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Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp  –
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR WEEKEND MASSES
Saturday – 4:00 pm
Sunday – 10:30 am
Weekday Mass – 8:30 am, Tuesday – Friday
Confessions – Saturdays 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

St. Dennis, Galena MD- RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR WEEKEND MASSES
https://www.stdennischurch.org/
Sunday – 8:00 am
Sunday – 11:00 am (Spanish)
Weekday Mass – Thursday & Friday 8:30 am
Confessions – Sundays 7:00 am – 7:30 am

 

DE Home for the Chronically Ill (DHCI)
Mass is cancelled until further notice.

Parish Contact

55 Ransom Lane,
Smyrna, Delaware 19977

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

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

Weekend Update May 15/16

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (final week of the Easter Season)
God mounts His throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:   https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/051321-Ascension.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for all live stream. (or visit our webpage www.saintpolycarp.org and click on the picture of the altar )  All Masses are live- streamed. Masses may also be viewed at a later time.

URGENT: WE NEED HELP WITH LIVE STREAMING as soon as possible. Please prayerfully discern the gifts God has given you and consider being part of this ministry. In order to be able to maintain our live streaming of Masses, we are in need of individuals with a technological background, a good understanding of network communication, online social media and a desire to help grow our online presence with live streaming. If you have any ability in this area, please contact our Communications Office at communications@saintpolycarp.org or call the office at 302-653-8279.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Check out this week’s Bulletin and get to know another member of our music ministry!

ONLINE BULLETINhttps://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf 

VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL to view the May Crowning and End-of-the-Year celebrations for PSR. https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE

MEMORIAL MASS: A Memorial Mass for Deacon Charlie will be celebrated on June 23, 2021 at 6:30pm. Let us continue to pray for the repose of his soul and for his loving family.

MEMORIAL BRICKS: Graduation and Father’s Day are just around the corner. The Gift of a Memorial Brick is a unique and memorable way to celebrate a special occasion, honor family and friends (living or deceased), share a favorite quote and more! If you would like to become part of the walkway to our Blessed Mother with your name or the name of a loved one, now is a good time to do so! There are two ways to order your bricks.  You can order through Faith Direct at:  https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/5644
(you do not need to sign up for Faith Direct), or return your form (available on our website or at the doors of the Church) with payment to St. Polycarp Church in an envelope labeled “Memorial Brick”.  Please place the completed order form and a check for $80.00, made payable to St. Polycarp Church, in the envelope.  You can place it in the Offertory collection, deliver it to the Parish Office (place in black box), or mail it to the parish office. 

REGISTRATION FOR PSR (Parish School of Religious Education) is now open for 2021-2022.  Our PSR offers religious education for children in pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. Sacramental preparation is offered for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Visit https://saintpolycarp.org/religious-education/ for more information and/or to register. Questions? Contact our Coordinator of Religious Education, Erica Taylor at 302-653-4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org

ORDINATION: Please pray for Brennan Ferris, a seminarian studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Wilmington, who will be ordained to the transitional diaconate on May 15 at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington. It will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Wilmington’s YouTube channel.

VOCATIONS: Please continue to pray for vocations. More information about the Diocese of Wilmington’s efforts to increase awareness of vocations and to work with men and women who may have a priestly or religious vocation is available by contacting Father Norman Carroll, director of priestly and religious vocations. He is available at (302) 573-3113 or vocations@cdow.org. More information is also available at www.cdow.org/vocations.

WEAR RED NEXT SUNDAY: Whether you’re at home or in Church, wear red next weekend, May 22nd and May 23rd, in celebration of Pentecost Sunday. Show us your Spirit by wearing red!

2021 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL :  Please visit our online Bulletin or visit www.cdow.org/annualcatholicappeal to find out how you can help provide pastoral, charitable, and educational programs and services to tens of thousands of people in our 12 county Diocese. St. Polycarp’s ongoing example of stewardship has been the epitome of generosity in years past. Pledge cards are available at the doors of the Church and in the black drop box under the portico.

STONES FAITH GARDEN: Please return your completed stone by next weekend as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday.  Please place your painted stone in the basket under the portico.  Each stone has its own special message!  Haven’t heard about our Stones Faith Garden? Check out our video at https://youtu.be/7rB7atK3ohQ

SHOE DRIVE: Girl Scout Troop 547 is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from May 10 through June 25. The troop will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used, and new shoes collected.  Contact Tracie Bruno for pick up or drop off details. (302) 242-4150 or Troop0547@gmail.com. See the Bulletin for more information.

