Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee oversees all aspects of the preparation and execution of the parish liturgies, including those for the celebration of special events. It is responsible for the organization and training of various ministries involved in the liturgies. These ministries include: altar servers, art and environment ministry, church care ministry, Eucharistic adorers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, ministers of hospitality, music ministry and lectors. The Committee is guided by the liturgical documents of the Church and approved diocesan guidelines. Membership is by invitation of the Pastor.

Community Life Committee

The Community Life Committee works to provide for the holistic growth and development of a parish and its many families. Its role is to promote Christian community and personal development and, in a practical way, to enrich family life in the parish community. The Committee's concern includes all age groups. It consists of the Pastor and representatives of the reporting groups, which include the welcoming groups, Knights of Columbus, social events ministry, CYO and scouts.

Building and Grounds Committee

The Building and Grounds Committee coordinates the necessary upkeep, repair, care and maintenance of the parish buildings and property. The Committee's concern is to assure that appropriate programs are implemented to ensure effective and efficient use of parish facilities and that qualified personnel are employed to achieve these ends. More specifically, the Committee works on maintenance schedules, periodic inspections, building accessibility, building appearance, contractual agreements and capital improvements.

Knights of Columbus

Are you seeking ways to enrich your faith, to enhance your family life, to support your church, school, community and country? Are you a practicing Catholic gentleman over 18 years old? Are you willing to contribute a few hours of your time for a worthy cause? If your answer is yes, you can become a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal family organization, here at St. Cornelius. If the Knights can be of assistance to you or members of your family, please contact them.

Women's Club

This group will meet monthly for dinner and friendship with all women of the parish who wish to join us. The goal of this group is to promote a sense of community and friendship with all women of the parish. Please consider joining us.

Sewing Ministry

All people who are good with a needle and thread or sewing machines are needed to assist in repairing vestments and to fashion altar cloths.

Respect Life

This group represents the church in Pro-Life matters and is open to all adults, teens and families. The primary works of this group include: collecting baby items to donate to a Crisis Pregnancy Center, collecting money and donating to Pro-Life education organizations, and participating in an annual bus trip to Washington, D.C. on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.


The loss of a loved one brings about emotional, physical and spiritual pain for us. The St. Cornelius Bereavement Support Group provides a safe place to embrace this pain in doses. This ministry assists families who have experienced the death of a family member. Volunteers can assist and offer support on a personal basis to anyone who needs support.

Social Events Committee

This Committee focuses on events that foster the community and family life of the parish. "Mardi Gras" is an example of the type of activity this ministry helps provide. Proceeds from all of this Committee's events benefit the entire parish community.

Welcoming Committee

St. Cornelius wants to create an atmosphere of welcome, hospitality, and belonging for all, especially for new parishioners. The role of this Committee is to help extend a warm welcome to our new parishioners by way of a folder of information, a phone call, or an invitation to attend a parish social event. If you enjoy being with people, this is the perfect way for you to get involved with your community and meet others. The goal is to help new parishioners meet each other and provide an opportunity for them to learn more about the St. Cornelius community.

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 is here to walk  you through this period of transition. The group gathers each Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Life Center to encourage, network, exchange ideas, support, and pray for one another as we navigate this period of our lives.


Our Scouts, Pack 916, are proud to be a part of the St. Cornelius Family. We offer an exciting opportunity to not only learn the skills and values of Scouting, but to apply these skills in a community of faith. A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. These are the core principles of Scouting, and at all levels, Scouting helps youths achieve the aims of strengthening character, physical and mental fitness and versatility, and good citizenship. Becoming a Scout helps youths grow from the past, achieve today and become the future.

  • Cub Scouts
      Cub Scouting is a phase of Boy Scouting offered to boys in grades 1 through 5. The purpose of scouting is to help parents and community organizations like St. Cornelius to serve boys by promoting character development, spiritual growth, good citizenship, and family values. This is accomplished through various projects, crafts, and educational experiences that encourage boys to challenge themselves physically and mentally. The Cub Scout motto is: "Do your best".
  • Boy Scouts
      Boy scouting is a year-round program for young men ages 11 through 17. It offers them opportunities to achieve Scouting's aims through methods that include patrols, outdoor adventures, advancement, association with adults, personal growth, leadership development, the uniform and the ideals of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. This prepares young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them core values. Adventure, learning, challenge and responsibility-the promise of Scouting-offers opportunities such as Scoutcraft (leadership, citizenship, fitness, first aid and aquatics); Woodcraft (nature, leave no trace); and Campcraft (hiking, camping, cooking, navigation and tools).
  • Girl Scouts
      The Girl Scout organization is tiered by age group starting with Daisy Scouts in kindergarten and first grade through Senior's in high school. Currently, St. Cornelius offers a Junior Scout Troop experience open to girls in grades 4 through 6. The objective of girl scouts is to allow girls to develop their full potential by relating to others with increased skill, understanding and respect. Girl Scouts emphasizes the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal-setting, the spirit of teamwork and thrill of accomplishment. The group takes field trips that support the topics of interest identified by the girls.

