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Vatican revising canon law on abuse penalties, cardinal says  


 

VATICAN CITY - Church law has procedures and penalties for effectively dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse, but the Vatican is working to revise a section of the Code of Canon Law to make those norms and procedures clearer and, therefore, more effective, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.


"We want to make this delicate material more accessible, more understandable and easier for bishops to apply," Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, council president, told the Vatican newspaper.

In the interview published July 24 in L'Osservatore Romano, the cardinal said his office has been working since 2008 to revise "Book VI: Sanctions in the Church," a section of the Code of Canon Law.

The penalties and punishments offered by church law should be applied, he said.

"In the face of a negative action, which harms the good of a person and therefore the good of the church, penal law expects a reaction, that is the pastor inflicting a canonical penalty," the cardinal said.
 
If a bishop does not react by imposing a punishment on a priest guilty of the crime of sexual abuse, he said, "in some way that would be, or would seem to be, consenting to the evil committed. A negative act necessarily must be condemned; it requires a reaction."

At the same time, he said, the bishop must recognize that the infliction of a penalty is ultimately for the good of the abuser as well. Penalties in canon law are designed to "encourage the conversion of those who commit crimes." Read More
 
 
Summer Wellness Events

Upcoming Marriage Weekend: Retrouvaille - August 8-10, 2014

  

Are you experiencing stress or trouble in your marriage?  The Retrouvaille Marriage Weekend Program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program.  The upcoming Retrouvaille Weekend Program will be held August 8-10, 2014 at Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA.  For information on the program please visit the website www.HelpOurMarriage.com  or to register for the weekend please call 1-800-470-2230.  All calls are confidential.

  

  

Attension Ladies: Diocese Of Wilmington Women's Conference! 

 

Saturday November 1, 2014. Check-in from 8:00-8:45 /St. Joseph's Parish Middletown, DE. Conference Speaker, Johnnette Benkovic travels internationally as a popular conference speaker, published author, retreat director, and seminar presenter. She is the author of several books and developed the internationally recognized Women of Grace® Foundational Study Series which has transformed thousands of women worldwide through the healing love of Jesus Christ.  Women of Grace® is a Catholic apostolate which began in 2003.  The mission of Women of Grace® is to transform the world one woman at a time by affirming women in their dignity and vocation as daughters of God and in their gift of authentic femininity™. The Conference includes Mass, Presentations, Lunch and Inspirational Music by St. Joseph Parish
Contemporary Group.  The day concludes by 4:00 with a  informational session about becoming a facilitator and/or how you can bring the upcoming Women of Grace Study,
"Feminine Genius: Toward A Deeper Theology of Woman" to your parish!  Cost: $30.00 lunch on your own / $40.00"box-lunch". Informational/Registration Form: (3 Ways):1) Visit the Diocesan website www.cdow.org  under "Offices & Ministries"/click "Marriage & Family Life" / click "Women's Outreach" and print out the informational flyer/registration form or 2) The informational flyer/registration form can be mailed to you by calling the Office for Marriage & Family Life at 302-295-0667 or3) A limited supply of informational flyer/registration forms were mailed to each parish office with the June 26 diocesan parish mailings.  Register Early - Johnnette books up quickly!

  

Diocesan Healing Mass to be held August 1sts quarterly Healing Mass will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Delaware. Rev. Charles C. Dillingham, Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption will be presmily at t

The Diocesan Healing Mass features a reserved seating area for the aged and infirmed and ushers are available to provide assistance if needed. St. Mary of the Assumption is handicapped accessible. Additionally, Father Dillingham will go into the congregation to bless those in the reserved seating area, and prayer teams will also visit all who cannot come forward to the altar for prayers. Confessions will be heard after Mass. All are welcome. 

 
"Natural Family Planning: It's Worth It. Join the Revolution!"

This is the theme of this year's Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to celebrate God's design for married love and the gift of life.  It is also to raise awareness of Natural Family Planning methods.  NFP is the general title for the scientific, natural and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancy.  The dates of the NFP Awareness Week (July 20-26) highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.  The NFP autumn classes will be held at St. Margaret of Scotland in Newark, DE.  The class dates are September 6, October 4 and November 1 at 1:00 pm.   The method taught, Sympto-Thermal is safe and highly effective.  The NFP classes are taught by trained and certified members from the Couple to Couple League.  To register and/or obtain more information visit the Couple to Couple website at www.ccli.org .

