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Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp, Smyrna DE
Saturday – 4:00 pm
Sunday – 10:30 am
Weekday Mass – 8:30 am, Tuesday & Wednesday
Confessions – Saturdays, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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

 

DE Home for the Chronically Ill (DHCI) –
Mass for residents – Suspended at this time.

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 November 26/27

PARISH OFFICE: The Parish Office will close at noon today, Wednesday, November 23rd, and remain closed until Monday, November 28th, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving! – May your Thanksgiving be full of peace, love and gratitude.

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS: Thanksgiving Day Mass will be celebrated at St. Dennis Church in Galena, MD at 9 am on Thursday, November 24th. All are invited to attend this special Mass. St. Dennis is encouraging those who attend to bring canned goods and boxed cereals to donate. Please place these items in the wicker baskets in front of the St. Joseph statue in the sanctuary before Mass. Mass will not be celebrated at St. Polycarp on Thanksgiving Day, so join us at St. Dennis.


SUNDAY SCRIPTURE –  QUESTIONS TO PONDER
~ How can you be more open to God’s ways during Advent?

~ What will you change in your way of living to take in God’s light during Advent?
~ How can you be more awake to the ways of God in your life?
(Pastoral Liturgy)

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112722.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for live stream at 8:30 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 4 pm on Saturdays.

PARISH WEBSITE: Visit: www.saintpolycarp.org/.

WEEKLY PARISH BULLETIN: CLICK HERE .       BULLETIN OVERFLOW: Bulletin Overflow – CLICK HERE


 


THIS WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 26/27 (& week of November 27)

Our Giving Tree Committee coordinates the Christmas gifts for needy children in our community.  The Giving Tree, with the children’s requests, are set up inside the Main Entrance of the Church.  Please purchase a gift for the child on the tag you choose and return it to the Parish Hall no later than Sunday, December 4th.   Questions? Contact Fran Walls at (302) 653 – 1450.         Thank You!

 

PARISHIONER COFFEE: Parishioners are welcome to share a morning of snacks, conversation and a short video after the 8:30 am Mass on Tuesday, November 29th in the parish hall.. This invitation is open to all parishioners who would like to enjoy some coffee and good company. Feel free to bring snacks or anything you would like to share. For additional information, contact Cookie Ruane, (302) 540 – 6429.

 

BIDS  ACCEPTED UNTIL 3PM ON DECEMBER 1ST!

WHAT: Help out the church with this annual fundraiser and Parish tradition of putting up a parking spot to the highest bidder!  You will have the reserved spot (with your name on it) for one year.  With the winter weather coming, you will want to have that close spot for you or a loved one. Makes a perfect gift!

WHERE: Back parking lot by the brick wall around the HVAC unit, practically right under the portico!

HOW: Please submit your bid amount by December 1st at 3pm by emailing financialmanager@saintpolycarp.org with the Subject Line:  “Parking Spot Bid” or dropping it in the collection basket or black drop box under the portico labeled “Parking Spot Bid” with your name & phone number on it.  Besides individual bidders, Parish organizations or groups can consider putting in a collective bid for your group.  All bids MUST be in writing.   

 

SIGNAGE COORDINATOR NEEDED
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve our parish and help fellow parishioners navigate our campus? The Pastoral Council is searching for a volunteer to coordinate the Parish Signage project.  This person will work with Father Jim and the Pastoral Council to assess the signage needs for our campus and to facilitate the implementation of this project. If interested, please contact Kathy Curlett at kathleencurlett19@gmail.com.

 

EARLY SUBMISSION DATES FOR THE WEEKLY BULLETIN:  Early submission dates have been set by our bulletin publisher for the holiday season. All submissions that you would like to appear in the bulletin will need to be submitted earlier. These dates seem weeks away but they will be here before we know it. Plan now and submit early.  Bulletin Date December 11, submit by noon Thursday, December 1; Bulletin Date December 18, submit by noon Monday, December 5, Bulletin Date December 25, submit by noon Friday, December 9. To view all early submission dates CLICK HERE.


NEXT WEEKEND, DECEMBER 3/4 (& week of December 4)

COME ONE – COME ALL! COLUMBIETTES COOKIE WALK 2022: Saturday, December 3rd, after the 4 pm Mass and Sunday, December 4th, after the 10:30 am Mass. Homemade cookies lovingly baked by our Columbiettes!
Many varieties to tickle your taste buds!
One dollar per bag!


CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
is offered on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at the 10:30 am Mass.  Next CLoW is December 4th. All children ages PreK – 4th grade are welcome to join us. Children will be called to come forward before the First Reading. They will return to you after the General Intercessions. All catechists and assistants have a cleared background check. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Erica Taylor at (302) 653-4101.

 

The BLESSING OF SODALISTS will take place on Sunday, December 4th at the 10:30 am Mass.

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Sunday, December 4 at the 10:30 am Mass – Brink Family. Please arrive 15 minutes before your Mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

AGAPE: Come join us next Sunday, December 4th, following the 10:30am Mass for Agape. We gather together to enjoy food, fellowship and fun!

