Parish Update

Dear friends in Christ,

On this 131st anniversary of the founding of our parish, I have exciting news to share with you all. Today, Archbishop Perez appointed me pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Parish. I am grateful to the Archbishop for his confidence in me, and I look forward to continuing my priestly ministry here at DeSales. It is a wonderful parish that I am humbled to lead. More information will be forthcoming about an installation Mass and celebration. Please keep in your prayers all the priests receiving new assignments this weekend, along with the two newly ordained priests of the Archdiocese.
May God be Blessed!
-Father Eric Banecker

Advent and Christmastide 2020

Vespers & Adoration in Advent

Fr. Eric will continue to offer the weekly Holy Hour on Wednesdays at 5 pm. Come and adore the Lord and join us for Evening Prayer! Our Facebook Page livestreams the whole hour. “Like” us to receive notifications!

Additional Confession Times in Advent

  • Wednesdays at 5:15 (after the Holy Hour homily)
  • Saturdays, 4:15 pm -4:45 pm
  • Sundays, 9 am – 10 am

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

  • December 7
    • 5 pm (Vigil Mass)
  • December 8
    • 7 am – Simple
    • 7 pm – Solemn (with organ and cantor)

The Solemn Feast of the Nativity (Christmas)

  • Thursday, Dec. 24:
    • 5 pm Vigil “Family” Mass. There will be an additional “overflow” Mass celebrated simultaneously in the Lower Church if we are filled to capacity under the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. 
    • 12 am “Shepherds’ Mass” at Midnight. His Excellency Bishop Timothy Senior, the Rector of St. Charles Seminary in Overbrook, will be the principal celebrant at the Midnight Mass.
  • Friday, Dec. 25
    • No 7 am Mass 
    • 10:15 am Mass of Christmas Morning

The Octave of Christmas

  • Daily Masses Dec. 26-31: Masses of the Day are offered at the usual daily Mass times of 7 am (9 am Saturdays). The rectory is closed for the duration of the Octave of Christmas.
  • The Feast of Mary, the Mother of God (A Holy Day of Obligation)
    • Dec. 31: 5 pm Vigil Mass
    • Jan. 1: 7 am & 9 am

Rejoice! The Lord is near!

Rosary for Peace, Justice, and Unity

Saturday, October 31, 12 pm 
Amid all things–but especially in times of uncertainty and trouble–we turn to our Lady. Join us on the steps of the church for a public Rosary as we pray for peace, justice, and unity in our neighborhood and nation.
In inclement weather, we will meet (socially distanced) in the upper church.