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Vatican formally recognizes international association of exorcists  

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican formally recognized an international association of exorcists founded by Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, an Italian priest renowned for his work in dispelling demons.

 

The Congregation for Clergy signed the formal decree June 13 approving the group's statutes and granting it "private juridical personality," which recognizes the group's autonomy as an organization of Catholics not operating in the name of the Catholic Church, but as having some accountability to the Vatican. The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, published the news July 3.
 
The International Association of Exorcists is headquartered in Rome and was co-founded by Father Amorth and the French exorcist, Father Rene Chenessau. He said he hoped other priests would take "this dramatic reality" into account as it is "often ignored or underestimated."
 
"Exorcism is a form of charity, helping the people who suffer; it is part of, without a doubt, the works of corporal and spiritual mercy," he said.  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 .

Point to Ponder

 

Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe and The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society.  

 

Brad S. Gregory, Ph.D., To Present 2014 Hesburgh Lecture

 

July 24, 2014, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Salesianum School, 1801 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19802

 

On July 24, 2014, the St. Thomas More Society and the Notre Dame Club of Delaware will welcome Brad S. Gregory, Ph.D., Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Dame, as the 2014 Hesburgh Lecturer. The lecture will be held at Salesianum School, with a light reception at 6:00 p.m. and the lecture from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. There is no cost and no need to RSVP.

 

Dr. Gregory joined the University of Notre Dame Department of History in 2003 after seven years at Stanford University, where he received early tenure in 2001. He has won teaching awards at both Stanford and Notre Dame, and has published two award winning books, Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe and The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society. A former junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows, Gregory teaches courses on early modern Europe. In 2013 he was named the new Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.  

 

Marriage Moments  

A trip down Memory Lane: Remember the first time you actually went on a date with your beloved. Who asked who? Where did you go? What did you talk about? Did you both enjoy it, or was it only later that you recognized the endearing qualities of this person. Reminisce.

 

Parenting Pointers

Dana Hall McCain offers 10 Life Skills Your Teen Needs Before Leaving Home. The first 3 are: Basic Cooking Skills, Budgeting and Money Management, and Personal Healthcare Knowledge. Even if your child isn't close to being sprung, start to teach these life skills.
 
10 Character Skills include faith, respect for others and themselves, good manners, self control, patience and time managements skillls  Read More
 
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. 

 

 

 

WALKING WITH PURPOSE WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY-Thanks to all for a great year!  Registration now open for next year's course!  Classes will be on Monday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm OR Thursday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:15 am in the Parish Hall. ***FREE Childcare/Children's Ministry offered on Thursday mornings.*** The course will run from September into May.

 

 

Keeping In Balance: Creating Order Within

 

Do you feel pulled in many directions?  Do you find it hard to balance the demands placed on your time?  It is difficult to manage all the details thrown your way?  God wants to support and help you so that you can be your best in every season of life. Keeping in Balance will take you on a journey throughout Scripture as you discover the relevance of Old and New Testament wisdom to daily challenges.  Join us as we explore biblical ways that we can manage life's pace and pressure while living with calm and steadiness.  A lifestyle of health and holiness awaits.

  To register for next year's course go to our webpage at on St. Christopher's website or  REGISTER  now.  You may pay by cash, check or credit card.

  

 

$75.00 before June 30, 2014       $100.00 AFTER June 30, 2014

 

For more information please contact Melissa Coligan; melissaebert@msn.com or 301-343-8408  For more
information about WWP go to walkingwithpurpose.com

 

 

  

OUTREACH-June 2014 has been a very busy month. Your Outreach donations have assisted:

 

  •   18 Households with food from our pantry
  •   11 Homes with utility bill assist
  •   2 People with medical bill assist
  •   1 Family with Legal fees to avoid eviction

"This is my Commandment, that you love one another" (John 15:12) Please remember the poor box! And  may God bless you.   

 

 

SAVE THE DATE - PARISH LIFE "KICK-OFF" MEETING on Thursday , August 28th 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.

 

KEEP YOUR EARS AND EYS OPEN FOR ANNOUNCEMENTabout St. Christopher's Adult Dance for  early FALL. Yes, we are planning another "FUN" event for adults.... YEAH ! !

 

COMMUNITY CAFÉ - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Please contact the Rectory if you  are interested in leading this ministry at St. Christopher's.  We need leaders for each task; i.e. schedule, supplies, etc. We are praying for your interest so that this weekly social event does not  disappear.  


Parish Life Information: Contact the Rectory or Catherine at 410.739.5981 if you have any questions or would like to join the team  

 

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


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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