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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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MEMORIAL BRICKS: Looking for just the right gift? Make your loved one feel cherished by purchasing a Memorial Brick in his/her honor.  Living or deceased, all will be permanently enshrined on our walkway to our Blessed Mother.  To order a Memorial Brick to honor your loved ones with a lasting memory, simply complete an order form located at the entrances to the Church or by clicking on the link below.  Completed forms may be placed in the collection basket or returned to the Parish Office. Memorial Brick Order Form CLICK HERE

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.

Before you head to the beach, check out the Diocese of Wilmington’s Vacation Mass Guide for Mass times for Delaware and Maryland beach resort areas, and the Chesapeake Bay region.  Go to cdow.org/VMG or check out the 2019 Summer Weekend Mass Guide in The Dialog and on TheDialog.org.

Visit https://masstimes.org/. All you need to do is type a city, state, or zip code into the search box. Results will appear.

CYM Fall Sports registration opens on Saturday, June 15th. CYM would love to welcome your son or daughter for Volleyball, Football, Soccer, and Cross Country. For questions and to find out where teams are located, visit www.cdowcym.org/athletics or email Matt Carucci at mcarucci@cdow.org.

Smyrna School District’s Summer Food Service ProgramMonday, June 17th, to Thursday, August 22nd
Smyrna School District’s Summer Food Service Program offers a FREE lunch for any child 18 or under at four locations in the community, offered every Monday – Thursday from Monday, June 17th, through Thursday, August 22nd.  If you have questions, contact (302) 653 – 3134 or visit www.smyrna.k12.de.us.

Smyrna Elementary Noon – 12:30 pm
121 South School Lane, Smyrna

North Smyrna Elementary Noon – 12:30 pm
365 North Main Street, Smyrna

Commerce Square Noon – 12:30 pm
101 Talon Court, Smyrna

Smyrna Gardens 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
105 Lawn Drive, Smyrna

For over 60 years, thousands of children have been making friends, learning to work together, and developing an appreciation for Creation while camping out, riding horses, working their way through a challenge course, trying archery, paddling on the river, making art projects, and taking part in lots of other activities at Camp St. Charles (Rock Point, MD).  Fully accredited with the American Camp Association and certified by the State of Maryland.
There are 4 Sessions in the 2019 Summer: Session 1 (Sunday, June 23rd, – Saturday, July 6th), Session 2 (Sunday, July 7th, – Saturday, July 20th), Session 3 (Sunday, July 21st, – Saturday, August 3rd), and Session 4 (Sunday, August 4th, – Saturday, August 17th).
For more information, directions, and to sign up for the open house, visit www.campstcharles.org, call (301) 934 – 8799, or email director@campstcharles.org.

EXPERIENCE THE LIFE OF THE SISTERS OF BON SECOURS – Friday, June 28th, to Sunday, June 30th, and 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.  There is also an optional service opportunity to serve those in need and to work as a team within some of our ministries in West Baltimore.  This service opportunity will continue through Tuesday, July 2nd for women who are interested.
The first experience will take on Friday, June 28th, to Sunday, June 30th.  The second experience will take place on Friday, October 25th, to Sunday, October 27th.  For both experiences , the arrival time is 5 pm on Friday and the departure time is 1 pm on Sunday.  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.

ANNUAL ST. JOSEPH PARISH CARNIVAL – MIDDLETOWN – Tuesday, July 16th, to Saturday, July 20th
Join us Tuesday, July 16th, though Saturday, July 20th, for exciting rides, games, and nightly entertainment under the big top!  There will be a special children’s game area! A MegaPass-ride all week is $45.
Tuesday, July 16th, and Wednesday, July 17th, are Family Nights: $25/night/per person/all rides!
NEW THIS YEAR is the Huge Gift Basket Auction (all week in the Parish Hall!!).
Delicious meals will be in the air-conditioned Hall beginning at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  The outdoor dining, rides, and games begin at 6 pm each night.
FREE admission and parking!  For more information, call the Parish Office at Saint Joseph at (302) 378 – 5800 or visit www.stjosephmiddletown.com.

MARIAN PRAYER PROGRAM – Saturday, July 27th
The 2018 – 2019 Marian Prayer Program presents the 18th Marian image sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.  This year’s image is Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians, and is on a pilgrimage through the jurisdictions to raise awareness of the plight of Christians persecuted for their faith, with Brother Vincent hosting the icon during July.  The icon will be on display on Saturday, July 27th, during the rosary (beginning at 3:15 pm) and Saturday’s 4 pm Mass.  Prayer cards featuring the icon will be available at the Church entrances on Saturday only.

