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Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp, Smyrna DE
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
https://www.stdennischurch.org/
Saturday – 5:00 pm
Sunday – 8:00 am

Sunday – 11:00 am (Spanish)
Weekday Mass – 8:30 am, Thursday & Friday
Confessions – Saturdays 3:30 – 4:30 pm

 

DE Home for the Chronically Ill (DHCI)
Mass for residents – 1st Tuesday of the Month  – 10:30 am

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 September 18/19

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Lord upholds my life.  

 

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/091921.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for live stream. (or visit our webpage www.saintpolycarp.org and click on the picture of the altar ) Masses may also be viewed at a later time. As you may have noticed, our live streaming is not always working. If you have expertise in this area, please contact us immediately at the office. communications@saintpolycarp.org or 302.653.8279. We apologize for this inconvenience.

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


THIS WEEKEND, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH

WELCOME BACK MASS: We welcome back all of our parish families on Sunday, Sept. 19th at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. There will be a Welcome Back Blessing for our parish families. Then, afterwards, join us for food and festivities at our Annual Parish Picnic.

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY: a blessing for all of our catechists and those who assist them, will take place this Sunday, Sept. 19th at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. We are hoping all of our catechists and those who assist them plan on attending!

OUR ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC! Our annual Parish Picnic will take place this Sunday, September 19th following the 10:30 am Mass. We invite all parishioners to join us! Hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and bottled water will be provided. We ask that you bring your own sides and any additional beverages for you and your family. An inflatable obstacle course will be set up for you to enjoy. Hope to see you there.

SECOND COLLECTION: This week, the Second Collection will be for our Parish School of Religion (PSR). Thank you for your continued generosity in supporting the religious education of our youth. We are most appreciative for all you do to support our program!

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19TH

The RCIA is the process by which such individuals become full members of the Catholic Church. You can make a difference!  If you are aware of someone who is looking for new direction in their life, perhaps they will find their way in the Catholic Church.  You can… change a life by “personally inviting” them to our upcoming RCIA Inquiry session on Monday evening, September 20th. Other sessions will take place on successive Monday evenings, for all you wish to commit to the RCIA process. These sessions take place in the Parish Library at 6:30 PM. Again, these sessions are for those unbaptized, those baptized in other Christian traditions, or adult Catholics who have not been confirmed. You can make a difference in someone’s life… by simply asking! For information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653 – 8279.

JOIN THE GIRL SCOUTS:  Girl Scout Sign up night is this Wednesday, September 22nd at St. Polycarp. Stop by the Mother Drexel Hall between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm to learn more about Girl Scouts and how to join.  Contact Tracie Bruno for more information: gscbSU31@gmail.com.

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON  MARIAN PILGRIMAGE with Bishop William Koenig at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. September 25, 2021, 10AM-4PM https://saintpolycarp.org/marian-pilgrimage/


NEXT WEEKEND, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH

PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY: Next, Sunday, September 26th is Priesthood Sunday. Please bring the “Prayer for our Priests” (that is an insert in this week’s Bulletin) to Mass with you next weekend. Remember to pray for vocations to the Priesthood as well as prayers of thanksgiving for all Priests. A great day to say thank you to Priests & Deacons!

HAPPY RETIREMENT FR. MAST!   Father Mast will be celebrating his last Mass at Saint Polycarp before he retires to Florida, on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 10:30 am.   Please join us after Mass in Mother Drexel Hall for food and fellowship.  If you have any questions or would like to assist in the planning, please call Kathy Curlett at 302 222 9326.

