Communion Norms for the Diocese
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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.
Finance Council News
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- 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
Food Pantry Collection
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I hope you are staying safe during these uncertain times. Although we cannot collect and donate food at this time, the Faith in Action Food Pantry is desperately seeking monetary donations in order to buy much needed food and other necessities.
If you can help, please send your checks payable to Faith in Action and mail to P.O. Box 249 Galena, MD 21635.
Even the smallest donation will help our many neighbors in need ... every little bit helps!
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Our parish is in dire need of Sacristans.
Sacristans open up our church for Mass and other services, set up the necessary items for use for the Mass, stand ready to assist the priest as needed and lock the church afterwards. Experienced Sacristans can train you and provide assistance to you as you learn.
Our parish needs you to consider coming forward to become a Sacristan.
Please contact the parish office if you are interested and want to learn more. Thank you.
Religious Education News
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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.