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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 28/29

The Ascension of the Lord

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. 

– Do you consider yourself a witness for Christ?
– What delays you from letting others know of God’s work in your life?
– How do you find reason to rejoice amidst your trials?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/052922-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/.


OFFICE CLOSED: The office will be closed on Friday, May 27th and Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.


APOSTLES’ CREED: We continue praying the Apostles’ Creed instead of the Nicene Creed at Mass until Pentecost, June 4/5. (Page 10 in Breaking Bread)`

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON – 2022 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEALThank you to those who have already contributed to this year’s campaign and to those parishioners who have signed pledge cards. 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. If you haven’t already done so, please consider supporting this year’s appeal. Pledge cards can be found in the pews.  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 INPUT IS NEEDED! LAST CALL! SYNOD 2021 – 2023 FOR A SYNODAL CHURCH: An Online Synod Listening Session is available for everyone in the Diocese who has access to technology to participate in the 2021-2023 Synod convoked by Pope Francis. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Bishop Koenig invites all in the diocese to reflect with him on how we are journeying together as a Church. Those who have not participated in an in-person Listening Session are invited to participate in an online version by watching the video provided and then filling out the Online Synod Consultation Form found here: www.cdow.org/synod/.  This option will be available until the end of May..


OFFICE CLOSED: The office will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION RETURNS TO THE CHAPEL: Adoration moves from church to St. Anne’s Chapel on May 31st. Please come visit the Lord between noon and 8:00 pm on Tuesdays. Consider signing up for a time to visit each week, contact Cheryl Thomas at salcrest7@gmail.com.

FLAME OF LOVE AND DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS also return to the chapel beginning next week.  (Thursday, June 2nd – Flame of Love, Friday, June 3rd – Divine Mercy)

ATTENTION! MASS SCHEDULE: Masses will once again be celebrated on Thursday and Friday mornings at 8:30 am beginning June 2nd through September 2nd. (This is in addition to the other Masses already being celebrated.)


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 on the weekend of 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.

DIOCESAN PRIESTS’ RETIREMENT FUND: The weekend of 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 on Sunday June 5th in the Parish Hall following the 10:30am Mass. Come and enjoy an “Early Summer” BBQ! Hosted by: Brother Vincent Columbiettes


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). A big THANK YOU to those families who have already registered!
We have a variety of ways to register:

  1. Online – To pay with a credit or debit card or from your bank account, visit https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/org/831
  2. Use this QR code:3. Pick-up a printed copy from the black drop box located outside under the portico.
    4. To print the Registration Form, visit https://saintpolycarp.org/religious-education/

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. See the Bulletin for schedule.  June 4 – T. Bruno.

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 – Duck Creek Animal Hospital, 10 Artisan Drive, Smyrna, DE 19977, 302-653-2300, www.duckcreekanimalhospital.com for their continued support. 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. On the May 28, 2022 episode of Catholic Forum, hear highlights – including Bishop Koenig’s homily –  from the recent ordination of Father Brennan Ferris. 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: If you’re too busy to have a weekly date with your spouse, you may be too busy! Tonight choose several hours next weekend that you can devote just to each other.   This week the wife plans what to do, next week it’s the husband’s turn.

PARENTING POINTERS: Just as God gave us commandments, healthy families have rules that help keep order and keep the peace. What are some of your family rules? Do you need any new ones? Let go of outdated ones? Discuss together.


They served and fought and died so that we could be safe and free.
Grant them, O Lord, eternal peace and give them victory.

Wishing you and yours a safe and peaceful Memorial Day.