PSR FIRST CLASSES:  PSR classes begin on Sunday, September 26th for Grades P/K – 4 and on Tuesday, September 28th for Grades 5-8.  Make sure you keep an eye on your email for information and calendars from Mrs. Taylor. (We are having some issues with families not receiving our emails. Please check your spam/junk folder.)
Our PSR offers religious education for children in pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. Students must be registered BEFORE the first class. Sacramental preparation is offered for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Visit https://saintpolycarp.org/religious-education/ for more information and to register. Registration Forms are also available in the black drop box under the portico. Questions? Contact our Coordinator of Religious Education, Erica Taylor at 302-653-4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org

SHARE IN THE SPIRIT: Next weekend, parishioners throughout the diocese will be asked to help make the dream of a Catholic education a reality for many struggling Catholic families.   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. Pease generously support next week’s Share in the Spirit collection.   God bless you for your ongoing goodness. To learn more about the Share in the Spirit collection and its importance, go to the diocesan website at www.cdow.org/sharespirit.html.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26TH

WEEKDAY MASSES: Beginning Thursday, September 30th and Friday, October 1st, there will be no 8:30 am Daily Mass on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. There will be 8:30 am Mass on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Weekend Masses will remain the same: 4 pm on Saturdays and 10:30 am on Sundays.


ONGOING/UPCOMING

THE ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS will take place on Sunday, October 3rd, at 12:15 pm.  Meet outside across from the front of the Church on the front lawn.

MEMORIAL BRICKS: Before you know it, the leaves will begin falling the kaleidoscope of colors will be here, and then, in no time at all,  Winter will arrive.  Now is a perfect time to add your Memorial Brick to the walkway of our outdoor Blessed Mother Shrine.  We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to have our Blessed Mother looking down upon a memory of our loved one, a special occasion or just your family name. 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 (forms may be found at the Church doors) with payment to St. Polycarp Church in an envelope labeled “Memorial Brick”. You can also CLICK HERE FOR ORDER FORM 

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 receipts months old in!


Thank you to our Bulletin advertisers! We appreciate your support!

 


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
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online


FROM THE DIOCESE:

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. On tomorrow’s episode tune in to meet Ms. Sheila McGirl,  new development director of the Diocese of Wilmington, and learn about the upcoming Share in the Spirit campaign to help Catholic school families. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY: 

A Prayer for the Family
Composed by St. Mother Teresa

Heavenly Father,
You have given us the model of life in the Holy Family of Nazareth. Help us, O Loving Father, to make our family another Nazareth where love, peace and joy reign. May it be deeply contemplative, intensely eucharistic, revived with joy.

Help us to stay together in joy and sorrow in family prayer. Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our families, especially in their distressing disguise. May the eucharistic heart of Jesus make our hearts humble like his and help us to carry out our family duties in a holy way.

May we love one another as God loves each one of us, more and more each day, and forgive each other’s faults as you forgive our sins. Help us, O Loving Father, to take whatever you give and give whatever you take with a big smile.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, cause of our joy, pray for us.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

Holy Guardian Angels, be always with us, guide and protect us.

Amen.

 

Weekend Update September 11/12

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

And calling the multitude together with his disciples, He said to them:
If any man will follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 

 

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/091221.cfm

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

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

TODAY WE SAY GOODBYE to our Parish Secretary, Teresa Cariello. We wish Teresa and her husband, Angelo, the best as they relocate. We appreciate Teresa’s dedication to her ministry of Parish Secretary and for enriching our parish with her constant faith and dedication to ministry here at St. Polycarp. We also thank Angelo, for his dedication to setting up and maintain our live streaming. We pray that God will guide them in their new adventure. You will be missed.

SECOND COLLECTION: This week, September 11th and 12th, the Second Collection will be for our Parish Utilities.  Your generosity is appreciated.

THE PRINTED WEEKLY BULLETIN: This week’s Bulletin will be available as you leave Mass this weekend; however, they have been printed from our office. As usual, you can view this weekend’s Bulletin online at https://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf
Please read the following note from our Bulletin publisher:
“As you may know, our production facility was severely impacted by flooding caused by Hurricane Ida last week. We are very sorry to inform you that you will not be receiving a bulletin this week.  We were operational for a period of time, however additional issues were uncovered due to the printing equipment being exposed to water.  We have been working around the clock since Saturday and anticipate that we will be fully operational by next week.  Your online bulletin is available this week as always. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and well wishes.”


ST. POLYCARP’S 2ND ANNUAL STEAK DINNER
AND GOLF TOURNAMENT.
Golfers and diners will be enjoying this fun event this weekend, Sunday, September 12th.
GOOD LUCK & KEEP IT IN THE FAIRWAY!

