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Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp, Smyrna DE
(302) 653-8279
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
(410) 648-5145
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
Email: office@saintpolycarp.org

Religious Education: (302)653-4101
Email: dre@saintpolycarp.org

How do I…? FAQ

MASS CARDS:  How do I get a Mass Card?
It is a beautiful part of our Catholic tradition to have Masses celebrated for the repose of the soul of a departed loved one, or for the health and personal intention of an individual. Having a Mass said is not the only way to pray for the living or deceased.  Below are the different options:

  • Mass Intention ($10)
  • The Sanctuary Lamp may be lit for a week (Sunday through Saturday)    ($10)
  • Bread and Wine Offering for daily Mass  ($10)
  • Purgatorial Society Enrollment is for Mass Intentions once a month, near or on the first Wednesday of the month, for one year. ($25)

Call the Parish Office to schedule. 302-653-8279.


CANDLES: How do I light one of the candles in the back of the church?

We hope that you have noticed the new candle stands in the back of the Church. The aqua votive candles ($3 each) are available to be lit for your intentions.  Place your $3 in the slot and then just press the button in front of that candle that you would like lit. You must press and hold the button until it lights.

The white candles are memorial candles. These candles are available to be lit in memory of someone. The $150 donation includes the candle being lit continuously for a full year with a memorial name plate placed in front of that candle with the person’s name on it. If you are interested in having one of these candles lit, please contact Kathy at the office. (302) 653-8279 or office@saintpolycarp.org


FUNERAL MASS (MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL): Are there any guidelines for arranging a Funeral Mass?

When a parishioner needs to arrange a Funeral Mass for a loved one, it is important for them to call the Funeral Director first.  The Funeral Home will then contact the Parish Office to coordinate the availability of the Clergy and Church. The Parish supports parishioners by consoling, and assisting them in their time of loss.  There are several ministries that offer assistance to the grieving.  Our Parish staff will then assist with guiding the families to these ministries.

The Priest or Deacon is also available to assist the family in planning the services. He will also be able to minister to the specific Pastoral needs of each family.

Our Funeral Committee will also contact the family to provide assistance at this special time in the journey of faith.  They will assist with specific details involved in planning the Liturgy.  They will also co-ordinate these details and assist the family at the Funeral Mass.

Finally, we offer the support of our Bereavement Ministry.  This group is led by a certified Grief Counselor and walks with anyone who wishes to join.  Members benefit from instruction, counseling, and social activities.

RECEIVING COMMUNION IN THE HOSPITAL:   Are you going to be in the hospital? Rehabilitation facility? Long term care facility?
If you are going to be in a hospital or other medical, rehabilitation or long term facility, make sure you let the facility know that you are Catholic so that they can put you on the Catholic list for the local Priests/Deacons/Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to visit you.

HOLY COMMUNION TO THE SICK AND HOMEBOUND: Do you know someone who is sick or homebound and not able to make it to Mass?
We would love to give them the opportunity to receive Holy Communion in their homes. Please contact the office at 302.653.8279.