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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 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Create a clean heart in me, O God.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:    https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/032121.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.


STATIONS OF THE CROSS – FRIDAYS AT 7pm in Church. (Masks covering the nose and mouth and social distancing required.) Reservations not required. Also live-streamed.

CONFESSIONS: (Reservations are not required but masks are. Social distancing observed)
Saturdays –  2:30 to 3:30 pm  Confessions are not heard on Saturday, April 3rd, Holy Saturday.
Sundays –  following 10:30 am Mass on March 21 & 28

YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH: We will celebrate the Year of St. Joseph with a special prayer during both of our Masses this weekend. Year of St. Joseph Prayer Cards will be available in the pews, so that those who attend these  Masses can participate in the prayer. For those who will be watching Mass from home, please join us in praying: https://saintpolycarp.org/year-of-st-joseph/

THE ANNUNCIATION: Thursday, March 25th the Church celebrates the Angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary and Mary’s “yes” to God’s plan. How are you saying “yes” to God this Lent?


EASTER FLOWERS:  Add to the beauty of our church during this joyful season by using your Easter flower envelope to help us proclaim that Jesus has risen!

EASTER MASS REMEMBRANCE: Living or deceased, the best gift you can give a loved one is the gift of the Mass.  Please use the Easter Mass Remembrance envelope to enjoin your friends and family in our most holy celebration.

                                                   HOLY WEEK / TRIDUUM / EASTER SCHEDULE
All Masses from St. Polycarp will be live-streamed. Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE
To view live-stream from St. Dennis on Good Friday, visit www.stdennischurch.org
Palm Sunday – March 27th & 28th
Mass       Saturday at 4 pm & Sunday at 10:30 am
Tuesday  & Wednesday of Holy Week        
Mass         8:30 am
Holy Thursday –  April 1st        (No morning Mass at St. Polycarp or St. Dennis)
Mass of the Lord’s Supper         St. Polycarp Church, 7 pm
Good Friday – April 2nd            (No morning Mass at St. Polycarp or St. Dennis)
Liturgy of the Passion & Death of Our Lord          St. Dennis, 3pm
Holy Saturday, The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night – April 3rd 
Mass             St. Polycarp, 7:30 pm
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord – April 4th 
Mass            St. Polycarp Church, 8 am & 10 am:
St. Dennis Church, 8 am & 9:30 am, &  11 am (Spanish)


RESERVATIONS FOR PALM SUNDAY – Follow the same protocol as other weekend Masses. RESERVATION INFORMATION – Saint Polycarp Church

Reservations for Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday Masses will be accepted by phone on Wednesday, March 24th from 9am – 2pm. (302)653-8279. Online reservations will be accepted March 24th beginning at 12:01 am to March 31st at 12:00pm, noon or until capacity is reached. (You can click on the following links during that time period.)
Holy Thursday Mass – https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/6482
Good Friday – see below *
Easter Vigil – https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/6483
Easter Sunday Mass,  8 am – https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/6484
Easter Sunday Mass, 10am https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/6485

*Reservations for Good Friday and the Easter Sunday Masses at St. Dennis can be made by calling the Parish Office at St. Dennis on Wednesday, March 31st from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  410-648-5291.

Reservations can not be made by calling at other times, leaving messages or by emailing staff.

Shamrocks have been hidden around the building for you to find. Can you count them all? All shamrocks can be found by driving/walking around the Church campus. If you submit a correct guess you will be entered to win a prize. Ten prizes will be awarded. If nobody guesses correctly, the ten closest guesses will win. If exiting your vehicle, you must wear a face covering and keep socially distant from others not in your household. Email your guesses to Deanna Lail dlail14@comcast.net or call Angela Gibson 302-270-4100. Starts Wednesday, Friday March 17th. Deadline to submit your guess is 11:59pm on March 27th

CALLING ALL KIDS! HAPPY EASTER WORD SCRAMBLE GAME: Due to the ongoing pandemic the Brother Vincent Council Easter Egg Hunt for parish children will be a virtual event again this year. All parish children are encouraged to participate. Simply visit this link: https://saintpolycarp.org/easter-egg-scramble-calling-all-kids/. Entry instructions are listed on the bottom of the game sheet.  Three prize winners will be selected from all the correct entries.

STONES FAITH GARDEN: Have you thought about the stone that you will paint for our Stone Faith Garden?  Will you use words, images or both? Check out our latest video with information about this new garden along with the how-to’s on rock painting! https://youtu.be/7rB7atK3ohQ

MEMORIAL BRICKS: The Gift of a Memorial Brick is a unique and memorable way to celebrate a special occasion,
honor family and friends, share a favorite quote and more! For more information visit  https://saintpolycarp.org/memorial-bricks/

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.  Every $10.00 you contribute to the sweepstakes earns you one chance for the winning drawing in July. For more information CLICK HERE


RESERVATION INFORMATION FOR WEEKEND MASSES: To view information on how to make a reservation visit https://saintpolycarp.org/rservation-information/
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

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.

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. On March 20, tune in to hear an interview with Michael Lichens from Sophia Institute Press, who will discuss the classic Lenten book by Father Gerald Vann, “The Pain of Christ and the Sorrow of God.” Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY: Litany of St. Joseph (Composed by Fr. Paul Mast)  http://paulmast.com/Litanies.html

Loving God,
In Joseph, Son of David, you have given us an example of one who is a true servant of your Word. As a faithful Jew, his life echoes obedience to the Law of Moses. As a faithful parent, he cooperates with the Virgin Mary in enabling Jesus to grow and fulfill his calling as teacher, prophet and king. As a gentle servant, he is a role model for all who desire a more loving and passionate relationship with you. In honoring Joseph, we honor your Son, Jesus, through whom you are given all glory and praise, today and everyday, now and forevermore. Amen.

(4th of 4 stanzas)