Sad News

Our beloved pastor, Rev. Msgr. Joseph J. Anderlonis, passed away on Friday morning after a brief illness. He was surrounded by friends and family. The news comes as a shock to everyone, and we join with his family, many friends, and the parish of St. George in Port Richmond (where he was pastor for thirty years) in mourning his loss to our lives. He will be sorely missed.

(UPDATED*) Funeral Masses for the repose of his soul are to be held:

  • Thursday, December 12*: at St. George’s Church in Port Richmond. Viewing & visitation in the church hall 5-7 pm; Mass at 7 pm.
  • Saturday, December 14: at St. Francis de Sales Church in West Philadelphia. Viewing from 9-11 am; Mass at 11 am, with a reception to follow in the parish hall. Interment is private.
  • In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. George Independent School or to St. Francis de Sales Parish.

The PREP Nativity pageant scheduled for the evening of December 14 is postponed.

ADVENT AND CHRISTMASTIDE

This year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception falls on Monday, December 9, and is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation this year. The weekend follows the usual schedule.

Masses for the Solemn Feast and Season of Christmas are as follows:

The Solemn Feast of the Nativity (Christmas)

  • Tuesday, Dec. 24:
    • 5 pm Vigil “Family” Mass;
    • 12 am “Shepherds’ Mass” at Midnight (Carols and organ begin at 11:15 pm).
  • Wednesday, Dec. 25
    • No 7 am Mass 
    • 10:15 am Mass of Christmas Morning
    • 12 pm Spanish Mass

Masses in the Octave of Christmas

  • No Mass Dec. 26; church offices closed.
  • Dec. 27-31: Masses of the Day are offered at 9 am. The rectory is closed for the duration of the Octave of Christmas.
  • January 1 (The Feast of Mary, the Mother of God) is a Holy Day of Obligation this year.

Rejoice! The Lord is near!

LOVE IS BORN AT CHRISTMAS

Wednesday, December 18, 7 pm

Join the Choir of St. Francis de Sales for its annual Christmas concert by candlelight–a West Philadelphia tradition!

Music will feature Advent and Christmas carols in traditional and contemporary arrangements, including Catalonian, French and African American carols. A reception follows in the parish hall, with dessert, hot drinks, and more.

Freewill donations accepted at the door. Children welcome!

CORPUS CHRISTI 2019

June 23, 10:15 am

Walk with Him through West Philly!

A show of unity, a display of the pride we have in our community’s diversity, and a great and ancient Catholic tradition, the Corpus Christi procession unites the Body of Christ around His Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Join us as we carry Him Who carries us through the streets of West Philadelphia.

A bilingual Mass for both our English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities will be at 10:15 am, with the traditional procession following, and benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the steps of the school. Afterwards, do join us for a delicious spread of refreshments in the parish hall. All are most welcome!