 


USEFUL LINKS:

RESERVATION INFORMATION FOR WEEKEND MASSES: To view information on how to make a reservation visit https://saintpolycarp.org/rservation-information/
WEBSITE: www.saintpolycarp.org.
BULLETINhttps://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf
BULLETIN OVERFLOW
https://saintpolycarp.org/this-weeks-bulletin/
YOUTUBEhttps://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SaintPolycarpCatholicChurch/
ONLINE GIVING: Please consider becoming an e-giver. It is easy to make your weekly or one time contributions in support of the Parish.  For more information and to sign up for online giving, visit  faith.direct/DE831
ST DENNIS: http://www.stdennischurch.org
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online


MASSES DURING THE PANDEMIC:  The dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation issued March 12, 2020 remains in effect for the Diocese of Wilmington.

FROM THE DIOCESE:
CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. Tune in tomorrow, May 15, to hear an interview with Mr. Paul Senz, author of the new book, “Fatima: 100 Questions and Answers about the Marian Apparitions,” the companion book to the hit film, “Fatima.” Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY:

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, right before your Ascension into heaven you told your apostles to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth upon receiving the Holy Spirit. May I be similarly inspired to spread your Gospel message in word and deed, according to your will for me. And may I do so prudently and joyfully, with your help, your guidance, and your grace! And remembering this glorious event, help me to seek what is above, Heaven, where you are seated at the right hand of God the Father!
https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/ascension-day-prayer.html

 

Weekend Update May 8/9

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:   https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/050921.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for all live stream. (or visit our webpage www.saintpolycarp.org and click on the picture of the altar )  All Masses are live- streamed. Masses may also be viewed at a later time.

URGENT: WE NEED HELP WITH LIVE STREAMING as soon as possible. Please prayerfully discern the gifts God has given you and consider being part of this ministry. In order to be able to maintain our live streaming of Masses, we are in need of individuals with a technological background, a good understanding of network communication, online social media and a desire to help grow our online presence with live streaming. If you have any ability in this area, please contact our Communications Office at communications@saintpolycarp.org or call the office at 302-653-8279.

CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED for both Masses this weekend.

ONLINE BULLETINhttps://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf 

BLESSING OF MOTHERS will take place this weekend,  May 8th and 9th at both the 4:00 pm Mass and the 10:30 am Mass.

MOTHER’S DAY NOVENA OF MASSES: Express your love for a special mother, grandmother, godmother, mother-in-law, an expectant mother, or any woman who has played a motherly role in your life by enrolling them in the Mother’s Day Novena of Masses. You can remember any dear woman, living or deceased.  This is a wonderful way to show your love for the mothers and special women in your life. Envelopes are available at the doors of the Church.

THIS WEEKEND – Birthright of Delaware will host its ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY ROSE SALE at our parish.  Please support Birthright’s crisis pregnancy services by purchasing roses after Masses on Mother’s Day weekend, May 7th – 9th.   $2/one Rose, $5/three Roses, $18/Dozen Roses, $35/Twenty five Roses Your help will truly make a difference!  Thank you. We deeply appreciate your support!!  You can also make a donation to Birthright of Delaware in lieu of roses!

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD will be celebrated on the 7th Sunday of Easter, next weekend, May 15th and 16th.

VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL to view the May Crowning and End-of-the-Year celebrations for PSR. https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE

THE DIALOG: Read all about Bishop-elect William E. Koenig. Be sure to pick up a copy as you leave Mass this weekend.

MEMORIAL MASS: A Memorial Mass for Deacon Charlie will be celebrated on June 23, 2021 at 6:30pm. Let us continue to pray for the repose of his soul and for his loving family.

2021 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL :  Please visit our online Bulletin or visit www.cdow.org/annualcatholicappeal to find out how you can help provide pastoral, charitable, and educational programs and services to tens of thousands of people in our 12 county Diocese. St. Polycarp’s ongoing example of stewardship has been the epitome of generosity in years past. Pledge cards are available at the doors of the Church and in the black drop box under the portico.

STONES FAITH GARDEN: Please return your completed stone by May 23rd, Pentecost Sunday.  Please place your painted stone in the basket under the portico.  Each stone has its own special message! Our Maintenance Committee has prepared a beautiful area on campus where our stones will be on display to inspire everyone!  Thank you Maintenance Committee! Take a walk around our campus and see if you can find our Community Offered Vision Inspired by the Disease, STONES FAITH GARDEN. Haven’t heard about our Stones Faith Garden? Check out our video at https://youtu.be/7rB7atK3ohQ

INTERESTED IN MAKING NOTE CARDS? Our Columbiettes are inviting you to join in the fun on Wednesday, May 19th, at 10:00am to create note/greeting cards via Zoom class. The cost is $15 for the kit, which includes all the supplies necessary to make 3 note/greeting cards. Instructions will be given via Zoom. Contact: Anna Skinner at 302-508-5369  anna.skinz@gmail.com or Judy Lahey 302-535-3481  judithlahey@gmail.com to order or for more information.  ALL ORDERS must be placed and paid for by MAY 5th.

