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!
Thanksgiving Baskets for Those in Need
We are conducting a Food Drive to allow us to prepare Thanksgiving food baskets for local families in need and we need your generosity to make this a reality. During the month of November, we are asking members of our parish community to bring in canned goods and other non-perishable food items with them to weekend Masses at St. Richard and Holy Spirit Churches. The food will be collected during the presentation of the gifts and people will be invited to bring forth their food donations and place them at the foot of the altar.
Any surplus food collected will be donated to the Little Sisters of the Poor for their outreach and ministry to the poor. During a time when we recount the blessings with which God has graced us, consider allowing yourself to be used as a blessing to someone in need!
2nd Annual Trick or Trunk
On Sunday, October 26, 2014 beginning at 4 PM, St. Richard parish will host its second annual Trick or Trunk. The event will feature trick or treating for those children in costume, pizza and refreshments, and the ever popular "Haunted Hallway" from 6 - 8 PM. Advanced registration is required. See registration form for full details and price. Consider participating in this fun and worthwhile fundraiser for the parish.
Evening of Reflection for Confirmation
There will be an evening of reflection for the parents AND candidates who are beginning preparation for Confirmation. The evening is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in St. Pio School Hall (please note the change in location). Marie Joseph, author and Director of the Legacy of Life Foundation will guide our reflection. At least one parent from each candidate's family should be present with the candidate 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.
Children's Holy Hour
This special Holy Hour for children will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, in St. Richard Church, from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. During the Holy Hour, children of all ages will have the opportunity to grow in their awareness of and love for the real presence of Christ Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament through prayer, Scripture, reflection, and song, all geared towards them.
The children will also experience Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, time for private Adoration, and Benediction. All are welcome!
On Friday, December 12, at 7 PM in Holy Spirit Church, we will host TV and film star, actor Frank Runyeon, who will put on a one act play entitled the 3 ½ Stories of Christmas.
Frank has starred in over 1000 TV shows and has starred opposite Meg Ryan and many other actors and actresses over the last 20 years. This play was written and directed by Frank himself who travels extensively giving plays on various aspects of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the message it contains.
Children and adults will be delighted as all the parts of the Christmas story are tied together for the first time: From the light of Creation to the manger at Bethlehem, from the origin of Saint Nicholas to the secret of the Christmas Angel himself!
This event is free and no registration or tickets are required. A free will offering will be taken during the event.
A flyer detailing the evening can be found here. Be sure to share this event with family and friends. It's a great way to prepare our hearts for Christmas.
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.