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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 November 11/12

November 11/12


~ When is God in your thoughts during the day?
~ Does it comfort you that those who have died will live with God eternally?
~ How do you prepare to know the Lord so that you are ready for His coming?

 READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/111223.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for live stream at 7:30 am, Tuesdays – Friday* and 4 pm on Saturdays. (*With the addition of weekday Masses on Thursdays and Fridays, along with the change in Mass time, along with the end of day light savings, we may experience some issues with the live streaming.  We ask for your patience as we adjust to these changes.)

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

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

BULLETIN OVERFLOW: There’s always information that doesn’t fit in our Bulletin Bulletin Overflow – CLICK HERE

Please remember to pray for all veterans!
Veterans Day is November 11th, but observed today, November 10thThank you to all veterans for your service to our country.

Weekday Masses at St. Polycarp are now celebrated at 7:30 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Weekday Masses at St. Dennis are celebrated at 9:30 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. (No 8:30 am Masses)  In conjunction with the National Eucharistic Revival, the addition of weekday Masses will allow greater opportunity to receive the Eucharist. Come join us! A wonderful way to start your day! Weekend Masses remain the same.

THIS WEEKEND, November 11/12  (and Monday, November 13th – Friday, November 17th) 

CHRISTIANS OF THE HOLY LAND – OLIVE WOOD: CANCELLED. .Our representative from the Holy Land has had to cancel his upcoming visit for November 18th and 19th.  Please continue to pray for peace in the Holy Land.  We will try to reschedule the visit in 2024.  Thank you for your understanding

THIS WEEKEND’S SECOND COLLECTION is for the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

SATURDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION will take place this Saturday, November 11th, at the end of the 4 pm Mass. Following the prayer after Communion, Fr. Jim will place the Blessed Sacrament (Host) in the Monstrance.  Silent prayer then continues until 6.  When you leave, please do so quietly as others are praying to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. .One of the most foundational things you can do in regards to Eucharistic Adoration is to “be there.” There are no specific rules about what you should do during Eucharistic Adoration. Just “be there” in Jesus’ presence. Reflect on His goodness and adore Him for all He has done for you and humankind. That would be a time of Eucharistic Adoration well-spent.

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Please consider signing up to host the vocation chalice in your home for a week.  Families and individuals are encouraged to sign up! Text or call Alice Gaston at (302) 670 – 7924. For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/vocation-chalice/   This Sunday at 10:30 am Mass – Neda Biggs.


HELP NEEDED: The Parish Office is looking for someone to help at the front desk on Tuesday mornings from 9 to noon. If you are willing and able to serve in this ministry, please contact Kathy in the parish office at (302) 653-8279 or office@saintpolycarp.org.

BIRTHRIGHT’S ANNUAL BOTTLES FOR BABIES FUNDRAISER: Now is the time to return the bottles!  Bottles should be placed in the baskets near the doors of the Church.  The proceeds benefit pregnant women and their babies. Thank you for your willingness to support and choose life!


THE GIVING TREE  Our Giving Tree Committee coordinates the Christmas gifts for needy children in our community.  We work closely with our Parish School of Religion and the Smyrna School District to identify children in need.  The Giving Tree is now set up inside the Main Entrance of the Church with the children’s requests.  Please purchase a gift for the child on the tag you choose and return it to the Parish Hall no later than Sunday, December 3rd.   Contact Fran Walls at (302) 653 – 1450, if you have any questions.          Thank You!

CONNECTED IN CHRIST: For the last several weeks, Connected in Christ has been studying the series, Jesus and the Eucharist, produced by the National Eucharistic Congress. All are welcome to join us.  We begin to gather at 8:40 am in the parish library, following the 7:30 am Mass, Rosary, and Divine Mercy Chaplet. We will begin promptly at 9:00 am with our faith-sharing lessons.

