The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s newest urban mission brings worship of God and care for one’s neighbor right to the streets of Kensington. See a photo gallery from inside the converted bar at Allegheny Avenue and on the nearby streets. Read the full story here. (Photos by Sarah Webb and Marybeth Malloy)

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Father Joseph Devlin, co-coordinator of Mother of Mercy House, celebrates daily Mass Jan. 26 in the mission.

Father Joseph Devlin celebrates Mass as Sr Ann Ryamond Welte, IHM and Father Liam Murphy pray.  Mass is celebrated Tuesday thorugh Friday at noon at Mother of Mercy House.

Father Joseph Devlin celebrates Mass as Sister Ann Raymond Welte, I.H.M. (left) and Father Liam Murphy (center) pray. Mass is celebrated Tuesday through Friday at noon at Mother of Mercy House.

Fr Liam Murphy offers the blood of Christ.

Father Murphy offers the blood of Christ to a communicant.

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Sr Ann Ryamond Welte, IHM introduces Geoff Gusoff, a third year medical student at University of Pennsylvania, and Dr Francis McNesby, M.D., a doctor at Saint Christopher Hospital for Children.  Both men are volunteering at Mothe of Mercy House but this was their first time meeting.

Sister Ann Raymond introduces Geoff Gusoff (left), a third year medical student at University of Pennsylvania, to Dr. Francis McNesby, a doctor at St. Christopher Hospital for Children. Both men are volunteering at Mother of Mercy House but this was their first meeting.

Father Joseph Devlin and Father Liam Murphy chat with guests after Mass.

Father Joseph Devlin and Father Liam Murphy chat with guests after Mass.

Father Liam Murphy, Sr Ann Raymond and Father Joseph Devlin chat with two men from the Kensington community.

Chatting with two men in the Kensington community on a recent morning are Mother of Mercy House co-coordinators Father Murphy (far left), Father Devlin (right) and Sister Ann (center).

Sr Ann Raymond Welte, IHM hands a bag of groceries over to a woman from the community.

Sister Ann hands a bag of groceries to a woman from the community.

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Volunteers donated and served hot dogs, pretzels and gifts generously to share the love of Christmas on Christmas Eve.

Volunteers serve donated hot dogs, pretzels and gifts to share with residents on Christmas Eve.

Children from the community were overjoyed when Santa came to visit Mother of Mercy House's Christmas celebration.

Children from the community were overjoyed when Santa came to visit Mother of Mercy House’s Christmas celebration.

Sr Ann Raymond Welte, IHM organizes donated food and supplies in the early stages of Mother of Mercy House.

Sister Ann organizes donated food and supplies in the early stages of Mother of Mercy House.

Father Liam Murphy offers a blessing on the Kensington sidewalk.

Father Murphy offers a blessing on the Kensington sidewalk.

Volunteers work to replace a bar with an altar at Mother of Mary House.

Volunteers work to remove the bar so that an altar may be installed at Mother of Mary House.

Fathers Liam Murphy and Joseph Devlin celebrate Mass on the Kensington sidewalk.

Fathers Liam Murphy and Joseph Devlin celebrate Mass on the Kensington sidewalk.

Father Joseph Devlin celebrates Mass on the sidewalk outside Mother Mercy House in Kensington.

Father Joseph Devlin celebrates Mass on the sidewalk outside Mother Mercy House in Kensington.

The old bar that was converted in to Mother of Mercy House was full with donated coats in the fall for those in need as the winter approached.

The old bar that was converted to Mother of Mercy House brims over with donated coats in the fall for those in need as winter approached.

Mother of Mercy House uses the hashtag GivingTuesday to get the word out as they reach out to the community in Kensington.

Mother of Mercy House uses the hashtag #GivingTuesday to get the word out on social media as they reach out to the community in Kensington.

Father Liam Murphy and Sr Ann Raymond Welte, IHM chat with people as they offer coffee as the weather gets cold.

Father Murphy and Sister Ann offer coffee and chat with people on a cold day.

Father Liam Murphy engages with members of the community while Mother of Mercy House offers hoagies and snacks.

Father William Murphy speaks with residents of the Kensington neighborhood who share hoagies and snacks at Mother of Mercy House.

Members of the community come out for a Christmas celebration at Mother of Mercy House.

Members of the community come out for a Christmas celebration at Mother of Mercy House.

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