Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp  –
Saturday – 4:00 pm
Sunday – 10:30 am
Weekday Mass – 8:30 am, Tuesday and Wednesday only until the second week in March
Confessions – Saturdays 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm


Sunday – 8:00 am
Sunday – 11:00 am (Spanish)
Weekday Mass – Thursday & Friday 8:30 am
Confessions – Sundays 7:00 am – 7:30 am


Mass – First Tuesday of the Month – 10:30 am


Parish Contact

55 Ransom Lane,
Smyrna, Delaware 19977

Parish Office : (302) 653-8279

Religious Education: (302)653-4101

Welcome to St. Polycarp Church

55 Ransom Lane                 Smyrna, DE 19977               (302)653-8279  

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Masses are being celebrated in our Church with limited capacity seating. For the safety of everyone, reservations are required for the weekend Masses. Six foot social distancing applies at all times. You must wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose at all times. Restrooms are not available.


As a reflection on the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus’s Paschal Mystery, we will be creating a special STONES FAITH GARDEN on our campus. In it we will teach each other how God has worked in our lives during the last year. This community testimony to God’s activity and presence will continue the teaching of the faith passed on throughout the centuries. We hope that each member of our community will participate! Likewise, we trust that each Council, Committee, parish group, and all of our various ministries will join our families in preparing a stone showing their vision of faith inspired by the disease. Make this part of your Lenten journey. Rocks will be collected during the Easter Season.

The stone for the faith garden should be painted with a few words or images to describe how God worked in you throughout the pandemic. This Lenten project is an exciting time for our family of faith. To learn more about our Stones Faith Garden and for help in painting your rock, view our short video.

For information on how to make a reservation for Mass, CLICK HERE

LIVE STREAM MASS  – ST. POLYCARP – 4pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday

Stations of the Cross – Fridays in Lent at 7pm in Church
(Masks must be worn at all times, social distancing observed, reservations not required)

Stations are live streamed on our YouTube Channel

Read Along – Click here


Confessions – Saturdays 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Sundays following 10:30 am Mass on March 7, 14, 21 & 28. RECONCILIATION REFRESHER

Please consider signing up for our online giving program or making a one-time gift through eGiving. Recurring, catch up or one-time gifts can be made. Your gift helps support our parish including our live streaming.  Visit faith. direct/DE831.

CLICK HERE for Responses and Prayers for The Mass with Spiritual Communion

TO VIEW 8:30 MORNING MASS (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) CLICK HERE.
Live stream begins 5 minutes before Mass.

 You can also view weekend Masses at  or

Rev. James D. Hreha, Pastor
Deacon Charles Robinson (Retired)
Deacon Frank Weber

     Rev. James Hreha was appointed pastor of St. Dennis, Galena, MD., effective Sept. 8, 2017.
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 to shepherd both parishes.

A Prayer for the Protection in Time of Pandemic – CLICK HERE

Here at St. Polycarp, out of care and concern for our Parish Family and all others…

Adoration, Flame of Love, Divine Mercy , meetings and events are either being held virtually, through teleconferencing or cancelled until further notice.  Outside events will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the office. Covid protocol will be followed. 

Office Hours – Closed until further notice.  The office staff is continuing to work remotely. Emails are checked daily Monday – Friday. The Parish answering service is handling phone calls. Messages are checked by the Parish Secretary week days. In the event of a Sacramental emergency, please call the parish office (302) 653-8279. The answering service will contact the appropriate person.


Parishioners new to our parish family – please complete the registration below or stop by our office!

REGISTER – click here     

Interested in becoming Catholic?
Contact Deacon Frank at the parish office at (302) 653-8279 or

St. Polycarp Church – 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.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Have you noticed the beautiful ‘Memory’ walkway leading to our outdoor Blessed Mother statue?  There’s no time like the present to add your memorial brick.  Whether you desire to commemorate a loved one, a special occasion, or simply your family name, the choice is yours.  There are two ways to order your bricks.  Beginning November 21st, 2020, you can order through Faith Direct at, (you do not need to sign up for Faith Direct), or return your form with payment to St. Polycarp Church in an envelope labeled “Memorial Brick”.  Please place the completed order form and a check for $80.00, made payable to St. Polycarp Church, in the envelope.  You can place it in the Offertory collection, deliver it to the Parish Office (place in black box), or mail it to the parish office. CLICK HERE FOR ORDER FORM

We hope that you will participate one of our many ministries!  No matter what your talents or interests are, if you have 15 minutes or days, we have something for you!
Check out the many opportunities – CLICK HERE

 God doesn’t expect us to do great things. He expects us to do little things with great love.”
~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

We Gather for Prayer
Eucharistic Adoration in St. Ann Chapel:   Tuesdays 9:00 am – 9:00 pm (cancelled until further notice)
Flame of Love:  Thursdays at 7:00 pm by teleconference

Faith Formation /Religious Education
Please contact our Christian Formation Office at or leave a message at (302) 653-4101 for more information about our religious education for children and youth (PSR – Parish School of Religion).
CLICK HERE  for more information about religious education for children.

Are you an adult interested in becoming Catholic or are in need of Sacraments?
Contact Deacon Frank at or leave a message at (302) 653-8279.

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

Parking in our lots is for Church Masses, services and functions.  Any other parking is at your own risk.