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Announcements

Collection for the Holy Land
As you are aware, each year the Holy See organizes a second collection on Good Friday to support the Christian communities of the Holy Land.
These communities, too, are exposed to the risk of contagion, on top of living in contexts already full of serious sufferings.
For this reason, Pope Francis has asked that the Collection for the Holy Land be rescheduled at a later time.

Father Hilary Rogers
Father Hilary Rodgers, 75, a retired Diocese of Wilmington priest who lived at Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark, died on April 1.
Fr. Rodgers, may he rest in peace. Click on this link to read a summary on his life in The Dialog.

The Palm Sunday Vigil Mass will live-streamed from the Cathedral of Saint Peter on Saturday, April 4, 2020 gat 4:00 p.m.

The next Mass from the Cathedral of Saint Peter will be live-streamed on Saturday, April 4th at 4:00 p.m. Bishop Malooly will preside.
The Mass can be seen at YouTube.com/DioceseofWilmington.

Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph on the Brandywine -
We have recorded the Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph on the Brandywine on Friday, March 27.
You can click on this link to view the videos from our Video page.

Annual Catholic Appeal -
The ACA Appeal Commitment in-pew solicitation will be rescheduled and announced at a later date and time when Masses resume. Other components of the ACA program are still in place: solicitation and follow-up to Circle of Honor and Potential Circle of Honor will be continued as planned.

Pastor's mailing to 19,000+ parishioners with a history of supporting the Appeal will be mailed on April 8 as scheduled, as well as the processing, recording, acknowledging and invoicing pledges as they are received by the development office.

We place ourselves under the care of our Blessed Mother, especially during these challenging days, and seek her intercession with our Lord for good health for all.

Pope announces extraordinary 'urbi et orbi' blessing March 27 -
In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis gave an extraordinary blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time March 27.
You can click on this link to read the text of the blessing and watch a replay on Vatican News.

No print edition for March 27 Dialog -
Officials at the Diocese of Wilmington have decided that the next print edition of The Dialog, scheduled for distribution March 27, will not be published, and journalists and business office workers will instead focus efforts on the real-time news website http://thedialog.org

Newspaper officials said the decision was made after consultation with Bishop Malooly and Msgr. Steven P. Hurley, vicar general of the diocese. Churches in the diocese are not expected to host Mass for the foreseeable future in an effort prevent the spread of coronavirus. The churches across Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland are the principal drop points for distribution of the biweekly newspaper.

Journalists are primarily working from home and producing stories, photos and advertisements for the website remotely. They are updating the status of local events and reporting developments across the U.S. and beyond.

Parish update during Covid-19 -
Our offices are not accepting any "face-to-face" business under the current circumstances in which we find ourselves as a nation and as a church. All meetings, events, gatherings, devotions, confessions, and parish weekday and weekend Masses have been cancelled by order of the Bishop.

If you need to be in contact with the Parish Office or Parish Priests for any reason, please call us at 302-658-7017. We encourage you to remain in contact with us.

Please pray through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Wilmington that we may be protected and that this crisis will come to a swift conclusion.

Cancellation of public Masses -
Public Masses have been cancelled in Delaware. Click on this link to view the announcement from the Diocese of Wilmington

Norms for Communion Services -
Click on this link to view an important announcement from the Diocese of Wilmington - Norms for Communion Services

Avoid Phishing Scams -
In a number of parishes, some parishioners have received emails saying they need to buy gift cards to help their pastor.
DO NOT BE TAKEN BY THIS SCAM! Click on this link for tips on how to avoid being victimized by these scams.

Parish Online Registration

To register in our Parish, please click on this link.

Thank you for your parish registration and welcome to our Church and faith community.

Letter from the Finance Council - November 2019

To Members of our Faith Community,

Our Finance Council has agreed that it is important to share with our parishioners the status of our parish budget. Our fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th.
It is important to note that the Church and Cemetery operate independently of each other and have their respective expenses and allocated budget.

A summary of your parish's financial results for the last year, along with the 2019/2020 budget, may be viewed by clicking on this link. As you can see,
we incurred a deficit in 2018/2019; however, the new year budget shows a deficit of $55,325. The Finance Council recently approved the budget
after a thorough line-by-line review of all parish expenses. Please note that the budget encompasses all aspects of running the parish, including religious education.

We, like all other parishes, have seen a decline in the number of people attending Mass on a weekly basis, which is reflected in the decline of weekly offerings.
The 2019/2020 budget assumes this trend will continue.

Because of inflation, expenses continue to increase each year on items such as insurance, utilities and repairs. Maintenance of the church, rectory, family center
and the former convent are a major expense each year because these buildings require more repairs and replacement as they get older.

The budget deficit is a major concern for our parish and one which requires action from each of us. I ask for your prayers and assistance with this issue.
The $55,000 deficit amounts to approximately $1,000 each week. If each of you would consider at least a $2.00 increase each week to your offering,
we would be able to erase the deficit and cover our operational expenses without having to withdraw from our reserves.

Thank you for attending Mass each week, and for your support. We hope you will prayerfully consider adding the two additional dollars to your weekly offering.

Finance Council
Monsignor Joseph F. Rebman, V. G., Pastor
Eugene Julian, Executive Officer
Patrick Bagley
Izzy Gonzalez
John Matlusky
Bill Santora

Click on this link for a printable copy of the letter from the Finance Council and the 2019 financial summary..


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