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Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp  –
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/
Sunday – 8:00 am
Sunday – 11:00 am (Spanish)
Weekday Mass – Thursday & Friday 8:30 am
Confessions – Sundays 7:00 am – 7:30 am

 

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

Parish Contact

55 Ransom Lane,
Smyrna, Delaware 19977

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

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

Weekend Update June 19/20

12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 Give thanks to the Lord, His love is everlasting.

                                                   

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/062021.cfm

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

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

BULLETIN SPONSORS: Thank you to our new Bulletin sponsors and to those sponsors who continue to support our parish! Be sure to check out our new Bulletin sponsors!

WELCOME BACK! Bishop Malooly, has lifted the dispensation, thereby reinstating the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation for Catholics in the Diocese, effective June 26, 2021. The obligation does not apply to those who are ill, have been exposed to the virus, or have any serious underlying health conditions. We welcome and encourage the Faithful to return to full in-person participation of the Sunday Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith.

THE BLESSING OF FATHERS will take place at Masses this weekend, June 19th and 20th.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

LECTORS NEEDED: We are in need of additional lectors for the 4:00 pm and 10:30 am Masses. If you are interested in serving in this ministry, please call Linda Mood at 302- 653-6852.

ROOM RESERVATIONS: If your ministry will be meeting on campus, you will need to submit a new room reservation form for your ministry and send it the parish office at office@saintpolycarp.org. The Room Reservation Form can be found on our website at. https://saintpolycarp.org/room-reservation/ We are looking forward to having everyone back on the campus once again and planning ahead makes for a smoother transition!

THE PARISH OFFICE will re-open on Tuesday, July 6 at 9:00 am. The Office will be open Monday – Friday, 9am to 3pm. We look forward to seeing you again!

R.C.I.A. – CHANGE THE WORLD: Do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Are you an adult who has never made First Eucharist or been Confirmed? Deacon Frank will hold an Inquiry Session on July 12th at 6:30pm for those adults who have not been baptized, who were baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic or for those adults baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation. For information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the parish office. (302) 653-8279.

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

MEMORIAL MASS: A Memorial Mass for Deacon Charlie will be celebrated this coming Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 6:30pm. Do you have any pictures or stories of Deacon Charlie that you’d like to share with your parish family? Drop off at the office or email to communications@saintpolycarp.org by Monday at noon. Originals will be returned.

FATHER’S DAY NOVENA: Express your love for a special father, grandfather, godfather, father-in-law, or any man who has played a fatherly role in your life by enrolling them in the Father’s Day Novena of Masses. You can remember any man, living or deceased who is dear to you.  Envelopes are available at the doors of the Church.

MEMORIAL BRICKS:  The Gift of a Memorial Brick is a unique and memorable way to celebrate a special occasion, honor family and friends (living or deceased), share a favorite quote and more! If you would like to become part of the walkway to our Blessed Mother with your name or the name of a loved one, now is a good time to do so! For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/?s=brick&submit=

 

2021 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL : We need your help to reach this year’s goal! Visit our online Bulletin or visit www.cdow.org/annualcatholicappeal to find out how you can help provide pastoral, charitable, and educational programs and services to tens of thousands of people in our 12 county Diocese. St. Polycarp’s ongoing example of stewardship has been the epitome of generosity in years past. Pledge cards are available at the doors of the Church and in the black drop box under the portico. Checks should be made payable to the Annual Catholic Appeal and mailed to:

Annual Catholic Appeal
Catholic Diocese of Wilmington
P.O. Box 25050
Wilmington, DE 19899-5050

STONES FAITH GARDEN: We welcome all those who contributed a stone to explain its meaning by submitting a line or two, a paragraph or two, about your stone. Submissions should be sent to   submission@saintpolycarp.org. Be sure to visit the new garden located near the staff office door.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES: See this week’s Bulletin https://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf


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. Tomorrow, June 19, tune in to hear an interview with Mr. Mark Christian, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Wilmington.  Mark, who is retiring at the end of the month, will look back at his 44 years of ministry to the cemeteries of the diocese. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY:

Dear God,

Thank you for all the fathers and father-figures in this world and for the many ways you use them to lovingly guide others to Your heart. We ask that you would bless them and give them great joy and peace. May they see You and know You in new ways. Show them how much you love them and care about them. Guide their steps, use their hands, and make them a blessing to others as you continue to fulfill your special purpose for their lives.

