General Parish Information

* Schedule of Liturgies

* Holy Day and Holiday Liturgy Schedule

* Parish Registration and Publications

* Parish Structure and Administration

* Contact Information

* History of the Parish

* Mission Statement


Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis Xavier on Dec. 3rd at Old Bohemia

You are invited to attend Mass for the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier on Friday,
December 3 at 11:00 am at St. Francis Xavier Church (Old Bohemia) in Warwick,
MD. Fr. Tom Flowers will be the celebrant. The rectory museum will be open
one hour before the start of Mass.

For more information or to arrange a tour, please call OBHS President Kathy Ursitti
at 302-378-7283 or email The church is also
available for group retreats. The GPS location of the Bohemia Mission is
1699 Bohemia Church Road, Warwick, MD 21912.

Current Mass Guidelines

If you are FULLY VACCINATED, you are not required to wear a mask

If you are UNVACCINATED, you are required to wear a mask

All pews are available - you may sit wherever you desire

Social Distancing is no longer required

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

This year's Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be presented virtually, repeating the
Service recorded from last year, due to the pandemic. The Service will debut on Tuesday
evening, November 23, at 7 PM. You may view the recording by clicking on this link.

For those who would like to gather in person to watch the recorded service as a group,
Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church will host a viewing of the Service, followed by
a reception in the Church hall.

We hope that next year, we will be able to all gather in person to pray together during
this special time of giving thanks.

Advent Angels 2021

The Advent Angel Tree is an annual ministry of St. Joseph on the Brandywine. It is an
opportunity to bring the love of Christ to our neighbors in need during the Christmas
season. The mission of the Advent Angel Ministry is to assist the needy by offering gifts
and essentials of daily living such as food and shelter.

This program has been very successful in the past due to the generosity of St Joseph
on the Brandywine parishioners who donate gifts and time to this ministry.

Click on this link for more details about the event and how you can participate.

Praise, Worship and Adoration Celebration - December 3, 2021

St. John the Beloved welcomes you to a Praise, Worship and Adoration celebration on
Friday, December 3 at 6:30pm at St. John the Beloved, 907 Milltown Road.

Click on this link for more details about the event.

National Vocations Awareness Week

National Vocations Awareness Week starts on Sunday, November 7. Continue to pray for
Vocations to the Priesthood, Consecrated Religious Life, and the Permanent Diaconate.
Prayer works not only to surface those who are called but prayer has been the place where
they encounter that call. God calls and we have the responsibility to draw it out, encourage
and support it in our young people.

All young people are looking for confirmation and validation as they discern their futures.
When you see a young person at prayer, pray for them and find an opportunity to ask them
if they have considered a vocation to priesthood, consecrated religious life or the permanent

For more information, visit or email

Important Updates when Receiving Communion

Gluten Free Hosts

For those communicants who require gluten-free (GF) hosts, please let the celebrant,
usually our pastor, Monsignor Hopkins, (or visiting priest) know that you will be in his
communion line, at the end of the line. An usher may be available to help you.

Receiving the Host on the tongue

For those communicants who receive the Body of Christ on the tongue, please receive
the Host from the celebrant, Monsignor Hopkins in most instances, by using his communion
line to receive; especially in our current Covid state, please position yourself at the
end of the celebrant's Communion line, to receive the Host.

If you cannot come to the Altar for Communion

If you come to mass and cannot come to the altar in the Communion line we suggest:

Year of St. Joseph
In Dec. 2020, Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph, in honor of the 150th anniversary
of the saint's proclamation as patron of the Universal Church. Pope Francis said he was
establishing the year so that "every member of the faithful, following his example, may
strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfillment of God's will."

The Pope also stated that the coronavirus pandemic has heightened his desire to reflect on
St. Joseph, as so many people during the pandemic have made hidden sacrifices to protect
others, just as St. Joseph quietly protected and cared for Mary and Jesus.

"Each of us can discover in Joseph -- the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and
hidden presence -- an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble," the pope wrote.
He also said he wanted to highlight St. Joseph's role as a father who served his family
with charity and humility, adding, "Our world today needs fathers."

More Information on Year of St. Joseph
Year of St. Joseph: What Catholics need to know (Catholic News Agency)
Apostolic Letter "Patris Corde" of the Holy Father Francis (from The Vatican)
Information about the Year of St. Joseph (from the USCCB)

Family Resources on Year of St. Joseph
St. Joseph Activities for Kids (from
Year of St. Joseph - free activities for kids (from
Easy Ways to Celebrate Saint Joseph in Your Catholic Home (from

Emmanuel Dining Room meal delivery
St. Joseph's continues to provide a chicken meal to Emmanuel Dining Room once a month.
Volunteers purchase and cook 24 chicken thighs and/or bring various desserts. Please have
your cooked chicken and desserts at the Family Center parking lot by 9 A.M. on that day.

Below are the remaining dates for 2021:
Friday, December 10

Emmanuel Dining Room dates for 2022
Tuesday, January 11
Friday, February 11
Friday, March 11
Monday, April 11
Wednesday, May 11
Friday, June 11
Monday, July 11
Thursday, August 11
Friday, September 9
Tuesday, October 11
Friday, November 11
Friday, December 9

Your continuing support is greatly appreciated. Peg Janes 302-656-3635.

Support your parish during this health crisis
Sunday offerings are critical to the ongoing vitality and sustainability of our parish to carry
out the Mission of Jesus Christ. We understand the financial strain that many of our parishioners
are now experiencing. We ask those who are able to please continue to support your parish.

You may make your donations electronically via the CDOW My Parish Offering application,
which is available on the CDOW website under Featured Links. Or you can click on the link below:

Know that we are always thankful for your generosity, especially during this difficult time.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Process for our Church and Hall during Covid-19
During this time of the Covid-19 health crisis, St. Joseph's has implemented specific
cleaning and disinfecting procedures to keep our parishioners safe.

Click on this link for details of our cleaning / disinfecting process
as well as the safety data sheets for the products being used.

Letter to Members of our Faith Community
Click on this link to read a letter to the Members of our Faith Community.

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.

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.

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