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!
Children's Holy Hour
The date of our next Holy Hour for children is Wednesday, December 4, from 5:30 - 6:30 PM in church. The Children's Holy Hour will feature Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration, and Benediction, along with prayer, reflection, and song, all geared toward helping children to grow in their awareness of and love for the real presence of Christ Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. While children of all ages will certainly benefit from participating, the Holy Hour will be especially beneficial to younger children and those preparing for First Holy Communion. We hope that you will join us December 4. If you'd like more information, please contact Dennis M. Mueller at 215-468-4777 or via email.
Advent Evening of Reflection
Our parish Advent Evening of Reflection is scheduled for Thursday, December 5, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in church. This year we have invited Mr. Ray Boswell, an incredible potter and story teller from Sugar Loaf, NY, to be our spiritual guide and presenter. Join us as Ray weaves his incredible gift of storytelling with his 30 years experience as a potter in an interactive retreat that will have us journey with Mary and Joseph in preparation for the Christ Child. The experience will be sure to touch you both heart and soul as you prepare for Christmas and explore your role in the journey. Make some time for you and Lord this Advent season.
On Saturday, December 7, during a 10 AM Penance Service, thirty three of our youngest parishioners will receive the gift of God's mercy and forgiveness in the sacrament of Penance for the first time. We ask our parishioners to keep these children in your prayers as they meet Jesus in a very special way in this sacrament and as they continue their journey towards First Holy Communion in May.
Breakfast with Santa!
Join us December 8, 2013 from 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM in St. Richard Parish Hall for our annual Breakfast with Santa. Tickets are required. Click here for a registration form to order tickets. All forms and payment must be recevied by December 4, 2013.
CYO Christmas Caroling
All parish families are invited to join the CYO for our annual Christmas Caroling event. We will gather in the school hall at 6:00 PM and then proceed to travel to visit the homebound parishioners of St. Richard to bring a little holiday joy and serenade them with carols. Afterwards we will return to the school hall for light refreshments. To help CYO plan for this event we ask interested families to complete a participation form and return it to the rectory by December 9.
Parish Advent Penance Service
Our parish Penance Service for Advent will take place on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7 PM in church. We will have a number of compassionate priests available to hear confessions that night.
Elf the Musical
The classic movie starring Will Farrell comes to life on the stage and St. Richard's CYO is planning a trip for members in grades 5 through 8. Tickets are limited. The cost of a ticket, which includes bus transportation, is $40.00 per person. Payment must be received no later than November 27 and should be dropped off at the rectory. Chaperones will be provided. For details and to order tickets, click here.
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.