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At Lenten penance service, pope announces Holy Year of Mercy

 

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church's "mission to be a witness of mercy."
"No one can be excluded from God's mercy," the pope said March 13, marking the second anniversary of his pontificate by leading a Lenten penance service in St. Peter's Basilica. 
"I frequently have thought about how the church can make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy," he said during his homily; that is why he decided to call a special Holy Year, which will be celebrated from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20, 2016.

The biblical theme of the year, he said, will be "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful," an admonition that applies "especially to confessors," the pope said with a smile.
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Papal Relic Comes to Wilmington Diocese

Under the direction of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the official relic of Saint John Paul II will be brought to our diocese April 15-16, 2015, to St Hedwig Church.  Wilmington is one of only three dioceses in the United States to receive this relic during its official pilgrimage from March-July 2015. 

 

You are invited to attend a Welcoming Mass and Veneration on Wednesday, April 15 and/or a Farewell Mass and Veneration on Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:30pm Holy Hour, 6:30pm Mass, 7:30pm Veneration of the Relic.  Immediately following, there will be a Saint John Paul II display and sefreshments in the Msgr. Gulcz Hall. Click here for see the Flyer or  call (302) 594-1400. 


Parish & Community News

 

There will be Stations of the Cross: Every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm. All are invited to attend. 

Lenten Study Series For Adults: This year we will be doing Fr. Robert Barron’s brand new study titled Conversion: Following the Call of Christ. Join us each Sunday evening beginning this Sunday, February 22, at 6PM in the Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

In this film and study program, Fr. Robert Barron illuminates six biblical stories of conversion, demonstrating how six ordinary people, just like you, were met by Jesus where they were and called to a better life through him.

Home Shelter Update Thank you to all the volunteers who provided meals, shift hours, laundry service and lunch and breakfast items last week for the Shelter.  It was a rough weather week, but we made it! There are seven guests staying at the shelter at this time.  Our next week for shelter duty is March 29 - April 4th.  If you would like more information about Haven Ministries and the shelter, please call Mary Jourdak 410-643-5766 or email: mjourdak@atlanticcoastcarpet.com 

MEN's Formation/Bible Study:
The men's formation/bible study group is now forming.  The group meets the first and third Thursday each month.  We begin in the chapel at 6:30 for rosary followed by study and discussion from 7:00-8:30. Please come out and join us - all are welcome. Please contact Matthew Moucha at mbmouch@yahoo.com or 410-913-4212

Physician Assisted Suicide:  It is urgent that you contact your legislators immediately to voice opposition to legislation before the Maryland General Assembly that would allow physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of medication at the request of a patient with a terminal illness who has received a diagnosis of six months or less to live.  Go to www.mdcathcon.org for instructions on how to contact your legislator about this issue.  The Maryland Catholic Conference has joined a statewide coalition of partners, Maryland Against Physician Assisted Suicide, which is organizing opposition to the bill through their website, www.stopassisted suicide.org.

St. Francis de Sales Parish in Salisbury is seeking a Director/Coordinator of Liturgy and Music.  The successful
candidate will have knowledge of the Roman Catholic Church Liturgy with a love for the Church and a prayerful commitment to the parish community. An understanding of liturgical music and cultural variances is crucial for our large parish with a diverse assembly. Qualifications: Masters of Divinity or equivalent with emphasis in liturgy, Bachelors considered with
1-3 years'
experience and knowledge of Catholic liturgical practices.  Please contact Father Chris LaBarge at 410-742-6443 or
clabarge@visitstfrancis.org.

WALKING WITH PURPOSE-WALKING WITH PURPOSE

 

 "As each has received a gift, emply it for one another" 1 Peter 4:10


Monday Night March 23, 7pm: Lesson 17
        "Balance Through Surrender"
 

        Thursday Morning March 26th, 9:30am: Lesson 17
        "Balance Through Surrender" (free Childcare available)



We are still registering for our new course!  To register for  Keeping in Balance: Creating Order Within  go to  stchristopherski.org (we are on the Community Life Page)  For more information please contact Melissa Coligan:  melissaebert@msn.com; 301-343-8408  or go to  walkingwithpurpose.com.

 


FAMILY LIFE - March 27 - Soup and Stations of the Cross - The Shepherd's Flock Prayer Group is the sponsor for this week. This is the final Soup and Stations before Easter.  Please join your fellow parishioners at 6 pm in the Parish Hall for a Soup Dinner and fellowship before Stations of the Cross at 7pm.  This is a family friendly event with a craft  available for the children.  If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact Celinda Carr 240-882-4694

 

March 29th  -  Brunch with the Easter Bunny begins at 12 noon. There will be crafts egg hunt, cookie decorating, and visit from the Easter Bunny.  It's fun for the entire family.  Tickets will go on sale after Sunday masses.  Tickets are $1/person and $5 max/family PLUS a cake for the cake walk.  
 

April 14th  - Papal visit in Philadelphia - You are invited to the meeting at 7PM in the conference room.  Please let us know if you want to help plan for the event in September 2015 by contacting Catherine@ 410-739-5981 (text or VM)
 

April 14th  - Family Life Meeting, 7 pm in Parish Center - Conference Room OR in a classroom.Meeting is open to all parishioners, NO RSVP necessary .  *** W2 ISH ***  Witness,
Welcome, Invite and SHare. (Family Life Motto) 
 

April 17th and April 18th - Matthew Kelly, April 17 in Olney, MD, April 18th in Severn Park, MD.  Tickets can be purchased atDynamic Catholics.Com 

 


Healing from Abortion One Weekend at a Time.  The Diocese of Wilmington Respect Life Office is offering a third Rachel's Vineyard confidential retreat June 5-7 in Wilmington, DE for women and men impacted by abortion. The response from the first two retreats was exceptional.  More women are finding freedom and healing from the pain of abortion.  For more information about the retreat, contact Nan Freeman at 302-528-8313, or go to  

 



OUTREACH
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You have always been more than generous, please do not forget the poor box in the back of the Church. "Jesus said to them, I am

the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." John 6:35 


 

 

Donuts After each Sunday Morning mass. In the Parish Hall


 

Religious Education

  

 

Soup & Stations of the Cross:

On Fridays throughout Lent we invite all Religious Ed Families to come to Soup & Stations of the Cross. This is a great family opportunity to share a meal and your faith with fellow parishioners. 


 

 

First Holy Communion Assignments: The final assignments for First Holy Communion have been emailed out and posted on the parish website! If you have any questions, please contact Katie Sukley 410-643-8489

 


Confirmation Community Service Forms are DUE. Today is the last day of classes for all Confirmation students.

Reminder: Sponsor Forms are due.forms Please make sure that these forms are signed and sealed before turning in.  Also, please make sure to check the Dress Code for Confirmation!

Please make sure that you go to Confession prior to you Confirmation. Confessions are heard every Wednesday in the Church 6:15 - 7pm or Saturday before & after the 5PM Mass.  If you cannot make either of these weekly times, please contact the Rectory at 410-643-6220 and schedule an appointment with Fr. Jennings. 

 

UPCOMING YOUTH

Brunch with the Bunny - March 29 at 12 noon. There will be crafts, an egg hunt, cookie decorating, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. It's fun for the whole family! Tickets will go on sale after the Sunday Masses this weekend. Tickets are $1/person and $5 max/family PLUS a cake for the cake walk.

Preschool News

     

UPCOMING DATES
        March 31 & April 1-Easter Parties
        May 4 thru May 8-Artpalooza