We welcome all parishioners and visitors to our celebrations. St. Francis de Sales is a faith community located in the University City neighborhood of West Philadelphia, and part of the Archdiocese Of Philadelphia. We are united in God’s love and service to one another.

ALL ARE WELCOME! Please join us in celebrating God’s love.

Reverend John D. Hand

Parish News & Events

November 15, 2015 will be the closing ceremony of our 125th Anniversary. The closing Mass will be celebrated at 2:30 PM in the Upper Church. The Mass will be followed by a reception at the Oaks Ballroom in Glenolden Pa. from 4:00PM till 8:00PM. The cost of the reception is $35.00 for an adult and $15.00 for children 9 and under. Reservations for the reception will start being accepted on September 13, 2015. All reservations will come through the rectory. The rectory is opened until 7:00PM Monday through Thursday. You may also put an envelope in the collection basket with your name and number of reservations and payment for the reservations. All reservations must be in and paid for by November 10th.        The 125th Anniversary Committee.


If you have history to share or can help with the 125th Anniversary, contact mdooleywork@hotmail.com. Also note: a minimum contribution of $50 to the Parish 125th Anniversary Fund will reserve your complimentary copy of the soon-to-be-published hardcover 125th Anniversary Book, filled with parish pictures and lore!


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October 21– Mary Mother of Captives Meeting  

 October 24—Spaghetti Dinner

November 1— All Saints Day

 November 1—De Sales Sunday Breakfast

 November 2—All Souls Day

November 2—125th Anniversary

 November 6–SFDS School First Friday Mass

November 8—Rite of Enrollment within the mass

 November 15—Closing Mass & Reception