CYO Sports

The CYO Sports Director oversees the sports activities offered for the youth at St. Cornelius parish utilizing the help of program coordinators and coaches. A program coordinator is needed for each sport. The coordinator ensures that the teams have necessary uniforms and equipment, schedules tryout sessions, secures coaches for the teams, informs the teams of all activities and plans for any tournaments. Coaching positions are available in each sport. Head coaches are required to attend coaches meetings, hold practices, and attend all schedules games. CYO is open to all students attending either a Catholic school or CCD.

St. Cornelius Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry @ Saint Cornelius is open to parishioners in 7th –12th grades.  Youth Ministry will provide young Catholics with opportunities for faith development, social interaction and service all while building a connection with the larger Parish Church community.

Sports Camp

St. Cornelius has partnered with Slim & Fit to offer an exercise and fitness program for our parish seniors. These sessions take place for one a hour a week for 10 weeks right in the Parish Life Center. The program consists of a full body workout with an experienced nationally-certified trainer. You will go through balance exercises, cardio exercises, stretching, and strength training.

Senior Seminars

The St. Cornelius Health Ministry sponsors periodic seminars for the seniors in the parish community on wide range of topics from general health and immunizations to funeral and estate planning. These seminars provide the benefit of free advice on issues that face everyone as they get older.

Aid for Friends

This ministry has a long list of the homebound who urgently need meals. Volunteers are asked to please cook and extra servings each week while preparing dinner meals for your families. If you can donate at least one more dinner than you usually do, there will be sufficient meals for all on the list. Containers for meals and soups (with directions) are available in the freezer room at the side entrance of the Church. The only requirement is that you use the tray supplied by Aid for Friends.

Harvest Ministry

Individuals or teams of adult drivers are needed to pick up food donations from participating supermarkets and deliver these donations to recipients in the Wilmington, Chester, and Avondale areas. Drivers sign up for a specific day of the week to pick up the food. The food is then delivered to any one of a number of places depending on the driver and the day of the week. Some of the places deliveries go to include: Emmanuel Dining Room, Poor Clare Nuns, Salvation Army, Mission Santa Maria Madre De Dios, Bernandine Center, Sunday Breakfast Mission, Sojourners Homeless Mission and Safe Harbor of West Chester. If the food is not picked up, it will be thrown away. So, if you can give one day a week or even a month, you will be helping to feed God's children.

Christmas Giving Tree

The Christmas Giving Tree goes up in the Narthex just after Thanksgiving. It is an opportunity to provide for less fortunate children at Christmas. Gifts can be left under the three through mid-December and gift cards are accepted as well. You are highly encouraged to participate in the Christmas Giving Tree program as there are many children who will not know the joy of opening a present on Christmas morning without your support.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry welcomes all parishioners and friends who knit and crochet to come to be a part of this dynamic, productive group. The purpose of the ministry is to knit or crochet shawls or lap robes for those in need of comfort and solace during difficult times or to celebrate a birth or marriage. A simple pattern is available or you can make your favorite patterns and invent new ones. Newcomers who wish to learn to knit or crochet will be taught.

Helping Hands and Hearts

This group has been formed to help parishioners in need. With their permission, we will learn the parishioners' needs and create a plan to help them. Contact the parish office to advise us of someone in need or to volunteer for this group.

Quilt Group

This group has produced the magnificent hanging quilts on either side of the Pieta in the narthex. Other projects to help beautify the parish buildings will be undertaken.

Nurse Ministry

The mission of the Nurse Ministry is to be holistic health ministers of a caring Christ-like community and to provide health outreach to St. Cornelius and community in a way that integrates the practice of faith with the practice of health, so that people can enhance wellness, with and through the faith community. St. Cornelius parishioners and community will experience nourishment for their spiritual, emotional and physical well-being, while the presence and guidance of the Faith Community Nursing Ministry will inspire heartfelt discipleship and involvement in the broader community.

Food Drive

St. Cornelius helps fulfill the needs of the community by partnering with Kennett Area Community Services. This food cupboard serves the need of 1,500 people and 440 families each month. Donations are collected on a continual basis.

St. Peter's Outreach

St. Cornelius's sister parish is St. Peter in Philadelphia. As an inner city parish St. Peter has many needs and the St. Cornelius Parish community has taken on the responsibility of helping to alleviate those needs. Throughout the year, donations of food, clothing and supplies are collected and sent to the St. peter community. If you would like to help this parish please check the bulletin for announcers regarding any collection drives.

Parish Pastoral Council

The mission of the parish Pastoral Council is to work in collaboration with the Pastor in planning, encouraging, guiding, and directing all aspects of parish life. members must discover and define parish needs, then formulate policy and goals based upon those identified needs. To fulfill its function, the Council must identify with the very purpose and mission of the Church. Council members consist of a body of elected and appointed members.

Parish Finance Council

The Parish Financial Council consists of a body of lay people established to advise the Pastor in matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the parish. The Council assists the Pastor in prudent planning and administration of all parish financial matters and in the setting of policy and establishing procedures to provide effective management of the parish assets. The council is composed of the Pastor and lay members of the parish who are knowledgeable and skilled in financial matters. Members are appointed by the pastor.

Stewardship and Development Committee

This Stewardship and Development Committee was newly formed in the spring of 2013. The purpose of the Committee is to serve as an important advisory body to the Pastor on all matters related to the brand and marketing of St. Cornelius Parish and School and in expanding its base of support. No direct soliciting is involved with being a member of this Committee. The Committee meets four times a year on a quarterly basis.