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March 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)

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: First Mondays, 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. (302) 652-3626. (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

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Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 10 a.m.: Outdoor Zumba, St. Ann’s Church, 691 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach. Arrive wearing mask; remove while dancing. More information, jolin.zumba@gmail.com

CALL ABOUT MARCH 9 DATE:  March 9, 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)

March 16, 6-7:30 p.m: Adoptions from the Heart virtual program, Funding Adoptions. $10 per person, $15 per couple. Features information on budgeting, financing strategies, adoption loans, adoption grants, fundraising and the adoption tax credit. More information and to register: afth.org/community-education/educational-series-seminars/

March 20, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Catechetical Day, celebrated virtually. Theme is “I Received from the Lord What I Also Handed onto You”, sponsored by the Office for Religious Education. Catechetical Day honors and celebrates Catechists through prayer, recognition of their years of service to the Catechetical Ministry, in addition to spiritual and professional development. All Clergy, Directors/Coordinators of Religious Education, and Catechists are warmly invited to attend this annual event. Registration Packet: cdow.org/fresh/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2021-Catechectical-Day-Registration-Packet.pdf Register Online: cdowcym.wufoo.com/forms/x94v2cp0c8n72h/  Registration deadline is Febr. 26. More information, Linda Jackson, LJackson@cdow.org or (302) 573-3130. Read more about it here.

Next date 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.

Online Lenten Retreats hosted by the Benedictine Peace Center of Sacred Heart Monastery • Feb. 20, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. “Finding HOPE in the Deserts of Our Lives: A Lenten Retreat”  on Zoom. Benedictine Peace Center staff will invite participants to discern the source of our hope and peace in the midst of pandemic and chaos, to find serenity amid the storm. S. Doris Oberembt will lead discussion in breakout groups following short presentations by Ss. Jeanne Ranek, Mary Jo Polak, and Penny Bingham. To register, email BenedictinePeaceCtr@YanktonBenedictines.org by noon on Fri., Feb. 19. For more information about the retreat and appropriate donation go to https://yanktonbenedictines.org/online-lent-retreat. • The first of two Lenten study series is a Scripture study, Genesis, Part II, facilitated by S. Doris Oberembt. This group will meet Wednesday mornings on ZOOM, 9:30-11:00 a.m. CST for five Wednesdays. New participants are welcome for the series beginning Feb. 24. To register, email doberembt@yanktonbenedictines.org by Feb. 15. • Laudato Si, a study of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and the Scriptures underlying it, will meet 7:00-8:30 CST on Wednesday evenings. Facilitated by Sr. Mary Jo Polak, it meets from Feb. 24 to March 31. To register, email maryjo.polak@yanktonbenedictines.org by Feb. 15. For more information on the Lenten series, go to www.yanktonbenedictines.org/retreats-online-group.

Ecumenical Lenten Series, livestreaming from North Wilmington Churches at 7 p.m.. Remaining dates: March 3, St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church, www.stjosephonethebrandywine.org; March 10, Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church. www.sspeterandpauluoc.org; March 17, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, www.st.nicholaschurchde.org; March 24, Chester Bethel United Methodist Church, www.chesterbethel.org/index.html.

May 14-16: Rachel’s Vineyard Catholic Retreat for the Diocese of Wilmington. The retreat weekend is a beautiful opportunity for emotional and spiritual healing for any woman or man who has struggled with abortion. More information, Nan Freeman, (302) 463-7711 or rachelsvineyard.org.

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Feb. 28, 2 p.m.: Virtual Auction, sponsored by the Delaware State Columbiettes.  Dozens of baskets with a minimum value of $35. Tickets can be purchased by sending a check to Debbie Petka, 30 Freedom Drive, Dover, DE 19904 (Dpetka1@verizon.net). Include name, email and phone number when sending your check so we can contact you with the Zooming information and let you know if you win. Tickets will be priced at $25  for a single sheet (20 chances to win) or $15 for a half sheet (10 chances to win). RSVP by Feb. 15.

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


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Golf Tournaments

April 28: Kyle Adams Memorial Seton Golf Tournament, Deerfield Gold Club, Newark. Registration now open. www.setonparish.net/golfclassic


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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.


March 7, 9-11:30 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.

Fish Frys

Friday, 4-7 p.m., Holy Cross Church, Dover. Due to COVID restrictions dinners are take-out only; 219 Vetco Blvd. Camden. More information, (302) 674-5783.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: St. Jude the Apostle Church, Lewes. “Grab and Go Soup” available following Stations on Fridays, (except Good Friday), after 4 p.m. Mass Saturday, and after 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday. Each week two varieties of soup will be prepared, a meat-free vegetable soup, and a soup of the week. All freshly prepared, in one-quart containers, refrigerated, and ready to take home to heat and eat. Go to side door of the PLC or, weather permitting, main entrance of the church. $6 a quart /2 quarts for $10. The Knights will also deliver any soup available on Monday each week. More information, (302) 644-7300.

Fridays, St. Francis De Sales, Salisbury, Md.: Drive-through only, utilizing parking lots. Organizers will take orders from the parking lot and hope to have no more than a five-minute wait once orders are taken. The three dinners will be: fish and shrimp — Feb. 26 and March 12; crabcake and shrimp — March 26. Proceeds support the Appalachia Service Project Youth Mission at St. Francis. More information, (410) 742-6443.

• March 19, 5-8 p.m., Holy Holy Angels Church, 82 Possum Park Road, Newark. hosted by the Hispanic Community. Order take out dinners  include baked salmon, baked fish, fried fish, tamales de Raja, tacos Dorados.  For more information or to order before March 14, contact Marta Just, (302) 731 2436.

Feb. 19- March 26, 5-7 p.m. St. Helena’s, Wilmington:Limited socially distanced seating for members of the same household. Also offering takeout and curbside pickup. Telephone orders accepted starting at 4 p.m.; pickup starts at 5 p.m. Credit cards accepted . To place a call-ahead order, (302) 598-8685.

March 5, 19 and 26, St. John the Beloved. Takeout meals include baked founder, roll, tartar sauce, chips, cookie and drink for $8; vegetable lentil soup, $5 per pint. Meals must be prepaid; pickkup outside the parish hall from 5-6:30 p.m. Deadline for ordering is Tuesday before each Friday. Order online at https://tinyurl.com/SJB2021FishFry. More information, email sjbfishfry@gmail.com or call (302) 998-7271.


POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.: St. Helena’s church hall, Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington. Masks required, temperatures will be checked, CDC indoor safety protocols in place. No food will be served, however, players may bring food. No saving seats. More information, (302) 764-0325.

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Fridays, Bingo with the Knights, with COVID precautions. Knights of Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md. Doors open at 5 p.m.; BINGO starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. Cash payouts for each game as well as the Big Jackpot coverall. More information, 410-524-7994.


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 MARCH 9 DATE: March 9, 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.