301 North Bancroft Parkway - Wilmington, Delaware - 302-658-5131
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MASS INTENTIONS

Monday, November 24
7:00pm - Kimberly P. Clark

Tuesday November 25
8:00am - James C. Skilling

Wednesday, November 26
8:00am - Michael P. Flanigan

Thursday, November 27
9:00am - Mass for the People

Friday, November 28
8:00am - No Mass

Saturday, November 29
5:00pm - Michael Pearce

Sunday, November 30
8:00am - Francis Pollinger
10:00am - Ann Sendlinger
 
NEW PARISH OFFICE HOURS
Monday through Thursday
9AM to 3PM
Fridays Closed
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Please note: There will be no Mass on Friday, November 28.















THANKSGIVING DAY MASS
Plan to join us here at St. Thomas for Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 9am. It is a time for us to say thank you to God for all of the gifts that He continues to pour out upon us. Eucharist means thanksgiving and I cannot think of a more appropriate way for us to begin our celebration of this National Holiday. At Mass I will bless special candles that you can take home to place on your Thanksgiving Dinner table. The candles will have with them a special prayer that you can use to bless your meal. This year we will also celebrate the old tradition of blessing your Thanksgiving table bread. Bring your bread (or any other food item that you would like blessed) and place it in a special area at the foot of the altar before Mass. At the end of Mass, you can retrieve your blessed food and share it with your family and friends at your Thanksgiving feast.

THE GIVING TREE
Once again at St. Thomas we will be collecting gifts for patients at the Delaware Psychiatric Center. These folks are often forgotten so your participation is greatly appreciated. Look for the tree near St. Joseph’s Altar beginning Thanksgiving weekend, November 29 & 30. Please take as many tags as you like and return your unwrapped gifts by Sunday, December 14. This will allow time for the gifts to be distributed to hospital patients by Christmas. Thank you so much!

NOVEMBER IS VOCATIONS MONTH!
To celebrate join us at Saint Mary Magdalen in the Church Hall on Sunday, November 23 from 6-8pm to learn about vocations. This will be a round robin session where Fr. McQuaide from Holy Cross Parish, Sister Mary Jo Ely IHM, Sister Rose Mulligan IHM, and married couple, Jude and Alison Szczerba speak on behalf of their vocations. Learn how God has called them to live their lives, ask questions, and get a better understanding of vocations. All are welcome to attend; this event is open to people from all parishes! Bring the whole family! If you are bringing a group, please RSVP here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/592XKY3. For more information contact Theresa Stamegna, Director of Youth Ministry for Saint Mary Magdalen, at smmyouth@smmchurch.org.

DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON YOUTUBE PAGE
Did you know that the Diocese of Wilmington has a YouTube Channel? On it, you can see homilies on religious liberty and other topics from Bishop Malooly and other priests of our diocese, features on some of the ministries of Catholic Charities, and more.  Check it out at youtube.com/dioceseofwilm.

VOCATION REFLECTION
In today’s first reading, God tells us through the prophet Ezekiel that He will look after and tend His sheep, rescuing them, pasturing them and giving them rest. For the last two thousand years, God has called men to join in that work by serving the Church as priests who lead, nourish, heal and serve His people. If you think God is calling you to the priesthood, or if you know a healthy young man whom you think God might be calling, please call or write Father David Kelley, Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations (302-573-3113 or vocations@cdow.org). Be sure to visit our website: www.CalledByTheLord.com!

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
Marriage Moments: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me,in prison and you visited me." (Mt 25:35-36) Which of these works of mercy do you already do? As a couple?

Parenting Pointers: For most families Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect. It's also a time when in-laws often mix. Your children benefit from a healthy extended family. Seek to know at least one extended family member better next Thanksgiving weekend. Don't fight. Bite your tongue if you must. Can you find anything positive to say about a black sheep in your family? Do it for the sake of your child.

MONDAY NIGHT DEVOTIONS

Join us anytime between 6 and 7pm on Monday nights; recitation of the Rosary begins at 6:40, leading into the 7:00pm Mass and Novena. Everyone is invited to join us as we pray for our own intentions, our parish, our priests, our country and the world, using such beautiful prayers as the Divine Mercy and St. Michael Chaplets.

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION CHAPEL
Chapel of the Divine Mercy on Grant Avenue between Gilpin and Shallcross Avenues is in need of adorers who will commit to one hour a week or will get a group of 4 or 5 together and by alternating would only need to go once a month. We now have a website that people can go to for information and to sign up for an hour if they choose. The site is: www.adorationchapel.org They can also contact us at adorationchapel.stann@gmail.com or 302-668-1819.  Saint John Paul the Great said “Greater devotion to the Eucharist can help heal a world torn by terrorism and racked with poverty.” During this Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI you can draw closer to Our Lord by spending an hour with Him in Eucharistic Adoration.