Saint Francis Xavier Parish — The Oratory
Who We Are
We of St. Francis Xavier Parish - The Oratory in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia accept and proclaim that Jesus is the Word of the Father sent into the world to be our Savior and He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus has overcome the world and been given full authority on Earth, so that we may have Eternal Life. Eternal Life is to know the only true God and the One whom He has sent, Jesus Christ. We have been chosen to have faith in God the Father, in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the love which exists between them, the Holy Spirit. We are called to glorify the Father by loving one another as God has loved us, and so bear fruit that will remain. We pray that we may be one in the presence of the Holy Trinity dwelling in us, so that the world will believe in Jesus. Trusting in the mercy of God and relying upon God's Word and the Sacraments, we pray to remain in God's Love, keep His commandments, and seek to do His will. Led by the Spirit of truth, called to be one in the Body of Christ, we praise and worship the Father.
What is the history of our parish?
St. Francis Xavier Parish was founded by Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick on the 27th of May, 1839 in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. The parish school was founded by our second pastor, Fr. Patrick Rafferty, in 1845. The present church building, the parish's second church, was dedicated on the 18th of December, 1898.
What is The Oratory?
The Oratory is a Congregation of secular priests founded by St. Phillip Neri in Rome in 1575. The priest of the Oratory live a common life of prayer in a stable Community while serving young adults, most often in a parish setting. The Philadelphia Congregation of the Oratory has been serving the Community of young adults, the Secular Oratory, the people of St. Francis Xavier Parish, and the Fairmount neighborhood since 1990. In 2000, the Philadelphia Oratory was established as a Congregation of Pontifical Right. More information about the Secular Oratory can be found by clicking the link at the top of this page.
"The true way to advance in holy virtues, is to persevere in holy cheerfulness."
"Give me ten men really detached from the world, and I have the heart to believe I could convert the world with them."
~St. Phillip Neri~
Mass Times (with Ascension Thursday)
5:30 pm Vigil
|Monday through Friday||6:30 am (Not in July/August)
|Saturday||4:00 — 5:00 pm|
|Sunday||After 8:00 am Mass
After 9:30 am Mass
|Other Times||By Appointment|
|You are invited to join the Oratorian Community for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the church each weekday afternoon from 5:10 to 6:00 PM. This quiet time of prayer is an opportunity to reflect on the Gospel reading for the next day, to join together in intercessory prayer and to conclude with a litany and the proper anthem to Our Lady. All are welcome.|