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April 16, 2014

Office For Child And Youth Protection Plants Pinwheel Garden For National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Child and Youth Protection (OCYP) planted approximately 180 pinwheels in front of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center as part of a national effort to commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention month. The pinwheels will remain in place through the end of April. The nationwide Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign was conceived by […]

April 16, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: A Message For Easter 2014

Dear friends in Jesus Christ, For Christians, Holy Week is the most sacred time of year. It’s a time to reflect on what the “good news” of Jesus Christ really means. C.S. Lewis once wrote that “Christianity is a thing of unspeakable joy. But it begins not in joy, but in wretchedness, and it does […]

April 14, 2014

Letter Of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. To The Jewish Community At Passover

Together with the clergy and people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I want to extend to the local Jewish community our prayerful best wishes during this year’s observance of Passover. Passover is, of course, the great feast that marks the liberation of the Chosen People from slavery. In remembering this miracle, the celebrations relating to […]

April 11, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Holy Week And The Gift Of Priesthood

Holy Week is the most sacred time of the Christian year. And on every Holy Thursday, priests of the archdiocese gather at the annual Chrism Mass to renew their fraternal bonds and the meaning of their vocation. The readings of the Chrism Mass have a special beauty and power, and they deserve the attention of […]

April 10, 2014

Archbishop Chaput To Celebrate Annual Mass For Persons With Disabilities

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities. The Eucharistic liturgy is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf Apostolate, which recognizes the needs and gifts of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and facilitates […]

April 8, 2014

Holy Week And Easter Masses At The Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul

PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD – April 13th, 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist at both Masses. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the Proclamation of the Passion. It marks the beginning of Holy Week. Other Masses […]

April 3, 2014

Share A Simple Meal With Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

Thomas Awiapo, a survivor of bleak poverty and hunger in his village in Ghana, will share his story of perseverance and success over a simple meal at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Mr. Awiapo survived with the aid of Catholic Relief Services. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is participating in CRS Rice Bowl for the 39th year […]

April 2, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: A Gathering That Needs Our Support

This week’s column is brief. But the subject matter warrants all our attention. Again this June, our nation’s bishops have asked Catholics across the country to observe a “Fortnight for Freedom.” The theme this year is “Freedom to Serve.” It highlights the many Catholic social and charitable ministries that serve the poor, the homeless and […]

March 28, 2014

Saint Laurentius Church Worship Site To Be Closed Immediately For Safety Reasons

The Saint Laurentius Church worship site in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia will be immediately closed until further notice. The building has been examined on multiple occasions over the past several months by an independent engineering firm. An inspection conducted earlier this week led to a recommendation to close the site. This recommendation was accepted […]

March 28, 2014

Office Of Catholic Education And Faith In The Future Foundation Announce Administrative Appointments

The Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (OCE) and Faith in the Future are pleased to announce the appointments of Mr. Peter Balzano, Principal of Cardinal O’Hara High School (Delaware County), Mr. William E. Brannick, Director of Technology, Office of Catholic Education and Mr. Michael J. McArdle as Director of Financial Aid, […]