 

The RCIA is the process by which such individuals become full members of the Catholic Church. You can make a difference!  If you are aware of someone who is looking for new direction in their life, perhaps they will find their way in the Catholic Church.  You can… change a life by “personally inviting” them to one of our upcoming RCIA Inquiry sessions on Monday evening, September 13th and 20th. Other sessions will take place on successive Monday evenings, for all you wish to commit to the RCIA process. These sessions take place in the Parish Library at 6:30 PM. Again, these sessions are for those unbaptized, those baptized in other Christian traditions, or adult Catholics who have not been confirmed. You can make a difference in someone’s life… by simply asking! For information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653 – 8279.


NEXT WEEKEND, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH

WELCOME BACK MASS: We welcome back all of our parish families on Sunday, Sept. 19th at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. There will be a Welcome Back Blessing for our parish families. Then, afterwards, join us for food and festivities at our Annual Parish Picnic.

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY: a blessing for all of our catechists and those who assist them, will take place next Sunday, Sept. 19th at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. We are hoping all of our catechists and those who assist them plan on attending!

OUR ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC! Our annual Parish Picnic will take place on Sunday, September 19th following the 10:30 am Mass. We invite all parishioners to join us! Hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and bottled water will be provided. We ask that you bring your own sides and any additional beverages for you and your family. An inflatable obstacle course will be set up for you to enjoy. Hope to see you there.


HAPPY RETIREMENT FR. MAST!   Father Mast will be celebrating his last Mass at Saint Polycarp before he retires to Florida, on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 10:30 am.   Please join us after Mass in Mother Drexel Hall for food and fellowship.  If you have any questions or would like to assist in the planning, please call Kathy Curlett at 302 222 9326.

WEEKDAY MASSES: Beginning Thursday, September 30th and Friday, October 1st, there will be no 8:30 am Daily Mass on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. There will be 8:30 am Mass on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Weekend Masses will remain the same: 4 pm on Saturdays and 10:30 am on Sundays.

REGISTRATION FOR PSR:  PSR classes begin on Sunday, September 26th for Grades P/K – 4 and on Tuesday, September 28th for Grades 5-8.  Make sure you keep an eye on your email for information and calendars from Mrs. Taylor.
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 to register. Registration Forms are also available in the black drop box under the portico. Questions? Contact our Coordinator of Religious Education, Erica Taylor at 302-653-4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org

PARISH SECRETARY: We’re looking for someone to embrace the ministry of Parish Secretary. Are you part of God’s plan for our parish? Or will God prompt you to be His messenger and prompt that person to come forward.  Either way, God’s grace will take care of the rest.  Interested candidates should email their resume to Fr. Jim. A job description is available upon request.  “This is a full time position, with a comprehensive benefits package, that includes a retirement plan that is quite literally heavenly.”

BACK-UP LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULER: The Liturgy Committee is in need of back-up personnel for their various ministries.  They need someone to fill-in for Frank Patton who schedules the Liturgical Ministers for the various Masses. The back-up would fill in if Frank were to get sick, etc.  Frank is willing to teach that person how he does the scheduling. Scheduling is usually done on a monthly basis.  If you are interested, please contact Kathy MacDonald at (302) 653 – 8976, Linda Mood at (302) 653 – 6852, or see Kathy and Linda after Mass.

CREATE BEAUTIFUL CARDS! TODAY IS THE LAST CALL TO PLACE YOUR ORDER! The Brother Vincent Columbiettes would like to invite you to join them for a fun activity at 10 am, on Thursday, September 23rd, as they create Christmas note/greeting cards in the Hall.  The price is only $15.00 per kit, which includes all the supplies (paper card stock and embellishments as well as envelopes) necessary to make three Christmas note/greeting cards similar to the ones below.  This event is open to anyone who would like to join us.  Contact Anna to reserve your spot and order your kit. All orders must be placed and paid for by Friday, September 10th.  Please make checks payable to Brother Vincent Columbiettes and mail to: Rosemary Battistoni, Financial Secretary 1515 Bon Ayre Circle, Smyrna, De 19977. The kits will be available at the class.  Questions? Contact Anna Skinner at (302) 508 – 5369 or by anna.skinz@gmail.com. Come meet Phoebe Bird, our StampinUp Instructor extraordinaire!

