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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 December 9/10

December 9/10


~ Where do you see kindness and truth meet?
~ What paths in your life do you need to seek God’s help in straightening this Advent?
~ How can you emulate the humility of John the Baptist, who proclaims, “One mightier than I is coming after me.”

 READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/121023.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for live stream at 8:30 am, Tuesdays & Wednesdays and 4 pm on Saturdays

PARISH WEBSITE: Visit: www.saintpolycarp.org/.

WEEKLY PARISH BULLETIN: CLICK HERE  (New Bulletins are posted on Fridays.) 

BULLETIN OVERFLOW: There’s always information that doesn’t fit in our Bulletin Bulletin Overflow – CLICK HERE

TOMORROW, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This day is also the Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America. On the Immaculate Conception we remember that Mary was conceived without sin, preparing her with special graces to be the mother of God.   Masses on Friday, December 8th, at 8:30 am and 7 pm.    (not 7:30 am)


Masses for Christmas:
Sunday, December 24th at 4 pm and 9 pm
Monday, December 25th at 10 am.


December 24th is both the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve.

Masses for the 4th Sunday in Advent:
Saturday, December 23rd at 4 pm
Sunday, December 24th at 10:30 am. (This Mass is for the 4th Sunday. It is not a Christmas Vigil Mass.)


St. Polycarp Church:
Saturdays from 2:30 – 3:30 pm & Following the 10:30 am Mass on Sundays during Advent –  10th, 17th, and 24th.

St. Dennis Church, Galena MD:
Sundays 7 – 7:30 am & 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm on Thursday, December 7th & 5:30 pm – 6 pm Thursday, December 21st.

Reconciliation Monday,  St. Polycarp & St. Dennis:
Monday, December 18th, from 3 pm – 5 pm and 6 pm – 8 pm, two priests will be present during each session.

Deanery Penance Service at  Holy Cross Church, Dover: Thursday, December 14th, at Holy Cross Church, Dover at 7 pm. Multiple priests will be in attendance to hear confessions.

Weekday Morning Masses will return to the original days/times. During the week, morning Masses will be celebrated only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8:30 am.
Holy Days of Obligation will be scheduled when needed.



THIS WEEKEND, DECEMBER 9/10  (and Monday, December 11th – Friday, December 15th) 

SATURDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION will take place this Saturday, December 9th  (the Vigil Mass before the 2nd Sunday of the month) at the 4 pm Mass.  Please do not leave before Fr. Jim exits the Church.) Silent prayer continues until 6. Spend some time quietly with Jesus as we prepare to celebrate His birth. When you leave, please do so quietly as others are praying to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. .

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Please consider signing up to host the vocation chalice in your home for a week.  Families and individuals are encouraged to sign up! Text or call Alice Gaston at (302) 670 – 7924. For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/vocation-chalice/  This Sunday, December 10, 10:30 am Mass – Donna Adams.


BE BRAVE, ANSWER THE CALL: Are you a Catholic living in harmony with the teachings of the Church? Are you at least 18 years old? Have you received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist & Confirmation? Are you sufficiently mature to perform the duties of Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Mass or to the sick and homebound? These are the qualifications needed to be considered for Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. If this is a ministry you feel God calling you to, please contact Cindy Kennedy at Kennedy-078@msn.com. Formation and training will begin early January

TUESDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Tuesdays from 9am to 8pm in the Chapel.  All are welcome to stop in and adore Jesus between 9 am and 8 pm in the Chapel on Tuesdays. Stay for 10 minutes, 1 hour…  We are still in need of people to fill in the following openings 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am; 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and people to fill in when others are ill or cannot attend. Do you have one hour to spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? Call Cheryl Thomas at (302) 363 – 0404 or email her at salcrest7@gmail.com.


NOTICE ANYTHING DIFFERENT? Next time you go to Mass, please notice the new candle stands in the back. They are electric candles, which are safer and do not create soot.   The aqua candles are the $3 votive candles.    After you put your money in the slot, you just need to press the button in front of that candle.   You must press & hold the button until it lights. The white candles are the memorial candles.   There will be a fee to have the church light them, which will enable that candle to be lit for an entire year.  We will have a memorial name plate place in front on that candle.  We will post that fee soon. We hope you enjoy them.



