7200 Lancaster Pike - Hockessin, Delaware 19707
Tel: (302) 239-7100 - Fax: (302) 239-8219
email: stmary@stmaryoftheassumption.com


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Welcome to St. Mary of the Assumption Parish,
a Community of Faith in the Roman Catholic Tradition.

It is our prayer that this web site will help you encounter
Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

May the Lord bless you and your loved ones, and may your journey
bring you into frequent contact with our loving God!



Parish Weekly Calendar: Check back on Tuesday for the first weekly calendar of the new year.
Much of the calendar information is also included in the weekly bulletin. Please note that scheduled events are subject to change.

Click here for the week beginning Sunday, March 19
Click here for the week beginning Sunday, March 26

Parish Survey Information Sessions: Your input to the Parish Survey conducted last fall was greatly apprciated!! The "Refresh" project team has been formed in reponse to the survey and will be holding information sessions on Saturday, March 25th at 6:15pm and Sunday, March 26th at 1:15pm. The common themes that emerged from the survey will be presented, along with intial plans to address them. The sessions will be held in the St. Mary Room and are expected to last approximately 40 minutes.

Lent 2017

Lenten Fish Fries: The Knights of Columbus will host fish fries from 500pm to 700pm in the Church Hall on the following Fridays during Lent: Mar 24, Mar 31, and Apr 7. Pricing is $11 - $14. See bulletin for the complete menu.

Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will follow the fish fries at 700pm each Friday.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Reconciliation on Saturdays during Lent at 330pm.

Lenten Misson: The annual parish Lenten mission will be led by Msgr. Dan McGylynn starting with his guest homily at weekend Masses April 1-2 and then continue at 700pm each evening from April 2-4.

Walk to Easter: This Lenten/Holy Week experience for children in preschool through 4th grade will take place on Good Friday, April 14, from 10:00am to 12:00 Noon. Volunteers are needed.

Click here for the flier

Lent 2017 Schedule: Click on the link below for the complete Lent schedule for 2017.

2017 Lent Flier



Fatima Statue Visit - April 1: The Pilgrim Statue of Fatima will visit our Diocese on April 1 as part of the Fatima Centennial Tour for Peace. The statue will be at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine from 800am to 200pm and then at St. Mary's from 400pm through 600am the following morning. For more information go to fatimatourforpeace.com

Boys Football Information Session - April 2: There will be a parent information session on Sunday, April 2 at 400pm in the St. Mary room. Go to the Athletics page for registration forms and a flier regarding the parent meeting. Click here to visit the Athletics page

Mass Time Changes - Please Read: In response to the Refresh parish survey conducted in the fall, we will move to a year-round Mass schedule starting Sunday, April 30, 2017. A Sunday evening Mass will be added to the schedule, and we will follow our former summer Sunday Mass schedule throughout the year.

Click here for the Mass change announcement

The Dialog - Online!!! Printed copies of our Diocesan newspaper, the Dialog, are normally available in the bulletin racks in the Church. You may also read current and past issues of the Dialog online.

Click here for the Dialog online edition

Boys Football and Baseball Registration: Forms for boys football and baseball registration have been posted on the Athletics page. Click here to visit the Athletics page

PREP Updates: The June PREP program is at capacity as of March 16.

Registration forms for summer 2017 and the 2017-18 school year are now posted on the PREP page. Click on Christian Formation Ministries... PREP on the menu on the left hand side of this page. Please note that forms will NOT be mailed out to homes this year.

The PREP calendar for 2016-17 is posted on the PREP page. Click on Christian Formation Ministries... PREP on the menu at left.

Monday night PREP: Classes are from 6:00 to 7:15pm. The last class for the 2016-17 school year is on Apr. 10.
June PREP: The program finished on March 5.
August PREP: The last of four classes during the school year is Apr. 2 from 8:45 to 10:15am

~~ Consult your parent handbook or the PREP page on the website for more information.

Fatima Holy Hour - April 12: To celebrate the 100th Anniversary year of the Fatima Apparitions, a Holy Hour on the 13th of every month (see * for exceptions) will be held from 9am to 10am following the 830am Mass. For more information, contact Ann at 302 494-4138. For more details on the Fatima story, go to www.wagusa.org
For more details on our celebration activities, Click here
Holy Hour schedule - Wed 4/12 *, Fri 5/12 *, Tue 6/13, Thu 7/13, Mon 8/14 *, Wed 9/13, Fri 10/13 (special closing). Note that if the 13th falls on a Saturday, Sunday, Holy Day, or during Holy Week, it will be on the 12th or 14th as indicated by an asterisk *.

