Statement Of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Archbishop Of Philadelphia Regarding Slick Duck Comic Brigade Skit

January 3, 2003

STATEMENT OF ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACQUA
ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA
REGARDING SLICK DUCK COMIC BRIGADE SKIT


The Mummers' Parade, which is a long standing tradition in the City of Philadelphia, has been a source of pride for those who live in and around the City of Brotherly Love. It has been an important part of the social and cultural fabric of this region. However, according to an article in the December 31, 2002 edition of the Philadelphia Daily News, this proud tradition and source of pride will be sullied by the irresponsible actions of the Slick Duck Comic Brigade. This group plans to do an insensitive and tasteless skit which can only be extremely painful for any victim who has experienced any type of abuse. I am horrified that any person or group can be so callous.

At the same time, I express outrage over the demeaning caricature of our Holy Father, bishops, priests and religious women. While such mean-spirited mockery may be protected as free speech, it is still hateful speech and as such has no place in a city parade. It is actually an attack on the Catholic Faith and Church, clergy and laity alike. This performance, if it is to proceed, insults all the faithful clergy, religious and laity who live their lives serving God as well as their sisters and brothers.

The Archdiocese has been in contact with City officials regarding this matter. I invite all Catholics as well as people of good will to express their displeasure regarding such inappropriate behavior in a publicly sponsored forum by contacting city officials. May all of us prayerfully reflect on our responsibility to ensure that our public traditions remain sources of personal respect, civic unity and communal harmony.

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Editor's Note: Contact information for Philadelphia Department of Recreation: telephone: 215-683-3600, fax: 215-683-3593 or mail to 1515 Arch Street, 10th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa 19102-1587.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Preside At 20th Annual Interfaith Prayer Service In Honor Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 10, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO PRESIDE AT 20TH ANNUAL INTERFAITH
PRAYER SERVICE IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside at the 20th annual Archdiocesan Interfaith Commemorative Prayer Service in remembrance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's theme is Let us Realize the Dream and the guest speaker is civil rights pioneer Reverend James S. Hall, Jr., Pastor of Triumph Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Reverend Hall marched with Dr. King in the 1960's.

Sunday, January 12, 2003
3:00 p.m.
Saint Athanasius Parish
Limekiln Pike and Walnut Lane
Philadelphia


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recalls Dr. King's vision and devotion to non-violence, peace and justice every January. This observance provides an opportunity to reflect on the principles of nonviolent social change and racial equality promoted by the slain civil rights leader.

Participants will include the Most Reverend Joseph Martino, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Rabbi Howard Addison, President of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia; Reverend Linward Crowe, President of the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation and Imam Anwar Muhaiman of the International Muslim Brotherhood, Quba Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies. People of every race and faith are urged to attend this celebration of the life and legacy of a modern day martyr and hero.

The prayer service is co-sponsored by Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Black Catholics and the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. The Saint Athanasius Parish Choir and the Triumph Baptist Church Choir will provide the music.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Saddened By School Closings

January 10, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA SADDENED BY SCHOOL CLOSINGS


Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, expresses his sadness at the closure of four parish elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Saint Joachim, Saint Joan of Arc and Mater Dolorosa Parish Elementary Schools are located in the Philadelphia - North Vicariate. Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Elementary School is located in the Philadelphia - South Vicariate.

The three schools in the Philadelphia - North Vicariate are to close in June 2003 in order to establish an Area Catholic School at Holy Innocents Parish Elementary School as a result of the recommendation from a General Steering Committee, which consisted of the four pastors, principals and one lay representative from each parish. Cardinal Bevilacqua formally accepted the recommendation in December 2002. In the Philadelphia - South Vicariate, Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Elementary School is to close in June 2003, the result of a recommendation from a parish Feasibility Study Team. Cardinal Bevilacqua formally accepted this recommendation in January 2003.

"It is difficult to see these four parish elementary schools close but we must acknowledge the reality of declining enrollment and limited parish resources," said Cardinal Bevilacqua. "I know this has been a painstaking process and many people took great care to consider the best way to continue to provide affordable, quality Catholic education for children in these areas of the city. I offer my gratitude to parishioners, principals and priests who have been involved in this difficult and lengthy decision-making process. Saint Joachim, Saint Joan of Arc, Mater Dolorosa and Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Elementary Schools have educated thousands of children through the years and served the community well. It has become apparent, however, through all of the factual information studied, that these parishes can best strengthen the Catholic education offered to their children with different educational situations."


Philadelphia - North Vicariate: Following parish self-studies conducted in 2001, a broad consultation process with the families of school children and parishioners was initiated in fall 2002. Meetings at each of the four parishes were held and a survey was given to families and parishioners that asked for reactions and possible solutions to the problem of declining enrollment. Eighty nine percent of families of school students responded to the surveys. Results indicated that almost one third of families plan to move out of their parishes in less than four years.

The General Steering Committee met on November 26, 2002 to discuss the findings of the surveys. On December 6, 2002, the pastors of the four parishes sent an update to families and parishioners informing them of the recommendation. The four pastors announced the closure of the parish elementary schools and establishment of the area Catholic School to their parish communities at weekend masses (January 11-12) and to students today. No decisions have been made regarding the future of the school buildings of Saint Joachim, Saint Joan of Arc or Mater Dolorosa.

Philadelphia - South Vicariate: Self-studies were conducted in the three Cluster 23 parishes with schools from 2000-02. After meetings and lengthy discussions, a Cluster 23 Schools Review Committee recommended a feasibility study of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Elementary School. Cardinal Bevilacqua granted permission for that study in October 2002. A Feasibility Study Team began work in November 2002. The pastor held a parish meeting on December 15, 2002 to update parishioners on the school situation and to request feedback in the form of a survey. The Feasibility Study Team also surveyed students' families who indicated they would continue to choose Catholic education. After serious consideration, the Feasibility Study Team concluded that the continuous decline of enrollment and the rising operating expenses of the school warranted a recommendation to the pastor that the school close in June 2003. No decision has been made regarding the St. Charles Borromeo School buildings.

More information regarding the schools in the Philadelphia -North Vicariate.
More information regarding the school in the Philadelphia -South Vicariate.

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News Conference Advisory

January 14, 2003

NEWS CONFERENCE ADVISORY

Ms. Helen Alvaré, Chair of The Commission on the Protection of Children and Clerical Conduct, will present the Commission's final report to Cardinal Bevilacqua at a news conference. Several commission members will also be present.


Wednesday, January 15, 2003
11:00 a.m.
Archdiocesan Office Center Auditorium
222 North Seventeenth Street
(between Race and Vine Streets)
Philadelphia, PA


Photographers must be in place by 10:45 a.m.



The Commission on the Protection of Children and Clerical Conduct, established by Cardinal Bevilacqua in Spring 2002, began in June reviewing current policies and procedures regarding the care of victims of sexual abuse and the Archdiocesan response to allegations of clergy sexual abuse. The final Commission report is the culmination of six months work.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Celebrates Mass For Life And President Bush Proclaims National Sanctity Of Human Life Day

January 16, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA CELEBRATES MASS FOR LIFE
AND
PRESIDENT BUSH PROCLAIMS NATIONAL SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the annual Mass for Life. The Mass takes place on January 19, 2003, the day President George W. Bush proclaimed National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2003.

The Mass for Life marks the 30th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.


Sunday, January 19, 2003
2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Young people will be key participants in the Mass for Life. Catholic high school students will carry banners and flags in the opening procession. Archdiocesan elementary school students who have participated in the spiritual adoption program will carry flowers to the altar in the opening procession. In the spiritual adoption program, the students "adopt' an unborn child and pray for the child to be born. The Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Peter Claver and the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies' Auxiliary will assist with hospitality and take part in the opening procession.
All are invited to attend the Mass for Life. The Mass will be interpreted into American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices will be made available. The Cathedral is accessible to persons who use wheelchairs and staff will be on hand to assist any persons with special needs.
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Editor's Note: On Wednesday, January 22, 2003, Cardinal Bevilacqua will lead approximately five thousand people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The Archdiocesan contingent will meet on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street in Washington at noon.

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Teenagers Volunteer Their Time And Talent For Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Of Service

January 16, 2003

TEENAGERS VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME AND TALENT
FOR REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE

Teen members of the Community Service Corps of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in a collaborative effort with Philadelphia's Promise Alliance Service Project, will volunteer their services for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on

Monday, January 20, 2003
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Strawberry Mansion School
33rd Street and Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia


The teen volunteers will be painting and doing general maintenance projects at the school. For more information, please call 215-567-4280.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Lead Thousands From Philadelphia To Annual March For Life

January 21, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO LEAD THOUSANDS
FROM PHILADELPHIA TO ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, will lead approximately five thousand people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the annual March for Life. The March for Life will take place in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 2003, the 30th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Bevilacqua will be joined by seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, college and high school students, and parishioners.

The contingent traveling from Philadelphia will meet at 12:00 p.m. on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street and march with Cardinal Bevilaquca to the Reserve Officers Building. Many schools and parishes sponsor buses to attend the annual March for Life.

Wednesday, January 22, 2003
7:00 a.m. Departure

Archbishop Wood High School
655 York Road
Warminster, PA

Lansdale Catholic High School
South Parking Lot
700 Lansdale Avenue
Lansdale, PA

The contingent traveling from Philadelphia will meet at 12:00 p.m. on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street. Many marchers from Philadelphia will begin the day at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Cardinal Bevilacqua will also celebrate the annual Mass for Life at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. President Bush also proclaimed January 19, 2003 National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2003.
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Editor's Note: Any media wishing to interview Cardinal Bevilacqua in Washington, D.C. are asked to kindly contact John Cox in the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747 or by cell phone at 215-630-4005.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates Catholic Schools Week January 26- February 1, 2003

January 21, 2003

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
January 26- February 1, 2003

Schools in the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with Catholic schools throughout the nation, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 26 through February 1, 2003. Catholic Schools Week is an annual national celebration of the important role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the country play in providing a values-centered education. This year's national theme "Catholic Schools: Making a World of Difference" reinforces the fact that Catholic schools provide a major service in the development of good citizens. Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to honor those who help the schools provide academic excellence and the spiritual values that make Catholic schools special.

- There are 232 schools in the Archdiocese including:
210 parish elementary schools
22 Archdiocesan high schools
98 schools in the city
134 schools in the suburbs
High schools enrollment is 23,102
Parish elementary school enrollment is 76,009

- Cardinal Bevilacqua will visit two schools during Catholic Schools Week
On Monday, January 27 at 8:15 a.m. the Cardinal celebrates Mass and visits Saint Hubert High School for Girls located at 7320 Torresdale Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. On Friday, January 31 at 8:30 a.m. the Cardinal visits Saint Cecilia Parish and School located at 525 Rhawn Street in Northeast Philadelphia.

During Catholic Schools Week, more than 100,000 students, parents and teachers throughout the five-county Archdiocese will celebrate with a variety of special religious, social and recreational activities. Below is a list of some of the activities planned.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 20023

9:00 a.m. - Saint Catherine of Siena Parish Elementary School, 317 Witmer Road, Horsham (Montgomery County)
Opening Mass and presentation of award to a Distinguished Graduate, who will speak to the students on the value of Catholic education. The Home and School Association will provide a breakfast for parents and families after the Mass.

9:15 a.m. - Saint Basil the Great Parish Elementary School, 2330 Kimberton Road, Kimberton (Chester County)
Catholic Schools Week begins with an Opening Mass, followed by a science display in the school hall.

10:00 a.m. - Bishop Shanahan High School, 220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown (Chester County)
Catholic Schools Week will start off with a Mass and Mother/Son Communion Breakfast at the school.

11:00 a.m. - Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Elementary School, 17th and Morris Streets, Philadelphia
A Special Opening Mass with theme "Celebrating Our Unity Through Our Diversity." Mass includes poems, drummers and dancers. A family reception will follow the Mass.

11:00 a.m. - Our Lady of Fatima Parish Elementary School, 2915 Street Road, Bensalem (Bucks County)
Opening Mass followed by an Open House and Science Fair

11:00 a.m. - Saint Kevin Parish Elementary School, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield (Delaware County)
Opening Mass followed by an Open House from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - Saint Bridget Parish Elementary School, 3636 Stanton Street, Philadelphia
Opening Mass followed by an Open House featuring a Health Fair sponsored by MCP Medical Center.

MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2003
9:00 a.m. - Saint Monica Parish Elementary School, 601 First Avenue, Berwyn (Chester County)

Students wearing crazy socks, glasses, ties, shoes and sweaters will begin celebrating with a 'Yo Yo Extravaganza.'

9:00 a.m. - Saints Philip & James Parish Elementary School, 721 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton (Chester County)
Students will display their talents by "Putting on the Hits" all day.

9:15 a.m. - Roman Catholic High School, 301 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia (in cafeteria)
Reflection on 9/11 - Mr. Nick Mascio, who worked across the street from the World Trade Center and is a parent of a Roman Catholic student and Mr. Brian Clark, who worked in the World Trade Center, reflect on the realistic details of courage and survival during the terrorist attack.

10:00 a.m. - Saint Anastasia Parish Elementary School, 3309 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square (Delaware County)
Bishop Michael Burbidge, the new Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will preside at a prayer service. The Bishop, a graduate of Saint Anastasia's, will be awarded the "Distinguished Graduate Award."

10:00 a.m. - Saint Maximilian Kolbe School, Rte. 202 and East Pleasant Grove Road, West Chester (Chester County)
Opening Mass followed by a school-wide jeopardy game based on the life of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

1:00 p.m. - St. Eugene Parish Elementary School, 110 S. Oak Avenue, Primos (Delaware County)A music assembly featuring "Tap Team Two" performed by The Young Audiences Entertainment Group.

1:00 p.m. - Saint Paul Parish Elementary School, 351 E. Johnson Highway, Norristown (Montgomery County)There will be a Yo - Yo demonstration at the student assembly.

7:00 p.m. - Saint Monica Parish Elementary School, 1720 Ritner Street, Philadelphia
"Celebrating Our School" sponsored by the Home and School Association will feature a talent show.

7:00 p.m. - Saint Christopher Parish Elementary School, 13305 Proctor Road, Philadelphia
A Faculty/Student Basketball Game taking place at Father Judge High School Gym, 3301 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia.

7:30 p.m. - Our Lady of Fatima, 2915 Street Road, Bensalem (Bucks County)
Parents, students and parishioners invited to attend Science Fair Awards Ceremony

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2003
8:00 a.m. - Saint Eugene Parish Elementary School, 110 S. Oak Avenue, Primos (Delaware County)

"Someone Special Day" The first grade students bring one special adult to share activities in the classroom.

9:30 a.m. - Saint John Cantius Parish Elementary School, 4435 Almond Street, Philadelphia
Career Day - Invited speakers from the community will speak about their careers and the importance of Catholic education

10:00 a.m. - Saint Bede the Venerable Parish Elementary School, 1053 Holland Road, Holland (Bucks County)
A "Sock Hop" in the gymnasium for grades Kindergarten through 3 at 10:00 a.m. and for grades 4 - 6 at 1:00 p.m.

10:45 a.m. - Saint Paul Parish Elementary School, 351 E. Johnson Highway, Norristown (Montgomery County)
"Unity Through Diversity" - each classroom will be transformed into a country for parents and friends to visit.

12:15 p.m. - Notre Dame De Lourdes Parish Elementary School, 990 Fairview Road, Swarthmore (Delaware County)
Faculty Appreciation Day - Teachers are honored for their dedication to Catholic Education.

1:00 p.m. - Saint Monica Parish Elementary School, 601 First Avenue, Berwyn (Chester County)
Students express their creativity by 'building their own ice cream sundae.'

1:00 p.m. - Saint George Parish Elementary School, 2700 E. Venango Street, Philadelphia
"Celebrating Our Students" - A Talent Show in the Church Hall.

1:30 p.m. - Saints Clement - Irenaeus, 2240 S. 71st Street, Philadelphia
Following a student luncheon, students will be treated to a Magic Show on Self Esteem

1:45 p.m. - Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Elementary School, 1329 E. Moyamensing Avenue, Philadelphia
Family Stages, Inc. presents the play "Nicholas Copernicus - the Center of Light."

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2003
9:30 a.m. - Our Lady of Fatima Parish Elementary School, 2915 Street Road, Bensalem (Bucks County)

An Open House with refreshments followed by an assembly at 1:15 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - Bishop Shanahan High School, 220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown (Chester County)
A performance by Grace & First Christian Rock Group to the Shanahan student body.

1:00 p.m. - Saint Adalbert Parish Elementary School, 3236 Edgemont Street, Philadelphia
Making a World of Difference with Grandparents and Senior Citizens - Students sing songs, recite poems and present student-made thank you cards to guests. Refreshments are served.

1:00 p.m. - Saint Anselm Parish Elementary School, 12669 Dunks Ferry Road, Philadelphia
"Long May It Wave" - Saluting the flag that we love - a lyrical journey through the history of our nation's flag read over the loud speaker system, followed by student forming an aerial view of God Bless America in the school yard.

1:00 p.m. - Saint Catherine of Siena Parish Elementary School, 317 Witmer Road, Horsham (Montgomery County)
For Student Appreciation Day, a special program provided by "Unique Entertainment" in the form of a game show.

2:00 p.m. - John W. Hallahan Catholic High School, 311 N. 19th Street, Philadelphia
"Battle of the Sexes" - Annual competition between Hallahan Girls and Roman Catholic High School Boys will include various contests including: academic, trivia, limbo, egg and spoon race, basketball foul shooting and pie eating.

6:00 p.m. - Saint George Parish Elementary School, 2700 E. Venango Street, Philadelphia
Family Ice Skating Night at Penns Landing River Rink on Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

7:00 p.m. - Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish Elementary School, Anderson and Upsal Streets, Philadelphia
Student members of the 'beginners band' will hold a concert for parents in the Church.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2003
8:30 a.m. - Saint Laurence Parish Elementary School, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby (Delaware County)

Kindergarten class will have 'Doughnuts with Dad.' That evening, at 7:00 p.m., there will be a Multicultural Fair.

9:00 a.m. - Saint Monica Parish Elementary School, 1720 Ritner Street, Philadelphia
Pajama Party - The theme is 'Relax with a Good Book.' - younger students wear pajamas, bring pillows, etc. and teachers can invite a family member or friend to read to the students.

9:00 a.m. - Saint Titus Parish Elementary School, 3000 Keenwood Road, Norristown (Montgomery County)
Students attend 'The Magic of Chemistry Show.'

9:00 a.m. - Nativity B.V.M. Parish Elemetary School, Franklin and Gayley Streets, Media (Delaware County)
"Lights, Camera, Action! Students spend all day learning how a television station works. Students create a newscast video using school talent.

10:00 a.m. - Saint John the Baptist Parish Elementary School, 4040 Durham Road, Ottsville (Bucks County)
An action-packed Karate Demonstration followed by a visit from Matt Rissinger, humorist.

12:00 noon - Saint John Cantius Parish Elementary School, 4435 Almond Street, Philadelphia
For Teachers Appreciation Day, teachers from Saint John Cantius and All Saints Schools are honored at a luncheon served by the student council officers.

4:00 p.m. - Lansdale Catholic High School, 700 Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale (Montgomery County)
Several seventh and eighth graders from catholic elementary schools in Bucks and Montgomery Counties will be receiving the 12th Annual Values for Life Award. Students are chosen for their Christian commitment of service to family, school, parish and community.

7:30 p.m. - Notre Dame De Lourdes Parish Elementary School, 990 Fiarview Road, Swarthmore (Delaware County)
Faculty and student volleyball challenge.

7:30 p.m. - Saint John Neumann High School, 2600 Moore Street, Philadelphia
Talent show for families. Students will be "Puttin' on the Hits."

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2003
8:30 a.m. - Archbishop Wood High School, 655 York Road, Warminster (Bucks County)

A magical performance by 'Astonishing Neal' and each student receives a free water ice.

9:00 a.m. - Our Lady of Fatima, 10 Fatima Drive, Secane (Delaware County)
Closing Mass for Catholic Schools Week

9:30 a.m. - Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Elementary School, 1704 Bristol Pike, Bensalem (Bucks County
A special presentation by The Walnut Street Theater of "Aesop's Fables."

1:00 p.m. - Saint Anastasia Parish Elementary School, 3309 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square (Delaware County)
Career Day - Parents talk about their careers and give some demonstrations to the students.

1:00 p.m. - Sacred Heart Parish Elementary School, Lewis Rd. and Washington St., Royersford (Montgomery County)
'Talent Show' - Students show off their diverse talents.

5:00 p.m. - Saint Monica Parish Elementary School, 601 First Avenue, Berwyn (Chester County)
Celebrating Our Parishioners - Bingo games and dinner for parishioners.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2003
7:30 p.m. - Saint Teresa of Avila Parish Elementary School, 2550 S. Parkview Drive, Norristown (Montgomery Co.)

Saint Teresa of Avila students perform " Broadway-A Musical Revue."

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Statement Of Reverend Monsignor Timothy C. Senior Secretary For Catholic Human Services Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Regarding Proposed Rules Changes Of The Department Of Housing And Urban Development

January 23, 2003

STATEMENT OF REVEREND MONSIGNOR TIMOTHY C. SENIOR
SECRETARY FOR CATHOLIC HUMAN SERVICES
ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
REGARDING
PROPOSED RULES CHANGES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

As the largest faith-based private provider of social services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia welcomes the proposed rules changes in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. These changes would greatly expand the opportunities for faith-based and community organizations to cooperate with the federal government to provide social services to people in need. President Bush is obviously committed to doing all that is possible to level the playing field for both faith-based and non-sectarian providers in order to improve the quality of life for everyone.

I am grateful that the proposed changes would allow federal funds to support social services in buildings also used for worship services. Quite practically, these changes will expand the number of potential social service venues, increase the number of potential providers and help to make social services more readily accessible. The Catholic Church has a long history of helping the most vulnerable among us and has partnered with government agencies over many years to protect children, shelter the homeless and bring comfort and support to the elderly. This would enable the Church to do even more and would give smaller faith-based organizations the ability to develop their current space in order to meet the many diverse and human needs of our communities regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate Annual Mass Of Thanksgiving For Teachers Celebrating 25th Anniversary

January 29, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE
ANNUAL MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR TEACHERS CELEBRATING 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving and Recognition for teachers who are completing twenty five years of service in Catholic Education on

Sunday, February 2, 2003
3:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Seventy three teachers from parish elementary schools, special education schools and Archdiocesan high schools will be given the well-deserved recognition. The gathering include teachers, family members, school administrators and members of the Office of Catholic Education. Reverend Martin T. Cioppi, Deputy Secretary for Catechetical Formation, is the homilist.

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Statement Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Archbishop Of Philadelphia Regarding Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy

February 3, 2003

STATEMENT

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua
Archbishop of Philadelphia

Regarding Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy

It was with great sadness that I learned of the tragic explosion of the United States Columbia space shuttle on Saturday, February 1, in which seven astronauts perished. As soon as I learned of the tragedy, I began praying for the astronauts and for their grieving families and will continue to do so.

Catholics throughout the Archdiocese have also been offering prayers for the astronauts as well as for their families and members of the larger family of those who work for NASA. Prayer intentions were made at hundreds of Masses in Catholic churches throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia this weekend.

As we search for answers in this tragic event, I praise the strength and courage of these brave space explorers. They traveled beyond our earthly boundaries in an effort to achieve greater knowledge of our limitless universe. In doing so, the astronauts made the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives to a mission that sought to advance the greater good. We should all be grateful for their service to humanity.

I pray that the astronauts may rest in peace and that we may find comfort in knowing that our loving God has taken them into his embrace. I ask the faithful of the Archdiocese and all men and women of good will to continue to pray for the astronauts and for all those suffering as a result of this tragedy. May all who mourn find comfort in the love and mercy of God.

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Valentine Dance For Disabled Youth

February 11, 2003

VALENTINE DANCE FOR DISABLED YOUTH

The Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will hold a Valentine Dance for members of the T.O.D.A.Y. Program (Transforming Opportunities for Disabled Adults and Youth) on

Saturday, February 15, 2003
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saint Timothy Parish
Levick and Battersby Streets
Philadelphia



The T.O.D.A.Y. Program is an Archdiocesan-wide program focusing on providing social, spiritual and educational experiences for disabled youth. This event provides the opportunity for the boys and girls of the T.O.D.A.Y. Program to enjoy a fun evening of making new friends and dancing.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate Mass For Altar Servers

February 14, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE MASS FOR ALTAR SERVERS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia,will be the celebrant and homilist for the annual Mass to honor altar servers from Bucks County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia-North Vicariates. 1500 altar servers from 57 parishes are scheduled to attend the Mass.


Sunday, February 16, 2003
2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia



Reverend James D. Beisel, Vicar for Bucks County, Reverend Monsignor John C. Marine, Vicar for Montgomery County, Reverend Monsignor Francis W. Beach, Vicar for Philadelphia - North and Reverend Monsignor Alexander J. Palmieri, Vicar for Religious will concelebrate the Mass. Music will be provided by the Saint Anselm Children's Choir, Philadelphia - North Vicariate.
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Editor's Note: Altar servers from the Chester County, Delaware County and Philadelphia -South Vicariates will attend in 2004.

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5th Annual Archdiocesan Youth Conference More Than 500 Teens Will Attend

February 19, 2003

5th ANNUAL ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH CONFERENCE

MORE THAN 500 TEENS WILL ATTEND

This weekend the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Youth and Young Adults will host its fifth annual Archdiocesan Youth Conference in Ocean City, New Jersey. More than 500 teens will be attending the conference.

Highlights of the conference include a Friday night concert by Ceili Rain at the Ocean City Music Pier overlooking the ocean, an inspirational keynote address on Saturday morning, interesting workshops, Mass and service projects, as well as a formal dinner and dance.