PARISH APPRECIATION DINNER ~ Planning Meeting – December 7: Mark your calendars! We have been waiting several years, but the Parish Appreciation Dinner is back. The Pastoral Council is planning a celebration for Saturday, February 18, 2023, after the 4 pm Mass. Check the bulletin and weekly updates for more information. Our first planning meeting is on Wednesday, December 7th, at 5 pm, in the library. Please contact Kathy Curlett (kathleencurlett19@gmail.com), if interested in attending this first meeting. We are looking forward to honoring our parishioners who volunteer in the many ministries here at Saint Polycarp Parish.


THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – A Holy Day of Obligation. Thursday, December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
MASSES FOR THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
St. Polycarp:    Wednesday, December 7 at 6:30 pm & Thursday, December 8 at 8:30 am

St. Dennis: Thursday, December 8 at 8:30 am & 6:30 pm


THE SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY – 2022 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GIFT PROGRAM: Our St. Vincent de Paul Society members are asking Parishioners, if they are able, to please
donate a turkey or ham. Gift cards are also greatly appreciated; however, the maximum dollar amount is $30.00. On Thursday evening, December 8th, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, kindly bring your frozen turkey, ham or gift card to St. Polycarp’s Church Parking Lot. If anyone knows of anybody who would like to have a turkey, ham and/or gift card please call Saint Vincent de Paul at (302) 264 – 6630. Saint Vincent de Paul members will deliver the turkeys and gift cards to children and families on Saturday, December 10th, between 9 am and 12 noon. You must be home to receive these gifts.


UPCOMING/ONGOING

DEANERY ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE will be held on Thursday, December 15th at 7 pm, at Holy Cross Church in Dover. Several priests will be available to hear confessions.

 

COME TO THE BROTHER VINCENT CHUCK WAGON! Tickets for the January 14th Dinner and Show, sponsored by the Brother Vincent Knights of Columbus and the Columbiettes, are on sale this weekend after Masses at the Church exits. The show features The Legends of Country Music – Sean Jamison and Jenna Young with Country Music. Tickets are $40.00 each. Tickets may be purchased by check (made payable to Brother Vincent Council), by credit card through Faith Direct CLICK HERE, or by using this QR code. 

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! Is there someone you would like to invite to explore the Catholic faith – someone unbaptized, or baptized in a non-Catholic Christian tradition? Do you know someone who needs Confirmation and/or First Eucharist? Perhaps, the Catholic faith can fulfill their desires for a closer relationship with Our Lord. Then, the RCIA process is for them. Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information. DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.

CONNECTED IN CHRIST (ADULT FAITH FORMATION) meets every Tuesday at 9:30 AM in the Parish Library – ALL are welcome. Please join us. If you have any questions, please call Cookie Ruane at 302-540-6429.

GLUTEN FREE? Do you have an intolerance to gluten? If so, our parish offers gluten-free wafers to be consecrated for you. Please see our Sacristan 10 – 15 minutes before Mass and let them know that you need a gluten-free wafer put in the pyx. At Communion, please proceed down the aisle to the priest who will have the pyx in his hand and let him know you need a gluten-free host.

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Please consider signing up to host the vocation chalice in your home for a week.  Text or call Alice Gaston at (302) 670 – 7924. For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/vocation-chalice/  December 4 at the 10:30 Mass – Brink, December 18 at the 10:30 Mass – Bobeck

IS THAT YOU, FR. JIM? If you receive emails or texts from Fr. Jim asking for favors or gifts or stating something similar to “I am currently busy in a meeting now, no calls so just reply to my email.”, please ignore and delete. If an email looks suspicious and you’re not sure, give the office a call.

FORMED – The Catholic Parish of WaimakaririHave you had the opportunity to dive into FORMED To sign up visit www.formed.org. Type in our Parish zip code (19977) and follow the steps to sign up or you can use the QR code below. Take advantage of your free subscription to FORMED! Enjoy thousands of hours of quality Catholic content!

REDNER’S MARKETS 1% SAVE-A-TAPE FUNDRAISER: Turn your food shopping into cash for our parish. 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 put them into the collection basket. There is no expiration date – you can turn in receipts months old!

BULLETIN SPONSORS: Thank you to all of our weekly bulletin sponsors for your support during the year! Your support has not gone unnoticed by our parish community and is so appreciated!

                                                                               


USEFUL LINKS:

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
DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – LIVE STREAMING https://www.youtube.com/user/DioceseofWilm
FOR THE SAKE OF GOD’S CHILDREN: https://www.cdow.org/giving/fsgc/
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online
EWTN: ewtn.com


FROM THE DIOCESE:     

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640AM. Learn about the Delaware Faith & Housing Justice Weekend on the Nov. 26th episode of Catholic Forum.  CLICK HERE You can listen online at cdow.org/CatholicForum, or by searching “Catholic Forum” on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Amazon Music podcasts.   “Like” Catholic Forum on Facebook at facebook.com/CatholicForum @CatholicForum.

MARRIAGE MOMENTS: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” (Mt. 24:42) This scripture alludes to end times. We don’t know for sure when we or our beloved will die but try not to end any day with anger against your spouse. Forgive before you sleep.


LET US PRAY:
The symbolism of the Advent wreath is quite beautiful. The circle of the wreath, with no beginning or end and made with evergreens, represents eternity and the everlasting life found in Christ.
The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent whose progressive lighting expresses the expectation and hope surrounding the coming of the Messiah. There are different systems of considering the four weeks. For example, Week 1 evokes the patriarchs and the virtue of hope. Week 2 recalls the prophets and peace. Week 3 recalls John the Baptist and joy while Week 4 presents the figure of Mary and the virtue of love.

