Cardinal Rigali Commemorates 150th Anniversary Of Saint John Neumann's Death With Mass At National Shrine

January 4, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI COMMEMORATES 150th ANNIVERSARY
OF SAINT JOHN NEUMANN'S DEATH WITH MASS AT NATIONAL SHRINE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Saint John Neumann with a special feast day Mass at the National Shrine. Saint John Neumann was the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia from 1852 until his death on January 5, 1860 at the age of 48. As Bishop, he was the founder of Catholic education in America and the first to organize a Diocesan Catholic school system.

Cardinal Rigali was present at the Vatican on June 19, 1977 for the canonization of Saint John Neumann. Saint John Neumann's body lies beneath the altar at the National Shrine which bears his name at Saint Peter the Apostle Church in Philadelphia.

12:15 p.m.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
150th Anniversary Mass
Saint John Neumann National Shrine (lower church)
1019 North 5th Street (off Girard Ave.)
Philadelphia 19123



Cardinal Rigali called Saint John Neumann "an example for all of us, especially me, his successor in the Church of Philadelphia. Saint John Neumann's work among immigrants and the founding of Catholic schools reached perfection in his devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist."

Saint John Neumann will be remembered on the anniversary throughout Archdiocesan schools with special prayers and his contribution to Catholic education will again be remembered during Catholic Schools Week, which begins January 31, 2010. For more information about the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann, please visit www.stjohnneumann.org.

* * Media Advisory: With parking extremely limited, kindly park TV vans along Girard Avenue.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week With Day Of Eucharistic Adoration

January 6, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
CELEBRATES NATIONAL VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK
WITH DAY OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia,has asked for all of the faithful throughout the Archdiocese to be united in prayer for an increase in priestly vocations for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. On January 11, 2010 each parish will have Adoration throughout the day with Holy Hour from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

National Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976 when the Bishop's Conference designated the 28th Sunday of the year as the beginning of National Vocation Awareness Week. In 1997 this celebration was moved to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on January 10 this year, marks the initiation of Jesus into public ministry.

In this year when the Church is celebrating the Year of the Priest, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is proud to release a new Video on the Priesthood entitled COME AND SEE: DISCERNING THE PRIESTLY CALL OF JESUS. This dynamic and informative video featuring the work and vocation of Philadelphia priests and is meant to assist young men in their consideration of God's call to be a priest. The debut showing of this video will take place on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 8 p.m.at St. Charles Seminary when the Cardinal hosts an Evening for Young Men who are considering the vocation to the priesthood. Segments of the video will be featured on the Archdiocesan Website for Priestly Vocations www.HeedTheCall.org

National Vocation Awareness Week begins on January 10, 2010 and will conclude on January 16, 2010. For more information about the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood visit www.HeedTheCall.org.

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Confirmation Schedule Spring 2010

January 11, 2010

Confirmation Schedule Spring 2010

Celebrant: His Eminence Cardinal Justin Rigali

Saturday, 02/27/2010, 10 a.m., Epiphany of Our Lord, Philadelphia
Saturday, 03/06/2010, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Doylestown
Tuesday, 03/09/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Cyril of Alexandria, East Lansdowne
Saturday, 03/20/2010, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Saint Eleanor, Collegeville
Monday, 04/12/2010, 4 p.m., Our Lady Help of Christians, Abington
Saturday, 04/24/2010, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Saint Maximilian Kolbe, West Chester
Sunday, 04/25/2010, 11 a.m., Saint Augustine, Philadelphia
Monday, 04/26/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Monica, Philadelphia
Monday, 05/03/2010, 4 p.m., Our Lady of Ransom, Philadelphia
Sunday, 05/16/2010, 9 a.m., Our Mother of Sorrows, Philadelphia

Celebrant: Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis

Wednesday, 02/24/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Andrew, Drexel Hill
Saturday, 02/27/2010, 10:30 a.m., Saint Cecilia, Philadelphia
Saturday, 02/27/2010, 5 p.m., Saint Barnabas, Philadelphia
Sunday, 02/28/2010, 11:30 a.m., Old Saint Joseph, Philadelphia
Wednesday, 03/03/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Helena, Blue Bell
Saturday, 03/06/2010, 9 a.m. & 12 Noon, Saint Katherine of Siena, Wayne
Wednesday, 03/10/2010, 4 p.m., Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Philadelphia
Tuesday, 03/16/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Martin of Tours, Philadelphia
Thursday, 03/18/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Albert the Great, Huntingdon Valley
Saturday, 03/20/2010, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Saints Simon & Jude, West Chester
Wednesday, 03/24/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Alphonsus, Maple Glen
Saturday, 03/27/2010, 11 a.m., Saint Joseph, Collingdale
Thursday, 04/08/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Thomas More, South Coventry
Saturday, 04/10/2010, 5 p.m., Saint Hugh of Cluny, Philadelphia
Sunday, 04/11/2010, 11:30 a.m., Saint Ann, Bristol
Tuesday, 04/13/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Charles Borromeo, Bensalem
Thursday, 04/15/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Philip Neri, Lafayette Hill
Saturday, 04/17/2010, 12 Noon, Assumption B.V.M., West Grove
Sunday, 04/18/2010, 12 Noon, Saint Colman, Ardmore
Tuesday, 04/20/2010, 4 p.m., Visitation B.V.M., Norristown
Thursday, 04/22/2010, 4 p.m., Our Mother of Consolation, Philadelphia
Sunday, 04/25/2010, 11:30 a.m., Saint Ambrose, Philadelphia
Saturday, 05/01/2010, 12 Noon, Saint John Vianney, Gladwyne
Thursday, 05/06/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Thomas the Apostle, Glen Mills
Saturday, 05/08/2010, 11 a.m., Saint Luke the Evangelist, Glenside
Sunday, 05/09/2010, 9 a.m., Saint Stanislaus Kostka, Coatesville
Tuesday, 05/18/2010, 4 p.m., Mother of Divine Providence, King of Prussia


Celebrant: Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden

Saturday, 02/20/2010, 10 a.m., Saint Stanislaus, Lansdale
Monday, 02/22/2010, 4 p.m., Saint George, Glenolden
Thursday, 02/25/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Patrick, Norristown
Friday, 02/26/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Laurence, Highland Park
Saturday, 02/27/2010, 10 a.m., Visitation B.V.M., Philadelphia
Thursday, 03/04/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Denis, Havertown
Friday, 03/05/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Bede, Holland
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Saturday, 03/06/2010, 10 a.m., Saint Bede, Holland
Monday, 03/08/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Pius X, Broomall
Tuesday, 03/09/2010, 4 p.m., Blessed Virgin Mary, Darby
Wednesday, 03/10/2010, 4 p.m., Sacred Heart, Clifton Heights
Thursday, 03/11/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Katherine of Siena, Philadelphia
Monday, 03/15/2010, 4 p.m., Immaculate Conception, Levittown
Thursday, 03/18/2010, Saint Eugene, Primos
Friday, 03/19/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Joseph, Downingtown
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Saturday, 03/20/2010, 10 a.m., Saint Joseph, Downingtown
Friday, 03/26/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Andrew, Newtown
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Saturday, 03/27/2010, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., Saint Andrew, Newtown
Friday, 04/09/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Teresa of Avila, Valley Forge
Saturday, 04/10/2010, 5:30 p.m., Saint Agatha/Saint James, Philadelphia (* Newman Center Students)
Monday, 04/12/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Gabriel, Norwood
Tuesday, 04/13/2010, 4 p.m., Saints Peter & Paul, East Goshen
Wednesday, 04/14/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Christopher, Philadelphia
Thursday, 04/15/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Madeleine Sophie/Holy Cross, Philadelphia, (At Holy Cross Church)
Friday, 04/16/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Agnes, West Chester
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Saturday, 04/17/2010, 10 a.m., Saint Agnes, West Chester
Wednesday, 04/21/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Lawrence, Riegelsville
Thursday, 04/22/2010, 4 p.m., Saint John the Evangelist, Lower Makefield


Celebrant: Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas
Tuesday, 02/24/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Hilary of Poitiers, Rydal
Sunday, 02/28/2010, 9:30 a.m., Saint Charles Borromeo, Philadelphia
Monday, 03/01/2010, 4 p.m., Holy Cross, Springfield
Monday, 03/08/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Joseph, Warrington
Wednesday, 03/10/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Charles Borromeo, Drexel Hill
Saturday, 03/13/2010, 10 a.m., Saint Bernadette, Drexel Hill
Monday, 03/15/2010, 4 p.m., Nativity B.V.M., Media
Wednesday, 03/17/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Jerome, Philadelphia
Wednesday, 03/24/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Francis Xavier, Philadelphia
Saturday, 03/27/2010, 11 a.m., Saint John the Baptist, Ottsville
Monday, 03/29/2010, 4 p.m., Our Lady of the Rosary, Coatesville
Tuesday, 04/06/2010, 4 p.m., Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton
Wednesday, 04/07/2010, 4 p.m., Epiphany of Our Lord, Plymouth Meeting
Friday, 04/09/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Timothy, Philadelphia
Saturday, 04/10/2010, 10 a.m., Saint Isidore, Quakertown
Tuesday, 04/20/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Mark, Bristol
Saturday, 04/24/2010, 11 a.m., Sacred Heart, Havertown
Saturday, 05/01/2010, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Saint Cornelius, Chadds Ford
Monday, 05/03/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Mary, Schwenksville
Wednesday, 05/05/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Agnes, Sellersville
Saturday, 05/17/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Patrick, Kennett Square
Wednesday, 05/19/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Matthew, Philadelphia
Saturday, 05/22/2010, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Saints Philip & James, Exton
Monday, 05/24/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Cecilia, Coatesville
Wednesday, 05/26/2010, 4 p.m., Mision Santa Maria, Madre de Dios, West Grove


Celebrant: Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior
Saturday, 01/23/2010, 2 p.m., Saint Norbert, Paoli
Thursday, 03/04/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Gabriel, Philadelphia
Saturday, 03/06/2010, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, North Wales
Tuesday, 03/09/2010, 4 p.m., Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Hilltown
Thursday, 03/11/2010, 4 p.m., Maternity B.V.M., Philadelphia
Saturday, 03/13/2010, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Yardley
Monday, 03/15/2010, 4 p.m., Nativity of Our Lord, Warminister
Friday, 03/19/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Joseph, Aston
Tuesday, 03/23/2010, 4 p.m., Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Limerick
Tuesday, 04/06/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Monica, Berwyn
Thursday, 04/08/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Francis of Assisi, Springfield
Saturday, 04/10/2010, 10 a.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe, Buckingham
Monday, 04/12/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Basil the Great, Kimberton
Wednesday, 04/14/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Genevieve, Flourtown
Friday, 04/16/2010, 5 p.m., Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, Avondale
Sunday, 04/18/2010, 11:30 a.m., Saint Leo, Philadelphia
Tuesday, 04/20/2010, 4 p.m., Queen of the Universe, Levittown
Thursday, 04/22/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Mary Magdalen, Media
Saturday, 04/24/2010, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Saint Elizabeth, Upper Uwchlan
Sunday, 04/25/2010, 11 a.m., Saint Athanasius, Philadelphia
Wednesday, 04/28/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Maria Goretti, Hatfield
Friday, 04/30/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Frances Cabrini, Fairless Hills
Saturday, 05/01/2010, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Saint Patrick, Malvern
Sunday, 05/02/2010, 10 a.m., Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia
Tuesday, 05/04/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Peter, West Brandywine
Thursday, 05/06/2010, 4 p.m., Assumption B.V.M., Feasterville
Wednesday, 05/19/2010, 5 p.m., Saint John Chrysostom, Wallingford
Friday, 05/21/2010, 4 p.m., Saint Titus, Norristown


Celebrant: Most Reverend Louis A. DeSimone
Monday, 04/12/2010, 4 p.m., Saint John the Baptist, Philadelphia
Saturday, 04/17/2010, 10 a.m., Saint Matthias, Bala Cynwyd
Sunday, 04/18/2010, 3 p.m., Saint John Neumann, Bryn Mawr
Wednesday, 04/21/2010, 4 p.m., Our Lady of the Assumption, Strafford
Sunday, 04/25/2010, 1 p.m., Saint Thomas of Villanova, Villanova
Wednesday, 05/05/2010, 4 p.m., Holy Family, Philadelphia

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Honors The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

January 11, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA HONORS THE LEGACY OF
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will lead an Ecumenical Prayer Service in remembrance of the life of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. This is the 27th anniversary of this service sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. All are welcome to attend.

3:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
St. Patrick Church
DeKalb and Chestnut Streets
Norristown, PA 19041


On Monday, January 18, 2010 the Office for Black Catholics, in collaboration with Archdiocesan High Schools and the Community Service Corps, is sponsoring a Day of Community Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Young people will begin their day with prayer led by Most Reverend Robert Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia.

10:00 a.m.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saint Peter Claver Center for Evangelization
12th and Lombard Streets
Philadelphia


At the conclusion of the prayer service students will proceed to service sites across the Archdiocese, including: Women of Hope, Saint John the Evangelist Parish and Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish.

For more information about the Ecumenical Prayer Service or the Day of Community Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, please contact Reverend Stephen Thorne at 215-587-3634 or frthorn@adphila.org.

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Papal Honors For Philadelphia Priests

January 13, 2010

PAPAL HONORS FOR PHILADELPHIA PRIESTS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia,
will preside at Vespers in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul during which Papal Honors will be acknowledged. Cardinal Rigali announced on December 17, 2009 that Pope Benedict XVI had conferred Papal Honors on eighteen priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. All received the title of "Monsignor," an honor for the priests themselves, the parishes and people they serve, and the whole Archdiocese.

5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Streets and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


There are three ranks of Monsignor, two of which are Prelate of Honor and Chaplain of His Holiness. Diocesan priests receive the honor from the Pope, at the request of the diocesan bishop, in recognition of their contribution to the local Church through the distinguished exercise of their priestly ministry. This honor for the priest is a symbol of his deep communion with the Holy Father and his apostolic ministry.
Fourteen priests were honored with the title of Chaplain of His Holiness. Three priests were named Prelates of Honor. One priest, already a Chaplain of His Holiness, was elevated to Prelate of Honor. Among those honored is the oldest priest in the Archdiocese, Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Kehoe, who is 97 years old and was ordained in 1939.

The service will be streamed live on the Archdiocesan website www.archphila.org.

Prelates of Honor
Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Kehoe - Pastor Emeritus, Holy Spirit Parish, Sharon Hill, Delaware County
Reverend Monsignor Donald E. Leighton - Pastor, St. John Baptist Vianney Parish, Gladwynne, Montgomery County
Reverend Monsignor Michael C. Picard - Pastor, St. Andrew Parish, Newtown, Bucks County

Chaplain of His Holiness named Prelate of Honor
Reverend Monsignor Nelson J. Perez - Pastor, St. Agnes Parish, West Chester, Chester County

Chaplains of His Holiness
Reverend Monsignor Ralph J. Chieffo - Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Media, Delaware County
Reverend Monsignor Anthony J. D'Angelico - Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton, Bucks County
Reverend Monsignor David E. Diamond - Vice-Rector, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Reverend Monsignor Paul A. DiGirolamo -Assistant Juducial Vicar, Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese/Pastor, Old St. Mary's Parish, Philadelphia
Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. Gentili - Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Buckingham Twp, Bucks County
Reverend Monsignor Charles H. Hagan- Pastor, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Doylestown, Bucks County
Reverend Monsignor Kevin C. Lawrence - Regional Vicar for Philadelphia-South/Pastor, St. Malachy Parish, Philadelphia
Reverend Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip - Regional Vicar for Philadelphia-North/Pastor, Mother of Divine Grace Parish, Philadelphia
Reverend Monsignor George A. Majoros - Regional Vicar for Delaware County/Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Glenolden, Delaware County
Reverend Monsignor Michael P. McCormac -Pastor, St. Francis Cabrini Parish, Fairless Hills, Bucks County
Reverend Monsignor Joseph C. McLoone - Pastor, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Chester, Delaware County
Reverend Monsignor Gerard C. Mesure - Chancellor of the Archdiocese/ Pastor, St. Gertrude Parish & St. Mary Parish, Conshohocken
Reverend Monsignor Joseph J. Nicolo - Pastor, St. Helena Parish, Blue Bell, Montgomery County
Reverend Monsignor Patrick E. Sweeney - Pastor, St. Eleanor Parish, Collegeville, Montgomery County

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Cardinal Rigali Urges Prayers, Support For Haiti Earthquake Victims

January 13, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI URGES PRAYERS, SUPPORT
FOR HAITI EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, is expressing his solidarity with the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake and offering his prayerful support. Cardinal Rigali said, "At this time of destruction and loss of life in the country of Haiti, I urge all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to pray for those who have died and are suffering as a result of the devastating earthquake in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. This is an unimaginable tragedy in a country that already experiences tremendous poverty and hardship. I also extend my prayers and condolences to the family and faithful of the Most Reverend Joseph Serge Miot, the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, who lost his life in the earthquake. I pray too for the hundreds of priests, seminarians and religious who are reported to have died. My sympathy and heartfelt compassion are also with the Haitian community here in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as they mourn and wait for word of loved ones in Haiti."

Cardinal Rigali is asking all 269 parishes in the five-county Archdiocese to include prayers for those who lost their lives and those still suffering in Haiti at Masses this coming weekend and to announce that there will be a special collection for relief efforts in Haiti on Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24, 2010.* All funds donated by parishioners will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services which is the official international relief and development agency of the United States Catholic community. The Cardinal said, "Many challenges will face the Haitian people in the days and months ahead. Through prayerful solidarity we support our brothers and sisters who are experiencing such terrible devastation in their homes and towns."

On Sunday, January 17, 2010, Cardinal Rigali will lead an Ecumenical Prayer Service in remembrance of the life of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. The Office for Black Catholics also plans for a collection to be taken up for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. The prayer service will take place at 3:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish, DeKalb and Chestnut Streets in Norristown, Montgomery County.

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*The annual collection in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) had been previously set for this coming weekend, January 16-17, 2010 and will continue as scheduled. CRS operates on five continents and in over 90 countries, including Haiti,aiding the poor by first providing direct assistance wherever needed. For more information, visit www.catholicrelief.org

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
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<u>cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass Friday Evening For Haiti Earthquake Victims</u>

January 13, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS FRIDAY EVENING
FOR HAITI EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist for 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 in Haiti. All are welcome and media are invited to cover.

Friday, January 15, 2010
6:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Mass will be celebrated in English and Haitian Creole. There are almost 2,300 Haitian Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Haiti is approximately 80 percent Catholic. The Archbishop of Haiti, Most Reverend Joseph Serge Miot, died in the earthquake, as reportedly did hundreds of priests, seminarians and religious.

Cardinal Rigali is also asking all parishes in the five-county Archdiocese to include a petition in the prayer of the faithful for those who lost their lives and those still suffering in Haiti at Masses this coming weekend and to announce that there will be a special collection for relief efforts in Haiti on Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24, 2010.* All funds donated by parishioners will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services.

On Wednesday, January 13, 2010, Cardinal Rigali issued the following statement:
"At this time of destruction and loss of life in the country of Haiti, I urge all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to pray for those who have died and are suffering as a result of the devastating earthquake in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. This is an unimaginable tragedy in a country that already experiences tremendous poverty and hardship. I also extend my prayers and condolences to the family and faithful of the Most Reverend Joseph Serge Miot, the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, who lost his life in the earthquake. I pray too for the hundreds of priests, seminarians and religious who are reported to have died. My sympathy and heartfelt compassion are also with the Haitian community here in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as they mourn and wait for word of loved ones in Haiti."

On Sunday, January 17, 2010, Cardinal Rigali will lead an Ecumenical Prayer Service in remembrance of the life of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. The Office for Black Catholics also plans for a collection to be taken up for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. The prayer service will take place at 3:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish, DeKalb and Chestnut Streets in Norristown, Montgomery County.

*The annual collection in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) had been previously set for this coming weekend, January 16-17, 2010 and will continue as scheduled. CRS operates in over 90 countries including Haiti, aiding the poor by first providing direct assistance wherever needed. For more information visit www.catholicrelief.org

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Four Parish Schools To Form Regional Catholic School In Bucks County

January 19, 2010

FOUR PARISH SCHOOLS TO FORM REGIONAL
CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN BUCKS COUNTY

Immaculate Conception, Queen of the Universe, St. Frances Cabrini and
St. Joseph the Worker Parish Schools Join Together


PHILADELPHIA, PA, January 19, 2010 ---- A new Regional Catholic School will form in Bucks County in September 2010. That according to a Steering Committee recommendation approved by Cardinal Justin Rigali in January 2010, and shared with faculty members, school families and parishioners this past weekend.

Reverend Monsignor Michael P. McCormac, Pastor of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish; Reverend Timothy F. O'Sullivan, Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish; Reverend Michael F. Hennelly, Pastor of Queen of the Universe Parish and Reverend Donald G. Birch, Pastor of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish announced that their parish schools, which are within five miles of one another in Bucks County, will close in June 2010 to form the new Regional Catholic School.

The new school will be located at the site of the present Queen of the Universe school at 2477 Trenton Road in Levittown, Pa. and will be given a new name, to be announced at a later date.

In accepting the Steering Committee's recommendation, Cardinal Rigali said, "Our parish schools are the foundation of Catholic education in the diocese. Each offers a superior spiritual and 21st century academic education, but the reality of declining enrollment and increasing costs has affected their ability to provide an affordable Catholic education. Therefore, action must be taken. Although I recognize the pain felt by the community with the loss of each individual school, the formation of a Regional Catholic School is an exciting opportunity that allows parishes to pool resources to provide an excellent, quality Catholic education."

The decision to begin a formal study of the existing schools came as a result of a desire to strengthen the existing academic program as well as to plan for the education of future generations. The Steering Committee consisted of pastors, principals and lay representatives from each parish involved in the school study, and began meeting in March 2009 to explore the possibility of forming a Regional Catholic School. Members carefully considered many factors including demographics, enrollment, costs and facilities before reaching their final, unanimous recommendation.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Regional Vicar, Monsignor Joseph P. Duncan, and the pastors, Monsignor McCormac, Father O'Sullivan, Father Hennelly, and Father Birch, as well as the four principals and the other members of the Steering Committee and members of the four School Study Committees, who have been diligent throughout this planning process and committed to doing what is best for the parishes and the children in their care," said Cardinal Rigali.

Cardinal Rigali has asked the staff of the Office of Catholic Education to assist parents, students and faculty of the four parishes in making the transition as smooth as possible.

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Cardinal Rigali To Lead Thousands Of Archdiocesan Faithful To 37th Annual March For Life In Nation's Capital

January 20, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO LEAD THOUSANDS OF ARCHDIOCESAN FAITHFUL
TO 37TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE IN NATION'S CAPITAL

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will lead thousands of people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 22, 2010. This date marks the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that legalized abortion. Joining Cardinal Rigali will be the four Auxiliary Bishops of Philadelphia; priests; deacons; men and women religious; seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, students and parishioners.
Cardinal Rigali will concelebrate the Vigil for Life Mass with principal celebrant and homilist Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Chairman, USCCB Pro-Life Committee, the night before the March.

