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Letter from Pastor
St. Cornelius
160 Ridge Rd. , Chadds Ford, PA 19317, United States (610) 459 2502

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Sunday Mass Schedule:
Saturday Vigil 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.


Daily Mass Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m.

Saturdays during Lent 8AM


Come, come, come and discover:
He loves you like no other
Come, now, come and discover Jesus, Jesus

He became our brother
Son of Mary our mother
Come, now, come and discover Jesus!

Welcome to His house
In His Sacraments He abides with us.
In His Holy Word
Jesus speaks to every one of us.
Jesus turned to speak
to the men who had closely followed him.
"What is it you seek?
What is it you want from me?"

"Rabbi, where are you staying?
We would gladly learn all that you would teach."
Jesus said, "Follow me! Come and you will see!"
He is Our Savior and Eternal Friend
So come and take His hand and walk with Him again.

(C)2006 Lee Liebner
Spiritual direction: Msgr Gregory Parlante, John 1:35-43


The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons who are 14 years of age or older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, on all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Further, all persons 18 years of age and older, up to and including their 59th birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single meal on Ash Wednesday and on to Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light.
All faithful are encouraged, when possible, to participate at Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist daily, to celebrate frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to participate in parish Lenten devotions as well as Lenten education programs. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is especially recommended.
All are encouraged to participate in  Operation Rice Bowl, which has aided countless hungry persons here in the Archdiocese as well as throughout our nation and our world.

Lenten Activities

Tuesday Evenings of Lent

Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm

Talk after Stations

 What is it we Pray at Mass?

Thursday Evenings of Lent
with Msgr. Parlante

6:30pm Simple Meal Walker Hall

7:00pm Talk on Mass

Ever Ancient ~ Ever New

Penance Service
During Lent
will be held on
Wednesday Evenings
at 7:00pm

There will be no Saturday
confessions during Lent.

Parish Penance Service
Monday, April 18th
at 7:00pm

Easter Sunday Mass Schedule

Holy Saturday ~ 8:00pm The Great Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday: 7:30am, 9:00am & 11:00am in the Church

9:15am & 11:15am in the Parish Life Center

No 7:00pm Sunday evening Mass

Palm Sunday April 17th
Mass times: 5:00pm Vigil, 7:30am,
9:00am, 11:00am & 7:00pm

Tuesday, April 19th
Church cleaning at 6:30pm
(No Stations of the Cross)

Holy Thursday, April 21st
7:00pm Mass of the Lord's Supper
Visit to Repository until 10:00pm

Good Friday, April 22nd
9:00am Morning Prayer
12 Noon Noon day prayer
3:00pm Stations of the Cross, Procession to Calvary
7:00pm Celebration of The Lord's Passion

Holy Saturday, April 23rd
9:00am Morning Prayer followed by
Church decorating

Why are Crosses and Images covered during the fifth week of Lent?
The custom in many places is to veil from before first vespers or the vigil Mass of the Fifth Sunday of Lent, while others limit this veiling to begin from after the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. In some places images and statues are actually removed from the church and not simply veiled, especially after Holy Thursday. Crosses are unveiled after the Good Friday ceremonies. All other images are unveiled shortly before the Mass of the Easter Vigil. The Stations of the Cross or icons are never veiled. The veils are usually made of lightweight purple cloth without any decoration. The custom of veiling the images during the last two weeks of Lent hails from the former liturgical calendar in which the Passion was read on the Fifth Sunday of Lent (hence called  Passion Sunday) as well as on Palm Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week, and Good Friday. For this reason the period following the Fifth Sunday of Lent was called Passiontide. A remnant of this custom is the obligatory use of the first Preface of the Lord's Passion during the Fifth Week of Lent. The custom of veiling crosses and images has much to commend it in terms of religious psychology, because it helps us to concentrate on the great essentials of Christ's work of Redemption. However, the historical origin of this practice lies elsewhere. It probably derives from a custom, noted in Germany from the ninth century, of extending a large cloth before the altar from the beginning of Lent. This cloth, called the  Hungertuch (hunger cloth), hid the altar entirely from the faithful during Lent and was not removed until during the reading of the Passion on Holy Wednesday at the words,  The veil of the temple was rent in two. Some authors say there was a practical reason for this practice insofar as the often-illiterate faithful needed a way to know it was Lent. Others, however, maintain that it was a remnant of the ancient practice of public penance in which the penitents were ritually expelled from the church at the beginning of Lent. After the ritual of public penance fell into disuse - because the entire congregation symbolically entered the order of penitents by receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday - it was no longer possible to expel them from the church. Rather, the altar or  Holy of Holies was shielded from view until they were reconciled to God at Easter. For analogous motives, later on in the Middle Ages, the images of crosses and saints were also covered from the start of Lent. The rule of limiting this veiling to Passiontide came later and does not appear until the publication of the Bishops' Ceremonial of the 17th century. After the Second Vatican Council there were moves to stop veiling images, but the practice survived, and it is once again recommended.

