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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 16/17

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

He is not here: He is risen!

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/041722.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.
Live streaming – Good Friday Service at 3pm, the Easter Vigil at 8pm on Holy Saturday and the 8am Mass on Easter Sunday visit.https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE
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/.

The PARISH OFFICE will be CLOSED these dates in observance of the Triduum and Easter:
Holy Thursday, April 14th; Good Friday, April 15th; Easter Monday, April 18th

Good Friday Service at St. Polycarp: 3 pm on Friday, April 15th, at St. Polycarp. (and live Streamed – CLICK HERE) (No service at St. Dennis)  
Easter Vigil Mass at St. Polycarp: 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 16th, at St. Polycarp (No 4pm Mass at St. Polycarp.)  (and live Streamed – CLICK HERE) (No Vigil Mass at St. Dennis)
Easter Sunday Masses at St. Polycarp: 8 am and 10 am on Sunday, April 17th, at St. Polycarp.(and  live Streamed at 8am – CLICK HERE)
Easter Sunday Masses at St. Dennis: 8 am, 9:30 am, and 11 am (Hispanic) at St. Dennis.

REMINDERS: No Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. No Confessions on Holy Saturday, April 16th. No 4  pm Mass on Holy Saturday, April 16th.

GOOD FRIDAY is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics.  The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59.  When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.  The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin (Roman) Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.       ~USCCB            The collection for Good Friday is for the Holy Land Shrines.

DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET: All are invited to stay and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet immediately following the 3pm Good Friday service on April 15th at St Polycarp.  At the conclusion of the service, silence must be maintained until after all others have exited the church.  Literature will be provided to help you follow along. Call or text Janet Hovis at 302-399-9066 if you have any questions.


THE SECOND COLLECTION is the Easter Offering..

PSR GRADES P/K – 4 – No PSR April 17th, 24th 

EASTER EGG HUNT!  A BIG thank you to the Knights of Columbus, the Squires and all the children who participated in the Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt!  There was a great turn out and a lot of fun! Congratulations to our three prize winners: Allie I., Riley A. and Trey W.! Easter Egg Hunt 2022 – Saint Polycarp Church

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!



PSR GRADES 5-8, No PSR April 19th..

TIMES RUNNING OUT – 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 May 1st. 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.  Please consider this important ministry.


Rice Bowls can be returned to the marked containers at the doors of the Church.


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

MAY CROWNING: May is the month dedicated to Mary. Catholics all over the world honor the Mother of God by placing a crown of flowers on her head during a May Crowning Ceremony. Please join us outside, in front of the statue of Mary, on May 1st, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass, for a short ceremony to honor Mary “The Queen of Heaven”. Look for details in next weekend’s bulletin.

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. April 24th – Watts Family, May 8 – Compton Family

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.

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 – J. Martin Orlando, Realtor (Bryan Realty Group) Offices in Dover and Rehoboth Beach 302-734-4414 or martinorlando@comcast.net


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. Tomorrow, Saturday, April 16th at 1:30 p.m., tune-in to the podcast (Catholic Forum will not air on Relevant Radio this week due to Holy Saturday programming) to hear Bishop William Koenig’s Easter message to the people of the Diocese of Wilmington. You can listen online at cdow.org/CatholicForum, or by searching “Catholic Forum” on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Amazon Music podcasts.  For photos, information regarding upcoming guests, links and more, “Like” Catholic Forum on Facebook at facebook.com/CatholicForum @CatholicForum. 


The Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
To Him be glory and power for all the ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia!