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December 3, 2014


The 58th Annual Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children will host 450 young people who receive services from over a dozen programs administered by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. They represent approximately 16,000 children across the Delaware Valley who benefited from residential and community-based programs offered by Catholic Social Services this year, including children with disabilities, at-risk children, and dependent or court-adjudicated youth.

The theme for this year's Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children is "A Christmas Carol." The Catholic Community Choir will sing songs from A Christmas Carol and act out parts of the story. Archdiocesan high school students will participate in this year's event by serving as Santa's elves and distributing presents.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Sheraton Philadelphia Center City Hotel
17th Street between Race and Vine Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103

1:00 p.m. Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Choir sings carols in the lobby as children arrive
1:30 p.m. The All Catholic Jazz Band performs as children enter ballroom
1:45 p.m. Saint Helena-Incarnation Bell Choir plays "Joy to the World"
2:00 p.m. Archbishop Chaput arrives and greets children followed by a performance by the DePaul School Spirit Dancers
2:10 p.m. Catholic Community Choir performs songs from A Christmas Carol
2:25 p.m. Santa arrives to greet the children
2:35 p.m. Santa's elves distribute gifts

More than just a one-time party for a few hundred children, the Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children raises funds to support programs of Catholic Social Services that daily serve children throughout the year. Catholic Social Services assists more than 162,000 children, adults and families of all faiths throughout the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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Editor's Note: For more information or to make a donation in support of the Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children, please visit

Stephanie Brophy
Associate Director of Communications

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