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 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.
In order to help you understand your requirements under the law and how to make a report, we are conducting a brief training session on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7 PM in the school hall. All CYO volunteers, coaches, board members, catechists, and those working with the Liturgy of the Word for Children are required to attend.
Our next family mass is scheduled for Sunday, February 1, during the 11:30 AM Mass. Bill Monaghan will be our guest musician and will lead us in song with a blend of contemporary and traditional songs.
Call to Continuing Conversion
Candidates for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist will participate in a special rite during our 11:30 AM Mass. We have been praying for our candidates as a parish community since their candidacy in December. We celebrate what God has done and is doing in them. The fruit of God's action in their lives gives evidence that they are truly chosen by God for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. We encourage all within our parish community to continue to keep these young parishioners in your prayers during this final stage of preparation. May their faith and excitement be a source of inspiration to us and help us recognize how God has called each of us unto himself.
Family Formation Session
The next family formation session for our PREP families is scheduled for Sunday, February 1, 2015, from 10:00 - 11:15 AM. Families should report to the School Hall. Our guest speaker will be Sr. Annette Pelletier, IHM, professor of Theology at Immaculata University. Sr. Annette will speak to us about the World Meeting of Families, and what we can do to prepare our families for this incredible event.
Anyone interested in learning more about the World Meeting of Families is welcome to attend.
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 email@example.com
Our 3rd Confirmation Retreat experience for Confirmation Candidates will be held on Saturday, February 21. Candidates will gather in church for the 8 AM Mass. Our focus will be on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how the gifts help us to become the saints we are called and created to be. The retreat experience will conclude at 11:00 AM in the school hall.
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.