The adornment of our Church with plants and flowers from God’s creation is a way for us to remember loved ones and to give thanks to God for people or events in our lives. Altar flower requests envelopes are currently being accepted for Easter. Easter envelopes can be found in the racks on the back of the pews. Thank you for your love of our church.
Religious Education News
On this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we offer this
prayer for our students awaiting their Sacraments:
God the Father, we bring to You our students who
are awaiting their Sacraments. Jesus Christ, Our Lord,
we ask You to bring comfort, understanding, and love
to our students who are waiting to be united with
You through their First Eucharist. Most Holy Spirit,
we ask You to inflame the desire of our Confirmandi
to receive Your gifts in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Most Holy Trinity, our One True God, please make
disciples of these youth and all of the youth of St. Dennis.
Help them all to know You and love You forever. Amen.
Help for the Homeless
The “CARE WEAR” Project
The shelter for homeless families in Earleville – Deep Roots (formerly Clairvaux Farms) has expressed its critical need for the most basic of clothing – new underwear. Please consider donating men’s and ladies’ undergarments. The roomier sizes are suggested - Large and Extra Large, etc. Also needed are toddler-sized “pull ups” for young children who are potty training. Your help is greatly appreciated. Please place new, packaged underwear in the basket that is in the main entry area of our church. Two notes of thanks have come to all parishioners from the shelter.
God bless you for your generosity.
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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