Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp
Saturday – 4:00 pm

Sunday – 10:30 am
Daily Mass – (Mon.-Sat.) – 8:30 am
Reconciliation (Confessions) Saturdays – 2:30-3:30 pm 

St. Dennis, Galena MD (New times)
Sunday – 8:00 am
Sunday – 4:00 pm (Spanish)
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

Second Friday of the Month 1:00 pm






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.

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

Rev. James Hreha was appointed pastor of St. Dennis, Galena, MD., effective Sept. 8.
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 his ministry here and as he begins his new ministry at St. Dennis.

To learn about our Stained Glass Windows CLICK HERE. One will be posted weekly.


“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria..And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.”  (Luke 2:1-5)          

Click on picture for Census

Even long ago in a little town called Bethlehem, people had to fill out a census.  For Mary and Joseph this required them to make a journey which would take 8-10 long days.  Fortunately, you won’t have to do that for this census!  You may not even have to leave your home.

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 on the picture above and follow the directions.  Forms are also available at the Church entrances.

St. Polycarp Parish Directory  

Be part of our new Parish Family Directory!  Our goal is to include everyone.  Each family will receive a complimentary 8×10 photograph & directory for participating.  Pictures will be taken here at St. Polycarp. See the insert in this week’s Bulletin for more information.  Additional dates have been added!

This parish directory will be a treasured collection of memories and our history – reflective of this parish community.  This directory will allow all of us to put names with faces enabling us to build a stronger parish community.

Click on picture to schedule your appointment!

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

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