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St. Polycarp
Saturday – 4:00 pm
Sunday – 10:30 am
Weekday Mass  (Monday – Friday) – 8:30 am
Reconciliation (Confessions) Saturdays – 2:30-3:30 pm 

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

DE Home for the Chronically Ill (DHCI)
First Tuesday of the Month – 10:30 am

 

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55 Ransom Lane,
Smyrna, Delaware 19977

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

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Divine Mercy

Mission Statement

The mission of Divine Mercy is a Roman Catholic religious community with a prophetic charism. The Divine Mercy is an extraordinary power given a Christian by the Holy Spirit for the good of the Church. We feel that God has called all of us to spread His mercy throughout the world. We humble ourselves before God, in order to act through faith and spread His Word. From the diary of St. Faustina: The Lord’s Promise: “ the souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death.”

Come pray with us at 3:00 pm every Friday in the Chapel.  (Ring the bell outside the double doors.)
We pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. 
Come as you are – we will supply the prayers. If you have questions, contact Ed Lehman at egljr46@gmail.com.


Saint Faustina
Who Is She?
Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Most Blessed Sacrament lived in Poland during the early 20th century.  She was born on August 25, 1905.  She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy on August 1, 1925.  There she performed the humblest of tasks (cook, gardener, and doorkeeper) but she performed all of her tasks out of love for Jesus (a lesson for all of us).  She wrote a Diary, Divine Mercy In My Soul.  What is remarkable about this diary is that Saint Faustina did not have much schooling (less than three years) and yet she wrote a masterpiece describing and conveying to the world the awesomeness, the fullness, and the depth of Jesus’ mercy and love.  She was a nun for 13 years.  She died of tuberculosis, at the age of 33, on October 5, 1938.

Pope John Paul II beatified her on April 18, 1993.  Pope John Paul II canonized her Saint Faustina on April 30, 2000 – the First Sunday after Easter.  Her feast day is October 5th.

What Is Her Message?
DIVINE MERCY!  Jesus entrusted to her care the task of spreading the message of His Divine Mercy with the world.  Jesus ordered Saint Faustina to paint an image of what she saw and with the inscription “Jesus, I trust in You”.  This image is known as the Divine Mercy image (two rays, red and pale, coming from Jesus’ breast).

The Marians of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. carry on the work of spreading St. Faustina’s Diary (Divine Mercy In My Soul), the message of Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy Novena, and devotion to the Divine Mercy Image.  The Diary is available in many formats (book, ebook, and audiobook) and languages.

Why Is She and Her Message Important For Our Time?
The message of Divine Mercy is not a new message.  Mercy has always been a part of God’s message to His people!  But we, His people, tend to forget and distrust God’s Mercy so God sends prophets to remind us and to draw us back to Him.  One such prophet is Saint Faustina.

ABCs of Mercy
(The Message of Divine Mercy As easy ABC by Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.)

A = Ask for God’s Mercy
B = Be Merciful to others
C = Completely trust in Jesus


Saint Faustina’s Praises of Divine Mercy
The love of God is the flower — Mercy the fruit.
3:00 pm is the hour that Christ died for our sins.  We owe Our Savior this time to pray.

Jesus I trust in You.  Nothing can compare with love.  The smallest things done by a soul that loves God sincerely have an enormous value in His Holy eyes.

Take a moment to think what you would have done, if you were with Jesus at Gethsemane. Now, knowing what you do know had happened…think again. Would you console him? Would you try to share his pain? Jesus wants us to always love him. Come to Divine Mercy at 3 pm in the Chapel on Fridays. This is a holy hour in which Jesus died for our sins.We will guide you through the Divine Mercy prayers. This is what Jesus wants of us. Share the Passion of Christ as you gaze on his body. Love him, it is so simple.

Do you ever feel that your life is the pits?  Is your pain is so overwhelming?  Physically and emotionally, you cannot move on.  Think of Christ’s words on the cross: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”  Even Jesus felt alone in his pain.  That is what Praying the Divine Mercy is about.  Come and share your pain with Christ.  Our lives do not always go in the path we choose.  Surrender your love to God.

Saint Faustina wrote in her diary “Nothing can compare with love.  I see that the smallest things done by a soul that loves God sincerely have an enormous value in His Holy eyes.”  Lent is always an excellent time to show Jesus how much you love Him.

God’s love has the potential to engulf the entire world.  I say it has “the potential,” because it is up to us whether or not we will let it.  Do you want to save the world?  Our world needs saving.  We are living in a time of unprecedented darkness and evil.  But God is giving us unprecedented grace.  Now is the time of Mercy!  God wants us to save the world by the power of Divine Mercy through us.  Please help, by praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet at home at 3 pm.

Jesus asked Saint Faustina to have an image of Him painted.  That image is hanging in the back hallway.  The signature is Jesus, I trust in you.  Jesus desires for this image to be venerated.  Jesus says, “I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over enemies already here on Earth, especially at the hour of death.  I myself will defend it as My own glory.”

