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Mass Schedule

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
Saturday – 4:00 pm
Sunday – 8:00 am
Sunday – 11:00 am (Spanish)
Weekday Mass – Thursday & Friday 8:30 am
Reconciliation (Confessions) Saturdays 2:30 – 3:30 pm

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


Parish Contact

55 Ransom Lane,
Smyrna, Delaware 19977

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

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

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If you  are looking for ways to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian, donations are being accepted by Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA.  Supporting these organizations will help people through the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and will continue to help them as they work through the long process of recovery.  Online donations for
Catholic Relief Services can be made at https://support.crs.org/donate/hurricane-dorian and
Catholic Charities USA at https://app.mobilecause.com/form/RTKRvQ?vid=1snqm.


OUR PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION (PSR) – Tuesday, September 10th
Tuesday, September 10th, is the first day of PSR class for Grades 5 through 8.

PARISH PICNIC – Sunday, September 15th
Saint Polycarp Church’s Parish Picnic will be on Sunday, September 15th, after the 10:30 am Mass.  All parishioners are invited!  Bring your entire family, your favorite lawn chairs, and join us for an afternoon of food, drinks, fellowship, and fun!  We will provide the hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork, drinks, deserts, and entertainment.  We would love to try your favorite side dish (please bring it in a disposable container).  A bounce house, water balloons, and great parishioners will make it a great day!

The Pastoral Council and the Finance Councils will be blessed at the 4 pm Mass on Saturday, September 21st, and these individuals will also be installed as ministers on these councils.
Please keep the members of the Pastoral Council and the Finance Council in your prayers!

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) will begin on Sunday, September 22nd, at the 10:30 am Mass.

PARISH FORUM – Sunday, September 22nd
Saint Polycarp Church’s Parish Forum will be on Sunday, 22nd, after the 10:30 am Mass.  All parishioners are invited!
Come join us to learn what your Parish and our Committees have been doing this past year and their goals for the future.  Bring your ideas and have your say in these future plans for St. Polycarp Church.
There will be plenty of food and Door Prizes (and special Door Prizes for our young people) – but you must be present to win them.  Bring your family and friends and join us for this event!

The first ever Saint Polycarp Church’s Golf Tournament and Diner will be held at the Maple Dale Country Club in Dover on Sunday, September 29th.   The Check-in is at 12 pm, the Shotgun Start is at 1:30 pm, while the Dinner is at 6 pm.
Here is what we have planned: Lunch prior to the golf tournament, 4-person teams in a Captain’s choice format, and a steak dinner following the tournament.  Each player will receive a complementary gift bag.  There will be prizes for the best teams.  There will be long drive and closest to the pin contests.
If you do not play golf but would like to just come for the church dinner, please join us!  The price for lunch, golf, and dinner is $125 per golfer.  It will cost $30 if you just want to join us for dinner.
Make checks payable to St. Polycarp Church.  Send the registration form and payment to St. Polycarp Church, 55 Ransom Lane, Smyrna, DE 19977.  Or you can register online at membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/3322.  The completed form and registration are due by Friday, September 13th.  If you have questions, contact Jack Molyneaux at jdalex97@yahoo.com or (302) 359 -1703.

The Christian Formation Committee is sponsoring a bus trip for the Annual Diocesan Marian Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington DC on Saturday, October 5th.

THE BLESSING OF ANIMALS – Sunday, October 6th
The Blessing of Animals will take place on Sunday, October 6th, at 12 pm.

The Delaware State Police will be presenting their Violent Intruder Preparedness and Response (VIPR) Training Program at St. Polycarp Church on Monday, October 21st, from 6 pm to 8 pm Mother Drexel Hall.  More information on how you can reserve your seat in this event will be coming in future bulletins.

