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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 August 14/15

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lord, go up to the place of your rest, you and the ark of your holiness.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/081521.cfm

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

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

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEK is for the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington, DE. The Cathedral of Saint Peter, is the Bishop’s own parish and the center of Catholicism in our diocese.  It was built over 200 years ago – 50 years before the founding of the Diocese of Wilmington, and continues with a small but dedicated parish community and school.   At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the diocese began livestreaming Sunday Mass from our Cathedral.  That effort continues today.  In 2015, the bishop, with the support of the priests of the diocese, instituted an annual special collection to support the maintenance and ministry of our Cathedral.  The collection is being held this weekend throughout the Diocese. More information is available at cathedralofstpeter.com… and at www.cdow.org/cathedralThank you for your generosity!

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT THIS WEEKEND FOR ST. POLYCARP’S 2ND ANNUAL STEAK DINNER AND GOLF TOURNAMENT. After Masses this weekend, there will be a chance for everyone to sign the Parishioners’ Support Signs for the 2nd Annual St. Polycarp Steak Dinner and Golf Event.  The signs will be displayed on the Golf Course and then at the dinner at Maple Dale Country Club on Sunday, September 12th.  For a $5.00 donation you can put your names or a few words on one of these signs to show your support for this event and our parish.  Members  of the Golf Committee will be outside the church doors ready to assist you.

LAST CHANCE TO CLAIM! Please check the LOST & FOUND box on top of the file cabinet (across from the bathrooms) and see if anything belongs to you. All items remaining after the 16th will be donated to those in need.

REGISTRATION FOR PSR:  If you have not registered your child(ren), please do so now. We are finalizing plans for the year ahead and it is extremely important that we know how many children will be in each grade. Our PSR offers religious education for children in pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. Sacramental preparation is offered for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Visit https://saintpolycarp.org/religious-education/ for more information and to register. Registration Forms are also available in the black drop box under the portico. Questions? Contact our Coordinator of Religious Education, Erica Taylor at 302-653-4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org

PSR SUPPLY DRIVE: Our PSR supply drive is now underway. Please consider helping by purchasing an item or two from our catechists wish list. All items can be dropped off Monday-Friday at the parish office between 9 a.m. & 3 p.m., in the red bin under the black drop box (anytime), or after both weekend Masses in the marked bins under the coat racks near the bathrooms, across from the hall. Supplies needed include: Gallon size zip-lock bags, Plastic Pencil / Supply Boxes (approx. 8” x 5” x 2”), Plastic Folders with pockets, Kid Scissors, Card Stock (white and color), White Poster Board (11 x 14), Paper Towels, Crayola Crayons (8ct. and 24ct.), Boxed Tissues, Monetary Donations towards the purchase of a Smart TV, Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, and Staples) Thank you for your support and generosity!

DO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING CATHOLIC OR RECEIVING THE SACRAMENTS? The RCIA is the process by which persons who were never baptized, baptized in other faith traditions, or baptized Catholic, but not “fully initiated” in the Church through Confirmation and the Eucharist become full members of the Catholic Church, a people on pilgrimage to our Heavenly Father.  RCIA Inquiry Sessions are being held on Monday evenings, August 23rd and August 30th  in the Parish Library at 6:30 pm.  For information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653 – 8279.

BLESSING OF ATHLETES will take place at the 4pm Mass on Saturday, August 28th and the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday, August 29th.

PRAYER WALK – Sunday, August 29 at 6pm. Please join us for our annual Prayer Walk. St. Polycarp Church, along with other churches and schools in our community will gather at their respective locations to pray together for the safety and well-being of everyone returning to school. The Smyrna- Clayton Ministerium is hosting this wonderful event. Families, students, teachers, and staff everywhere have another challenging year ahead. Our prayers are needed! We will begin with prayer together as a group at 6:00pm in front of the church and then walk around the building together in silent prayer. For those who don’t feel comfortable walking, you may go inside the church to say the rosary instead. The church will be open from 6-7pm. Please consider joining our Parish Family & the community of Smyrna in prayer.  Mark your calendars!

HELP NEEDED: Looking for someone to iron 16 small flags! Experience needed! If you can help, contact Judy at 302-653-8279 or email assistdre@saintpolycarp.org.

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON  MARIAN PILGRIMAGE with Bishop William Koenig at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. September 25, 2021, 10AM-4PM https://saintpolycarp.org/marian-pilgrimage/

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!



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


CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. On tomorrow’s episode,  listen for Bishop William Koenig’s homily from the August 7th diaconate ordination at St. Joseph Church in Middletown, Delaware. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.


Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.