Category Archives: Social Group

Upcoming Events

Supper and Speaker
Sunday, September 19th 4:00-7:00
Our monthly Supper and Speaker series will continue this Sunday with SMYPP member Dr. Cecil Coutinho who will examine the role of science in society and the presence of God within the scientific realm. While theology and science are two different disciplines, he will highlight numerous ways in which they are complementary. The talk will examine how God directs nature which has in turn directed multiple scientific achievements. Cecil will also discuss common misconceptions which aim to replace God with science and will arm the audience with intellectual scientific and theological facts.

About the speaker: Dr. Cecil Coutinho is currently a senior engineer at Ashland and an active young adult at SMYPP. Before moving to Delaware, Dr. Coutinho worked on staff at EINK-MIT in Cambridge, helping to develop the next generation Amazon Kindle E-readers. He will detail the role faith has played in his life throughout his scientific career.


Discussion Group
Monday, September 20th 7:00 PM
We will continue the discussion of the relationship between faith and science in a small group setting.

Liturgy and Lunch
Sunday, October 5th 12:00 PM
We will attend the noon Mass at St. Mary’s as a group. Afterward, we will enjoy lunch, fellowship, and board games in the St. Mary’s room.

Swing Dance 
Friday, October 10th 8:00 PM
Lessons begin at 8:00PM (doors open at 7:45). Open Dancing from 9-11 PM. Admission is $8 which covers lessons, beverages and snacks. No previous experience or dance partner necessary.


Discussion Groups, Wine Tasting, and More!

We had our very FIRST bi-monthly discussion group tonight at 7:30 PM at St. Mary’s. The topic was Pope Francis.  Keep an eye out for our future discussion groups, to be held at St. Mary’s at 7:30 PM on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month.

We will also be hosting a Wine Tasting tomorrow night at 7:00 PM at St. Mary’s. There are still a few spots open, so please let us know if you are interested in joining us. The cost is $10.

Liturgy and Lunch
This Sunday (February 2nd) beginning with the 12:00 PM Mass.  Afterward, we will enjoy lunch and games in the St. Mary’s room. A $5 donation is requested.

Our Swing Dance will be held on February 7th.
Beginner lessons will be from 8:00-9:00 PM. Open dancing will be from 9:00-11:30. The cost is $8 and gets you lessons, food and beverages.

More January Events!

Supper and Speaker
Sunday, January 19th 4:00-7:00
Our monthly Supper and Speaker series will continue this Sunday. St. Mary’s Parishioner, Fred Perella, will talk about the history and work of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, and discuss religious philanthropy, including bringing one’s faith to such efforts and considering a career in that field. A $5 donation is requested for this event.

Discussion Groups
Monday, January 27 7:30 PM
SMYPP is now hosting small group, faith-based discussions on each 2nd and 4th Monday. The goal of these discussions is to read, reflect on, and discuss an article pertaining to certain topic, increasing each individual’s knowledge and understanding. These discussions will take place at St. Mary’s.
Topic: Pope Francis

Wine Tasting
Tuesday, January 28th 7:00 PM
SMYPP member Mike Solomon is organizing a wine tasting at St. Mary’s. Attendees will be given a brief introduction to grapes, climates and growing conditions, and they’ll be taught how to taste wine. Three reds and 3 whites will be sampled. Light snacks will be provided. Facebook:

Limited admission, $10 payment required in advance. RSVP to Lottie.

Other local events this week:

The Thirsting Concert
Sponsored by the Catholic Young Adults of Chester County
Wednesday, January 15, 7:30 PM
The Thirsting is one of the featured bands at the Catholic Underground. This promises to be an uplifting night of song. A goodwill offering will be taken at the event. Located at the Knights of Columbus, 110 W Market St, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382

Swing Dance (in Philadelphia)
Sponsored by Jack’s YACs
Beginner lessons will start at 8:00 (doors open at 7:45). Admission is $8 which covers lessons, beverages and snacks. SMYPP will organize a carpool leaving from Wilmington at 7:00, please let me know if you’re interested in joining it.

Upcoming January Events!

Sunday Jan. 5th-Liturgy and Lunch
We will meet for the St. Mary’s 12:00PM mass, and have lunch and play board games afterwards. A $5 donation is requested.

Thursday, January 9th-Karaoke Night
 We hope you will join us at 9:30PM at On The Rocks Bar, for a fun-filled night of karaoke. The address is 776 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark.

Wednesday, January 15th-The Thirsting Concert
CYACC (Catholic Young Adults of Chester County) is hosting a concert performed by The Thirsting. We will most likely organize carpools to the event. Please e-mail me, or check out the facebook page for more details.

