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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 22/23


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Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

WEAR RED TO MASS THIS WEEKEND: Whether you’re at home or in Church, wear red this weekend, May 22nd and May 23rd, in celebration of Pentecost Sunday. COME HOLY SPIRIT! Show us your Spirit by wearing red!

COVID-19 GUIDANCE: Late yesterday, we received new guidelines from the Diocese. Our Liturgy Committee will be meeting to work with the new guidelines. By next weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, we anticipate having plans in place. Please be patient as we move forward in the implementation of these guidelines.  Beginning next week, we will no longer be taking reservations.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:   https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/052321-Day.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 )  All Masses are live- streamed. Masses may also be viewed at a later time.

URGENT: WE NEED HELP WITH LIVE STREAMING as soon as possible. Please prayerfully discern the gifts God has given you and consider being part of this ministry. In order to be able to maintain our live streaming of Masses, we are in need of individuals with a technological background, a good understanding of network communication, online social media and a desire to help grow our online presence with live streaming. If you have any ability in this area, please contact our Communications Office at communications@saintpolycarp.org or call the office at 302-653-8279.

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

MEMORIAL MASS: A Memorial Mass for Deacon Charlie will be celebrated on June 23, 2021 at 6:30pm. Let us continue to pray for the repose of his soul and for his loving family.

MEMORIAL BRICKS: Graduation and Father’s Day are just around the corner. 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! There are two ways to order your bricks.  You can order through Faith Direct at:  https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/5644
(you do not need to sign up for Faith Direct), or return your form (available on our website or at the doors of the Church) with payment to St. Polycarp Church in an envelope labeled “Memorial Brick”.  Please place the completed order form and a check for $80.00, made payable to St. Polycarp Church, in the envelope.  You can place it in the Offertory collection, deliver it to the Parish Office (place in black box), or mail it to the parish office. 

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

BISHOP MALOOLY TO ORDAIN MICHAEL A. PRESTON TO THE PRIESTHOOD ON MAY 22ND  The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, will ordain Rev. Mr. Michael Anthony Preston to the Priesthood on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Rev. Mr. Preston was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate last August. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, attendance at the May 22nd Mass of Ordination is by invitation only. The ceremony will be live-streamed on the Diocese of Wilmington’s YouTube channel – www.YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm.

VOCATIONS: Please continue to pray for vocations. More information about the Diocese of Wilmington’s efforts to increase awareness of vocations and to work with men and women who may have a priestly or religious vocation is available by contacting Father Norman Carroll, director of priestly and religious vocations. He is available at (302) 573-3113 or vocations@cdow.org. More information is also available at www.cdow.org/vocations.

2021 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL :  Please 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.

STONES FAITH GARDEN: Stones should be returned by this weekend.  Read the Pastor’s Pen in this coming weekend’s Bulletin to see what happens next!  Haven’t heard about our Stones Faith Garden? Check out our video at https://youtu.be/7rB7atK3ohQ


SHOE DRIVE: Girl Scout Troop 547 is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from May 10 through June 25. 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.



RESERVATION INFORMATION FOR WEEKEND MASSES: To view information on how to make a reservation visit https://saintpolycarp.org/rservation-information/
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


The dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation issued March 12, 2020 remains in effect for the Diocese of Wilmington.

CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. Tune in tomorrow, May 22 to hear an interview with Oblate Father Thomas Dialey, the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communications for Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. Fr. Dailey will discuss the Cardinal Foley Symposium that will be held on May 27th. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.


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.