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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 3/4

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.


This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

Fr. Jim, Deacon Charlie, Deacon Frank, Erica Taylor and all of the Parish Staff wish everyone a
very blessed and peaceful Easter! May the hope, joy, excitement, and celebration of Easter always
be evident through your actions and words so that we can share the joy and hope of our Catholic
Faith with the world. May the peace of the Risen Lord be with you all.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:    https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/040421.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.


CONFESSIONS: Confessions will not be heard tomorrow, Saturday, April 3rd, Holy Saturday.

EASTER FLOWERS:  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!

EASTER MASS REMEMBRANCE: 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.

(Reservations were accepted last week and earlier this past week. Reservations can not be made by leaving messages or by emailing staff.)  If you have a reservation please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the beginning of Mass. At that time, your seat may be given away.

All Masses from St. Polycarp will be live-streamed. Visit www.saintpolycarp.org and click on the picture of the altar or visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE
To view live-stream from St. Dennis on Good Friday, visit www.saintpolycarp.org (and click on the picture of St. Dennis Church) or visit www.stdennischurch.org
Good Friday – April 2nd            (No morning Mass at St. Polycarp or St. Dennis)
Liturgy of the Passion & Death of Our Lord          St. Dennis, 3pm
Holy Saturday, The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night – April 3rd 
Mass             St. Polycarp, 7:30 pm
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord – April 4th 
Mass            St. Polycarp Church, 8 am & 10 am
St. Dennis Church, 8 am & 9:30 am, &  11 am (Spanish)

FASTING and ABSTINENCEGood 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 Roman Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.                          ~USCCB

RETURNING TO MASS FOR THE FIRST TIME DUE TO THE PANDEMIC? WELCOME BACK! VISITING? WELCOME! We’re glad you’re here. In a continuing effort to keep everyone safe, we observe limited capacity using social distancing guidelines at all times. Reservations are required. You must wear a face mask or covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times.  Restrooms will not be available. At Communion, you will remain in your pew and the Eucharist will be brought to you. Offertory baskets are at the doors of the Church. Thank you for your support and generosity.

The Breaking Bread Missalettes are not available in the pews, but are available at the doors of the Church. Please take one, place your name in it, and bring it back and forth with you to Mass. Please do not leave it in the pew after Mass! This is one more thing our parish is doing to help keep everyone safe!  If you would like to give a donation to help defray the cost of the Breaking Bread Hymnal, please enclose your donation in an envelope and mark it Breaking Bread Donation.  Thank you!

We are expanding our efforts with Faith Direct for automated giving to Saint Polycarp. Faith Direct offers a safe and secure Text-to-Give option allowing you to make a one-time gift.
To give, please follow these simple steps:
1. Text $$  amount to 302-202-2251
2. Follow the link and complete a one-time process
Thank you and may God bless you! 

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.


STONES FAITH GARDEN: Have you thought about the stone that you will paint for our Stone Faith Garden?  Will you use words, images or both? Check out our latest video with information about this new garden along with the how-to’s on rock painting! https://youtu.be/7rB7atK3ohQ


RESERVATION INFORMATION FOR WEEKEND MASSES: To view information on how to make a reservation visit https://saintpolycarp.org/rservation-information/
WEBSITE: www.saintpolycarp.org.
: https://saintpolycarp.org/this-weeks-bulletin/
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. On the April 3, 2021 episode of Catholic Forum, tune in to hear some joyful Easter music and Bishop Malooly’s annual Easter message to the people of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.


The Nicene Creed                                   

I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.