Holy Family Catholic Church

“Cherish the Past, Celebrate the Present, Create a Bright Future”

15 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713
Office: 302.368.4665
Religious Ed: 302.368.8976

Update Archive

March 18, 2020


Daily Mass Opportunities

Bishop Robert Barron is posting his daily Mass online

Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York is live streaming their daily Mass.

EWTN lives streams their daily Mass each weekday at 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

USCCB has some items that might be of internist here and here.

Father McQuaide has produced an online Stations of the Cross.

Msgr. Steven Hurley will be offering online Mass this Saturday March 28 at 4 PM.

Office Hours as of March 23, 2020
Monday & Wednesday, 9:30am to 11:30am

From Fr. Mark

Dear Parishioners,

I am profoundly saddened that I am not able to celebrate the sacraments with you as a community for the time being but know Christ remains with us at all times – specifically in times of worry like this. I would like to take this opportunity to thank hospital workers, doctors, grocery store staff and all the many people that are out in the workforce during this epidemic. To those stricken with coronavirus, out of work due to the virus, and to all those who are affected by this virus please know you are in our prayers. Stay safe, stay well, and stay home if possible.

As you are aware, as a result of the corona virus crisis Holy Family is operating under restricted circumstances. By mandate of the Governor of the State of Delaware and by decree of Bishop Francis Malooly all of our essential services have been cancelled or severely curtailed. In other words, meetings, events, gatherings, devotions, confessions, weekday and Sunday Masses have been cancelled, as well as face-to-face parish business.

Please understand that at this time we are operating with a skeleton staff and have limited office hours. (As of Monday March 22: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. The church is available for private prayer during those office hours. Please keep the proper social distancing.) If you need to be in contact with any member of our parish staff, please email or call. The Office phone number is 302-368-4665. We have an answering service with which you can leave a message. One of our staff members is checking in with the answering service once a day. If it is an emergency the answering service knows to contact me immediately.

With all public masses being canceled our Offertory is likely to suffer. The problem becomes even more complicated when we are unsure of how many weeks mass will be impacted by the coronavirus. Please know how very grateful we are to keep receiving your offertory, whether that is by automatic withdrawal, or by your envelopes that can be mailed in to our parish office. Your consistent giving really helps us keep our budget balanced and makes a difference by helping to pay staff salaries, pay the utility bills, purchase supplies that are needed for our liturgies and sacraments, and landscape our grounds.

The phrase “Do Not Be Afraid” appears in sacred scripture 365 times. That is certainly a reminder from God that we ought to live everyday being fearless! Let us remember that God’s presence, power, and grace is not bound by circumstance. And know that I remember all of you at the altar when I celebrate Mass.

Blessings on us all,
Fr. Mark A. Kelleher, Pastor