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Catholic Social Services’ Northeast Family Service Center to Host Annual Lunch With Santa

Publish date: December 4, 2019

Parents and children who benefit from the Northeast Family Service Center’s parenting and pregnancy programs will be in attendance for the festivities.

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Remain in My Love

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CCA 2019

Gifts made to the Catholic Charities Appeal support close to 180 ministries and programs.

STRIVE 21-Day Challenge Pornography Detox

STRIVE is a 21-day detox from pornography developed by Matt Fradd and published by Philadelphia-based Cardinal Studios. Thousands of men from around the world have seen a powerful transformation in their lives with this online series. STRIVE is available in both English and Spanish, and is offered at no cost. To learn more about STRIVE, or to register for the 21-day challenge, please click here.

2019 Alternative Christmas Cards

Nutritional Development Services’ Community Food Program (NDSCFP) is offering Alternative Christmas Cards for the 2019 holiday season. All proceeds will directly benefit NDS food cupboards located throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. For more information and to purchase, please click here.

Advent Retreat

The Office for Consecrated Life is sponsoring an Advent retreat on Saturday, December 14th at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The retreat will explore the “Three Comings of Christ,” will be led by Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T., and will include Mass and opportunities for confession and quiet time in the Cathedral. For more information, please click here.

32nd Annual Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Open House and Christmas Concert

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary’s 32nd Annual Open House and Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 8th. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., visitors can tour the campus and art collection including the international Christmas Crèche display and Papal artifacts from the 2015 Apostolic visit. The Christmas Concert begins at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Martin of Tours. It will feature the musicians and choir of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. All are welcome to attend. There will be a free will offering for a charity to be chosen by the seminarians.

Christmas at the Cathedral Basilica

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul will hold its annual Christmas Concert and prayer service on Sunday, December 8th. This year’s program will begin at 3:00 p.m., and include “Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars” (Jonathan Dove), the riveting “In Splendoribus Sanctorum” (James Macmillan), Sir Christèmas (William Mathias), the Advent Responsory (Richard Marlow) and holiday favorites for all to join in singing. All are welcome to come and pause for an afternoon of reflection and prayer in anticipation of our Lord, Jesus Christ. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.

9 Days for Life

Archbishop Chaput encourages the clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to pray with the Bishops of the United States to end abortion January 21–29, 2020. The “9 Days for Life” novena spans the March for Life and can be a way to participate spiritually with thousands of pilgrims from the Archdiocese who will travel to Washington, DC on Friday, January 24. For more information, please click here.

Pilgrimage to the Eucharistic Congress

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and His Eminence Cardinal Justin Rigali invites you on a pilgrimage to the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Central Europe. Explore Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Altötting, and Munich September 17-27, 2019. For more information, please click here.

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Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia benefits more than 175,000 individuals annually. Motivated by its mission to serve the most vulnerable and at-risk members of our society, CSS offers a variety of community-based and residential programs and services to assist and support men, women and children living in Philadelphia and its four surrounding counties.

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Do you need help accessing services and supports for someone with an intellectual disability or Autism? This convenient help-line can help families connect to disabilities services provided by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.