Mission Statement

In one of the best known Psalms - Psalm 23, we hear, "my cup overflows". Those words are very true here at Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church in the Kingdom of North Philadelphia. Our cup overflows with many blessings from our Awesome God. Join us!

As members of Saint Martin de Porres Parish of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia we seek

  • to worship in word and sacrament
  • to proclaim and live the radical Gospel message of Christ
  • to develop a loving and caring faith community committed to the principle of social justice
  • to be a strong Catholic evangelizing presence to all people and especially the African-American community

We are challenged to strive for spiritual growth, to embrace the Gospel message and to make a difference in the world. We also seek to fulfill the mission love, peace and mutual respect by:

  • inspiring one another spiritually, emotionally and morally
  • developing open and on-going conversation within our community
  • bringing one another to a deeper awareness of God's love and sense of their own discipleship
  • incorporating the values, teachings, and traditions of our African-American heritage into our prayer and worship

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Mass Schedule

Just For Men...
Daily Mass Schedule
Tuesday - Friday 7AM

Sunday Mass, 10:00AM
Sunday 9:30AM

All men of the Church (young men as well) are invited to join Father Thorne for fellowship on the second Sunday of the month in the Community Hall. Following our gathering we will go to Mass together.

Come and Join Us!
All Are Welcome

Thank you for your generosity to our Church. Please continue to be as generous as possible in the Sunday Mass collections.

Anyone interesting in joining the Catholic Church
or receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation,
First Penance or First Communion, please contact:
Sister Lynn Marie Ralph, SBS
215-228-8330 srlmralph@gmail.com  


With deep regrets we announce the passing of Deacon Thomas Shields, which occurred January 10.
Deacon Shields was ordained as a Permanent Deacon on November 7, 1982, one of the first African American Deacons in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The Funeral Arrangements for Deacon Shields are the following:
St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
2340 W. Lehigh Ave. Phila., Pa. 19132
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Viewing - 9:00 AM
           Mass - 11:00 AM - Celebrated by Archbishop Charles Chaput
Monday, January 25, 2016
Burial - National Cemetery, Harrisburg, PA

UPDATE: Deacon Shields' Funeral will be move to January 25th due to in-climate weather.
We ask that you join us in prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving for the life of this good and faithful servant of God. 
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May the soul of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Let the Church say AMEN!

Know your Faith! Grow your Faith!
Faith Sharing Group…Sunday at 8:45 am in the Church Hall.
Bible Study with Father Thorne, Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Rectory Chapel
Bring your Bible!


> Sunday - January 3rd - 10AM - Mass

> Sunday - January 10th - 10AM - Mass

> Sunday - January 17th - 10AM - Mass

> Monday - January 18th - 7PM - Archdiocesan Prayer Service
In Remembrance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
Hosted by Saint Katharine Drexel Church, Chester PA
(Bus Leaves from Saint Martin de Porres at 5:30PM)

> Sunday - January 24th - 10AM - Mass
Guest Preacher Deacon Gerard Jordan, O. Praem

> Sunday - January 31st - 10AM - Mass

Make plans to join the Black Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in FIVE minutes of "live" prayer every weekday at 6:30 AM
Call:  1-857-232-0158Enter code: 336656
Regular long distance tolls may apply. Please call from a cell phone or a land line with free long disance service.
Join us! Wake up with prayer! Spread the word!
Pray for and with your family and friends.
E-mail us at catholiccalltoprayer@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook: "Catholic Call to Prayer"
Our website is: www.catholiccalltoprayer.com
Tell your friends!

World Meeting of Families 2015



More details on the Upcoming Events page.