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St. Polycarp Parish
135 Ransom Lane, Smyrna, DE 19977-1617
WE ARE HERE TO SERVE YOU
Office Hours: 9:30 am - 3 pm weekdays
(302) 653-8279
[email protected]
www.saintpolycarp.org
diocesan website: www.cdow.org
BECAUSE WE SEE CHRIST IN YOU
Rev. Thomas A. Flowers (Fr. Tom), Pastor
Patricia Freedman, DRE, 653-4101
Bernadette Baker, Administrative Assistant
and Bookkeeper
Betty Sloven, Secretary, 653-8279
Lori Vien, Daybreak Counseling, 222-0517
Jack Molyneau, Finance Council
Tom Hopper, Facilities Rentals, 653-2314
The Academy at St. Polycarp
(Pre-School)
499 W. South Street
Nancy Koska, Director, 653-1496
WE CELEBRATE THE EUCHARIST
5 pm Saturday, 8 & 10:45 am Sunday
(4 pm Nov. - Feb.) (10 am June - August)
8:30 am weekdays (except Thursday)
10:30 am Tuesday, DE Home for Chronically Ill
WE FORM ADULTS & YOUTH IN FAITH
Christian Formation Office, 653-4101
Judy Lamborn, DRE’s Assistant
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
St. John Bosco Home School Study Group
Alison Seewald, 378-7198
ChristLife includes three 7-Monday programs
Christ Renews His Parish weekends for men & women
WE CELEBRATE FORGIVENESS
Confessions 3:30-4:30 pm Sat. or by appointment in
Fr. Tom’s office. No matter how long you may have
been away, you are always welcome back!
Image of St. Polycarp is from an original oil painting
by Sean Faust which hangs in Mother Drexel Hall
WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
We will be happy to meet with you in our office or register
you over the phone. You must attend Mass weekly for us to
certify you to stand as a godparent for Baptism or a sponsor for
Confirmation. Working adult children living with parents should
receive envelopes. We mail contribution envelopes and have
two collections every Sunday for diocesan & parish ministries.
WE GATHER FOR PRAYER
Eucharistic Adoration in St. Ann Chapel, 9 am – 9 pm Tuesday
Sacred Heart Devotions, 9 am 1st Friday • Cenacle of Our Lady, 1st Friday, 9:30 am.
Divine Mercy Devotions, 3 pm Friday, September-May
BVM Sodality
Knights of Columbus
Br. Vincent Council
Columbian Squires
4th Deg. Assembly
Columbiettes
Phyllis Ortiz
678-1212
Our Parish Mission
We, are a welcoming Roman Catholic family
of faith, a thankful, holy people sent forth
from our celebration of the Eucharist to walk
in faith, live in hope, and act with love for God
and one another. Through our ministry we
embrace the poor, the suffering, and the lost.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are committed
to justice and peace through prayer, Christian
formation the New Evangelization, and
stewardship.
Bud Whitlock 659-6962
Rich DeZao
677-1999
Rich DeZao
677-1999
Mary Lou Bush 883-2705
Holy Cross Elementary
St. Thomas More Prep
674-5784
697-8100
Diocesan Vocation Office
Rev. Dave Kelly
www.CalledByTheLord.com
378-5800
Help With Pregnancy
Post-Abortion Help
698-9311
472-0649
[email protected]
Day Break Counseling Lori Vien
222-0517
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1883
4th Sunday in Ordinal Time
February 1, 2015
Musicians Next Weekend: Linda on
organ (4 pm), Roxanne on harp (8
am), & Richie on guitar (10:45 am).
Music Meeting – Monday, Feb. 2 at
7:30 in the office workspace.
From Our Pastor’s Desk
During his Sept. visit, our Holy Father will
canonize Blessed Junipero Serra. Recently, he
said that he’d like to have celebrated the occasion
in California, where the Franciscan founded so
many missions. This 1st canonization to take
place on U.S. soil will occur in the Basilica of the
Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Fr. Serra joins St. Damien of Molokai as the only
2 saints whose images appear in the U.S. Capitol.
(Each state has several individuals who are
honored with a statue.)
