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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 &
June 2 – September 2, Thursday & Friday at 8:30 am
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 July 16/17

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.  There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

SUNDAY SCRIPTURE –  QUESTIONS TO PONDER

  – How are acts of hospitality a way of doing God’s work?
  – The responsorial psalm speaks of one who “thinks the truth in his heart.” How does a pure heart reflect God’s love?
  – When has the necessary activity in your life challenged your prayer life?    

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/071722.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.
If you are interested in being involved in this ministry, please email Lisa at lisa.titus@saintpolycarp.org or Judy at communications@saintpolycarp.org.

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

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


THIS WEEKEND, JULY 16/17 (& week of July 17)

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Saturday, July 16 at the 4:00 pm Mass – Janet Hovis Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

FORMED – The Catholic Parish of Waimakariri

Have you had the opportunity to dive into FORMED? If not, take some time to do so. You won’t be disappointed!! 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!

ADULT FAITH FORMATION – CONNECTED IN CHRIST: Connected in Christ is an adult faith sharing group that meets weekly, on Tuesdays, after Mass, at 9:15 in the Parish Library. Come join us as we study from our new FORMED platform. For more information, please contact Cookie Ruane at 302-540-6429.

BUSINESS MANAGER: We trust that God will touch the heart of someone to respond to our need for a Business Manager. Please spread the word, or perhaps it is you who He is calling! Interested candidates should have Business Management, Accounting and Bookkeeping experience with the appropriate educational credentials. Facilities management, or a willingness to learn, is also a necessary component of the position. Above all, the person must be willing to work collaboratively with our team of Professional ministries to build God’s Kingdom here at St. Polycarp. Inquiries should be sent to office@saintpolycarp.org.

ATTENTION MINISTRY LEADERS! Annual Leadership Organizational Meeting will be held on TUESDAY, July 26th, at 7 pm in Mother Drexel Hall. Check your email for information about this meeting! Follow directions in the letter to RSVP by July 21st. Leaders (or leader representative) of all ministries need to be present at this meeting.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY:
You may be wondering what Christmas in July refers to.
Well, the Liturgy Committee has come up with a Wish Book List for the following items to be purchased. They are as follows:
(2) 7.5 ft. Christmas trees w/bag         Cost: $156.00
(2) 9.0 ft Christmas trees w/bag          Cost: $209.00
(1) Silver Oxidized Ciborium               Cost: $555.00
(1) 3 ft. x 5 ft. Papal Flag                    Cost: $73.50
If you would like to purchase or donate towards one of the above items, please make your check out to St. Polycarp Church and in the memo area, please indicate what your money is going towards. Thank you in advance for your purchase or donation! It is greatly appreciated!!                                                        The Liturgy Committee


CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – 2022 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEAL:  We continue to need your help. The Diocese relies on the people in each parish to support the Diocese. NEW AMOUNTS: As of the latest report from the diocese, 90.55% of our goal has been pledged. Through the generosity of our parishioners, we have received pledges in the amount of $54,330! We are $5670 from our goal of $60,000.. We are hoping that those who have not contributed will consider giving and perhaps those who have given could possibly help us a bit more toward reaching our goal. Even the smallest donations will help those in need. Pledge cards can be found in the pews and at the doors of the church. Thank you to those who have already contributed to this year’s campaign. Participants who pledged to the campaign will receive monthly payment reminders mailed directly from the diocesan Development Office.  Please mail all payments in the self-addressed, return envelope provided with your pledge reminder.  To learn more about the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal, visit www.cdow.org; click “Giving” then “Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal”, or simply scan this QR code with your cellphone.

Your generosity in supporting this campaign enables the diocese to do the work of our Lord.
When our parish collects its goal amount, we will receive 50% of contributions over the assigned target.
In the past, the generosity of our folks has enabled us to do many projects around the campus.


UPCOMING/ONGOING

SUMMER WEEKDAY MASSES: Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 am.

“DRIVE-THRU” BULL ROAST FUNDRAISER at St. DENNIS CHURCH – Saturday, July 30th
156 N. Main Street, Galena, MD 
MENU – Delicious PIT roasted beef, ½ a fried chicken, 2 locally grown ears of corn on the cob, homemade potato salad, and 2 rolls with butter and a beverage for $25 per meal. St Dennis Bake Sale will also be available for purchasing your dessert as you exit the property. 
Advance ticket purchases are recommended as a limited number of meals will be prepared. Tickets may be purchased at St. Dennis before and after the weekend Masses OR By calling Jim Bricker at 717-575-1235. Pick up of meals with curbside service is on July 30th from 11am until 2pm. Please follow the directed traffic pattern.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 20TH
The Giving, Growing and Glorifying Landscaping Project will be dedicated after the 4 PM Mass on August 20, 2022.  The Pastoral Council and Liturgy Committee invite you to join us as Father Jim blesses our beautiful new plantings.  Photographers will be on hand to take photos and Mr. Softee will provide ice cream cones and cups.  We look forward l to seeing you there.