Week 1. Light the first purple candle.

Scripture Reflection: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.” Isaiah 9:2
*pause for reflection

Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.

https://www.dynamiccatholic.com/advent/advent-wreath-prayers.html

Weekend Update November 19/20

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe 

SUNDAY SCRIPTURE –  QUESTIONS TO PONDER
~ As we come close to Advent, consider how God has delivered you from darkness to light.

~ Can you take time this week for a prayer of gratitude that, through baptism, you are a child of God?
~ The second criminal rebukes the first for lacking fear of God. How do you practice reverence to God?                  
                                                                                                                                                             (Pastoral Liturgy)

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112022.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for live stream at 8:30 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 4 pm on Saturdays.

PARISH WEBSITE: Visit: www.saintpolycarp.org/.

WEEKLY PARISH BULLETIN: CLICK HERE .       BULLETIN OVERFLOW: Bulletin Overflow – CLICK HERE


THIS WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 19/20 (& week of November 20)

REMINDER: BVM SODALITY ADVENT RETREAT, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH  – 8:30 AM TO 1 PM. (Rosary at 8:00 am, Mass at 8:30 am))
The retreat will begin with Mass at 8:30 am.  Deacon Frank will be our Retreat Master.  The Retreat theme is Mary and the Eucharist.  Lunch will be provided.  Those interested in attending must register in advance.  Contact: Betty Sloven at (302) 547 – 8174 or churchladybetty@gmail.com.

 

ST POLYCARP PARISH’S ANNUAL FALL CLEANUP: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH  9 AM TO 1 PM
WE NEED YOU!
Come join us for the Annual Fall Cleanup.  Please bring a rake, blowers, gloves and your friends.  This is a great opportunity for Confirmandi volunteer hours.  We welcome folks on riding mowers that can vacuum up the leaves.  We appreciate any amount of time you are able to give.  We need to clear the ground of leaves, branches and debris.  Light refreshments will be available. Please text or call Michael Pyle at (302) 423 – 9732 or email Mike at mjpyle58@msn.com so we can know how many folks to expect.

BLESSINGS: The blessing of Musicians and Cantors will take place on Sunday, November 20th at the 10:30 am Mass.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD will be offered this Sunday, November 20th, during the 10:30am Mass. (CLoW is offered on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.)  All children ages PreK – 4th grade are welcome to join us. Children will be called to come forward before the First Reading. They will return to you after the General Intercessions. All catechists and assistants have a cleared background check. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Erica Taylor at (302) 653-4101.


THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY:
Sunday, November 20 at the 10:30 am Mass – Trias Family Please arrive 15 minutes before your Mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

COME TO THE BROTHER VINCENT CHUCK WAGON! Tickets for the January 14th Dinner and Show, sponsored by the Brother Vincent Knights of Columbus and the Columbiettes, are on sale this weekend after Masses at the Church exits. The show features The Legends of Country Music – Sean Jamison and Jenna Young with Country Music. Tickets are $40.00 each. Tickets may be purchased by check (made payable to Brother Vincent Council), by credit card through Faith Direct CLICK HERE, or by using this QR code. 

                                                                        

EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL –  PARISHIONER SURVEY:  PLEASE RETURN NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 20th  The  Liturgy Committee would like to know your thoughts on what you would prefer to attend as a session for Eucharistic Revival (deepening our formation) near the Feast of St. Polycarp. Please place your survey in one of the boxes at the entrances to the Church no later than Sunday, November 20th. There are extra copies of the survey underneath the return survey boxes at the entrances to the Church or CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT THE SURVEY.

Our Giving Tree Committee coordinates the Christmas gifts for needy children in our community. We work closely with our Parish School of Religion and the Smyrna
School District to identify children in need.  The Giving Tree, with the children’s requests, are set up inside the Main Entrance of the Church.  Please purchase a gift for the child on the tag you choose and return it to the Parish Hall no later than Sunday, December 4th.   Questions? Contact Fran Walls at (302) 653 – 1450.         Thank You!

 

PARISH OFFICE: The Parish Office will close at noon on Wednesday, November 23rd, and remain closed until Monday, November 28th, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS: Thanksgiving Day Mass will be celebrated at St. Dennis Church in Galena, MD at 9 am on Thursday, November 24th. All are invited to attend this special Mass. St. Dennis is encouraging those who attend to bring canned goods and boxed cereals to donate. Please place these items in the wicker baskets in front of the St. Joseph statue in the sanctuary before Mass. Mass will not be celebrated at St. Polycarp on Thanksgiving Day, so join us at St. Dennis.

 

EARLY SUBMISSION DATES FOR THE WEEKLY BULLETIN:  Early submission dates have been set by our bulletin publisher for the holiday season. All submissions that you would like to appear in the bulletin will need to be submitted earlier. These dates seem weeks away but they will be here before we know it. Plan now and submit early.  Bulletin Date December 4, submit by noon November 23: Bulletin Date December 11, submit by noon December 1. To view all early submission dates CLICK HERE.

THE DIALOG: Don’t forget to pick-up the new issue of “The Dialog” as you leave Mass this weekend. New issues of The Dialog, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Wilmington, are available 26 times a year (every other weekend). It’s website www.thedialog.org is updated daily. Make sure to check out the Datebook on page 14 for happenings around the Diocese.


