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P.O. Box 2030

Wilmington, DE 19899-2030

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Services

CALL ABOUT APRIL 3 DATE: April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, 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)

CANCELLED TEMPORARILY: April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4, noon: Mass for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacred Heart Oratory, 917 N. Madison Street, Wilmington. Followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. More information,  (302) 428-3658 www.sacredheartoratory.org. (First Fridays)

CALL ABOUT APRIL 11 DATE: April 11, May 9, June 13, 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.; 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)

CANCELLED: April 4, 10 a.m.-6:15 p.m.: Annual diocesan youth pilgrimage, Wilmington. More information, www.cdowcym.org/events/

June 13, 5:30 p.m.: Scout Recognition Mass, St. Margaret of Scotland, Glasgow. More information, www.cdowcym.org/events/

CALL ABOUT APRIL 6 DATE: April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, 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)

TBA, 7 p.m.: Mass of the Holy Spirit, Holy Cross Church, 631 S. State St., Dover. Msgr. Dan McGlynn will be the celebrant. More information, Ann, 302-233-3336.

TBA, 11 a.m.: Mass, St. Patrick’s Chapel, 287 Pleasant Grove Rd., Conowingo (Pillottown), Md. Refreshments after Mass. Items commemorating the chapel’s history will be on sale. More information, Bill Paré (410) 658-4378.

TBA, 4 p.m.: Mass, St. Francis Xavier Shrine, Old Bohemia, 1690 Bohemia Church Road, Warwick, Md. Rectory museum and graveyard will be open; guided tours will be available after the Mass. The church is also available for group retreats and Catholic weddings. For more information or to arrange a guided tour, call Kathy Ursitti at (302) 378-7283.

CANCELLED: Jesus House weekly services: Mondays, 10:30 a.m.: Centering Prayer. Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m. Mass. Third Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Healing Mass. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Evening Centering Prayer.  Thursdays beginning Sept. 6, 11 a.m. Praise and Worship Meeting. 2501 Milltown Road, Wilmington. More information, (302) 995-6859 or jesus.house.de@gmail.com.

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 CHECK STATUS: 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. Those wishing to sign up for specific times, call (302) 703-2419.

CANCELLED: 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

No listings at this time.

Vocations

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Programs

CALL ABOUT APRIL 14 DATE: April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, 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)

April 28, 6-8 p.m.: Open House, Good Shepherd Catholic School, 810 Aiken Ave. Perryville, Md. More information, www.goodshepherdschool.net

CANCELLED: April 4, 9:30 a.m.: Ursuline Academy Easter Egg-stravaganza! 

May 20, 6:30-9 p.m.: 2020 CYM Recognition Dinner, Rollins Center at Dover Downs, Dover. Dinner shines a light on the best and the brightest leaders in youth ministry. All nominations and submissions for the annual recognition dinner are due to the CYM office by April 6, 2020. Reservations must be made by May 7, 2020. Reservations are $35 per person or $315 for a table of 10. More information, www.cdowcym.org/events/detail/2020-annual-recognition-dinner

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.

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Stop the Bleed course, Saint Francis Hospital, 701 N. Clayton St., Wilmington. This course consists of a classroom presentation, followed by hands-on practice with tourniquets, pressure dressings, and gauze. Free, registration not required.

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Bariatric support group of St. Francis Hospital, Apex Medical Center, Suite 103, 537 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark. 60-minute discussion forum with Dr. Wynn. These meetings offer information, advice and support to pre- and post-surgical patients for dealing with the changes that come with this bariatric surgery. The support group is free and open to all weight-loss surgery patients, including their families and support persons. No registration is required. More information, (302) 421-4121.

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Weight Loss Surgery Seminars, APEX Medical Center, 537 Stanton-Christiana Road, Suite 103, Newark. Session is a free, comprehensive seminar to learn if weight-loss surgery is right for you. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet a bariatric surgeon and the program coordinator to answer questions. More information (302) 421.4121 or stfrancishealthcare.org.

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.

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Mon.-Weds., 4 p.m.; Fridays noon: Zumba class: Dance your way to a healthy mind and body with Linda and Johanna. St. Ann’s Delaney Hall, 691 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach. Also offered select Tues. at Library and Fri. at Ocean View Cheer Center. More information, (302) 539-0657.

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 the 2018 book titles and discussion dates, contact the Religious Education Office, (302) 644-7413.

Retreats

CANCELLED: June 12-14: 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.

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.