Busloads of teens will depart for this fun-filled weekend from the following sites:

Friday, February 21, 2003
4:30 p.m.
Archbishop Ryan High School
11201 Academy Road
Philadelphia

Friday, February 21, 2003
4:30 p.m.
Cardinal O'Hara High School
1701 S. Sproul Road
Springfield, PA

Friday, February 21, 2003
4:30 p.m.
Bishop Shanahan High School
220 Woodbine Road
Downingtown, PA

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Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Cardinal Bevilacqua To Address Pennsylvania Press Club In Harrisburg

February 19, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO ADDRESS
PENNSYLVANIA PRESS CLUB IN HARRISBURG

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will address an audience of the Pennsylvania Press Club


Monday, February 24, 2003
Noon luncheon / program begins at 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday Club
215 Pine Street
Harrisburg

Cardinal Bevilacqua will speak on Faith Based Initiatives. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is the largest private provider of social services in Pennsylvania. The audience will consist of reporters, legislators, business people and interested members of the general public.

The Cardinal will speak for 15 minutes followed by 15 minutes of open Q and A.
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Editor's Note: Reservations for the lunch are needed. Contact the Pennsylvania Press Club by telephone at 717 - 540 - 0296 or at www.papressclub.org.


Contact
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

"kujenga" Weekend Leadership Training For African American Teens

February 24, 2003

"KUJENGA" WEEKEND

LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN TEENS

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Youth Organization is hosting 'Kujenga,' a leadership conference for African American teens, grades 9 through 12. 'Kujenga' (pronounce koo jen ga) is the Swahili word for 'leadership.' This yearly conference is held at Camp Neumann Conference Center in Jamison, PA.

The conference provides leadership training for African American high school age members of parish youth groups through a celebration of the culture, customs and traditions of their African American and Catholic ancestors.

The send off ceremony will take place on:

Friday, February 28, 2003
5:00 p.m.
Archdiocesan Office Center Lobby
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia

The welcome home ceremony will take place on:

Sunday, March 2, 2003
4:00 p.m.
Archdiocesan Office Center Lobby
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia




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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Pope John Paul's Call For A New Evangelization

February 26, 2003

ARCHDIOCESE CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF POPE JOHN PAUL'S
CALL FOR A NEW EVANGELIZATION

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will mark the 20th anniversary of the Holy Father's proclamation of a new evangelization with a special Mass and a commissioning ceremony for Evangelization Coordinators.


Sunday, March 2, 2003
2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

The Most Reverend Michael Burbidge, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant of the Mass. Rev. Mr. Michael DeGrasse, a permanent deacon and an Evangelization Coordinator for the Archdiocese, will be the homilist. The Mass is open to the general public. During the Mass, Bishop Burbidge will commission 41 Evangelization Cluster Coordinators. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has 282 parishes which are divided into 41 clusters. There are typically seven or eight parishes in the same geographic area per cluster.

The commissioned lay men and women have been trained regarding various papal teachings on evangelization and will offer initiatives endorsed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of the Vicar for Evangelization. The coordinators will visit each of the parishes in their clusters, meet with pastors and open the doors for more evangelization efforts to help spread the Good News into all areas of life.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Operation Rice Bowl Begins On Ash Wednesday

February 27, 2003

OPERATION RICE BOWL BEGINS ON ASH WEDNESDAY

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia begins the 28th annual campaign of Operation Rice Bowl on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2003. The 40 day Lenten program encourages parishioners to fast one day a week during Lent. Families place money that would have been spent on meals into a cardboard "rice bowl" to remember those who are poor and hungry. These rice bowls are available from most parishes. After Easter, parishioners' contributions will be donated to those in need. In addition to fasting, participants are encouraged to pray and learn about our neighbors who live in poverty around the world and here at home.

Approximately 12 million United States Catholic parishioners will use the Operation Rice Bowl materials during Lent 2003 as a guide to pray, fast, learn and give. Catholic Relief Services is marking its 60th year as the official international humanitarian agency of the United States Catholic community.

In 2002, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (282 parishes) raised $279,000 and was a top ten contributor among the 169 participating dioceses. Seventy five percent (approximately $210,000) of the funds raised in the Archdiocese were distributed through Catholic Relief Services in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Those funds were used to support development projects which teach farmers new techniques, bring clean water to communities and provide health and nutrition education to ensure the well being of the most vulnerable community members.

Twenty five percent (approximately $70,000) of the locally raised funds remained within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Nutritional Development Services, a department within Catholic Human Services, used these funds to purchase food for the poor and hungry in the Philadelphia area.

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Editor's Note: For more information about Catholic Relief Services and Operation Rice Bowl, visit www.catholicrelief.org.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Catholics Called To Pray And Fast For Peace On Ash Wednesday

March 3, 2003

CATHOLICS CALLED TO PRAY AND FAST FOR PEACE ON ASH WEDNESDAY

Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and around the world are asked to pray and fast for peace, especially on Ash Wednesday. Pope John Paul II has asked Catholics worldwide to dedicate their fasting on Ash Wednesday for the peaceful resolution of disputes, especially in the Middle East. The Holy Father has also asked that every Marian shrine throughout the world to dedicate an "ardent prayer for peace" by praying the Rosary (there are two Shrines dedicated to Mary within the Archdiocese: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Germantown and Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Bucks County).
Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass and distribute ashes following the Mass on:

Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2003
12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Ash Wednesday signifies the beginning of Lent for Christians throughout the world. Lent is the penitential season of prayer and sacrifice from Ash Wednesday through Holy Thursday, in preparation for Easter. Catholics throughout the Archdiocese will visit their parish churches to receive the blessed ashes, which are marked in the sign of a cross on the foreheads of the faithful. The symbolic ashes remind the faithful of their mortality. All Catholics fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent. All Catholics eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light. They are also encouraged to attend Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist daily, to celebrate frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to participate in parish Lenten devotions as well as Lenten education programs.
In the chapel adjacent to the Cathedral, distribution of ashes will take place during the following Masses: 7:15 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:35 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
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Editor's Note: Video cameras will NOT be permitted in the Cathedral during Mass. A video and audio mult-box feed will be available in the Cathedral parking lot (entrance on 17th Street between Vine and Race Streets). Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck. A staff person will be available to assist. Reporters and still cameras will be permitted in the Cathedral with limited movement.


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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Catholic Youth Organization And The Philadelphia 76ers Team Up For Hall Of Fame Awards Dinner

March 7, 2003

CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION AND THE PHILADELPHIA 76ers
TEAM UP FOR HALL OF FAME AWARDS DINNER

The Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Organization in conjunction with the Philadelphia 76'ers will celebrate the 10th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on

Tuesday, March 11, 2003
5:30 p.m. Silent Auction
7:30 p.m. Dinner
8:45 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Adam's Mark Hotel
City Line and Monument Road
Philadelphia


The purpose of the banquet is to raise funds for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) programs and to honor adults who espouse the virtues and values of the CYO and the Catholic Church. The CYO utilizes sports and coaching to develop the spiritual and character formation of young people and help to prepare them for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

This year's Hall of Fame inductees are:

Paul and Barbara Henkels
are the proud parents of ten children with eleven grandchildren. Paul Henkels is Chairman of Henkels & McCoy, Inc., an engineering, construction and maintenance firm. Barbara, having raised their children, spends her time serving on many church organizations and committees. Paul is co-founder and present Chairman of the REACH Alliance (Road to Educational Achievement through Choice), an organization working for school choice in Pennsylvania and the nation. He is Chairman of the Vatican Observatory Foundation and a member of the Papal Foundation. Barbara inaugurated the Philadelphia Rosary Congress and served as chairperson from 1990-1993. Paul and Barbara are active and participating members in many organizations including Legatus International and the Advisory Board of American College of Louvain University in Belgium. This faith-filled couple are the recipients of other honors which include: Knight/Dame of Malta and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Paul and Barbara reside in Plymouth Meeting, PA and are members of Epiphany of Our Lord Parish in Norristown.


Mark Schweiker, Pennsylvania's 44th governor, was first elected Lieutenant Governor in November 1994 and re-elected in November 1998. He succeeded Governor Tom Ridge when Ridge was chosen as Director of Home Land Security as a result of September 11, 2001. Governor Schweiker had a relatively short tenure that was long on accomplishment. In an effort to preserve Pennsylvania's world-class healthcare, Governor Schweiker became the first governor in more than a generation to make reforming the Commonwealth's medical malpractice a high priority. Governor Schweiker led one of the most successful mine rescues in national history when he oversaw a 77-hour operation in Quecreek, Somerset County that saved nine coal miners. Following the rescue, Mr. Schweiker implemented a series of safety enhancements to provide better protection for Pennsylvania miners. Mark was raised in Levittown, Bucks County and is a graduate of Bishop Egan High School. He, along with his wife Kathy and their three children Brett, Eric and Kara reside in St. Andrew Parish, Newtown, PA.


im Stewart, Headmaster of Malvern Preparatory School, has dedicated more than 30 years of his life to educating young men. In his role as an educator and administrator, Jim believes building a strong parent-teacher-student relationship is critical in the education of Malvern Prep students. His dedication, commitment and involvement with youth go beyond the walls of Malvern Prep to St. Dorothy's Parish Gym in Drexel Hill where he has been their football coach from 1963 till the present. He, himself a tri-athlete, believes in the total development of youth academically, physically, and spiritually. Led by his example, inspiration and love of teaching, Jim's four children Jimmy, Teresa, Matthew and Beth Ann have followed in his footsteps as educators. Jim and his wife Mary make their home in St. Dorothy Parish in Drexel Hill, PA.


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Marie Kelly
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215-587-3747

Cardinal Bevilacqua To Welcome Almost 1000 New Members Into The Catholic Church

March 7, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO WELCOME ALMOST 1000
NEW MEMBERS INTO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia,will preside at the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates, a significant step for adults joining the Catholic Church. There will be three celebrations this weekend.


Saturday, March 8, 2003 6:30 p.m.
Delaware County Vicariate
Philadelphia - North Vicariate

Sunday, March 9, 2003 2:00 p.m.
Chester County Vicariate
Montgomery County Vicariate

Sunday, March 9, 2003 6:30 p.m.
Bucks County Vicariate
Philadelphia - South Vicariate


Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


During the Rite of Election, Cardinal Bevilacqua will receive and bless 601 candidates (those who have been baptized in other faiths) and 389 catechumens (those who have not been baptized). 172 parishes will be represented. After an intense period of prayer during Lent, the catechumens and candidates will become full members of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 19, 2003.
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Donna Farrell
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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Priest Named To Vatican Post

March 10, 2003

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA PRIEST NAMED TO VATICAN POST

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announces that Reverend Paul S. Quinter, S.T.D., M.A., M.DIV., M.S., has been appointed Director of the English language edition of L'Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Holy See. The appointment, made by Vatican Secretary of State Angelo Cardinal Sodano, takes effect April 01, 2003. Father Quinter, age 47, is currently Pastor of Saint Monica Parish in South Philadelphia and is the former editor of the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, The Catholic Standard & Times.

Cardinal Bevilacqua said, "The selection of Father Quinter for this distinguished Vatican position is a recognition of the Holy See's confidence in his priestly zeal, sound theological expertise and extraordinary intellectual gifts. This appointment brings honor not only to Father Quinter but to the entire Archdiocese of Philadelphia."

Paul S. Quinter was born in Philadelphia in 1956 and attended Saint Helena Parish Elementary School and Cardinal Dougherty High School, both in Philadelphia. He studied at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood and was ordained in 1982. Father Quinter served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Dorothy Parish in Drexel Hill, Delaware County from 1982 to 1984. In addition to receiving two degrees in Sacred Theology from Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1986 and 1987, he received a Masters Degree from Columbia University School of Journalism in 1988. Father Quinter was Administrative Secretary to the Archbishop from 1988 to 1990 and taught at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary from 1990 to 1991.

Father Quinter served as editor of The Catholic Standard & Times from 1991 to 2001. He also was the Delegate of the Archbishop to Pro-Life Organizations during that time. Father Quinter became Pastor of Saint Monica Parish in South Philadelphia in 2001.

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Donna Farrell
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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Observance Mass And March In Parade

March 13, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE
ST. PATRICK'S DAY OBSERVANCE MASS
AND MARCH IN PARADE

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the Saint Patrick's Day Observance Mass on

Sunday, March 16, 2003
10:00 a.m.
Saint Patrick Church
20th and Locust Streets
Philadelphia


Following the Mass, Cardinal Bevilacqua will march in the St. Patrick's Day parade.


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Marie Kelly
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"convo 2003" High School Students Gather For Workshops, Prayer And Fun

March 13, 2003

"CONVO 2003"

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GATHER FOR WORKSHOPS, PRAYER AND FUN

The Community Service Corps of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host their annual "CONVO" on

Saturday, March 22, 2003
1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Archbishop Prendergast High School
401 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA


This gathering provides an opportunity for students to discover how they can make a difference in the world, to share their experiences and their faith with each other, and to enjoy the company of friends. Approximately 200 teens will be in attendance.

The agenda for the day is:
1:00 p.m. - Opening Prayer
2:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Several workshops including a awareness
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Dinner
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Students will be creating an 'Aids Quilt' as a symbol of their commitment to building an awareness to this dreaded disease.

The students are members of the Community Service Corps (CSC), a program geared to high school students which encourages and coordinates volunteer services throughout the community.

For more information about CONVO call 215-567-4280.


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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
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Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Archbishop Of Philadelphia Calls For Prayer Regarding Current International Situation

March 18, 2003

ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACQUA
ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA
CALLS FOR PRAYER REGARDING CURRENT INTERNATIONAL SITUATION

The following statement was released by Cardinal Bevilacqua late this afternoon. The Cardinal is asking Catholic Churches of the Archdiocese to provide opportunities for people to gather in prayer for peace:


I am deeply distressed that the current crisis between the United States and Iraq has not been resolved by diplomatic means and war is now imminent. The approach of war is both undesirable and unnerving. Nonetheless, I remain hopeful that a peaceful resolution can be achieved and war can be averted. Vivid memories of the anxiety, devastation, suffering and loss of human life caused by such conflicts in the past compel us to do everything possible to find a peaceful solution.

In this critical moment, I fervently encourage all people of good will to intensify their prayers as well as to fast and offer acts of penance so that diplomacy will be successful, war will be avoided and a true, lasting peace will prevail in our world. In particular, I call upon all the parishes of the Archdiocese to provide opportunities, throughout the day, for the faithful to gather in prayer for peace.

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Cardinal To Celebrate Mass For Peace Statement Regarding War In Iraq From Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Archbishop Of Philadelphia

March 20, 2003

CARDINAL TO CELEBRATE MASS FOR PEACE
STATEMENT REGARDING WAR IN IRAQ
from Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua
Archbishop of Philadelphia

It is with grave distress that I received the news that the United States is at war with Iraq. This marks a very difficult and painful time for the United States, its allies and the people of Iraq; indeed, for the people of the entire world. My immediate thoughts and prayers go to innocent civilians who may find themselves in danger. The conditions which result from war cannot be overstated. Innocent people suffer and suffer gravely. Now is a time for prayer and a more intense commitment to prayer. So much is at stake when countries are at war.

I pray for a speedy end to the war. In a special way, I pray for the men and women unselfishly serving this nation with honor and steadfast spirit. May God guard them against evil, protect them from harm, and give them spiritual courage. I also offer prayers for their families who anxiously await messages from their loved ones. May God comfort these families during this time of great trial. Also, I pray for President George W. Bush and all our leaders, political and military, who in the midst of war must still defend human rights and protect innocent civilians. May God guide them all through this hour of crisis so that a peaceful and just settlement can be achieved in this international conflict.

This is a most unsettling time in our history. With the initiation of war, the future may seem dark and unclear. But we turn to God, who gives us great hope. During this time of strife we plead with our Heavenly Father to bless and protect the United States of America, its people and all people touched by this violence. It is my fervent prayer during this time that all world leaders will recognize what our Holy Father Pope John Paul II has said, "War is always a defeat for humanity." We must never tire in the cause for peace.

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Editor's Note: The Cardinal has asked all Catholic parishes of the five-county Archdiocese to provide opportunities for people to gather in prayer for peace. The Cardinal will celebrate a Mass for Peace at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. A media advisory will be issued shortly with details which are still in development.

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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
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Cardinal To Celebrate Mass For Peace Catholic Parishes Asked To Offer Opportunities For Special Prayers

March 20, 2003

CARDINAL TO CELEBRATE MASS FOR PEACE
Catholic Parishes Asked to Offer Opportunities for Special Prayers

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass and offer prayers for peace regarding the conflict with Iraq.

Friday, March 21, 2003
12 Noon
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


The Cardinal will give the homily at Mass. In a statement issued this morning, Cardinal Bevilacqua said "This marks a very difficult and painful time for the United States, its allies and the people of Iraq; indeed, for the people of the entire world. My immediate thoughts and prayers go to innocent civilians who may find themselves in danger. Now is a time for prayer and a more intense commitment to prayer."

Cardinal Bevilacqua has asked that all 282 Catholic parishes in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia provide opportunities for people to gather in special prayers for peace.
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Editor's Note: Reporters and stil cameras are permitted in the Cathedral with limited movement. Video cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral during Mass. A video and audio mult-box feed will be in use. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck. Access to mult-box via Cathedral parking lot. Enter on 17th Street between Race and Vine.




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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Bevilacqua To Dedicate $13 Million Supportive Independent Living Community

March 25, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO DEDICATE $13 MILLION
SUPPORTIVE INDEPENDENT LIVING COMMUNITY

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will bless and dedicate the new Villa Saint Martha, the first supportive independent living project to be undertaken by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Villa Saint Martha offers independent living apartments as well as assisted living suites and a unit providing assisted living with memory support. Villa Saint Martha welcomed its first residents in January 2003 and currently has 45 residents.

Thursday, March 27, 2003
4:00 p.m.
Villa Saint Martha
490 Manor Road
Downingtown, Chester County

Cardinal Bevilacqua will preside at the dedication service and will be joined by Reverend Monsignor Timothy C. Senior, Secretary for Catholic Human Services, civic leaders from Downingtown and Caln Townships, members of the Board of Directors of Catholic Health Care Services, area clergy members, residents and their family members and Villa Saint Martha staff members.

Also attending will be descendants of Margaret and Gunard Carlson, a Presybeterian couple, who donated the land to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1967. Villa Saint Martha, Saint Martha Manor and Saint Joseph Parish are all located on the land donated by the Carlson's. The Villa Saint Martha unit providing assisted living with memory support has been named The Carlson Center.

The 120 bed supportive independent living community in Downingtown, Chester County is adjacent to Saint Martha Manor, a nursing home which opened in1989. Both Villa Saint Martha and Saint Martha Manor are sponsored by Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

This is the first of seven major projects to be completed by Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2003.

FACT SHEET

Major Projects of Catholic Human Services
of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2003
$41 MILLION TOTAL IN 2003 PROJECTS

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES


St. Francis - St. Joseph Homes for Children, Bensalem, Bucks County
On April 4, 2003, Cardinal Bevilacqua dedicates new $7.5 million complex. St. Francis - St. Joseph Homes for Children cares for 50 dependent and neglected children, all of whom are from Philadelphia. The campus includes five new residential cottages, each housing ten boys, a school building, a gymnasium/recreation complex and an administrative building.

St. Gabriel's Hall, Audobon, Montgomery County
On June 26, 2003, Cardinal Bevilacqua rededicates St. Gabriel's, which has undergone a $12 million renovation. St. Gabriel's System, which includes St. Gabriel's Hall as well as community based services, has provided residential education and treatment to more than 2000 court-adjudicated delinquent youth over the past 100 years. St. Gabriel's Hall currently cares for 205 boys, ages 13 to 18, most from Philadelphia. Included in the renovations is a new ranch style home for The Mitchell Program, a residential farm-based community for 24 young men in shorter term stays. The project also includes renovations to other residential units, roof replacements and kitchen renovations.

Kensington Transitional Housing and Community Center, Kensington, Philadelphia
In November 2003, $5.2 million project to be completed. 18 new units of transitional housing offering a safe haven for mothers and children moving from shelters. Community Center will be located at the site of the former Starlight Ballroom which has been abandoned for years and will include a new gymnasium and recreation space for the community as well as meeting rooms and office space.

St. Vincent's, Tacony, Philadelphia
Renovations costing $3 million are underway at this comprehensive, 40-bed emergency shelter for dependent, neglected boys and girls, ages 2-15.

St. John's Hospice, Philadelphia
Renovations costing $625,000 are underway at this 40-bed shelter for homeless men which provides housing and 6000 meals per month.

Mercy Hospice, Philadelphia
Renovations costing $325,000 are underway at this 50-bed shelter for homeless women and children.


CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE SERVICES


Villa Saint Martha, Downingtown, Chester County
On March 27, 2003, Cardinal Bevilacqua dedicates the new Villa Saint Martha, the first supportive independent living project to be undertaken by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Villa Saint Martha offers independent living apartments as well as assisted living suites and a unit providing assisted living with memory support. Villa Saint Martha welcomed its first residents in January 2003. The 120 bed supportive independent living community in Downingtown, Chester County is adjacent to Saint Martha Manor, a nursing home which opened in 1989.
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Donna Farrell
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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate Annual Migration Mass

March 28, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE ANNUAL MIGRATION MASS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the National Migration Week Mass as the Catholic Church throughout the United States honors the immigrant nature of our country and our Church. The theme of this year's Mass is All Come Bearing Gifts.


Sunday, March 30, 2003
2:00 p.m. Procession Begins
2:30 p.m. Mass Begins
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


More than 40 national and ethnic groups will be represented in the Mass, beginning with a colorful procession that features participants in national dress. There will be 13 choirs and readings in 10 languages. The National Migration Week Mass is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees.

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Donna Farrell
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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Dedicate New Facility For St. Francis-st. Joseph Homes For Children

April 1, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO DEDICATE NEW FACILITY
FOR ST. FRANCIS-ST. JOSEPH HOMES FOR CHILDREN

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will bless and dedicate the new campus of St. Francis - St. Joseph Homes for Children in Bensalem, Bucks County, one of the oldest and most respected residential child welfare programs in Pennsylvania. St. Francis-St. Joseph offers a comprehensive range of specialized services for dependent and neglected children, ages 9 - 18, all of whom are from Philadelphia. The new state of the art facility will allow St. Francis-St. Joseph to provide centralized, enhanced services and continue the mission of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to serve the most vulnerable in the community.

The new $7.5 million campus facility consists of five new residential cottages, each housing ten boys, a new school building for 80 students, a gymnasium and a new administrative building. Previously, the administrative offices and a school building had been located on the campus of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (adjacent to the new site). The costs have been met through the use of private funds, debt service, and foundation grants. In addition to the 50 boys who reside on the campus, 90 boys live in ten community-based group homes (there were 15 group homes used prior to the creation of the new facilities). St. Francis-St. Joseph provides residential service for a total of 140 boys.


Friday, April 4, 2003
11:00 a.m.
St. Francis/St. Joseph Homes for Children
Street Road and Bristol Pike
Bensalem, Bucks County

During the dedication, Cardinal Bevilacqua will make a special visit to bless the Jack Smith Administration Building. Jack Smith (1938-1999) spent almost his entire career ministering to children with needs. As Director of Children's Services for Catholic Social Services, Mr. Smith had close ties to St.Francis-St. Joseph. At the time of his death, Mr. Smith was Deputy Secretary of Catholic Social Services.

The new campus carves out 50 acres of a 200 acre property given to the Archdiocese by the Drexel family. The new buildings sits on the site of the original St. Francis Industrial School, a vocational school for orphans founded in 1888 by Saint Katharine Drexel and her sisters. Each of the new buildings is named in honor of a benefactor or former administrator and the new school is named for Saint Katharine.

This is the second of seven major projects to be completed by Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2003.

FACT SHEET

Major Projects of Catholic Human Services
of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2003

$41 MILLION TOTAL IN 2003 PROJECTS

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES


St. Francis - St. Joseph Homes for Children, Bensalem, Bucks County

On April 4, 2003, Cardinal Bevilacqua dedicates new $7.5 million complex. The new campus of St. Francis - St. Joseph Homes for Children cares for 50 dependent and neglected children, all of whom are from Philadelphia. The campus includes five new residential cottages, each housing ten boys, a school building, a gymnasium/recreation complex and an administrative building.

St. Gabriel's Hall, Audobon, Montgomery County
On June 26, 2003, Cardinal Bevilacqua rededicates St. Gabriel's, which has undergone a $12 million renovation. St. Gabriel's System, which includes St. Gabriel's Hall as well as community based services, has provided residential education and treatment to more than 2000 court-adjudicated delinquent youth over the past 100 years. St. Gabriel's Hall currently cares for 205 boys, ages 13 to 18, most from Philadelphia. Included in the renovations is a new ranch style home for The Mitchell Program, a residential farm-based community for 24 young men in shorter term stays. The project also includes renovations to other residential units, roof replacements and kitchen renovations.

Kensington Transitional Housing and Community Center, Kensington, Philadelphia
In November 2003, $5.2 million project to be completed. 18 new units of transitional housing offering a safe haven for mothers and children moving from shelters. Community Center will be located at the site of the former Starlight Ballroom which has been abandoned for years and will include a new gymnasium and recreation space for the community as well as meeting rooms and office space.

St. Vincent's, Tacony, Philadelphia
Renovations costing $3 million are underway at this comprehensive, 40-bed emergency shelter for dependent, neglected boys and girls, ages 2-15.

St. John's Hospice, Philadelphia
Renovations costing $625,000 are underway at this 40-bed shelter for homeless men which provides housing and 6000 meals per month.

Mercy Hospice, Philadelphia
Renovations costing $325,000 are underway at this 50-bed shelter for homeless women and children.


CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE SERVICES


Villa Saint Martha, Downingtown, Chester County

On March 27, 2003, Cardinal Bevilacqua dedicates the new Villa Saint Martha, the first supportive independent living project to be undertaken by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Villa Saint Martha offers independent living apartments as well as assisted living suites and a unit providing assisted living with memory support. Villa Saint Martha welcomed its first residents in January 2003. The 120 bed supportive independent living community in Downingtown, Chester County is adjacent to Saint Martha Manor, a nursing home which opened in 1989.
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Cardinal Breaks Ground For New Fine Arts Wing At Saint Francis De Sales Parish Elementary School In West Philadelphia

April 7, 2003

CARDINAL BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW FINE ARTS WING
AT SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES PARISH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
IN WEST PHILADELPHIA

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will break ground for a new Fine Arts wing and then administer the sacrament of Confirmation to fifty students on

Thursday, April 10, 2003
4:30 p.m. - GROUNDBREAKING
5:00 p.m. - Confirmation
Saint Francis De Sales Parish Elementary School
47th Street and Springfield Avenue
West Philadelphia


The new three-story Fine Arts wing will be used to develop the artistic talent of students. It will include a first floor storage room, an art room with 14 ' foot ceilings and a tiered music room with 17 ' foot ceilings. A state-of-the-art music room will enhance a newly piloted music program called "Education Through Music," the first of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania.

