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now and forever!


St. Cornelius Catholic Church

Celebrating 53 years of proclaiming Jesus!

St. Cornelius Catholic Church is a faith filled, dynamic Catholic Church and a place to discover Jesus.  When you are here celebrating Mass, whether you have been with the parish since the beginning or just joined yesterday, you are part of a family.  From the energetic and spiritually up-lifting music to the passion of the volunteers in the many parish ministries, St. Cornelius offers a worship environment like no other in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Formally established in 1963 and set on 70 acres of beautiful land in Chadds Ford, St. Cornelius has grown to a vibrant community of more than 2,000 families.  In September 1996, St. Cornelius Parish School was established with its first pre-school class and has since grown to a program encompassing Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten through Grade 8 with 250 students.  In 2002 a new state-of-the-art school building was completed to accommodate the growing student population.

For the St. Cornelius families with children not enrolled in the school, the parish offers a strong CCD program with currently 600 students attending. 

For those who wish to get involved, St. Cornelius Church has to offer more than 20 Committees, Ministries and Groups, all of which have a positive and lasting impact on the community.  In addition, new opportunities for outreach and volunteerism are continually being developed and sought.  The driving force here at St. Cornelius, beginning with the Altar, is to live the mission of Christ and to put Him first in all we do, because ultimately being Catholic means more than just attending Mass each Sunday.  For Catholics yearning to be a part of something bigger than themselves, St. Cornelius offers them a home where they can feel complete.

The children in St. Cornelius Parish School are also taught from the beginning that Faith comes first.  This is a strong component in the formation of its students as they move through the curriculum.  St. Cornelius School also has a competitive academic program; with each student having their own ipad and access to a fully equipped library, Lab Learner Science Lab, art studio, music room and Spanish computer lab.  Also, they can enjoy an active student life through participation in Student Council, CYO sports, French, Spanish, Lego, newspaper and recorder clubs. 

From young to old and everyone in between, St. Cornelius Catholic Church is a place that can be called home.  Everyone is welcome and no one will ever be made to feel different.  Experience one Mass here, and you will want to come back every weekend.

Are You Registered?

It is quite an undertaking to keep up-to-date records of our parish membership. There is a constant ebb and flow of people moving in and moving out of the parish. If you do not receive monthly mail from the parish, it is a good indication that we do not have you in our registered rolls. One important reason for knowing the number of families, is that the diocese assigns it's priest personnel according to registered numbers. If you are not registered, please come to the Parish Life Center after Mass on Sunday from 8:30am to 12:30pm or Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.


St. Cornelius Elementary School

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Catholic Charities Appeal

Please visit the Catholic Charities Appeal website to learn more about how you can help those in need.

World Meeting of Families 2015

On September 22-27, 2015, Philadelphia will welcome the 8th World Meeting of Families, which is expected to draw a global audience. In June 2012, the 7th World Meeting, held in Milan, Italy, drew hundreds of thousands to the city with more than one million attending the Holy Father’s Mass.

Our Servicemen and Women

Let us pray for our men and women serving in the Armed Forces. See the latest bulletin for the most recent names.

Married Couple Prayer Retreat

Looking for a gift to give each other? Why not a Marriage Retorno weekend?

MR is a Scripture based couple prayer retreat for married couples wanting to deepen their relationship with one another in the Lord. It is the second step of Marriage Encounter. The cost is $250/couple. Space is limited. For info, contact Joe and Mary Ward at 215-362-8699 or visit the MR web site at


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