NOW IS THE TIME TO REGISTER WITH THE ST. POLYCARP FLAMES FOR THE BISHOP’S 5K at St. Mark’s High School (2501 Pike Creek Road, Wilmington) on November 18th at 9 am. Join the St. Polycarp Flames as we represent our parish at the Bishop’s 5K to benefit Catholic Charities.
https://runsignup.com/RaceGroups/35468/Groups/1386989. Call or email Michael Pyle (302-423-9732 / mjpyle58@msn.com) for more information!


EARLY DEADLINES FOR NOVEMBER, DECEMBER & JANUARY BULLETINS: As we enter the busy holiday season, the bulletin is due earlier to the publisher.  Therefore, all submissions that you would like to appear in the bulletin will need to be submitted earlier than usual. Plan ahead!  If you plan on having an insert, please contact Judy immediately. Insert deadlines are sooner than the deadlines listed below!  ALL Submissions (including inserts or questions about inserts) should be emailed to submission@saintpolycarp.org. Judy can also be reached at the parish office (302) 653-8279.
Bulletin Date November 26 – Submissions due November 15th by noon; Bulletin Date December 3rd – Submissions due November 21st end of day; Bulletin Date December 10th – Submissions due November 29th by noon; Bulletin Date December 17th – Submissions due December 6th by noon; Bulletin Date December 24th – Submissions due December 12th end of day; Bulletin Date – Submissions due by December 19th end of day; Bulletin January 7th Submissions due by December 26th end of day.

: We extend our heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of you who have already contributed to our parish Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal. We are $3,939.30 above the $60,000 goal in pledges. $57,214.64 has been collected, leaving $2,785.36 to still be collected to reach the $60,000 goal. Our parish has raised significant funds for the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal.  If you’ve pledged, kindly ensure your payments are up to date. Your commitment matters greatly.  Thank you for your continued support.

Once we reach our goal in collected donations, we will receive back half of the money collected above the goal for projects around our campus. We invite those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to give to the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal to join us in spreading the spirit of gratitude. Envelopes can be found at the doors of the Church. 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.

NEXT WEEKEND, November 18/19 (and Monday, November 20th – Friday, November 24th)    

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD:  CLOW will be offered next Sunday, November 19th during the 10:30 Mass

UPCOMING SMYRNA-CLYATON MINISTERIUM EVENTS:  Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Sunday, November 19th from 2-5 pm at Smyrna Elementary School Cafeteria (the school across form our St. Polycarp Church). Everyone is welcome! Come and celebrate what the Lord has provided together with our community, friends and family!
Community Thanksgiving Eve Service, Wednesday, November 22nd at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 22 N. Union Street, Smyrna. Everyone is welcome! A time of fellowship will follow the service.

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY SODALITY ADVENT RETREAT – Saturday, November 25th, 8:30 am until 1 pm. You are invited to join the Sodality in spiritual reflection and prayer for an Advent Retreat.  The retreat will begin with Mass at 8:30 am celebrated by our Retreat Master Msgr. George Brubaker.  Lunch will be provided.    Those interested in attending must register.  Please call Betty Sloven at (302) 547 – 8174 or email her at churchladybetty@gmail.com by Monday, November 20th.   There are also sign-up sheets on bulletin boards.  This is a free retreat but we are accepting love offerings.

THANKSGIVING MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED AT ST. POLYCARP on Thursday, November 23rd at 9 am. (No 7:30 am Mass on Thursday, November 23rd or Friday, November 24th)

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION WEEK – NOVEMBER 26 – DECEMBER 2: This is a week when we, as a Diocese, will be especially united in our Eucharistic prayer. To hear a message from Bishop Koenig visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3572Xl766QI&t=22s   The November 17th Dialog will have a list of times/dates of when/where Adoration is available throughout the Diocese.

