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 sacristan@saintfrancisdesales.net.


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.