Upcoming Second Collection: Share in the Spirit
Next weekend, parishioners throughout the diocese will be asked to help make the dream of a Catholic education a reality for struggling Catholic families. Monies raised through this collection coupled with the diocese's tuition assistance endowment provides financial assistance to hundreds of deserving families who seek a Catholic education for their children but who cannot afford the full cost of tuition. Through this collection, our Bishop is reaching out to believing and worshipping Catholics like you to assist him in ensuring that the Catholic commitment to total education of our children does not fade away because people cannot afford it. Since the Church has the mission to educate and since this mission directly affects the quality of life we experience as Catholics, all of us have a stake in Catholic education. God bless you for your goodness.
For more information click here.
KOC Community Blood Drive
Leave no neighbor behind. Star of the Sea is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, October 1 from noon until 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. To schedule an appointment please visit:
Then enter the sponsor keyword:
Star of the Sea Council 7297.
Save time on the day of donation and visit www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited due to COVID-19 policy restrictions. In accord with CDC guidance, masks are required to be worn by all Red Cross staff, volunteers and donors regardless of vaccination status.
Online Mass Streaming
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Welcome to Saint Edmond Parish
We are a Catholic community of approximately 3,500 people located within sight of the Atlantic Ocean in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Saint Edmond Parish welcomes everyone to come and strengthen their faith, to know about our parish family, experience its fellowship and join us in the celebration of the Eucharist. No matter who you are, or where you are in life's journey you are welcome here! New parishioners and visitors are always welcome!!
If you are not a parishioner, we invite you to join our faith community. You may complete our Parish Registration Form online or there are blank forms in the main vestibule of the Church and in the parish office.
New parishioners and visitors are always welcome!
Bishop's Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass
Bishop William E. Koenig invites all couples celebrating their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th wedding anniversary, or any anniversary beyond 50th, to the Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 17 at St. Joseph’s, Middletown, at 371 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE 19709. The Bishop will be available for photos with interested couples beginning at 1:00 p.m. and again after the Mass. If you would like to have a photo taken with Bishop Koenig, please arrive at 1:00 pm or plan to stay after Mass.
There is no cost to you, however reservations are required. Please make your reservations by September 30.
This year, you can register by visiting:
Questions may be referred to the Office for Marriage and Family Life at:
302-295-0657 or by emailing [email protected].
Blessing of the Animals
As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice something odd. A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and guinea pigs, is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Animals. Francis of Assisi, whose Feast Day is October 4, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey. Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” And there was testimony in the cause for St. Clare of Assisi’s canonization that referred to her little cat. This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. Fr. Cocco will be Blessing the Animals on the side lawn by the King Charles exit at 11:45 a.m. this Sunday, October 3. Bring your dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and whatever pets you may have for a blessing and a treat.
Change for Life
Change for Life
The Weekend of October 2 & 3
Fill a baby bottle with your spare change next month to help expecting mothers & babies in need! Next month our respect life committee will provide empty baby bottles for those wanting to participate after all masses during the weekend of October 2 & 3. Throughout the month you can fill the bottle with your spare change or cash to help support Sussex Pregnancy Care Center, and return it by October 31. Return baskets will be in the church at the exit on the left of the altar. Your donation will help Sussex Pregnancy Care Center provide expecting mothers and babies in need with necessities like maternity clothes, parenting classes, diapers/formula, sonograms and so much more. For those who would rather donate by check envelopes will also be available. We hope to make this campaign a success again this year, and thank you for your continued support of Sussex Pregnancy Care Center!
For more information on Sussex Pregnancy Care Center please visit: https://sussexpregnancy.com/
Considering becoming Catholic?
Have you ever considered joining the Catholic Church?
Did you ever wonder how to proceed?
RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the program that assists adults to learn more about the Catholic Church and enter into full membership.
RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, began in the early church nearly 2,000 years ago as an intense period of study, prayer, and conversion that often lasted about three years. The Second Vatican Council brought the process back in the 1960s to guide adults wishing to come into full membership in the Catholic Church. The program was redesigned and the time for formation was modified to meet the needs of the inquirers.