BUS TRIP TO THE MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE – Wednesday, October 23rd
A Knights of Columbus sponsored bus trip (from Saint Polycarp Church) is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23rd.  This time we will be visiting the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC which just opened in November 2017.  The Museum of the Bible aims to be among the most technologically advanced and engaging museums in the world.  Showcasing rare artifacts spanning 3,500 years of history, the museum offers visitors an immersive and personalized experience with the Bible.  Each of the six floors in the museum contains a different exhibit which emphasizes different aspects of the Bible’s history or impact.  The front entrance features 40-foot tall, 2.5 ton bronze front doors with stained glass art containing a relief depicting the creation account in Genesis.  The Museum has received spectacular reviews.
Dinner (on your own) will be at the Fisherman’s Inn in Grasonville, MD, an Eastern Shore dining landmark since 1930.  We will have our own private dining room, and the menu offers a large selection of local dishes as well as traditional and contemporary fare.  The menu also includes many Gluten free dishes.  Wait until you see the menu!
The cost of the trip which includes the bus, bus driver tip and museum ticket is $75.00 per person.  Do not miss out by waiting to the last minute.  Contact Joan O’Drain at (302) 659 – 5317 or busylady39@comcast.net to reserve your seat today.  A deposit of $25 is due at the time of your reservation, and then a second deposit of $25 by the end of August, and the final deposit of $25 by the end of September.  Or you can choose to pay in full.  An itinerary (and a cancellation policy) will be emailed to you upon your reservation.

Father Mark S. Mealey, O.S.F.S., Judicial Vicar, will offer a presentation on Thursday, October 24th, at St. Polycarp Church at 7 pm.  Among the issues discussed will be
• the new norms on the marriage nullity process by Pope Francis and the implementation of those norms in our Tribunal.
• the annulment process.
• the various canonical grounds for marriage.
If you are interested, please call the Tribunal Office at (302) – 573 – 3107, and just leave a voicemail with your name and the number of people attending the presentation.
A TRIBUNAL is a Church court that deals with matters of canon law, one aspect in particular is determining whether a marriage is invalid (this results in the annulment of a marriage).

The Brother Vincent Columbiettes are busy planning their annual Holiday Craft Fair. CRAFT VENDORS ARE WANTED!
The Brother Vincent Columbiettes looking for CRAFT VENDORS to join them at their Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, November 2nd, from 9 am to 2 pm, at the State Troopers Association (Route 13, Messina Hill Drive, Dover, DE). If you are interested or desire more information, please call Jill at (302) 653 – 3836 or (518) 795 – 7579.

QUARTER AUCTION AT SAINT DENNIS – Saturday, September 14th
Saint Dennis Church is having a Quarter Auction in the Religious Ed building (Route 213, Galena, MD) on Saturday, September 14th.  The doors will open at 2 pm and the auction will start at 3 pm.  This fun family event includes the auction, cash and carry items from various vendors (Tupperware, Parparazzi, Fuller Products, Thirty-One Bags, Origami Owl, and more), refreshments for sale, a 50/50 Raffle, and a Chinese Auction.
1 paddle costs $5, each additional paddle costs $1, while an All in Paddle (no quarters needed) costs $35.  The tickets are available before or after Mass or you can contact Mindy Steele-Bailey at (302) 670 – 9923 and mindyorigamioql@gmail.com.  Please consider attending the quarter auction to help support Saint Dennis Church!

Shepherds Place (1362 South Governors Ave, Dover) is a homeless shelter that provides relief to families (women or men with children) who are in distress or dire economic situations. Shepherds Place has 30 beds in total, to provide short term (up to 30 days) emergency shelter during the day and nights. They work to reduce the degree of homelessness in Kent County. Items received are given to residents to be used during their stay at the shelter or when they move into their own home.
Items for Shepherd’s Place are collected here at St. Polycarp in one of the marked TUBS under the coat rack in the hallway and will be delivered to them when the tub is full. If you would like to make a donation to the Shepherd Place, they are in need of the following personal and household items: Body Wash, Baby Wipes, Pull-Ups and Diapers – Large sizes 4 or 5, Toilet Paper, Towels and Wash Cloths, Twin Sheets and Pillow-cases, Medicine – Children / Adult – Tylenol, Mucinex, etc., Drink Mixes – Sipps, Kool Aid, Tea Bags and Coffee, Sugar
Bleach / Disinfecting Wipes, General Cleaner: Comet, Mr. Clean, Lysol, Dryer Sheets, Fabric Softener, Paper Towels, Trash Bags – Large and Kitchen Size