SAVE this Date—Sunday, September 11, 2022  for St. Polycarp’s 3rd Annual Parish Dinner and Golf Tournament at Links at St. Anne’s in Middletown, DE.  Golf Tournament starts with lunch at 12:30 pm with Tee Off at 1 pm. Buffet dinner at 6 pm with golfers, friends, and parishioners from St. Polycarp.  You don’t have to golf to join us for dinner! (Buffet dinner is $40.00 per person.) CLICK HERE for more information or contact: Larry Borgman lborgaman007@gmail.com (302-38-6018) or Kathy Willes kdwilles@comcast.net (302-670-7330).  Register online at membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/7142.


PSR REGISTRATION: Registration is now open for 2022-2023 religious education classes. We offer religious education classes for
children in Pre-K through Grade 9, Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  We also offer Intermediate Sacramental Prep (ISP) for older children who have not yet received sacraments. Please register early to help us plan for next year & registering early helps you save money! (See form for tuition rates.  For information on how to register  CLICK HERE

Homeschool parents or those who have children in Catholic school – If you have a child old enough to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation and are interested in information about our Parish School of Religion program, please contact our office at  (302) 653 – 4101 or e-mail dre@saintpolycarp.org

IS GOD CALLING YOU? Every year our PSR looks to our parishioners to help us fill open positions and grow our PSR team.  PSR is currently in need of
Assistants for Grades 6 & 8 (Tuesday evenings)
-Two Desk Assistants & a Greeter/Hall Monitor needed for Tuesday evening

We need you to build God’s Kingdom! If you feel God calling you toward this ministry, please contact Erica Taylor, CRE at 302-653 – 4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org. There’s no greater joy than giving back and being a part of something bigger than yourself!!!

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 process 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: There is no summer break for the need to pray for vocations.  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/
Sunday, Sunday, July 31 – Moss Family Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

 

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! If you know someone who is looking for a new beginning and wants to learn more about the Catholic Church, “personally invite” them to our RCIA sessions, Monday evenings at 6:30pm. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for individuals who are unbaptized, baptized in other faith traditions or Catholic adults wishing to receive Confirmation and Holy Eucharist and seeking full membership in the Catholic Church. We are all called to share the “Good News” and you can make a difference by simply asking! Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.


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.  Meet Deacon Ben Feril from Immaculate Conception Parish in Elkton on the July 16th Catholic Forum program.  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: Sunday July 17: It is summer and we expect to be hot.  But, it can also prompt short tempers and lethargy.  How do you and your beloved deal with heat?  What about folks who can’s afford air-conditioning?  Can you help someone for whom too much heat is more than inconvenient?

PARENTING POINTERS: Sunday July 17: Parents work hard – feeding, cleaning, working to support a family, etc. and it’s all necessary.  But sometimes we need to let go of our “Martha” side of serving and working.  Remember to take time to just play with your children too.


LET US PRAY:   Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene  – July 22

Saint Mary Magdalene,
woman of many sins, who by conversion
became the beloved of Jesus,
thank you for your witness
that Jesus forgives
through the miracle of love.

You, who already possess eternal happiness
in His glorious presence,
please intercede for me, so that some day
I may share in the same everlasting joy.

Amen.

Saint Mary Magdalen was one of the few who remained with Christ during His agony on the Cross.  She visited His tomb with two other women and found it empty.  It was to her that our Lord first appeared after His Resurrection.  He asked her to announce His Resurrection to the Apostles.

Weekend Update July 9/10

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. 

SUNDAY SCRIPTURE –  QUESTIONS TO PONDER

  – Have you ever considered God’s Law as something within your heart?
  – In light of today’s Gospel, should you reconsider your openness to granting mercy to others?
  – Why is it not enough to obey the law?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/071022.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.
If you are interested in being involved in this ministry, please email Lisa at lisa.titus@saintpolycarp.org or Judy at communications@saintpolycarp.org.

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

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


THIS WEEKEND, JULY 9/10 (& week of July 10)

FORMED – The Catholic Parish of WaimakaririMake sure to pick-up a bulletin as you enter Mass this weekend!  FORMED is coming to our Parish!   Watch, listen and read. Anywhere, anytime. FORMED provides the very best Catholic content from more than 60 organizations to help parishes, families and individuals explore their faith anywhere. Supporting thousands of movies, children’s programs, eBooks, audio, parish programs and studies direct to your browser, mobile or connected device. Have your phone ready at Mass on the weekend of July 9 & 10 to sign up for free!

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND: Parish Utilities

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

ADULT FAITH FORMATION – CONNECTED IN CHRIST: Connected in Christ is an adult faith sharing group that meets weekly, on Tuesdays, after Mass, at 9:15 in the Parish Library. Come join us as we study from our new FORMED platform. For more information, please contact Cookie Ruane at 302-540-6429.

2023 MASS INTENTION BOOK is now open.  Intention for Masses can be requested by calling the parish office between the hours of 9 am – 3 pm, or anytime via email at office@saintpolycarp.org.
– The Mass Intention is $10.00
– The Sanctuary Lamp may be lit for an entire week (Sunday through Saturday) either in the Church or Chapel for $10.00
– Bread and Wine Offering for daily Mass is $10.00
– Purgatorial Society Enrollment is $25.00 for Mass Intentions every 1st Wednesday for one year.
The Maximum number of mass cards and/or offerings is 6 per person since the availability of mass intentions and offerings is limited.

