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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 (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
Email: office@saintpolycarp.org

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

Stained Glass Windows

         How many times have you looked at the stained glass windows  and wondered what the symbols in these windows mean?

What can we find in these windows? Through these windows we find the basics of our Catholic faith – the articles of Catholic faith.  This list of twelve articles mirrors the Apostles’ Creed, a prayer that sets our Catholic tenets. We will add one window each week.

 Article 1 / Window One:  

“I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth” is the first affirmation of the Apostle’s Creed and the most fundamental item.  This article speaks of man and the world in relation to God.


Hand Of God – God reveals His name by handing it down to become more accessible, intimate, and personnel.

Sun & Sky/Green Land & Blue Sea – God created the heavens (Sun & Sky) and the earth (Green Land & Blue Sea).  The creation is the culmination of “all God’s saving plans” and the “beginning of the history of salvation” that culminates in Christ (#280 – Catechism of the Catholic Church). “The earth” is the world of men, while “the heavens” represents eschatological glory (the Father in heaven and the saints and angels that surround God).

Trinity/Triangle – The faith of all Christians rests on the Trinity. God revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.






Article 2 / Window Two:

“And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord”.  Jesus in Hebrew means “God saves”.  Christ comes from the Greek translation of the Hebrew “Messiah” which means “anointed”.  Lord indicates divine sovereignty. Jesus was sent to save all mankind from their sins.


Chi Rho – are the first two Greek letters for Christ.

Alpha and Omega – There is no limit to time with Christ.

Circle – There is no end in a circle, just as there is no limit to what Christ can do.

Safe in our Ship – If we believe in Jesus Christ and obey His commands, we will be safe or saved from our sins.






Article 3 / Window 3: “He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary.”  The Annunciation of Mary begins the fullness of time…the fulfillment of God’s promises and preparations.


The Spirit as a Dove – This is one of the images of the Holy Spirit.

Rays of Conception – The Annunciation of Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit will come upon you.

MR and Crown – This represents Mary as the Mother of God.

Cradle or Creche – This represents the birth of Jesus Christ in a stable.

Cup–  This represents His coming to us in the Holy Eucharist as His Body and Blood.







Article 4 / Window 4: “Jesus Christ suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.” God’s saving plan was accomplished “once for all” through the death of his Son, Jesus Christ.


Cross“Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (#619- Catechism of the Catholic Church).

CircleJesus came full circle from His birth, through His life and then His death.

FlamesThe flames represent the dead Christ’s descent into hell.