Welcome to St. Agatha·St. James Parish

As the ”mother Catholic church" of University City and West Philadelphia, we seek to extend the loving care of God to everyone—students and non-students; local residents and visitors; Catholics and non-Catholics.

Our beautiful church is located at 3728 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (SE corner of 38th and Chestnut).

Our universities are home to the first Newman Center in the United States and we offer many university-oriented activities. Our main Newman Center is at 3720 Chestnut St; it houses the parish offices and the St. Bede Chapel.

Sunday Masses in Church
9:30am    11:30am    5:30pm    9:00pm  

Wednesday, May 4
Adoration in Church at 8:30PM; Vigil Mass for Ascension of Our Lord in Church at 9:15PM

Thursday, May 5  
Ascension of Our Lord (Holy Day of Obligation)
Mass in Church 12:05PM

 Every Wednesday Candlelight Adoration and Mass 

Adoration starts at 8:30pm, with mass at 9:15pm.

Masses in St Bede Chapel, Newman Center:
- From Moday to Friday at 12:05pm

- Korean Mass, First and Third Saturdays at 5:30pm.​
- Spanish Mass, Second and fourth Saturday at 5:30pm.  

For other masses click HERE

Confessions are heard thirty (30) minutes before each Sunday Mass. You may also request confession from a priest following daily Masses.

Becoming Catholic

Prayer Schedule

Wedding Reservations

Parish Bulletin

Rental reservations

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