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

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"Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices."
— St. Teresa of Avila


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Diocesan Statement on Reopening Churchs

May 21, 2020

Provided a parish is equipped to follow guidelines issued by the Diocese of Wilmington in concert with government officials, the following dates have been announced:

  • Maryland parishes of the Diocese of Wilmington may open for private, individual prayer and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) beginning Friday, May 22, 2020. Delaware parishes may do so beginning Monday, May 25, 2020.

  • Maryland parishes of the Diocese of Wilmington may resume Daily Masses beginning Monday, May 25, 2020. Delaware parishes may do so beginning on Monday, June 1, 2020.

  • Maryland parishes of the Diocese of Wilmington may resume Sunday Masses beginning on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020. (Vigil Mass on May 30 is also included). Delaware parishes may begin Sunday Masses beginning on Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020. (Vigil Mass on June 6 is also included).

In both states, attendance at any liturgy or event in the church is limited to 1/3 of the fire marshal approved maximum occupancy and shall not exceed state-mandated requirements. Pastors my determine a lower capacity if they feel it necessary for their community's safety. Additionally, attendees are required to wear proper face coverings, maintain a minimum of 6 feet separation from those who are not a part of their household, and follow their pastor's direction for the reception of Holy Communion

The size, location, and make up of our parishes vary widely and one-size-fits-all approach is not possible and not every situation or issue can be anticipated. Pastors may choose to implement additional and more restrictive rules for public worship than those permitted as they take into consideration vulnerable members in their respective parishes and other issues specific to their communities.

We should not expect to return to our normal routine as it was prior to this pandemic.

  1. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass issued on March 12, 2020 remains in place for the Diocese of Wilmington.

  2. Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to the virus within 14 days are not permitted to enter the church, in accordance with national, state and local health directives. All attendees are asked to check their temperature at home before coming to church for any reason. Likewise, anyone with a persistent cough or who otherwise does not feel well should not come to church.

  3. Parishioners who are particularly vulnerable (e.g. over the age of sixty, existing heart of lung conditions, diabetes, or otherwise immuno-compromised) are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED, for their own health, to avoid the risk of attending public celebrations of the Church until all restrictions have been lifted.

  4. Individuals are the primary protectors of their own health; during this current situation, there is always risk coming into public places. To that end, coming into an open church building carries that same risk. Individuals assume that risk for themselves in these circumstances.

  5. Members of the same household may sit together, but there should be at least 6 feet of separation otherwise. Gatherings before and after celebrations are prohibited, including ministers greeting the faithful before and after Mass.

  6. All members of the assembly are to wear face coverings at all times while in church.

Many parishes are providing online masses. Check The Dialog for up-to-date details.

Until further notice, Bishop Malooly will be live-streaming Saturday evening Mass from the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington. Watch live at 4:00 p.m. or watch the replay anytime at YouTube.com/DioceseOfWilm.