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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 4/5


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in then the fire of your love. 

– What does it mean to you that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
– What are your responsibilities as an heir of God?
– How can you pause to reflect on the Spirit working in your life?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/060522-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/.



On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. Flames of the Holy Spirit rested upon each Apostle and they received the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Plan on wearing RED to Mass this weekend, June 4th & 5th!

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Saturday, June 4 at the 4 pm Mass – Tracie Bruno – Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

APOSTLES’ CREED: We continue praying the Apostles’ Creed instead of the Nicene Creed. We will return to praying the Nicene Creed next weekend.

DIOCESAN PRIESTS’ RETIREMENT FUNDThis weekend, June 4 and 5, all Catholic churches in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore will conduct a special collection to benefit the Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Fund. As more and more of our priests retire from active parish ministry, there is a growing need to supplement this fund. Your generosity and prayers for our aging priests are greatly appreciated.

AGAPE: We invite you to join us for Agape this Sunday June 5th in the Parish Hall following the 10:30am Mass. Come and enjoy an “Early Summer” BBQ!
Hosted by: Brother Vincent Columbiettes

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – 2022 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEAL:  As of the last report, 79.03% of our goal has been pledged. We are $12,580 from our goal.  If you haven’t already done so, please consider supporting this year’s appeal. 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: Sunday, June 19, 2022, (in two weeks) marks the Feast Day of Corpus Christi, whereon Catholics celebrate and honor the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Feast of Corpus Christi this year also starts the beginning of a three year National Eucharistic Revival for Catholics in the United States. For more information https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/

To celebrate this momentous occasion, on Sunday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. 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. 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.

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. If you would like to represent our parish, please sign your name on the registration form at all church doors or contact the parish office. We would like to have as many as possible represent St. Polycarp.


SUPPORT OUR SQUIRES NEXT WEEKEND: Once again this year, the Squire’s are conducting a “Lock In” as a Circle. On June 17th and 18th the Squire’s will be here at the Parish from Friday at 7pm until Saturday at 7pm. The Lock In will conclude with the 4pm Mass to celebrate and install our new officers for the Columbian year. Our Squire Circle will soon celebrate its 14th 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. The Squires will be at the doors after both Masses next weekend, June 11th and 12th, if you wish to donate. (Checks should be made payable to “St. Polycarp Squire Circle”)

BLESSINGS: The Blessing of Graduates takes place next weekend, June 11th and 12th, at both Masses.


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

Honor the Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles, Father-figures and other special men in your life on their special day.  Whether they are living or deceased, the gift of prayer is a beautiful way to show your deep appreciation for their sacrificial love.  The best gift you can give this loved one is the gift of the Mass.  Please use the Father’s Day Mass Remembrance envelopes to inscribe the names you wish to be remembered in the masses offered by our parish.  The Novena will begin on Father’s Day. Envelopes can be found at the church doors.

WHEN – 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!

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

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: Please sign up to take home the Vocation Chalice for one week. Call or text Alice Gaston 302-670-7924 to sign up.  Each week a family will receive the Vocation Chalice at Mass and take it home with the promise to “pray for vocations” during that week.  The family should place the chalice in a prominent place in their home and gather together each day to pray for the awareness of vocations.  At the end of the week, the family will bring the chalice back to church so the next family can take it home.  A booklet will accompany the chalice that has prayers and instructions.  We need your prayers and for you to sign up. 

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 advertisers! We appreciate your support! – This week we would like to thank – Catholic Cemeteries Diocese of Wilmington – Cathedral Cemetery 302-656-3323 & All Saints Cemetery 302-737-2524. Tell them you saw the ad in our church bulletin!



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 640.  Hear an interview with retired priest, Father Bill Hazzard, on the June 4th Catholic Forum program. 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: Spouses often say to each other – “If you love me, you would…” Don’t turn your love into a bargain. Give it freely to each other and keep your word.

PARENTING POINTERS: Church is a holy place but so are our homes and the people we live with. Consider how Jesus may come, stand, sit, and play with us as we spend time together today. Peace & love often sound like clichés. Help it to come alive with your children this weekend.


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.