Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp, Smyrna DE
Saturday – 4:00 pm
Sunday – 10:30 am
Weekday Mass – 8:30 am, Tuesday & Wednesday
Confessions – Saturdays, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm


St. Dennis, Galena MD
Sunday – 8:00 am
Sunday – 11:00 am (Spanish)
Weekday Mass – 8:30 am, Thursday & Friday
Confessions – Sundays, 7:00-7:30 am


DE Home for the Chronically Ill (DHCI) –
Mass for residents – Suspended at this time.

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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                                                      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.

Rev. James D. Hreha, Pastor
Deacon Frank Weber

      In addition to being Pastor at St. Polycarp, Fr. Jim is also Pastor at St. Dennis, Galena, MD.  
Let us pray for Fr. Jim as he continues to shepherd both parishes.

LIVE-STREAMING: (see below)

Masses are live-streamed Tuesday & Wednesday at 8:30 am; Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 10:30am.
Holy Day Masses will also be live streamed.
If you missed the live-stream, Masses can be viewed at a later time by visiting our YouTube Channel.
St. Polycarp Live Stream: Click on the link below:

As you may have noticed, our live stream is not always working. Our live stream continues to be important to many of our parishioners who are homebound or unable to attend Mass for other reasons but still want to view Mass and remain connected to our parish. We are in urgent need of someone to help with the live streaming.  As of now, we do not have anyone with the capabilities to set up and maintain streaming.  We are confident that God has given our parishioners all of the gifts to build up the Kingdom of God here at St. Polycarp.  Let us all pray that someone with those gifts will step forward and offer to help with our live streaming.  Please contact Judy at

CLICK HERE for Responses and Prayers for The Mass with Spiritual Communion
You can also view weekend Masses at  or

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

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
Join us for our upcoming RCIA Inquiry sessions on Monday evening September 13th and 20th.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which individuals become “citizens of the Kingdom” through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. You can make a difference in such a person’s life.

Who is RCIA for?

  1. Persons in need of Baptism.
  2. Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.
  3. Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation.

Are you thinking about or interested in becoming Catholic? Want to learn more about the process? Join us for our upcoming RCIA Inquiry sessions on Monday evening September 13th and 20th. Other sessions will take place on successive Monday evenings, for all you wish to commit to the RCIA process. These sessions take place in the Parish Library at 6:30 PM. For information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653-8279.

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
Flame of Love:  Thursdays at 6:30 pm in Church
Divine Mercy:
Fridays at 3:00 pm in Church

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.
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.
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.