Cardinal Rigali Approves Restructuring Of Schools And Accepts Parish Consolidations

January 12, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI APPROVES RESTRUCTURING OF SCHOOLS
AND ACCEPTS PARISH CONSOLIDATIONS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has approved the recommendations to close two parish elementary schools in two separate clusters. In one of the clusters, a new Area Catholic School will be established. The Cardinal also accepted the recommendation to consolidate three parishes to form one new parish. In accepting the recommendation to consolidate parishes, a review by the Council of Priests is required before final approval is considered.

Philadelphia-North Vicariate
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish Elementary School in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia (Cluster 18) will close effective July 1, 2004 as a result of the recommendation of the Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish Steering Committee.

Philadelphia-South Vicariate
Saints Clement-Irenaeus School in Southwest Philadelphia (Cluster 33) will close and an Area Catholic School with a new name will be established at what is currently Saint Barnabas Parish Elementary School effective July 1, 2004 as a result of a recommendation of the Cluster 33 Advisory Council.

Also as a result of a recommendation of the Cluster 33 Advisory Council, Saint Clement, Good Shepherd and Saint Irenaeus Parishes in Southwest Philadelphia would consolidate to form one new parish with a new name. The new parish would use the buildings of the present Good Shepherd Parish. All of the parish buildings at Saint Clement Parish would be closed. The church building of the present Saint Irenaeus Parish would serve as an additional worship site of the new parish (Sunday Mass and funerals can be celebrated at worship sites but weddings and baptisms cannot take place.) As part of the restructuring of three parishes into one, the Darby-Colwyn, Delaware County, section of the present Saint Clement Parish would become part of Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Darby, Delaware County.

Cardinal Rigali said, "I realize that this is a difficult and sad time for those who care deeply about these schools and parishes. I pray that they find comfort in Jesus Christ and in the knowledge that these steps will lead to stronger schools and parishes in both of the Clusters affected. The study process has been thorough and consultative and I am sincerely appreciative of the efforts of all of those who worked so diligently to determine the best result for parishioners, families and students. Their commitment and faith are to be commended."

Recommendations
The Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish Steering Committee based its recommendation on a steady enrollment decline and increasing costs to operate the school. There are currently 165 students in the school and tuition covers approximately sixty five percent of the actual cost to educate each student.

The Cluster 33 Advisory Council based its recommendations on the significant decrease in the number of parishioners, the planned reduction of at least one priest in Cluster 33 by June 2004 and a steady decline in school enrollment. There was a decrease of more than 8000 parishioners between 1998 and 2002. Enrollment in the Cluster 33 schools decreased by almost 900 students during the same time period.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates Catholic Schools Week January 25- January 31, 2004

January 21, 2004

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
January 25- January 31, 2004

Schools in the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with Catholic schools throughout the nation, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 25 through January 31, 2004. 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: A Faith-Filled Future," reinforces the fact that our future lies in the hearts and minds of our students. Across the nation, Catholic schools share in the belief of a faith-filled future for every student and child. Catholic Schools Week is also an opportunity to honor those who help the schools provide academic excellence and the spiritual values that make Catholic schools special.

- There are 228 schools in the Archdiocese including:
206 parish elementary schools
22 Archdiocesan high schools
94 schools in the city
134 schools in the suburbs
High school enrollment is 22,726
Parish elementary school enrollment is 72,752
5 Special Education schools with 340 students

- On Friday, January 30th at 10:30 a.m., Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the Closing Mass for Catholic Schools Week at Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, Oxford Valley Road and Southway Drive, Fairless Hills, PA. Saint Frances Cabrini Parish is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school.


During Catholic Schools Week, 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 25, 20024

9:30 a.m. - Holy Saviour Parish Elementary School, 400 East Airy Street, Norristown, PA

Opening Mass for Catholic Schools Week followed by "Showcasing the Future," featuring the talents of the students in Monsignor Delia Hall.

10:00 a.m. - Saint John Cantius Parish Elementary School, 4435 Almond Street, Philadelphia
Opening Mass for Catholic Schools Week followed by a pancake breakfast

11:30 a.m. - Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Elementary School, 1719 Morris Street, Philadelphia
Celebrating Our Diversity in the Eucharist - A multi-cultural school/parish mass featuring African and Asian dancers. Followed by a family reception in the Parish Center.

MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2004

Holy Trinity Parish Elementary School, Stockham and Osborne Avenue, Morrisville, PA

Fun Day - with Pop-Culture Jeopardy for grades 4 - 8; a Pep Rally for the Basketball playoffs, and an all-day Book Fair.

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - Saint Monica Parish Elementary School, 601First Avenue, Berwyn, PA
A Franklin Institute Assembly with emphasis on the 100th anniversary of flight.

1:00 p.m. - Saint Patrick Parish Elementary School, 210 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA
May Leon Spencer, Mayor of Kennett Square, will speak to the students.

2:15 p.m. - Our Lady of Ransom Parish Elementary School, 6740 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia
Community Awareness Day - Crossing Guards will be honored at their posts

7:00 p.m. - Saint Christopher Parish Elementary School, 13305 Proctor Road, Philadelphia
Faculty/Student Basketball Game at Father Judge High School

TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2004

7:00 a.m. - Cardinal O'Hara High School, 1701 S. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day - Breakfast will be served for all Faculty and Staff Members in the Faculty Dining Room

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Saint Pius X Parish Elementary School, 204 South Lawrence Road, Broomall, PA
The International Ballet Classique will give a lecture and demonstration in ballet for the first through 8th grades in the gym.

Saint Anastasia Parish Elementary School, 3309 West Chester Pike, Newtown, Square, PA
An assembly provided by the Home and School Association in the school gym presents: "Steps Around the World" - 9:30 a.m. Grades K - 2, 10:30 a.m. Grades 3 - 5 and 11:30 a.m. Grades 6 - 8.

Our Lady of Grace Parish Elementary School, 300 Hulmeville Avenue, Penndel, PA
Grades pre-Kindergarten to Fifth will play Grandparent's Bingo. All grandparents of students are invited to play.

9:00 a.m. - Saint George Parish Elementary School, 2700 E. Venango Street, Philadelphia
Pajama Day! All students and faculty can wear their PJ's to school. Science Fair on display in the hall from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Afternoon Bingo for students. Ice Skating Party at Blue Cross River Rink at Penns Landing from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Elementary School, 1329 E. Moyamensing Avenue, Philadelphia
Popcorn, Fortune Cookies and educational quizzes will rule the day. A yo yo extravaganza is planned for an assembly.

9:30 a.m. - West Philadelphia Catholic High School, 4501 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Annual Hall of Fame Assembly where five graduates who have been successful in areas such as education, business, law, medicine, are inducted. The entire student body attends this inspirational assembly.

1:30 p.m. - Lansdale Catholic High School, 700 Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale, PA
It's student appreciation day, including a faculty/student basketball game and pep rally.

Saint Mark Parish Elementary School, 1024 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA
Open House, inviting parents, community members and prospective new students. Also a "Celebration of the Arts" fair encompassing all forms of the arts, including music, literature and art.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2004

Saint Adalbert Parish Elementary School, 3236 Edgemont Street, Philadelphia

Throughout the day, Senior Citizens and Grandparents will be honored. Children will give seniors a special cake and trays of fruit. Children will also entertain with song and dance.

9:00 a.m. - Saint John the Baptist Parish Elementary School, 4040 Durham Road, Ottsville, PA
8th grade vs. faculty Volleyball Challenge.

9:00 a.m. - Queen of the Universe Parish Elementary School, 2443 Trenton Road, Levittown, PA
Occupation Day - parents will share short descriptions of their jobs with children in an assembly.

12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. - Queen of the Universe Special Education School, 2443 Trenton Road, Levittown, PA
International Day for students with special foods and activities to show the uniqueness and similarities of all people.

1:00 p.m. - Saint Albert the Great Parish Elementary School, 214 Welsh Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA
Students will participate in "Baskets for Breath," an activity that benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

1:15 p.m. - Our lady Help of Christians, 2420 E. Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia
Grades Kindergarten to 5th will have a 'Dance-A-Thon' to raise money for Catholic Relief Services.

1:30 p.m. - Sacred Heart Parish Elementary School, Wilson Avenue and Manoa Road, Havertown, PA
Chinese acrobats will perform for the students; a hot lunch provided by the Home and School Association.

7:00 p.m. - Holy Innocents Area Catholic Elementary School, 1312 E. Bristol Street, Philadelphia
A Faith Filled Future: In Our Nation - Students will perform a skit for parents at the Home and School Meeting.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2004

10:00 a.m. - Saint Paul Parish Elementary School, 351 E. Johnson Highway, Norristown, PA

Multi-Cultural Day - Walking in Jesus' Footsteps to understand the Middle East - Each classroom will become a city or place, from the past and present, in the Middle East to explain diversity of cultures.

Coatesville Area Catholic Elementary School, 605 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA
All students may wear a 'crazy' hat, patterned or designed socks and ties with their uniforms. There will be a Magic show featuring Chris Capehart for Grades K - 4.

Saint Joseph Parish Elementary School, 340 Manor Avenue, Downingtown, PA
Super Bowl Thursday! For the price of a can of soup, students may wear the jersey of their favorite team. At lunchtime, a pizza treat for all students/teachers provided by the Home and School Association.

Mother of Divine Grace Parish Elementary School, 2612 E. Monmouth Street, Philadelphia
A Lip Sync Contest and Ice Cream Treat for the Students.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Elementary School, 2nd Street Pike and Knowles Avenue, Southampton, PA
Student Appreciation Day - a special assembly featuring an illusionist. It is also dress down day for students.


Saint John the Evangelist Parish Elementary School, 728 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, PA
Academic Bowl featuring the 5, 6, 7 and 8 grades engaging in academic trivia.


Saint Basil the Great Parish Elementary School, 2330 Kimberton Road, Kimberton, PA
At 11:00 a.m. Lower School students will hold a religion bee in the Church School Hall, 1:00 p.m. Students will make ice cream sundaes; 1:30 p.m. a spelling bee for upper school students in the Church School Hall.

1:30 p.m. - Saint John the Baptist Parish Elementary School, 4040 Durham Road, Ottsville, PA
Students will share their talents by putting on a Variety Show

3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - West Philadelphia Catholic High School, 4501 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Teams from nearly thirty parish elementary schools will participate in an Academic Challenge sponsored by West Catholic High School.

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Elementary School, 1525 Elkins Avenue, Abington, PA
A Skating Party for all students (please call school for location).

7:00 p.m. Saint Bede the Venerable Parish Elementary School, 1053 Holland Road, Holland, PA
Open House starting with prayer service, band performance, choral group performance, concluding with visiting classrooms and meeting teachers.



FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2004

Holy Martyrs Parish Elementary School, 121 Allison Road, Oreland, PA

This fun day begins with students arriving in their pajamas. At lunch, the principal will provide an ice cream treat for all students. Later, students will listen to a "Peace Presentation" conducted by the 7th graders.

8:00 a.m. - Saint Madeline-Saint Rose Elementary School, 500 Tome Street, Ridley Park, PA
Closing Mass for Catholic Schools Week. At noon, there will be a luncheon for faculty and staff

10:30 a.m. - Saint Frances Cabrini Parish Elementary School, Oxford Valley Rd. and Southway Dr., Fairless Hills
Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the Closing Mass for Catholic Schools Week at Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, Oxford Valley Road and Southway Drive, Fairless Hills, PA. Saint Frances Cabrini Parish is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school.

Saint Christopher Parish Elementary School, 13305 Proctor Road, Philadelphia
Morning Spelling Bees for grades 4, 5 and 6. Afternoon Spelling Bees for grades 7 and 8.

12:30 p.m. - Nativity B.V.M. Parish Elementary School, 2541 E. Madison Street, Philadelphia
Faculty Appreciation Luncheon for the five Port Richmond School Faculties (includes Saint George, Nativity BVM, Our Lady Help of Christians, Mother of Divine Grace and Saint Adalbert).

Sacred Heart Parish Elementary School, Lewis Road and Washington Street, Royersford, PA
At 1:00 p.m., students will perform in a Student Talent Show. Then at 6:00 p.m., a parish Spaghetti Dinner.

5:00 p.m. -Saint Monica Parish Elementary School, 601First Avenue, Berwyn, PA
Family Dinner and Bingo Night! Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for dinner followed by family bingo.

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Cardinal Rigali To Preside At Divine Mercy Hour Of Prayer

January 16, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO PRESIDE AT DIVINE MERCY HOUR OF PRAYER

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside at a Divine Mercy Hour of Prayer sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. A rare oil painting, blessed by Pope John Paul II, of the Divine Mercy image will also be on display. The painting is on loan to the Knights of Columbus from the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland and is traveling to cathedrals of several archdioceses throughout the United States during 2004. The national tour begins in Philadelphia.


Divine Mercy Hour of Prayer
Sunday, January 25, 2004
3:00 p.m.
(Painting will remain on display until approximately 5:00 p.m.)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

The image of Divine Mercy is a portrait of Jesus' appearance to Saint Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) of Poland in 1931. Pope John Paul II canonized Saint Faustina in 2000 and announced that the second Sunday after Easter will be called Divine Mercy Sunday. Through this devotion, Catholics acknowledge God's mercy and love.

The painting will be carried into the sanctuary of the Cathedral during the procession prior to the Divine Mercy Hour of Prayer. It will be on display for approximately one hour following the hour of prayer. All are welcome.

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Editor's Note: For more information regarding the painting or the tour, please contact Mr. Stephen Feiler, Knights of Columbus Communications Specialist, at 203-752-4068.




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Cardinal Rigali Leads Philadelphians In March For Life

January 21, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI LEADS PHILADELPHIANS IN MARCH FOR LIFE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will lead approximately five thousand people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 2004. This date marks the 31st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Rigali will be joined by seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, college and high school students and parishioners. Many parishes and schools send buses to the annual event.


Thursday, January 22, 2004
8:00 a.m. Departure

West Philadelphia Catholic High School
4501 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls
1000 W. Lycoming Street
Philadelphia, PA

The contingent traveling from Philadelphia will meet at 12:00 p.m. on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street. Prior to the March for Life, Cardinal Rigali will concelebrate the annual Youth Mass which is being held for the first time in Washington D.C.'s major sports arena.
10:00 a.m.
MCI Center
601 F Street NW (at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station)
Washington, D.C.



Any media wishing to interview Cardinal Rigali 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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Cardinal Rigali Approves Closure Of Saint Joseph Parish Elementary School In Montgomery County

January 27, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI APPROVES CLOSURE OF SAINT JOSEPH PARISH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has approved the recommendation to close Saint Joseph Parish Elementary School located at 7631 Waters Road in Cheltenham, Montgomery County in June 2004 based upon a recommendation from the Parish Steering Committee. The Parish Steering Committee recommended the closure after a school study showed a declining number of parish children enrolled in the school, decreasing numbers of infant baptisms and increasing costs that put a tremendous financial burden on the parish. The study also showed that the school is unable to enhance its programs and does not have individual art, music or physical education teachers because tuition income does not cover more than basic expenses. Students from Saint Joseph Parish Elementary School will be welcomed at nearby Presentation B.V.M.(Cheltenham) and Saint James (Elkins Park) Parish Elementary Schools.

Reverend William S. Harrison, Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, announced the closure to the parish community at weekend masses (January 24-25th) and to the school community today. Cardinal Rigali accepted the closure recommendation in January 2004. "I understand and appreciate the strong attachment the faculty, families and students of Saint Joseph have for their school and know this closure causes much sadness. I am sensitive to that feeling of loss whenever it is necessary to close a parish elementary school. I pray that those affected find comfort in their faith in Jesus Christ and in knowing that the nearby schools will provide a gracious welcome and a quality education for the children of Saint Joseph's. I am deeply grateful to Monsignor Marine, to Father Harrison and to all those who worked so hard on the process, in order to do the right thing. Their efforts are most appreciated."

A fall 2003 school study showed that only 51 of the 190 students enrolled in the school are from Saint Joseph Parish and on average only three to four baptisms are celebrated in the parish each year. Tuition covers two-thirds of the actual cost of educating each student. Saint Joseph Parish has examined the viability of maintaining its own school since approximately 1997 when the parish began experiencing financial difficulties due to dramatically increasing school expenses. At that time school enrollment was declining and parish enrollment was also decreasing due to changing demographics. While the pastor, the parish council and the home and school association attempted to boost school population and find new sources of revenue, an overriding concern for the parish and its future remained.

After broad consultation with the parish and school communities and a review of parish and school finances, facility needs, projected enrollment, ability to pay the full cost of education and the overall education program, the Parish Steering Committee recommended the school closure in December 2003. The majority of the Parish Steering Committee signed the document sent to Cardinal Rigali but some members said while they understood the recommendation they could not bring themselves to actually sign the document because of their "personal attachment to the school." They informed the Cardinal, however, that if he approved the recommendation they will accept it and work with the other members of the parish to enhance the life of the Catholic community of Saint Joseph and to continue the Catholic education of the children.

Editor's Note: For more information, please see the attached news release on the specifics of the closure of Saint Joseph Parish Elementary School.














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Boy Scout Mass At Cathedral Celebrating National Scout Month Hundreds Of Boy Scouts And Parents Expected To Participate

January 29, 2004

BOY SCOUT MASS AT CATHEDRAL
CELEBRATING NATIONAL SCOUT MONTH

HUNDREDS OF BOY SCOUTS AND PARENTS EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the Scout Sunday Liturgy on:

Sunday, February 1, 2004
2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


This special Mass, celebrated during National Scout Month (February), acknowledges Boy Scouts who have received awards pertaining to their religious formation. During the Mass, Cardinal Rigali, assisted by Rita Casey, Chairperson for Archdiocesan Scouting, will present the Ad Altare Dei (To the Altar of God) award to 48 boy scouts. Recognition will also be given to the recipients of the Light of Christ award, which is presented to younger Cub Scouts, and the Parvuli Dei (Children of God) award, which is presented to older Cub Scouts. This special Mass is the Catholic salute to Boy Scouts, founded in 1910.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center Hosts Service Day And Basketball Tournament

January 28, 2004

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA COMMUNITY CENTER HOSTS
SERVICE DAY AND BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

The Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center, an agency of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, joins Delta Sigma Pi students from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business to host the first Annual Youth Basketball Tournament. The Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center was dedicated on November 04, 2003. It is located in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

Approximately 65 Wharton volunteers will assist as neighborhood youth leagues compete in the all-day tournament. Over 100 young people, ranging in age from 13 to 18, who have formed teams during weekly Open Gym nights at the Community Center, will compete.