BUSINESS MANAGER: We trust that God will touch the heart of someone to respond to our need for a Business Manager. Please spread the word, or perhaps it is you who He is calling! Interested candidates should have Business Management, Accounting and Bookkeeping experience with the appropriate educational credentials. Facilities management, or a willingness to learn, is also a necessary component of the position. Above all, the person must be willing to work collaboratively with our team of Professional ministries to build God’s Kingdom here at St. Polycarp. Inquiries should be sent to office@saintpolycarp.org.


SAVE this Date—Sunday, September 11, 2022
 for St. Polycarp’s 3rd Annual Parish Dinner and Golf Tournament at Links at St. Anne’s in Middletown, DE.  Golf Tournament starts with lunch at 12:30 pm with Tee Off at 1 pm. Buffet dinner at 6 pm with golfers, friends, and parishioners from St. Polycarp.  You don’t have to golf to join us for dinner! (Buffet dinner is $40.00 per person.) CLICK HERE for more information or contact: Larry Borgman lborgaman007@gmail.com (302-38-6018) or Kathy Willes kdwilles@comcast.net (302-670-7330).  Register online at membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/7142.


You may be wondering what Christmas in July refers to.
Well, the Liturgy Committee has come up with a Wish Book List for the following items to be purchased.
They are as follows:

(2) 7.5 ft. Christmas trees w/bag         Cost: $156.00
(2) 9.0 ft Christmas trees w/bag          Cost: $209.00
(1) Silver Oxidized Ciborium                  Cost: $555.00
(1) 3 ft. x 5 ft. Papal Flag                        Cost: $73.50
If you would like to purchase or donate towards one of the above items, please make your check out to St. Polycarp Church and in the memo area, please indicate what your money is going towards. Thank you in advance for your purchase or donation! It is greatly appreciated!!                                                        The Liturgy Committee


CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – 2022 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEAL:  WE’RE GETTING THERE…but we need your help! As of the latest report from the diocese, 90.34% of our goal has been pledged. We are $5795 from our goal of $60,000.  If you haven’t already done so, please consider supporting this year’s appeal, no matter the amount. Pledge cards can be found in the pews and at the doors of the church. Thank you to those who have already contributed to this year’s campaign and to those parishioners who have signed pledge cards. Participants who pledged to the campaign will receive monthly payment reminders mailed directly from the diocesan Development Office.  Please mail all payments in the self-addressed, return envelope provided with your pledge reminder.  Do not make payments to the parish office or through the Offertory collection. To learn more about the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal, visit www.cdow.org; click “Giving” then “Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal”, or simply scan this QR code with your cellphone.

Your generosity in supporting this campaign enables the diocese to do the work of our Lord.
When our parish collects its goal amount, a percentage of the excess will be returned to our parish to foster our charitable and ministerial work.


UPCOMING/ONGOING

LOST AND FOUND: Our “Lost and Found” is located on the file cabinet (across from the restrooms in the hallway near the Mother Drexel Hall). Maybe something of yours is in there. Take a look!

SUMMER WEEKDAY MASSES: Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 am.

ATTENTION MINISTRY LEADERS! Mark your calendar now for our Annual Leadership Organizational Meeting on TUESDAY, July 26th, at 7 pm in Mother Drexel Hall. Leaders (or leader representative) of all ministries need to be present at this meeting (letter from Fr. Jim is forth coming).

“DRIVE-THRU” BULL ROAST FUNDRAISER at St. DENNIS CHURCH – Saturday, July 30th
156 N. Main Street, Galena, MD 
MENU – Delicious PIT roasted beef, ½ a fried chicken, 2 locally grown ears of corn on the cob, homemade potato salad, and 2 rolls with butter and a beverage for $25 per meal. St Dennis Bake Sale will also be available for purchasing your dessert as you exit the property. 
Advance ticket purchases are recommended as a limited number of meals will be prepared. Tickets may be purchased at St. Dennis before and after the weekend Masses OR By calling Jim Bricker at 717-575-1235. Pick up of meals with curbside service is on July 30th from 11am until 2pm.
Please follow the directed traffic pattern.


PSR REGISTRATION: Registration is now open for 2022-2023 religious education classes. We offer religious education classes for
children in Pre-K through Grade 9, Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  We also offer Intermediate Sacramental Prep (ISP) for older children who have not yet received sacraments. Please register early to help us plan for next year & registering early helps you save money! (See form for tuition rates.  For information on how to register  CLICK HERE

Homeschool parents or those who have children in Catholic school – If you have a child old enough to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation and are interested in information about our Parish School of Religion program, please contact our office at  (302) 653 – 4101 or e-mail dre@saintpolycarp.org

IS GOD CALLING YOU? Every year our PSR looks to our parishioners to help us fill open positions and grow our PSR team.  PSR is currently in need of
Assistants for Grades 6 & 8 (Tuesday evenings)
-Two Desk Assistants & a Greeter/Hall Monitor needed for Tuesday evening

We need you to build God’s Kingdom! If you feel God calling you toward this ministry, please contact Erica Taylor, CRE at 302-653 – 4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org. There’s no greater joy than giving back and being a part of something bigger than yourself!!!