Thursday, January 21, 2010
6:30 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C.


*** For Media Coverage of Bus Departures from Philadelphia: Students and staff from Roman Catholic High School for Boys will depart for Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 23, 2010 at 7:45 a.m. from the corner of Vine and Broad Streets. Students and faculty from Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School will depart between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. from the Acme Markets parking lot at 10th Street and Passyunk Avenue, South Philadelphia. Students and staff from Archbishop Ryan High School will depart from the school between 6:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m.

Buses transporting more than 100 Seminarians will depart Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 5:45 a.m. Many other parish and school departure sites from throughout the Archdiocese can be provided upon request.***


Cardinal Rigali also will be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass for Philadelphians the morning of the March.

Friday, January 23, 2010
10:00 a.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Great Upper Church
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C.


The special Mass will precede the Rally for Life which begins at noon at the National Mall. The faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will meet at noon at Constitution Avenue and 6th Street in front of the National Gallery of Art and process behind the Archdiocese of Philadelphia banner, which will be carried by Seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. The March for Life is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.
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Kevin Mulligan
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215-587-3747

Police Commissioner Ramsey To Speak At Archdiocese Men's Spirituality Conference

January 26, 2010

POLICE COMMISSIONER RAMSEY TO SPEAK
AT ARCHDIOCESE MEN'S SPIRITUALITY CONFERENCE

Most Reverend Robert Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, announces that Charles H. Ramsey, Commissioner of Police for the City of Philadelphia, has joined the lineup of speakers for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 2nd annual Men's Spirituality Conference to be held March 13, 2010 at Archbishop Ryan High School.

Commissioner Ramsey will speak on the topic "Leadership, Faith and the Common Good." Ramsey was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Keys & Sword Award presented by the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, which acknowledges one whose actions reflect the Gospel values of faith, selfless service, personal sacrifice, respect and valor.


Saturday, March 13, 2010
8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (with lunch)
Archbishop Ryan High School
11201 Academy Road, Northeast Philadelphia


Online advance registration ($35 donation, including lunch) at www.archphila.org or contact 215-587-5639 for information.


The theme of the Men's Conference, which takes place during Lent 2010, is "Be Reconciled to the Lord." Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the Closing Mass at 4:00 p.m.

Previously announced keynote speakers for the conference include Mike Piazza, a 12-time Major League All-Star catcher, who is a product of Saint Ann Parish, Phoenixville, Montgomery County; and Catholic evangelist Jesse Romeo, a former deputy sheriff of Los Angeles who is a radio and TV host. Piazza will speak on "The Impact of the Virgin Mary and the Mass in my Journey of Faith." Romero's topic will be "Thank God, I Am Forgiven." A portion of the Conference will be conducted in Spanish, with Romero as one of the headline speakers.


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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates Catholic Schools Week Special Events Planned In Catholic Schools Throughout The Philadelphia Region

January 27, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Special events planned in Catholic Schools throughout the Philadelphia region

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will join in the national observation of Catholic Schools Week from January 31 to February 6, 2010. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of the values-centered, faith-driven education that students receive in Catholic elementary, secondary and special education schools. The national theme for Catholic Schools Week 2010 is "Catholic Schools-Dividends for Life."

"The theme for this year's Catholic Schools Week, 'Dividends for Life,' reminds us all that there is no better investment than the education of a child," said Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. "Throughout Catholic Schools Week, our schools will also demonstrate the value of a Catholic education through service projects, academic competitions and expressions of gratitude for those who make their Catholic education possible."

In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia there are:
- 177 parish and regional elementary schools
- 20 Archdiocesan high schools
- 4 schools of special education
- Parish elementary school enrollment is 54,407
- High school enrollment is 17,903
- Schools of Special Education enrollment is 230
- Catholic schools save taxpayers $800 million annually in the five counties of the Archdiocese

Hallmark Events for Catholic Schools Week

Monday, February 1, 2010 at 10 a.m.
Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate a Mass during Catholic Schools Week for over 1,000 high school teachers on Monday, February 1, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 10 a.m.
Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist of a Catholic Schools Week Mass recognizing 1,400 senior student athletes who, through athletics, not only improve their physical fitness, but also embody Gospel values in their sportsmanship. The Mass will take place at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 10 a.m.
Holy Innocents Area Catholic School - 1312 E. Bristol St., Philadelphia (215-743-5909)
10:00 a.m. - Bishop Joseph P. McFadden will distribute more than 60 netbooks, which are part of the new netbook technology initiative at Holy Innocents and other Archdiocesan Schools. As part of the program, each seventh and eighth student will receive a netbook that will be used throughout the school day. Also in attendance at the unveiling will be Ms. Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent of Schools and Ms. Nancy Caramanico, Director of Technology K-12.

Throughout Catholic Schools Week, students, parents and teachers across the five-county Archdiocese will celebrate with a variety of special religious, social and recreational activities.

Following is a list of some of the activities planned:

Sunday, January 31, 2010
St. Martin of Tours School - One Riverstone Circle, New Hope, Bucks County (215-785-0973)
11 a.m. -- St. Martin of Tours will hold a Mass and pancake breakfast to honor local medical and emergency workers. Mass begins at 11 a.m. followed by breakfast in the school's cafeteria, which will be decorated by the students. Each of the guests will be given a school mug filled with treats as an expression of gratitude for the work they do to protect the school's community.

Monday, February 1, 2010
St. Francis de Sales School - 39 New Road, Aston, Delaware County (610-459-0799)
Throughout the day, students from Kindergarten through eighth grade will express their appreciation for local service men and women by collecting care package items. In addition, the names of these brave service men and women will be displayed on entrance of the school to honor their dedication to our country.

Corpus Christi Parish School- 920 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, Montgomery County (215-368-0582)
Corpus Christi students will dedicate their day to service when they collect new T-shirts, white athletic socks and work pants for Brother House in Norristown, which serves the homeless.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
St. Kevin Parish School - 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, Delaware County (610-544-4455)
9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. - All St. Kevin Parish School students will spend the morning preparing Valentine's Day gift bags of love for the residents of Fair Acres Long-Term Care Facility in Delaware County. Each gift bag will be filled with cards from the students and distributed to Fair Acres residents on Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Holy Innocents Area Catholic School - 1312 E. Bristol St., Philadelphia (215-743-5909)
10:00 a.m. - Bishop Joseph P. McFadden will distribute more than 60 netbooks, which are part of the new netbook technology initiative at Holy Innocents and other Archdiocesan Schools. As part of the program, each seventh and eighth student will receive a netbook that will be used throughout the school day. Also in attendance at the unveiling will be Ms. Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent of Schools and Ms. Nancy Caramanico, Director of Technology K-12.

St. Mary Magdalen Parish School - 2430 N. Providence Rd, Media, Delaware County (215-424-5045)
Throughout the day, students will write letters and make cards for retired area priests in celebration of The Year of the Priest, an Archdiocesan observance from June 19, 2009 through June 19, 2010.

St. Athanasius-Immaculate Conception School - 7105 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia (215-424-5045)
10:45 a.m. - Students will celebrate Sister Arleen McNicholas, S.S.J. and Sister Joanne Uetz, S.S.J. for their 50 years of service to education and the Catholic church with a special Mass. In addition, the school community will honor Mrs. Susan O'Brien's 25 years of service to the school.

St. Francis Cabrini Parish School - 10 Goble Court, Fairless Hills, Bucks County (215-946-6334)
11:00 a.m. - Eighth grade students will switch places with teachers throughout the school as part of a "switcheroo" day. More than 20 students and teachers will take part in the event.

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Archbishop Wood High School - 655 York Road, Warminster, Bucks County (215-672-5050)
8:00 a.m. - Students will celebrate a liturgy to commemorate the Year of the Priest, a yearlong observance. All priests and seminarians who are graduates of Archbishop Wood are invited to concelebrate.

St. Mark Parish School - 1024 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, Bucks County (215-785-0973)
6:30 p.m.-St. Mark Parish School will host an open house for the community. The theme for this year's open house is "Avenue of the Arts." As part of the theme, students' artwork will be on display throughout the school and the school band will play. Students will also put on a wax museum performance, where each of the students will dress to look like a wax replica of a musician from a selected era.

St. Laurence Parish School - 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, Delaware County (610-789-2670)
7:00 p.m.-St. Laurence will celebrate 90 years of providing quality Catholic education with a commemorative birthday party. As part of the celebration, the Overbrook String Band and the school's choir will entertain parents, students, faculty and staff with performances throughout the evening. Students will also be invited to participate in a scavenger hunt based on the school's 90 years of history.

Bishop McDevitt High School - 125 Royal Avenue, Wyncote, Montgomery County (215-887-5575)
11:00 a.m.- Bishop McDevitt High School will host the Fifth Annual Papal Colloquium, entitled The Dignity of a Person. The keynote speaker for the event will be Immaculée Ilibagiza, one of the world's most renowned speakers on the topics of peace, faith, and forgiveness. Immaculée will tell the amazing story of her horrific ordeal during the 1994 Rwanda genocide campaign, and how her experiences led her to a new life of forgiveness and a profound relationship with God.

Friday, February 5, 2010
Holy Trinity Parish School -Stockham & Osborne Avenues, Morrisville, Bucks County (215-295-6900)
6:30 p.m.-Holy Trinity Parish School will celebrate the diversity of its school community through an assembly highlighting school families from different countries. Ten families will share clothing, art and stories from their native country. The students will also use Google Earth to "zoom in" and see the different places their classmates lived. Fifth and sixth graders will begin the assembly with a prayer for peace and acceptance that is based on Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. At the conclusion of the assembly, the eighth grade will perform a choral recitation of Dr. King's speech.

Fore more information about Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Meredith Wilson
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215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Inducts Five Honorees Into Hall Of Fame

January 27, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA INDUCTS FIVE HONOREES INTO HALL OF FAME

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will honor five remarkable Catholic school graduates with the 2010 Distinguished Graduate Award for their professional and personal accomplishments. Also known as the Archdiocesan Hall of Fame, the Distinguished Graduate Awards have a grand tradition of honoring Catholic school alumni who have not only achieved professional success in their chosen fields, but also have demonstrated a commitment to living their lives by the Gospel Values that guide and define Catholic education in the Archdiocese.

Ms. Tracy Davidson, Anchor, WCAU-TV (NBC10), will be the emcee for the evening.

6:00 p.m.
Friday, January 29, 2010
The Crystal Tea Room - Wanamaker Building
Broad and Juniper Streets
Philadelphia


The five individuals being inducted into the Archdiocesan Hall of Fame are:

Most Reverend Francis B. Schulte - Archbishop Emeritus of New Orleans
Norwood Academy; St. Joseph's Preparatory School

Jane Arnold -Department of Institutional Advancement, Bishop McDevitt High School
St. Fidelis Parish School, Brooklyn Diocese, N.Y.; Dominican Commercial High School, Brooklyn Diocese, N.Y.; Bishop McDevitt High School, Honorary Graduate

Tony Conti - Former Office Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers- Philadelphia
Immaculate Conception Parish School; Cardinal Dougherty High School

Peggie O'Neill -- Founder, Prayer Power
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School; Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

Gerald J. Parsons - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Communications Test Design, Inc.; Chairman, Archdiocesan Board of Education
Saints Phillip & James Parish School; Bishop Shanahan High School

These five individuals exemplify the Promise Fulfilled by Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


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Archdiocesean Schools Mobilize For Haiti Relief Efforts

January 28, 2010

ARCHDIOCESEAN SCHOOLS MOBILIZE FOR HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS

Schools across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have heeded the call of Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, to support the people of Haiti and pray for their ongoing recovery. Here is a sample of school programs across the Archdiocese to bolster Haitian relief efforts:

Conshohocken Catholic School, 205 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, Montgomery County
In just one day, the students of Conshohocken Catholic School raised $1,100 for Haitian relief efforts. A friend of the school, Sr. Catherine Gerald, S.S.J., was scheduled to visit the neighboring Dominican Republic on January 14,just two days after the Haiti earthquake struck. Students quickly mobilized to raise funds for Sr. Catherine to bring with her to purchase medicine for the earthquake victims. A letter to parents was sent home on January 13, and by the time Sr. Catherine boarded a plane for the Dominican Republic the very next day, she had more than $1,000 to deliver in person for relief efforts. Sr. Catherine is still in the Dominican Republic and available for interviews for interested media.

Mother of Divine Providence Parish School, 405 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, Montgomery County
On Friday, January 29 at 8:30 a.m., Mother of Divine Providence Parish School's seventh grade will sell donuts to raise money for Catholic Relief Services. To help instill the Gospel value of charity in the students, teachers and school administration have encouraged the students to consider donating their own allowances or snack money. Many of the students have even taken on special chores at home to earn additional money to donate.

Our Lady of Confidence School of Special Education, 314 N. Easton Road, Willow Grove, Montgomery County
On Tuesday, February 2 at 1 p.m., Our Lady of Confidence students will dance the afternoon away to help support the relief efforts in Haiti. Students will be invited to Father Curran Hall at St. David Parish (316 N. Easton Road, Willow Grove, Montgomery County) to participate in the dance-a-thon to support the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

St. Athanasius-Immaculate Conception, 7105 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia
On Friday, February 5 at 9:30 a.m., St. Athanasius-Immaculate Conception will hold a "Hoops for Haiti" basketball competition. The school's Junior Varsity boys' and girls' basketball teams will face off to raise funds for the Haiti relief efforts. Admission is $1 for students and $2 for adults, and all ticket sales will be donated to Catholic Relief Services.

Lansdale Catholic High School, 700 Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale, Montgomery County
On Saturday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m., Lansdale Catholic will host the "Taking a Bow for Haiti" talent show in lieu of the school's annual Valentine's Day dance. The school's Personal and Organizational Leadership Class presented a proposal to school administrators outlining their idea to have a fundraising event instead of the yearly Valentine's Day dance. The school's administration gladly accepted the students' proposal to host the "Taking a Bow for Haiti" talent show. All proceeds for the event will be donated to Catholic Relief Services for the victims of earthquake in Haiti.

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Meredith Wilson
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Bishop Mcfadden Unveils Netbook Initiative At Holy Innocents Area Catholic School Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

February 3, 2010

BISHOP MCFADDEN UNVEILS NETBOOK INITIATIVE
AT HOLY INNOCENTS AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

On Wednesday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m., Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will unveil a new Netbook program at Holy Innocents Area Catholic School as part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 2010 Catholic Schools Week celebration. Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools; Nancy Caramanico, Director of Technology K-12; and Sister Regina Mullen, I.H.M., Principal of Holy Innocents Area Catholic School, will take part in the ceremony.

The ceremony will commence with a prayer offered by Bishop McFadden, who will lead the seventh and eighth grade students in unwrapping their new netbooks. A few students will provide a brief demonstration on how the netbooks will be utilized in the classroom.

10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Holy Innocents Area Catholic School
1312 E. Bristol Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124


The netbooks, made possible through state funding, will be used by students daily as part of Holy Innocents' one-to-one computer initiative. The netbooks will be used across all subject areas including Math, Reading, English and Science.

For more information about Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia visit www.catholicschools-phl.org

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Bishop Senior To Present Check From Css Staffers To Catholic Relief Services For Haiti Relief

February 4, 2010

BISHOP SENIOR TO PRESENT CHECK
FROM CSS STAFFERS TO CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES FOR HAITI RELIEF

On Friday, February 5 at 1:30 p.m., Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, on behalf of the staffs of Divine Providence Village, St. Edmond's Home for Children and Don Guanella Village and School, Delaware County, will present a check to Candice Harris, of Catholic Relief Services' U.S. Northeast Regional Office, to benefit the Haiti Relief effort.

The check represents donations from staff members of the Developmental Programs of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It is with respect and compassion for the Haitian people that this small effort will assist those so desperately in need. One additional contribution was made by Jamie Manella, a resident of the Cardinal Krol Center at Don Guanella Village, for developmentally disabled young adult men. Mr. Manella insisted that staff members accept his savings of $4.00.

1:30 p.m.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Divine Providence Village (Chapel)
686 Old Marple Road
Springfield, PA 19064


Mark Fitzgerald, Director of the Developmental Programs Division of Catholic Social Services; Sister Mary Veasy, SSJ, Pastoral Associate at Divine Providence Village; Danela Lans, a social worker at Cardinal Krol Center; and Lumene Gresseau, Direct Care Professional at St. Edmond's Home for Children; will represent their respective staffs in the ceremony. Both Lans and Gresseau are relocated from Haiti with ties to the devastated area.

Divine Providence Village provides services for developmentally-disabled adolescent girls and women. Both Divine Providence and the Cardinal Krol Center operate an Adult Training Facility, a Work Activity Center and a community employment program for residents. St. Edmond's Home for Children, Rosemont, is a special place for children with developmental and physical disabilities. Don Guanella School serves adolescent boys with developmental disabilities while the Cardinal Krol Center serves adult men and offers a variety of day services .

For more information about programs and facilities of Catholic Social Services in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia visit www.archphila.org.

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Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director for Communications
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Cardinal Rigali Urges Caution, Best Judgment During Extreme Winter Weather

February 6, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI URGES CAUTION, BEST JUDGMENT
DURING EXTREME WINTER WEATHER

Due to the extreme weather, Cardinal Justin Rigali is reminding parishioners in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to use caution as they plan for weekend Mass attendance. Masses will be celebrated in the 267 parishes of the Archdiocese on both Saturday evening and Sunday. At the same time, Cardinal Rigali asks parishioners to use their best judgment about whether it is safe for them to leave home.

If parishioners are unable to travel they are encouraged to watch the Mass on television in English on WPVI-TV that airs at 5:30 a.m. Sunday or on EWTN (check ewtn.com for times). Parishioners may also find the Mass in Spanish on Telemundo at 6:30 a.m.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
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St. John Bosco Parish School To Close At End Of School Year

February 8, 2010

St. John Bosco Parish School to Close at End of School Year

Reverend Martin T. Cioppi, Pastor at St. John Bosco Parish in Hatboro announced at Masses this past weekend that the recommendation to close the parish's school has been accepted by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia. Fr. Cioppi informed faculty members on Thursday, February 4, 2010. School families were also informed this weekend that St. John Bosco Parish School will close at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.

In accepting the recommendation, Cardinal Rigali said, "I know that this is a very painful time for the St. John Bosco school community, however without action, the academic and spiritual vigor of this school and the financial health of the parish would suffer."

In April 2009, Fr. Cioppi sought permission to study the viability of the parish's school due to declining enrollment, increasing costs and a desire to provide families an affordable, quality Catholic education. The study, undertaken by a Steering Committee consisting of Fr. Cioppi, the school's principal and lay representatives, found that the enrollment at St. John Bosco decreased by more than 30% over a five year period -- from 222 in 2003-2004 to 152 in 2009-2010. Without action, the parish was projected to incur significant debt, as the financial resources it generates were insufficient to cover the school subsidies. After reviewing the study findings, the Steering Committee came to the unanimous decision to recommend the closing of St. John Bosco Parish School at the end of the school year in June 2010.

Neighboring parish schools, including Saint David in Willow Grove, Nativity of Our Lord in Warminster and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Southampton will be prepared to accept students from St. John Bosco beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

"The Parish of Saint John Bosco is a vibrant community of faith and is saddened by the need to close our parish school," said Fr. Cioppi. "However, we know that our neighboring parish schools will be able to provide an affordable and quality Catholic education for our parishioners' children."


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Archdiocesan Schools In Philadelphia Closed Wednesday

February 9, 2010

Archdiocesan Schools in Philadelphia Closed Wednesday

Archdiocesan schools in Philadelphia will be closed on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 due to the snow. Please note that this announcement only pertains to Archdiocesan schools within the city of Philadelphia. Schools in the suburbs make their own announcements. Please continue to check this website for updates.

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Donna Farrell
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Two Parish Schools To Form Regional Catholic School In Montgomery County

February 15, 2010

TWO PARISH SCHOOLS TO FORM REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL
IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Queen of Peace and Saint John of the Cross Parish Schools Come Together


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today that Queen of Peace Parish School in Ardsley and Saint John of the Cross Parish School in Roslyn will form a new regional school, as yet unnamed, at the site of the current Queen of Peace Parish campus in September 2010. Reverend John D. Reardon, Pastor of St. John of the Cross Parish, and Reverend Lawrence F. Crehan, Pastor of Queen of Peace Parish, announced at Masses this weekend that the recommendation to merge their individual parish schools into a regional Catholic school was recently approved by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia. The new name will be chosen by Cardinal Rigali with input by school families and the steering committees.

"Both Queen of Peace and St. John of the Cross have long traditions of offering high quality Catholic education rooted in Gospel Values," said Cardinal Justin Rigali. "Now, those exceptional schools will combine powerfully into a new regional school that will serve our students well and build upon the legacies and reputations of Queen of Peace and St. John of the Cross."

In September 2009, the two parishes requested permission from the Cardinal to study the viability of a regional grade school. The schools formed a steering committee, consisting of pastors, principals and lay representatives from each parish. With overwhelming support from both parishes to form a new regional Catholic school, the Steering Committee came to a unanimous decision to close both parish schools and form a new school, which will allow the parishes to pool resources and offer students the best, values-based academic experience.

"I would like to express thanks to Fr. Reardon, Fr. Crehan and the schools' Steering Committee who have completed these school studies thoroughly and with great care to provide a superior Catholic education for the future children in this community," said Cardinal Rigali. "The transition naturally may be difficult for our teachers, school families and students, so I have asked the Office of Catholic Education to do everything possible to assist them as we look positively to the future."

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Meredith Wilson
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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Observes Ash Wednesday

February 16, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA OBSERVES ASH WEDNESDAY

Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass and distribute ashes on:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Concelebrants will include Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior, Auxiliary Bishop of 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.

The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, on all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light.

All the faithful are encouraged, when possible, to participate at Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist daily, to celebrate frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to participate in parish Lenten devotions as well as Lenten education programs. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is especially recommended.

Editor's Note: Because the Feast of Saint Joseph will be on a Friday in Lent this year, the obligation to abstain from meat does not bind on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Friday, March 19, 2010.

An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the rear parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted.


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Cardinal Rigali To Welcome Almost 900 New Members Into The Catholic Church

February 19, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO WELCOME ALMOST 900
NEW MEMBERS INTO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside at three celebrations of the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates. This is an important step for 895 adults who have chosen to join the Catholic Church. All of the celebrations will be at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.

Saturday, February 20, 2010
6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia - South Vicariate
Chester County Vicariate

Sunday, February 21, 2010
2:30 p.m.
Philadelphia - North Vicariate
Montgomery County Vicariate

Sunday, February 21, 2010
6:30 p.m.
Bucks County Vicariate
Delaware County Vicariate



During the Rite of Election, Cardinal Rigali will receive and bless 487 candidates (those who have been baptized in other faiths) and 408 catechumens (those who have not been baptized). The Liturgical music will be provide by St. Norbert Parish choir on Saturday and the One Voice combined choir on Sunday. After a reflective and intense period of prayer during Lent, the catechumens and candidates will become full members of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass in their parishes on Saturday, April 3, 2010.

