Social Concerns Committee

Bereavement Luncheons: The family of the deceased provides the food and volunteers from the parish assist in setup and serving in Delaney Hall. The Hall is available upon request by contacting Linda Mendoza at 302-539-6449 or office@stannsbethany.org

Grief and Bereavement Group: Members meet in the Masterson Room of the Masterson Center biweekly on Wednesdays at 9:30 AM (for dates and times, see the bulletin or parish calendar). They gather, pray and share with others who have also experienced the loss of loved ones. Anyone believing themselves to be burdened by a loss, however recent or distant, or who may wish to learn more about how to help others, or what grieving persons often experience, is warmly encouraged to attend.  Non-parish members are especially encouraged to attend as our brothers and sisters in the Lord.  The group is led by board-certified Psychiatrist and Physician, Daniel D. Cowell, MD, a member of the parish.  For further information, please contact Dan at ddcowell@yahoo.com

English as a Second Language (ESL):  Volunteers teach English to adults or care for their children while the parents are in class.  Classes are on Thursdays at 6pm in Frankford from September through April, and run for an hour and a half. Teachers do not need previous teaching experience or knowledge of a foreign language.  New teachers are paired with experienced teachers, and orientation and all materials are provided. Call Michael Headman at 302-537-4395 or email him at headmanmv@gmail.com for more information.

School Mentoring: Volunteers assist teachers by mentoring school-age children in various areas, like math and reading. Times vary based on each child’s individual schedule. This year’s organizational meeting is in September.  Check the bulletin for details. For additional information, you may also contact Joe Rodgers at 302-539-1410.

Voice of the Faithful:  This lay organization of faithful Catholics formed in response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Its mission is to provide a prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit, through which the faithful can actively participate in the governance and guidance of the Catholic Church. VOTF meets bi-monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Delaney Hall, and welcomes the active participation of all Catholics who share a commitment to assisting survivors, supporting priests of integrity, protecting children, and working for full lay participation in Church governance. For information, please call John Sullivan at 302-541-0254.

Salt & Light: This committee works to create a just society by advocating on behalf of poor and vulnerable people with appropriate government officials. In addition, areas of emphasis include: the sanctity of life, non-violence, living wages, health care, affordable housing and education. The committee helps to administer the Southern Delaware Education Foundation which provides scholarships to those who lack financial resources to pay their tuition and fees.  Everyone is encouraged to become involved in supporting public policies and community outreach initiatives that provide for the dignity of the human person, solidarity among all peoples, and the dignity of work and care of God’s creation. For information, call Howard Boyd at 302-537-1244.

St. Vincent de Paul Society:  Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or “Vincentians”) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals and families in need.  The Vincentians of St. Ann Parish meet twice a month; please consult the Parish calendar or bulletin for the exact date and time.
New members are always welcome.  To contact a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please call 302-236-9279 or send a mailing to
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
St. Ann Bethany Beach Conference
35764 Atlantic Avenue
PO Box 879
Ocean View, DE  19970

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Food Collection: Our food bins are located in the vestibule of both the Church of St. Ann and the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe . Parishioners place donated non-perishable food items and hygiene supplies therein. These donations are distributed by parish volunteers to Casa San Francisco in Georgetown and the St. Vincent de Paul Society on a rotating basis.  For further information, contact Pat Duchesne at 302-539-1774.

If you would like to make an an additional gift of food directly to the Saint Vincent de Paul food pantry, please consider leaving your donation with the Vincentians working at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday mornings between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM except the second Thursday of the month when it is between 3:30 and 5:00 PM..

Meals on Wheels: Meals are delivered Monday thru Friday year round except holidays. Two people go together, pick up food from their distributor and deliver to the people on their assigned route.  Normal deliveries take about two hours, usually being completed by noon.  Scheduling is based upon the volunteer’s availability.  Assistance even once a month is greatly appreciated.  Please call Larry Malanka at 302-537-1734 or email him at joymal41@yahoo.com for additional information

Tiny Tots:  This group of volunteers makes quilts and knits and crochets blankets, sweaters, hats and gloves for the Rosa Health Clinic in Georgetown, DE.  The Clinic is free to all patients and run by Dr. Roma Peri, a family practitioner.  Tiny Tots meets the 4th Tuesday of every month in Delaney Hall from 10 AM to 2 PM and is open to all.  For additional information, please call Mary Martinez at 302-541-4964 or email her at oceanviewmary@mchsi.com.