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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 6/7

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Praise the Lord, my soul!  

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/110721.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. Please bear with us as we work through the challenges with our live streaming. 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: New pictures have been posted! Visit: www.saintpolycarp.org/category/photos/. Don’t forget to checkout our Bulletin Overflow for information that doesn’t fit in our weekly Bulletin!  Bulletin Overflow – Saint Polycarp Church


Blessings on the 34th anniversary of your ordination!
November 7, 1987

 Thank you for being our shepherd!  We appreciate your service to our Church!

TOMORROW – The ST. DENNIS CHRISTMAS BAZAAR will be held tomorrow, Saturday, November 6th, from 9 am to 2 pm. in the Church Hall on Main St. in Galena. Crafts and baked goods will be available. Our BROTHER VINCENT COLUMBIETTES will be selling a new and exciting line of Christmas ornaments at the bazaar.

FIRST SATURDAY ROSARY: Join the Columbiettes to pray the Rosary before Mass tomorrow at 3:25pm.

THE GIVING TREE is now set up inside the main entrance of the church. Help a child in need by choosing one of the tags and purchasing the requested gift. Gifts should be returned to the Parish Hall no later than December 5th. .

: Sunday classes will meet in person this week, November 7th.   Tuesday classes, November 9th, will be online.

PSR GRADE 8 STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES will attend Mass together this Sunday, November 7 at 10:30 am.

THE BLESSING OF A SINGLE RELIGIOUS VOCATION will take place Sunday during the 10:30am Mass

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY reemerges this Sunday for the praying for vocations.  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. Call or text Alice Gaston 302-670-7924 to sign up. November 7th at the 10:30 am Mass – The Wilson Family. November 14th – open. Please contact Alice to sign up.

AGAPE: Come join us for Agape following this Sunday’s 10:30am Mass.

: At this week’s Agape (Nov. 7th), Sodality will be having a Fundraiser, selling raffle tickets for Party Lite Candles to benefit Sodality activities. Tickets are $1 each or $3 for 5 tickets. Winners will be chosen at the Agape.

OPEN HOUSE: Have you ever “come to the other side” and strolled through our hallways, classrooms, meeting rooms, and chapel? Here is your opportunity! We are opening our doors this Sunday, November 7th, after Mass, during the Agape. Come check out the upgraded LED lights, new blinds, new classroom saint statues, icons, and flags.  We are excited for you to see where our children learn about and listen to God’s Word, where information discussed at meetings comes to light, and where adults gather to socialize, comfort each other in time of need, and pray together. Hope to see you there!

LAST DAY TO ORDER IS NOVEMBER 7th – ST. POLYCARP CHURCH ORNAMENT FUNDRAISER:  This unique glass Christmas Ornament is 3 1/4” in diameter and comes packaged in its own gift box for safe keeping. This beautiful ornament is also the perfect gift for friends or family that have moved out of the area.  LIMITED EDITION – $12 each ($15 w/Silver Hanger). Order yours now before they are gone! All proceeds benefit Parish School of Religion (PSR). Order forms are available at the doors of the Church, online at https://saintpolycarp.org/2021-st-polycap-christmas-ornament/, or you may order online using a credit card at https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/7693

BIRTHRIGHT OF DELAWARE – BOTTLE FOR BABIES: Now is the time to return the bottles you took home and filled with loose change, cash, or checks.  Place the bottles in the bins at all Church doors.  Thank you for supporting Birthright!


NATIONAL VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK, November 7th – November 13th.  Continue to pray for Vocations to the Priesthood, Consecrated Religious Life, and the Permanent Diaconate.  For more information see www.cdow.org/vocations or email vocations@cdow.orgThank you, Fr. Jim and Deacon Frank, for answering the call to service!  

