St. Richard of Chichester Church
a Catholic parish community in the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Nestled in the heart of South Philly, St. Richard of Chichester Church
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!
Burning of Palm & Burying the Alleluia
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
10:00 am in the schoolyard
ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014, LITURGY SCHEDULE
8:00 am Mass
9:00 am School Mass
12:05 pm Mass
3:00 pm Liturgy of the Word
7:00 pm Mass
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.
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.
The Holy Shroud of Turin
"Discovering Jesus in His holy Shroud"
A day like no other! Donald Nohs, known as the "Apostle of the Holy Shroud" and General Director of the Confraternity of the Passion International, will conduct an enlightening and interactive presentation on the Shroud of Turin using an authentic life-size replica of the Shroud. A relic of the Shroud will be available for veneration. Join Donald as he helps us journey through the passion event using the Shroud as our guide. For more information click here our flyer. Join us in St. Richard Church Friday, March 14, 2014, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM!
Exploring the Gospel of Matthew
Matthew's Gospel, written nearly two millennia ago, is as vital to Christians today as it was then. In Exploring the Gospel of Matthew participants will not only delve into the Gospel and its message, but also the history of the community for which it was written. Participants will come to see how Matthew portrays Christ as the fulfillment of the Old Testament, understand why the majority of early converts to Christianity were Gentile, and gain deeper insight into concepts like the reign of God, the promise of eternal life, and many of Jesus' other important teachings and sayings. Join us this Lent on March 6, 13, 27, & April 2, & 9 from 7 to 9 PM in St. Pio School Hall (1826 Pollock St.) for this free adult faith formation seminar.
St. Joseph Triduum
This year's celebration of our Annual St. Joseph Triduum will take place on March 18, 19, & 20. Rev. Daniel Dwyer from St. Timothy parish in Northeast Philadelphia will be our celebrant and homilist for this annual favorite. Join us in church each night at 7:00 PM as we celebrate the life of Joseph!
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/.
Pastoral Planning Initiative
As was recently announced, St. Richard Church is participating in the pastoral planning initiatives being undertaken by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. We are PPA 630 located in Region III of the Archdiocese. For information on what parishes are included in our PPA study, please click here.
There is also a brochure that explains the Pastoral Planning Initiative and a detailed report with information on demographics, sacraments, worship, religious education, and school enrollment for our PPA. This information is being provided to keep our parishioners informed of the Pastoral Planning Process. As more information and details become available they will be posted on our homepage for easy access.
Hammer and Nail Club
We are looking to begin a Hammer & Nail Club of parish and school families. Those who join the club would help the parish and school with seeing what needs to be truly done around the parish and school and maybe even offer some of their time and talent to offset the costs. If you are interested in being a part of this club, please click here for more information on how you can become involved.
Our parish boundaries are Broad St. from Oregon Ave. to Walt Whitman Bridge approach; to 25th St.; then by air line due west; to Schuylkill River; 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.