EARLY DEADLINES FOR DECEMBER & JANUARY BULLETINS: During the busy holiday season, the bulletin is due earlier to the publisher.  All submissions that you would like to appear in the bulletin, need to be submitted earlier than usual. Plan ahead!  If you plan on having an insert, please contact Judy immediately. Insert deadlines are sooner than the deadlines listed below!  ALL Submissions (including inserts or questions about inserts) should be emailed to submission@saintpolycarp.org. Judy can also be reached at the parish office (302) 653-8279.
Bulletin Date December 24th – Submissions due December 12th end of day; Bulletin Date – Submissions due by December 19th end of day; Bulletin January 7th Submissions due by December 26th end of day.


CHRISTMAS NOVENA: Christmas is a time to reflect on the blessings of family and shared togetherness. We exchange gifts as an act of love and appreciation, but there is no greater gift we can give than the gift of the Holy Mass.  Although a loved one may no longer be present to share this time with us, let us remember that, now more than ever, they rely upon us for their spiritual well-being.   Take a moment to show your affection by praying on their behalf.   Living or deceased, the best gift you can give is the gift of the Mass.  Please use the Christmas Novena envelope to show your loved ones they have not been forgotten.


CHRISTMAS FLOWERS: Advent is a time of preparation.  Just like parents in every time and every location prepare for the birth of their child, Mary and Joseph did their best to welcome the Holy Child in the humble surroundings where our Lord entered the world.   Wouldn’t this be the ideal time to proclaim the birth of our Savior by decorating our Church with all the splendor befitting the birth of the King of Kings?  During this Advent season, please consider using the Christmas flower envelope to help us proclaim our joy as we rejoice in the birth of our Lord.



2023 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEAL: Update coming soon. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all those parishioners who have already contributed to our parish Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal. Your commitment matters greatly.  Thank you for your continued support. Once we reach our goal in collected donations, we will receive back half of the money collected above the goal for projects around our campus. We invite those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to give to the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal to join us in spreading the spirit of gratitude. Envelopes can be found at the doors of the Church. 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.

NEXT WEEKEND, December 16/17 (and Monday, December 18th – Friday, December 22nd)    

BREAKFAST WITH JESUS:   Come join us, after Mass, next Sunday, December 17th, for BREAKFAST WITH JESUS. Brother Vincent Knights of Columbus will be serving a delicious breakfast to all. Let us celebrate the upcoming birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Breakfast is free, donations will be accepted. St. Nicholas (Santa) may be attending!


COLUMBIETTES COOKIE WALK  2023 will take place next weekend December 16th and 17th., after Mass. You will be able to purchase delicious cookies lovingly baked by our Columbiettes!  Only $1 per bag!



ROCK AND ROLL TRIBUTE  “SAVE THE DATE”:  Come join us on Saturday, January 13th, 2024 to ROCK in the New Year. Brother Vincent Knights of Columbus along with our Columbiettes is sponsoring a ROCK AND ROLL TRUBUTE with an evening of dinner and dancing.
Mr. Charisma will be back to entertain us.



The Parish Office is looking for someone to help at the front desk on Tuesday mornings from 9 to noon. If you are willing and able to serve in this ministry, please contact Kathy in the parish office at (302) 653-8279 or office@saintpolycarp.org.

NEEDED – NEW MINISTRY SCHEDULER: We are currently looking for someone to take over the scheduling of our ministers for the Weekend Masses and Holy Days of Obligation. This person must have good PC organization and computer skills. If you think you might be interested in this position, please call Frank Patton at  (302) 508-5268.

SACRISTAN NEEDED: We are still in need of someone to step forward to serve as sacristan.  Sacristans have the duty to arrive early to the Church in order to unlock the doors and prepare the Church for Mass.  Becoming a sacristan would be a great way to learn more about our beautiful liturgy and become more involved in carrying it out.  No previous knowledge is required. If you are interested, please contact the head sacristan Adam Bauer at ajpd.bauer@gmail.com.

