13th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
I will praise You, Lord, for You have rescued me.
READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/062721.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.
ONLINE BULLETIN: https://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf
WELCOME BACK! Bishop Malooly, has lifted the dispensation, thereby reinstating the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation for Catholics in the Diocese, effective this weekend, 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.
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.
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS: Next Friday, July 2nd. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacred Heart Devotions following the 8:30 am Mass.
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!
SHOE DRIVE: Girl Scout Troop 547 is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser through July 9. (Date has been extended). The troop will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used, and new shoes collected. Contact Tracie Bruno for pick up or drop off details. (302) 242-4150 or Troop0547@gmail.com. See the Bulletin for more information.
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 email@example.com
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to visit the new garden located near the staff office door.
BULLETIN OVERFLOW: https://saintpolycarp.org/this-weeks-bulletin/
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
FROM THE DIOCESE:
CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO: Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. Tomorrow, June 26, tune in to hear an interview with Dan LeRoy, author of the book, “Liberty’s Lions: Catholic Revolutionaries Who Established America.” Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.
LET US PRAY:
Summer Blessing for Families
May we make our homes places of relaxation,
joy, love, peace and safety.
May we be generous and considerate,
not thinking only about ourselves,
but helping others enjoy the blessings of the summertime.
Lord God, Creator of all things,
guide our steps and strengthen our hearts
during these months of summer and vacation days.
Grant us refreshment of mind and body.
May we constantly strive to make a meaningful difference
in the lives of our loved ones and in the world around us
as we enjoy the warm days of summertime.