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2021 Print Publishing Dates: Jan. 1 • Jan. 15 • Jan. 29 • Feb. 12 • Feb. 26 • March 12 • March 26 • April 9 • April 23 • May 7 • May 21 • June 4 • June 18 • July 2 • July 16 • July 30 • Aug. 13 • Aug. 27 • Sept. 10 • Sept. 24 • Oct. 8 • Oct. 22 • Nov. 5 • Nov. 19 • Dec. 3 • Dec. 17 • Dec. 31

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

May 7, 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)

Monday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Join the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as we pray the Rosary for the end to the coronavirus and renewal of our Catholic faith, in the Year of Saint Joseph, now until Dec. 8, 2021. The Pontifical Missions Office prays a special World Mission Rosary on Mondays dedicating each decade to a different part of the world.  It’s easy to join via zoom link.  Learn More at https://phillymissions.org or email Eileen at pofaith@archphila.org.

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

Fridays through May 21: Jericho March for Life, to Planned Parenthood, 805 S. Governors Ave., Dover. Sponsored by St. Ann’s Parish pro-life committee, Bethany Beach. 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Ann followed by blessing, depart church parking lot 9:30 a.m., arrive at location 10:30 a.m., prayers, litany and silent march. COVID restrictions — distancing and mask required. All are welcome. More information, gloriajhuber1313@gmail.com or 410-292-3465.


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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

SECOND TUESDAYS, CALL TO VERIFY:  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)

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.


Postponed to Dec. 4-6: 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 or rachelsvineyard.org.

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.

Seasonal Programs

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May 8-9: Hope Garden Bake/Plant Sale, Holy Family Church, Gender Rd., Newark. After all Masses in the Church Hall. If you would like to donate, contact Nada, (302) 690-3378.

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

High School Musicals

If your school has updates on the details of this year’s musical, send information to Dialog editor Joseph P. Owens at jowens@thedialog.org or (302) 295-0695.

• Salesianum School:  “Little Shop of Horrors”, May 14 & 15, 7:30 p.m.; May 16, 2 p.m. More information, https://www.onthestage.com/show/salesianum-school-theatre/little-shop-of-horrors-35176/

• Ursuline Academy: Not hosting musical production due to COVID. Plan is to host a cabaret instead with dates and times yet to be finalized.

• Padua Academy: School officials says they are planning to do a show, but do not yet have details.

• Ss. Peter and Paul High School: The plan is to perform “Mozart’s Magic Flute.” Due to the pandemic, an outdoor venue in Easton, Md., is being looked into, though there is also interest in hosting an indoor performance with a socially distanced crowd. The tentative plan is for a mid-March/early-April performance.

• St. Elizabeth’s High School: A musical is planned for this year. Details are not set.

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

June 17:  Swing Fore Little Sisters Charity Golf Outing, 12:00 pm shotgun start (scramble format), Deerfield Golf Club, Newark. Registration and Sponsorship now open.  Click link below.https://littlesistersofthepoordelaware.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/14thAnnualSwingForeLittleSistersCharityGolfOuting

Sept. 17: Holy Family Parish 11th Annual Golf Tournament. Back Creek Golf Club, 101 Back Creek Dr, Middletown.  Registration and sponsorship now open. More information, Joe McCann,  Joemccann8@comcast.net


Knights Online Thrift Shop, Coordinated by St. John the Beloved KofC. Open for online purchases May 8. Donate unneeded household items or buy items at bargain prices with all proceeds going to non-profit St. John the Beloved Knights of Columbus Council. Funds support grade school scholarships, Little Sisters of the Poor and other parish and local organizations. See https://shop.sjbkofcde.org/ to donate now or see items available for purchase on 5/8.


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.


May 2, 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.

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


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.

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bingo, Holy Rosary Parish Hall (under the church), 3210 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. CDC indoor safety protocols in place. Go to www.hrparish.com/70 for more information. Doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 7 p.m. Must be 18 to play. More information, (302) 798-2904.

Fridays, Bingo with the Knights, with COVID precautions in place. 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. COVID precautions, social distancing and masks while moving around will be in order. More information, 410-524-7994. (Fridays)


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.


SECOND TUESDAYS, CALL TO VERIFY:  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/


Dec. 9-17, Christmas on the Danube with Optional 2-Night Magical Christmas Markets of Prague Post Tour Extension. Coordinated by the Ministry of Caring.  For more information visit: https://www.ministryofcaring.org/christmas-on-the-danube-2021/ For details, contact Debbe Philips – 302.652.5523 dphilips@ministryofcaring.org  For Reservations Contact: Collette – 800-581-8942 please refer to booking# 1050986.

Oct. 19-28, 2021, Holy Land Pilgrimage.  Join Fr. David Fernandes  for 10 days as we “Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus.” Our journey to Jerusalem will illuminate  our understanding of the mysteries of our Catholic Faith: the Incarnation and the Nativity, the Proclamation of the Kingdom, the Baptism in the Jordan River, the Wedding Feast at Cana, the Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor, the institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, the Decent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, and—most importantly—the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus. Along the way, we will travel to Masada, Mt. Carmel, and Ein Karem. Celebrate daily Mass at some of the holiest Christian sites. Our days will include time for prayer, reflection, dining, and shopping. Cost: $3995 includes daily breakfast and dinner, round trip airfare, 1st class hotel accommodations, beer and wine at dinner, a fully escorted tour and more. Optional extension to Jordan and Petra. A $100 sign-on bonus will be given to anyone who registers between now and April 11, 2021. Contact Helen Holroyd @ 610-213-4141 for more information or for a brochure.

May 22-31, 2022, Pilgrimage to Germany to see The Passion Play at Oberammergau with Fr. Mike Gallagher. More information, go to www.gtrpilgrimage.com or e-mail gvthnks@aol.com.

Aug. 3-14, 2022: Pilgrimage to Oberammergau, Passion Play, Divine Mercy, Poland and Prague. Coordinated by Spirit Journey Ministry. Includes shrines of Central and Eastern Europe; including the world-renowned Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. Tour Poland, at the St. John Paul Center, visit the Divine Mercy Shrine in Krakow and Our Lady’s shrine in Czestochowa. In Auschwitz and Wadowice, travel to the WWII concentration camp and the UNESCO World heritage site and then off to Brno, Prague, for the famous shrine of St. Nino, the Infant of Prague. Cost is $4799 and includes Daily Mass, Passion Play admission and guide book, lunch in Oberammergau, daily breakfasts, 10 dinners including 2 special dinners w/beer & wine, first class hotel accommodations and roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia. A $100 sign-on bonus to anyone who registers between now and April 11, 2021. Contact Helen Holroyd @ 610-213-4141 for more information or for a brochure.

Aug. 7-18, 2022: Oberammergau Passion Play Tour, Coordinated by SS Peter and Paul Parish, Easton, Md.. Twelve day Alpine Explorer Tour including the Glacier Express Train and the Oberammergau Passion Play. Round trip from Philadelphia International Airport. Includes Lake Maggiore, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Oberammergau region, Munich. Travel through Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. For full details and a brochure contact Barbie Smith at Smith Travel Services 410-822-5926 or bssmitrv@goeaston.net