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April 11, 2005


The 2005 Catholic Charities Appeal will kick off with four celebrations of the many good works that the annual appeal funds throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The kick off events are designed to inspire Catholics to help raise more contributions to the Appeal.

Each of the four auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will lead a regional kickoff celebration one week in April, leading up to Appeal Sunday on May 1, 2005.

Six year old Maura McGrath and her family will attend each event. Maura, who has Down’s Syndrome, attends St. Katherine’s Day School, one of the Archdiocesan schools of special education funded by the Appeal. Her parents will speak about what St. Katharine’s means to Maura. Media are welcome to cover the events.

Regional Kickoff Celebrations for the 2005 Catholic Charities Appeal

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Monday, April 4, 2005
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saint Katherine Day School
930 Bowman Avenue
Wynnewood, PA

For Montgomery County and Philadelphia-North parishes

Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis
Monday, April 11, 2005
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saint Agnes Parish Hall
233 West Gay Street
West Chester, PA

For Chester County parishes

Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden
Monday, April 18, 2005
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Good Counsel
611 Knowles Avenue
Southampton, PA

For Bucks County parishes

Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone
Monday, April 25, 2005
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Don Guanella School
1797 South Sproul Road
Springfield, PA

For Delaware and Philadelphia-South parishes

The Catholic Charities Appeal provides human and social services to more than 250,000 men, women and children each year, regardless of their religion. All funds raised stay in the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 2005, the Catholic Charities Appeal will
* provide food for more than 2 million meals to the hungry through the Community Food Program of Nutritional Development Services
* provide a faith-filled, specialized learning environment to 338 students in the five Archdiocesan schools of special education
* give shelter and other services to homeless single women and women with children at Mercy Hospice, in Center City Philadelphia.

Matthew Gambino
Associate Director, Office for Communications

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