MEMORIAL BRICKS: Before you know it, the leaves will begin falling the kaleidoscope of colors will be here, and then, in no time at all,  Winter will arrive.  Now is a perfect time to add your Memorial Brick to the walkway of our outdoor Blessed Mother Shrine.  We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to have our Blessed Mother looking down upon a memory of our loved one, a special occasion or just your family name. 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 (forms may be found at the Church doors) with payment to St. Polycarp Church in an envelope labeled “Memorial Brick”. You can also CLICK HERE FOR ORDER FORM 

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON  MARIAN PILGRIMAGE with Bishop William Koenig at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. September 25, 2021, 10AM-4PM https://saintpolycarp.org/marian-pilgrimage/ Tune in tomorrow to Catholic Forum/Relevant Radio (1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640) to learn about the upcoming Marian Pilgrimage to the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. when Fr. Brian Lewis, pilgrimage coordinator and pastor of St. Jude the Apostle in Lewes, is guest. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum.

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 receipts months old in!


Thank you to our Bulletin advertisers! We appreciate your support!

 


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
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online


FROM THE DIOCESE:

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. On tomorrow’s episode tune in to learn about the upcoming Marian Pilgrimage to the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. when Fr. Brian Lewis, pilgrimage coordinator and pastor of St. Jude the Apostle in Lewes, is guest. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY:  NEVER FORGET

Dear God, we remember before you today those whose lives were lost in the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001, and for all those whom we love but no longer see. We give thanks to you for the selfless courage of those brave souls who ran into burning buildings and who labored in the rubble; may their courage be to us a witness of what is possible when we are guided by love and dedication to our fellow human beings.

We pray today for the continued healing of all those suffering emotional and physical scars. May your spirit breathe new breath into clouded lungs, new life into troubled minds, and new warmth into broken hearts, so that all may feel wrapped in your loving embrace. May we move from suffering to hope, from brokenness to wholeness, from anxiety to courage, from death to life, from fear to love, and from despair to hope.

Guide our feet into the way of peace. Inspire us with hope in the gift of shalom and salaam. May we receive this gift, so that we might become instruments of your peace in this world, knowing all people as equally loved, lovingly created, children of God.

Amen.

Taken from: https://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online


 

Weekend Update September 4/5

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Praise the Lord, my soul!

 

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/090521.cfm

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

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

THE PRINTED WEEKLY BULLETIN: This week’s Bulletin may not arrive on time for Masses due to delayed delivery because of the flooding. You can view this weekend’s Bulletin using the link above for the Online Bulletin.   To view the insert for this weekend’s Bulletin CLICK HERE    (Note: This insert was emailed to parishioners on Thursday with the subject “Important Message from Fr. Jim”.)

FIRST SATURDAY: Tomorrow, September 4th.  Please plan to join our Columbiettes tomorrow at 3:25 pm to pray the Rosary before the start of the 4pm Mass.

LAST CALL! ST. POLYCARP’S 2ND ANNUAL STEAK DINNER AND GOLF TOURNAMENT. Last call for reservations for our Parish Steak Dinner and Golf Event at the beautiful Maple Dale Country Club next Sunday, September 12th.  We have lots of prizes and raffle items in addition to wonderful food and fellowship!  We need your reservation by this Wednesday, September 8th.  Tickets are NOT available after this date.  The parish website and bulletin have details or contact Kathy Willes kdwilles@comcast.net (302)670-7330 or Larry Borgman lborgman007@gmail.com (302)389-6018.   Please join us!

The RCIA is the process by which such individuals become full members of the Catholic Church. You can make a difference!  If you are aware of someone who is looking for new direction in their life, perhaps they will find their way in the Catholic Church.  You can… change a life by “personally inviting” them to one of our upcoming RCIA Inquiry sessions on Monday evening, September 13th and 20th. Other sessions will take place on successive Monday evenings, for all you wish to commit to the RCIA process. These sessions take place in the Parish Library at 6:30 PM. Again, these sessions are for those unbaptized, those baptized in other Christian traditions, or adult Catholics who have not been confirmed. You can make a difference in someone’s life… by simply asking! For information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653 – 8279.