 

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 process 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: There is no summer break for the need to pray for vocations.  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/
Sunday, July 10 – Bell Family; Sunday, July 31 – Moss Family Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

 

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! If you know someone who is looking for a new beginning and wants to learn more about the Catholic Church, “personally invite” them to our RCIA sessions, Monday evenings at 6:30pm. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for individuals who are unbaptized, baptized in other faith traditions or Catholic adults wishing to receive Confirmation and Holy Eucharist and seeking full membership in the Catholic Church. We are all called to share the “Good News” and you can make a difference by simply asking! Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.


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.  Local author, Michele Chynoweth, discusses her new novel, “The Wise Man,” on the July 9th Catholic Forum program. 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: Sunday July 10: Of course my spouse is my closest neighbor; but often, because we are so close, it can be tempting to take each other for granted. Don’t overlook your beloved’s needs today. Be compassionate.

PARENTING POINTERS: Sunday July 10: As your children mature and become emerging adults the way you share your faith must mature also. Their questions may deepen your faith. That is good.


LET US PRAY: 

St. Kateri Tekakwitha – July 14

O Great Lily of the Mohawks, we ask that you take our intentions to the foot of the cross. Ask Jesus to bring healing to those who are heavily burdened. Through your intercession, may this favor be granted if it is according to the will of God. By your prayer, help us always to remain faithful to Jesus and to his Holy Church. St. Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us. Amen.

Franciscan Media

Weekend Update July 2/3

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

 

Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you, says the Lord. 

SUNDAY SCRIPTURE –  QUESTIONS TO PONDER

     – How can you incorporate praise for God in your daily prayer?

     – Paul states that he will only boast in the cross of Christ.  How is humility a necessity for the spiritual life?

     – In the gospel, Christ sends his disciples out with only the peace of Christ.  As a disciple, how can you emanate Christ’s peace?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/070322.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.
If you are interested in being involved in this ministry, please email Lisa at lisa.titus@saintpolycarp.org or Judy at communications@saintpolycarp.org.

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

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


THIS WEEKEND, JULY 2/3 (& week of July 3)

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND: Church in Africa / Eastern Europe.

THE PARISH OFFICE will be closed on Monday, July 4, and Tuesday, July 5. We will reopen on Wednesday, July 6th at 9am. May God watch over and guide our country.

ADULT FAITH FORMATION – CONNECTED IN CHRIST: NEW STUDY TO BEGIN JULY 6TH. Connected in Christ is an adult faith sharing group that meets weekly, on Tuesdays, after Mass, at 9:15 in the Parish Library. Come join us on July 6 to begin our next study from our new FORMED platform. For more information, please contact Cookie Ruane at 302-540-6429.

2023 MASS INTENTION BOOK – Opening this coming Thursday. It is a beautiful part of our Catholic tradition to have Masses celebrated for the repose of the soul of a departed loved one or for the living intention of an individual. The 2023 Mass Intention Book will open on Thursday, July 7th.  You can reserve a Mass or Offering by calling the parish office between the hours of 9 am – 3 pm, or anytime via email at office@saintpolycarp.org.
– The Mass Intention is $10.00
– The Sanctuary Lamp may be lit for an entire week (Sunday through Saturday) either in the Church or Chapel for $10.00
– Bread and Wine Offering for daily Mass is $10.00
– Purgatorial Society Enrollment is $25.00 for Mass Intentions every 1st Wednesday for one year.
The Maximum number of mass cards and/or offerings is 6 per person since the availability of mass intentions and offerings is limited.

BUSINESS MANAGER: We trust that God will touch the heart of someone to respond to our need for a Business Manager. Please spread the word, or perhaps it is you who He is calling! Interested candidates should have Business Management, Accounting and Bookkeeping experience with the appropriate educational credentials. Facilities management, or a willingness to learn, is also a necessary component of the position. Above all, the person must be willing to work collaboratively with our team of Professional ministries to build God’s Kingdom here at St. Polycarp. Inquiries should be sent to office@saintpolycarp.org.

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – 2022 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEAL:  WE’RE GETTING THERE…but we need your help! As of the latest report from the diocese, 90.34% of our goal has been pledged. We are $5795 from our goal of $60,000.  If you haven’t already done so, please consider supporting this year’s appeal, no matter the amount. Pledge cards can be found in the pews and at the doors of the church. Thank you to those who have already contributed to this year’s campaign and to those parishioners who have signed pledge cards. Participants who pledged to the campaign will receive monthly payment reminders mailed directly from the diocesan Development Office.  Please mail all payments in the self-addressed, return envelope provided with your pledge reminder.  Do not make payments to the parish office or through the Offertory collection. To learn more about the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal, visit www.cdow.org; click “Giving” then “Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal”, or simply scan this QR code with your cellphone.