NEXT WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 26/27 (& week of November 27)

BIDS NOW BEING ACCEPTED!

WHAT: Help out the church with this annual fundraiser and Parish tradition of putting up a parking spot to the highest bidder!  You will have the reserved spot (with your name on it) for one year.  With the winter weather coming, you will want to have that close spot for you or a loved one. Makes a perfect gift!

WHERE: Back parking lot by the brick wall around the HVAC unit, practically right under the portico!

HOW: Please submit your bid amount by December 1st at 3pm by emailing financialmanager@saintpolycarp.org with the Subject Line:  “Parking Spot Bid” or dropping it in the collection basket or black drop box under the portico labeled “Parking Spot Bid” with your name & phone number on it.  Besides individual bidders, Parish organizations or groups can consider putting in a collective bid for your group.  All bids MUST be in writing.   

              

PARISHIONER COFFEE: Parishioners are welcome to share a morning of snacks, conversation and a short video after the 8:30 am Mass on Tuesday, November 29th in the parish hall.. This invitation is open to all parishioners who would like to enjoy some coffee and good company. Feel free to bring snacks or anything you would like to share. For additional information, contact Cookie Ruane, (302) 540 – 6429.

RELICS OF ST. PADRE PIO: On November 29, 2022, between 8:30am and 7:00pm, St. Jude the Apostle Church (152 Tulip Dr., Lewes, DE) invites all to venerate three relics of St. Padre Pio throughout the day:  1. Crusts of the wounds from his stigmata;  2. A lock of his hair; 3. Gauze with his blood stains from the stigmata.
Veneration begins after the 8am daily Mass and concludes with Mass at 6pm. https://saintpolycarp.org/relics-of-st-padre-pio/


UPCOMING/ONGOING

COME ONE – COME ALL! COLUMBIETTES COOKIE WALK 2022: Saturday, December 3rd, after the 4 pm Mass and Sunday, December 4th, after the 10:30 am Mass Homemade cookies lovingly baked by our Columbiettes! Many varieties to tickle your taste buds! One dollar per bag!

 

 

DEANERY ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE will be held on Thursday, December 15th, at Holy Cross Church in Dover.

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! Is there someone you would like to invite to explore the Catholic faith – someone unbaptized, or baptized in a non-Catholic Christian tradition? Do you know someone who needs Confirmation and/or First Eucharist? Perhaps, the Catholic faith can fulfill their desires for a closer relationship with Our Lord. Then, the RCIA process is for them. Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information. DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.

CONNECTED IN CHRIST (ADULT FAITH FORMATION) meets every Tuesday at 9:30 AM in the Parish Library – ALL are welcome. Please join us. If you have any questions, please call Cookie Ruane at 302-540-6429.

GLUTEN FREE? Do you have an intolerance to gluten? If so, our parish offers gluten-free wafers to be consecrated for you. Please see our Sacristan 10 – 15 minutes before Mass and let them know that you need a gluten-free wafer put in the pyx. At Communion, please proceed down the aisle to the priest who will have the pyx in his hand and let him know you need a gluten-free host.

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Please consider signing up to host the vocation chalice in your home for a week.  Text or call Alice Gaston at (302) 670 – 7924. For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/vocation-chalice/  November 20 at the 10:30 Mass – Trias, December 4 at the 10:30 Mass – Brink, December 18 at the 10:30 Mass – Bobeck

IS THAT YOU, FR. JIM? If you receive emails or texts from Fr. Jim asking for favors or gifts or stating something similar to “I am currently busy in a meeting now, no calls so just reply to my email.”, please ignore and delete. If an email looks suspicious and you’re not sure, give the office a call.

FORMED – The Catholic Parish of WaimakaririHave you had the opportunity to dive into FORMED To sign up visit www.formed.org. Type in our Parish zip code (19977) and follow the steps to sign up or you can use the QR code below. Take advantage of your free subscription to FORMED! Enjoy thousands of hours of quality Catholic content!

REDNER’S MARKETS 1% SAVE-A-TAPE FUNDRAISER: Turn your food shopping into cash for our parish. 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 put them into the collection basket. There is no expiration date – you can turn in receipts months old!

BULLETIN SPONSORS: Thank you to all of our weekly bulletin sponsors for your support during the year! Your support has not gone unnoticed by our parish community and is so appreciated!

                                                                               


USEFUL LINKS:

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
DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – LIVE STREAMING https://www.youtube.com/user/DioceseofWilm
FOR THE SAKE OF GOD’S CHILDREN: https://www.cdow.org/giving/fsgc/
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online
EWTN: ewtn.com


FROM THE DIOCESE:     

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640AM. Saturday, November 19th, tune-in to learn about the new book, “The Jesse Tree: An Advent Devotion,: with author, Eric Sammons.  CLICK HERE You can listen online at cdow.org/CatholicForum, or by searching “Catholic Forum” on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Amazon Music podcasts.   “Like” Catholic Forum on Facebook at facebook.com/CatholicForum @CatholicForum.

MARRIAGE MOMENTS: During this week of Thanksgiving, take a moment to share with each other one thing that makes you thankful for your beloved and your marriage.

PARENTING POINTERS:  The Friday after Thanksgiving is often called “Black Friday” because it starts the frenzy of holiday shopping. It’s especially challenging for kids not to get sucked into Christmas wish lists.  Ask your children one gift they might like for Christmas that doesn’t cost any money.


