Responding to Coronavirus

In order to keep the Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore up-to-date regarding our efforts to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Diocese of Wilmington has set up this webpage (cdow.org/coronavirus).

At the advice of government officials, and after consultation with medical professionals, Bishop Francis Malooly has canceled all public Masses in the Diocese of Wilmington until further notice. This effort is designed to help safeguard the public and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“We do not take this action lightly and without prayerful consideration,” Bishop Malooly said. “We must put the health and well-being of our parishioners first. I invite the faithful to stay connected to their parish community electronically, and to participate in Mass via television and the Internet, during this challenging time.”

Read the news release here.

Additionally, all diocesan and parish Catholic schools and religious education programs, in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, will be closed or canceled until May 18, 2020. The CYM  Spring Sports season has been canceled.

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Distribution of Palm
In light of the increasing restrictions going into effect in the State of Maryland and anticipating similar restrictions for the State of Delaware, the distribution of palm is not to take place in any form. Parishes that are able to can keep the palm in a cool, dry place and distribute them after restrictions are lifted.
Holy Week Schedule
The following will be live-streamed at www.YouTube.com/DioceseOfWilm, from the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington. Bishop Malooly will preside.
​Palm Sunday ​Saturday, April 4 ​4 pm
​Holy Thursday ​Thursday, April 9 ​4 pm
​Good Friday ​Friday, April 10 3 pm​
​Easter Vigil ​Saturday, April 11 ​8 pm
​Easter ​Sunday, April 12 TBD​

 

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis gave an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) on March 27. You can watch this beautiful prayer service here:


For those not able to attend Sunday Mass:

Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Lent can be viewed here:

View more at www.YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm

Many parishes in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore are using YouTube, Facebook Live, etc. to post online Masses and other services. Here are some of the parishes and where to find their live-streamed Mass.

  • Cathedral of Saint Peter/St. Patrick/St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception – YouTube.com/DowntownCatholic
  • Immaculate Conception, Elkton – Facebook.com/ICCParish
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Seaford, DE  – Facebook.com/OLLSeafordDE

Check the website of the parish near you. Find a parish here.

 Additionally, televised Sunday Mass is available in New Castle County on WPVI-TV (Channel 6) at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Also, Sunday Mass is available on EWTN at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. EWTN is available on cable, satellite, and online at ewtn.com/tv/watch-live.

Sunday Masses are available on the radio, as well. Relevant Radio 640 can be heard in virtually every corner of the diocese. Their Sunday Mass is broadcast at 10:00 a.m. WGMD 92.7FM will broadcast Sunday Mass at 6:30 a.m. on March 29, April 5 (Palm Sunday) and April 12 (Easter). WGMD is heard in all of Sussex County, Delaware and in the contiguous areas of neighboring counties.

 

Spiritual Communion Prayer:
“My Jesus, I believe that you’re present in the Holy Sacrament. I love You above all else, and I desire You in my soul. As long as I can’t receive You sacramentally, at least enter spiritually into my soul.”
(brief pause to unite oneself with Jesus)
“Since you’ve come, I embrace you and unite my entire self with You; don’t let me ever separate myself from You.”

Pray the Stations of the Cross with Father Joseph McQuaide, Chancellor of the Diocese of Wilmington, Rector of the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Pastor of Saint Patrick and Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parishes:

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