St. Richard of Chichester Parish
a Catholic parish community in the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Nestled in the heart of South Philly, St. Richard of Chichester Parish
has been serving the needs of the local Catholic community since 1924.
Our goal is to enable all of our parishioners to fully embrace their Baptism into Christ Jesus, and to respond "Yes" to God's invitation to relationship. We are committed to providing ample opportunities for our parishioners to cultivate, sustain, and deepen that relationship so that they may come to boldly profess "Christ Lives in Me!" This website contains valuable information about how we as a parish community accomplish this goal and serves as an excellent resource for information about the life and happenings of our parish community as well as providing ample information on how one can become more involved in parish life. So sit back, surf away, and enjoy!
Come Celebrate Holy Week!
Holy Week, the final week of Lent, leads us into the most profound liturgical celebration within the Church, the Triduum. The liturgies during Holy Week are unlike any other liturgy that takes place during the year. Come join us and see the Church at its best!
Holy Week Schedule
Palm sunday of the Lord's Passion
Sunday, March 20 Palm will be blessed and distributed at all Masses.
There will be a solemn procession from the school hall to church at 11:15 AM.
Parish Lenten Penance Service
Tuesday, March 22, at 7:00 PM
There will be a number of visiting priests to help with confessions during the service.
Celebration of the Cross
Wednesday, March 23, at 7:00 PM
This prayer service focuing on the cross will feature prayer, reflection, and the ritual action of nailing the wood chips we received at the beginning of Lent to our wooden Lenten Cross which will be used for Good Friday services and througout the Easter Season.
Thursday, March 24
Morning Prayer at 8:00 AM (There is no morning Mass)
Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:00 PM
Night Prayer at 10:00 PM
There will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the repository
following the Mass of the Lord's Supper until 11:00 PM
Friday, March 25
The Church will open for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:00 AM
Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM (There is no morning Mass)
Celebration of the Lord's Passion at 3:00 PM
Living Stations of the Cross at 7:00 PM
Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM (There is no morning Mass)
Easter Vigil at 7:30 PM
The Easter Vigil is the greatest liturgical celebration in the Church. It is unlike any other liturgy. We begin in a darkened Church representing the tomb of Christ. We have a blessing of fire. We hear readings from salvation history and then burst forth singing the Gloria as the lights come on in Church. We receive those seeking to be baptized into the Catholic faith and celebrate the joy of Christ's resurrection in grand and solemn fashion.
Masses at St. Richard Church: 8:00 & 11:30 AM
Masses at Holy Spirit Church: 10:00 AM
Children's Holy Hour
Monday, March 7 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Eucharistic Adoration for children young and old. Please join us and pray for peace in our home, community, and world.
St. Joseph Triduum
March 15, 16, & 17 at 7:00 PM
This is a beautiful and prayerful opportunity to learn more about St. Joseph, the forster father of Jesus Christ. We celebrate his Feast Day on March 19 as well as May 1 (Saint Joseph the Worker).
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016
"We constantly need to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it." - Pope Francis
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia invites everyone to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a time to meditate upon and more actively respond to the infinite mercy of God, which he offers to every soul through His Son, Jesus Christ. Please explore the resources below to learn more about the Holy Year, how to live it, and about God's greatest attribute, mercy.
- Official Archdiocesan Jubilee Year of Mercy Brochure
- Jubilee of Mercy Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Mercy?
Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
"If you knew the gift of God!"
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy;
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
Special Needs Class Forming for CCD
All children can learn about our Faith and receive Sacraments. If you have a child, or know of a child, who is autistic or who has a similar disability, please call Maryellen Carroll at the Rectory at 215-468-4777 or via email. A special class is being designed to meet the needs of these children.
New Parish Boundaries - Effective July 1, 2014
Our parish boundaries are Broad St. from Oregon Ave. to Government Ave; to Delaware River; to Schuylkill River; to a point established by air line extended due west from said bridge approach; to 25th St.; to Oregon Ave.; to Broad St.
If you've just moved into the area, please contact the Rectory as soon as possible to register or complete our online registration form in less than five minutes. Registration is necessary to receive weekly offering envelopes. One must also be registered with a parish in order to serve as a godparent for Baptism or sponsor for Confirmation.
A wide variety of people dedicate themselves to serving St. Richard Parish. These include, clergy, religious, and lay persons. Click here to see members of our pastoral and administrative staffs.
St. Richard Church is home to dozens of organizations and groups -- there really is something for everyone. Take a look at our directory of activities and organizations and see if there's something that interests you.
If you're looking for a way to share your God given gifts and talents with the parish community, then check out our volunteer page where you'll find information on the various ministries here at St. Richard. Everything you need to know to get you started is listed for each ministry, including contact information.