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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

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PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE: Delaware is closer than ever to legalizing assisted suicide! It is an affront to our Catholic faith that calls for respect for life from conception to natural death! Advocates for those with disabilities oppose physician assisted suicide.  The most vulnerable Delawareans need protection from dangerous House Bill 140. It would fundamentally change Delaware’s legal approach to medical ethics, medical practice, and health care decision-making. The Psychiatric Society of Delaware, the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians oppose involving practitioners of the healing arts in the intentional ending of a person’s life by medically assisted suicide. Physician assisted suicide legalizes and normalizes the taking of a human life. There are enough tragic suicides in our community already. What message are we giving our young people when the state sanctions suicide? We need to help and support the physically and mentally ill in our community, not assist them in taking their own lives. We ask all Delaware Catholics  to contact their  Delaware State Senator to not support HB 140. For more information, and to send an email to your Senator, visit cdow.org/StopAssistedSuicide.

RETREAT FOR CATHOLICS AFFECTED BY DIVORCE AND SEPARATION: Saturday, June 15, 2024, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Join the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith for a half-day retreat specifically geared for Catholics who have been wounded by divorce and/or separation in need of hope and healing. The day will feature talks, time for reflection, Confessions, prayer time, and the anticipated Mass for Sunday at 4 p.m. A delicious lunch and snacks are included in the price of the retreat.
Place: The Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Road, Paoli, PA 19031   Speakers: Anne DeSantis, Executive Director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation and a Norbertine priest who will speak on healing after crisis.  Cost: $60 (includes lunch). Registration: Go to this link to register: nonnatus.org/divorce-r or send a $60 check to: St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation, P.O. Box 951, Skippack, PA 19474-0951

SWING FOR LITTLE SISTERS 17th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENTJune 20, 2024 Deerfield Country Club, Newark, DE. All proceeds benefit the Jeanne Jugan Residence. Registration and details http://www.littlesistersofthe poordelaware.org/17th-annual-swing-fore-little-sisters-golf-outing

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESSIn June 2022, the Church in the United States began a three-year Eucharistic Revival. The overall goal of the Eucharistic Revival is to increase awareness, understanding, and devotion to our Lord’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament and to lead our Diocese into an even greater participation in Eucharistic worship. Bishop Koenig invites you to the National Eucharistic Congress, which will take place on July 17-21, 2024, in Indianapolis, IN.   The Diocese of Wilmington has reserved a limited number of registration tickets. Any interested pastors, priests, or parishioners should email dpin@cdow.org for more information. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get involved with the Eucharistic Revival and see how it can impact your faith.  You can find more information on the Diocesan website https://www.cdow.org/eucharisticrevival/

RETROUVAILLE:  REDISCOVER THE LOVE IN YOUR MARRIAGE: The Retrouvaille Program is for married couples facing challenges in their relationship.
* A marriage program that helps couples restore their marriage and rebuild a loving relationship.
* A Christian marriage program, Catholic in origin, where couples of all faiths or no faith background are encouraged to attend.
* Primarily a practical program to improve communication, build stronger marriages, and help couples reconnect.
* Presenters are not trained marriage counselors, but rather couples sharing their personal stories of marital struggles and the tools they used to rediscover their love.
Tens of thousands of couples have healed their marriages through Retrouvaille (pronounced Retro-vy). If you know anyone who could benefit from this program, please pass this on. Couples learn to build communication skills and to increase intimacy. It provides help for marriage problems, difficulties or crises. Upcoming programs will be held August 9 -11 and again October 4-6, 2024 at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA. For more information, or to register, visit www.HelpOurMarriage.org or call 215-766-3944 or 800-470-2230.  All inquiries are strictly confidential.

SAVE THE DATE: DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS – OCTOBER 5, 2024 – Join us for the Diocese of Wilmington’s Eucharistic Congress to be held on Saturday, October 5th, at the Ocean City MD Convention Center. This year’s theme, “The Eucharist: The Source and Summit,” invites us to deepen our understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist in our lives. The day will feature a keynote address by Bishop Richard Henning of the Diocese of Providence and will include faith-based vendors, a ministry fair, and breakout sessions tailored to various interests and age groups. There will also be opportunities for Adoration and Reconciliation. Mark your calendars for this spiritually enriching event! More details will follow. We look forward to seeing you there!


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SMYRNA-CLAYTON MINISTERIUM FOOD PANTRY is located downstairs at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 22 N. Union St., Smyrna. The pantry is open from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, Monday through Friday. Here at St. Polycarp, we have containers for your food donations in the hallway outside of the Mother Drexel Hall. We collect food all year round. Please no expired food. The pantry is in great need of cereal, juice boxes or pouches, peanut butter and jelly, hamburger helper, tuna helper, canned tuna, canned meat, sloppy joe sauce (Manwich), boxed spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, vegetable beef and chicken noodle soups, macaroni and cheese, and Chef Boyardee canned pastas. Please NO CANNED vegetables or beans are currently needed.

Have you noticed the beautiful ‘Memory’ walkway leading to our outdoor Blessed Mother statue?  There’s not time like the present to add your memory 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.  To order through Faith Direct: CLICK HERE  (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 $100.00, 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 St Polycarp Church
Parish Office, 55 Ransom Lane, Smyrna, DE   19977-1617. Forms can be found on our parish website or at the entrances into the church.


REDNER’S 1% SAVE-A-TAPE FUNDRAISER  Hang onto those receipts until we are all together again!
Turn your food shopping into cash for our parish.  If you are a Redner’s shopper, we would welcome your participation.  It is so easy!  Simply be sure to obtain and scan your Redner’s Rewards Card each time you shop.  (Remember to shop only out of necessity.) Save your whole receipt. Bring your receipts to the Parish Office or just put them into the collection basket.  There is no expiration date — even receipts months old can be turned in!  Your receipts will generate cash for us.  What a hands-down and effortless way to help St. Polycarp Church.  

Please do not park in front of the dumpsters on Monday through Friday.  This prevents the Waste Management Collection and the Recycling Collection from being picked up.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Don’t forget to arrive earlier for Mass so that you won’t miss the announcements!  

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