Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal

The 2022 Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal will be conducted at our parish next weekend. Once a year, our Bishop asks each of us to make a commitment to support the work of diocesan programs and ministries that provide services that no one parish can offer on its own. Your gift helps our Church to serve the poor, the sick, the distressed, our children and our elderly.

As parishioners of St. Thomas we are being asked to serve others by sharing our resources. Your generosity enables us to accompany our brothers and sisters in need.

Our parish target is $40,000. Your financial support of the Appeal also provides funding for our parish since once achieving the goal assigned to our parish, once we are over goal, we receive (50%) of monies collected for our own parish and ministry needs.

Please prayerfully consider your generous gift to this Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal. Kindly decide ahead of time the contribution you wish to make this year and come to church next week prepared to complete your pledge and offer your support to our parish, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

To learn more about the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal, click here.

Reconciliation Monday

Catholics from throughout the diocese are invited to receive the sacrament of reconciliation at any of the 56 parish churches in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore during the first-ever diocesan-wide “Reconciliation Monday.” In an effort to get the word out, 10 billboards contain the message in various places throughout the diocese.

The event is designed to make it more convenient for Catholics to make confession at the end of Lent and beginning of Holy Week, in anticipation of the celebration of Easter.

Help the Ukraine

Your help is needed in Ukraine where there are already more than 2.9 million people in need of assistance. There is great risk of additional suffering both within Ukraine and for those who may flee to neighboring countries for safety.  CRS and our partners are preparing, and we need immediate support to meet both ongoing needs, as well as those related to families forced to flee their homes as the situation intensifies.

Our Parish Prayer for Lent

Lord Jesus Christ,

We ask that you enlighten our minds, inflame our hearts,

and make us aware of your great love for us.

Increase in us the faith that you are truly here

in the Eucharist and in every member of our Church.

You have defeated death itself and called us to you by our Baptism.

Thank you for the ways you have blessed our parish community.

Help us to communicate to others the joy we have received.

We ask this in your Holy Name.

Amen.

No to Assisted Suicide

Physician-assisted suicide legislation is once again before the Delaware General Assembly. Efforts on the part of the Catholic community, other faith groups, medical professionals, Saint Francis Healthcare, and advocates for persons with disabilities, kept this legislation from becoming law in recent legislative sessions. We need to do so again this year, and are asking for your help. You are invited to become informed and involved in this important issue.

Visit cdow.org/StopAssistedSuicide for information.

COVID-19 UPDATE

As you know, COVID-19 infection rates are rapidly increasing primarily due to the Omicron variant. The next several weeks will be critical as health experts predict the infection rates will continue to rise. It is important that we be prudent and reasonable in our efforts to help mitigate the spread of this disease. The Diocese has issued updated liturgical guidance in this matter.  There are minor changes with a few reminders.  Hopefully, they will help keep us healthy and comfortable.  The items to be aware of are:

  • Clergy and volunteers are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED, to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.
  • Parishioners are encouraged (not required) to wear masks while attending Mass.
  • Mass attendees over the age of 5 who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 must wear a mask.
  • Clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must carefully adhere to proper hand sanitization following the distribution of communion on the tongue.
  • Parishioners are encouraged to use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the church and before using holy water fonts.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and consult a health care professional.

In addition to these guidelines, Clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will wear masks during the distribution of Holy Communion for the next several weeks. 

All of us must do what we need to do in order to feel safe but we must also remember to not stop living.