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. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Reporters and still photographers are welcome in the Cathedral.

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Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Catholic Schools Raise Over $145,000 For Haiti Relief Bishop Mcfadden And Students To Present Check To Catholic Relief Services

February 22, 2010

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS RAISE OVER $145,000 FOR HAITI RELIEF
Bishop McFadden and Students to Present Check to Catholic Relief Services

On Tuesday, February 23 at 9:45 a.m., Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, and students from twelve Archdiocesan schools will present Catholic Relief Services with a check to help fund the organization's Haiti relief efforts. Maureen McCullough, Regional Director of Catholic Relief Services, will be on hand to accept the check on behalf of the organization, which is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community providing assistance to people in more than 100 countries and territories based on need.

9:45 a.m.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Archdiocesan Office Center
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103



Since the January 12 earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti, schools across the five counties of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have mobilized to raise funds to support the country's relief efforts. Students planned fundraising events in their communities, collected change for dress down days and completed extra chores for additional allowance to help support the people of Haiti. Through campaigns like these and many others, Archdiocesan schools have raised over $145,000 for Catholic Relief Services.


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Archdiocesan Priests To Perform In Concert At Cathedral Basilica "the Word Made Flesh: A Concert Of Sacred Music Celebrating Year Of The Priest" "priest Singers" To Be Joined By All-catholic Secondary Chorus, Keystone State Boychoir

February 24, 2010

ARCHDIOCESAN PRIESTS TO PERFORM IN CONCERT AT CATHEDRAL BASILICA

"The Word Made Flesh: A Concert of Sacred Music Celebrating Year of the Priest"
"Priest Singers" to be Joined by All-Catholic Secondary Chorus, Keystone State Boychoir

Approximately 40 priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will perform in concert at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Thursday, March 25, 2010 in celebration of the Year of the Priest.

Joining the "Philadelphia Priest Singers" in the Concert of Sacred Music will be the All-Catholic Secondary Chorus and the renowned Keystone State Boychoir.

Reserved seat tickets ( $7.00-$10.00-$15.00) are on sale now at the Archdiocesan Office for Special Projects, 222 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, or by phone at 215-587-3519. A ticket order form is available online at www.archphila.org (click the Sacred Concert box). Seating capacity is limited.


7:30 p.m.
March 25, 2010
Cathedral Basilica Ss. Peter and Paul
18th and Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Reverend Monsignor Michael Matz is Conductor of the Philadelphia Priest singers, with assistance from Reverend Keith Chylinski. Reverend Gerald Carey is accompanist on keyboards. Father Chylinski and Father Carey also will perform a duet. Another highlight of the evening will be a solo performance by Reverend Dennis Carbonaro.

The All-Catholic Secondary Chorus is directed by Mrs. Marge Campbell. The Keystone State Boychoir is conducted by Mr. Steven Fisher.

Members of the "Philadelphia Priest Singers" by county and parish are as follows:

AUXILIARY BISHOPS


Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior
Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas

BUCKS COUNTY

Rev. Michael Davis, St. Thomas Acquinas Parish, Croydon
Rev. Joseph Dragon, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Doylestown
Rev. Msgr. Anthony D'Angelico, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Southampton
Rev. Joseph Lea, Immaculate Conception Parish, Levittown
Rev. John Meyers, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Bensalem
Rev. Jeffrey Stecz, St. Agnes Parish, Sellersville.
Rev. Msgr. John Wendrychowicz, St. Agnes Parish, Sellersville
Rev. Zachary Navit, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Buckingham

CHESTER COUNTY
Rev. Michael Kelly, Ss. Phillip and James Parish, Exton.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Rev. Louis Kolenkiewicz, Our Lady of Peace Parish, Milmont Park

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Rev. Anthony Janton, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Abington
Rev. Edward Kelly, Visitation B.V.M. Parish, Norristown
Rev. Msgr. Michael Matz, St. Genevieve Parish, Flourtown
Rev. Andrew McCormick, Sacred Heart Parish, Swedesburg

PHILADELPHIA

Rev. Gerald Carey, St. Paul Parish
Rev. Dennis Carbonaro, Our Lady of Consolation Parish
Rev. Keith Chylinski, St. Anselm Parish
Rev. Christopher Cooke, St. Martin of Tours Parish
Rev. James Cox, St. Cecilia Parish
Rev. Msgr. Louis D'Addezio, St. Patrick Parish
Rev. Charles Kennedy, Incarnation of Our Lord Parish
Rev. Edward Kuczynski, St. Charles Borromeo Parish
Rev. Stephen Leva, St. Timothy Parish
Rev. James McCabe, St. Cecilia Parish
Rev. Msgr. James Mortimer, St. William Parish
Rev. Michael Olivere, Divine Mercy Parish
Rev. Thomas Sodano, St. Bernard Parish
Rev. Charles Zlock, Office for Clergy

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Piazza, Romero, Ramsey Headline Men's Spirituality Conference Online Registration In Final Weeks For March 13 At Archbishop Ryan

February 25, 2010

PIAZZA, ROMERO, RAMSEY HEADLINE MEN'S SPIRITUALITY CONFERENCE
Online Registration in Final Weeks for March 13 at Archbishop Ryan

Phoenixville native Mike Piazza, a 12-time Major League Baseball All-Star catcher; Evangelist and radio/TV talk host Jesse Romero; and Charles Ramsey, Philadelphia Police Commissioner, will headline an impressive lineup of speakers for the second Men's Spirituality Conference to be held March 13, 2010 at Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia.

Piazza is a product of St. Ann Parish School in Phoenixville, Montgomery County and is an Advisory Board member of "Catholic Athletes for Christ." Piazza will speak on the influence that the Mass and the Blessed Virgin Mary had on his Journey of Faith throughout his baseball career. Romero's topic will be "Thank God I Am Forgiven". Romero will also lead the Spanish-speaking portion of the conference. Commissioner Ramsey will discuss how his Catholic faith strengthens and guide him as he leads his police force and serves the Common Good.

More than 60 priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the day.

The Conference theme during Lent is, "Be Reconciled to the Lord." (2Cor 5:20). Registration ($35 per person, $30 family rate) is underway at www.archphila.org or via 215-587-5639.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the conference's Closing Mass at 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 13, 2010
8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Archbishop Ryan High School
11201 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154


"The Conference will provide all Catholic men of the Archdiocese with a unique opportunity to come together to address their spiritual needs and share with other men the challenges they face at home, in the parish and the workplace," said Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, who heads the Conference planning committee.

In addition to Piazza, Romero and Ramsey, other speakers and topics include:

" Mark Houck, Founder of "The King's Men": "The Heart of a Man - Holiness."
" Rev. Daniel Mackle, pastor, St. Patrick's Parish, Philadelphia: "The Eucharist, Source of Empowerment for Fathers and Husbands."
" Ed Lis, Archdiocesan Director of Catholic Mission Integration: "Finding God Amidst Life's Challenges and Changes."
" Don Saleski and Eustace Mita: Establishing a Parish Faith Sharing Group.
" Rev. Luis Calderon, O.A.R.: Assoc. Director, Centro Guadalupe, Archdiocese of Newark (Spanish)

* * Parking is limited at Archbishop Ryan. Conference registrants are urged to take advantage of round-trip bus transportation being provided (free will offering) from centralized parish locations throughout the five-county Archdiocese. Secure free parking at nearby Franklin Mills Mall, with shuttle service the short distance to Archbishop Ryan High School, will be provided. Registrants with cars should go to the designated Blue Area, Rear Lot by Burlington Coat Factory Store. For further information, please email MSCquestions@adphila.org or call 215-587-5639.

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Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Termination Of Flu Season Directives

March 2, 2010

TERMINATION OF FLU SEASON DIRECTIVES

The flu season directives which have been in force since October 18, 2009 provided a necessary pastoral response to the health risks associated with the H1N1 Flu. The current information available from the Center for Disease Control confirms that the 2009 H1N1 Flu has significantly dissipated throughout the country and especially in our region. Individuals must still be encouraged to use good sense if they are ill and have flu-like symptoms when they are in group settings.

Therefore, with the notable change in the circumstances that prompted the flu season directives, it seems timely to terminate them. In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in all parishes and institutions, as of Sunday, March 14, 2010 the exchange of the sign of peace and the distribution of the Precious Blood for the faithful may be reintroduced in the manner indicated by the liturgical norms.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Don Guanella School Hosts Villanova University Women's Basketball Team

March 2, 2010

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL HOSTS VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

Don Guanella School will host the women's basketball team from Villanova University for their annual basketball clinic. The Lady Wildcats will conduct drills in dribbling, 3-point shooting and passing for the boys with special needs. The young men will also hold a pep rally complete with chants and homemade posters to wish the team good luck in their upcoming Big East Tournament.


3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Don Guanella Gymnasium
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County



Don Guanella School is a facility operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21.

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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact Robert Neely, Activities Director for Don Guanella School, at 484-716-5131

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Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Announcement Regarding Stella Maris Parish School

March 3, 2010

ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING STELLA MARIS PARISH SCHOOL

Cardinal Justin Rigali has announced that Stella Maris School may remain open for the 2010-2011 school year, dependent upon registration, as parish planning continues in the region to strengthen Catholic education on the elementary level.

The Pastor of Stella Maris Parish, Reverend Peter DiMaria, informed the faculty this morning. A letter, signed by Father DiMaria; Sister Lawrence Elizabeth, S.S.J., Principal of Stella Maris Parish and Ms. Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent of Schools, was sent to school families.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Observance Mass

March 9, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE
ST. PATRICK'S DAY OBSERVANCE MASS

AND MARCH IN 240th ANNUAL PARADE


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist for the Saint Patrick's Day Observance Mass. Concelebrants of the Mass include, Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia as well as Reverend Christopher M. Walsh and Reverend Kevin J. Gallagher, Chaplains for the St. Patrick's Day Observance Association.

The Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band will lead a procession from Saint Patrick Parish Rectory to the Church at 8:45 a.m.

Sunday, March 14, 2010
8:45 a.m. Procession
9:00 a.m. Mass
Saint Patrick Parish
20th and Locust Streets
Philadelphia


Following Mass, Cardinal Rigali will join marchers from over 215 groups in the 240th Saint Patrick's Day Parade. The parade theme is Saint Patrick, Model of Unity for the Church and the World. Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 2:00 a.m. also marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Mass goers and parade watchers should be reminded to move their clocks ahead one hour so that they don't miss out on the celebration.

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Editor's Note: For more information about the Saint Patrick Day Observance Association, please visit www.philadelphiastpatsparade.com



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Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary To Conduct Walking Pilgrimage To The Ukrainian Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception

March 10, 2010

SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO SEMINARY TO CONDUCT WALKING PILGRIMAGE TO THE UKRAINIAN CATHEDRAL OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Reverend Monsignor Joseph G. Prior, Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, will lead approximately 150 seminarians, administrators, and faculty members on a walking pilgrimage from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, located in Wynnewood, Montgomery County, to the Ukrainian Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia at 833 North Franklin Street on Sunday, March 14, 2010. This pilgrimage will be a walking journey of approximately 7.5 miles.

This year marks the third time in the Seminary's history that the pilgrimage will be made entirely on foot; the previous pilgrimages were March, 2006 to Saint Peter's Church with the Shrine of Saint John Neumann in North Philadelphia and April, 2008 to the Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia in South Philadelphia. The walking pilgrimage is conducted every two years and is alternated with the Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to the National Shrine in Washington, D.C.

The group will depart the Seminary around 8:00 a.m. with an expected arrival around 10:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy, which will be celebrated in English, is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
Departure approximately at 8:00 a.m. (Interview availability beginning 7:45 a.m.)
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA

Ukrainian Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Arrival approximately at 10:30 p.m. (Interview availability until 11:00 a.m.);
Mass at 11:00 a.m. (Interview availability again at 12:00 p.m.)
833 North Franklin Street
Philadelphia, PA


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Editor's Note: The pilgrimage route will follow Wynnewood Road to City Avenue to 54th Street to Wynnefield Avenue to Belmont Avenue to Montgomery Drive to Martin Luther King (West River) Drive to Eakins Oval onto Spring Garden Street to 7th Street to Poplar Street to North Franklin Street ending at 844 North Franklin Street.

For further information please contact Daniel Skalski at 610-785-6219 or (cell) 609-335-0714.


Contact
Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Bishop Mcfadden Serves As Honorary Chaplain On St. Patrick's Day To The Pennsylvania House Of Representatives

March 16, 2010

BISHOP MCFADDEN SERVES AS HONORARY CHAPLAIN ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY TO THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

On Wednesday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m., Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will serve as the honorary chaplain to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Bishop McFadden was invited by members of the Irish Caucus to serve as the Guest Chaplain of the House of Representatives in observance of Saint Patrick's Day.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
11:00 a.m.
Pennsylvania State Capitol
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17101



As honorary chaplain, Bishop McFadden will open the House of Representative's session with a prayer.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Annual Mass For Persons With Disabilities

March 17, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE
ANNUAL MASS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Approximately 1,000 people are expected attend


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities. 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 in the effort to raise awareness and create access for people with disabilities in the life of the Church.


Sunday, March 21, 2010
Musical Prelude ~ 2:00 p.m.
Mass ~ 2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


The Divine Providence Village Bell Choir, which is composed of woman with intellectual developmental disabilities will be the featured guest choir performing at the prelude of the Mass. The One Flock Choir, which is made up entirely of students from Archdiocesan Special Education School will sing the Hymn of Praise after Communion and the Villanova University Pastoral Music Choir will provide the liturgical music. Volunteers from area Catholic youth groups and Archdiocesan High Schools will be on hand to assist in accommodating individuals with disabilities. Participation is encouraged among individuals with disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and caregivers. All are welcome to attend.

A reception will be held immediately following Mass in the Archdiocesan Office Center at 222 North 17th Street. The Nevilaires Choir, consisting of individuals who are blind, will provide musical entertainment for the reception.

The Department for Pastoral Care or Persons with Disabilities requests those planning to attend to advise the department in advance for seating accommodations. For more information please contact 215-587-3530 or PCPDDEAF@adphila.org.

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Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Catholic Youth Organization (cyo) Holds 17th Annual Hall Of Fame Awards Dinner

March 18, 2010

CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION (CYO) HOLDS
17th ANNUAL HALL OF FAME AWARDS DINNER

The Archdiocesan Office for Youth and Young Adults will celebrate the 17th Annual Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Hall of Fame Awards Dinner to honor the lifetime achievements of adults who espouse the virtues and values of the Catholic Church and CYO. Proceeds from the Awards Dinner will help fund programs coordinated by the Office for Youth and Young Adults.

The Class of 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees includes Reverend Monsignor Francis X. Schmidt, former Director of Youth Activities; Harry Perretta, Villanova University women's basketball coach; Deacon Alvin A Clay III, CEO of Davidson Trust Company; and Dolores Purcell, former women's basketball coach at West Catholic High School. In addition, Chris DiJulia will receive the prestigious Tom Gola Award, which is presented to someone who embodies faith, courage, spirit and support of others through sports. DiJulia, 40, has not allowed the challenges of cerebral palsy to limit his support and loyalty to a family of athletes, as well as CYO and collegiate athletics.

Monday, March 22, 2010
5:30 p.m. Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Drexelbrook (Drexelbrook Drive and Valley Road)
Drexel Hill, Delaware County


The CYO is one department of the Office for Youth and Young Adults, an Archdiocesan Office which supports school, parish and Church leaders in their mission to prepare youth and young adults to hear and respond to the call of Jesus Christ. Through spiritual, service, leadership development and athletics programs, the Office for Youth and Young Adults works to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community as well as to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each person.

This year's Hall of Fame inductees are:

Deacon Alvin A. Clay III is Chief Executive Officer of Davidson Trust Company located in Devon, Pennsylvania. Davidson is a Wealth Advisor, Investment Manager, and Trustee, managing $1 billion of assets for private clients and institutions.

In 2002, he was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and serves at Immaculate Conception Church in Jenkintown, and at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, on special occasions.

Deacon Clay is a graduate of St. Francis of Assisi School and Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, PA and is a member of the Cardinal O'Hara Hall of Fame. While in school, he was an active participant in CYO football, basketball, and one-act plays. Deacon Clay is a member of the Board of Directors of Leone Industries, a New Jersey manufacturer of glass containers, a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), and a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Legatus. He is also a member of The Union League of Philadelphia and The Sunday Breakfast Club.

He earned a BS in Accounting and a Master of Taxation degree from Villanova University. He holds the professional designations of Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner. He has served on the Villanova School of Business' adjunct faculty and is the author of a professional reference manual on partnership taxation. Deacon Clay is currently writing a series of columns for The Philadelphia Inquirer on the subject of Business Ethics. He is a frequent speaker on business ethics, the taxation of investments, and other matters affecting wealth management for individuals and trusts.

His charitable endeavors include Board Member and Treasurer of the National Catholic Bioethics Center; National Advisory Board of the Center for Study of Church Management at Villanova University, the Board of BLOCS (Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools), Executive Committee of the Stewards of St. John Neumann, Advisory Board of Bishop McDevitt High School; Board of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts; Board of Trustees of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and Chairman of the Seminary's Development Committee.

At Immaculate Conception Parish, he serves on the Parish Councils, Liturgy Committee, and is Chairman of the Finance Committee and Honorary Chairman of the Capital Campaign. He is a weekly homilist at 'Immaculate' and performs many other pastoral duties in his role as deacon. He is a frequent speaker in the Archdiocese at parish, retreat, and other Church functions and addresses topics pertaining to the diaconate, stewardship, and other aspects of living the Catholic faith.

Formerly, Deacon Clay served on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Board of Education (where he chaired the Finance Committee and Special Education Committee and was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee); the Board of LaSalle College High School; Trustee and Past President of Pennsylvanians for Human Life; and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Augustinian Friars, Province of St. Thomas of Villanova.

Deacon Clay is one of ten children of Alvin and Nancy Clay of Springfield, PA. He and his wife Kathleen, who have seven children, reside in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.

Harry Perretta: Now in his 32nd year as head coach of the Villanova women's basketball program, Harry Perretta has established himself as one of the most respected and knowledgeable coaches in the country. A true teacher both on and off the court, Perretta strives to have a positive influence on his student-athletes not only as basketball players, but also as people.

Perretta began his career on the Main Line in 1978 at the age of 22, the youngest coach ever to head a women's program at Villanova. Since then, Perretta and the Wildcats have had many highlights, including reaching the Final Four of the AIAW in 1982, and after joining the Big East in 1982, leading the Wildcats to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, national rankings in the Associated Press poll, Big East regular season and tournament championships in both 1985-86 and 1986-87, the 2003 Big East Tournament title, eight outright and four shared Big 5 titles, and fourteen 20-win or better seasons.

In his 32-year Villanova career, Perretta has tallied a career record of 586-359. His 586 wins place him 21st on the winningest active collegiate coaching list, and rank him as the all-time winningest coach in the history of Villanova basketball for both men and women. In his first season of coaching, Perretta was a finalist for the AIAW small college coach of the year. Since then, he has been named the Big East Conference Coach or Co-Coach of the Year three times: in the 2008-09, 1995-96, and 1986-87 seasons. He has been named the Philadelphia Big Five Coach or Co-Coach of the Year in 1995-96, 2000-01, 2002-03 and 2003-04.

The dean of the Big East and Big 5 coaches, Perretta has brought the Wildcats national respect and success during his tenure at Villanova. Year-in and year-out, his teams are feared for their aggressive play, disciplined style, defensive prowess and pre-game preparations of an opponent.
A teacher of basketball, Perretta also realizes the importance of the overall college experience. He and his staff closely follow each player's academic progress, and 99 percent of the student-athletes who have stayed all four years have received their degrees. Using the basketball experience to teach his players lessons on life, Perretta helps prepare his players to be successful in whatever career avenue they choose.

Perretta, of Drexel Hill, PA, attended Lycoming College after earning All-Catholic League honors at Monsignor Bonner High School in Upper Darby, PA. His playing career was cut short, however, by an ankle injury during his freshman year at Lycoming. Perretta spent the remainder of his college years assisting Lycoming's varsity and junior varsity programs as a coach, and he also aided the women's program. He received his bachelor's degree in social studies and a secondary teaching certificate in 1978. In 1995, he earned his Master's Degree in Education from Villanova.
Perretta is married to the former Helen Koskinen, and they are the parents of an 11-year old son, Stephen William, and a nine-year old son, Michael John.

Dolores A. Purcell is the youngest of five children of John and Elizabeth Antoni. Her father died before she was born in 1931. Family meant everything to her mother. The three boys went to Girard College. Dolores and her sister lived at St. Vincent's Orphanage in Tacony from 1934 until 1942. She graduated from Our Mother of Sorrows grade school and from West Philadelphia Catholic High School in 1948. During her high school years, Dolores played basketball and co-captained the 1948 championship team at West. She was an All-Catholic player in her junior year and was MVP in her senior year.
Dolores married John F.X. Purcell in 1951 and they had two sons, John and Joe. She has a wonderful daughter-in-law Karin and two beautiful granddaughters, Kadie and Abigail.

In 1964, Dolores began her coaching career as an assistant basketball coach at St. Dorothy grade school. In 1965, Father Nugent hired her as a Physical Education teacher and basketball coach at West Philadelphia Catholic High School. This appointment was really a dream come true for her; she was back at her alma mater. Under her leadership, West Catholic won the Catholic League Basketball Championships in 1970, the first one since 1949. West Catholic won the title again in 1977. Catholic League division playoffs started in 1974; West made the playoffs eight times and won several tournaments during her tenure. Dolores also coached the West Catholic volleyball team from 1970 until 1973. She served as athletic director from 1970-1989. The 1985-86 season was her last coaching basketball. She continued teaching physical education until retirement in 1993. In addition to coaching and teaching, Mrs. Purcell refereed many CYO and high school basketball and volleyball games. She was certified as a national official for basketball from 1965-1995 and for volleyball from 1970-1995.

After 28 years of coaching and teaching, Dolores is a member of the West Catholic High School Hall of Fame and the West Catholic Sports Hall of Fame. Today her students and players remember her as being strict, making them work, never taking any nonsense, but always being fair. While learning much about sports, they learned even more about life from Mrs. Purcell.

In 1995, Dolores married her long time friend, Frank P. Murphy who passed away in 2002. She resides in Drexel Hill, PA with her son John and continues to live by her motto: "take one day at a time."

Monsignor Francis X. Schmidt is the first of three sons born to Henry and Estelle Schmidt, both devoted Catholics totally committed to their Church and to their family. The Schmidts grew up in Olney, in North Philadelphia, and the three boys graduated from St. Helena's School. Monsignor attended St. Joseph's Prep ('49), and after studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, he was ordained a priest in May 1957.

In 1966, Cardinal Krol appointed Father Schmidt as Director of Youth Activities, of which CYO was a significant part, and in 1967, Father Robert Maginnis, now auxiliary bishop, was appointed as his assistant. From early on, the two priests engaged the young people in the Archdiocese in CYO activities, which, through the new parish chartering program and the supervision of college students as regional aides, grew by leaps and bounds. They established an array of leadership, service and experiential education programs, especially for inner city teenagers including: Search and Leadership Retreats at Camp Neumann, a national venereal disease educational and referral service (Operation Venus) funded by the National Center for Disease Control; tutoring programs; swim instruction; foster brother and sister mentoring; Saturday cultural programs; Operation Golden Touch; and Operation Discovery. The Department also saw launched Operation Santa Claus, Agape Campfire Girls and the Manna Food Drive, all of which continue to flourish decades later.