Please join us in the 3:00 pm prayer of the Divine Mercy every Friday in our chapel.  Just knock and you will be greeted with open arms.  Jesus welcomes you to pray in front of His Blessed Eucharist.  We need to remain faithful to Jesus.  The Lord told Saint Faustina that He needs us to pray this prayer.  We must have more people praying every moment.  Without God’s protection, we will be forever lost.  “Jesus I Trust in You”!

Do you ever feel that your life is the pits?  Is your pain is so overwhelming?  Physically and emotionally, you cannot move on.  Think of Christ’s words on the cross: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”  Even Jesus felt alone in his pain.  That is what Praying the Divine Mercy is about.  Come and share your pain with Christ.  Our lives do not always go in the path we choose.  Surrender your love to God.

How often do you really think about prayer?  Many good works are required of a Christian, but it is prayer that must come first and foremost, for without prayer no other good work can be performed and one cannot find the way to the Lord.  Please come to share the Lord’s presence when we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet on Fridays at 3 pm.

Mother Teresa’s words on suffering come from her own experience.  She wrote the following.  When you feel miserable inside, look at the cross.  Suffering, pain, sorrow, humiliation, feelings of loneliness, are nothing but the kiss of Jesus.  A sign that you are so close that Jesus can kiss you.  Suffering is a gift from God.  It is between you and Jesus alone.  Come and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with us at 3 pm on Fridays in the Chapel.

According to John Paul, Divine Mercy is the limit imposed by God on evil.  It is symbolized by the pierced side of Christ as well as the blood and water from his side.  The Chaplet of Divine Mercy offers atonement and implores mercy for our sins and those of the whole world.  Join us on Friday at 3 pm, in the chapel.

Please join us to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, on Fridays at 3 pm, in our chapel.  We also have Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays from 9 am to 9 pm.  Come and take advantage of these blessings that are offered to you at St. Polycarp Church.  Practice praying continually to your Lord.  We need to do this more frequently, and with love for Him.  Show God how much you love him by your faith and actions.  If you have time to watch TV, then you have time for your God.


Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter.  This day is also the last day of the Octave of Easter (the eighth day of the feast of Easter).

The feast of Divine Mercy is “a day of extraordinary graces – a complete outpouring of His mercy upon all who approach Him with great trust and expectant faith” (How to Prepare for Mercy Sunday by Fr. George Kosicki, CSB and Vinny Flynn).

“To receive the grace of Divine Mercy Sunday, you simply need to go to Confession before or on the day of the feast – sometime during Lent suffices; be in the state of grace (no mortal sin); and receive Holy Communion with the intention of obtaining the promised grace” (The Devotion To The Divine Mercy Just remember F.I.N.C.H. by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.).

“In fact, the grace of Divine Mercy Sunday has been compared to the grace of Baptism.  It forgives all sins and provides for the removal of punishment due to sin (even for sins forgotten to be confessed) and is fully effective even if our contrition is less than perfect.  What is required is receiving Holy Communion worthily with trust in Jesus’ promise.” (The Devotion to The Divine Mercy Just remember F. I. N. C. H. by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.).

“Another beautiful element of Divine Mercy Sunday is that the Church also gives us the opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence attached to act of worship of the Divine Mercy or participation in a Divine Mercy service on the same day (under normal conditions) that we can offer for ourselves or for a Holy Soul in Purgatory (The Devotion to The Divine Mercy Just remember F. I. N. C. H. by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.).

We can choose to show mercy through our interactions with our family members, neighbors, coworkers, strangers, the sick, etc.  We can also pray for them and offer prayers for the dying and the souls in Purgatory.  The Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Divine Mercy Novena (saying the Divine Mercy Chaplet consecutively for 9 days) can be prayed at any time.  This prayer is an extremely powerful prayer to say for someone who is dying or has died.

 

Trust Him
Trust Him when dark doubts assail you,
Trust Him when your strength is small,
Trust Him when to simply trust Him
Seems the hardest thing of all.

Trust Him, He is ever faithful;
Trust Him for His will is best,
Trust Him, for the Heart of Jesus
Is the only place of rest.

Trust Him, then, through doubts and sunshine;
All your cares upon Him cast,
Till the storm of life is over,
And your trusting days are past

(Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.)

 

To Learn More About DIVINE MERCY and Experience THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY
~ visit the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. website:
www.thedivinemercy.org/divine-mercy-matters/

~ visit EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network)
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy in Song occurs at 3:00 pm every day on EWTN (television, computer, and radio). The EWTN schedule is available on line (www.ewtn.com) and in print near the entrances of the Church doors.

~ Take home the red Divine Mercy Novena pamphlets so you can say the Divine Mercy Chaplet or the Divine Mercy Novena (praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet consecutively for 9 days at home). These pamphlets are available at all of the Church entrances.

Divine Mercy Resources
DVDS
~ Divine Mercy 101
~ The Face of Mercy
~ Doors of Mercy Exploring God’s Covenant With You
~ Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told

Books
~ Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
~ In You Did It to Me by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC
~ Now is the Time for Mercy by Rev. George W. Kosicki, CSB
~ 33 Days to Merciful Love, A Do It Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy by Father Gaitley, MIC.