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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 22/23

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

– If the Lord hears the cry of the poor, what is to be your disposition to people in need?

– Do you need to bring your broken heart or crushed spirit to God?
– What attitude do you bring to prayer?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/102322.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.
If you are interested in being involved in this ministry, please email Judy at communications@saintpolycarp.org.

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


THIS WEEKEND, OCTOBER 22/23 (& week of October 23)

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEK: World Mission Sunday & Catholic Campaign for Human Development

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: This Sunday, October 23rd at the 10:30 am Mass – N. Biggs. Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF SOMEONE TO TRAIN ALTAR SERVERS:  We are in need of someone to take over the training of interested students and adults who would like to become Altar Servers. Maybe you were an Altar Server in the past or maybe you would like to share your interest in training these young people and adults. We have interested students. Now we need someone to train them. Please search your soul and consider this great opportunity to serve our Lord in this endeavor! If interested, please contact Kathy MacDonald at (302) 653 – 8976 and leave a message.

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.

NEXT WEEKEND, OCTOBER 29/30 (& week of October 30)

EXTRAORDIANRY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: To coincide with the three-year National Eucharist Revival which began in June of this year, we will be holding a class
Saturday, October 29th at 9:00 am for all people interested in the ministry of Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. (This is a change from the original date.)This class is for Extraordinary Ministers of St. Polycarp who have not returned since pre-covid days, Extraordinary Ministers who have transferred here from another parish and new people who feel a love and desire for the Eucharist and want to be a part of this beautiful ministry. To attend you must contact Cindy Kennedy at kennedy-078@msn.com prior to this event to register and get further information.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS AT SEA PROGRAM – October 1 through October 30: Last year Saint Polycarp Parish was able to donate 50 “ditty” boxes to help the Seaman’s Center of Wilmington bring a little “Merry” into the Christmas of these crew members. This year we hope to donate even more. From October 1 through October 30, there is a collection bin in the hallway. Please consider donating the following NEW/FULL sized items: knit hats and scarves, winter gloves, warm socks, sewing kits, deodorant, hand lotion, soap, shampoo, shaving cream, disposable razors, toothbrush and toothpaste, combs, chapstick, playing cards. Monetary donations are welcome and will be used to purchase additional items to make certain each box is complete. Cash and Checks (payable to “St. Polycarp” should be placed in an envelope marked “Christmas at Sea” and can be put into the collection basket, or the black box located under the portico. We also have the option to accept donations through Faith Direct.  If you have any questions, please contact Tracie Bruno by phone (302)242-4150 or by email Tracie.Bruno@comcast.net

ALL SAINT’S PARADE “TRUNK OR TREAT”: Come out and enjoy our Annual All Saint’s Parade during PSR on October 30 at 9:00am. All children of the parish are welcome to attend. Children must dress as a saint and/or hold an object that represents their saint. Each child should wear a sign or tag saying what saint they are representing. After our Parade of Saints, the children will walk around to collect candy/goodies given out by the different ministries/committees and groups of our parish. If you would like to donate candy or hand out candy with your family, contact us at (302)653-4101 to reserve your spot. Set up begins at 8:30am. This is an exciting way to celebrate All Saints Day!

St. Polycarp – Tuesday, November 1st, 8:30 am and 7 pm
St. Dennis – Monday, October 31st, 5 pm

ALL SOULS’ DAY MASS: There will be a special All Souls’ Day Mass here at St. Polycarp on Wednesday, November 2nd, at 7 pm. Parishioners from both parishes, St. Polycarp and St. Dennis, whether you have lost a loved one or not, are invited to attend. Letters have been sent out to those parishioners who have lost a loved one and had funerals at either parish in the past year. A table will be set up in the center aisle with a white cloth on it. Window boxes filled with sand will be placed on the cloth in the form of a cross. After the homily, the names of those who have died in the past year and had funerals at either parish will be called out. Anyone else present who has lost a loved one at any time, will then be invited to come forward and pick up a candle and light it from the Paschal Candle. Their candles will then be placed in the window boxes containing the sand and stay lit through the end of Mass. Holy cards will then be handed out.  (There is a regular daily morning Mass at 8:30 am on November 2nd.)

RESPECT LIFE: The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 1st, at 6 pm in Room 7.  Please join us!  If you are planning to attend the 7 pm Mass for All Saints Day, think about joining us before Mass to see what we have planned. All people and ideas are most welcome!


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 will be set up inside the Main Entrance of the church with Christmas gift tags the weekend of November 5th and 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.   Contact Fran Walls at (302) 653 – 1450, if you have questions.    Thank You!

2022 ST. POLYCARP CHURCH ORNAMENT FUNDRAISER – 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



CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD will be offered during the 10:30am Mass on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. (The next CLoW is November 6.)  All children ages PreK-4th grade are welcome to join us. CLoW is a worship experience geared especially for their age level. This opportunity allows children to hear Scripture in words they understand and to share their own understanding of God’s Word. 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 @ 653-4101.

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.

BIRTHRIGHT’S ANNUAL BOTTLES FOR BABIES FUNDRAISER: Baby bottles are available at all the entrances to Church during the months of October and November.  We ask you to please take one or two bottles home. Please read the insert, fill it out as neatly as possible (if you chose to do so for a tax credit) then fill the bottle with loose change, cash or a check!  Checks should be made payable to Birthright of Delaware. Proceeds benefit pregnant women and their babies.  On behalf of our mothers, Birthright staff and volunteers, we graciously Thank You!

2022 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEAL UPDATE: WE REACHED OUR GOAL IN PLEDGES!  Please remember the importance of submitting your payments for these pledges so that we also reach our goal in payments received. Thank you for your generosity!

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!

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/  October 23 at the 10:30 am Mass – Biggs, November 5 at the 4pm Mass – Melesio, November 20 at the 10:30 Mass – Trias.

IS THAT YOU, FR. JIM? If you receive emails 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. This applies to texts from Fr. Jim as well. One of our parishioners recently received a similarly worded text from “Fr. Jim” (of course it wasn’t Fr. Jim). Fortunately the person contacted the staff and then blocked the text.

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 October 22nd episode of the Catholic Forum program/podcast, learn about the Saint Mark’s High School Renewing the Vision Campaign.   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:  October 24 is “Take Back Your Time Day.” It’s about work/life balance and marriages can use this as much as workaholics.  Talk with your beloved about how you use your “free” time.  Do something fun together today.

PARENTING POINTERS:  October 24 is United Nations Day.  These days it may feel like our world is more divided politically than united.  Why not challenge your family to learn about one unfamiliar nation.  What do we share in common and how are we different from the people in the nation you chose?

LET US PRAY: The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty program of the  U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ “… to bring good news to the poor…release to captives…sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free.” (Luke  4:18)

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe for Justice
Most merciful mother, you came to tell
us of your compassion through St. Juan
Diego, whom you called the littlest and
dearest of your sons.
Give your strength and protection to all who live
in poverty today, especially the young, elderly, and vulnerable.
Plead for them to the Father, that they might experience the
Divine Love tangibly in their daily lives, and that
all who work for justice on behalf of the poor might
grow in fortitude and humility. In these ways,
manifest your charity and concern in our lives, that
the weeping of humanity may be heard, and all our
suffering, pain, and misfortune may be filled with
divine comfort and healing. May we always know
the peace of being in the cradle of your arms, and
bring us safely home to your Son, Jesus. Amen.