WELCOME BACK MASS: We welcome back all of our parish families on Sunday, Sept. 19th at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. This Mass coincides with Catechetical Sunday, where we bless all of our catechists; assistants; and volunteers who catechize the children and adults of our parish. Also, there will be a Welcome Back Blessing for our parish families. Then, afterwards, join us for food and festivities at our Annual Parish Picnic.

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC! Our annual Parish Picnic will take place on Sunday, September 19th following the 10:30 am Mass. We invite all parishioners to join us! Hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and bottled water will be provided. We ask that you bring your own sides and any additional beverages for you and your family. An inflatable obstacle course will be set up for you to enjoy. Hope to see you there.

FROM THE PARISH OFFICE: There have been issues with our email delivery/receiving this week. If you were expecting a response from an email and have not received one, please call the office and leave a message. Please check your Spam Folder before calling.

BACK-UP LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULER: The Liturgy Committee is in need of back-up personnel for their various ministries.  They need someone to fill-in for Frank Patton who schedules the Liturgical Ministers for the various Masses. The back-up would fill in if Frank were to get sick, etc.  Frank is willing to teach that person how he does the scheduling. Scheduling is usually done on a monthly basis.  If you are interested, please contact Kathy MacDonald at (302) 653 – 8976, Linda Mood at (302) 653 – 6852, or see Kathy and Linda after Mass.

REGISTRATION FOR PSR:  PSR classes begin on Sunday, September 26th for Grades P/K – 4 and on Tuesday, September 28th for Grades 5-8.  Mrs. Taylor will be emailing parents of registered students this week with more information. If you have not registered your child(ren), we need you to register today! We are finalizing plans for the year ahead and it is extremely important that we know how many children will be in each grade. 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 to register. Registration Forms are also available in the black drop box under the portico. Questions? Contact our Coordinator of Religious Education, Erica Taylor at 302-653-4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org

IS GOD CALLING YOU?  Has God been quietly calling you to be part of the religious education of our parish youth? Maybe it’s time to contact our CRE,  Erica Taylor, CRE at (302) 653 – 4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org for more information.
Our PSR is still in need of an 8th Grade Catechist on Tuesday evening.

CREATE BEAUTIFUL CARDS! The Brother Vincent Columbiettes would like to invite you to join them for a fun activity at 10 am, on Thursday, September 23rd, as they create Christmas note/greeting cards in the Hall.  The price is only $15.00 per kit, which includes all the supplies (paper card stock and embellishments as well as envelopes) necessary to make three Christmas note/greeting cards similar to the ones below.  This event is open to anyone who would like to join us.  Contact Anna to reserve your spot and order your kit. All orders must be placed and paid for by Friday, September 10th.  Please make checks payable to Brother Vincent Columbiettes and mail to: Rosemary Battistoni, Financial Secretary 1515 Bon Ayre Circle, Smyrna, De 19977. The kits will be available at the class.  Questions? Contact Anna Skinner at (302) 508 – 5369 or by anna.skinz@gmail.com. Come meet Phoebe Bird, our StampinUp Instructor extraordinaire!

SEASONS OF HOPE bereavement support group is centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in his healing wisdom, traditions, and practices of our faith.  “Seasons of Hope” gives the bereaved an opportunity to come together to share god’s love.  It provides a safe place to share thoughts and feelings.  It also offers the knowledge that others are on the same grief journey and mutual support is given to each other. “Seasons of Hope” consists of 6 week sessions.  Our next session begins on Thursday, September 16th, at 10:00 am.  For more information and to register contact Diane Dellinger at ddellinger7377@outlook.com or Maureen Robinson (302) 423 – 6366.  Registration is required.

MEMORIAL BRICKS: Before you know it, the leaves will begin falling the kaleidoscope of colors will be here, and then, in no time at all,  Winter will arrive.  Now is a perfect time to add your Memorial Brick to the walkway of our outdoor Blessed Mother Shrine.  We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to have our Blessed Mother looking down upon a memory of our loved one, a special occasion or just your family name. 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 (forms may be found at the Church doors) with payment to St. Polycarp Church in an envelope labeled “Memorial Brick”. You can also CLICK HERE FOR ORDER FORM 

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON  MARIAN PILGRIMAGE with Bishop William Koenig at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. September 25, 2021, 10AM-4PM https://saintpolycarp.org/marian-pilgrimage/

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 receipts months old in!


