St. Joseph Parish

Address: 371 E. Main Street Middletown, DE 19709
Phone: 302-378-5800 / Fax: 302-378-5808

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Email Contact: office@stjosephmiddletown.com

OUR VISION

OUR MISSION

OUR Committee

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“In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; participation in the political process is a moral obligation… The directions for our public witness are found in Scripture and Catholic social teaching.” (Faithful Citizenship: Civic Responsibility for a New Millennium.)

St. Joseph Parish Advocacy Ministry engages individuals to use our voices to speak for the voiceless, the poor, and the vulnerable; and to advance a just and compassionate social policy impacting people in our society and the environment.

Contact: Deacon Fred Wendt 302-531-8099 Email: fwendt@stjosephmiddletown.com

We provide support to families during the loss of a loved one. Members of this committee reach out to families on behalf of the parish. Members attend the funeral liturgy and serve as greeters and as liturgical ministers when needed. This committee also offers use of the parish hall when available for a reception following the funeral services. Members will provide desserts and help serve the meal.

Gifts Desired: A willingness to reach out to families that have suffered the loss of a loved one.

Commitment: Attend funeral services and/or help serve at receptions depending upon your availabilty.

Contact: Karen Headley 302-740-4212 Email: headleykd@verizon.net

“We are called to share our social teaching in our parishes…Our social doctrine is an integral part of our faith; we need to pass it on clearly, creatively, and consistently.” (Communities of Salt and Light – A Reflection on the Social Mission of the Parish)“We are called to share our social teaching in our parishes…Our social doctrine is an integral part of our faith; we need to pass it on clearly, creatively, and consistently.” (Communities of Salt and Light – A Reflection on the Social Mission of the Parish)

The St. Joseph Parish Catholic Social Teaching Education and Parish Integration Ministry provides materials and practical learning opportunities and communicates with other parish ministry programs to ensure that we are sharing our social teaching at all levels of parish life. We also communicate services available for those in need and opportunities for those who wish to serve.

Contact: Deacon Fred Wendt 302-531-8099 Email: fwendt@stjosephmiddletown.com

“God destined the earth and all it contains for all people and nations so that all created things would be shared fairly by all humankind under the guidance of justice tempered by charity.” (The Church in the Modern World)

St. Joseph Parish Global Concerns Ministry is committed to protecting the natural world and working toward global peace and justice for all God’s people.

Contact: Deacon Fred Wendt 302-531-8099 Email: fwendt@stjosephmiddletown.com

“For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me.” (Mt. 25: 35- 36)

St. Joseph Parish Outreach Ministry offers opportunities to provide direct care for those in need – to provide assistance to others in times of social and economic crisis. There are many long-existing programs and groups in the parish, as well as developing ones that serve those with needs related to food, clothing, and shelter. For more information on ministries in Chesapeake City and in Middletown see contacts below.

Contacts: Those in need of assistance, please contact the Parish Office 302-378-5800 Email: office@stjosephmiddletown.com
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"Both as Americans and as followers of Christ, American Catholics must be committed to the defense of life in all its stages and in every condition." (Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics)

St. Joseph Parish Respect Life Ministry is committed to a consistent ethic of life. By peaceful activism, education and prayer we seek to protect all human life and promote human dignity from the inception of life to its final moment. Current ministries include: Bereavement, Pro-Life, Birthright, Pregnancy Center, & Special Needs Ministries

Contact: Deacon Fred Wendt 302-531-8099 Email: fwendt@stjosephmiddletown.com

We try to contact new parishioners and help them feel welcome to our parish.

Gifts Desired: A welcoming spirit that will communicate the joy that comes from being part of a parish family.

Commitment: To assist in sending out “Welcome Packs” to new parishioners and plan socials to give them a brief overview of parish ministries.

Opportunity: To be ambassadors of the parish and give newcomers a sense of belonging.

Contact: Vidette Benn 302-378-5800 Email: vbenn@stjosephmiddletown.com