Saturday, January 31, 2004
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2646 Kensington Avenue
Philadelphia

The Community Center offers free after-school and youth programs as well as adult classes in computers, GED, and job readiness. Projects such as the Community Garden, home-ownership workshops, and recreational events for all ages encourage local residents and community members to become involved in positive social change across ethnic and generational boundaries.

Editor's Note: For more information about this event, please contact
Bethany Welch at 215-426-9422 ext. 34202 or cell 215-435-3331


For more information on programs or volunteer opportunities please contact the
Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center
phone 215-426-9422
fax 215-426-9426
P.O. Box 60981
2646 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19133
















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Statement By Catherine L. Rossi, Director Of Communications Concerning Civil Lawsuits Filed January 30, 2004 Regarding Allegations Of Sexual Abuse

January 30, 2004

STATEMENT
by
Catherine L. Rossi, Director of Communications

Concerning Civil Lawsuits Filed January 30, 2004 Regarding Allegations of Sexual Abuse

The Archdiocese learned this afternoon that lawsuits were filed in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia concerning three priests. The Archdiocese has not had the opportunity to review these lawsuits. However, it is important to note that two of the priests named, Reverend Gerard Chambers and Reverend Joseph P. Gausch, are deceased. A third, Reverend Richard Jones, has not been in active ministry for many years.

The Archdiocese remains committed to dealing with any allegations of abuse and has increased its vigilance to prevent abuse from occurring in the future. We continue to offer assistance and counseling to any one who believes they are a victim of abuse by church personnel. It is deeply troubling when anyone, especially a child, is abused in any way. As part of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the United States Catholic Bishops in June 2002, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has comprehensive policies and programs in place to deal with victims of abuse in the past and prevention of abuse in the future.

Anyone who wishes to make a report of sexual abuse of a minor may call the Victims Assistance Coordinators at 215-587-3880.



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Don Guanella School Visits Nationally Ranked St. Joseph's Men's Basketball Team

February 2, 2004

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL VISITS NATIONALLY RANKED
ST. JOSEPH'S MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

The young men of Don Guanella school will travel to the campus of Saint Joseph's University for a mini-clinic with the men's basketball team which is making headlines across the country for its winning season. 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, February 06, 2004
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saint Joseph's University Field House
54th Street and City Line Avenue
Philadelphia

The nationally ranked team members will conduct drills and hold contests for the boys. The team is led by Coach Phil Martelli, who recently helped Don Guanella raise funds by participating in a Pro-Bowlers Celebrity Tournament.

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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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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate 12th Annual Mass Of Thanksgiving For Teachers Celebrating Anniversaries

February 4, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE
12th ANNUAL MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR TEACHERS CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at a Mass of Thanksgiving and Recognition for teachers and administrators who are completing twenty-five and fifty years of service in Catholic Education on

Sunday, February 8, 2004
3:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Fifty-two elementary teachers/administrators are celebrating their silver anniversaries along with 11 secondary teachers/administrators. Two secondary teachers/administrators are celebrating 50 years, their golden anniversaries.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Hosts Stewardship Day

February 11, 2004

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA HOSTS
STEWARDSHIP DAY

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia invites you to attend Stewardship Day 2004 on

Saturday, February 28, 2004
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 E. Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA


What is Stewardship? Stewardship is generously giving of one's time, talent, and treasure. All that we have, are and will be, are gifts from God. As Christians, it is our responsibility to share these gifts with others. This all-day conference will provide the opportunity for people to learn about Stewardship, network with others and to hear presentations from nationally recognized speakers and authors, including Peter Kreeft and Matthew Pinto.

All are invited to attend. Pre-registration is $20 (before 2/20/04) and Registration is $25 (after 2/20/04). . For more information, please call Kathleen Dongivin at 215-587-3651 or register online at www.stewardship-phl.org.

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Don Guanella School To Visit Villanova Men's Basketball Team

February 12, 2004

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL TO VISIT VILLANOVA MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM


The young men of Don Guanella School will visit Villanova University for a basketball clinic hosted by the Villanova men's varsity basketball team. 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, February 16, 2004
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The Pavilion
Villanova University
Route 320
Villanova, Delaware County

Villanova coach Jay Wright and his players will conduct drills, participate in contests and sign autographs for the special needs students.
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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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Operation Rice Bowl Begins On Ash Wednesday

February 18, 2004

OPERATION RICE BOWL BEGINS ON ASH WEDNESDAY

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia begins the 29th annual campaign of Operation Rice Bowl on Ash Wednesday, February 27, 2004. 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.

Funds raised through Operation Rice Bowl are distributed in the Archdiocese and through Catholic Relief Services, which is marking its 61st year as the official international humanitarian agency of the United States Catholic community. Approximately 12 million United States Catholic parishioners will use the Operation Rice Bowl materials during Lent 2004 as a guide to pray, fast, learn and give. The theme for Operation Rice Bowl 2004 is "Participating in Rice Bowl strengthens our solidarity with all members of the human family."

In 2003, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (279 parishes) raised $259,353. Seventy five percent (approximately $194,515) 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 $64,838) of the locally raised funds remained within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Nutritional Development Services, a department within Catholic Human Services, used these funds to stock local food cupboards and soup kitchens to serve the poor and hungry in the Philadelphia area.

The rice bowls are available from most parishes. 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.

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


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Cardinal Justin Rigali Celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass And Distributes Ashes

February 19, 2004

CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI CELEBRATES
ASH WEDNESDAY MASS AND DISTRIBUTES ASHES

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass and distribute ashes during the Mass on:

Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2004
12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints 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.

In the chapel adjacent to the Cathedral, distribution of ashes will take place after the following Masses: 7:15 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:35 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Cardinal Rigali will also celebrate a Mass for young people at Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Northeast Philadelphia on Ash Wednesday.

Come Home Liturgy
7:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Consolation Parish
7051 Tulip Street
Northeast Philadelphia


The Come Home Liturgy is attended each year by hundreds of grade school, high school and college students.

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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass For Altar Servers

February 19, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS FOR ALTAR SERVERS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist for the annual Mass to honor altar servers from Delaware County, Chester County and Philadelphia - South Vicariates. 57 priests will concelebrate the Mass and 1200 altar servers from 68 parishes are scheduled to attend.


Sunday, February 22, 2004
2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Music will be provided by the Cardinal O'Hara High School Choir. The Saint Barnabas Parish Youth Group (Philadelphia) and the Mision Santa Maria Youth Group (Avondale, Chester County) will join seminarians to serve as ushers.
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Editor's Note: Altar servers from the Bucks County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia -North Vicariates will attend in 2005.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
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Catholic Youth Organization And The Philadelphia 76ers Team Up For The 11th Annual Hall Of Fame Awards Dinner

February 23, 2004

CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION AND THE PHILADELPHIA 76ers
TEAM UP FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL HALL OF FAME AWARDS DINNER

The Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Organization in conjunction with the Philadelphia 76'ers will celebrate the 11th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on


Monday, March 1, 2004
5:30 p.m. Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:15 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. For more information on the CYO Hall of Fame Awards, call 610-649-9410.

This year's Hall of Fame inductees are:

Al Gabriele
graduated from Trenton Catholic High School in Trenton and went on to St. Joseph's University, graduating with a BS in Accounting in 1956. Since his semi-retirement in 1992, Al has put his business expertise to work for Greater Philadelphia's non-profit sector as both a philanthropist and volunteer. He serves on a number of Boards at Immaculata University, LaSalle College High School and Roman Catholic High School and formerly served on St. Joseph's University Board. A member of the Board of Trustees at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Al was on the Leadership Committee for the recent $38million capital campaign for the Institute for Cancer Prevention at Fox Chase. He recently joined the Board of Young Scholars Charter School. Al won the Fund Raising Volunteer of the Year Award at the 1999 National Philanthropy Day Awards. Al and Barbara started the Gabriele Family Foundation in 1997, a small charitable foundation administered by their children and their spouses. "We wanted our kids to understand how many people are less fortunate than we, and the great feeling of joy in giving to others; it has been very rewarding to see the involvement of the kids in the foundation's activities." Al and Barbara have been married for forty years, and have been blessed with three children John, Jim and Gina and have five grandchildren. They are members of Saints Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester, PA.


Martie Gillin grew up in a large Catholic family where she was taught the value of St. Francis' words "for it is in giving that we receive." As she raised nine children, Martie taught these same values by her example of her faith. Her devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Little Flower helped her survive both breast cancer and the death of her son, Bob, to AIDS in 1992. She and her husband Robert turned their tragedy into a vehicle of hope and comfort for HIV/AIDS patients and their families. Eager to educate, protect and comfort those infected or affected with this modern-day plague, Martie founded AIDS Alive. Among AIDS Alive's activities are "Hoops for Hope," the Red Ribbon Ball; and the Stay@Home Ball, 30 simultaneous theme dinner parties to support persons infected and affected by AIDS. Martie Gillin also founded SpeakUP!. SpeakUP! emphasizes the development of communication skills to foster productive dialogue at home, at school, and within the community to enable individuals to make positive choices. Martie is the Vice President of Business Development and Customer Service at Carey Limousine. Martie serves in an Advisory/Board capacity to such organizations as Siloam Ministries, Melmark Home Inc., St. Edmond's Home for Crippled Children and Prayer Power. Martie Gillin was also presented with the Caring Award in 2000.
Martie and her husband Robert are members of Saint John Vianney Parish in Gladwyne, PA.


Phil Martelli graduated from Widener University in 1976. Martelli began his coaching career as the junior varsity coach at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield for the 1976/1977 season. Martelli's next stop was Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown.. He still holds Kenrick's all time mark for wins with 108. Phil Martelli began his career with St. Joseph's University as an assistant coach for the 1985/86 season. Ten years later, he took the head coach position at St. Joe's on July 20, 1995. He has lead St. Joe's to three NCAA and two NIT tournament appearances as head coach. Martelli is a two time Atlantic 10 Conference and three time Eastern Basketball Coach of the Year. Last season, St. Joe's earned the program's second at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. This season the 20-0 Hawks, one of seven undefeated teams in the nation as of February 11, 2004 are ranked 3th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls with their best start in school history. ESPN.com's Jay Bilas recently named Phil Martelli the top "Coach of Non-Conference Season." Not only is Phil a great basketball coach, he works hard with "Coaches vs Cancer", gives many talks at Communion Breakfasts and other events for youth. He is well known for his strong faith and commitment to the Church. He resides in Delaware County with wife Judy, sons Philip and Jimmy and daughter Elizabeth. They are members of Saint Mary Magdalen Parish in Media, PA.


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Cardinal Justin Rigali Archbishop Of Philadelphia On Death Of Harrisburg Bishop Nicholas C. Dattilo

March 8, 2004

CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA
ON DEATH OF HARRISBURG BISHOP NICHOLAS C. DATTILO

Upon learning of the death of Bishop Nicholas C. Dattilo, the Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, issued the following statement:

"It is with deep sorrow that I learned of the death of Bishop Nicholas Dattilo, Bishop of Harrisburg and President of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. Bishop Dattilo was a devoted priest, a dedicated Bishop and a zealous servant of the Church. His death is a significant loss to the people of the Diocese of Harrisburg and his presence will be greatly missed.

Bishop Dattilo was a warm and personable Shepherd to the people of the Diocese of Harrisburg for fourteen years. He had a deep love of the Catholic Church and was ever faithful to her teachings.

The clergy, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia join me in extending to our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Harrisburg, as well as to the members of Bishop Dattilo's family, our heartfelt sympathy and ardent prayers that he may find everlasting peace with Christ the Savior."


Bishop Nicholas C. Dattilo was a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania and studied at Saint
Vincent Seminary in Latrobe in western Pennsylvania and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. Bishop Dattilo was ordained in the Pittsburgh diocese in 1958. On November 21, 1989, Pope John Paul II named him the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg.

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"a Concert In The Cathedral" Showcasing The Talents Of The Catholic School Students Of The Archdiocese

March 10, 2004

"A CONCERT IN THE CATHEDRAL"
SHOWCASING THE TALENTS OF THE
CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE

More than 500 elementary and high school students from parochial, archdiocesan and private schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are performing in an exceptional evening of entertainment called

'A Concert in the Cathedral'
on
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
7:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


This gala night will feature the music of John Rutter, world-renowned composer and conductor of church music, including choral works, orchestra and instrumental pieces, piano concertos, children's operas and music for television. This event is a tribute to Catholic schools and the outstanding musical and artistic instruction available at both the elementary and high school levels.

The program includes performances by the Elementary Band, Elementary Chorus, All Catholic Strings, All Catholic Men's Chorus, All Catholic Band, All Catholic Women's Chorus, Resurrection School Handbell Choir, and the combined High School Chorus, Orchestra and Band.

Also featured that evening is a solo performance by Matthew Diehl, a sophomore at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pennsylvania and winner of the Archdiocesan organist competition.


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Editor's Note: MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE REHEARSAL at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Tuesday, March 16, 2004. If you are interested in attending the rehearsal, please contact the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747 by Monday, March 15th to arrange a time.




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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Migration Mass

March 15, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MIGRATION MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the National Migration Week Mass as the Catholic church throughout the United States honors our multi-ethnic immigrant origins.


Sunday, March 21, 2004
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

More than 45 nations and ethnic groups will be represented in this Mass which is held annually. The procession prior to Mass will feature representatives from all groups, most wearing their national dress. There will be also be 14 choirs and readings in nine languages.

All are invited to attend this Mass which is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees.

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Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali On The Appointment Of Bishop Joseph A. Galante As Bishop Of The Diocese Of Camden

March 23, 2004

STATEMENT OF CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
ON THE APPOINTMENT OF BISHOP JOSEPH A. GALANTE
AS BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF CAMDEN

My wholehearted congratulations and best wishes to Bishop Joseph Galante on his appointment as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. I am especially pleased to welcome Bishop Galante who was once a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, back to the Philadelphia area, where he is fondly remembered and will be warmly received.

During late 1980's, early 1990's, I had the opportunity to know Bishop Galante while both of us were serving the Holy Father in Rome. I know he is a dedicated and loyal servant of Jesus Christ and the people of God. I am certain that Bishop Galante will be a compassionate and wise shepherd to the Catholic faithful of Camden.

As Bishop Galante assumes his new position in the Church, my prayers, and , I know, the prayers of the priests, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are with him.

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Statement Regading Civil Lawsuits From Catherine L. Rossi, Director Of Communications

March 24, 2004

STATEMENT REGADING CIVIL LAWSUITS
from
Catherine L. Rossi, Director of Communications

The Archdiocese has learned that civil lawsuits involving three priests, one former priest and a former lay teacher have been filed against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. The Archdiocese has not yet had the opportunity to review these lawsuits.

One lawsuit involves a priest in active ministry, Reverend John P. Schmeer, who is currently Pastor at St. Martin of Tours Parish in New Hope, Bucks County. Allegations were first reported to the Archdiocese against Father Schmeer in March 2002. Father Schmeer denied the allegations and fully cooperated during the investigation in accord with Archdiocesan policies. The Archdiocese forwarded the information regarding the allegations to the appropriate authorities. The Archdiocese also submitted the case to the Archdiocesan Review Board for subsequent investigation. The Review Board conducted its own inquiry, including the use of private investigators, former FBI agents. In November 2003, the Review Board concluded that the allegations against Father Schmeer were not credible.

With regard to others named in the lawsuit:

~The Archdiocese removed Reverend Francis X. Trauger from priestly ministry in December 2003, after the Archdiocese determined that allegations of abuse were deemed credible.

~Reverend Joseph P. Gausch retired from active ministry June 1992 and died May 1999.

~Reverend Ernest A. Durante left the priesthood in 1986.

~Eileen Rhoads left the employment of Holy Cross Parish Elementary School in Springfield, Delaware County in 1994 and has not worked for a school of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since that time.

The Archdiocese would like all the Catholic faithful to know that it takes seriously and investigates thoroughly any allegation of abuse. As part of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the United States Catholic Bishops in June 2002, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has comprehensive policies and programs in place to assist victims of abuse and prevent such abuse from occurring in the future. Among these: a written policy for handling abuse cases, written standards of ministerial behavior for lay and religious employees, a victims outreach assistance program, background checks of all religious and lay personnel who have regular contact with children and a safe environment program for parishes and schools that provides education and training for children, youth, parents, ministers, educators and others about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children. Anyone who wishes to make a report of sexual abuse of a minor may call the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Victims Assistance Coordinators at 215-587-3880.

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Holy Week And Easter Liturgies Palm Sunday April 4 -- Easter Sunday April 11

March 30, 2004

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER LITURGIES
Palm Sunday April 4 -- Easter Sunday April 11

PALM SUNDAY - April 4, 2004 - 10:45 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

In celebration of the Lord's entrance into Jerusalem, Cardinal Justin Rigali 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 8, 2004 - 9:40 a.m. Procession - 10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali 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 Rigali 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 Sacred Chrism, used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.

HOLY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER - April 8, 2004 - 5:00 P.M.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali 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 9, 2004 - 3:00 P.M.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist at the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Christ.