LET US PRAY:

Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
The beginning and end of all things,
You have made Your Church to be a people
that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of Your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, You have united us as one body,
called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with Your grace,
that we would be close to You
by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with You always.
Amen.

 

Weekend Update November 12/13

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

SUNDAY SCRIPTURE –  QUESTIONS TO PONDER
~ If God rules the earth with justice and equity, what does that mean for how leaders should be chosen?
~ According to the second reading, how does a follower of Christ act?
~ When have you felt that God has spoken through you?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/111322.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for live stream at 8:30 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 4 pm on Saturdays.

PARISH WEBSITE: Visit: www.saintpolycarp.org/.

WEEKLY PARISH BULLETIN: CLICK HERE .       BULLETIN OVERFLOW: Bulletin Overflow – CLICK HERE


THIS WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 12/13 (& week of November 13)

Our Giving Tree Committee coordinates the Christmas gifts for needy children in our community. We work closely with our Parish School of Religion and the Smyrna
School District to identify children in need.  The Giving Tree, with the children’s requests, are set up inside the Main Entrance of the Church.  Please purchase a gift for the child on the tag you choose and return it to the Parish Hall no later than Sunday, December 4th.   Questions? Contact Fran Walls at (302) 653 – 1450.         Thank You!

 

RITE OF ENROLLMENT takes place at the 4pm Mass this weekend. Please pray for our Confirmandi as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in April.

THE SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 12/13,  is for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Members of the St Vincent de Paul Society assist our parishioners and neighbors   with rent, mortgage payments, utilities, medicine, transportation, and food for those in need. None of this would be possible without donations to our second collection this weekend, to the poor box and individual donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society. Thank you for your ongoing generosity.

BIRTHRIGHT’S BOTTLES FOR BABIES FUNDRAISER!  All bottles should now be returned to the bins at the doors of the Church.  Thank you for supporting Birthright!

EARLY SUBMISSION DATES FOR THE WEEKLY BULLETIN:  Early submission dates have been set by our bulletin publisher for the holiday season. All submissions that you would like to appear in the bulletin will need to be submitted earlier. These dates seem weeks away but they will be here before we know it. Plan now and submit early.  Bulletin Date November 27, submit by noon November 14: Bulletin Date December 4, submit by noon November 23: Bulletin Date December 11, submit by noon December 1. To view all early submission dates CLICK HERE.


WHAT: Help out the church with this annual fundraiser and Parish tradition of putting up a parking spot to the highest bidder!  You will have the reserved spot (with your name on it) for one year.  With the winter weather coming, you will want to have that close spot for you or a loved one. Makes a perfect gift!

WHERE: Back parking lot by the brick wall around the HVAC unit, practically right under the portico!

HOW: Please submit your bid amount by December 1st at 3pm by emailing financialmanager@saintpolycarp.org with the Subject Line:  “Parking Spot Bid” or dropping it in the collection basket or black drop box under the portico labeled “Parking Spot Bid” with your name & phone number on it.  Besides individual bidders, Parish organizations or groups can consider putting in a collective bid for your group.  All bids MUST be in writing.   


NEXT WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 19/20 (& week of November 20)

BVM SODALITY ADVENT RETREAT, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH  – 8:30 AM TO 1 PM. (Rosary at 8:00 am)
You are invited to join the Sodality in spiritual reflection and prayer for an Advent Retreat.  The retreat will begin with Mass at 8:30 am.  Deacon Frank will be our Retreat Master.  The Retreat theme is Mary and the Eucharist.  Lunch will be provided.  Those interested in attending must register.  Please call Betty Sloven at (302) 547 – 8174 or email her at churchladybetty@gmail.com by Monday, November 14th. There are also sign-up sheets on bulletin boards.

ST POLYCARP PARISH’S ANNUAL FALL CLEANUP: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH  9 AM TO 1 PM
Come join us for the Annual Fall Cleanup.  Please bring a rake, blowers, gloves and your friends.  This is a great opportunity for Confirmandi volunteer hours.  We welcome folks on riding mowers that can vacuum up the leaves.  We appreciate any amount of time you are able to give.  We need to clear the ground of leaves, branches and debris.  Light refreshments will be available. Please text or call Michael Pyle at (302) 423 – 9732 or email Mike at mjpyle58@msn.com so we can know how many folks to expect.

COME TO THE BROTHER VINCENT CHUCK WAGON! Saturday, January 14th, 5:30-9:00 pm. Brother Vincent K of C and Columbiettes – Winter Dinner – Show & More! Featuring The Legends of Country Music. Tickets $40. Tickets will be available after Mass next weekend or contact Dennis Skinner at papaskinz@yahoo.com or 302-981-8743. 

BLESSINGS: The blessing of Musicians and Cantors will take place on Sunday, November 20th at the 10:30 am Mass.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD will be offered next Sunday, November 20th, during the 10:30am Mass. (CLoW is offered on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.)  All children ages PreK – 4th grade are welcome to join us. Children will be called to come forward before the First Reading. They will return to you after the General Intercessions. All catechists and assistants have a cleared background check. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Erica Taylor at (302) 653-4101.


THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY:
Next Sunday, November 20 at the 10:30 am Mass – Trias Family Please arrive 15 minutes before your Mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL –  PARISHIONER SURVEY:  PLEASE RETURN NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 20th  The  Liturgy Committee would like to know your thoughts on what you would prefer to attend as a session for Eucharistic Revival (deepening our formation) near the Feast of St. Polycarp. Please place your survey in one of the boxes at the entrances to the Church no later than Sunday, November 20th. There are extra copies of the survey underneath the return survey boxes at the entrances to the Church or CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT THE SURVEY.

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS: Thanksgiving Day Mass will be celebrated at St. Dennis Church in Galena, MD at 9 am on Thursday, November 24th. All are invited to attend this special Mass. St. Dennis is encouraging those who attend to bring canned goods and boxed cereals to donate. Please place these items in the wicker baskets in front of the St. Joseph statue in the sanctuary before Mass. Mass will not be celebrated at St. Polycarp on Thanksgiving Day, so join us at St. Dennis.


UPCOMING/ONGOING

RELICS OF ST. PADRE PIO: On November 29, 2022, between 8:30am and 7:00pm, St. Jude the Apostle Church (152 Tulip Dr., Lewes, DE) invites all to venerate three relics of St. Padre Pio throughout the day:  1. Crusts of the wounds from his stigmata;  2. A lock of his hair; 3. Gauze with his blood stains from the stigmata.
Veneration begins after the 8am daily Mass and concludes with Mass at 6pm. https://saintpolycarp.org/relics-of-st-padre-pio/

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! Is there someone you would like to invite to explore the Catholic faith – someone unbaptized, or baptized in a non-Catholic Christian tradition? Do you know someone who needs Confirmation and/or First Eucharist? Perhaps, the Catholic faith can fulfill their desires for a closer relationship with Our Lord. Then, the RCIA process is for them. Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information. DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.

 

CONNECTED IN CHRIST (ADULT FAITH FORMATION) meets every Tuesday at 9:30 AM in the Parish Library – ALL are welcome. Please join us. If you have any questions, please call Cookie Ruane at 302-540-6429.

GLUTEN FREE? Do you have an intolerance to gluten? If so, our parish offers gluten-free wafers to be consecrated for you. Please see our Sacristan 10 – 15 minutes before Mass and let them know that you need a gluten-free wafer put in the pyx. At Communion, please proceed down the aisle to the priest who will have the pyx in his hand and let him know you need a gluten-free host.

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Please consider signing up to host the vocation chalice in your home for a week.  Text or call Alice Gaston at (302) 670 – 7924. For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/vocation-chalice/  November 20 at the 10:30 Mass – Trias, December 4 at the 10:30 Mass – Brink, December 18 at the 10:30 Mass – Bobeck

IS THAT YOU, FR. JIM? If you receive emails or texts from Fr. Jim asking for favors or gifts or stating something similar to “I am currently busy in a meeting now, no calls so just reply to my email.”, please ignore and delete. If an email looks suspicious and you’re not sure, give the office a call.

FORMED – The Catholic Parish of WaimakaririHave you had the opportunity to dive into FORMED To sign up visit www.formed.org. Type in our Parish zip code (19977) and follow the steps to sign up or you can use the QR code below. Take advantage of your free subscription to FORMED! Enjoy thousands of hours of quality Catholic content!

REDNER’S MARKETS 1% SAVE-A-TAPE FUNDRAISER: Turn your food shopping into cash for our parish. 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 put them into the collection basket. There is no expiration date – you can turn in receipts months old!

BULLETIN SPONSORS: Thank you to all of our weekly bulletin sponsors for your support during the year! Your support has not gone unnoticed by our parish community and is so appreciated!

                                                                               


USEFUL LINKS:

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
DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – LIVE STREAMING https://www.youtube.com/user/DioceseofWilm
FOR THE SAKE OF GOD’S CHILDREN: https://www.cdow.org/giving/fsgc/
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online
EWTN: ewtn.com


FROM THE DIOCESE:     

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640AM. On the November 12 episode of Catholic Forum, we talk with Andy Cooney of the New York Tenors and sample some of their music. CLICK HERE You can listen online at cdow.org/CatholicForum, or by searching “Catholic Forum” on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Amazon Music podcasts.   “Like” Catholic Forum on Facebook at facebook.com/CatholicForum @CatholicForum.

MARRIAGE MOMENTS: What’s the number one enemy of love? According to relationship coach, Gary Smalley, it’s unresolved anger. Since you can’t guarantee you’ll never feel angry, it’s best to work on the other end – resolving it constructively and lovingly. What works for you?

PARENTING POINTERS: “There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place.” (Luke 21:11) Sometimes scripture sounds like it is being written for our times. It can be scary for kids. One antidote is to let your children see you acting to relieve the suffering of others. Include them when possible.


LET US PRAY:

Dear Lord,
Today we honor our veterans, living and deceased, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect our country.
We pray that you will bless them for their unselfish service in the continual struggle to preserve our freedoms, our safety, and our country’s heritage, for all of us.
Bless them abundantly for the hardships they faced, for the sacrifices they made for their many different contributions to America’s victories over tyranny and oppression.
We respect them, we thank them, we honor them, we are proud of them. We pray that you will watch over these special people and bless them with peace and happiness.
For those who bravely gave their lives, grant them eternal rest.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.                                                                                                                                                                                           The Leo House, adapted

Weekend Update November 5/6

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

SUNDAY SCRIPTURE –  QUESTIONS TO PONDER
~ Who helped you to be confident in your beliefs?
~ How does your parish nurture people to hold fast to their beliefs?
~ Do you pray for those who spread the Gospel that they may continue to be faithful?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/110622.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for live stream at 8:30 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 4 pm on Saturdays.