Friday, January 17th- Swing Dance (sponsored by the Philadelphia-based Jack’s YACs)
Lessons will begin at 8:00, we will organize carpools to Philadelphia. Mark your calendars, more information to follow.

Sunday, January 19th-Supper and Speaker 4:00-7:00PM
Mark your calendars, more information to follow.

Swing Dance Tomorrow!

On behalf of Fr. Chris, Fr. Dillingham and the entire SMYPP leadership team, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

I would also like to remind you that we will be hosting a Christmas/New Year’s themed Swing dance, tomorrow at St. Mary’s. Beginner lessons begin at 8:00 PM and the dance will run until 11:30 PM. The cost is $8 which covers admission, beverages and snacks. Feel free to dress in your holiday best!

Upcoming November Events

Sunday, November 3
Liturgy and Lunch: This Sunday we will attend the 12:00 mass at St. Mary’s and sit in the two front pews on the right hand side of the church. After mass we will proceed to the St. Mary’s room for lunch games. See our Facebook page for more information

Friday November 8th
We will join the Jack’s YACs Swing Dance located at St. John the Evangelist in Philadelphia. Beginner lessons begin at 8:00. Open dance is 9-11:30. See their Facebook event for more information

Sunday November 17
Bishop Malooly will be the speaker at our next Supper and Speaker event, November 17, 4-7PM. Please mark your calendars! 

October Events

Here’s what we have coming up this weekend:

Friday 10/11: Swing Dance
Doors open at 7:30, lessons will begin promptly at 8:00 PM. Open dance will take place from 9:00-11:30. This event is open to Young Adult (21-35) singles and couples. Dress is casual, but feel free to dress fancy or vintage (or bring a Halloween costume). Snacks and refreshments are provided. Cost: $8. Free parking is available on St. Mary’s premises. 
*No Experience Necessary

More Details on Facebook:

Sunday 10/13: St. Ann’s Mass and Mingle
This event is hosted by the St. Ann’s (Wilmington). All young adults are encouraged to join each other and celebrate the 9:30 mass at St. Ann’s church. Afterward, the group will walk (or drive) to Catherine Rooney’s (4 blocks away) to enjoy brunch/lunch and discussion. 
I will be at St. Ann’s around 9:15, so if you would like to meet me there, please let me know. I am happy to meet you in the vestibule before mass. Otherwise, plan on meeting the group in the first few pews on the right side (on the main aisle).  

Swing Dancing and Speaker & Supper

Swing Dance-Tonight 8:00 PM
St. John the Evangelist Church (in Philadelphia) will host a Swing Dance (with lessons) beginning at 8:00. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

SMYPP will set up a caravan/carpool so please contact me if you are interested in joining. 
If you plan on driving in yourself, mention St. John the Evangelist Church, while parking at the Loews Hotel parking structure at 20 S. 12th Street (right on the other side of the block from St. John’s) and you should be able to park for $8.

Supper and Speaker this Sunday 4-7PM
We will have 3 peer speakers attest to the power of God’s love and guidance in their lives. We look forward to hearing from Katherine Deegan, John Mullan and Chris Hartung on Sunday.
Supper and Speaker will begin at 4:00 with appetizers and fellowship in the St. Mary’s room of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church.

St. Mary’s Inaugural Swing Fling for Young Adults

Who: Young Adult singles or couples, age 21-35
Date: Friday, August 9, 2013
Time: Lessons begin promptly at 8:00, open dancing 9:00-11:30
Cost: $8 per person
Dress Code: Casual, but feel free to dress fancy or vintage
Where: St. Mary’s of the Assumption (7200 Lancaster Ave. Hockessin, De)

*Free Parking is available on site    

Grab some friends, and your dancing shoes and come join us!     Contact Lottie Johnson ( for more information

Summer Hiatus

Please note that SMYPP will be taking a summer hiatus for the month of August.  We will resume our meetings again on September 2nd for our Liturgy & Lunch meeting.  However, if you feel that you’ll need a bit of SMYPP in your life next month, we still have a few extra tickets for our group outing to the Phillies game on Wednesday, August 22nd.  Tickets are $25 each.  Come watch the Fightin’ Phils take on the Reds and enjoy a summer evening with fellow members.  To purchase a ticket or learn more about car pooling options, please contact Lottie Johnson (

Also, during our break, please continue to check the blog for updates regarding our September meetings, as well as weekly quote and photo features from our past meetings and get-togethers.