October 14, 2019



by Sheila O'Callaghan
We just celebrated the beautiful feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  Our liturgy on Wednesday was very prayerful and Fr. Mink's words of encouragement were and are always inspiring.

October is known as the month of the Holy Rosary.  It is a good time to learn how to pray the rosary and to pray it always.

This coming week we have several holy people to celebrate.  On October 14, we remember St. Callistus.  He was born a Roman slave.  He was finally set free.  He became a bishop and finally became pope.  Pope Callistus was always quick to forgive sinners.

October 15, is the memorial of St. Teresa of Avila.  She became a nun.  Teresa wanted to live simply.  She started new convents with new rules.  Long ago the word "doctor" meant "teacher".  Teresa was the first woman named a "doctor of the church" because of her excellent teaching.  St. Teresa wrote this poem:
                    Let nothing disturb you,
                    Or fill you with fear.
                    For troubles are passing,
                    And God's always near.
                    Do not be anxious;
                    On God's peace depend.
                    You need nothing extra
                    For God is your friend.

October is the memorial of St. Hedwig.  She was the Duchess of Silesia.  This is now part of Germany and Poland.  Hedwig and her husband were wealthy but chose to live simply.  They had six children and raised them with great love.

We cannot foget St. Ignatius of Antioch, who is celebrated on October 17.  He learned about Jesus from the Apostles.  He became a bishop.  He was arrested and sent to Rome to be executed.  On his way to this death, he wrote letters to strengthen the faith of his people.  These letters are among the treasures of the early church.

On October 18, we celebrate the feast of St. Luke, who wrote the third gospel and the book called the Acts of the Apostles.  It is believed he traveled with St. Paul and brought the good news to people of many nations.

Please remember in prayer those who are sick, especially Fr. Mink, Ms. Carmen, baby William Kelley, Mr. Colonna, grandfather of Mauro, Enzo, and Marco, and all the sick of our parish.

Our First Responders and Armed Forces need our prayers every day.  Please pray for them.


by Principal Pat Grant

  • Schedules for Parent Teacher Conferences (Oct 24-25) will be going home in the Friday folders today. Please make a note of your schedule time(s).

  • Parents are reminded that Nov 1 marks the start of winter uniform. Check the uniform policy for details.

  • New Fleeces-- Some of the newly ordered fleeces from Flynn and O'Hara came in with yellow embroidery instead of our uniform white. F&O has apologized for this error and will replace these fleeces with new fleeces that have the correct white thread. Anyone who received the wrong color thread should get an email soon from F&O with an offer of a replacement jacket and a prepaid label to send back the incorrect jacket.  In the meantime, families are also welcome to call F&O customer service to handle the exchange instead of waiting for the email. F&O customer service department is open Monday-Saturday year-round at (800) 441-4122, or atyourservice@flynnohara.com.  

  • Bishop Malooly will be visiting St. Ann School on Thursday, October 17. Grade 6&7 students are to wear regular fall/spring uniforms that day ( even though it is a gym day). Grade 8 students are to wear the winter dress uniform including jackets and ties for boys and sweaters/blazers and tights for girls.    

  • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16th at 6 PM  join us for a Chinese Dinner in the Social Hall. Come enjoy a fun evening to celebrate St. Ann School’s new Chinese language program.  The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. Cash bar for adults to purchase beer and wine. Chinese food from the Zhuo family's King Garden Restaurant. This is going to be a fun evening! Tickets available through the rectory 302-654-5519 or the parish giving website.

  • Public Service Announcement--  We will be getting some repaving work done to the church and rectory parking lots while school is closed on Monday for Columbus Day. Some work may continue into Tuesday.


ANOTHER CAR LINE REMINDER-- Please do not get out of your car if you are in the car line. The car line starts on Grant Avenue and wraps around to Shallcross. This is a drop-off/pickup line only. If your child is not able to get out of the car on his/her own and walk into school, please park on one of the nearby streets. And please cross only at the crosswalks. 

October 14-- No School Columbus Day. 

October 17-- Bishop visit to SAS. No gym uniforms in middle school; 8th grade wear formal dress uniform for meeting with the bishop.

October 19 -- Middle School Hayride. Volunteers with background clearances needed.

October 24-- Halloween parade outside school 11:00 Grades PreK4,K,1,2

October 24 & 25 -- Parent-Teacher conferences. 1/2 day Thursday, No school Friday. 

Mink's Mustangs:  Join the National Kidney Foundation's Annual 5K Walk at Frawley Stadium on Sunday, October 27 to raise funds and promote awareness of kidney organ donation. Registration begins at 8AM followed by an opening program and the walk at 9AM.  Please consider participating in person or by donating to the cause that helped give the gift of life to Fr. Mink and others living with kidney disease. Click here to view the team page for Mink's Mustangs.

You are invited to Joey and Gina's Italian Comedy Wedding at the DuPont Country Club on November 8. This is the best wedding and reception you will attend this year! This first-time St. Ann's "friendraiser" event is a full audience participation production that will have you dancing, laughing, and thoroughly entertained.  All proceeds benefit St. Ann School. Click here for tickets and more information. 

Amazon Smile: Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Ann's every time you shop, at no cost to you. Next time you want to make a purchase through Amazon, sign up for Amazon Smile via this Amazon Smile link. Save it to your favorites or bookmark it.  That way, every time you buy, Amazon will donate 0.5% to St. Ann's. It's just that simple!

Volunteers needed

Background Checks: We need background checks on any adult who wants to spend time with our children in school or at a school-sponsored off-campus event. The cost is $30 and they are good for 5 years. Please contact Pat Walker at pwalker@stannwilmington.com if you are interested. 

Lunchroom:  We still need volunteers. Use Sign-Up Genius to let us know when you will be coming.  Please consider if you or another family member can help out.

Hayride: We need volunteers for the Middle School Hayride on October 19th at Bellevue State Park. The chaperones are required from 5:45 pm to 8pm to ensure the children have a safe and fun evening.

More Useful Information

2019-2020 St. Ann School Calendar: Attached here is the detailed St. Ann School Calendar for 2019-20. Please note that changes may occur to this calendar during the course of the year, so check back periodically.

2019-2020 Diocesan Calendar: Attached here is the Diocesan School Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.













Calendar Events
  • October 2019
    • ThuOct17 Bishop Visit 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

      Gr 8 dress uniform.

      Gr 6-7 regular uniform (not gym) 

    • FriOct18 Kentmere Mass Led by Grade 6
    • SatOct19 Middle School Hayride
    • ThuOct24 Parent Teacher Conferences- Noon Dismissal After Care available
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