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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 19/20


 Give thanks to the Lord, His love is everlasting.


READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/062021.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 ) Masses may also be viewed at a later time. We will continue live streaming Masses.

ONLINE BULLETINhttps://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf 

BULLETIN SPONSORS: Thank you to our new Bulletin sponsors and to those sponsors who continue to support our parish! Be sure to check out our new Bulletin sponsors!

WELCOME BACK! Bishop Malooly, has lifted the dispensation, thereby reinstating the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation for Catholics in the Diocese, effective June 26, 2021. The obligation does not apply to those who are ill, have been exposed to the virus, or have any serious underlying health conditions. We welcome and encourage the Faithful to return to full in-person participation of the Sunday Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith.

THE BLESSING OF FATHERS will take place at Masses this weekend, June 19th and 20th.


LECTORS NEEDED: We are in need of additional lectors for the 4:00 pm and 10:30 am Masses. If you are interested in serving in this ministry, please call Linda Mood at 302- 653-6852.

ROOM RESERVATIONS: If your ministry will be meeting on campus, you will need to submit a new room reservation form for your ministry and send it the parish office at office@saintpolycarp.org. The Room Reservation Form can be found on our website at. https://saintpolycarp.org/room-reservation/ We are looking forward to having everyone back on the campus once again and planning ahead makes for a smoother transition!

THE PARISH OFFICE will re-open on Tuesday, July 6 at 9:00 am. The Office will be open Monday – Friday, 9am to 3pm. We look forward to seeing you again!

R.C.I.A. – CHANGE THE WORLD: Do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Are you an adult who has never made First Eucharist or been Confirmed? Deacon Frank will hold an Inquiry Session on July 12th at 6:30pm for those adults who have not been baptized, who were baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic or for those adults baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation. For information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the parish office. (302) 653-8279.

REGISTRATION FOR PSR (Parish School of Religious Education) is now open for 2021-2022.  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. Questions? Contact our Coordinator of Religious Education, Erica Taylor at 302-653-4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org

MEMORIAL MASS: A Memorial Mass for Deacon Charlie will be celebrated this coming Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 6:30pm. Do you have any pictures or stories of Deacon Charlie that you’d like to share with your parish family? Drop off at the office or email to communications@saintpolycarp.org by Monday at noon. Originals will be returned.

FATHER’S DAY NOVENA: Express your love for a special father, grandfather, godfather, father-in-law, or any man who has played a fatherly role in your life by enrolling them in the Father’s Day Novena of Masses. You can remember any man, living or deceased who is dear to you.  Envelopes are available at the doors of the Church.

MEMORIAL BRICKS:  The Gift of a Memorial Brick is a unique and memorable way to celebrate a special occasion, honor family and friends (living or deceased), share a favorite quote and more! If you would like to become part of the walkway to our Blessed Mother with your name or the name of a loved one, now is a good time to do so! For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/?s=brick&submit=


2021 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL : We need your help to reach this year’s goal! Visit our online Bulletin or visit www.cdow.org/annualcatholicappeal to find out how you can help provide pastoral, charitable, and educational programs and services to tens of thousands of people in our 12 county Diocese. St. Polycarp’s ongoing example of stewardship has been the epitome of generosity in years past. Pledge cards are available at the doors of the Church and in the black drop box under the portico. Checks should be made payable to the Annual Catholic Appeal and mailed to:

Annual Catholic Appeal
Catholic Diocese of Wilmington
P.O. Box 25050
Wilmington, DE 19899-5050

STONES FAITH GARDEN: We welcome all those who contributed a stone to explain its meaning by submitting a line or two, a paragraph or two, about your stone. Submissions should be sent to   submission@saintpolycarp.org. Be sure to visit the new garden located near the staff office door.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES: See this week’s Bulletin https://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf


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. Tomorrow, June 19, tune in to hear an interview with Mr. Mark Christian, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Wilmington.  Mark, who is retiring at the end of the month, will look back at his 44 years of ministry to the cemeteries of the diocese. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.


Dear God,

Thank you for all the fathers and father-figures in this world and for the many ways you use them to lovingly guide others to Your heart. We ask that you would bless them and give them great joy and peace. May they see You and know You in new ways. Show them how much you love them and care about them. Guide their steps, use their hands, and make them a blessing to others as you continue to fulfill your special purpose for their lives.

We also pray for those who have recently lost or who are facing the imminent loss of their fathers, may they find comfort in the love that their fathers have given them.

Amen.                                                                                                   (adapted from Dayspring)