Thank you to our Bulletin advertisers! We appreciate your support!

 


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
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online


FROM THE DIOCESE:

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. On tomorrow’s episode tune in to hear what’s new at St. Mary Star of the Sea/Holy Savior Parish in Ocean City, Maryland. Find out when father John Solomon, pastor, is the guest. They recently published the book, “A Millennial in Paradise: Carlo Acutis,” by Father Will Conquer. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY:

Pope Francis has called for an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation which was celebrated on September 1. September 1st marked the beginning of the “Season of Creation,” which lasts through the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4.

Father of all,
Creator and ruler of the universe,
You entrusted your world to us as a gift.
Help us to care for it and all people,
that we may live in right relationship–
with You,
with ourselves,
with one another,
and with creation.

Christ our Lord,
both divine and human,
You lived among us and died for our sins.
Help us to imitate your love for the human family
by recognizing that we are all connected—
to our brothers and sisters around the world,
to those in poverty impacted by environmental devastation,
and to future generations.

Holy Spirit,
giver of wisdom and love,
You breathe life in us and guide us.
Help us to live according to your vision,
stirring to action the hearts of all—
individuals and families,
communities of faith,
and civil and political leaders.

Triune God, help us to hear the cry of those in poverty, and the cry of the earth, so that we may together care for our common home.

Amen.

From Fr. Jim – An important message

CLICK HERE to read message from Fr. Jim

Weekend Update August 28/29

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

 

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082921.cfm

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

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

BLESSING OF ATHLETES will take place this weekend at the 4pm Mass on Saturday, August 28th and the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday, August 29th.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT THIS WEEKEND FOR ST. POLYCARP’S 2ND ANNUAL STEAK DINNER AND GOLF TOURNAMENT. After Masses this weekend, there will be a chance for everyone to sign the Parishioners’ Support Signs for the 2nd Annual St. Polycarp Steak Dinner and Golf Event.  The signs will be displayed on the Golf Course and then at the dinner at Maple Dale Country Club on Sunday, September 12th.  For a $5.00 donation you can put your names or a few words on one of these signs to show your support for this event and our parish.  Members  of the Golf Committee will be outside the church doors ready to assist you.

PRAYER WALK – This Sunday, August 29 at 6pm. Please join us for our annual Prayer Walk. St. Polycarp Church, along with other churches and schools in our community will gather at their respective locations to pray together for the safety and well-being of everyone returning to school. Our prayers are needed! We will begin with prayer together as a group at 6:00pm in front of the church and then walk around the building together in silent prayer. For those who don’t feel comfortable walking, you may go inside the Church. The church will be open from 6-7pm. In the event of rain, we will meet in the Church at 6pm. Please consider joining our Parish Family & the community of Smyrna in prayer.

DO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING CATHOLIC OR RECEIVING THE SACRAMENTS? The RCIA is the process by which persons who were never baptized, baptized in other faith traditions, or baptized Catholic, but not “fully initiated” in the Church through Confirmation and the Eucharist become full members of the Catholic Church, a people on pilgrimage to our Heavenly Father.  An RCIA Inquiry Session will take place Monday evening, August 30th  in the Parish Library at 6:30 pm.  For information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653 – 8279.

FIRST FRIDAY: Join us next Friday, September 3rd, to pray the Rosary before Mass, Mass at 8:30 am, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Heart Novena.

FROM THE PARISH OFFICE: Please be aware that some emails sent from the office staff this week were being blocked by certain email providers (yahoo, aol, etc.).  These emails were legitimate and sent from us, so if you were expecting an email from one of us, please check your Junk or Spam folders, it might be in there.  Depending on your email provider, you can add ‘@saintpolycarp.org’ to your list of allowed email addresses so you will receive emails from us in your Inbox.

