Join Bishop Malooly Mass for the Ascension of the Lord from the Cathedral
An Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Bishop Malooly has suspended all public Masses and ordered churches to be closed
To comply with the orders and guidance of the governors of the States of Delaware and Maryland, Bishop Malooly instructs that all parish churches be closed until further notice. No gatherings or services should be organized that bring people out of their homes.
The closure means that churches may not be open for private prayer. No drive-in, drive-through, drive-up, or other type services are permitted.
In addition, Bishop Malooly has instructed priests not to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation in parishes and to only perform the Sacraments in cases where the individual is in danger of dying.
We need to take every precaution and every step necessary to ensure the health of the people we serve. Government officials and experts have said that these upcoming weeks will be critical to slowing the spread of the disease in this area.
Parish offices should be closed to the public. Only minimal staff may be brought in to perform essential functions. Programs that serve those in need may continue, respecting social distancing guidelines.
Funeral Masses remain suspended, with only graveside services taking place with no more than 10 people present, including the priest performing the Rite of Committal.
All parishes are encouraged to find ways to remain in contact with their parishioners via telephone and digital means. Additional information can be found at cdow.org/coronavirus.
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200 Years of Catholic Presence in Wilmington, Delaware**
"Most histories tell us that the first Masses in Wilmington were celebrated in the 1790/s when French refugees arrived from Haiti. But Catholicism had made its appearance a decade earlier than that during the Revolutionary War. French Soldiers in 1782 were billeted in the Wilmington Academy, roughly where the Grand Opera House now is. Catholic army chaplains said Mass there.
The Very Reverend Joseph W. McQuaide, IV
named Rector of the Cathedral of Saint Peter
and Pastor of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception
and Saint Patrick Parishes
“Mission is never the fruit of a perfectly planned program or a well-organized manual. Mission is always the fruit of a life which knows what it is to be found and healed, encountered and forgiven. Mission is born of a constant experience of God’s merciful anointing.” Pope Francis