HOLY SATURDAY - April 10, 2004 - 8:00 P.M.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali 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, the Blessing of the Easter Water, the Baptism of Adults and Reception of Candidates into Full Communion with the Catholic Church

EASTER SUNDAY - April 11, 2004 - 11:00 A.M.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist at the Easter Sunday Mass. Other Masses in the Cathedral on Easter Sunday are: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

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Saint Edmond's Home For Children Selected For Annual Arbor Day Project

April 15, 2004

Saint Edmond's Home for Children
Selected for Annual Arbor Day Project

The Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture has selected Saint Edmond's Home for Children as the site for their Annual Arbor Day Project on

Wednesday, April 21, 2004
(Rain Date April 22)
7:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Saint Edmond's Home for Children
320 S. Roberts Road
Rosemont, PA



Saint Edmond's, a home for children with mental and physical disabilities, is a facility of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It was nominated for the Arbor Day Project by member John Ward. Each year the Pen-Del Chapter visits a site to trim trees, remove debris and landscapes grounds. The Chapter was founded in 1960 and currently has over 500 members consisting of arborists, researchers, educators, horticulturists and individuals interested in the care of trees and landscapes. Approximately 100 volunteers are expected to attend the event.

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Beneficial Savings Bank Partners With Archdiocesan Office For Community Development In Home Ownership Initiative

April 16, 2004

BENEFICIAL SAVINGS BANK PARTNERS WITH ARCHDIOCESAN OFFICE FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN HOME OWNERSHIP INITIATIVE

Beneficial Savings Bank is contributing $340,000 to the Office for Community Development of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of vacant houses in the St. Hugh neighborhood of Philadelphia (West Kensington/Fairhill). The rehabilitated houses will be marketed to low and moderate income families for home ownership.

George W. Nise, president and CEO of Beneficial Savings Bank, will present a check in the amount of $340,000 to the Office for Community Development of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as follows:

Monday, April 19, 2004
10:00 A.M.
Beneficial Savings Bank
530 Walnut Street
Philadelphia


Reverend Monsignor Timothy C. Senior, Secretary for Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and president of the Office for Community Development, will receive the check.

Mr. Nise has stated, "We are honored that the Archdiocese has selected Beneficial as their partner in this revitalization effort. Our original mission, which we still follow today, is embodied in this very endeavor, as we have been 'Part of the neighborhood since 1853.'"

The home ownership initiative is at the center of the Office for Community Development's revitalization efforts in the St. Hugh neighborhood. Vacant housing rehabilitation and other recommendations for revitalization are included in a recently completed neighborhood strategic plan, based upon several community meetings held during 2003-2004. The Office for Community Development will also partner with the Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises (HACE) during implementation of the home ownership initiative.

Beneficial Savings Bank's contribution is being made through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Neighborhood Assistance Program, which offers tax credits to businesses that sponsor or contribute to approved, charitable initiatives. The City of Philadelphia's Home Ownership Rehabilitation Program will provide additional subsidies to support this initiative, including a partial match of funds contributed by Beneficial Savings Bank.

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Planning For New Parish And New Area Catholic Elementary School In Southwest Philadelphia

April 19, 2004

PLANNING FOR NEW PARISH AND NEW AREA CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL IN SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA

Parish News

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces that Divine Mercy Parish will be the name of the new parish in Southwest Philadelphia. The parish is formed from the merger of Saint Clement Parish, Good Shepherd Parish and Saint Irenaeus Parish. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has appointed Reverend Michael J. Davis as the new pastor of Divine Mercy Parish. The site for the new parish will be the former Good Shepherd Parish (67th Street and Chester Avenue). Its founding will be July 1, 2004.

A mailing (which includes a registration form for the new parish) is being prepared for all current members of St. Clement, Good Shepherd and St. Irenaeus parishes. Other details already being addressed are proposals for the Mass schedule and the Opening Mass and Installation of the Pastor on Saturday, July 3rd, 2004.

School News

A new school, to be called Mary Mother of Peace, an area Catholic elementary school, will serve the children of St. Barnabas, Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as the children in the new Divine Mercy Parish. Because of declining student enrollment, the Cluster 33 Advisory Council recommended and Cardinal Rigali approved, the establishment of an area Catholic elementary school in Southwest Philadelphia. During the years 1998 through 2002, enrollment in the parish schools declined by almost 900 students.

Registration for Mary Mother of Peace Area Catholic School is well underway. Currently, 410 students are enrolled for September 2004. The school colors are royal blue and gold. Royal blue is one of the SS. Clement-Irenaeus School colors; gold is one of the St. Barnabas School colors. Tuition for currently registered parishioners of St. Barnabas, St. Clement, Good Shepherd, St. Irenaeus and Most Blessed Sacrament parishes is $1900 for one child; $2600 for two children; $3300 for three or more children. For other students, it is $2500 per child.

Background:

In January 2004, Cardinal Rigali approved the recommendation of the Cluster 33 Advisory Council to consolidate Saint Clement Parish (2220 S. 71st Street), Good Shepherd Parish (67th Street and Chester Avenue) and Saint Irenaeus Parish (2728 S. 73rd Street) to form one new parish. A Transition Committee, which included members from the three parishes, was formed to address the details in establishing the new parish. The Cluster 33 Advisory Council based its recommendations on the significant decrease in the number of registered parishioners in the southern end of Cluster 33 and the planned reduction of at least one parish priest in the Cluster by June 2004. There was a decrease of more than 8000 registered parishioners in Cluster 33 between 1998 and 2002. Projections for the foreseeable future indicate further decline in the Catholic population. There were 32% fewer infant Baptisms in Cluster 33 in 2002 than in 1998. Cardinal Rigali also approved the Advisory Council's recommendation to close Saints Clement-Irenaeus Schools in southwest Philadelphia and make Saint Barnabas Parish Elementary School an area Catholic school with a new name.

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Cardinal Rigali To Speak On Human Trafficking With U.s. Department Of Justice And Health And Human Services

April 19, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO SPEAK ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
WITH U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will address efforts by the Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to stop human trafficking and assist the victims of this crime. The Archdiocese joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Justice and coalition partners in the announcement of a public awareness campaign Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking.


NEWS CONFERENCE
11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel
Horizons Ballroom
17th and Race Street
Philadelphia



Also participating will be Reverend Monsignor Timothy Senior, Secretary for Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been named the lead agency for services to victims of human trafficking who may be uncovered in the Philadelphia area, either by efforts of the U.S. Attorney's Office or by community organizations or concerned citizens.
Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is the largest private provider of social services in Pennsylvania. The Catholic Church in the United States, through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic social service agencies, has pledged to work to end human trafficking and serve the needs of its victims.

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Cardinal Rigali To Preside At 10th Annual Neumann Scholars Award Ceremony A Scholarship Program To Benefit 8th Grade Students

April 21, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO PRESIDE AT
10th ANNUAL NEUMANN SCHOLARS AWARD CEREMONY
A Scholarship Program to Benefit 8th Grade Students

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside at the 10TH Annual Neumann Scholars Award Ceremony on

Sunday, April 25, 2004
2:30 p.m.
Saint Joseph's University Chapel
City Line and Cardinal Avenues
Philadelphia


The Neumann Scholars Program, an initiative developed and funded by the Connelly Foundation, is celebrating ten years of offering full and partial scholarships to eighth grade students of Catholic elementary schools. The program was launched in 1995 to attract the highest academically achieving parochial school students to Archdiocesan high schools. The scholarship program is named after Saint John Neumann, the founder of Philadelphia's parochial school system. From 1995 through and including the 2004 scholarships, the Connelly Foundation has awarded 575 scholarships for an investment in excess of $4,300,000.

The number of Neumann Scholars graduated from Archdiocesan High Schools from 1999 through 2003 is 192. Some of the outstanding accomplishments of those graduates are:

- Twenty-seven students ranked number one and over 70% ranked among the top ten students in their respective high school classes.
- SAT scores averaged approximately 1370 with a high score of 1580.
- Twenty-nine students were National Merit Finalists and fifty-five were Commended Students.
- One third of the students were Diocesan Scholars (ranked in the top 1.5% of the senior class)
- The 192 graduates received scholarship offers in excess of $21.6 million dollars.

This year, fifty-six 8th grade students from parish elementary schools will be installed in the scholarship program. Thirty-four students are being honored as Neumann Scholars and receive full tuition scholarships for four years to an Archdiocesan high school. Twenty-two students will receive honorable mention and are being awarded half-tuition scholarships for four years.

NEUMANN SCHOLARS PROGRAM 2004 AWARD RECIPIENTS


Philadelphia
Oluwatobi Ariyo - Neumann Scholar - St. Francis de Sales
Carlton Wilks - Neumann Scholar - St. Francis de Sales
Andrea Robinson - Honorable Mention - St. Barnabas
Frederick Lesher - Honorable Mention - St. Clement-Irenaeus
Cam Nguyen - Neumann Scholar - Visitation BVM
Andrew Gepty - Neumann Scholar - Sacred Heart
Vincent DiPiano - Neumann Scholar - St. Richard
Michael Souza - Honorable Mention - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Joseph Varallo - Honorable Mention - St. Monica
Sean Patrick O'Connor - Neumann Scholar - Immaculate Heart of Mary
James Mattis - Honorable Mention - St. Mary of the Assumption
Gwendolyn Smith - Honorable Mention - Immaculate Heart of Mary
Vinh Au - Neumann Scholar - St. Helena
Thomas Pacewicz - Neumann Scholar - St. John Cantius
Ryan Galazka - Honorable Mention - Our Lady Help of Christians
Jennifer Nguyen - Honorable Mention - St. Ambrose
David Wilson - Honorable Mention - St. Hugh of Cluny
Joseph McMonagle - Neumann Scholar - St. Katherine of Siena
Kimberly McErlean - Neumann Scholar - St. Matthew
Shawn Doherty - Neumann Scholar - St. Cecilia
Kristin Danella - Neumann Scholar - Our Lady of Ransom
Christopher Terrill - Neumann Scholar - St. Katherine of Siena
Nicholas Barretta - Neumann Scholar - Christ the King
Christine Weston - Neumann Scholar - St. Katherine of Siena
William Fisher - Neumann Scholar - St. Martin of Tours
Matthew Pettit - Honorable Mention - St. Matthew

Bucks County
Michael Sweriduk - Neumann Scholar - St. Jude
Dylan Moore - Neumann Scholar - Immaculate Conception
Brian Conway - Neumann Scholar - Our Lady of Good Counsel
Bridget Murphy - Neumann Scholar - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Erika Deegan - Honorable Mention - Nativity of Our Lord

Chester County
Nicholas Shirley - Neumann Scholar - St. Joseph
Connor Lloyd - Neumann Scholar - SS. Philip & James
Alicia Creighton - Neumann Scholar - St. Agnes
Kimberly Zamojcin - Honorable Mention - Holy Family
Daniel Hart - Honorable Mention - St. Joseph
Samantha Savoy - Honorable Mention - Holy Family


Delaware County
Mary-Therese Capaldi - Neumann Scholar - Nativity BVM
Erica Boland - Neumann Scholar - St. John Chrysostom
Robert Buchanan - Honorable Mention - St. Mary Magdalen
Eric J. Lebrun - Honorable Mention - St. Mary Magdalen
Marianne Patterson - Neumann Scholar - Annunciation BVM
Matthew Johnson - Neumann Scholar - St. Charles Borromeo
Christina Sharkey - Neumann Scholar - St. Pius X
Monica Zack - Honorable Mention - Sacred Heart
Robert Manley - Honorable Mention - St. Joseph


Montgomery County
Victoria C. DiCamillo - Neumann Scholar - Our Lady Help of Christians
Julia Ann Walsh - Neumann Scholar - Presentation BVM
James R. Cochrane - Honorable Mention - Queen of Peace
Gregory Wommer - Honorable Mention - St. Albert the Great
Christina A. Kuklinski - Neumann Scholar - St. Aloysius
Peter Creciun - Neumann Scholar - Visitation BVM
Elizabeth Albany - Neumann Scholar - St. Catherine of Siena
Maria Calvin - Neumann Scholar - St. Catherine of Siena
Christopher Yakscoe - Honorable Mention - Visitation BVM
Megan Gillespie - Honorable Mention - St. Stanislaus

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2004 Catholic Charities Appeal Kickoff Celebration

April 22, 2004

2004 CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL
KICKOFF CELEBRATION

The 2004 Catholic Charities Appeal Kickoff Celebration will be held on

Monday, April 26, 2004
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fisher Brooks Gallery
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia


This year, the goal for the Appeal is approximately $10 million. The Kickoff Celebration is held to show appreciation to all the parishioners who give generously of their time, talent and treasure to work on behalf of the Catholic Charities Appeal. It is an enthusiastic and entertaining way to kickoff the Appeal that benefits so many needy people. Entertainment will be provided by the JDR Jazz Ensemble. In attendance will be Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Bishop Robert Maginnis, General Chair of the Appeal. The 2nd Annual Parish Participation Award will be presented and the announcement of funds raised to date. Approximately 500 guests from all five counties of the Archdiocese.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the oldest art institute in the United States. The Fisher Brooks Gallery is in the new Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building, which will not be open to the public until 2005.

The Catholic Charities Appeal raises the dollars necessary to fund the human services programs of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. These programs serve persons within the five counties that comprise the Archdiocese (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia). Agencies, institutions and programs funded by the Catholic Charities Appeal serve people of all faiths, regardless of race, sex, age, handicap, national or ethnic origin, or ability to pay. More than 70 agencies, schools, programs and residences provided loving care and support to over 250,000 men, women and children throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

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Catholic Charities Appeal Information


The services that the Archdiocese provides reflect a belief in the sanctity of human life, the dignity of the individual, and the central role of the family in life and society. Funds raised though the annual solicitation are used to underwrite the financial costs for designated agencies, institutions and programs.

The Catholic Charities Appeal provides individuals an opportunity to practice stewardship by sharing gifts of time, talent and treasure.


Services Provided

More than 70 agencies, schools, programs, and residences provide loving care and support to over 250,000 men, women and children throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Catholic Social Services, a major recipient of these funds, is the largest private provider of human services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and serves an overall client base approximately 50% non-Catholic.

The following statistics illustrate the vast and profound impact that the Catholic Charities Appeal has in transforming the lives of people in our community:


Nutritional Development Services provides over 6.4 million meals to individuals in need through the Community Food Program.

More than 5,000 homeless men receive 60,000 meals from St. John's Hospice.

Senior Adult Services help more than 42,000 senior citizens stay healthy and young at heart through nutritional, social, and volunteer opportunities.

AIDS Ministry provides prayerful support and service to those infected and impacted by HIV/AIDS. Informative programs in both an educational and parish setting reached over 1,200 each year.

Five schools of special education will educate 338students during the school year.

Twelve Family Service Centers serve more than 52,850 clients.

30,000 youth participated in CYO and Parish Youth Ministry programs. 2,500 attended events sponsored by Young Adult Ministry.

Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

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

April 29, 2004

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

Cardinal Justin Rigali, 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-North, Philadelphia-South and Montgomery 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 2, 2004
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 2, 2004
3:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia



Approximately 563 couples will be honored at these masses. Their families are also invited to attend.


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John L. Cox
Communications Assistance
215-587-3747

Business Leadership Organized For Catholic Schools (blocs) Holds Annual Gala

May 5, 2004

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP ORGANIZED FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS (BLOCS)
HOLDS ANNUAL GALA

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

Thursday, May 13, 2004
Dinner 7:30 p.m.
The Crystal Tea Room
(The Wanamaker Building)
Thirteenth and Market Streets
Philadelphia


Attending the Gala will be Cardinal Justin Rigali, 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, (KYW-TV news anchor) and business leaders from throughout the greater Philadelphia area.

Entertainment will be provided by students from Bishop Shanahan High School(Chester County) and Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia), Saint Aloysius Academy (Delaware County) and the All-Catholic Jazz Band. Theater presentations will be provided by students from Archbishop Wood High School (Bucks County) and Archbishop Carroll High School (Delaware County).

The invocation will be delivered by Reverend Timothy Lannon, President of Saint Joseph's University. A special tribute will be paid to Edwin Knetzger, an ardent supporter of BLOCS who passed away last December. Mr. Knetzger's family will be in attendance.

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 $8.7 million for the Catholic Schools since 1998. In the past six years, BLOCS has helped make Catholic schools available to more than 11,000 children.


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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Spiritual Messages From Cardinal Justin Rigali To Launch On The Radio

May 7, 2004

SPIRITUAL MESSAGES
FROM CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
TO LAUNCH ON THE RADIO

Beginning this Sunday, Mother's Day, May 9th, one-minute weekly spiritual messages from Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will begin airing on KYW News Radio, 1060-AM. The messages will air Sunday evenings and Monday mornings. The uplifting messages are intended for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. The messages will also be carried by Holy Spirit Radio, WISP 1570-AM, Bucks County.

"Most people will hear the Cardinal's messages when they are driving on the road listening to the radio," said Catherine L. Rossi, Director of Communications. "The Cardinal's messages are meant to give people pause and to prompt them to think about God for a minute. This is also a way for Cardinal, who is relatively new to Philadelphia, to speak to many people at once. People tend to feel they know someone whose voice they hear on a regular basis."

The topic for the first spiritual message airing on Mother's Day is Mary - Mothers. Other upcoming topics this summer will include: Find Time to Pray, The Story of God's Love, Graduations - The Presence of God, Come Back to the Church, Fatherhood, Summer Soul - Searching, Love Your Neighbor and All God's Children.

Cardinal Justin Rigali was installed as the new Archbishop of Philadelphia on October 7, 2003 and was elevated to a Cardinal on October 21, 2003. Since becoming Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Rigali has visited more than 150 parishes, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, religious communities and other places in each of the five counties of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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

Jr Fest 2004 A Gathering For Junior High School Students

May 12, 2004

JR FEST 2004
A Gathering for Junior High School Students

The Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring Jr Fest 2004, a fun, faith-filled gathering for junior high school students on

Saturday, May 15, 2004
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
La Salle College High School
8605 Cheltenham Ave
Wyndmoor, PA 19038


More than 200 junior high school students from at least 20 parishes will attend this event designed to expose students to the larger church community. Senior high school students will run the activities for the day which will include an opening ceremony, games, service project, celebration of Christian music and liturgy.

Father Martin Cioppi, Deputy Secretary for Catechetical Formation for the Archdiocese, will be the main celebrant and Father Paul Dressler, O.F.M.Cap., Special Events Coordinator for Young Adults Ministry, will be homilist at the 4:45 PM JrFest Mass.

