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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 
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

Pinnacle
Second Friday of the Month 1:00 pm

Parish Contact

55 Ransom Lane,
Smyrna, Delaware 19977

Office number: (302) 653-8279
Email: office@saintpolycarp.org

Religious Education: (302)653-4101
Email: dre@saintpolycarp.org

Religious Education

Religious Education Classes for Grades Pre-school – Grade 9
Parish School of Religion (PSR)

       

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

All students must be registered before attending classes. New families and anyone needing information on religious education, please contact our
Director of Religious Education, Patricia Freedman, at 302-653-4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org
as soon as possible. Registration form for New Families can be found below under “Forms”.

 Families returning to our program need to complete the Re-registration Form. (click below on “Forms”.) Register early.  Tuition increases after May 7.  (This increase in tuition does not pertain to families new to our program.)

ANNUAL CONSENT AND RELEASE FORMS must be completed for ALL students.  (click below on “Forms”.)

                                                    Schedule of Classes

LEVEL

DAY

TIME

Pre-School & Kindergarten Sundays 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Special Needs TBD 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

2017-2018 Calendar Sunday Classes P & K, 1-4

2017-2018 Calendar Tuesday Classes 5-8

Confirmation Calendar 2017-2018

                                                                                                          SACRAMENTS

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.

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)  work 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

Grades P/K – Grade 5 use the Sadlier “We Believe” textbook series.
Grades 6 -8 use St. Mary’s Press
Grade 9 uses Ascension Press “Chosen” text.

Family Faith Building Tips

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.

Forms

Religious EdCONTACT INFORMATION:

Patricia Freedman, DRE
Director of Religious Education
(302) 653-4101
dre@saintpolycarp.org
Judy Lamborn
Assistant to DRE
(302) 653-4101
assistdre@saintpolycarp.org