Father Schmidt began his ministry teaching Mathematics at Cardinal Dougherty High School where he ran an extensive intramural program and coached freshman basketball. Also at Dougherty, Father Schmidt started the first Junior Legion of Mary Praesidium in the United States. In 1965, he set up an inner city basketball league, involving 500 teenagers.
With Father lgnatius Murray, he started Operation Incentive tutoring, which led to the beginning of the Community Service Corps in 1966.

In 1976, the Pope named Father Schmidt a Monsignor, and he served on the Executive Committee of the International Eucharistic Congress. The IEC Youth Council, under his direction, promoted the SIGN (Service in God's Name) program and collected 12 million pledged hours of service from young people throughout the world.

In 1981, Monsignor was named pastor of Blessed Virgin Mary Church, in Darby, and in 1995, he was assigned pastor of St. Augustine's Church in Bridgeport. Monsignor retired from "active ministry" assignment in 2006, the year of his 50th Anniversary as a priest, and yet he continued to be very "active" ever since. Monsignor now spends most of his time in promotion of Father Chuck's Challenge, a missionary project dedicated to the memory and ministry of Father Charles Pfeffer, an original member of CSC and later, an Archdiocesan Director of the Department of Youth. As of January 2010, donors to the project have enabled the construction of 425 homes for nearly 3000 poor, mostly children in five Nicaragua villages. Among other ventures, the program has also established Father Pfeffer's Fishing Village in Haiti. He now resides in Norristown, PA and provides substitute ministry in various parishes throughout the archdiocese.

Chris DiJulia: Tom Gola Award

Considered by many to be Philadelphia's No. 1 sports fan and one of the most knowledgeable, Chris DiJulia, of Havertown, PA, is a faithful and loyal supporter of all athletes. His passion for cheering others on to victory began early in life. Since he was old enough to attend with his parents, he has enthusiastically rooted for his brothers and sisters whose accomplishments include: Top 100 in America Golf Pro, Division I basketball player and Division I track and cross country runner. He is an honorary assistant basketball coach for St. Joseph's University men's and women's programs, Villanova University women's basketball and Vermont University women's basketball. In addition, he has served as an assistant high school CYO basketball coach at St. Denis Parish and as an assistant ice hockey coach at Cardinal O'Hara High School. DiJulia is an inspiration to all: coaches, players and fans alike. Over his 40 years, he has never allowed his cerebral palsy and wheelchair confinement to limit him. As close friends have said, Chris does not know the words, ``I can't.'' Numerous lives have been enriched through Chris DiJulia's love of life and his love of sports.
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Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Lansdale Catholic High School Named By International Center For Leadership In Education As One Of The Nation's Model Schools

March 18, 2010

LANSDALE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL NAMED BY INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION AS ONE OF
THE NATION'S MODEL SCHOOLS

Administration to Present at the 18th Annual Model Schools Conference



The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is proud to announce that Lansdale Catholic High School in Lansdale, Montgomery County has been chosen as one of 20 model schools in the country by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Model schools are selected annually by the International Center based on high student achievement, providing all students with a rigorous and relevant curriculum, personalized instruction, increased student learning time, parent and community involvement, use of data to make instructional decisions and other best practices.

"The administration and faculty of Lansdale Catholic have worked tirelessly to ensure that Lansdale Catholic High School remains on the cutting edge of education, focusing on both our students' academic enrichment and their moral and spiritual development," said Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "It is this drive for quality that inspired me to nominate Lansdale Catholic as one of the nation's model high schools."

In addition to being named a model school, Lansdale Catholic's administration has been asked to share their best practices at the 18th Annual Model Schools Conference from June 14 to June 17 in Orlando. Each year, the conference attracts thousands of educators, who come to learn about exemplary elementary, middle, high schools and career and technical education programs.

"We are delighted that this exceptional school will be sharing its best practices, which mirror the International Center's mission of providing a rigorous and relevant education to all students," said Willard R. Daggett, President of the International Center.


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About the International Center for Leadership in Education: Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Rexford, N.Y., the International Center for Leadership in Education assists schools and districts in implementing organizational changes that translate into world-class curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems. The International Center's work is rooted in the belief that students are living in a world that is changing dramatically and that our nation's education system needs to adapt to those changes to prepare students for the world in which they will live and work.

The Office of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has worked with the International Center for Leadership in Education since 2001.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Don Guanella School To Host Saint Malachy's Traditional Choir Of Belfast, Ireland For A Musical Celebration

March 19, 2010

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL TO HOST SAINT MALACHY'S TRADITIONAL
CHOIR OF BELFAST, IRELAND FOR A MUSICAL CELEBRATION

Don Guanella School will host Saint Malachy's Traditional Choir of Belfast, Ireland for a musical celebration. In addition to performing music selections, the choir will share Irish traditions and Gaelic football with the young men of Don Guanella. There will also be a juggler from Eastern University on hand to open the show.


10:00 a.m.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Don Guanella Gymnasium
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County



Saint Malachy's Traditional Choir has been staying with families from Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School while performing in the United States.

Don Guanella School is a facility operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21.


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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact Robert Neely, Activities Director for Don Guanella School, at 484-716-5131

Contact
Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass Commemorating Fifth Anniversary Of Death Of Pope John Paul Ii

March 25, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS COMMEMORATING
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate a 12:05 p.m. Mass marking the fifth anniversary of the death of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II. Because the anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II coincides with Good Friday this year, Pope Benedict XVI has designated Monday as the day of observance.


12:05 p.m.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia



Cardinal Rigali was a close collaborator with the late Pontiff for many years and a concelebrant at his funeral rites at the Vatican. Cardinal Rigali traveled the world with His Holiness on a number of international pastoral visits for the Vatican Secretariat of State. Included among those were Pope John Paul's first two journeys to the United States in 1979 and 1987. The 1979 trip included a historic visit to Philadelphia. Pope John Paul II died on the evening of April 2, 2005 at his Vatican City residence. More than three million people waited in line to say good-bye to their beloved religious leader at St. Peter's Basilica before his funeral on April 8, 2005. Church officials began the process of making John Paul II a saint soon after his death, waving the usual five-year waiting period.

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Editor's Note: An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral.






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Religious Leaders Council Of Greater Philadelphia Celebrates 4th Year As A Council

March 24, 2010

Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia Celebrates 4th Year as a Council



On Monday, March 22nd the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia celebrated its fourth year as a Council. Members gathered to share their wisdom as they face common challenges. They also decided to launch 'Zones of Peace', an interfaith, grassroots initiative will bring together congregations and schools throughout the region to address the root causes of violence and work for peace.

The Council includes 26 Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Baha'i religious leaders dedicated to "building relationships of mutual support, serving as a moral and spiritual voice, and taking action on issues of critical concern in our region." A focus on violence prevention became their first priority. With a public call for peace, read and celebrated in an Interfaith Inaugural Service for Mayor-Elect Michael Nutter, held on January 3, 2008, the Council announced its commitment "to promote peace in our homes and communities, to eliminate causes of hatred and to honor the dignity of all people. and to make our homes and neighborhoods zones of peace."

The Council's semi-annual meeting on March 22nd was hosted by Arthur Larrabee, General Secretary of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, at Friends Center in Center City, Philadelphia.

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What Do Ketchup, Nintendo Ds And First Communion Money Have In Common?

March 26, 2010

WHAT DO KETCHUP, NINTENDO DS AND FIRST COMMUNION MONEY
HAVE IN COMMON?

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Celebrates Lenten Sacrifices of Students


On Monday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m., The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will recognize 13 Lenten All-Stars-students who were nominated by their schools for going above and beyond in their 40-day sacrifice. Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will present 13 Archdiocesan students with certificates of recognition for demonstrating discipline and compassion for Jesus' ultimate sacrifice.

10:00 a.m.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


The 13 students being honored as Lenten All-Stars are:

Shea Diehl, Third Grade
St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish School, Yardley, Bucks County
"Shea donated $100 from his First Communion money to the Haiti Relief efforts."

Jordyn Fregia, Kindergarten
Immaculate Conception Parish School, Levittown, Bucks County
"Jordyn gave up eating cookies and fighting with her brother. When asked about it she stated, 'I really love chocolate chip cookies and I wanted to do something nice for Jesus. I wanted to show my brother Jesus' love.'"

William Horsell, Sixth Grade
St. Monica Parish School, Berwyn, Chester County
"For Will, giving up all sweets for 40 days is a real sacrifice. He was tempted repeatedly throughout the Lenten Season with Valentine's Day parties and more."

Hailey McKay, Fourth Grade
St. Francis de Sales Parish School, Aston, Delaware County
"Hailey is accompanying her father to Fair Acres Assisted Living to visit the sick and give Communion. Hailey wanted to spend time with her father and cheer people up."

John Ellis, Sixth Grade
Our Lady of Fatima Parish School, Secane, Delaware County
"I gave up ketchup on my food, fighting with my brother and helping my grandmother because I wanted to get closer to Jesus."

Xander Rodriquez, Fourth Grade
St. Katharine of Siena, Wayne, Delaware County
"I just didn't feel as if I was doing enough by just giving up candy. So I decided to give my allowance instead."

Andrew O'Donnell, Seventh Grade
Epiphany of Our Lord Parish School, Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County
"Andrew is saying the rosary daily in hopes that his learning disabled sister will talk."

Talia Bauder, Sixth Grade
St. Stanislaus Parish School, Lansdale, Montgomery County
"I want to come closer to Jesus. I am trying not to fight with my brother because my mom gets stressed about it. I'm going to give her a break and also do the dishes every night during Lent. I really wanted to try and get along better with my brother; I thought it would be a great time to rebuild our relationship."

Brigid Anders, Kindergarten
St. Francis Assisi School, Norristown, Montgomery County
"I gave up pretzels because they are my favorite thing to eat and because I love Jesus so much. He gave up his life, so it is easy for me to give up something I love."

Abby Schwenger and Mary Pappert, Fourth Grade
Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, Philadelphia County
"Both girls have given up their free time to raise over $400 for Haiti and Chile earthquake relief efforts."

Albert Tajaya, Sixth Grade
St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish School, Philadelphia South
"Albert gave up his video army games for Lent. He wanted to see what it felt like to not play games and spend more time with his school work."

Angel Velazquez, Fifth Grade
St. Peter the Apostle School, Philadelphia South
"Angel wanted to give up soda for Lent to do something for Jesus. He truly shows his love for Jesus Christ."

Giovanna McKinley, First Grade
St. Mary Interparochial, Philadelphia South
"Giovanna gave up playing her DS. She played her DS every day and loved playing it. She said she wanted to make a hard sacrifice just like Jesus did."

Marissa Rosario, Seventh Grade
St. Cecilia Parish School, Philadelphia North
"Marissa has given up her favorites-Tastykakes and ice cream. Marissa understands that Jesus gave up so much for us because he loves us and wanted to demonstrate her love for him."


All Kindergarten Students
Maternity BVM Parish School, Philadelphia North
"The entire Kindergarten class at Maternity BVM has taken the unplugged challenge for Lent. Students are not using their Playstations, DS systems, Computers, etc. in order to do something special for Lent. When asked what students are doing instead of using these electronic devices responses have included: 'read the Bible,' 'became a role model for my sister,' 'painted,' and 'played a game with my sister.'



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Holy Week And Easter Masses Holy Thursday Through Easter Sunday April 1, 2010 - April 4, 2010

March 29, 2010

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER MASSES
Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday
April 1, 2010 - April 4, 2010

HOLY THURSDAY CHRISM MASS - April 1st - 9:40 a.m. Procession / 10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the main celebrant and homilist. This Mass is a clear expression of the unity of the priesthood and the sacrifice of Christ which continues to be present in the Church. During the Mass, Cardinal Rigali will consecrate the Oil of Chrism and bless the Oil of Catechumens and Oil of the Sick. These holy oils will be used throughout the Archdiocese during the coming year in celebration of the Sacraments. (mult-box feed)

For those that cannot attend the Chrism Mass in person, the Mass will be streamed live on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia website at www.archphila.org. This Mass is also being broadcast live on Holy Spirit Radio 1570 AM (WISP) and 1420 AM (WCOJ) and on The Catholic Channel on Sirius 159 and XM 117.

HOLY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER - April 1st - 5:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the main celebrant and homilist. This Mass commemorates the Last Supper, during which Christ instituted the sacrament of Holy Eucharist, the sacrament of Holy Orders and gave us His commandment to love one another. 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 seminarians from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. no mult-box feed)

GOOD FRIDAY - April 2nd - 12:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Father Sean Bransfield, Assistant Judicial Vicar, Metropolitan Tribunal, will preside during choral meditations, readings and homilies prior to the Solemn Celebration of the Lord's Passion. (no mult-box feed)

GOOD FRIDAY WAY OF THE CROSS - April 2nd - 7:30 p.m.
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary 100 East Wynnewood Road Wynnewood, Montgomery County

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant for a Good Friday candlelight procession and devotions of the Way of the Cross on the grounds of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. These devotions will commemorate the tradition of Pope John Paul II in praying the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday night throughout his Pontificate. Clergy, religious and parishioners in the Archdiocese as well as those of other Christian faiths are invited to join Cardinal Rigali for this public witness to our faith and to make the Way of the Cross part of their devotional life. The Stations of the Cross will take place rain or shine. Parking will be available at Saint Joseph's University (entrance to parking lot is on 54th Street below City Avenue) with shuttle buses to bring participants to the Seminary. If you are planning to attend, please call Kathy Kelley at (215) 965-8280 with the number expected to participate (for planning purposes). (no mult-box feed)

HOLY SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL - April 3rd - 8:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist at the Easter Vigil Mass celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. There are four parts: Light Service (Blessing of the Fire and lighting of the Paschal Candle), Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of Baptism and the Eucharist. After a reflective and intense period of prayer during Lent, Catechumens (those who have not been baptized) and Candidates (those who have been baptized in other faiths) will become full members of the Catholic Church at the Cathedral and parishes throughout the Archdiocese. In 2010, almost 900 Catholics will be welcomed into the Church. (no-mult-box feed)

EASTER SUNDAY MASS - April 4th - 11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist at the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord. Other Masses at the Cathedral on Easter Sunday are: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. (no mult-box feed)

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Editor's Note: There will be a mult-box feed provided for the Chrism Mass - television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral but are asked to remain in the designated area for the media (by the side pillars). All media (including still photographers and video cameras) are asked to stay out of the center aisles at all times.

For Masses that do not have a mult-box feed, video and still cameras are permitted in the Cathedral with the above restrictions.

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Two Montgomery County Parish Schools To Close St. James Parish School And Holy Martyrs Parish School To Close In June 2010

March 26, 2010

TWO MONTGOMERY COUNTY PARISH SCHOOLS TO CLOSE
St. James Parish School and Holy Martyrs Parish School to Close in June 2010

Reverend J. Thomas Heron, Pastor at St. James Parish in Elkins Park, Montgomery County, and Reverend Michael J. Ryan, Pastor at Holy Martyrs Parish in Oreland, Montgomery County, announced recently the recommendations to close their respective parish schools have been accepted by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia. St. James Parish School and Holy Martyrs Parish School will close at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.

In accepting the recommendations, Cardinal Rigali said, "We always struggle with the decision to close any of our parish schools, especially schools like St. James and Holy Martyrs that have such rich histories of providing their communities with an affordable Catholic education. It is my hope that the special spirit that infused these two schools will be carried with the students as they join the communities of other local Catholic schools. I extend my gratitude to Fr. Heron, Fr. Ryan, and the dedicated administrators and faculties of both schools, as they help our students and families through this time of transition."

St. James Parish School:
Fr. Heron, in consultation with the St. James Parish Council and Finance Council, made a recommendation to close the parish school due to declining enrollment and increasing costs. St. James Parish School's enrollment has decreased by more than 320% over a 10-year period -- from 253 in 2000-2001 to 60 students registered for the 2010-2011 school year. Without action, the parish was projected to incur significant debt, as the financial resources it generates were insufficient to cover the school subsidies. Currently, 95% of the parish's income is used to support St. James Parish School. The St. James Early Childhood Center will remain open for kindergartners and children ages 3 and 4.


"With our current and projected enrollment, it became clear that our school was not going to be able to continue to offer the quality of education that our parishioners have come to expect," said Fr. Heron. "That is why with a heavy heart I recommended the closing of St. James Parish School to Cardinal Rigali. I am confident that our surrounding parish schools will be able to offer our parishioners' children the values based education they have come to expect. Great gratitude is offered to the current faculty, staff and administration of Saint James Parish School. I know of the many sacrifices and efforts that went into providing an exceptional spiritual and academic program over the years as well as the many recent efforts to keep the school open in the future."

Neighboring parish schools, including Presentation BVM in Cheltenham, St. Hilary of Poitiers in Rydal and Immaculate Conception in Jenkintown, will be prepared to accept students from St. James beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

Holy Martyrs Parish School:
In November of 2009, Fr. Ryan formed a steering committee to analyze the sustainability of Holy Martyrs Parish School. An analysis of support concluded that the parish as a whole was overwhelmingly in favor of supporting the school both financially and spiritually, but the financial burden was becoming more and more difficult to sustain. With 82 students registered for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year, the committee was faced with the need to substantially increase tuition and cut operating costs in order to prevent going into further debt. At the end of March, the difficult decision was made to recommend to Cardinal Rigali to close the school.

"This decision to close Holy Martyrs Parish School is extremely painful but one that has been made with prayerful and thoughtful consideration. I want to thank the dedicated faculty, staff and administration who have devoted themselves to educating the children of Holy Martyrs Parish School for so many years," said Father Ryan. "I am also grateful to the surrounding schools that will be opening their doors to our students in the fall of 2010. We are sad that our school is closing but our parish remains vibrant, currently offering 40 ministries and faith formation programs."

Holy Martyrs Early Childhood Education Program, in operation for more than 15 years in an adjacent building, will remain open. The Preschool has both a 3 and 4 year old program, and runs at full capacity each year. Not all nearby parishes have a program for 3 and 4 year old children, and the Preschool does not need financial support from Holy Martyrs Parish. With these factors in mind, the administration felt that it was important to keep the Preschool open.

Nearby parish communities of St. Genevieve in Flourtown, Our Mother of Consolation in Chestnut Hill, St. Philip Neri in Lafayette Hill and Luke the Evangelist in Glenside, Good Shepherd Regional Catholic School (currently Queen of Peace in Ardsley and St. John of the Cross in Roslyn ), St. Alphonsus in Maple Glen and St. Anthony - St. Joseph in Ambler have kindly offered to Holy Martyrs students that they visit and consider enrolling in their schools.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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School Nurses Receive Netbooks For Electronic Record Keeping Verizon Foundation Grants Funds To Archdiocesan School Nurses

March 30, 2010

SCHOOL NURSES RECEIVE NETBOOKS FOR ELECTRONIC RECORD KEEPING
Verizon Foundation Grants Funds to Archdiocesan School Nurses

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today that it has received a grant from the Verizon Foundation, which will equip school nurses across Philadelphia with netbooks for electronic student record keeping. These netbooks will allow the schools' nurses to access the Health eTools for Schools program, a web-based application that promotes health and wellness.

"This grant from Verizon will enable our nurses to work more efficiently in protecting the health of our 30,000 students, and will significantly reduce cumbersome paperwork and file storage," Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Currently, school nurses must record all student medications and daily visits to their offices, calculate Body Mass Index (BMI) of each student annually and send BMI notifications home to parents and guardians. Nurses also conduct routine health screenings (including hearing, vision, scoliosis, and general physicals) and send screening reports home. This paperwork, mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, consumes approximately 80% of a school nurse's day.

"On behalf of Verizon Foundation, we are pleased to partner in the Health eTools for Schools program with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to help empower educators and health care providers with innovative tools and resources to improve the quality of life for students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools", said Gale Y. Given, President of Verizon Pennsylvania." "We're investing in programs that touch people's lives by focusing on health and family safety in the 21st century."

The Verizon Foundation grant will help to provide approximately 35 netbooks for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's school nursing staff, who travel across the school system, to use in streamlining their records and reports electronically. Approximately 30,000 student records will be converted to an electronic format that the nurse can access remotely. Nurses will also have the ability to create automatic notifications to parents that provide test results, BMI measurements and health updates.

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Meredith Wilson
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Cardinal Rigali To Lead Good Friday Way Of The Cross

March 31, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO LEAD GOOD FRIDAY WAY OF THE CROSS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate an outdoor candlelight Stations of the Cross on the grounds of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary on Good Friday. The fifth annual Archdiocesan service commemorates the tradition of Pope John Paul II in praying the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday throughout his Pontificate. Pope Benedict XVI has continued the tradition as Holy Father. Cardinal Rigali initiated the Way of the Cross in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2006.

7:30 p.m.
Good Friday, April 2, 2010
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, Montgomery County
(Parking, shuttle service from St. Joseph's University lot at 54th & City Ave.)



Last year, approximately 1,000 priests, religious, seminarians and parish families participated in the solemn service marking the day of the Lord's Passion. Cardinal Rigali invites the faithful of the Archdiocese to join him and the Auxiliary Bishops in public witness to their faith.

Free parking is available at Saint Joseph's University, with shuttle bus service to the Seminary beginning at 6:30 p.m. No parking is available at the Seminary. To register your parish group or family, please call 215-965-8280 for information.

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Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Two Parish Schools To Close In June 2010 Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Announces The Closing Of St. Joseph Parish School In Collingdale And Stella Maris School In South Philadelphia

April 9, 2010


TWO PARISH SCHOOLS TO CLOSE IN JUNE 2010
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Announces the Closing of
St. Joseph Parish School in Collingdale and Stella Maris School in South Philadelphia

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with Saint Joseph Parish in Collingdale and Stella Maris Parish in South Philadelphia, announce that the two parishes' respective schools will close at the end of the current school year.

At the end of February, Cardinal Rigali announced that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia would consider keeping Stella Maris School and St. Joseph Parish School open for the 2010-2011 school year, dependent upon registration. As the registration period concluded on March 30, each school had too few students registered to keep the parish schools open.

Saint Joseph School, which needed 200 students to open in the fall, registered 142. Stella Maris School, which needed 175 students to remain open, registered 69.

Earlier this week, the pastor, parochial administrator, the principals and business managers of each parish met with representatives of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to see if there was any way possible that the schools could remain open. Unfortunately the reality is that the parishes cannot sustain the schools with so few students.

Cardinal Rigali said, "It was our hope that through registration and fundraising efforts, Stella Maris and St. Joseph parish schools could remain open but sadly the conscientious and diligent efforts of the parish schools' communities were unable to surmount the trend of declining enrollment."
Cardinal Rigali continued, "Providing our children with the highest quality, faith-filled education remains our priority. As we stay steadfast in this commitment, difficult and painful decisions, such as closing St. Joseph and Stella Maris parish schools, must be made to ensure the viability of our parishes and first-rate education of our young people. I extend my gratitude to Father DiMaria, Father Reilly, and the dedicated administrators, faculties and communities of both schools, as they help our students and families through this time of transition."

