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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 May 13/14

Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 13/14, 2023

~ How would you explain the reason for your hope in Christ?

~ How is the Holy Spirit at work in your life today?
~ What is the connection between love and observance of the commandments?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/051423.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.

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

WEEKLY PARISH BULLETIN: CLICK HERE (New Bulletins are posted on Fridays.) 


THIS WEEKEND, MAY 13/14 (& Monday, May 15th – Friday, May 19th                 Wishing all Mothers a Blessed and Happy Mothers’ Day!

WELCOME BISHOP KOENIG! Bishop Koenig will join us to celebrate 4 pm Mass tomorrow and to dedicate the outside shrine to St. Joseph.

BLESSING OF THE SAINT JOSEPH SHRINE – TOMORROW, Saturday, May 13th, following the 4 pm Mass.  Please join us for the dedication of our outside shrine to St. Joseph.  After the blessing, please join us in Mother Drexel Hall for refreshments and fellowship.


BIRTHRIGHT OF DELAWARE will host its Annual Mother’s Day Rose Sale at our parish this weekend.  Please support Birthright’s crisis pregnancy services by purchasing roses after Mass.       $3/one Rose      $5/three Roses            $20/Dozen Roses            $40/Twenty-five Roses Bouquet


MOTHER’S DAY NOVENA: We are part of this world today because our mothers have given us life. Every one of us has several special women who have enriched our lives: Grandmothers, Aunts, Cousins, Caregivers, Godmothers, Friends and others.  Living or deceased, the best gift you can give a loved one is the gift of the Mass.  Please use the Mother’s Day Mass Remembrance envelopes to enlist these special women in the Masses offered by our parish. Mother’s Day Novena of Masses begins with the 4 pm Mass on Saturday, May 13th.

CONGRATULATIONS TO DEACON FRANK ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION (May 13th). May we all pray for Deacon Frank as he continues his ministry!  Thank you, Deacon Frank, for all you do!

APOSTLES’ CREED: We will continue to pray the Apostles’ Creed during the Easter season. (Breaking Bread Hymnal on page 10.)

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – 2023 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEALThank you to everyone who, “Shining the Light of Christ”, pledged the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal. If you have not yet participated, please consider doing so today. Your gift makes a real difference in the lives of thousands of individuals and families who reside within our 12-county diocese. Pledge envelopes are available in the pews of the Church and can be placed in the offertory basket. Thank you for your generosity and support. To hear a message from Fr. Jim CLICK HERE     To hear Bishop Koenig message CLICK HERE   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.

DONATION DRIVE FOR HOMELESS SHELTERS – ENDS THIS WEEKEND: The Respect Life Ministry is hosting a donation drive for homeless shelters in Kent County. These are men, women and family shelters. Boxes will be placed outside the Mother Drexel Hall for the donations through May 14th. Items needed include: cleaning wipes, dish detergent, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, paper towels, etc. Also personal hygiene items: shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, tooth paste, q-tips, etc. Men, women and children’s socks are needed but no other clothes will be accepted at this time.  Puzzles and board games in good condition may also be a good idea.  Any questions? Email Margie Eckard at Eckard.margie@gmail.com. Thank you for your help and support.

PLEASE PRAY for James Gebhart who will be ordained as a Transitional Deacon this Saturday, May 13th, at St. Mary the Assumption Parish and for Deacon John Enemou who will be ordained as a Priest next Saturday, May 20th, at the Cathedral of St. Peter


ST. POLYCARP CHURCH FILIPINO – AMERICAN COMMUNITY cordially invites you to FILIPINO – AMERICAN INCULTURATION , next Sunday, May 21st following the 10:30 am Mass in the hall. See this weekend’s Bulletin for more information.


EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Tuesdays from noon to 8pm in the Chapel. We need a few more people to sign up for a scheduled Adoration time slot so we can expand our Adoration hours. We need adorers for these timeslots on Tuesday: 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Call or email Cheryl Thomas salcrest7@gmail.com or  (302) 363 – 0404.


FINANCE COUCIL: Individuals interested in becoming an active part of the Finance Council.  The role of the Finance Council is to: Support all Parish ministries; Facilitate the achievement of the Parish mission, and; Provide ongoing financial guidance to Fr. Jim and Parish leadership If you have an interest in assisting in the financial success of St. Polycarp, please reach out to John Fcasni at (609) 529 – 1986 or john.fcasni@gmail.com


MEMORIAL BRICKS!  Adding your MEMORIAL BRICK to the walkway of our Blessed Mother is a unique way to keep your memories alive.  It is a way to remind us of all those special loved ones or occasions forever.  If you would like to become a 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! There are several ways to order your bricks.  You can order through Faith Direct at: Faith Direct MEMORIAL BRICK (you do not need to sign up for Faith Direct), use the QR code below or return your form* with payment of $80  to St. Polycarp Church.  Envelopes marked with “Memorial Brick” may be placed in the Offertory collection, delivered to the Parish Office (place in black box), or mailed to the Parish Office.*Forms can be found on our parish website or at the entrances into the church.

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! Is there someone you would like to invite to explore the Catholic faith – someone unbaptized, or baptized in a non-Catholic Christian tradition? Do you know someone who needs Confirmation and/or First Eucharist? Perhaps, the Catholic faith can fulfill their desires for a closer relationship with Our Lord. Then, the RCIA process is for them. Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information. DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653 – 8279.


THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: 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/

CONNECTED IN CHRIST (ADULT FAITH FORMATION) meets every Tuesday at 9:30 am in the Parish Library – ALL are welcome. Please join us. If you have any questions, please call Cookie Ruane at (302) 540 – 6429.

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

IS THAT YOU, FR. JIM? If you receive emails or texts from Fr. Jim asking for favors, gift cards or gifts or stating something similar to “I am currently busy in a meeting now, no calls so just reply to my email.”, please ignore and delete. If an email looks suspicious and you’re not sure, give the office a call.

FORMED: Have you had the opportunity to dive into FORMED To sign up visit www.formed.org. Type in our Parish zip code (19977) and follow the steps to sign up or you can use the QR code below. Take advantage of your free subscription to FORMED! Enjoy thousands of hours of quality Catholic content!


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.  On Saturday, May 13th, Dr. Bob Sawyer will discuss his healing ministry and the healing prayer service coming on May 20th to Holy Angels Church in Newark Delaware. 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.



For our mothers, who have given us life and love, that we may show them reverence and love, and others who show us a mother’s love, we pray to the Lord. LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER

For adoptive mothers and for the women who wish to give birth but experience challenges, that they know your care, we pray to the Lord. LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER

For mothers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them, we pray to the Lord. LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER

For those who wish to serve as mothers, but are not able to do so, that they know your comfort, we pray to the Lord. LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER

For mothers who have died, that God may bring them into the joy of his kingdom, we pray to the Lord LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER    (NOLACATHOLIC.ORG)

Wishing all Mothers a Blessed and Happy Mothers’ Day!