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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

Religious Education


St. Polycarp Parish School of Religion (PSR)
Religious Education Classes for Grades Pre-school – Grade 9

 We offer religious education classes for children in Pre-K through Grade 9, Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  We also offer Intermediate Sacramental Prep (ISP) for older children who have not yet received sacraments.

Mrs. Erica Taylor, Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE)

Judy Lamborn, Assistant to the CRE


 Please register early to help us plan for next year & registering early helps you save money! (See form for tuition rates).

We have a variety of ways to register:

  1. CLICK HERE to download and print the form, complete and return with payment to the office. 
  2. Online – To pay with a credit or debit card or from your bank account, visit https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/org/831
  3. Use this QR code:


No child will be denied religious education because of inability to pay. If for some reason you are unable to pay the tuition or fees, please contact Mrs. Taylor, CRE,
at (302)653-4101 or dre@saintpolycarp.org.This information will be kept confidential.

  Schedule of Classes
September through First Week in May
PK/K to Grade 4 – Sundays 9:00 am to 10:15 am
Grades 5 to 8 – Tuesdays 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Confirmation Class – Sundays 5:30 – 7:00 pm


FIRST EUCHARIST:  First Grade Children – Did you know that in order to be eligible for First Reconciliation  and First Eucharist in Grade 2, your child must have completed 1st grade religious education or Catholic school in the coming school year?

CONFIRMATION:  Students typically receive the sacrament of Confirmation in 9th grade.   There are attendance requirements that must be met prior to beginning prep classes which include attendance in religious education classes in previous years.

If you have an older child who has missed receiving the sacraments in these grades or have a student that will be entering grades 7 or 8 and have not been attending religious education, call our office at (302) 653 – 4101 or e-mail  dre@saintpolycarp.org for more information about our Intermediate Sacramental Program (ISP).

Homeschool parents or those who have children in Catholic school – If you have a child old enough to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation and are interested in information about our Parish School of Religion program, please contact our office at  (302) 653 – 4101 or e-mail dre@saintpolycarp.org

Do you have a Catholic friend, neighbor or family member whose children are not receiving the religious formation that is vital to the lives of preschoolers through 9th grade?  If so, be a Catholic ambassador by inviting them to register their children in our PSR. Sometimes all it takes is a friendly invitation to generate the spark that brings a family back to the Church and parish.

Our Program

At St. Polycarp Parish School of Religion (PSR) we serve children in pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. Sacramental preparation is offered for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (2nd grade), and Confirmation (9th grade). Our PSR community recognizes parents as having the primary responsibility for the religious formation of their children. Our catechists (teachers)  work collaboratively with parents in teaching children the Catholic faith.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to our mission of teaching children the Catholic faith and the joy of knowing Jesus. In the words of Pope Francis, “Each child is a masterpiece of God’s creation, made in His own image, destined to live forever and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.” We provide a compassionate learning atmosphere of peace as an alternative to violence. We strictly enforce the policies that ensure a safe environment for our children, entitled “For the Sake of God’s Children.” Throughout the year there are many opportunities for community service including serving the poor and providing support for children in mission areas around the world.

Our Core Curriculum

Rooted in the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”

  • Knowledge of the Faith: What We Believecreed and sacred scripture
  • Sacraments and Liturgy: How We Celebratesacraments and liturgy
  • Morality: How We Live—conscience and Christian living
  • Prayer: How We Prayspirituality and growing a personal relationship with Jesus

Grades P/K – Grade 5 use the Sadlier “We Believe” textbook series.
Grades 6 -8 use St. Mary’s Press
Grade 9 uses Ascension Press “Chosen” text.

Family Faith Building Tips

Building Strong Catholic Families

Kids and God: Helpful Tips for Parents If you are more likely to be doing yard work or attending a sporting event on a Sunday morning, than attending Mass, and if most dinners in your home begin without grace, do not worry—you are not alone. But, you are also not alone in your desire for a richer faith life in your family. Not sure how to get started? Commit to these four basic to-dos for the upcoming school year.

  1. Go to Mass each Sunday: Just show up. See what God has to say to you at Mass. .
  2. Pray with your kids before dinner and bed: Whether you pray in your own words or use traditional prayers (Our Father, Hail Mary), your children will begin to understand that prayer is important enough to do it twice a day.
  3. Hang up a cross: If your house has plenty of artwork and kids’ photos up on the walls but is lacking a cross, it sends a message to kids about priorities. Get a cross, crucifix, or picture of Jesus or a saint. There are plenty to choose from online.
  4. Take your kids to religious education: Commit to sending your child for one hour and fifteen minutes to learn about God and our faith each week. Your own spiritual life will grow from what your child(ren) learn and share with you each week.