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered in Delaware by Catholic Charities, is now taking applications for the 2019 – 2020 heating season.  The application process runs from July 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.  This federally-funded program assists low-income Delawareans who need help in meeting home energy costs.  LIHEAP makes payments directly to home energy suppliers.  The LIHEAP benefit is based on a household’s income, size, and type of fuel.
You may be eligible for assistance if your total household income falls within income eligibility guidelines.  For example, a household of 4 can have no more than $50,325 in annual household income (before taxes).
In order to qualify, you must make an appointment with a Catholic Charities office for a personal interview.  Regular office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
In Kent County, call (302) 674 – 1782.
In New Castle County, call (302) 654 – 9295.
In Sussex County, call (302) 856 – 6310.

SAINT ANTHONY’S POP UP CONCERTS ARE BACK! – Sundays in September and October
Starting in September at 3 pm in the afternoon, spend an hour at Saint Anthony of Padua Church (901 N DuPont Street, Wilmington, DE 19806) for their Pop Up Concerts.  A free will offering is always appreciated.
The Pop Up’s are one hour Sunday afternoon recitals where our talent sings or plays instruments.  We are a mixed bag of classical, opera, Broadway, and so much more.  And as always, wine, refreshments, and snacks are served.  Each recital is about one-hour long.  Do not dress up, just come as you are.  Pop Ups are open to anyone in the community who sings or plays an instrument.
Sunday, September 8th, at 3 pm THE TRINITAS TRIO (Louis Perazza on the Flute, Elena Smith on the Cello, and Matthew Jewell on the Piano) will be playing works by Handel, Stamm, Gossenns and Von Weber.  The program is as follows: Allegro in G major (Franz Joseph Haydn), Suite for Flute, Cello, and Piano (Andre Stamm), Five Impressions of a Holiday (On the Hillside, By the River, The Water Wheel, In the Village Church, and At the Fair), and Trio in g minor (Carl Maria Von Weber).  A $10.00 offering will be accepted or whatever anyone is comfortable with.
Sunday, September 15th, at 3 pm listen Saint Anthony’s magnificent pipe organ in the hands of the master, Louis Perazza. Works by Bach, Cook, Dupre, Jongen, and Frank.  A free will offering benefits the Saint Anthony’s Choir program.
Sunday, September 29th, at 3 pm to hear works by Gaubert, Mouquet, Debussy, and Chamanade by Louis Perazza on the Flute and Matthew Jewell on the Piano.
Sunday, October 6th, at 3 pm our first group of Pop Up Kids will entertain you.  Voice, Piano, Viola, you name it we got it.  It will be a mixed bag of music for Halloween and Autumn.  A free will offering benefits the Saint Anthony’s Choir Program

FREEDOM FROM YOUR HURTS, HANG-UPS AND HABITS – Tuesdays from September 10th to October 29th
Even if you consider yours resolved these situations could still prevent you from experiencing the freedom God has in mind for you.  Join us for a small group study with discussion and a video teaching by Rick Warren on Tuesdays from September 10th to October 29th, from 10 am – 11:30 am or from 6:30 pm – 8 pm at Holy Angels Church (the San Damiano Center/back entrance, 82 Possum Park Road, Newark, DE).
Attendance at all sessions is not required.  Registration is appreciated but not necessary.  Contact Amy Press at (302) 731 – 2219 or apress@holyangels.net for more information.