All registration fees will be refunded within ten days. In the coming weeks, meetings will be held at each parish for the other Catholic schools in the area to provide parents information about tuition, uniforms, academics and other programs in those schools. There are no plans for any alternate use of the school buildings at either Saint Joseph or Stella Maris at this time.

St. Joseph Parish School, Collingdale
On February 26, Cardinal Rigali and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said that St. Joseph Parish School could potentially remain open for the 2010-2011 school year, if a registration goal of 200 students was met. When the registration period ended on March 30, 2010, there were 142 students registered, with the result that some classes would be as small as six or eight students.

Fr. Michael Reilly, whom Cardinal Rigali appointed Parochial Administrator of Saint Joseph Parish in February 2010, said in a letter to parents, "I tried my best and joined with the parent committee in promoting our school. I interviewed a number of families, some I was able to help, others stated that they did not want to return to the school because of all the upheaval. We worked hard and we worked together. In the end, we did not meet our goal. Besides not being able to meet our goal of 200 registered students, another concern is the mounting costs. If the school were to re-open with just 142 students, the deficit for school operations in just one year at a minimum would be $518,000. This amount would add to the $800,000 debt we already carry. It is important to point out that our parish continues to receive Archdiocesan assistance every year.

The school has 230 students for the current school year. The goal for the next school year was 200 students resulting in a parish a cost per student of $4,400. With 142 students the cost per student would be $6,437. The parish could not afford to sustain the difference between tuition and the actual cost to educate each student. At the same time, such a low enrollment jeopardizes the quality standards the Archdiocese desires for a solid Catholic Education for our children. The school is already unable to provide a teacher dedicated solely to music, art, computers or gym. The school has experienced dramatically increasing costs and declining enrollment, decreasing from 518 students in 2003-2004 to 230 students currently.

Fr. Reilly said, "As we deal with this sad reality, I want to extend my gratitude to the faculty and staff at St. Joseph and also, in a special way I thank all of the volunteers who tried so valiantly during recent months to "save our school."

The designated schools for the children to attend will be Saint Gabriel in Norwood, Saint Eugene in Primos and Our Lady of Fatima in Secane. If parents have a specific need or are requesting an exception, they are asked kindly to see Father Reilly to discuss their request. Finally, the school families that are designated as participating parishioners will receive the parish subsidy. This subsidy will make up the difference between out-of-parish tuition and in-parish tuition at the new school. Saint Joseph Parish will offer this subsidy as planning continues for the future of Catholic elementary education in the area.

Saint Joseph School Enrollment:
2006-2007: 389
2007-2008: 359
2009-2010: 230
Registered 2011: 142


Stella Maris Parish School:
Fr. DiMaria and the Stella Maris Parish School Study Group, as part of the formal School Feasibility Study in the South Philadelphia Vicariate, began evaluating Stella Maris School's viability beginning in September 2009. The school has experienced dramatically declining enrollment and increasing costs, decreasing from 284 students in 2003-2004 to 181 students currently. In March 2010 Cardinal Rigali and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that the school could remain open for the coming year with if a registration goal of 175 students (pre-k through eighth grades) was met. When the registration period concluded on March 30, 2010, there were just 69 students registered for 2010-2011.

If the school were to re-open with just 69 students, it would face a deficit of more than $800,000, which would then exhaust all of Stella Maris Parish funds, forcing the parish into debt. The parish would also need to seriously compromise all of its other ministries or programs to focus solely on the school. At the same time, such a low enrollment would jeopardize the quality of the education provided to the parish children.

Father DiMaria said, "It is important to realize that the children of our parish will continue to have access to quality Catholic education. The area designated schools for the children to attend will be Saint Monica and Epiphany of Our Lord. To help in the smooth transition, the Office of Catholic Education, Principal Sister Lawrence Elizabeth, S.S.J., and I will do the following: 1) arrange for a meeting at our parish shortly so that you can learn more about our designated schools in terms of academics, programs, tuition, uniforms and more and 2) refund all registration fees within ten days. The school families of Stella Maris who opt to attend either Epiphany of Our Lord or Saint Monica Parish School in September 2010 will receive the parish subsidy to make up the difference between out-of parish tuition and in-parish tuition at the new school. Stella Maris Parish will offer this subsidy as we continue planning for the future of Catholic elementary education in the area."

"It gives me great pain to close our parish school and I know it will cause tremendous sadness for you, the school families, for our dedicated faculty and your precious children," said Father DiMaria said in a letter to school families. "Unfortunately, Stella Maris is in crisis now and must take decisive action. However, Stella Maris will continue to be part of the planning to ensure quality Catholic education for our parishioners and this region of South Philadelphia."


Stella Maris Enrollment:

2006-2007: 274
2007-2008: 259
2009-2010: 181
Registered 2011: 69

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Supports Group Focused On Restoring State Eitc Funding Cardinal O'hara High School Hosts Road To Educational Achievement Through Choice (reach) Town Hall Meeting To Promote School Choice

April 14, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE SUPPORTS GROUP FOCUSED ON RESTORING STATE EITC FUNDING
Cardinal O'Hara High School Hosts Road to Educational Achievement through CHoice (REACH)
Town Hall Meeting to Promote School Choice

On Thursday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m., the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will support the REACH Foundation by hosting a town hall meeting at Cardinal O'Hara High School to support the organization's Operation Restore initiative, a campaign to restore funding for Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.

Parents, students, business leaders and community members are all invited to take part in the town hall meeting to demonstrate community support for restoration of the EITC program to $75 million-the level at which it was funded in the 2007-2008 fiscal year.

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit provides companies with a tax credit for donations to a non-profit scholarship or educational improvement organization, providing children and families with a choice in their education.

3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Cardinal O'Hara High School
1701 Sproul Road
Springfield, PA 19064


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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

St. Norbert School Welcomes World Harmony Run Usa Relay Relay To Promote Peace And Understanding Among Cultures Makes Stop At St. Norbert

April 19, 2010

ST. NORBERT SCHOOL WELCOMES WORLD HARMONY RUN USA RELAY
Relay to Promote Peace and Understanding Among Cultures Makes Stop at St. Norbert

On Monday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m., 12 runners will carry a lit torch into St. Norbert School gymnasium as part of the 2010 World Harmony Run USA relay-a global relay that promotes peace and understanding among people of different cultures. The runners, followed by a procession of students, teachers and Myra DiNicola, Principal of St. Norbert School, will enter the school's gymnasium where students will take part in an assembly featuring World Harmony runners from all over the world.

2:00 p.m.
Monday, April 19, 2010
St. Norbert School
6 Greenlawn Road
Paoli, PA 1930


St. Norbert School strives to educate its students in a way that embraces diversity. The World Harmony Run has accrued hundreds of thousands of participants and visits schools in more than 100 countries around the world. The USA relay travels along a 10,000-mile route that includes all 50 states.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Blessed Teresa Of Calcutta Parish Celebrates 105th Birthday Of Parishioner

April 19, 2010

BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA PARISH
CELEBRATES 105TH BIRTHDAY OF PARISHIONER

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Limerick, Montgomery County, will celebrate the 105th birthday of parishioner Sophie Voyner. Ms. Voyner, a resident of Manatawny Manor Nursing Home, will attend the Mass in her honor.


10:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church
256 Swamp Pike
Schwenksville 19473 (Montgomery County)



In Social Studies classes at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta students have learned about important events that have taken place over the last 105 years. A highlight of these events will be presented at Mass. In addition, children attending the PREP program and the Child Care Program will present Ms. Voyner with home-made cards, balloons, a birthday cake, and a spirited rendition of "Happy Birthday." Ms. Voyner's actual birthday is Wednesday, April 21, 2010.


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Editor's Note: For more information please contact Father Paul Brandt at 215-651-4454.

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Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Masses For Couples Married 25, 50 Years Or More Forever Faithful In Love

April 21, 2010

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

Forever Faithful in Love

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass for couples who have been married 25 and 50 years or more. There are two anniversary masses scheduled to accommodate the large number of couples celebrating these milestones.

Couples Married 50 Years or More (Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties)
Sunday, May 2, 2010
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Couples Married 25 Years and 50 Years or More (Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties)
Sunday, May 2, 2010
2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Couples celebrating 50 or more years of marriage from Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties will attend the morning Mass. Couples celebrating 50 or more years from Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties, as well as couples celebrating 25 or more years of marriage from all counties are invited to attend the afternoon Mass. The annual Mass is a prayerful celebration and tribute to family and the Sacrament of marriage. No registration is required to attend.

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Editor's Note: There will be a mult-box feed provided for the Mass; television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral during this Mass. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral but are asked to remain in the designated area for the media (by the side pillars).

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocesan Schools Implement 21st Century Learning Into Curriculum Schools Demonstrate New Technologies To Connect Students, Faculty And Parents

April 22, 2010

Archdiocesan Schools Implement 21st Century Learning into Curriculum

Schools Demonstrate New Technologies to Connect Students, Faculty and Parents

On Friday, April 23 at 8:00 a.m., representatives from Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools will meet at Archbishop Ryan High School to share innovative, technology-focused programs that have been implemented and integrated into their schools. Showcased programs range from digital video skills, to school-sponsored blogs and wikis, to teachers utilizing social networks to share lesson plans, homework assignments and materials with parents, students and colleagues.

8:00 a.m.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Archbishop Ryan High School
11201 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154



Over the past year, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia implemented a Powerful Learning Practice (PLP) initiative into all of its high schools. The program is a professional development initiative that facilitates immersion experiences for teachers in 21st Century learning, technology and teaching methods. The projects featured at this meeting will also be shared online via a PLP virtual learning community, where teachers can share resources for implementing the innovative collaborative potential of emerging social web technologies at participating Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese.



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Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communciations Specialist
215-587-3747

Saint Kevin Students To Sing National Anthem At Phillies Game Photo Opp: Final Rehearsal On Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28, 2010

SAINT KEVIN STUDENTS TO SING
NATIONAL ANTHEM AT PHILLIES GAME

PHOTO OPP: FINAL REHEARSAL ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010

More than 90 students from Saint Kevin School in Springfield, Delaware County, are preparing for their musical debut at Citizens Bank Ballpark before the Phillies Game on May 4, 2010. The students, grades K through eight, will sing the National Anthem prior to the Phillies taking on the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:05 p.m.

The Saint Kevin students have been rehearsing every week since they received word of this honor. The final session will take place on:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
2:45 to 3:30 p.m.
St. Kevin School Cafeteria
200 West Sproul Road
Springfield, Delaware County
19064 (next to Springfield Hospital and near the Springfield Mall)


The students are led by Musical Director Jeff Braconnier and are proud to take the field next week in honor of our Philadelphia Phillies.

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Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocesan Schools Raise Money For Catholic Charities Appeal With Nickels For Neighbors

April 28, 2010

ARCHDIOCESAN SCHOOLS RAISE MONEY FOR
CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL WITH NICKELS FOR NEIGHBORS

Student representatives from Archdiocesan high schools and parish elementary schools will present checks for the 2010 Catholic Charities Appeal during the Nickels for Neighbors annual event. Bishop Joseph P. McFadden will thank the students for their efforts and talk to them about the importance of the Catholic Charities Appeal.

11:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Archbishop John Carroll High School
211 Matson Ford Road
Radnor (Delaware County)


During the event at Archbishop Carroll students from each represented school will present a check in the total dollar amount their school has raised for the annual appeal. Group photographs will be taken after the check presentation.

Founded in 1958 by John Cardinal O'Hara, the Catholic Charities Appeal funds over 80 Archdiocesan agencies throughout the five counties of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and has raised an average of $8.5 million annually since 1995. Last year, Nickels for Neighbors raised $65,600. 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.

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For more information about The Catholic Charities Appeal please contact 215-587-3651 or visit www.catholiccharitiesappeal.org




Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

St. Monica School To Get A Special Visit From Phillie Phanatic

April 30, 2010

ST. MONICA SCHOOL TO GET A SPECIAL VISIT FROM PHILLIE PHANATIC

Students at St Monica School have earned a visit from the Phillies Mascot to celebrate being a Phanatic About Reading!

The Phillie Phanatic will pay the students of St Monica School a special visit for their efforts in reading. The visit is their prize for the Be a Phanatic About Reading program.

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
10:00 a.m.
St. Monica School
601 First Ave
Berwyn, PA 19312



To qualify for a Phanatic visit, St. Monica students reported their progress to their teachers who in turn notified the Phillies Organization with updates on the children's reading endeavors. From that progress report St. Monica Parish School was chosen as a top performer and was awarded a special visit from the mascot.


The Phillie Phanatic is the star of five children's books and as a result has helped turn his love of reading into the exciting Be a Phanatic About Reading literacy program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Created to encourage children to improve their literacy skills by reading for a minimum of 15 minutes a day, the program, which is presented by Verizon, the program currently has over 300,000 children enrolled this school year!

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For further information please contact MaryKay Bergen at 215-205-8261

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

<u>cardinal Rigali Presents Check For Haitian Relief Efforts Parishioners In The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Raise Almost $2 Million </u>

May 5, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI PRESENTS CHECK FOR HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORTS
PARISHIONERS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA RAISE ALMOST $2 MILLION

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, presented a check for $1,807,269 this morning to Mr. Ken Hackett, President of Catholic Relief Services, at Incarnation of Our Lord Parish in the Olney section of Philadelphia. The money was raised through special collections at the 267 parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti. Reverend Jerry Pinero, Pastor of Incarnation of Our Lord Parish, welcomed Cardinal Rigali to the parish which has a large number of parishioners personally impacted by the Haitian earthquake.

Cardinal Rigali said, "It is a real joy to be here because this gives us the opportunity once again to express very close solidarity with the Haitian people-our community here in Philadelphia and the people in Haiti. And so our gathering today for the presentation of this check is a living expression of something even more important. Namely it is the love that goes out from heart to heart and embraces the community. At this time it is my great joy to be able to give a tangible expression of the very beautiful and profound love of the people of this Archdiocese of Philadelphia. How wonderful it is that amidst this tremendous tragedy, amidst all the loss of life, that it could generate so much love, so much solidarity and such a response that comes directly from the heart."

Also attending the presentation were Incarnation of Our Lord parishioners who sang hymns in Haitian Creole; Reverend Monsignor Joseph Logrip, Vicar for Philadelphia - North and Ms. Maureen McCullough, Director for the Northeast-Mid-Atlantic Region, Catholic Relief Services. Reverend Albert Gardy Villarson, the Chaplain to the Haitian community in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, offered a prayer and thanked Cardinal Rigali and the people of the Archdiocese. There are almost 2,300 Haitian Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Haiti is approximately 80 percent Catholic.

Catholic Relief Services is the official overseas relief agency of the United States Bishops. When the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, CRS immediately sprang into action, delivering food, water and emergency shelter, and using a variety of ways to provide clean drinking water and improve sanitation throughout a number of camps. Accepting the check from Cardinal Rigali, Ken Hackett, the CRS President, expressed gratitude to the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, "Catholic Relief Services takes the role of steward as you entrust your gifts to us. We take that role very seriously. We have a very large program in Haiti, over 500 staff, and we are engaged in making sure that we respond to the maximum extent we can in the best way we can in the needs of people who are suffering both in Port-Au-Prince and now in other parts of the country. So we thank you for your generosity, we thank you for your compassion, your concern of and for the people in Haiti who are suffering today. And things will continue to be difficult for the next few months as we move into the hurricane season."

Parishioners in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have contributed more than $9 million since 2001 to disaster relief efforts, including $2,880,912 for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina and $2,844,076 for Tsunami relief efforts.

Catholic Relief Services, www.crs.org, is the official overseas relief agency of the Catholic Bishops of the United States. CRS operates on more than five continents and in over 90 countries, including Haiti.

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Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement Regarding Allegation Against Monsignor George J. Mazzotta

May 10, 2010

STATEMENT
Regarding Allegation Against Monsignor George J. Mazzotta

Cardinal Justin Rigali has received and reported to civil authorities an allegation that Reverend Monsignor George J. Mazzotta sexually abused a minor more than 40 years ago. This is the first such allegation that the Archdiocese has received regarding Monsignor Mazzotta.

Since 2008, Monsignor Mazzotta has served as parochial vicar at Stella Maris Parish in South Philadelphia. Cardinal Rigali has relieved him of his assignment pending completion of a formal investigation. Monsignor is no longer residing at Stella Maris Parish but at Villa Saint Joseph in Darby, the home for retired priests of the Archdiocese and he has agreed to refrain from the public exercise of his priestly ministry during the investigation.

An announcement was made this past weekend at Stella Maris Parish regarding Monsignor Mazzotta. Counselors from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Victim Assistance Office were available after Masses.

Monsignor Mazzotta is 72 years old. He was ordained in 1966. He has served at the following parishes and schools in addition to his service at Stella Maris Parish: St. Joseph, Downingtown (1966-1971); Epiphany of Our Lord, Philadelphia and St. Maria Goretti High School (1971-1976); St. Gabriel, Philadelphia (1976-1978); St. Clement, Philadelphia (1978-1980); St. Eugene, Primos (1980-1985); St. Paul, Norristown (1985-1988); SS. Cosmas and Damian, Conshohocken (June 1988 - November 1988); St. Robert Bellarmine, Warrington (1988-1990); Mother of Divine Grace, Philadelphia (1990-1997) and St. Madeline, Ridley Park (1997-2008).

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recognizes that this public notice may be painful to those who have been abused. If anyone needs assistance please contact the Victim Assistance Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 or philavac@adphila.org.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Thomas J. Gardner To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 11, 2010

THOMAS J. GARDNER TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Thomas J. Gardner, 26, son of Christine and Thomas Gardner, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


A native of Glenside,PA. Rev. Mr. Gardner has been serving as deacon at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish in North Wales, Montgomery County. He attended Bishop McDevitt High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts (2006), Master of Divinity (2009) and his Master of Arts (2010) degrees from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.
Father Gardner will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 16, 2010
2:30 p.m.
Saint Luke the Evangelist Church
Easton Road and Fairhill Avenue
Glenside, Montgomery County


The homilist is Reverend Martin T. Cioppi. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor J. Michael Flood; Reverend Joseph D. Brandt; and Reverend Monsignor Phillip C. Ricci. The deacons are Reverend Mr. Marcin D. Kania, and Reverend Mr. Christopher P. Picollo.
There are six Archdiocese of Philadelphia men in the Class of 2010. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to an Archdiocesan parish 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 photograph of Father Gardner electronically, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 610-785-6231 or dskalski@adphila.org.

Contact
Dan Skalski
Communications/Promotions Coordinator
610-785-6219

James Degrassa To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 11, 2010

JAMES DEGRASSA TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. James R. DeGrassa, 27, son of Margaret and Russell DeGrassa, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


A native of Ridley Park, PA. Rev. Mr. DeGrassa has been serving as deacon at Saint Robert Bellarmine Parish in Warrington, Bucks County. He attended Cardinal O'Hara High School and earned Bachelor of Arts (2004), Master of Divinity (2009) and Master of Arts (2010) degrees from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father DeGrassa will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 16, 2010
2:30 p.m.
Saint Madeline Church
110 Park Street
Ridley Park, Delaware County


The homilist is Reverend Monsignor James P. Matteo. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor James D. Beisel; Reverend Monsignor James P. Matteo; Reverend Monsignor Charles P. Vance; Reverend Michael H. Spitzer; and Reverend Louis P. Bellopede. The deacons are Deacon George E. Morris, Jr., and Deacon Gregory R. O'Brien.

There are six Archdiocese of Philadelphia men in the Class of 2010. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to an Archdiocesan parish 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 photograph of Father DeGrassa electronically, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 610-785-6231 or dskalski@adphila.org.

Contact
Dan Skalski
Communications/Promotions Coordinator
610-785-6219

Stephen C. Mccarthy To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 11, 2010

STEPHEN C. MCCARTHY TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Stephen C. McCarthy, 27, son of Leslie and Robert McCarthy, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


A native of Levittown, PA. Rev. Mr. McCarthy has been serving as deacon at Mother of Divine Providence Parish in King of Prussia, Montgomery County. He attended Manor Elementary School; Charles Boehm Middle School; Medill Bair Junior High School; Pennsbury High School; and Pennsylvania State University (2004) before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Mr. McCarthy earned Bachelor of Arts (2006) and Master of Divinity (2009) degrees from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father McCarthy will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 16, 2010
2:30 p.m.
Saint Joseph the Worker
9164 New Falls Road
Fallsington, Bucks County


The homilist is Reverend Monsignor Joseph W. Murray. Concelebrants include Reverend Donald G. Birch; Reverend Monsignor John T. Conway and Reverend Monsignor Joseph W. Murray. The deacons are Deacon Mark H. Dillon and Reverend Mr. Christopher P. Landis. .

There are six Archdiocese of Philadelphia men in the Class of 2010. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to an Archdiocesan parish 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 photograph of Father McCarthy electronically, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 610-785-6231 or dskalski@adphila.org.

Contact
Dan Skalski
Communications/Promotions Coordinator
610-785-6219

Harold B. Mckale Iii To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 11, 2010

HAROLD B. MCKALE III TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Harold B. McKale III, 38, son of Ms. Mary Ellen McKale and Mr. Harold B. McKale, Jr., will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


A native of Langhorne, PA. Rev. Mr. McKale has been serving as deacon at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Secane, Delaware County. He attended Our Lady of Grace, Penndel; Bishop Egan High School, Bucks County Community College, and Millersville University (1993) before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Mr. McKale earned Master of Divinity (2000) and Bachelor of Arts degrees (2008) at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father McKale will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 16, 2010
2:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Grace
225 Bellevue Avenue
Penndel, Bucks County


The homilist is Reverend Andrew D. McCormick. Concelebrants include Reverend William B. Dooner; Reverend Monsignor George A. Majoros; Reverend Monsignor John B. Wendrychowicz; and Reverend Jonathan J. Dalin. The deacons are Reverend Mr. Kenneth C. Brabazon and Reverend Mr. John V. Gournas.
There are six Archdiocese of Philadelphia men in the Class of 2010. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to an Archdiocesan parish 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 photograph of Father McKale electronically, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 610-785-6231 or dskalski@adphila.org.

Contact
Dan Skalski
Communications/Promotions Coordinator
610-785-6219

Michael J. Pawelko To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 11, 2010

MICHAEL J. PAWELKO TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Michael J. Pawelko, 43, son of Mr. Joseph Pawelko and the late Mrs. Carmela Pawelko, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


A native of Green Lane, PA. Rev. Mr. Pawelko has been serving as deacon at Saint Bede the Venerable, Holland, Bucks County. He attended Saint Philip Neri Parish School, Perkiomen Heights and Upper Perkiomen High School before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Mr. Pawelko earned a Bachelor of Arts (2006), Master of Divinity (2009) and Master of Arts degrees (2010) at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father Pawelko will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 16, 2010
2:30 p.m.
Saint Isidore Church
2545 West Pumping Station Road
Quakertown, Bucks County


The homilist is Reverend Monsignor Thomas P. Flanigan. Concelebrants include Reverend Frederick J. Riegler; Reverend Monsignor John C. Marine, Reverend Henry C. Graf and Reverend Sean G. Carpenter. The deacons are Reverend Mr. Jon Thomas (Diocese of Camden) and Reverend Mr. Brian M. Miller.

