Mass for May 17, 2020: Sixth Sunday of Easter

Jesus tells us very plainly how we are to love: we are to keep the commandments.

NOTE: This Thursday (May 21) is Ascension Thursday! Normally a Holy Day of Obligation, the requirement to attend Mass has, of course, been suspended due to the Coronavirus, but you are more than welcome to join us online at 10 am for the Mass of this most important solemnity of the Easter season. The upper church will be open all day Thursday for private prayer. 

The upper church today (Sunday) will be open from 12-3 pm.

If you choose to make a Sunday visit to our Lord, please practice responsible social distancing. Fr. Matt will be available for confessions in the parish garden (weather permitting) or (in inclement weather) in the back of church from 2-3 pm.

Donations may be made online through Parish Giving, PayPal, Venmo (@SFDSPhiladelphia), or CashApp ($SFDSPhiladelphia). Checks may be dropped off or mailed at our address: Saint Francis de Sales Parish, 4625 Springfield Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143.

This Mass was prerecorded on May 16, 2020.



  • 7 pm: The Choir presents Tenebrae, a Solemn Choral Meditation on Holy Week.

Holy Thursday

  • 9 am: Church open for prayer.
  • 7 pm: The Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper, with the Rite of Washing of the Feet. No other Masses are offered that day. Following the repose of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the Easter Repository, the church will remain open for private adoration and prayer.
  • 11 pm: Church closes.

Good Friday

  • 8 am: Upper Church is open for prayer.
  • 9 am: Lauds (Morning Prayer) will be said in lieu of Daily Mass.
  • 3 pm: Good Friday Stations of the Cross
  • 7 pm: Veneration of the Holy Cross and Distribution of Holy Communion

No Masses are offered on Good Friday.

Holy Saturday

  • 10 am: Easter Volunteer Cleanup.
  • 7:30 pm: The Most Solemn Vigil of Easter.

Easter Sunday

  • Regular Mass schedule. With the many visitors in attendance, please arrive early to ensure you have a seat for Mass.

Easter Monday

  • 9 am: Daily Mass in the Octave of Easter. The rectory is closed for the day.