Your generosity in supporting this campaign enables the diocese to do the work of our Lord.
When our parish collects its goal amount, a percentage of the excess will be returned to our parish to foster our charitable and ministerial work.

 


NEXT WEEKEND, JULY 9/10 (& week of July 10)

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Sunday, July 10 at the 10:30 am MassBell Family Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND: Parish Utilities

FORMED – The Catholic Parish of WaimakaririFORMED is coming to our Parish!   Watch, listen and read. Anywhere, anytime. FORMED provides the very best Catholic content from more than 60 organizations to help parishes, families and individuals explore their faith anywhere. Supporting thousands of movies, children’s programs, eBooks, audio, parish programs and studies direct to your browser, mobile or connected device. Have your phone ready at Mass on the weekend of July 9 & 10 to sign up for free!

 

UPCOMING/ONGOING

SUMMER WEEKDAY MASSES: Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 am.

ATTENTION MINISTRY LEADERS! Mark your calendar now for our Annual Leadership Organizational Meeting on TUESDAY, July 26th, at 7 pm in Mother Drexel Hall.

PSR REGISTRATION: Registration is now open for 2022-2023 religious education classes. We offer religious education classes for children in Pre-K through Grade 9, Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  We also offer Intermediate Sacramental Prep (ISP) for older children who have not yet received sacraments. Please register early to help us plan for next year & registering early helps you save money! (See form for tuition rates.  For information on how to register  CLICK HERE

Homeschool parents or those who have children in Catholic school – If you have a child old enough to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation and are interested in information about our Parish School of Religion program, please contact our office at  (302) 653 – 4101 or e-mail dre@saintpolycarp.org

 

EVERY YEAR our PSR looks to our parishioners to help us fill open positions and grow our PSR team.  PSR is currently in need of
Assistants for Grades 6 & 8 (Tuesday evenings)
-Two Desk Assistants & a Greeter/Hall Monitor needed for Tuesday evening

We need you to build God’s Kingdom! If you feel God calling you toward this ministry, please contact Erica Taylor, CRE at 302-653 – 4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org. There’s no greater joy than giving back and being a part of something bigger than yourself!!!

 

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 process 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: There is no summer break for the need to pray for vocations.  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/
Sunday, July 10 – Bell Family; Sunday, July 31 – Moss Family Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

 

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! If you know someone who is looking for a new beginning and wants to learn more about the Catholic Church, “personally invite” them to our RCIA sessions, Monday evenings at 6:30pm. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for individuals who are unbaptized, baptized in other faith traditions or Catholic adults wishing to receive Confirmation and Holy Eucharist and seeking full membership in the Catholic Church. We are all called to share the “Good News” and you can make a difference by simply asking! Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.


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. Historian Kevin Schmiesing will discuss his book, “A Catholic Pilgrimage Through American History,” on tomorrow’s  (July 2) Catholic Forum program. 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: Sunday July 3: What does Independence Day look like in marriage? Does it mean being free to do whatever you want? Of course not. Perhaps it’s closer to being “interdependent” – knowing your strengths and weaknesses and helping each other out.

PARENTING POINTERS: Sunday July 3: For many people, summer is a good time to do recreational reading. What was your favorite book as a child? If your child is old enough you’ve probably already read it together. Talk about why it was your favorite.


LET US PRAY: 

Father of all nations and ages,
we recall the day when our country claimed its place among the family of nations;
for what has been achieved we give you thanks,
for the work that still remains we ask your help,
and as you have called us from many peoples to be one nation,
grant that, under your providence, our country may share your blessings
with all the peoples of the earth.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

 

Weekend Update June 25/26

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time  

You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. 

SUNDAY SCRIPTURE –  QUESTIONS TO PONDER

– How does Christ’s freeing you from the death of sin lead you to act in a countercultural way by using your freedom to serve others?
– When do you place your material needs ahead of your spiritual needs?
– Have there been times when you thought that God asked too much of you? Have you then sought the Holy Spirit in prayer?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/062622.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.
If you are interested in being involved in this ministry, please email Lisa at lisa.titus@saintpolycarp.org or Judy at communications@saintpolycarp.org.

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

WEEKLY PARISH BULLETIN: CLICK HERE ..


THIS WEEKEND, JUNE 25/26 (& week of June 26th)

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Sunday, June 26 at the 10:30 am MassPaula Bobeck Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

 

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND: Works of the Holy Father.

THIS WEEKEND! HOORAY!!! PRETZELS ARE BACK! The Knights of Columbus will be selling SOFT PRETZELS after Masses this weekend, June 25th and 26th.  Philly soft pretzels – still only $1 each! Help support our Knights!

 

ST. DENNIS CHURCH – COME ONE COME ALL – to the ST. DENNIS PARISH FAMILY PICNIC!
WHEN – This Sunday June 26th at NOON until the fun is over!
WHERE – St Dennis School Building LAWN (Galena, MD)
WHY – for FUN and SOCIALIZING
WHAT – Please pack your own/ family’s picnic lunch
– Bring your lawn chairs or blanket for seating.
– St. Dennis parish will provide dessert of ice cream from a glorious ice cream truck, and beverages like sodas, water and juice boxes…
– There will be lawn games, zany races and fun for children/adults and whole families. Prizes too!
Come on out and have a great day!

