We are beginning our 75th Anniversary as Saint Edmond Parish. God continues to bless us with good memories, graced ministries and a bright tomorrow. In this Diamond Jubilee, we are appreciative of the past, live in the present and hope for the future...all based in prayer.
November reminds us of our finiteness, the end of the world and final judgment. During this month, we pray specifically for our dead and should prepare for our own final days.
Saturday, November 1st, is All Saints Day. Falling on a Saturday it is not a Holy Day of obligation this year. The Mass for All Saints is at 8:30 a.m. All are welcomed to rejoice in all the saints who have reached our final goal of glory in heaven.
Sunday, November 2, we celebrate All Souls Day. We will remember all of our beloved dead and all deceased brothers and sisters; specifically praying at the 4:30 p.m. Mass for the deceased of this past year while comforting the loved ones they leave behind. This Bereavement Mass will be followed with refreshments.
That Sunday after the morning Masses, the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Breakfast at our hall. Also, the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Wilmington will be available at our hall to answer questions you may have about preparing for the final journey Home. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss end of life decisions and the Catholic philosophy on death and choices that have to be made. Mark Christian from Catholic Cemeteries, along with Deacon Donald Lydick, will be here to answer questions and give direction for this sensitive time in our lives.
Father Joe Piekarski (pastor)
Saint Edmund of Canterbury
was born on 20 November 1180 near Oxford England. It was the feast of Saint Edmund the Martyr, so he was given the name Edmund. He was the oldest of four children.
'Rich' was an epithet sometimes given to his wealthy merchant father. It was never applied to Edmund or his siblings in their lifetimes. Edmund may have been educated at the monastic school in Abingdon. From boyhood he practiced asceticism, such as fasting on Saturdays on bread and water, and wearing a hair shirt. After snatching a few hours' sleep, most of the night he spent in prayer and meditation.
His early studies were in England, but he completed his higher learning in France at the University of Paris. About 1195, in company with his brother Richard, he was sent to the schools of Paris and became a teacher about 1200. For six years he lectured on mathematics, dialectics and introduced the study of Aristotle.
He became one of Oxford's first lecturers with a Master of Arts. His asceticism often forced him to 'nod’ off' during his lectures. There is a long-established tradition that he used his lecture-fees to build the Lady Chapel of St Peter's in the East at Oxford.
Though for some time he resisted the change in career, Edmund received ordination, took a doctorate in divinity and soon became known as a lecturer on theology and as an extemporaneous preacher. In 1227 he preached the sixth crusade through a large part of England. He was named by Pope Gregory IX to the Archbishopric of Canterbury.
In the name of his fellow bishops he admonished King Henry III of England by defending Church rights and criticizing the king’s continental policies. The archbishop was valued by the local people for his teaching and preaching, his study and his prayer and strict observance in monastic life. It was his uncompromising stand in favor of good discipline in both civil and Church government and of justice in high quarters that brought him into conflict with King Henry III, with several monasteries and with the priests of Canterbury cathedral. Notwithstanding the gentleness of his disposition, he firmly defended the rights of Church and State against the exactions and usurpations of Henry III.
In December 1237 Edmund set out for Rome to plead his cause in person. From this futile mission he returned to England in August 1238 where his efforts to foster reform were frustrated. Again in 1240 Edmund set out for Rome. At the Cistercian Pontigny Abbey in France, Edmund became sick and died only 50 miles further north, on 16 November 1240.
In less than a year after his death miracles were alleged to be wrought at his grave. He was canonized only six years later.His body was never translated to Canterbury, but rest in Pontigny Abbey. His feast is November 20th.
The spelling of the name of our parish’s patron saint reflects the Christian name of Bishop FitzMaurice for whom the parish was named. Bishop Edmond FitzMaurice was the Bishop of Wilmington from 1925-1960. During his episcopacy our parish was founded and our present church was erected.
Sunday Masses at St. Edmond's Rehoboth are:
Saturday, afternoon 4:00
Sunday, morning 7:30
Sustaining Hope for the Future Campaign is underway. Thank you to everyone who received the packet and responded back with an intention. This capital campaign is initiated by the Diocese of Wilmington to build-up the Lay Employee Retirement Program, the Diocesan Priest Retirement, diocesan outreach and finally to assist individual parishes for certain parochial projects.
For those who have not yet replied, please do so as soon as possible. Give prayerful consideration to what you can afford and forward your intentions for the campaign to our parish. All contributions are appreciated and together we can reach our parish goal of $569,000.