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!
Attention All Parish Volunteers
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recently updated its policies and Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse training curriculum to reflect its continued progress as an institution and changes in Pennsylvania Child Protective Services law, which goes into effect on December 31, 2014.
These new policies and laws may affect the invaluable role of volunteers within our parish. While for years, some volunteers have been required to report suspected abuse under Archdiocesan policy, now, volunteers who have direct contact with children are mandated reporters under the revised law and legally required to report suspected abuse under Pennsylvania law.
Mr. Dennis M. Mueller, our parish Safe Environment Coordinator, will be working with every facet of our parish life in the coming weeks to educate mandated reporters about their responsibilities and refresh their training on how to, first and foremost, properly report child abuse to ChildLine, PA's child abuse reporting hotline. We will be scheduling a brief meeting for parish volunteers to explain the changes to PA law and their obligations under the law. We will post the date for this update here once it has been scheduled.
Rite of Welcome for Confirmation Candidates
Join us on Sunday, December 7, 2014 during our 11:30 AM Family Mass as we welcome 51 candidates for the sacrament of Confirmation. These candidates have begun prayer, reflection, and preparation for their reception of Confirmation on March 24, 2015. They will be recognized as candidates for the sacrament and the community will offer up their prayers for the candidates continued growth in faith as they journey towards reception of Confirmation.
Our next Family Mass will be held during the 11:30 AM Mass on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Bill Monaghan will be our guest musician once again. Bill will play a variety of contemporary and traditional songs on keyboard accompanied by drums and trumpet. Families will be involved as liturgical ministers during mass.
On Friday, December 12, at 7 PM in Holy Spirit Church, we will host TV and film star, actor Frank Runyeon, who will put on a one act play entitled the 3 ½ Stories of Christmas.
Frank has starred in over 1000 TV shows and has starred opposite Meg Ryan and many other actors and actresses over the last 20 years. This play was written and directed by Frank himself who travels extensively giving plays on various aspects of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the message it contains.
Children and adults will be delighted as all the parts of the Christmas story are tied together for the first time: From the light of Creation to the manger at Bethlehem, from the origin of Saint Nicholas to the secret of the Christmas Angel himself!
This event is free and no registration or tickets are required. A free will offering will be taken during the event.
A flyer detailing the evening can be found here. Be sure to share this event with family and friends. It's a great way to prepare our hearts for Christmas.
Parish Advent Penance Service
As we prepare to welcome Christ, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow into our hearts at Christmas, we recall the times we have wounded our relationship with the Lord and seek his pardon and peace. We will hold our annual Advent Penance Service on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at 7 PM in St. Richard Church. There will be a number visiting priests present to assist with the celebration of the sacrament. Come and experience first hand the reason why God humbled himself to share in our humanity - to restore us to a relationship of love.
Catholic Charities Appeal
The 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal is currently underway. This year's goal is to raise 10 million dollars, nearly half of which will benefit the programs and mission of Catholic Social Services, which strives to meet the material and emotional needs of the poorest and most vulnerable in the Philadelphia region.
The remaining funds will benefit Special Education, specifically the Archdiocese's four schools devoted exclusively to special education. Funds will also benefit much needed skill care for retired and sick priests, the pastoral and sacramental guidance offered by the Family, Life and Respect Life Offices, various cultural ministries, and Mission parishes in the Archdiocese.
To find out how you can make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable among us, visit the Catholic Charities website. Listen to Archbishop Chaput's message by clicking on the Catholic Charities appeal logo above, which features a powerful five minute video that details the incredible work your generosity makes possible.
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.