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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 23/24

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.  

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/102421.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.

DIGITAL MINISTRY: Thanks to those who stepped forward and attended our meeting this past Thursday. This new ministry will work with IT solutions and digital communications as we move forward. This process will be ongoing and take time. One of the areas in most need of knowledge and capabilities is our live streaming. For now, we will be live streaming the two weekday Masses at 8:30 am and the Saturday at 4pm.  Masses can be viewed live at those times, or later. 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.

FOOD PANTRY – IMPORTANT NOTICE: Temporarily, we have suspended collecting food for the local food pantry. The Smyrna-Clayton Ministerium’s Food Pantry located at Asbury Methodist Church has closed. It will be re-opening sometime at its new location at St. Peter’s Church.  Until it re-opens, we ask that you not leave food in the hallway bins. As soon as it reopens, we will collect once again. You have consistently seen the needs of our community and stepped up to help meet those needs.


PSR REMINDER: Classes will meet in person this week. If you have not done so already, please remember to sign and return all forms. (Acceptable Use of Technology & Annual Consent and Release).

SECOND COLLECTION – WORLD MISSION SUNDAY: This weekend’s second collection is for World Mission Sunday. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers and be generous in this week’s second collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW) begins again this Sunday, October 24 during the 10:30am Mass. All children ages PreK-4th grade are welcome to attend. Masks must be worn. CLOW is a worship experience geared especially for their age level. It mirrors the worship experience of the larger community in an engaging and interactive style. 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. A catechist and assistant will lead the children to the hall. They will return to you after the General Intercessions. All catechists and assistants have a cleared background check. We can use your help! Become involved in this wonderful ministry which will be offered twice a month. If you are interested in helping, please contact our CRE at dre@saintpolycarp.org

ST. JUDE BIKE-A-THON: All donations collected will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!. Come one, come all…everyone is welcome to join us. Our PSR is once again hosting our annual St. Jude Bike-a-thon this Sunday, October 24th at 1pm. Registration begins at 12:30pm. Meet in front of the Blessed Mother Statue.  Helmets are required. Please help our children help the sick children at St. Jude’s Hospital. Donations may also be made online at http://fundraising.st.jude.org/stpolycarp2021  We will also be collecting donations after Masses this weekend. Thank you in advance for your continued support.



VIGIL MASS FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS will be celebrated on Sunday, October 31 at 4pm. Because All Saints’ Day falls on a Monday, the obligation to attend Mass is removed but it remains a Holy Day. All Saints Day has been deemed important enough by the Church to be recognized as “Holy” and remains a great day to attend Mass whether at St. Polycarp, St. Dennis (All Saints’ Day Mass at St. Dennis is on Monday, Nov. 1st at 12 pm) or elsewhere. The question always arises “Can I attend the Sunday, Oct. 31st  4 pm Mass to fulfill the obligation for Sunday’s Mass?”.  It doesn’t work that way. At the 10:30 am Sunday Mass on October 31st we celebrate the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time with the appropriate readings for the day. The 4 pm Mass is for the Solemnity of All Saints and we hear the appropriate readings for All Saints. So, no – the Sunday 4 pm Mass does not fulfill the Sunday obligation to attend Mass.

Come out and enjoy our All Saint’s Parade during PSR on October 31 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 (302)653-4101. This will be an exciting way to celebrate All Saints Day!


ANNUAL CHRISTMAS AT SEA PROGRAM: The last day donations will be accepted is Sunday, October 31st.  This annual program helps the Seamen’s Center of Wilmington deliver the gift of a Ditty Box for Christmas.  The crews of the container vessels and tankers that dock at Wilmington are typically at sea for 9 months, working 12 hour shifts, seven days a week.  This Ditty Box filled with essentials like toothpaste and toothbrushes, razors, soap, candy, hats, gloves and more. St. Polycarp will be accepting donations, cash or check, throughout the month of October, to purchase the needed items.  To donate, please put your cash or check (made payable to St. Polycarp) into an envelope and clearly mark “Christmas at Sea Program” on the front of the envelope.  Place your envelope into the collection basket or the black box located under the portico.  Questions? Contact Tracie at (302) 242 – 4150 or email Tracie.Bruno@comcast.net



CHALICE MINISTRY: We are all aware of the need for vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate, and to the religious life.  Praying for vocations is the most powerful way to support vocations.  The purpose of the Chalice Ministry is to encourage families to pray and promote vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.  The consecrated Chalice is a tangible reminder of this special intention for the Church.  Sign up to bring the Chalice into your home to pray for vocations for a week.  Visit the parish web site or call / text Alice at (302)670–7924 to sign-up.

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.

BIRTHRIGHT OF DELAWARE – BOTTLE FOR BABIES:  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! Bottles need to be returned the beginning of November.

2021 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. These ornaments are sure to become a cherished keepsake and heirloom. LIMITED EDITION – only $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

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, hear excerpts from Bishop Koenig’s Synod 2021-2023 opening Mass homily and excerpts from Bishop John Barres’ homily at the Mass of Christian Burial of Msgr. Joseph Rebman. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.

LET US PRAY: World Mission Sunday

Let us pray:
For an increase in our own missionary spirit, that we may be fervent in our faith and in experiencing the power of God’s love, that we cannot help but proclaim and share what we have seen and heard with the entire world.

For all missionaries who give their lives to tell the glory of the Lord among the nations, that they may be loving, wise and holy witnesses of Christ, our Savior.

Lord, we ask that you protect the missionaries around the world, especially those in Haiti who have been abducted.

Lord, hear our prayer.              (adapted from General Intercessions)