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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 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

CLICK HERE to read about the many ministries supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal.





Attend the Diocesan Marian Pilgrimage in New Castle.

You are invited to join Bishop Koenig and parishioners from across Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore at the annual Diocese of Wilmington Marian Pilgrimage on Saturday, October 1, 2022 beginning at 9 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 12 Winder Road, New Castle, Delaware. Come and meet local sacred artist, Kate Capato, and draw inspiration from her presentation on the symbology of Our Lady in art, including in her own art; and Immaculée Ilibagiza, author of the international best-seller, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. The day includes morning Mass, Rosary, Confessions, Eucharistic Adoration and Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. Visit the over two-story tall stainless steel Our Lady Queen of Peace statue created by master sculptor Charles Parks, which is located next to the church. For more information, contact (insert the name, phone number, and email address of your parish liaison here) or visit cdow.org/MarianPilgrimage or facebook.com/CDOWMaria….

ATTENTION ACTIVE AND RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE, EMT, AND MILITARY PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILIES. Bishop Koenig invites you to the 2022 Diocese of Wilmington “Blue Mass,” on Friday, October 7th, at 11 am at Saint Elizabeth Church (809 South Broom Street, Wilmington, Delaware). The “Blue Mass” honors the local, county, state, and federal law enforcement, fire, emergency medical, and military personnel who live and work in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Those currently serving, the retired, and their families are invited to attend. More information is available at www.cdow.org/BlueMass. Thank you for your service.        

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on Saturday, October 15th, is a day of remembrance for parents, family, and friends of pregnancy loss and infant death.  It is a day when grieving parents could come together and are surrounded by family and friends’ loving support to remember their little one.  It is a time when our parish communities can pray for the families and the child lost.

Footprints Ministry, through the Office for Marriage and Family Life, will be sponsoring a Mass of Remembrance and Healing for Pregnancy and Infant Loss.  A special invitation is extended to parents, grandparents, and siblings who grieve the death of children as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, or early infant death.  The Mass will be held on Friday, October 14th, at 7 pm at St. Joseph’s Church in Middletown.  The celebrant will be Bishop William Koenig.   Reservations are requested at cdow.coursestorm.com/Family Life Events/Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Mass.  For more information, please contact the Office for Marriage and Family Life at (302) 295 – 0657 or www.cdow.org.

RACHEL’S VINEYARD CATHOLIC RETREAT: The retreat will be held the weekend of October 14th – 16th.  This retreat is for anyone who has struggled with the pain of abortion. Whether you are post-abortive or know someone who is, there is nothing to fear and so much to gain.  For more information, contact Nan Freeman at 302 – 463 -7711 (call or text) or lucyminn929@gmail.com by Sunday, October 2nd, at the latest.

Couples learn how to build their communication skills.  It provides help for marriage problems, difficulties or crises.  The next program begins the weekend of October 14th – 16th (Friday – Sunday) at the Family Life Center in Malvern, PA.  For more information, or to register, visit HelpOurMarriage.com or call (215) 766 – 3944 or (800) 470 – 2230.  All inquiries are strictly confidential.

The Bishop’s 5K will take place on Saturday, November 19th, at Saint Mark’s High School (2501 Pike Creek Road Wilmington, DE 19808).  The Bishop 5K can be done either in-person or virtually. Your participation keeps Catholic Charities and its resources a viable connection to our community needs. Your involvement is crucial.  For more information visit https://runsignup.com/Race/DE/Wilmington/TheBishops5K.

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 November 11th – 13th (Friday – Sunday) 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.          

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

ANNUAL BISHOP’S 5K will be held November 19, 2022 at Saint Mark’s High School. Save the Date! (Benefits Catholic Charities)



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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