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Services

Feb. 4-5, 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)

Jan. 21-30: The Cross of Gratitude, a cross erected in Ukraine to commemorate the 2000th anniversary of Jesus’ death, will be in the Diocese of Wilmington as part of a world-wide pilgrimage. St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 800 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington. The church will be open for veneration during the following times: Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m.; Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Jan. 23, noon-4 p.m.; Jan. 24-28, 10 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m.; Jan. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Jan. 30, noon-4 p.m. More information, (302) 762-5511 or www.st-nicholas-church.org.

Monday-Friday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Eucharistic Adoration, St. John Paul II Chapel at St. Hedwig Church, 408 S. Harrison St. Wilmington. Confession heard during adoration. Daily Mass begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel For information call 302.594.1400 or visit sthedwigde.org.

Daily, noon: Mass at Sacred Heart Oratory, 917 N. Madison St., Wilmington. Also Sunday Mass at 9 a.m.

Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.: St. Ann Church Adoration Chapel, 2013 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington. All are welcome. For further details please visit adorationchapel.org or email adorationchapel.stann@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you!

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Rd., Wilmington. All are welcome. Saturday from 12 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday from 12 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Monday to Friday, Adoration is 24 hours. More information, Kathy Dunworth, (302) 383-6452.

Second Saturdays, 9 a.m.: Liturgy of the Hours, Morning Prayers and meeting, Community of Mary of the Discalced Secular Carmelite Order. Meets at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford, DE. 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. More information, Dawn Waehler, OCDS, 302-249-6904 or Diane Householder, OCDS, 302-855-1190.

TBA, 4 p.m.: Mass, St. Francis Xavier Shrine (Old Bohemia), Bohemia Church Rd, Warwick, Md. Msg. Kelley will be the celebrant and the Contemporary Choir will lead the music ministry. More information, oldbohemiahs@gmail.com

TBA, 10 a.m. : Mass, St. Patrick’s Chapel, Conowingo, Md. Refreshments follow Mass. More information, 410-642-6534.

First Mondays, 6:30-7 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. (302) 652-3626. (First Mondays)

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.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, St. Jude Church Adoration Chapel, 140 Tulip Drive, Lewes. 4 a.m. Monday to noon Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. All are welcome. More information, call (302) 703-2419.

Eucharistic Adoration, St. Mary Star of the Sea, Ocean City. Every Wednesday following 8:30am Mass . Adoration is concluded at 12 noon with Benediction.

Right to Life

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Vocations

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, Diane at ThirdOrderCarmelitesofDE@yahoo.com.

Programs

Programs at St. Thomas More Oratory: Feb. 10, First Annual Fides et Ratio Lecture. Speaker is Doctor Joshua Schulz, Professor of Philosophy DeSales University. Topic: “Faith In a Secular Age”. Feb. 24, Catholic Conversation event for the Spring 2022 Semester. Speaker is Fr. Thomas Dailey, OSFS, The John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communications at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Topic: “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church.” Fr. Dailey is the author of multiple books. March 21 and 22 we are hosting a Lenten Mission; The Sisters of Life are our presenters. May 5, Catholic Conversations event for the Spring 2022 Semester: Speaker is Maria Del Carmen Ferre Marti, the managing editor of the Catholic journal, Communio. Topic: The Catholic Church as Communion. More information, udcatholic.org. 

Jan. 30, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Holy Family Women’s Group Annual Chili Cook-Off, parish hall, 15 Gender Rd., Newark. $5 per adult and kids 12 and over. Taste and be a judge. To enter, contact Linda Mitchell, (302) 738-5981 or Karen Spanelli, (302) 286-0720. www.holyfamilynewark.org

Feb. 18 & 19: “The Love of the Triune God” program presented by Dr. A.J. Jorrouj, St. Hedwig’s Church, 408 S. Harrison St., Wilmington. $30 per person; no charge for priest and religious. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Inclement weather dates Feb. 25 & 26. Reservation required, contact Eileen Siter, (302) 442-8171 for more information.

March 5, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Catholic Youth Chess Tournament, St. Helena’s  Masci Hall, 210 Bellefonte Ave., Wilmington. Open to students  grades K-8 who attend Delaware Catholic Elementary Schools or Parish PREP Programs. Local COVID protocols expected and will be followed. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Tournament Director Bob Wilder of the Bear Library Chess Club will oversee the event. Format consists of three sections (grades K-3, K-6, and K-8); each participant plays 5 games. The “Swiss System” will be used for pairings, so that players with roughly equal scores will play each other. One hour allotted for each game; if a chess clock is used, each player will have 30 minutes for full game. Prizes will be awarded in each section consisting of trophies to the Top 3 individuals and Top 3 teams (the 4 highest-scoring students from a school count as the team). All players will receive souvenir medallions. Beginners and experienced players are both welcome. All players must bring a chess set and board, plus a chess clock if you have one, as equipment will not be supplied.  Younger children must be supervised by an adult. Organizers request that all participants be present by 8:30 AM for opening prayer and announcements, with games beginning at (approximately) 9:00, 10:15, 11:30, 1:00, and 2:15. Lunch and snacks will be on sale at the tournament site. Prizes will be awarded after the last round ends, at about 3:30 PM. Advance registration required, $15 per player. by Feb. 19, $20 per player after. No registration day of event. More information, 302-658-2713.

