A "Hail and Farewell" and a Welcome to St. Katherine Clergy

Archbishop Chaput and Father David Buffum at his deaconate ordination last year, as posted on CatholicPhilly.com

Ave Atque Vale 

Ave atque vale is a Latin expression which translates as, “Hail and Farewell.” It is a very apt expression that we offer to Father William Lange who has served St. Katherine of Siena Parish for the past two years. Father Bill has been assigned by Archbishop Chaput to be the Parochial Administrator of St. James Parish in Elkins Park, PA. In his new role Father will have all the rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities of a Pastor as he leads St. James Parish forward. We wish Father Lange well as he begins this new phase of his Priestly Ministry in our Diocese, Once plans are finalized, we will announce our plans to fete Father Bill as he prepares to leave us. 

Welcome Father David Buffum

At the same time as receiving the news of Father Lange’s transfer, we were relieved to be informed that Newly Ordained Father David Buffum would be coming to St. Katherine’s. Father Buffum spent his Deacon year assisting at St. Patrick parish Malvern and hales from Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Morton, Delaware County, PA. Father will arrive at SKS on Monday, June 17th. When you meet him the following weekend please introduce yourself to him (over and over again) and make him feel welcome in Torresdale.

Read a post on Father Buffum on CatholicPhilly.com, posted prior to his ordination.

St. Katherine of Siena Holy Week and Easter Schedule 2019


Holy Week and Easter 2019

Passion (Palm) Sunday + April 14
Regular Saturday evening and Sunday Mass Schedule
Palm will be distributed at each Mass

Penance Service + April 16
7:00 p.m. 10 Confessors available

Stations of the Cross + April 17
7:00 p.m. in Church

Holy Thursday + April 18
7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the ritual of the washing of feet
and procession to the Repository.
10:00 pm Night prayer and close of Adoration

Good Friday + April 19
9:30 am Morning Prayer followed by Adoration at the Repository
3:00 pm - the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

Holy Saturday + April 20
11:30 am Blessing of Food
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Confessions
8:00 pm Easter Vigil Liturgy

Easter Sunday + April 21
6:30, 8:00, 10:00 and 12:00 noon

Quizzo Night at St. Katherine of Siena to Benefit Pro-Life Outreach


Come play this popular Trivia Game to benefit Pro-Life Outreach and Abortion Alternative services on  Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM.


Admission is $25 and includes pizza, beer, soft drinks, snacks, games, prizes and DJ. 


Tickets may be purchased at the door that evening or in advance by signing up after Mass at the back of Church this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, April 6 and 7.

40 Days for Life


You are invited to join together with other Christians to be a witness for "Life", by peacefully praying outside Planned Parenthood for one hour (or half-hour) at Comly Road and Roosevelt Boulevard.  We ask our parishioners to participate in this effort to save the unborn from abortion.  The day assigned to St. Katherine of Siena Parish is Wednesday, April 10, from 7 AM until 3 PM.

There will be a sign up sheet on the table at the back of the church this weekend.  This campaign has been very successful in reducing deaths among the unborn and in raising public awareness.

You may sign up for a specific time slot at church or go to Planned Parenthood between 7 AM and 3 PM.

Questions: Carole Hall, 215-637-3160

SKS Project Helping Heroes


SKS Project Helping Heroes

The Parish Youth Ministry will be collecting toiletries to make Blessing Bags for Veterans in need during the

SKS Day of Lenten Service

The collection  will take place in the back of Church after the masses on weekend of April 6th and 7th

Items in need are all trial size and to include:

Soap, Deodorant, Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Disposable Razors, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Hand Sanitizer, Q-Tips, Nail Clippers, Plastic Combs, Tissue Packs and Socks 

There will be a table in the back of church, please leave bagged items on the table marked Project Helping Heroes

Join the SKS PYM for A Day of Lenten Service


Join the SKS PYM for A Day of Lenten Service

Students, Families and Parishioners are invited to

participate in any or all of the day’s project.

Saturday April 13th ~ 10am ~ McBride Hall

10am Aid for Friends Cook-in ~
Preparing and assembling 
meals to be delivered to Parish Shut-ins

10.45am Assembling Toiletry Bags for Veterans in need

11am Making Rosaries with the Catholic Daughters

2pm Immaculate Mary Home Visitation


This is a wonderful way to give back and give thanks for all the blessings in your life…..hope you can join us for this  Day of Parish Family Service!

       Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.              

                                                                         Helen Keller