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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 October 2/3

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.  

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/100321.cfm

LIVE-STREAMING: Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE for live stream. Masses may also be viewed at a later time. As you may have noticed, our live streaming is not always working. We apologize for this inconvenience.
LIVE STREAMING HELP NEEDED: As you may have noticed, our live stream is not always working. Our live stream continues to be important to many of our parishioners who are homebound or unable to attend Mass for other reasons but want to view Mass and remain connected to our parish. We are in urgent need of someone to help with the live streaming. As of now, we do not have anyone with the capabilities to set up and maintain streaming. We are confident that God has given our parishioners all of the gifts to build up His Kingdom here at St. Polycarp. Let us all pray that someone with those gifts will step forward and offer to help with our live streaming. Please contact Judy at communications@saintpolycarp.org

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

CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDERS: We are having some issues with families not receiving our emails. Please check your spam/junk folder. 


ROSARY: Please plan to join the Sodality in praying the rosary tomorrow, Saturday, October 2nd at 3:25 pm, before the start of the 4pm Mass.

PSR in person class this Sunday for Grades P/K – 4, 9:00 am – 10:15 am. In person classes for Grades 5-8, Tuesday, 7pm – 8:15 pm. ARRIVAL: Remember to use the double doors off the side  driveway to drop off  your child. (When brining your child to class, you may park your car in one of the lots and walk your child into the building if you would like to do that.) DISMISSAL: Parents of children in P/K – 4 must enter the building to pick-up their child at the end of class.  Tuesday parents should enter the parking lot closest to South Street and wait in their cars for their child to be dismissed. Check your handbook for details.  Parking in the driveway/fire lane is prohibited.
Masks and hand sanitizing is required. It is important to complete and return any forms that were attached to your handbook.

THE ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, will take place this Sunday, October 3rd, at 12:15 pm.
Meet outside across from the front of the Church on the front lawn.

BOSCOV’S DISCOUNT TICKET SALE-OCTOBER 2nd AND 3rd: The Brother Vincent Columbiettes will be offering Boscov’s Discount Tickets for a donation after the 4 pm Mass and the 10:30 am Mass this weekend.

AGAPE:   SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd    Please come join your fellow parishioners this Sunday, October 3rd following the 10:30 am Mass for fellowship and light lunch in the Mother Drexel Hall. Our Agape will be hosted by the PSR.  Hope to see you there!


BIRTHRIGHT OF DELAWARE – BOTTLE FOR BABIES: Throughout the whole month of October, “Respect Life Month”, Birthright of Delaware will host its Annual Bottles for Babies Fundraiser.  Please take a bottle home today, fill it with loose change, cash, or checks and return it to the parish at the beginning of November.  Please do not write or place stickers on the bottles. Birthright reuses the bottles year after year.  The proceeds from this fundraiser benefit pregnant women and their babies.  Thank you for supporting Birthright!

2021 ST. POLYCARP CHURCH ORNAMENT FUNDRAISER has begun! Please check the insert/order form in this week’s Bulletin. 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. These ornaments are sure to become a cherished keepsake and heirloom. LIMITED EDITION – only $12 each ($15 w/Silver Hanger).All proceeds benefit Parish School of Religion (PSR). You may order online using a credit card at https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/7693


WEEKDAY MASS: There will be 8:30 am Mass on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

The RCIA is the process by which such individuals become full members of the Catholic Church. We are called to share the “Good News” and you can make a difference by simply asking! If you are aware of someone who is looking for a spiritual and emotional change in their life, “personally invite” them to our RCIA sessions, taking place at the Parish campus on Monday evenings at 6:30 PM. Again, these sessions are for those unbaptized, baptized in other Christian or faith traditions or adult Catholics who are interested in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. For information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.

DIVINE MERCY: Beginning Friday, October 8th, we will once again gather to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet every Friday at 3:00 pm in the Church.   All are invited to join us. Questions? Contact Janet at (302) 399–9066 or janethovis7@gmail.com


THE BLESSING OF THE PARISH PROFESSIONAL STAFF will take place on Saturday, October 9th at the 4pm Mass.



WE ARE HAVING A TECH PARTY!!We need your help to grow our important new Digital Ministry. Bring your knowledge (and devices!)
WHEN:  Thursday, October 21st, at 6:30 pm in the Library. RSVP to Judy (communications@saintpolycarp.org) or Lisa (lisa.titus@saintpolycarp.org) if you are willing to lend your expertise in any of the following areas: *Computer hardware/software/networks/Wifi, *Audio/Video/Projector equipment/Phone systems, *Social media/Website/YouTube/Live Streaming
We look forward to working with you to embrace technology in the Church and spread the Good News in the digital world!

MEMORIAL BRICKS: Before you know it, the leaves will begin falling the kaleidoscope of colors will be here, and then, in no time at all,  Winter will arrive.  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, hear portions of Bishop William Koenig’s homily, recorded at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on September 25, 2021, during the Diocese of Wilmington’s Marian Pilgrimage. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.