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!
Welcome Fr. Weber
“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens…..a time to plant and a time to uproot the plant…..” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
The above Bible verse from the Old Testament has often been used to summarize our life on this planet. It was even made into a song by the Byrds entitled “Turn, Turn, Turn.”
The wheels of change have been turning at Saint Richard Parish. In May, Father Reilly was informed by Archbishop Chaput that he was being transferred to Saint Jerome Parish in Northeast Philadelphia. We also learned that Saint Richard Parish will be getting a new pastor, Father Weber, the parochial vicar at Saint Pius Parish in Broomall, Delaware County.
We thank Father Reilly for all of his spiritual leadership over these past years . As he is uprooted from Saint Richard Parish, we offer him our thoughts and prayers as he uses his God given gifts and talents to form the faith of the parishioners of Saint Jerome Parish.
We welcome Father John Weber to our wonderful parish. Father will bring his own gifts and talents to the best parish in South Philadelphia. He will guide us all on our journey as authentic disciples of Jesus Christ, creating a more just and peaceful community and world for all God’s children. Father already has said, something all of us “city people” know, how nice it is to be able to walk to visit the sick and bless houses.
Prayer to the Holy Family
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love; to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches. Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division; may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing. Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Graciously hear our prayer. Amen.
from Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, March 2016
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St. Richard parishioners have free access to an exciting new website which provides the best Catholic programs, movies, audio talks, and eBooks on the Catholic faith. It offers amazing Faith Formation in an engaging style with the best Catholic teachers, authors, and speakers, on-demand 24/7. From prayer and formation, to family and children's movies, FORMED.org has it all in one place. Watch the FORMED preview below to learn more about what's available, and then check below for how to get access to this amazing content.
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- Go to Formed.org
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- Start enjoying the best Catholic content all in one place!
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Prayers for Everyday
We have created a PDF document that contains everyday prayers for families and individuals. You can access the document here.
Celebration of Sacraments
- First Reconciliation - Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 7:00 PM
- First Holy Communion - Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 10:00 a.m.
For additional information on preparation for these Sacraments please contact Maryellen Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Needs Class Forming for CCD
All children can learn about our Faith and receive Sacraments. If you have a child, or know of a child, who is autistic or who has a similar disability, please call Maryellen Carroll at the Rectory at 215-468-4777 or via email. A special class is being designed to meet the needs of these children.
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.