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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 25/26

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time  

You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. 


– How does Christ’s freeing you from the death of sin lead you to act in a countercultural way by using your freedom to serve others?
– When do you place your material needs ahead of your spiritual needs?
– Have there been times when you thought that God asked too much of you? Have you then sought the Holy Spirit in prayer?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/062622.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/.


THIS WEEKEND, JUNE 25/26 (& week of June 26th)

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Sunday, June 26 at the 10:30 am MassPaula Bobeck Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.



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


WHEN – This 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!


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.


PSR REGISTRATION: Register by June 30th to avoid late fees! 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.  For information on how to register  CLICK HERE


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!!!


THANK YOU FROM OUR SQUIRES! The St Polycarp Squire Circle would like to extend their appreciation to the Parish for their support of their recent Lock In. The Parish contributed $700 toward the fund raising efforts. The Squires would also like to thank the Parish Office for their support and a special thank you to Fr Jim for his commitment of the facility and his time with the Squires. Also a thank you to Deacon Frank for coming in and spending quality time with the Squires. The Squire Circle is sponsored by the KOC Brother Vincent Council here at the Parish. The Knights also funded the pizza party held at the end of the Lock In. Funds can still be dropped in the weekly collection addressed to the Squire Lock In. Checks can be made out to St Polycarp Squire Circle. May God Bless our Parish for all their support and prayers. Boys 10 -17 can join the Circle by contacting Rich DeZao at rdezao@yahoo.com


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.


FIRST FRIDAY MASS & DEVOTION – Next Friday, July 1st,  Join fellow parishioners at the 8:30 am Mass followed by the Sacred Heart Devotions. The Sacred Heart Devotions will be prayed after the First Friday Mass in July and August.

NEXT WEEKEND, JULY 2/3 (& week of July 3)

SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND: Church in Africa / Eastern Europe (see insert in this weekend’s printed bulletin.)

ADULT FAITH FORMATION – CONNECTED IN CHRIST: Connected in Christ is an adult faith sharing group that meets weekly, on Tuesdays, after Mass, at 9:15 in the Parish Library. We are just finishing up our study from Ascension Press, “Unlocking the Mysteries of the Bible”. Come join us on July 6 to begin our next study from our new FORMED platform. For more information, please contact Cookie Ruane at 302-540-6429.


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.



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


FORMED – The Catholic Parish of WaimakaririFORMED is coming to our Parish!   Watch, listen and read. Anywhere, anytime. FORMED provides the very best Catholic content from more than 60 organizations to help parishes, families and individuals explore their faith anywhere. Supporting thousands of movies, children’s programs, eBooks, audio, parish programs and studies direct to your browser, mobile or connected device. Have your phone ready at Mass on the weekend of July 9 & 10 to sign up for free!


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/
Sunday, June 26 – Paula Bobeck: Sunday, July 10 – Bell Family; Sunday, July 31 – Moss Family Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.


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: Sunday June 26: Sometimes the strife in our world can feel heavy and burdensome. May the love that you carry for each other prompt you to find one act you can do to relieve someone else’s suffering this week.

PARENTING POINTERS: Sunday June 26: What clutters your home? Maybe you have many mementos of happy trips together. Maybe you have some tools, toys, clothes that are not being used. This week, ask your family to take a half day or hour to identify some clutter in a room or a drawer? Do something positive with it.