Mass Schedule

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


DE Home for the Chronically Ill (DHCI)
Mass is cancelled until further notice.

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.


June 2, 2021 – The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop Emeritus and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Wilmington, has lifted the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation that went into effect March 13, 2020. The obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses will be reinstated effective June 26, 2021. For more information CLICK HERE.

Reservations for weekend Masses are no longer required. Under guidance by the Diocese and the CDC, vaccinated persons are not required to wear masks. Non-vaccinated persons should continue to wear masks.  Bathrooms will be available.

Deacon Charles Robinson 

lease pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Charles Robinson and for the comfort of his family.
Deacon Charlie went home to God on April 24th, 2021.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated St. Polycarp on June 23, 2021 at 6:30pm.



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

 You can also view weekend Masses at  or


Rev. James D. Hreha, Pastor
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

Office Hours – The Parish Office remains closed until further notice.  Emails are checked daily Monday – Friday. The Parish Secretary is available Friday mornings from 9:30am to 12:00pm (noon) to accept phone calls. The Parish answering service is handling phone calls at all other times. Phone 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

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.

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.
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.