Parish Merger Updates
Update: June 26, 2014
New Mass Schedule Announced!
The Transition Committee has established a new mass schedule for St. Richard and Holy Spirit Churches. Please note the change in times and locations below. These changes are effective July 6, 2014.
St. Richard Mass Schedule
- Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 pm
- Sunday Masses: 8:00 and 11:30 am
- Holy Day Vigil Mass: 4:30 pm
- Holy Day Masses: 12:05 & 7:00 pm
- Daily Mass: 8:00 am Mon - Sat
Holy Spirit Mass Schedule
- Sunday Mass: 10:00 am
- Holy Day Mass: 7:30 am
Update: May 30, 2014
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced May 30th that St. Richard and Holy Spirit parishes would merge into a single parish effective July 1, 2014. Parishioners of Holy Spirit will become members of St. Richard parish and Holy Spirit Church will be used as a worship site. As a worship site, in addition to at least one Sunday Mass, Holy Spirit Church will also be used for funerals and weddings when requested.
A transition committee will be established the first week of June, consisting of parishioners from both parishes. Among the first tasks this committee will address is to establish a liturgy schedule, which will allow the Mass Book to be opened for accepting announced Masses beginning July 1.
We ask that you check back frequently over the next month for the latest information on the transition. We know that this change will pose some challenges, but it will also provide some wonderful opportunities for both parishes as we merge into a single parish community. St. Richard parish looks forward to welcoming our brothers and sisters from Holy Spirit parish, as we build a new future together in service to Christ and the Church.
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!
Evening of Reflection for First Penance
There will be an evening of reflection for the parents of sacramental candidates who are beginning preparation for First Penance. The evening is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in St. Richard Church, and marks the official start of the preparation process for Penance. While candidates are not required to attend, at least one parent from each candidate's family should be present 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.
The Blessed Virgin Mary: Model of Faith
Join us Sunday, October 5, in St. Pio School hall at 10:00 AM for a special presentation on the Blessed Mother by Sr. J. Sheila Galligan, IHM, Professor of Theology at Immaculata University. Sr. Sheila's presentation will focus on our celebration of God's gift of his Mother – whom we usually refer to as the Blessed Virgin Mary. Participants will explore the implications of the special Marian descriptive: "Blessed" and be provide with practical ways for each of us to claim the title "Blessed" as the disciples of the Lord.
Following the presentation, all are welcome to join us for our 11:30 AM Family Mass at St. Richard Church.
Family Formation Session
Our first family formation session for our PREP families is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, from 10:00 - 11:15 AM. Families should report to the St. Pio School Hall. Our guest speaker will be Sr. Sheila Galligan who will speak on Marian devotion and the important role Mary has in our life and the life of the Church. Sr. Sheila's presentation is open to the entire parish. Those wishing to attend should come to St. Pio School Hall by 10 AM.
Our first Family Mass is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 11:30 AM. Bill Monaghan will be our guest musician. Bill and his ensemble will play a variety of contemporary and traditional songs on keyboard accompanied by drums and trumpet. Families will be involved as liturgical ministers during mass. We will also celebrate a Rite of Welcome for the Sacramental Candidates preparing for First Penance and First Holy Communion during this liturgy. See the bulletin for details of this special Rite.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.