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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 29/30


 Blessed the people the Lord has chosen, chosen to be His own.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/053021.cfm

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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.

DO YOU HAVE IT (Information Technology) EXPERIENCE? We continue to need help with the IT end of our live streaming. If you have any ability in this area and are willing to share your gift of time and talent in this way, please contact our Communications Office at communications@saintpolycarp.org or call the office at 302-653-8279. Angelo Cariello will work with you in this area.

We were blessed to have Morgan Burris step forward to help with starting, stopping, p/t/z (pan, tilt, zoom) and creating streaming links. You may see Morgan at Mass with her laptop. Morgan has the ability to stream from her laptop at Mass or to work remotely.  We would like to have another person to share this responsibility. If you are interested, contact Judy at our Communications Office at communications@saintpolycarp.org or call the office at 302-653-8279.

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

UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDANCE: Reservations for weekend Masses are no longer required. Under guidance by the Diocese and the CDC, vaccinated persons are not required to wear masks. Non-vaccinated persons are required to wear masks. Please sanitize your hands as you enter Church. You may choose your own pew. There will be a section reserved for those who would like to be seated using the 6 foot distancing. If you would like to be seated in this area, please use the side door and let the usher know when you enter.  The Procession of the Gifts will resume. Please let an usher know if you would like to carry the gifts. Collections will be taken using the baskets with long handles. The Sign of Peace will be reinstated without physical contact between non-family members. Communion will be distributed as done in the past with two lines approaching the altar. Bathrooms will be available. At this time, the cry room is unavailable. 

For now, we will continue sanitizing pews. After the final hymn has ended, please sanitize your area.  We would appreciate donations of sanitizing wipes. There will be a basket in the vestibule and a red bin under the portico to collect your donations of wipes.  Thank you.

Missals:  A limited number of Missals have been placed in the pews for use when you are here. We ask that you do not take them home. If you have been bringing your Breaking Bread Missal with you during Covid, please continue to bring it with you weekly to Mass.  

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.

Meetings: As we travel through the re-opening, each group/ministry must discern their own path with regard to in person/hybrid meetings taking into account diocesan and CDC guidelines.

FLAME OF LOVE: Beginning this coming Thursday night, June 3rd, join us in Church on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm, to pray the Flame of Love Rosary.  We have everything you will need.  For more information, contact Roxanne (the harpist) at roxsmb@gmail.com or (302) 242 – 6484. Please leave a message.

FIRST FRIDAY: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacred Heart Devotion follow the 8:30 am Mass on Friday, June 4th, the First Friday of the month.

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.

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

FATHER’S DAY NOVENA: Express your love for a special father, grandfather, godfather, father-in-law, or any man who has played a fatherly role in your life by enrolling them in the Father’s Day Novena of Masses. You can remember any man, living or deceased who is dear to you.  Envelopes are available at the doors of the Church.

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! For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/?s=brick&submit=

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. We need your help to reach this year’s target goal!

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. We will  publish these lessons on our various platforms. (You may remain anonymous.) Submissions should be sent to   submission@saintpolycarp.org. This will allow all in our community to grow in understanding the power and grace of the Holy Spirit active in our midst.

SHOE DRIVE: Girl Scout Troop 547 is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser 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


CATHOLIC FORUM/RELEVANT RADIO:  Saturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640. Tune in tomorrow, May 29, to hear highlights – including Bishop Malooly’s homily – from the May 22nd ordination of Father Michael Preston. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.


Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.