Other American saints are Isaac Jogues,
John de Brebeuf, John de Lalande, & Rene Goupil
(1930), Frances Xavier Cabrini (1946), Elizabeth
Ann Seton (1975), John Neumann (1977), Rose
Philippine Duchesne (1988), Katharine Drexel
(2000), Theodora Guerin (2006), Damian de
Veuster (2009), Marianne Cope (2012), Kateri
Tekakwitha (2012), & Pedro Calungsod (2012).
Unlike the papal Mass on the Benjamin
Franklin Parkway in Philly, which will be open to
all, the Mass of Canonization will probably be
admission by ticket only. When information
becomes available, we’ll be sure to share it with
you. For info about participating in other events
in the World Gathering of Families, check it out
online.
Fr. Tom
Masses & Prayer
Mon., Feb. 2
Presentation of the Lord
8:30 Joseph Orlando
--PSR catechists &
Blessing of candles
assistants
11:30 BVM Sodality Rosary
Tues., Feb. 3
St. Blase, bishop & martyr
8:30 Augustine Cofan
--Rachel Cofan
9 am Eucharistic Adoration (St. Ann Chapel)
10:30 George Dunn
--wife, Terri
Wed., Feb. 4
St. Paul Miki & Companions
8:30 Charlie Williams
--MaryAnne Goodine
Thurs., Feb. 5
8:30 no Mass
Fri., Feb. 6
8:30 Gates of Paradise Purgatorial Society
3 pm Divine Mercy devotions (chapel)
Sat., Feb. 7
2:30 Reconciliation
4 pm Pastor’s Mass for our Parishioners
Sun., Feb. 8
5th Sunday in Ordinal Time
8 am Carole D. Smith -Diane & Mike Dellinger
10:45 Stan Bryk
--BVM Sodality
LITURGY
Bread & Wine for the Eucharist Today are given
for all the dedicated volunteers in our office. Fr.
Tom, Betty, Bernadette, Patricia, & Judy are very
grateful for those who give so generously of their
time & talent in so many ways!
Our Sanctuary Lamp in Church burns for those
who lovingly maintain the California mission
churches, which are such a treasure of American
Catholic history.
Our Sanctuary Lamp in St. Ann Chapel burns for
grandparents raising their grandchildren.
Readings Next Sunday: Job 7:1-4, Psalm 147:16, I Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23, and Mark 1:2939
A New Liturgical Environment Committee will
oversee decorating of our church throughout the
year. Join us in the office tomorrow night, 2/2 at
6:30 pm to talk about Lent & Easter. We
welcome those who have helped in the past, new
parishioners, folks with creative ideas and
anyone who would like to be involved.
Monday’s Feast of the Presentation recalls the
bringing of the Christ Child to the Temple to be
dedicated to God as the firstborn son. Blessing of
candles precedes 8:30 am Mass. (You can bring
your own candles for a blessing.) At 11:30 am,
our Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality invites all parishioners to pray the Rosary. Ladies of our parish
are invited to a brown bag lunch at Noon.
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PARISH & FAMILY LIFE
Tuesday’s Feast of St. Blase traditionally offers the
blessing of throats. While this can be delegated
to a deacon, it is not done by laity. Fr. Tom is
kind enough to offer it after Masses today, even
though he’ll have to do all the blessings himself.
This Week in Our Parish
First Friday Mass is offered for those enrolled in
our Gates of Paradise Purgatorial Society. At the
end of Mass, we pray the Litany of the Sacred
Heart & the Consecration to the Most Sacred
Heart. Our Lord, in revealing His Sacred Heart to
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, promised that those
who participate in this devotion will die “a happy
death,” that is, with the grace of the sacraments
and in the peace of the Church. We strongly
encourage you to set aside the time to participate
in this wonderful tradition.
Today 9 am PSR (gr. 1-4), 10:45 am PSR P/K
and baptisms at Mass, Noon building
survey committee
Weekday Mass Is at 8:30 am on most weekdays
(but usually not on Thursday). Those who no
longer work outside the home are encouraged to
make morning Mass part of your day. It’s a
wonderful way to start the day, to meet some of
your fellow parishioners, to bring your intentions
to the altar, and to open your heart to God’s
many graces
Mon.