The project is a longtime dream made possible through the generosity of Jeannie and Michael O'Neill, patrons of the school. Mr. O'Neill is CEO of Preferred Real Estate Investment Corporation and a member of Saint Katharine of Siena Parish in Wayne. The O'Neill s are funding and managing the entire project from architectural plans to completion of the building. The "Education through Music" program is a gift of patron Carole Haas Gravagno.

Saint Francis De Sales Parish elementary school, located in West Philadelphia, has a diverse student population. The 531 students in kindergarten through eighth grade are from 30 different countries. The school has won many national and state awards for its Peace Program, as well as The National Catholic Educators Association award for diversity.

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Holy Week And Easter Liturgies Palm Sunday April 13 -- Easter Sunday April 20

April 11, 2003

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER LITURGIES
Palm Sunday April 13 -- Easter Sunday April 20

PALM SUNDAY - April 13, 2003 - 10:45 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

In celebration of the Lord's entrance into Jerusalem, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua will bless the palms to be distributed to the faithful. Following the blessing of the palms, the Cardinal will be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass of Passion (Palm) Sunday.

HOLY THURSDAY CHRISM MASS -April 17, 2003 - 9:40 a.m. Procession - 10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass, which commemorates the day on which the priesthood was established. During the Mass, Cardinal Bevilacqua will bless the three oils used in the Sacraments: the Oil of Catechumens, used in Baptism; the Oil of the Sick, used in anointing of the sick; and Chrism Oil, used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.

HOLY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER - April 17, 2003 - 5:00 P.M.
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua will be the main celebrant and homilist. This mass commemorates the Last Supper, during which Christ instituted the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. After the homily, following the example of Christ who washed the feet of the apostles at the Last Supper, the Cardinal will wash the feet of twelve seminarians from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

GOOD FRIDAY - April 18, 2003 - 3:00 P.M.
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua is the celebrant and homilist at the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Christ.

HOLY SATURDAY - April 19, 2003 - 8:00 P.M.
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua is the celebrant and homilist at the Easter Vigil Mass. The special ceremonies that take place during this Mass are all related to the Resurrection. The ceremonies include: the Blessing of the Fire, the lighting of the Paschal Candle, and the Blessing of the Easter Water.

EASTER SUNDAY - April 20, 2003
Masses at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


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Cardinal Bevilacqua's Easter Message To The People Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

April 15, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA'S EASTER MESSAGE
TO THE PEOPLE OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

Attached is Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua's Easter Message to the people of the Archdiocese. You may quote from the statement or print it in its entirety.




Easter 2003

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As the Church commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead on this glorious and joyous day, we renew our faith in the Lord's victory over sin and death and recommit ourselves to Him, allowing that faith to shine forth more fully in every aspect of our lives.

The forty days of our Lenten penance and preparation now give way to the joy and triumph of Easter and the fifty days that follow during which the Church lives ever more intensely the glory of her Savior's resurrection. The renewal of our baptismal promises at Easter offers us the opportunity to reflect on the gift of God's life given us in this sacrament and renewed within us by each of the sacraments. The Church asks us to consider with greater devotion during these days this tremendous gift and accept more fully what this grace confers on us along with its responsibilities.

Since September 2002, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been engaged in a novena of renewal entitled, A Journey Toward Holiness. This novena is a reflection of what the Easter season asks and offers each one of us. We have been asked to reflect more deeply upon our good and merciful Lord who calls each one of us to holiness by virtue of our baptism. With our eyes fixed more intently upon our Risen Lord, I am confident that the Church can and will be renewed in holiness and purified of everything that hinders us from following Him more faithfully.

Please be assured of a special remembrance in my prayers this Easter asking the Risen Lord to grant you His blessings and Mary our Mother to watch over you always.

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"neumann Scholars For 2003" High School Scholarships Awarded

April 28, 2003

"NEUMANN SCHOLARS FOR 2003"
HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

At a special ceremony in Saint Joseph University Chapel on Sunday, April 27, 2003, 55 eighth-grade students from parochial schools were installed in the "Neumann Scholars Program." This year thirty-one students were honored as Neumann Scholars and received full tuition scholarships for four years to an Archdiocesan high school. Twenty-four students received honorable mention and were awarded half-tuition scholarships for four years.

The "Neumann Scholars Program," named after Saint John Neumann, the founder of Philadelphia's parochial school system, was developed and is underwritten by The Connelly Foundation. This Archdiocesan-wide scholarship program was launched to attract the highest academically achieving parochial school students to Archdiocesan high schools.

NEUMANN SCHOLARS PROGRAM 2003 AWARD RECIPIENTS


Philadelphia
Dwaine S. Hanton, Jr. , Neumann Scholar , St. Francis de Sales
Sean Proctor , Neumann Scholar , Our Mother of Sorrows
Robert J. Karvell, Neumann Scholar, St. Mary Interparochial
Gang Qiu, Neumann Scholar, Holy Redeemer
Eric Banecker , Neumann Scholar , Epiphany of Our Lord
Norman Chan, Neumann Scholar, St. Thomas Aquinas
Crystal Pak, Neumann Scholar , Annunciation BVM
Kenneth C. Hobbs, Neumann Scholar, St. John the Baptist
Daniel LePera, Neumann Scholar, Immaculate Heart of Mary
Tam Nguyen, Neumann Scholar, St. Helena
Jessica Grochowski, Neumann Scholar, St. John Cantius
Michael Mooney, Jr., Neumann Scholar, Our Lady Help of Christians
Meghan Feighan , Neumann Scholar, St. Christopher
Madalyn Czerniak , Neumann Scholar, Our Lady of Calvary
Cathleen Kerr , Neumann Scholar , St. Cecilia
Michael St. John, Neumann Scholar , Christ the King
Jillian Jourdain, Neumann Scholar , St. Jerome
Gregory Shissler , Neumann Scholar , St. Jerome
Lauren Edger , Neumann Scholar, St. Matthew
Cheryl N. Rash, Neumann Scholar , St. Cecilia
Frederick C. Roth, Jr. , Neumann Scholar, St. Katherine of Siena
Dawit Ghebremariam , Honorable Mention , St. Francis de Sales
Nicholas Allegrini , Honorable Mention , St. Donato
Laquisha Willis , Honorable Mention, St. Francis de Sales
Dana Bonfiglio, Honorable Mention , St. Mary Interparochial
Kevin Anthony Woerner , Honorable Mention , St. Mary Interparochial
Catherine O'Gorman , Honorable Mention , Our Lady of Angels
Christopher Overcash , Honorable Mention , Our Mother of Consolation
Petra Floyd , Honorable Mention , Incarnation of Our Lord
Christopher Sekula , Honorable Mention , Mater Dolorosa
Joshua Brennan , Honorable Mention , St. Cecilia


Bucks County
John McCabe , Neumann Scholar , St. Joseph/St. Robert
Robert J. Edling, Neumann Scholar , St. Jude
David White, Neumann Scholar, St. Bede the Venerable
Robert J. Schoen , Honorable Mention , Assumption BVM
Rachel Long, Honorable Mention , Our Lady of Good Counsel

Chester County
Martha Duke , Neumann Scholar , St. Agnes
Krista Schug , Honorable Mention , St. Monica
Timothy M. Nakajima , Honorable Mention , St. Norbert
Conrad J. Olenik, III , Honorable Mention , St. Maximilian Kolbe

Delaware County
Frank M. Ottey , Neumann Scholar , St. Francis de Sales
Amanda Cosfol , Neumann Scholar , St. Anastasia
Kirsten Anne McNally , Neumann Scholar , St. Pius X
Jenna Crawford , Honorable Mention , St. Madeline-St. Rose
Brian Klatt , Honorable Mention , St. Madeline-St. Rose
Julia White, Honorable Mention , St. John Chrysostom
Julie Smith , Honorable Mention , St. Pius X
Ashley D. Woodruff, Honorable Mention , Annunciation BVM

Montgomery County
Megan Edelman , Neumann Scholar , St. Joseph (Cheltenham)
Robert Cocci , Neumann Scholar , St. Aloysius
Alexandra Drewicz, Neumann Scholar , Visitation BVM
Francis Gress , Honorable Mention , St. Albert the Great
Michael Slivjak , Honorable Mention , Presentation BVM
Riley Manion , Honorable Mention, St. Eleanor
Allison L. Williams , Honorable Mention , St. Titus

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Don Guanella School Hosts Villanova Women's Basketball Team

May 1, 2003

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL HOSTS VILLANOVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

Don Guanella School will present a plaque to the Villanova University Women's basketball team and their coach, Mr. Harry Perrota, for their dedicated service to the school. Don Guanella is an Archdiocese of Philadelphia school in Springfield, Delaware County for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21.


Friday, May 2, 2003
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Don Guanella School
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County

All of the senior members of the team and most of the other Villanova players will attend. The Villanova team will sign autographs and interact with the Don Guanella students..
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Editor's note: For more information, please contact Mr. Robert Neely, Activities Director at Don Guanella School at 610-543-1418 extension 309.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate Masses For Couples Married 25, 50 Years Or More

May 2, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE MASSES FOR COUPLES MARRIED 25, 50 YEARS OR MORE

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass to honor couples who have been married 25 years and those who have been married 50 years or more. There are two anniversary masses scheduled to accommodate the large number of couples celebrating these milestone anniversaries.

Couples married 50 years or more from Philadelphia-South, Philadelphia-North and Montgomery County Vicariates will attend the morning Mass. Couples married 50 years or more from Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties will attend the afternoon Mass, along with those couples celebrating their silver anniversary.


Couples Married 50 Years or More
Sunday, May 4, 2003
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Couples Married 25 Years and 50 Years or More
Sunday, May 4, 2003
3:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

528 couples will be honored at these Masses. Their families are also invited to attend. Three of the couples have been married 70 years.

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Catholic Charities Appeal Kickoff Celebration

May 6, 2003

CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL KICKOFF CELEBRATION

The Waterworks' New Millhouse Deck in Fairmount Park was the site of the 2003 Catholic Charities Appeal Kickoff celebration held last evening, Monday, May 5th. Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, Bishop Robert Maginnis, General Chair of the Appeal, Marianne Ritchie Gordon, M. D., Special Gifts Committee Chair and approximately 600 guests from the five-county area were on hand to kickoff this year's Appeal. Entertainment was provided by Our Lady of Hope Choir, Philadelphia Steel Kings Band and David Coppa and Scrapple.

A special award was presented to Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in South Philadelphia for the highest parish participation (64.5%) in last year's Appeal. Top Honors for the Appeal's poster contest went to Megan Goldschmidt, a fifth grade student at Saint Denis Parish in Havertown. Her artwork is being used as the Appeal's official campaign poster, distributed to all 282 parishes in the Archdiocese.

For 2003, the Appeal needs nearly $10.3 million to fulfill the various needs of the seventy human services programs it supports. $9.3 million was raised during the 2002 Appeal Since Cardinal Bevilacqua became Archbishop of Philadelphia in 1988, more than $125 million has been raised through the Catholic Charities Appeal. Agencies funded by the Appeal have helped more than 3 million people throughout the five county area regardless of race, creed, age or ethnic origin. The administrative costs of the Appeal are among the lowest in the nation. 95 cents of every dollar goes directly to fund programs.

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Background Information Regarding The Office For Youth And Young Adults And Camp Neumann April 2003

May 2, 2003

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
regarding the Office for Youth and Young Adults and Camp Neumann
April 2003

In June of 2000, the Office for Youth and Young Adults (OYYA) completed a study of Camp Neumann in Jamison, Bucks County, which said that because of deteriorating conditions, the camp could remain open for only 3 to 5 more years. Camp Neumann has served for 38 years as a Catholic camping experience for many thousands of youth. As a result of the study, the archdiocese formed an independent Ad Hoc Committee of business and church leaders to "conduct a comprehensive review of OYYA, its operations, personnel and budget as well as the present and future needs of Camp Neumann and to provide recommendations to the administration regarding the same."

For one year (December 2001 to November 2002), the Ad Hoc Committee for OYYA and Camp Neumann met to carefully review and evaluate programs, services, and finances and to solicit insights, opinions and visions from OYYA and Camp Neumann staff as well as lay adults and priests involved in youth ministry throughout the archdiocese. The Ad Hoc Committee submitted recommendations to the archdiocese in late 2002. Those recommendations were accepted by Cardinal Bevilacqua in late February 2003.

Summary of key observations by the Ad Hoc Committee:

OYYA staff has been doing the very best it could under a centralized operational model. Staff members are seen as dedicated, passionate and faith-filled workers of immense integrity. However, there was almost unanimous consensus that the office structure is top heavy with too many staff positions and is too programmatically focused. There was consensus that the office be decentralized and restructured in such a way that it can effectively support parish/cluster needs and programs as well as offer appropriate materials and resources to do the ministry within the parish and/or cluster of parishes.

Camp Neumann's camping clientele, at present, comes almost exclusively from Bucks and Montgomery Counties. There are a number of parishes who seek a location to take grade school students for a day retreat program in preparation for Confirmation or for other reasons. There is also need for overnight retreat experiences. Summer programs with a spiritual dimension, retreats and centers for spirituality are essential tools for the Church in its commitment to youth and young adults.


Summary of key recommendations by the Ad Hoc Committee:

That Camp Neumann be phased out within two to three years and unuseable buildings be shut down immediately. The committee noted that with all the current and future physical needs as well as many other factors surrounding the camp, it is not good stewardship to expend any money at the Camp Neumann location.

That the Archdiocese, in order to bring a Catholic "recreational/learning program" to greater numbers of youth, offer summer programs to youth in conjunction with the local Catholic high schools...seeking to expand the number and locations of such programs and adding a strong Catholic spiritual dimension to them. That the Secretary for Catholic Education develop a mechanism for the integration, coordination and expansion of these programs.

That the Archdiocese actively seek the establishment of a spirituality center or centers for retreats for youth and others.

That the Community Service Corps come under the office for Catechetical Formation for efficiency purposes and Camp Overbrook be appropriately continued under this new structure.


The Archdiocese is now working on a re-direction of resources, including:

The Office for Youth and Young Adults will be decentralized and restructured to re-focus its resources from primarily providing large numbers of centralized programs to supporting and developing youth and young adult ministry in the parishes and clusters more directly. This new approach will enhance efforts to reach those Catholic children in grades K-12 attending public or private schools and not currently receiving any type of religious instruction.

In order to improve communications with other departments, OYYA will eventually be relocated to the Archdiocesan Office Center at 222 North 17th Street, Philadelphia.
OYYA will be streamlined from 30 to 12 full time positions: a Director, 3 Assistant Directors (Parish Youth Ministry, Athletic Program, Young Adult Ministry), 6 Vicariate Administrative Coordinators and support staff.

The archdiocese is studying the establishment of two Spirituality Centers that will allow for overnight or daytime retreats : one at Mary Immaculate Center in Northhampton (expanding the facilities of Saint John Neumann Hall) and another at the Faculty House at Archbishop Carroll High School, Radnor. The Center in Northhampton will allow for overnight retreats. The Center in Radnor will allow for mostly day time retreats, however, it could be used for overnights for a smaller number of participants.


These changes are ways the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is working to strengthen its Catholic outreach to youth and young adults and to reach many more of them on a grassroots level.

Most Frequently Asked Questions


This is a new millennium with new challenges and needs. Pope John Paul II has challenged us with Jesus' own words, "to put out into the deep." Some critical issues at Camp Neumann needed to be examined, studied and decided. To do so necessitated a careful review and study of programing, resources and administration of archdiocesan ministry to youth and young adults. An independent ad hoc committee, composed of eight (8) church and Catholic business leaders, was tasked with this assignment. Through countless hours of listening, learning, study, evaluating and visioning they reached the conclusions outlined below. The following are the most frequently asked questions:

1. What's happening to the Office for Youth and Young Adults (OYYA)?

The Office for Youth and Young Adults will remain open and very active! OYYA has a long and rich history within the archdiocese. It began as an athletic program (CYO) and grew into a multi-faceted outreach to youth and young adults. Over the years, as needs were identified, new programs were added. More recently, it expanded to include outreach to young adults as well.

The administrative structure of the office also grew. In order to make better use of all the resources available and to meet the expressed needs of parishes and clusters of parishes, OYYA's structure will be revised.

The office will NOT be closed nor done away with! While the new structure will streamline personnel and operations, it will also re-focus energy and resources to individual parishes and clusters of parishes. The position of Vicariate Coordinator, one for each vicariate, is recommended to implement this new strategy of outreach to youth and young adults. In no way will the office be less involved with youth and young adults. However it will operate in a new model.

The new structure will mean that planning, programming and implementation will be developed "from the ground up," that is from the parishes to the clusters to the vicariate to the archdiocesan levels. This is a change in dynamics and process, not a change in commitment or involvement.


2. Is the archdiocese closing down the Community Service Corps?

No. The archdiocese is not closing down nor ending the Community Service Corps (CSC) program. In fact, it expects to strengthen it throughout the archdiocese. The Office for Youth and Young Adults made a unilateral decision to move the CSC operations out of Clover Street to the Ardmore office at the end of June 2003. While the staff and operations are moving to a new location, the program will continue.

3. What about beyond next year?

Community Service Corps (CSC) will continue beyond next year as well. When OYYA is fully re-structured, CSC will move as a separate department within the Office for Catechetical Formation. CSC will continue to operate in close relationship with OYYA. Because Christian service is such an integral part of our faith and spiritual life, it should have a primary focus and position within Catechetical formation. In this new arrangement, this focus will happen. Also, this arrangement seeks more efficiency on the archdiocesan level, avoiding unnecessary duplication, and a strengthening of efforts on the local levels.

4. Is it true that Operation Santa Claus will end?

No! Operation Santa Claus exists in very many parishes, schools and institutions of the archdiocese. Some groups participate on their local area level only. Others participate on an archdiocesan level. While the details of how to coordinate Operation Santa Claus on the archdiocesan level within the new structure have not yet been worked out, Operation Santa Claus will continue.

5. When will these administrative changes take place?

The re-structuring will take place gradually over the next year with the goal of being fully operational by June 30, 2004. This period of transition is very important and necessary, so that the great work and programs of OYYA can be reviewed and appropriately placed into the new vision and structure. This will mean many adjustments and it will take some time. Care will be exercised to be sure that those without sufficient means will have access to these services. Courage, vision, abiding faith and unshakeable trust will be needed by everyone as a new path is trod to bring the tradition of quality youth ministry and service to a new level.

6. Is Camp Overbrook closing?

No! The recommendation is that Camp Overbrook., an outreach program for underprivileged children, be continued under the new structure.

7. Is Camp Neumann closing?

Yes, within the next two to three years Camp Neuman will close. Any unsafe buildings are already closed or are being repaired.

8. Has the camp been condemned?

No! Camp Neumann has NOT been condemned. The camp will go on as usual through the camping season and follow all the appropriate codes as always. The Township of Warwick has moved legislatively, so that after Camp Neumann is closed they will have the ability to purchase the property themselves, if the Archdiocese seeks to sell the property.

9. Why is camp closing?

Camp Neumann has served thousands of children and young people for almost forty years. Over these years, it has struggled financially. Several of its buildings are showing the signs of much wear and tear. Many groups do not find the facilities up to par for their needs, while some groups like its rustic atmosphere.

While the fees charged for camp activities come close to the expenses to run the camp, these fees do not address the extreme need for capital repairs. The cost of repairing and upgrading the facilities along with many other factors, such as the encroachment of suburban development, land issues and increased fees, are too great to be overcome in a practical manner and with good stewardship.

10. Will there be any other options?

The archdiocese will strengthen and expand the number of summer programs held at area Catholic high schools, adding a strong Catholic spiritual dimension to them. The Secretary for Catholic Education will coordinate this outreach and these programs. More youth will be able to participate in many more geographical areas of the archdiocese.

The archdiocese will also actively seek the development of two spirituality centers, one within the archdiocese and one at Mary Immaculate Center, Northampton. This two pronged approach will benefit both those seeking facilities for day programs and those seeking facilities for overnight programs.


11. Why are all these changes happening now?

Over the past fifteen years, the archdiocese has made attempts to strengthen programs and activities on the local level in parishes, clusters and vicariates. From parish and cluster pastoral planning new initiatives and requests have arisen. The reorganization of OYYA will decentralize and streamline its central operations in such a way as to more effectively respond to these needs and requests. The recently completed Tenth Synod of the Archdiocese also reviewed and discussed similar ideas.

This new structure will focus energies and resources on strengthening local programs, bringing together all the different areas that involve youth and educational activities. It will provide planning and implementation from the grass roots level. While reducing the number of archdiocesan programming efforts in favor of providing direct support and assistance to the parishes and clusters of parishes, it will also allow for parishes, clusters and vicariates to come together invigorating those programs done on an archdiocesan level.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Saddened By School Closing

May 2, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA SADDENED BY SCHOOL CLOSING


Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, expresses his sadness at the closure of Holy Spirit Parish Elementary School in Delaware County. Holy Spirit, located at 1028 School Street in Sharon Hill, will close in June 2003 after a recommendation for closure this year by the Holy Spirit School Study Committee due to dramatically decreasing enrollment which results in increasing costs per student. Cardinal Bevilacqua formally accepted the recommendation in April 2003.

"Holy Spirit Parish Elementary School has served the community well for more than 100 years and it will be missed. I am sensitive to the timing of this announcement and I am grateful for the support of parents and parishioners. It is sad and difficult when a school must close, yet I recognize the demographic changes that led the pastor and the School Study Committee to recommend the closure at the end of this school year. I am grateful to all of those who worked so hard to evaluate the resources of the school and I commend them for their dedication. I pray that all of the students of Holy Spirit School and their families will find comfort in their faith in God."


In November 2002, Holy Spirit Parish requested permission to conduct a feasibility study of the parish elementary school. In December 2002, Cardinal Bevilacqua granted that permission. In January 2003, the Holy Spirit School Study Committee determined the need to request permission to close Holy Spirit School in June 2003 after it reviewed demographic and financial projections and upcoming staff changes. The School Study Committee is made up of seventeen members including the pastor, principal, faculty, members of the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Council as well as parents whose children attend Holy Spirit School.

The projected enrollment for 2003-04 was 136 students, a decline of 37 students. Currently, there are only twelve students in the first grade. Many grades have less than fifteen students. The drastic decline in enrollment is due to the demographic change taking place in the parish at an accelerated rate. In January 2003, the Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, Reverend Martin E. Woodeshick, met individually with the twelve faculty members of the school who expressed that they would prefer to close the school in June 2003 rather than 2004. In February 2003, the School Study Committee held a meeting with school families that was positive and informative. The parents were very understanding of the facts and could see the need for the school to close, although they were disappointed and saddened.

Father Woodeshick announced the closure to his parish community at weekend masses (May 3 - 4) and to the school community today. Students will have the opportunity to attend any of the area Catholic schools including Saint George Parish, Glenolden; Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Darby; Saint Gabriel Parish, Norwood; Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Secane; Saint Eugene Parish, Primos and Saint Joseph Parish, Collingdale. All six parishes are within a three mile radius of Holy Spirit. No decisions have been made regarding the future of the school building.

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Editor's Note: Attached please find the news release regarding specifics on the closure of Holy Spirit Parish Elementary School.

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Business Leadership Organized For Catholic Schools (blocs) To Hold Annual Gala At Park Hyatt Philadelphia Hotel

May 9, 2003

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP ORGANIZED FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS (BLOCS)
TO HOLD ANNUAL GALA AT PARK HYATT PHILADELPHIA HOTEL

Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) will hold its Annual Gala on

Monday, May 12, 2003
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Park Hyatt Philadelphia at The Bellevue
Broad and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia


Attending the Gala will beAnthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, Chairman J. William Mills, III, president of PNC Bank, Co-Chairs Gerry Lenfest, President and CEO of The Lenfest Group, and Pat Ciarrocchi, news anchor at KYW-TV and business leaders from throughout the greater Philadelphia area.

Entertainment will be provided by Our Lady of the Rosary Children's Choir from West Philadelphia, the Archdiocesan High School All-Catholic Jazz Band and theater presentations by students from Archbishop Carroll and Cardinal O'Hara High Schools, both in Delaware County.

BLOCS is committed to the ideal that all parents who wish to provide their children with a values-centered, Catholic education should be able to do so. The organization relies upon the support of Catholic and non-Catholic business leaders, foundations and individuals to financially assist families in need regardless of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin.

BLOCS has raised $8 million for the Catholic Schools since 1998. In the past five years, BLOCS has helped make Catholic schools available to more than 8,000 children.


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Marie Kelly
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Mother's Day May Procession 2003

May 8, 2003

MOTHER'S DAY MAY PROCESSION 2003

Approximately 2,000 people are expected to take part in the seventh annual May Procession and Prayer Service at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia on Mother's Day. May is the month designated to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. Participants will recite the rosary as they process outside of the Cathedral. A May Queen will then crown a statue of Mary inside of the Cathedral.


Sunday, May 11, 2003
2:00 Procession Begins
2:30 p.m. Prayer Service Begins
Steps of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

The May Procession will last approximately thirty minutes and will be followed by a thirty minute Prayer Service. The speaker will be Reverend Martin Cioppi of the Office for Catholic Education. Music will be provided by the Archdiocesan Boy Choir.
For more information please visit www.mayprocession.org

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The Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Awards Presented To Eighth-grade Students

May 15, 2003

THE JOSEPHINE C. CONNELLY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
PRESENTED TO EIGHTH-GRADE STUDENTS

Through the generosity of the Connelly Foundation, The Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Awards were presented to 139 eighth-grade students on May 13 and May 14, 2003. The presentations took place at two sites, West Catholic High School in West Philadelphia and Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia.

