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):
Communion Service – 3rd Tuesday at 10:30 am
Communion Service – 1st Wednesday at 1:15 pm

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  


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.


Thursday, December 7 at 4 pm
Friday, December 8 at 8:30 am and 7 pm


Sunday, December 24th at 4 pm and 9 pm
Monday, December 25th at 10 am.


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

REGISTER – click here     

Masses are live-streamed Tuesday & Wednesday at 8:30 am and Saturday at 4pm.
St. Polycarp Live Stream: Click on the link or picture below:

Our live stream continues to be important to many of our parishioners who are homebound or unable to attend Mass for other serious reasons
but still want to view Mass and remain connected to our parish.

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



Do you know someone who is searching for a Church to call their own? Do you know someone who struggles with questions of life, death, suffering, hope, forgiveness, love… and God? If interested, the parish will hold an Inquiry Session on Monday, August 28th, at 6:30 pm.
For more information, please contact Deacon Frank Weber at or leave a message with the Parish office at (302) 653 – 8279

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for individuals who are unbaptized, baptized in other faith traditions or Catholic adults wishing to receive Confirmation and Holy Eucharist and seeking full membership in the Catholic Church.

United to Christ thru Baptism, we are called to share the gift of our Catholic faith. You can make a difference by simply asking.

To view Bishop Koenig’s new Pastoral Letter “United in Christ”  CLICK HERE

Catholic Diocese of Wilmington – 2023 Faith and Charity Appeal 

“Let not your heart be troubled…I am the way, and the truth and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.”    (John 14:6)
When we follow Jesus and listen to him, he leads us by His light. We are called to shine the Light of Christ and live Jesus’ example; by doing so, he promises us a place with Him.
As followers of Christ, we must act faithfully to reach out to others as Jesus does. We are called to commit ourselves as good stewards of our gifts, and by doing so, we bring Christ’s light with us everywhere! Jesus reminds us to help those on the margins and support the faith journey of those around us.

Thank you to everyone who “Shining the Light of Christ” pledged the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal. If you have not yet participated, please consider doing so today. Your gift makes a real difference in the lives of thousands of individuals and families who reside within our 12-county diocese. Pledge envelopes are available in the pews of the Church and can be placed in the offertory basket. Thank you for your generosity and support. To learn more about the Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal, visit; click “Giving” then “Faith and Charity Catholic Appeal,” or simply scan this QR code with your cellphone.

Message from Fr. Jim CLICK HERE                    Message from Bishop Koenig CLICK HERE


Have you had the opportunity to dive into FORMED? If not, take some time to do so. You won’t be disappointed!!
Visit Type in our Parish zip code (19977) and follow the steps to sign up.
Take advantage of your free subscription to FORMED! Enjoy thousands of hours of quality Catholic content!!!

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: Tuesdays from 9 am to 8:pm & at the end of the 4 pm Vigil Mass before the Second Sunday of the month
Flame of Love:  Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the Chapel (use doors near the office)
Divine Mercy:
Fridays at 3:00 pm in the Chapel (use doors near the office)

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

  Text-to-Give: Text “Enroll” to (302) 202 – 2251 or you can use this QR code.

Thank you for your generosity.


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

Please do not park in front of the dumpsters on weekdays. This prevents the trash/recycling from being picked-up!