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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 9/10

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fill us with your love, O Lord, we will sing for joy!  

READINGS FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/101021.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: 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    

THIS EVENING – 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.

SECOND COLLECTION this week is for Parish Maintenance. Thank you for your ongoing generosity.

PSR REMINDER: No in-person classes for Grades P/K – 8 this week. Lessons will be posted online.


WEEKDAY MASS: Reminder : 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.

ADULT FAITH FORMATION: Jesus is truly present – in his Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist!!! Did you realize that not all Catholics truly believe that? Perhaps you yourself are not quite sure about this truth. Or, maybe, you receive Holy Communion automatically, without truly thinking about or appreciating this Mystery of The Eucharist. Now is your chance to explore this central reality of our faith. Come share with other members of our faith community on four (4) consecutive Friday evenings, at 7 pm, starting on October 15, in the Parish Library, where we will present the Augustine Institute’s compelling series on “Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist”.  Pre-registration is required to assure you a space. Contact Peggy at 302-514-9913; peggyo52@aol.com.

PUBLIC SQUARE ROSARY CRUSADE –    Saturday, October 16th at St. Polycarp Church. Please join us in praying for our nation next Saturday, October 16th, at noon.  The local Public Square Rosary will take place at St. Polycarp Church. Our nation is in great need of public prayer, repentance and conversion.  We ask God to save America through the Rosary of His Most Holy Mother.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS AT SEA PROGRAM: 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, may be the only Christmas gift these crew members receive. This year 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.  The last day donations will be accepted is Sunday, October 31st.  If you have any questions, please contact Tracie Bruno by phone at (302) 242 – 4150 or by email Tracie.Bruno@comcast.net


THE BLESSING OF MARRIED COUPLES will take place on Saturday, October 16th at the 4pm Mass.

2021 ANNUAL FORUM: Come join us for Saint Polycarp’s 2021 Annual Forum on Sunday, October 17th, at 12 pm in the Hall.  There will be presentations about our accomplishments over the last year and a chance for you to give your ideas of what you would like to see in the future.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Light refreshments will be provided.


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!

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! 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

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, Ms. Colleen  Lindsey, Director of Religious Education and Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Wilmington and Ms. Eileen Gaus, Coordinator of the new Footprints ministry designed to assist families by providing resources after the loss of their unborn child, will discuss this new effort. Listen anytime at cdow.org/CatholicForum or search Catholic Forum on Apple, Spotify or iHeartRadio podcasts.


Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.