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. Call 302-521-9330 or email admin@calixde.org.

Retreats

As the church continues to minister to all survivors of abuse, the Archdiocese of Washington is sponsoring a retreat for survivors. Women’s retreat will be Feb. 18-20, 2022. These retreats are an occasion for survivors to reflect on God’s plan for their lives and for healing through prayer and the sacraments. For more information, go to https://adw.org/the-way-retreat/. To register email mcdonald@adw.org or call Deborah McDonald at 301-853-4466.

Feb 6, 2-4 p.m.:  Women’s Tea – God’s Love and Grace Available to us in our Daily Life, Malvern Retreat House, Main Dining Hall, Malvern PA. Includes tea, a light lunch and a presentation on God’s Love and Grace by Sr. Mercedes Rojo of Sisters of St Francis in Philadelphia. Doors open at 1:30, event is from 2:00 – 4:00, $25 on site or you can also attend virtually. To register call 610-640-0440 or go online at //malvernretreat.com/registration.

Feb 13, 5-9 p.m.: Valentines Dinner and Evening of Reflection, Malvern Retreat House, Family Life Center, Malvern PA. Includes dinner, uplifting talks and night prayer with exposition and benediction. Retreat will be led by married couple Dave and Kim Savage. Cost is $110 per couple. ake time as a couple for a spirit filled evening celebrating “Believers in Christ, Hand in Hand”. To register call 610-640-0440 or go online at //malvernretreat.com/registration.

March 11-13: Women Afire – “He Will Baptize you with the holy Spirit and With Fire”(Luke 3:16) is a three day retreat at Malvern Retreat House, Family Life Center, Malvern PA. This retreat will be led by author and Catholic lay evangelist Kathleen McCarthy. The retreat, for women, will include a Mass, inspirational preaching and teaching, adoration and prayers. Cost for in-person from Mar 11 at 5 pm to Mar 13 at 11 am includes meals and overnight accommodations and amenities is $295(single) $240(double), a virtual option is available for $75. To register call 610-640-0440 or go online at //malvernretreat.com/registration.(Double occupancy request must be registered by calling.)

March 18-20: Women of Hope – Saintly Women in our World Today is a three day retreat at Malvern Retreat House, Family Life Center, Malvern PA. This retreat will be led by sister Mercedes Rojo. The retreat, for women, will include a Mass, inspirational talks, adoration and prayers. Cost for in-person from Mar 18 at 5 pm to Mar 20 at 11 am includes meals and overnight accommodations and amenities is $260, a virtual option is available for $75. To register call 610-640-0440 or go online at //malvernretreat.com/registration.

TBA, Retrouvaille retreat, Malvern Retreat House, Family Life Center, Malvern, Pa. Program provides help for marriage problems difficulties or crises. More information and to register, www.HelpOurMarriage.org or (215) 766-3944, or 800-470-2230. All inquiries confidential.

TBA: Rachel’s Vineyard Catholic Retreat. The retreat weekend is a beautiful opportunity for emotional and spiritual healing for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion. More information, Nan Freeman, (302) 463-7711 (call or text) or lucyminn929@gmail.com, or rachelsvineyard.org.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter retreat: Looking for an in-person or virtual experience getting closer to your spouse? We have adapted to several formats so that we can meet everyone’s comfort level. Learn tools to revitalize romance and deepen communication in your marriage. For information,  www.wwme-delmar.org (also https://wwme.org)  or to register, call Tony and Linda Massino at (302) 648-2228.

Seasonal Programs

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Fundraisers

Feb. 11: Mount Aviat’s Annual Cream Puff Day, 399 Childs Road, Childs, Md. Delicious, homemade cream puffs —a specialty of the Oblate Sisters — are available for pre-order only until Feb. 4 (all orders must be prepaid). Orders of 6 cream puffs or 12 cream puffs will be available: 6 for $16.50 or 12 for $33. Pick up is Friday, Feb. 11 at the MAA gym between the hours of 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. All guests must wear masks during pick up. Just minutes from Newark. Delivery is available for large orders in Elkton and Newark. Order online at https://mtaviata.ejoinme.org/creampuffs22 or visit our website at www.MountAviat.org.  For questions, call MAA at 410.398.2206 during school hours.

Feb. 27, 1 p.m.: Virtual Basket Auction, sponsored by The Delaware State Columbiettes. Dozens of wonderful baskets to take a chance on. Tickets are $25 for a single sheet (20 chances to win) or $15 for a half sheet (10 chances to win). They may be purchased by sending a check made payable to Delaware State Columbiettes with name, email and phone number, to Arlene Brown, 87 Paige Place, Felton, DE 19943 (amb550@hotmail.com).  We will email you your ticket number and the Zoom information prior to the event if you would like to attend.  If you cannot attend, we will contact to you if you win. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 23.  