DIRECTORY COORDINATOR: The Pastoral Council is looking for a parishioner to coordinate the preparation for a new directory for Saint Polycarp. Our last directory was published in 2018 and we understand there may be an interest in producing a new directory.  Please contact Kathy Curlett at (302) 222 – 9326 if you are interested.


SATURDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION at St. Polycarp will take place monthly at the Vigil Mass for the Second Sunday of the month.  December 9th. Eucharistic Adoration at St. Dennis Church (Galena MD) will take place on the Fourth Sunday of the month following the 8 am Sunday Mass. (November 26th).

TUESDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Tuesdays from 9am to 8pm in the Chapel. We are still in need of people to fill in the following openings 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am; 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and people to fill in when others are ill or cannot attend. Do you have one hour to spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? Call Cheryl Thomas at (302) 363 – 0404 or email her at salcrest7@gmail.com. All are welcome to stop in and adore Jesus between 9 am and 8 pm in the Chapel on Tuesdays. Stay for 10 minutes, 1 hour…


THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Please consider signing up to host the vocation chalice in your home for a week.  Families and individuals are encouraged to sign up! Text or call Alice Gaston at (302) 670 – 7924. For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/vocation-chalice/  December 10, 10:30 am Mass – Donna Adams, December 24, 4 pm Mass – S. Roch.

CONNECTED IN CHRIST (ADULT FAITH FORMATION) meets every Tuesday at 9:00 am in the Parish Library – ALL are welcome. Please join us. If you have any questions, please call Cookie Ruane at (302) 540 – 6429.

FAITH WITH FRIENDS (ADULT FAITH FORMATION) meets the first Thursday of every month at 6 pm in Room 7. Everyone is invited. Questions?  Contact Ashley Wilson at (302) 535-4118.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD: Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month during the 10:30am Mass. (This month – November 5th and 19th).This is a wonderful opportunity for children in PreK-4th grade. It mirrors the worship experience of the larger community in an engaging and interactive style. They will listen to Scripture and engage in discussions about what they have heard at their age level. Children will be called forward before the First Reading and will return to you after the General Intercessions. Our lead catechist is Anna Skinner. She, along with her assistants, have cleared background checks.

GLUTEN FREE? Do you have an intolerance to gluten? If so, our parish offers gluten-free wafers to be consecrated for you. Please see our Sacristan 10 – 15 minutes before Mass and let them know that you need a gluten-free wafer put in the pyx. At Communion, please proceed down the aisle to the priest who will have the pyx in his hand and let him know you need a gluten-free host.

IS THAT YOU, FR. JIM? If you receive emails or texts from Fr. Jim asking for favors, gift cards or gifts or stating something similar to “I am currently busy in a meeting now, no calls so just reply to my email.”, please ignore and delete. If an email looks suspicious and you’re not sure, give the office a call.


FORMED: Thanks to a very generous and thoughtful parishioner, our FORMED Subscription has been RENEWED for another year!  Please SIGN UP NOW and begin enjoying the abundant amount of Catholic content that FORMED has to offer! You won’t be disappointed! To gain full access to FORMED; follow these simple steps:
~Go to: www.formed.org or scan QR Code
~Enter our parish’s zip code (19977)
~Click on St. Polycarp Church
~Enter your name and your email address

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 in receipts months old!

THE SMYRNA/CLAYTON MINISTERIUM FOOD PANTRY is located downstairs at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 22 N. Union St., Smyrna. The pantry is open from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, Monday thru Friday. Here at St. Polycarp we have bins under the coat rack in the hallway near the bathrooms to accept your donations.  Please, no expired items.

BULLETIN SPONSORS: Thank you to all of our weekly bulletin sponsors for your support during the year! Your support has not gone unnoticed by our parish community and is so appreciated!



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
FOR THE SAKE OF GOD’S CHILDREN: https://www.cdow.org/giving/fsgc/
THE DIALOG: http://thedialog.org/  Newspaper of the Diocese, copies available as you leave Church or online
EWTN: ewtn.com


CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIOSaturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640AM. Author, Michael Foley and Sr. Ann David Strohminger discuss Christmas traditions on the Dec. 9th Catholic Forum podcast. CLICK HERE     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.

LET US PRAY:  Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.