The schedule for the day is:

11:00 am Tail Gate (students will eat lunch they brought)
11:30 am Registration
11:45 am Ice Breakers
12:20 pm Opening Ceremony by student leadership
Keynote address by JP Kasperowicz, Youth Minister at St. Ignatus of Antioch, Yardley, PA
1:30 pm Special Events: personal challenge, team challenge and service station
3:00 pm Music Station
345 pm Personal challenge, team challenge and service station
4:45 pm Mass
5:45 pm Closing Ceremony

For more information on the day's events contact Andrea Meyer, Coordinator of Young Adolescent Ministry at
610-649-9410.

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Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Ordain Four Men To The Priesthood

May 13, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO ORDAIN FOUR
MEN TO THE PRIESTHOOD

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will ordain four men to the priesthood on


Saturday, May 15, 2004
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. Stephen P. DeLacy, Rev. Mr. Mark E. Fernandes, Rev. Mr. Lawrence F. Kozak and Rev. Mr. Joseph P. Lea. All have completed studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

The average age of the class of 2004 is 31. Two of those being ordained, Rev. Mr. DeLacy and Rev. Mr. Kozak, attended Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Delaware County. Rev. Mr. Lea is a former theology teacher at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, Chester County and Rev. Mr. Fernandes has a brother that is a Diocesan priest.


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Editor's Note: Video cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral during the Mass. Reporters and still cameras will be allowed. There will be a mult-box feed (audio & video) provided outside the Cathedral. Television/radio crews will need a BNC connector and recording deck.

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John L. Cox
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Stephen P. Delacy To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2004

STEPHEN P. DeLACY TO BE ORDAINED
TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Stephen P. DeLacy, 29, son of Elizabeth and the late Stephen J. DeLacy, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 15, 2004
9:45 a.m. Procession
10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Father DeLacy attended St. George Parish Elementary School in Glenolden, Delaware County, Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Delaware County and West Chester University before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father DeLacy will offer his first Mass on

Sunday, May 16, 2004
2:30 p.m.
St. George Parish
22 E. Cooke Avenue
Glenolded, Delaware County


The homilist is Reverend Peter Welsh. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Richard McFadden and Rev.Mr. B.J. Taglianetti. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor Paul V. Dougherty, Reverend Michael P. McCormac and Reverend Stephen J. Baker.

There are four men in the class of 2004. 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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Editor's Note: If you would like to receive a black and white photograph of Father DeLacy electronically, please contact the Communications Office at 215-587-3747 or contact John Cox at jcox@adphila.org.

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John L. Cox
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Mark E. Fernandes To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2004

MARK E. FERNANDES TO BE ORDAINED
TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Mark E. Fernandes, 31, son of Doris and the late Barney A. Fernandes, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 15, 2004
9:45 a.m. Procession
10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Father Fernandes attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Elementary School in Philadelphia, Archbishop Kennedy High School in Conshohocken, Montgomery County, and St. Joseph's University before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Fernandes will offer his first Mass on

Sunday, May 16, 2004
3:00 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish
819 Cathedral Road
Philadelphia


The homilist is his brother, Reverend David Fernandes. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Salvatore Bianco and Rev. Mr. Augustus Puleo. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor Bartholomew J. O'Brien, Reverend John B. Flanagan and other priest friends.

There are four men in the class of 2004. 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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Editor's Note: If you would like to receive a black and white photograph of Father Fernandes electronically, please contact the Communications Office at 215-587-3747 or contact John Cox at jcox@adphila.org.

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John L. Cox
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Lawrence F. Kozak To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2004

LAWRENCE F. KOZAK TO BE ORDAINED
TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Lawrence F. Kozak, 31, son of Lawrence and Kathleen Kozak, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 15, 2004
9:45 a.m. Procession
10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Father Kozak attended St. Charles Borromeo Parish Elementary School and Monsignor Bonner High School, both in Drexel Hill, Delaware County, as well as St. Joseph's University before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Kozak will offer his first Mass on

Sunday, May 16, 2004
1:00 p.m.
St. Charles Borromeo Parish
Burmont Road and Dennison Avenue
Drexel Hill, Delaware County


The homilist is Reverend Dennis J. Carbonaro. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Michael Rodric and Rev. Mr. Robert Yetman.

There are four men in the class of 2004. 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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Editor's Note: If you would like to receive a black and white photograph of Father Kozak electronically, please contact the Communications Office at 215-587-3747 or contact John Cox at jcox@adphila.org.

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John L. Cox
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Joseph P. Lea To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2004

JOSEPH P. LEA TO BE ORDAINED
TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Joseph P. Lea, 33, son of Clare (Holden) and the late Philip Lea, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 15, 2004
9:45 a.m. Procession
10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Father Lea attended St. Ambrose Parish Elementary School in Philadelphia; St. Joseph's Preparatory Seminary in Princeton, NJ; Our Lady of Grace Seminary in Boston, MA and Oxford University before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Lea will offer his first Mass on

Sunday, May 16, 2004
3:00 p.m.
St. Martin of Tours Parish
Roosevelt Blvd. and Cheltenham Ave.
Philadelphia


The homilist is Father Shawn L. Mahoney. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Robert Sinatra and Rev. Mr. Anthony Gualano. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor Louis D'Addezio, Reverend Monsignor Philip C. Ricci and Reverend Anthony W. Janton.

There are four men in the class of 2004. 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 L. Cox
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Annual Mass For Persons With Disabilities

May 13, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE ANNUAL MASS
FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

APPROXIMATELY 1000 PEOPLE EXPECTED TO ATTEND


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities. The theme for this year's Mass is Celebrating Welcome and Access. The Mass is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Department of Pastoral Care for Persons with Disabilities, which together with parishes and affiliated church organizations, is committed to raising awareness and creating access to the life of the Church for people with all abilities.

Sunday, May 16, 2004
2:00 p.m. Prelude
2:30 p.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


The Prelude music just prior to the entrance procession will be performed by the Kardon Chorale of the Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy. The entrance procession participants will be from Catholic schools or programs serving individuals with disabilities. West Philadelphia's St. Rose of Lima parish adult and children choir will provide the liturgical music with Richard Passanante as the cantor. Volunteers from area Catholic youth groups and high schools will assist with accommodating individuals with different abilities at the Mass.

Everyone is welcome to attend and participation is encouraged among individuals with disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and caregivers. A reception will be held immediately following Mass in the Archdiocesan Office Center at 222 North 17th Street. During the reception, the Nevilaires Choir, an adult choir affiliated with Overbrook School for the Blind will perform.

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Editor's Note: Video cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral during the Mass. Reporters and still cameras will be allowed. There will be a mult-box feed (audio & video) provided outside the Cathedral. Television/radio crews will need a BNC connector and recording deck.

Contact
John L. Cox
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Honors Top 2% Of Senior Class For Their Outstanding Academic Excellence 25th Annual Archdiocesan Academic Honors Convocation

May 19, 2004

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA HONORS TOP 2% OF SENIOR CLASS FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
25th ANNUAL ARCHDIOCESAN ACADEMIC HONORS CONVOCATION


On Tuesday evening, May 18, 2004, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, was the celebrant and homilist at a special liturgy held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia honoring high school seniors for their outstanding academic excellence.

The 128 students honored ranked in the top 2% of the Senior Class according to the cumulative rank at the end of the first semester of senior year. The scholars represent Archdiocesan and private Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese.

This year, a Convocation Medal was cast in recognition of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Archdiocesan Academic Honors Convocation. The medal features Saint John Neumann, fourth bishop of Philadelphia and founder of the parochial school system in the United States. He is the patron of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Around the medal is the inscription "Archdiocese of Philadelphia Academic Scholar." Each of the students honored received a medal.

Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, President of Immaculata University, was the guest speaker and the music was provided by the Archdiocesan All Catholic Chorus.

2004 ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA ACADEMIC SCHOLARS


Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

Anna J. Morys
Elizabeth S. Brooks

Archbishop Carroll High School
Lynsey C. Weston
Sean P. McNabb
Matthew J. Lisowski
Christine A. Friedrich
Edward W. Brouwers

Archbishop Prendergast High School for Girls
Tracy M. Gentile
Alicia M. Hawkins
Jaclyn F. Keammerer
Megan M. Quigley
Megan M. Sweeney

Archbishop Ryan High School
Elizabeth L. Rosenberg
Katie S. Galeone
Maureen P. Long
Michael Timothy Ham
Nicole Marie Evanitsky
Jennifer Lynn Evanitsky
Dennis Michael Fay
Emily Marie Mikus
Alissa Marie Niblock
Kristen Marie Hoffman
Jason L. Vala
Thomas J. Werner

Archbishop Wood High School
Kevin L. Rakszawski
Lauren Gorlaski
Steven M. Kellner
Keith D. O'Brien
Michelle Racine
Michael T. Rakszawski

Bishop McDevitt High School
Kevin M. Brown
Michael Messina
Adela M. DiCamillo
Christopher W. Mohl

Bishop Shanahan High School
Laura Yayac
Stephanie Haag
Catherine Kurtz
Jenna Mullin
Lauren Reichardt
Benjamin Burner

Cardinal Dougherty High School
Christopher Falcone
Noeleen Urmson
Jelena Drazenovic
Julianna Gwiszcz
Mary Nguyen
Natalie Hoffman

Cardinal O'Hara High School
Joseph David Lemmerman
Monica A. Savukinas
Ashley Scott
Christina Perri
John Joseph Coyle, III
Mary Rose Debevec
Anthony Paul Taglione
Mary Beth Vogel
Caitlin Mary Donegan
Caitlin Elizabeth McNally

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
Kimberly A. Kabernagel
Jessica C. Cherry
Colleen M. McKeown
Alison E. Moyer
Robert Danhardt

Devon Preparatory School
Haig S. Norian
Peter J. Mulligan

Father Judge High School for Boys
Henry W. Baranowski
Daniel A. Falcone
Stephen M. Wolf
Sean M. Balbirer
Michael R. Kozeniauskas
Stephen E. Ciabattoni

Gwynedd-Mercy Academy High School
Maureen E. McKeron
Candace M. Boyle

Holy Ghost Preparatory School
Stephen Thomas Brunner
Lawrence Joseph Dooling

John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School
Katherine M. Werner
Keriann Gordon
Jennifer A. Gibbons

Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School
Samantha Lynn McClatchy
Stephanie C. DiRosato
Carla M. Mscisz

Lansdale Catholic High School
Andrew J. Sweriduk
Mark D. Christoforetti
Marisa A. Coyne
Maureen E. Armstrong

LaSalle College High School
Andrew J. Degnan
Kevin Francis Maggitti

Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls
Lauren Nicole Welte
Danielle C. McAdams
Jamie L. MacAllister

Mercy Vocational High School
Migdalia Gonzalez
Nicole M. Eggear

Merion Mercy Academy
Carol A. Cipriani
Caitlin A. McDevitt

Monsignor Bonner High School for Boys
Griffin Oleynick
William Martella
Rich Bochanski
Robert DeFino

Nazareth Academy High School
Meghan M. Daly
Kirsten Ramsay


Northeast Catholic High School for Boys
Nicholas J. Fiolo, III
Junshi Lu
Brian W. Galson

Roman Catholic High School for Boys
Joseph G. Gohn
Leonard DeMalto
Paul Martin Flanigan
Deron R. Wirt

St. Basil Academy
Karin A. Kovacik
Catherine R. Pace

St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls
Donna Marie Gambale
Patricia Ksenia Leskiw
Gina Marie McShea
Kerri Ann Schulz
April Mary Donahue
Daniela Galdi

St. John Neumann High School for Boys
Patrick Fitzmaurice
Victor Arrigo
John Wilsman

St. Maria Goretti High School for Girls
Danielle A. DiBruno
Erica J. Minutella
Christina M. Perilli

St. Pius X High School
Julia M. Leusner
Genevieve E. Faust

Villa Joseph Marie High School for Girls
Joyce Marie Gallagher
Elizabeth Kuhn

Villa Maria Academy High School
Kristen A. Sproat
Tanya E. Keenan

West Philadelphia Catholic High School
Katharine R. Moytka
Candace Y. Ramsey
Lucy L. Patron

Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

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

May 20, 2004

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

The Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Awards, an initiative developed and funded by the Connelly Foundation, were presented on May 17th at Archbishop Ryan High School and on May 19th at West Philadelphia Catholic High School, both in Philadelphia. This year, 138 eighth-grade students received the award.

The Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Awards are presented each year to eighth grade students who strive to achieve their fullest academic potential. Each recipient receives a yearly $1,125 tuition credit for each of the four years the student attends an Archdiocesan or Mercy Vocational High School. 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.


2004 JOSEPHINE C. CONNELLY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

St. Barnabas
Katilyn McKeefery
Jessica S. Roller

St. Cyprian
Ukachukwu Ekwerike
Khalis Griffin

Ss. Clement-Irenaeus
Georgia Karmee

St. Donato
Robert Francis Meiers

St. Francis de Sales
Sara Ghebremariam
Ali Sabree

St. Ignatius of Loyola
Brandi Rudd

Our Lady of Lourdes
Samantha Albany

Our Lady of the Rosary
Kristin Grannum

Our Lady of Victory
Jessica Davis

Our Mother of Sorrows
Blair Oliver

St. Rose of Lima
Von Eric Morgan, Jr.

St. Anne
William Dolan
Amanda Post

St. Boniface
Cierra Gomez

St. Francis Xavier
Allison Medvec

Holy Name of Jesus
Gabriella Bytheway

Holy Redeemer
Jennifer Liu

St. Laurentius
Theresa Doyle

St. Malachy
Natasha Wilson

St. Martin de Porres (Lehigh)
Asia Jones
Bryheim Murray

St. Mary Interparochial
Mialissa Parrilla

St. Peter the Apostle
Malika Brooks

Visitation BVM
Adriana Rivera

Annunciation BVM
Eden Arielle Mikalic

St. Casimir
Amber Senick

Epiphany of Our Lord
Gabriella Siligrini

Holy Spirit
Krista Anzur

St. Monica
Deanna D'Amore
Justine Eardley
Gabrielle Varano

St. Nicholas of Tolentine
Michael Arrigo
Domenic Russo

Our Lady of Angels
Maricelly Perez
Rian Ruczynski

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Victoria DeVos
Charles Stinsman

St. Richard
Joseph Bellettiere

Sacred Heart of Jesus
Gina Stankiewicz

Stella Maris
Julius D'Antonio

St. Thomas Aquinas
Jasmine Howard
Tia Wilkins
Cindy Radona

St. Athanasius-Immaculate Conception
Tabitha Myers

St. Benedict
Lakisha Dunn

St. Bridget
Theresa Maugle

Holy Family
Lorraine Gentner

Immaculate Heart of Mary
Moira C. Foley
Melina J. Whalen

St. John the Baptist (Manayunk)
Samantha Doroba
Kenneth Winterbottom

St. Josaphat (Manayunk)
Carol Lynn Hrobak

St. Lucy
Kathryn Costello

St. Martin de Porres (Logan Street)
Jaleesa Rozier

St. Mary of the Assumption
William Clark

Our Mother of Consolation
Leah Dean

St. Raymond
Precious Gabriel

St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Katresa Collins

St. Adalbert
Brittany Davis

All Saints
William Weber

St. Ambrose
Jesus Godoy

Ascension of Our Lord
Sarah Palmatory

St. George
Jessica Montagna

St. Helena
Ryan A. Hasara

Holy Innocents
Daniel P. Walker
Brian W. Ficco
Samantha Sanderson
Nancy G. Ward

St. Hugh of Cluny
Jeffrey Negron

Incarnation of Our Lord
Jessica Charles
Anthony Hinson

St. John Cantius
Matthew Perrault
Francesco Tieri

Mother of Divine Grace
Andrew Gibson

Nativity BVM
Matthew James Chybinski

Our Lady Help of Christians
James Camp

Our Lady of Hope
Brittany Andrews

St. Veronica
Alfredo Ramos

St. Anselm
Jaclin Marie Ferry
Kevin Joseph Myslinski
Steven B. Patton

St. Bartholomew
Thomas Kelly, Jr.
Robert Mullen


St. Bernard
Colleen Hardiman
Mary Anne Rochford

St. Cecilia
Deanna Davis
Christina DeSanto
Erin Kelleher
Matthew Preston

Christ the King
Kevin M. Gummel
Justin Simone

St. Christopher
Kristen clavin
Miranda Rusden
John Rymal

St. Dominic
Brittany Erin McDonald
Kathryn Tinney

St. Jerome
Brittany E. Barszczewski
Lauren Kelly
Gina Marie Rudich

St. Katherine of Siena
Kathleen Helm
Robert Mallard
Jared Swartz

St. Leo
Shannon Glennon

St. Martha
Andrea Mary Lee
James J. Leitner, III
Lauren Streff

St. Martin of Tours
Paolo Martinez
Sean McMahon
Janique Rodriguez
Denise Stypulkwoski

Maternity BVM
Brittany Beck
Nicholas J. Hughs
Kerry A. McStravick
Maria Mozier

St. Matthew
Laura Brzyski
Jaclyn Gremmel
Michael Prendergast
Francis Ryan
Amanda Votel

Our Lady of Calvary
Lauren Coppola
Noreen Suchodolski
Victoria Sykes
John Vizza

Our Lady of Consolation
Richard Donatelli

Our Lady of Ransom
Jaclyn McGill
Jesse Pachell

Resurrection of Our Lord
Daniel Capra
Nicole Cosenza
Brittany Stanger

St. Timothy
Brittany Fuhrmeister
Chelsea Kerrigan
Francesco Sifoni
Brittany Muszynski

St. William
Tyler Ferrau
Joseph Haas

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Contact
Marie Kelly
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Archdiocesan High Schools Graduate 5,409 Seniors

May 28, 2004

ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOLS
GRADUATE 5,409 SENIORS

The twenty-two high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are proud to be graduating 5,409 young men and women in the Class of 2004. Below is a list of a few of the graduation ceremonies:

Tuesday, June 1, 2004
Archbishop Ryan High School Graduation and Mass - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien, Superintendent of Schools Students: 633

Archbishop Wood High School Graduation - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Dr. Richard V. McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education Students: 292

Wednesday, June 2, 2004
Father Judge High School for Boys Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Presiding: Dr. David Magee, Director, Office of Educational Financial Services Students: 301

Cardinal O'Hara High School Graduation - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor John E. Breslin, Vicar for Delware County Students: 491

Thursday, June 3, 2004
St. Maria Goretti High School for Girls Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor John T. Conway, Vicar for Philadelphia South Students: 172

Northeast Catholic High School for Boys Graduation - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Family College, Grant and Frankford Avenues, Philadelphia
Presiding: Dr. Richard V. McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education Students: 167

Friday, June 4, 2004
Cardinal Dougherty High School Graduation - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Cardinal Dougherty Auditorium, 2nd St. and Godfrey Avenue, Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend Martin Cioppi, Deputy Secretary for Catechetical Formation Students: 278

Little Flower High School for Girls Graduation -2 p.m.
Location: Holy Family College, Grant and Frankford Avenues, Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Francis W. Beach, Vicar for Philadelphia North Students: 170

Saturday, June 5, 2004
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: 131


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10th Anniversary Celebration Of The Catholic Institute For Evangelization Serving The Philadelphia Hispanic Catholic Community

June 1, 2004

10th Anniversary Celebration of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization
Serving the Philadelphia Hispanic Catholic Community

The Catholic Institute for Evangelization, established in 1993 to provide religious formation, spiritual growth and human development among the Hispanic people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on

June 5, 2004
11:00 a.m. Mass
Saint William Church
6200 Rising Sun Avenue
Philadelphia


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia,
will be celebrant and Reverend Monsignor Nelson Perez, pastor of Saint William Church and founding director of the Institute, will be the homilist. Also attending the celebration will be Reverend Monsignor Francis Beach, Vicar for Philadelphia-North Vicariate, and several priests who serve the Hispanic Community. The "Voices of Hope" choir, teenagers from the Institute's Music Education Program, and the Archdiocesan Hispanic Choir will provide the music for the liturgy.