St. Cornelius Welcoming Committee

The Committee would like to invite any member of our parish to join the Welcoming Committee.

Please contact Helene Price at 610-459-9396 if you are interested or would like to find out more.

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We have a new e-mail for all inquiries regarding adoration. The e-mail address is

Adoration is available in the daily Mass chapel on Mondays from 8am - 10 pm and on Fridays from 8am - 5pm in the daily Mass chapel.

We are in great need of regular adorers for Mondays, noon to 1 pm and 6-7 pm, and Fridays, 9-10 am. No special prayers or actions are needed, just your time and devotion. Invite a friend and come as a team.

For more information call Jean Wysocki at 610-388-2048 or Bernie Hindle at 610-459-1349.

Unemployed Support Group

The loss of a job can be a life-altering event. For those who find themselves at such a crossroads due to downsizing and the economy, we want you to know the parish of St. Cornelius is here to walk with you through this period of transition.   We will be meeting each Friday from 9-11am in the Parish Life Center Meeting Room  where we will gather together to encourage, network, exchange ideas, support and pray for one another as we navigate this period in our lives. The church is with you in this time of need. Please join us.

St. Cornelius Choir

I will praise the Lord all my life,
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live"
Psalm 146:2

We are searching for new, enthusiastic singers to join our St. Cornelius Choir. The Choir sings for Sunday Mass and at other special liturgies. Anyone who enjoys singing and wishes to participate in the music ministry of our church is most welcome.

Youth Choir: every 5th thru 8th grade student in the CCD is invited to join the "St. Cornelius Youth Choir".
The choir will be singing at various parish liturgies and for special occasions such as Christmas Eve Mass. Members will have an opportunity to use the hand chimes and other special instruments.
Practice will be on Wednesdays from 5:15 to 5:50pm in the school music room.

We are also looking for people who play instruments to join the 5:00pm, 7:30am, 9:00am, 11:00am and 7:00pm musicians. Instrumentalists are welcome to audition. We are looking for more Cantors as well.
Please contact Margie Melchiore at 610-361-0143 for choir, musicians and cantors.
With our many gifts and talents together "we will praise the Lord all our lives, We will sing praise to our God as long as we live."


October 25th thru November 3, 2011

Join Msgr. Parlante on this Sacred Pilgrimage.

Visit all the important religious sites, attend daily Mass and enjoy the beauty of the Holy Land with your fellow parishioners.
This trip includes non-stop Air transportation from Philadelphia, wonderful hotel accommodations, two meals per day, site seeing via deluxe motor coach and more.

Cost per person is only $2799

For further information or to make a reservation, please call Roseanne DeFino of Exclusive Tours & Cruises at 610-388-9200


St. Cornelius CYO is forming a Co-Ed High School Volleyball team for the 2011 Spring Season.

Any High School Parishioner in grades 9 thru 12 who is interested in participating, please contact John or Alice Guest at


Just Faith Program participants will be passing out rice boxes after Mass on March 26th & 27th for the Operation Rice Bowl Project.

This is a Lenten "pray, fast, learn and donate" program which is active in parishes and schools in the Archdiocese, as well as the chancery. It makes the connection between love of God and love of neighbor on a global basis. It assists people with basic necessities, education, self-sufficiency and health challenges in 100 countries, while educating parishioners on the reality of life for our brothers and sisters around the globe.

