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!
Come Celebrate Holy Week!
Holy Week, the final week of Lent, leads us into the most profound liturgical celebration within the Church, the Triduum. The liturgies during Holy Week are unlike any other liturgy that takes place during the year. Come join us and see the Church at its best!
Holy Week Schedule
Celebration of the Cross
Wednesday, April 16, at 7:00 PM
This prayer service focuing on the cross will feature prayer, reflection, and the ritual action of nailing the wood chips we received at the beginning of Lent to our wooden Lenten Cross which will be used for Good Friday services and througout the Easter Season.
Thursday, April 17
Morning Prayer at 8:00 AM (There is no morning Mass)
Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:00 PM
Night Prayer at 10:00 PM
There will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the repository following the Mass of the Lord's Supper until 11:00 PM
Friday, April 18
The Church will open for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:00 AM
Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM (There is no morning Mass)
Celebration of the Lord's Passion at 3:00 PM
Living Stations of the Cross at 7:00 PM
Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM (There is no morning Mass)
Easter Vigil at 7:30 PM
The Easter Vigil is the greatest liturgical celebration in the Church. It is unlike any other liturgy. We begin in a darkened Church representing the tomb of Christ. We have a blessing of fire. We hear readings from salvation history and then burst forth singing the Gloria as the lights come on in Church. We receive those seeking to be baptized into the Catholic faith and celebrate the joy of Christ's resurrection in grand and solemn fashion.
Mass at 8:00, 10:00 and 11:30 AM
A camp experience for high school young men run by priests and seminarians at the Black Rock Retreat Center in Lancaster begins on Sunday, June 29 at 4:30 PM and concludes on Wednesday, July 2 by 5:30 PM. This experience involves a ropes course, rock climbing, basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, fire pits, and more with great food to boot. The young men will also hear dynamic talks about how to be a man of God and be given tools for discerning God's will. The cost of the program is $20. For more information and to register visit our website: www.heedthecall.org or call 610-667-5778.
Exploring the Gospel of Matthew
We have added an additional date to our Lenten series on Matthew's Gospel. Join us for our final sessions, April 9 and 23, 7 to 9 PM in St. Pio School Hall (1826 Pollock St.).
Registration for our parish religious education program (PREP) is being conducted from March 1 through April 30 for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. We are accepting children from registered families of St. Richard parish for our Summer Religious Education Program. Families enrolling children into the program must be living within the boundaries of St. Richard parish. Those families living outside the parish boundaries must be registered parishioners for a period of one year beofre enolling their children. Children must be entering into 1st through 6th grade in September 2014 to qualify.
For more details and registration forms and information, please visit our PREP Homepage.
Join us for our next Family Mass on Sunday, May 18, during our 11:30 AM Liturgy. Bill Monahan will lead us in song with his guitar and piano.
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.
The Holy Shroud of Turin
"Discovering Jesus in His Holy Shroud"
Donald Nohs' three hour presentation of the Holy Shroud was not only phenomenal, it was also an incredibly spiritual and prayful event. For those who were unable to attend, Donald has portions of his presetation posted on YouTube. You can see what you missed, or if you were fortunate enough to be present, you can watch it again to see something you might have missed. We thank Donald and the Confraternity of the Passion International for their incredible work and devotion.
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/.
Pastoral Planning Initiative Recommendation
The work of the Pastoral Planning Initiative is now complete and the committee has made its recommendation to the Archbishop. Among the recommendations made was that St. Richard and Holy Spirit parish merge into a single parish. When this occurs one parish will merge into the other and both will become a single parish with one pastor. The decision as to which parish will merge into the other has been left for the Archbishop to decide. The property, debt or assets of the merging parish will be assumed by the parish designated as the primary parish. The merging parish will be used as a worship site, meaning that the church will be used for Sunday Mass, Weddings, and Funerals. The announcement as to which parish will merge into the other will be made on May 30 and the merger will take effect on July 1. We ask you to continue to keep both parishes and their parishioners in prayer during this transition.
Vacation Bible School
Save the Date
Our Vacation Bible School will be held this year the week of August 25 through 29 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This year's theme is Weird Animals - Where Jesus' Love Is One of a Kind. More information will be posted when registration begins in June.
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.