55 Ransom Lane Smyrna, DE 19977 (302)653-8279
WELCOME to ST. POLYCARP
It is with heavy hearts we share that our former beloved pastor, Msgr. Ralph Martin has gone home to God.
“Fr. Martin” as we knew him then, was appointed administrator of our parish in the summer of 1995 and was appointed pastor in 1996. Msgr. Martin retired from the pastorate in 2002 and became the director of seminarians and newly ordained priests for the diocese, a position he held until 2007. Msgr. Martin spent several years as a resident of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark.
Our Parish was blessed by his life, by his humble, loving, caring nature and by the example of his deep and everlasting love of God. May you rest in peace, Father Martin.
Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Ralph L. Martin was live streamed from St. Catherine of Siena Church (Wilmington) on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The Mass can now be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IiFmymx_Tk
A Memorial Mass for Msgr. Ralph L. Martin will be celebrated at St. Polycarp on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Reservations to attend can be made online at https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/6069 through Sunday, January 24th at 11:00 p.m. You do not have to have an account with Faith Direct or sign up for it when making a reservation. The Memorial Mass will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/c/StPolycarpSmyrnaDE
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.
For information on how to make a reservation, CLICK HERE
LIVE STREAM MASS – ST. POLYCARP – 4pm Saturday afternoons
FOR LIVE STREAM, CLICK ON PICTURE BELOW or visit St. Polycarp Smyrna DE – YouTube CLICK HERE
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.
TO VIEW DAILY 8:30 MORNING MASS (Tuesdays-Fridays) CLICK HERE.
Live stream begins 5 minutes before Mass.
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.
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.
WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS!
Parishioners new to our parish family – please complete the registration below or stop by our office!
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 https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/5644, (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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at (302) 653-8279.
Our eGiving Program is NOW available.
What 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.