Rev. James D. Hreha, Pastor
Deacon Mike Boyd, Sr.
Deacon Charles Robinson
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
December 4, 2016
SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – A Holy Day of Obligation – December 8. The Mass schedule for the Holy Day is: Vigil Mass – Wednesday, December 7th at 5:00 p.m. Holy Day – Thursday, December 8 at 8:30 a.m., Noon and 7:00 p.m.
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the saving work of God in preserving the Blessed Virgin Mary from the stain of original sin. Because of His foreknowledge that Mary would consent to bear Christ, God kept Mary free from original sin from the moment of her conception in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne.
Readings for the day: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/120816.cfm
Our Parish Office will be closed for the Holy Day, December 8.
Important PSR information for December 11 http://saintpolycarp.org/religious-education/
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
December 11, 2016
PARISH PENANCE SERVICE (7 priests) – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 AT 7:00 P.M. Other nearby Penance Services: St. Joseph, Middletown – 12/11 at 7 p.m.; Holy Cross, Dover – 12/12 at 7 p.m., Immaculate Conception, Maydel – 12/15 at 7 p.m.
CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE: Christmas Eve: 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. Christmas Day: 10:00 a.m. SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD: Regular Sunday Schedule December 31 (New Year's Eve) 5:00 p.m. January 1 (New Year's Day) 8:00 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
We, the family of faith at St. Polycarp, are a welcoming Roman Catholic community, a thankful holy people, sent forth from our celebration of the Eucharist to walk in faith, live in hope, and act with love for God and for one another. Through our ministry we embrace the poor, the suffering, and the lost. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are committed to justice and peace through prayer, Christian formation, evangelization, and stewardship.
We Welcome New Members
Members of our parish will be happy to meet with you to answer questions & fill out a registration form. We have a special program for folks interested in becoming Catholic. For further information, please call (302) 653-8279.
We Gather for Prayer
Eucharistic Adoration in St. Ann Chapel, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Tuesday
Sacred Heart Devotions, 9:00 am every 1st Friday of the Month
Divine Mercy Devotions, 3:00 pm Friday from September to May
We Form Adults and the Youth in Faith
Please contact Patricia Freedman, our Director of Religious Education, in our Christian Formation Office at (302) 653-4101 for more information in Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and for information about our religious education for children and youth (PSR – Parish School of Religion).
We Celebrate Forgiveness
Confessions are every Saturday from 3:30-4:30 pm or by appointment in Fr. Jim’s office. No matter how long you may have been away, you are always welcome back! Please do not hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment at (302) 653-8279.