During the Mass, after Communion, thirty-four men and women will be awarded certificates from the Faith Formation Program of the Institute and Monsignor Perez will be presented with a gift in gratitude for his years of service.

A brief history of the Institute:
The Catholic Institute for Evangelization, located at 4404 North Fifth Street, Philadelphia, was established by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, former Archbishop of Philadelphia, in 1993. The establishment of the Institute was made possible through the efforts of many men and women who realized that religious formation for adults was an imperative need among the Hispanic people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The founding staff included Rev. Msgr. Nelson J. Perez, Director; Caleb Rodríguez, Assistant Director; Isabel Gonzalez, Program Coordinator; and Maria T. Torres, Secretary.

In the beginning, the Institute concentrated its work on eleven Hispanic parishes in the Philadelphia-North Vicariate. It initiated a holistic formation program that involved spiritual growth and human development courses as well as ministerial workshops. Today programs and services have been expanded throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding suburban counties as the Hispanic presence grows more visible and numerous. Yearly, some 1250 individuals of all ages participate in the thirty programs offered at the Institute or at its satellite locations. 415 people have graduated from the Faith Formation Program.

The most recent programs initiated in the year 2000 are: the Young Adult Evangelization Program and the Music Education Program for Children. These new programs are in addition to those of: Christian Formation, Ministerial and Liturgical Formation for the Laity, and Pre-Cana Ministry. With much enthusiasm, the staff at the Institute continues the mission for which it was founded ten years ago, "to form and educate in the faith the Philadelphia Catholic Hispanic community so they can be able to develop their God-given gifts in order to participate in the mission of Jesus: The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God here and now."

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Statement Regarding Indictment Of Reverend Matthew J. Kornacki From Catherine L. Rossi Director Of Communications

May 27, 2004

STATEMENT REGARDING INDICTMENT OF
REVEREND MATTHEW J. KORNACKI
from
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications

We understand that the U. S. Attorney's Office has indicted Reverend Matthew J. Kornacki, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on a charge of possession of child pornography.

In July of 2003, the Office for Clergy was informed of allegations that Father Kornacki possessed child pornographic material. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia immediately removed Father Kornacki from active ministry. At no time did the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have any indication that Father Kornacki may have been involved with materials of this nature.

The Archdiocese has cooperated fully with authorities regarding this matter. These charges are serious and disturbing. We offer prayers for Father Kornacki and for any child who has been used in this way. The Archdiocese has in place comprehensive programs and policies to prevent abuse and pledges to do as much as humanly possible to protect children.

Father Kornacki was ordained a priest in 1973 and most recently served in the Department of Continuing Formation.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Evaluate St. John Neumann High School Site For Senior Housing

June 7, 2004

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO EVALUATE
ST. JOHN NEUMANN HIGH SCHOOL SITE FOR SENIOR HOUSING

During the weekend of June 5-6, 2004 the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will conduct a survey of South Philadelphia residents regarding the potential reuse of the Saint John Neumann High School site for housing for older adults. The survey is being distributed primarily through canvassing of all households within a target area surrounding the Saint John Neumann High School site, bounded by Tasker Street to the north, Snyder Avenue to the south, 25th Street to the east and 30th Street to the west. The survey is also being distributed through Masses at Catholic parishes in the area.

Saint John Neumann High School, currently located at 26th and Moore Streets, will consolidate with Saint Maria Goretti High School following the 2003-2004 academic year in order to form a single, new school, named Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School. This consolidation, unanimously recommended by a Strategic Planning Team and Ad Hoc Committee, will ensure that a quality, Catholic education remains a viable presence in South Philadelphia. The consolidated school will be located at the current site of Saint Maria Goretti High School. Summer activities traditionally held at the Saint John Neumann High School site will continue through summer 2004, and students will continue to use the athletic facilities through the 2004-2005 academic year. The potential reuse of the Saint John Neumann High School site for housing for older adults would seek to maintain its athletic fields for use by students of the consolidated school.

A decree of the "Tenth Synod of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia"calls for the archdiocese to explore the conversion of archdiocesan facilities into affordable housing for older adults and for persons requiring special assistance to meet daily living needs. This exploration is consistent with the hopes of the Archdiocese and many area residents that an Archdiocesan presence be maintained at the Saint John Neumann High School site. (The Synod was an assembly of selected priests, religious and lay people who met during the Fall of 2002 to examine the many components and missions of the local Catholic Church and offer recommendations to the Archbishop.)

Housing for older adults would include supportive independent living and/or assisted living for persons aged 62 years and older. (This would not include a nursing facility, given the current moratorium imposed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on licensing of additional nursing facility beds.) Any development of this type would necessarily include funding from government and other sources, and be available to the general public. No other long-term reuse of this site will be pursued while it is being considered for housing for older adults.

Following completion of the community survey process and all pertinent studies, the Secretary for Catholic Human Services will offer a recommendation regarding reuse of the site to the Archdiocesan Office of the Vicar for Administration. Ultimately, the Archbishop must approve of any recommendation regarding future use of the Saint John Neumann High School site.

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Statement Regarding Death Of Former President Ronald Reagan From Cardinal Justin Rigali Archbishop Of Philadelphia

June 7, 2004

STATEMENT REGARDING
DEATH OF FORMER PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN
from
Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia

My service to the Holy See during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan brought me into contact with him. I share with millions of people in the United States great respect for him and for the many upright goals he pursued in the service of our nation and the world. I recall his personal esteem for Pope John Paul II and his great admiration for the activity of the Holy See in the cause of justice and peace. I offer my prayerful condolences to his family and ask the Lord to grant him the peace and joy of eternal life in heaven.

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Cardinal Justin Rigali Announces Appointment Of Two New Auxiliary Bishops For The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

June 8, 2004

CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF
TWO NEW AUXILIARY BISHOPS FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

At his first news conference since becoming Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Justin Rigali announced today that Pope John Paul II appointed Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Cistone, Vicar for Administration of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. McFadden, pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown, as Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Cardinal Rigali said, "The varied pastoral and administrative experiences of Bishop-elect Cistone and Bishop-elect McFadden will assist them greatly as they assume the duties of the episcopal ministry. However, more importantly, both have a deep love for God and the people they serve. They are faithful to their priestly vocation and devoted to the preaching of the Gospel and the sacramental ministry of the Church. They are loyal to the Church and both are generous in serving the community."

At the news conference, Bishop-elect Cistone told reporters, "My years in the Office of the Vicar for Administration, 6 of which I have been Vicar, have afforded me a unique opportunity to appreciate the breadth and depth of this wonderful Archdiocese. I have seen first hand the tremendous contribution of the Archdiocese in so many areas of faith and life, not only to Catholics but to people of all faiths, especially those most in need. In that regard, I am aware of the tremendous responsibilities which the Archbishop of Philadelphia bears daily. So, in accepting this appointment as an auxiliary bishop, I can foresee the responsibilities which I will be asked to assume as I assist Cardinal Rigali."

Bishop-elect McFadden said, "I look forward to serving the faith-filled people of the Church in Philadelphia as an Auxiliary Bishop. I pray that my ministry will be a support to them as we journey together toward a deeper love and knowledge of God our Father and of His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ in union with the Holy Spirit who sanctifies and makes us God's people. I ask God to help me in my work as I take Mary as my model and Jesus as the Center of my life."

Joseph R. Cistone was born in Philadelphia on May 18, 1949 to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. Cistone, Sr. He has two brothers, Daniel and Anthony, and was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Philadelphia. He attended Our Lady of Consolation Parish Elementary School and is a 1967 graduate of Father Judge High School. He entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1975. Father Cistone served as parochial vicar in the following parishes: Epiphany of Our Lord, Philadelphia, Saint Jerome, Philadelphia, Saint Jude, Chalfont, Saint Francis of Assisi, Norristown, Saint Bernard, Philadelphia. He served as Dean of Formation for the Theology Division, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was appointed Vicar for Administration of the Archdiocese in February 1998 and named an Honorary Prelate (Monsignor) by Pope John Paul II in April1998.

Bishop-elect McFadden was born in Philadelphia on May 22, 1947, the son of Thomas and Ellen McFadden. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Elementary School and is a 1965 graduate of St. Thomas More High School for Boys. He graduated in 1969 from Saint Joseph University. He entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1976 and was ordained in 1981. He served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Laurence Church in Highland Park, PA and in 1982 was appointed Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Krol and held that position from 1982 to 1993. He was named an Honorary Prelate (Monsignor) in May 1991. In 1993, Monsignor McFadden was named the first President of Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, PA. In 2001, he was appointed Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown, PA.

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Statement Regarding Lawsuit Involving Former Principal Of Archbishop Ryan High School

June 16, 2004

STATEMENT REGARDING LAWSUIT INVOLVING
FORMER PRINCIPAL OF ARCHBISHOP RYAN HIGH SCHOOL

The Archdiocese has learned that a civil lawsuit was filed June 16, 2004 in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas against the Franciscan Friars Assumption BVM Province, Incorporated, Reverend Thomas Luczak, OFM, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Ryan High School, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

The lawsuit involves the former President of Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia, Reverend Charles Newman, OFM, a religious order priest (Franciscan) who served as Principal from 1993 until 2002 and President of Archbishop Ryan from 2002 until November 2003. On November 20, 2003, Father Newman relinquished his position as President. At that time, the Archdiocese made public that it had found financial irregularities at the high school and was investigating the matter.

Early in the course of the financial investigation, the Archdiocese learned of possible misconduct/allegations of abuse and misappropriation of funds involving Father Newman and acted decisively and swiftly to report its findings to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. It is our understanding that this was the first indication made to law enforcement concerning these alleged acts. The Archdiocese has stood ready to cooperate with law enforcement authorities in any investigation on their part. When Father Newman relinquished his position, he returned to his religious community (the Franciscans).

In late April 2004, independent outside auditors completed their review of the finances at Archbishop Ryan High School and forwarded their findings to the Archdiocese. The findings are now under internal review. We are not in a position to disclose the findings at this time as they have not yet been shared with the Franciscans. In the early stages of the audit, the Franciscans expressed to the Archdiocese their intention to reimburse Archbishop Ryan High School for any possible loss resulting from any misappropriation of funds.

We understand that as part of the lawsuit, the plaintiff, Mr. Arthur Baselice, III alleges that Reverend Thomas Lucsak, O.F.M. improperly attempted to obtain from him a release of claims on behalf of all defendants in exchange for a payment of $50,000.00. The Archdiocese wishes to make it known that, if this occurred, Reverend Lucsak was not acting with the prior knowledge or approval of the Archdiocese.


In reporting these incidents to law enforcement as quickly as was done gives evidence of the Archdiocese's and Cardinal Rigali's resolve in these matters and the fact that the current Archdiocesan procedures do work. We know that this lawsuit will be a cause for concern among current Archbishop Ryan High School staff, students and others. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia expresses its reassurances that comprehensive policies and programs are in place to protect children and young people and to prevent abuse of any kind as much as humanly possible.

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Editor's Note: The communications person for the Franciscans, Jay Devine, can be reached 215- 568 - 2525.

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Casa Del Carmen Celebrates 50 Years Of Service To Philadelphia

July 22, 2004



Casa del Carmen Celebrates 50 Years of Service to Philadelphia

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Plans Prayer and Celebration for July 30


Casa del Carmen, an agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will celebrate 50 years of service to the community on

Friday, July 30, 2004
2 p.m. until 4 p.m
4400 North Reese Street
Philadelphia


The anniversary observance will begin with a bilingual prayer service led by the Rev. Joseph Tracy, Secretary for Catholic Human Services, followed by remarks from community leaders, a reception and musical performances.

Founded in 1954 by His Eminence John Cardinal O'Hara, Casa del Carmen is a family service center operated by Catholic Social Services. It was created to support the transitional needs of the growing Hispanic population, primarily from Puerto Rico, in the early 1950s. The agency has grown as the Hispanic community has grown, also serving the needs of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Of the approximately 183,000 Hispanics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, nearly 75 percent are Catholic.

The Reese Street address has been the Casa del Carmen location since 1989. Casa del Carmen provides direct services to more than 5,000 people each year, including assistance with short-term emergency needs, translation services and language instruction, referral and access to social services, pre- and post-natal care and education, counseling, services to senior citizens, and health and daycare services for children.

W. Giovanni Morante serves as administrator for Casa del Carmen.

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Note: W. Giovanni Morante can be reached at 215/329-5660 for additional information about the events of July 30 or Casa del Carmen.

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Bishops-elect Cistone And Mc Fadden To Be Ordained

July 23, 2004

BISHOPS-ELECT CISTONE AND MC FADDEN
TO BE ORDAINED

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will ordain Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Cistone and Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. McFadden as auxiliary bishops in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The ordination will take place on

Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Procession 2:00 p.m.
Ordination Mass 2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Cardinal Rigali announced the papal appointments of Bishops-elect Cistone and McFadden at a news conference on June 8, 2004. Bishop-elect Cistone is Vicar for Administration for the Archdiocese, a post he will continue to hold. Bishop-elect McFadden was pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown, PA and will assume duties of the episcopal ministry.

Joseph R. Cistone was born in Philadelphia on May 18, 1949, to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. Cistone, Sr. He has two brothers, Daniel and Anthony, and was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Philadelphia. He attended Our Lady of Consolation Parish Elementary School and is a 1967 graduate of Father Judge High School. He entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1975. Father Cistone served as parochial vicar in the following parishes: Epiphany of Our Lord, Philadelphia; Saint Jerome, Philadelphia; Saint Jude, Chalfont; Saint Francis of Assisi, Norristown; Saint Bernard, Philadelphia. He served as Dean of Formation for the Theology Division, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was appointed Vicar for Administration of the Archdiocese in February 1998 and named an Honorary Prelate (Monsignor) by Pope John Paul II in April1998.

Bishop-elect McFadden was born in Philadelphia on May 22, 1947, the son of Thomas and Ellen McFadden. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Elementary School and is a 1965 graduate of St. Thomas More High School for Boys. He graduated in 1969 from Saint Joseph University. He entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1976 and was ordained in 1981. He served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Laurence Church in Highland Park, PA and in 1982 was appointed Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Krol and held that position from 1982 to 1993. He was named an Honorary Prelate (Monsignor) in May 1991. In 1993, Monsignor McFadden was named the first President of Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, PA. In 2001, he was appointed Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown, PA.

Editor's Note: Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck. Parking space is extremely limited. If you are planning coverage, kindly contact the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral but are asked to remain in areas reserved for the media.

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One Millionth Meal Served

August 6, 2004

ONE MILLIONTH MEAL SERVED

An Olympic theme marks the million meal milestone for the Summer Food Service Program of Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals and lessons about healthy eating to thousands of children. This is the seventh year in a row that the Summer Food Service Program will reach the one million meal mark.

The one millionth meal of 2004 will be served at Venice Ashby, a program operated by the Bucks County Housing Authority in Bristol. Olympic flags and medals are part of the fun for all of the children. The child who receives the one millionth meal will get a book bag filled with prizes.


Wednesday, August 11, 2004
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Venice Ashby
Bucks County Housing Authority
5401 Beaver Dam Road
Bristol, Bucks County

The Summer Food Service Program serves children of all denominations; approximately 90% of whom are non-Catholic. 50-60 children attend Venice Ashby each day. It is one of approximately 500 sites throughout the Philadelphia area served by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Summer Food Service Program. Other sites include camps, bible schools and enrichment programs.

The children 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 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 Health Care Services Agrees To Acquire Methodist Hospital Nursing Center

August 19, 2004

CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE SERVICES AGREES TO ACQUIRE
METHODIST HOSPITAL NURSING CENTER

PHILADELPHIA, August 19 - In fulfillment of a decades-long dream of providing long-term care for the frail elderly in South Philadelphia, the Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia today announced that, pending certain conditions such as regulatory approvals, it will be acquiring the assets of the Methodist Hospital Nursing Center from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. The facility, located at 2509 South 4th Street, will be renamed St. Monica Manor.

Once the final regulatory approvals are in place, CHCS hopes to assume ownership of the facility by the end of August. Catholic Health Care Services, which also operates nine other facilities in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, plans to improve the programs and services to make the environment more pleasant for residents and staff. The facility is licensed for 180 beds.

