301 North Bancroft Parkway - Wilmington, Delaware - 302-658-5131
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Monday, April 27
7:00pm - Robert P. Hayden

Tuesday April 28
8:00am - James C. Skilling

Wednesday, April 29
8:00am - Easter Novena

Thursday, April 30
8:00am - Mass for the People

Friday, May 1
8:00am - Patricia Gillis

Saturday, May 2
5:00pm - Margaret Johnson

Sunday, May 3
8:00am - John J. Lynch
10:00am - Mary G. Iorii

In today’s world of 24/7 sound bites, non-stop commercials, loud music and the like, it can be difficult to hear the really important voices in our life. Sometimes we just need a quiet, safe place where we can listen to our God who knows us and wants to tell us what is best for us. The Malvern Retreat House is such a place. Join the men of the parish the weekend of May 1, 2 and 3 for their annual Malvern retreat. To learn more, call Ray Worrall at 302-239-9897 or John Grieshaber at 485-888-6228. For information on retreats for men, women, married couples and families visit the web site at (malvernretreat. com) or call 610-644-0400. Brochures for retreats are available in the rear of the church.

Marriage Moments: Favor your beloved. Call to mind a recent favor your spouse has done for you. Think of a treat you can offer your beloved today.

Parenting Pointers
: "A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." (John 10:11) A good parent is like a good shepherd. We spend our time, money, and worries on our children. In essence, we lay down our lives for their good. Remember that you as a parent also have The Good Shepherd who cares for you in the same way.

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.

Listen to Catholic Forum every Sunday morning at 10:05 a.m. on WDEL now found on 101.7 FM, 1150 AM and www.wdel.com. Next Sunday, May 3rd, tune in to hear an interview with Fr. Michael White and Mr. Tom Corcoran, authors of the book, “Rebuilt: Awaking the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, Making Church Matter.” For photos, information regarding upcoming guests and more, “Like” Catholic Forum on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catholicforum.

We don’t necessarily like to think about them or having to plan one for a loved one (or even our own for that matter.) However, death is a part of the human experience and for Catholics, the Mass of Christian Burial is essential. It seems that many people these days are opting out of the funeral Mass because they want to keep things “simple.” I submit to you that there is nothing more simple, beautiful, and elegant than our Catholic funeral rites. A more disturbing trend is when you have next-of-kin who are not practicing the Faith and so they don’t want to be bothered with the Church. There are too many situations were a lifelong, devout Catholic is denied a proper funeral because their children or other heirs don’t want to be troubled with it. This is truly sad and dare I say disgraceful. I encourage everyone to make sure that your wishes concerning your funeral and burial are put in writing and make them known to your next-of-kin. I would also like to direct your attention to a new section here on the website that is dedicated to the Mass of Christian Burial. On the upper left side of this page click on the link “FUNERALS.”  You will be taken to a brand new area that will answer many of your questions regarding Catholic funeral rites including: Frequently Asked Questions, Symbols, Readings, and Music. I am more than happy to answer any and all questions concerning our funeral rites should you wish to be in touch. God Bless - Father Hurley
In today’s Gospel Jesus tell us, “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Everyone is welcome to the flock by Jesus. As followers of Christ, we too must act faithfully to reach out to others. As Christ committed His life to being the “one shepherd”, we too must commit ourselves to providing service to all. Thank you to everyone who made a pledge to the diocesan Annual Catholic Appeal last weekend. If you have not yet participated, please consider doing so today. Your gift makes a real difference in the lives of thousands of individuals and families who reside within our 12-county diocese. Pledge envelopes are available in the pews and can be placed in the offertory basket. Thank you for your generosity and support. To learn more about the Annual Catholic Appeal, visit www.cdow.org and click “Giving” then “Annual Catholic Appeal”.

This photograph does not do justice to the beautiful painting of our church created by local artist Chris Dilley.  The original will be on display in the sanctuary for the next few weekends.  If you are interested in ordering a 12x18 print click here.  Also, Mr. Dilley will be available after all of the Masses this weekend with prints for sale.  Stop by and take a look!

Monday evening’s prayers now begin with the Rosary. Please join us on Monday evenings before the 7pm Mass for the praying of the Rosary. The Rosary begins at 6:40pm, leading into the 7:00pm Mass and then the Miraculous Medal Novena.

Referring to Jesus, today’s responsorial psalm declares that “the stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.” Religious women and men take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience - values often rejected by the dominant culture. Their
lives and ministry have been magnificently used by God in the building up of the Body of Christ. Is God calling you to join them? Call or write Father David Kelley, Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations (302-573-3113; vocations@cdow.org). Be sure to visit our website:www.CalledByTheLord.com!