BACK-UP LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULER: The Liturgy Committee is in need of back-up personnel for their various ministries.  They need someone to fill-in for Frank Patton who schedules the Liturgical Ministers for the various Masses. The back-up would fill in if Frank were to get sick, etc.  Frank is willing to teach that person how he does the scheduling. Scheduling is usually done on a monthly basis.  If you are interested, please contact Kathy MacDonald at (302) 653 – 8976, Linda Mood at (302) 653 – 6852, or see Kathy and Linda after Mass.

REGISTRATION FOR PSR:  If you have not registered your child(ren), please do so now. We are finalizing plans for the year ahead and it is extremely important that we know how many children will be in each grade. 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 to register. Registration Forms are also available in the black drop box under the portico. Questions? Contact our Coordinator of Religious Education, Erica Taylor at 302-653-4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org

IS GOD CALLING YOU?  Has God been quietly calling you to be part of the religious education of our parish youth? Maybe it’s time to contact our CRE,  Erica Taylor, CRE at (302) 653 – 4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org for more information.
Our PSR is in need of
1st Grade Assistant on Sunday Morning
8th Grade Catechist on Tuesday evening

CREATE BEAUTIFUL CARDS! The Brother Vincent Columbiettes would like to invite you to join them for a fun activity at 10 am, on Thursday, September 23rd, as they create Christmas note/greeting cards in the Hall.  The price is only $15.00 per kit, which includes all the supplies (paper card stock and embellishments as well as envelopes) necessary to make three Christmas note/greeting cards similar to the ones below.  This event is open to anyone who would like to join us.  Contact Anna to reserve your spot and order your kit. All orders must be placed and paid for by Friday, September 10th.  Please make checks payable to Brother Vincent Columbiettes and mail to: Rosemary Battistoni, Financial Secretary 1515 Bon Ayre Circle, Smyrna, De 19977. The kits will be available at the class.  Questions? Contact Anna Skinner at (302) 508 – 5369 or by anna.skinz@gmail.com. Come meet Phoebe Bird, our StampinUp Instructor extraordinaire!

SEASONS OF HOPE bereavement support group is centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in his healing wisdom, traditions, and practices of our faith.  “Seasons of Hope” gives the bereaved an opportunity to come together to share god’s love.  It provides a safe place to share thoughts and feelings.  It also offers the knowledge that others are on the same grief journey and mutual support is given to each other. “Seasons of Hope” consists of 6 week sessions.  Our next session begins on Thursday, September 16th, at 10:00 am.  For more information and to register contact Diane Dellinger at ddellinger7377@outlook.com or Maureen Robinson (302) 423 – 6366.  Registration is required.

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC! Our annual Parish Picnic will take place on Sunday, September 19th following the 10:30 am Mass. We invite all parishioners to join us! Hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and bottled water will be provided. We ask that you bring your own sides and any additional beverages for you and your family. An inflatable obstacle course will be set up for you to enjoy. Hope to see you there.

MEMORIAL BRICKS: Before you know it, the leaves will begin falling the kaleidoscope of colors will be here, and then, in no time at all,  Winter will arrive.  Now is a perfect time to add your Memorial Brick to the walkway of our outdoor Blessed Mother Shrine.  We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to have our Blessed Mother looking down upon a memory of our loved one, a special occasion or just your family name. 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 (forms may be found at the Church doors) with payment to St. Polycarp Church in an envelope labeled “Memorial Brick”. You can also CLICK HERE FOR ORDER FORM 

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON  MARIAN PILGRIMAGE with Bishop William Koenig at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. September 25, 2021, 10AM-4PM https://saintpolycarp.org/marian-pilgrimage/

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 receipts months old in!


Thank you to our Bulletin advertisers! We appreciate your support!

 


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
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online


FROM THE DIOCESE:

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. On tomorrow’s episode tune in to hear an interview with Dr. S. K. Baskerville, author of the new book, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Manners, Sex and Ruling the World,” from Sophia Institute Press. They recently published the book, “A Millennial in Paradise: Carlo Acutis,” by Father Will Conquer. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY: Prayer of St. Patrick
Christ be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ with in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Christ. May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

Amen.