Each recipient receives a yearly $1,000 tuition credit for each of the four years the student attends an Archdiocesan or Mercy Vocational High School. The awards are presented to students who strive to achieve their fullest academic potential. Every parochial elementary school in Philadelphia county is invited to participate. The number of recipients is determined by enrollment, and preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need.

The 2003 Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Award Winners



St. Barnabas - William C. Razzano, Jr. , Jessica Murphy
St. Cyprian - Kyle Green, Marquis Miller
SS. Clement-Irenaeus - Jade Adams
St. Donato - Anthony J. Barbera, III
St. Francis de Sales - Roxanne M. Pogue, Maria Eloisa Carambo
St. Ignatius of Loyola - Fatima McDaniels
Our Lady of Lourdes - Christine DeAngelis
Our Lady of the Rosary - Melchisedech Carter
Our Lady of Victory - Brittany Fulton
Our Mother of Sorrows - Amanda A. Benjamin
St. Rose of Lima - Domonique Thomas
St. Anne - Anne Dougherty, Samantha A. Byers
St. Boniface - Victoria Spencer
St. Francis Xavier - Jozef Jozefowski
Holy Name of Jesus - Jack Potchen
Holy Redeemer - Jenny Sy
St. Laurentius - Melanie Horvath
St. Malachy - David R. Payne
St. Martin de Porres (Lehigh) - Jamilah Gibbs, Gloria Baker
St. Mary Interparochial - Kirby Santore
St. Peter the Apostle - Alexandros Chatzistamatis
Visitation BVM - Amarylis Zayas
Annunciation BVM - Irene Huynh
St. Casimir - Ashley Davis
St. Charles Borromeo - Daisean Smith
Epiphany of Our Lord - Brittany de Meo, Dana D'Amore
Holy Spirit - Brittany Giusini
St. Monica - Danielle Sandefur, Jeffrey Orapallo, Irene Tran
St. Nicholas of Tolentine - Amber D'Agostino, Nikki Lattera
Our Lady of Angels - Dana Fortuna
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Jill Birch, Paige Leemon
St. Richard - Lisa Rose Donatucci
Sacred Heart of Jesus - Briana McGarrigle
Stella Maris - Anthony Del Rossi
St. Thomas Aquinas - Joe Johnson, Kennara Sok
St. Athanasius-Immaculate Conception - Paul Howard
St. Benedict - Mylia Matthews
St. Bridget - Margaret J. Deviney
Holy Cross - Brittany Haynes
Holy Family - Michael Wixted
Immaculate Heart of Mary - Kevin Peter Binns, Stephanie Strunk
St. John the Baptist (Manayunk) - Jennifer Donnelly, Keith Samarco
St. Josaphat (Manayunk) - Kelly Ann Monaghan
St. Lucy - Kaelyn Farrell
St. Martin de Porres (Logan Street) - Demetrius Fountain
St. Mary of the Assumption - Amanda Benz
Our Mother of Consolation - Mark Zakrzewski
St. Raymond - Darryl Chisom
St. Therese of the Child Jesus - Donte Fisher
St. Adalbert - Diana Landers
All Saints - Lance C. Stolle
St. Ambrose - Shannon Laxton
Ascension of Our Lord - Kelly Anne Whitfield
St. George -Christopher P. Newton
St. Helena -Kelly Brady
Holy Innocents - Brittany Gallagher, Dennis Janda
St. Hugh of Cluny - Steven Morales
Incarnation of Our Lord - Juliette Candelaria, Crystal Fuentes
St. Joachim - Thomas Lapteff
St. Joan of Arc - Stephen Haban
St. John Cantius - Ian Wagner
Mater Dolorosa - Anthony M. DeLuca
Mother of Divine Grace - Elise Baehr
Nativity BVM - David Rad, Chelsea Dever
Our Lady Help of Christians - Krissten Appenzeller
Our Lady of Hope - Jhanaya Kennerly
St. Veronica - Miane Morte
St. Anselm - James Fischer, Jr., Sara Sullivan, Gia Nicole Yannuzzi
St. Bartholomew - Paul Emmett, Francine Krause
St. Bernard - Marissa Binns, Kelli Kosiek, Natalie Mucerino
St. Cecilia - Rebecca Bailey, Patricia Zawacki, Jacqueline Smith, Marie Theresa DeLeo
Christ the King - Jessica McIlhenny, Bonnie Halloran
St. Christopher - Brian Hall, William Rusden, Brianna McKenna, Jeanine Staab
St. Dominic - Gina Garboni, Matthew McGuckin
St. Jerome - Megan Elizabeth Dingley, Leo Kennedy, Kathryn Devine
St. Katherine of Siena - Andrew Partyka, Patrick Schmidt, Charles Szell
St. Leo - David Litchfield
St. Martha - Andrew Lapatina, Jillian Panepresso
St. Martin of Tours - Monica Ricci, Kaitlyn Condon, Samantha McGovern, David Austin
Maternity BVM - Eric Matthew D'Andrea, Shannon Marie Roach, Kelly Ann Williams
St. Matthew - Brian Nolan, Melissa Kairis, Tara O'Neill, Linda Piecyk
Our Lady of Calvary - Allison Hutz, Chantal Mackle, Jennilyn Wambach, Matthew Ciabattoni
Our Lady of Consolation - Michael Marone
Our Lady of Ransom - Elise Schneiderreit, Stephen McDermott
Resurrection of Our Lord - Colin A. Frey, Kimberly Robinson, Lindsay Marie Young
St. Timothy - Rebecca Solitario, Justin Wood, Sylvia Voinea
St. William - Colleen Cara Costello, Brian C. Johnson, Kyle P. Pleis


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Top 2% Of Senior Class Honored For Their Outstanding Academic Excellence Seniors From Archdiocesan And Private Catholic High Schools

May 16, 2003

TOP 2% OF SENIOR CLASS HONORED
FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Seniors from Archdiocesan and Private Catholic High Schools

At a special Mass held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Thursday evening, May 15, 2003, the top 130 senior class members from Archdiocesan and Private Catholic High Schools were honored for their outstanding academic excellence.

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, was the celebrant and homilist. The guest speaker was Dr. Rosalie M. Mirenda, D.N.Sc., President of Neumann College.

The 130 students being honored rank in the top 2% of the Senior Class according to the cumulative rank at the end of the first semester of senior year. .


ACADEMIC HONORS

Academy of Notre Dame De Namur
Kathryn E. Murphy
Rachel E. Pall

Archbishop John Carroll High School
Catherine M. D'Orazio
Kailee H. Farrell
John Forti
Amy F. Guminski
Christopher N. Hall

Archbishop Prendergast High School
Lauren C. Cupples
Jennifer M. Johannesson
Clare E. Jones
Christine M. Sweeney

Archbishop Ryan High School
Karen Ann Craig
Marie-Therese DeFillippo
Danielle Marie Gunning
Jamie Elizabeth Lyons
Sumaira Munshi
Erin Renee Murphy
Amanda Lynn Pacheco
Rachel Marie Paul
Lynne Marie Silverstein
Shannon Traynor
Stella Yun-Ye Tse
Leslie Antonia Tuason

Archbishop Wood High School
Kyle Binder
Theresa M. DeLaurentis
Julia A. Fox
Daniel T. Hewitt
Sean Sullivan
Joseph J. Witiw

Bishop McDevitt High School
Katherine B. DiMatteo
Anthony W. Kunz
Andrew A. Mastrosante
Michael P. McCallister

Bishop Shanahan High School
Danielle L. Koczirka
Margaret Mary Monahan
Caitlin A. Moran
Letitia E. Travaglini
Renee D. VonMechow
Anthony V. Vuono

Cardinal Dougherty High School
Michael J. Eckstrom
Elizabeth M. Garrison
Tarah L. Gillespie
Noreen A. Nicolo
Monica Weymouth

Cardinal O'Hara High School
Heather Boudwin
Joseph Anthony Campbell
Joseph P. Conley
Brian Conway
Elizabeth D. Day
Kathleen Haggerty
Daniel McMonagle
Colleen M. Raftery
Lindsi Scanlan
Dina Marie Testa

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
Briana L. Chang
Jennifer J. Clark
Jennifer D. Klimowicz
Joseph Charles Pettinati
Jennifer A. Scott
Alison R. Zachowski

Devon Preparatory School
Raymond J. Acciavatti
John C. Quinn

Father Judge High School
Henry J. Balbirer
Jason M. Benincasa
Timothy F. Creelman
Thaddeus J. Konicki
Daniel J. Petrosky
Kevin Sullivan

Gwynedd Mercy Academy
Meghan E. Bishop
Maureen E. Horgan

John W. Hallahan Girls' Catholic High School
Katherine Ma
Kelly A. Moore
Martha M. Pienkowski

Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School
Kathleen E. Donovan
John Steven Williams

Lansdale Catholic High School
Carolyn F. Craine
Joseph P. Corcoran
Katie A. Farina
Margaret A. Marrer
Laura B. Stashefski

LaSalle College High School
Michael J. Alonso
P. Maxwell Courtney


Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls
Tiffany A. Haskins
Stephanie A. Kozlecki
Nel Elizabeth Roch
Bridget Ann Rooney

Mercy Vocational High School
Brian D. Laib
John A. Powell

Merion Mercy Academy
Patricia H. Noonan
Sarah A. Schramm

Monsignor Bonner High School
Edward B. Fink
Andrew G. Gioia
Terence F. Mascitelli
Daniel V. McFadden
Michael R. Paquet

Nazareth Academy High School
Stephanie Lise Mastrangelo
Jennifer Lynn Schuster

Northeast Catholic High School
Geraud R. Campion
Cuong M. Huynh
Edward J. Quinn

Roman Catholic High School
Christopher J. DeSimone
Dennis E. Kahn
Matthew Krywyj
Jesse A. Staab

St. Basil Academy
Kristen E. Schu
Sarah E. Thomas

St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls
Megan M. Connelly
Elizabeth P. Crowe
Susan M. Green
Christine M. Klimowicz
Lauren K. MacMath
Kathleen A. McMenamin

Saint John Neumann High School
Andrew T. Erace
Antoine K. Raie
Trung V. Truong

Saint Joseph's Preparatory School
Stephen T. Armenti
Michael N. Dugan

Saint Maria Goretti High School for Girls
Wendy K. Le
Therese E. Pomeroy
Elaine Wong

Saint Pius X High School
Hillary E. Brown
Lauren E. Staneruck

Villa Joseph Marie High School
Theresa M. Coughlin
Kelly K. Files

Villa Maria Academy
Lauren Corse
Allison Heck

West Philadelphia Catholic High School
Raymond P. Hill
Angelica M. Manzur
James J. McCarrie
Marissa E. Montenegro



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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Ordain Nine Men To The Priesthood

May 13, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO ORDAIN NINE MEN TO THE PRIESTHOOD

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will ordain nine men to the priesthood on


Saturday , May 17, 2003
9:45 a.m. Procession
10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Ordination will take place during the Mass, following the homily. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

Those being ordained are: Rev. Mr. Thomas J. Cavanaugh, Rev. Mr. John C. Crowley, Rev. Mr. Anthony J. DiGuglielmo, Rev. Mr. Philip Matthew Forlano, Rev. Mr. Joseph J. Martin, Rev. Mr. Kevin P. McCabe, Rev. Mr. Stephen C. McDermott, Rev. Mr. Kevin B. McGoldrick and Rev. Mr. Sean F. O'Neill. All have completed studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

The average age of the Class of 2003 is 32. Two of those to be ordained attended Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Delaware County (graduated in different years), one is a former technical supervisor of a theater and another studied acting before entering the seminary. The Class of 2003 also includes a seminarian who worked with a mutual fund company and one who worked in the health care field.

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Thomas J. Cavanaugh To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2003

THOMAS J. CAVANAUGH TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Thomas J. Cavanaugh, 33, son of Thomas P. and Rita Cavanaugh, will be ordained to the priesthood by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua on


Saturday, May 17, 2003
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Father Cavanaugh attended Saint Joseph Parish Elementary School in Collingdale and Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Cavanaugh will offer his First Mass on

Sunday, May 18, 2003
2:30 p.m.
Saint Joseph Parish
Bartram and Woodlawn Avenues
Collingdale, Delaware County

The homilist is Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. McFadden. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Mark Mullaney and Rev. Mr. Paul McBlain. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Duane, Reverend Daniel J. Cavanaugh, Reverend Joseph G. Watson, Reverend Francis X. Meehan, Reverend Henry J. McKee, Reverend James E. McVeigh, Reverend Peter C. Funk, Reverend Thomas Moran and Reverend Michael D. Weston.

There are nine men in the Class of 2003. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.
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John C. Crowley To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2003

JOHN C. CROWLEY TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. John C. Crowley, 38, son of Jean E. and the late John C. Crowley, will be ordained to the priesthood by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua on


Saturday, May 17, 2003
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Father Crowley attended Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Elementary School and Monsignor Bonner High School, both in Drexel Hill, as well as Drexel University before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Crowley will offer his First Mass on

Sunday, May 18, 2003
12:45 p.m.
Saint Charles Borromeo Parish
Burmont Road and Dennison Avenue
Drexel Hill, Delaware County

The homilist is Reverend Paul V. Dougherty. The deacon is Rev. Mr. Lawrence Kozak. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor Daniel A. Murray, Reverend John J. Nordeman, Reverend Francis X. McKee, Reverend Daniel J. Sullivan, Reverend Thomas Brennan, Reverend Stephen A. Moerman, Reverend Matthew W. Guckin and Reverend Joseph P. Gentili.

There are nine men in the Class of 2003. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

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Anthony J. Diguglielmo To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2003

ANTHONY J. DIGUGLIELMO TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Anthony J. DiGuglielmo, 38, son of Anthony and Barbara DiGuglielmo, will be ordained to the priesthood by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua on


Saturday, May 17, 2003
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Father DiGuglielmo attended Westbrook Park Elementary School in Upper Darby, Drexel Hill Junior High School, Upper Darby High School and Millersville University before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father DiGuglielmo will offer his First Mass on

Sunday, May 18, 2003
2:00 p.m.
Holy Cross Parish
Bishop and Springfield Roads
Springfield, Delaware County

The homilist is Reverend Charles P. Vance. The deacon is Rev. Mr. Robert Frankenberger. Concelebrants include Reverend John B. Wendrychowicz and Reverend Christopher M. Walsh.

There are nine men in the Class of 2003. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

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Philip Matthew Forlano To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2003

PHILIP MATTHEW FORLANO TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Philip Matthew Forlano, 31, son of Philip N. and Laura A. Forlano, will be ordained to the priesthood by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua on


Saturday, May 17, 2003
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Father Forlano attended Fleetwood Elementary and Middle School, in Fleetwood, The Hill School in Pottstown and the University of Pennsylvania before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Forlano will offer his First Mass on

Sunday, May 18, 2003
3:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Chapel
Villa Maria House of Studies
Immaculata College
Immaculata, Chester County

The homilist is Reverend Frederick L. Miller. The deacons are Rev. Mr. James L. Bartoloma and Rev. Mr. Michael Rodak. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor Thomas M. Mullin, Reverend Monsignor Stephen P. McHenry, Reverend William J. Cox and Reverend Frederick L. Miller.

There are nine men in the Class of 2003. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

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Joseph J. Martin To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2003

JOSEPH J. MARTIN TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Joseph J. Martin, 26, son of Joe and Kathy Martin, will be ordained to the priesthood by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua on


Saturday, May 17, 2003
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Father Martin attended Saint Luke the Evangelist Parish Elementary School in Glenside, Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote and Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Martin will offer his First Mass on

Sunday, May 18, 2003
2:30 p.m.
Saint Luke the Evangelist Parish
Easton Road and Fairhill Avenue
Glenside, Montgomery County

The homilist is Reverend Edward C. Kelly. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Stephen P. DeLacy and Rev. Mr. Patrick Driscoll. Concelebrants include Reverend Joseph P. Duncan, Reverend J. Michael Flood, Reverend James P. Matteo and other priest friends.

There are nine men in the Class of 2003. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

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Kevin P. Mccabe To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2003

KEVIN P. MCCABE TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Kevin P. McCabe, 28, son of Patrick J. and Carolyn J. McCabe, will be ordained to the priesthood by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua on


Saturday, May 17, 2003
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Father McCabe attended Northmont Elementary School and Northmont Junior High School, both in Englewood, Ohio and Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father McCabe will offer his First Mass on

Sunday, May 18, 2003
3:00 p.m.
Saint Cyprian Parish
Cobbs Creek Parkway and Cedar Avenue
Philadelphia


The homilist is Reverend Dennis J. Carbonaro. The deacon is Rev. Mr. Christopher Zelonis. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor Federico A. Britto, Reverend Monsignor John T. Conway and Reverend James M. Oliver.

There are nine men in the Class of 2003. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

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Stephen C. Mcdermott To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2003

STEPHEN C. MCDERMOTT TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Stephen C. McDermott, 36, son of Paul and Jeanette McDermott, will be ordained to the priesthood by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua on


Saturday, May 17, 2003
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Father McDermott attended Saint Joseph Parish Elementary School and Archbishop Wood High School, both in Warminster, and Temple University before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father McDermott will offer his First Mass on

Sunday, May 18, 2003
3:00 p.m.
Saint Joseph Parish
Easton and County Line Roads
Warrington, Bucks County


The homilist is Reverend Robert Reiger. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Angel Garcia and Rev. Mr. Michael Hottinger. Concelebrants are Reverend James A. Grant, Reverend Robert G. Suskey, Reverend George A. Majoros, Reverend Thomas M. Sodano and Reverend Paul Berghout.

There are nine men in the Class of 2003. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

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Kevin B. Mcgoldrick To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2003

KEVIN B. MCGOLDRICK TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Kevin McGoldrick, 28, son of Thomas and Kathleen McGoldrick, will be ordained to the priesthood by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua on


Saturday, May 17, 2003
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Father McGoldrick attended Presentation Blessed Virgin Mary School in Wynnewood, Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor and Temple University before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father McGoldrick will offer his First Mass on

Sunday, May 18, 2003
1:15 p.m.
Presentation B.V.M. Parish
240 Haverford Road
Wynnewood, Montgomery County

The homilist is Reverend Frederick L. Miller. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Thomas Kiely and Rev. Mr. Mark Fernandez. Concelebrants are Reverend Monsignor Vincent M. Walsh, Reverend Daniel J. Sullivan and Reverend Scott R. Ardinger.

There are nine men in the Class of 2003. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.
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Sean F. O'neill To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2003

SEAN F. O'NEILL TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Sean F. O'Neill, 33, son of John F. and the late Gail M. O'Neill, will be ordained to the priesthood by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua on


Saturday, May 17, 2003
Procession 9:30 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Father O'Neill attended Visitation Blessed Virgin Mary Parish Elementary School in Trooper and Norristown Area High School before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father O'Neill will offer his First Mass on

Sunday, May 18, 2003
3:00 p.m.
Visitation B.V.M. Parish
196 North Trooper Road
Norristown, Montgomery County

The homilist is Reverend Augustine M. Esposito, O.S.A., The deacons are Rev. Mr. Thomas P. Bortz and Rev. Mr. Michael Finn. Concelebrants are Reverend Monsignor Thomas A. Murray, Reverend Gasper A. Genuardi, Reverend Sean P. Bransfield, Reverend Kevin P. Murray, Reverend Charles J. Sullivan, Reverend George Szparagowski and other priest friends.

There are nine men in the Class of 2003. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.
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Summer Food Service Program Seeks To Feed More Hungry Children

May 27, 2003

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM SEEKS TO FEED MORE HUNGRY CHILDREN

Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia served over 1.5 million meals during summer 2002 but hopes to serve many more than that during summer 2003. This year's theme is "Whole Child - Whole Summer." NDS is spreading the word about its Summer Food Service Program which is available to summer camps, churches or community groups. Most organizations in Philadelphia and many in the suburbs qualify for this program which provides free meals to children from two to 18.

The Summer Food Service Program begins June 16, 2003 and ends on August 29, 2003. It is a federally funded program that provides children with a nutritious daily lunch and breakfast or a snack The meals are delivered daily to program sites which can qualify if they commit to serving a minimum of 25 children per day for at least one week during the summer. The food and the delivery are free.

The Summer Food Service Program serves children of all denominations; approximately 90% of whom are non-Catholic. This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and is sponsored in the Philadelphia area by Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

To find out if a particular program qualifies to participate in the Summer Food Service Program, call Nutritional Development Services at 215 - 895 - 3470.

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Archdiocesan High Schools Graduate 5,437 Seniors

May 28, 2003

ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOLS
GRADUATE 5,437 SENIORS

The twenty-two high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are proud to be graduating 5,437 young men and women in the Class of 2003. Below is a list of the Graduation Ceremonies for the high schools and the number of students each school is graduating.

Monday, June 2, 2003
Archbishop Ryan High School Graduation and Mass - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Mr. Stephen Pawlowski, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Staff
Students: 613

John W. Hallahan Catholic High School for Girls Graduation and Mass - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Parkway, Philadelphia
Presiding: Dr. David J. Magee, Director of Educational Financial Services
Students: 148

Archbishop Wood High School Graduation - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien, Superintendent of Schools
Students: 288

Tuesday, June 3, 2003
St. Maria Goretti High School for Girls Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis
Students: 163

Wednesday, June 4, 2003
Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Gwynedd Mercy College, Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd, Pa.
Presiding: Dr. Richard V. McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education
Students: 116

Father Judge High School for Boys Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Presiding: Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien, Superintendent of Schools
Students: 302

Cardinal O'Hara High School Graduation - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Dr. Richard V. McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education
Students: 467

St. Hubert High School for Girls Graduation - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Presiding: Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien, Superintendent of Schools
Students: 292

Thursday, June 5, 2003
Cardinal Dougherty High School Graduation - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Cardinal Dougherty Auditorium, 2nd St. and Godfrey Avenue, Philadelphia
Presiding: Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia
Students: 261

Archbishop Prendergast High School for Girls Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Dr. Richard V. McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education
Students: 217

Northeast Catholic High School for Boys Graduation - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Family College, Grant and Frankford Avenues, Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Francis W. Beach, Vicar for Philadelphia North
Students: 167

Friday, June 6, 2003
Monsignor Bonner High School for Boys Mass and Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia
Students: 267

Lansdale Catholic High School Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine, Ferry Road, Doylestown, Pa.
Presiding: Reverend Martin Cioppi, Deputy Secretary for Catechetical Formation
Students: 242

St. Pius X High School Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Immaculata College, Immaculata, Pa.
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor James T. McDonough, Vicar for Chester County
Students: 119

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School Graduation - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, NJ
Presiding: Reverend James D. Biesel, Vicar for Bucks County
Students: 273

Archbishop John Carroll High School Mass and Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Cabrini College, 610 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor, Pa.
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor John E. Breslin, Vicar for Delaware County
Students: 269

Bishop Shanahan High School Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Shanahan H.S. Auditorium, 220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown, Pa.
Presiding: Dr. Richard V. McCarron, Secretary of Catholic Education
Students: 303

Bishop McDevitt High School Graduation - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Pa.
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor John C. Marine, Vicar for Montgomery County
Students: 203

Little Flower High School for Girls Graduation -2 p.m.
Location: Holy Family College, Grant and Frankford Avenues, Philadelphia
Presiding: Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien, Superintendent of Schools
Students: 184

Roman Catholic High School for Boys Mass and Graduation - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Parkway, Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Students: 211

Saturday, June 8, 2002
St. John Neumann High School for Boys Graduation - 9:00 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Joseph Cistone, Vicar for Administration
Students: 134

West Catholic High School Mass and Graduation - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Parkway, Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor John T. Conway, Vicar for Philadelphia South
Students: 193

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Issues Synod Enactments

May 28, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA ISSUES SYNOD ENACTMENTS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, decreed the promulgation of the Decrees of the Tenth Archdiocesan Synod as well as the publication of the Declarations of the Synod on Thursday, May 29, 2003, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. Through this promulgation, Cardinal Bevilacqua formally declared 83 norms (or decrees) to be particular law for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, effective June 29, 2003, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.

The nine declarations, listed alphabetically, are affirmations concerning the nine topics discussed by the 250 members of the Tenth Synod: 1)Adult Faith Formation 2)Catholic Education of Youth 3)Evangelization 4)Liturgy 5)Marriage and Family 6)Moral and Social Issues: A Pastoral Response 7)Roles of Service in the Church and in the World: Clergy; Roles of Service in the Church and in the World: Laity; Roles of Service in the Church and in the World: Religious 8)Spirituality, the Call to Holiness, and the Sacraments 9)Youth and Young Adults.

In his Pastoral Reflections on the Tenth Synod, Cardinal Bevilacqua addressed the concept of communio, meaning everyone together working towards a common goal: "We, the entire local Church, listened to the faithful of the Archdiocese during the consultation phases, considered those outstanding areas which impact the immediate future, and formulated recommendations and possible action steps in an effort to outline a vision for the future. The end to which our Synod proceeded was making Jesus Christ more clearly present, more visible, more audible, more tangible in our individual lives and in our interaction with others, in our joys and in our afflictions, in our present day and in the years to come."

During three working sessions in Fall 2002, topical commissions presented proposals to Synod members (clergy, lay persons and members of religious congregations) for their consideration. Synod members engaged in open dialogue in order to determine levels of consensus. Cardinal Bevilacqua accepted all proposals which Synod members supported as written or modified. The Cardinal also gave careful thought to those proposals which received a level of consensus for non-support or for which it was difficult to determine any level of support or non-support. Cardinal Bevilacqua considered the concepts expressed in these latter proposals to be most important and established norms which capture many of the ideas expressed or which indicate that the subject matter warrants further study.

Background:
Cardinal Bevilacqua called for a Synod in December 2000 in order to shape the direction for the Church of Philadelphia as it advances into the 21st Century and the Third Millennium. The process involved extensive consultation to allow the Cardinal to hear the voice of lay persons, clergy and members of religious orders on a wide variety of issues. During the first consultative phase in Fall 2001, the Cardinal invited all Catholics in the Archdiocese to submit, in writing, their needs, hopes and desires for the future of the Archdiocese. The last Archdiocesan Synod was convened by Dennis Cardinal Dougherty in 1934. In diocesan Synods prior to Vatican II, only the clergy participated. In the Tenth Archdiocesan Synod, more than half of the 250 members were lay persons (135).