The 13th ANNUAL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NUN RUN 5K – Saturday, September 14th
The Little Sisters of the Poor invite you to enjoy one of the biggest and best 5k events in our area!  Run or walk the 13th Annual Knights of Columbus Nun Run 5K, presented by DiSabatino Construction and Saul Ewing.  This event is an inclusive 5K walk/run (a flat course), which provides the opportunity for the Residents at the Home and the supporters to cross the finish line together. The fundraising goal is to raise $60,000 for procurement of a 14-passenger transit bus/coach to accommodate the Residents who need assistance with wheelchair accessibility.
Registration for the 5k walk/run begins at 8 am while the 5k walk/run starts at 9 am on Saturday, September 14th.  The 5k walk/run will start and finish at the Jeanne Jugan Residence (185 Salem Church Road Newark, DE 19713).  The 5k costs $25 (until Friday, September 13th) and $30 (on-site registration on Saturday, September 14th).  The Family Discount is $20 each for 3 or more members. To register online, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/DE/Newark/NunRun5K. 
Visit www.nunrun5k.org or call our Development office at (302) 368 – 5886 for further information.

Deacon Joe Cilia, from Church of the Holy Child in Wilmington, will conduct a prayer service at the graveside of 63 aborted children at Cathedral Cemetery (2400 Lancaster Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware) on Saturday, September 14th, at 9:45 am.  It is part of the annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children co-sponsored by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League.  The public is invited.
After the prayer service on Saturday, September 14th, attendees are invited to go to Church of the Holy Child Social Hall (2500 Naamans Road, Wilmington, Delaware) for a free showing of the movie “Unplanned” and a luncheon from 11 am to 2 pm.  This event is sponsored by 40 Days for Life of Wilmington.  Please RSVP for the luncheon before Tuesday, September 10th, to Pat Radell at patradell@reagan.com or (302) 723 – 9254.

Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Shrine (Old Bohemia) in Warwick, MD on Sunday, September 15th, at 4 pm.  The Bohemia Plantation was founded in 1704 by the Jesuits who farmed the land and ministered to the Catholics scattered across the region.  The church is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is considered the Mother Church of the Diocese of Wilmington.  The rectory museum and historic graveyard will be accessible for individual inspection and study one hour prior to Mass.  For more information or to arrange a guided tour, please call Kathy Ursitti at (302) 378 – 7283.  The church is also available for group retreats and Catholic weddings.  For GPS driving directions use: 1690 Bohemia Church Road, Warwick, MD 21912.

The “Beat the Economy’ Yard Sale is back. Stop by Saint Francis Xavier Shrine (Old Bohemia) in Warwick, Maryland on Saturday, September 21st, and find a huge assortment of items priced to sell quickly.  The indoor/outdoor extravaganza starts at 8 am and runs until 2 pm, rain or shine.  Shop for bargains and support the mother church of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.  Proceeds from the sale will assist with restoration of the historic site.  Refreshments will be available.  For GPS driving directions use: 1690 Bohemia Church Road, Warwick, MD 21912.  Contact Kathy at (302) 378 – 7283 for additional information.

TRIP SPONSORED BY ST. JOSEPH (Wilmington) CATHOLIC CHURCH – Monday, September 23rd, to Sunday, September 28th
The St. Joseph Catholic Church (1012 N. French St., Wilmington, DE.) is sponsoring a bus trip.   Savannah, Georgia: The Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary is hosting their annual bus excursion.  A 6 day/5-night excursion to Savannah, Georgia on Monday, September 23rd, to Saturday, September 28th.  The cost is $850.  Includes 5 breakfasts, 2 dinner (including 1 at Paula Dean’s “The Lady of Sons” Restaurant), a tour of historic area of Savannah, a visit to Savannah’s waterfront, a tour of Jekyll Island, a tour of St. Simons island, and tons of fun!. Contact Deborah Robinson at (302) 494 – 5709 to reserve your seat.