Who is in RCIA?
* Adults baptized as Catholic, but have not received the
Eucharist and Confirmation.
* Adults baptized in most Protestant churches.
*Adults baptized in other Christian churches not in the
Trinitarian formula and without water.
Come to the Open House on September 27 in Room 1 in the Education Building at
7:00 p.m. to learn more about the process and meet the RCIA team members.
To learn more about RCIA at St. Edmond click here.
Join us for an Octoberfest Themed Dinner!
Knights of Columbus
Saturday, September 25
I can already hear the “Um-pah!” It makes my mouth water for German food, drink and fun. The Knights are ready to celebrate. You can too! We are holding an Octoberfest dinner Saturday, September 25, in the Parish Hall. Let the Good Times roll… you might even win a door prize! The festivities start after the 4:00 p.m. Mass; doors open at 4:45 p.m. and food will be served by our waitstaff from shortly after 5 p.m. until 6:30 PM. Bratwurst, Sauerbraten prepared from scratch with authentic German spices, sauerkraut, potatoes, cucumber salad, bread & butter, and dessert! Hmm… doesn’t that sound delicious? German/domestic beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase. The cost is $20.00 per person ten years or older. We are limiting the number of seats for your comfort and well-being while we are in this pandemic environment… so buy your tickets now!
Call Joe Cumella at 973-452-1565,
Richard Litsey at 713-725-9847 or
Andy Palumbo at 302-528-2449.
New COVID-19 Guidelines
There are new Covid-19 guidelines taking effect this weekend throughout the Diocese of Wilmington. St. Edmond Church will now be open at full capacity. Fully vaccinated people will no longer be required to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you continue to wear your mask, covering your mouth and your nose. All children between the ages of 2 and 16 are advised to continue wearing a mask to Mass. Everyone will still be required to sanitize their hands as they enter the Church or Hall.
We realize that some people may be uncomfortable with this change, therefore, all Masses in our Parish Hall (this weekend we have a 9:00a.m. and 10:30a.m.) will still have socially distanced seating. Entering and exiting the Church or Hall will no longer be restricted. All doors will be fully accessible.
Our priests and deacons will begin to process to and from the altar and we can begin to share the Sign of Peace as well. Offertory Gifts are permitted to be brought to the altar, so the ushers will invite a family or individual to help with this. The Offertory Collection will be taken as we did before (with our long-handled baskets). We are not permitted to pass the small baskets to each person. We may need to recruit more volunteers to assist with the collection at those Masses where there are not four or more ushers. This weekend, in particular, we will have two collections.
The distribution of Holy Communion will remain the same until further notice. We will still process up the side aisles and go back down the center aisle.
Thank you for being part of the St. Edmond community. We appreciate your willingness to help us navigate all these changes. If you have any additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the office.
Please be Aware of this Scam!
Please be wary of scams where people claim to be Fr. Cocco and ask for money or gift cards. They create emails that are similar to the 'official' St. Edmond email, and sometimes send texts as well. We NEVER use texts to request things and although we sometimes send emails to collect for various ministries, we NEVER ask for a credit card over the phone or online as we do not sell gift cards in the office. If gift cards are needed (as they sometimes are at Christmas time) we ask you bring them to us. Unfortunately, in our world today, there are people who continue to commit fraud and cheat good honest people who are trying to do the right thing. If there's ever a question, don't hesitate to call the office first before you buy. We're sorry that we can't stop people from doing this but want to make sure you're aware that it is happening again.
Daily Mass: 8:30 a.m. (Mon-Sat)
Saturday Evening: 4:00 p.m. (year round) & 5:30 p.m. (summer)
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
We are open Monday-Friday from
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Email: [email protected]
Physical address for GPS:
401 King Charles Ave. (Church)
407 King Charles Ave. (Education & Social Center/Hall)
409 King Charles Ave. (Office)
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971