Editor's Note: For the complete text of Cardinal Bevilacqua's Pastoral Reflections, the Declarations and the Decrees of the Tenth Synod (Norms), visit www.archdiocese-phl.org and click on Synod Enactments.

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International Catholic Deaf Association To Hold Conference In Philadelphia

June 10, 2003

INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC DEAF ASSOCIATION
TO HOLD CONFERENCE IN PHILADELPHIA

The Deaf Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Chapter # 8 of the International Catholic Deaf Association (ICDA) will co-host the ICDA's Biennial - United States Conference 2003 from June 29 - July 5, 2003. During the week that Philadelphia Welcomes America, the ICDA Conference takes as its theme Freedom and Independence - Rooted in Faith. The conference site is the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel. The approximately 300 participants will attend Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, tour historic sites in the Greater Philadelphia area and view an exhibition of History Through Deaf Eyes at the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia. All are welcome to attend the July 3rd Mass.

The International Catholic Deaf Association was founded in 1949. It is an international membership organization of national, county and local chapters. ICDA members are deaf and hard of hearing Catholics, priests, deacons, members of religious orders and lay ministers working with deaf and hard of hearing Catholics. The ICDA promotes the teachings of the Catholic Church among deaf and hard of hearing people and provides for the international exchange of ideas and information.

Freedom and Independence - Rooted in Faith
ICDA Conference Highlights


Civic Reception
Monday, June 30, 2003
6:30 p.m.
Wyndham Ballroom
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel
17th and Race Streets
Philadelphia
Dignitaries such as Miss Deaf Pennsylvania, Tracey Tasselli, will join Swoop, the Eagles' Mascot, and a Mummers' String Band to welcome ICDA members

ICDA - US Conference Mass
Thursday, July 3, 2003
4:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia
Most Reverend Nicholas A. DiMarzio, Bishop of Camden, is the main celebrant
A banquet will follow at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel
(approximately 6:00 p.m.)


Keynote speakers include Rev. Mr. Patrick Graybill (master of ceremonies for July 3rd banquet) and Mr. Gregory J. Hlibok, Esq., (presenter at banquet). Deacon Graybill is an actor, an American Sign Language storyteller and a teacher from Rochester, New York. Mr. Hlibok is an attorney with the Disabilities Rights Office of the Federal Communications Commission.

For more information, visit www.icda2003.org or call the Deaf Apostolate at 215-587-3530 (voice) or 215-587-0510 tty.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Re-dedicate Saint Gabriel's Hall Following $12 Million Renovation

June 23, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO RE-DEDICATE SAINT GABRIEL'S HALL
FOLLOWING $12 MILLION RENOVATION

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will bless and re-dedicate Saint Gabriel's Hall, to mark the completion of a $12 million renovation of this landmark facility which sits on 180 acres in Audobon, Montgomery County. For more than 100 years, Saint Gabriel's Hall has provided a safe, caring place to live for court adjudicated young men between the ages of ten and 18 where they receive educational, recreational, social work and mental health services. There are approximately 200 young men, most of whom are from Philadelphia, currently in residence.

Saint Gabriel's Hall is the residential component of Saint Gabriel's System, which includes community-based treatment and serves more than 2000 young people each year. Saint Gabriel's System is sponsored by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and operated by the DeLaSalle Christian Brothers.

Cardinal Bevilacqua will preside at the re-dedication service which will be followed by lunch and tours.

Wednesday, June 25, 2003
11:00 a.m.
Saint Gabriel's Hall
1360 Pawlings Road (approximately one mile from Audubon Road)
Audubon, Montgomery County


The multi-million dollar upgrade to the four story facility was funded through a bond issue and includes a new roof, updated fire protection and electrical services, an elevator and the renovation of the kitchen. It also includes the repair and/or replacement of over 400 windows as well as the addition of air conditioning. Renovations to all eleven dormitories provide more efficient use of space and a warmer, more home-like environment for the students. The project also included a new ranch style home for The Mitchell Program, a residential farm-based community for 24 young men in short term stays.

This major renovation, which began in May 2000, demonstrates the ongoing commitment to youth by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Christian Brothers. The mission of Saint Gabriel's has remained the same since its founding in 1898 by Archbishop Patrick John Ryan, "For the protection and education of troubled youth." The students, most of whom are non-Catholic, remain at Saint Gabriel's Hall for approximately ten months to one year. They attend classes year round in the Saint Gabriel's Hall school, located in the main building.

This is the third of seven major projects to be completed by Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2003.



Major Projects of Catholic Human Services
of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2003
$41 MILLION TOTAL IN 2003 PROJECTS

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES


St. Gabriel's Hall, Audubon, Montgomery County

On June 25, 2003, Cardinal Bevilacqua re-dedicates St. Gabriel's Hall, which has undergone a $12 million renovation. St. Gabriel's System, which includes St. Gabriel's Hall as well as community based services, provides residential education and treatment to more than 2000 court-adjudicated delinquent youth each year. Saint Gabriel's Hall, founded in 1898, currently cares for approximately 200 boys, ages ten to eighteen, most from Philadelphia. Included in the renovations is a new ranch style home for The Mitchell Program, a residential farm-based community for 24 young men in shorter term stays. The project also includes renovations to other residential units, roof replacements and kitchen renovations.

Kensington Transitional Housing and Community Center, Kensington, Philadelphia
In November 2003, $5.2 million project to be completed. 18 new units of transitional housing offering a safe haven for mothers and children moving from shelters. Community Center will be located at the site of the former Starlight Ballroom which has been abandoned for years and will include a new gymnasium and recreation space for the community as well as meeting rooms and office space.

St. Vincent's, Tacony, Philadelphia
Renovations costing $3 million are underway at this comprehensive, 75-bed emergency shelter for dependent, neglected boys and girls, ages 2-15.

St. John's Hospice, Philadelphia
Renovations costing $625,000 are underway at this 40-bed shelter for homeless men which provides housing and 6000 meals per month.

Mercy Hospice, Philadelphia
Renovations costing $325,000 are underway at this 50-bed shelter for homeless women and children.


CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE SERVICES


St. Francis - St. Joseph Homes for Children, Bensalem, Bucks County

On April 4, 2003, Cardinal Bevilacqua dedicates new $7.5 million complex. St. Francis - St. Joseph Homes for Children cares for 50 dependent and neglected children, all of whom are from Philadelphia. The campus includes five new residential cottages, each housing ten boys, a school building, a gymnasium/recreation complex and an administrative building.

Villa Saint Martha, Downingtown, Chester County
On March 27, 2003, Cardinal Bevilacqua dedicates the new Villa Saint Martha, the first supportive independent living project to be undertaken by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Villa Saint Martha offers independent living apartments as well as assisted living suites and a unit providing assisted living with memory support. Villa Saint Martha welcomed its first residents in January 2003. The 120 bed supportive independent living community in Downingtown, Chester County is adjacent to Saint Martha Manor, a nursing home which opened in 1989.

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Statement Regarding Pastoral And Financial Report Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia For Fiscal 2001-2002

June 24, 2003

STATEMENT
regarding
Pastoral and Financial Report of the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia for Fiscal 2001-2002


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is today providing to its faithful a Pastoral and Financial Report for the Fiscal Year July 2001 - June 2002 (the last year for which audited financial figures are available). The report is being mailed to 480,000 registered Catholic households in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is also being posted to the archdiocesan web site at www.archdiocese-phl.org. Today's issue of the archdiocesan newspaper, The Catholic Standard and Times, offers coverage on the report.

This report presents a broad overview of archdiocesan programs and services as well as finances for the Fiscal Year 2001-2002 in order to provide to the faithful detailed information about archdiocesan operations, income and expenditures.

In an introductory letter to the faithful contained in the report, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, says "The report provides a glimpse of the initiatives, which flowed from our Archdiocesan entities, that have a uniquely pastoral dimension to them...The purpose of the report is two-fold. First, it provides me the opportunity to thank so many people for the generosity they offer the Archdiocese through their gifts of time, talent, or treasure. Secondly, it affords me the occasion to illustrate just how zealous the faithful of the Archdiocese are in carrying out the work of the Church. In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, all of the offices and institutions, including parishes, schools, hospitals, youth programs, ethnic communities, family life services and formation efforts exist to announce the Kingdom of God proclaimed by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

Director of Communications, Catherine L. Rossi, says "The Cardinal wants people to better understand the mission of the Catholic Church in Philadelphia. This report makes visible the varied initiatives of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia which extend to the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation. The archdiocesan endeavors presented are complimented even further by the outreach of our 282 individual Catholic parishes, which are not included in this report. Surely, this information will generate a new appreciation for everything the Catholic Church in Philadelphia does day in and day out to better peoples' lives."

As of December 2001, the Catholic population of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Chester, Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware Counties) was 1,494,883.

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A Celebration Of Gratitude In Honor Of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua

July 10, 2003

A CELEBRATION OF GRATITUDE IN HONOR
OF ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACQUA

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host A Celebration of Gratitude In Honor Of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua to commemorate Cardinal Bevilacqua's 80th birthday (June 17, 2003) as well as his fifteen years as Archbishop of Philadelphia. The celebration will consist of a Mass followed by a dessert reception. The Archdiocese extended an open invitation to all parishioners.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has 1.4 million Catholics and 279 parishes in the five county region (Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties).

Cardinal Bevilacqua will be the celebrant and homilist for the Mass. The Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will offer concluding remarks. The dessert reception will immediately follow the Mass. More than 1500 are expected to attend including bishops, priests, deacons, religious men and women and parishioners.


Wednesday, July 16, 2003
6:30 p.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Reception Immediately Following Mass
Wyndham Philadelphia Hotel
17th and Vine Streets
Philadelphia

During the reception at the Wyndham, Cardinal Bevilacqua will cut his birthday cake and greet guests in a receiving line. Donations of birthday cake will be made to three shelters in Philadelphia: Saint John's Hospice/Good Shepherd Program, Mercy Hospice and Saint Francis Inn.

Members of the media are welcome to videotape or photograph the Cardinal but no interviews will be granted. Media may conduct interviews with guests.

Editor's Note: Still cameras and reporters only will be permitted in the Cathedral. Videographers are kindly asked to use the video/audio mult-box feed in the Cathedral parking lot. Please enter on 17th Street between Vine and Race Streets. Crews will need either a live truck or a deck and a bnc connector. A staff person will be available to assist.















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Children's Summer Theater Program Presents "proud To Be An American"

July 21, 2003

Children's Summer Theater Program
Presents
"Proud To Be An American"

The Summer Children's Theater Program sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adults is a summer service project that enables talented teens to share their gifts of music, song and drama with children who attend summer camps throughout the Philadelphia area. This summer, six students from Archdiocesan high schools perform the musical review "Proud To Be An American," celebrating our country's history, heritage, leaders and natural beauty with their young audiences

"Proud To Be An American" is being presented at Camp Overbrook located on the grounds of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, 100 E. Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA on the following Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. - July 24, July 31, August 7. For more information call 610-649-9410.


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Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Named As Bishop Of Scranton

July 25, 2003

PHILADELPHIA AUXILIARY BISHOP NAMED AS BISHOP OF SCRANTON

Pope John Paul II announced the appointment today of the Most Reverend Joseph Francis Martino as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Bishop Martino has served as an Auxiliary Bishop to Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua since March 11, 1996. Bishop Martino is the Director of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Previously, he was a parish priest, high school teacher and seminary dean. In the early 1980's, he researched and authored position papers for the Canonization Cause of Mother Katharine Drexel. For Bishop Martino's complete biography, statement and more information about the appointment, please visit the web sites www.dioceseofscranton.org or www.archdiocese-phl.org

Statement of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Regarding Appointment


It is with great joy that I learned of the appointment of Most Reverend Joseph Francis Martino as the ninth Bishop of Scranton. In this appointment, our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, has placed great confidence in Bishop Martino's abilities as a shepherd of souls and a servant of the Gospel.

Bishop Martino's devotion to Our Eucharistic Lord, his love for Our Lady, his loyalty to the Church, his filial esteem for our Holy Father and his regard for the Priesthood have guided Bishop Martino in every aspect of his service as a priest and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. As a parish priest and high school teacher, he demonstrated his care for people of all ages and in every form of pastoral work. As a professor of Church History and Dean of Formation at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Bishop Martino showed his appreciation for the significance of priestly formation on all levels, as well as his deep awe for the Priesthood.

In his capacity as Director of the Office for Renewal of Pastoral Life, Bishop Martino facilitated the important work of the nine-year Renewal of our Archdiocese and helped to lay the groundwork for our preparation for the Jubilee Year and the dawning of the Third Millennium of Christianity. As Director of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, his theological knowledge and cordial manner fostered openness and enhanced dialogue with other Christian denominations as well as our Jewish and Moslem brothers and sisters. Since 1996, his ministry has been augmented by his role as an Auxiliary Bishop. I am particularly grateful for Bishop Martino's willing assistance to me in my tenure as Archbishop of Philadelphia.

Bishop Martino also contributed to the Cause for the Canonization of Saint Katharine Drexel. His historical research on the life and work of Mother Katharine presented clearly the sanctity of this heroic Foundress, her Eucharistic devotion and concern for justice among the most neglected.

The many positions and responsibilities fulfilled by Bishop Martino are experiences that richly equip him to assume the leadership of the Diocese of Scranton. As Bishop Martino prepares to accept his new responsibilities, I join my brother Bishops, priests, deacons, religious, seminarians and all the laity of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in extending our heartfelt congratulations and assurance of prayers. At the same time, I offer prayerful best wishes to Most Reverend James C. Timlin upon his retirement. Bishop Timlin has been a compassionate shepherd and respected colleague. May the coming years be for him a time of grace and peace. To all the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Scranton, I send warmest regards and an assurance of prayers that God may continue to bless them abundantly, especially in this historic time of transition.

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One Millionth Meal Served

July 25, 2003

ONE MILLIONTH MEAL SERVED

For the sixth year in a row, the Summer Food Service Program of Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will serve more than one million meals to Philadelphia area children. Each summer, the Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals and lessons about healthy eating to thousands of children. The one millionth meal will be served at Emmanuel Summer School in West Philadelphia.


Tuesday, July 29, 2003
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Emmanuel Summer School
48th and Spruce Streets
West Philadelphia

Emmanuel Summer School is one of approximately 500 sites throughout the Philadelphia area served by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Summer Food Service Program. Sites include other camps, bible schools and enrichment programs. The children are from ages two to 18. They receive either breakfast and a snack or breakfast and lunch. The free meals consist of sandwiches, milk and fresh fruit. The Summer Food Service Program also teaches children about nutrition and fitness. This summer the program began on June 16, 2003 and will run until August 29, 2003.

The Summer Food Service Program serves children of all denominations; approximately 90% of whom are non-Catholic. This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and is sponsored in the Philadelphia area by Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

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Catholic Social Services Hosts Brake The Cycle Tour

July 29, 2003

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES HOSTS BRAKE THE CYCLE TOUR

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia welcomes the Brake the Cycle bicycle tour as it rides through Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 as part of a 4000 mile journey to raise awareness of poverty in the United States. On June 1, 2003, a group of 20 bicyclists left San Francisco, California to ride to Washington, D.C. to promote the work needed to "break the cycle" of poverty.

This unique educational event is sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development which is the national social justice program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The cyclists are a group of committed Catholics: lay persons and religious, 19 to 73 years old. They will encourage Catholics to think about poverty in the United States. For more information visit www.usccb.org/cchd

Reverend Monsignor Timothy Senior, Secretary for Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with other local supporters, will welcome the riders to Philadelphia. Monsignor Senior will also announce the nine organizations in the Archdiocese awarded a total of $177,500 in Catholic Campaign for Human Development grants for 2003-2004 for their anti-poverty work.


Wednesday, July 30, 2003
8:30 a.m.
Russo Park (across from St. Hubert Catholic H.S. for Girls)
Cottman and Torresdale Avenues
Philadelphia

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops founded the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in 1970. Through grants and education programs, CCHD seeks to promote a more just society, one in which all people, but especially the poor, are empowered to participate in the social and civic lives of their communities. It supports the efforts of organized groups of poor and low income people to attack the basic causes of poverty through institutional change and leadership development models.

CCHD is funded through the donations of parishioners. Some of the 2003-2004 recipients in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia include groups that focus on affordable housing, elimination of the death penalty and hunger issues. Others include those that work with welfare mothers, develop affordable housing for the poor and seek to expand accessible mental health services for seniors.

Catholic Social Services is the largest private provider of social services in Pennsylvania


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Catholic Social Services Receives $672,000 Grant For Senior Employment Program

July 31, 2003

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES RECEIVES $672,000 GRANT
FOR SENIOR EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the largest private provider of social services in Pennsylvania, received a $672,500 grant to participate in the national Senior Community Service Employment Program. The National Council on Aging, which is a non-profit association of organizations and individuals committed to advancing the rights of older Americans, awarded the grant (for more information about the National Council on Aging visit www.ncoa.org). This grant, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, allows CSS to strengthen its ongoing commitment to serve seniors throughout the Archdiocese.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program provides and promotes useful work experience opportunities with subsidized salaries for economically disadvantaged seniors aged 55 or older. There are 60 training sites in Philadelphia including senior centers, day care centers, hospitals and government offices where the participants learn marketable skills. The program then assists participants transition into jobs that are not subsidized in private sector businesses as well as public organizations.

Catholic Social Services will develop individual employment plans for participants and then place them in training sites. The grant allows for 106 participants. CSS will monitor the participants' progress and review their employment plans quarterly. CSS will also place participants in specialized training such as computer classes and even remedial reading classes if needed. CSS will work closely with training sites to insure they meet their requirements.

Once participants are "job ready" CSS will assist in their search for an unsubsidized position and then maintain contact for a three month period of time to provide support.

Persons age 55 or older interested in participating or non-profit or government agencies interested in serving as training sites are asked to contact the Senior Community Service Employment Program at 215 - 854 - 7030.

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Don Guanella School And Nba Referees Host Clinic

August 1, 2003

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL AND NBA REFEREES HOST CLINIC

Don Guanella School will hold its fifth annual basketball clinic, led by Tim Donaghy, a referee with the National Basketball Association and a graduate of Cardinal O'Hara High School. Mr. Donaghy will be joined by fellow referees Steve Javie, Mark Wunderlich, Mike "Duke" Callahan and Joe Crawford. Hip Hop, the mascot of the Philadelphia 76ers, will also be on hand to entertain the young people.

Don Guanella is an Archdiocese of Philadelphia school in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21.


Monday, August 04, 2003
1:00 p.m.
Don Guanella School
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County

The referees will conduct shooting, lay-up and dribbling drills plus host a question and answer session. The Don Guanella students will receive balls, shirts and jackets plus compete in a contest to see who can sound the most like an NBA referee.

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Editor's note: For more information, please contact Robert Neely, the Activities Director at Don Guanella School at 610-543-1418 extension 309.








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Statement Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations Catherine L. Rossi Director Of Communications, Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

August 25, 2003

STATEMENT REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

We are less than ten days away from the expiration of our high school teacher's contract. The Archdiocese has been bargaining in good faith with the hope of reaching a contract agreement before the start of the school year. The Archdiocese understands and appreciates that teachers, students and parents want to see this school year get off to a smooth start.

The union has told reporters that it is seeking an across-the-board 12% salary increase for one year. That demand is both unacceptable and unreasonable in the economic climate of today. Consistent with past practices, the Archdiocese is negotiating a three-year, not a one-year, contract. While the Archdiocese has made its initial proposal on wages and benefits to the union, it awaits a counterproposal from the union.

The National Association of Catholic Schools Teachers ranks the starting salary of high school teachers of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as the second highest in the country. The Archdiocese will continue to do the best it can for its teachers considering current economic and enrollment conditions. The Archdiocese must balance fair wages and benefits for its teachers, who are respected and admired, while trying to hold the line on the cost of tuition for parents who remain concerned about the rising cost of education.

The next negotiating session is now scheduled for Monday, August 25, 2003. Resolution of the contract is a priority and the Archdiocese is ready and willing to talk day and night if necessary in order to resolve this contract for the good of our teachers, students and their families.

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Editor's Note:
The starting salary for an archdiocesan high school lay teacher for the 2002-2003 school year: $30,300. This current teachers contract, expiring August 31, 2003, affects approximately 1000 high school lay teachers. 23,000 high school students attend 22 archdiocesan high schools in the five-county region. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 3, 2003.

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Update Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations Judge Clement J. Mcgovern Chief Negotiator For The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

August 29, 2003

UPDATE REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
Judge Clement J. McGovern
Chief Negotiator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

We are continuing to bargain in good faith with the hope that a settlement can be reached before the contract expires on Sunday, August 31st. We have been working to remove many of the issues from the bargaining table. The following statements represent where we are at the present time. The next negotiating session is scheduled for Sunday, August 31st at 1:00 p.m.

MANAGEMENT ISSUES

The Archdiocese has made some proposals in the area of accountability that we feel are necessary to operate the school system in an efficient and consistent manner while maintaining the highest quality standards of Catholic education .

3 YEAR CONTRACT

The union continues to seek a 1 year contract. We are adamant in our desire for a 3 year contract which will offer stability to our teachers, parents and students and enable us to plan appropriately.

MEDICAL

We have made a proposal on the issue of medical coverage which reduces our request in the 2nd and 3rd year of the contract. We are looking for a fixed percentage rate to help us with the cost of the plan.

We are still awaiting a counter-proposal from the union in the medical benefits area. The union have not been willing to talk to us on this matter.

SALARY

We have made some salary moves proportional to the proposals by the union. However, as I stated this past week, we need the union to come back to us with some proposals in the medical benefits area in order for us to address the salary concerns.

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Editor's Note:
The starting salary for an archdiocesan high school lay teacher for the 2002-2003 school year: $30,300. This current teachers contract, expiring August 31, 2003, affects approximately 1000 high school lay teachers. 23,000 high school students attend 22 archdiocesan high schools in the five-county region. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 3, 2003.
Judge McGovern is a retired Delaware County Court of Common Pleas judge.

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Update Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations

August 31, 2003

UPDATE REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

Transcript of Media Interviews at 5: 30 p.m.
with Judge Clement J. McGovern
Chief Negotiator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Judge McGovern is a retired Delaware County Court of Common Pleas judge

Media Q: How's it going?
Judge McGovern: How are we going? That's a great question. There is some movement on some of the language. We're not nearly where we would like to be and we really need the union to respond in a meaningful way, to some of the important language clauses and of course, underneath there is one pot of money... we have to cost out the various provisions in the agreement that are going to cost the Archdiocese money. I am hopeful. I think the movement indicates a willingness on both sides of the table to move but we really need the union to make some meaningful movement on that three million dollar increase on health benefits over the past three years. And they know that because we've said that before.

Media Q: What is the major sticking point?
Judge McGovern: Major sticking point? It's hard to tell what a major sticking point ... of course money is a major sticking point but there are some language clauses, language changes in the existing contract that are also sticking points. Whether they're major or not remains to be seen and that's the subject of negotiations.

Media Q: Why one versus a three year contract?
Judge McGovern: We're looking for three because we want to give some stability to the system. The union is looking for one year. As I've said before, can you imagine going through this every year ? Especially if you're a parent. Especially if you have a system to run.

Media Q: The movement that you refer to, "some movement on some of the language," is that concerning the health benefits?
Judge McGovern: We're waiting now, as I speak, for a response to our most recent salary and health benefit proposal.

Media Q: How confident are you? Wednesday's the day school's supposed to start?
Judge McGovern: I'm a self-doubter. I'm not confident of anything in life but I'm optimistic in the sense that I think if we continue working hard and getting movement, I think we can make it. But I'm not a prophet.

Media Q: But are you being realistic? I mean, really, can you expect someone to devote 40 years of their life to Catholic education to live on a pension of $18 k a year ? They can't live on that.
Judge McGovern : Respectfully, I'm not sure of your figures but we could sit down and figure that out. We believe that we have been fair and reasonable in our contracts. These are agreements that we have done for over 30 years with the union and we think the union believed in the past that we were being fair and reasonable. Do I think I'm being realistic? Absolutely.

Media Q: You mentioned $3 million. I'm new to this. A $3 million increase in insurance costs to the Archdiocese over the past three years?
Judge McGovern: That's correct.

Media Q: And what can you tell us as far as what the offers are as far as health and salary?
Judge McGovern: I would rather not get into that simply because as I've said before I do not think we should do our bargaining in the media. With all due respect to you all.

Media Q: Any contingency plans if they vote no?
Judge McGovern: I can assure you when you need to know, you'll know. At this point, to get into that seems to me to be counterproductive.

Media Q: Are talks scheduled for tomorrow?
Judge McGovern: At this point, no.

Media Q: Are you going to continue to meet through the night?
Judge McGovern: Oh yes, oh yes. As far as the diocese is concerned we're going to meet as long as it takes. We'll be there whenever we can bargain.

Media Q: Is it a case of wanting to give them what they want but it's just not there to give?
Judge McGovern: No, we think what they want is unreasonable. We want to give them what is fair in light of the current economic circumstances.
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Editor's Note: The current contract expires at midnight August 31, 2003. This current teachers contract affects approximately 1000 high school lay teachers. 23,000 high school students attend 22 archdiocesan high schools in the five-county region. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 3, 2003.

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215-587-3747

Statement Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations

September 1, 2003

STATEMENT REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

2:00 a.m.
Judge Clement J. McGovern
Chief Negotiator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Judge McGovern is a retired Delaware County Court of Common Pleas judge


We are greatly disappointed to be drawing this session of contract talks to a conclusion without having reached an agreement with our teachers union. There was progress in our discussions but unfortunately, progress was minimal and we will be returning to the negotiating table.

Since this is Labor Day, let me say that we appreciate those who labor in our classrooms to give us a value-oriented school. Part of Labor Day is fairness. We want to see that there is fairness for all parties, the teachers and the Catholic education system. The teachers have a right to be paid. Along with that right is a responsibility to fairly share the burden of the system that they're working in and helping to support. We are only looking for a fair and a just settlement.

