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St. Catherine of Siena Church

2503 Centerville Road
Wilmington, DE  19808


St. Catherine of Siena Church
Welcome to St. Catherine of Siena Parish!

QUICK UPDATES - Please see our UPCOMING EVENTS Section and the Sunday bulletin for a full list and more details about the announcements below.


Our Sunday morning Mass times will change on September 6 to 8AM and 10:30AM. Given all the factors I chose to eliminate the 9:30 Mass. This was decided over a period of four months, consulting widely. You deserve a little explanation why.

  • Our weekend Sunday attendance at the four English-speaking Masses has declined from over 800 in 2002 to 457 in 2014. (The Spanish Mass at 7PM has grown from 175 to 225/week.) If you read the bulletin you can see this reflected in the collections.
  • We only have one priest in the parish—Fr. Hynes—able to celebrate weekend Mass. Father Peterman retired, is limited to private Masses. Fr. Agapitus is a guest for several months, but with outside obligations.
  • Bishop Malooly has asked parishes to adjust their Mass schedules to help each other out. Our immediate neighbor parishes face these crises:
  •  St. Matthews: pastor, Fr. Drobinski, is recovering from a stroke. Fr. Hazzard retired, age 77, is the only priest.
  •  Corpus Christi: Fr. Nolan, only priest, is also responsible for Holy Spirit Parish (no priest).
  • Our Lady of Fatima: Fr. Brubaker, pastor, is also responsible for St Paul’s Delaware City (no priest).
  • Fr. Hynes is periodically called to offer Sunday 1PM Spanish Mass in Claymont or Middletown.

What we are facing is common to the Church in most parts of our country—fewer Catholics especially those under fifty attending Mass. Fewer priests, especially young priests (the average age of priests in our diocese is 61 or older; when Fr. Hynes was ordained [1965] it was 40) and the simple aging of our neighborhoods, which means fewer children, and the closing or merging of Catholic Schools.

The next ten years will bring the retirement of about half our active priests. Our little adjustment here at St. Catherine’s is minor compared to what is about to happen. I ask everyone who is inconvenienced by our change to accept it in the spirit of the common good: doing what is best for all.

In these next few weeks I will offer some thoughts about HOPE, our conviction that God is working amid these experiences of decline to fashion the Church in a way that better witnesses to the Gospel.

Father John Hynes 


Welcome to St. Catherine of Siena Parish!

We seek to be a welcoming community.  We invite you to make this your spiritual home, whether you are a longtime parishioner or occasional visitor.   We hope that our web site will provide you with infomation needed to inspire, encourage, or just make you more informed about who we are and what we represent.  It is a normal thing for God's people to rejoice with those who rejoice and to weep with those who weep.

Although we began as a parish in 1960, we - - the Catholic people - - have been here in Delaware since the early 18th century, before our state and our country or our diocese.  Not far from here is the Coffee Run Cemetery, where these forbearers in the Faith are buried:  Father Kenny, Cornelius and Sally Holahan, and many more.  And we have a mission for today, to be leaven and salt in our society, our country and our schools.

Come join us if you are already not a registered member.  Come and share and worship with us as a faith filled comunity.  Take a look around and see if you can be part of us.  Stop in to say hello, and stay with us.

Father John Hynes, Pastor
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