A message from Fr. Gerald Dennis Gill

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Welcome to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the mother church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Francis Patrick Kenrick initiated the building of this magnificent Church in 1846. It was continued through the tenure of Saint John Neumann and completed in 1864 by Bishop (later Archbishop) Wood. You are invited to not only learn more about our Cathedral Basilica through this website but also to join us for liturgy, for private prayers and for a tour of our imposing Basilica.

Cathedral Video Tour

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Cathedral History

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The Cathedral Church

Welcome to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The cathedral church is the principal church of a diocese, because it is here that the bishop as the local ordinary of the diocese has a throne (chair), called the cathedra. The history of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is central to the history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Cathedral Staff

  • Rev. Dennis Gill (Rector)
  • Rev. Angelo Hernandez (Parochial Vicar)
  • Rev. Kenneth Brabazon (Parochial Vicar)
  • Carol Ruddick (Rectory Secretary)
  • Annette Siegel (Business Manager)
  • Deacon Joseph A. Micucci (Deacon)
  • Deacon Epifanio DeJesus (Deacon)
  • Dr. John Romeri (Director of Music)
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Mass Schedules

  • Holy Mass
  • Weekly & Saturday Mass
  • Holy Days 
  • Reconciliation
Holy Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil

5:15 pm in Basilica

Sunday Masses

8:00 am in Cathedral Chapel
9:30 am in Basilica
11:00 am in Basilica                    12:30 pm  Spanish Mass in Cathedral Chapel 
  6:30 pm in Basilica

Weekday & Saturday Mass Schedule
Monday to Friday

7:15 am
12:05 pm                     


12:05 pm in the Cathedral Chapel - Miraculous Medal Novena prayers recited following the 12:05 pm Mass

Holy Days


Upcoming Holy Day Schedule
Daily Confessions

Monday-Friday: 11:30 am
Saturday: 4:15-5:00 pm in Basilica
Sunday: 9:00 am and 5:30 pm in Basilica

Confessions in Spanish

12:00 to 12:15 pm Sundays

Parish Calendar


Weekly Bulletin

October 19, 2014
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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How Do I...

  • Become a Catholic
  • Join the Cathedral
  • Get Married at the Cathedral
  • Baptism at the Cathedral
  • Make a Donation
  • Obtain a Mass Card
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Become a Catholic

Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith? Would you like to become a Catholic? Are you a baptized Adult Catholic in need of Confirmation?

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Join the Cathedral

Join the Cathedral

A warm welcome is extended to new parishioners! We invite all parishioners to register with the Rectory Office. If you are new to the parish, or if you are a regular communicant who has never formally registered as a parishioner, there are registration forms available at the Rectory Office.

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get married in the cathedral

Get Married at the Cathedral

The Cathedral Basilica Wedding Guidelines help couples understand what to expect when making a decision about holding their ceremony at the Basilica. A minimum of six months advanced planning and preparation prior to the wedding date is required.

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Baptism at the Cathedral

Baptism at the Cathedral

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Infant Baptisms are scheduled on most Sundays and arrangements must be made in advance by calling the Rectory Office. Adults seeking Baptism are invited to particiate in The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.

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Make a Donation

Make a Donation

Our Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul stands as a sign of faith for our city, for our Archdiocese and for all of our visitors. It belongs to all of our people and consequently depends on our devoted people. Your generous donation makes it possible to sustain our magnificent church.

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Obtain a Mass Card

Obtain a Mass Card

Giving a Mass card, and with it the promise of the Eurcharist being celebrated for a particular intention, has long been a way of expressing support, sympathy and care for a relative or friend or simply to thank God for favors received.

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