This is the Archdiocesan position on several issues as discussions concluded :

Salary
The salary increase offer by the Archdiocese now stands at $475, $525, $550 respectively for each year of a three year contract. The union has asked for $2500 in a one year contract.

Length of Contract
For the stability of the Catholic education system, the Archdiocese is seeking a three-year contract. The last nine teachers contracts have been three-years pacts. The union is seeking a one-year contract.

Medical Benefits
The medical benefit situation is difficult. We do not want opened-ended medical premiums with 100 % of the burden placed on the teacher. We are simply asking teachers to fairly share the burden of a 70% increase in medical insurance in the last three years. The teachers are paying a very small part of the cost of their contract and we're not looking to increase that substantially but we are looking to fairly increase it. The Archdiocese is offering lower contributions on less expensive plans.

Management Issues
The Archdiocese has made some proposals in the area of accountability that it feels are necessary to maintain the high standards of quality Catholic education and operate the school system in an efficient and consistent manner. While we do not yet have agreement with the union on these issues, there has been progress in some areas.
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Editor's Note: Negotiations are scheduled to resume on Monday, September 01, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. The current contract expired at midnight, August 31. The contract now under negotiation affects approximately 1000 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region, 23,000 high school students attend 22 archdiocesan high schools. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 3, 2003.

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Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations

September 1, 2003

STATEMENT REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

6:00 p.m.
Judge Clement J. McGovern
Chief Negotiator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Judge McGovern is a retired Delaware County Court of Common Pleas judge

At this hour, we remain in negotiations in an attempt to reach an equitable contract agreement with our teachers union. When we went into negotiations early this afternoon, we gave the union a contract proposal and they have remained in caucus until this hour. We have not heard from the union since earlier today, thus we have had no meaningful movement. We are in a race against the clock. We know the union will be taking a contract proposal to its membership on Tuesday morning. Here is a summary of the key contract issues:

Salary
We face realistic concerns about declining enrollment and deficits faced by 12 of our 22 archdiocesan high schools. We are also negotiating a contract during very difficult economic times. Nationally, percentage increases for salaries have hit a 30 year low and a significant number of employers have given no increases this year. According to the National Association of Catholic School Teachers, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's high school teachers have the third highest salaries in the country. The average teacher salary is $41,744. At this hour, the salary increase offer by the Archdiocese stands at $500, $600, $700 respectively for each year of a three year contract. The union has asked for $2500 ( 6%) in a one year contract.

Tuition
We need to hold the line on expenditures in the interest of holding the line on tuition. High school tuition for the 2003-2004 school year is $3700. Our families simply cannot afford to have tuition costs continue to increase dramatically. Dioceses with higher salaries have significantly higher tuition.

Length of Contract
For the stability of the Catholic education system, the Archdiocese is seeking a three-year contract. The last nine teachers contracts have been three-years pacts. The union is seeking a one-year contract.

Medical Benefits
Costs for teacher medical insurance have increased 3 million dollars (a 70% increase) in the last three years.
Most of our teachers are enrolled in the Personal Choice Plan, where premiums have skyrocketed. The percentage that teacher have contributed toward their health insurance has declined in the last three years. The Archdiocese is asking teachers to contribute more toward the cost of their medical plan. Lower contributions are being offered for less expensive medical plans.

Management Issues
We do not yet have complete agreement with the union on some issues of teacher accountability that will enable the Archdiocese to operate the school system efficiently while maintaining the highest standards of Catholic education.
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Editor's Note: The first day of school is Wednesday, September 3, 2003. High school students will be required to report to school as scheduled. In the five-county region, 23,000 high school students attend 22 archdiocesan high schools. There are approximately 1000 high school lay teachers.

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Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Update Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations 5:00 A.m. From Catherine L. Rossi, Director Of Communications

September 2, 2003

UPDATE REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
5:00 A.M.
from Catherine L. Rossi, Director of Communications

There has been substantive progress in contract talks since yesterday afternoon. At one 'clock Monday afternoon, the Archdiocese and the teachers union returned to the bargaining table in an attempt to reach a tentative contract agreement. We have spent the last sixteen hours in negotiations and remain at the bargaining table at this hour. Just before midnight, the Archdiocese presented the union with its final offer, not wanting to leave the table with anything less than our best effort. This negotiating process has been long, arduous and tedious. We believe we have offered a three year contract that provides our teachers with both a reasonable salary increase and reasonable options in medical benefits. The contract remains under idscussion at this hour.

The following summarizes key points of an offer from the Archdiocese late last night:

Salary
The Archdiocese has offered $800, $1100 and $1300 ( 2%, 2.5 % , 3%) respectively for each year of a three year contract. Starting teacher salaries would be $30,500 for the first year of the contract; $31,000 for the second year of the contract and $31,700 for the third year of the contract.

Medical Benefits
The archdiocese has agreed to a cap in medical insurance costs. Teacher contributions would be the same in the first year of the contract as teachers paid last year. In the second year of the contract, teachers would pay 8% of the cost of the individual plan plus 10% of the differential between the cost of the plan and the HMO plan. In the third year, teachers would pay 8% of the cost of the individual plan plus 20% of the differential between the cost of the plan and the HMO plan. Should the composite rate increase exceed 20% of the individual medical in the second and third year, the system will absorb any increase beyond that.

Management Issues
The Archdiocese has made some proposals in the area of accountability that it feels are necessary to maintain the high standards of quality Catholic education and operate the school system in an efficient and consistent manner and is still discussing these issues with the union.

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Editor's Note: The contract affects approximately 1000 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region, 23,000 high school students attend 22 archdiocesan high schools. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 3, 2003 and high school students are expected to report as scheduled.

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Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement Regarding Strike Vote By The Teachers Union

September 2, 2003

STATEMENT REGARDING STRIKE VOTE BY THE TEACHERS UNION

Judge Clement J. McGovern
Chief Negotiator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Judge McGovern is a retired Delaware County Court of Common Pleas judge


Frankly, I am deeply saddened and we are greatly perplexed, disconcerted and confused by the decision by our Catholic high school teachers to reject our contract offer. When we left the bargaining table around 6:30 this morning, union leadership shook our hands and said they would be recommending the contract proposal to teachers. We spent almost eighteen hours at the bargaining table on Labor Day afternoon into Tuesday morning and did everything we could to reach an equitable contract agreement. It was at six o'clock this morning that we presented union leaders with the offer that was ultimately rejected by the union membership at its meeting today.

We understand that there may be some confusion over medical benefits. However, when we left negotiations early this morning, everyone at the table showed confidence in understanding what the numbers were and the union expressed assurance that they could clearly explain to their membership that salary increases are enough to offset any increase in medical premiums. We are greatly disappointed for our Catholic school families that the start of the school year will be disrupted by a strike and we believe the teachers did themselves a disservice by not accepting this offer.


In light of current economic conditions, we offered our teachers a fair contract that provided both a reasonable salary increase and reasonable options in medical benefits. Nationally, percentage increases for salaries have hit a 30 year low and a significant number of employers have given no increases this year. According to the National Association of Catholic School Teachers, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's high school teachers have the third highest salaries in the country. At the same time, costs for teacher medical insurance increased by 70 percent over the past three years. Skyrocketing medical costs are happening across the country and are impacting almost everyone. We must never lose our focus on keeping tuition low for our families, so many of whom already sacrifice to send their children to Catholic schools.

It is our hope that the strike will be brief and the impact on our families minimal. It is in no one's best interest to have teachers out of the classroom. We will continue to be fair and reasonable in our negotiations with the union and would hope that they do the same. The offer by the Archdiocese is summarized by the following:

Salary

The Archdiocese offered $900, $1200 and $ 1400 respectively for each year of a three year contract, with starting starting teacher salaries at $30,500 for the first year of the contract; $31,000 for the second year of the contract and $31,700 for the third year of the contract.

Medical Benefits
For the existing medical plans, teacher contributions would be the same in the first year of the contract as teachers paid last year. There would be slightly higher contributions for a new medical plan which the union requested early this morning. Beginning in the second year of the contract, medical plan contributions would be 8% of the cost of the plan. Those in the more expensive Personal Choice and Point-of-Service plans would also pay 10% of the difference between their plan and the HMO plan in the second year and 20% of the difference in the third year. The Archdiocese agreed to a cap in these medical insurance costs.
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Editor's Note: Despite a job action, students are expected to report for the first day of school on Wednesday, September 3. For individual school schedules, please check the archdiocesan web site at archdiocese-phl.org. Please see accompanying release regarding school strike contingency plans.

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Director of Communications
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Plans For Archdiocesan High Schools During The Teachers Strike

September 2, 2003

PLANS FOR ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOLS DURING THE TEACHERS STRIKE

Schools will remain open and students should report as scheduled

Parents and students will be notified of any change in this week's schedule. They should continue to check their individual high school web site ( there are links available to each school at (www.archdiocese-phl.org).

All administrative and non-union employees are expected to report

All instructional days will be made up. A revised academic calendar will be provided at the conclusion of the strike.

All athletic events and activities will be conducted as scheduled at this time

We will evaluate on a day to day basis our ability to keep the schools open

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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Update Regarding Teachers Strike

September 3, 2003

UPDATE REGARDING TEACHERS STRIKE

Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications

A discussion between the Archdiocese and the Catholic teachers union is scheduled for Friday morning, September 5, at 10:00 a.m. The meeting is private and out of respect for the process, we are not disclosing the location of the meeting.

This time frame gives the union a chance to put the concerns of its membership into writing and then gives the Archdiocese a chance to fully analyze the information we receive from the union and prepare an appropriate response.

Regarding school scheduling, archdiocesan high schools will remain open Thursday, September 4th and Friday, September 5th. On Friday, the Archdiocese will have an update regarding high school scheduling for next week.

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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Update Regarding Monday Schedule

September 5, 2003

UPDATE REGARDING MONDAY SCHEDULE

The 22 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be closed Monday, September 8th. No classes will be conducted and no school activities, including sports, will be held because of the teacher's strike. Another update will be made Monday regarding scheduling.

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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Update Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations

September 5, 2003

UPDATE REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

STATEMENT FROM
Judge Clement J. McGovern
Chief Negotiator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Judge McGovern is a retired Delaware County Court of Common Pleas judge


We resumed our contract discussion with the union around at 10:00 a.m.. The union presented us with the specifics of their demands, something we have been looking for, so that we can respond appropriately to teachers' concerns. After some clarifications during the morning discussions, we went into an extended caucus at our respective offices. Both the Archdiocese and the union have a number of details to work and re-work. We have been exchanging information via faxes and telephones calls throughout the afternoon and continue to labor over the details.

It's a long road and we have a ways to travel, but it's navigable and I am hopeful. Discussions were very cordial and the tone of talks today indicates that both sides are dedicated to bringing this strike to a speedy conclusion. We certainly are willing to work long and hard to get a contract in place. We are as anxious to get our teachers back in the classroom as they are to be there. In this Catholic education system, we are looking to give a value-based education and that depends upon dedicated teachers in the classroom. We are still looking for a contract that guards against an unfair burden of tuition for the parents. As a tuition driven system, we feel a responsibility to parents to see that tuition does not get increased unreasonably and we need some "fair sharing" from the union.

Having said this, we are willing to meet as long as it takes to reach an equitable agreement for both the teachers and the Archdiocese. We want to get this contract settled.
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Editor's Note


Contract talks will resume Saturday afternoon, September 6th at approximately 1:00 p.m. at an undisclosed location. An update to this statement will be posted sometime Saturday. Regarding school scheduling, the 22 high schools of the Archdiocese of the Philadelphia will be closed on Monday, September 8th. No classes will be conducted and no school activities, including sports, will be held because of the teacher's strike. Another update will be made Monday regarding future scheduling.


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Director of Communications
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Statement Regarding School Scheduling/update 5:00 P.m. Statement From Dr. Thomas F. O'brien - Superintendent Of Schools

September 6, 2003

STATEMENT REGARDING SCHOOL SCHEDULING/UPDATE
5:00 p.m.
STATEMENT FROM
Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools

Contrary to some press reports, the Archdiocese has made no decision regarding high school scheduling beyond Monday. Classes could resume as early as Tuesday if a tentative contract agreement is reached over the weekend and the union membership ratifies the agreement on Monday.

On Monday, September 8th, the 22 high schools of the Archdiocese are closed, with no sporting events or activities because of the strike.


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Editor's Note

Contract talks began 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6th and continued throughout the afternoon. It is not yet known what time talks will conclude. An update will be posted at the appropriate time.











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Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Update Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations 11:00 P.m.

September 6, 2003

UPDATE REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
11:00 p.m.

The Catholic teachers union and the Archdiocese spent more than nine hours Saturday (1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) trying to come to a reasonable agreement for both the Archdiocese and the teachers union. Although we have not yet come to mutually agreeable terms, we did make progress. Another negotiating session is scheduled for Sunday, September 7th at 1:00 p.m.



STATEMENT REGARDING SCHOOL SCHEDULING
from
Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools


The Archdiocese has made no decision regarding high school scheduling beyond Monday. Classes could resume as early as Tuesday if a tentative contract agreement is reached over the weekend and the union membership ratifies the agreement on Monday.

On Monday, September 8th, the 22 high schools of the Archdiocese are closed, with no sporting events or activities because of the strike.


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Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Update Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations 11:15 P.m.

September 7, 2003

UPDATE REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
11:15 p.m.

STATEMENT FROM
Judge Clement J. McGovern
Chief Negotiator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Judge McGovern is a retired Delaware County Court of Common Pleas judge


Our contract negotiations began at 1:00 p.m. today and concluded at 10:00 p.m. with the union agreeing to take a contract proposal to its executive board for consideration tomorrow.

By mutual agreement with union, there will be no updates or comments until further notice.





STATEMENT REGARDING SCHOOL SCHEDULING
from
Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools


The Archdiocese has made no decision regarding high school scheduling beyond Monday.

On Monday, September 8th, the 22 high schools of the Archdiocese are closed, with no sporting events or activities because of the strike.
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Director of Communications
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News Conference Regarding Teachers Negotiations

September 8, 2003

NEWS CONFERENCE
REGARDING TEACHERS NEGOTIATIONS

There will be a News Conference at the Archdiocese Office Building regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations

September 8, 2003
3:00 p.m.
Archdiocese Office Building
222 N. Seventeenth Street
Philadelphia


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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations/latest School Schedule

September 8, 2003

STATEMENT REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS/LATEST SCHOOL SCHEDULE

Judge Clement J. McGovern
Chief Negotiator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Judge McGovern is a retired Delaware County Court of Common Pleas judge

It is unfortunate that the union's Executive Board has rejected the Archdiocese's latest offer which was made around 10:00 p.m. on September 7, 2003. Frankly, we are not surprised by this decision since one third of the Board members are on the union's negotiating team. We are disappointed the Board would not take this request to the teachers to discuss and decide in a secret ballot at a membership meeting. Our offer represented significant improvement to the offer that this same Board recommended to its membership one week ago today.

We heard the teachers' concerns about medical issues. We knew this was an important issue during these negotiations and had asked the union to address this early in the summer, but it did not address medical issues until Labor Day weekend, which put a tremendous burden on the negotiating process.

In our latest proposal, we eliminated the $150 co-pays for outpatient surgery and in-patient hospital stays which were of great concern to the teachers. This increased the cost of the medical plans by over $350,000 a year. We reduced the amount the teachers would have to pay in employee contributions and agreed to a contribution formula developed by the union's negotiating team.

We made an improvement to our salary offer for more experienced teachers. Since the union requested a flat dollar salary increase for all teachers, the percentage increases for experienced teachers was lower than that being offered to less experienced teachers. In the latest offer, salary increases ranged from $900 to $1140 in the first year; increases in the second year ranged from $1200 to $1400; and increases in the third year ranged from $1400 to $1600. At a time when some employers are giving no raises at all, we view this offer as fair.

The union requested increases of $1200 in the first year, $1400 in the second year, and $1500 in the third year. These increases would cost more than $600,000 or 17% more than the agreed salaries of September 2, 2003.

The concerns the teachers had about increasing the age for eligibility for early retirement have been addressed. The age was returned to 55 from 58. We accepted a union proposal to have teachers who retire early pay for part of their medical insurance costs.

Perhaps, people do not realize, the Catholic high school system is dependent on tuition for 91% of its operating budget. Without risking dramatic increases in tuition, which we think no family would want us to do, we have reached the financial limitations of what we can place on the bargaining table.

There should be absolutely no doubt that we have great respect for our teachers, but we will never be able to pay them at the level of their public school counterparts. The teachers are unequivocally the backbone of this Catholic education system.

In the interest of getting teachers and students back into the classroom as quickly as possible, we have made an offer to the union to meet this evening to continue our discussions.


STATEMENT REGARDING SCHOOL SCHEDULING
from
Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools


All 22 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be closed on Tuesday, September 9th with no sporting activities or events. The Office for Catholic Education will be deciding the school schedule on a day by day basis.

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Director of Communications
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Update Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations 10:00 P.m.

September 8, 2003

UPDATE REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
10:00 p.m.

The Archdiocese negotiating team met with the negotiating team from the Association of Catholic Teachers from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Monday, September 8th, with another meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 9th at 1:00 p.m.




STATEMENT REGARDING SCHOOL SCHEDULING
from
Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools


All 22 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be closed on Tuesday, September 9th with no sporting activities or events. The Office for Catholic Education will decide the school schedule on a day to day basis.


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Director of Communications
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Update Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations 2:30 P.m.

September 9, 2003

UPDATE REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
2:30 p.m.

The Archdiocese negotiating team and the negotiating team for the Association of Catholic Teachers resumed negotiations at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9th and are scheduled to meet throughout the afternoon. We will post an update at the conclusion of the talks.


STATEMENT REGARDING SCHOOL SCHEDULING
from Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools


All 22 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be closed on Wednesday, September 10th with no sporting activities or events. The Office for Catholic Education will decide the school schedule on a day to day basis.


STATEMENT REGARDING SPORTS SCHEDULING
from Mr. Stephen Pawlowski - Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Staff Relations


Once the strike is settled, the Office for Catholic Education, in consultation with Athletic Directors, will produce a new Catholic League schedule.


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Update Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations 8:15 P.m.

September 9, 2003

UPDATE REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
8:15 p.m.

Contract talks between the Archdiocese negotiating team and the negotiating team for the Association of Catholic Teachers began at 1:00 p.m. today, September 9th, and are continuing at this hour. Progress is being made. Because the talks have reached a critical juncture, by mutual agreement with the union, we will not be making any comments until further notice. When appropriate, the Media Message Line will be updated.



STATEMENT REGARDING SCHOOL SCHEDULING
from Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools


All 22 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be closed on Wednesday, September 10th with no sporting activities or events. The Office for Catholic Education will decide the school schedule on a day to day basis.



STATEMENT REGARDING SPORTS SCHEDULING
from Mr. Stephen Pawlowski - Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Staff Relations


Once the strike is settled, the Office for Catholic Education, in consultation with Athletic Directors, will produce a new Catholic League schedule.

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Contact
Catherine Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Teacher Contract Negotiations

September 10, 2003

TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

Contract talks between the Archdiocese negotiating team and the negotiating team for the Association of Catholic Teachers will resume on Thursday, September 11th at 3:00 p.m. The last negotiating session went from 1:00 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9th. Because the talks have reached a critical juncture, by mutual agreement with the union, we will not be making any comments nor characterizing the nature of negotiations until further notice.


STATEMENT REGARDING SCHOOL SCHEDULING
from Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools


All 22 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be closed on Thursday, September 11th with no sporting activities or events. The Office for Catholic Education will continue to decide the school schedule on a day to day basis.



STATEMENT REGARDING SPORTS SCHEDULING
from Mr. Stephen Pawlowski - Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Staff Relations


Once the strike is settled, the Office for Catholic Education and the Board of Governors of the Catholic League, in consultation with Athletic Directors, will produce a new Catholic League schedule.

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Contact
Catherine Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Teacher Contract Negotiations

September 11, 2003

TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

Contract talks between the Archdiocese negotiating team and the negotiating team for the Association of Catholic Teachers resume today, Thursday, September 11th, at 3:00 p.m. By mutual agreement with the union, we will not be making any comments nor characterizing the nature of negotiations until further notice.

On this day, the Office for Catholic Education is asking staff and students to respectfully remember in their prayers the victims of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.


STATEMENT REGARDING SCHOOL SCHEDULING
from Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools


All 22 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be closed on Friday, September 12th with no sporting activities or events. The Office for Catholic Education will continue to decide the school schedule on a day to day basis.



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Catherine Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Joint Statement From The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia And The Association Of Catholic Teachers

September 12, 2003

JOINT STATEMENT
FROM THE
ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA AND THE ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC TEACHERS

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Association of Catholic Teachers have reached a tentative contract agreement. The details of the contract will remain confidential until the union membership votes on the terms of the agreement.

The union general membership meeting will take place on Monday, September 15, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. at Penn's Landing Caterers, 1301 South Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia.

For further information, please visit the Archdiocesan web site at www.archdiocese-phl.org as well as the ACT web site at www.act1776.com.

School Scheduling
from the Office for Catholic Education


The Office for Catholic Education will allow schools to conduct athletic practices (no games) and activities during the weekend. On Monday, September 15, 2003, there will be no classes for students.


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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
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Statement Regarding Contract Vote By The Teachers Union

September 15, 2003

STATEMENT REGARDING CONTRACT VOTE BY THE TEACHERS UNION

Judge Clement J. McGovern
Chief Negotiator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Judge McGovern is a retired Delaware County Court of Common Pleas judge


On behalf of the negotiating team for the Archdiocese, we are gratified that our high school teachers have ratified a new contract and will return to their classrooms and back to the business of education. We know that this has not been an easy couple of weeks for teachers, for students or for their parents. We worked long and hard to put together a fair and reasonable package for teachers, in light of current economic and enrollment trends. Before I proceed with discussing the contract specifics, let me once again state the respect that the Archdiocese has for the work of its teachers. They are one of the Church's most valuable assets.

I have said all along that there is no pot of gold but we did as much as we could for our teachers. The new contract calls for across-the-board salary increases of $1000 the first year, $1300 in the second year and $1500 in the third year. These increases represent a cumulative raise of approximately 9. 1% over the three years of the contract. These increases are slightly higher (one tenth of one percent more) than those rejected by the Association's Executive Board on Monday, September 8, 2003. The average increases in that offer were $968, $1286, and $1488 or 9.0% over the three years of the contract. The new contract increases are $100 a year higher than the general membership rejected when it did not ratify the original contract offer on September 2, 2003.

We understood teachers' concerns on medical issues, but we needed to make some significant changes in the medical plans to help reduce the escalating cost of providing this benefit. The amount that teachers contribute toward the cost of their medical insurance will change from a flat dollar amount to a percentage amount that will automatically increase as the cost of insurance coverage increases. The percentage that teachers contribute for each of the different medical plans will increase each year. However, teachers will have the option of lower contributions if they move to a less expensive plan, for example, if they move from Personal Choice to either Keystone Point of Service or H-M-O.

Under the Personal Choice medical plan, the cost of doctor's office visits will increase but the Archdiocese arranged with Blue Cross to eliminate the $150 outpatient surgery and inpatient hospital deductibles that were of great concern to the teachers. There will be increases in prescription costs that encourage teachers to work with their doctors to select less expensive, yet equally beneficial drugs.


During the entire process of negotiation, we have been cognizant of tuition. I want to give parents the assurance that the Office for Catholic Education will make every effort to keep the tuition increase for next school year manageable.

All of us certainly wish that we could have reached an agreement earlier and averted a strike but we are grateful that the academic year will not be interrupted any further. We wish teachers, students and especially this year's high school seniors and their families, a successful 2003-2004 school year.

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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement By Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Regarding End Of Teachers Strike

September 15, 2003

STATEMENT BY
ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACQUA
REGARDING END OF TEACHERS STRIKE

I am very pleased that the Association of Catholic Teachers has accepted the contract proposal offered by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I know this was a difficult and tedious process for those involved in the negotiations. I offer my sincere thanks to the members of the Archdiocesan negotiating team, most especially our Chief Negotiator, Judge Clement McGovern, who have worked tirelessly over many long days to make a fair and equitable offer to our teachers.

We are delighted to have our teachers and students return to school. I express my deepest gratitude to the students, their parents and guardians, for their patience during this difficult time.

Committed, quality teachers are critical to the values-oriented Catholic education that the Archdiocese provides to students in our high schools. I consider the Archdiocese blessed to have so many gifted teachers who remain dedicated to providing a Catholic education to our young people. I extend my appreciation for their hard work, devotion and concern exhibited to students every day in the classroom.

I am most aware of the financial burdens of parents and families of our students who sacrifice to send their children to Catholic school. We must always work to keep tuition affordable.


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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Fact Sheet Monday, September 15, 2003

September 15, 2003

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
FACT SHEET
Monday, September 15, 2003


School Scheduling


- Teachers scheduled to report to schools at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 15th

- All students should report for school on Tuesday, September 16th

- Schools will use holidays and holy days to make up school days lost during the strike. All graduation dates will remain the same.

- Because physical conditioning and safety are a primary concern in contact sports, such as football, the athletic schedule will be readjusted. A new Catholic League schedule will be issued later this week. Non-contact sports may commence immediately.

- The Association of Catholic Teachers began its strike on September 2, 2003, which was supposed to be an organizational day for teachers

- Archdiocesan high school students reported to school as scheduled on September 3th, 4th and 5th for orientation
The 22 Archdiocesan High Schools were closed Monday, September 8th through Monday, September 15th.

Teachers Contract


- Salary
Teachers will receive salary increases of $1,000 in the first year, $1,300 in the second year and $1,500 in the third year. These increases represent a raise of approximately 9.1% over the three years of the contract.

These increases are slightly higher (one tenth of one percent more) than those rejected by the Association's Executive Board on Monday, September 8, 2003. The average increases in that offer were $968, $1286, and $1488 or 9.0% over the three years of the contract. The increases are $100 per year higher than the general membership rejected when it did not ratify the original contract offer on September 2, 2003.

- Medical
Under the Personal Choice medical plan, the cost of doctor's office visits will increase but the Archdiocese arranged with Blue Cross to eliminate the $150 outpatient surgery and inpatient hospital deductibles that were of great concern to the teachers. There will be increases in prescription costs that encourage teachers to work with their doctors to select less expensive, yet equally beneficial drugs.

