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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 12/13

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

~ If God rules the earth with justice and equity, what does that mean for how leaders should be chosen?
~ According to the second reading, how does a follower of Christ act?
~ When have you felt that God has spoken through you?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/111322.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/.


THIS WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 12/13 (& week of November 13)

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, with the children’s requests, are set up inside the Main Entrance of the Church.  Please purchase a gift for the child on the tag you choose and return it to the Parish Hall no later than Sunday, December 4th.   Questions? Contact Fran Walls at (302) 653 – 1450.         Thank You!


RITE OF ENROLLMENT takes place at the 4pm Mass this weekend. Please pray for our Confirmandi as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in April.

THE SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 12/13,  is for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Members of the St Vincent de Paul Society assist our parishioners and neighbors   with rent, mortgage payments, utilities, medicine, transportation, and food for those in need. None of this would be possible without donations to our second collection this weekend, to the poor box and individual donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society. Thank you for your ongoing generosity.

BIRTHRIGHT’S BOTTLES FOR BABIES FUNDRAISER!  All bottles should now be returned to the bins at the doors of the Church.  Thank you for supporting Birthright!

EARLY SUBMISSION DATES FOR THE WEEKLY BULLETIN:  Early submission dates have been set by our bulletin publisher for the holiday season. All submissions that you would like to appear in the bulletin will need to be submitted earlier. These dates seem weeks away but they will be here before we know it. Plan now and submit early.  Bulletin Date November 27, submit by noon November 14: Bulletin Date December 4, submit by noon November 23: Bulletin Date December 11, submit by noon December 1. To view all early submission dates CLICK HERE.

WHAT: Help out the church with this 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, you will want to have that close spot for you or a loved one. Makes a perfect gift!

WHERE: Back parking lot by the brick wall around the HVAC unit, practically right under the portico!

HOW: Please submit your bid amount by 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.  Besides individual bidders, Parish organizations or groups can consider putting in a collective bid for your group.  All bids MUST be in writing.   

NEXT WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 19/20 (& week of November 20)

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.  Deacon Frank will be our Retreat Master.  The Retreat theme is Mary and the Eucharist.  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 14th. There are also sign-up sheets on bulletin boards.

Come join us for the Annual Fall Cleanup.  Please bring a rake, blowers, gloves and your friends.  This is a 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.  We need to clear the ground of leaves, branches and debris.  Light refreshments will be available. Please text or call Michael Pyle at (302) 423 – 9732 or email Mike at mjpyle58@msn.com so we can know how many folks to expect.

COME TO THE BROTHER VINCENT CHUCK WAGON! Saturday, January 14th, 5:30-9:00 pm. Brother Vincent K of C and Columbiettes – Winter Dinner – Show & More! Featuring The Legends of Country Music. Tickets $40. Tickets will be available after Mass next weekend or contact Dennis Skinner at papaskinz@yahoo.com or 302-981-8743. 

BLESSINGS: The blessing of Musicians and Cantors will take place on Sunday, November 20th at the 10:30 am Mass.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD will be offered next Sunday, November 20th, during the 10:30am Mass. (CLoW is offered on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.)  All children ages PreK – 4th grade are welcome to join us. Children will be called to come forward before the First Reading. They will return to you after the General Intercessions. All catechists and assistants have a cleared background check. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Erica Taylor at (302) 653-4101.

Next Sunday, November 20 at the 10:30 am Mass – Trias Family Please arrive 15 minutes before your Mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL –  PARISHIONER SURVEY:  PLEASE RETURN NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 20th  The  Liturgy Committee would like to know your thoughts on what you would prefer to attend as a session for Eucharistic Revival (deepening our formation) near the Feast of St. Polycarp. Please place your survey in one of the boxes at the entrances to the Church no later than Sunday, November 20th. There are extra copies of the survey underneath the return survey boxes at the entrances to the Church or CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT THE SURVEY.

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS: Thanksgiving Day Mass will be celebrated at St. Dennis Church in Galena, MD at 9 am on Thursday, November 24th. All are invited to attend this special Mass. St. Dennis is encouraging those who attend to bring canned goods and boxed cereals to donate. Please place these items in the wicker baskets in front of the St. Joseph statue in the sanctuary before Mass. Mass will not be celebrated at St. Polycarp on Thanksgiving Day, so join us at St. Dennis.


RELICS OF ST. PADRE PIO: On November 29, 2022, between 8:30am and 7:00pm, St. Jude the Apostle Church (152 Tulip Dr., Lewes, DE) invites all to venerate three relics of St. Padre Pio throughout the day:  1. Crusts of the wounds from his stigmata;  2. A lock of his hair; 3. Gauze with his blood stains from the stigmata.
Veneration begins after the 8am daily Mass and concludes with Mass at 6pm. https://saintpolycarp.org/relics-of-st-padre-pio/

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.


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.

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/  November 20 at the 10:30 Mass – Trias, December 4 at the 10:30 Mass – Brink, December 18 at the 10:30 Mass – Bobeck

IS THAT YOU, FR. JIM? If you receive emails or texts from Fr. Jim asking for favors 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 – The Catholic Parish of WaimakaririHave 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!

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 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 the November 12 episode of Catholic Forum, we talk with Andy Cooney of the New York Tenors and sample some of their music. 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.

MARRIAGE MOMENTS: What’s the number one enemy of love? According to relationship coach, Gary Smalley, it’s unresolved anger. Since you can’t guarantee you’ll never feel angry, it’s best to work on the other end – resolving it constructively and lovingly. What works for you?

PARENTING POINTERS: “There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place.” (Luke 21:11) Sometimes scripture sounds like it is being written for our times. It can be scary for kids. One antidote is to let your children see you acting to relieve the suffering of others. Include them when possible.


Dear Lord,
Today we honor our veterans, living and deceased, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect our country.
We pray that you will bless them 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. We pray that you will watch over these special people and bless them with peace and happiness.
For those who bravely gave their lives, grant them eternal rest.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.                                                                                                                                                                                           The Leo House, adapted