Lent Programs

MOST LIKELY CANCELLED: Ecumenical Lenten Series, Wednesdays during Lent, 6 p.m.: Worship followed by light lenten supper. Remaining schedule: March 18, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Rev. J. Christopher Pennington speaker. March 25, St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church, 10 Old Church Rd., Wilmington. Reverend Msgr. Joseph F. Rebman, VG, speaker. April 1, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 800-801 Lea Blvd, Wilmington. Rev. Father Volodymyr Klanichka, speaker. Offerings collected will benefit Emmanuel Dining Room. All are welcome.

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Fridays until April 10; Via Crucis living passion play, St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 N. DuPont St. Wilmington. 60th anniversary performance March 29; April 10 Good Friday includes Gesu Cristo Morto Procession at 8:30 p.m. More information, stanthony.viacrucis@gmail.com

CANCELLED: St. Hedwig’s Lenten Schedule: Stations of the Cross, Friday evenings at 7 p.m., St. Hedwig Church, 400 S. Harrison St., Wilmington, 19805. Traditional Stations of the Cross in English & Polish languages on March27. Shadow Stations of the Cross, performed by the children of our parish, March 20 and April 3. Confessions will be heard following Stations of the Cross. Free soup supper will be served in parish hall, beneath the Church, immediately following Stations every Friday evening during Lent. Gorzkie Zale, traditional Polish Lenten Service of Hymns (Ancient chants) retracing the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ. The devotion is preceded by Benediction and chanted kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament. Gorzkie Zale (in English) following the 4 p.m. Mass every Saturday through March 28. Gorzkie Zale (in Polish language) following the 11:30 a.m. Polish Mass every Sunday through March 29. For information visit www.sthedwigde.org.

CANCELLED: March 29, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Lenten retreat with Fr. Nicholas Amato, Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, 2501 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. Perfect opportunity to prepare for the Sacred Triduum. $50, includes morning snacks, coffee, and lunch. More information and to register, www.jesushousecenter.org

CANCELLED: March 29, 30 & 31, Lenten Mission: The Divine Mercy, St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. All are welcome. More information, https://www.smachurch.com/

CALL TO CHECK STATUS: April 4, 8:30-11 a.m.: Babka Sale, sponsored by the Pope John Paul II Council 7608 KofC. St. Hedwig Parish Hall (beneath Church), 408 S. Harrison St. Wilmington. Plain Babka $9 loaf, cheese babka $15, sweet poppy seed loaf $15, box of chrusciki $7, loaf of rye bread $7. Please pre-order cheese babka, sweet poppy seed loaf and rye bread by March 20; call Stan, (302) 429-0102 and leave your name, number and how many you want to order. No need to pre-order plain babka. More information, www.sthedwigde.org.

• ALL PARISH FISH FRYS ARE CANCELLED

Fundraisers  

TO BE RESCHEDULED: Fundraiser at Trattoria di Napoli, 1222 Pulaski Hwy, Bear. Benefits St. Joseph’s French Street Kateri Circle. Dine-in or Take-out.  Gluten-free options available. More information, Gail (352) 445-2350 or gailvets2@gmail.com.

RESCHEDULED: May 30, 4-10 p.m.: “A Knight to Remember”, Good Shepherd School annual gala, The Wellwood restaurant, Charlestown, Md. $80, includes Dinner, open bar, live and silent auctions, music and dancing (open bar is during event only.  Cash bar for after party). More information and tickets, call the school office, (410) 642-6265.

POSTPONED: Catholic Charities Tribute Dinner, previously scheduled for April 1, has been postponed. A new date will be announced in the future.

CALL TO CHECK STATUS: March 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Beauty and the Blessed fundraiser, Currie Hair, Skin, & Nails at Glen Mills, PA. 100% of all salon services booked that day will benefit the Ministry of Caring. Raffle and silent auction. More information and to book, (610) 558-4247

CALL TO CHECK STATUS: April 18, 4 p.m.: Tickets to Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, sponsored by St. Helena’s Parish, Wilmington. Phillies vs. Miami Marlins, seats in section 433, rows 1 through 9, $20 per seat; $10 of cost benefits parish social ministry. Transportation on your own. More information and to reserve a ticket, Jim Clark, to JimClark.StHelenas@verizon.net. Include name, phone number and the number of tickets you would like.

April 26: Emmanuel Dining Room Auction, The Waterfall, 3416 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. Auctions, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a four-course dinner. Tickets and more information, (302) 652-5523.

April 26, 9:15 a.m.: Mount Aviat’s 10thAnnual 5K and Sister Walk, 399 Childs Rd., Childs, Md. Pre-registration available until April 3. $20 per person, $50 per family. Includes T shirts; additional shirts available, $8.50 each, $11 for sizes XL & larger. Trophies will be awarded after the race in the gym. Register at www.MountAviat.org or contact Janie,  janietrumbull@gmail.com. Mass will take place prior to the race at 8:00 a.m. at the school.