SHOE DRIVE: Girl Scout Troop 547 is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from May 10 through June 25. The troop will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used, and new shoes collected.  Contact Tracie Bruno for pick up or drop off details. (302) 242-4150 or Troop0547@gmail.com. See the Bulletin for more information.

PHONES: Our Parish Office phone is now being answered by Teresa, our Parish Secretary, on Friday mornings from 9:30 am to noon. (302)653-8279. The answering service will take messages at other times. (Phone reservations for Mass are accepted on Wednesday mornings only.)


USEFUL LINKS:

RESERVATION INFORMATION FOR WEEKEND MASSES: To view information on how to make a reservation visit https://saintpolycarp.org/rservation-information/
WEBSITE: www.saintpolycarp.org.
BULLETINhttps://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf
BULLETIN OVERFLOW
https://saintpolycarp.org/this-weeks-bulletin/
YOUTUBEhttps://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SaintPolycarpCatholicChurch/
ONLINE GIVING: Please consider becoming an e-giver. It is easy to make your weekly or one time contributions in support of the Parish.  For more information and to sign up for online giving, visit  faith.direct/DE831
ST DENNIS: http://www.stdennischurch.org
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online


MASSES DURING THE PANDEMIC:  The dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation issued March 12, 2020 remains in effect for the Diocese of Wilmington.

FROM THE DIOCESE:
CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. Tune in tomorrow, May 8, to hear coverage of the historic announcement of Bishop-elect William Koenig’s appointment as the 10th Bishop of Wilmington, including highlights of the news conference, Mass of Thanksgiving and more. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY:

There is but one and only one,
Whose love will fail you never.
One who lives from sun to sun,
With constant fond endeavor.

There is but one and only one
On earth there is no other.
In heaven a noble work was done
When God gave us a Mother.

– Author Unknown

 

May Crowning 2021 Power Point

May Crowning 2021 Power Point

May Crowning – May 2, 2021

May is the month dedicated to Mary. The most popular activity Catholics do to honor the Mother of God during this month is to participate in a May Crowning Ceremony. In crowning Mary, we also thank Jesus for giving us His Mother to be our own. We can always turn to Mary in our times of suffering, as well as rejoicing.

Weekend Update May 1/2 2021

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.

Deacon Charlie

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Charlie who went home to God on Saturday, April 24th. A viewing will be held 7-9 pm on  Friday, April 30 (tonight) at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St, Smyrna, DE 19977 (302) 653-2900. Please follow Covid-19 guidelines for masks and distancing. Contact the Funeral Home for any questions regarding covid guidelines. The family of Deacon Charlie have decided, that due to covid restrictions and given the large number of family members who will be attending the Mass of Christian Burial, the Mass will be private. The Mass will be live-streamed on our YouTube Channel at 12:00pm (noon) on Saturday, May 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgVD44piM-0 or https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE  Please keep Deacon Charlie’s family in your prayers and ask God to comfort them and give them peace during these difficult days ahead.  Deacon Charlie – Thank you for sharing your faith with us. Loving memories will live on in our hearts.

BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON: Today, Friday, April 30, 2021, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, named the Reverend Monsignor William Edward Koenig, Vicar for Clergy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington.  He will succeed the Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, who has served as the leader of the Catholic Church in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore since 2008.  In accordance with canon law, Bishop Malooly offered his resignation to the Holy Father when he turned 75 years of age on January 18, 2019. Please keep Bishop-elect Koenig in your prayers. To read more visit www.cdow.org/newbishop

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:   https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/050221.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for all live stream. (or visit our webpage www.saintpolycarp.org and click on the picture of the altar )  All Masses are live- streamed. Masses may also be viewed at a later time.

URGENT: WE NEED HELP WITH LIVE STREAMING as soon as possible. Please prayerfully discern the gifts God has given you and consider being part of this ministry. In order to be able to maintain our live streaming of Masses, we are in need of individuals with a technological background, a good understanding of network communication, online social media and a desire to help grow our online presence with live streaming. Please contact our Communications Office at communications@saintpolycarp.org or call the office at 302-653-8279.

CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED (through reservations) for both Masses this weekend.

ONLINE BULLETINhttps://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf 

PSR: Our End-of-the Year celebration will be live-streamed this Sunday, May 2, for Grades P/K to Grade 4 at 9am, and Tuesday, May 4, for Grades 5-8 at 7pm.

MAY CROWNING: Please join us outside, in front of the statue of Mary, this Sunday, May 2, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass for a short ceremony to crown Mary. We ask that everyone practice social distancing and wear masks. There will not be a procession, nor will we bring flowers to Mary like we normally would. Please join us in honoring Mary on May 2. All are welcome!

 

HANGING FLOWER BASKETS: TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER! The Brother Vincent Columbiettes are selling 10″ hanging baskets. Your choice of Petunias or Begonias. Orders must be placed by April 30th. Contact: Linda at 302-270-5347, Angela at 302-270-4100 or Darlene at darpete87@comcast.net. Pick-up or delivery (if needed) May 7th & 8th.

MOTHER’S DAY NOVENA OF MASSES: Express your love for a special mother, grandmother, godmother, mother-in-law, an expectant mother, or any woman who has played a motherly role in your life by enrolling them in the Mother’s Day Novena of Masses. You can remember any dear woman, living or deceased.  It is proper to remember those who have died and to honor those who are still living. This is a wonderful way to show your love for the mothers and special women in your life.

BLESSING OF MOTHERS will take place next weekend,  May 8th and 9th at both the 4:00 pm Mass and the 10:30 am Mass.

NEXT WEEKEND – Birthright of Delaware will host its ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY ROSE SALE at our parish.  Please support Birthright’s crisis pregnancy services by purchasing roses after Masses on Mother’s Day weekend, May 7th – 9th.   $2/one Rose, $5/three Roses, $18/Dozen Roses, $35/Twenty five Roses Your help will truly make a difference!  Thank you. We deeply appreciate your support!!  You can also make a donation to Birthright of Delaware in lieu of roses!

2021 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL :  Please visit our online Bulletin or visit www.cdow.org/annualcatholicappeal to find out how you can help provide pastoral, charitable, and educational programs and services to tens of thousands of people in our 12 county Diocese. St. Polycarp’s ongoing example of stewardship has been the epitome of generosity in years past.

USHERS AND GREETERS: Please consider volunteering for this simple but important ministry to welcome people to Church and/or to help seat them.  Contact Cindy at (302)653-7525 or kennedy-078@msn.com or Tom at (302)659-5317, odrain709@comcast.net.

STONES FAITH GARDEN: Stones are being collected during the Easter Season. Each stone has a special message!  Please place your painted stone in the basket under the portico.  Haven’t heard about our Stones Faith Garden? Check out our video at https://youtu.be/7rB7atK3ohQ

INTERESTED IN MAKING NOTE CARDS? Our Columbiettes are inviting you to join in the fun on Wednesday, May 19th, to create note/greeting cards via Zoom class. The cost is $15 for the kit, which includes all the supplies necessary to make 3 note/greeting cards. Instructions will be given via Zoom. Contact: Anna Skinner at 302-508-5369  anna.skinz@gmail.com or Judy Lahey 302-535-3481  judithlahey@gmail.com to order or for more information.

PHONES: Our Parish Office phone is now being answered by Teresa, our Parish Secretary, on Friday mornings from 9:30 am to noon. (302)653-8279. The answering service will take messages at other times. (Phone reservations for Mass are accepted on Wednesday mornings only.)


USEFUL LINKS:

RESERVATION INFORMATION FOR WEEKEND MASSES: To view information on how to make a reservation visit https://saintpolycarp.org/rservation-information/
WEBSITE: www.saintpolycarp.org.
BULLETINhttps://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf
BULLETIN OVERFLOW
https://saintpolycarp.org/this-weeks-bulletin/
YOUTUBEhttps://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SaintPolycarpCatholicChurch/
ONLINE GIVING: Please consider becoming an e-giver. It is easy to make your weekly or one time contributions in support of the Parish.  For more information and to sign up for online giving, visit  faith.direct/DE831
ST DENNIS: http://www.stdennischurch.org
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online


MASSES DURING THE PANDEMIC:  The dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation issued March 12, 2020 remains in effect for the Diocese of Wilmington.

FROM THE DIOCESE:
CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. Tune in tomorrow to hear an interview with Fr. Edward Looney about his new book, “Meditations after Holy Communion”. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY for the repose of the soul of Deacon Charlie:

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord
And let the perpetual light shine upon him.
May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen