On both side of the altar we have prayer candles (added March 2016). Any donation to light a candle for a prayer intention is appreciated. Donation box located in front of display.
Thank our Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality for pushing the idea & donating toward their purchase. The patented St. Killian’s Candle Systems are safer, self-cleaning and environmentally friendly. Based in Ireland, they are suppliers to many churches & cathedrals around the world: Galway Cathedral (Ireland), Pisa Cathedral (Italy), and St. Patrick’s Cathedral NYC (USA).
As you will soon discover, SMM Parish is a vibrant Roman Catholic community of faith in the Brandywine Hundred region of North Wilmington. We pride ourselves on a high level of parishioner involvement in all areas of parish life, ministry, worship, and community service. Of course the focus of our faith is our Sunday celebration of the Eucharist – what begins in the heart of our worship together at Mass we strive to carry out in our parish and community.
Saint Mary Magdalen Parish is home to a very successful Catholic Elementary School. It has been in operation since 1953 and continues to be an integral part of our parish. Through our school program as well as through our extensive Religious Education program we seek to develop in each of our students a deep sense of faith and an understanding of our personal responsibility to all members of God's family. In addition to our school and RE programs we strive through our comprehensive Youth Ministry program to teach and encourage our young people to live lives that are conformed to Christ in all aspects of their lives.
June 21, 1951 -- Bishop Edmund J. FitzMaurice announces a new parish reaching north from Wilmington to the Pennsylvania state line. St. Mary Magdalen was born.
A rural countryside no longer, the Parish has grown with its people, through its people -- a caring, sharing spiritual family. Spanning into a new century, we recently celebrated our 50th Anniversary Year with the Jubilee 2000 year of the Church.
Daily, we strive to "Open Wide the Doors to Christ" and to fulfill our Parish mission "...to build a vital Catholic community through Worship, Education and Service." Centered in our beautiful church, school and parish life buildings, far-reaching ministriestouch every segment of Parish life
Our majestic church steeple reaches to the heavens as its crowning cross beckons and guides all below. Its shadow, at times, embraces the building across the way, site of the small chapel where 150 gathered September 23, 1951, for the Parish's first Mass. Colorful stained glass windows tell of Jesus' passion and compassion, the Eucharist, the diversified God-given talents of the Parish community. Mighty beams ascend in the towering nave.
Above the altar, the suspended crucifix perpetually reminds all of His sacrifice, the greatest sacrifice. Behind the altar, a golden engraved message curves gracefully, gently embracing the tabernacle and proclaiming to all the guiding spirit of St. Mary Magdalen Parish -- "The Master is Here."
Father James Kirk was installed as pastor of SMM Parish on Sunday July 19, 2015. The installation of a pastor is a public event in which a bishop officially appoints a priest to take on the responsibility of the care of souls for a particular parish. Bishop Malooly was the celebrant at the Installation held at the 9AM mass, light reception followed.