch & Learn program, sponsored by Delaware Hospice and Honoring Choices Delaware. Bringing Mom (or Dad) home from the nursing home or the hospital to care for them at home for the first time? Although your parent’s health is probably one of your primary concerns, this isn’t the time to neglect your own. Learn ways to keep your stress levels in check and to protect your own health. More information and to participate, : www.delawarehospice.org/event/your-health-when-mom-comes-home-from-a-facility/ For more information about Delaware Hospice, call 800-838-9800 or www.delawarehospice.org.

Sept. 30, Oct. 14 & 28, Nov. 11, 7-8:30 p.m.: “Anti-Racism: A Catholic Response,” Zoom forum sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena and Resurrection Parishes. Participants should obtain a copy of the book “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church” by Fr. Bryan Massingale before the forums. To register, call (302) 633-4900 or Fr. John Hynes at jhynesscs@aol.com. A link will be sent for each meeting.

Fridays, 9:30 a.m.: Outdoor Zumba, St. Ann’s Church, 691 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach. More information, jolin.zumba@gmail.com

CALL ABOUT OCT. 13 DATE: Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.: Dementia Caregivers Support Group, St. Jude the Apostle Church, Religious Education Building, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes. Alzheimer’s/dementia caregivers support group, designed to provide emotional, educational, and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. Helps participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. More information, Kathy Ebner, (302) 644-7300 or Kathy.ebner@stjudelewes.org. (Second Tuesdays)

TBA, 7 p.m.: Annulment information night, Location TBA. Presented by Fr. Mark Mealey, OSFS, judicial vicar for the Diocese of Wilmington. The new norms of Pope Francis on the marriage nullity process and implementation of those norms in the diocese Tribunal will be discussed. The nullity process and the various canonical grounds for marriage will be presented. Anyone interested should call the Tribunal office, (302) 295-0630, and leave a voicemail to reserve. Reservations are encouraged to ensure enough materials are available.

The Village of St. John, Affordable Senior Housing for 62+ and financial eligibility is now accepting applications. More information, (302) 656-5304 or visit villageofstjohn.org.

Calix, an association of Catholics who maintain sobriety through a 12 Step program, meets at St. Matthew in Newport and St. Francis de Sales in Salisbury, Md. Go to calixde.org for meeting times and details or call 302-521-9330.

TBA, 2 p.m.: St. Jude The Apostle Parish Book Club, Religious Education Center, Rte. 1 and Five Points, Lewes. Copies of books are available to borrow from the parish library and are also available through the state library system. The Parish Book Club meets monthly the second Wednesday of every from Jan.-Nov. More information and a list of book titles and discussion dates, contact the Religious Education Office, (302) 644-7413.


TBA: Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. The retreat weekend is a beautiful opportunity for emotional and spiritual healing for any woman or man who has struggled with abortion. For more information contact Nan Freeman at 302-333-1904 or visit rachelsvineyard.org.

Next date TBA: Retrouvaille retreat, Family Life Center, Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples who can help a couple re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together, just as they have done in their own marriages.  Retrouvaille can help heal a marriage, as it has for tens of thousands of couples throughout the world. Couples learn to build communication skills and rediscover intimacy. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties or crises. More information, or to register for one of the weekends, visit www.HelpOurMarriage.org or call 215-766-3944 or 800-470-2230. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Nov. 6-8: Worldwide Marriage Encounter retreat, Rehoboth Beach. More information or to register,  www.wwme-delmar.org or Tony and Linda Massino, 302-220-9833.

Seasonal Programs

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Mondays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon and 4-5 p.m.: Soup Sale, organized by Knights of Columbus Christopher Council. Pickup at Holy Rosary Church, Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. Soups are frozen and can be delivered (within 5 miles) or picked up. Flavors include turkey with pasta & vegetable, Moroccan vegetable, Moroccan clam chowder, potato leek, mushroom, chicken & pasta, split pea & ham. Quantities are limited. Orders will be filled in order of payment received. You will be contacted if the flavor you request is sold out.  More information and to order, Mike, (302) 379-4360 or my.cheddarup.com/c/christopher-council-annual-soup-sales

Ongoing: 2020 Ocean City, MD Holy Savior Christmas Bazaar, held virtually on Facebook. Many items available for sale. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/354945222195066 

