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 www.cdow.org/giving/development-share-in-the-spirit.

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

St. Ann’s Sodality Collecting
Items for Our Troops, Sept 1 – Oct 11

St. Ann’s Sodality, in conjunction with USO Delaware, is collecting “Items for the Troops” from September 1st to October 11.
Please bring donated items to Delaney Hall, Monday thru Friday, 9am–2pm.

Suggested items include: individually packaged bags of nuts, trail mix, fruit
snacks, Slim Jims, Beef Jerky and Cheez-its, Ramen noodle packs or cups of noodles,
12oz cans of Sprite Zero and 12oz Powerades (any flavor). Cash donations and
gift cards from BJ’s, Costco, Walmart, Lowes, and Amazon are also gratefully accepted.

Thank you from our Troops.
Call: Rosemary 540-729-0974 with questions.

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:

BECOME A CATECHIST….Is the Spirit
nudging you?

The Religious Education ministry offers an opportunity for people to guide and teach the children and teens of our parish about faith in God. Your faith story and experiences can help strengthen the faith of a child. Many people think they are not qualified to teach because they have not had much formal religious education, or they have never taught children before.

Actually, what is needed to teach is a love for children, a desire to share your faith, and a willingness to share your time and talents. We will supply the training, teaching materials and support that you will need to feel confident. Then when you do begin teaching, you will be amazed at how much you learn as you teach, and you will see yourself blossom in your own faith.

If you feel God is calling you to be a catechist and to find out more information, please contact Belkis Stallings, our Coordinator of Religious Education at dre@stannsbethan .or or 302-539-5443.

Thank you!

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