7200 Lancaster Pike - Hockessin, Delaware 19707
Tel: (302) 239-7100 - Fax: (302) 239-8219
email: stmary@stmaryoftheassumption.com

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Welcome to St. Mary of the Assumption Parish,
a Community of Faith in the Roman Catholic Tradition.

It is our prayer that this web site will help you encounter
Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

May the Lord bless you and your loved ones, and may your journey
bring you into frequent contact with our loving God!

Parish Weekly Calendar: Check back on Tuesday for the first weekly calendar of the new year.
Much of the calendar information is also included in the weekly bulletin. Please note that scheduled events are subject to change.

Click here for the week beginning Sunday, August 13

Click here for the week beginning Sunday, August 20

Mass Times - Please Read: In response to the Refresh parish survey conducted in the fall, we moved to a new year-round Sunday Mass schedule back in April. When Labor Day Weekend rolls around, we will still be following this new schedule.

Saturday 5:00pm; Sunday 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 6:00pm.

Click here for the Mass change announcement

Some Enchanted Evening - Thursday August 24th: Featuring four pianists playing four pianos and Italian dinner catered by Trattoria di Napoli!!! Tickets are $35 for adults and $12 for students, and they will be sold after Masses the weekend of Aug 19-20. RSVP by August 23. For more information or to purchase tickets online

Click here

Parish Picnic on September 10th RSVP and volunteer here:   

Picnic RSVP and Volunteer Signup

Please be aware that the volunteer link to the free version of SignUp Genius contains advertisements. Our apologies for any distractions.

2017-18 Monday PREP Program - Starting September 11 The school year PREP program on Monday evenings will begin on September 11. Classes are from 6:00 to 7:15pm. Registration for grades 1-8 are still being accepted through August 18th. Click on Christian Formation Ministries... PREP at left for forms and information.

Fatima Holy Hour - September 13: To celebrate the 100th Anniversary year of the Fatima Apparitions, a Holy Hour will be held on Weds. Sept. 13 and Fri. Oct. 13 from 9am to 10am following the 830am Mass. The October 13 Holy Hour will include a special closing. For more information, contact Ann at 302 494-4138. For more details on the Fatima story, go to www.wafusa.org For more details on our celebration activities, Click here

St. Mary's Catholic Teen Ministry (CTM): St. Mary's CTM has released a new event schedule and some other important information. To see the updates, on the menu at left, click on Youth... Teens - CTM

St. Mary's is now on Facebook!!! Check out our parish Facebook page for updates and LIKE us. If you are searching for our page, type in St-Mary-of-the-Assumption-Church. Or simply click the Facebook logo below to go to our page.

Welcome Fr. Evers!! Our new Associate Pastor, Fr. Evers introduced himself at all Masses the weekend of July 1 and 2. Please introduce yourself and welcome him.

Knights of Columbus Insurance: Did you know that as a member of the Knights of Columbus, you would be eligible to purchase various types of insurance as well as some high interest rate annuities? For more information, click on one of the Knights of Columbus links on the menu at left, under the Adults tab.

All Saints Catholic School Tuition Assistance & Enrollment:  A New Program to Benefit All
It is with great pleasure that I share with you that our Annual Giving Campaign has reached the projected goal in raising $20,000 in support of tuition for families in need in our school community. These funds in addition to the assistance received through the Kremer Foundation and our diocesan Vision for the Future tuition assistance funds allow us to offer almost $70,000 in tuition assistance. Unfortunately, this still falls short of the financial needs our families have.

A Win-Win Opportunity: Last Summer, we received funding from a new source that allowed us to provide for families new to our school. These funds have once again been secured but will be extended to current families who refer a new family to our school.  We have made great strides in our enrollment efforts for the 2017 - 2018 school year with approximately 25 new families registered. Yet, we currently have openings in some of our classes. If a new family registers in our school over the summer months and names your family as a reference, each family will receive an automatic $500 in tuition assistance. More assistance will be negotiated for families with more than one child or with greater financial need.

Help Us to Help You as we strive to provide quality, Catholic education to all families who sincerely seek it for their children.

All Saints Catholic School
907 New Road
Wilmington, DE 19805

Girls Volleyball Signups: Registration for the St. Mary of the Assumption volleyball program ended June 25. Practice begins August 14 and the season runs into early November. The program is for girls in grades 4-8, but we are also checking to see if there is enough interest for a team for girls in grades 9-12.

Click here for registration info

or email Jack Edmiston at midwayLL@comcast.net

Boys Football and Baseball Registration: Forms for boys football and baseball registration have been posted on the Athletics page. Click here to visit the Athletics page

Congratulations Father Coffiey!!! Our beloved Father Chris Coffiey transferred to St. John the Beloved at the end of June. We are very grateful for his presence and priestly ministry during the past four years. We ask God to bless him as he continues to serve at St. John the Beloved.

