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!
As we continue preparing for the Birth of the Son of God, we invite you to join us and experience the joy of the season.
- Sunday, December 17 - Parish Family Christmas celebration at 7:00 p.m. in Church. A night of candlelight and carols.
- Monday, December 18 - Christmas Caroling to our parishioners. Meet in the hall, with your bells & flashlights, at 6:00 p.m. Bring some cheer to the homebound of the Parish.
- Tuesday, December 19 - Parish Advent Penance Service at 7:00 p.m.
Christmas and New Year's Mass Schedule
"God's sign is simplicity. God's sign is the baby. God's sign is that he makes himself small for us.
This is how he reigns. He does not come with power and outward splendor.
He comes as a baby - defenseless and in need of our help . . He asks for our love: so he makes himself a child."
- Benedict XVI
4:00 PM (Nativity Tableau with Children followed by Mass) - St. Richard Church
4:00 PM - Holy Spirit Church
7:00 PM - Carols at St. Richard Church
7:30 PM - Mass at St. Richard Church
8:00 AM - St. Richard Church
10:00 AM - Holy Spirit Church
11:30 AM - St. Richard Church
Feast of the Holy Family, December 31
4:30 PM Vigil at St. Richard Church
8:00 AM at St. Richard Church
10:00 AM at Holy Spirit Church
11:30 AM at St. Richard Church
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
9:00 AM Mass at St. Richard Church
There is no obligation because the Solemnity falls on a Monday this year.
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
- Enter our PARISH CODE: Y8HV6H on the homepage
- Create a personal account with your username/email and password
- Start enjoying the best Catholic content all in one place!
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St. Richard Parish
What Is a Family Mass?
A Family Mass gives children and their families a greater sense of participation in the Sunday Mass of the parish. We have Bill Monaghan, a guest musician who leads us in song using a blend of traditional and contemporary songs. Bill and his ensemble incorporate keyboard, guitar, drums, and trumpet into their ministry for a very uplifting and energetic celebration of Sunday Mass.
How Can We Participate?
While the Family Mass is open to everyone in the parish, families are invited to serve in the various liturgical ministries during Mass. Families are invited to participate as lectors, gift bearers, altar servers, and greeters. If you would like to participate as a family or volunteer an individual in your family, please contact the Director of Faith Formation, Maryellen Carroll. We will practice with the Lectors (Readers of Sacred Scripture) and give instructions to the other volunteers. This is a wonderful opportunity for the rest of the parish, especially the elders, to see the parish families participating at Mass. You can volunteer for one Mass or more.
When Is the Next Family Mass?
There are six Family Masses scheduled for this year. The Mass time is 11:30 AM at St. Richard Church. The dates are:
- October 1, 2017
- November 5, 2017
- December 3, 2017
- January 7, 2018
- February 4, 2018
- April 8, 2018
Need More Information or Want to Become Involved? Please contact Maryellen Carroll, Director of Faith Formation, at 215-468-4777 or at email@example.com. Thanks for considering this opportunity and may the Holy Spirit guide us in both word and action every day of our lives.
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, November 30, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
- Confirmation - Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.
- First Holy Communion - Saturday, May 5, 2018, 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.