 

BUSINESS MANAGER: As most of you know, Lisa Titus, our Business Manager, has discerned that God is calling her to serve His people in a different way. Lisa has been a true blessing to our parish. We are grateful for her stewardship and wish her the best always. Please keep Lisa in your prayers. While Lisa is leaving her position as Business Manger at the end of the month (July 29th will be her last day), Lisa and her husband, Kevin, will remain parishioners here at St. Polycarp.
We trust that God will touch the heart of someone to respond to our need for a Business Manager. Please spread the word, or perhaps it is you who He is calling! Interested candidates should have Business Management, Accounting and Bookkeeping experience with the appropriate educational credentials. Facilities management, or a willingness to learn, is also a necessary component of the position. Above all, the person must be willing to work collaboratively with our team of Professional ministries to build God’s Kingdom here at St. Polycarp. Inquiries should be sent to office@saintpolycarp.org.

 

PSR REGISTRATION: Register by June 30th to avoid late fees! Registration is now open for 2022-2023 religious education classes. We offer religious education classes for children in Pre-K through Grade 9, Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  We also offer Intermediate Sacramental Prep (ISP) for older children who have not yet received sacraments. Please register early to help us plan for next year & registering early helps you save money! (See form for tuition rates.  For information on how to register  CLICK HERE

 

EVERY YEAR our PSR looks to our parishioners to help us fill open positions and grow our PSR team.  PSR is currently in need of
Assistants for Grades 6 & 8 (Tuesday evenings)
-Two Desk Assistants & a Greeter/Hall Monitor needed for Tuesday evening

We need you to build God’s Kingdom! If you feel God calling you toward this ministry, please contact Erica Taylor, CRE at 302-653 – 4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org. There’s no greater joy than giving back and being a part of something bigger than yourself!!!

 

THANK YOU FROM OUR SQUIRES! The St Polycarp Squire Circle would like to extend their appreciation to the Parish for their support of their recent Lock In. The Parish contributed $700 toward the fund raising efforts. The Squires would also like to thank the Parish Office for their support and a special thank you to Fr Jim for his commitment of the facility and his time with the Squires. Also a thank you to Deacon Frank for coming in and spending quality time with the Squires. The Squire Circle is sponsored by the KOC Brother Vincent Council here at the Parish. The Knights also funded the pizza party held at the end of the Lock In. Funds can still be dropped in the weekly collection addressed to the Squire Lock In. Checks can be made out to St Polycarp Squire Circle. May God Bless our Parish for all their support and prayers. Boys 10 -17 can join the Circle by contacting Rich DeZao at rdezao@yahoo.com

 

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – 2022 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEAL:  As of the last report, June 14th, 86.20% of our goal has been pledged. We are $8280 from our goal.  If you haven’t already done so, please consider supporting this year’s appeal, no matter the amount. Pledge cards can be found in the pews and at the doors of the church. Thank you to those who have already contributed to this year’s campaign and to those parishioners who have signed pledge cards.
To learn more about the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal, visit www.cdow.org; click “Giving” then “Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal”, or simply scan this QR code with your cellphone.

Your generosity in supporting this campaign enables the diocese to do the work of our Lord.
When our parish collects its goal amount, a percentage of the excess will be returned to our parish to foster our charitable and ministerial work.

 

FIRST FRIDAY MASS & DEVOTION – Next Friday, July 1st,  Join fellow parishioners at the 8:30 am Mass followed by the Sacred Heart Devotions. The Sacred Heart Devotions will be prayed after the First Friday Mass in July and August.


NEXT WEEKEND, JULY 2/3 (& week of July 3)

SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND: Church in Africa / Eastern Europe (see insert in this weekend’s printed bulletin.)

ADULT FAITH FORMATION – CONNECTED IN CHRIST: Connected in Christ is an adult faith sharing group that meets weekly, on Tuesdays, after Mass, at 9:15 in the Parish Library. We are just finishing up our study from Ascension Press, “Unlocking the Mysteries of the Bible”. Come join us on July 6 to begin our next study from our new FORMED platform. For more information, please contact Cookie Ruane at 302-540-6429.

 

2023 MASS INTENTION BOOK – Opening Soon. It is a beautiful part of our Catholic tradition to have Masses celebrated for the repose of the soul of a departed loved one or for the living intention of an individual. The New 2023 Mass Intention Book will open on Thursday, July 7th.  You can reserve a Mass or Offering by calling the parish office between the hours of 9 am – 3 pm, or anytime via email at office@saintpolycarp.org.
– The Mass Intention is $10.00
– The Sanctuary Lamp may be lit for an entire week (Sunday through Saturday) either in the Church or Chapel for $10.00
– Bread and Wine Offering for daily Mass is $10.00
– Purgatorial Society Enrollment is $25.00 for Mass Intentions every 1st Wednesday for one year.
The Maximum number of mass cards and/or offerings is 6 per person since the availability of mass intentions and offerings is limited.

