Save the Date! Forty Hours Devotion with Fr. Tom Viviano!

December 3 – 5, 2017.
Theme: “The Eucharist: proof that God answers the prayers of His people.”

Father Thomas Viviano was ordained to the priesthood in 2013, and was first assigned as a parochial vicar at Holy Innocents Parish in Philadelphia. Currently, he serves as  the priest secretary to Archbishop Chaput. He is also the vocations coordinator for the Hispanic apostolate, and is an adjunct spiritual director and the director of major ceremonies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

The Forty Hours Devotion is a special period of prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. The focus is upon our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. It begins with a Mass of Exposition, which concludes with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament remains on the altar in a Monstrance while the faithful gather for personal or public prayer in adoration of our Lord.  This devotion provides a wonderful opportunity for the spiritual growth of each person and the parish as a whole. Devotion can be seen almost like a parish mini-retreat or mission. The devotion was introduced into our Archdiocese by Saint John Neumann, our fourth bishop.

Parish Council Election

The Pastoral Council is constituted and governed according to the guidelines outlined by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The council is made up of nine elected and three appointed members who each serve three-year terms. Members of the parish staff and other councils serve as ex- officio council members. The composition of the Council is meant to reflect the diversity of the parish community. The pastor presides over the Council meetings that occur six times a year, generally on the evening of the first Tuesday of the month.

Elections: Each Fall, parishioners are invited and encourage to review the biographies of the council nominees published a few weeks prior to the election. This year the position of “Married Couple” is up for election. The biography information will be available the weekends of October 22 and 29. The annual election for the “Married Couple” position (two new members) of the Parish Pastoral Council will be held the weekends of November 4/5 and 11/12. Ballots will be available before/during Mass, please place your completed ballot in the collection basket or hand to a greeter at the end of Mass.

Current Members: Current members and the year their terms of office are complete. Terms conclude in the Fall of the year listed below:

Richele Rainosek 2018
Barbara Rensman 2018
Carmen DeJesus 2019
Patricia Smith 2019
Charlene Angelini 2018
Kyle Doolan 2019
Matthew Oberholzer 2019
Epifanio DeJesus 2019
Philomena Stephen-King 2019

Who Can Vote: Registered members of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul who are at least 18 years of age are eligible to vote once for a candidate.

Pastoral Council Candidates – Married Couple:                        

1. Marie and Nick Rizzi:

This union was truly meant-to-be! Nick & I were baptized on the same Sunday at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Roman Catholic Church in South Philadelphia. Our paths did not cross again until our 30th class reunion from South Philadelphia High School. At that point in time, I was a widow with three adult children & Nick was a confirmed bachelor. For the next two years we dated frequently & in September 1990 we married at St. Monica’s Church. We have enjoyed 27 years of happiness as Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Rizzi.  Both Nick & I grew up in the Philadelphia area. I attended St. Joseph’s University & worked for the Department of Defense for 27 years while Nick attended Temple University & worked as an Accountant for the Budd Company for 42 years. In July 2016 we moved from Narberth Lower Merion to Center City Philadelphia. One evening after Mass we met Father Gill. He warmly welcomed us as new parishioners to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul. Nick is now a Greeter at the 5:15pm Vigil Mass & I serve as a receptionist in the Parish Office on Thursdays. Becoming members of this magnificent parish is an extra blessing from God & we love every moment of it.

2. Christopher and Sofia Trueax:

Hi Everyone!  We’re Chris & Sofia Trueax.  We were joined in Holy Matrimony in May 2015.  We moved to Philadelphia for work & joined the Cathedral Parish in August 2015, where we currently serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion & Lector.  We felt so fortunate that Pope Francis came to Philadelphia just a month later to participate in the World Meeting of Families.  His presence at that event helped shine a spotlight on the values of marriage & family.  As newlyweds, that week-long celebration of families filled us with pride in our Church & a deep excitement about the journey we had just embarked on through our own marriage.  Seeing so many couples & families travel from around the world to give witness to the joy of marriage & family motivated us to do the same with our own lives. We want to help our Cathedral Parish continue to be a source of that joy & a place where marriages can thrive.  We hope to bring more community programming, especially for those couples who are married & those who are on the path to matrimony.  Ideally, we would have regular fellowship, speakers, & outreach for those in our community who may have a vocation to matrimony. May God bless you & your loved ones!

3. Terri and Mark Zubert:

Mark & Teresa Zubert, candidates for the couple’s position on the Pastoral Council, have been married for 42 years. Residents of Stowe, Pennsylvania, Mark & Terry began attending weekly mass at the Cathedral in 2010 when their son Michael joined the Cathedral Choir; however, the Liturgy is why they stayed. As members of the Cathedral Parish, Terry & Mark are on the steering committee of the Concert Series. They work closely with the Community Concert Series, ensuring that each visiting ensemble receives a warm welcome to the Cathedral Basilica, often including a home cooked meal. In addition, Terry serves as a counter for the collection & has organized a parish pilgrimage. Terry’s ministry extends outside of the Cathedral as a Member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites and Co-founder of Catholic Life Institute. Mark actively lives his faith a bit more physically, often seen making many trips up & down the steps to Chapel Hall in preparation for events at the Cathedral. The Zubert’s would like to serve on the council to continue to enhance the fellowship of the Cathedral community & to provide outreach to those looking to strengthen their relationship with Christ through a visit to Philadelphia & the Cathedral Basilica.

