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!
Lent - a 40 Day Sojourn into the Soul!
The season of Lent affords us with an opportunity to deepen and explore our faith relationship with God while contemplating the mysteries of Christ his Son. In our desire to assist you in your efforts on this journey, St. Richard Parish is offering several spiritual activities throughout the Lenten Season. For a complete schedule of our parish Lenten activities, services, and Liturgies, please click here for a brochure in PDF format. More detailed information can be found on our Lenten webpage. Enjoy!
LENTEN FAST AND ABSTINENCE RULES
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All Catholics who have reached age 18
and are not yet 60 are required to fast on these days. All Catholics who are age 14 and older must abstain
from meat on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent.
- Eat only one regular size meal.
- Eat two smaller meals (or less) in addition to your main meal.
- Do not eat or snack between meals.
- Do not eat any meat, soup made with meat, gravy, broth, or any other dish prepared with meat.
Have you ever wondered why Mary is so important to our faith as Catholics? We turn to her in prayer, in the Mass, in the Rosary, and in Marian devotions. We honor her with special feasts celebrating the significant events in her life. We place images of her in our churches and homes.
Join us for Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother, an extraordinary study that reveals Mary's unique role in God's Kingdom and in our lives. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life, taking you through her joys and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her divine Son. Mary will become a part of your daily life and help you to become more like Christ.
We are hosting Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother Bible Study Thursday evenings in St. Pio School Hall, 1826 Pollock St. beginning February 19, 2015 through April 16. 2015 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. No sessions will be held March 19 or April 2.
This event is FREE, but Registration is Necessary
For more information or to register for the study, contact Dennis M. Mueller at 215-468-4777 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Joseph Triduum
Our annual St. Joseph Triduum Celebration will be held March 17 through 19 at 7 PM each evening in St. Richard Church. Our guest homilist will be Rev. John P. Masson, of Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Warminister, PA. Please be sure to save the dates on your calendar and make an effort to attend this wonderful devotion during the season of Lent.
Our final Confirmation Retreat experience for Confirmation Candidates will be held on Saturday, March 21. Candidates will gather in church at 10:30 AM for rehearsal and then following lunch, travel to St. John Neumann Shrine in spiritual preparation for their reception of the sacrament. Candidates will return to St. Richard for confession and the 4:30 PM vigil mass.
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.