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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 21/22

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082221.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              

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

Sign Up Now to join your fellow parishioners for St. Polycarp’s 2nd Annual Steak Dinner and Golf Tournament at Maple Dale Country Club in Dover, DE on   Sunday, September 12, 2021 . See this week’s Bulletin insert for details and registration form or view now – CLICK HERE


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

IS GOD CALLING YOU?  Has God been quietly calling you to be part of the religious education of our parish youth? Maybe it’s time to contact our CRE,  Erica Taylor, CRE at (302) 653 – 4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org for more information.
Our PSR is in need of
Greeter/Hall Monitor for Sunday morning
Greeter/Hall Monitor for Tuesday evening
1st Grade Assistant on Sunday Morning
8th Grade Catechist on Tuesday evenving

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, 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!

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!

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.  An RCIA Inquiry Session will take place Monday evening, 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.

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 learn about the computer geek, millennial who may become a canonized saint when Michael Lichens from Sophia Institute Press is the guest.  They recently published the book, “A Millennial in Paradise: Carlo Acutis,” by Father Will Conquer. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.


Each year, the Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. You are invited to answer the Holy Father’s request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month.


Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.
Lord hear our prayer.