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Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp, Smyrna DE
(302) 653-8279
Saturday – 4:00 pm
Sunday – 10:30 am
Weekday Mass – 8:30 am, Tuesday & Wednesday
Confessions – Saturdays, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

St. Dennis, Galena MD
(410) 648-5145
Sunday – 8:00 am
Sunday – 11:00 am (Spanish)
Weekday Mass – 8:30 am, Thursday & Friday
Confessions – Sundays, 7:00-7:30 am


DE Home for the Chronically Ill (DHCI):
Communion Service – 3rd Tuesday at 10:30 am
Communion Service – 1st Wednesday at 1:15 pm

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

Weekend Update April 2/3

5th Sunday of Lent

Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead,
I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling in Christ Jesus.  (Letter Saint Paul to the Philippians)
Visit our home page to view Reconciliation, Holy Week & Easter Schedules. www.saintpolycarp.org

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/040322.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for live stream at 8:30 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 4 pm on Saturdays. If you are interested in being involved in this ministry, please email Lisa at lisa.titus@saintpolycarp.org or Judy at communications@saintpolycarp.org.

PARISH WEBSITE: Visit: www.saintpolycarp.org/.


St. Polycarp  – 7 pm on the Fridays in Lent in Church (and live streamed). (No Stations on Good Friday)

St. Dennis – 5 pm and 7 pm (Hispanic) on Fridays in Lent

Remember, Fridays in Lent are obligatory days of abstinence from meat for those age 14 onwards.


MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED this Saturday, April 2nd at 8:30 am. The Columbiettes Lenten Retreat will follow immediately The Mass is open to all – you do not need to be signed up for the retreat to attend the Mass. (This is a daily Mass and not the weekend Mass for the Fifth Sunday in Lent.)

THE SECOND COLLECTION this weekend is for our Parish Maintenance.

PSR GRADES P/K – 4, Sunday, April 3 at 9am.  Thank you for all of the food items that were donated as part of our Lenten Almsgiving Outreach Activity!

APRIL AGAPE, hosted by our Pastoral Council – Come join us as we gather together with friends and family this Sunday, April 3rd, following the 10:30 Mass.  Please join us to share a light lunch, desserts, and beverage.  What a great opportunity to meet and chat with your council members.

3-G PROJECT – We’ll hear about this project at Masses this weekend! See the brochure inserted in this weekend’s bulletin!

HELP NEEDED – We are in need of front desk receptionists in the parish office.  Could you possibly consider donating 3 hours of your time once a week?  There are 2 shifts open.  Wednesday and Friday afternoons from Noon till 3 pm.  If you are interested, or would like more information, please call Kathy in the Parish Office, or send her an email.  We appreciate the members of this Office Ministry immensely –  the gift of your time is priceless!

WE NEED YOUR HELP! – Do you like posting on Social Media? Want to help people connect through this platform? We are looking for someone to take over posting to our Facebook page beginning in May. Do you know how to find appropriate material and schedule posts?  We have from now until the beginning of May to help you get started!  If interested, contact Judy at communications@saintpolycarp.org.


THE DEANERY LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE will take place at Holy Cross Church, Dover this coming Monday, April 4th, at 7 pm. Several priests will be present to hear confessions.

EARLY BULLETIN SUBMISSION DEADLINE: If you have information for our Easter (April 17th) Bulletin, it must be submitted by noon on Monday, April 4th.     Submissions should be emailed to submission@saintpolycarp.org

PSR GRADES 5-8, Tuesday, April 5th at 7pm. Thank you for all of the food items that were donated as part of our Lenten Almsgiving Outreach Activity!

PURGATORIAL SOCIETY; When you enroll your loved one in the Purgatorial Society, he/she will be sharing in the prayers of our family of faith and in the spiritual benefits of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on the first Wednesday of each month for one year.  (This month – Wednesday, April 6th, 8:30 am). The names of those enrolled are listed in this weekend’s bulletin, and will be listed before the first Wednesday of each month. There will also be a general announcement made at the Mass for all the souls in the Purgatorial Society.  These names will not be read individually during Mass but will be placed in a special book on the altar. For more information visit this weekend’s bulletin. CLICK HERE to see this weekend’s bulletin.


EASTER EGG HUNT! Our Brother Vincent Knights of Columbus will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt next Sunday, April 10th, following the 10:30 am Mass. All children are invited to attend. There will be prizes! Children are asked to bring their own baskets!


CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD will take place next Sunday, April 10th during the 10:30am Mass. All children ages PreK-4th grade are welcome to attend. Children will be called to come forward before the First Reading. A catechist and assistant will lead the children to the hall. They will return to you after the General Intercessions. All catechists and assistants have a cleared background check. CLoW mirrors the worship experience of the larger community in an engaging and interactive style. This opportunity allows children to hear Scripture in words they understand and to share their own understanding of God’s Word.

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Sunday, April 10th at the 10:30 am pm Mass – the Netz Family – Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up (or drop off) materials in the sacristy.



