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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 17/18

Lord, let Your face shine on us.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:   https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/041821.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for all live stream. (or visit our webpage www.saintpolycarp.org and click on the picture of the altar )  All Masses are live- streamed. Masses may also be viewed at a later time.

WE NEED HELP WITH LIVE STREAMING as soon as possible. In order to be able to maintain our live streaming of Masses, we are in need of individuals with a technological background, a good understanding of network communication, online social media and a desire to help grow our online presence with live streaming. Please contact our Communications Office at communications@saintpolycarp.org or call the office at 302-653-8279.

ONLINE BULLETINhttps://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf 

MASKS: Please remember that masks covering the mouth and nose are required.

BLESSING: The Blessing of the Environment Committee will take place tomorrow at the 4pm Mass.


2021 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL – COMMITMENT WEEKEND:  Please visit our online Bulletin or visit www.cdow.org/annualcatholicappeal to find out how you can help provide pastoral, charitable, and educational programs and services to tens of thousands of people in our 12 county Diocese. St. Polycarp’s ongoing example of stewardship has been the epitome of generosity in years past.

PASTORAL COUNCIL: Do you want to help create, deepen and expand our faith community’s journey?  Then we need you on the Pastoral Council!!  We are recruiting new members to replace some of our departing Pastoral Council members. The Pastoral Council serves as advisors to our Pastor on Pastoral issues, in addition to organizing various parish activities. Please give this call from God some very pray full thought. Please contact Cindy Kennedy at (302)653-7525 orkennedy-078@msn.com  with an expression of interest and/or for additional information.

USHERS AND GREETERS: Please consider volunteering for this simple but important ministry to welcome people to Church and/or to help seat them.  Contact Cindy at (302)653-7525 or kennedy-078@msn.com or Tom at (302)659-5317, odrain709@comcast.net.

DO YOU KNOW MICROSOFT WORD? THE WEEKLY BULLETIN NEEDS YOUR HELP! We’re looking for someone to temporarily help with the Bulletin. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, including basic skill in formatting documents and ability to proof read. Help needed as soon as possible. Please contact Judy at the Parish Office 302-653-8279 or email communications@saintpolycarp.org.

RESERVATIONS NEXT WEEKEND: Next weekend at our parish Masses, 8 of our parish children (5 children on Saturday at 4pm and 3 children on Sunday at 10:30am) will receive Jesus for the first time in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. A limited amount of spaces will be reserved for them. Don’t wait until the last minute to make your reservations for Mass. Reservations will be accepted on the regular days.  CLICK HERE for reservation information.

HANGING FLOWER BASKETS: The Brother Vincent Columbiettes are selling 10″ hanging baskets. Your choice of Petunias or Begonias. Orders must be placed by April 30th. Contact: Linda at 302-270-5347, Angela at 302-270-4100 or Darlene at darpete87@comcast.net

INTERESTED IN MAKING NOTE CARDS? Our Columbiettes are inviting you to join in the fun on Wednesday, May 19th, to create note/greeting cards via Zoom class. The cost is $15 for the kit, which includes all the supplies necessary to make 3 note/greeting cards. Instructions will be given via Zoom. Contact: Anna Skinner at 302-508-5369  anna.skinz@gmail.com or Judy Lahey 302-535-3481  judithlahey@gmail.com to order or for more information.

SEASONS OF HOPE – BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Seasons of Hope is centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in the healing wisdom, traditions and practices of our faith. Sessions are ongoing. See our Bulletin or contact Diane at ddellinger7377@outlook.com  or Maureen at (302)423-6366 for more information or to register. Due to the pandemic, we currently meet on Zoom.

STONES FAITH GARDEN: Stones are being collected during the Easter Season. Please place your painted stone in the basket under the portico.  Haven’t heard about our Stones Faith Garden? Check out our video at https://youtu.be/7rB7atK3ohQ

PHONES: Our Parish Office phone is now being answered on Friday mornings from 9:30 am to noon. (302)653-8279. The answering service will take messages at other times. (Phone reservations for Mass are accepted on Wednesday mornings only.)

FAKE EMAIL – If you receive emails from Fr. Jim or Erica Taylor asking for favors or stating “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 us a call.


RESERVATION INFORMATION FOR WEEKEND MASSES: To view information on how to make a reservation visit https://saintpolycarp.org/rservation-information/
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
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online

MASSES DURING THE PANDEMIC:  The dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation issued March 12, 2020 remains in effect for the Diocese of Wilmington.

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. Be sure to listen to Catholic Forum on April 17 to hear an interview with Dr. Christopher Domes, the President of Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania and learn how this great Catholic university is serving students during the challenge of COVID-19. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY: Covid Poem
When this is over,
may we never again take for granted –
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbors
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine checkup
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Life itself.

When this ends,
may we find that we have become more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay that way –
better for each other,
because of the worst.

– Laura Kelley Fanucci