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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 5/6

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

~ Who helped you to be confident in your beliefs?
~ How does your parish nurture people to hold fast to their beliefs?
~ Do you pray for those who spread the Gospel that they may continue to be faithful?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/110622.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/.


Don’t forget – Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday Morning at 2 am!  Clocks go BACK one hour!


THIS WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 5/6 (& week of November 6)

NATIONAL VOCATIONS AWARENESS WEEK, NOVEMBER 6th – 12th National Vocation Awareness Week, is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life through prayer and education. It is also a time to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.

THANK YOU FATHER JIM!   Father Jim will celebrate the 35th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Monday, November 7thCongratulations! Let us remember to thank Father for his 35 years of service to God and for his service to St. Polycarp Church and to St. Dennis Church as well. Let us pray that God will give Father Jim the grace, wisdom, and the endurance to persevere in his service to God and to be the shepherd of two parishes.

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: This Saturday, November 5 at the 4 pm Mass – Melesio Family Please arrive 15 minutes before your Mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

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, will be set up inside the Main Entrance of the Church this weekend, November 5th & 6th.  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!

THE SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 5/6,  is for the Archdiocese for the Military Services.
The Archdiocese for the Military Services provides the same pastoral care and services as any other Catholic diocese, to Catholics serving in the United States Armed Forces, enrolled in U.S. Military Academies, undergoing treatment at any of the 153 Department of Veterans Affairs’ Medical Centers, working in civilian jobs for the federal government beyond U.S. borders, and their families. Please be as generous as your means allow.  Thank you!  Visit www.milarch.org for more information.


CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD will be offered this Sunday, November 6th, 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.


AGAPE – THIS SUNDAY! Join us this Sunday November 6th after the 10:30am Mass as we gather together in the hall for Agape. Let’s give thanks for our many blessings.  Enjoy food, fun, and fellowship.

LAST CHANCE IS NOVEMBER 6TH – ST. POLYCARP CHURCH 2022 ORNAMENT – ORDER BY NOVEMBER 6TH: This unique glass Christmas Ornament is 3 1/4” in diameter and comes packaged in its own gift box for safe keeping. This year’s theme is “Eucharistic Revival” which was commissioned by the U.S.C.C.B. this year. Pictured on the ornament is St. Polycarp’s very own monstrance, altar, and crucifix. This beautiful ornament is also the perfect gift for friends or family that have moved out of the area. These ornaments are sure to become a cherished keepsake and heirloom. LIMITED EDITION – only $15 each ($18 with gold hanger). Order yours now before they are gone! All proceeds benefit Parish School of Religion (PSR). The last day to order is November 6. Order forms are available at the doors of the Church, online at https://forms.ministryforms.net/viewForm.aspx?formId=997e8e1e-67fe-4ece-afa8-58652f4d2d01 
or scan this QR code


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..

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!

We had a great time at our Parade of Saints! Following the parade, Parish Ministries handed out treats to our saints! Thank you to the ministries who participated and for the families who came out to support this fun event! To view  more pictures CLICK HERE

ALTAR SERVERS: Thank you to Fran Walls who has offered to serve our Lord and parish by training our altar servers. Fran is involved in several ministries in our parish and we appreciate her taking on this additional ministry. Special thanks to Nicholas Taylor who will be assisting Fran in this most important ministry. Nicholas is also involved in other parish ministries.

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.  To view the early submission dates CLICK HERE.

VETERANS DAY: This Friday, November 11th, is Veterans’ Day.  Veterans, as well as their families, have made many sacrifices in order to serve and protect the country.  Please remember all Veterans in your thoughts and prayers.  Consider saying “Thank You” to a Veteran for his or her service to our country.


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

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.

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.

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 5 at the 4pm Mass – Melesio, November 20 at the 10:30 Mass – Trias.

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 Nov. 5th episode of the Catholic Forum program/podcast, Christa Klein will discuss the new book of Fr. Leonard Klein sermons. 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: That the dead will rise…for to God all are alive.” (Luke 20: 38) Thinking of your own or your beloved’s death can be scary and depressing – but nobody gets out of this life alive! Take a sacred moment to share with each other your fears and hopes for your own deaths.

PARENTING POINTERS: November is Adoption month. Have you ever considered adopting or becoming a foster parent? This may not be your call but you might still mentor a child who needs a little more attention. Remember, Jesus was a foster child.

LET US PRAY:  A Prayer Before an Election

Lord God, as the election approaches,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country,
and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.

We ask for eyes that are free from blindness
so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters,
one and equal in dignity,
especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.

We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned,
Men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.

We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.

We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love, and keep in the ways of your truth
as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles
and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.