There are six Archdiocese of Philadelphia men in the Class of 2010. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to an Archdiocesan parish 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 photograph of Father Pawelko electronically, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 610-785-6231 or dskalski@adphila.org.

Contact
Dan Skalski
Communications/Promotions Coordinator
610-785-6219

Matthew J. Tralies To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 11, 2010

MATTHEW J. TRALIES TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Matthew J. Tralies, 29, son of Karen and John Tralies will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


A native of Norristown, PA. Rev. Mr. Tralies has been serving as deacon at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Philadelphia. He attended Visitation B.V.M. Parish School Trooper, Kennedy-Kenrick High School, Norristown and Villanova University before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Mr. Tralies earned Master of Divinity (2009) and Master of Arts (2010) degrees at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father Tralies will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 16, 2010
2:30 p.m.
Visitation B.V.M. Church
196 North Trooper Road
Norristown, Montgomery County


The homilist is Reverend Zachary W. Navit. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor Thomas A. Murray, Reverend Monsingor Joseph P. McGeown, Reverend Monsignor John J. Jagodzinski and Reverend Patrick J. Welsh. The deacons are Reverend Mr. David M. Friel and Deacon George W. Kletzel.

There are six Archdiocese of Philadelphia men in the Class of 2010. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to an Archdiocesan parish 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 photograph of Father Tralies electronically, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 610-785-6231 or dskalski@adphila.org.

Contact
Dan Skalski
Communications/Promotions Coordinator
610-785-6219

Cardinal Rigali To Ordain Six Men To The Priesthood

May 11, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO ORDAIN SIX MEN TO THE PRIESTHOOD

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will ordain six men to the priesthood who have completed their studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Ordination will take place during the Mass following Cardinal Rigali's homily. At the time of Ordination each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned 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. James R. DeGrassa; Rev. Mr. Thomas J. Gardner; Rev. Mr. Stephen C. McCarthy; Rev. Mr. Harold B. McKale III; Rev. Mr. Michael J. Pawelko; and Rev. Mr. Matthew J. Tralies.

Live streaming video if the Ordination Mass will be available at www.archphila.org.

Editor's Note: Individual releases on each new priest are available at www.archphila.org. Photographs of the Ordination candidates are available by e-mailing dskalski@adphila.org or calling the Office for Institutional Advancement at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 610-785-6231.


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An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Honors Distinguished Scholars Of Catholic Secondary Schools 31st Annual Archdiocesan Academic Honors Convocation

May 17, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA HONORS DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS
OF CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS
31st Annual Archdiocesan Academic Honors Convocation

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate a special Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to honor Archdiocesan and private Catholic high school seniors for their academic excellence, on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

The students, who are ranked in the top 2% of the graduating senior class, will be honored for their academic prowess and dedication to their schoolwork. This year 117 students are included in this elite group according to the cumulative rank at the end of the first semester of their senior year.

As they prepare to move on to the next journey in life, undoubtedly their individual traits of determination and fortitude will carry them to achieve great things. These students exemplify how Archdiocesan students receive the gift of not only an outstanding academic curriculum but also a strong moral foundation rooted in the teachings and principles of Jesus Christ.


2010 ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA ACADEMIC SCHOLARS

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

Lucy F. Chen
Megan M. Smith

Archbishop Carroll High School
Catherine M. Erbicella
Christina L. Giuffrida
Alyssa R. Bellia
Amy M. Manz

Archbishop Ryan High School
Margaret Katherine Lukas
Kaitlyn Kutschera
Anthony Vincent Scholl
Sean James Naylor
Joanna H. Shen
Ashley Diana Bonner
Adrienne L. Cianfarini
Matthew G. Miller
Lisa Marie English
Bruce Robert Barras, Jr.
Abigail M. Gumpper

Archbishop Wood High School
Lauren E. Cartlidge
Anathae B. Wallace
John P. Galido
Colleen E. Koletty
Nicholas J. Snyder
Sarah E. McNab

Bishop McDevitt High School
Gavin McLaughlin
William Richter
Jonathan E. Affleck
Todd C. Stieritz

Bishop Shanahan High School
Jessica E. Eby
Emmeline L. Blanchard
Edgar F. Weyback-Logier
Michael D. Kitchens
Catherine E. Brown
Justin M. Bartlett

Cardinal Dougherty High School
Thu Nguyen
Rebecca Searight
Laurence Jamil
Matthew Ren

Cardinal O'Hara High School
Kristin A. Gavin
Dana Giacobello
Gabriella T. Soreth
Timothy E. Hagenbach
Jennifer Gallo
Matthew R. Fichter
Diana M. Magee
Natalie White
Tylar A. Colleluori

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
Michael T. Murray
Anna E. Augustin
Keith M. McCollaum
Michael V. Lucidi
Michael J. Manto

Devon Preparatory School
Theodore J. Lawrence
Robert M. Smith

Father Judge High School for Boys
Thomas Woltemate
Christopher Weidner
Nicholas Ryan Tizol
Joseph Jomy Sebastian
Robert W. Tinney

Gwynedd-Mercy Academy High School
Laura Joan Janulewicz
Victoria Lynn Osborne

Holy Ghost Preparatory School
Michael J. Conway
Patrick K. McFarlane

John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School
Gina Maria Cautilli
Sylvia C. Shoukri
Guovanna C. Shoukri

Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School
Shohom Basuthakur
Lisa Thresher
Marilee A. Gallagher

Lansdale Catholic High School
Jessica R. Cunning
Peter A. Yocum
Abigail L. Riviello
Matthew P. McGouldrick
Thomas P. Rogers

LaSalle College High School
Sean R. Janda
Kevin G. Medved

Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls
Anh Nguyen
Elizabeth A. Potens
Caitlin Lee Dailey

Mercy Vocational High School
Jeffrey J. Kurimchak
Deanna L. Barishek

Merion Mercy Academy
Saara-Anne Azizi
Stephanie Kan

Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School
Colleen Marie Ianni
Joseph M. Cerrone
Kelly Lynn Rogers
David John Onimus
Moiriah Anne Crowding
Benjamin Paul Lesniak
Michael P. Murphy, III

Mount St. Joseph Academy
Nina Rosemary Friel
Victoria Ann Koc

Nazareth Academy High School
Kaitlyn Marie Petrucelli
Alexandra Jean Pierlott


Northeast Catholic High School for Boys
Michael J. McCall
Robert D. Franco
Tieng N. Pham

Roman Catholic High School for Boys
Yunqing Jiang
Mark Stefan Verdi
Jacky Lee
Robert Oberholzer

St. Basil Academy
Dawn A. Armentani
Johanna L. Beck

St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls
Erin R. Kistner
Kaitlin Barcoski
Christina Hauck
Carolan DiFiore

Ss. John Neumann-Maria Goretti Catholic High School
Christina Maria Furia
Janine P. Gomes
Paige Neill
Danielle Boccelli
Mark Philip Chua

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
Stephen J. Gliatto
David M. Costigan

St. Pius X High School
Margot A. Sikorski
George P. Lockbaum
Lauren E. Proud

Villa Maria Academy
Christine Dolente
Emily McAveney

West Philadelphia Catholic High School
Vincent Tu
Daniel Benny
Mercedes Dressler



Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Office Of Catholice Education Announces The Closing Of Archangels Academy

May 17, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA OFFICE OF CATHOLICE EDUCATION
ANNOUNCES THE CLOSING OF ARCHANGELS ACADEMY

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education announces the closing of Archangels Academy in Levittown, Bucks County at the conclusion of the 2009-2010 school year. Archangels Academy is a special education school for students who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, moderate to mild cognitive impairments, developmental delay or slow learner. The 30 students who currently attend Archangels Academy will attend Our Lady of Confidence in Willow Grove and Saint Katherine Day School in Wynnewood. Archangels Academy is one of five schools operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

"The closing of Archangels Academy is a sad time for us," said Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia." "The work of many teachers, administrators and parents over the years has been most gratifying and greatly appreciated. We are grateful for the availability of two similar programs for our students which are really closer in proximity to the homes of the current Archangels students. The school communities of Our Lady of Confidence and Saint Katherine Day School will welcome the students of Archangels with open hearts!"

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education reached its decision to close Archangels Academy after a comprehensive study of current and projected enrollments, future ability to provide a quality academic program, regional demographic trends and the finances of its schools of special education.

"I can not express enough the tremendous gratitude that we have for our parents, volunteers at donors Archangels Academy," said Sister Angela Mastrangelo, I.H.M., Principal of Archangels Academy. "Although this is a sad and difficult time for our students and families, please rest assured our blessed children will be able to continue their journey at two wonderful schools."

For more information about the Schools for Special Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org or call 215-587-3700.

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Cardinal Rigali To Lead Corpus Christi Mass First Communicants To Join Cardinal In Outdoor Procession At The National Shrine Of Our Lady Of Czestochowa

May 19, 2010

Cardinal Rigali to Lead Corpus Christi Mass
First Communicants to join Cardinal in Outdoor Procession
at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at a Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. In a personal letter, Cardinal Rigali invited children from parishes in the Archdiocese who received their First Communion this year to join him in the Eucharistic Procession. The children have been asked to dress in their First Communion clothes - girls in white dresses and veils and boys in suits. The Procession will take place at the end of Mass.

Sunday, June 6, 2010
2:00 p.m. Mass
2:45 p.m. Procession (approximately)
National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA 18901


Weather permitting, the Procession following Mass will be a half mile prayerful walk held on the grounds of the Shrine.

For more information about the Corpus Christi Mass and Procession please visit www.archphila.org.

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St. Gabriel's Hall Students Join In Ribbon Cutting Of First Home Renovated By Montgomery County Youthbuild Program

May 19, 2010

ST. GABRIEL'S HALL STUDENTS JOIN IN RIBBON CUTTING
OF FIRST HOME RENOVATED BY MONTGOMERY COUNTY YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM

Students and staff of St. Gabriel's Hall, Audubon, Montgomery County, will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a five-month house demo and renovation project that will provide new housing for a family in need. St. Gabriel's Hall is a residence facility of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia providing education, training and community-based services for court adjudicated delinquent youth between the ages of 10 and 19 years old under the continuing inspirational influence of the De LaSalle Christian Brothers.

The students from St. Gabriel's will be joined at the celebration by participating students of Montgomery County's YouthBuild program, along with St. Gabriel's Hall staff and county representatives.

Monday, May 24, 2010
10:00 a.m.
(Tours available following ceremony)
404 West Jefferson Street
Pottstown, PA 19464


For the last five months, over 30 young men from St. Gabriel's Hall have worked and trained under professional construction contractors to demo and rehab the house on Jefferson Street. Upon completion in June, the house will be given to a qualifying family by Genesis Housing. Although YouthBuild - a federally funded program - has existed since 1978, this house represents the first work of YouthBuild in Montgomery County. Focused on disadvantaged youth, the YouthBuild program seeks to engage youth in education through a combination of intensive academic preparation, construction instruction, and hands-on experience.

According to John Mulroney, principal of St. Gabriel's Hall, when the project is finished, each of the St. Gabriel's Hall students who worked on the house will receive OSHA 18 Construction Worksite Safety Certification and resume material which will help them in their applications to trade schools, if desired.
Other career-oriented programs offered at St. Gabriel's include culinary arts, Microsoft Systems and landscaping.

St. Gabriel's Hall opened in 1898 and serves youth from Philadelphia, Montgomery, and surrounding counties.

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Don Guanella School To Host Dedication Ceremony For New Accessible Baseball Field

May 24, 2010

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL TO HOST DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR
NEW ACCESSIBLE BASEBALL FIELD

Don Guanella's Challenger Baseball League Celebrates 20th year


Don Guanella School in Delaware County will host a dedication ceremony for its new accessible baseball field. The new field was made possible through generous donations from: Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School, Valero Refinery, Marple Township and Volunteers from the Challenger Baseball League. The young men of Don Guanella and representatives from Valero and Marple Township will be on hand for the dedication. Don Guanella's Challenger League is one of the oldest baseball leagues of its kind in the country. This year marks the celebration of the league's 20th season.

6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Don Guanella School
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County



The field will be used by Don Guanella students, the women of Divine Providence Village and the men from Cardinal Krol Center. A Challenger baseball game will be played immediately following the ceremony.

Don Guanella School is a facility operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21.

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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact Robert Neely, Activities Director for Don Guanella School, at 484-475-2473

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Cardinal Rigali Congratulates Archdiocesan Class Of 2010 On Earning $240 Million In College Scholarships

May 25, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI CONGRATULATES ARCHDIOCESAN CLASS OF 2010 ON EARNING $240 MILLION IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

PHILADELPHIA (May 25, 2010) - Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, celebrated with 21 students, one representing each Archdiocesan secondary school, who announced that the Archdiocesan Class of 2010 has earned $241,205,631 in college scholarships. Cardinal Rigali and Superintendent of Schools Mary Rochford presided over a morning ceremony in which each student stood and revealed the total amount of college scholarships received by seniors at his/her school. The students then shared the grand total of scholarships awarded, which totaled nearly a quarter of a billion dollars.

"We talk so often about the value of Catholic education," said Cardinal Rigali. "Today, we celebrate both the intangible and tangible value of Catholic education. Our students receive an education to serve God in all that they do, but also obtain a high quality education that earns them very substantive financial rewards for college. It is my hope that the countless numbers of families who have selflessly chosen Catholic education for their children see today that their sacrifice and investment pays dividends well into the future."

"Students from the Catholic secondary schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia stand among the most gifted and talented students who will become a vital part of many college and university campuses beginning this August," said Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools. "We wish them every blessing as the grace of the Lord accompanies them on the next step of their preparation."


The following students participated in this morning's ceremony:

- Megan McKee, Archbishop John Carroll High School
- Colleen Ianni, Archbishop Prendergast High School
- Kaitlyn Kutschera, Archbishop Ryan High School
- Nicholas Snyder, Archbishop Wood High School
- Gavin McLaughlin, Bishop McDevitt High School
- Jessica Eby, Bishop Shanahan High School
- Rebecca Searight, Cardinal Dougherty High School
- Dana Giacobello, Cardinal O'Hara High School
- Anna Augustin, Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
- James Stumpo, Father Judge High School
- Lena Ma, John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School
- Meghan McNair, Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School
- Shawna Morse, Lansdale Catholic High School
- Brigid McCloskey, Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls
- Joseph Cerrone, Monsignor Bonner High School
- Robert Franco, North Catholic High School
- Kaitlin Barcoski, St. Hubert's Catholic High School for Girls
- Gabriella Mastrobuoni, Neumann-Goretti High School
- Lauren Proud, St. Pius X High School
- Jacky Lee, Roman Catholic High School
- Stephanie Tran, West Catholic High School

Event video and photography are available for viewing at Cardinal Rigali's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cardinalrigali, or by contacting the Office for Communications at communof@adphila.org.

For information on all of the schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit http://catholicschools-phl.org.

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Pope Benedict Xvi Accepts Resignation Of Bishop Robert Maginnis And Names Monsignor John Mcintyre As Auxiliary Bishop

June 8, 2010

POPE BENEDICT XVI ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF BISHOP ROBERT MAGINNIS AND NAMES MONSIGNOR JOHN McINTYRE AS AUXILIARY BISHOP

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced at a news conference at the Archdiocesan Office Center in Philadelphia this morning that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. Cardinal Rigali also announced that the Holy Father has appointed Reverend Monsignor John J. McIntyre as an Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia.

Bishop Maginnis, age 76, has headed the Secretariat for Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since June of 2004. Bishop Maginnis oversees all aspects of Evangelization, as well as the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal, Chancery Office, Office for Consecrated Life, Office for Research and Planning; Office for Black Catholics and Office for Hispanic Catholics. Prior to his Episcopal ordination in 1996, Bishop Maginnis served for 21 years in the Department of Youth Activities; this later became the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). A Philadelphia native, Bishop Maginnis is a graduate of St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia.

Bishop Maginnis said, "I thank God for the gift of the priesthood. I have enjoyed 49 years of the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in various assignments. I look forward to continuing to work in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in any capacity that Cardinal Rigali would wish me to be involved. I look forward to continuing to be of service to the people of the Archdiocese."

Bishop-elect McIntyre, age 46, is a native of Philadelphia. After attending Father Judge High School for three years, he decided to study for the Redemptorists and attended Saint Mary's High School Seminary located within the Diocese of Erie. He then attended Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Connecticut and, having decided to study for the diocesan priesthood, attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. He was ordained a priest in 1992. Since 1999, Bishop-elect McIntyre has served as Secretary to the Cardinal Archbishop.

Cardinal Rigali said, "Monsignor McIntyre - now Bishop-elect McIntyre - is a priest of great compassion and kindness, humility and tranquility. He is self-effacing and always puts the Lord's work first, never his own needs. He lives out his priestly ministry with quiet joy each day and I know he will bring the same zeal to his episcopal ministry."

Cardinal Rigali will ordain Bishop-elect McIntyre to the episcopacy on August 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

The Bishop-elect's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Blanche McIntyre, along with his brother priests, friends and colleagues, attended the news conference. In his remarks, Bishop-elect McIntyre said, "For the last eighteen years I have had the singular privilege of being a Catholic priest. What a joy to know the will of God in your life and to be given the grace to follow it! What a joy for me to know that the will of God for me is a share in the Priesthood of His Son Jesus Christ. I can think of no greater honor than celebrating Mass each day and being about the many and varied responsibilities that make up the day of a priest."

Bishop-elect McIntyre has served the Church in a number of capacities. For three years following his 1992 Ordination he was parochial vicar at Saint Dominic Parish, Philadelphia, followed by four years in a similar capacity at St. Mark Parish in Bristol, Bucks County. Since 1999, he has served as Secretary to the Cardinal Archbishop.

Biographical Information:

John J. McIntyre was born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia on August 20, 1963 to Thomas and Blanche (nee Ferrero) McIntyre. He has two brothers, Thomas (Kim) and Brian.The McIntyres were parishioners of St. Michael of the Saints Parish in Germantown followed by Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Rhawnhurst. John McIntyre graduated from Saint Basil Elementary School (of the Ukrainian Archeparchy) in Philadelphia. He attended Father Judge High School, Philadelphia, for three years before deciding to study for the Redemptorists and attended Saint Mary's High School Seminary located within the Diocese of Erie. He graduated from Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Connecticut in 1986. He served as a lay teacher for two years at Saint Benedict School in Philadelphia before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Saint Charles in 1991. He was ordained a priest in 1992.

Bishop-elect McIntyre served as a parochial vicar at St. Dominic Parish, Philadelphia from 1992 to 1995, and as parochial vicar at St. Mark Parish, Bristol from 1995 to 1999. Since 1999 he has served as Secretary to the Cardinal Archbishop.

In 2003, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of "Monsignor" and in 2005 a Prelate of Honor.

He also has served on the Archdiocesan Admissions Board for Saint Charles Seminary; the Council of Priests; and as Chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy, Merion, PA.

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Cardinal Justin Rigali To Receive Keys & Sword Award On Behalf Of All Priests Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

June 17, 2010

CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI TO RECEIVE KEYS & SWORD AWARD
ON BEHALF OF ALL PRIESTS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will accept the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Keys & Sword Award on behalf of the priests of the Archdiocese in recognition of their dedicated service to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The Keys & Sword Award acknowledges those whose actions reflect the Gospel values of faith, selfless service, personal sacrifice, respect and valor. This year's event comes as the universal Church and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia officially close out the Year of the Priest, which has been celebrated since June, 2009. Catholics across the Archdiocese are invited to join Cardinal Justin Rigali in congratulating the Archdiocesan priests for their award on Sunday, June 20, beginning with 11 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The award ceremony and luncheon will follow at the Union League.

Sunday, June 20, 2010
11 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul
18th & Vine Street
Luncheon to follow:
The Union League
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA


Proceeds from the third annual event will be placed in the "Keys & Sword Fund" which was established in 2008 to foster the Sacred Music Program, Visitors Programs and to strengthen understanding of the artistic and historical significance of the Cathedral to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia. The Keys & Sword Award of the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul is taken from the symbols of the patron saints of the Cathedral. The award, bestowed by the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was established in 2008. Charles Ramsey, Commissioner of Police for the City of Philadelphia, was the 2009 recipient. Reverend Monsignor James Howard, the longest serving (27 years) rector of the Cathedral Basilica, was the inaugural honoree in 2008.

For tickets, contact 215-561-1313 or purchase online at www.sspeterpaulcathedral.catholicweb.com.

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Pope Benedict Xvi Names Bishop Mcfadden As Bishop Of Harrisburg And Appoints Monsignor Michael Fitzgerald As Auxiliary Bishop Of Philadelphia

June 22, 2010

POPE BENEDICT XVI NAMES BISHOP MCFADDEN AS BISHOP OF HARRISBURG AND APPOINTS MONSIGNOR MICHAEL FITZGERALD
AS AUXILIARY BISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced at a news conference at the Archdiocesan Office Center in Philadelphia this morning that Pope Benedict XVI has named Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, as the Tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg (www.hbgdiocese.org). Cardinal Rigali also announced that the Holy Father has appointed Monsignor Michael J. Fitzgerald as Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia.

Bishop McFadden, 63, is a native of Philadelphia. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School and Saint Thomas More High School for Boys. Following graduation from St. Joseph's University, he became a teacher at West Catholic High School for Boys where he also coached basketball. He then attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA and was ordained a priest in 1981. He served as Administrative Secretary to Cardinal John Krol from 1982 to 1993. He was ordained a bishop in 2004 assisting Cardinal Rigali with the pastoral and administrative care of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In making the announcement regarding Bishop McFadden's appointment, Cardinal Rigali said, "This appointment demonstrates that the Holy Father has confidence that Bishop McFadden will be a compassionate and wise shepherd for the people of Harrisburg. He is a skillful leader with vision and a faith-filled priest who serves joyfully in Jesus' name. Devoted to Mary our Mother, Bishop McFadden will lead the people of Harrisburg with great care and concern for their spiritual well-being."

Bishop McFadden will be installed on August 18, 2010 in Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Harrisburg. At a news conference in Harrisburg this morning, he told reporters, "I am especially happy to have been named the new Bishop of Harrisburg during the Marian Year that Bishop Rhoades convoked last October and which continues until this coming October. When I was named Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia six years ago, I took as my Episcopal motto, "Mary the Model, Jesus the Center." I strongly urge the Catholic community here in Harrisburg to embrace Mary the Mother of Jesus as the model for being open to and doing the Lord's will in one's daily life."