Sept. 26: Knights of Columbus Grab ‘n Go Dinners, available for pick up in the parking lots after the 4 pm Mass at Saint Ann and the 5:30 pm Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Dinner includes; three pieces of fried chicken and two sides (mac ‘n cheese & green beans). Tickets are $10 each, and will be sold by the Knights in the coming weeks. Also collecting non-perishable food items to benefit St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry at Saint Ann Parish. For a non-perishable food donation; a free soft drink or bottled water will be included with your supper. More information, www.facebook.com/stannbb/

Sept. 26, 12-6 and Sept. 27, 8 to noon: St. Thomas Columbiettes Pumpkin & Mum Harvest Sale, St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine, 10 Old Church Rd., Wilmington. Large assortment of pumpkins & mums.

Sept. 27, 1-3 p.m.: Annual Roast Beef Dinner — Drive-Thru Style, Mt. Aviat Academy, 399 Childs Road, Childs, Md. Pre-orders only, dinners will be brought directly to car. Includes roast beef with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, beets, cole slaw, green beans, roll and butter, and dessert.  $12 each or $40 for a family of 4. To pre-order, visit www.mountaviat.org and download the order form. Deadline to order is Sept. 18. More information, (410) 398-2206 or office@mountaviat.org.

The Arts

The Angelus Art Gallery, 417 W. 5th Street, Wilmington. Featuring “Mary Around the Word,” artwork by Sister Mary Grace Thul, OP; woodblock prints, special fresh-water pearl rosaries from Mizu Design, other local artists, great gifts for all budgets. Call to verify hours, (347) 963-2208. All proceeds benefit Ministry of Caring. All are welcome. More information, theangelushouse.com


CALL TO CHECK STATUS: Oct. 8-10, St. Catharine of Siena Carnival, Wilmington. (302) 633-4900.

Golf Tournaments

Sept. 22: CYO Joseph A. McNesby, Jr. Golf Outing. Deerfield Golf Club, 507 Thompson Station Rd, Newark. Registration: 10:3011 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.-Noon; Shotgun start: Noon; Auction/dinner: 5:30 p.m. $175 per golfer or $700 for a foursome. More information, www.cdowcym.org/events/category/cyo-golf-outing

Sept. 25: IHM 31st Annual Golf Outing, Ed Oliver Golf Club, Wilmington. Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. $125, includes golf, lunch, cocktails, prizes and beverage cart. Golfers of all abilities are welcome. Space is limited to 72 participants, register early or be a sponsor at IHMSpartans.com.  For more info call John Davis 229-3946 or go to IHMSpartans.com and click on the IHM Golf Outing Tab. All proceeds benefit of IHM Athletic Association and The Knights of Columbus (Santa Maria Council).

Oct. 19: Saint Mark’s Golf Outing, Hartefeld National, 1 Hartefeld Drive, Avondale, PA, 10:15 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. shotgun start, $175 per person or $700 for a foursome, includes green fees, golf cart, boxed lunch, beverages, golfer gift, dinner. Sponsorships are available. For more information, visit www.stmarkshs.net.


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POSTPONED: 12:30-5 p.m.: PC Fellowship dinner/dances, Talleyville Memorial Hall. Theme TBA. Music TBA. $30 members; $35 guests. PC Fellowship Club (formerly Post Cana) is a social organization open to mature, upright citizens, which offers friendship, support and fun. Activities include an extensive dance schedule, picnics and other social events. More information, Elaine, (302) 477-0927 or Nancy, (302) 479-5109.


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Offer a welcome to seafarers who visit the ports of Delaware by volunteering at the Seamen’s Center of Wilmington. SCW volunteers join with people from the maritime, business and religious communities providing help for seafarers on shore leave from the isolation of life aboard their merchant vessels. Volunteers host at the center or serve as escort drivers for the crewmen. For more on SCW’s charitable mission, call Joan Lyons at 302-575-1300 or email scw@scsde.org.

St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington seeks Eucharistic Ministers to deliver Holy Communion to patients. Must have certification and documentation from their parish. One or two days a month, 1-2 hours at a time. Must complete volunteer screening process. More information, (302) 421-4104.

Catholic Charities Diaper Bank is in need of volunteers to provide a helping hand to struggling families. Opportunities include office work, data entry, and distribution, Day, evening and weekend hours are available. More information, (302) 654-1184 or DiaperBank@ccwilm.org, or cdow.org/charities.