St. Dennis Church (154 N. Main St. Galena, MD) is hosting its Bull Roast Festival on Saturday, July 27th, from 3 pm to 7 pm.  There will be a bounce house, a corn hole tournament, an Ice Cream Truck, a bake sale of homemade goodies, a silent auction, and a raffle.
The ALL YOU CAN EAT includes roast beef, fried chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad and green beans. Ice cold beer will be for sale while ice tea and lemonade are included in the ticket.
Adults cost $20 in advance and $22 at the door.  Children 6-12 years cost $5 while Children 5 and under are free.  Also available is a $50 family ticket for parents and up to 4 kids (12 and under).  FREE PARKING.
For more information, contact Peg Tillinghast at St. Dennis Church by calling (410) 648 – 5145.

RETROUVAILLE – Friday, August 9th, to Sunday, August 11th
Tens of thousands of couples have healed their Marriages through Retrouvaille (Retro-VIE).  If you know of anyone who could benefit from this program, please pass this on.  Couples learn to build communication skills and rediscover intimacy.  Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems, difficulties, or crises.  Our next program is coming up at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA on Friday, August 9th, through Sunday, August 11th.  For more information, or to register for one of our weekends, visit www.HelpOurMarriage.org or call (215) 766 – 3944 or (800) 470 – 2230.  All inquiries are strictly confidential.

On Monday, August 19th, from 12 pm – 1 pm (the same date and time of the 4th Apparition of Fatima), a public Prayer Vigil will be held for our Bishop, ourselves, and Holy Mother Church.  Following the Prayer Vigil, Bishop Malooly will Consecrate our Diocese to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.  This special event will take place near Our Lady of Peace Statue outside of Holy Spirit parish in New Castle.  Everyone, please come.

PREP COURSE FOR CDOW HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST AT STMA – Monday, August 19th, to Thursday, August 22nd
St. Thomas More Academy (STMA) will be offering a prep course for the December CDOW High School Placement Test on Monday, August 19th, to Thursday, August 22nd, from 9 am to 2 pm.  The morning will cover English Language arts and the afternoon will cover mathematics.  This prep course is for rising 8th grade students who plan to take the HSPT this year.  The cost is $80 for 1 content area and $150 for both English and mathematics.
The Pre-HSPT is on Friday, August 23rd, from 9 am – 12 pm.  The test fee is $65.  To register, contact STMA at 697 – 8100.

The Prayer Walk for School Safety will be on Tuesday, August 20th.

BISHOP’S 5K RUN / WALK – Saturday, August 24th 
The Bishop’s 5K Run / Walk benefits Catholic Charities Outreach.  The Bishop’s 5K Run / Walk, a totally adaptive event, will be on Saturday, August 24th, at 9 am at Glasgow Regional Park (2275 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702).  Pre-register for the event by visiting Bishops5K.com.  Registration is $20 until June 30th, $25 from July 1st to August 22nd, and $30 until race day, plus an event fee of $2.50.  All registered runners/walkers will receive a t-shirt and be in the running for prizes.  Call Catholic Charities at (302) 655 – 9624 with any questions about the Bishop’s 5K.
Bishop Malooly will be at the starting line AND finish line of the 4th Catholic Charities Bishop’s 5K Run/Walk – will you?
Join the St. Polycarp Flames Team and represent our parish at this event.  Contact Lisa in the Parish Office for more information.

PARISH PICNIC – Sunday, September 15th
Saint Polycarp Church’s Parish Picnic will be on Sunday, September 15th, at 12 pm  All parishioners are invited!

HISTORIC BERLIN AND SCENIC SOUTHERN POLAND – Tuesday, September 17th, to Monday, September 30th
Tour historic Berlin and scenic Southern Poland for 14 days with Fr. Tom Flowers. Visit the Berlin Wall, the world’s tallest statue of Christ (178 feet), the miraculous Eucharistic Host at St. Jacek in Legnica, the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Families, the shrine of the Black Madonna, the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, a 1,000-year-old salt mine, and the inspiring wonders of Krakow and Zakopane.  For the complete itinerary, visit stjudelewes.org or call (302) 382 – 0914.

PARISH FORUM – Sunday, September 22nd
Saint Polycarp Church’s Parish Forum will be on Sunday, 22nd, at 11:30 am.  All parishioners are invited!

Please join the Diocesan Vocations Guild and Father Christopher Coffiey on Saturday, October 12th, as we 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.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER – Friday, November 1st, to Sunday, November 3rd
It is HOT, HOT, HOT!! If you enjoy the warmth of summer, 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.

TRIP SPONSORED BY ST. JOSEPH 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.  If you are interested or have concerns regarding the trip, contact St. Joseph Catholic Church.  (Do not contact the Parish Office at St. Polycarp Church.)
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.  Reserve your seat today with only a $300 deposit.  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.

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.

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

Thank you to our local advertisers who support our parish with their advertisement on the back page.  Let’s support them, too!  Have you checked them out lately! Thank you to J. Martin Orlando, MBA Realtor (REMAX); Smyrna Diner;  Fletcher Plumbing; Bridge Way Family Restaurant; Smyrna Medical Associates; Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home; Faries Funeral Directors, Inc. and Nutrisystem for advertising with us!