PARISH WEBSITE: Visit: www.saintpolycarp.org/.

WEEKLY PARISH BULLETIN: CLICK HERE .       BULLETIN OVERFLOW: Bulletin Overflow – CLICK HERE


Don’t forget – Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday Morning at 2 am!  Clocks go BACK one hour!

 

THIS WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 5/6 (& week of November 6)

NATIONAL VOCATIONS AWARENESS WEEK, NOVEMBER 6th – 12th National Vocation Awareness Week, is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life through prayer and education. It is also a time to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.

THANK YOU FATHER JIM!   Father Jim will celebrate the 35th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Monday, November 7thCongratulations! Let us remember to thank Father for his 35 years of service to God and for his service to St. Polycarp Church and to St. Dennis Church as well. Let us pray that God will give Father Jim the grace, wisdom, and the endurance to persevere in his service to God and to be the shepherd of two parishes.

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: This Saturday, November 5 at the 4 pm Mass – Melesio Family Please arrive 15 minutes before your Mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

Our Giving Tree Committee coordinates the Christmas gifts for needy children in our community. We work closely with our Parish School of Religion and the Smyrna
School District to identify children in need.  The Giving Tree, with the children’s requests, will be set up inside the Main Entrance of the Church this weekend, November 5th & 6th.  Please purchase a gift for the child on the tag you choose and return it to the Parish Hall no later than Sunday, December 4th.   Questions? Contact Fran Walls at (302) 653 – 1450.         Thank You!

THE SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 5/6,  is for the Archdiocese for the Military Services.
The Archdiocese for the Military Services provides the same pastoral care and services as any other Catholic diocese, to Catholics serving in the United States Armed Forces, enrolled in U.S. Military Academies, undergoing treatment at any of the 153 Department of Veterans Affairs’ Medical Centers, working in civilian jobs for the federal government beyond U.S. borders, and their families. Please be as generous as your means allow.  Thank you!  Visit www.milarch.org for more information.

 

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD will be offered this Sunday, November 6th, during the 10:30am Mass. (CLoW is offered on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.)  All children ages PreK – 4th grade are welcome to join us. Children will be called to come forward before the First Reading. They will return to you after the General Intercessions. All catechists and assistants have a cleared background check. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Erica Taylor at (302) 653-4101.

 

AGAPE – THIS SUNDAY! Join us this Sunday November 6th after the 10:30am Mass as we gather together in the hall for Agape. Let’s give thanks for our many blessings.  Enjoy food, fun, and fellowship.

LAST CHANCE IS NOVEMBER 6TH – ST. POLYCARP CHURCH 2022 ORNAMENT – ORDER BY NOVEMBER 6TH: This unique glass Christmas Ornament is 3 1/4” in diameter and comes packaged in its own gift box for safe keeping. This year’s theme is “Eucharistic Revival” which was commissioned by the U.S.C.C.B. this year. Pictured on the ornament is St. Polycarp’s very own monstrance, altar, and crucifix. This beautiful ornament is also the perfect gift for friends or family that have moved out of the area. These ornaments are sure to become a cherished keepsake and heirloom. LIMITED EDITION – only $15 each ($18 with gold hanger). Order yours now before they are gone! All proceeds benefit Parish School of Religion (PSR). The last day to order is November 6. Order forms are available at the doors of the Church, online at https://forms.ministryforms.net/viewForm.aspx?formId=997e8e1e-67fe-4ece-afa8-58652f4d2d01 
or scan this QR code

 


EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL –  PARISHIONER SURVEY:  
The  Liturgy Committee would like to know your thoughts on what you would prefer to attend as a session for Eucharistic Revival (deepening our formation) near the Feast of St. Polycarp. Please place your survey in one of the boxes at the entrances to the Church no later than Sunday, November 20th. There are extra copies of the survey underneath the return survey boxes at the entrances to the Church or CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT THE SURVEY..

BIRTHRIGHT’S BOTTLES FOR BABIES FUNDRAISER!  All bottles should now be returned to the bins at the doors of the Church.  Thank you for supporting Birthright!


ALL SAINT’S PARADE “TRUNK OR TREAT”: 
We had a great time at our Parade of Saints! Following the parade, Parish Ministries handed out treats to our saints! Thank you to the ministries who participated and for the families who came out to support this fun event! To view  more pictures CLICK HERE

ALTAR SERVERS: Thank you to Fran Walls who has offered to serve our Lord and parish by training our altar servers. Fran is involved in several ministries in our parish and we appreciate her taking on this additional ministry. Special thanks to Nicholas Taylor who will be assisting Fran in this most important ministry. Nicholas is also involved in other parish ministries.

EARLY SUBMISSION DATES FOR THE WEEKLY BULLETIN:  Early submission dates have been set by our bulletin publisher for the holiday season. All submissions that you would like to appear in the bulletin will need to be submitted earlier. These dates seem weeks away but they will be here before we know it. Plan now and submit early.  To view the early submission dates CLICK HERE.

