The Repose of the Soul of Deacon Stanley Zaleski


Deacon Stanley Zaleski, 79, of Philadelphia, PA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 10, 2022 . He was predeceased by his parents Rose and Stanley Zaleski, sisters Jeanne, Stella, and Dolores. Stanley leaves behind his loving wife of 50 years, Sandra Zaleski (nee Mento), sons, Steven (Nicole),  Father Joseph, Thomas (Aricelma), Michael, David (Michelle), and Brian. He was also the loving grandfather of Halley, Kendal, Abigail,  David, Cecelia, Matthew, Emily, Joshua, Brayden, Victoria and Samuel. Stanley is also survived by his sister Christine Polselli-Paulik (the late Anothy Polselli), nieces, nephews, and members of his Diaconate class of 2007.
Stanley was a permanent Deacon at Saint Martin of Tours Church, and Holy Redeemer Hospital. He was a dedicated teacher at Father Judge Catholic High School for Boys for 43 years. Stanley was also a member of the Knights of Columbus McHugh Council.   
The Rite of Reception of the Body will be Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 6:00 PM St. Katherine of Siena Church.  Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and also Thursday, July 14, 2022, 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM St. Katherine of Siena Church, 9700 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, followed by his Funeral Mass 11:00 AM.  Interment will be held at Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Stanley's name to The North Catholic Alumni, 2700 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19152.

Clerical Changes at St. Katherine of Siena Parish


Congratulations are in order for St. Katherine of Siena's pastor, Msgr. Paul M. Kennedy.  On Friday, May, 20, Archbishop Nelson Pérez announced that Msgr. Kennedy has been named Pastor Emeritus of St. Katherine of Siena Parish. 

The title "Pastor Emeritus" is a formal recognition of a priest's distinguished service to a parish.  Msgr. Kennedy was named pastor of St. Katherine of Siena in 2005.

Msgr. Kennedy will move on to a position as a senior priest, effective June 20, 2022.  In his new ministry he will assist St. David Parish in Willow Grove and serve as chaplain to the Sisters of Saint Joseph at Saint Joseph Villa in Flourtown.

On Saturday, May 21, Msgr. Kennedy celebrated his 45th anniversary to the priesthood.  Prior to St. Katherine of Siena, Msgr. Kennedy spent many years in education with roles including principal and president of Cardinal Dougherty High School and principal of Archbishop Kennedy High School, Conshohocken. In 2017, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness Pope Francis, being recognized with the "Monsignor" title.

Archbishop Pérez announced that Fr. Joseph Zaleski would be named Parochial Administrator of St. Katherine of Siena Parish, effective June 20, 2022.  Parishioners of St. Katherine of Siena surely will remember Fr. Zaleski, from his service to the parish from 2015 to 2017.  St. Katherine of Siena was Fr. Zaleski's first priestly ministry. 

Since leaving St. Katherine in 2017, Fr. Zaleski has served as a faculty member at Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast High School, School Minister at West Catholic Preparatory High School, and as School Minister at Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast High School.

A parochial administrator holds all the rights and duties of the pastor.  In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, priests are first given the role of parochial administrator before being assigned formally as a pastor.  St. Katherine of Siena welcomes back Fr. Zaleski as our shepherd! 

Fr. Zaleski said, "I leave Bonner & Prendie with a heavy heart but I’m thrilled to be going back to Saint Katherine’s!"

Additionally, Fr. David Buffum has been appointed Parochial Vicar of Saints Peter and Paul in West Chester.  Fr. Buffum has been at St. Katherine of Siena since his ordination in 2019.  We wish him well in his new role!

Fr. Kevin Okafor has been assigned to St. Katherine of Siena as Parochial Vicar.  Fr. Okafor was ordained to the priesthood in 2020.  Fr. Okafor comes to us from St. Elizabeth in Upper Uwchlan, Pennsylvania.

Finally, Fr. Andrew Lane, who served the last year at St. Katherine of Siena as a Transitional Deacon, has been named Parochial Vicar of St. Timothy Parish in Philadelphia.  Fr. Lane will celebrate the 10:00 a.m. mass at St. Katherine of Siena on Sunday, May 29.

Ave atque vale is a Latin expression which translates as, “Hail and Farewell.”  We wish the best to all in their new ministries! 

SKS Centennial May Crowning

On Saturday, May 7th, immediately following the 8am Mass we will honor the Blessed Mother by crowning the statue that stands beside our Church in the Grant Avenue parking lot.  This statue of Mary was a gift to our parish from the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.  For many years it stood in front of the Convent at Nazareth Hospital.  Similar to our holiday flag raisings after Mass, we will process to the statue, sing a hymn, recite the Litany of Loretto and crown the statue.  Please plan to join in this most fitting way to begin the month of Mary by honoring Mary.
                                "To Jesus, through Mary" 

SKS Stewardship Fair - Sunday, May 1


We make a Living by what we get,
we make a Life by what we Give.

SKS Stewardship Fair

Sunday, May 1

McBride Hall ~ After each Mass

25 Display Booths- Balloon Sculpting – Face Painting

Door Prizes

Refreshments after all Masses

Contests, Entertainment and More…

Family Fun for All!!

Come, learn about all the wonderful SKS organizations, their ministries and goals. SKS is a Stewardship Parish and we encourage everyone to attend the fair, meet your fellow parishioners and learn what Stewardship can mean to you.

Stewardship: A Way of Life!!!!

Nominate Someone to the SKS Hall of Fame!


St. Katherine of Siena Hall of Fame honors those who have given their time and talents to SKS parish and/or school in ways that have upheld its mission and contributed significantly to its continued growth

We invite our parish and school community members to nominate someone you feel meets the above description.     

Nomination Process    

Nominees must be submitted via the nomination form on the attached form. Anonymous nominations will not be considered. The SKS Hall of Fame selection committee, composed of parishioners and SKS employees appointed by the pastor, will review all nominations and choose at least five (5) inductees for 2019.

Newly elected members will be inducted into the SKS Hall of Fame on Sunday November 20, 2022.

All nominees must meet the following criteria for membership in the 

                      St. Katherine of Siena Hall of Fame:

  1. Current or former parishioner - former employee – former student - persons who have a long-standing relationship with St. Katherine of Siena Parish and/or School
  2. Thirty-five (35) years of age or older
  3. Has upheld the mission of SKS and significantly contributed to its continued growth by providing leadership in the creation and development of new parish or school programs and/or providing long-term dedication to the parish or school in several different areas OR is a former student who has made notable accomplishments in their life while exemplifying the mission and values of SKS.

Download Hall of Fame Nomination form

Nominations will be accepted until 5:00pm on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Nomination forms must be submitted to:  

St. Katherine of Siena Rectory
9700 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19114

2022 Holy Week and Easter Schedule


Holy Week
Passion (Palm) Sunday + April 10
Regular Saturday evening and Sunday Mass Schedule
Palm will be distributed at each Mass

Parish Lenten Reconciliation Service
Tuesday, April 12th ~ 7 p.m.
(10 Confessors will be available)

Holy Thursday + April 14th
7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper
With the ritual of the washing
of feet, and procession to the Repository
10:00 p.m. Night Prayer and close of Adoration

Good Friday + April 15th
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer followed by
Adoration at the Repository
Until the solemn Liturgy of good Friday at 3 p.m.

Holy Saturday + April 16th
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Confessions
11:30 a.m. Blessing of Food
8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Liturgy

Easter Sunday + April 17th
6:30, 8:00, 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon


Tenebrae - Palm Sunday at 7:00 p.m.


TENEBRAE, a Latin word meaning “darkness” is an ancient Christian Holy Week service dating back to the seventh century in which we accompany Jesus in His last hours. Tenebrae is characterized by readings, the gradual extinguishing of candles and the “strepitus,” meaning “great noise,” representing the earthquake and the confusion which accompanied Christ’s death and burial. As the church grows darker we begin our wait, in patient hope, for His Resurrection.

Come join us at St. Katherine of Siena, 9700 Frankford Ave, Phila., 19114, on April 10 th , at 7pm as we enter into Holy Week to walk solemnly with Christ to His Passion, Death and Glorious Resurrection.

Join St. Katherine April 6 for a Rosary Workshop  


Join St. Katherine for a Rosary Workshop            

Wednesday April 6th ~ 5:30pm Fitzgerald Hall

Have you ever seen a Lasso Rosary?
Did you know that there is a Stations of the Cross Chaplet

Dr. Helen Hoffner, author of the Rosary Collectors Guide, will show a few antique and unusual rosaries during the

 Rosary Workshop. With the guidance of the Catholic Daughters’, we will be making Rosaries traditional of the Ukrainian colors.                  

The Workshop is Free and Open to All!

All Rosaries made will be donated and shipped to the Ukraine.

RSVP With the Form Below:
Download Rosary Workshop

St. Peter's Dinner: Friday, April 8


Friday April 8~ 6pm
St. Katherine of Siena Church
Fitzgerald Hall ~ $18 Adult - $10 Child

Menuto include: Fried Flounder, Spaghetti and Clams, Fish
Sticks, Mac and Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, Cole Slaw, Mixed
Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Garden Salad and Rolls

Light Refreshments Served or BYOB

Reservations a Must, Tables of 6 or more may be reserved.
*Take out dinners must be picked up between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
**Registration table does not open until 6:00 p.m.

All Reservations and Orders must be placed by Sunday, April 4th.

Download 2022 St. Peters Dinner Registration form