Has it been a long time since your last confession?  “Bless me Father for I have sinned. I forget what to say and how long it’s been since my last confession!” Always remember that the priest will help you through this Great Sacrament of Mercy. Don’t stay away because you forget the “how to”.   Just bring your desire to be forgiven. Come renew & strengthen your soul! (You can also visit  https://saintpolycarp.org/reconciliation-refresher/ and  Examine your conscience

CONFESSIONS AT ST. POLYCARP are Saturdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. (No confessions on Holy Saturday, April 16th.)

THE DEANERY LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE will take place at Holy Cross Church, Dover this coming Monday, April 4th, at 7 pm. Several priests will be present to hear confessions.

RECONCILIATION MONDAY – April 11th: Bishop Koenig, after consulting with the Priests’ Council, has decided to launch Reconciliation Monday in our diocese. Held on the Monday of Holy Week, every parish will offer Confessions from 3 to 8 pm. Pastors with multiple churches may not be able to have each church covered during that time. Here at St. Polycarp, on Monday, April 11th, Confessions will be heard from 3-5pm (Fr. Gerres) and then from 6-8pm (Fr. Jim). Visit our home page to view Reconciliation, Holy Week & Easter Schedules. www.saintpolycarp.org

Palm Sunday Masses at St. Polycarp: Saturday, April 9th at 4pm & Sunday, April 10th at 10:30 am.

Holy Thursday Mass at St. Dennis: 7 pm on Thursday, April 14th, at St. Dennis. (No Mass at St. Polycarp)
Good Friday Service at St. Polycarp: 3 pm on Friday, April 15th, at St. Polycarp. (No service at St. Dennis)
Easter Vigil Mass at St. Polycarp: 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 16th, at St. Polycarp (No Vigil Mass at St. Dennis)
Easter Sunday Masses at St. Polycarp: 8 am and 10 am on Sunday, April 17th, at St. Polycarp.
Easter Sunday Masses at St. Dennis: 8 am, 9:30 am, and 11 am (Hispanic) at St. Dennis.

CRS RICE BOWLS: Please pick-up a rice bowl as you leave Mass today. Rice bowls can be found on the tables at the doors of the church.
Rice bowls are returned to Church at the end of Lent.

EASTER MASS REMEMBRANCE: Easter is the greatest celebration in the Catholic Church because it is the completion of the Holy week that ends with the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus was raised from the dead, and by that He conquered sin and death.  Living or deceased, the best gift you can give a loved one is the gift of the Mass.  Please use the Easter Mass Remembrance envelope to enjoin your friends and family in our MOST HOLY CELEBRATION.

EASTER FLOWERS: The Easter Flowers, particularly the white lilies with their large white trumpet flowers, proclaim that spring is upon us and they symbolize hope and new life.   Add to the beauty of our church during this joyful season by using your Easter flower envelope to help us proclaim that Jesus has risen!


CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! If you know someone who is looking for a new beginning and wants to learn more about the Catholic Church, “personally invite” them to our RCIA sessions, Monday evenings at 6:30pm. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for individuals who are unbaptized, baptized in other faith traditions or Catholic adults wishing to receive Confirmation and Holy Eucharist and seeking full membership in the Catholic Church. We are all called to share the “Good News” and you can make a difference by simply asking! Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.

Sponsored by Brother Vincent Columbiettes
Order a generously filled colorful 11” hanging basket.
The hardy, beautiful Baskets from local growers, in your choice of Petunias or Begonias, are $25.00 each.
Orders need to be placed by April 30th for pick up on the Friday before Mother’s Day May, 6th 3pm – 5pm.
To place your order contact: Linda Montuori 302-270-5347, Angela Gibson 302-270-4100 or email Darlene Sanphy darpete87@comcast.net

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Please sign up to take home the Vocation Chalice for one week. Call or text Alice Gaston 302-670-7924 to sign up.  Each week a family will receive the Vocation Chalice at Mass and take it home with the promise to “pray for vocations” during that week.  The family should place the chalice in a prominent place in their home and gather together each day to pray for the awareness of vocations.  At the end of the week, the family will bring the chalice back to church so the next family can take it home.  A booklet will accompany the chalice that has prayers and instructions.  We need your prayers and for you to sign up. See the Bulletin for schedule. Sunday, April 10th – Netz Family.

REDNER’S MARKETS 1% SAVE-A-TAPE FUNDRAISER: Turn your food shopping into cash for our parish. 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 put them into the collection basket. There is no expiration date – you can turn receipts months old in!

Thank you to our Bulletin advertisers! We appreciate your support! –
Thank you to this week’s advertiser – Faries Funeral Directors, Inc. 29. S. Main Street, Smyrna    302.653.8816


WEBSITE: www.saintpolycarp.org.
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SaintPolycarpCatholicChurch/
ONLINE GIVING: Please consider becoming an e-giver. It is easy to make your weekly or one time contributions in support of the Parish.  For more information and to sign up for online giving, visit  faith.direct/DE831
ST DENNIS: http://www.stdennischurch.org
DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – LIVE STREAMING https://www.youtube.com/user/DioceseofWilm
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online
EWTN: ewtn.com

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640.  Julianne Stanz, author of “Brave the Thin Places,” will be the guest on the April 2nd Catholic Forum podcast. Listen online anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum, or by searching “Catholic Forum” on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Amazon Music podcasts.

LET US PRAY:  Act of Contrition

O my God,
I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell;
but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life.