ST. POLYCARP ANNUAL FALL CLEANUPNEXT Saturday, November 25th, 9 am – Noon. Come join us for the Annual Fall Cleanup. We need you to help beautify the campus by clearing the ground of leaves, branches, and debris. Please bring a rake, blowers, gloves, and your friends. Great opportunity for Confirmandi volunteer hours. We welcome folks on riding mowers that can vacuum up the leaves. We appreciate any amount of time you are able to give. Light refreshments will be available. Please text or call Michael Pyle at (302) 423 – 9732 or email him at mjpyle58@msn.com so we can know how many folks to expect.



RESERVED PARKING SPOT – Help out the Church with annual fundraiser and Parish tradition of putting up a parking spot to the highest bidder!  You will have the reserved spot (with your name on it) for one year.  With the winter weather coming, maybe you will want to have that close spot for you or loved one (maybe as an early Christmas gift). Please submit your bid amount by Friday, December 1st at 3pm by emailing financialmanager@saintpolycarp.org with the Subject Line:  “Parking Spot Bid” or dropping it in the collection basket or black drop box under the portico labeled “Parking Spot Bid” with your name & phone number on it.  Individual parishioners as well as parish groups are welcome to bid.  All bids MUST be in writing.

 ANNUAL TURKEY & HAM DRIVE – Brother Vincent Knights of Columbus with the St Vincent De Paul Society will be conducting the annual turkey and ham drive in the St Polycarp parking lot, on Thursday, December 7th, between 6:30 and 7:30 pm.  Small turkeys, hams, and gift cards (not to exceed $35.00), will be accepted.  St Vincent de Paul will deliver the gifts Saturday morning, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, to those in need within the parish boundaries.


ROCK AND ROLL TRIBUTE  “SAVE THE DATE”:  Come join us on Saturday, January 13th, 2024 to ROCK in the New Year. Brother Vincent Knights of Columbus along with our Columbiettes is sponsoring a ROCK AND ROLL TRUBUTE with an evening of dinner and dancing.
Mr. Charisma will be back to entertain us.


 FROM FR. LENTINI, Dean – Silver Lake Deanery

Dear Parishioners of St. Polycarp Parish,

The Silver Lake Deanery is Church’s administrative territory covering the areas overseen by St. Dennis (Galena), St. Polycarp (Smyrna), Holy Cross (Dover), Immaculate Conception (Marydel), and St. John the Apostle (Milford/Harrington).  As part of the Diocesan Planning process, the various Deaneries of the Diocese of Wilmington, are seeking ways in which Parishes within a Deanery can more effectively work together to provide services to the faithful (and, conversely, identifying those areas where that is not practical).

To that end, as Dean of the Silver Lake Deanery, I have compiled a survey to get parishioner assessment regarding areas/topics that have been reviewed by our Deanery Committee or by the Diocesan Pastoral Planning process.  The survey is fairly simple, and should take only a few minutes to complete.

I would like to compile the results of this survey to present to our Bishop and the steering committee of this Pastoral Planning process by early December.  Thus, I would set the deadline for submissions to this survey at Tuesday, November 28th, 2023.

The survey itself is housed at the Immaculate Conception website, which provides a simple link for all to use:  www.iccmarydel.org/survey — that survey will be officially open from this coming weekend thru Tuesday November 28th..

On behalf of my brother priests in the Silver Lake Deanery, I thank you for your faithfulness and your participation.  I remain,

Yours in Christ,
Vy, Rev. James Lentini, VF
Dean – Silver Lake Deanery



NEEDED – NEW MINISTRY SCHEDULER: We are currently looking for someone to take over the scheduling of our ministers for the Weekend Masses and Holy Days of Obligation. This person must have good PC organization and computer skills. If you think you might be interested in this position, please call Frank Patton at  (302) 508-5268.

SACRISTAN NEEDED: We are still in need of someone to step forward to serve as sacristan.  Sacristans have the duty to arrive early to the Church in order to unlock the doors and prepare the Church for Mass.  Becoming a sacristan would be a great way to learn more about our beautiful liturgy and become more involved in carrying it out.  No previous knowledge is required. If you are interested, please contact the head sacristan Adam Bauer at ajpd.bauer@gmail.com.

