St. Mary Parish Information Announced

Father Gismondi F.S.S.P. has announced information for the new parish, including Mass times, contact information, and also a web site.

A revised Mass schedule (beginning Sept. 10) was also posted on the web site:

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m.
  • Friday:  6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7:15 a.m.
  • Sunday: 8:30 a.m. (Low Mass) & 11:00 a.m. (High Mass)

WELCOME Father Carl Gismondi, F.S.S.P.

At the end of the Rosary and prayer service on Sunday, Father Allen announced that Reverend Carl Gismondi, F.S.S.P. has been appointed as the pastor of the St. Mary quasi-parish effective August 15, 2018.  We welcome Father Gismondi and look forward to his leadership in our St. Mary’s family.

F.S.S.P.'s Appointment Announcement

First MASS of quasi-parish of St. Mary's

GREAT NEWS !!! The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that Father Gismondi will be celebrating the first Mass for the new quasi-parish of St. Mary on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.  Also announced will be the start of regular schedule of Masses for the week beginning after September 9th: Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.; Friday 6:30 p.m.; Saturday 7:15 a.m.; and Sunday 11:00 a.m.  [UPDATE: The Archdiocese initially announced that the Sunday Masses would be at 10 a.m., but they changed this to 11 a.m.] Priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation 30 minutes prior to each Mass.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia press release

Vandalism at St. Mary Church

It is unfortunate, but in mid-July vandalism was done to St. Mary’s church.  Candles and flower pots around the statue of Mary next to the church were smashed.  Multiple stained glass panes in some of the doors of the church were broken.  The police and St. Matthew’s rectory were notified.

In the days following, volunteers cleaned up the area of the statue and donated new flower pots.  THANK YOU !

Link to article by Brian Coll on St Mary's Good Samaritan

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Announces the Establishment of a Quasi-Parish at Saint Mary's Church

It is with great joy that we share this news with you. Archbishop Chaput has announced the establishment of a new “quasi-parish” of Saint Mary at St. Mary’s Church effective on August 1, 2018.  The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter will be entrusted to the care of the new “quasi-parish.”

Click on the following links for more detailed information on this announcement:

Archdiocese of Philadelphia official announcement

Archbishop Chaput’s Decree

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter blog announcement

We are grateful for the work of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Chaput, St. Matthew’s Parish, Father Heron, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, and all those that helped make this possible.  We especially thank all of our friends of St. Mary’s Polish American Society for your prayers and support in order to keep St. Mary’s Church as a place of worship for our Catholic Community.

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is a Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical right, that is, a community of Roman Catholic priests who do not take religious vows, but who work together for a common mission in the world.  The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter offers Masses in the Extraordinary Form (sometimes referred to as the Traditional or Tridentine Mass) rather than the Ordinary Form.

For more information:

Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter home page in English

Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter home page in Polish

Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter – North American District - USA page

We'll have more information to come as we find out more.