Mass Schedule

Daily Mass (Mon to Sat) - 8:30 am

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Sunday - 8:00 am & 10:45 am


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135 Ransom Lane, Smyrna, DE 19977-1617
Office Number: (302) 653-8279

9:30 am - 3:00 pm on Weekdays

Welcome to St. Polycarp


Our Clergy

Rev. James D. Hreha, Pastor
Deacon Mike Boyd, Sr.
Deacon Charles Robinson




December 4, 2016

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – A Holy Day of Obligation – December 8. The Mass schedule for the Holy Day is: Vigil Mass – Wednesday, December 7th at 5:00 p.m.    Holy Day – Thursday, December 8 at 8:30 a.m., Noon and 7:00

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the saving work of God in preserving the Blessed Virgin Mary from the stain of original sin. Because of His foreknowledge that Mary would consent to bear Christ, God kept Mary free from original sin from the moment of her conception in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne.

Readings for the day:

Our Parish Office will be closed for the Holy Day, December 8.

Important PSR information for December 11


December 11, 2016  3rd-sunday

PARISH PENANCE SERVICE (7 priests) – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 AT 7:00 P.M.  Other nearby Penance Services:  St. Joseph, Middletown – 12/11 at 7 p.m.; Holy Cross, Dover  – 12/12 at 7 p.m., Immaculate Conception, Maydel – 12/15 at 7 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Christmas Day: 10:00 a.m.

December 31 (New Year's Eve)  5:00 p.m.
January 1 (New Year's Day)  8:00 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.

Our Mission

We, the family of faith at St. Polycarp, are a welcoming Roman Catholic community, 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 for 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, evangelization, and stewardship.

We Welcome New Members

Members of our parish will be happy to meet with you to answer questions & fill out a registration form. We have a special program for folks interested in becoming Catholic. For further information, please call (302) 653-8279.

We Gather for Prayer

Eucharistic Adoration in St. Ann Chapel, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Tuesday

Sacred Heart Devotions, 9:00 am every 1st Friday of the Month

Divine Mercy Devotions, 3:00 pm Friday from September to May

We Form Adults and the Youth in Faith

Please contact Patricia Freedman, our Director of Religious Education, in our Christian Formation Office at (302) 653-4101 for more information in Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and for information about our religious education for children and youth (PSR – Parish School of Religion).

First Reconciliation Dec 5 2015

First Reconciliation Dec. 5, 2015

We Celebrate Forgiveness

Confessions are every Saturday from 3:30-4:30 pm or by appointment in Fr. Jim’s office. No matter how long you may have been away, you are always welcome back! Please do not hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment at (302) 653-8279.

Reconciliation Room