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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
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


Parish Contact

55 Ransom Lane,
Smyrna, Delaware 19977

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

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

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Priesthood Sunday is celebrated Sunday, October 28, 2018.  To read more about Priesthood Sunday – CLICK HERE

CHRISTMAS AT SEA PROGRAM – November 3rd – November 25th
From Saturday, November 3rd,  through Sunday, November 25th, we will be collecting items for our Annual Christmas at Sea Collection for the seafarers that dock at Wilmington during the month of December.  Containers marked “Christmas at Sea” will be located at the front church entrance and in the hallway by the coat rack.  The crews of the container vessels and tankers that dock at Wilmington are typically nine months at sea, working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week.  The Seamen’s Center of Wilmington will distribute to each seafarer arriving in Delaware in December a Ditty Box, filled with essentials like toothpaste,  toothbrushes, razors, soap, candy, hats, gloves, and more. Will you please consider donating any of these items, or choose an item from the lists found on the collection containers.  Your generous donations will be most welcome by the Seamen’s Center of Wilmington.  If you have any questions, please call Joyce Tolson at (302) 659 – 2645.

Hosted by the Ministry of Caring.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ministry of Caring’s programs for the poor and the homeless.  For more information, call (302) 652 – 5523 or visit www.ministryofcaring.org.

Catholic Charities offers CADC training – starts Thursday, November 8th
Catholic Charities provides a learning experience in substance abuse counseling by offering Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) preparatory courses.  These introductory level courses are designed to provide students with a foundation in all 8 domains of addiction treatment, as well as an opportunity to network with other professionals.  The next 16-week session begins Thursday, November 8th.  Registration materials are available on Catholic Charities website at www.cdow.org/charities.

This Fall, the 177 Project is partnering with 22 young musical artists to bring an “Evening of Eucharistic Adoration” and music to every diocese in the United States!  St. Jude The Apostle Church in Lewes, DE (152 Tulip Drive Lewes, DE 19958) is blessed to host this night of worship for the Diocese of Wilmington on Sunday, November 11th from 6:45 pm to 9 pm.
The evening will begin by praying the rosary, followed by Adoration and close with a concert featuring Catholic artists Dana Catherine and Taylor Tripodi.  Priests will be available to hear Confessions throughout the evening.  Mark your calendars and please join us for an unforgettable evening of prayer and fellowship.  Tickets are completely free and can be ordered online at www.the177project.com.  For additional information, please call (302) 236 – 8840.

MARCH FOR LIFE BUS FROM St. John the Apostle Church in Milford, DE – Friday, January 18, 2019
A coach bus will depart from St. John the Apostle, Milford for the March for the Life rally in Washington, DC on January 18, 2019 at 8:30 am.  The cost to ride the bus is $20.00 per person.  The seats will be reserved on a first-come, first serve basis with reservations.  The reservations must be made by Friday, December 21st. Please contact Amanda Fulton in the Parish Office for more information or to register, call (302) 422 – 5123.

Redner’s Markets 1% Save-a-Tape Fundraiser – New Way to help raise $$$$
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.

An Article on Saint Polycarp Church Appears in the Dialog and on thedialog.org!To read the full article of St. Polycarp Church by Gary Morton (St. Polycarp marks tradition in Smyrna with 50th anniversary), visit thedialog.org.

The LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROPGRAM (LIHEAP), administered in Delaware by Catholic Charities, has started to accept applications for the upcoming heating season. This federally funded program assists low-income Delawareans with heating bills through direct payments to home energy suppliers. The LIHEAP benefit is based on a household’s income, size, and type of fuel. LIHEAP offers the following support:
Fuel Assistance Program – provides home heating assistance for eligible households who need help paying winter energy bills. LIHEAP does not pay for all heating costs. Eligible households receive one annual benefit.
Energy Crisis Intervention Program – when activated, ECIP provides assistance for eligible households in an emergency situation. This supplemental benefit can be in addition to the regular fuel assistance benefit.
Summer Cooling / Electric Assistance Program – helps eligible households by paying a portion of summer electric bills. Eligible households receive one annual benefit. The Program operates from June 1st – August 31st, if funds are available. Households must be approved for the Fuel Assistance Heating Program in order to qualify for the Summer Cooling Program.
LIHEAP Eligibility – you may be eligible for assistance if your total household income falls within income eligibility guidelines. For example, a household of four can have no more than $50,325 in annual household income (before taxes). To see if you qualify, make an appointment with a Catholic Charities office for a personal interview. Applications are accepted from July 2018 to March 2019.  Call your local Catholic Charities office to make an appointment. Appointment hours are Monday – Friday, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Kent County: (302) 674 – 1782
New Castle County: (302) 654 – 9295

The Diocese of Wilmington/Catholic Charities is accepting applications for the position of Payment Processor/Certifier for the Delaware Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to work in the Dover, Delaware office.  For more information or to apply, go to www.indeed.com.

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 Smyrna Diner, The Cocoa Exchange, Fletcher Plumbing, Bridge Way Family Restaurant, Smyrna Medical Associates, Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, and Faries Funeral Directors, Inc. for advertising with us!