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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 June 18/19

The Most Holy Body and Blood Of Christ
Corpus Christi  

I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever. 


– In what ways do you give back to the Lord to express gratitude for what you have been given?
– How does the Eucharist express God’s abundant love for humankind?
– Where is there abundance in your life that you have not recognized as coming from God?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/061922-ascension.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for live stream at 8:30 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 4 pm on Saturdays.
If you are interested in being involved in this ministry, please email Lisa at lisa.titus@saintpolycarp.org or Judy at communications@saintpolycarp.org.

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


Happy Father’s Day


BLESSINGS: The Blessing of Fathers takes place this weekend, June 18th and 19th, at both Masses. Blessings to all our Fathers!


SUPPORT OUR SQUIRES! The Squire’s “Lock In” begins tonight at 7pm. The Lock In will conclude with the 4pm Mass tomorrow to celebrate and install the new officers for the Columbian year. We are asking for your support by sponsoring the Squire’s in order to raise funds. Funds collected will be split up between St. Polycarp and the State Police K9 Unit. If you missed last week’s collection and would still like to donate, donations may be mailed to church. (Checks should be made payable to St. Polycarp Squire Circle and mailed to Brother Vincent Council, c/o St. Polycarp Church, 55 Ransom Lane, Smyrna, DE  19977)

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – 2022 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEAL:  As of the last report, June 14th, 86.20% of our goal has been pledged. We are $8280 from our goal.  If you haven’t already done so, please consider supporting this year’s appeal, no matter the amount. Pledge cards can be found in the pews and at the doors of the church. Thank you to those who have already contributed to this year’s campaign and to those parishioners who have signed pledge cards.
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.

Your generosity in supporting this campaign enables the diocese to do the work of our Lord.
When our parish collects its goal amount, a percentage of the excess will be returned to our parish to foster our charitable and ministerial work.


EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL OPENING MASS & PROCESSION: This Sunday, June 19, 2022,  the Diocesan Opening Mass for the Eucharistic Revival will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Peter (500 N West Street, Wilmington, DE) by Bishop Koenig followed by a procession with the Holy Eucharist through the streets of Wilmington beginning at 3:00 p.m. All are invited by Bishop Koenig to join the Corpus Christi Mass and Eucharistic Procession for this special day of devotion and prayer in the City of Wilmington. The Mass will be live-streamed  on the Diocesan YouTube  channel  (YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm) at 2pm.

As this marks the beginning of the Diocesan Year of the Eucharistic Revival in the Diocese of Wilmington, all parishes are asked to send at least five representatives to participate in this special Mass and Procession. We would like to have as many parishioners as possible represent St. Polycarp. As of today we have 2 people who have signed up to represent St. Polycarp. THANK YOU!  NOTE WELL, the Procession will be about 1.5 miles in warm weather with stops at St. Patrick and St. Joseph Churches along the way, please plan accordingly.

BUSINESS MANAGER: As most of you know, Lisa Titus, our Business Manager, has discerned that God is calling her to serve His people in a different way. Lisa has been a true blessing to our parish. We are grateful for her stewardship and wish her the best always. Please keep Lisa in your prayers. While Lisa is leaving her position as Business Manger at the end of the month (July 29th will be her last day), Lisa and her husband, Kevin, will remain parishioners here at St. Polycarp.
We trust that God will touch the heart of someone to respond to our need for a Business Manager. Please spread the word, or perhaps it is you who He is calling! Interested candidates should have Business Management, Accounting and Bookkeeping experience with the appropriate educational credentials. Facilities management, or a willingness to learn, is also a necessary component of the position. Above all, the person must be willing to work collaboratively with our team of Professional ministries to build God’s Kingdom here at St. Polycarp. Inquiries should be sent to office@saintpolycarp.org.



NEXT WEEKEND! HOORAY!!! PRETZELS WILL BE BACK! The Knights of Columbus will be selling SOFT PRETZELS after Masses the weekend of June 25th and 26th.  Philly soft pretzels – still only $1 each! Help support our Knights!