The amount that teachers contribute toward the cost of their medical insurance coverage will change from a flat dollar amount to a percentage amount that will automatically increase as the cost of medical insurance coverage increases. The percentage that teachers contribute for each of the different medical plans will increase each year. However, teachers will have the option of lower contributions if they move to a less expensive plan, for example, if they move from Personal Choice to either Keystone Point of Service or H-M-O.
The contribution rates are as follows:


First Year
Personal Choice 7.5 %
Keystone POS 7.5%
Keystone HMO 7.5%

Second Year
Personal Choice 8.5%
Keystone POS 8.0%
Keystone HMO 7.5%

Third Year
Personal Choice 9.5%
Keystone POS 8.5%
Keystone HMO 8.0%

Contact
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Bevilacqua Accepts Recommendation To Consolidate Saint John Neumann And Saint Maria Goretti High Schools

September 16, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA ACCEPTS RECOMMENDATION TO CONSOLIDATE SAINT JOHN NEUMANN AND SAINT MARIA GORETTI HIGH SCHOOLS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua has accepted the recommendation to consolidate Saint John Neumann High School and Saint Maria Goretti High School in South Philadelphia. In August, the Secretary for Catholic Education forwarded a recommendation to Cardinal Bevilacqua based upon the work of a Steering Committee and its recommendation for consolidation. Cardinal Bevilacqua has accepted the recommendation for the new school name:Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School. The school will be located at the site of Saint Maria Goretti High School.

Cardinal Bevilacqua said, "Saint John Neumann and Saint Maria Goretti High Schools both have rich traditions in serving the people of South Philadelphia. They produced many generations of well-educated students who have enriched the Philadelphia community and beyond. While some may be saddened at the loss of these two educational institutions as individual entities, I trust that people will recognize that this consolidation will create a stronger Catholic high school for the future.

People should also take comfort in the new school name, Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School, which honors the heritage of each of the schools. Saint John Neumann was not only the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia, he was the first male U.S. citizen canonized a saint and was credited with starting the parochial school system in Philadelphia. Saint Maria Goretti is a wonderful role model for young women everywhere and has been linked to South Philadelphia for almost fifty years.

I commend all of those who have worked and will continue to work on the various committees for their many hours of dedication. I am confident the consolidated school will continue the commitment to excellence inspired by these two saints. Consolidation will ensure that a quality, Catholic education remains a viable presence in South Philadelphia."


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Saint John Neumann High School was founded in September 1934 as Southeast Catholic High School. The school's name was changed to Bishop Neumann in 1955 and Saint John Neumann in 1978. It is an all-male school with a current enrollment of 601. The school has operated at a significant deficit for the last nine years, thus the Office for Catholic Education asked that a study be initiated in March 2003 for possible consolidation or closure. Saint Maria Goretti High School was founded in September 1955. It is an all-female school with a current enrollment of 704. In May 2003, a Strategic Planning Team and an Ad Hoc Committee unanimously recommended the possible consolidation of the two high schools.







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Catherine Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Congratulates And Bids Farewell To Bishop Joseph Martino

September 16, 2003

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CONGRATULATES
AND BIDS FAREWELL TO BISHOP JOSEPH MARTINO

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will celebrate a Mass in appreciation of Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, for his years of service to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Archdiocese welcomes everyone to this Mass and the reception that follows to offer congratulations to Bishop Martino on his appointment as Bishop of Scranton. Bishop Martino will be the celebrant and homilist. Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua will preside.


Thursday, September 18, 2003
7:00 p.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Reception immediately following Mass
Archdiocesan Office Center
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia

Bishop Martino will be installed as the ninth Bishop of Scranton on October 1, 2003 at Saint Peter's Cathedral in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Cardinal Bevilacqua will attend the installation. (For more information, please visit www.dioceseofscranton.org) Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Martino as the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania on July 25, 2003.

Bishop Martino has served as an Auxiliary Bishop to Cardinal Bevilacqua since March 11, 1996. Since 1997, Bishop Martino served as Director of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Previously, he was a parish priest, high school teacher and seminary dean. In the early 1980's, he researched and authored position papers for the Canonization Cause of Mother Katharine Drexel.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Farewell Mass For Bishop Martino Cancelled Due To Hurricane Isabel

September 17, 2003

FAREWELL MASS FOR BISHOP MARTINO
CANCELLED
DUE TO HURRICANE ISABEL



Out of concern for the safety of his guests during impending inclement weather due to Hurricane Isabel, Bishop Joseph Martino has requested the cancellation of a farewell Mass in his honor. The Mass was scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2003 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Again, this is a cancellation, not a postponement. Bishop Martino will be installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton on October 1, 2003.


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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Media Advisory Update On Sports From Steve Pawlowski Assistant Superintendent Of Secondary Staff Relations Office For Catholic Education

September 18, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY

UPDATE ON SPORTS FROM STEVE PAWLOWSKI
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Staff Relations
Office for Catholic Education

All sports except football will follow the regular schedules.

CATHOLIC LEAGUE FOOTBALL:

Red Division:
Will play the same schedule. The Championship will be played the weekend of Nov. 21 - 22.

Blue Division: Will play the same schedule, except they will drop the 5th and 6th place teams from playoffs. The semi-finals will take place Nov. 21 - 22. Thanksgiving Games will be played. The finals will be played on weekend of Dec. 5 - 6.

As far as hurricane effecting sports -
Any games will be called at the local level, unless the governor asks that all events be canceled.


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Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates Papal Honorees

September 19, 2003

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES PAPAL HONOREES

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will hold The Conferral of Papal Honors during Evening Prayer at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Pope John Paul II recently conferred Pontifical Honors on 62 priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters and lay men and women of the Archdiocese for their service to the Catholic Church. Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua will preside.


Monday, September 22, 2003
6:45 p.m. Procession
7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Papal Honors are recommended by the Archbishop but awarded by the Holy Father. They include:

Protonotary Apostolic: This is the highest of the monsignor titles awarded by the Pope outside Rome.

Honorary Prelates of His Holiness, Chaplains of His Holiness: Since the 14th century, the title of Monsignor has been conferred on priests in recognition of their special service and fidelity to the Church.

Pontifical Order of Saint Gregory: Established by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831, the order is conferred on persons who are distinguished for personal character, reputation and their notable accomplishments benefitting society.

Papal Honor of Cross: Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (for the Church and the Pontiff): Established in 1888 by Pope Leo X, it is awarded in recognition of special service to the Church and Papacy.

Benemerenti (to a well-deserving person) Medal: This Medal bears the name and likeness of the Holy Father along with the letter "B" on the opposite side.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate Annual Puerto Rican Mass

September 23, 2003

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE ANNUAL PUERTO RICAN MASS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua will be the main celebrant at the annual Puerto Rican Festival Mass. Reverend William S. Murphy, the first pastor of the Archdiocesan mission parish in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, will be the homilist. The purpose of the Mass is to celebrate the faith, accomplishments and culture of the Puerto Rican people.

Thursday, September 25, 2003
Procession
6:30 p.m.
18th and Vine Streets
Philadelphia

Mass
7:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Cardinal Bevilacqua announced the adoption of the Mission Parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico in July 1999. As priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia serve at the mission parish, they also learn how to better serve the Hispanic community in Philadelphia.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Youthfest 2003 The Archdiocesan Celebration Of World Youth Day

October 3, 2003

YOUTHFEST 2003
The Archdiocesan Celebration of World Youth Day

The Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring Youthfest 2003, a spiritual and fun-filled gathering of high school students on

Saturday, October 4, 2003
12 noon - 9:00 p.m.
Cardinal Dougherty High School
6301 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA


More than 600 teens are expected to attend this event, which is the local celebration of World Youth Day. Activities will include an opening ceremony by student leadership, a keynote speaker, outdoor carnival, games, liturgy, dinner and dancing.

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua will be the celebrant and homilist at the 5:00 p.m. Youthfest Mass.


The agenda for the day is:

12 noon Registration
1:00 p.m Opening Ceremony by student leadership and keynote address by Steve Angrisano, nationally known singer/storyteller
2:00 p.m. Outdoor Carnival and Indoor Olympics
5:00 p.m. Mass
6:30 p.m. Dinner and dancing

For more information on the day's events contact Paul Manion, Special Events Coordinator, at 610-649-9410.

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Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Statement By Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua Regarding Naming Of Cardinals By Pope John Paul Ii

September 28, 2003

STATEMENT
BY CARDINAL ANTHONY BEVILACQUA
REGARDING NAMING OF CARDINALS BY POPE JOHN PAUL II

I extend my heartfelt congratulations and prayerful best wishes to all those whom the Holy Father has named as Cardinals. In particular, I am most pleased that my successor, Archbishop Justin Rigali, will be joining the College of Cardinals. Archbishop Rigali's appointment is a reflection of the Holy Father's confidence in him as a loyal bishop who continues to serve the Church faithfully. I know that he will offer wise counsel as well as great spiritual support to our Holy Father.

The news of this announcement is a source of great personal joy for me and for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Archbishop Rigali brings tremendous talents, gifts and strengths to his position. Archbishop Rigali will be a wise and loving shepherd of the faithful of the Archdiocese even as he accepts additional responsibilities as a Cardinal. It is an honor well deserved. The Catholic faithful should know that Archbishop Rigali reflects a deep love for Jesus, for the priesthood and for all God's people. I assure him both of my continued prayerful and fraternal support.

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Editor's Note: Archbishop Justin Rigali is currently Archbishop of Saint Louis and will be installed as Archbishop of Philadelphia on October 7th. You may wish to contact the Archdiocese of St. Louis Communications Office for additional information at 314-792-7631.

Contact
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Media Credentials And Briefing Session For Installation Of Archbishop Justin Rigali

September 30, 2003

MEDIA CREDENTIALS
AND BRIEFING SESSION
FOR INSTALLATION OF ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN RIGALI

The Installation of Archbishop Justin Rigali as Archbishop of Philadelphia will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. The procession begins at 1:15 p.m. and the Mass begins at 2:00 p.m.


BRIEFING SESSION

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Communications will offer a briefing for media planning to cover the installation of Archbishop Justin Rigali. Photographers, reporters, editors and producers are welcome.

Thursday, October 2, 2003
10:30 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Please contact Donna Farrell if you plan to attend at 215-587-3747 or e-mail dfarrell@adphila.org

CREDENTIALS

All media planning to cover the Installation must return a request for credentials by Thursday, October 2nd at 5:00 p.m. To receive a credential request form please call 215-587-3747.

Only credentialed still photographers and reporters will be allowed inside of the Cathedral. An audio/video mult-box feed will be provided for radio stations and videographers in the Cathedral parking lot. TV Crews will need a live truck or bnc connector and a deck. Philadelphia Police will be closing the perimeter streets around the Cathedral and live truck parking will be on a reserved, assigned basis only. Credentials are critical.














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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Media Advisory Installation Of Archbishop Justin Rigali Tuesday, October 07, 2003 Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul 18th Street And Benjamin Franklin Parkway

October 2, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY
INSTALLATION OF ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN RIGALI

Tuesday, October 07, 2003
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

MEDIA MUST BE CREDENTIALED. CREDENTIALS TO BE PICKED UP ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 6th FROM 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. IN THE LOBBY OF THE ARCHDIOCESAN OFFICE CENTER. PLEASE SEE ACCOMPANYING MEDIA PROTOCOL SHEET. CREDENTIALS MAY BE PULLED FOR VIOLATION OF PROTOCOL.

At 12:45 p.m. the Parade of students begins. Approximately1000 young people from the Archdiocese, grades fourth through twelfth, will parade from Hallahan High School (311 North 19th Street), accompanied by three marching bands (Cardinal O'Hara High School, Archbishop Ryan High School and Archbishop Wood Catholic High School), to the streets around the Cathedral. The young people will then line 17th Street, Race Street and 18th Street and many will carry "welcome" signs.

At 1:15 p.m. the Procession begins. The audio/video mult-box feed coverage will also begin at this time. We have cameras both in and outside the Cathedral. The Procession of approximately 1000 seminarians, deacons, priests, bishops and cardinals begins on 17th Street between Vine and Race Streets. It will turn right on Race Street then right again on 18th Street. The Procession will enter the Cathedral on 18th Street. Archbishop Rigali and Cardinal Bevilacqua will view the Procession from the steps of the Archdiocesan Office Center on 17th Street then join the end of the Procession. No interviews may be conducted with anyone in the Procession.

At 1:55 p.m. Reception of the Archbishop into the Cathedral Church. Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, the Holy Father's representative in the United States, presents a crucifix to Archbishop Rigali as he enters the front doors of the Cathedral. This is the reception or welcome to the Cathedral Church of the Archdiocese. Because space is limited, there will be a pool camera for the still photo shot.

At 2:00 p.m. Mass begins. Approximately 1600 invited guests, including five cardinals, 15 archbishops, approximately 70 bishops, more than 500 priests and over 100 deacons will attend. More than 20 ecumenical leaders in attendance. At the beginning of Mass, Cardinal Bevilacqua will welcome Archbishop Rigali to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Rite of Installation follows the welcome. An Apostolic Letter announcing the appointment of Archbishop Rigali as Archbishop of Philadelphia will be read. Archbishop Montalvo, the Papal Nuncio, will then walk Archbishop Rigali to the cathedra, or Archbishop's chair, at which time the Papal Nuncio hands Archbishop Rigali the crozier or the staff. This is the moment in which Archbishop Rigali officially takes possession of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Only pool still photographers at altar. Archbishop then greets a group of clergy, religious and lay members representing the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

At 4:15 p.m. (approximately) Mass concludes. No interviews may be done with anyone in the Recessional. A private dinner follows the Mass.

MEDIA PROTOCOL FOR COVERAGE
INSTALLATION OF ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN RIGALI - OCTOBER 7, 2003


- Media must have Archdiocesan credentials visible on person.

- Reporters with "inside Cathedral" credentials are to be seated in a designated media seating area in the Cathedral, which is immediately adjacent to the Race Street entrance.

- Media entering and exiting the Cathedral should use the Race Street entrance only.

- No media on steps leading into Cathedral.

- No TV cameras inside the Cathedral, other than those run by the Archdiocese for internal feed and mult box purposes. Television and radio stations will be provided a clean live audio and video feed at the mult box located outside in the parking lot, behind the Cathedral. TV crews will need a live truck or bnc connector and a deck. Parking is limited and assigned.

- No reporter stand-ups or live shots are permitted inside of the Cathedral.

- No cameras on the front steps of 222 , Archdiocese Office Center patio.

- Media may not interrupt the Procession by blocking path or trying to do interviews. No one in the procession is to be interviewed while processing.

- Media who are inside the Cathedral are requested to dress appropriately - no jeans, no tee shirts, no shorts, no hats please!

- No access to choir loft due to the large number of choir members and instrumentalists.

ADDITIONAL SPECIAL PROTOCOL FOR STILL PHOTOGRAPHERS

- Still photographers will have two designated areas in front of the pillars on both sides of Cathedral. Media outlets with more than one still photographer will be assigned positions on different sides of the Cathedral. Movements will be limited. Absolutely no center aisle. Staff member escort for closer shots.

- Reuters will provide pool for close shot of Archbishop Rigali and Cardinal Bevilacqua viewing the procession from the Archdiocese Office Center steps.

- The Philadelphia Inquirer will be the pool photographer for shot of Archbishop Rigali on Cathedral steps.

- Reuters will provide pool shot when Archbishop Rigali crosses threshold into Cathedral and will have a remote pool camera in the choir loft for long shots.

- Philadelphia Daily News will provide pool shot of procession into the Cathedral from the center aisle break.

- The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and the Catholic Standard and Times will be the pool cameras for the Installation "moment" (at the chair when Archbishop Rigali receives the crozier) .

- Reuters will provide pool shot of Archbishop Rigali giving Holy Communion.

- Philadelphia Daily News will provide pool shot of recessional out of the Cathedral from the center aisle break.











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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Archbishop Justin Rigali Archbishop Of Philadelphia Wednesday, October 08, 2003

October 6, 2003

ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN RIGALI
ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

This is Archbishop Rigali's "first day on the job," where he will greet and meet employees of the Archdiocesan Office Center. Two photographers (one still, one video) will shoot. Pool still photos will be available via Associated Press. Associated Press will distribute the photographs electronically upon request. A Knight Ridder videographer is shooting pool video. Beta tapes will be available for pick up in the lobby of the Archdiocesan Office Center after 3:00 p.m. for KYW-TV, WPVI-TV, NBC10, WB17, FOX 29, CN8 and Univision.

Newspaper reporters/other media:
VHS copies will be available. If you are interested in a VHS copy of the day's events, you must reserve a tape by contacting the Office for Communications. Leave a voice mail message by 12 noon with your request (215-587-3747). Reserved VHS copies will be available for pick-up after 3:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Archdiocesan Office Center.

An after-the-fact news release with information about the day will be included with your tape and will be faxed to all newsrooms.
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In the evening, Archbishop Rigali will celebrate Mass at Saint Martin of Tours Parish.
Mass
Saint Martin of Tours Parish
7:00 p.m.
Roosevelt Boulevard and Cheltenham Avenue
Northeast Philadelphia

Cameras are welcome. No formal interviews. The Archbishop will greet parishioners after Mass.

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The Archbishop has planned to visit all five counties (six vicariates) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to say Mass and greet parishioners.

Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. Corpus Christi Parish in Upper Gwynedd (Montgomery County)
Monday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. Our Lady of Good Counsel in Southampton (Bucks County)
The Archbishop departs for Rome with archdiocesan pilgrims on October 14 and returns in late October.
Monday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. Saint Pius X Parish in Broomall (Delaware County)
Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. Saints Peter and Paul Church, East Goshen (Chester County)
Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. Good Shepherd Parish in Southwest Philadelphia.

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Contact
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archbishop Justin Rigali Archbishop Of Philadelphia Gets A "taste Of Philadelphia" His First Day On The Job

October 8, 2003

ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN RIGALI
ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA
GETS A "TASTE OF PHILADELPHIA" HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB

Archbishop Rigali arrived at the Archdiocesan Office Center at 222 North 17th Street at 8:45 a.m. this morning. He was greeted by the applause of approximately 200 employees of the archdiocesan office center, who welcomed him as he stepped onto the patio and into the lobby. The Archbishop stopped briefly to exchange greetings with employees and shake their hands.

At approximately 9:00 a.m., Archbishop Rigali took the elevator to his office on the 12th floor. He met briefly and privately with staff and signed some legal documents. He also hand wrote a personal letter to the Holy Father (contents of the letter are private).

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the Archbishop went to the building cafeteria on the 13th floor where he met the cafeteria staff and greeted tables of employees. As part of this special day of welcome, employees, along with the new Archbishop, were treated to a "Taste of Philadelphia" lunch featuring cheese steaks, Tastykakes and soft pretzels, with plenty of mustard, of course. The Archbishop sampled the traditional Philadelphia fare. Employees, especially those were not at the installation yesterday, thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to personally meet the new Archbishop.

At 1:30 p.m., Archbishop Rigali departed for his residence for an opportunity settle in and acclimate himself to his new surroundings. He will say his first Mass at a Philadelphia parish at 7:00 p.m. this evening, at St. Martin of Tours in Northeast Philadelphia and greet parishioners afterward. There are no planned interviews, although reporters and cameras are welcome.

The Archbishop plans to say Mass in each of the six vicariates (five counties) of the Archdiocese:

Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. St. Martin of Tours in Northeast Philadelphia.
Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. Corpus Christi Parish in Upper Gwynedd (Montgomery County)
Monday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. Our Lady of Good Counsel in Southampton (Bucks County)
The Archbishop departs for Rome with archdiocesan pilgrims on October 14 and returns in late October.
Monday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. Saint Pius X Parish in Broomall (Delaware County)
Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. Saints Peter and Paul Church, East Goshen (Chester County)
Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. Good Shepherd Parish in Southwest Philadelphia.

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Editor's Note: Associated Press was the pool still photographer for daytime. Videotape of the same is available on beta and VHS. Tapes may be picked up in the lobby of 222 N. 17 th Street beginning at 3:00 p.m. Please call the Communications Office in advance to advise that you would like a tape.

Contact
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Catholic Social Services Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of Housing And Homeless Services

October 9, 2003

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY
OF HOUSING AND HOMELESS SERVICES

Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia marks its longstanding commitment to service to the homeless and other special needs populations. The history of Catholic Social Services Housing and Homeless Services began in 1963 with the establishment of Saint John's Hospice, created from the outreach efforts of Saint John the Evangelist Parish to the less fortunate. The CSS mission continues to grow with the September 2003 opening of 18 units of transitional housing for women and children in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. There are now a total of eight sites operated by CSS Housing and Homeless Services.

To mark the 40th anniversary , CSS will hold a Prayer Service. Staff and volunteers as well as former and current residents of the eight sites will be present for the Prayer Service. Representatives from each site, some carrying candles and banners, will be part of the entrance procession,. Reverend Monsignor Timothy C. Senior, Secretary for Catholic Human Services will offer the Opening Prayer.


Sunday, October 12, 2003
2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Catholic Social Services
Housing and Homeless Services


Saint John's Hospice provides shelter for 40 homeless men and day services to over 200 men daily

Mercy Hospice provides shelter and recovery housing for 50 women and children

Women of Hope (two sites) programs provide housing and services to 46 homeless women with serious
mental illnesses

Good Shepherd Program provides housing and programs for 12 medically fragile homeless men, some of
whom have HIV/AIDS

McAuley House provides housing and programs for six medically fragile homeless women

Saint Mary's Residence provides permanent housing for older women who need the security and support which this kind of residence offers

Visitation Homes provides 18 unites of transitional housing for women and children

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of Pope John Paul Ii

October 15, 2003

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES
25TH ANNIVERSARY OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will hold a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia in honor of the 25th anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II. The Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist.


Thursday, October 16, 2003
12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Pope John Paul II will preside at a Thanksgiving Mass for the 25th anniversary of his papacy in Rome at noon eastern time (6:00 p.m. Rome time). Archbishop Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, and Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, will attend the Mass in Rome.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Archbishop Justin Rigali Elevated To Cardinal

October 21, 2003

ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN RIGALI ELEVATED TO CARDINAL

Pope John Paul II elevated Archbishop Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, to the College of Cardinals in a Public Consistory at 4:30 a.m. E.S.T. (10:30 a.m. Rome time) in Saint Peter's Square in Rome.

The Consistory, which is a gathering of all of the Cardinals of the Church, follows a week of celebrations in Rome including the Beatification of Mother Teresa and the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II. 30 new Cardinals who were at the Consistory today represent 18 countries from all six continents. Cardinal Rigali is the only new Cardinal from the United States.

During today's liturgy, Cardinal Rigali received his "red hat" known as a biretta. (A biretta is a stiff, square hat with three ridges on top worn in church and on other formal occasions. Only Cardinals wear red.) On Wednesday, October 22nd Cardinal Rigali will receive a "Cardinal's ring" from the Holy Father during a Mass in Saint Peter's Square. After receiving their rings, the new cardinals will concelebrate Mass with the Pope.

On Thursday, October 23rd, Cardinal Rigali will celebrate his first Mass as a Cardinal with a group of Philadelphia pilgrims. Later that day, the Philadelphia contingent will have an audience with the Holy Father.

Cardinal Rigali will celebrate his first Mass as a Cardinal in Philadelphia at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. All are invited to attend.


Sunday, October 26, 2003
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Philadelphia


The Cardinals of the Catholic Church are the chief counselors of the Holy Father and assist him in the government of the Church, particularly in consistories which are called by and presided over by the Pope. Cardinals are also responsible for electing a successor to the Holy Father.

Pope John Paul II named Cardinal Rigali to the College of Cardinals on September 28, only nine days before he was installed as Archbishop of Philadelphia (October 7, 2003), succeeding Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

FACT SHEET

Pope John Paul II names Archbishop Justin Rigali as Archbishop of Philadelphia on July 15, 2003. Archbishop Rigali served as Archbishop of St. Louis since 1994.

Pope John Paul II names Archbishop Justin Rigali a Cardinal on September 28, 2003.

Archbishop Rigali is installed as Archbishop of Philadelphia on October 07, 2003.

Archbishop Rigali is elevated to the College of Cardinals during a Consistory, or gathering of Cardinals, in St. Peter's Square on Tuesday, October 21, 2003.

Cardinals are the chief counselors of the Holy Father and assist him in the governance of the Church.

Cardinals are also responsible for electing a successor to the Holy Father.

During the Consistory, Cardinal Rigali receives his "red hat" or biretta.

A biretta is a stiff, square hat with three ridges on top. Only Cardinals wear red.

During a Mass in Saint Peter's Square on Wednesday, October 22, 2003, Cardinal Rigali receives his Cardinal's ring from the Holy Father.

Cardinal Rigali celebrates his first Mass as Cardinal with Philadelphia travelers on Thursday, October 23, 2003. Later that day, Philadelphia pilgrims attend an audience with Holy Father.

Cardinal Rigali celebrates a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, October 26, 2003 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. All are invited to attend.
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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Media Availability With Archbishop Justin Rigali

October 20, 2003

MEDIA AVAILABILITY
WITH ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN RIGALI

Archbishop Justin Rigali will have a media availability in Saint Peter's Square immediately after the Consistory concludes. The Consistory begins at 10:30 a.m.(Rome time) and will last approximately two hours. Because the Consistory length is approximate, please note a firm availability time is not established.

In the afternoon, guests may pay courtesy visits to Archbishop Rigali.


Media Availability
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Immediately after Consistory
St. Peter's Square - left side of the colonnade near the fountain
Vatican credentials necessary





Additional Media Availabilities with Archbishop Rigali
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Media availability after the Ring Mass (begins at 10:30 a.m. Rome time)
St. Peter's Square, left colonnade near the fountain/Vatican credentials needed

Thursday, October 23, 2003
Media availability following Mass - approx. 8:15 a.m. (Mass begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Chapel at North American College

Friday, October 24, 2003
Philadelphia travelers arrive at Philadelphia airport at 2:00 p.m. (U.S. Air #49) (Archbishop Rigali is not on this flight) No media availabilities with Archbishop Rigali

Contact
John Cox
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali Celebrates First Mass In Philadelphia As Cardinal

October 23, 2003

CARDINAL RIGALI CELEBRATES FIRST MASS
IN PHILADELPHIA AS CARDINAL

Cardinal Justin Rigali will celebrate his first Mass as Cardinal in Philadelphia and greet parishioners after Mass. The Cardinal will celebrate the 11:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, one of the regularly scheduled weekly Masses at the Cathedral.