"This is a long-awaited opportunity to offer faith-based, compassionate care to the frail elderly of South Philadelphia," said Reverend Joseph A. Tracy, Secretary of Catholic Human Services for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He added, "As we move forward, we want to assure staff, residents and community that we are doing everything we can to ensure a smooth transition, addressing the concerns of all who are impacted by the ownership change. Our first priority is to provide quality care to the residents."

CHCS plans to rename the facility St. Monica Manor to honor the memory of two people connected with St. Monica Parish who made this acquisition possible. The bequests of Monsignor Aloysius F. Farrell, a former St. Monica Parish pastor, and his aunt, Mary Townsend, created the Farrell-Townsend trust, constituted with the intention to establish a Catholic nursing home in South Philadelphia. CHCS welcomed the opportunity acquire the Methodist Hospital Nursing Center after a long period of frustrating attempts to find a suitable location for a Catholic facilities

"St. Monica Manor will be a testament to the Archdiocese's commitment to serving the needs of the faithful of South Philadelphia. As the community's needs change over time, the Church continues to make adjustments to meet those needs," said Father Tracy.

He added, "The elderly represent a growing percentage of South Philadelphia's population, and a great majority of them are Catholic. We are gratified to know that Catholic Health Care Services will be able to provide long-term care in a setting that will help keep our elderly residents connected to their faith, their families and their South Philadelphia roots."

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Other nursing facilities owned, operated or managed by Catholic Health Care Services:
- Saint Mary Manor (Lansdale, PA)
- Immaculate Mary Home (Philadelphia, PA)
- Saint Francis Country House (Darby, PA)
- Saint John Neumann Nursing Home (Philadelphia, PA)
- Saint Martha Manor (Downingtown, PA)
- Villa Saint Martha (Downingtown, PA)
- Villa Saint Joseph (Darby, PA)
- Saint Katherine Drexel Residence (Philadelphia, PA)
- Saint John Vianney Center (Downingtown, PA)

Mission Statement of Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia:
The mission of Catholic Health Care Services is rooted in the mission of the Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Catholic Health Care Services is committed to excellence in the provision of care because we believe that all people, created in the image and likeness of God, possess an innate dignity and destiny. We believe that human life must be respected from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. We respond to the example of Jesus Christ in the gospels by serving those with health-related needs through the provision of physical, psycho-social and spiritual care. We are committed to the church's preferential option to serve the poor, and so we strive to serve those in need with compassion and through responsible stewardship.




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School Bells Are Ringing Once Again In The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

September 1, 2004

SCHOOL BELLS ARE RINGING ONCE AGAIN
IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

In 1782, school bells rang welcoming students to St. Mary's School, considered the first parochial school in the United States, at 5th and Locust Streets in Philadelphia. More than 200 years later, students will return to parish elementary and Archdiocesan high schools in the five-county Archdiocese during the first week of September. The parish elementary schools open on Wednesday, September 8th. The Archdiocesan high schools have developed individual opening week schedules and students will follow a phase-in schedule on September 8th and 9th, with all students reporting on Friday, September 10th.


HATS OFF TO AWARD WINNERS!

Two native sons will receive the 2004 Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) during a dinner October 4th at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The Seton award is NCEA's highest honor, given in recognition of significant philanthropic or leadership contributions to Catholic education.

- Gerald J. Parsons of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Following his graduation from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in electrical engineering, Jerry Parsons joined his father and brother in founding Communications Test Design, Inc. The firm has grown steadily from an electronic depot repair company into an international telecommunications service provider with more than 2,400 employees in 30 locations worldwide. He serves as a member of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Board of Education, where he is chairman of the development committee. In 2003, he played an instrumental role in the development and launch of the Sponsor A Student Program, an archdiocese's tuition assistance program. He has served as president of the Bishop Shanahan High School advisory board, where his leadership was a key factor in building a new 1,600-student Catholic High School in Chester County, PA. He serves as co-chair of the building committee for the new Catholic education center and parish school for St. Elizabeth Catholic Parish in Upper Uwchlan Township.

- Most Reverend Francis B. Schulte, New Orleans, Louisiana
From his early days as an elementary schoolboy through Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia, PA, Archbishop Francis B. Schulte's life has been centered on Catholic education. Ordained in 1952 as a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, his early assignments were as a teacher at Roman Catholic High School and Reading Central Catholic. He served for 20 years as Associate Superintendent and later as Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Philadelphia. He was ordained a Bishop in 1981. Archbishop Schulte has the distinction of being the first Catholic priest to serve as chairman of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1985, he was named Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, W.VA, and in 1989 he was installed as Archbishop of New Orleans. He served as Archbishop from 1989 until his retirement in 2002.


WHAT'S NEW IN THE ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOLS

Opening Day Event for Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School (Two single sex high schools in South Philadelphia merged in June 2004)
On Wednesday, September 8th at 8:30 a.m.
A spectacular South Philadelphia Event is planned! The school President, Principal, Student Leaders and dignitaries from the Office for Catholic Education will meet on the grounds of the former Saint John Neumann High School (26th and Moore Streets) for a prayer service at 9:00 a.m. Following the prayer service, a Fairmount Park Trolley will take the group to 10th and Morris Streets where they will be met by members of Quaker City String Band. The Band will lead the group into the new high school auditorium (10th and Moore Streets). Ceremonies include surrendering the two former school flags and enshrining the new school flag, and merging two lit torches into one (signifying the merging of the two schools). After the ceremonies are finished (approximately 10:30 a.m.), a Pep Rally will be held and refreshments will be served.

Cardinal Dougherty High School Welcomes Class of 2008 with Prayer, Pageantry and Participation!
On Wednesday, September 8th at 8:00 a.m.

All Freshman students will attend an Opening Prayer Service in the courtyard in front of the school The Prayer Service begins with a procession of flags from 38 countries who make up the Dougherty community. All the Freshmen will then participate in a three-day orientation into the life at Cardinal Dougherty High School. They will learn new concepts and programs of high school life such as Intensive Scheduling, the Medical Careers Health Academy, the Catholic School Teachers Academy, the Communications and Technology Academy, and the Criminal Justice and Law Academy.
On Tuesday, September 14th, at 1:00 p.m., Coach Herman Boone, T. C. Williams High School football coach whose life, determination, and team building skills were featured in the full-length feature film "Remember the Titans," will inspire audiences with a presentation on respect, teamwork, community involvement and the importance of character.

Archbishop Wood High School in Bucks County
Thursday, September 2nd - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Freshman Welcome Picnic
Friday, September 24th - 8:00 a.m. - Opening School Liturgy (scholarships presented and student council installation)

WHAT'S NEW IN PARISH ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

In Southwest Philadelphia, a new area Catholic school, Mary Mother of Peace, located at 64th and Buist Avenue, will serve the children of St. Barnabas, Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as the children in the new Divine Mercy Parish. (Divine Mercy Parish, located at 67th Street and Chester Avenue, was formed from the merger of St. Clement, Good Shepherd and St. Irenaeus Parishes in July, 2004). Sister Janet Walters, IHM, is the new principal.

New elementary school administrators
In Bucks County, there are new principals for Saint Ignatius and Saint Joseph-Saint Robert schools. Assumption BVM, Saint Basil the Great and Saints Simon and Jude welcome new principals in Chester County. New principals in the following Delaware County schools: Ss. Colman-John Neumann, St. Cornelius, St. Laurence and St. Pius X. Saint Anastasia welcomes a new vice-principal. Schools in Montgomery County welcoming new principals are: Sacred Heart, St. Eleanor, Holy Trinity, Our Lady Help of Christians, Queen of Peace and St. Rose of Lima. Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, welcomes a new vice-principal. Schools in Philadelphia with new principals are: St. Bartholomew, St. Dominic, Incarnation, St. Martin of Tours, St. Mary of the Assumption and Our Lady of Confidence. St. Cecilia and St. Martin of Tours also have a new vice-principals .

THINGS OF INTEREST THROUGHOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE


In Delaware County: Ms. Eileen Kearney, a teacher at St. Francis of Assisi School in Springfield, Delaware County, will be presented the Susan Lucas Award for outstanding teaching by the Delaware County Historical Society at a luncheon at the Springhaven Country Club on September 15.


In Montgomery County: "The Scanner Patrol" - In June of 2004, Ryan McDevitt of Visitation BVM School in Trooper, PA, Alyse Ameer and Jodie Leyfert of St. Aloysius School, Pottstown, PA, and Alexa Tietjen of Wyndcroft School won top prize of $25,000 in the Christopher Columbus Foundation Competition held in Disney World. The team proposed an invention - an allergy scanner - which would instantly allow persons with food allergies to accurately detect the allergen they are allergic to in products. The $25,000 grant was vested in the Siemens Company and The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American to develop this product. St. Catherine of Siena in Horsham, opens a new Pre-K program for children 4 years of age. The program is held three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

In Chester County: St. Monica School in Berwyn is opening its new playground on Tuesday, September 7 at 12 noon. Father William Trader, pastor, will bless the playground and a picnic lunch will be served to the students.

In Bucks County: St. Andrew School in Newtown is starting a Bagpipe Band! (very appropriate since St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland!) The bagpipe instructor will be at the school on September 8th, to play the bagpipes as the students enter the school for the first time this academic year. Holy Trinity School in Morrisville will celebrate a Mass for the New School Year at 9:00 a.m. on September 8th. At 7:00 p.m. the school will host a New Parent Tea, welcoming parents of new students.

In Philadelphia: St. Bernard School in Mayfair is hosting a First Day Celebration to be held on Friday, September 10. Parents are invited to accompany their children to school, attend opening school Mass at 8:30 a.m. and a breakfast social held in the school gym. St. Timothy School, also in Mayfair, is celebrating 75 years of Catholic Education and are planning a new Enrichment Program for the students. St. Veronica Parish and School in North Philadelphia is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. A Mass of Thanksgiving will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 5:00 p.m. to honor the Sisters for 100 years of faithful service to the parish.


Statistics

Elementary Schools: 202 parish elementary schools (80 in Philadelphia, 122 in suburban counties)
Elementary school enrollment for the 2003-2004 school year: 72,752
Archdiocesan High Schools: 21 (10 in Philadelphia, 11 in suburban counties)
Archdiocesan High School Enrollment for the 2003-2004 school year: 22,726

(Enrollment figures for the 2004-2005 school year will not be available until November 2004)

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Survey Results Favor Senior Housing At Former St. John Neumann High School Site Next Step: Community Meetings

August 26, 2004

SURVEY RESULTS FAVOR SENIOR HOUSING AT FORMER
ST. JOHN NEUMANN HIGH SCHOOL SITE
Next step: community meetings

The Office for Community Development, part of the Secretariat for Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has completed a community survey that shows very strong support for transforming the former St. John Neumann High School site, located at 26th and Moore streets, into housing for older adults.

Eighty-nine percent of the residents of the immediate area (25th to 30th streets and Tasker Street to Snyder Avenue) favored the proposed reuse of the site for housing for older adults. Surveys were also distributed to parishioners in the surrounding Catholic parishes of St. Monica, St. Richard and Holy Spirit. Eighty-six percent of all respondents in the combined areas indicated support for the concept, which includes supportive independent living and/or assisted living for ages 62 and up. Sixty-nine percent of the respondents indicated that this proposed reuse would benefit their own households.

"The Church is committed to serving this area of Philadelphia with facilities that reach out to meet the needs of the community," commented John Wagner, Director of the Office for Community Development. "The pastors and parishioners thought there was a need for this kind of facility in the area, and we're gratified to see that the community as a whole agrees. Whatever we do, we want to do it right. In addition to holding community meetings, we will be doing a market analysis and assessing the financial feasibility."
Suzanne O'Grady, project developer for the Office for Community Development, noted that nearly 500 surveys were returned, more than enough for a statistically viable conclusion. The process to determine the future of the building originated from Norm 48 of the recently completed Tenth Synod for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which decreed that "Catholic Human Services was to continue to explore the conversion of archdiocesan facilities into affordable housing for older adults and for persons requiring special assistance." (The Synod was an assembly of priests, religious and lay people who met during the fall of 2002 to examine the many components and missions of the local Catholic church and offer recommendations to the Archbishop.) The pastors and parishioners in the area had also requested that the Archdiocese consider creating housing and services for older adults.

Beginning with the 2004-2005 school year, the students from the former St. John Neumann High School will consolidate with the girls at St. Maria Goretti High School at 10th and Moore streets. The combined school will be known as Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School. Whatever the future use of the former St. John Neumann site, the combined high school will retain use of the athletic fields for sports and activities.

The school was founded in 1934 as Southeast Catholic High School at 7th and Christian streets. The name was changed to Bishop Neumann High School in September 1955. Since 1956, the school has operated at 26th and Moore streets. The name was changed to reflect Bishop Neumann's canonization as a Saint of the Church in 1978.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Announces New Time For Weekly Television Mass Time Change Begins Labor Day Weekend

August 24, 2004

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Announces New Time for Weekly Television Mass
Time Change Begins Labor Day Weekend

The Office for Communications of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces that beginning September 5, 2004, the weekly Television Mass will have a new broadcast time of 5:30 a.m. each Sunday on WPVI-TV Channel 6. The Television Mass was previously broadcast at 6:30 a.m. The new time was necessitated by a change in the national programming schedule.

Channel 6 will rebroadcast the Mass on its local digital channel, DT-2, at 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each Sunday. Channel 56 of LaSalle University also rebroadcasts the Television Mass at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday.

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The Stewards' Alliance "back 2 School Bash" A Great After-work Night Out For All To Benefit Archdiocesan Special Education Schools

September 8, 2004

The Stewards' Alliance
"BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH"

A great after-work night out for all to benefit Archdiocesan Special Education Schools

PNC Bank is sponsoring The Stewards' Alliance "BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH" to benefit the Special Education Schools of the Archdiocese on

Thursday, September 16, 2004
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute
1923 Walnut Street
Philadelphia


The evening will provide some of the best culinary delights from Philadelphia's outstanding caterers and restaurants. Some of this year's featured vendors: The Bishop's Collar, Pat's Steaks, Bryan Street Pub, Festivities Catering, Inc., and Charles Jacquin et Cie. Live entertainment will be provided by Just Add Water. The auctions will offer some outstanding items, including airline tickets, a weekend for two at the Wyndham Hotel, dinners, sports memorabilia and more. Tickets are $35.

The Stewards' Alliance is a volunteer group that provides opportunities for young Philadelphians to commit time, talent and treasure for the benefit of Archdiocesan social service agencies and schools in need. This event is specifically dedicated to benefit students at the following special education schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: Archbishop Ryan School for Children with Hearing Impairment located in Norwood and Glenolden; Our Lady of Confidence Day School in St. David and Philadelphia; Queen of the Universe Day Center in Levittown; St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments in Upper Darby; and St. Katherine Day School in Wynnewood and Radnor. For more information call 215-587-3651.

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Cardinal Rigali To Bless The Multi-sensory Garden At Saint Edmond's Home For Children

September 10, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO BLESS THE MULTI-SENSORY GARDEN
AT SAINT EDMOND'S HOME FOR CHILDREN

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will bless The Multi-Sensory Garden at Saint Edmond's Home for Children in Rosemont, Delaware County. Saint Edmond's Home for Children is under the auspices of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Saint Edmond's serves approximately 40 children with special needs in a caring and supportive environment. The children, ages two to twenty-one, receive a broad spectrum of medical/nursing and therapeutic services that support a unique quality of life for each child.

The Multi-Sensory Garden is made possible through the efforts of The Women's Auxiliary of Saint Edmond's Home for Children. The garden is visually stimulating, filled with bright colors and lovely flowers that attract butterflies. The garden also stimulates other senses: special plants such as "elephant ears" for the sense of touch, wind chimes and "singing" rocks for the sense of hearing and plants with strong scents such as lavender for the sense of smell.

Cardinal Rigali will bless The Multi-Sensory Garden following remarks by Reverend Joseph A. Tracy, Secretary for Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Mrs. Denise Clofine, Administrator of Saint Edmond's Home for Children will offer a welcome. Mrs. Kathleen Kraus, President of the Women's Auxiliary of Saint Edmond's Home for Children will dedicate the garden in honor of Mrs. Julius (Betty) Sirmay who contributed the majority of the funds to The Women's Auxiliary for the garden.


Tuesday, September 14, 2004
3:00 p.m.
Saint Edmond's Home for Children
320 South Roberts Road
Rosemont, Delaware County


History
Saint Edmond's Home for Children was opened in 1916 by Archbishop Edmond Prendergast. In 1956, the original home at 44th Street and Haverford Avenue in Philadelphia was replaced by the larger facility in Rosemont. Today, committed lay staff, sensitive to the special needs of these children, carry on the caring tradition of Saint Edmond's Home for Children.
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Cardinal Rigali To Visit Newly-merged Saints John Neumann And Maria Goretti High School

September 14, 2004

Cardinal Rigali to Visit Newly-Merged
Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will visit and celebrate Mass at the newly-merged Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School on

Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Mass 8:45 a.m.
Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School Auditorium
10th and Moore Streets
Philadelphia, PA


The newly-merged coeducational Catholic high school opened this year with 1,214 students. The new school colors are black, white and gold and the new nickname is the "Saints." Following Mass, the Cardinal will great the students as they depart the auditorium. For more information, call 215-465-3779.


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Stewards Of Saint John Neumann Receive $10,000 Grant To Assist Innovative Music Program

September 17, 2004

STEWARDS OF SAINT JOHN NEUMANN RECEIVE $10,000 GRANT
TO ASSIST INNOVATIVE MUSIC PROGRAM

The Stewards of Saint John Neumann, a group of lay leaders in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, are pleased to announce that they received a $10,000 grant to assist the Music Education Program at The Catholic Institute for Evangelization in North Philadelphia. The grant, from The Leo Niessen, Jr. Charitable Foundation, will be used to purchase and maintain musical instruments and cover other operational costs for this unique program.

The Music Education Program

The Catholic Institute for Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is located in the heart of North Philadelphia (4404 North Fifth Street, Philadelphia) and focuses primarily on the Hispanic community. It helps children and adults learn more about their faith through pastoral programs. In 2000, the Institute launched the Music Education Program. The program opens up a brand new world for children and teenagers, mostly those at-risk due to a variety of social, financial and environmental disadvantages, who would never otherwise be exposed to music theory or learn to play an instrument. The program has an enrollment of over 100 students, 80 percent of whom are Hispanic. This program fills a void; there is no other program in this community to offer instruction on proper performance technique and education in music theory.