WHEN – Next Sunday June 26th at NOON until the fun is over!
WHERE – St Dennis School Building LAWN (Galena, MD)
WHAT – Please pack your own/ family’s picnic lunch
– Bring your lawn chairs or blanket for seating.
– St. Dennis parish will provide dessert of ice cream from a glorious ice cream truck, and beverages like sodas, water and juice boxes…
– There will be lawn games, zany races and fun for children/adults and whole families. Prizes too!
Come on out and have a great day!


SUMMER WEEKDAY MASSES: Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 am.

SYNOD CLOSING MASS: All are invited to join Bishop Koenig on June 22 at 6 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Dover for the closing Mass for the diocesan phase of the Synod on Synodality. Preliminary findings of diocesan wide listening sessions will be included. It will be a special moment of prayer to give thanks to God for this opportunity to better “journey together” as a church and to reflect upon the fruits of the local synodal process, according to a statement from the diocese.

EVERY YEAR our PSR looks to our parishioners to help us fill open positions and grow our PSR team.  PSR is currently in need of
– Assistants for Grades 6 & 8 (Tuesday evenings)
-Two Desk Assistants & a Greeter/Hall Monitor needed for Tuesday evening

We need you to build God’s Kingdom! If you feel God calling you toward this ministry, please contact Erica Taylor, CRE at 302-653 – 4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org. There’s no greater joy than giving back and being a part of something bigger than yourself!!!


PSR REGISTRATION: Registration is now open for 2022-2023 religious education classes. We offer religious education classes for children in Pre-K through Grade 9, Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  We also offer Intermediate Sacramental Prep (ISP) for older children who have not yet received sacraments. Please register early to help us plan for next year & registering early helps you save money! (See form for tuition rates. Sign up by June 30th to receive the early discount) For information on how to register  CLICK HERE


2023 MASS INTENTION BOOK – Opening Soon. It is a beautiful part of our Catholic tradition to have Masses celebrated for the repose of the soul of a departed loved one or for the living intention of an individual. The New 2023 Mass Intention Book will open on Thursday, July 7th.  You can reserve a Mass or Offering by calling the parish office between the hours of 9 am – 3 pm, or anytime via email at office@saintpolycarp.org.
– The Mass Intention is $10.00
– The Sanctuary Lamp may be lit for an entire week (Sunday through Saturday) either in the Church or Chapel for $10.00
– Bread and Wine Offering for daily Mass is $10.00
– Purgatorial Society Enrollment is $25.00 for Mass Intentions every 1st Wednesday for one year.
The Maximum number of mass cards and/or offerings is 6 per person since the availability of mass intentions and offerings is limited.


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 process down the aisle to the priest who will have the pyx in his hand and let him know you need a gluten-free host


THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: There is no summer break for the need to pray for vocations.  Please consider signing up to host the vocation chalice in your home for a week.  Text or call Alice Gaston at (302) 670 – 7924. For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/vocation-chalice/


CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! If you know someone who is looking for a new beginning and wants to learn more about the Catholic Church, “personally invite” them to our RCIA sessions, Monday evenings at 6:30pm. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for individuals who are unbaptized, baptized in other faith traditions or Catholic adults wishing to receive Confirmation and Holy Eucharist and seeking full membership in the Catholic Church. We are all called to share the “Good News” and you can make a difference by simply asking! Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.

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 in receipts months old!

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 RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640AM. Tomorrow, June 24th,tune in to hear an interview with Catholic researcher, Hans Plate, and hear his findings about Catholics in a post-pandemic America. 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. 

MARRIAGE MOMENTS: Hopefully you eat dinner together most days. Ponder how you nourish each other both with food and kindness.

PARENTING POINTERS: What qualities do you think make an ideal father? Did you learn any of these from your own father? Tell him in person or prayer. Identify one quality that you especially want to pass on to your own child. Take a step to do it today.


All loving God,
We give you thanks for fathers young and old. We pray for all fathers of every kind. We ask you to bless them and and keep them in your care.
We remember fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers who are no longer with us but whose love is in our heart forever. Amen.