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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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CABRINI, the movie, will be in Delaware theaters beginning Friday, March 8th for a limited time only. Learn the story of the first Catholic American Saint – Mother Cabrini.  For information regarding the date and time availability  and purchasing tickets, visit https://www.angel.com.  Click on “Watch”.  Then on “Cabrini”.  Type “Delaware” in the search box to view the dates and times available at  the Delaware theaters. You can also click on the following link for the AMC movie theater in Dover  https://www.amctheatres.com/movies/cabrini-74430. For the Cinemark Christiana theater, https://www.cinemark.com/movies/cabrini?showDate=2024-03-08

25th ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE OF THE CATHOLIC MEN’S FELLOWSHIP OF MARYLAND. Men of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington are invited to participate in the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Maryland on Saturday, March 9, at Saint Philip Neri Church in Linthicum (Maryland). Conference activities will include presentations, Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Adoration. Ticket price ($50) includes all programming, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Volunteers can attend for free. Select vendors will also be available throughout the day for the purchase of Catholic religious items and to provide information about programs and resources for Catholic men. For conference details, biographies of the main speakers, and registration, please visit the website Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Maryland – (catholicmensfellowship…). The theme for this year is “Jesus Christ – Yesterday, Today and Forever” (Heb. 13:8). The two main speakers will be: Peter Herbeck, Executive Vice President and Director of Missions for Renewal Ministries and Dr. Edward Sri, founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), where he currently serves as Sr. Vice President of Apostolic Outreach. For additional details, please contact Ed Roberts at edw.roberts.28@gmail.c… or by call 443-858-7504.

SMYRNA-CLAYTON MINISTERIUM’S CROSS WALK: On Good Friday, March 29th, at 2 pm, the Ministerium is sponsoring a “Cross Walk” after their community service. This is a prayer pilgrimage through the town of Smyrna. It will begin at Smyrna Wesleyan Church, located at 433 W Commerce St.  Someone carrying a large cross will lead the group, with stops for prayer and reflection at the Citizens’ Hose Company (for first responders); the town office (for government), JBM School (for students and educators); and the library (for businesses on Main St. and elsewhere). The event will last about an hour and a van is available to transport those who have difficulty walking. All are welcome!

A RACHEL’S VINEYARD CATHOLIC RETREAT will be held the weekend of April 19-21, 2024.  This retreat offers emotional and spiritual healing for anyone who has struggled with the pain of abortion. Whether you are post-abortive or know someone who is, freedom awaits.  Contact Nan Freeman at 302-463-7711 (call or text) or lucyminn929@gmail.com by April 5

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. Registration is open now but the early booking discount ends on January 31, 2024!   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

“THE CHAIR” About four years ago, DeSales Media came to our diocese and interviewed Bishop Malooly at the Cathedral of St. Peter for their series, “The Chair.” The series tells the story of the Catholic Church in America today. It highlights each bishop, his cathedral, and important aspects of the diocesan history. Recently, DeSales Media has made the series available for free on YouTube.  You can access the series here – CLICK HERE   To view the episode about our Diocese  CLICK HERE

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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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