SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/022821.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.
DAILY MASSES are celebrated on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 8:30 am. Masses will not be celebrated at St. Polycarp on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, through the first week in March.
BLESSING OF ALL PRAYER GROUPS: will take place next weekend, March 6th at the 4:00 pm Mass and March 7th at the 10:30 am Mass.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – FRIDAYS AT 7pm in Church. Join us in Church. Reservations not required. Also live-streamed.
FRIDAYS IN LENT are obligatory days of abstinence from meat.
CONFESSIONS: (Reservations are not required but masks are. Social distancing observed)
Saturdays – 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Sundays – following 10:30 am Mass on February 28, March 7, 14, 21 & 28
STONES FAITH GARDEN: Have you thought about the stone that you will paint for our Stone Faith Garden? What message will describe how God worked in you throughout the pandemic. Will you use words, images or both? Make this part of your Lenten journey. We will be providing guidance and suggestions on the best practices of rock painting. Visit https://saintpolycarp.org/pastoral-letter-february-2021/ to read more. We’re counting on everyone to participate! The finished stones will be brought to the Parish during the Easter Season – more information forthcoming.
BROTHER VINCENT COLUMBIETTES SWEEPSTAKES is your chance to win a $75.00 prize in July and help our auxiliary raise funds to help others at the same time. It is a Covid safe sweepstakes, and anyone can enter. It runs from February 2021 to June 2021. Every $10.00 you contribute to the sweepstakes earns you one chance for the winning drawing in July. The sweepstakes runs till June 30th, and all contributions received by that date will qualify for the winning drawing. It is easy to enter; just make a check payable to Brother Vincent Columbiettes and mail to our Financial Secretary, Rosemary Battistoni at 1515 Bon Ayre Circle, Smyrna, DE 19977. Please make sure your phone number is on your check. All contributions will be tallied as they are received. The winner will be notified in July. Questions? Contact Anna Skinner, Treasurer at 302-508-5369 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and good luck.
CALL TO GIVING: Lent is the time where we are called to consider how we are making personal and spiritual sacrifices to renew our faith and thank God for the blessings He has bestowed upon us. Almsgiving is one way that we can honor Christ’s sacrifice while providing our parish the financial means to continue our work in the community to share the Gospel. We have been blessed as a parish by the support we have received during the pandemic. This year, we ask that you please consider giving up your envelopes by embracing eGiving through Faith Direct. Signing up is easy and only takes a few minutes. Join the many parishioners who have told us how they appreciate the convenience of not having to write checks to Saint Polycarp Church. Thanks to eGiving, their weekly offertory is already taken care of – saving them time – while our parish can save money by eliminating all those unused offertory envelopes and more effectively manage our budget and annual plan. To answer the call and sign up now, visit faith.direct/DE831
RESERVATION INFORMATION FOR WEEKEND MASSES: To view information on how to make a reservation visit https://saintpolycarp.org/rservation-information/
MASSES DURING THE PANDEMIC: St. Polycarp Church is open for Masses with limited capacity. You must wear a face mask or covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times. Six-foot social distancing applies at all times. Restrooms will not be available. Reservations are required for the weekend Masses. A weekend Mass reservation reminder is emailed weekly and includes how to make a reservation. Once we reach capacity, no one else will be admitted. Thank you for your cooperation. Reservations are NOT required for 8:30am weekday Masses. 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.
FROM THE DIOCESE:
CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO: Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. On the February 27 tune in to hear an interview with Ms. Richelle Vible, who is retiring after 13 years as Catholic Charities’ Executive Director. Catholic Forum is a production of the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington. Listen each Saturday at 1:30, on Relevant Radio 640 or via podcast below, or by searching Catholic Forum on Apple, iHeartRadio, and Spotify Podcasts.
THE DIALOG, copies available as you leave Church or online at http://thedialog.org/
LET US PRAY: Litany of St. Joseph (Composed by Fr. Paul Mast)
Joseph of Nazareth, husband of Mary – Intercede for us.
Joseph of Nazareth, foster-father of Jesus – Intercede for us.
Joseph of Nazareth, New Testament promise keeper -Intercede for us.
Joseph of Nazareth, capable woodworker – Intercede for us.
Joseph of Nazareth, sojourner to Bethlehem -Intercede for us.
Joseph of Nazareth, care-giver in Egypt – Intercede for us.
Joseph of Nazareth, seeker in Jerusalem -Intercede for us.
Joseph of Nazareth, family man in Galilee-Intercede for us.
Joseph of Nazareth, touched by many angels – Intercede for us.
Joseph of Nazareth, servant of God – Intercede for us
(First of 4 stanzas)