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!
40 Hours Devotion
Our annual 40 Hours Devotion will begin on Sunday, October 19 and conclude on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. This special devotion to the presence of Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist is an invitation for us to meditate on the meaning and mystery of Christ's presence not just in the Eucharist, but also in our daily lives. The full schedule of devotions is listed below. Consider making time for Christ who always makes time for you.
- Sunday, October 19
Exposition 12:30 - 7:00 PM
Evening Prayer and Benediction 7:00 PM
- Monday, October 20
Exposition 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Evening Prayer and Benediction 7:00 PM
- Tuesday, October 21
Exposition 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Mass and Benediction 7:00 PM
Our homilist for 40 Hours will be Reverend Anthony Hangholt, parochial vicar for St. Philip Neri parish in Lafayette Hill.
2nd Annual Trick or Trunk
On Sunday, October 26, 2014 beginning at 4 PM, St. Richard parish will host its second annual Trick or Trunk. The event will feature trick or treating for those children in costume, pizza and refreshments, and the ever popular "Haunted Hallway" from 6 - 8 PM. Advanced registration is required. See registration form for full details and price. Consider participating in this fun and worthwhile fundraiser for the parish.
Evening of Reflection for Confirmation
There will be an evening of reflection for the parents AND candidates who are beginning preparation for Confirmation. The evening is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in St. Pio School Hall (please note the change in location). Marie Joseph, author and Director of the Legacy of Life Foundation will guide our reflection. At least one parent from each candidate's family should be present with the candidate for this important evening. Please note that due to the nature of this evening, we will not be offering any make-up evening for those unable to attend.
Children's Holy Hour
This special Holy Hour for children will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, in St. Richard Church, from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. 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. All are welcome!
Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
St. Richard celebrates a special Liturgy of the Word for Children during the 10 AM Mass. Now that Holy Spirit parish has merged into St. Richard parish, the 10 AM Sunday Mass has moved to Holy Spirit Church, and so will the Children's Liturgy come September 21, 2014. For those unfamiliar with the Liturgy of the Word for Children, please visit the Children's Liturgy page on our website.
Any child, ages 4-9, can participate just by being present when CLOW is celebrated. There is no registration, no fee, and no sign-ups. However, CLOW's success depends on adults who are willing to give of their time and talent to serve the needs of our parish children. There are several ways adults can become involved in CLOW.
- All parents can be become involved by encouraging their children ages 4-9 to participate, and by asking them about their experience and what they "learned" after Mass.
- Adult Leaders are needed to proclaim the Sunday readings to the children and lead them in prayer and reflection. Adult leaders are provided with all of the materials necessary to assist them in the preparation of the reflection and prayer. Adult Leaders are scheduled to serve once every four to six weeks.
- Adult Helpers are needed to assist with the supervision of the children who participate in CLOW. Adult helpers serve to help maintain a prayerful attitude among the children during the celebration of the Liturgy. Adult Helpers are scheduled to serve once every four to six weeks.
Adult Leaders and Helpers go through a simple orientation and training to enable them for this special and exciting ministry and receive support from the program director. If you have any questions or if you want to become involved, contact Dennis M. Mueller at 215-468-4777 or via email at email@example.com.
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.