8:30 am blessing of candles, 11:30 am
Rosary & Sodality lunch, 12:30 pm
Academy
Tues.
9 am adoration in chapel, 10:30 am
DHCI Mass, 12:30 pm Academy, 6:30
pm R.C.I.A., 7 pm PSR (Gr. 5-8), 7:30
pm K of C 4th Deg. Assembly
Wed.
8:30 am Academy, 9 am St. Vincent de
Paul, 12:30 pm Academy, 6:30 pm
Radiance of Joy & Portugal trip meeting
Thurs. 8:30 am & 12:30 pm Academy, 5 pm
counseling, 7:30 pm K of C 3rd Deg.
Fri.
8:30 am Academy, 9 am Sacred Heart
devotions, 9:15 am Altar Guild I, 9:30
am Columbiettes breakfast, 12:30 pm
Academy 3 pm Divine Mercy
Sat.
5 pm Cabin Fever dinner
Sun.
sign ups for 40 Days for Life, 9 am PSR
(gr. 1-4) & 2nd Gr. parent meeting,
10:45 am baptism, gr. 3 & 4 at Mass and
PSR P/K, 6 pm Confirmation
Let’s Pray for the Sick
Week I Rev. John Riley, Alice Hohman
Week II Deborah Oset, Karen McKenna, Gerald
Wong, Margaret Walters, Dave Brown
Week III Diane Harman
Week IV Bobby Bullins, Anthony Lennon, Lewis
Blood
Week V Shannon Leone, Iolanda Zikowitz, Sam
Everage, Diane Bethard
Week VI a special intention
Let’s Pray for Our Deceased
Deacon Jack Campbell (Sun.), Fr. James McKenna
(Mon.), Fr. Joseph Delikat (Tues.), Frs. Charles
Endres & Francis Fitzpatrick (Wed.), & Fr. Eugene
Kraemer (Fri.)
Feb. 4 Trip to Portugal Meeting Representative
from Collette Tours will discuss the itinerary and
questions you may have. We’ll meet at 6:30 in
the Cardinal O’Connor Library.
OFFICE
VOLUNTEERS
NEEDED
Please call the
office if you would be
willing to volunteer one
morning or afternoon a
week. Your responsibilities
would be to answer the
phone and door and some light clerical work
when needed. Our number is 302-653-8279.
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SOCIAL CONCERNS
Our Community Food Pantry needs nonperishable food to distribute to the needy in our
community. This week they are requesting,
canned soup, canned meat, beef stew, spaghetti &
tomato sauce. Our assistance is often the only
thing keeping a family from going over the edge.
We are immensely grateful for your kind
generosity in donating items in the basket under
the coat rack in the hallway each weekend.
Thanks to Margie Fox for hauling the food over
to Asbury UM Church on Mt. Vernon St. And
thank you to parishioners Patti Tigani & Brenda
Russillo for heading the volunteers & managing
the food pantry at Asbury.
A Letter From Smyrna School District early last
month expressed “gratitude for all you have done
for the children and families” of the district,
noting that “Your compassion for your fellow
man brings relief to those in need.” Parishioners
Pam Denney-Griffiths & Tracy Zlock from the
Special Services Office reminded us of the
community core values (compassion, integrity,
perseverance, respect and responsibility) which
the District seeks to foster in our young people.
This year’s value is integrity, which teaches
students “a steady and faithful observance of a
code of moral values” which includes “honesty in
word and deed and a sense of right and wrong.”
STEWARDSHIP
3rd Sun. in Ordinal Time $ 4,660
Catholic University $ 647
SVDP Donations $ 697
There Was No Winner of
the 50/50 on Jan. 25
(#1174). Today’s jackpot
is $111.00
A New Community Garden Committee is being
formed to grow fresh fruits & veggies on a plot of
land next to the cemetery on Glenwood Ave. A
student earning a Master’s Degree in Nursing at
Wesley College has undertaken the project and is
seeking volunteers to become board members
and to help with planning, construction, maintenance, and present & future needs. Come to a
meeting at Asbury Methodist at 7 pm on Feb. 12.