Bishop-elect Fitzgerald, 62, was born in Montclair, New Jersey. His family moved to Southwest Philadelphia and then to King of Prussia, Montgomery County. He attended Saint Clement Parish School in Philadelphia, Saint Augustine Parish School in Bridgeport and Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1980. He holds a B.A. from Temple University and a law degree from Villanova University. Bishop-elect Fitzgerald earned a Licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America and a doctorate in Canon Law from the Gregorian University, Rome. He has served as Vice-Rector of St. Charles Seminary and Director of the Office for Legal Services. He is currently Judicial Vicar. In making the announcement regarding Bishop-elect Fitzgerald, Cardinal Rigali said, "He is an exemplary priest with a great love for the Church. I am grateful for his constant efforts to promote vocations to the diocesan priesthood. For 14 years he has served as Chaplain to the Serra Club of Philadelphia, which promotes priestly vocations."

On June 8, 2010, Cardinal Rigali announced the appointment by the Holy Father of Monsignor John McIntyre as an Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. The Cardinal will ordain both Bishop-elect McIntyre and Bishop-elect Fitzgerald to the episcopacy on the same day, August 6, 2010, the Solemnity of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The Ordination will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

In his remarks at the news conference in Philadelphia, Bishop-elect Fitzgerald said, "In accepting this nomination I am conscious of the great responsibility that has been entrusted to me but I am even more aware of the providence of Almighty God in calling me to the priesthood and sustaining me happily in the priesthood these past thirty years. It is in that Providence that I continue to place my trust as I answer a new call of the Church to serve the People of God as a bishop."

Bishop-elect Fitzgerald Biographical Information:
Michael Joseph Fitzgerald is one of nine children born to Dorothy (Bogart) and the late Edwin Michael Fitzgerald in Montclair, New Jersey on May 23, 1948. His family moved to Southwest Philadelphia and then to King of Prussia, Montgomery County. He attended St. Clement Parish School in Philadelphia, St. Augustine Parish School in Bridgeport and Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in 1970 and his law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1973. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1980 and was ordained a priest in May 1980.

Father Fitzgerald served as parochial vicar at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Philadelphia, from 1980 to 1981, and as parochial vicar at St. Callistus Parish, Philadelphia, from 1981 to 1982. He served as Judge for the Metropolitan Tribunal from October 1982 until June 1987. Father Fitzgerald received a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of American in 1989 and a Doctorate in Canon Law from Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1991. Father Fitzgerald was the founding director of the Office for Legal Services for the Archdiocese, now the Office of General Counsel, serving in this position from 1991 until 2004.

He served as Vice-Rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary from 2004 until 2007. Since 2007 he has served as Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

In 2003, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of "Monsignor."

Bishop-elect Fitzgerald is a member of the Canon Law Society of America; Adjunct Faculty, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary; Chaplain, Serra Club of Philadelphia, and Confessor, Holy Spirit of Adoration Sisters (Pink Sisters).

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Nutritional Development Services To Hold Annual Blessing Of The Summer

June 23, 2010

NUTRITIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
TO HOLD ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE SUMMER

A KICK-OFF TO THE SUMMER NUTRITION PROGRAM SPONSORED BY THE ARCHDIOCESE

Nutritional Development Services (NDS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring its annual Blessing of the Summer. Monsignor Daniel Sullivan, Vicar for Clergy, will preside over the blessing at Holy Child Lower School in Manayunk. Monsignor Sullivan is the president of the NDS board. Campers from Camp Acaraho ages 3 thru 15 years-old will participate.

Thursday, June 24, 2010
11:30 a.m.
Holy Child Lower School (Manayunk)
Fountain and Fowler Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19127


The Summer Nutrition Program for children is a federally funded program operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This year the Summer Nutrition Program runs from June 21st through September 3rd. NDS is proud to partner with hundreds of dedicated community leaders to provide a service that truly benefits families and contributes to the health and well-being of children in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. In the summer of 2009 almost 600 sites and approximately 25,000 children participated in the program.

During the Summer Nutrition Program, approved sites are either in a low-income area or serve a group of children, most of whom are considered low-income. Participating sites can offer children lunch and a choice of breakfast or snack. Most Philadelphia and many suburban neighborhoods qualify. To sign up for the Summer Nutrition Program contact Nutritional Development Services at 215-895-3470.

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Editor's Note: For more information on Nutritional Development Services please contact Anne Ayella at 215-895-3486 ext. 717.

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Bonnie Olinger
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Archdiocesan Class Of 2010 Graduates Break Record For College Scholarships Earned 94% Of All Archdiocesan High School Graduates Pursuing Post-secondary Education

June 28, 2010

ARCHDIOCESAN CLASS OF 2010 GRADUATES BREAK RECORD FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS EARNED
94% of all Archdiocesan high school graduates pursuing post-secondary education

The 4,648 young men and women who graduated from the 20 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia this June have been offered a grand total of $262,069,165 in scholarships, an all-time record high for scholarship dollars awarded to students across the Archdiocese. More than 94% of the Class of 2010 graduates will pursue a post-secondary education; 92% will be headed for college this fall.

"The Class of 2010, fueled by determination and passion for learning, has set an Archdiocesan record for scholarships earned," said Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "The $262 million awarded to our students reflects not only the academic and spiritual growth of the Class of 2010, but also the selfless support of their families, who have made significant investments in Catholic education that will set their children on a well-rooted path into the future."

Nearly half (46%) of the members of the Archdiocesan Class of 2010 received at least one college scholarship, and more than 6,000 scholarships were awarded in total. The Class of 2009 received $244,062,716 in college scholarships. Since 2000, Archdiocesan graduates have received more than $1.5 billion in scholarships.

For information on all of the schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit http://catholicschools-phl.org.


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Meredith Wilson
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Archdiocesan Summer Camp For Deaf/hard Of Hearing Children Welcome Pageant Guests

June 30, 2010

ARCHDIOCESAN SUMMER CAMP FOR DEAF/HARD OF HEARING CHILDREN
WELCOME PAGEANT GUESTS

ELEVEN CONTESTANTS FROM MISS DEAF AMERICA PAGEANT WILL VISIT CAMP OVERBROOK: IN SIGN 2010


Camp Overbrook: In Sign 2010, sponsored by the Deaf Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will welcome 11 Miss Deaf America Contestants from across the country to their annual summer camp. The contestants represent several states traveling from as far as Hawaii. Several of the young women will perform their talent routines for the campers and present their chosen platforms. One of the visiting contestants has a special connection to the summer camp. Victoria Flis, Miss Deaf Pennsylvania 2010, is a former Camp Overbrook camper. She attended the first Camp Overbrook: In Sign camp in the summer of 1994 at age 7. The campers, ages 6-14, will have the opportunity to meet and greet the contestants.


Friday, July 2, 2010
12:30 p.m.
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary/Vianney Hall
100 East Wynnewood Rd.
Wynnewood, PA 19096-3099



This year the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) will host its national conference in Philadelphia. Every two years, a young deaf woman is chosen as NAD Miss Deaf America during the NAD Conference. This year's competition will take place July 7th thru July 9th. The Miss Deaf America Ambassadorship Program recognizes excellence in the deaf community.

Camp Overbrook: In Sign 2010 is an annual two-week summer day camp (June 28th thru July 9th) for deaf and hard of hearing children, which provides summer learning and Catholic community.


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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact Sister Kathleen Schipani, I.H.M. at (215) 587-3913 or visit the Deaf Apostolate website at http://archphila.org/evangelization/resplife/deafapos.htm.

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Cardinal Rigali Book "let The Oppressed Go Free: Breaking The Bonds Of Addiction" To Be Focus Of National Conference

July 12, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI BOOK "LET THE OPPRESSED GO FREE: BREAKING THE BONDS OF ADDICTION"
TO BE FOCUS OF NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will deliver the opening address of a one-day Conference on Addictions based on his recent book, Let the Oppressed Go Free: Breaking the Bonds of Addiction, the seventh in the Shepherd's Voice Series (Basilica Press) written by Bishops and Cardinals addressing important topics from the Catholic perspective.

In this 80-page pastoral work, Cardinal Rigali provides poignant insights into the multi-faceted nature of addictions, including the spiritual dimension of much addictive behavior and the consequent ramifications for effective treatment and recovery. Cardinal Rigali stresses the value of the Catholic Church's sacramental and pastoral ministry in offering effective help and genuine hope to those battling addiction, and compassionate support to their families and loved ones.

The Conference will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton City Center Hotel, Philadelphia, with a Closing Mass celebrated by Cardinal Rigali at 4:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul. The Conference will focus on the interplay between the sacred and the therapeutic dimensions of clinical pastoral care in addictions ministry with individuals and families. Issues of prevention, treatment and recovery will be addressed.

In the book's Introduction, Cardinal Rigali writes that "the contemporary culture so often casts persons to the sidelines, and in their pain they sometimes seek out ways of coping that do further harm to their human dignity. Pastoral experience tells us that persons of all backgrounds and ages can be affected by addiction. The Church always calls us to appreciate and renew our dedication to the inviolable dignity of the human person. This is especially true in the area of addiction."

Cardinal Rigali writes that the Catholic Church has addressed addiction and dependency in many ways, by calling for care for those who are addicted or dependent, by offering ongoing spiritual guidance for those in recovery, and by advocating for greater integration of pastoral and clinic strategies aimed at both treatment and prevention of addiction.

Copies of the "Let the Oppressed Go Free: Breaking the Bonds of Addiction" can be ordered by calling Basilica Press at: 1-888-570-5182.

For more information about speakers or to register online go to www.guesthouseinstitute.org/Conference%20on%20Addiction.html or contact Colleen Richards at 800-626-6910. Educational Credit Information for Psychologists: Saint John Vianney Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Saint John Vianney Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Educational Credit Information for Addiction Counselors: Guest House Institute is a Provider approved by NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program, Provider #634.

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A Mass Of Thanksgiving For The Service Of Bishop Robert Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop Of Philadelphia

July 16, 2010

A MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SERVICE OF
BISHOP ROBERT MAGINNIS, AUXILIARY BISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside at a Mass of Thanksgiving for the service of Bishop Robert P. Maginnis on the occasion of his retirement as Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 12:05 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Bishop Maginnis will be be the celebrant and homilist for the Mass. An Open House Reception will follow in the Archdiocesan Office Center. All are welcome to attend Mass and the Open House Reception.

On Tuesday, June 8, 2010, Cardinal Rigali held a news conference announcing that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. Bishop Maginnis was ordained by Cardinal John Krol in 1961. Bishop Maginnis headed the Secretariat for Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since June of 2004. Bishop Maginnis oversaw all aspects of Evangelization, as well as the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal, Chancery Office, Office for Consecrated Life, Office for Research and Planning; Office for Black Catholics and Office for Hispanic Catholics. Prior to his Episcopal ordination in 1996, Bishop Maginnis served for 21 years in the Department of Youth Activities; this later became the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).

Assignments: Assistant Pastor, Our Lady Help of Christians, Abington, Montgomery County, 1961-1964; Assistant Pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Chester, Delaware County, 1964-1967; Assistant Director, Department of Youth Activities 1967-1981; Director, Department of Youth Activities 1987-1988; Administrator, Saint Alphonsus Parish, Maple Glen, Montgomery County; Regional Vicar for Montgomery County 1991-1996; Pastor, Saint Colman Parish, Ardmore, Montgomery County June 1996 - June 2004; Appointed to the Synod of Bishops in Rome 2001; Appointed Administrative Overseer to Chester County and part of Delaware County Vicariates, Secretariat for Evangelization, The Metropolitan Tribunal, Chancery, Office of the Vicar for Consecrated Life, Office of the Vicar for Hispanic Catholics and Research and Planning, July 2004.

A Philadelphia native, Bishop Maginnis is a graduate of St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Editor's Note: Cardinal Rigali also announced on June 8, 2010 that Pope Benedict XVI appointed Monsignor John J. McIntyre as an Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. On June 22, 2010 Cardinal Rigali announced that Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Joseph P. McFadden as Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, and appointed Monsignor Michael Fitzgerald as Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. Bishop-elect McIntyre and Bishop-elect Fitzgerald will be ordained to the episcopacy on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.


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Don Guanella School To Host 12th Annual Nba Referee Clinic

August 2, 2010


DON GUANELLA SCHOOL TO HOST
12TH ANNUAL NBA REFEREE CLINIC

Don Guanella School, along with six NBA referees, will host the 12th annual NBA Referee Clinic. Don Guanella School is a facility operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from five to 21. The National Basketball Association referees, who will work with the students of Don Guanella are Joe Crawford, Duke Callahan, Steve Javie, Mark Wunderlick, Ed Malloy and Mark Lindsay.

Monday, August 2, 2009
12:00 p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Don Guanella Gym
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County


The referees will conduct basketball drills in passing, dribbling and shooting. In addition to the clinic some of the special needs students will participate in a "referee imitation" contest and other competitions. The referees' will also hand out NBA items such as hats, jackets, t-shirts and basketballs to the young men.

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Editor's note: For more information, please contact Robert Neely, Activities Director at Don Guanella School, at 484-716-5131 (cell)


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Nutritional Development Services To Continue Annual Peace Day Celebration

August 3, 2010

NUTRITIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES TO CONTINUE
ANNUAL PEACE DAY CELEBRATION

Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will sponsor a Peace Day Celebration. The Peace Day Celebration has become an annual summer event for many of the more than 500 sites that offer the Summer Meals Program in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. During Peace Day participating sites teach the children how to be peacemakers in their community through various activities.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
11:30 a.m.
Welcome Center at Grace-Incarnation Church
2645 E. Venango Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134


During the celebration at the Welcome Center, campers will decorate peace puzzles and peace eggs. They will also spend time praying and reflecting on their role as peacemakers.

This summer Nutritional Development Services will serve more than one million meals as part of its sponsorship of the federally-funded Summer Meals Program. The children at more than 500 sites receive lunch and a choice of breakfast or a snack throughout the course of their summer program.

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Editor's Note: For more information on Nutritional Development Services, please contact Anne Ayella 215-895-3486 ext. 717

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Bishop-elect John Mcintyre And Bishop-elect Michael Fitzgerald To Be Ordained

August 4, 2010

BISHOP-ELECT JOHN MCINTYRE AND BISHOP-ELECT MICHAEL FITZGERALD
TO BE ORDAINED

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will ordain Reverend Monsignor John J. McIntyre and Reverend Monsignor Michael J. Fitzgerald as Auxiliary Bishops of Philadelphia on Friday, August 6, 2010 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Co-consecrators are Cardinal John P. Foley, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan.

The Mass of Ordination will be streamed live beginning with the Procession at 1:40 p.m. on the Archdiocesan website www.archphila.org.


Friday, August 6, 2010
Procession 1:40 p.m.
Ordination Mass 2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


A Procession that includes four Cardinals, six Archbishops, 46 Bishops and approximately 300 priests will begin at 1:40 p.m. at the Archdiocesan Office Center (222 N. 17th Street). It will exit left from the front of the building; proceed through the parking lot to the entrance of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on 18th Street.

Pope Benedict XVI named Monsignor John McIntyre a bishop on June 8, 2010. Cardinal Rigali announced the papal appointment at a news conference. Bishop-elect McIntyre, age 46, is a native of Philadelphia. After attending Father Judge High School for three years, he decided to study for the Redemptorists and attended Saint Mary's High School Seminary located within the Diocese of Erie. He then attended Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Connecticut and, having decided to study for the diocesan priesthood, attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. He was ordained a priest in 1992. Since 1999, Bishop-elect McIntyre has served as Secretary to the Cardinal Archbishop.

Bishop McIntyre will oversee the Secretariats for Catholic Human Services and Evangelization as well as the Office for Hispanic Catholics. His regions include Chester County and parts of Delaware County.

Pope Benedict XVI named Monsignor Fitzgerald a bishop on June 22, 2010. Cardinal Rigali announced the papal appointment at a news conference. Bishop-elect Fitzgerald, age 62, was born in Montclair, New Jersey. His family moved to Southwest Philadelphia and then to King of Prussia, Montgomery County. He attended Saint Clement Parish School in Philadelphia, Saint Augustine Parish School in Bridgeport and Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1980. He holds a B.A. from Temple University and a law degree from Villanova University.

Bishop-elect Fitzgerald earned a Licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America and a doctorate in Canon Law from Gregorian University, Rome. He has served as Vice-Rector of St. Charles Seminary and Director of the Office for Legal Services and Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Bishop Fitzgerald will oversee the Secretariat for Catholic Education, Metropolitan Tribunal, Chancery, Office for Consecrated Life and Office for Child and Youth Protection. His regions will include Bucks County and parts of Philadelphia-North.

Biographical Information:
John J. McIntyre was born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia on August 20, 1963 to Thomas and Blanche (nee Ferrero) McIntyre. He is one of three children. The McIntyres were parishioners of St. Michael of the Saints Parish in Germantown followed by Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Rhawnhurst. He attended Father Judge High School, Philadelphia, for three years before deciding to study for the Redemptorists and attended Saint Mary's High School Seminary located within the Diocese of Erie. He graduated from Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Connecticut in 1986. He served as a lay teacher for two years at Saint Benedict School in Philadelphia before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Saint Charles in 1991. He was ordained a priest in 1992.

Bishop-elect McIntyre served as a parochial vicar at St. Dominic Parish, Philadelphia, from 1992 to 1995, and as parochial vicar at St. Mark Parish, Bristol, from 1995 to 1999. Since 1999 he has served as Secretary to the Cardinal Archbishop. In 2003, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of "Monsignor" and in 2005 a Prelate of Honor. He also has served on the Archdiocesan Admissions Board for Saint Charles Seminary; the Council of Priests; and as Chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy, Merion, PA.

Michael J. Fitzgerald is one of nine children born to Dorothy (Bogart) and the late Edwin Michael Fitzgerald in Montclair, New Jersey on May 23, 1948. His family moved to Southwest Philadelphia and then to King of Prussia, Montgomery County. He attended St. Clement Parish School in Philadelphia, St. Augustine Parish School in Bridgeport and Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in 1970 and his law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1973. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1980 and was ordained a priest in May 1980. Father Fitzgerald served as parochial vicar at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Philadelphia, from 1980 to 1981, and as parochial vicar at St. Callistus Parish, Philadelphia, from 1981 to 1982. He served as Judge for the Metropolitan Tribunal from October 1982 until June 1987. Father Fitzgerald received a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of American in 1989 and a Doctorate in Canon Law from Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1991. Father Fitzgerald was the founding director of the Office for Legal Services for the Archdiocese, now the Office for General Counsel, serving in this position from 1991 until 2004. He served as Vice-Rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary from 2004 until 2007. Since 2007 he has served as Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 2003, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of "Monsignor." Bishop-elect Fitzgerald is a member of the Canon Law Society of America; Adjunct Faculty, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary; Chaplain, Serra Club of Philadelphia, and Confessor, Holy Spirit of Adoration Sisters (Pink Sisters).

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A Celebration In Thanksgiving For The Service Of Bishop Joseph Mcfadden, Auxiliary Bishop Of Philadelphia

August 10, 2010

A CELEBRATION IN THANKSGIVING FOR THE SERVICE OF
BISHOP JOSEPH MCFADDEN, AUXILIARY BISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament in thanksgiving for the service of Bishop Joseph McFadden on the occasion of his appointment as the Tenth Bishop of Harrisburg on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Bishop McFadden will preach. An Open House Reception will follow in the Archdiocesan Office Center. All are welcome to attend Solemn Evening Prayer and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Open House Reception.

On Tuesday, June 22, 2010, Cardinal Rigali held a news conference announcing that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Bishop Joseph McFadden the tenth Bishop of Harrisburg. Bishop McFadden was ordained by Cardinal John Krol in 1981.

Bishop McFadden, 63, is a native of Philadelphia. He attended and was ordained a priest in 1981. He served as Administrative Secretary to Cardinal John Krol from 1982 to 1993. He was ordained a bishop in 2004 assisting Cardinal Rigali with the pastoral and administrative care of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
A Philadelphia native, Bishop McFadden attended Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School and Saint Thomas More High School for Boys. Following graduation from St. Joseph's University, he became a teacher at West Catholic High School for Boys where he also coached basketball. He then attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Assignments: Parochial Vicar, St. Laurence Parish, Highland Park, X County, 1981-1982; Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Krol 1982-1993; President of Cardinal O'Hara High School, Springfield, Delaware County, 1993-2001; Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Downingtown, X County 2001-2004 Assistant Pastor,

Editor's Note: On June 22, 2010 Cardinal Rigali announced that Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Joseph P. McFadden as Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, and appointed Monsignor Michael Fitzgerald as Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. Cardinal Rigali also announced on June 8, 2010 that Pope Benedict XVI appointed Monsignor John J. McIntyre as an Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia Bishop McIntyre and Bishop Fitzgerald were ordained to the episcopacy on August 6, 2010 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

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Cardinal Rigali To Bless New St. Rocco Center And Site Of Planned Parish Church

August 13, 2010

Cardinal Rigali To Bless New St. Rocco Center
And Site Of Planned Parish Church

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia will bless the new St. Rocco Center and the land of the planned Parish church during the ceremonial groundbreaking at the site on the feast of the Parish's namesake. The evening will include a procession from the center to the site of the planned St. Rocco Church led by the Divine Providence Choir. In addition, there will be tours, slideshows and traditional Mexican and Puerto Rican refreshments.

5:00 p.m. Activities begin
7:00 p.m. Blessing/Groundbreaking
Monday, August 16, 2010
St. Rocco Center
9016 Gap Newport Pike
Avondale, Chester County 19311



St. Rocco Church, once completed, will seat 500 people and will be built in a Mexican style with a plaza in front. The recently completed St. Rocco Center will serve the Spanish speaking community of Southern Chester County, which is currently served by the Mision Santa Maria, Madre de Dios.

The mission began in July of 1992 and currently serves five parishes with 12,000 registered members, 2,800 families, 1,200 children in the Religious Education Program and six community Masses celebrated each weekend in Spanish. The community is made up of first and second generation Mexican immigrants and a large community of Puerto Rican parishioners. The mission also serves a smaller community of people from Argentina and Columbia.

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100th Anniversary Celebration Of The Birth Of Mother Teresa Of Calcutta

August 26, 2010

100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTH OF MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mother Teresa of Calcutta with an day-long celebration including Morning Prayer followed by all day exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a presentation on the life of Mother Teresa and praying of the Rosary.   The day concludes with Benediction and Mass celebrated by Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia.


Benediction/Mass
Thursday, August 26, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
1228 Main Street
Linfield, Montgomery County 19468




Directions to the parish church can be found at www.blteresacalcutta.com. The parish is also planning a week of observances connected to Mother Teresa's Feast Day on September 5th. Each day of the week of August 31st will be dedicated to Blessed Teresa and her devotion to the Eucharist and serving the poor, including a day to Give and Serve, a day to Worship and Grow and a Feast Day Eucharistic celebration.

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Blessed Teresa Of Calcutta Parish To Participate In Postage Stamp Dedication Ceremony

September 2, 2010

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish to Participate in
Postage Stamp Dedication Ceremony

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish will join representatives from the United States Postal Service, Philadelphia Metropolitan District, in a ceremony for the issuance of the new Mother Teresa commemorative postage stamp. August 26th marked the 100th Birthday of Mother Teresa.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010
6:00 p.m.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Education Center
256 Swamp Pike
Schwenksville, Montgomery County 19473




This commemoration is part of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish's week long observance connected to Mother Teresa's Feast Day on September 5th.