Holy Week 2017: As the summit of our liturgical year, Holy Week is always a special time. Enjoy these photos!!!

Easter Celebrants

Tenebrae Celebrants - Fr. Dillingham and Fr. Coffiey

Chapel decorations

Jesus in the Sanctuary

Parish Survey Results: Your input to the Parish Survey conducted last fall was greatly appreciated!! The "Refresh" project team has been formed in response to the survey. The common themes that emerged from the survey were presented in information sessions the weekend of March 25-26, along with initial plans to address them.
A copy of the slides and a volunteer signup form may be downloaded below.

Click here for the Refresh presentation

Click here for the Refresh volunteer signup sheet

Click on the play button above to watch the narrated slideshow.

The Dialog - Online!!! Printed copies of our Diocesan newspaper, the Dialog, are normally available in the bulletin racks in the Church. You may also read current and past issues of the Dialog online.

Click here for the Dialog online edition

Seeking Basketball Coaches for 2017-18 Season: St. Mary's Athletic Dept. is looking for adults, ages 18 & up, to coach Instructional Basketball for the 2017/2018 season.  Players are boys & girls, ages 9-14, grades 4th thru 8th, Coaching experience preferred, but not necessary.  Level of play is the "O" , or "Div. III" in the CYM league.  The season runs from early December thru mid-March and consists of 10 games, 2 practice sessions per week, and 1 paid-for tournament of choice for the team. Applicants will have to complete CYM Background Check, Coaches Training, and Diocesan Covenants.  If interested, please contact Dave Lazear, Athletic Director @ 302-740-1202 or lazeard@nibco.com.

Early Education Program Enrollment for 2017-18: Registration for the 2017-18 School Year closed on February 10. Check back for information on additional openings if they become available. Please contact Karen Rombach call for more information at 302-239-7100 ext. 34. Or Click here to go to the EEP website

Legion of Mary - New Web Page: Check out the colorful and informative new web page for the Legion of Mary.

click here

SMYLE Teen Service and Activity Schedule: The 2016-17 calendar of service opportunities and activities for our SMYLE youth group has just been posted!!! Click here to go to the SMYLE youth ministry webpage

Interested in Becoming Catholic? If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, St. Mary's will be holding RCIA Inquiry Classes on Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the St. John room. RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Contact Deacon John at 239-7100 ext. 32 if interested.

WILCYA Young Adult Professional Group Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s from the greater Wilmington-Newark area, single and married can connect for faith formation and fellowship through social, spiritual, and service activities. Click here to go the WILCYA website

Need a Ride??? Fellow Parishioners!!! Do you occasionally need a ride to Church for Mass or perhaps elsewhere? As one of the service organizations of our parish, The Knights of Columbus may be able to help. Contact Mike Bailey, Community Director for the council. You may contact him at mbaileypa@gmail.com or 302-540-3200.

Window Installation Update: The first nine windows - The Nativity, The Visitation, The Annunciation, The Wedding Feast at Cana, Finding Jesus in the Temple, The Presentation, St. John the Evangelist, St. Patrick, and the Assumption of Mary have been installed. The installation date of the Sacristy/Sanctuary windows behind the Altar is TBD.

The Nativity

The Visitation

The Annunciation

The Wedding Feast

Finding Jesus in the Temple

The Presentation

St. John the Evangelist

St. Patrick

The Assumption of Mary

Click here for the window project information pamphet

March for Life: Parishoners from St. Mary of the Assumption participated in the annual March for Life in Washington DC on January 27. Click here to watch the video

March for Life

Memorial Day 2016: A prayer service was celebrated at St. Patrick's Cemetery, including the blessing of a new marker with all the names of those buried in unmarked graves.

Memorial Day 2016
St. Patrick's Cemetery
The Knights of Columbus Color Guard was on hand to honor the deceased. Click on the link at left to St. Patrick's Cemetery for more information about the cemetery.

Knights of Columbus
Color Guard

Corpus Christi Procession: Corpus Christi is a beautiful tradition that celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Celebrated at St. Mary's on May 29, 2016, the outdoor procession with the Blessed Sacrament followed the 11:30 AM Mass. The procession includes singing of hymns and recitation of Divine Praises. For a slideshow of the 2015 Corpus Christi procession Click here

Corpus Christi Procession 2016

Tenebrae Service: Celebrated on Good Friday in 2016, this para-liturgical devotion dates back to the 5th century. Tenebrae means "Shadows/Darkness". As part of this service, the lights are dimmed and candles are extinguished. It is a beautiful and moving devotion that helps us as Catholics call to mind Jesus' Suffering, Passion, and Death for us, especially during Lent.

Tenebrae - Holy Week 2016

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St. Mary of the Assumption
7200 Lancaster Pike
Hockessin, DE 19707
Tel: (302)239-7100
Fax: (302)239-8219

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Office closed 12:30pm to 1:30pm for Lunch