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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 15/16

Second Sunday of Easter
Sunday of Divine Mercy

~ When have you experienced the peace and forgiveness of Jesus?
~ Why is it significant that Jesus’ risen body still bears the marks of the crucifixion?
~ Does your faith depend more on “seeing” or on trust? Why?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/041623.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.

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

WEEKLY PARISH BULLETIN: CLICK HERE (New Bulletins are posted on Fridays)     BULLETIN OVERFLOW: Bulletin Overflow – CLICK HERE

 THIS WEEKEND, APRIL 15th & 16th (& Monday, April 17th – Friday April 21st

CONFIRMATION: Please pray for our 14 parish youth who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation tomorrow, Saturday, April 15th at Holy Cross Church, Dover. Let us pray to the Holy Spirit, to move powerfully in their lives! Most Rev. William Koenig, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, will be the Confirming Prelate.


APOSTLES’ CREED: We will pray the Apostles’ Creed during the Easter season beginning this weekend. The Apostles’ Creed can be found in the Breaking Bread Hymnal on page 10. Praying the Apostles’ Creed, instead of the usual Nicene Creed, more closely reflects our baptism in Christ, as well as, catechizes the assembly regarding the holiness and full baptismal character of the Easter season. Our call is to the continuing conversion begun in baptism. It is a call that requires vigilance that our heart does not wander from the voice of our God.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW) will take place this Sunday, April 16th during the 10:30 am Mass. All children ages PK – 4th grade are welcome to join us. Children will be called to come forward before the First Reading. They will return to you after the General Intercessions.


THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY:  April 16th at the 10:30 am Mass – Pete Sanphy

DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET: To celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, we invite you to stay after Mass this weekend and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with us. Literature will be provided so you can easily follow along.

PRETZELS! The Knights of Columbus will be selling pretzels after both Masses this weekend.



Our PARISH AND FAMILY LIFE MINISTRY  will meet this coming Thursday, April 20th at 7pm in Room 7. You are invited to join us!  Please RSVP to Deanna Lail at 302-535-2957 or dlail14@comcast.net.   Are you interested in helping or learning more about our Quarter Auction or being part of our Welcoming Ministry?  Please join us!


BROTHER VINCENT COLUMBIETTES FLOWER SALE: Order your generously filled colorful 11” hanging basket. Your choice of Petunias, Begonias or Geraniums. Baskets are $25.00 each. Orders need to be placed by April 30th. To place your order contact: Agatha Cotilletta: (302) 389-6374 amcotilletta@aol.com
or Linda Montuori 302-270-5347 lindamontuori@yahoo.com


ST. POLYCARP CHURCH FILIPINO – AMERICAN COMMUNITY cordially invites you to FILIPINO – AMERICAN INCULTURATION on May 21st following the 10:30 am Mass in the hall. Please RSVP no later than May 8th. Seating is limited!  See this weekend’s Bulletin for more information.  RSVP to Fatima Evangelista (609)876-9440  stpcfatima@gmail.com or Josie Cinco (302)653-4926 josie.a.cinco@gmail.com.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Dedication of the Shrine to St. Joseph – May 13th following the 4pm Mass. Bishop Koenig will be here to celebrate Mass and for the dedication!


EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Tuesdays from noon to 8pm in the Chapel. We need a few more people to sign up for a scheduled Adoration time slot so we can expand our Adoration hours. Please consider this devotion. You can come to the adoration chapel and in the peacefulness there He will speak to your heart, and you will return eagerly because He has so much to share with you. Call or Email Cheryl Thomas; salcrest7@gmail.com, 302-659-3388

SPRING IS HERE!  Time to think about ordering your  MEMORIAL BRICK!  Adding your MEMORIAL BRICK to the walkway of our Blessed Mother is a unique way to keep your memories alive.  It is a way to remind us of all those special loved ones or occasions forever.  If you would like to become a part of the walkway to our Blessed Mother, with your name or the name of a loved one, now is a good time to do so! There are several ways to order your bricks.  You can order through Faith Direct at: Faith Direct MEMORIAL BRICK (you do not need to sign up for Faith Direct), use the QR code below or return your form* with payment of $80  to St. Polycarp Church.  Envelopes marked with “Memorial Brick” may be placed in the Offertory collection, delivered to the Parish Office (place in black box), or mailed to the Parish Office.*Forms can be found on our parish website or at the entrances into the church.

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! Is there someone you would like to invite to explore the Catholic faith – someone unbaptized, or baptized in a non-Catholic Christian tradition? Do you know someone who needs Confirmation and/or First Eucharist? Perhaps, the Catholic faith can fulfill their desires for a closer relationship with Our Lord. Then, the RCIA process is for them. Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information. DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.

(CLOW) takes place on the first and third Sundays of the month during the 10:30 am Mass. All children ages PK – 4th grade are welcome to join us. Children will be called to come forward before the First Reading. They will return to you after the General Intercessions. All catechists and assistants have a cleared background check. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Erica Taylor at (302) 653-4101. Next CLOW – Sunday, April 16th at the 10:30 am Mass.

Please consider signing up to host the vocation chalice in your home for a week.  Text or call Alice Gaston at (302) 670 – 7924. For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/vocation-chalice/   April 16th at the 10:30 am Mass – Pete Sanphy

CONNECTED IN CHRIST (ADULT FAITH FORMATION) meets every Tuesday at 9:30 AM in the Parish Library – ALL are welcome. Please join us. If you have any questions, please call Cookie Ruane at 302-540-6429.

GLUTEN FREE? Do you have an intolerance to gluten? If so, our parish offers gluten-free wafers to be consecrated for you. Please see our Sacristan 10 – 15 minutes before Mass and let them know that you need a gluten-free wafer put in the pyx. At Communion, please proceed down the aisle to the priest who will have the pyx in his hand and let him know you need a gluten-free host.

IS THAT YOU, FR. JIM? If you receive emails or texts from Fr. Jim asking for favors, gift cards or gifts or stating something similar to “I am currently busy in a meeting now, no calls so just reply to my email.”, please ignore and delete. If an email looks suspicious and you’re not sure, give the office a call.

FORMED: Have you had the opportunity to dive into FORMED To sign up visit www.formed.org. Type in our Parish zip code (19977) and follow the steps to sign up or you can use the QR code below. Take advantage of your free subscription to FORMED! Enjoy thousands of hours of quality Catholic content!


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 in receipts months old!

BULLETIN SPONSORS: Thank you to all of our weekly bulletin sponsors for your support during the year! Your support has not gone unnoticed by our parish community and is so appreciated!



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
FOR THE SAKE OF GOD’S CHILDREN: https://www.cdow.org/giving/fsgc/
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 640AM. On Saturday, April 15th, meet Deacon John Enemou who will be ordained to the priesthood next month.  CLICK HERE     You can listen online at cdow.org/CatholicForum, or by searching “Catholic Forum” on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Amazon Music podcasts.   “Like” Catholic Forum on Facebook at facebook.com/CatholicForum @CatholicForum.


Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Amen.