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Monday, October 5
7:00pm - Marina Capparuccini

Tuesday October 6
8:00am - Dora and Leo Vicario

Wednesday, October 7
8:00am - Ronald J. ‘Bub’ Querey

Thursday, October 8
8:00am - Patricia O’Connor

Friday, October 9
8:00am - Sharon Dougherty

Saturday, October 10
5:00pm  - Joseph Milowicki

Sunday, October 11
8:00am - Irma Alicea
10:00am - Hattie & Emanuel Battisto
Our Christian doctrine tells us that because marriage is a union made by God, it is unbreakable. However, as I am fond of saying, “Life Happens.” (You may have a different version of this saying!) People don’t normally enter into marriage with the expectation of someday divorcing. Sometimes, things justgo wrong. Facing the threat of divorce is an experience that no one wants to go through. It is a humiliating admission of failure in a venture which seemed so full of promise on the wedding day. Two people who once seemed so sure of each other now have to admit they can no longer live at the level of union they expected. Whatever the case, it is important for the Church to be always mindful of the healing compassion of Jesus who came to save and not to condemn. Despite the reason for any divorce, the impact is almost always traumatic on all parties involved. Divorced and separated people need our love, support and understanding. They must always know that they still have a place in the life of the Church. Pope Francis has continually reminded us of this through his homilies and most recently through his new, streamlined procedures for annulments....... read more.

Joanne is this year’s recipient of the Diocesan Medal of Merit Award. This recognition is awarded by the Bishop to a member of each parish in the Diocese on the recommendation of the pastor. The purpose is to recognize outstanding volunteer service on the parish level. Joanne is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a daily Mass lector, sacristan, and often provides comic relief for the pastor. Please join us in congratulating Joanne on this prestigious honor which will be bestowed on October 4, 2015 - 3PM, St. John the Beloved. The past recipients are: Jerome Bonk and Robert J. Haley, Sr. - 2005; Augustine J. Calfo - ’06; Francis J. Pollinger - ’07; Michael J. Cassidy - ’08; Raymond E. Worrall - ’09; Betsy Facciolo - ’10; Joe and Kathie DiMedio - ’11; Rosanne Christopher - ’12; Mary Ann and John Doyle - ’13 and James J. King - 2014.

A sincere thank you to all our volunteers who worked so hard to put together another outstanding Oktoberfest celebration! In particular, we are grateful to Bill Bristow and Larry and Janine Iorii fortheir leadership. The weather was just a little chilly, but the German food and beer really hit the spot!


Golf Tournament & Silent Auction
Thursday - October 8, 2015
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The Adult Choir season extends from mid-September to early June. The group ministers at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays and rotates once a month at either the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday or the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday.The Adult Choir practices on Wednesdays, from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., in the church choir loft and more frequently when preparing for the Christmas season and the EasterTriduum. If God blesses you with the gift of singing, give it as a living sacrifice to Him and this Community of believers through participation in this very special Music Ministry. For more information about the Adult Choir, please see Patrice Roman, Parish Music Director, Adult Choir Director, and Organist.

Bishop Francis Malooly invites all couples celebrating their 25th or 40th or 50th wedding anniversary, or any anniversary beyond 50th, to the Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass at 1:30 PM on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at
St. John the Beloved Parish, 907 Milltown Road, Sherwood Park, Wilmington, DE 19808. A reception with light refreshments in the parish hall will immediately follow the Mass. Certificates for 25th, 40th, 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th, and 70th wedding anniversaries will be distributed in Church. There is no cost to you, however reservations are required. Please make your reservations by October 15 by filling out the information below and returning it to the Office for Marriage and Family Life, 1626 N. Union Street, Wilmington, DE 19806 or ljackson@cdow.org.

Attend the Diocesan Marian Pilgrimage. You are invited to attend the annual Diocese of Wilmington Marian Pilgrimage on Saturday, October 10, 2015 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church and the Shrine of Our Lady, Queen of Peace in New Castle, Delaware. Come for Benediction and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and hear an address by Fr. Michael Shea, CM, Associate Director of the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal in Philadelphia; visit the Shrine and gift shop; attend the 4 p.m. Mass with Bishop Malooly and stay and pray the Rosary. Admission is free. Bring your family or other group. More information is available at www.cdow.org.

St. Thomas Knights of Columbus will be selling raffle tickets after all weekend Masses. The prizes will be $500, $300 and $200. The drawing will be held Thursday, October 8 at the Annual Golf Tournament. Proceeds will benefit the work of the Knights. Donation is $10.00.Thank you for your support.

Saint Mark’s High School’s Fall Open House is Sunday November 1, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an information session at 1:30 p.m. Please register online at www.stmarkshs.net/visit. See you there!

Welcome Home! Saint Mark’s High School’s Alumni Weekend begins on Friday, October 9 with a varsity football game against DMA. Alumni activities continue on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11. Please visit the Saint Mark’s website for the complete itinerary at www.stmarkshs.net.

Marriage Moments: "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him." (Genesis 2:18) What does it mean to be a good life partner? Certainly it includes sharing life's tasks and supporting each other. Talk about what it would feel like to live alone. Name one thing you especially like about being married?

Parenting Pointers
: "Let the children come to me...Then [Jesus] embraced them and blessed them." (Mark 10:14,16) Sometimes we just want our children to go to sleep; but in our better moments, take the time to hug them. Bless them daily. It can be part of the hug or a bed time prayer.

Today’s readings remind us that marriage is more that a social contract; indeed, it is God’s holy plan for most people. Some others He calls to the priesthood and/or religious life. The key to cooperating with God’s plan is to try to discern where He is calling you. If you think that might be to priesthood or religious life, please call or write Fr. David Kelley, Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations (302-573-3113; vocations@cdow.org). Check out our website: www.CalledByTheLord.com.

Listen to Catholic Forum every Sunday morning at 10:05 a.m. on WDEL 101.7 FM, 1150 AM and www.wdel.com. Next Sunday, October 11th, meet a man who is the epitome of dedication to God and Country,
Maj. General Frank Vavala of the Delaware National Guard. For photos, information regarding upcoming guests and more, “Like” Catholic Forum on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catholicforum.

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.