VETERANS DAY: This Friday, November 11th, is Veterans’ Day.  Veterans, as well as their families, have made many sacrifices in order to serve and protect the country.  Please remember all Veterans in your thoughts and prayers.  Consider saying “Thank You” to a Veteran for his or her service to our country.

 


NEXT WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 12/13 (& week of November 13)

BVM SODALITY ADVENT RETREAT – REGISTER BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14th.  THE RETREAT  TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH  – 8:30 AM TO 1 PM.
You are invited to join the Sodality in spiritual reflection and prayer for an Advent Retreat.  The retreat will begin with Mass at 8:30 am.  Deacon Frank will be our Retreat Master.  The Retreat theme is Mary and the Eucharist.  Lunch will be provided.  Those interested in attending must register.  Please call Betty Sloven at (302) 547 – 8174 or email her at churchladybetty@gmail.com by Monday, November 14th. There are also sign-up sheets on bulletin boards.


UPCOMING/ONGOING

ST POLYCARP PARISH’S ANNUAL FALL CLEANUP: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH  9 AM TO 1 PM
Come join us for the Annual Fall Cleanup.  Please bring a rake, blowers, gloves and your friends.  This is a great opportunity for Confirmandi volunteer hours.  We welcome folks on riding mowers that can vacuum up the leaves.  We appreciate any amount of time you are able to give.  We need to clear the ground of leaves, branches and debris.  Light refreshments will be available. Please text or call Michael Pyle at (302) 423 – 9732 or email Mike at mjpyle58@msn.com so we can know how many folks to expect.

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! Is there someone you would like to invite to explore the Catholic faith – someone unbaptized, or baptized in a non-Catholic Christian tradition? Do you know someone who needs Confirmation and/or First Eucharist? Perhaps, the Catholic faith can fulfill their desires for a closer relationship with Our Lord. Then, the RCIA process is for them. Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information. DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.


CONNECTED IN CHRIST (ADULT FAITH FORMATION)
meets every Tuesday at 9:30 AM in the Parish Library – ALL are welcome. Please join us. If you have any questions, please call Cookie Ruane at 302-540-6429.

GLUTEN FREE? Do you have an intolerance to gluten? If so, our parish offers gluten-free wafers to be consecrated for you. Please see our Sacristan 10 – 15 minutes before Mass and let them know that you need a gluten-free wafer put in the pyx. At Communion, please proceed down the aisle to the priest who will have the pyx in his hand and let him know you need a gluten-free host.

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Please consider signing up to host the vocation chalice in your home for a week.  Text or call Alice Gaston at (302) 670 – 7924. For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/vocation-chalice/  November 5 at the 4pm Mass – Melesio, November 20 at the 10:30 Mass – Trias.

IS THAT YOU, FR. JIM? If you receive emails or texts from Fr. Jim asking for favors or gifts or stating something similar to “I am currently busy in a meeting now, no calls so just reply to my email.”, please ignore and delete. If an email looks suspicious and you’re not sure, give the office a call.

FORMED – The Catholic Parish of WaimakaririHave you had the opportunity to dive into FORMED?  To sign up visit www.formed.org. Type in our Parish zip code (19977) and follow the steps to sign up or you can use the QR code below. Take advantage of your free subscription to FORMED! Enjoy thousands of hours of quality Catholic content!

REDNER’S MARKETS 1% SAVE-A-TAPE FUNDRAISER: Turn your food shopping into cash for our parish. 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 put them into the collection basket. There is no expiration date – you can turn in receipts months old!

BULLETIN SPONSORS: Thank you to all of our weekly bulletin sponsors for your support during the year! Your support has not gone unnoticed by our parish community and is so appreciated!

                                                                               


USEFUL LINKS:

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
DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – LIVE STREAMING https://www.youtube.com/user/DioceseofWilm
FOR THE SAKE OF GOD’S CHILDREN: https://www.cdow.org/giving/fsgc/
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online
EWTN: ewtn.com


FROM THE DIOCESE:     

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640AM. On the Nov. 5th episode of the Catholic Forum program/podcast, Christa Klein will discuss the new book of Fr. Leonard Klein sermons. CLICK HERE You can listen online at cdow.org/CatholicForum, or by searching “Catholic Forum” on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Amazon Music podcasts.   “Like” Catholic Forum on Facebook at facebook.com/CatholicForum @CatholicForum.

MARRIAGE MOMENTS: That the dead will rise…for to God all are alive.” (Luke 20: 38) Thinking of your own or your beloved’s death can be scary and depressing – but nobody gets out of this life alive! Take a sacred moment to share with each other your fears and hopes for your own deaths.

PARENTING POINTERS: November is Adoption month. Have you ever considered adopting or becoming a foster parent? This may not be your call but you might still mentor a child who needs a little more attention. Remember, Jesus was a foster child.


LET US PRAY:  A Prayer Before an Election

Lord God, as the election approaches,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country,
and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.

We ask for eyes that are free from blindness
so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters,
one and equal in dignity,
especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.

We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned,
Men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.

We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.

We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love, and keep in the ways of your truth
as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles
and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

www.usccb.org

 

All Saints Parade and Trunk or Treat Oct 30 2022

Thank you to the saints who joined us in our annual parade! Following the parade, our saints enjoyed the trunk or Treat provided by the different ministries, committees, groups, families and individuals from our parish!  Thank you!