Golf Outings

July 9: 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/

The Arts

High School Musicals:

POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBD: • March 26-27, 7 p.m., March 28, 2 p.m.: “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play,” Ursuline Academy, 1106 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington. Tickets are $5. More information, (302) 658-7158.

• May 1-2, 7:30 p.m., May 3, 2 p.m.: “Seussical,” St. Elizabeth’s School, 1500 Cedar St., Wilmington. Tickets: Kids under 12, $5; students and senior citizens $7, adults $10. More information, (302) 656-3369.

CANCELLED, CHECK BACK FOR UPDATE: April 3, 7 p.m., April 4, 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.: “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.: St. Ann’s School, Shallcross Ave.e and N. Union St., Wilmington. $10, tickets, (302) 654-5519 or jmatyger@thesaintannschool.org.

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

POSTPONED: NEW DATE TO BE DETERMINED: St. Joseph’s Festival, St. Andrew’s Hall, 144th and Sinepuxent Sts., Ocean City, Md. traditional Italian specialties, such as ravioli, meatballs, sausage, subs, salad, minestrone soup, zepppole, cannoli, gelato and fried dough. Soda, wine and beer can also be purchased, along with baked goods. Entertainment by Mario Monaldi Band from Baltimore. Free admission. More information, Sal Castorina, (302) 436-2146 or Al DiOrio, (302) 430-1004.

POSTPONED: NEW DATE TO BE DETERMINED: April 27 – May 2: St. Helena’s Carnival, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington. Dinners in the school hall start at 5 p.m. Midway opens at 6 p.m. with rides and games for all ages. Nightly admission $5 for ages 13–59. Ages 12 and under are free with an adult.  Ages 60 and over are free.  Entertainment every night under the Big Top. Family Nights Tuesday and Wednesday: Ride all night for $25 per person. Mega-Passes, good for unlimited rides and free carnival admission all week are $45 per person. Rides, games, prizes, food, baked goods, basket raffles and much more family fun. Discounted admission passes and mega-passes available in advance, call (302) 764-0325.

Sept. 29-Oct. 3: St. Hedwig’s 2020 Polish Festival, more information to come, sthedwigde.org/

Golf Tournaments

May 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Jim Keegan Golf Classic & Tennis Tournament, Deerfield Country Club. More information, Joanna Arat, jarat@ursuline.org, (302) 658-7158.

Sales

CANCELLED: March 28-29, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.: Indoor flea market, Holy Spirit Church hall, 14 Halcyon Dr., New Castle.

CALL TO CHECK STATUS: April 4, 8:30-11 a.m.: Babka Sale, sponsored by the Pope John Paul II Council 7608 KofC. St. Hedwig Parish Hall (beneath Church), 408 S. Harrison St. Wilmington. Plain Babka $9 loaf, cheese babka $15, sweet poppy seed loaf $15, box of chrusciki $7, loaf of rye bread $7. Please pre-order cheese babka, sweet poppy seed loaf and rye bread by March 20; call Stan, (302) 429-0102 and leave your name, number and how many you want to order. No need to pre-order plain babka. More information, www.sthedwigde.org.

NEW DATE JUNE 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Quilters/Crafters garage sale, Red Clay Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennans Church Rd, Wilmington. Quilting fabric, batiks, complete quilt kits, patterns, books, fat quarters, sewing machines, yarn, scrapbooking/card making supplies, and more. Benefits Quilts for Comfort program. More information or to donate (before June 10), Cathy, (610) 212-7824.

Dances/Socials

CALL ABOUT APRIL 17 DATE: April 17, 5:30-10 p.m.: PC Fellowship dinner/dance, Talleyville Memorial Hall. Black and White attire theme. Music by Good Times. $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 17, 12:30-5 p.m.: PC Fellowship dinner/dance, Talleyville Memorial Hall. Anniversary theme. Music by Joe Staffieri Band. $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.

TBA, 5:30-10 p.m.: PC Fellowship dinner/dance, Talleyville Memorial Hall. TBA theme. 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

CALL TO CHECK STATUS: April 5, May 3, 8-11:30 p.m.: All you can eat breakfast, Good Shepherd School, 810 Aiken Ave., Perryville, Md. Adults $8; Children age 6-12, $5; Age 5 and under free. More information, (410) 658-2691 or 410-642-6265. (First Sunday of every month during the school year.)

CALL TO CHECK STATUS: April 5 (note the change in date due to Easter), May 10, June 14, 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 large groups are strongly recommended. More information or for reservations, contact Nancy, (302) 598-8685 or Natiesmom@me.com (Hiatus in July.)

