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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 23/24

Second Sunday of Easter
Divine Mercy Sunday

Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. 

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/042422.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/.



CONFIRMATION: Please pray for our 11 parish youth who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation tomorrow, Saturday, April 23rd, at 10 am at Holy Cross Church, Dover.
Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Wilmington, will be the Confirming Prelate.


on the one year anniversary of his passing into eternal life. (April 24th)
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
We miss you, Deacon Charlie.

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – 2022 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEAL will be conducted in parishes throughout the diocese next weekend. Once a year, our Bishop asks each of us to make a commitment to support the work of diocesan programs and ministries that provide services that no one parish can offer on its own. Your gift helps our Church to serve the poor, the sick, the distressed, our children, and our elderly. As parishioners of St. Polycarp, we are being asked to serve others by sharing our resources. Your generosity enables us to accompany our brothers and sisters in need. Our parish target is $60,000. Your financial support of the Appeal also provides funding for our parish since once achieving the goal assigned to our parish, once we are over goal, we receive 50% of monies collected for our own parish and ministry needs. Please prayerfully consider your generous gift to this Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal. Kindly decide ahead of time the contribution you wish to make this year and come to church next week prepared to complete your pledge and offer your support to our parish, and the Diocese of Wilmington. To learn more about the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal, visit www.cdow.org; click “Giving” then “Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal”, or simply scan this QR code with your cellphone.
AS YOU ENTER MASS THIS WEEKEND, please pick up a Walking In Faith prayer card. Prayer cards are located at the end of each pewWe ask that you only take one. Thank you.

THE BLESSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE will take place on Saturday, Apr. 23rd at the 4:00 pm Mass.

APOSTLES’ CREED: Beginning this weekend, through Pentecost, we will be saying the Apostles’ Creed, instead of the Nicene Creed at Mass. (Page 10 in Breaking Bread)

DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET: All are invited to stay and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet immediately following the 4pm Mass this Saturday, April 23rd. Literature will be provided to help you follow along. Call or text Janet Hovis at 302-399-9066 if you have any questions.

No PSR Sunday, April 24th. 

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

MOTHER’S DAY NOVENA: We are part of this world today because our mothers have given us life. Every one of us has several special women who have enriched our lives: Grandmothers, Aunts, Cousins, Caregivers, Godmothers, Friends and others.  Living or deceased, the best gift you can give a loved one is the gift of the Mass.  Please use the Mother’s Day Mass Remembrance envelopes to enlist these special women in the masses offered by our parish.


PSR GRADES 5-8, There is PSR this coming Tuesday, April 26th.. Please remember to send in your Lenten Mission Boxes.

LAST WEEK TO ORDER HANGING BASKETS: 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. Sponsored by the Brother Vincent Columbiettes. 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 more information in this weekend’s bulletin.


We hope you will join us for Agape on Sunday, May 1st after the 10:30 am Mass, and the May Crowning. Enjoy some lunch, fellowship, and refreshments hosted by Sodality.



BIRTHRIGHT OF DELAWARE WILL HOST ITS ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY ROSE SALE at our parish next weekend.  Please support Birthright’s crisis pregnancy services by purchasing roses after Masses on Mother’s Day weekend, May 7th & 8th. Cost: $3/one Rose, $5/three Roses, $20/Dozen Roses, $40/Twenty-five Roses Bouquet. Your help will truly make a difference!  Thank you. We deeply appreciate your support!!  You can also make a donation to Birthright of Delaware in lieu of roses!

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. 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 – Fletcher Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Smyrna, DE 302-653-6277; 302-653-0503


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 30th, tune-in to hear student winners of the Knights of Columbus Vocations Essay Contest present their winning essays. 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.

Click on the links below for resources for the Divine Mercy Chaplet.