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December 14, 2007


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will host the 52nd 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 received services from community or residential agencies of Catholic Social Services this year. The party begins with a colorful parade, followed by presents and entertainment.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel
17th Street between Vine and Race Streets

1:30 p.m. -- Cardinal Rigali will begin greeting children as they arrive (hotel lobby)

2:30 p.m. -- Parade of marching bands, clowns and jugglers enters ballroom

Cardinal Rigali will speak to the children after the parade as will Reverend Monsignor Joseph Tracy, Secretary for Catholic Human Services. There will be a musical presentation at 2:50 p.m. by students from Bishop Shanahan High School and Santa Claus will arrive at 3:00 p.m. to give gifts to all of the children.

The Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children not only provides entertainment and presents for the children, it also raises funds to support programs of Catholic Social Services throughout the year. Catholic Social Services assists more than 143,000 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 Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel will generously provide its services for this event. Mr. Daniel H. Polett, owner and president of Lexus of Chester Springs and Wilkie Lexus, is the event chairperson. Deacon John Hunter, Director for Development and BLOCS for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is the event coordinator. Hundreds of students from Catholic high schools throughout the Archdiocese and from Immaculata University will provide the entertainment.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist

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