DIRECTORY COORDINATOR: The Pastoral Council is looking for a parishioner to coordinate the preparation for a new directory for Saint Polycarp. Our last directory was published in 2018 and we understand there may be an interest in producing a new directory.  Please contact Kathy Curlett at (302) 222 – 9326 if you are interested.


SATURDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION at St. Polycarp will take place monthly at the Vigil Mass for the Second Sunday of the monthNovember 11th & December 9th. Eucharistic Adoration at St. Dennis Church (Galena MD) will take place on the Fourth Sunday of the month following the 8 am Sunday Mass. (November 26th).

TUESDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Tuesdays from 9am to 8pm in the Chapel. We are still in need of people to fill in when others are ill or cannot attend. Do you have one hour to spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on an occasional basis? Call Cheryl Thomas at (302) 363 – 0404 or email her at salcrest7@gmail.com. All are welcome to stop in and adore Jesus between 9 am and 8 pm in the Chapel on Tuesdays. Stay for 10 minutes, 1 hour…


THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: Please consider signing up to host the vocation chalice in your home for a week.  Families and individuals are encouraged to sign up! Text or call Alice Gaston at (302) 670 – 7924. For more information visit https://saintpolycarp.org/vocation-chalice/   November 12 , 10:30 am Mass – Neda Biggs; November 25, 4 pm Mass – K. Kelvin; December 10, 10:30 am Mass – Donna Adams, December 24, 4 pm Mass – S. Roch.

CONNECTED IN CHRIST (ADULT FAITH FORMATION) meets every Tuesday at 9:00 am in the Parish Library – ALL are welcome. Please join us. If you have any questions, please call Cookie Ruane at (302) 540 – 6429.

FAITH WITH FRIENDS (ADULT FAITH FORMATION) meets the first Thursday of every month at 6 pm in Room 7. Everyone is invited. Questions?  Contact Ashley Wilson at (302) 535-4118.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD: Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month during the 10:30am Mass. (This month – November 5th and 19th).This is a wonderful opportunity for children in PreK-4th grade. It mirrors the worship experience of the larger community in an engaging and interactive style. They will listen to Scripture and engage in discussions about what they have heard at their age level. Children will be called forward before the First Reading and will return to you after the General Intercessions. Our lead catechist is Anna Skinner. She, along with her assistants, have cleared background checks.

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: Thanks to a very generous and thoughtful parishioner, our FORMED Subscription has been RENEWED for another year!  Please SIGN UP NOW and begin enjoying the abundant amount of Catholic content that FORMED has to offer! You won’t be disappointed! To gain full access to FORMED; follow these simple steps:
~Go to: www.formed.org or scan QR Code
~Enter our parish’s zip code (19977)
~Click on St. Polycarp Church
~Enter your name and your email address

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 RADIOSaturdays at 1:30 pm on Relevant Radio 640AM.  David Bonagura will discuss his book, “Jerome’s Tears,” on the November 11th Catholic Forum podcast, episode of  Catholic Forum podcast. 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.

LET US PRAY:   A Veterans Day Prayer

Dear Lord,
Today we honor our veterans,
worthy men and women
who gave their best
when they were called upon
to serve and protect their country.
We pray that you will bless them, Lord,
for their unselfish service
in the continual struggle
to preserve our freedoms, our safety,
and our country’s heritage, for all of us.
Bless them abundantly
for the hardships they faced,
for the sacrifices they made
for their many different contributions
to America’s victories
over tyranny and oppression.
We respect them, we thank them,
we honor them, we are proud of them,
and we pray that you will watch over
these special people
and bless them with peace and happiness.
In Jesus’ name we pray; Amen.

By Joanna Fuchs