CHRISTMAS PARADE – HELP NEEDED: Help Parish & Family Life represent St. Polycarp in the Smyrna/Clayton Christmas Parade being held Sunday, December 5th! Planning will be underway we are meeting on Thursday, November 11th  at 6:30 pm in the Library. Bring any ideas you may have to make this a successful event! If you can not attend but would like to get information contact Deanna Lail at dlail14@comcast.net or 302-535-2957

VETERANS’ DAY – NOVEMBER 11TH. Please pray for all of our Veterans!
THE BLESSING OF VETERANS will take place next Sunday, November 14th, during the 10:30am Mass.



Attention All EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: Did you get an email from Cindy Kennedy, Chairperson for EMOHC? Did you get a chance to email a response? Are you just in hiding and hope she wouldn’t find you? On Saturday, November 13th at 8:30 the Liturgy Committee in conjunction with St. Dennis Church is holding a Morning of Reflection here at St. Polycarp Church. We will begin with Mass followed by a Keynote Speaker and then break into small groups according to your ministry. This lovely morning will meet the requirements set by the Diocesan Office for recertification every 2 years and give us all a chance to reflect and rejuvenate. If you have not done so or have not received any emails informing you about this morning, please contact Cindy Kennedy at kennedy-078@msn.com as soon as possible. If you are unable to attend this recertification here at St. Polycarp Church you will need to contact other churches in our diocese to see when they will hold recertification. Please plan to attend! This will be a wonderful morning!

SECOND COLLECTION next weekend is for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.


BISHOP’S 5K:  Join Catholic Charities and Bishop Koenig on Saturday, November 20th, for the Annual Bishop’s 5K run/walk. This year’s event will be held in person and virtual. All proceeds benefit Catholic Charities outreach. Represent our parish (live or virtual) by joining the St. Polycarp Flames team! Sign up at: https://runsignup.com/RaceGroups/35468/Groups/992871 Contact Lisa Titus in the parish office if you have questions.

ANNUAL FALL CLEANUPSaturday, November 27th, 2021, 9am – 1pm. See the Bulletin for details

RESERVED PARKING SPOT: Help out the church with this annual fundraiser and Parish tradition of putting up a parking spot to the highest bidder!  Please .  All bids must be submitted in writing  by December 1st at 3pm. See the bulletin for details.

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! This past week, we celebrated All Saints Day, as we recalled those “living witnesses” who with joy and peace, show us what living the Catholic life can bring. As witnesses to Christ’s love ourselves, we pray to the saints, asking for their intercession for those who are discerning the call to join in full union with the Catholic Church. 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, taking place at the Parish campus on 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.

MEMORIAL BRICKS:  Now is a perfect time to add your Memorial Brick to the walkway of our outdoor Blessed Mother Shrine.  We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to have our Blessed Mother looking down upon a memory of our loved one, a special occasion or just your family name. You can order through Faith Direct at https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/5644, (you do not need to sign up for Faith Direct), or return your form (forms may be found at the Church doors) with payment to St. Polycarp Church in an envelope labeled “Memorial Brick”. You can also CLICK HERE FOR ORDER FORM 

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 receipts months old in!

Thank you to our Bulletin advertisers! We appreciate your support!



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. On tomorrow’s episode, Saturday, November 6th, highlights from several past interviews with Diocese of Wilmington pastor and historian, Father Tom Peterman, who passed away in August. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.  Mark your calendar now:  Saturday, November 27th, tune-in to learn about St. Norbert and the Norbertine Fathers, when Fr. James Herring, O. Praem, Prior of the Immaculate Conception Priory, is the guest. 

LET US PRAY:  A Prayer for Vocations:

Loving and Generous God, it is You who call us by name and ask us to follow You.
Help us to grow in the Love and Service of our Church as we experience it today.
Give us the energy and courage of Your Spirit to shape its future.
Grant us faith-filled leaders who will embrace Christ’s Mission of love and justice.
Bless the Church of Wilmington by raising up dedicated and generous leaders from our families and friends who will serve Your people as, Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Deacons and Lay Ministers.
Inspire us to know You better and open our hearts to hear Your call.
We ask this through our Lord. Amen.