Join Bishop Malooly for Palm Sunday Mass 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.
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Bishop Malooly has suspended all public Masses and all liturgical and devotional services
After prayerful consideration and consultation with his senior staff, the deans, medical and government officials, Bishop Malooly has suspended all public Masses and all liturgical and devotional services in the Diocese of Wilmington until further notice, effective immediately. This effort is designed to help safeguard the public and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Earlier in the week, Bishop Malooly had already dispensed all Catholics in the Diocese of Wilmington from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays.
Though saddened to have had to make this decision, he said “we must put the health and well-being of our parishioners and others first. It is important that we continue to remind our people to be safe and to follow all directives from our governmental agencies. This is not a time to panic, but we need to take this very seriously. I invite the faithful to stay connected to their parish community electronically, and to participate in Mass via television and the Internet, during this challenging time.”
All Masses (weekday and weekend) and all liturgical and devotional services have been suspended until further notice. The priests of the parishes will continue to celebrate Masses in private, fulfilling all Mass intentions. While unable to attend Mass, the laudable practice of spiritual communions can be employed.
We are looking into ways in which to livestream these Masses so that you can spiritually join in these Holy Masses. We are also looking at opportunities to have the churches open for individual prayer.
Please continue to check this page for more information. The diocesan Office of Communication has also set up a website – cdow.org/coronavirus – with information including a viewable Sunday Mass recorded at the Cathedral of Saint Peter.
Let us continue to pray…
Please be assured of my prayers for all in our parishes.
Nourished by the Eucharist, our mission is to continue to reach out to the needy, to embrace our school children and their families, to serve seniors, and to love one another in imitation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Administered by the Daughters of Charity, who view education as a freeing process, the Cathedral School provides an atmosphere that speaks the Gospel Message and responds to the needs of society.
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