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Mass Schedule

Daily Mass (Mon to Sat) - 8:30 a.m.

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Sunday - 8:00 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. (September - May)
8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. (June - August)


55 Ransom Lane, Smyrna, DE 19977-1617

55 Ransom Lane, Smyrna, DE 19977-1617
Office Number: (302) 653-8279
Email: office@saintpolycarp.org

9:30 am - 3:00 pm on Weekdays

Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality

Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality gives praise & honor to Our Lady by promoting devotions like the Rosary and distributing rosaries to missions around the world. They do many works of charity. Please join us on the first Monday of the month at 11:30 a.m. for the Rosary followed by a brown bag lunch & business meeting.


Columbiettes enjoy the challenge of making a difference! We set an example thru works of charity, devotion & promotion of Catholic values. We brighten the lives the handicapped, the sick, the elderly & the young. We have fun, make friends, & join others in events that bear fruit. You must be a practicing Catholic, 18 or older.  We meet the 3rd Thurs. @ month, at 6:30 pm for the Rosary followed by a meeting in the library.

The Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus were called “the right arm of the Church” by Pope Pius XI. Br. Vincent 3rd Deg. Council meets the 1st & 3rd Thurs. @ month. We raise thousands of dollars for charity, especially the Special Olympics, Kent Industries, & the Benedictine School, Md. We support Fr. Tom & our parish, and men 18 or older, in good standing with the Church are welcome! Our Lady Queen of Peace 4th Deg. Assembly fosters patriotism by providing color corps for special events, donating chalices in memory of deceased Knights, & raising funds for prayer books to military personnel serving overseas & sending wounded vets to Lourdes. We meet the 1st Tues. at 7 pm.

The Laws of Fast & Abstinence

As a sign of reverence for the Holy Eucharist, we take nothing by mouth except medicine or water for one hour before receiving. (We do not chew gum except for medical reasons, like using Aspergum.)

From age 14 until death, we abstain from meat & all foods made with meat (soup, gravy, etc.) on Ash Wednesday, the six Fridays during Lent, and Good Friday. The Church strongly encourages us to abstain from meat or to do some other act of penance on ALL Fridays throughout the year. (This year our bishops have again asked us to pray the Rosary daily and fast & abstain every Friday as a sacrifice for respect for life and true marriage and the defense of religious liberty.

From age 18, we fast on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday (eating only one full meal and 2 smaller servings which together do not equal a full meal). This obligation ends on our 60th birthday, but the Church encourages those of us who are able to continue this penitential practice in honor of our Lord’s Passion. Though not obligatory, fasting from Holy Thursday evening until Easter Sunday is an ancient custom revered by the Church and encouraged for all of us. (Some folks follow an ancient monastic tradition of fasting on Wed. or Fri. every week throughout the year.)

We are not bound by the law if we have a just reason. For example, a diabetic might be unable to follow the rigors of even a limited liturgical fast. Or you might go to dinner on a Friday in Lent where the host has prepared a ham. (You could eat the meal, then abstain or make some other sacrifice on another day.)

Lent ends the evening of Wednesday in Holy Week (April 16 this year), followed by the Sacred Triduum, the Church’s 3-day observance of the Last Supper, Our Lord’s Passion and Death, and His glorious Resurrection.

One sacrifice you might consider is participating in the Knights of Columbus’ program, 40 Cans for Lent. You are urged to set aside one can of food each day, which you can bring to church on Sunday for the needy in our community. Many of you already donate an awful lot of food for the Ecumenical Food Pantry, and we appreciate your generosity!


“Catechumens” have never been baptized and have been accepted for formation to prepare for the Easter sacraments. Our Rite of Acceptance took place in December. As Lent begins, we celebrate the Rite of Sending, to acknowledge those sent to our bishop for the Rite of Enrollment. The names of catechumens are formally entered into a “book of the elect” kept in their parish. (If there is doubt about one’s baptism, he/she has a “conditional” baptism. (We do the ritual “just in case.”) For example, some baptisms are done “in the Name of Jesus Christ.”

The Catholic Church considers valid only baptism done with water “in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” “Candidates” are already baptized and considered “in partial communion” with the Church. Through public profession of faith and reception of Confirmation & Eucharist, they enter into “full communion.” Like catechumens, candidates are recognized by the bishop in the Rite of Enrollment. Please keep our candidates and catechumens in your prayers.