We also pray for those who have recently lost or who are facing the imminent loss of their fathers, may they find comfort in the love that their fathers have given them.

Amen.                                                                                                   (adapted from Dayspring)

 

Weekend Update June 12/13

11th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

                                                         Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/061321.cfm

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

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

WELCOME BACK! Bishop Malooly, has lifted the dispensation, thereby reinstating the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation for Catholics in the Diocese, effective June 26, 2021. The obligation does not apply to those who are ill, have been exposed to the virus, or have any serious underlying health conditions. We welcome and encourage the Faithful to return to full in-person participation of the Sunday Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith.

LECTORS NEEDED: We are in need of additional lectors for the 4:00 pm and 10:30 am Masses. If you are interested in serving in this ministry, please call Linda Mood at 302- 653-6852.

ROOM RESERVATIONS: If your ministry will be meeting on campus, you will need to submit a new room reservation form for your ministry and send it the parish office at office@saintpolycarp.org. The Room Reservation Form can be found on our website at. https://saintpolycarp.org/room-reservation/ Please make sure to complete all information. We are looking forward to having everyone back on the campus once again and planning ahead makes for a smoother transition!

THE PARISH OFFICE will re-open on Tuesday, July 6 at 9:00 am. The Office will be open Monday – Friday, 9am to 3pm. We look forward to seeing you again!

ATTENTION MINISTRY LEADERS: Please remember to send your new officer/leadership information to Judy at communications@saintpolycarp.org for our Leadership List.

R.C.I.A. – CHANGE THE WORLD: Do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Are you an adult who has never made First Eucharist or been Confirmed? Deacon Frank will hold an Inquiry Session on July 12th at 6:30pm for those adults who have not been baptized, who were baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic or for those adults baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation. For information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the parish office. (302) 653-8279.

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

MEMORIAL MASS: Do you have any pictures or stories of Deacon Charlie that you’d like to share with your parish family? Drop off at the office or email to communications@saintpolycarp.org. Originals will be returned. A Memorial Mass for Deacon Charlie will be celebrated on June 23, 2021 at 6:30pm. Let us continue to pray for the repose of his soul and for his loving family.

FATHER’S DAY NOVENA: Express your love for a special father, grandfather, godfather, father-in-law, or any man who has played a fatherly role in your life by enrolling them in the Father’s Day Novena of Masses. You can remember any man, living or deceased who is dear to you.  Envelopes are available at the doors of the Church.

DO YOU HAVE IT (Information Technology) EXPERIENCE? We continue to need help with the IT end of our live streaming. If you have any ability in this area and are willing to share your gift of time and talent in this way, please contact our Communications Office at communications@saintpolycarp.org or call the office at 302-653-8279.

MEMORIAL BRICKS: Graduation and Father’s Day are just around the corner. The Gift of a Memorial Brick is a unique and memorable way to celebrate a special occasion, honor family and friends (living or deceased), share a favorite quote and more! If you would like to become part of the walkway to our Blessed Mother with your name or the name of a loved one, now is a good time to do so! For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/?s=brick&submit=

 

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

STONES FAITH GARDEN: We welcome all those who contributed a stone to explain its meaning by submitting a line or two, a paragraph or two, about your stone. We will  publish these lessons on our various platforms. (You may remain anonymous.) Submissions should be sent to   submission@saintpolycarp.org. This will allow all in our community to grow in understanding the power and grace of the Holy Spirit active in our midst.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES: See this week’s Bulletin https://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf


USEFUL LINKS:

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


FROM THE DIOCESE:

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. Tomorrow, June 12, tune in to hear an interview with local author, Denny Skirvin and learn about his book, “The Treasure of Nonsense Woods” and “Jubal’s Christmas Gift.” Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY:

Blessed are you, Lord God:
Blessed are you for ever.
Holy is your name:
Blessed are you for ever.
Great is your mercy for your people:
Blessed are you for ever.

Amen.

 

Weekend Update June 5/6

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
CORPUS CHRISTI

 I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/060621.cfm

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

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

JOYFUL NEWS! Bishop Malooly, has lifted the dispensation, thereby reinstating the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation for Catholics in the Diocese of Wilmington, effective June 26, 2021. The obligation does not apply to those who are ill, have been exposed to the virus, or have any serious underlying health conditions. We welcome and encourage the Faithful to return to full in-person participation of the Sunday Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith.

