St. Dennis Pastoral Council Report- January 9, 2020
Stained Glass Window Restoration:
Work has begun on our Good Shepherd window, and the entry door window is ready to be replaced. St Dennis parishioners have responded with generosity and most of the Phase 1 windows have been sponsored.
National Register of Historic Places: Committee members begin the process of preparing the applications for submission to the National Registry.
St Dennis Church, Rectory & Cemetery will be included in this application.
- Committees: “Soup Sale” fundraiser begins on Sunday, January 19, with Vegetable Beef soup and Chili being offered at $8 per quart. Robin’s Apple Cakes & chocolate chip cookies for sale.
- Building & Maintenance : Re-organizing & prioritizing necessary repairs and updates to St Dennis’ Campus.
- Liturgy Planning: Current considerations are: “Palms to Ashes” ceremony before the Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper on February 25th, Ash Wednesday on February 26th, Lenton Friday Stations of the Cross at 4PM.
- New Mandatory Forms: For scheduling the use or rental of the Hall or a room, & what is expected of the user, please contact Peg at the office. Thank You!
- Clairvaux Farm urgent need: Men’s & women’s NEW underwear in size Large & X-Large. Women’s sports bras. Children’s “Pull Ups”. More to follow!!!
- Beautification Update: Volunteers have graciously planted 120 tulip and daffodill bulbs. Perhaps more of nature’s beauty can be added to enhance our Church grounds in the future! Interested???
- Blood Bank: As a community service, the blood bank drive is scheduled for 2/16/2020 in coordination with Blood Bank of Delmarva. More to follow!!
Next Meeting; February 13, 2020 at 7 PM.
Communion Norms for the Diocese
Bishop Malooly recently issued norms regarding the celebration of Communion Services in the Diocese of Wilmington. The Bishop has directed that the following be placed in all parish bulletins:
In recent years, it has become somewhat common practice for parishes to schedule Communion Services on those days when daily Mass is cancelled or not scheduled. The Church views Communion Services during the week as an extraordinary exception rather than the norm. (Sunday Mass where no priest is available is addressed below.)
Although the Church does, in limited instances, foresee a Liturgy of the Word with Communion (i.e., a Communion Service) typically on a Sunday, the Church asks that such liturgies be rarely permitted on weekdays and then only by extraordinary exception.
The following guidelines are effective immediately in all parishes and parish mission churches in the Diocese of Wilmington:
- Communion Services may not be substituted for Daily Mass, except in unexpected circumstances. For instance, the scheduled priest fails to show up or has a sudden illness or personal emergency.
- When a daily Mass is cancelled, and published as such in advance, the faithful must be notified of the availability of other daily Masses in surrounding churches.
- In lieu of daily Mass, the Pastor may schedule another type of service: Liturgy of the Hours, a Liturgy of the Word, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, or the communal recitation of the Rosary.
- In the extremely unlikely event that a priest is indisposed from being able to be present for a Sunday Mass, then the ritual that the Church has provided must be utilized, that is Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest. A priest's absence from Sunday Mass must be for a very serious reason and every effort must be made by him to find a priest replacement.
- The Leader of prayer on those occasions when there is no priest shall be a Deacon, or a Seminarian who has been assigned to the parish, or a Religious, or a Lay minister designated by the pastor. It is a laudable practice that other members of the Lay Faithful share parts of the service.
Hopefully, these new guidelines will eliminate confusion surrounding the question of Communion Services and render us all united in what we celebrate and when and by whom.
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Finance Council News
- Finance Council is working to boost enrollment in Faith Direct e-giving through quarterly email notices and sign up instructions. The Finance Council is working to boost enrollment in Faith Direct e-giving through quarterly email notices and weekly bulletin
- Dennis pledges have exceeded its Annual Catholic Appeal target. Pending payment of all pledge amounts, St. Dennis Church will receive 50% of the overage funds.
- There will be an "Annual Report to Parishioners" prepared by both Pastoral and Finance Council in the upcoming months.
- We are looking for new members, if you are Interested please talk to Fr. Jim. Meetings are held on the First Thursday of each month, 6:30pm in the Parish Office
This Week's Readings
First Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10
Isaiah tells us that when Christ comes, the weak will be made strong, the deaf will hear, the blind will see, and, above all, “sorrow and mourning will flee.”
Second Reading: James 5:7-10
As the farmer waits patiently through winter and spring for the “yield of the soil” so, too, must we wait patiently for the coming of the Messiah.
Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11
While in prison, John sends a messenger to Jesus to ask, “Are you He who is to come or do we look for another?” Jesus replies by citing the miracles he has performed for the blind, the deaf, and the crippled. He concludes by identifying John as the messenger He has sent to prepare the way. ©2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc.