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Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp
Saturday – 4:00 pm
Sunday – 10:30 am
Weekday Mass  (Monday – Friday) – 8:30 am
Reconciliation (Confessions) Saturdays – 2:30-3:30 pm 

St. Dennis, Galena MD
Saturday – 4:00 pm

Sunday – 8:00 am
Sunday – 11:00 am (Spanish)
Weekday Mass – Thursday & Friday 8:30 am
Reconciliation (Confessions) Saturdays 2:30- 3:30 pm

DE Home for the Chronically Ill (DHCI)
First Tuesday of the Month – 10:30 am


Parish Contact

55 Ransom Lane,
Smyrna, Delaware 19977

Office number: (302) 653-8279
Email: office@saintpolycarp.org

Religious Education: (302)653-4101
Email: assistdre@saintpolycarp.org

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PSR NEEDS – Wish List
Please consider helping our children in PSR by purchasing an item or two from their wish list below. All donations can be placed in the Box (located under the coat rack, in the Church’s hallway) marked PSR school supplies.

Alarm Clocks that plug in (electric); Brown Lunch Bags, Bulletin Board Borders – Religious or Other; Candles – battery operated – assorted – pillar size;  Card Stock – White, parchment, blue, or other colors; Colored Pencils: Eraser Caps for Pencils; Foam Shapes; Gift bags – small, Glue Sticks, Markers – All colors.  Permanent and Dry Erase; Paper Clips – small or large; Pencil Sharpeners – electric; Popsicle Sticks; Portable CD Players – small; Poster Board – White and Assorted; Post – It Notes Size 3″ x 3″; Religious Coloring Book and Crayons; Sanitizing wipes; Scissors – child & adult size; Staplers and Staples, Stickers – Religious or Other; Stickily Clips, Storage containers – plastic, clear, large; Tissue Paper – White and other Colors; Tissues

If you would like to donate a gift card from – A.C. Moore or from Michael’s.  Mark it PSR – School Supply and place the gift card in the  Saturday / Sunday collection basket, it would be appreciated. If you have a laptop – used (but in good condition) or a brand new laptop to donate to PSR, please contact Lillian Fambach at (302) 653 – 7086.   THANK YOU!

The Parish Office is looking for volunteers to help as a substitute Front Desk Receptionist. On occasion, we need someone to fill in when our regular receptionists are not available.  If you are interested or would like more information, please call Teresa at the Parish Office or send an email to office@saintpolycarp.org.

We are looking for someone to help with the three bulletin boards at the entrances to Church.  The boards are in need of some TLC.  Maybe new paper and monitoring to keep things current.  Contact Judy at the office or communications@saintpolycarp.org.

Today’s second collection is taken in support of the diocesan tuition assistance program.  Monies raised through this collection coupled with the diocese’s tuition assistance endowment provides financial assistance to hundreds of deserving families who seek a Catholic education for their children but who cannot afford the full cost of tuition.  If you are not prepared to contribute today, you may drop your contribution off at the parish office or place it in next week’s collection basket.  For further information, visit the diocesan website at www.cdow.org/sharespirit.html.

Bishop Francis Malooly invites all couples celebrating their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th wedding anniversary, or any anniversary beyond 50th, to the Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass at 2 pm on Sunday, November 4th, at St. Joseph’s, Middletown (371 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE 19709). The Bishop will be available for photos with interested couples beginning at 1 pm and again after the Mass. If you would like to have a photo taken with Bishop Malooly, please arrive at 1 pm or plan to stay after Mass. There is no cost to you, however reservations are required. Please make your reservations by October 8th by emailing ljackson@cdow.org.

The “Harry Potter” Fun & Faith Night will take place on Saturday, September 22nd.  The event follows the 4 pm vigil Mass.  Dinner will be served at 5 pm.  The “Harry Potter” game will begin at 5:30 pm.  Professor Dumbledore will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  You are welcome to wear a costume.  There is a House Cup for the team who wins.  The event will conclude at 6:30 pm.  All “Potterhead” fans interested in participating please email Theresa at dimeo5@verizon.net.

Saint Thomas More Academy (STAMA) is Celebrating 20 Years!
Come join us on Saturday, September 29th, for STMA’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.  The evening will include dinner, a cash bar for guests 21+, dancing, and reconnecting with friends and supporters of our wonderful Catholic school.  Current and former students and their families, faculty, and founders are invited to attend.  Cocktail/evening attire is suggested. Tickets are on sale through Friday, September 28th, and cost $35 for adults aged 19+ and $25 for students’ aged 14-18.  The tickets can be purchased online through eventbrite (surcharge for purchases required): Purchase Tickets, or by calling the main office at (302) 697 – 8100.  We look forward to celebrating with you!

The Annual Red Mass, sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society, will be held at 6 pm on Monday, October 1st, at Saint Joseph on the Brandywine Church (10 Old Church Road, Greenville, Delaware). Bishop Malooly will preside.  The Red Mass is celebrated for judges, prosecutors, attorneys, law school professors, students, and government officials.  During the Mass, prayers to the Holy Spirit for guidance are offered for all who seek justice.  The St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Wilmington has sponsored the Red Mass annually since 1988.  For more information, contact Sara T. Toner, Esq. at (302) 651 – 7646 or toner@rif.com.

Bishop Malooly invites you to the 2018 Diocese of Wilmington “Blue Mass” on Friday, October 5th, at 11 am at Saint Elizabeth Church (809 South Broom Street, Wilmington, Delaware).  The “Blue Mass” honors the local, county, state, and federal law enforcement, fire, emergency, medical, and military personnel who live and work in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Those currently serving, the retired, and their families are invited to attend.

Please join Catholic Charities for the 3rd Bishop’s 5K Run/Walk from 9 am to 11 am on Saturday, November 10th, at Glasgow Regional Park, 2275 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702.  The totally adaptive Run/Walk will step off at 10 am.  Join the “St. Polycarp Flames” team when you sign up!  Contact Lisa in the Parish Office for more information.  Pre-register for the event by visiting Bishops5K.com.  The Registration is $20 plus an event fee of $2.50.  The day of registration will be $25 plus event fee.  All registered runners/walkers will receive a t-shirt, and be in the running for prizes.  All proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities outreach efforts. Call Catholic Charities at (302) 655 – 9624 with any questions about the Bishop’s 5K.

Bishop Malooly will be at the starting line AND finish line
of the 3rd Catholic Charities Bishop’s 5K Run/Walk
– will you?

The Eagles season starts on Thursday, September 6th.  (Let’s hope they do better than the pre-season.)  But, for you Eagles fans what better way to enjoy the upcoming season and hope for another Super Bowl win, than by snuggling up in a handmade Eagles 2017 Super Bowl Champions afghan.  The afghan will be on display in the Hall on selected weekends in September following the 4 pm and 10:30 am Masses.  Tickets will also be available at the picnic and at the forum. Tickets are $2 each while 3 tickets are $5.  The drawing will take place at the October 7th Agape.  You do not need to be present to win.(St. Polycarp t-shirts, hats, and Cat’s Meow will also be available.)

The Brother Vincent Columbiettes will be selling Boscov Passes after the 4 pm Mass on Saturday, October 6th, and the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday, October 7th.

25% Off Discount Shopping Pass
A Chance to Win Fabulous Door Prizes

Profits from these sales helps the Brother Vincent Columbiettes support their many charitable activities.  This event is on Tuesday, October 16th, at any Boscov’s store.  THANK YOU for your support!

Smyrna Police Department’s 2nd ANNUAL TRICK OR TREAT safe zone –
The 2nd Annual Trick or Treat safe zone will take place on Wednesday October 31st, from 6 pm to 8 pm, at the Market Street Plaza and John Bassett Moore Intermediate School.  The Smyrna Police Department created this event last year to offer an area that is safe and lighted for trick or treaters that would normally trick or treat in the downtown Smyrna area.  We are looking for downtown residences who usually pass candy out, church congregations in the downtown area who host trunk or treats or would like to start attending, and any business or organization that is located in the downtown area that would like to participate.
The program is free of cost to those who want to pass out candy and for those who want to trick or treat.  We are hoping to decrease the foot traffic on dark streets that do not have sidewalks and are not marked with walking paths, and give the community a safe place to mingle and trick or trick!  This is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community, and keep our children safe.  We are going to offer a decorating contest for your tables or vehicles (trunks) and will be giving away trophies to make it fun!  We will also have a DJ, and other fun family oriented activities for our community.
Plan on bringing 2,000 to 2,500 pieces of candy or promotional items for your organization to pass out.
If you have questions or would like to request a registration form, please contact Detective Jessica Weller (Smyrna Police Department and Smyrna School District SRO) by email (jessica.weller@cj.state.de.us) or by phone at (302) 922 – 1818 or (302) 653 – 9217 x 5825.  The registration form is due by Friday, October 12th.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS – at Dover Raceway Sunday, October 7th
The Knights need help ushering people to their seats at Turns 3 and 4.  The Knights will receive $50 for each person we get to help!  The individuals must be 16 years old and can be parishioners, friends, or family members.  Each person will receive credentials that will enable him or her to go to both the Friday and Saturday races, as well as watch the race on Sunday.  We will only work the Sunday race.  These proceeds go to help the Knights with their many charitable events.  Please contact Bud Whitlock at 275 – 1135 or Tom O’Drain 659 – 5317 ASAP.  The Knights will need a head count.  Thank you.

The Marian Pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Peace on the campus of Holy Spirit Parish in New Castle is on October 6th, from 9 am – 5 pm.  This pilgrimage is one of the official Diocesan Anniversary events during the 150th Anniversary of the Diocese of Wilmington (and one not to be missed).  The theme for this year’s pilgrimage is “Mary, Cause of Our Joy,” because the Sesquicentennial theme is “Rejoicing in the Lord since 1868.” Highlights include panels of priests from the Diocese who will each speak on how Mary is the Cause of the Joy of their priesthood and the presentation of the commissioned painting of “Our Lady of Wilmington” painted by well-known local artist, Neilson Carlin.  For more information, visit https://www.cdow.org/150th/.

Founded in 1704 by Jesuit priests, the Bohemia Mission is one of the oldest permanent Catholic establishments in the English Colonies and is considered the mother church of the Diocese of Wilmington.  The plantation was clandestinely established to minister to the scattered Catholics throughout what is now Cecil County, MD, the entire Delmarva Peninsula, and southeastern PA, when Catholicism was outlawed in the English Colonies.  The property is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Through the efforts of Francis W. (Frank) Krastel, Sr., a Catholic, and Alfred N. Phillips, a Presbyterian and owner of nearby Worsell Manor, the Old Bohemia Historical Society (OBHS) was established in 1953 as a non-sectarian non-profit corporation.  The founding members of the group immediately started major repairs to the church which had fallen into ruin due to neglect.  The Society purchased the adjoining 120-acre farm on which the plantation was located and had been sold by the Diocese of Wilmington in 1931.
The Society continues to maintain the site.  Income for the upkeep of the buildings and grounds is generated from the collection at five regularly-scheduled Masses at the church every year, fundraisers, membership dues, and donations from benefactors.
The buildings will continue to be open the first Saturday of every month through March 2, 2019 for the Pilgrimage, with Mass celebrated at 11 am. The Society encourages schools, Knights of Columbus Councils, Columbiettes, Altar and Rosary Societies, Sodalities, youth groups, religious education classes, senior groups, Scout groups, and other church groups and ministries to organize a visit on one of the planned Pilgrimage dates or on another date that is convenient.  Additionally, groups may arrange for their pastor or associate pastor to celebrate Mass.
For more information or to arrange a tour, please call the OBHS President Marji Matyniak at (302) 328 – 4803 or send an email to OldBohemiaHS@gmail.com.  The church is also available for group retreats and weddings.  A video about the mission can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFGlCsNM6gk.  The GPS location of the Bohemia Mission is 1699 Bohemia Church Road, Warwick, MD 21912.  The next Sunday Mass at the church will be on September 16th at 4 pm.  Monsignor David Kelley, the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Middletown, DE will be the celebrant.

Please join the Diocesan Vocations Guild on Sunday, October 7th, for the “Shower of Roses” celebration at the Carmelite Monastery, Coopersburg, PA.  There will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Veneration of the Relic of St. Therese of Lisieux, and a solemn procession to the Blessed Mother’s Statue in the yard.  Each pilgrim receives a rose.  You will have the opportunity to visit the incorrupt tomb of the foundress, Sr. Therese of the Child Jesus. Food will be available in the cafeteria.  The cost of the pilgrimage is $30.00 per person.  Please contact Mary Gaworski at (302) 438 –6969 or mares7963@aol.com for more information.

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is like autumn because it is a weekend full of fresh air and a time to rejoice in the beauty of your marriage!  The next Marriage Encounter weekend will be November 2nd – 4th (Friday – Sunday), in Rehoboth Beach, DE.  For more information, visit our website at www.wwme-delmar.org or to register for the weekend, please call Tony and Linda Massino at (302) 220 – 9833. Do not Delay!

A custom-designed, limited-edition, dark red and gold rosary is now available to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.  The rosaries, made in Italy by the Ghirelli Company, were blessed at the Vatican by Pope Francis on June 6, 2018 during His Holiness’ Weekly Audience in Saint Peter’s Square.
The Official Custom Rosary of the Diocese of Wilmington’s 150th Anniversary features a crucifix that is designed after the beautiful crucifix in the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington.  The back of the crucifix is engraved with the words, “Catholic Diocese of Wilmington 150th Anniversary 1868 – 2018.  The front of the rosary’s centerpiece holds an image of the Blessed Mother from the famous Charles Parks Our Lady of Queen of Peace statue located on the grounds of Holy Spirit Church in New Castle, Delaware.  On the centerpiece’s reverse, is an image of Saint Francis de Sales, the Patron Saint of the Diocese of Wilmington.  In place of the traditional “Our Father” beads, the rosary has a medal crest of the Diocese of Wilmington, with a map of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore on the back, indicating the twelve counties that comprise the Diocese.  All of the beads are 8 mm dark red Bohemian glass, while the chain and custom features are made of antique gold finish medal.
The rosary comes in a commemorative color pouch and is available for a suggested $30.00 donation each, plus shipping and handling.  Photographs of the rosary are posted on the bulletin boards at all three Church exits.  Order forms are also available at the exits. (see Bulletin cover for a picture of the rosary).  Detailed photographs of the rosary and order forms are also available online at www.cdow.org/150thOrder your Sesquicentennial Custom Rosary before they are gone.

Let us Rejoice in the Lord! Our Diocese is 150 years old!
For videos, a calendar of coming events, information about our Historic Churches Pilgrimage Program, Convocation 150 coming on November 3rd, links, photos, and more, go to www.cdow.org/150th.  Also, follow all the action on social media at www.facebook.com/cdow150th, and @CDOW150th on Twitter and Instagram and www.TheDialog.org.

Experience being part of a larger Church community!  Feel the collective welcome, connection, and affirmation of your fellow Catholics as you represent our parish at the 150th Anniversary celebration of the Diocese of Wilmington on Saturday, November 3rd, in Ocean City, MD.  To register, or to obtain more information, contact Peggy O’Connor at peggyo52@aol.com or (302) 514 –9913.

The Asbury Farmers Market (on Route 300 in Smyrna) takes place every Saturday morning from 8 am – 12 pm through October 13th.  If you have questions, contact Chuck McGowan at (302) 598 – 1699 or asburychurchfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Redner’s Markets 1% Save-a-Tape Fundraiser – New Way to help raise $$$$
Turn your food shopping into cash for our parish.  If you are a Redner’s shopper, we would welcome your participation.  It is so easy!  Simply be sure to obtain and scan your Redner’s Rewards Card each time you shop.  Save your whole receipt. Bring your receipts to the Parish Office or just put them into the collection basket.  There is no expiration date — even receipts months old can be turned in!  Your receipts will generate cash for us.  What a hands-down and effortless way to help St. Polycarp Church.  For more information, contact Joan O’Drain at (302) 659 – 5317.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered in Delaware by Catholic Charities, has started to accept applications for the upcoming heating season. This federally funded program assists low-income Delawareans with heating bills through direct payments to home energy suppliers. The LIHEAP benefit is based on a household’s income, size, and type of fuel.

LIHEAP offers the following support:
Fuel Assistance Program – provides home heating assistance for eligible households who need help paying winter energy bills. LIHEAP does not pay for all heating costs. Eligible households receive one annual benefit.

Energy Crisis Intervention Program – when activated, ECIP provides assistance for eligible households in an emergency situation. This supplemental benefit can be in addition to the regular fuel assistance benefit.

Summer Cooling / Electric Assistance Program – helps eligible households by paying a portion of summer electric bills. Eligible households receive one annual benefit. The Program operates from June 1st – August 31st, if funds are available. Households must be approved for the Fuel Assistance Heating Program in order to qualify for the Summer Cooling Program.

LIHEAP Eligibility – you may be eligible for assistance if your total household income falls within income eligibility guidelines. For example, a household of four can have no more than $50,325 in annual household income (before taxes). Click here to learn more about eligibility requirements.

To see if you qualify, make an appointment with a Catholic Charities office for a personal interview. Applications are accepted from July 2018 to March 2019.  Call your local Catholic Charities office to make an appointment. Appointment hours are Monday – Friday, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Kent County: (302) 674 – 1782
New Castle County: (302) 654 – 9295

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington seeks one Fulltime Community Interventionist to serve Kent and Sussex Counties to provide positive behavior interventions; training, support, and group work to the children, youth, and their families. For more information or to apply, visit www.indeed.com or www.cdow.org.

An Article on Saint Polycarp Church Appears in the Dialog and on thedialog.org!
To read the full article of St. Polycarp Church by Gary Morton (St. Polycarp marks tradition in Smyrna with 50th anniversary), visit thedialog.org.

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Thank you to our local advertisers who support our parish with their advertisement on the back page.  Let’s support them, too!  Have you checked them out lately! Thank you to Smyrna Diner, The Cocoa Exchange, Fletcher Plumbing, Bridge Way Family Restaurant, Smyrna Medical Associates, Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, and Faries Funeral Directors, Inc. for advertising with us!