 
Parish & Community News

 

 

Preschool Openings SCP currently has openings in our Pre-K 5 day and 3 yr old 2 day/week classes.  If you are interested, please contact Sissy at 410-643-7186

 

 

LITURGY COMMITTEE- Save the date-September 13-Liturgical Conference for lectors, ushers music group and Eucharistic Ministers. This will be on a Saturday AM. Guest speaker will talk to us about the Mass, its principal parts, their origin, meaning, etc. Anyone interested in serving as a lector, usher, musician or Eucharistic Minister is welcome to attend. RSVP to Norman Vitrano at 410-643-3125. 

  

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SAVE THESE DATES - Sunday, August 3rd-SPECIAL COLLEGE BOUND STUDENT BLESSING AT  11 am MASS.  We invite all families with college age students, attending a local or out of area college, to this mass.  A  "special blessing" will be given. We hope the mass inspires continued faith, grace and peace for each of them.   We are asking each of you to "spread the word" to other parish families about this mass.   
 

Thursday, August 28th-PARISH LIFE "KICK-OFF" MEETING at 7:00 pm in St. Christopher's Parish Center.  This
meeting is open to anyone curious about Parish Life and what we do.  Those currently with Parish Life will talk about the calendar for the Fall and briefly talk about ideas for 2015. NO RSVP required.


Saturday, September 20th - Farewell to Summer Dance for Adults over 21.Yes, we are planning another "FUN" event for adults.... YEAH!!!  Food and Live Music is included in the ticket price (TBD).  Ticket sales will begin in late August.


COMMUNITY CAFÉ (Coffee, Doughnuts & Bagels)- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-Please contact Keli Iannucci,rickandkeli@yahoo.com, if you  are interested in leading this ministry at St. Christopher's.  As of now, Coffee, Donuts and Bagels on Sunday after masses will cease to exist, unless someone comes forward to lead this ministry. 

 
 
 

CATECHIST/ASSISTANT CCD VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES! Imitate Christ-Serve Christ as a teacher, aide, helper, etc. in our parish Religious Education Program 2014-2015. Various positions and times available for practicing Catholics willing to share our faith with the next generation. If you have helped before and taken a break- it's time to get back in! If you are new to the parish- give us some new energy. If you just graduated CCD(HS student, area college student, etc.) bring us your insights. Call the Religious Ed office at 410-643-8489 or drop by and introduce yourselves.

 

Catechist Volunteers Needed:We are currently looking for catechist teachers and assistants to help with the 8AM Religious Ed Classes on Sundays. If you are interested in helping with the Religious Education Program please contact Katie Lewis for more details!  

 

WALKING WITH PURPOSE WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY

"The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah, Benjamin, and the house of Ephraim, so that Israel was in great distress. Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, 'We have sinned against you; we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.'" Judges 10:9-10 It wasn't until the Israelites were in complete distress that they called out to God for help. He was their last resort. So much misery could have been avoided if they had turned to Him earlier! Do you treat God as your last resort? Do you go to Him only after trying to get a girlfriend on the phone, or fix the problem yourself? We can avoid unnecessary suffering if we will turn to Him first.

Registration now open! To register for next year's course go to stchristopherski.org. For more information please contact Melissa Coligan: melissaebert@msn.com301-343-8408  or go to walkingwithpurpose.com.

 

 

COMMUNITY CAFÉ -  Will Resume in the Fall. Have a great summer!


OUTREACH-We need to encourage one another towards love of others and good deeds... "O, my friends, there are resources in us on which we have not drawn." R.W.Emerson 15 JUL 1838. So, encourage each other to remember the Poor Box in the back of the Church.

 

Religious Education

Don't forget to register for 2014-2015 Religious Ed! Late Registration ongoing now through August 17th

 

During our late registration period the cost of registration will increase to $50 per child / $150 per family max. For Information about Registration and to register for next year please visit the Religious Education Registration Page. We have simplified the registration payment process and now accept PayPal & credit cards (no account needed!!) as well as cash, & checks in person. Passwords were mailed out on 4/27/14 for returning familieis. Please check your emails.

Open Registration will be held from now through Sunday, June 29 th. Then from June 30 th – August 17 th we will be accepting late registrations. During our late registration period the cost of registration will increase to $50 per child / $150 per family max. Final Class assignments will be mailed out to families the last week of August.


Catechist Volunteers Needed: We are currently looking for male catechist teachers and assistants to help with the 6th, 7th, & 8thGrade CCD Classes on both Sundays and Wednesdays. If you are interested in helping with the Religious Education Program please contact Katie Lewis for more details!

 

 

Upcoming Youth Events

The Youth Group will not have regular meetings over the summer, but we are planning some fun activities for the kids.

  

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