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About Saints Philip & James Catholic Church

& University Parish

James Cardinalalt Gibbons laid the cornerstone of the first home of Saints Philip & James on September 5, 1897. The present church building was dedicated on June 15, 1930. This grand and imposing structure incorporates the finest features of the Greco-Roman and Byzantine styles it represents. It is considered to be the preeminent accomplishment of the much-acclaimed Baltimore architect, Theodore Wells Pietsch. The interior walls of the church also display the gound-breaking work of John J. Early, who pioneered the use of marble chips in concrete, and represent the first use of this process in Baltimore. After more than a century of faith and service, Saints Philip & James continues to be a beacon of hope to its community and one of the most beautiful and architecturally significant churches in Baltimore.

What do the inscriptions on the Church mean? 

Above the front and side porticos of Saints Philip and James Church you will find Latin inscriptions in stone.  This follows an ancient custom of decorating monumental buildings as "books in stone" and clearly distinguishing the use for which the structure has been dedicated.  Below are the inscriptions under which all who worship at Philip and James Church must pass:

West Portico (Main Entrance)

"INTER SANCTOS SORS ILLORUM EST"

"THEIR LOT IS AMONG THE SAINTS"  (Wisdom 5:5)

 

North Portico

"DOMUS DEI DOMUS ORATIONIS"

"THE HOUSE OF GOD IS THE HOUSE OF PRAYER" (Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13)

 

South Portico

"DOMUM DEI DECET SANCTITUDO"

"HOLINESS BEFITS THE HOUSE OF GOD" (Psalms 93:5)

 

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Parish Calendar

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Coming Soon

Fri Aug 29, 2014 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of the main church.
Sat Aug 30, 2014 @ 8:00AM - 08:30AM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of main church.
Sat Aug 30, 2014 @ 3:00PM - 03:45PM
Confessions
In Main Church
Sat Aug 30, 2014 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM
Sunday Vigil Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
Sun Aug 31, 2014 @ 7:30AM - 08:30AM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
Sun Aug 31, 2014 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
Sun Aug 31, 2014 @10:00AM - 10:30AM
Rosary

Sun Aug 31, 2014 @11:00AM - 12:15PM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
11 AM is the Traditional Sunday High Mass with Choir.
Sun Aug 31, 2014 @ 5:00PM - 06:00PM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
5 PM is the Contemporary Music Sunday Mass.
Mon Sep 01, 2014 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of the main church.
Tue Sep 02, 2014 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of the main church.
Wed Sep 03, 2014 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of the main church.
Wed Sep 03, 2014 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Weekly Holy Hour
Main Church
Thu Sep 04, 2014 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of the main church.
Fri Sep 05, 2014 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of the main church.
Sat Sep 06, 2014 @ 8:00AM - 08:30AM
Weekday Mass
Daily Mass Chapel
*Chapel entrance at right rear side of main church.
Sat Sep 06, 2014 @ 3:00PM - 03:45PM
Confessions
In Main Church
Sat Sep 06, 2014 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM
Sunday Vigil Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
Sun Sep 07, 2014 @ 7:30AM - 08:30AM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church
Silent Morning Mass
Sun Sep 07, 2014 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Sunday Mass
SS. Philip & James Main Church