Middle School Dance - May 6: The last middle school dance of the 2016-17 school year will be held in the church hall on Saturday, May 6 at 700pm. For more information, click on Youth... Middle School Dances.

Seeking Basketball Coaches for 2017-18 Season: St. Mary's Athletic Dept. is looking for adults, ages 18 & up, to coach Instructional Basketball for the 2017/2018 season.  Players are boys & girls, ages 9-14, grades 4th thru 8th, Coaching experience preferred, but not necessary.  Level of play is the "O" , or "Div. III" in the CYM league.  The season runs from early December thru mid-March and consists of 10 games, 2 practice sessions per week, and 1 paid-for tournament of choice for the team. Applicants will have to complete CYM Background Check, Coaches Training, and Diocesan Covenants.  If interested, please contact Dave Lazear, Athletic Director @ 302-740-1202 or lazeard@nibco.com.

Early Education Program Enrollment for 2017-18: Registration for the 2017-18 School Year closed on February 10. Check back for information on additional openings if they become available. Please contact Karen Rombach call for more information at 302-239-7100 ext. 34. Or Click here to go to the EEP website

Legion of Mary - New Web Page: Check out the colorful and informative new web page for the Legion of Mary.

click here

SMYLE Teen Service and Activity Schedule: The 2016-17 calendar of service opportunities and activities for our SMYLE youth group has just been posted!!! Click here to go to the SMYLE youth ministry webpage

Interested in Becoming Catholic? If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, St. Mary's will be holding RCIA Inquiry Classes on Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the St. John room. RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Contact Deacon John at 239-7100 ext. 32 if interested.

WILCYA Young Adult Professional Group Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s from the greater Wilmington-Newark area, single and married can connect for faith formation and fellowship through social, spiritual, and service activities. Click here to go the WILCYA website

Need a Ride??? Fellow Parishioners!!! Do you occasionally need a ride to Church for Mass or perhaps elsewhere? As one of the service organizations of our parish, The Knights of Columbus may be able to help. Contact Mike Bailey, Community Director for the council. You may contact him at mbaileypa@gmail.com or 302-540-3200.

Window Installation Update: The first nine windows - The Nativity, The Visitation, The Annunciation, The Wedding Feast at Cana, Finding Jesus in the Temple, The Presentation, St. John the Evangelist, St. Patrick, and the Assumption of Mary have been installed. The installation date of the Sacristy/Sanctuary windows behind the Altar is TBD.


The Nativity

The Visitation

The Annunciation


The Wedding Feast

Finding Jesus in the Temple

The Presentation

St. John the Evangelist

St. Patrick

The Assumption of Mary

Click here for the window project information pamphet



March for Life: Parishoners from St. Mary of the Assumption participated in the annual March for Life in Washington DC on January 27. Click here to watch the video

March for Life



Memorial Day 2016: A prayer service was celebrated at St. Patrick's Cemetery, including the blessing of a new marker with all the names of those buried in unmarked graves.

Memorial Day 2016
St. Patrick's Cemetery
The Knights of Columbus Color Guard was on hand to honor the deceased. Click on the link at left to St. Patrick's Cemetery for more information about the cemetery.

Knights of Columbus
Color Guard

Corpus Christi Procession: Corpus Christi is a beautiful tradition that celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Celebrated at St. Mary's on May 29, 2016, the outdoor procession with the Blessed Sacrament followed the 11:30 AM Mass. The procession includes singing of hymns and recitation of Divine Praises. For a slideshow of the 2015 Corpus Christi procession Click here


Corpus Christi Procession 2016

Tenebrae Service: Celebrated on Good Friday in 2016, this para-liturgical devotion dates back to the 5th century. Tenebrae means "Shadows/Darkness". As part of this service, the lights are dimmed and candles are extinguished. It is a beautiful and moving devotion that helps us as Catholics call to mind Jesus' Suffering, Passion, and Death for us, especially during Lent.

Tenebrae - Holy Week 2016




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7200 Lancaster Pike
Hockessin, DE 19707
Tel: (302)239-7100
Fax: (302)239-8219

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Office closed 12:30pm to 1:30pm for Lunch