The holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Thursday with the celebration of the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Lent is a preparation for the celebration of Easter. For the Lenten liturgy disposes both catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery, the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. For catechumens, this takes place through the several stages of Christian initiation. For the faithful, this takes place through reminders of their own baptism and through penitential practices.  Please check the Parish Bulletin and the Parish Website for additional information for our Parish observance of Lent.


The bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, on all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.  Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light.


The description and schedule of the Lenten Rites for the Elect (catechumens) and Candidates for the Easter Sacraments will be announced in the Parish Bulletin all throughout Lent.  These rites will take place at the 5:15 PM Anticipated Mass for Sunday.

Ash wednesday
MARCH 1, 2017
  • Blessed Ashes will be distributed at all the Masses. 
  • Mass schedule:
    7:15 AM (Chapel), 12:05 PM (Basilica), 12:35 PM (Chapel), and 5:15 PM (Basilica). 
  • In addition to the celebration of Mass with the distribution of Ashes, there will be Celebrations of the Word of God and the distribution of Ashes in the hospitals and nursing facilities within the parish boundaries on Ash Wednesday.
    • Sundays at 9:00 AM (Basilica), 10:30 AM (Basilica), 12:00 Noon in Spanish (Chapel) and 5:30 PM (Basilica).
    • Weekdays at 11:30 AM (Basilica)
    • Saturdays at 4:15 PM (Basilica)
    • Additional opportunities for this Sacrament for Holy Week will be posted in the Parish Bulletin.
    • Each Friday of Lent immediately following the 12:05 PM Mass in the Chapel.
    • Via Crucis (Estaciones de la Cruz) a las 7:00 PM, los viernes, en la Capilla.
      • The Way of the Cross in Spanish, will also take place each Friday at 7:00 PM in the Chapel

Lenten Morning Gathering

  • Tuesdays of Lent
  • March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 and 11
  • Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 noon
  • Place:  Parish Neumann Room (located behind the Basilica)
  • Presenter: Sister Eleanor McCann, RSM.

Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral Basilica Parish Invites you to a weekly Lenten Morning Gathering.
The purpose of our meetings is to pray and reflect On the Gospel of the coming Lenten Sunday.

The booklet to be used is called: “The Magnificat Lenten Companion”. It will be ordered for you and labeled with your name. You May pick it up in the Sacristy on the weekend before Ash Wednesday. All are welcome!

If you plan to attend please send us a sealed envelop with the following via mail or in the collection basket during Mass:

  • Name……………………………………………………………………. (Please print)
  • Email address and/or phone # …………………………………… (Please Print)
  •  A $4.oo check made out to The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (Attn. S. Eleanor McCann, RSM.)
  • Mailing address: 1723 Race St. Philadelphia, PA 19103.

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The Keys & Sword Event is a fundraising effort of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 2017, a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the St. Francis Inn, Kensington. The remainder of the proceeds will help support the parish and ministries of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul.

Opportunities to support the Keys & Sword Eventpress here
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To learn more about Keys & Sword you may visit the official page here

The Sacrament of Reconciliation with a Missionary of Mercy

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Young Adults at the Cathedral Discipleship Series 2017

Perhaps more than ever, young Catholic Adults need the opportunity to encounter the Lord as members of his Church with a focus on following him more completely. Following the Lord as his disciples is a life-long experience of living the Christian life and needs a good foundation and the support of others. This series is designed to provide young adults with some solid formation as disciples of the Lord today. 

Session One
Friday, January 6, 2017
What Jesus wants from his Followers, his Disciples

Session Two
Friday, April 7, 2017
Living as an Intentional Disciple of Jesus as a Member of his Church

Session Three
Friday, July 7, 2017
Christian Disciples always about the Conversion of their Lives

Session Four
Friday, October 6, 2017
Christian Disciples as Witnesses to Jesus and his Church to Others

Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill
Rector and Pastor of the Cathedral Basilica

The Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, 222 North Seventeenth Street,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
beginning at 7:30 PM

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Around the Archdiocese – Upcoming Events

The Office for the New Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has an outstanding monthly newsletter with lots of information on relevant events and resources that will help you grow in your faith. To view the current issue, please press here.

Free Study Series! – Draw Closer to Our Lady This Winter & Spring:
Prepare for the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions in Fatima Portugal by making a journey with Mary this Winter/Spring!

Cathedral Concert Series

Come and experience great music in the Cathedral

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Morning Scripture Reflection For Lawyers

Join other center city Lawyers for an hour to reflect on the Readings for the Following Sunday Mass beginning Wednesday, September 7, 2016, and on every Wednesday.
The hour allos for prayer together at the beginning and end of the session, the reading of the Lectionary texts for Sunday Mass, and reflection on these Readings.
This reflection includes reactions to what is heard in the Scriptures, the discovery of new insights and facing the challenges in the Word of God.

Location: The Neumann Room, directly behind the Basilica 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

For more information, contact Michael Broadhurst at

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Introducing the Official Custom Rosary for the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Our beautiful custom made rosary is handmade in Italy.

Click here for the order form and more information: Rosary order form

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