The Stewards of Saint John Neumann

The Stewards of Saint John Neumann are a group of more than 180 lay men and women who share their gifts of time, talent and treasure to advance programs that foster spiritual and social growth. The Stewards of Saint John Neumann serve the Archdiocese through their active participation in numerous institutions and programs including Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, the Board of Directors of Catholic Social Services, BLOCS (Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools) and the Catholic Charities Appeal.

The Leo Niessen, Jr. Charitable Foundation

The Leo Niessen, Jr. Charitable Foundation supports organizations working for young people as well as religious organizations that provide spiritual and emotional guidance to the humanities. The foundation also awards grants to organizations seeking to educate the less fortunate.

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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Annual Puerto Rican Mass

September 22, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE ANNUAL PUERTO RICAN MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the main celebrant and homilist at the annual Puerto Rican Festival Mass. The purpose of the Mass is to celebrate the faith, accomplishments and culture of the Puerto Rican people.

Thursday, September 23, 2004
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


This year marks 50 years of service of the Office for Hispanic Catholics of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which sponsors the Mass. In 1954, John Cardinal O'Hara, former Archbishop of Philadelphia appointed an auxiliary bishop as the first director of the Spanish-speaking apostolate. In the early years of the Office of Hispanic Catholics, the vast majority of Hispanics served were Puerto Rican. Today, the Archdiocese is the home of Hispanics from many other Latin American countries with varied cultures and traditions. The Mass celebrated by Cardinal Rigali will pay tribute to that diversity with representation from all Latin American countries.

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Cardinal Rigali To Bless Saint Vincent's Home - Tacony

September 23, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO BLESS SAINT VINCENT'S HOME - TACONY

Home Celebrates 150th Anniversary and Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Project


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside at a Blessing and Re-Dedication for Saint Vincent's Home in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. Saint Vincent's Home, a program of Catholic Social Services, is marking 150 years of caring for the most vulnerable children and just recently completed a $3 million capital renovation project to the two residential buildings and the office building.

Saint Vincent's was founded in 1855 as Saint Vincent's Orphan Asylum by the five German parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Saint Vincent's has sheltered and cared for Civil War orphans, orphans of German and Irish immigrants, World War I and II orphans and Cuban refugees and today cares for children of every race and religion referred through the Philadelphia Department of Human Services.

The Blessing and Re-Dedication will take place on the grounds of St. Vincent's and will be attended by approximately 200 people. Mr. Joseph Lavoritano, Administrator of Saint Vincent's, will offer remarks and Reverend Joseph A. Tracy, Secretary for Catholic Human Services, will offer acknowledgments.

During the ceremony, Cardinal Rigali will bless the various campus buildings.

Monday, September 27, 2004
12:00 p.m. Blessing Ceremony
Saint Vincent's Home ~ Tacony
7201 Milnor Street
Philadelphia

Saint Vincent's has always adapted to the changing needs of children in Philadelphia and since 1855 has cared for more than 10,000 children. Today Saint Vincent's provides:

-Emergency Shelter for 48 abandoned, abused and neglected children/early teens (the shelter focuses on keeping siblings together and admits children 24/7)
-maternity/mother/baby residential program: services and shelter for 24 adolescent mothers and infants
-day care at a reasonable rate for up to 60 children from the local Northeast Philadelphia community
-family preservation and reunification program

Renovation Project
Saint Vincent's Home began a Capital Campaign in September 2001 and met its $3 million goal through a combination of Catholic Social Services and St. Vincent's Home - Tacony funds; public funding including the Federal Home Loan Bank and the PA Housing Finance Agency; private foundations including the Connelly Foundation, the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust and many individual donors. The renovations improved virtually every aspect of the main building with an emphasis on safety and services to the children. In fact, St. Vincent's, the architect and the contractor sought input on the project from the children in residence and included several of their suggestions in the renovation plans.

Editor's Note: Crews are permittedto photograph children who attend the Blessing

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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass Honoring Men And Women Religious

September 24, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS HONORING
MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for 126 Religious Jubilarians on


Sunday, September 26, 2004
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

126 religious priests, sisters and brothers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will celebrate their Silver, Golden, or Diamond Anniversaries in 2004. There are 118 sisters, seven priests and one brother. This annual celebration is a sign of gratitude for the many years of service given to the Church by these dedicated men and women religious.

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Catholic High Schools Announce $30 Million Capital Campaign

October 7, 2004

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE $30 MILLION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Cardinal Justin Rigali announced the kick-off of a Capital Campaign entitled Catholic High Schools ~ Our Legacy of Faith at a dinner October 5, 2004 at the Wyndham Plaza Hotel in Philadelphia for approximately 500 supporters of Catholic secondary education, including alumni/alumnae, parents and friends.
During the next year, this capital campaign will raise funds for high schools to upgrade their facilities and programs and to provide students with additional tuition assistance. Each of the twenty-one schools has its own specific capital needs and is conducting its own donor solicitation. To date, the campaign has raised a total of $ 16.1 million and has an overall goal of $30 million.

Cardinal Rigali, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, stated the need for financial support for the proud tradition of Catholic education. "As we strive continually for academic excellence in our schools, we fervently uphold the tradition of education in the faith that is the center of a Catholic education,"Cardinal Rigali said. "A proud testament to our educational legacy is evidenced in the generations of Philadelphians who have contributed immeasurably to their communities and their families. They demonstrate their faith daily through their work and their lives. By focusing on some critical needs, this campaign brings renewed strength to this great legacy."


The twenty-one Archdiocesan high schools are located throughout Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties and serve approximately 22,000 students. This effort will be conducted locally across the system, allowing each school to plan, study and implement a campaign to fund their local needs. Because the campaign is rooted in each individual school, timing and progress are not parallel. Some schools have been campaigning for nearly a year while others are just getting underway or have not begun fund raising yet. All of the campaigns will conclude by the end of 2005.

Mr. Gerald J. Parsons, Chair of the Board of Education and President/CEO of Communications Test Design, Inc. (CDTI), headquartered in West Chester, PA, is serving as the Campaign Chair. Mr. Parsons said,"This campaign celebrates the gift of Catholic Education and will impact a generation of young people. The early success of Catholic High Schools ~ Our Legacy of Faith tells us that we have tremendous support in the community."

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Youthfest 2004 The Archdiocesan Celebration Of World Youth Day

October 12, 2004

YOUTHFEST 2004
The Archdiocesan Celebration of World Youth Day

Attention High School Teens!


Join 800 other teens for Youthfest 04, the Archdiocesan of Philadelphia celebration of World Youth Day , sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adults.

Saturday, October 23, 2004
12:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cardinal Dougherty High School
6301 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA


The day includes games, service activities, liturgy, music, dinner, dance and a t shirt! Registration begins at 12:30 pm, and the day ends at 9:00 pm. Cost is $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Registration info can be downloaded at www.oyya.org. For more information, call 215-965-4636.

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Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali On The Appointment Of Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades As Bishop Of The Diocese Of Harrisburg

October 14, 2004

STATEMENT OF CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
ON THE APPOINTMENT OF REVEREND KEVIN C. RHOADES
AS BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF HARRISBURG

I extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes to Reverend Kevin Rhoades on his appointment by Pope John Paul II as the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg. With this appointment, the Holy Father has placed confidence in Bishop-elect Rhoades' abilities as a shepherd and leader. I am certain that the faithful of Harrisburg will warmly welcome their new Bishop.

In his role as Rector of Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, Bishop-elect Rhoades clearly demonstrated his concern for future priests and reflected his understanding of the blessings and challenges of priestly life. I am confident that he will be a support to his brother priests in the Diocese of Harrisburg and will work diligently in promoting future vocations. He is a dedicated servant of Jesus Christ and will lead the Diocese of Harrisburg with compassion and strength.

Bishop-elect Rhoades began his priestly studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I know that the priests of Philadelphia, as well as the religious and faithful of the Archdiocese, join with me in offering heartfelt congratulations and assurance of prayers to him. May the coming years be a time of grace and blessings to Bishop-elect Rhoades and the Diocese of Harrisburg.

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The Archdiocesan Celebration Of World Youth Day Youthfest '04

October 20, 2004

The Archdiocesan Celebration of World Youth Day
Youthfest '04

The Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring Youthfest 2004, a spiritual and fun-filled gathering of high school students on

Saturday, October 23, 2004
1:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cardinal Dougherty High School
6301 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA


More than 800 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, games, liturgy, dinner and dancing.

Bishop Robert Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the 5:00 p.m. Youthfest Mass.

The agenda for the day is:

12:30 p.m. Registration
1:30 p.m Opening Ceremony/Welcome
2:00 p.m. Keynote by Rev. Kevin McGoldrick
2:30 p.m. Service Fair and Games
5:00 p.m. Mass
6:00 p.m. Dinner and dancing

For more information on the day's events contact 215-965-4636

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Catholic Schools In Manayunk Hold 'living Rosary' Prayer Service

October 20, 2004

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN MANAYUNK
HOLD 'LIVING ROSARY' PRAYER SERVICE

The five Catholic schools in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia will hold a 'Living Rosary' prayer service on

Friday, October 22, 2004
11:00 a.m.
Pretzel Park
Cresson and Rector Streets
Philadelphia


The five Catholic elementary schools in Manayunk are: Saint Lucy, Holy Family, Saint Josaphat, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Mary. Each school will represent one of the five decades of the Rosary (a decade is ten prayers). This community effort brings together the Catholic school children, teachers and parents in the Manayunk area to pray together and socialize.



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The Gravest Of All Issues

October 28, 2004

THE GRAVEST OF ALL ISSUES

The following statement appears in the October 28, 2004 issue
of The Catholic Standard & Times



Statement of Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia


Catholic participation in the political process


No one observing our nation's electoral process over the past several months could fail to notice the role of religion in politics. Some have sought to deny this role, citing a strict "separation of Church and State."

This phrase itself is a misinterpretation of the Constitution, which actually allows for free exercise of religion and prohibits establishment of a state religion. It does not preclude religious involvement in the civic arena. The issue nonetheless leads us to examine whether religious faith should play a role in the political process and to what extent the faith of citizens should bear upon their nation's public policy.

There is a necessary and integral relationship between beliefs and actions. Catholics believe we are all created by God in His likeness, that our sinful nature is redeemed by Christ and that, because we are oriented toward justice and peace as sons and daughters of God, we are led by the Holy Spirit to live these values.

If we believe these truths about ourselves then we are compelled to believe them of others. We have life, and because we revere our own life we want life to be lived in fullness by all. We wish to be free and gain respect for our rights as persons. We wish to be healthy and secure in our basic needs, and indeed, prosper.

As we seek these goods for ourselves we are compelled to seek them for others whom we also recognize as created, redeemed and sanctified persons. We do this by contributing to public policy, codified in the civil law of our society, that values all persons as we value ourselves. This is the Golden Rule: Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Catholics seek the common good

The Catholic Church is a community of believers who are also citizens of the United States of America. Catholics seek, as do many others, the common good based on our view of the person. The leaders of our community, the bishops, serve as teachers for the faithful. When a bishop speaks to the faithful it is to remind them of the truths of our faith as expressed in Sacred Scripture, in the tradition of the Christian faithful and in the official teachings in our 2,000-year history. We look to Jesus Christ and present his constant truths to the living Church, living in the ever-changing circumstances of the contemporary world.

The role of Catholics in politics, then, is to have a voice on policies that reflect the truths of the natural law. Being informed by our own faith perspective, we seek to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ as we seek in truth the common good for all citizens of our land.

We acknowledge threats and even attacks against the human person in a variety of ways which we are compelled to address. We seek an end to deadly attacks against the most defenseless, including children in the womb, and aged or infirm individuals. We seek security at home and peace abroad, mindful of the horrible consequences of violence and war. We endeavor to serve the needs of poor families and search for ways to ease their burden of poverty. We work to establish justice in a society free from the discrimination and vice that deaden the human spirit.

The role of one's conscience

In order to remedy these situations, the Church proclaims that Catholics have not only a right to vote but a duty to participate in the election process. The Church expends enormous effort to teach moral norms for the good of society. It also goes to great lengths to avoid endorsing specific candidates for public office or political parties, thus showing respect for the conscience of individual voters.

It is this conscience which, if it is well formed with the help of Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium, will help build a culture that serves the common good. Persons with a well-formed Christian conscience will want to work for a just society not only on election day but in the many circumstances of everyday life.

Since voting is the fundamental means of participation in the political process, Catholics are obliged to bring their conscience to bear on issues that affect society.

The Church encourages Catholics to learn its teachings on morality and the place of morality in society. These teachings will be helpful in evaluating the position on public policy that is taken by candidates for political office. Thus education in Church teachings and in candidates' public positions is a means by which Catholic citizens may best decide for whom they will vote.

On the issues

The Church identifies moral principles about which Catholics should be informed when exercising their right to vote. As Catholics, we hold in highest priority the right to life and our duty to defend innocent human life. This principle applies directly to the protection of unborn children as well as to the Church 's opposition to embryonic stem cell research, cloning, assisted suicide and euthanasia

On a different level, we also vigorously oppose the death penalty. Although it does not involve the taking of innocent human life, we consider it cruel and unnecessary for the defense of society, an affront to human dignity.

We oppose so-called "same-sex marriage" as we consistently uphold marriage as defined between a man and woman and as we promote family life as the stabilizing factor in society. We acknowledge the need to serve the poor and vulnerable, as we also work to promote the dignity of workers and the protection and well-being of children.

As Catholics, we also seek the way of peace by practicing global solidarity. Further, we acknowledge the importance of proper stewardship over creation by appropriate care for the environment.

All these issues should be considered by voters as they form their conscience. Since one votes not only for people but also for issues, one must consider the candidates' stands on these issues. Citizens of faith should learn about the candidates' specific proposals and, if possible, their past positions on all these matters. Catholic voters should note well when candidates assume positions in support or opposition to an issue with a moral component for which the Church has and must continue to take a stand.

Not all these issues are of equal gravity. Prudent judgments made by thoughtful Catholics can lead to different legitimate approaches to solving the problems of poverty, immigration, healthcare and acceptable military force. Some issues, however, because they lie at the foundation of society and address fundamental aspects of what it means to be human, must be considered first and foremost.

As Catholics we revere life and find the destruction of innocent human life abhorrent. Abortion is an act evil in itself because a fetus in the womb is a complete human being in the process of development. The person is innocent and defenseless from attack. Since abortion destroys this life, it is intrinsically evil. In a similar way embryonic stem cell research by its nature destroys a fertilized egg - an embryo - that would otherwise mature until birth. Regardless of putative benefits to medical science, the cost is the destruction of innocent human life.

Assisted suicide and euthanasia, also known as "mercy killing," violate the gift of life by destroying it instead of permitting it to pass through its natural course. Cloning also violates the natural order by attempting to create life by scientific means divorced from the natural process of generation: the conjugal union of two persons married for life.

The family itself, as the font from which all human life springs and which nurtures it to maturity, is also under direct attack with attempts to redefine marriage to include "same-sex marriage." Legal protections and provisions for homosexual persons may be reflected in civil law, but society cannot change the definition of marriage that is revealed in natural law and confirmed by human history. The Church consistently proclaims that marriage exists only between one man and one woman.

Catholic citizens must directly oppose the promotion of laws that sanction these threats to the very foundation of society. With his or her vote, each Catholic chooses whether or not to contribute to the common good by safeguarding the innocent and most vulnerable. All actions that enable direct attacks upon innocent human life and the family deserve absolute rejection.

Questions to consider

As we prepare to exercise on November 2 our right to vote according to our properly formed conscience we should keep in mind a number of questions which the candidates for whom we vote are called to address in the coming months and years:

Above all, must we not reject the taking of innocent human life?

Must we not work to overcome all threats to life in our midst?

Must we not remedy the civil laws that permit, if not encourage, these evils to continue?

How can we more effectively build a more just, more secure, more peaceful world, thoroughly respectful of human life and dignity?

How will we overcome poverty, maintain healthcare, apply justice, heal injustice, care for creation?

How can society defend traditional marriage and better support families to raise children with respect for life, sound moral values and personal responsibility?

In these and other questions, with God's help and the guidance of the Church, as Catholics we are committed to moral solutions. This is the work of faithful citizenship.

In our earthly pilgrimage of which political activity is a part, we have food and strength for the journey. The Eucharist sustains and fortifies us. Through it Christ becomes present to us in the Sacrifice of the Mass. He is the source and summit of our life, and He calls us to go forth into the world sanctified by His presence in the Eucharist.

Local polling stations for voting are open on November 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. I earnestly encourage all Catholics to try to begin their day on Tuesday, November 2 by participating at Mass which is celebrated at various times in the parishes of the Archdiocese.

The Eucharistic table is a fitting place to begin the journey of casting our votes. This privilege, for which so many of our forebears sacrificed, can lead to a more just society and a more just world, a world ultimately transformed by the power of Christ.


Cardinal Justin Rigali
October 28, 2004

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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate 42nd Annual Martin De Porres Mass

October 29, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE 42ND ANNUAL
MARTIN DE PORRES MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the 42nd annual Mass in thanksgiving for the canonization of Saint Martin de Porres, the Saint of Universal Brotherhood. The homilist will be the Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Bishop of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Thursday, November 4, 2004
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 under the direction of Mr. Darin Williams. Mrs. Alice Parker, retired Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Black Culture Through Music Program for nearly twenty years and the Martin de Porres Community Choir will be recognized.

People of all faiths are invited to attend this Mass of Unity and Brotherhood coordinated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Black Catholics.

For more information, please call 215-587-3634.

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Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali Following The National Political Election And The Presidential Win Of George W. Bush November 3, 2004

November 3, 2004

STATEMENT OF CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
FOLLOWING THE NATIONAL POLITICAL ELECTION
AND THE PRESIDENTIAL WIN OF GEORGE W. BUSH
NOVEMBER 3, 2004

I express prayerful good wishes for President Bush on his re-election as President of the United States. I express them also for Vice-President Cheney as well as for the families of both the President and Vice-President.

