2016 Advent & Christmas Schedule
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation - Thursday, December 8
Masses at 630am, 830am, and 700pm
Blessing of the Straw
Weekend of December 10 & 11 at all Masses
Parish Reconciliation Service
Tuesday, December 13 at 700pm
Additional priests will be available
Christmas and New Years' Mass Schedule:
Saturday, December 24th
4:00pm - Church and Hall;
6:00pm Church; 8:00pm Church
Sunday, December 25th
Midnight, 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am
Mary Holy Mother of God
New Year’s Day — Sunday, January 1, 2017
7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12 noon
Epiphany of the Lord
Sunday, January 8, 2017
7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12 noon
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Parish Weekly Calendar:
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, November 27
Click here for the week beginning Sunday, December 4
St. Mary's Outreach Programs for the Holidays:
See this week's bulletin for infomraiton on all of our holiday outreach programs. Signups will be held
after all Sunday Masses in the church vestibule until December 7. Please consider assisting a person
in need. Outreach includes - Adopt-a-Family, Angel and Gift Card trees, ACME Farberware Stamps, Holiday
Baskets, and monetary donations.
PREP Updates: 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 600pm to 715pm.
June PREP: The second of four classes during the school year is Jan. 8 from 8:45 to 10:15am
August PREP: The second of four classes during the school year is Dec. 4 from 8:45 to 10:15am
~~ Consult your parent handbook or the PREP page on the website for
Fatima Holy Hour - December 13:
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,
Holy Hour schedule - Tue 12/13, Fri 1/13, Mon 2/13, Mon 3/13, 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 *.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Education Program Open House and Enrollment for 2017-18: St. Mary's Early Education Program (EEP)
will be holding an Open House on Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12 Noon. Please come and learn about our program.
Registration for the 2017-18 School Year will be from January 1, 2017—February 10, 2017.
Please contact Karen Rombach call for more information at 302-239-7100 ext. 34.
Or Click here to go to the EEP website
We are still enrolling for our 2 & 3 year old program for the current school year, 2016-1017.
Legion of Mary - New Web Page:
Check out the colorful and informative new web page for the Legion of Mary.
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 email@example.com or 302-540-3200.
Window Installation Update:
The first eight windows - The Nativity, The Visitation, The Annunciation, The Wedding Feast at
Cana, Finding Jesus in the Temple, The Presentation, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Patrcik have been installed.
Here is the timetable for the remaining window installations:
St. Mary of the Assumption (Choir Loft) - Dec 2016
Sacristy/Sanctuary (behind Altar) - TBA
The Wedding Feast
Finding Jesus in the Temple
St. John the Evangelist
Click here for the window project information pamphet
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
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
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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