Mass Schedule

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


St. Dennis, Galena MD
Saturday – 5:00 pm
Sunday – 8:00 am

Sunday – 11:00 am (Spanish)
Weekday Mass – 8:30 am, Thursday & Friday
Confessions – Saturdays 3:30 – 4:30 pm


DE Home for the Chronically Ill (DHCI)
Mass for residents – 1st 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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                                                  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.

To watch the Mass on YouTube CLICK HERE

For Ordination/Installation Worship Aid CLICK HERE


SAVE this Date—Sunday, September 12, 2021 for St. Polycarp’s 2nd Annual Steak Dinner and Golf Tournament at Maple Dale Country Club in Dover, DE.  Plated steak dinner at this beautiful country club $35.00 and/or Golf Tournament with lunch, green fee, golf cart, on course beverages, gift bags, prizes and steak dinner $125.00 per golfer or $460.00 team of four.  For more information contact: Larry Borgman (302-389-6018) or Kathy Willes (302-670-7330).
Register online at  or CLICK HERE for the Registration Form.


Masses are live-streamed Tuesday – Friday 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 picture below or visit:

CLICK HERE for Responses and Prayers for The Mass with Spiritual Communion
A Prayer for the Protection in Time of Pandemic – CLICK HERE
You can also view weekend Masses at  or

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

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 session. Our sessions will take place in the Parish Library at 6:30 PM, on Monday evenings 7/26, 8/23 and 8/30. These sessions are for those unbaptized, those baptized in other Christian traditions, or adult Catholics who have not been confirmed. You can change someone’s life… by simply asking!

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
Eucharistic Adoration in St. Ann Chapel:   Tuesdays 9:00 am – 9:00 pm (cancelled until further notice)
Flame of Love:  Thursdays at 6:30 pm in Church beginning June 3, 2021

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.