As citizens we may differ in our views but agree that we want what is truly best for each other, for our country and for the world. Therefore, it is my hope that all Americans will come together to support the President as he leads the United States during the next four years.

My brother bishops and I will strive to work with the President as he deals with the difficult issues facing our nation. I commend President Bush for his emphasis on the sacredness of human life demonstrated during his first term and I urge him to continue in his second term to stress the need to protect the most vulnerable among us and all human life.

I ask the President to remain steadfast in the defense of traditional family values and in recognition that marriage exists only between one man and one woman. It is my hope for the future that the government of the United States will protect the unborn, ensure compassion for the poor and needy, seek justice for the oppressed and work unremittingly for world peace.

I express prayerful good wishes also for Senator Kerry, Senator Edwards and their families.

I invite all the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to join me in offering prayers to God for the safety and well-being of the United States and all its leaders.

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Cardinal Rigali To Bless St. Monica Manor

November 4, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO BLESS ST. MONICA MANOR

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will bless and dedicate St. Monica Manor, located at 2509 South 4th Street in South Philadelphia, as a Catholic nursing home. Earlier in the year, Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia created a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation known as St. Monica Manor. On September 1, 2004, St. Monica Manor acquired the 180 bed nursing care facility formerly known as Methodist Hospital Nursing Center. The acquisition and dedication fulfilled a decades-long dream of providing long-term care for the frail elderly in South Philadelphia and demonstrate the continued commitment of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in urban areas.

Cardinal Rigali will preside at the blessing, assisted by Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone and Most Reverend Louis A. DeSimone, auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Reverend Joseph A. Tracy, Secretary for Catholic Human Services, will offer acknowledgments and Mr. Jeffrey Cox, Administrator of St. Monica Manor, will welcome those gathered.


Friday, November 5, 2004
3:00 p.m.
St. Monica Manor
2509 South 4th Street
South Philadelphia

Background

On August 19, 2004, Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that it would acquire the former Methodist Hospital Nursing Center from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. The acquisition was final on September 01, 2004.

The corporation established to acquire the facility and the facility itself are named St. Monica Manor to honor the memory of two people connected with St. Monica Parish in South Philadelphia who made this possible. The bequests of Monsignor Aloysius F. Farrell, a former St. Monica Parish pastor, and his aunt, Mrs. Mary Townsend provided trust funds with the intent of assisting the elderly.

Approximately 60 percent of the current residents of St. Monica Manor are Catholic; about 80 percent are from the neighborhoods of South Philadelphia.
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Saint Katherine Day School Celebrates 50 Years Of Providing Special Education

November 9, 2004

SAINT KATHERINE DAY SCHOOL
CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF PROVIDING SPECIAL EDUCATION

Saint Katherine Day School is commemorating 50 years of providing a Catholic education for children with special needs on

Sunday, November 14, 2004
2:30 p.m.
Saint Denis Church
Eagle Road and St. Denis Lane
Havertown, PA


Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will preside at the Mass. Saint Katherine Day School is located in Wynnewood, PA. The school currently instructs 138 students, ages 5 to 21 years old, with cognitive and physical disabilities.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Christmas Card Project Helps To Feed The Hungry

November 17, 2004

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CHRISTMAS CARD
PROJECT HELPS TO FEED THE HUNGRY

For 23 years, Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been making "alternative Christmas cards" available to hundreds of people each Christmas season. The cards are designed by a local artist, Patty Smith. All proceeds from the sale of the cards are used to purchase food to stock area soup kitchens and food cupboards. The annual project provides an alternative to people who wish to avoid the commercialism of the Christmas season and prefer to focus on the true meaning of the holy day. Nutritional Development Services, of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is the largest private provider of social services in Pennsylvania.

All cards are 5"x7" and are printed on high quality paper stock. Ten card packs are available for $15.00 or 20 card packs for $25.00. Each card explains that the greeting represents a donation made to help feed the hungry.

For more information or to order cards, please call Nutritional Development Services at:
215-895-3486 extension 712 or by e-mail dhopkins@ndsarch.org.




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Archdiocese School For Special Education

November 19, 2004

ARCHDIOCESE SCHOOL FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION TO RECEIVE DONATION FROM STEWARDS' ALLIANCE


Bank of America PA Market President and Stewards' Alliance Chairman Dan Fitzpatrick to present Queen of the Universe Day Center with $5,000 from Back-to-School Bash proceeds. The Back-to-School Bash was held on September 16th at the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute in Philadelphia. The check presentation will take place


Friday, December 3, 2004
8:30 a.m.
Queen of the Universe Day Center
2443 Trenton Road
Levittown, Bucks County

Queen of the Universe Day Center is a school for special education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Stewards' Alliance provides opportunities for young professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area to commit time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of Archdiocesan social service agencies and schools in need.

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11th Annual John Redmond Basketball Tournament In Memory Of Deceased Philadelphia Firefighter

November 22, 2004

11th ANNUAL JOHN REDMOND BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
In Memory of Deceased Philadelphia Firefighter

The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is hosting the 11th Annual John Redmond Basketball Tournamen on


Friday and Saturday
November 26 and 27, 2004
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.


On Friday, November 26th, games begin at 10:00 a.m. On Saturday, November 27th, games begin at 10:30 a.m. with the championship girls game at 1:00 p.m. and the championship boys game at 2:15 p.m.

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Cardinal Rigali's Advent Message To The People Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

November 29, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI'S ADVENT MESSAGE
TO THE PEOPLE OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

Below is Cardinal Justin Rigali's Advent Letter to be communicated to the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the weekend of November 27th and 28th. Please feel free to quote from the letter or to print it in its entirety.

Advent 2004

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

At the beginning of the holy season of Advent, I offer my prayers and encouragement to you and your families.

These days of prayerful preparation for the annual celebration of Christ's birth and of hopeful waiting for His return in glory provide us with the opportunity to reflect more profoundly on the gift the Father has so graciously given us in His Son Jesus. The Word became flesh and emptied Himself so that we might experience peace with the Father and each other.

These days take on added significance during this Year of the Eucharist. Our Holy Father Pope John Paul II has set this year aside for the Church to renew her love for and devotion to the Lord Jesus who abides with us in this most blessed of the Sacraments. Through the Eucharist the love of God is made tangible and concrete for each one of us. It is both a constant reminder and source of strength for us as we strive to respond in faith and to reflect the love of God to others.

During these days I ask you to make every effort amidst your many responsibilities to recommit yourself to a more devout celebration of the Eucharist and appreciation for the Lord's abiding presence in the Tabernacle. May the Eucharistic Year inspire you to a greater charity "so that when he comes he may find us watching in prayer, our hearts filled with wonder and praise" [Second Preface of Advent].

Sincerely in Christ,

Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia

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Bucks County Property To Provide New Home For Our Lady Of Guadalupe Parish

November 29, 2004

BUCKS COUNTY PROPERTY TO PROVIDE NEW HOME
FOR OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE PARISH

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has entered into an agreement with the Jackson family of Buckingham Township for the purchase of land located at 5194 Cold Spring Creamery Road in Buckingham Township. The 30 acre property is on the Northwest corner of Cold Spring Creamery Road and Route 413 and is next to the Cold Springs Elementary School.

Reverend Joseph J. Quindlen, Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, informed parishioners of the agreement at Masses this past weekend (November 27th - 28th ). Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish has been involved in extensive discussions during the past year with Buckingham Township officials to find a location for the new Parish church and facilities that would best suit the needs of parishioners and the community. The township provided Our Lady of Guadalupe with a list of several properties that the Parish reviewed carefully. The township indicated it would work cooperatively with the Parish to develop any of these parcels, which included the Jackson property. The Parish quickly focused on this property as best meeting its needs and mission, and the needs of the township.

Father Quindlen said, "The Jackson property fits the needs of our growing parish community and will provide a new home for Our Lady of Guadalupe parishioners. We are looking forward to moving as quickly as possible to build a beautiful church and facilities where we can worship together as the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish family. I am grateful for the cooperation and assistance of all those working to make that goal a reality."

The Jackson property best fulfills the vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish for its future home because it is large enough to house the parish's buildings. It is located at an intersection with a traffic light, which helps with entering and exiting the property. It is adjacent to an existing school which would make it compatible with any future parish elementary school and it is centrally located within the parish boundaries.

Now that the agreement of sale has been signed, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish will continue to work with Buckingham Township on parish plans to sell the Beck Tract, located on the southwest corner of Mechanicsville Road and Ash Mill Road in Buckingham Township. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish is currently evaluating the status of the Diemond Tract, a property owned by the Parish at the intersection of Routes 202/263 and Quarry Road.

Background
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish was established as a new parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on July 1, 2000. Parishioners currently worship on Sundays at Central Bucks East High School and daily at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish office which is located at Holly Berry Square/5667 York Road in Lahaska, Bucks County.

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Montgomery County Teens Will "skate With Santa" Fund Raiser To Benefit Needy Children

December 1, 2004

MONTGOMERY COUNTY TEENS WILL "SKATE WITH SANTA"
FUND RAISER TO BENEFIT NEEDY CHILDREN

Young teens and their families will put on their roller skates and join Santa Claus for a "Skate with Santa" party sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on

Sunday, December 5th
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Oaks Center Ice Skating Rink
Oaks, Montgomery County, 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 11,000 needy children in the Philadelphia area. For more information call 610-327-5374.


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Local Teens Will "skate With Santa" Fund Raiser To Benefit Needy Children

December 1, 2004

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

Thursday, December 9, 2004
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 11,000 needy children in the Philadelphia area.


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Stewards' Alliance Raises Funds For Special Education Schools

December 3, 2004

STEWARDS' ALLIANCE RAISES FUNDS
FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOLS

During the month of December, members of the Stewards' Alliance will distribute funds raised by the Back to School Bash to the schools for special education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Stewards Alliance is made up of young professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area who commit their time and talent for the benefit of Archdiocesan social service agencies and schools. The Back-to-School-Bash was held on September 16, 2004 at the Philopatrian Literary Institute in Philadelphia. Check presentations will take place on

Thursday, December 9, 2004
9:00 a.m.
Archbishop Ryan School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
233 Mohawk Avenue, Norwood, Delaware County
Mr. Phil Marchese, of Morgan Stanley and a Stewards' Alliance member, will present a check for $5000.

Friday, December 10, 2004
9:00 a.m.
Our Lady of Confidence Day School
314 Easton Road, Willow Grove, Montgomery County
Mr. Chris Murray, of Tierney Communications and a Stewards' Alliance member, will present a check for $5000. Our Lady of Confidence Day School is for schildren ages five through 17, who are mentally challenged and developmentally delayed.

Monday, December 13, 2004
9:00 a.m.
Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments
130 Hampden Road
Upper Darby, Delaware County
Ms. Laura Schmitt, of UBS Paine Webber and a Stewards' Alliance member, will present a check for $5000.

On December 2nd, Mr. And Mrs. Joe and JudyAnn Gilbert of Wayne, members of the Stewards' Alliance, presented a check for $5000 to Saint Katherine Day School in Wynnewood, Montgomery County.

On December 3rd, Mr. Dan Fitzpatrick, Bank of America PA Market President and Chair of the Stewards' Alliance, presented Queen of the Universe Day Center in Levittown, Bucks County with a check for $5000. Queen of the Universe Day Center and Saint Katherine Day School are schools for special education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.



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Delaware County Youth Skate With Santa Fund Raiser To Benefit Needy Children

December 6, 2004

DELAWARE COUNTY YOUTH SKATE WITH SANTA
FUND RAISER TO BENEFIT NEEDY CHILDREN

Young teens and their families will put on their skates and join Santa Claus for a "Skate with Santa" party sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on

Sunday, December 12th
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Ice Works
Aston, Delaware County, 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 11,000 needy children in the Philadelphia area. For more information call 610-872-4739

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Cardinal Rigali To Host 49th Annual Christmas Party For Children

December 10, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO HOST 49TH ANNUAL
CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR CHILDREN

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


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

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

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

2:15 p.m.
Parade enters ballroom


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


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

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











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Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali On The Appointment Of Monsignor Michael J. Bransfield As Bishop Of The Diocese Of Wheeling-charleston

December 17, 2004

STATEMENT OF CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
ON THE APPOINTMENT OF MONSIGNOR MICHAEL J. BRANSFIELD
AS BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF WHEELING-CHARLESTON

It was with a sense of pride and joy that I learned of the appointment of Reverend Monsignor Michael J. Bransfield, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in West Virginia. I offer Bishop-elect Bransfield my wholehearted congratulations and best wishes and fraternal and prayerful support.

The Holy Father has shown confidence in Bishop-elect Bransfield's ability to shepherd the people of this diocese. As Rector of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Bishop-elect Bransfield has shown that he is a dedicated and loyal servant of Jesus Christ. I am confident he will undertake the spiritual and pastoral care of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston with the same commitment and zeal. The faithful of Wheeling-Charleston are blessed to have him as their Bishop and I am certain that they will extend a warm welcome to their new spiritual leader and assist him in any way possible.

I give thanks to God that the Holy Father has chosen a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for this office. I know that my brother priests of Philadelphia, as well as the religious and faithful, join with me in offering support and prayers for Bishop-elect Bransfield. His appointment brings honor to the Archdiocese and I pray that his time of service in Wheeling-Charleston will bear much fruit in the name of our Lord Jesus and His Church.

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Cardinal Rigali To Make Pastoral Visit To Graterford Prison Day Before Christmas Eve

December 17, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO MAKE PASTORAL VISIT
TO GRATERFORD PRISON DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will make a pastoral Christmas visit to the State Correctional Institution at Graterford in Montgomery County. The Cardinal will celebrate Mass, greet inmates and staff and meet with men on death row. SCI Graterford is Pennsylvania's largest maximum security prison.


Because of state regulations, reporters and photographers are not permitted to cover Cardinal Rigali's visit inside of the prison. However, the Cardinal will be available for interviews outside of the prison after the visit.


Interview Opportunity with Cardinal Rigali
Thursday, December 23, 2004
approximately 3:15 p.m.
outside of Graterford Prison (front gate)
Montgomery County

If you would like to interview Cardinal Rigali about the prison visit, kindly contact the Archdiocese Office for Communications at 215-587-3747 or dfarrell@adphila.org.





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Santa And His Elves Are On Their Way To Needy Children The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia's Operation Santa Claus Project

December 20, 2004

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
Friday, December 24, 2003
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Saint Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 W. Girard Avenue
Philadelphia


Approximately 35,000 toys will be delivered to 11,000 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.


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Christmas Liturgies Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul

December 20, 2004

CHRISTMAS LITURGIES
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Friday, December 24, 2004

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. Prelude Music - choir selections and hymns by the Cathedral Choir.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

12:00 a.m. Christmas Midnight Mass - Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist. Music provided by the Cathedral 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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Editor's Note: Media covering any Masses at the Cathedral/Cathedral Chapel over the holiday season are asked to call the Cathedral Rectory at 215-561-1313 and leave a message for the rector, Monsignor Close, that you are planning to be there.

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Cardinal Rigali's Christmas Message To The People Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

December 20, 2004

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 on December 24th and 25th. Please feel free to quote from the letter or to print it in its entirety.



Christmas 2004

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I wish to extend to you and your families my prayerful best wishes as we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus.

These days of rejoicing in the birth of the Lord Jesus, who is truly God, the Son of the eternal Father, and who is truly human, the Son of the Virgin Mary, draw us ever more intimately into the mystery of God's love. In the birth of His Son, we experience the fidelity of God, who sees our need and responds with merciful love.

With Our Lady we meet the Lord full of joy and humbled by the manner in which He shows Himself to us as an infant cradled in the arms of His Mother. With Saint Joseph we marvel at God's plan and accept it in faith and with serenity, confident that God will guide and protect what He has begun. With the shepherds we approach to adore the Infant in humility, knowing that we are in the presence of the Son of God.

The Year of the Eucharist reminds us that the wonder of Christmas in which the Word became flesh is renewed each day as the Word becomes flesh on the altars of our parish churches under the humble form of bread and wine. Christ, truly, really, and substantially present, draws us in love to Himself and sends us forth in love to our brothers and sisters. As we approach the Lord in the Eucharist, we learn from those who surrounded Him at His birth how to deepen both our love for and devotion to the Lord in this most blessed Sacrament. May this celebration of Christmas during the Eucharistic Year increase in us a longing for the Bread of Heaven and a love for all our brothers and sisters.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia





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Cardinal Rigali Urges Parishioners To Pray For Earthquake Victims

December 29, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI URGES PARISHIONERS TO PRAY FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has requested that parishioners of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia pray for those suffering in Southern Asia and eastern Africa following the devastating tsunami. The Cardinal is also asking that parishes hold a special collection during Sunday Masses as soon as possible to assist with relief efforts.

There are 275 parishes and 1.4 million Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which is made up of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. In an Archdiocesan communication with pastors, Cardinal Rigali expressed his gratitude for the willingness of the faithful to join in both material support and prayerful solidarity for those who are desperately in need of compassion and assistance.

All funds donated by parishioners will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services, which is already responding to this terrible disaster. Catholic Relief Services is the official international relief and development agency of the Unites States Catholic community. It was founded by the Bishops of the United States in 1943. CRS operates on five continents and in over 90 countries; aiding the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed. For more information, please visit www.catholicrelief.org.

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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass For Earthake Victims And Survivors

December 30, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS
FOR EARTHAKE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to remember those who lost their lives or are suffering in any way due to the earthquake and tsunamis in southern Asia and eastern Africa. All are welcome and media are invited to cover.


Wednesday, January 5, 2005
12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

The Cardinal has also asked that all 275 parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia hold a special collection during Sunday Masses as soon as possible to assist with relief efforts.

All funds donated by parishioners will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services which is the official international relief and development agency of the Unites States Catholic community. It was founded by the Bishops of the United States in 1943. CRS operates on five continents and in over 90 countries; aiding the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed. For more information, please visit www.catholicrelief.org.


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