FALL 40 DAYS FOR LIFE DOVER 2019 FALL CAMPAIGN – Wednesday, September 25th, to Sunday, November 3rd
The Fall 40 Days for Life Dover 2019 Fall Campaign begins on Wednesday, September 25th, (and continues until Sunday, November 3rd)!  Please plan to participate.  Visit 40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/dover/ to learn more.

Bishop Malooly invites you to the 2019 Diocese of Wilmington “Blue Mass” on Friday, October 4th, at 11 am at Saint Elizabeth Church (809 South Broom Street, Wilmington, Delaware).  The “Blue Mass” honors the local, county, state, and federal law enforcement, fire, emergency medical, and military personnel who live and work in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Those currently serving, the retired, and their families are invited to attend.

Please join the Diocesan Vocations Guild and Father Christopher Coffiey on Saturday, October 12th, as they travel to The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pa.  The departure time is 8 am from St. John the Beloved (907 Milltown Rd, Wilmington, DE).  Arrive at the shrine around 9:30 am and leave from the shrine around 4 pm.  There will be a tour of the Shrine by one of the Pauline Fathers, a fifteen-minute movie about the Shrine, and time on your own to explore the grounds and visit the gift shop, etc.  The cost of the pilgrimage is $30.00 per person for the bus and $15.00 for lunch (or, you may brown bag your lunch).  Please contact Mary Gaworski at (302) 438 – 6969 after 3 pm or send an email to mares7963@aol.com for more information.

EXPERIENCE THE LIFE OF THE SISTERS OF BON SECOURS – Friday, October 25th, to Sunday, October 27th
We invite single Catholic women to experience the life of the Sisters of Bon Secours and to learn more about religious life.  You will have the opportunity to be with sisters as you learn about our life.  You will also meet and share with other women who are exploring religious life as a life option.  This weekend offers time for reflection and one-on-one discussions with a sister.  The second experience will take place on Friday, October 25th, to Sunday, October 27th.  The location is Sisters of Bon Secours, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, Maryland 21104 (Near Baltimore).  To register, visit https://lifeasasister.org/event-details/come-and-see-vocation-weekend-5/ or call (410) 442 – 3172.  If you have questions, or concerns, contact Sr. Pat Dowling, CBS, Vocation Director at (410) 442 – 3172 or send an email to CBSVocations@bshsi.org.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER – Friday, November 1st, to Sunday, November 3rd
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is the largest pro-marriage organization in the world and promotes weekend experiences for couples who want to make their good marriage even better.  Why not sign up for the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and bring some more warmth and intimacy to your marriage!  The next Marriage Encounter weekend will be November 1st – 3rd (Friday – Sunday) in Rehoboth Beach, DE.  For information, visit the website at www.me-delmar.org or to register for the weekend, please contact Tony and Linda Massino at (302) 220 – 9833.

Please do not park in front of the dumpsters on Monday through Friday.  This prevents the Waste Management Collection and the Recycling Collection from being picked up.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Turn your food shopping into cash for our parish.  If you are a Redner’s shopper, we would welcome your participation.  It is so easy!  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 just put them into the collection basket.  There is no expiration date — even receipts months old can be turned in!  Your receipts will generate cash for us.  What a hands-down and effortless way to help St. Polycarp Church.  For more information, contact Joan at (302) 659 – 5317.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) will begin on Sunday, September 22nd.  CLOW is a special sharing provided weekly at our 10:30 am Masses.  Following the opening prayer, children in Grades Pre-K through Grade 4, are invited to be dismissed to the hall (or library) to share the Word using their own images and words.  The children return following the intercessions.  No pre-registration is needed, simply send them with the 2 leaders when invited!  Our leaders have had background clearances in accordance with the diocesan For Sake of God’s Children directives.

Don’t forget to arrive earlier for Mass so that you won’t miss the announcements!  

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