"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:40)
Feed the Hungry, Reach Out to the Poor, and Joyfully Help Others in Service to Our Loving God
Not sure how you would best be able to help?
St. Mary's offers many opportunities to answer God's call to help others. Please consider volunteering for one of our outreach programs which include Emmanuel Dining Room, Foster Care Kits for Children, House of Joseph, Holiday Outreach, Lazarus Committee, Mary Mother of Hope House, Meals on Wheels, Pro-Life Committee, Ronald McDonald House, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Sojourners Place, Valentine's Care Packages and Visitors for Christ. Several programs include a link to a Signup Genius form where you can "Volunteer Now".
Thank you and May God Bless You!
Every other Thursday we pick up donuts from three Dunkin' Donuts locations to serve on Friday. On Friday morning, we serve breakfast @ EDR South from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast consists of creeal, juice, English muffins, donuts and coffee, usually for 125-175 people.
Emmanuel Dining Room South
"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." (Proverbs 11:25)
Foster Child Care Kits
Prepare and assemble care kits for foster children. We are asking for donations and individuals to assemble the kits. If you chose to donate a requested item, please put your donation and quantity (5, 10, 25...) in the comment section of your signup.
St. Mary's has a long history of providing food, clothing and gifts to families in need during the holiday season. Please consider sharing the love of Jesus through your generous donation of time, talent and gifts. Be sure to visit our Holiday Outreach Page in November for opportunities to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to those in need, and to participate in our Adopt-A-Family program which provides food and gifts to families in our community.
“I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. (John 11:25-26)
The Lazarus Ministry tries to meet the needs of bereaved at the time of the funeral and to some extent in the follow-up period. It consists of 57 volunteers who provide food for luncheons and wakes (those held in the chapel), baby-sitting, house sitting, hospitality during the Mass and whatever else is needed during the days of the funeral. These services are offered to the families of all parishioners who die in the parish. A prayer line has been established to pray for the deceased. We have one volunteer who sends letters offering help after the funeral and supplies a list of support groups. Also, a booklet on how to cope with grief through prayers and Scripture is sent to each family. This service is extended to all parishioners who have lost a loved one, and to out-of-parish families of parishioners who have been buried here.
On All Souls Day, November 2nd, a special liturgy for the deceased of the parish and deceased family members of parishioners is celebrated at 7:00 p.m. Mass. This is followed by a reception for all the bereaved whether they are active members of St. Mary's or not.
The members of the Lazarus team feel that by our efforts and the work of the Holy Spirit, the Presence of God is felt by the bereaved of St. Mary's at a time when they are most vulnerable. We come together twice a year in prayer to worship our God and His goodness and to ask for His guidance in our ministry.
We share experiences and discuss how to make our services more available and more comforting to our people. We thank God that He has given us the ability, the health and the talents to do this ministry.
The Lazarus Ministry is prepared to offer at the time of a funeral the following:
Hospitality at funeral Mass and wake if held in the church (all funerals)
Help with funeral luncheon
serve in church or home
help with cleanup in church
refreshments at wake if held in church
House sitting and baby sitting during wake and funeral
Booklet with scripture readings and help for bereaved sent 2-3 weeks after funeral
Mass for deceased members of our parish family and reception following. Held in November
Mary Mother of Hope House
Yourself or partner with another person to provide a meal for 22 women. You have the option of buying the groceries for the meal or making the meal. The meal includes an entree, vegetable, starch. Various dates available. the meal is delivered to Mary Mother of Hope House, 1103 W. 8th St., Wilmington, DE 19806.
Jesus said, "But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just." (Luke 14:13-14)
Our Pro-Life Committee raises awareness in the parish and the community of the sanctity of all human life from conception until natural death, especially the unborn, through education and activities that promote this belief. We believe in the sanctity of human life and a desire to instill in others a love for all humans, at every stage of life. Members attend a monthly meeting and participate in Pro-Life activities such as prayer, fundraisers, March for Life, and/or communication with elected legislators. There are many opportunities to be effectively involved, and some of the fundraisers benefit good, local organizations, such as Mom’s House, A Rose and A Prayer, Delaware Right to Life, and Birthright. Participating in the Pro-Life committee provides us with the opportunity to live and share the Catholic teaching that all human life is sacred, and to help protect the vulnerable in a most moral way through civil and parochial means.
Valentine Care Bags for the Homeless
Prepare and assemble care kits for the homeless. We are asking for donations and for volunteers to assemble the kits. If you choose to donate a requested item, please put your donation and quantity (5, 10, 25...) in the comment section of your signup.
"If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday." (Isaiah 58:10)
The members of this ministry regularly visit parishioners who are hospitalized, serving as representative of the parish. The gifts desired are friendliness and a caring concern for individuals; good listening skills, a willingness to pray with others and to understand the emotions that accompany illness and confinement; respect for the privacy of individuals. Members visit hospitalized parishioners every third week on the day they have agreed to be scheduled.
Visitors for Christ
Society of ST. Vincent de Paul
"I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was a stranger, I was naked, I was ill, I was in prison….and you cared." (Matthew 25: 35-36)
Who We Are
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is a Catholic lay organization founded in Paris in 1833. It is now a global Catholic organization dedicated to serving those in need. Inspired by gospel values, women and men join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service.
What We Do
At St. Mary of the Assumption, SVdP Volunteers:
Assess Needs – Callers seeking assistance, primarily for rent, electric, oil and/or food, leave messages on a confidential phone line in the parish office. The SVdP volunteer listens, remotely, to messages daily, and returns calls within 24 hours. Two members work as a team for a week, usually volunteering every 4 to 6 weeks.
Visit Homes – The two Vincentian volunteers discuss the calls and schedule a visit with the person, as appropriate. Visits are made by two Vincentians, at a day and time convenient to all. They then decide if a financial commitment should be made, and the dollar amount of support to be provided. All payments will be made to the landlord or utility provider.
Meet Monthly – Meetings are held in the parish office the first Tuesday of each month, 7:00-8:30 pm. We open and close the meeting with prayer and we review actions taken and the number of individuals assisted in the previous month.
All financial assistance is possible thanks to the generosity of St. Mary’s parishioners through their donations to the church Poor Boxes and Second Collections. Prayerfully consider supporting the Society with a regular contribution.
For More Information
Join us! If interested, call the parish office at 302-239-7100, Extension 15.
To learn more about the history of St. Vincent de Paul, go to History (U.S.) or History (International)
The website for the United States national council is found at USA - SVdP
The international website is found at International - SSVP