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!
"How precious must man be in the eyes of the Creator, if he 'gained so great a Redeemer' (Exsultet of the Easter Vigil), and if God 'gave his only Son' in order that man 'should not perish but have eternal life!'" (cf. Jn 3.16)
May the depth of God's love reflected in the Resurrection of Jesus fill your family with joy this Easter Season and throughout the year!
First Holy Communion
On Saturday, May 2, at 10 AM, our parish will welcome 34 of our youngest parishioners to the Table of the Lord with their reception of First Holy Communion. We ask every to keep these children in prayer as they prepare to receive the Lord for the first time in Holy Eucharist.
Holy Hour for Children
We will celebrate a Holy Hour for Children on Wendesday, May 6, at 5:30 PM in St. Richard Church. During the Holy Hour, children of all ages will have the opportunity to grow in their awareness of and love for the real presence of Christ Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament through prayer, Scripture, reflection, and song, all geared towards them. The children will also experience Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, time for private Adoration, and Benediction. Join us!
The month of May has always been dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church. Join us Wednesday, May 13, at 7:00 PM in St. Richard Church for our annual May Procession honoring the Blessed Mother.
PREP Family Formation Session
Our final family formation session for the 2014 - 2015 PREP year is Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 6:30 - 7:45 PM in the school hall. Final assignments are posted on the PREP At-Home page.
World Meeting of Families
From September 22-27, 2015, Philadelphia will welcome the 8th World Meeting of Families, which is expected to draw a global audience. In June 2012, during the 7th World Meeting, held in Milan, Italy, 153 nations were represented, 350,000 attended the Feast of Testimonies, and more than one million participated in the Mass celebrated by the Holy Father.
This event is like no other and it is coming to Philadelphia! Since its inception by Blessed John Paul II in 1994, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe. Stay informed of the latest news concerning this incredible event by visiting http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/.
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.