Ministry of Social Concerns

Ministry of  Social Concerns

An Invitation to Serve

Mission Statement

Inspired by the values of the Gospel and anchored in prayer and the social teachings of the Catholic Church, the Ministry of Social Concerns (MoSC) serves the parish community as a resource for promoting and implementing works of charity and justice.

We are committed to bringing the Gospel of Our Lord to life by:

  • Grounding its ministries in the Biblical and theological foundations of Catholic social teaching and providing related educational opportunities.
  • Supporting social justice efforts locally, nationally, and internationally.

Ministry of Social Concerns planning meetings are held at 1:00 pm on the first Tuesday of February, March, April, May, September, October, and November in the Christian Formation Center. Other meetings are held occasionally as needed.

To learn more about the Ministry of Social Concerns, please:

  • Join us at one of our meetings OR                     
  • Call the parish main office at 302-644-7300 OR
  • Print and complete the interest form (found at the end of this section) and place it in the collection basket or drop it off at the office.


The Ministry of Social Concerns Programs



  • Educates members of the community about social concerns and political responsibility.
  • Joins with others in contacting state and local legislators to promote Catholic Church positions on pending legislation.


  • Provides overnight shelter for up to 14 unsheltered men from December 1 through March 15 each year with the support of Code Purple of Sussex Co.
  • Offers six volunteer opportunities each night during the season and more in sub-ministries including food, clothing, laundry, and bicycles.


  • Extends comfort by sending a sympathy card and prayer booklet to those who have lost a loved one.
  • Provides greeters at visitation and funeral Masses at the Church.


  • Provides healthy lifestyle information via the weekly bulletin.
  • Coordinates yearly fall flu shot clinic.
  • Provides support and information for caretakers of dementia/Alzheimer’s patients through monthly meetings.
  • Initiates activities to broaden community access to pertinent health information and programs.
  • Participates in parish projects through supportive activities.


  • Coordinates meals for residents of Casa San Francisco, Lighthouse for Broken Wings, and temporary shelters sponsored by “A Sheltering Heart.”
  • Assists with other needs of homeless through special donation programs.


  • Sews small quilts for those with a physical or mental illness so they are “covered in prayer.”
  • Recipients are prayed for at Masses, Adorations, and Rosaries.


  • Knits/crochets prayer shawls & lap robes for homebound, hospice & dialysis patients, & nursing homes;

and hats & scarves for Seamen’s Center.


  • Informs, educates, and promotes awareness on abortion.
  • Supports mothers and families in need.
  • Coordinates initiatives to protect all human life from conception to natural death (eg.,March for Life, Prayer Chain).
  • Coordinates annual Baby Bottle and other collections to support Birthright and area Pregnancy Care Centers.


  • Supports the Diocese of San Marcos in Guatemala, a sister parish of the Diocese of Wilmington, with financial assistance to provide medical supplies for those in need.


  • Conducts Advent Giving, Spread the Joy, and other gifting programs as needed.
  • Coordinates collection of knitted hats and scarves included in the welcome packets provided to sailors visiting the port of Wilmington Seamen’s Center.
  • Coordinates annual parish Stockings for Soldiers campaign.


  • Stephen Ministers are lay caregivers who meet weekly with a person experiencing life difficulties to listen, care, pray, and embody God's presence in their life.
  • Ministers are currently in training. Meetings with those requesting care are scheduled to begin in 2024.



            INTEREST FORM

   Thanks for your interest in the

Social Concerns Ministry programs.

Name _________________________________

Phone _________________________________

Email _________________________________

I would like information on the following

Social Concerns Ministry programs:

___       Advocacy

___       Code Purple

___       Funeral Care and Comfort

___       Health & Wellness

___       Homeless Meals/Needs Assistance

___       Prayer Blanket Outreach

___       Prayer Shawl Group

___       Respect Life

___       San Marcos Health Center

___       Special Gifting Programs

___       Stephen Ministry

Place completed form in collection basket or drop it off at the parish office. Thank you.    (2023) OR:

Ministry of Social Concerns Interest


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