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Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp
Saturday – 4:00 pm
Sunday – 10:30 am
Weekday Mass  (Monday – Friday) – 8:30 am
Special Note : No weekday Masses on 
Thursday/Fridays – January 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, February 1, 2019
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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PSR CANDY SALE! – Tuesday, January 22nd
The PSR Candy Sale begins this week.  Please support the students in PSR by participating in the annual PSR Candy Sale.  Buying chocolate and eating chocolate is for a Great Cause – the Catholic Faith education of the young in our parish!

RETROUVAILLE – Friday – Sunday, February 8th – 10th
Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples who can help a couple re-awaken the love, trust, and commitment that originally brought them together, just as they have done in their own marriages.  Retrouvaille can help heal a marriage, as it has for tens of thousands of couples throughout the world.  The next program begins on the weekend of February 8th – 10th at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA.  Additional weekends will be held in April and August.  For more information, or to register for one of the weekends, visit  www.HelpOurMarriage.org or call (1 – 800) 470 – 2230.  All inquiries are kept strictly confidential.

This yearly event, SACRED a.k.a. “Salesianum’s Adult Religious Education Day”, held on Saturday, February 23rd (Saint Polycarp’s Feast Day!) from 8 am until 3 pm.  SACRED is 19 years old in 2019.  This event is even more important now for the life of the Church than when it started 19 years ago.  Children and teens need to see their parents do something beyond going to Mass that demonstrates that growing in one’s Catholic Faith is still relevant today amidst all the modern threats to the Church’s well-being.
This year we are offering many courses designed to help parents and catechists reach out to young people to give them hope in the Church in the face of their doubts.
We still give out the New Evangelization Award for the parish with the most attendees.
The cost of registration is $40 if paid online (http://sacred.salesianum.org) or postmarked by Thursday, January 31st.  After this date, the cost of registration is $45.  The price includes coffee, a light breakfast, a hot Italian lunch, and all day beverages.  Reconciliation is offered at 8 am and 11:45 am.  Optional Sunday Mass is at 4 pm.
The snow make up day is Saturday, March 2nd.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Tom Vresics at Salesianum on his cell at (302) 985 – 7648 after 3 PM or email him at tvresics@salesianum.org.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER – Friday – Sunday, March 1st – 3rd
Time is running out to register for the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend.  Let a cozy weekend focused on your marriage keep you warm on these long winter nights!
The next Marriage Encounter weekend with be March 1st – 3rd (Friday – Sunday), 2019 in Rehoboth Beach, DE.  For information, visit www.me-delmar.org or to register for the weekend, please call Tony and Linda Massino at (302) 220 – 9833.
Do not Delay!  Your marriage deserves this gift!

The LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROPGRAM (LIHEAP)is a federally funded program that assists low-income Delawareans with heating bills through direct payments to home energy suppliers. It is administered in Delaware by Catholic Charities.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.

The Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Cemeteries is seeking a full time General Maintenance worker to work at Cathedral Cemetery in Wilmington, DE.

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.

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