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Mass Schedule

Saturday – 4:00 pm
Sunday – 10:30 am
Weekday Mass  (Monday – Friday) – 8:30 am. Please see our calendar for the most recent schedule.
Reconciliation (Confessions) 

Sunday – 8:00 am
Sunday – 11:00 am (Spanish)
Weekday Mass – Thursday & Friday 8:30 am
Reconciliation (Confessions) 

Mass – First Tuesday of the Month – 10:30 am


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

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

Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me
 and do not hinder them;
for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.”
Matthew 19:14

March 27, 2020  3:10 pm

A Message from the CRE:

Good Afternoon PSR Families,

Things are changing all around us, aren’t they? It’s a bit overwhelming to say the least. I hope and pray that all of you are doing well and are
adjusting to your “new norm” (for the time being). I really miss seeing your
child’s face at PSR, I miss saying “Hello, how are you?” on Sunday mornings,
and I miss waving to you out in the parking lots on Tuesday evenings. Our
classrooms are quiet and our church is empty. It’s an unsettling feeling. We
here at St. Polycarp are doing all we can to stay on top of the many changes
and are keeping you up to date with information as soon as we get it.

Even though our PSR school year came to an abrupt halt, your child’s
catechist will continue putting together weekly lesson plans for you and
your child to work on together. More now than ever, we need to keep God,
Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in our lives. All work that is completed can be
turned in at a later date. I am closely watching for updates from the
Diocese of Wilmington as to how all of this will be handled and what steps
we will need to take once the coronavirus crisis is under control.
I strongly suggest that your child completes this weekly work.

It saddens me to say that, because the public schools have been ordered to
remain closed through May 15 and our last class was scheduled for May 3, our
PSR doors will remain locked for the remainder of the school year. I NEVER
would have thought that my first year as your CRE would go like this. If I
could change things, I would. I know we ALL would too. We will take one day at a time,
we will keep our faith strong, and we will come out of this stronger than we were before.

I have emailed lesson plans to parents of students in Grades P/K-8. If you do not have access to a computer or did not receive the email, please contact me by calling the office (302)653-4101 or sending me an email at dre@saintpolycarp.org. We are
going to do our best with what we have. So much more is completed in the
actual classroom for sure. Please use this time to talk about our faith with
your child and let them know God is with us during this uncertain time. Say
prayers daily together as a family and be sure to watch Sunday Mass online
at https://www.cdow.org/ Watching Mass at home will be a different
experience, but it will bring you comfort and peace knowing that you can
still receive Jesus spiritually.

Take care of each other. Call your loved ones on the phone. Texting is not
good enough…they want to hear from you since they can’t see you and hug
you. I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Until we see each other again, let your child know that Mrs. Taylor misses
them dearly. May God Bless.

Prayers & Blessings,

Erica Taylor
Coordinator of Religious Education

To Read the CRE’s message and the Pastor’s Pen in this weekend’s Bulletin CLICK HERE

March 22/23   Thoughts from the CRE – Coronavirus – CLICK HERE

Annual Consent & Release
ANNUAL CONSENT AND RELEASE FORMS must be completed for ALL students. 


                                                    Schedule of Classes





Pre-School & Kindergarten Sundays 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Special Needs TBD Contact the Christian Formation Office
1st to 4th Grade Sundays 9:00 am – 10:15 am
5th to 8th Grade Tuesdays Grades 5-7   7:00 – 8:15pm Grade 8       7:00 – 8:15 pm
9th Grade Confirmation Sundays 5:30 pm – 07:00 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  assistdre@saintpolycarp.org for more information.

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 assistdre@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: As Woody Allen said, “Ninety percent of life is just showing up.” See what God has to say to you at Mass. Just show up.
  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.


Religious Ed


Christian Formation Office
Erica Taylor
Coordinator of Religious Education
Judy Lamborn
Assistant to DRE
(302) 653-4101