R.C.I.A. – CHANGE THE WORLD: Do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Are you an adult who has never made First Eucharist or been Confirmed? Deacon Frank will hold an Inquiry Session on July 12th for those adults who have not been baptized, who were baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic or for those adults baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation. For information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the parish office. (302) 653-8279.

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

MEMORIAL MASS: A Memorial Mass for Deacon Charlie will be celebrated on June 23, 2021 at 6:30pm. Do you have any pictures or stories of Deacon Charlie that you’d like to share with your parish family? Drop off at the office or email to communications@saintpolycarp.org. Originals will be returned. Let us continue to pray for the repose of his soul and for his loving family.

FATHER’S DAY NOVENA: Express your love for a special father, grandfather, godfather, father-in-law, or any man who has played a fatherly role in your life by enrolling them in the Father’s Day Novena of Masses. You can remember any man, living or deceased who is dear to you.  Envelopes are available at the doors of the Church.

DO YOU HAVE IT (Information Technology) EXPERIENCE? We continue to need help with the IT end of our live streaming. If you have any ability in this area and are willing to share your gift of time and talent in this way, please contact our Communications Office at communications@saintpolycarp.org or call the office at 302-653-8279.

MEMORIAL BRICKS: Graduation and Father’s Day are just around the corner. The Gift of a Memorial Brick is a unique and memorable way to celebrate a special occasion, honor family and friends (living or deceased), share a favorite quote and more! If you would like to become part of the walkway to our Blessed Mother with your name or the name of a loved one, now is a good time to do so! For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/?s=brick&submit=

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

STONES FAITH GARDEN: We welcome all those who contributed a stone to explain its meaning by submitting a line or two, a paragraph or two, about your stone. We will  publish these lessons on our various platforms. (You may remain anonymous.) Submissions should be sent to   submission@saintpolycarp.org. This will allow all in our community to grow in understanding the power and grace of the Holy Spirit active in our midst.

UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDANCE: Reservations are no longer required. Under guidance by the Diocese and the CDC, vaccinated persons are not required to wear masks. Non-vaccinated persons are required to wear masks. Please sanitize your hands as you enter Church.  There will be a section reserved for those who would like to be seated using the 6 foot distancing. Masks are required in that section.) If you would like to be seated in this area, please let the usher know when you enter.  The Sign of Peace will be reinstated without physical contact between non-family members. Communion will be distributed with two lines approaching the altar. Bathrooms are available. At this time, the cry room is unavailable. After the final hymn has ended, please sanitize your area. We would appreciate donations of sanitizing wipes. There will be a basket in the vestibule and a red bin under the portico to collect your donations of wipes.  Thank you.

Meetings: As we travel through the re-opening, each group/ministry must discern their own path with regard to in person/hybrid meetings taking into account diocesan and CDC guidelines. All groups/ministries will need to submit a Room Reservation Form to Teresa at office@saintpolycarp.org prior to resuming meetings on campus. 


USEFUL LINKS:

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


FROM THE DIOCESE:

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. On tomorrow’s episode, June 5, get ready to hit the road this summer when Marion Amberg, author of the new book, “Monuments, Marvels and Miracles: A Traveler’s Guide to Catholic America,” is the guest. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY:

ANIMA CHRISTI

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Separated from Thee let me never be.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me.
And close to Thee bid me.
That with Thy saints I may be Praising Thee, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Weekend Update May 29/30

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

 Blessed the people the Lord has chosen, chosen to be His own.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/053021.cfm

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

DO YOU HAVE IT (Information Technology) EXPERIENCE? We continue to need help with the IT end of our live streaming. If you have any ability in this area and are willing to share your gift of time and talent in this way, please contact our Communications Office at communications@saintpolycarp.org or call the office at 302-653-8279. Angelo Cariello will work with you in this area.

We were blessed to have Morgan Burris step forward to help with starting, stopping, p/t/z (pan, tilt, zoom) and creating streaming links. You may see Morgan at Mass with her laptop. Morgan has the ability to stream from her laptop at Mass or to work remotely.  We would like to have another person to share this responsibility. If you are interested, contact Judy at our Communications Office at communications@saintpolycarp.org or call the office at 302-653-8279.