 

UPCOMING/ONGOING

SUMMER WEEKDAY MASSES: Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 am.

 

FORMED – The Catholic Parish of WaimakaririFORMED is coming to our Parish!   Watch, listen and read. Anywhere, anytime. FORMED provides the very best Catholic content from more than 60 organizations to help parishes, families and individuals explore their faith anywhere. Supporting thousands of movies, children’s programs, eBooks, audio, parish programs and studies direct to your browser, mobile or connected device. Have your phone ready at Mass on the weekend of July 9 & 10 to sign up for free!

 

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 process 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: There is no summer break for the need to pray for vocations.  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/
Sunday, June 26 – Paula Bobeck: Sunday, July 10 – Bell Family; Sunday, July 31 – Moss Family Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

 

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! If you know someone who is looking for a new beginning and wants to learn more about the Catholic Church, “personally invite” them to our RCIA sessions, Monday evenings at 6:30pm. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for individuals who are unbaptized, baptized in other faith traditions or Catholic adults wishing to receive Confirmation and Holy Eucharist and seeking full membership in the Catholic Church. We are all called to share the “Good News” and you can make a difference by simply asking! Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.


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. Tomorrow, June 24th, tune in to hear an interview with Catholic researcher, Hans Plate, and hear his findings about Catholics in a post-pandemic America. 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: Sunday June 26: Sometimes the strife in our world can feel heavy and burdensome. May the love that you carry for each other prompt you to find one act you can do to relieve someone else’s suffering this week.

PARENTING POINTERS: Sunday June 26: What clutters your home? Maybe you have many mementos of happy trips together. Maybe you have some tools, toys, clothes that are not being used. This week, ask your family to take a half day or hour to identify some clutter in a room or a drawer? Do something positive with it.


LET US PRAY: 

Weekend Update June 18/19

The Most Holy Body and Blood Of Christ
Corpus Christi  

I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever. 

SUNDAY SCRIPTURE –  QUESTIONS TO PONDER

– In what ways do you give back to the Lord to express gratitude for what you have been given?
– How does the Eucharist express God’s abundant love for humankind?
– Where is there abundance in your life that you have not recognized as coming from God?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/061922-ascension.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.
If you are interested in being involved in this ministry, please email Lisa at lisa.titus@saintpolycarp.org or Judy at communications@saintpolycarp.org.

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

WEEKLY PARISH BULLETIN: CLICK HERE ..


Happy Father’s Day

THIS WEEKEND, JUNE 18/19

BLESSINGS: The Blessing of Fathers takes place this weekend, June 18th and 19th, at both Masses. Blessings to all our Fathers!

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND: Parish Maintenance.

SUPPORT OUR SQUIRES! The Squire’s “Lock In” begins tonight at 7pm. The Lock In will conclude with the 4pm Mass tomorrow to celebrate and install the new officers for the Columbian year. We are asking for your support by sponsoring the Squire’s in order to raise funds. Funds collected will be split up between St. Polycarp and the State Police K9 Unit. If you missed last week’s collection and would still like to donate, donations may be mailed to church. (Checks should be made payable to St. Polycarp Squire Circle and mailed to Brother Vincent Council, c/o St. Polycarp Church, 55 Ransom Lane, Smyrna, DE  19977)

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – 2022 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEAL:  As of the last report, June 14th, 86.20% of our goal has been pledged. We are $8280 from our goal.  If you haven’t already done so, please consider supporting this year’s appeal, no matter the amount. Pledge cards can be found in the pews and at the doors of the church. Thank you to those who have already contributed to this year’s campaign and to those parishioners who have signed pledge cards.
To learn more about the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal, visit www.cdow.org; click “Giving” then “Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal”, or simply scan this QR code with your cellphone.

Your generosity in supporting this campaign enables the diocese to do the work of our Lord.
When our parish collects its goal amount, a percentage of the excess will be returned to our parish to foster our charitable and ministerial work.

 

EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL OPENING MASS & PROCESSION: This Sunday, June 19, 2022,  the Diocesan Opening Mass for the Eucharistic Revival will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Peter (500 N West Street, Wilmington, DE) by Bishop Koenig followed by a procession with the Holy Eucharist through the streets of Wilmington beginning at 3:00 p.m. All are invited by Bishop Koenig to join the Corpus Christi Mass and Eucharistic Procession for this special day of devotion and prayer in the City of Wilmington. The Mass will be live-streamed  on the Diocesan YouTube  channel  (YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm) at 2pm.

As this marks the beginning of the Diocesan Year of the Eucharistic Revival in the Diocese of Wilmington, all parishes are asked to send at least five representatives to participate in this special Mass and Procession. We would like to have as many parishioners as possible represent St. Polycarp. As of today we have 2 people who have signed up to represent St. Polycarp. THANK YOU!  NOTE WELL, the Procession will be about 1.5 miles in warm weather with stops at St. Patrick and St. Joseph Churches along the way, please plan accordingly.


