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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

Vocation Chalice

Vocation Chalice Ministry

Many older Catholics remember parish life and schools staffed by an abundance of priests and sisters. But, younger Catholics have grown up with little or no experience of women and men in religious life. Our Vocation Chalice Ministry brings awareness to the need to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

The Vocation Chalice reminds us that it is the responsibility of the laity of our parish to pray and foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  Each week a family will receive the Vocation Chalice at Mass and take it home with the promise to “pray for vocations” during that week.  The family should place the chalice in a prominent place in their home and gather together each day to pray for the awareness of vocations.  At the end of the week, the family will bring the chalice back to church so the next family or individual can take it home.  A booklet will accompany the chalice that has prayers and instructions.

We need your prayers and for you to sign up. Call or text Alice Gaston if you can take home the vocation chalice for a week of prayer or if you would like more information. (302) 670 – 7924.

It’s easy:

  • Sign up for a week by calling/texting Alice Gaston 302-670-7924.
  • Arrive 15 to 10 minutes before Mass – let the sacristan (the person who sets up for Mass) know you will be taking the chalice.
  • Father will call you forth at the end of Mass to receive the chalice.
  • Take the chalice home and display it in a prominent place.
  • Dedicate a prayer for vocations each day.
  • When your week is complete, bring back the chalice and all accompany materials back to Mass and drop it off in the sacristy before Mass for the next person or family to host for the next week.

Sign up again!

“The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Matthew 9:3738).

Nothing is more powerful than prayer and your prayers are very much needed for His harvest!

Since the founding of this parish in 1914, five women have said YES to a call to serve God as nuns. One priest has been ordained, Fr. Mast, in May 1972.