Please involve your families in creating a family process, which involves family sacrifices, which in turn provide funds for the needs of those less fortunate. Return rice boxes with money on each Sunday until Easter - a locked box will be placed in the vestibule.



If you are traveling in the United States and cannot locate a nearby church to attend Mass -Call
1-410-676-6000 or
Visit the website:


We have formed a new group that is called "Helping Hands and Hearts".

If you become aware of one of our parishioners in need and obtain their permission, please contact the office at (610) 459-2502. We will then call the individual/family, find out how we can help, and communicate these needs to "Helping Hands and Hearts".
Through our volunteer efforts, a plan will be coordinated and communicated. We are always so touched by your generosity. If you would like to join Helping Hands and Hearts as a volunteer, please contact the office as well.


If you have not yet registered at St. Cornelius, please be sure to stop over to the Parish Life Center after Mass or during the week.

Ms. Providenza Loera

Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Abessinio & family

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Baptized in Christ,

Katherine Golden Bonner

Logan Francis Heuerman

Maxwell Alexander Izzi

have become children of God.

Let us pray for our new Christians.




As you travel and visit other parishes to fulfill your Sunday obligation to attend Mass, pick up a bulletin and bring it back with you. Drop it off in the Sacristy after you return. We'd like to publish a list of the many churches visited by our parishioners for vacations or business travel.


Marriages in Christ

Stephanie McClellan &
Andrew McCray
March 26, 2011

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Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer Shawl Ministry meetings are every other Monday at the Parish Life Center from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at the Concord Mall, Route 202, Wilmington, DE. For further information, please contact Joan Broge at 610-358-2086 or Grace Houseman at 610-358-0660.


It is a tremendous undertaking to keep up to date records of our parish membership. There is a constant ebb and flow of people moving in and moving out of the parish. If you do not receive monthly mail from the parish, it is a good indication that we do not have you in our registered rolls. One important reason for knowing the number of families, is that the diocese assigns it's priest personnel according to registered numbers. If you are not registered, please come to the Parish Life Center after Mass on Sunday from 8:30am to 12:30pm or Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.


Looking for a gift to give each other?

Why not a Marriage Retorno weekend?

MR is a Scripture based couple prayer retreat for married couples wanting to deepen their relationship with one another in the Lord. It is the second step of Marriage Encounter. The cost is $250/couple. Space is limited. For info, contact Joe and Mary Ward at 215-362-8699 or visit the MR web site at

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In our charity, let us pray for the repose of the soul of

Heather Smith

Eternal rest grant to them O Lord, may they rest in peace.


We are looking for volunteers to help with wedding rehearsals and/or weddings. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 6:00pm (and last 1 hour) and weddings are sometimes on Friday evenings and on Saturdays. As a growing parish, we are celebrating more and more weddings and are in need of some help.
Training will be provided and a schedule set up for coverage of rehearsals and weddings. Please contact Veronica Egner via email at for more information.


Funeral Ministry is a parish organization that provides volunteers to assist with the celebration of the funeral liturgy. Have you ever wanted to be an altar server? This could be your opportunity. Funerals are generally celebrated at 10:00am; so if you have the occasional morning available, we could use your help.
Training will be provided. Please contact Veronica Egner via email at for more information.


If any parishioner has a sick or elderly person in their family who lives in this Parish or knows a neighbor who would like to receive Communion at home because of sickness, please call the Parish Life Center at 610-459-2502 any time Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Please leave the name, address, phone # and area where the person lives.


SFC Sean McGlensey
CDR Matthew Gibbons
CAPT Joshua deFreitas
MSG Thomas Stone
COL Duane Carney
LTC Christopher Jones
SSGT Jonathan McGrath
SPC Brian D. Trent
Sgt Matthew Collins
Capt Jennifer Wynn
SSGT James J. Bygrave, Jr.
Capt Brian J. O Shea
Cpl Mark Truex
SgtMaj Joseph Fanning
SPC Mike Canfield
RAdm Kenneth Braithwaite
Capt Robert Cusick, Jr.
Lt. Neal F. Schubert
Cpl Michael Castle
PO1 Nathan R. Keller
Devin J. Hunt
Dan Kohli
HN(FMF) Michael Docherty
STC Daniel Concepcion
Fr. Joseph Coffey (Chaplain)
SPC Logan Hannum
HM3 Charles Schwartz
Cpl Thomas Coyle
Capt Michael Leak


Volunteers are needed for all the Masses, especially the 5:00pm and 7:00pm.