Sunday, October 26, 2003
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Only reporters and still cameras will be permitted inside of the Cathedral - no video cameras. An audio/video mult-box feed will be provided in the Cathedral parking lot. Crews will need a bnc connector or a live truck. For mult-box parking, please enter the Cathedral parking lot on 17th Street between Vine and Race Streets.



Cardinal Rigali will also celebrate Mass in three counties, or vicariates, this week as part of his visits to all six vicariates of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Since his installation as Archbishop on October 7, 2003, the Cardinal has visited Northeast Philadelphia, Montgomery County and Bucks County where he has celebrated Mass and greeted parishioners.

Monday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. Saint Pius X Parish in Broomall (Delaware County)
Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. Saints Peter and Paul Parish, East Goshen (Chester County)
Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. Good Shepherd Parish in Southwest Philadelphia


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Donna Farrell
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215-587-3747

Don Guanella Hosts Halloween Dance

October 29, 2003

DON GUANELLA HOSTS HALLOWEEN DANCE

Ghosts and goblins will dance the night away at a Halloween Dance at the Don Guanella School. Don Guanella is an Archdiocese of Philadelphia school in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21.


Thursday, October 30, 2003
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Don Guanella School
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County

More than 500 people are expected to attend the Halloween Dance, including 200 volunteers from area grade schools, high schools and colleges.

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Editor's note: For more information, please contact Robert Neely, Activities Director at Don Guanella School at 610-543-1418.








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Donna Farrell
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215-587-3747

Catholic Life Congress 2003

October 30, 2003

CATHOLIC LIFE CONGRESS 2003

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is hosting Catholic Life Congress 2003, an educational gathering for laity, clergy and religious, from every walk of life. The program is designed for people who wish to learn more about the Church, its teachings and practices, and all who serve in leadership positions in the Church. Catholic Life Congress features a keynote speaker, presentations and workshops, and will be held on:

Saturday, November 8, 2003
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Archbishop Carroll High School
211 Matson Ford Road
Radnor, PA


At 11:00 a.m. Mr. George Weigel, Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D. C., will deliver the keynote address. Mr. Weigel is author of fifteen books including The Courage to Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church, as well as, Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II.

Various sessions and workshops will be presented throughout the day, including:

Catholic Social Teaching: History and Application
Reverend J. Bryan Hehir, President of Catholic Charities USA.

"We've Come This Far by Faith": The Roots of African American Catholicism
Reverend Stephen Thorne, Faculty, Saint John Neumann High School

What Makes a Parish Vibrant?
Rick Krivanka, director of Pastoral Planning for the diocese of Cleveland

Safe Environment Program: Partnering to Protect Children
Evelyn Brannan Tarpey, Coordinator, Safe Environment Program, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Building Strong Families of Faith: A Cornerstone of Comfort, Challenge and Continuity
Dr. Patricia Kelly, Psychologist



The day will conclude with a 4:00 p.m. Mass celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia. For more information, contact 215-587-5630.


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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate 41st Annual Martin De Porres Mass

November 3, 2003

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE 41ST ANNUAL
MARTIN DE PORRES MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the 41st annual Mass in thanksgiving for Saint Martin de Porres, the Saint of Universal Brotherhood. The homilist will be the Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago.


Thursday, November 6, 2003
7:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Martin de Porres was born in Peru in the 16th century to a Spanish nobleman and a black woman of Panama who was a freed slave. He became a Dominican brother and devoted his life to caring for the poor and the sick. Pope John XXIII canonized Martin de Porres in 1962, making him the first saint of color in the western hemisphere.

Music will be provided by the Martin de Porres Community Mass Choir, with representatives from many of the 279 parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. People of all faiths are invited to attend this Mass of Unity and Brotherhood sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Black Catholics.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Dedicate Visitation Homes And Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center

November 4, 2003

CARDINAL RIGALI TO DEDICATE
VISITATION HOMES AND
CARDINAL BEVILACQUA COMMUNITY CENTER

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside at the dedication service of the new dual-purpose Archdiocese of Philadelphia facility in the Kensington section of Philadelphia: Visitation Homes and the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center. Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Archbishop Emeritus, will also be present.

This dedication marks the completion of the first major project initiated by the Archdiocesan Office for Community Development, established by Cardinal Bevilacqua in 2001. The two facilities, adjacent to Visitation B.V.M. Parish, have already transformed the immediate area. The services provided through Catholic Social Services will offer tremendous resources for the entire local community. This $5.2 million project was funded through Catholic Charities, private grants and foundations and a combination of federal, state and local sources.

Saturday, November 8, 2003
11:00 a.m.
Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center Gymnasium
Kensington and Lehigh Avenues
(adjacent to Visitation B.V.M. Parish)
Philadelphia


Visitation Homes is a transitional housing facility for women and children who are homeless. It is designed to accommodate eighteen families, the first of whom moved into the facility in September 2003. During their stay, the mothers will be working toward securing permanent housing for their families. Visitation Homes is operated by Catholic Social Services Division of Housing and Homeless Services, which marked its 40th anniversary in October 2003.

Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center is designed to provide recreational, educational and social services programs for the community. It has a full-size gym and three floors of multi-purpose rooms. The center will be managed by Catholic Social Services Family Services Division and the programs will be developed in partnership with Visitation B.V.M. Parish and an advisory board of local residents. The name of the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center was unanimously adopted by the Boards of Directors of Catholic Social Services and of the Office for Community Development to represent the commitment of its namesake to this community.

During the dedication, Cardinal Rigali will bless the gymnasium with holy water while other priests bless additional areas of the two facilities. A Spanish choir will perform and readings will take place in Spanish, Vietnamese and English, the languages of this diverse community. A reception will follow. There will also be tours of both facilities and of a Garden for the Soul that was planted through the efforts of the University of Notre Dame Club of Philadelphia, community leaders and the Office for Community Development.
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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali Archbishop Of Philadelphia Regarding Partial Birth Abortion Law

November 5, 2003

STATEMENT OF CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA
REGARDING PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION LAW

The signing of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act is an historic moment and a victory for women, for unborn children and indeed for all Americans who embrace a culture of life. This ban will protect countless children who might have been killed by this heinous practice, a form of infanticide.

The fact that this ban is necessary to protect the most vulnerable among us from this abhorrent procedure demonstrates the culture of death that has taken root in some segments of our society. The majority of Americans, however, have made it clear that they do not support this extreme practice of partial-birth abortion.

I welcome this new law and am grateful to all of those who have advocated for this ban on partial- birth abortions for nearly a decade. I express my deep gratitude to President Bush, not only for signing this bill, but for advocating its passage by Congress. I also recognize that this ban would not have become reality without the tireless leadership of Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. I ask Catholics and others who value the sacredness of all human life to continue to work on behalf of women and their unborn children and to pray for the day when no abortions take place in this country.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Host Relic Of The Tilma Of Tepeyac Tour

November 14, 2003

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO HOST
RELIC OF THE TILMA OF TEPEYAC TOUR

The Relic of the Tilma of Tepeyac Tour will visit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for one day only in late November 2003. The relic is a piece of the cloak worn by Saint Juan Diego when Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to him in 1531 in Mexico. Accompanying the relic is a 17th century statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This visit is an important occasion for all Catholics but especially for Mexican and Mexican-American Catholics in the Archdiocese. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia sponsors this visit at Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Parish, 8900-8910 Gap Newport Pike in Avondale, Chester County. The relic will be displayed on Saturday, November 22, 2003 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and again from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All are invited. There will also be prayer services throughout the day. For more information, in both Spanish and English, please call 215-587-5632.


Background
The tilma in its entirety is enshrined in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and contains the image of Mary, imprinted when she appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 on a hill in Tepeyac, Mexico. The Archbishop of Mexico City gave the relic, cut from the tilma, to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 61 years ago.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali Accepts Recommendation To Change The Status Of Holy Trinity Parish In Montgomery County

November 17, 2003

CARDINAL RIGALI ACCEPTS RECOMMENDATION TO CHANGE
THE STATUS OF HOLY TRINITY PARISH IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has accepted the recommendation of the Cluster 77 Pastoral Planning Implementation Committee. This recommendation involves the closing of Holy Trinity Parish, a Slovak personal parish, as of June 30, 2004. Holy Trinity Church will become an alternate worship site for Saint Aloysius Parish. As an alternative worship site for Saint Aloysius Parish, Holy Trinity Church will remain open for Sunday Mass and funerals. Both parishes are in Pottstown, Montgomery County. They have been "twinned," sharing the same pastor, since 1998 when Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua accepted the Cluster 77 Pastoral Plan. The Pastoral Plan called for a periodic review of the twinning arrangement and several reviews have taken place since 2000 including the most recent formal review in early 2003.

In a letter dated October 29, 2003 to the Regional Vicar for Montgomery County, Monsignor John C. Marine, Cardinal Rigali said, "Please convey to the pastors and members of the Cluster 77 Implementation Committee my deep gratitude for all their work in addressing the pastoral needs within the Cluster. I also thank you for facilitating this planning and evaluation process within the Vicariate of Montgomery County."

In making its recommendation to the Archbishop, the Cluster 77 Pastoral Planning Implementation Committee noted the the continuously low number of baptisms, First Communions and Confirmations at Holy Trinity Parish. In 2002, there were four infant baptisms, one adult Confirmation and three first Communions. According to figures provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Research and Planning, the parish is unlikely to have an influx of many young couples of Slovak background with children.

The present parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish who reside within the territorial boundaries of Saint Aloysius Parish may become members of that parish or they may choose to join the nearest Slovak personal parish (Sacred Heart Parish in Phoenixville). For those Holy Trinity parishioners who reside outside of the territorial boundaries of Saint Aloysius Parish it is preferred that they become members of the territorial parish in whose boundaries they reside or they may choose to join the nearest Slovak personal parish. However, because of the uniqueness of the situation, they will be given the option of registering at Saint Aloysius Parish. This option applies solely to the present members of Holy Trinity Parish who reside outside the boundaries of Saint Aloysius Parish.

There are currently 279 parishes in the five county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties). Four of these are Slovak personal parishes (including Holy Trinity Parish).

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Editor's Note: For background information, please visit the Cluster 77 web page.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

T.o.d.a.y. Thanksgiving Dance

November 19, 2003

T.O.D.A.Y. THANKSGIVING DANCE

The Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will hold a Thanksgiving Dance for members of the T.O.D.A.Y. Program (Transforming Opportunities for Disabled Adults and Youth) on

Saturday, November 22, 2003
7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
St. Timothy Parish School Gym
Levick and Battersby Streets
Philadelphia



The T.O.D.A.Y. Program is an Archdiocesan-wide program focusing on providing social, spiritual and educational experiences for disabled youth. Approximately 100 members of the T.O.D.A.Y. Program will enjoy a fun evening making new friends and dancing to the music of a DJ. For more information, contact 610-649-9410.


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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Nutritional Development Services Adds Schools To Hot Lunch Program For 2003-04

November 19, 2003

NUTRITIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES ADDS SCHOOLS
TO HOT LUNCH PROGRAM FOR 2003-04

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Nutritional Development Services (NDS) serves lunch to over 11,000 children daily through the Hot Lunch Program. For the new school year, NDS added six schools in four counties to the program and now provides meals at 78 Catholic elementary schools and 14 private and charter schools. The program has been well-received by principals, parents and children at the new schools.

Sister Catherine Clark, I.H.M, principal of Saint William Parish Elementary School in Northeast Philadelphia, said, "The parents are really appreciative of the program. The children love the variety and the fact that the food is warm and tasty. Students will stop me daily to find out what's for lunch." Saint William's joined the Hot Lunch program in September.

The Hot Lunch consists of an entree, served with a fruit or vegetable, bread and a half-pint of milk. The meal provides each child with one-third of their recommended daily allowance for major nutrients and calories. The vice-principal of Nativity of Our Lord Parish Elementary School in Warminster, Bucks County, Ms. Joanne M. Johnston, commented that "The response to the lunch program has been far greater than we anticipated and it is continuing to grow. Our students are very enthusiastic about the quality and variety of meals."

The six new schools for the Hot Lunch Program are:
Saint William
6200 Palmetto Street, Philadelphia

Holy Innocents
1312 E. Bristol Street, Philadelphia

Saint Norbert
Greenlawn & Leopard Roads, Paoli, Chester County

Saint Martin of Tours
1 Riverstone Circle, New Hope, Bucks County

Nativity of Our Lord
585 W. Street Road, Warminster, Bucks County

Immaculate Conception
606 West Avenue, Jenkintown, Montgomery County

The cost of a full price lunch is $1.60. Based upon the family's income, a child may be eligible for a reduced price (40 cents) or free lunch. To help students make healthy food choices, Nutritional Development Services work to educate students about proper nutrition. Nutritionists visit participating schools and encourage the consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and milk.

Saint Martin of Tours Parish Elementary School in New Hope, Bucks County also joined the Hot Lunch program this year. The principal, Mrs. Deborah Jaster, said "The school lunch is a beautiful thing. It goes so smoothly and the children and parents are really delighted with it." The principal of Holy Innocents Area Catholic School in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia, Sister Shaun Thomas, I.H.M, said that "We're delighted we're in the program. The kids are really enjoying the food and there is little waste."

For more information about participating in the Hot Lunch Program, please contact Archdiocese of Philadelphia Nutritional Development Services at 215 -895 - 3470.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
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10th Annual John Redmond Basketball Tournament In Memory Of Deceased Philadelphia Firefighter

November 25, 2003

10th ANNUAL JOHN REDMOND BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
In Memory of Deceased Philadelphia Firefighter

The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is hosting the 10th Annual John Redmond Basketball Tournamenton

Friday and Saturday
November 28 and 29, 2003
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Girard College Gym
Corinthian and Girard Avenues
Philadelphia, Pa.


The tournament is in memory of John Redmond, a Philadelphia Firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty in 1994. Mr. Redmond was a former coach and active leader in the CYO. Sixteen elementary school basketball teams (8 boys teams, 8 girls teams) will participate.

Schedule for Friday, November 28th is as follows:
Boys Games

10:00 a.m. - St. Nicholas vs. St. Francis de Sales
11:15 a.m. - Our lady of Mt. Carmel vs. St. Raymond
12:30 p.m. - St. Matthew vs. St. Anne
2:00 p.m. St. Ignatius vs. Resurrection of Our Lord

Girls Games
10:00 a.m. - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel vs. St. Stanislaus
11:15 a.m. - St. Nicholas vs. St. Anne
12:30 p.m. St. Ignatius vs. St. Anastasia
2:00 p.m. St. Matthew vs. St. Margaret

Schedule for Saturday, November 29th is as follows:
10:30 a.m. - Boys Semifinals
11:45 a.m. - Girls Semifinals
2:15 p.m. - Boys and Girls Championships

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Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Local Teens Will "skate With Santa" Fund Raiser To Benefit Needy Children

November 25, 2003

LOCAL TEENS WILL "SKATE WITH SANTA"
FUND RAISER TO BENEFIT NEEDY CHILDREN

Hundreds of area teens will put on their roller skates and join Santa Claus for the annual "Skate with Santa" party sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on

Tuesday, December 2, 2003
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Palace Roller Rink
11600 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA


The monies raised will benefit "Operation Santa Claus," the non-denominational annual toy drive sponsored by the Archdiocese. The teenagers are members of youth programs in the Archdiocese, the Catholic Youth Organization and the Community Service Corps. Last year, Operation Santa Claus delivered toys to more than 10,000 needy children in the Philadelphia area.


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Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali On The Appointment Of Bishop Raymond Burke As Archbishop Of St. Louis

December 3, 2003

STATEMENT OF CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
ON THE APPOINTMENT OF BISHOP RAYMOND BURKE
AS ARCHBISHOP OF ST. LOUIS

It is a great joy for me to hear of the papal appointment of Bishop Raymond L. Burke as the ninth bishop and eighth archbishop of St. Louis. The faithful of St. Louis are blessed to be given Bishop Burke as their new Archbishop. Bishop Burke has faithfully served the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin for nine years and has been a true apostle of the Catholic faith and loyal servant of Jesus Christ. I am confident that he will bring that same prayerful dedication and pastoral care to the wonderful people of the Archdiocese of St. Louis who remain close to my heart.

I express my heartfelt joy and deep gratitude to Pope John Paul II for choosing such a devoted pastor. Archbishop-elect Burke's pastoral service in Rome and in La Crosse will greatly benefit the mission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. I know that he will be welcomed with open arms by the people of St. Louis. As Archbishop-elect Burke prepares to leave his home state, I wish him well in his new service as shepherd of the Catholic faithful of St. Louis.

I greet Archbishop-elect Burke in my own name and that of all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and I offer him the assurance of our prayerful support.

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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Host 48th Annual Christmas Party For Children

December 10, 2003

CARDINAL RIGALI TO HOST 48TH ANNUAL
CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR CHILDREN

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will host the 48th 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 17, 2003
2:15 p.m.
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel
17th Street between Vine and Race Streets
Philadelphia

A parade of marching bands, clowns and jugglers will enter the ballroom at exactly 2:30 p.m. The Cardinal will speak to the children after the parade as will Reverend Monsignor Timothy Senior, Secretary for Catholic Human Services. There will be a short play at 2:50 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 140,000 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 Franklin Plaza 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 tenth year. Students from Catholic high schools throughout the Archdiocese will provide the entertainment.

Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas. . . At Operation Santa Claus Wrapping Center

December 12, 2003

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS. . .
AT OPERATION SANTA CLAUS WRAPPING CENTER

Teenage volunteers from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Operation Santa Claus Program will be sorting, wrapping and tagging toys to be delivered on Christmas eve to more than 10,000 needy children throughout the Philadelphia area.

You can catch the "elves" busily at work on:

Tuesday and Wednesday
December 16 and 17, 2003
3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The Operation Santa Claus Wrapping Center
1818 Market Street
16th Floor
Philadelphia


The teens are members of the Community Service Corps, a youth program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali's Christmas Message To The People Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

December 18, 2003

CARDINAL RIGALI'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
TO THE PEOPLE OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

Below is Cardinal Justin Rigali's Christmas Letter to be communicated to the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the weekend of December 20 and 21. Please feel free to quote from the letter or to print it in its entirety.



Christmas 2003

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As the Church renews her faith during this most holy season in the wondrous mystery of the Son of God become flesh for our salvation, I extend to you and your families my greetings and promise of prayers.

Our minds and hearts are filled with gratitude for the profound demonstration of love made by God the Father in this gift of His Son to us. The beautiful scene of the Virgin Mary tenderly cradling her Child recalls once again the depth of the love of God for each one of us and the offer of mercy and forgiveness that is made to the waiting world. It is a scene that fills us with hope as we see the promise of eternal life dawn upon mankind.

Pope Saint Leo the Great wrote so movingly of the true meaning of this moment in our history and the path that it sets before us: "Christian, remember your dignity, and now that you share in God's own nature, do not return to your former way of life. Bear in mind who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Do not forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of God's kingdom."

This joyous season of Christmas offers us the opportunity to renew our faith in the wonders the Father has worked for us and the responsibility that belongs to each one of us in the face of so great a gift. Such love calls forth love from us. It is my prayer and hope that we will accept the grace of this season and allow it to deepen our love for God and each other.


Sincerely in Christ,
Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia




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Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Make Pastoral Visit To Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center

December 16, 2003

CARDINAL RIGALI TO MAKE PASTORAL VISIT TO PHILADELPHIA INDUSTRIAL CORRECTIONAL CENTER

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will make a pastoral visit to the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center three days before Christmas to celebrate a liturgy and spend time with inmates.

Monday, December 22, 2003
10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
( 9:30 a.m. Sign in)
Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center
8301 State Road
Philadelphia


During the liturgy in the prison gymnasium, inmate and volunteer choirs will provide music. Inmates will also read from the Gospel and offer prayer petitions. Cardinal Rigali is the homilist and is scheduled to visit with inmates after the liturgy.
The Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center was built in 1986 and is one of four major facilities in the Philadelphia Prison System. Mr. Walter P. Dunleavy is Warden of the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center and Mr. Leon A. King II, Esq. is Acting Commissioner of the Philadelphia Prison System. Both men will speak briefly to welcome Cardinal Rigali.

The Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center is the intake and diagnostic center for all women who are sent to jail in Philadelphia. There are currently about 450 female inmates at PICC and about 725 male inmates housed in a separate wing. Most inmates are either pre-trial or are serving a county sentence of 11 to 23 months.
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Editor's Note: Media (photographers and reporters) will be permitted to cover the liturgy and the visit with inmates after instruction by Philadelphia Industrial Correction Center officials IF PRIOR CLEARANCE IS OBTAINED. For clearance, please contact Mr. Bob Eskind, Public Information Officer, at least 48 hours in advance at 215-685-7888.

Not all inmates want to be on camera. Prison staff will seat inmates who agree to be on camera in a designated area. All video and photographic recording will be restricted to those designated areas.

The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. to sign-in and review ground rules.

Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Santa And His Elves Are On Their Way To Needy Children The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia's Operation Santa Claus Project

December 22, 2003

SANTA AND HIS ELVES ARE ON THEIR WAY
TO NEEDY CHILDREN
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Operation Santa Claus Project

More than 170 teams consisting of four teenagers per team are spending Christmas Eve delivering toys to needy families throughout the Philadelphia area. The teenage volunteers from Archdiocesan youth programs dressed as Santa and his elves will deliver toys on

Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Saint Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 W. Girard Avenue
Philadelphia


Approximately 35,000 toys will be delivered to 10,000 needy children. The toys were collected from the donation boxes at all branches of Beneficial Bank, local parishes, and other community organizations.


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* SPECIAL EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of confidentiality, the media is asked NOT to accompany the teens to the homes of the families receiving toys. You may get teens gathering and preparing to make deliveries from St. Joseph's Preparatory School. Contact at St. Joseph's Prep on Christmas Eve is Dan Cellucci at 610-613-7557.



Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Operation Santa Claus Ends With A Special Mass

December 22, 2003

OPERATION SANTA CLAUS
ENDS WITH A SPECIAL MASS

After distributing toys to more than 10,000 needy children that benefit from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Operation Santa Claus Toy Drive, hundreds of teenage volunteers, their family members, and staff workers will gather for a special Mass, followed by a holiday social on

Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24, 2002
5:00 p.m.
Adams Mark Hotel
City Line Avenue and Monument Road
Philadelphia, PA


Reverend Paul Dressler of the Office for Youth and Young Adults will celebrate the Mass which ends the Operation Santa Claus Toy Drive. Throughout the drive, more than 4,000 teen volunteers and their families have volunteered their time and services to help those less fortunate.

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Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali Archbishop Of Philadelphia Archdiocese Aggressively Implements Charter 17,000 Trained - New Review Of Old Cases

December 17, 2003

STATEMENT OF
Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia
ARCHDIOCESE AGGRESSIVELY IMPLEMENTS CHARTER
17,000 Trained - New Review of Old Cases

In today's edition of the archdiocesan newspaper, The Catholic Standard and Times, the Archdiocese offers additional information about the ongoing efforts to implement the United States Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Essential Norms and the archdiocesan Alvaré Commission Report (Commission on the Protection of Children and Clerical Conduct). Also reported was the removal from priestly ministry of four archdiocesan priests. In these four cases, it has been determined that there are credible allegations of sexual misconduct with minors which took place many years ago.

This decision is a necessary one for the protection of young people and the welfare of the Church. My prayers are offered for the victims, their families, those faith communities that are affected and our priests. I take this occasion to offer my deep apologies on behalf of the Church to all victims of child sexual abuse. The Archdiocese remains committed to its long- standing efforts to reach out and provide pastoral care to victims.

I recognize how deeply painful these matters are to the faithful. I reaffirm that the Archdiocese is doing and will continue to do all in its power to ensure the protection of our children and young people. The efforts, taken over the years particularly under Cardinal Bevilacqua as well as those going on now, represent the intense desire of the Archdiocese to respond pastorally and compassionately to victims of abuse and their families, to ensure a safe environment for our children and youth, as well as to respect the rights of all parties.

I express my deepest gratitude to all the faithful priests who serve their people selflessly in the work of the Gospel. I appreciate fully how deeply they and their ministry are affected by such announcements concerning brother priests. In this season of Advent with its hope-filled call to repentance and renewal, let us welcome anew the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Contact
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Christmas Liturgies

December 22, 2003

CHRISTMAS LITURGIES

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Wednesday, December 24, 2003

5:00 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass - Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist.

7:30 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass with music provided by the Archdiocesan Boy Choir. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist.

11:00 p.m. Office of Readings - A liturgy of Psalms and Christmas Carols, with singing by the Cathedral Collegiate Choir


Thursday, December 25, 2003

12:00 a.m. Christmas Midnight Mass - Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist. Music provided by the Cathedral Collegiate Choir and the Archdiocesan Choir.

Other Masses on Christmas Day in the Cathedral: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.



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Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Statement From The Office For Communications Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Regarding Lawsuit Filed On December 23, 2003

December 23, 2003

STATEMENT FROM THE
OFFICE FOR COMMUNICATIONS
ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
Regarding Lawsuit Filed on December 23, 2003

The Archdiocese has just learned of plans to file this lawsuit and has not had the opportunity to review it. Nonetheless, it is not the practice of the Archdiocese to comment on pending litigation nor the specifics of individual cases. However it is important to note that the priest named in the lawsuit is not in active ministry.

The Archdiocese is consistently strengthening its efforts to protect young people. It is the intent of the Archdiocese to honor the mandates and spirit of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People approved by the United States Bishops in June 2002. The goal of the Archdiocese is to take whatever steps are necessary to protect the young people in our care. The efforts undertaken clearly demonstrate that commitment.

The Archdiocese has established a Victims Assistance Coordination Program. Anyone who wishes to make a report of sexual abuse of a minor may call the Victims Assistance Coordinators at
215- 587-3880.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747