CALL TO CHECK STATUS: TBA, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Monthly lunch, St. Agnes Church Hall, 150 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, Md. Menu TBA; Good will offering accepted; all donations support the St. Vincent DePaul Outreach. More information, (410) 658-4378. For take-out orders call, day of luncheon, (410) 658-9422.

Bingo/Games

CALL ABOUT APRIL 10 DATE: April 10, May 8, 1 p.m.: Couples bridge, Church of the Holy Child, 2500 Naamans Road, Wilmington. Start play at 1, expect to be done by 4 p.m. More information, (302) 478-4287. (Second Friday of each month)

TBA: Bingo, Corpus Christi Social Hall 901 New Road, Elsmere. Ample parking, entrance off Kirkwood Hwy. Doors open at noon; games at 1 p.m. $20 for 16 games, additional cards available. Must be 18; games begin at 1 p.m. Refreshments for sale, cash prizes, pull tab games. More information, (302) 994-2922.

CANCELLED, TO BE RESCHEDULED: March 29, Noon: Michael Kors and Coach Pocketbook Bingo, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 345 Bear-Christiana Rd., Bear. $25 for 20 game packet; $10 for additional 20 game packets. Food and drinks available; 50/50 raffle. Must be 18 to enter. More information and tickets, blm81O@verizon.net, Tickets also available at the door.

April 26, 2 p.m.: Designer Bag Spring Bingo, Our Lady of Fatima Church, 801 N. Dupont Blvd., New Castle. Doors open at 1 p.m. Door prizes, 50/50 raffle, lite lunch foods, snacks, desserts and more. Must be 18 or older to attend. More information, www.olfnewcastle.com or (302) 328-3431.

(Fridays): Temporarily cancelled: Bingo, Knights of Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md. Over $1,000 in prizes. Refreshments for sale. Doors open at 5 p.m., games at 6:30 p.m. For more information, (410) 524-7994.

(Tuesdays): Temporarily cancelled: 7:30: Bingo, Holy Rosary Parish Hall (under the church), 3210 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. For more information, (302) 798-2904.

(Thursdays):  Please note: Bingo at St. Helena’s is cancelled through April 30. 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. In inclement weather, listed to WDEL 1150AM or call rectory after 2 p.m. for message. For more information, (302) 764-0325.

Volunteers

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 .

Adorers needed for St. Ann’s Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel, 2013 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington. The Lord is calling. Are you listening? One hour, once a week. More information, Chris Eckrich (302) 584-1422 or www.adorationchapel.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.

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

CALL TO CHECK STATUS: April 15, May 20 (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 St & 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.

CALL ABOUT APRIL 14 DATE:April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, 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.

Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.: Bereavement support group, Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, 2501 Milltown Rd., Wilmington. Open to adults coping with loss of a loved one. More information and to register, jesushousecenter.org or (302) 995-6858.

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

Tuesdays: Wilmington Catholic Young Adults (WilCYA) gatherings. 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, http://www.wilcya.com/

Trips

July 20-31: Adventure to Classical Greece, hosted by St. Margaret of Scotland Parish. Discover the magnificent ruins of ancient Greece in their tranquil Mediterranean setting. Visit Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, and Mycenae.  Cruise to five (5) Greek Islands; Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete and Patmos, then on to Turkey to visit Ephesus. More information, Chris Linsner, 302-832-1488. 

Aug. 4-15: 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.

Aug. 24-Sept. 7, 2020: 15 Day trip to Croatia, with Br. Ronald Giannone of the Ministry of Caring. See Dubrovnik, Montenegro including Our Lady of the Rocks, Trogir, St. Split including Cellars of Dioceltian’s Palace, Jurlinovi Dvori, Havar Island, Roman Ampitheatre, Zagreb, National Park Plitvice Lakes, Elaphiti islands, museums and much more. $3,699. Single supplement $800. More information, Debbe Philips, (302) 516-1061 or dphilips@ministryofcaring.org

Sept. 5-13, 2020 Pilgrimage to France, Switzerland and Germany to see the Passion Play at Oberammergau with Fr. Mike Gallagher, September 5-13,2020. For details, go to www.gtrpilgrimage.com.

Oct. 13-23, 2020: Follow in the Footsteps of St. Paul: Greece and the Greek Isles, hosted by Fr. Paul Williams, OFM. Visit Athens, Corinth, Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Santorini, Delphi, Kalambaka, Thessaloniki; includes 3-day cruise to Greek Isles and Turkey. $3799 from Philadelphia. More information, Loretta Young, (302) 658-4535 or parishsecretary@stjosephfrenchst.org.