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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 24, 25, 31, February 1, 2019
No weekday Masses – Monday, Thursday, Friday in February
Pray for vocations to the Priesthood!
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

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 (January 20, 2019 – March 3, 2019)

January 20, 2019
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
He wants your unique combination of gifts.  St. Paul reminds us that there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit.  All the baptized share in that same Spirit, and, from among them, God calls some to serve as priests, deacons, and religious.  If you believe God might be calling you to the priesthood, to the diaconate, or to religious life, call or write 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!

January 27, 2019
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Do you see your significance?  In today’s second reading, St. Paul writes, “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.”  In the Body of Christ, some are called to be parents, some teachers, some doctors, some priests, some religious sisters and brothers, some deacons, some builders, some artists, some business leaders, and so on.  What is God calling you to do with your life?  If you think it might be to serve as a religious sister, religious brother, deacon or priest, then call or write Fr. Norm Carroll, the Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at (302) 573 – 3113 or vocations@cdow.org.  And do not forget to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!

February 3, 2019
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
What was spoken to you long ago that you still try to hear?  God speaks to His people through the prophet Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I dedicated you.”  Our God knows us intimately; our God has a plan for each of us.  What are you doing to discover God’s plan for your life? Could it be that He’s calling you to a life of religious ministry for the good of the Church?  If you think so, call or write 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!

February 10, 2019
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Yes, even you!  In today’s first reading, Isaiah tells us that when the Lord called him to serve as a prophet, he protested because he was unworthy.  Sometimes young men and women look at the priesthood or religious life and say to themselves “I could never do that; I’m not holy that way.”  Guess what?  All the baptized are called to be holy, but if we had to be perfect to be a priest, deacon or a nun we would not have any priests, deacons, or nuns!  When God calls someone, He gives that person the grace he or she needs to live out their vocation.  If you think God might be calling you to the priesthood or to religious life, call or write 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!

February 17, 2019
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Can you take it?  Jesus warns us in today’s gospel that some will hate us and persecute us because of our relationship with the Son of Man.  Have you been taking stock of your relationship with the Lord?  How is your life fitting in with His goals?  Is He calling you to serve His people in a particular way – maybe as a priest, a deacon, a sister or a brother?  If you think God might be calling you to the priesthood or to religious life, call or write 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!

February 24, 2019
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Can you be the message?  St. Paul reminds the Corinthians (and us) that we bear “the image of the heavenly one” because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.  Still, so many people have never heard that good news!  So many others have heard it but remain unconvinced that they bear “the image of the heavenly one!”  Priests, religious women and religious men spend their lives trying to help people experience God’s tremendous love.  Are you willing to spend your life in that mission?  Let us talk about it.  Call or write 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 3, 2019
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dare to be different!  Be a starling presence in the world!  The Gospel challenges us today to live as disciples and not as people who react to the world around us.  When we reach we are short, brief, to the point and anything to make whatever it is go away.  Jesus challenges the disciples and us to respond.  Responding takes time.  It takes compassion.  It requires a love that is countercultural.  Can you live a different message in our world?  If you think God might be calling you to the priesthood or to religious life, call or write 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!