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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 28/29

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.


READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082921.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 this weekend at the 4pm Mass on Saturday, August 28th and the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday, August 29th.

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.

PRAYER WALK – This 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. 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. The church will be open from 6-7pm. In the event of rain, we will meet in the Church at 6pm. Please consider joining our Parish Family & the community of Smyrna in prayer.

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.

FIRST FRIDAY: Join us next Friday, September 3rd, to pray the Rosary before Mass, Mass at 8:30 am, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Heart Novena.

FROM THE PARISH OFFICE: Please be aware that some emails sent from the office staff this week were being blocked by certain email providers (yahoo, aol, etc.).  These emails were legitimate and sent from us, so if you were expecting an email from one of us, please check your Junk or Spam folders, it might be in there.  Depending on your email provider, you can add ‘@saintpolycarp.org’ to your list of allowed email addresses so you will receive emails from us in your Inbox.

BACK-UP LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULER: The Liturgy Committee is in need of back-up personnel for their various ministries.  They need someone to fill-in for Frank Patton who schedules the Liturgical Ministers for the various Masses. The back-up would fill in if Frank were to get sick, etc.  Frank is willing to teach that person how he does the scheduling. Scheduling is usually done on a monthly basis.  If you are interested, please contact Kathy MacDonald at (302) 653 – 8976, Linda Mood at (302) 653 – 6852, or see Kathy and Linda after Mass.

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
1st Grade Assistant on Sunday Morning
8th Grade Catechist on Tuesday evening

CREATE BEAUTIFUL CARDS! The Brother Vincent Columbiettes would like to invite you to join them for a fun activity at 10 am, on Thursday, September 23rd, as they create Christmas note/greeting cards in the Hall.  The price is only $15.00 per kit, which includes all the supplies (paper card stock and embellishments as well as envelopes) necessary to make three Christmas note/greeting cards similar to the ones below.  This event is open to anyone who would like to join us.  Contact Anna to reserve your spot and order your kit. All orders must be placed and paid for by Friday, September 10th.  Please make checks payable to Brother Vincent Columbiettes and mail to: Rosemary Battistoni, Financial Secretary 1515 Bon Ayre Circle, Smyrna, De 19977. The kits will be available at the class.  Questions? Contact Anna Skinner at (302) 508 – 5369 or by anna.skinz@gmail.com. Come meet Phoebe Bird, our StampinUp Instructor extraordinaire!

SEASONS OF HOPE bereavement support group is centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in his healing wisdom, traditions, and practices of our faith.  “Seasons of Hope” gives the bereaved an opportunity to come together to share god’s love.  It provides a safe place to share thoughts and feelings.  It also offers the knowledge that others are on the same grief journey and mutual support is given to each other. “Seasons of Hope” consists of 6 week sessions.  Our next session begins on Thursday, September 16th, at 10:00 am.  For more information and to register contact Diane Dellinger at ddellinger7377@outlook.com or Maureen Robinson (302) 423 – 6366.  Registration is required.

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC! Our annual Parish Picnic will take place on Sunday, September 19th following the 10:30 am Mass. We invite all parishioners to join us! Hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and bottled water will be provided. We ask that you bring your own sides and any additional beverages for you and your family. An inflatable obstacle course will be set up for you to enjoy. Hope to see you there.

MEMORIAL BRICKS: Before you know it, the leaves will begin falling the kaleidoscope of colors will be here, and then, in no time at all,  Winter will arrive.  Now is a perfect time to add your Memorial Brick to the walkway of our outdoor Blessed Mother Shrine.  We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to have our Blessed Mother looking down upon a memory of our loved one, a special occasion or just your family name. You can order through Faith Direct at https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/5644, (you do not need to sign up for Faith Direct), or return your form (forms may be found at the Church doors) with payment to St. Polycarp Church in an envelope labeled “Memorial Brick”. You can also CLICK HERE FOR ORDER FORM 

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 tune in to hear an interview with Dr. S. K. Baskerville, author of the new book, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Manners, Sex and Ruling the World,” from Sophia Institute Press. 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.

LET US PRAY: Prayer of St. Patrick
Christ be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ with in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Christ. May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.