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 Sandra Cloutier, director of volunteers, volnewark@littlesistersofthepoor.org or (302) 368-5886, ext. 137.


St. Helena’s sewing ministry is in need of pillow cases or fabric for the dresses they create for needy women and children in areas afflicted by poverty or natural disasters. Past recipients have been victims in Haiti and Rwanda. For more information, see the story here http://thedialog.org/uncategorized/st-helenas-group-combines-passion-for-sewing-social-ministry/ or contact Dorothy Medieros at (302) 764-7545.

Catholic Charities Thrift Center, 1320 E. 23rd St., Wilmington, is closed until further notice. Donations of thrift shop goods cannot be accepted at this time, however, donations of food, diapers, hygiene supplies, gift cards and financial gifts are being accepted. Essential client services including Food Assistance and Basic Needs services will continue to be available at our Thrift Center location by appointment.  Please visit www.cdow.org/charities or call (302) 764-2717 for more information.


CALL ABOUT OCT. 13 DATE: Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.: Dementia Caregivers Support Group, St. Jude the Apostle Church, Religious Education Building, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes. Meets the second Tuesday of each month. Alzheimer’s/dementia caregivers support group, designed to provide emotional, educational, and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. Helps participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. More information, Kathy Ebner, (302) 644-7300 or Kathy.ebner@stjudelewes.org.

CALL TO VERIFY: Third Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.: Listening Angels support group, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish dining room, 345 Bear Christiana Road, Bear. Caregivers only, please. Offers emotional, educational and social support for all caring for a loved one. More information, Cathy DeCrescenzo (302) 322-6430 – Ext. 101;  Diane Geddes (610) 299-4339;  or Sandi Nolan (302) 545-5562. 

Polish American Club of Delmarva meets at the Columbus Hall, behind St. Luke’s Church,100th Street & Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md. from 2-4 p.m. on second Wednesday of the month. Open to those of Polish or Slavic descent. No meetings in June, July, or August. More information, Helen Sobkowiak, 410-723-2639 or Maryann Lula 410-250-2548.

Is God calling you to a deeper prayer life and relationship with Him?  The Secular Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) may be for you.  We are a Catholic lay order of men and women undertaking to live an evangelical life of fraternity and contemplative prayer, according to the Carmelite Saints.  Meets in Newark on the third Saturday of each month.  More information, Dan, (302) 252-8784 or Laurie, (410) 378-0010.

Members of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic are men and women who live out their Dominican vocation in the world: Prayer, Study, Community, and Apostolate. We meet from 2pm to 4pm on the second Saturday of every month. If interested, please contact Anthea at apiscarik@gmail or 302-373-3916.

The Columbiettes, a nonprofit charitable organization that supports the community and the Knights of Columbus, is welcoming practicing Catholic women with serious convictions to help others who are interested in serving and growing in the faith. More information, 12374columbiettes@gmail.com or (302) 322-2929.


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Young Adults

Wilmington Catholic Young Adults (WilCYA) is a young adult ministry serving the greater Wilmington-Newark Area which strives to connect young adults in their 20’s and 30’s with the Catholic Church through spiritual, social and service events. Each Tuesday, young adults from 15 parishes throughout the Diocese gather together for events such as social nights, Mass & fellowship, Holy Hour/Happy Hour and Catechesis. They also meet up other times during the month for events such as 5ks, and service projects. More information, https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Wilmington-Catholic-Young-Adults-WilCYA-118522335477971/


POSTPONED UNTIL AUG. OF 2022: Pilgrimage to the shrines of Central and Eastern Europe; including the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, which only occurs every 10 years. Sponsored by Spirit Journey Ministry and St. John the Beloved Parish. Itinerary includes Poland, celebrating St. John Paul’s 100th Birthday; Our Lady of Czestochowa shrine; Divine Mercy Shrine in Krakow; Auschwitz and Wadowice, WWII concentration camp and UNESCO World heritage site; Brno, Prague, for the shrine of St. Nino, the Infant of Prague; and more. $4799 includes Passion Play admission and guide book, 2 dinners and lunch in Oberammergau, daily breakfasts, 8 dinners including 2 special dinners with beer & wine, first class hotel accommodations and roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia. More information and brochure, Helen Holroyd, (610) 213-4141.