[email protected]
CHRISTIAN FORMATION
Bring It Home…
This week’s readings include a reference to an
unclean spirit. As we think about preparing our
hearts & minds for Lent, consider how we can
make ourselves clean. Take the Scriptures and
Bring It Home this week by gathering at the
kitchen sink. Wash one another’s hands before a
meal and pray together that all might be cleansed
of any unhelpful attitudes that cause us to be
separate from the Lord.
Next Weekend’s 2nd Collection
supports the Youth Ministry
here at St. Polycarp. We are so
blessed to have a wonderful
group of teens in our parish
and adults who enjoy working with them to
foster their growth in our holy faith. The money
you donate will be used wisely to offer programs
& activities that help our young to grow in their
knowledge and love of God and of His holy
Church. Thank you for your generosity.
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick
Warren… All are welcome to join
our parish secretary, Betty Sloven,
this Lent, by reading & discussing
this bestseller. The book contains
40 chapters and is meant to be
read one chapter a day for 40 days.
Meet each morning, Monday thru
Friday, from 9 until 9:30 am to
discuss your reading. Call the office for more
info, 653-8279. (We have to end on time
because Betty needs to get to work.)
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HAPPENING ELSEWHERE
Feb. 8 Catholic Forum of the Air 10:05 am,
1150AM WDEL & www.wdel.com. Hear Diane
Householder, Community fo Mary, 23rd order of
Discalced Carmelites, Kate Meire, Minister of St.
Clair Secular Franciscan Fraternity will discuss
3rd Order communities.
Jan. 31 Art Auction at St. E Center in Wilmington, directly behind St. Elizabeth Church. Preview at 5 pm, auction opens at 6. $25 or $40 per
couple from Kathleen Houghton, 225-8675 or
[email protected] Complimentary wine &
cheese, door prizes. Marlin Art. Sponsored by
SEHS Alumni Assn.
Feb. 28 S.A.C.R.E.D. Salesianum Adult Christian
Religious Education Day at Salesianum H.S. in
Wilmington. Enter into the spirit of Lent with a
day of Salesian Spirituality. Includes coffee, tea,
light breakfast of yogurt, fruit, & pastries, and
chicken parmesan for lunch, with bread, salad,
dessert, lemonade, iced tea, coffee & tea. $35 before Jan. 31, $40 beginning Feb. 1. 2 contact hrs
for elementary catechists for am session, 3 hrs for
pm session. No paper requirement for these hrs,
which will also be offered in Spanish. Sign-in &
breakfast from 8 to 9, with Mass at 4 pm.
sacred.selesianum.org.
Feb. 2 World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life
will be led by Bishop Malooly at St. Joseph on the
Brandywine, at 6:30 pm. For info, call 5733124.
Feb. 13-15 Marriage Encounter Weekend 2209833 Non-refundable application fee of $75
confirms food & lodging. A donation is asked at
the end of the weekend. wwme-delma.org
Feb. 14 Victorine’s Valentine’s Day at Hagley
Museum. A treat for you & your daughter or
even the whole family. Create a Valentine card,
nibble on gingerbread hearts, sip hot chocolate,
decorate a candy bar, and design a bouquet of
tissue paper flowers. Special exhibit features
antique valentines & candy packaging.
FREE
event! 12:30-4 pm. 658-2400 ww.hagley.org.
Feb. 21 Solidarity Meeting with Guatemalans
Folks from our sister Diocese of San Marcos will
gather in the lobby of Sts. Peter & Paul in Easton
for story-telling and faith sharing. Members of
our diocese will speak about their visits to San
Marcos. Contact Br. Chris Posch, 655-0518 or
[email protected]
Don’t wait until you smell the aroma of Chicken
Pot Pies in the oven when you are at Mass next
weekend, before buying your tickets to the Parish
Cabin Fever Dinner -- because their might not
be any left!!! Please join us in the hall Saturday,
February 7th from 5 until 7 pm for a scrumptious,
homemade chicken pot pie dinner with a green
salad & dessert. Cost is $10 per person, $7 for 12
to 4 year olds & under 4 eat for free. Join us for
fellowship & good food! Please come out and
support out church! Tickets are available at our
office, Monday thru Friday, 9 – 3 pm. Call 6538279 for inquires.
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