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2021 Annual Catholic Appeal
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The Diocese of Wilmington 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal — with the theme “Disciples of Christ, Witnesses of Hope” — has a goal of $4,871,000, Bishop Malooly announced.

The theme is taken from the Gospel reading for the third Sunday of Easter, the April 17-18 “Commitment Weekend” for the Annual Catholic Appeal.

“For the Christian man and woman, hope is confidence that God, who loves us and calls us to eternal life, will never abandon us,” Bishop Malooly said in a letter launching the Appeal. “As Disciples of Christ, we believe we are created to love and serve God and to share the good news of hope and salvation with all people.”

“Despite the uncertainty and anguish so present in our world, we need to look no farther than our Diocesan Annual Catholic Appeal to see shining examples of true discipleship characterized by an unselfish desire to reach out to those in need so that they might live more fully,” the bishop said.

The Annual Catholic Appeal is the single largest contributor to Catholic Charities. In addition to providing thousands of meals for the hungry and shelter services for the homeless, gifts to the Annual Catholic Appeal enable the diocese to offer care for the elderly and infirmed, food aid basic needs help, mental health counseling for the emotionally vulnerable, addiction counseling, services for migrants and immigrants, and aid for expectant mothers.

Contributions to the appeal can be made in the form of a pledge payable over a period of months or a one-time donation. Payment can be provided by check, credit card, PayPal, electronic bill-pay, gifts of securities, IRAs as well as through corporate matching programs.

For information about the Annual Catholic Appeal and the ministries supported, click here.
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Save the Date! Wednesday, October 6
Catholic Charities 2021 Annual Tribute Dinner
Each year, Catholic Charities honors outstanding individuals who have demonstrated a deep commitment to addressing the well-being of our communities’ most vulnerable. We bestow upon these remarkable persons the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award, created in 1989 in memory of Msgr. Reese, a community activist and longtime director of Catholic Social Services, the forerunner of Catholic Charities.

For more information, please email arotsch@cdow.org.
Many Residents Vaccinated at Marydale Retirement Village
Marydale resident Betty Widzgowski, 89, is vaccinated March 5 for COVID-19 by Jyothi Parne, pharmacy manager at Glasgow Pharmacy, as Marydale Administrator Cathy Weaver looks on. Dialog photo/Joseph P. Owens
A great sense of relief would not be a typical reaction after people are vaccinated, but the sense of gratitude was heavy in the air March 5 at the community center at Marydale Retirement Village.

About 50 residents of the community for seniors took their turn in the socially distant setting as Marydale administrators and workers from the nearby Glasgow Pharmacy carefully distributed the vaccine to guard against the COVID-19 pandemic. The affordable housing community in Newark is managed by the Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Charities through Catholic Ministry to the Elderly Inc.

“I never imagined it,” said Betty Widzgowski, 89, of the yearlong pandemic that has kept people, especially seniors, mostly confined to their homes.

“If we didn’t have each other, we’d go crazy,” said Jayne Deery, 69, a longtime St. Elizabeth’s parish member.

Administrator Cathy Weaver said Marydale would host the second dose of shots for these same seniors in about a month and they’re hoping to have another round of vaccinations for those who didn’t get it this time.

As things continue to improve, Weaver said the village is working on plans to reopen the community center, which has been closed for about a year, so residents can return to playing games, cards, and socializing.

“Once we get a sufficient number of our people vaccinated, we’ll put together a plan to get the center back open,” Weaver said.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington. Dialog photo/Don Blake
Frederick ‘Fritz’ Jones, Longtime Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Charities Executive, Takes Over as Interim Executive Director
Msgr. Steven P. Hurley, vicar general and moderator of the curia, announced today the appointment of Frederick “Fritz” Jones as interim executive director of Catholic Charities Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington.

Jones has been a leader in Catholic Charities for 43 years, most recently as director of program operations. The executive director position became vacant on the retirement of Richelle Vible on March 3.

Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from Wilmington University and a master’s of science in human resource management from Widener University in Chester, Pa. During his time at Catholic Charities, Jones has managed all Catholic Charities programs for the diocese. His accomplishments include the reorganization of the behavioral health program resulting in increased productivity, integration of the residential maternity home into a Catholic Charities program serving new mothers, and reinstatement of the substance abuse counseling licensure program.

Catholic Charities traces its roots in the Wilmington area to the establishment of an orphanage for girls in 1830. Over the years, agency services have grown and changed in response to the contemporary needs of society.
Today, Catholic Charities is responsible for directing and coordinating the charitable and social service programs of the Diocese of Wilmington. It offers a wide range of human services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships. It works in concert with other religious, non-profit, and public agencies, and in collaboration with the business and professional communities.

More information is available at www.cdow.org/Charities.
Thank you for your generosity through Do More 24! A 24-hour social media fundraising challenge. Your donations help provide clients with food, shelter, financial coaching, mental health counseling, and case management support to overcome their distress and successfully become self-sufficient.

During the 24-hour fundraiser, Catholic Charities won the Challenge
"Curbside Pickup Dine More 24 Golden Ticket" in the Large Nonprofits level –
and earned $500 in additional donations!
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Catholic Charities Mission
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington exists to help fulfill the Christian duty to love and serve God's people. Our mission is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The universal and local Church proclaims the Gospel and teaches the recognition of the dignity and sacredness of each human life and the belief that we are called to share our resources with the most vulnerable among us.

It is the mission of Catholic Charities to address human suffering and to promote and restore the well-being of people and society by:
  • Providing, as a primary focus, caring service to families and persons in need;
  • Coming together with members of the community to become informed about and to take action on critical social issues; and,
  • Advocating publicly for social policies which enhance human dignity and safeguard basic human rights.
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