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December 10, 2004


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will host the 49TH annual Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children for approximately 400 children of different races, ages and religions. All of the children who attend the party are served through various programs of Catholic Social Services. Catholic Social Services is the largest non-profit social service agency in Pennsylvania. The party begins with a colorful parade, followed by presents and entertainment.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel
17th Street between Vine and Race Streets

1:15 to 2:00 p.m.
Cardinal Rigali will greet children in hotel lobby

2:00 p.m.
Cardinal will greet high school volunteers in foyer of Grand Ballroom

2:15 p.m.
Parade enters ballroom

Cardinal Rigali will speak to the children after the parade as will Reverend Joseph Tracy, Secretary for Catholic Human Services. There will be a short play at 2:45 p.m. and Santa Claus will arrive at 3:00 p.m. to distribute gifts.

The Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children not only provides entertainment and presents for the children, it also raises funds to support Catholic Social Services programs throughout the year. Catholic Social Services assists more than 155,000 children, adults and families throughout the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties).

As in past years, the Wyndham Philadelphia Hotel will generously provide its services for this event. Mr. Daniel H. Polett, owner and president of Wilkie Chevrolet Buick Subaru, is the event chairperson for the eleventh year. 500 students from Catholic high schools throughout the Archdiocese will provide the entertainment.

Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist

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