Christmas Schedule & Christmastide

December 24: Christmas Eve

  • 9 am: Mass of the Day
  • 5 pm: Vigil Mass for Children and Families. There will be no confessions heard on Christmas Eve.
  • 7 pm: Solemn Vigil Mass of the Nativity of the Lord (Vietnamese, Upper Church)
  • 9 pm: Solemn Vigil Mass of the Nativity of the Lord (Spanish, Upper Church)
  • 12 am Solemn Vigil Mass of the Nativity of the Lord. Carol service starts at 11 pm.

December 25: Christmas Day

  • 8:30 am in Vietnamese
  • 10:15 am in English
  • 12 noon in Spanish

There is no 7 am Mass on Christmas Day. 

The Octave of Christmas (December 26-31)

  • Daily Mass will be offered at 9 am instead of the usual 7 am.

Please note: the 9 am Mass on December 31 does not abrogate attending for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on January 1.

January 1: Mary, the Mother of God

A holy day of obligation.

  • We return to our usual Saturday/Sunday Mass schedule.

*Please check back for our schedules for the celebration of the feast of our patron, St. Francis de Sales, on January 24, and the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas) on February 2. 

Spend some time with your Mother!

mary-statueDecember 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and a holy day of obligation. It’s also the patronal feast day of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so if you see a Mac, wish her a happy feast day.

Join us for Mass as we celebrate God’s great mercy and honor our mother Mary and her most Immaculate Conception:

  • 7 am: Mass without music (per usual daily schedule).
  • 7 pm: Mass with cantor.

Tidings of Joy: A Candlelight Christmas Concert at SFDS

Join the Choir of Saint Francis de Sales Parish for a special candlelight concert under the dome!

On December 14 at 7 pm, our much-beloved choir will preview pieces from their annual Midnight Mass carol service; their lineup this year will showcase pieces by Vaughan-Williams, Victoria, Franck, Garau and others, as well as feature a carol sing-along.

The concert itself is free and open to the public, but freewill donations are encouraged; all proceeds go toward restoration projects in the church. 

Volunteers will also have SFDS-themed Christmas ornaments (a cache of which were just discovered in the rectory attic) and LPs of the choir’s previous Midnight Mass (with the Ormandy French organ) available for purchase.

A reception in the parish hall (with desserts and hot chocolate) follows afterwards. All are welcome to attend!

Thanksgiving Schedule

Autumn has come to West Philly! We’ve shut the dome windows and are raking leaves. Enjoy the dappled beauty of fall while it lasts!

This Sunday is the last Sunday of Ordinary time; look to these upcoming events!

Friday, November 18

3-7 pm:  210 Thanksgiving Boxes, each containing a full Thanksgiving dinner, will be distributed among those from our parish and neighborhood most in need. Please join this effort by bringing in non-perishable food items, or a donation to Church and placing them in the boxes found at the Church doors on the WEEKENDS of October 29th – NOVEMBER 13th. If you’d like to volunteer, please e-mail Sister Alice or call her at the Rectory at 215-222-5819.

We welcome monetary donations as well; please place them in an envelope in the collection baskets or candle offertories as “THANKSGIVING DRIVE” ) to help defray postage expenses and  perishable items (bread and pies).

Wednesday, November 23

  • 7 am Daily Mass will take place as usual in the upper church.
  • 10 am SFDS School will hold its school prayer service in the upper church. The church will close for the day at 11 am.
  • 7 pm A Vigil Mass for Thanksgiving will be celebrated in the upper church.

Thursday, November 23: Thanksgiving Day

  • 9 am Mass of the Day. The church and rectory will be closed immediately afterwards. Please pray for those in need.

Friday, November 23

  • 7 am Mass of the Day. Ordinary weekly Mass schedule resumes.

Look for our Mass times for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Thursday, December 8a holy day of obligation) soon!

Masses for All Saints and All Souls

November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints is a Holy Day of Obligation in the dioceses of the United States. Join with us as we celebrate the Church Triumphant united with our Lord.

  • 7 am: Mass without music will be celebrated at 7 am as usual.
  • 7 pm: Mass with the choir. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament (and Adoration) will directly follow.

November 2, the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed is NOT a holy day of obligation, but is a time that the Church asks us to remember those who have passed, particularly in the last year. Mass on this day takes on a solemn tone, and we are asked in a special way to pray for the relief of the souls in Purgatory, both on this day and throughout November.

  • 7 am: Mass without music (per usual daily schedule).
  • 7 pm: a special chant Mass with music.

Memorial candles can be purchased from the rectory and will burn on the altar of the Blessed Mother all through November.