Share in the Spirit
September 25

Next week’s second collection will support the diocesan tuition assistance program.  Parishioners throughout the diocese will be asked to help make the dream of Catholic education a reality for struggling Catholic families.  To learn more about the Share in the Spirit collection, please consult the September 9th edition of The Dialog or the diocesan website at

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thanks to the generous support of our parishioners towards the Vision for the FutureBishop Malooly Scholarship Fund and the Share in the Spirit campaign, our diocese was able to provide a record number scholarships to students and families in need of assistance. For the 2022-23 school year, our Diocese of Wilmington provided scholarships to 529 students, totaling $1,030,500 in financial aid. This is 165 more scholarships than last year and the most financial support our diocese has been able to give since the scholarship program began. However, the calculated need for our Catholic school families is $5,000,000.

I hear many stories that affect student families and their ability to provide the cost of tuition: loss of employment, illness, and tragedy. They are stories of sadness but also perseverance, hope, and strength. All of our families are willing to sacrifice to give their children the gift of Catholic education.

One of the main things our students learn in a Catholic school is the importance of community and people-to-people connection. Being of service is part of the curriculum and the day-to-day routine of our students. This was especially born out over the past year, as our Catholic school students themselves participated in the Share in the Spirit campaign as they stepped up and developed programs to help their friends and classmates.

As we begin this year’s Share in the Spirit campaign for tuition assistance, I respectfully ask for your support to whatever level your means will allow. This year’s collection will take place in all parishes on the weekend of September 24-25. There will also be opportunities to sponsor students and provide support through the mail, online, and various communications from the diocese related to this campaign.

In addition to my personal gratitude for your generosity, I close this letter by bringing to your attention the personal gratitude and generosity of our students and school communities as presented in our Dialog newspaper and on our website. You will find in these places an article written by our students from Saint Mark’s High School about the spirit of generosity in our community, a letter from one of our seniors at Padua Academy who receives assistance, expressions of gratitude from our students at St. Elizabeth School and a promotional video produced by students at Ss. Peter and Paul School. We also share a heartwarming story about how one school and parish community rallied together to support and comfort a family suffering tragedy. Several of our schools submitted photography to include on our campaign poster.

With prayerful best wishes, I am,

 Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend William E. Koenig, D.D.
Bishop of Wilmington

Women’s Morning of Reflection
Oct 15

Do you long for purpose, belonging, and peace?

In a world that values individualism and sows division, where do we fit in as Christian women today? Come join us as we discover through God’s Word how prioritizing our relationships and our community is the key!

The Walking with Purpose ministry at St. Ann Parish is hosting a morning of reflection, open to all women. Following mass and a Continental breakfast, guest speaker Kristy Malik will address the topic of “Finding Purpose in Community”.

Ms. Malik is a national speaker who experienced a conversion of heart once encountering Walking with Purpose in 2011. She started her parish’s “Walking with Purpose” program shortly thereafter and now serves as a blogger, speaker and content creator for the ministry. You may have seen her lately, leading live Bible studies on Instagram and Facebook or on the YouTube series “Truth with Handles: The Conversation.” She and her husband live in the D.C. suburbs with their five children.

Kristy Malik

The morning’s program is as follows:

  • Mass at 8:30 a.m. with St. Ann’s Parish community
  • Confession available after Mass
  • Continental breakfast provided prior to the presentation
  • An opportunity for questions/discussion will follow talk

This event is free of charge (although a free-will offering will be collected). In order to properly size the amenities and seating, though, we ask that you register, by clicking below:

“The best place to find God is in a garden.

. . . You can dig for him there.” – George Bernard Shaw

For years now, the St. Ann Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been gardening in Frankford, in a plot next to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. The goal of the dozens of Vincentians who have volunteered there is simple: To feed the hungry. To feed our neighbors. Every Thursday, during the growing season, the garden enables us to provide, not only store-bought groceries but a variety of fresh vegetables – and, yes, flowers – to those neighbors who need help to provide for their families.

We thought you’d enjoy seeing a few pictures from our garden. It’s growing, not only vegetables, but growing in size as well. If you are interested in helping with the garden, or with any of the other activities of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please get in touch with us – you can learn more by going here.

Rosary and Scapular Initiative

“With the help of his fiancée, Lillian, fellow parishioners at St. Ann Parish in Bethany Beach and others who are partnering with him, small bags are filled with a rosary, scapular and literature explaining each, as well as how to pray the rosary.”

Click above to read more

The Rosary and Scapular Initiative is a group of parishioners who are devoted to propagating both of those sacramentals throughout our communities: local, national, and international. Starting in September, they will meet every  Tuesday and Thursday in the Masterson Center in room 7 at 9:00 AM, to assemble Rosary kits to be sent all over the world. Helpers are needed to assemble those kits; please join us after Mass. For information call Andy Maggio 410-218-2008.

Bishop Koenig concludes diocesan phase of Synod

As the diocesan phase of “Synod 2021 2023 — For a synodal church” — concluded June 22 with Mass at Church of the Holy Cross, Bishop Koenig said many parishioners over the last several months came forward in the Diocese of Wilmington to help guide the church.

He said Pope Francis wants the synod process to be “not an event or task,” but a way for church members “to hear and be heard together.”

The concluding Mass came after months of group “listening sessions” and other efforts of inclusion launched locally last October by Bishop Koenig and elsewhere among Catholics in dioceses across the world. The local diocesan “listening sessions” identified a range of strengths, weaknesses, and challenges for the Diocese of Wilmington.

For more information on the Diocesan phase and its findings, click the icon to the left.

For more information on the Synod process itself, and its next steps, click on the icon on the right.


Are you 72 or older? Have you lost the ability to fully
deduct charitable contribu4ons because you no longer
itemize federal income tax deductions? Do you make
donations to St. Ann church regularly? If you answered
yes to these questions, you may want to consider making
a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). A QCD is
generally a non-taxable distribution made directly by the
trustee of your IRA to St. Ann or other qualified charities.
A QCD reduces your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and
thereby reduces taxes. If you are receiving a Required
Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA, a QCD can be
used to help satisfy the RMD. Please consult your tax
advisor or tax return preparer to determine if a QCD
could benefit you.

How Can I Help?

First of all, thanks for asking.

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God, for the administration of this public service is not only supplying the needs of the holy ones but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God.


We’re all in some pain and uncertainty here. Life goes on, but we’re unsure of how we can meet its many needs in these times.

Our parish has much the same difficulty. Obviously a lot has been curtailed, but we’re working very hard to do what we can; for example, we are streaming mass in the mornings. We’re using our website, MyParish app, and Facebook page to keep in touch and to provide spiritual resources for all of you. And, our support of those in our community who are less fortunate must continue.

All of this requires resources of one kind or another. Even when those resources are something like a building, we still need to provide funds to keep things going. The problem is, most of our revenue comes from our Sunday collection. And, for obvious reasons, that’s just not there anymore.

We need your help.

Now, we realize that some of you have financial challenges right now. But, if you are financially able to do so at this time, would you consider continuing your support of the parish, so that we can continue our good work? You can drop your contribution in the “SECURE” mail box outside the door to the Parish Office (on the right side of the door) or send a check for your regular donation to us in the mail at:

St. Ann Church
691 Garfield Avenue
Bethany Beach, DE 19930

Better yet, consolidate your donations and send us a single check, rather than having to remember each week. And, best yet: Consider giving on line, as many of your fellow parishioners already do. Just click below, and you can sign up in just a few minutes.

And whatever you are able to do, please pray for our parish and for those who are suffering in these difficult times.

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