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St. Polycarp
See Holy Week Schedule for April 18th thru April 21st.
Saturday – 4:00 pm
Sunday – 10:30 am
Weekday Mass  (Monday – Friday) – 8:30 am
Reconciliation (Confessions) Saturdays – 2:30-3:30 pm
NO CONFESSIONS on Holy Saturday, April 20th

St. Dennis, Galena MD
See Holy Week Schedule for April 18th thru April 21st.
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

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

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

Vocations

Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations
Diocese of Wilmington
Vocation-Themed Parish Bulletin Reflections
Ordinary Time I, Year C (March 10, 2019 – June 9, 2019)

March 10, 2019
First Sunday of Lent
Listen to the tug of the Lord. In today’s gospel, Jesus rebukes the devil, saying, “You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”  Sometimes we have a sense of where God is calling us, but our reluctance leads us to test God by asking for ever more clear signs.  Do you think God might be calling you to a religious vocation?  Instead of “testing” God, let us move toward discernment – a humble, grace-filled listening for the promptings of the Spirit.  Call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

March 17, 2019
Second Sunday of Lent
Join a legacy.  The Lord showed Abram the sky and said “count the stars, if you can; just so shall your descendants be.”  The ministry of countless priests, deacons, sisters, and brothers shows that those who offer themselves in faith and in response to the Lord’s call are also blessed with descendants – spiritual descendants whose faith is nurtured by inspired ministry.  Is God calling you to serve the Church as a priest, deacon, or as a member of a religious community  Call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

March 24, 2019
Third Sunday of Lent
From where have you heard His voice?  God called Moses from the burning bush.  Is His voice burning within your heart?  Is He calling you to live out your Catholicism as a priest, deacon, religious sister or religious brother?  If you have felt that holy fire and are not sure what to do next, call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

March 31, 2019
Fourth Sunday of Lent
“We are ambassadors for Christ,” St. Paul tells the Corinthians in today’s second reading, “as if God were appealing through us.”  In every generation, God calls some men to serve in a formal way as His ambassadors, preaching the good news, celebrating the Sacraments, leading His holy people as they strive to grow closer to their Lord.  If you are a man between the ages of 18 and 49 and believe that God might be calling you to serve as a priest, call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

April 7, 2019
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord says, “See, I am doing something new! Do you not perceive it?”  What is the Lord doing with you?  Where is He leading you?  What have you done to try to find out?  What a pity it would be to spend your whole life working on goals that were not related to God’s plans for you!  Want to explore that further?  Call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

April 14, 2019
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Jesus tells His disciples “I am among you as the one who serves.”  And in every age, He calls some from among His disciples to serve as religious sisters and brothers, as deacons, and as priests.  Have you ever considered that He might be calling you?  Call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Have you seen Him?  Can you share the story of that encounter.  When Mary Magdalen returned from the empty tomb, she told Peter and John “they have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” In today’s world, many people do not know where to look for the Lord.  Priests, deacons, sisters,  and brothers spend their lives helping people to find Him.  Can you see yourself serving in that great mission?  Call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

April 28, 2019
Second Sunday of Easter
Sunday of the Divine Mercy
Be an agent of forgiveness.  Jesus gave the Twelve the authority to forgive sins in His name, and He continues to give that authority to the Church through the ministry of the priesthood.  Is He calling you to serve this ministry of reconciliation as a priest?  If you are a man between the ages of 18 and 49 and believe that God might be calling you in this way, call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

May 5, 2019
Third Sunday of Easter
Do you have joy that cannot be contained?  The apostles experienced great joy through teaching in the name of Jesus, even though they were persecuted for doing so.  Every day, religious sisters and brothers, along with deacons and priests, teach in the name of Jesus, despite all sorts of difficulties.  Maybe God is calling you to join in that great venture.  If you think so, please call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

May 12, 2019
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Jesus says “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”  By virtue of our baptism, each of us is called to follow the Great Shepherd, but He calls each in a specific way.  How does the Lord want you to follow Him?  Might He be calling you to serve as a priest, a deacon, a religious brother, or a religious sister?  If you think that might be the case, call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

May 19, 2019
Fifth Sunday of Easter
St. John tells us in the Book of Revelation that he heard a loud voice from God’s throne saying “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race.”  All of us are called to be signs of God’s dwelling with us.  Some are called to do that in a specific way, serving Christ and His Church as a priest, a deacon, a religious sister, or a religious brother.  If you think God is calling you to a religious vocation, and if you are ready to talk about it, call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

May 26, 2019
Sixth Sunday of Easter
In today’s gospel, Jesus tells His disciples that the Father will send the Holy Spirit, who will remind them of all that He told them.  Through that same Spirit, many are called to participate in Jesus’ work in a variety of ways as priests, deacons, religious brothers, and religious sisters.  Sometimes the call can seem very clear and direct; at other times it can be more subtle.  If you have ever thought that God might be prompting you to consider a religious vocation, please call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

June 2, 2019
The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Give witness to His glory.  Jesus reminds His disciples that they are witnesses to His death and resurrection as well as to the forgiveness of sins.  Priests, deacons, sisters, and brothers bear witness to these saving mysteries by their ministry in service to God’s people.  Are you interested in finding out what opportunities exist for you to serve in this great venture?  Call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

June 9, 2019
Pentecost Sunday
The Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, and they began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them.  The Spirit descends on us, too, at Baptism and at Confirmation.  Each of us is called to discipleship, though we are called in different ways.  Some are called to raise families, others to remain single.  Some are called to be agents of healing through medicine, others to be agents of enlightenment though teaching.  God calls police officers and soldiers to protect us, poets and musicians to inspire us, farmers and merchants to nourish us.  And some God calls to priesthood, to the diaconate, and to the religious life as a specific way of continuing the work of the Kingdom.  Might God be calling you to a religious vocation?  If you think so, call or write to Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!