Fundraiser for Brother Vincent KofC, Smyrna, DE. Online fundraiser with Rada Cutlery – More than just knives. Use our personal online group store link: https://radafundraising.com?rfsn=4603664.8a65ed to browse the online catalog, and then place your order just as you would when shopping with any retail outlet. Orders are shipped directly to the customer by Rada.

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

Festivals/Carnivals/Bazaars

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Golf Tournaments

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Sales

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Dances/Socials

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.

Meals

Feb. 13, 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Second Sunday Breakfast Buffet, St. Helena’s Masci Hall, Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington. Large assortment of hot foods, baked goods, fresh waffles, omelets, beverages and more. $10 adults. Reservations for groups of 6 or more recommended. More information or for reservations, contact Nancy, (302) 598-8685 or Natiesmom@me.com.

TBA, 8-11:30 a.m.: Good Shepherd Crusader Carryout/Drive By Monthly Breakfast, 810 Aiken Ave., Perryville, Md. Breakfast sandwiches, biscuits and gravy or chipped beef, hash browns and grits to go. More information, contact the school at 410-642-6265.

International Night Dinners are currently postponed. You can still help by donating to cover the costs of personal protection equipment, pre-packed single-serving food, disposable cutlery packets & biodegradable takeout boxes as Emmanuel Dining Room keeps feeding the hungry  with breakfast & midday meals to-go. Go to https://www.signup82north.com/MinistryOfCaring/ to donate. Emmanuel Dining Room also needs meal partners to prepare & serve one meal a month. For more information, ReeNee LaFate, (302) 652-3228 or mlafate@sacredheartvillage2.org.

International Night Dinners: Currently postponed. Francis X. Norton Center, 917 North Madison Street, Wilmington, Doors open 5 p.m., Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Takeout starts 4 p.m. $25 per person, dine-in for the fully vaccinated & takeout available for everyone.  More information, ministryofcaring.org. For reservations by credit card, call Sue Harris, Ministry of Caring, 8 a.m.-noon weekdays (302) 652-5523.

Soup Sale, coordinated by Christopher Council KofC.  Twenty flavors currently available: Beef vegetable, broccoli cheddar, cheddar ham, chicken corn chowder, chicken pot pie, chicken vegetable, chicken vegetable w/pasta, chicken noodle, chicken patina, clam chowder, cream of asparagus, french onion, ham w/ bean, minestrone, mushroom, pasta fagioli, potato leak, stuffed pepper, sweet potato, wedding. Soups are frozen and can be delivered or picked up at Holy Rosary Church, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and after masses Saturdays and Sundays. Soup can also be delivered to an address within 5 miles of Holy Rosary. Deliveries are same days as pick up. Quantities are limited. Orders will be filled in order of payment received. You will be contacted if the flavor you request is sold out. To order, https://my.cheddarup.com/c/2020soup-christopher-council-3182

Bingo/Games

Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.: Bingo, St. Helena’s church hall, Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington. Games begin at 7 p.m. More information, (302) 764-0325.

Tuesdays: Bingo, Holy Rosary Parish Hall (Church hall), 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. Doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 7 p.m. Door prizes, pull tabs, food and drinks available. Must be 18 to play. More information, (302) 798-2904 or  www.hrparish.com.

Fridays, Bingo with the Knights, 5-9:30 p.m.  Knights of Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md. (Behind St. Luke’s Church.) Doors open at 5 p.m.; Bingo starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. Over $1000 each night paid out PLUS opportunity to win a $1000 jackpot at the end of the night. More information, 410-524-7994. (Fridays)

Volunteers

Emmanuel Dining Room, coordinated by the Ministry of Caring, is seeking fully vaccinated volunteers and meal partners to help reopen their three sites for daily sit-down meals. Faith groups, clubs and other organizations can help by becoming meal partners, preparing one meal a month, and serving. Individuals can help by setting tables, welcoming guests, serving meals, and cleaning up. For more information, ReeNee LaFate, (302) 652-3228 or mlafate@sacredheartvillage2.org.

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.

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.

Donations

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.

Groups

Our Lady Queen of Peace Lay Fraternity of St. Dominic group meets monthly on the second Saturday at 2pm in Newark, Delaware. If you’d like to inquire, please contact Anthea T. Piscarik. Email: apiscarik@gmail.com or 302-373-3916.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Lay Fraternity of St. Dominic group meets monthly on the second Saturday at 2pm in Newark, Delaware. If you’d like to inquire, please contact Anthea T. Piscarik. Email: apiscarik@gmail.com or 302-373-3916.

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, Diane at ThirdOrderCarmelitesofDE@yahoo.com.

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.

Reunions

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Young Adults

Philadelphia chapter of Young Catholic Professionals (YCP). YCP brings together young professionals in their 20s and 30s into a community of belonging, support, and encouragement at all stages of the faith journey. YCP empowers and equips them to live their Catholic faith through everyday work, and to perform all work with excellence for the glory of God. For more information, https://www.ycpphiladelphia.org/cpages/home.

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/