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: 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, December 10

Blessing of Replica of St. John the Evangelist Church - Friday, December 15: On Friday, September 18, 2015, an archives marker was erected by Delaware State Archives at 1150 Valley Road, Hockessin, DE, the former site of St. John the Evangelist Church.   The Church was built in 1882 and closed its doors in 1964, having suffered significant structural strain from overuse. Replaced by the newly built St. Mary of the Assumption on Lancaster Pike, St. John's was later demolished in 1984. The Lake family has had a small replica of the church built by an Amish Woodworking Company out of Kinzer, PA.  It will be painted the same as it was prior to demolition.  It will have a bell tower with a small bell.  This replica will be placed in the area where the church stood, next to the historic marker.  It will be delivered on Thursday, December 14th and on Friday, December 15th Fr. Dillingham will give a blessing at the site at 11:30am.   All are welcome to attend.

Family Christmas Festival - Friday, December 15: Lessons and Carols service at 5:00pm in the Church followed by fun and light refreshments in the social hall.

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click here to RSVP

2017 Advent & Christmas Schedule

Parish Reconciliation Service
Tuesday, December 12 at 700pm
Additional priests will be available

Family Christmas Festival
Friday, December 15 at 500pm
Awaiting the Nativity with song, fun, and refreshments.

Third Sunday of Advent: Blessing of the Straw
Weekend of December 16 & 17 at all Masses

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Masses:
Saturday, December 23 - 5:00pm
Sunday, December 24: 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am

Christmas and New Years' Mass Schedule:

Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24th

4:00pm - Church and Hall;
6:00pm Church; 8:00pm Church

Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25th

Midnight, 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am

Mary Holy Mother of God
Monday, January 1, 2018

Mass at 9:00am
NOT a Holy Day of Obligation

Epiphany Cantata
Saturday, January 6, 2018


Epiphany of the Lord
Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday Mass Schedule applies
7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 6:00pm

St. Mary's Catholic Teen Ministry (CTM): The next meet up will be Jan. 14 after the 11:30 AM Mass. St. Mary's CTM is meeting the second Sunday of every month after the 11:30am Mass. The event schedule and some other important information about CTM may be found on the CTM page. To see the updates, on the menu at left, click on Youth... CTM - Catholic Teen Ministry

PREP Reminders: For more information, click on Christian Formation Ministries... PREP
Monday Evening PREP - There is NO PREP on December 25 and January 1. Classes resume January 8. Class time is 600 to 715pm.
June PREP - The third of four Sunday classes will be held January 7 from 9:45am to 11:15am.
August PREP - The third of four Sunday classes will be held February 11 from 9:45am to 11:15am.

Parish Outreach Ministries: The St. Mary of the Assumption parish outreach ministries offer year round opportunities to support those in need in our local communinity. There are also special opportunities during the holiday season.

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Teen Dance - January 13: Teen dances for the 2017-18 school year are scheduled on the following Saturdays:

January 13 and April 14, 2018

For more information, click on Youth... Middle School Dances on the menu at left.

Women's Retreat - Saturday, January 27, 2018: St. Mary's Adult Faith Formation Ministry presents a one-day retreat for women. For more information and to purchase tickets click here

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

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 Steve Haller, Community Director for the council. You may contact him at govmuler@hotmail.com or 302 690-6164.

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.

Photos from Stained Glass Windows Blessing by Bishop Malooly - September 17: A packed church, the Knights of Columbus Color Guard, and the full choir celebrated Mass with Bishop Malooly as he blessed our recently completed stained glass windows. click here to see photos

Parish Picnic a Great Time!!! Thank you to all of our wonderful clergy, staff, volunteers and picnic-ers for making the day so special! To see some photos from the picnic and give us feedback to make future events even more successful, click on the following link:   Picnic Photos and Feedback Link

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.

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

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

Office Hours: Monday to Friday - 9am to 4pm
Office closed 12:30pm to 1:30pm for Lunch