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Dialog Datebook: Diocese of Wilmington events canceled or postponed to guard against spread of coronavirus

Does your family calendar include events at church?

As communities take measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, precautions have resulted in the cancellation and postponement of numerous events.

If you have notices that are scheduled to appear in Datebook or on our online events page, please notify us immediately if you have decided to cancel or postpone these events. We will be frequently updating events notices on thedialog.org as we receive updated information.

Please email changes with subject line “DATEBOOK” to news@thedialog.org as soon as possible. We will provide these updates to our online readers as soon as we are able.

Among the notices received thus far are:


CANCELLED: AUG. 1, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Food Truck Festival, Holy Angels Church, 82 Possum Park Rd., Newark. Rescheduled for May 15, 2021. More information here.

CANCELLED: June 12-14: Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. For more information contact Nan Freeman at 302-333-1904 or visit rachelsvineyard.org.
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.

ST. HELENA, WILMINGTON: “Out of respect for all our Bingo players, volunteers and our community at large, we are cancelling our weekly Thursday night Bingo beginning tonight, March 12 through April 30.”

Bingo has also been cancelled at HOLY ROSARY PARISH and the KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL in Ocean City, Md.

PRE CANA CLASSES scheduled for April 18 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Bear, and May 16 at Holy Cross in Dover are cancelled. All registered couples will be contacted in the future to arrange alternate dates.

All parish FISH FRYS are cancelled until further notice.

The VIA CRUCIS at St. Anthony of Padua in Wilmington is cancelled until further notice.

CANCELLED TEMPORARILY: The First Friday Mass for the Sacred Heart of Jesus scheduled for April 3 at noon at Sacred Heart Oratory in Wilmington is temporarily cancelled, as are all Masses at Sacred Heart Oratory. www.sacredheartoratory.org.

SALISBURY, Md.: The Diocese of Wilmington’s “Circle of Honor” Mass and event scheduled for Sunday, March 15 at Saint Francis de Sales Church in Salisbury, has been cancelled due to concerns related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Circle of Honor members are major donors who contributed to the previous year’s Annual Catholic Appeal.

OCEAN CITY, Md. : The March 28 St. Joseph’s Festival scheduled to be held at St. Andrew’s Hall, 144th and Sinepuxent Sts., Ocean City, Md. has been postponed. A new date will be determined and announced at a later time.

WILMINGTON: Ursuline Academy‘s “Easter Egg-stravaganza!” scheduled for April 4 has been cancelled.

SAINT FRANCIS HEALTHCARE has canceled all community classes or events until at least March 31, putting the safety of patients, colleagues and community members first. Individuals who registered for events will be contacted to reschedule.

ST. JUDE, LEWES: St. Jude parish has cancelled all parish activities until March 28, including the March 19 St. Joseph Day celebration and the Ladies Lenten Day of Reflection scheduled for March 27.

WILMINGTON: The annual diocesan youth pilgrimage, scheduled for April 4, has been cancelled.

MINISTRY OF CARING: The March 22 Irish Night at Francis X. Norton Center, 917 N. Madison Street, Wilmington has been cancelled. For more information, ReeNee LaFate, (302) 652-3228.

NEW CASTLE COUNTY IRISH SOCIETY:  March 17 Annual Ham or Corned Beef & Cabbage Lunch/Dinner, New Castle Irish Society has been cancelled. New date and time may be announced later, www.nccirishsociety.org

ST. MATTHEW’S: Pancake breakfast scheduled for March 22 at St. Matthew’s in Newport has been cancelled. More information, (302) 633-5850.

DOVER: DOVER LEAD 360 Awards Ceremony scheduled for March 23 has been postponed. A new date will be announced.

ST. ANN’S, BETHANY BEACH: Wednesday Lenten soup and salads are cancelled, along with Lenten dinners and the April 2 penance service. Zumba classes are also cancelled until further notice.

HOLY SPRIT, NEW CASTLE: The flea market scheduled for March 28-29, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.: at Holy Spirit Church hall, 14 Halcyon Dr., New Castle has been cancelled.

ST. JOSEPH, FRENCH STREET: Friday fish frys at  St. Joseph’s Church, 1012 N. French St., Wilmington have been cancelled.

DOVER: The Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Delmarva conference, scheduled for March 21 at Church of the Holy Cross, Dover, has been cancelled.

WILMINGTON: The Catholic Charities Tribute Dinner, scheduled for April 1 at Chase Center on the Riverfront, has been postponed. A new date will be announced later.

WILMINGTON: The March 22 City Deanery Lent Penance Service at St. Anthony of Padua Church has been cancelled.

JESUS HOUSE PRAYER AND RENEWAL CENTER has cancelled all meetings and events, including the March 29 retreat with Fr. Nicholas Amato.

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY PARISH has temporarily cancelled Eucharistic Adoration. Also cancelled is the March 26 Lenten Retreat.

The March 21 UNITED IN PRAYER DAY at Resurrection Parish in Wilmington has been cancelled.

ST HEDWIG’S PARISH has cancelled Stations of the Cross and the Soup Supper. A decision about the April 4 Babka Sale will be made at a later time.

ST. MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION PARISH in Hockessin has cancelled the March 29-31 Lenten Mission.

The March 23 fundraiser Fundraiser at Trattoria di Napoli for St. Joseph’s French Street Kateri Circle has been postponed. A new date will be announced later.

GOOD SHEPHERD SCHOOL‘s annual gala has been rescheduled for May 30.

URSULINE ACADEMY‘s March 26-28 performances of “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” had been postponed. New dates will be announced later.

All parish activities at ST. ANN’S, WILMINGTON, have been cancelled. The April 3-4 presentation of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.” is postponed, possibly.may be rescheduled for later dates.

The March 29 Pocketbook Bingo at ST ELIZABETH ANN SETON CHURCH in Bear has been cancelled, but will be rescheduled.

The March 21 Muscle Movement Foundation Delaware Run for Strength 5K at Saint Mark’s High School, Wilmington is now a virtual event. For more information, https://runsignup.com/Race/39861/or (302) 738-3300.

St. Helena’s Carnival scheduled for April 27-May 2 has been postponed. A new date may be announced at a later time.


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