4. Jessica and Nick Baker:

As my wife, Jessica, & I prepare to celebrate our second wedding anniversary in November & the arrival of our first child in January, we are reflecting on what the Cathedral means to us. We were married by Father Ken Brabazon right here at the Cathedral Basilica. Before coming into the Basilica, I was a parishioner at Saint Xavier‘s church in Fairmount, while my wife was part of the Methodist Church in New Jersey. Leading up to our wedding she felt a strong calling & decided to convert to Catholicism through the Adult Christian Initiation program here at the Cathedral. During that time, we also both became greeters at the Cathedral during the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass. After being presented with this opportunity we feel like it’s a great chance for us to give back to a church that has given so much to us. We would like to help not only the Archdiocese but other couples & members of the church become more involved. We both feel our roles as lead greeters give us a great platform for outreach & connection with others. As our family grows we hope to continue the great work already being done at the Cathedral & for our own personal journey of faith to grow along with that. Thank you so much for considering us for a position that can only enhance our dedication to the church and each other.



St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Appeal

For Today. For Tomorrow. For all of us

♦ For more information please click here to visit St. Charles Borromeo’s Webpage.
♦ Donate now, click here.

Dear Friends,

If asked, “What is the seminary?” most of the faithful in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia might respond by describing a physical place. But a seminary is not so much a physical place, as it is a spiritual mission where the work of education and formation meet. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is where people called to serve Christ’s church acquire the education, skills and training they’ll need as effective disciples. Because it has been part of the Archdiocese for nearly 200 years, it’s easy to take our seminary for granted. But consider this: eight other U.S. dioceses, four religious communities and two international dioceses send their young men here to be formed as future priests.

To continue this source of service and tradition, I ask Catholics like you to be as generous as you can in supporting St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. St. Charles is crucial to the education not only of ordained priests and deacons who will serve us all, but also of the hundreds of lay and religious men and women in our graduate School of Theological Studies.

In the following pages are short profiles of some of the extraordinary people your kindness will benefit. I pray that you will come to understand that St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is, indeed: For today. For tomorrow. For all of us.

I encourage you to support your seminary, and know that you are always welcome to visit. May God bless you all.

Sincerely yours in Jesus Christ,

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.,
Archbishop of Philadelphia

Thanksgiving & Christmas Schedule 2017


  • November 23, 2017, Thanksgiving Day
    9:00 AM Mass in the Chapel. The Basilica and Parish Office will be closed, the Chapel will close following Mass.
    Free parking for visitors at 222 N. 17th St. Philadelphia, PA.
  • November 24, 2017, Friday after Thanksgiving
    9:00 AM Mass in the Chapel. The Basilica and Parish Office will be closed, the Chapel will close following Mass.
    Free parking for visitors at 222 N. 17th St. Philadelphia, PA.



Sundays of Advent: 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM and 5:30 PM in the Basilica
Saturdays of Advent: 4:15 PM in the Basilica
Monday through Friday, December 18 through December 22:11:00 AM in the Basilica
Wednesday, December 20:7:00 PM in the Basilica

Resources for the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation can be found on the website of the Office for Divine Worship,


December 15-23, 2017 from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Please see the Parish Bulletin for details.


Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, December 25, A Holy Day of Obligation:

♦ Sunday, Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017

5:00 PM Vigil Mass and 7:30 PM Vigil Mass in the Basilica
9:00 PM Representaciὁn Navideña
9:30 PM Misa de Gallo (in Spanish) in the Basilica

11:00 PM Lessons and Carols in the Basilica

♦ Monday, Christmas Day, December 25, 2017

12 Midnight, Solemn Mass in the Basilica
8:00 AM Mass, 10:00 AM Solemn Mass and 12 Noon Solemn Mass in the Basilica
There is no evening Mass.


Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, December 31
♦ Saturday, December 30, 2017
5:15 PM Anticipated Mass

♦ Sunday, December 31, 2017
8:00 AM Mass, 9:30 AM Mass, 11:00 AM Solemn Mass, 12:30 PM Mass (in Spanish) and 6:30 PM Mass

Confessions on Saturday, December 30 beginning at 4:15 PM and Sunday, December 31 beginning at 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM in the Basilica


♦ Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, January 1

♦ Monday, New Year’s Day, January 1, 2017
12 Midnight, Solemn Mass in the Basilica
8:00 AM Mass, 10:00 AM Mass and 12 Noon Solemn Mass in the Basilica

There is no evening Mass.

To view our regular Mass schedule please click here.

Giving Tree Ornament Decorating Activity

Giving Tree Ornament Decorating Activity
for our Parish Kids!
Saturday, November 18, 2017
in Chapel Hall
Parish families, join us for music, ornament decorating,
story time in English & Spanish, and snacks!
Please RSVP to help us prepare:
(Questions?; At least 1 parent must be present with children)

Cathedral Concert Series: Westminster Williamson Voices

November 19, 2017 –  3:00-5:00pm
Led by James Jordan, the Grammy-nominated ensemble returns to the Cathedral Basilica with a diverse and inspiring program showcasing the choir’s distinctive artistry and rich palette of choral colors in music by a wide range of composers exploring spirituality. Founded by James Jordan, the Westminster Williamson Voices has been praised by reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic for its recordings on the Naxos label. Gramophone magazine has characterized the ensemble’s sound as “intimate and forceful choral artistry,” with a tone that is “controlled and silken” and “vibrantly sonorous.” The American Record Guide praised the ensemble as “without peer.”

Location: The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race St. Philadelphia, PA 19103.
To purchase tickets: visit
Free Parking: use entrance on 17th St. GPS address 222 N. 17th St. 





All of us need mentors in our lives to live more fully the Christian life. One of the greatest preachers and teachers of the Faith in the history of the Church is the Apostle, Saint Paul. He continues to pass on the Word of God to us today in compelling and assuring ways to guide us as present day followers of Christ, especially in a time and society when this is increasingly unpopular and often very difficult. Learn from Saint Paul who can convinces us with the power of the Spirit (cf. 1 Cor. 2, 4).

Session One
Friday, January 5, 2018
The Letters to the Romans and to the Corinthians

Session Two
Friday, January 12, 2018
The Letters to the Galatians, Ephesians and Philippians

Session Three
Friday, January 19, 2018
The Letters to the Colossians and the Thessalonians

Session Four
Friday, January 26, 2018
The Letters to Timothy, Titus and Philemon

Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill
ector and Pastor of the Cathedral Basilica

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

PDF file: Saint Paul Series 2018

Catholic Schoolhouse Chapter

Thursday mornings

Homeschool Group using The Catholic Schoolhouse program meets Thursday mornings from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Cathedral. For more information please contact directors Gina Rogers at 215-920-2640 or Eileen D’Angelo at


Gospel Reflections

During Advent and Lent a time of reflection is offered every Tuesday at 11:00 AM. At other times, we meet on the Last Tuesday of the month.

For further information and to register, please call Sister Eleanor McCann, RSM at the Parish office at 215-561-1313 (Tuesday and Thursday) or email her at

100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

On the 13th of the month from May to October, a statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be exposed for public veneration during normal Cathedral hours, affording the faithful the opportunity to receive the Fatima Jubilee Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions.


♦ Holy Hour – Wed, September 13, 2017, 11:00 AM in the Chapel Prior to the 12:05 PM Weekday Mass
♦ Archdiocesan Rosary – Sat, October 7, 2017 7:00 pm in the Basilica
♦ Holy Hour –
 Fri, October 13, 2017, 7:00 PM in the Chapel

More Fatima Centennial celebration events can be found at:

The Sacrament of Reconciliation with a Missionary of Mercy

Please press here for details.

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 Three, Friday, August 4, 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.

PRESENTER: Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill, Rector and Pastor of the Cathedral Basilica

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

View PDF flyer here.

Archdiocesan Liturgies at the Cathedral

  • March 4, 2017, 11 AM & 3 PM – Rite of Election (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
  • March 5, 2017, 3 PM – Rite of Election (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
  • March 19, 2017, 4 PM – Prayer Service for Immigrants & Refugees (Servicio de oracion por los Inmigrantes y Refugiados) (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
  • March 25, 2017, 2 PM – Cultural Heritage Mass (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
  • April 1, 2017, 10:30 AM – Mass for Persons With Disabilities (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
  • April 22, 2017, 11:00 AM –  Annual Scout Mass
  • May 6, 2017, 5:15 PM – Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
  • May 7, 2017, 2:30 PM – Archdiocesan May Procession (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
  • May 18, 2017, 6:30 PM – Academic Honors Convocation (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
  • May 20, 2017, 10 AM – Priesthood Ordination (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
  • June 10, 2017, 10 AM – Permanent Diaconate Ordination  (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
  • July 15, 2017, 12:05 PM – Pro-Life Summit Mass (Location: The Cathedral Chapel)
  • September 24, 2017, 11:00 AM – Annual Religious Jubilarian Mass (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
  • October 15, 2017 – Anniversary Mass for the Permanent Diaconate (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
  • December 11, 2017 9:00 PM – Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass (Location: The Cathedral Basilica)
    • 8:00 PM Procession

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, visit

Cathedral Concert Series

Come and experience great music in the Cathedral

For a list of the 2016-17 Catheral Concert Series, please press here
More  information at

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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