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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

Religious Education

Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.” ~ Matthew 19:14

Our newly Confirmed!

Religious Education Classes for Grades Pre-school – Grade 9

PSR CALENDAR 2016-2017

 To view photos, click here.

Registration 2017-2018.
Families new to our program should contact our Director of Religious Education as soon as possible.
Patricia Freedman at 302-653-4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org
Families returning to our program need to complete the Re-registration Form. (click on Forms.) Register early.  Tuition increases after May 7.  (This increase in tuition does not pertain to families new to our program.)


Classes and Registration


2016-2017 Sunday Classes P & K, 1-4

2016-2017 Tuesday Classes 5-8


Schedule of Classes

Pre-School & Kindergarten Sundays Time to be determined
Special Needs Sunday or Tuesdays Contact the Director of Religious Education
1st to 4th Grade Sundays 9:00 am – 10:15 am
5th to 8th Grade Tuesdays Grades 5-7   7:00 – 8:15 pm Grade 8        7:00 – 8:30 pm
9th Grade Confirmation Sundays 05:30 pm – 07:00 pm

All students must be registered before attending classes.   Returning Families – see below for Registration Forms.   New families and anyone needing information on religious education, please call Ms. Patricia Freedman, DRE at 302-653-4101 or email dre@saintpolycarp.org 



FIRST EUCHARIST:  First Grade Children – Did you know that in order to be eligible for First Reconciliation  and First Eucharist in Grade 2, your child must have completed 1st grade PSR  or Catholic school in the coming school year?   

CONFIRMATION:  Students typically receive the sacrament of Confirmation in 9th grade.   There are attendance requirements that must be met prior to beginning prep classes which include attendance in religious education classes in previous years.

If you have an older child who has missed receiving the sacraments in these grades or have a student that will be entering grades 7 or 8 and have not been attending religious education, call our DRE, Ms. Freedman at 302-653-4101 or e-mail  http://dre@saintpolycarp.org for more information.

Homeschool parents or those who have children in Catholic school – If you have a child old enough to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation and are interested in information about our Parish School of Religion program, please contact our DRE at  302-653-4101 or e-mail http://dre@saintpolycarp.org

Do you have a Catholic friend, neighbor or family member whose children are not receiving the religious formation that is vital to the lives of preschoolers through 9th grade?  If so, be a Catholic ambassador by inviting them to register their children in our PSR. Sometimes all it takes is a friendly invitation to generate the spark that brings a family back to the Church and parish.

Religious Ed



Patricia Freedman, DRE
Director of Religious Education
(302) 653-4101
Judy Lamborn
Assistant to DRE
(302) 653-4101


Registration PSR -Returning Families 2017-2018 CLICK HERE


Sponsor Form – Statement of Eligibility


Our Program

At St. Polycarp Parish School of Religion (PSR) we serve children in pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. Sacramental preparation is offered for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (2nd grade), and Confirmation (9th grade). Our PSR community recognizes parents as having the primary responsibility for the religious formation of their children. Our catechists (teachers)who are certified through the Diocese of Wilmington, Delawarework collaboratively with parents in teaching children the Catholic faith. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to our mission of teaching children the Catholic faith and the joy of knowing Jesus. In the words of Pope Francis, “Each child is a masterpiece of God’s creation, made in His own image, destined to live forever and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.” We provide a compassionate learning atmosphere of peace as an alternative to violence. We strictly enforce the policies that ensure a safe environment for our children, entitled “For the Sake of God’s Children.” Throughout the year there are many opportunities for community service including serving the poor and providing support for children in mission areas around the world.

Our Core Curriculum

Rooted in the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”

  • Knowledge of the Faith: What We Believecreed and sacred scripture
  • Sacraments and Liturgy: How We Celebratesacraments and liturgy
  • Morality: How We Live—conscience and Christian living
  • Prayer: How We Prayspirituality and growing a personal relationship with Jesus

The Sadlier “We Believe” textbook series is used in our classrooms.      

Family Center

Building Strong Catholic Families

Kids and God: Helpful Tips for Parents If you are more likely to be doing yard work or attending a sporting event on a Sunday morning, than attending Mass, and if most dinners in your home begin without grace, do not worry—you are not alone. But, you are also not alone in your desire for a richer faith life in your family. Not sure how to get started? Commit to these four basic to-dos for the upcoming school year.

  1. Go to Mass each Sunday: As Woody Allen said, “Ninety percent of life is just showing up.” See what God has to say to you at Mass. Just show up.
  2. Pray with your kids before dinner and bed: Whether you pray in your own words or use traditional prayers (Our Father, Hail Mary), your children will begin to understand that prayer is important enough to do it twice a day.
  3. Hang up a cross: If your house has plenty of artwork and kids’ photos up on the walls but is lacking a cross, it sends a message to kids about priorities. Get a cross, crucifix, or picture of Jesus or a saint. There are plenty to choose from online.
  4. Take your kids to religious education: Commit to sending your child for one hour and fifteen minutes to learn about God and our faith each week. Your own spiritual life will grow from what your child(ren) learn and share with you each week.


Click on the links below:

PSR Registration Form for Returning Families 2017-2018

New families need to contact the Director of Religious Education, Patricia Freedman, dresaintpolycarp.org  or 302-653-4101