SUNDAY, JUNE 3: Join us for a special bilingual Mass with our Spanish-language congregation to celebrate the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ!

Following the 10:15 Mass, celebrations will continue with the traditional, solemn Eucharistic procession with our Lord exposed in the monstrance around the neighborhood. Our pastor, Monsignor Joe Anderlonis, will offer solemn benediction outdoors for the benefit and intentions of the parish and our neighbors. There will be no 12 pm Sunday Mass in Spanish. 

Refreshments and a light repast will be offered in the auditorium after the procession has concluded with the Divine Praises in the upper church.

Come celebrate this beautiful Catholic tradition with us, and help us witness the great Mystery of Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist to West Philadelphia!

TENEBRAE: Prayer in Shadows

Tuesday, April 11, 7 pm
FREE (no collection taken or donations asked)
All welcome

The Latin word for “shadows” or “darkness,” tenebrae is the name given to the Church’s celebration of the Hours of Matins and Lauds for Holy Week. It was much more common before Vatican II, but today it’s often used as a “choral preparation” or meditation on the themes of the Passion. A great number of composers have written some beautiful meditative pieces for this rite.

Psalms and hymns of lament are read and sung, and we are invited to reflect on the poetry and great mystery of Christ’s death for us. Throughout the hour, each and every candle and light in the church is extinguished–all except one, to represent Christ in the great darkness of the silent church. A loud noise (called the strepitum) is heard: the “shudder of creation” at the death of Jesus. All depart in silence.

Join us and the Choir of St. Francis de Sales as we enact this solemn and ancient choral meditation with the music of Palestrina, Garau, Byrd, and others in preparation for the great darkness of Good Friday–and look with great hope and joy to the Light of Easter morning. 



Pope Francis has asked for churches worldwide to offer more opportunity for Eucharistic devotion and confession on the weekend of Laetare Sunday (24-26 March), and St. Francis is doing its part.

Friday, March 24

  • 5:30 pm: Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament
  • 7 pm: Stations of the Cross and Solemn Benediction
  • 7-11 pm: Adoration continues in the Upper Church until 11 pm.

Saturday, March 25

  • 9 am: Mass of the Day
  • 9:30 am: Perpetual Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
  • 10 am: Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament
  • The Upper Church is open all day for Adoration until just before the Vigil Mass.

Books, devotionals, bottled water, and bathroom facilities will be available.

ALL are welcome for as long or as little as you like, but we need “hour leaders” to be present for a specified hour commitment to ensure our Lord is never alone–and safe.

Interested? E-mail


The long journey into Lent gives us time to reflect on our mortality, examine our own sinfulness, and turn and return to Christ with renewed fervor. Our desert is the time without an Alleluia, and we fast, we pray, we give alms, and we renounce even legitimate pleasures so as to focus more on our Lord.

Here are some upcoming events to look for:

Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Every Friday during Lent at 7 pm, Monsignor Anderlonis will lead the traditional meditations on the Way of our Lord’s Passion and Crucifixion, immediately followed by Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Note: No stations on March 17.

March 12: Solemn Rite of Confirmation

Join us at the 10:15 am Mass as the confirmandi of SFDS School and the parish’s PREP program are sealed with the Holy Spirit by Most Rev. Edward Deliman, Philadelphia’s newest auxiliary bishop.

March 24-25: 24 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration

Pope Francis has asked for parishes to remain open for extra time this Lent for special devotion to our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Details to follow.

As ever, confessions are offered from 4:15-4:45 pm on Saturdays, and any time by appointment.

Create in us clean hearts, O Lord.