Liturgical life and the Sacraments

Baptism and Confirmation
We are pleased and honored to welcome new members into the the Body of Christ. Please contact us for information about preparation for these Sacraments of Initiation.


The Augustinians of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are happy to help you plan and preside at your wedding rite. From a simple Rite of Weddings to a Eucharistic Wedding, we are happy and honored to work with couples.

The AIHM Order and Church in the justice of the Gospel, promote marriage equality and offer the sacrament to opposite and same sex couples. We also believe in the healing love of second chance marriages to those legally and properly divorced.




The Augustinians of the Immaculate Heart of Mary offer Eucharist weekly at communities under our pastoral care.
All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Eucharist regardless of denominational affiliation.

General Absolution is given at every Mass, and private Confessions are heard any time by appointment.

Anointing of the Sick
Please call contact us to request anointing for anyone who is ill. Anointing is also available at Sunday Masses at parishes under our care.

For more information about any of these sacraments please contact :

Fr. Joseph in Philadelphia: 610-876-4067   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fr. Shane in Chester: 610-415-8629  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fr. Thomas in Reading: 610-741-5729  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







 Apostolic Succession



Bishop Joseph Augustine Menna's Apostolic lines, by record or tradition, trace back to St. Peter himself, and in the eastern church they trace back to both the Apostles: St. Andrew and St. Thomas. Some notable bishops in the line include +Rene Vilatte, who consecrated the first Archbishop of Utrecht, +Arnold Matthew, first bishop of Old Catholics in England, +Aftimios Ofiesh, a reformer in the Orthodox lines, and most notably from Roman lines: +Duarte-Costa, reformer from Brazil in the 1940's, and the most recent, +Emmanuel Milingo lines, the bishop who led reform for married clergy. 


Churches represented in these lines of succession are: Roman Catholic, Antioch Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Old Catholic. Many great reformers and spiritual heritages to carry on for the Body of Christ today, and many heroes to pray for us and our corner of the Church before the throne of God.

Apostolic succession, in Christian theology, is the doctrine asserting that the chosen successors of the apostles enjoyed through God's grace the same authority, power, and responsibility as was conferred upon the apostles by Jesus. Therefore present-day bishops, as the successors of previous bishops, going back to the apostles, have this power by virtue of this unbroken chain. For the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Old/Independent Catholic churches, this link with the apostles is what guarantees for them their authority in matters of faith, morals, and the valid administration of sacraments. Essential to maintaining the apostolic succession is the right consecration of bishops. (Columbia Encyclopedia)