BUSINESS MANAGER: As most of you know, Lisa Titus, our Business Manager, has discerned that God is calling her to serve His people in a different way. Lisa has been a true blessing to our parish. We are grateful for her stewardship and wish her the best always. Please keep Lisa in your prayers. While Lisa is leaving her position as Business Manger at the end of the month (July 29th will be her last day), Lisa and her husband, Kevin, will remain parishioners here at St. Polycarp.
We trust that God will touch the heart of someone to respond to our need for a Business Manager. Please spread the word, or perhaps it is you who He is calling! Interested candidates should have Business Management, Accounting and Bookkeeping experience with the appropriate educational credentials. Facilities management, or a willingness to learn, is also a necessary component of the position. Above all, the person must be willing to work collaboratively with our team of Professional ministries to build God’s Kingdom here at St. Polycarp. Inquiries should be sent to office@saintpolycarp.org.


NEXT WEEKEND, JUNE 25/26

SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND: Works of the Holy Father.

NEXT WEEKEND! HOORAY!!! PRETZELS WILL BE BACK! The Knights of Columbus will be selling SOFT PRETZELS after Masses the weekend of June 25th and 26th.  Philly soft pretzels – still only $1 each! Help support our Knights!

ST. DENNIS CHURCH – COME ONE COME ALL – to the ST. DENNIS PARISH FAMILY PICNIC!
WHEN – Next Sunday June 26th at NOON until the fun is over!
WHERE – St Dennis School Building LAWN (Galena, MD)
WHY – for FUN and SOCIALIZING
WHAT – Please pack your own/ family’s picnic lunch
– Bring your lawn chairs or blanket for seating.
– St. Dennis parish will provide dessert of ice cream from a glorious ice cream truck, and beverages like sodas, water and juice boxes…
– There will be lawn games, zany races and fun for children/adults and whole families. Prizes too!
Come on out and have a great day!

UPCOMING/ONGOING

SUMMER WEEKDAY MASSES: Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 am.

SYNOD CLOSING MASS: All are invited to join Bishop Koenig on June 22 at 6 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Dover for the closing Mass for the diocesan phase of the Synod on Synodality. Preliminary findings of diocesan wide listening sessions will be included. It will be a special moment of prayer to give thanks to God for this opportunity to better “journey together” as a church and to reflect upon the fruits of the local synodal process, according to a statement from the diocese.

EVERY YEAR our PSR looks to our parishioners to help us fill open positions and grow our PSR team.  PSR is currently in need of
– Assistants for Grades 6 & 8 (Tuesday evenings)
-Two Desk Assistants & a Greeter/Hall Monitor needed for Tuesday evening

We need you to build God’s Kingdom! If you feel God calling you toward this ministry, please contact Erica Taylor, CRE at 302-653 – 4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org. There’s no greater joy than giving back and being a part of something bigger than yourself!!!

 

PSR REGISTRATION: Registration is now open for 2022-2023 religious education classes. We offer religious education classes for children in Pre-K through Grade 9, Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  We also offer Intermediate Sacramental Prep (ISP) for older children who have not yet received sacraments. Please register early to help us plan for next year & registering early helps you save money! (See form for tuition rates. Sign up by June 30th to receive the early discount) For information on how to register  CLICK HERE

 

2023 MASS INTENTION BOOK – Opening Soon. It is a beautiful part of our Catholic tradition to have Masses celebrated for the repose of the soul of a departed loved one or for the living intention of an individual. The New 2023 Mass Intention Book will open on Thursday, July 7th.  You can reserve a Mass or Offering by calling the parish office between the hours of 9 am – 3 pm, or anytime via email at office@saintpolycarp.org.
– The Mass Intention is $10.00
– The Sanctuary Lamp may be lit for an entire week (Sunday through Saturday) either in the Church or Chapel for $10.00
– Bread and Wine Offering for daily Mass is $10.00
– Purgatorial Society Enrollment is $25.00 for Mass Intentions every 1st Wednesday for one year.
The Maximum number of mass cards and/or offerings is 6 per person since the availability of mass intentions and offerings is limited.

 

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 process 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: There is no summer break for the need to pray for vocations.  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/

 

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! If you know someone who is looking for a new beginning and wants to learn more about the Catholic Church, “personally invite” them to our RCIA sessions, Monday evenings at 6:30pm. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for individuals who are unbaptized, baptized in other faith traditions or Catholic adults wishing to receive Confirmation and Holy Eucharist and seeking full membership in the Catholic Church. We are all called to share the “Good News” and you can make a difference by simply asking! Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.


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. Tomorrow, June 24th,tune in to hear an interview with Catholic researcher, Hans Plate, and hear his findings about Catholics in a post-pandemic America. 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: Hopefully you eat dinner together most days. Ponder how you nourish each other both with food and kindness.

PARENTING POINTERS: What qualities do you think make an ideal father? Did you learn any of these from your own father? Tell him in person or prayer. Identify one quality that you especially want to pass on to your own child. Take a step to do it today.


LET US PRAY: 

All loving God,
We give you thanks for fathers young and old. We pray for all fathers of every kind. We ask you to bless them and and keep them in your care.
We remember fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers who are no longer with us but whose love is in our heart forever. Amen.