Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp
Saturday – 4:00 pm

Sunday – 10:30 am
Daily Mass – (Mon.-Sat.) – 8:30 am (Month of February 2018, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday at 8:30 am, NO Mass on Monday, Thursday or Friday)
Reconciliation (Confessions) Saturdays – 2:30-3:30 pm 

St. Dennis, Galena MD 
Sunday – 8:00 am
Sunday – 11:00 am (Spanish)(New time)
Weekday Mass – Thursday & Friday 8:30 am
Reconciliation (Confessions) Sundays – 7:00 – 7:30 am

DE Home for the Chronically Ill (DHCI)
First Tuesday of the Month – 10:30 am


Parish Contact

55 Ransom Lane,
Smyrna, Delaware 19977

Office number: (302) 653-8279

Religious Education: (302)653-4101

Welcome to St. Polycarp

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

St. Polycarp – Mass Schedule 
Saturday at 4:00 pm
Sunday at 10:30 am
Confessions 2:30-3:30 pm on Saturdays
Daily Mass* is celebrated Monday – Saturday at 8:30 am. (see important notice, *in red, below)

St. Dennis, Galena MD  Mass – Sunday at 8:00 am & 11:00 am (Spanish); Reconciliation- Sunday 7:00 to 7:30 am

Our Deanery Lenten Reconciliation Service is schedule to be held at
Holy Cross on Monday, March 12, at 7 pm.  Please mark your calendars now. 

*Important Notice: 
Due to the priest shortage, there will not be Mass at St. Polycarp on Monday, Thursday or Friday mornings during the month of February.
Masses are celebrated on Thursday & Friday mornings at surrounding Churches:
~ 8:30 am Mass at St. Dennis Church (Galena) Thursdays and Fridays (no Monday)
~ 6:30 am and 8:00 am Mass at Holy Cross Church (Dover) Monday, Thursday, Friday
~ 8:30 am Mass at St. Joseph (Middletown) Monday, Thursday & Friday

 Rev. James Hreha was appointed pastor of St. Dennis, Galena, MD., effective Sept. 8, 2017.
This appointment is in addition to his ministry as pastor here at St. Polycarp Parish, Smyrna.
Let us pray for Fr. Jim as he continues to shepherd both parishes.

To learn about our Stained Glass Windows CLICK HERE. 

CENSUS – click here       

In most cases, the information we have for your household is the information that was obtained from the registration form you filled out when you first joined our parish.  Information changes, people move, contact information changes, and children become adults.  At times, young adults who have moved away for years, think they are still signed up under their parents’ registration, when they should be signed up as individuals.  St. Polycarp Parish is calling on everyone to be part of this Census.  All households must fill out a new census form.

To complete the census on our website, click above and follow the directions.  Forms are also available at the Church entrances.

We welcome new parishioners!   Parishioners new to our parish family should also complete the Census.


Our eGiving Program is NOW available. 
hat is eGiving?  eGiving is a convenient way to support St. Polycarp by electing to use direct deposit from you bank or credit card to make it easier for you to support our parish.
For more information or to sign up  eGiving CLICK HERE

St. Polycarp Church – 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 census. 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: Tuesdays 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sacred Heart Devotions:  1st Friday of each month 9:00 am
Novena to the Miraculous Medal:  1st Saturday of each month  9:00am
Flame of Love:  Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Divine Mercy Devotions: Fridays (September to May) at 3:00 pm in St. Ann Chapel

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 about our religious education for children and youth (PSR – Parish School of Religion).

Are you an adult interested in becoming Catholic or are in need of Sacraments?  Contact Deacon Mike at or through the parish office, 302-653-8279 or