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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 September 10/11

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

– Why is the repentant sinner regarded with more joy than those who have no need of repentance?  Is God being fair?

– Does this reading about God’s bountiful mercy change any of your ideas about God?
– Are you willing to forgive without even being asked?

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/091122.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, SEPTEMBER 10/11 (& week of September 11)

BLESSINGS: The Blessing of EMT’s and First Responders will take place tomorrow, Saturday, September 10th, at the 4 pm Mass.

PSR ENVELOPE FUNDRAISER KICK-OFF THIS WEEKEND:  This fundraiser is to raise funds to help support the rising costs of running our program and to aide in tuition assistance for our families in need.  How does it work? Check out the display of envelopes at all the Church doors. Each envelope has a different dollar amount on it. Choose which envelope(s) you want to fill. In the envelope you pick, place the amount marked on the front & place it in the collection basket this weekend or next week/end. You may also drop it off or mail it to the parish office. Make checks payable to St. Polycarp Church PSR (In the memo, clearly mark Envelope Fundraiser). The beautiful artwork on the envelopes was done by our PSR students. If you choose to keep the envelope for a keepsake, feel free to place the dollar amount in a different envelope. No amount turned in is too small. If everyone gives a little, it will add up to a lot!!! As always, we thank you for your continuous support & prayers. May God bless. 

THE VOCATION CHALICE MINISTRY: This Sunday, September 11 at 10:30 am Mass – Trias Family, Please arrive 15 minutes before your mass time and pick up materials in the sacristy.

St. Polycarp 3rd Annual Parish Dinner & Golf Tournament
              Good luck to all of our golfers & enjoy the dinner!
Questions? Contact: Dennis Skinner at papadskinz@yahoo.com (302) 981-8743 or Anna Skinner anna.skinz@gmail.com (302) 883-5647 

GRADE 3 CATECHIST NEEDED. IS GOD CALLING YOU? CAN YOU HELP? Parish School of Religion (PSR) Are you able to dedicate some of your time to help us grow and complete our PSR team? We’d love to welcome you to our PSR family! If God is calling you, contact Erica Taylor, CRE at 653-4101 or at dre@saintpolycarp.org.

MATCHING GIFT PROGRAM  – 2022 FAITH AND CHARITY CATHOLIC APPEAL:  Read this weekend’s bulletin for an important announcement concerning matched giving by one of our parishioners!  Please consider a gift to the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal if you have not already done so. Presently we, St. Polycarp Parish, have not met our goal.. Our diocese’s Faith and Charity ministries are essential to caring for our people and building up our church.  

CHANGE THE WORLD: BECOME CATHOLIC! INQUIRY SESSIONS will take place NEXT MONDAY September 12.  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 invite them to our Inquiry Session that will take Monday, September 12, 2022 in the Parish Library at 6:30 pm. Please contact Deacon Frank Weber for more information or to let him know that you will attend a session(s) You can reach him at DeaconFrank@saintpolycarp.org or leave a message with the Parish office at
(302) 653-8279.

STAY INFORMED: View this weekend’s Bulletin to read what is happening in our Social Concerns and Digital Ministries! https://www.jppc.net/onlinebulletins/301template.pdf

Stay tuned for more information. Save the date – October 4, 2022.


NEXT WEEKEND, SEPTEMBER 17/18 (& week of September 18)

BLESSINGS: Installation and Blessing of the Pastoral and Finance Councils will take place next Saturday, September 17th, at the 4:00 pm Mass. The Blessing of Catechists will take place next Sunday, September 18th, at the 10:30 am Mass.

ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC NEXT SUNDAY!   All are welcome. The annual Saint Polycarp Parish Picnic will take place NEXT Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 12:00 Noon on our campus.
The Knights of Columbus will supply hot dogs and hamburgers. Bottled water will also be available.
Please plan on bringing your own side dishes, other beverages and foldingchairs.

The Pastoral Council has secured a bouncy house for the kids and the young-at-heart.  Our fundraising committee will have a dunk tank to test your throwing accuracy.  Try and dunk our council members! This is a great opportunity to socialize with your fellow parishioners.




WEEKDAY MASSES: Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 am.

ANNUAL FORUM:  This years’ annual forum is taking place Sunday, September 25th, in the Mother Drexel Hall, following the 10:30 am Mass. All are invited. The forum is presented by the Pastoral Council and Finance Council. The forum offers parishioners valuable information regarding the different committees of Saint Polycarp, and a brief synopsis of each committee. This will be an open forum where parishioners can voice their ideas, concerns and dreams. Coffee and pastries will be available for all those who attend.

PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY is celebrated on Saturday, September 24th, and Sunday, September 25th.  Please keep all priests (both current and retired), deacons, and all men considering the call of the priesthood in your prayers.

PSR REGISTRATION: We offer religious education classes for children in Pre-K through Grade 9, Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  We also offer Intermediate Sacramental Prep (ISP) for older children who have not yet received sacraments. Students must be registered prior to the beginning of classes. To register visit https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/org/831 For information on how to register or to print a paper form  CLICK HERE

First class for Grades P/K to 4 will be held on Sunday, September 25th at 9 am. Students and at least 1 parent/guardian will meet in the Church. First class for Grades 5 – 8 will be held on Tuesday, September 27th at 7pm in the Church. Students and at least one parent/guardian will meet in the Church. To view the calendar, visit https://saintpolycarp.org/religious-education/

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: Join us along with your furry, fuzzy, scaly, hard shelled, long haired, short haired beloved pets on Sunday, October 2nd at 12:15 pm for the Blessing of Animals as we celebrate and honor St. Francis of Assisi.


GIRL SCOUTS is about so much more than the cookie. This program provides girls with opportunities to learn new skills in art, science, sports, and leadership. Our girls are active in community service projects, striving to make the world a better place. Girls in grades K-12 are welcome to join. Meeting times for our troops that meet at St. Polycarp will be Thursdays, from 6-7, starting in October. For more information, please contact Tracie Bruno at Tracie.Bruno@comcast.net


BROTHER VINCENT COLUMBIETTES are selling Boscov Passes again this year. Profits from these sales help Brother Vincent Columbiettes support our many charitable activities. This event is Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at any Boscov store. YOUR $5.00 SHOPPING PASS BUYS A FULL DAY OF
~ 25% Off Discount Shopping Pass
~ A Chance to Win Fabulous Door Prizes
Contact Beth Bishop at (845) 443-1799 or BishopLBV@aol.com; or ask any Brother Vincent Columbiette.


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!

SHARE THE HARVEST:  The Share The Harvest table is now under the Portico.  This allows our parishioners to share their abundant yield from their gardens with their Church family.  All are welcome to share and receive. Thank you to those who have shared their veggies!

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 process 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/
September 11 at 10:30 am Mass – Trias Family, September 25th at 10:30 am Mass – Ndione Family

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 tomorrow’s episode, Saturday, September 10th, Father Glenn Evers will discuss the findings of the Diocese of Wilmington Synod.   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. 


Heavenly Father,

We pray for Your peace as we remember the terrorism attacks of 9/11. May our suffering from these attacks awaken in us an awareness of the pain and fear that so many around the world live with each day. May we know how to pray for those who struggle against oppression and injustice.