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

UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDANCE: Reservations for weekend Masses are no longer required. Under guidance by the Diocese and the CDC, vaccinated persons are not required to wear masks. Non-vaccinated persons are required to wear masks. Please sanitize your hands as you enter Church. You may choose your own pew. There will be a section reserved for those who would like to be seated using the 6 foot distancing. If you would like to be seated in this area, please use the side door and let the usher know when you enter.  The Procession of the Gifts will resume. Please let an usher know if you would like to carry the gifts. Collections will be taken using the baskets with long handles. The Sign of Peace will be reinstated without physical contact between non-family members. Communion will be distributed as done in the past with two lines approaching the altar. Bathrooms will be available. At this time, the cry room is unavailable. 

For now, we will continue sanitizing pews. After the final hymn has ended, please sanitize your area.  We would appreciate donations of sanitizing wipes. There will be a basket in the vestibule and a red bin under the portico to collect your donations of wipes.  Thank you.

Missals:  A limited number of Missals have been placed in the pews for use when you are here. We ask that you do not take them home. If you have been bringing your Breaking Bread Missal with you during Covid, please continue to bring it with you weekly to Mass.  

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

Meetings: As we travel through the re-opening, each group/ministry must discern their own path with regard to in person/hybrid meetings taking into account diocesan and CDC guidelines.

FLAME OF LOVE: Beginning this coming Thursday night, June 3rd, join us in Church on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm, to pray the Flame of Love Rosary.  We have everything you will need.  For more information, contact Roxanne (the harpist) at roxsmb@gmail.com or (302) 242 – 6484. Please leave a message.

FIRST FRIDAY: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacred Heart Devotion follow the 8:30 am Mass on Friday, June 4th, the First Friday of the month.

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

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

FATHER’S DAY NOVENA: Express your love for a special father, grandfather, godfather, father-in-law, or any man who has played a fatherly role in your life by enrolling them in the Father’s Day Novena of Masses. You can remember any man, living or deceased who is dear to you.  Envelopes are available at the doors of the Church.

MEMORIAL BRICKS: Graduation and Father’s Day are just around the corner. The Gift of a Memorial Brick is a unique and memorable way to celebrate a special occasion, honor family and friends (living or deceased), share a favorite quote and more! If you would like to become part of the walkway to our Blessed Mother with your name or the name of a loved one, now is a good time to do so! For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/?s=brick&submit=

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

STONES FAITH GARDEN: We welcome all those who contributed a stone to explain its meaning by submitting a line or two, a paragraph or two, about your stone. We will  publish these lessons on our various platforms. (You may remain anonymous.) Submissions should be sent to   submission@saintpolycarp.org. This will allow all in our community to grow in understanding the power and grace of the Holy Spirit active in our midst.

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


USEFUL LINKS:

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


FROM THE DIOCESE:

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. Tune in tomorrow, May 29, to hear highlights – including Bishop Malooly’s homily – from the May 22nd ordination of Father Michael Preston. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY:

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

 

 

Weekend Update May 22/23

PENTECOST SUNDAY

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Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

WEAR RED TO MASS THIS WEEKEND: Whether you’re at home or in Church, wear red this weekend, May 22nd and May 23rd, in celebration of Pentecost Sunday. COME HOLY SPIRIT! Show us your Spirit by wearing red!

COVID-19 GUIDANCE: Late yesterday, we received new guidelines from the Diocese. Our Liturgy Committee will be meeting to work with the new guidelines. By next weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, we anticipate having plans in place. Please be patient as we move forward in the implementation of these guidelines.  Beginning next week, we will no longer be taking reservations.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:   https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/052321-Day.cfm

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

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

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

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

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

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

BISHOP MALOOLY TO ORDAIN MICHAEL A. PRESTON TO THE PRIESTHOOD ON MAY 22ND  The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, will ordain Rev. Mr. Michael Anthony Preston to the Priesthood on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Rev. Mr. Preston was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate last August. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, attendance at the May 22nd Mass of Ordination is by invitation only. The ceremony will be live-streamed on the Diocese of Wilmington’s YouTube channel – www.YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm.

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

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

STONES FAITH GARDEN: Stones should be returned by this weekend.  Read the Pastor’s Pen in this coming weekend’s Bulletin to see what happens next!  Haven’t heard about our Stones Faith Garden? Check out our video at https://youtu.be/7rB7atK3ohQ

 

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

 


USEFUL LINKS:

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


FROM THE DIOCESE:

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

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. Tune in tomorrow, May 22 to hear an interview with Oblate Father Thomas Dialey, the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communications for Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. Fr. Dailey will discuss the Cardinal Foley Symposium that will be held on May 27th. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.