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Mass Schedule

St. Polycarp, Smyrna DE
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
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) –
Mass for residents – Suspended at this time.

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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The Mass is nothing short of amazing. Through it, we encounter God in the most intimate way possible as we hear him speak to us in the Liturgy of the Word and as we receive him, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. In his video-based study A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, Dr. Edward Sri explores the roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass and explains their profound significance. This fascinating tour of the Mass will renew your faith and deepen your love for and devotion to the Holy Eucharist.

Join the parishioners at St. Dennis Parish for A Biblical Walk Through the Mass at St. Dennis Parish in Galena, MD each Sunday of Lent, beginning February 26th, from 9:15 am – 10:45 am, and continuing every Sunday for 6 weeks. We will meet in the parish library in the hall.  Thanks to a generous benefactor the study will be free, but we ask that you register by Wednesday, February 1st, to allow time for the materials to arrive.  For more information or to register, email Jennifer Hinton at stdennisreled@gmail.com or call (410) 648 – 5287.

LADIES RETREAT AT ST. BERNADETTE CHURCH HALL, HARRINGTON: Reflect on the lives of Four Teresa’s and how their example guides us today.  Saturday, March 4 at St. Bernadette Church Hall, 109 Dixon St.  Harrington, DE.  Cost is $10 per person – we ask everyone to bring their own lunch – breakfast, snacks and drinks provided.  Retreat begins at 8:30 am with breakfast, 9 am day begins and concludes at 3:30 pm with Mass at 4 pm.  Please make checks payable to Delaware State Columbiettes and mail to Linda Darling, 206 Pitch Kettle Ct., Magnolia, DE  19962 by February 24, 2023.  Questions?  302-233-2246.

RETROUVAILLE:  REDISCOVER THE LOVE IN YOUR MARRIAGE  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.  The next program begins the weekend of February 10 – 12, 2023 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.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER – Learn tools to revitalize romance and deepen communication in your marriage!!!  Get away for an intimate weekend – no group sharing required.  The next weekend is March 10-12, 2023 at the Brighton Suites in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  For information or to register visit our website http://www.wwme.org or call Tony and Linda Massino at 302-648-2228.

RACHEL’S VINEYARD CATHOLIC RETREAT: A Rachel’s Vineyard Catholic Retreat will be held the weekend of April 21st – 23rd (Friday – Sunday).  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.  Call or text Nan Freeman at (302) 463 – 7711 or send an email to lucyminn929@gmail.com by Friday, April 7th.

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The Smyrna/Clayton Ministerium Food Pantry is  located downstairs at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 22 N. Union Street, Smyrna. The Pantry is open from 9:30am to 10:30am, Monday thru Friday. Since the pantry opened at St. Peter’s in October 2021, the daily numbers served in the community, continues to increase weekly. St. Peter’s is in need of help daily for about an hour and a half to assist guests, sort donations and stock shelves. Volunteers can work once a week,  every two weeks, once a month or whatever works for them. Since the Pantry is in our basement, there is a flight of steps to get there. If anyone is interested in helping or has any questions, please contact Co-coordinator, Dorris Wheeler, 302-423-5047, or St. Peter’s Church at 302-653-9691.

The Pantry is always in need of:  Cereal, juice boxes or pouches, peanut butter and jelly,  any condiments, hamburger helper and tuna helper, canned tuna, and sloppy joe sauce (Manwich), spaghetti and sauce.   NO CANNED vegetables or beans are needed at this time. Here at St. Polycarp, we have containers for your food donations in the hallway outside of the Mother Drexel Hall. Please no expired food

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 $80.00, 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 the following address:

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. To print order form


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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