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Announcements

Dispensation from Sunday Mass obligations remain in place
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass issued on March 12, 2020
remains in place for the Diocese of Wilmington.

Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to the virus within 14 days are
not permitted to enter the church, in accordance with national, state and local health
directives. All attendees are asked to check their temperature at home before coming
to church for any reason. Likewise, anyone with a persistent cough or who otherwise
does not feel well should not come to church.

Parishioners who are particularly vulnerable (e.g. over the age of sixty, existing heart
or lung conditions, diabetes, or otherwise immuno-compromised) are STRONGLY
ENCOURAGED
, for their own health, to avoid the risk of attending public celebrations
of the Church until all restrictions have been lifted.

Individuals are the primary protectors of their own health; during this current situation,
there is always risk coming into public spaces. To that end, coming into an open church
building carries that same risk. Individuals assume that risk for themselves in these
circumstances.

Members of the same household may sit together, but there should be at least 6 feet of
separation otherwise. Gatherings before and after celebrations are prohibited, including
ministers greeting the faithful before and after Mass.

All members of the assembly are to wear face coverings at all times while in church.

2021 Diocesan Annual Catholic Appeal Commitment Weekend - April 17/18th
The 2021 Diocesan Annual Catholic Appeal Commitment Weekend will be April 17 and 18th.
The theme this year will be "Disciples of Christ, Witnesses of Hope."

The formal in-pew solicitation process normally conducted on Commitment Weekend
will not occur. Many of you have received information about this year's Appeal through
the mail. Please take time to read the materials provided prayerfully considering your
response. To learn more about the Annual Catholic Appeal visit the diocesan website at
cdow.org/annualcatholicappeal. Thank you for your continued support.

Upcoming Ordinations
Saturday, May 15 at 11 am - Ordination to the Diaconate for Brennan Ferris
Saturday, May 22 at 11 am - Ordination to the Priesthood for Michael Preston

Both are currently scheduled to be held at the Cathedral of Saint Peter.
Possibility of attendance, timing, and location are all subject to change
depending on the state of the pandemic

Chrism Mass 2021 - live-stream from Cathedral of Saint Peter on Tuesday, April 20 at 12 pm
Bishop Malooly will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 20 at 12 pm at the
Cathedral of Saint Peter. Due to occupancy limits and to ensure proper physical distancing,
only priests are invited to participate in person.

All others are invited to spiritually join the Bishop by joining the live-stream broadcast
on the diocese's YouTube channel.

Emmanuel Dining Room delivery starts on Thursday, March 11
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. Our next date
to deliver our meal for Emmanuel Dining Room is Thursday, March 11. Please have your
cooked chicken and desserts at the Family Center parking lot by 9 A.M. on that day.

Below are the dates for 2021:
Thursday, March 11
Friday, April 9
Tuesday, May 11
Friday, June 11
Friday, July 9
Wednesday, August 11
Friday, September 10
Monday, October 11
Thursday, November 11
Friday, December 10

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

Independent audit finds Diocese of Wilmington in compliance with Charter
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has once again been found to be in compliance with the Charter
for the Protection of Children and Young People
, the comprehensive action plan adopted by the U.S. bishops
in 2002 to effectively deal with sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy and other church personnel.
The findings are a result of a review of data collected for the 2019/2020 Charter audit period by
StoneBridge Business Partners, an independent firm hired by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Diocese of Wilmington has been found to be in compliance in all audits including its first audit in 2004.

Currently, there are approximately 11,000 active individuals - including clergy, deacons and parish and
school staff and volunteers - that have undergone background checks and have been cleared for ministry with
young people in the Diocese of Wilmington through its For the Sake of God's Children safe environment
program. Information regarding the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington's efforts to protect children is available at
cdow.org/protecting-our-children. Information about the comprehensive safe environment program,
For the Sake of God's Children, is available at cdow.org/giving/fsgc.

More information regarding what the Catholic Church in the United States is doing to protect children and
young people including information about compliance audits is available at
www.usccb.org/offices/child-and-youth-protection/audits.

Faith Environment / Safe Environment
Did you know that on the Diocesan Website there is a 30 minute presentation entitled:
For the Sake of God's Children: Safe Environment Education that explains the Diocesan
safe environment program and provides valuable information for parents and other adults
who are engaged with children?

Go to cdow.org and click on For the Sake of God's Children for more information.

Bishop Malooly offers prayers for President-elect Biden, looks to the future with hope
The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, has issued
the following statement on the 2020 Presidential Election:

"St. Paul reminds us in today's second reading that as Christians, we are called to be people of hope.
No matter where we might fall on the political spectrum, we must seize this moment as an opportunity
to begin to heal the crippling divisions in our great nation. These fractures were forged over decades
and reconciliation will take time and patience. It begins with each of us. Today I congratulate
President-elect Biden. We all must pray for the President-elect and President Trump during this time
of transition and we look to the future with hope that as one Nation under God, we will continue be
a beacon of freedom and prosperity to the world."


The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions
and 30 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland's Eastern Shore.
More information is available at cdow.org

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:
https://www.givecentral.org/appeals-form-registration/acp5e97ee35d8963/user/guest

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

Civilize it - Dignity Beyond the Debate 2020
Jesus uses the parable of the Good Samaritan to answer a question that is both searing and simple:
"Who is my neighbor?" (Luke 10: 29). Our familiarity with this parable makes it easy for us now to identify
as "neighbor" those on the margins of our society such as those experiencing homelessness or poverty.
But how often do we see our neighbor in the person who disagrees with us?

Click on this link to read a call for Civil Dialogue: A response to Jesus' call to love our neighbor

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.


Marriage Preparation Class (Pre-Cana) information
Marriage Preparation Class (Pre-Cana) will continue to be held online in August, September, October, November,
and December. As a reminder, online Marriage Preparation classes are not the preferred method for administering
the curriculum. However, be assured that the integrity and quality of the online Marriage Preparation Program
has not been compromised due to the online platform.

Contact Colleen Lindsey, Director, at CLindsey@cdow.org or 302-295-0657 or
Eileen Gaus, Pre-Cana Coordinator, at EGaus@cdow.org or 302-295-0657 with questions.

Let Us Pray For You:
Msgr. Rebman & Fr. Evers continue to privately fulfill all scheduled mass intentions.
Submission of prayer requests may be sent to the Silent Prayer Community,
Cindi Clare at free2day2002@yahoo.com

"I thank my God for you every time I think of you; and
every time I pray for you all, I pray with joy."
Philippians 1:3-4 (GNT)


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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