Help meet and greet

Handout Hymnals before Mass and collect after Mass

Help with the collection

Handout bulletins after Mass

Please consider volunteering ~ does not have to be every week ~ a schedule can be worked out.

Training will be provided "on-the-job".
Please call the Parish Life Center and leave your name, phone number and email.


PLEASE use the parking lots first.

Only those who are truly, physically unable to walk may park on the pavers.

PLEASE DO NOT park along the wall; this has caused the greatest damage to the pavers.

PLEASE DO NOT park on the turns of the roads. Emergency vehicles will be unable to make the turns.

Thank you for your cooperation in this serious safety issue.


Aid for Friends is a charitable organization dedicated to serving the isolated homebound. St. Cornelius parish is privileged to be a part of this virtually all-volunteer group. Trays and supplies are provided in the freezer room at the side entrance of the church for those who wish to be involved in the service.
As you prepare and cook your family dinner, you simply fill one of the trays, as if you had an extra dinner guest. Cover the tray with foil and freeze at home. Then bring your frozen dinner (or dinners) to church and place in the church freezer. For further information you may contact Penny & Ron Helker at 484-840-1577.


Holy Land Pilgrimage
October 25th thru
November 3, 2011

Join Msgr. Parlante on this Sacred Pilgrimage.

Visit all the important religious sites, attend daily Mass and enjoy the beauty of the Holy Land with your fellow parishioners.
This trip includes non-stop air transportation from Philadelphia, wonderful hotel accommodations, two meals per day, site seeing via deluxe motor coach and more.

Cost per person is only $2799.

For further information or to make a reservation, please call Roseanne DeFino of Exclusive Tours & Cruises at 610-388-9200


Save your labels from Campbell's, Pepperidge Farm, and Prego products.

The UPC symbol is all that needs to be saved on these products. Labels can be turned in to Campbell's for school-related merchandise, sport equipment, software, computers, and art supplies.
Clip box tops coupons from participating products from General Mills. St. Cornelius receives 10 cents for each box top turned in to be used on school equipment and supplies.

Bring or send these items to the Parish Life Center. No need to trim. Feel free to contact Vicki Smith at vams97@comcast.netwith questions, comments & ideas.

Campbell's® Soups
Franco-American® Spaghetti O's pasta
Prego® pasta sauces
Swanson broths and canned poultry
Pace® salsa and picante sauces
V8® and V8 splash® juices
Campbell's® Tomato juice
Pepperidge Farm® products
General Mills® cereals
Ziploc® brand products
Kleenex® products

For a complete list of products, please go to the following web sites:

PASTOR - Rev. Msgr. Gregory J Parlante

PHONE: 610-459-2502

IN-RESIDENCE - Rev. Dominic M Chiaravalle

PHONE: 610-459-2502

DEACON - Deacon Richard G Wirth

PHONE: 610-459-2502

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL - Sr. Barbara Maureen Thomas O.S.F.

PHONE: 610-459-8663

ADMIN ASST - Mrs. Rose Lovell

PHONE: 610-459-2502

DIR OF MUSIC - Margie Melchiore

PHONE: 610-361-0143


PHONE: 484-840-9250

Who administers this site?

Any questions concerning this site please call St. Cornelius Parish Life Center - 610-459-2502


YOU WILL GET LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From the intersection of Routes 1 and 202, proceed south on 202 for 1 mile.
There is a traffic light at Ridge Road (you will see IWB on your right and also Old Ridge Village Shopping Center).
Turn right at this light and proceed approximately 1 mile.
Saint Cornelius will be on your right.
After entering the campus, the Parish Life Center will be on the right. The Church is the building in the middle of the campus. Parking is available on either side of the Church.

If you do need to use Mapquest, type in as your destination "Old Ridge Village, Chadds Ford PA 19317".


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