GUATEMALA PARTNERSHIP - A Message from Deacon Marty - In 2003, The Dioceses of Wilmington & San Marcos, Guatemala, became “sister” dioceses through the eﬀorts of Bishop Saltarelli & Bishop Ramazzini. This formed a bond of friendship, spirituality, and care between us. With Fr. Flowers' approval, and the support of our Pastoral Council, St. Jude will now join in this partnership. This is not just another collection at Mass, but rather a serious commitment of practical outreach in love and care. In future articles, you will learn about ways to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for the people of our two dioceses to enhance our spiritual life and help us to see Christ in one another and be Christ for one another. I need volunteers to assist in making this venture successful. If you would like to learn how you can help, please contact our parish oﬃce at (302) 644-7300 or www.stjudelewes.org to leave your name and contact information. I ask all of you to include the Diocese of San Marcos in your prayers. Please ask the Lord to shower His blessings on our partnership.
- 9 Days for Life is the U.S. Bishops’ multi-faceted novena for the respect and protection of human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information. Your parishioners are encouraged to sign up to receive the novena by email, text message, or an app at www.9daysforlife.com. The novena begins on January 21 and concludes on January 29.
- It’s Always Distressing to Learn of Someone Who Should Have Been Receiving Eucharist at Home. Many times, the individual doesn’t want to burden others, or his or her caregiver doesn’t realize how happy and willing we are to visit. We have many Priests, Deacons and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who are more than willing and able to ensure one can have the Eucharist every Sunday. Please, please do not hesitate to contact the parish oﬃce if you desire the Eucharist, and/or you know of someone who is eligible but might be too shy to call himself or herself, let us know, and we’ll be glad to contact the individual. Likewise, Anointing of the Sick, while never repeated monthly, may be received by one who has become advanced in years, before or after surgery, or when a physical condition has signiﬁcantly worsened. The prayers are beautiful and comforting, and we’d much rather administer the Sacrament while the sick or elderly person is still conscious. The Rite of Commendation of the Dying (more commonly called Last Rites) is given when death is obviously near.
- St. Jude’s Church is in need of more ushers for all Masses. This is a great opportunity for young adults, retired people or anyone who feels called to serve in this capacity. If you can help with this important ministry, please call the parish oﬃce at 302-644-7300.
- We still are in need of the help of drivers for Fr. Malaka. We need (1) Tues Jan 14th (2) Wed Jan 15th (3) Thurs Jan 16th (4) Sat Jan 18th (5) Wed Jan 22nd (6) Thurs Jan 23rd (7) Sat Jan 25th (8) Tues Jan 28th (9) Wed Jan 29th (10) Thurs Jan 30th (11) Sat Feb 1st. These shifts are for 24 hrs from 8 am until 8 am the next morning. During your shift you may or may not receive a call, but we do need someone to be ready to come and drive. Thank you so much for the help!