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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Opens Academic Year With Focus On Innovation In The Classroom

September 3, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA OPENS ACADEMIC YEAR WITH
FOCUS ON INNOVATION IN THE CLASSROOM

Many Back-to-School Events Planned Across Five-County Area


PHILADELPHIA (September 3, 2010) -- More than 72,000 students who attend 167 parish and regional elementary schools, 17 high schools and four schools of special education within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will head back to their classrooms on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Numerous back-to-school special events are planned throughout the Archdiocese to usher in the season.

On Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 7:30 a.m., Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, will officially kick-off the start of the Archdiocesan school year at Incarnation of Our Lord Parish School, 425 W. Lindley Avenue. Mayor Nutter and Superintendent Rochford will greet both parents and students, and students will offer a prayer for the 2010-2011 school year.

"We have a legacy in education that spans a century, and have provided more than 15 million students with a world-class Catholic education that challenges them academically and develops them spiritually," said Rochford. "As our world has changed and evolved, so has the approach to Catholic education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. We are infusing more state-of-the-art technology and 21st century learning practices into our curricula, and our students will notice this as they head back to our classrooms this week."

Rochford will also preside over a special ceremony on Thursday, September 9 at 2 p.m. at Bucks County's new regional Catholic school, Holy Family Regional Catholic School, in Levittown, Pa. The school will mark the union of the four parish school student bodies who have joined together to form Holy Family Regional with an elaborate and symbolic puzzle piece cake.

Lastly, the Archdiocese celebrates innovation with the opening of a new, state-of-the-art high school, Pope John Paul II High School at 181 Rittenhouse Road in Upper Providence Township. More than 900 students will enter the doors for the first time on Friday, September 10 at 7:30 a.m, to experience the latest in educational technology. All students at Pope John Paul II will receive his/her own netbook. Many more parish elementary schools, such as Mother of Divine Grace in Port Richmond, will providing netbooks to students in 5th through 8th grades.


ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Our Mother of Consolation Parish School, 17 E. Chestnut Hill Ave, Philadelphia, will hold an opening prayer convocation for students and their parents at 7:00 p.m. An ice cream social will be held on the front lawn following the convocation.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish School, 535 Mason Avenue, Drexel Hill, Delaware County, will unveil its new Lab Learner science laboratory and celebrate the completed renovation of the school's Drexel conference room. The room is dedicated to Saint Katharine Drexel and will provide a meeting space for faculty, principals, pastors and adult parishioners. The school will also have back to school night and an open house at 6:30 p.m.

St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish School, 999 Reading Avenue, Yardley, Bucks County, will celebrate the first year of their Pre K 3 classroom for three-year-old students. The pastor, Monsignor Samuel Shoemaker, will bless the classroom at 10:00 a.m. Also, 7th and 8th grade students will have Latin added to their curriculum.

St. David Parish School, 401 N. Easton Road, Willow Grove, Montgomery County, will celebrate its 90th anniversary. The school will hold a brief celebration outside the school at 7:45 a.m.

Thursday, September 9, 2010
Holy Family Regional Parish School, 2477 Trenton Rd, Levittown, Bucks County, will celebrate its inaugural year with a special cake and milk for all students at 2:00 p.m. Four cakes will be presented in the shape of puzzle pieces, each representing the four schools that merged to create Holy Family.

Friday, September 10, 2010
Pope John Paul Catholic High School, 181 Rittenhouse Road, Royersford, Montgomery County, will open for the first day of school at 7:30 a.m. The state-of-the-art school currently has more than 900 students enrolled.

Sunday, September 19, 2010
Pope John Paul Catholic High School, 181 Rittenhouse Road, Royersford, Montgomery County, will hold a blessing ceremony and dedication at 2:00 p.m. Cardinal Justin Rigali will preside.


ADDITIONAL ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA BACK-TO-SCHOOL NEWS
St. Francis de Sales Parish School, 39 New Road, Aston, Delaware County, installed new smart boards in every classroom. This was made possible through Home and School Association funding and private contributors. All faculty participated in a smart board training workshop this summer.

Archbishop Wood Catholic High School, 655 York Road, Warminster, Bucks County is the first high school in the nation to have the Exploration 21 Lab Learner Science Lab. The school will also open a piano lab where students will have the opportunity to compose music, see it on the computer and print it.

Bishop Shanahan Catholic High School, 220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown, Chester County, celebrates that 22 members of the Class of 2011 have been recognized as National Merit Students. This sets a Bishop Shanahan record for the highest number of students receiving National Merit recognition in one year.

St. Mary Magdalene Parish School, 2400 N. Providence Road, Media, Delaware County, installed a new lab learner science program and has created a peaceful conflict resolution program, which will assist students in making good decisions when faced with a problem.

Our Lady of Fatima, 2915 Street Road, Bensalem, Bucks County, will hold a six-week workshop with Clay Studios in Philadelphia. Students will have the opportunity to work with clay to create pieces of art, and their work will be displayed at Clay Studios.

St. Athanasius-Immaculate Conception School, 7105 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia, has made a commitment to go virtually paperless for the 2010-2011 school year. All documents will be posted on the school's website and teachers will have individual websites to post homework assignments.

Saint Andrew School, 51 Wrights Road, Newtown, Bucks County, will begin the 2010-2011 school year as the only school in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the only school located in the Council Rock School District to be named a "Top School in Pennsylvania" by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. The Center for Talented Youth evaluates faculty members and their demonstration of academic leadership in guided learning, as well as on the extent to which its students uphold these academic standards in their work.

Mother of Divine Grace, 2612 East Monmouth Street, Philadelphia, has installed smart boards and projectors in each classroom. The school also received a grant from The Maurice Romy Foundation to provide additional technology to students. The students in the upper grades will be using netbooks this year.

St. Joseph/St. Robert School, 850 Euclid Avenue, Warrington, Bucks County, has installed new smart boards in every classroom and all 8th grade students will be using netbooks in their daily classes.

Holy Child Academy, 475 Shadeland Avenue, Drexel Hill, Delaware County, will be using the teachings of 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens to teach students the 7 goals of a Holy Child education. This program will run throughout the year to help give students the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish School, 585 West Street Road, Warminster, Bucks County, held an eight-grade leadership symposium to welcome new principal, Roselee Maddaloni. The group provided her with ideas and suggestions on how to improve the school just before she embarks on her new role as principal.

St. Helena Parish School, 6101 N. Fifth Street, Philadelphia, will receive a donation from Acer of 32 netbooks.

Our Lady of Ransom Parish School, 6740 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, held a two-day science workshop for 80 teachers through the Archdiocese. The workshop was lead by the AIMS foundation.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School, 815 Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, will hold a meeting on September 14, to introduce the Math 24 game and the First In Math online program to more than 50 parish schools in the Archdiocese. The new math programs were made possible through an $187,500 grant from Robert Sun and Nan Ronis of Suntex International.

The following parish schools will receive netbooks provided through Title I funding:
Holy Child Parish School, Mary Mother of Peace Parish School, St. Martin of Tours Parish School, St. Veronica Parish School, Our Lady of Port Richmond Parish School, St. Matthew Parish School and GESU.

More than 400 early childhood education teachers and principals gathered on August 23, for a summer conference on engaged learning.


ABOUT THE SCHOOLS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
In the 2009-2010 academic year, Archdiocesan elementary students scored an average of 18 to 27 points higher than the national mean on the basic skills portions of Terra Nova testing. The Archdiocese's Powerful Learning Program, implemented across all 20 Archdiocesan high schools over the 2008-09, 2009-2010 school years, used Virtual Learning Communities (VLCs) for a professional development initiative where teachers shared resources for implementing emerging social web technologies in their classrooms. The Powerful Learning cohort is in place for the fall with another 20 schools participating. Our Virtual Academy, which provided online learning webcasts for all of our educators kicks off for its second year in October. For the 2010-11 school year, technology continues to be a top priority in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as many schools begin to launch netbook initiatives and supporting professional development, including Pope John Paul II High School, where all 900 students will receive a new netbook.

In June 2010, 4,648 young men and women graduated from the high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Class of 2010 was offered more than $262 million in scholarships, surpassing all previous records for the Archdiocese, and more than 94% of the Class of 2010 will pursue a post-secondary education.

For more information about the 167 parish and regional elementary schools, 17 high schools and four schools of special education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates The Feast Of Saint Peter Claver

September 8, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES THE FEAST OF SAINT PETER CLAVER

Most Reverend Dominic Carmon, SVD, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, will be the main celebrant and homilist for Mass honoring the Feast of Saint Peter Claver. He will be joined by many priests, who will concelebrate the Mass. In addition to celebrating the feats day of the Knights of Peter Claver and the Ladies Auxiliary, there will also be special recognition of Religious Sisters and Brothers.

Saint Peter Claver was a 16th Century Spanish Jesuit priest, who dedicated his life to ministry to Africans in South America. He was known to have baptized hundreds of thousands of people in life.

The Mass celebrating the Feast of Saint Peter Claver will take place at the Historic Saint Peter Claver Church, which was dedicated in 1892.

7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Saint Peter Claver Catholic Church
12th & Lombard Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19147


For more information, please contact Reverend Stephen D. Thorne, Archdiocesan Director, Office for Black Catholics, at (215) 587-3634.

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New Pope John Paul Ii High School Opens For First Day Of School 900 Students Enrolled In State-of-the-art High School In Montgomery County

September 8, 2010

NEW POPE JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL OPENS FOR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
900 students enrolled in state-of-the-art high school in Montgomery County

ROYERSFORD (September 10, 2010) -Pope John Paul II Catholic High School, the first new Archdiocesan high school to open in a decade, will welcome 900 students for the first time on September 10. The innovative facility is located on 78 acres at 181 Rittenhouse Road in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., faculty, staff and student representatives will greet students with a "Welcome Home" message as students file in for the school day that begins at 8:05 a.m. Reverend Alan Okon, school president, will celebrate an Opening Mass at 9:00 a.m. during which the paschal candles from the former Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School and St. Pius X High School will come together to pay homage to the roots of Pope John Paul II High School and the unity of the two school communities. A student body pep rally will be held prior to the 2:53 p.m. dismissal.

The new high school, which spans 209,000 square feet, features 29 wireless classrooms. Each enrolled student will receive a netbook to use during the school year. The school also has five science laboratories, three computer laboratories and a large library/media resource center. Students will also have access to two dedicated distance-learning classrooms, and all classrooms feature LCD projectors with SMART Board interactive whiteboards and videoconferencing capabilities. Additionally, the school features two fine art studios, choral/band suites, a 432-seat cafeteria, a 1200-seat auditorium, a 1000-seat main gymnasium, an auxiliary gymnasium and a fitness center. In support of athletic programs, the school has six competition level sports fields, tennis courts and a running track with an all-weather surface.

One of the hallmarks of the school is a 72-seat chapel that contains furnishings from parishes around the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The wood for the altar is from the Cathedral Basilica SS Peter & Paul in Center City Philadelphia and the former Transfiguration of our Lord Parish in West Philadelphia. The stations of the cross are from St. John the Baptist of Coaldale, Pa. The stained-glass windows, from the former Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Southwest Philadelphia, were refurbished prior to installation in the chapel. The school will offer Mass every morning before classes begin, and confession will be offered weekly.

"The arrival of this day is a wonderful blessing," said Rev. Alan Okon, President, Pope John Paul II High School. "We began construction in 2008 awaiting this moment - and we cannot wait to witness our students in action, enjoying their new, magnificent school and receiving a superior and modern Catholic education."

Construction of Pope John Paul II began in August 2008. The school will house students from 38 parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and several more from the Dioceses of Allentown and Reading. More than half (52%) of incoming students live in the Norristown, Spring Ford and Perkiomen Valley school districts, and several students will attend from districts as far-reaching as Quakertown, Brandywine, Cheltenham, Daniel Boone and Philadelphia. Forty-four students enrolled at Pope John Paul II High School come from countries outside of the United States.

Additional information for Pope John Paul II High School is available online at www.PJPHS.org.

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A Mass Of Thanksgiving For The 25th Anniversary Of Cardinal Rigali's Episcopal Ordination

September 9, 2010

A MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY
OF CARDINAL RIGALI'S EPISCOPAL ORDINATION

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at Mass on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his Ordination as a Bishop. Cardinal Rigali was ordained a Bishop by Pope John Paul II twenty five years ago on The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14, 1985.

The Mass of Thanksgiving will be streamed live beginning with the Procession at 1:40 p.m. on the Archdiocesan website www.archphila.org. The Mass will also air live on EWTN Television at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Procession 1:40 p.m.
Mass of Thanksgiving 2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


A procession that includes five Cardinals, 10 Archbishops, 45 Bishops and hundreds of priests will begin at 1:40 p.m. from the Archdiocesan Office Center (222 N. 17th Street). It will exit left from the front of the building; proceed through the parking lot to the entrance of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on 18th Street.

Semiarians from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary will serve the Mass. Lectors from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary will proclaim the first and second reading. Deacon Al Clay will sing the Gospel. The Villanova University Choir will sing the Mass and Dr. John Romeri, the Archdiocesan Director of Liturgical Music, will play the organ. A variety of instrumentalists and cantors will also assist with the liturgical music.

Cardinal Rigali was ordained a priest on April 25, 1961. He went on to become the director of the English language section of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and serve as the English language translator for Pope Paul VI, whom he accompanied to various countries. During his service at the Vatican Secretariat of State, he also accompanied Pope John Paul II on a number of international pastoral visits, including the Holy Father's first two major journeys to the United States in 1979 and 1987. The 1979 trip included the Holy Father's visit to Philadelphia. On April 19, 1980 he was named a Prelate of Honor of His Holiness.

Pope John Paul II ordained Monsignor Rigali to the episcopacy September 14, 1985. From 1985 to 1990, in addition to being President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, he held a number of positions at the Vatican, serving the Secretariat of State, the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church, the Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. On December 21, 1989, he was named Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops and on January 2, 1990 he became the Secretary of the College of Cardinals. He was a member of the Permanent Interdicasterial Commission and served as a consultant to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. During the same time, he was also engaged in pastoral services to a number of parishes and seminaries in Rome. In 1994, Pope John Paul II named him the eighth Bishop and seventh Archbishop of St. Louis.

On July 15, 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed Archbishop Rigali as the twelfth Bishop and eighth Archbishop of Philadelphia. He was named a Cardinal on September 28, 2003. On October 7, 2003, he was installed Archbishop of Philadelphia by Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, the Apostolic Nuncio, in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Cardinal Rigali is the spiritual leader of almost 1.5 million Catholics in the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery. He is also a successor of Saint John Nepomucene Neumann, the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia (1852 1860), and the first canonized male American saint.

Two weeks after his installation as Archbishop of Philadelphia, he was formally created a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the Public Consistory in Saint Peter's Square on October 21, 2003. He was assigned the Titular Church of Saint Prisca in Rome.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Rigali a member of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops on September 26, 2007. The Cardinal is also member of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He is also a member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See. The Cardinal is on the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. At the same time he is Chair of the University Seminary Committee and member of the Administrative Committee. He is also on the Board of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and the Chair of the Iconography Committee. He is a member of the Order of the Knights of Malta and the Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. Cardinal Rigali is also a member of the Papal Foundation. On June 5, 2004 he became a Knight of Peter Claver. The Cardinal is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

Currently, Cardinal Rigali is the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Aid to the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe. He is a member of the Committee on Divine Worship, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of Scripture Translations and is President of the Board of Directors of the Black and Indian Mission Office. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Rigali a member of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops on September 26, 2007.



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Editor's Note:

An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the rear parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted.

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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass And Bless New Holy Family Regional Catholic School

September 15, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS
AND BLESS NEW HOLY FAMILY REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia,will celebrate Mass and bless the new Holy Family Regional Catholic School in Levittown, Bucks County.

9:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Queen of the Universe Church
2443 Trenton Road
Levittown, 19056


In January 2010, Cardinal Rigali announced that Immaculate Conception, Queen of the Universe, St. Francis Cabrini, and St. Joseph the Worker Parish Schools would join together in September 2010 to form a new regional school named Holy Family Regional Catholic School. The school is located at the site of the former Queen of the Universe School, 2447 Trenton Road.

For more information about schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Cardinal Rigali To Bless And Dedicate New Pope John Paul Ii High School

September 16, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO BLESS AND DEDICATE NEW POPE JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will bless Pope John Paul II High School in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 2 p.m. The state-of-the-art high school opened on September 10, 2010 to 900 students. Cardinal Rigali will be joined by Reverend Alan Okon, President of Pope John Paul II, Office of Catholic Education administrators, Office of Catholic Education board members, local government officials, faculty, staff and students in celebrating the formal dedication of the school, which was built to bring together two school communities: the former Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School of Norristown and the former St. Pius X High School of Pottstown.

2:00 pm.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Pope John Paul II High School
181 Rittenhouse Road
Royersford, PA 19468


The new high school spans 209,000 square feet, features 29 wireless classrooms. Each student has received a netbook to use during the school year. The school has five science laboratories, three computer laboratories and a large library/media resource center. Students have access to two dedicated distance-learning classrooms, and all classrooms feature LCD projectors with SMART Board' interactive whiteboards and videoconferencing capabilities. Additionally, the school features two fine art studios, choral/band suites, a 432-seat cafeteria, a 1200-seat auditorium, a 1000-seat main gymnasium, an auxiliary gymnasium and a fitness center. In support of athletic programs, the school has six competition level sports fields, tennis courts and a running track with an all-weather surface.

One of the hallmarks of the school is a 72-seat chapel that contains furnishings from parishes around the Archdiocese. The wood for the altar is from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and the former Transfiguration of our Lord Parish in West Philadelphia. The stations of the cross are from St. John the Baptist Parish of Coaldale, Pa. The stained-glass windows are from the former Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Southwest Philadelphia, and were refurbished prior to installation in the chapel. The school offers Mass every morning before classes begin, and confession is offered weekly.

Construction of Pope John Paul II High School began in August 2008. The school houses students from 38 parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and several more from the Dioceses of Allentown and Reading. More than half (52%) of the students live in the Norristown, Spring Ford and Perkiomen Valley school districts, and several students attend from districts as far-reaching as Quakertown, Brandywine, Cheltenham, Daniel Boone and Philadelphia. Forty-four students enrolled at Pope John Paul II High School come from countries outside of the United States.

For more information about secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit
www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Don Guanella Village Celebrates 50th Anniversary

September 24, 2010

DON GUANELLA VILLAGE CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY

The Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will be the principal celebrant and homilist, at a Mass celebrating the 50th anniversary of Don Guanella Village. Bishop Maginnis will be joined by Superior General Father Alfonso Crippa, SdC and Father Luigi De Giambattista, SdC as well as a number of priests from the Servants of Charity. During Mass residents will serve as altar servers and gift bearers during the Offertory.

Don Guanella Village is made up of residents from the Cardinal Krol Center and Don Guanella School. Don Guanella School is a facility operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21.


11:00 a.m.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Don Guanella School Gymnasium
1797 Sproul Road
Springfield, Delaware County 19064




A luncheon will follow Mass and will include live entertainment. Chris Burke, a graduate of Don Guanella School, who appeared in the television show Life Goes On, will perform with Charlie Gracie and residents of the school. In addition to the live music there will be various games and activities taking place both outdoors and inside the Don Guanella gym.

Don Guanella Village is committed to the belief that each individual has the right to strive to fulfil his potential in the physical, mental, emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual areas of his life. Each individual is unique and therefore entitled to strive for such fulfilment in an environment that will most fully contribute to his growth and development.


For more information about Don Guanella Village visit,
www.developmentalprogramsphilly.org/
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Catholic Social Services Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of Northeast Family Service Center

September 29, 2010

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY
OF NORTHEAST FAMILY SERVICE CENTER

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Northeast Family Service Center. The festivities will begin with a flea market followed by a block party. There will be games, prizes, moon bounce, music, face painting and community service information tables.

8:00 a.m. - 12noon - Flea Market
12noon - 4:00 p.m. - Block Party
Saturday, October 2, 2010
7340 Jackson Street
Philadelphia, 19136


To participate in the flea market the cost is $15 for a table. Please call 215-624-5920 for more information.

The mission of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia continues the work of Jesus by affirming, assisting, and advocating for individuals, families and communities. For more information about CSS please visit www.catholicsocialservicesphilly.org

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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Mass And Bless New Shrine Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe

October 8, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MASS
AND BLESS NEW SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the Hispanic Heritage Mass. Mass will be concelebrated by priests who work with the Hispanic Apostolate throughout the Archdiocese. This year, Cardinal Rigali will also bless the newly installed Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Prior to Mass a procession of flags and banners of patron saints of the 20 countries with historic Hispanic heritage, including the United States will begin at 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. Procession
2:30 p.m. Mass
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, 19103



Mass will be begin at 2:30 p.m. and participants are encouraged to dress in the traditional attire of their countries of origin or heritage. This festive and faith-filled family event is open to all.

For more information about the Hispanic Heritage Mass please call the Office of the Vicar for Hispanic Catholics at 215-667-2820 or visit www.archphila.org/hispanic/ .


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Cardinal Rigali Announces The Establishment Of Saint Rocco Parish In Avondale, Chester County

October 15, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT
OF SAINT ROCCO PARISH IN AVONDALE, CHESTER COUNTY

On Tuesday, October 12, 2010, the Feast of Our Lady of Pilar, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced the establishment of Saint Rocco Parish, 333 Sunny Dell Road, Avondale, Chester County, 19311. Saint Rocco Parish will serve the needs of people of Hispanic heritage and language. Saint Rocco Church, once completed, will seat 500 people and will be built in a Mexican style with a plaza in front.

Misión Santa Maria, Madre de Dios, which since 1992 has been serving the pastoral needs of the Spanish-speaking people in the area has been elevated to a parish with the creation of Saint Rocco. Saint Rocco parish has been established due to the large number of people of Hispanic heritage and language who have moved into southern Chester County. The non-Spanish speaking parishes do not have the resources and language skills necessary to serve the Spanish speaking people of the area, therefore the religious traditions and needs of the Hispanic people of southern Chester County are best served by sharing a common parish.

The boundaries of the newly established parish are St. Patrick Parish, Kennett Square; St. Gabriel Parish, New Garden Township; Assumption B.V.M. Parish, West Grove; Sacred Heart Parish, Oxford; and Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Parkesburg.

On Monday, August 16, 2010, the Feast of Saint Rocco, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, blessed the new Saint Rocco Center and the land of the planned Parish church during the ceremonial groundbreaking.


For more information on Saint Rocco Parish and Center please call 610-268-3365.

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Confirmation Schedule - Fall 2010

October 20, 2010

CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE - FALL 2010

CELEBRANT: HIS EMINENCE CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI

Saturday 10/23/10 11:00 AM Our Lady of Grace Parish, Penndel
Sunday 10/31/10 11:00 AM Saint Cyprian Parish, Philadelphia
Wednesday 11/03/10 4:00 PM Christ the King Parish, Philadelphia
Thursday 11/04/10 7:00 PM Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, Philadelphia
Saturday 11/06/10 11:00 AM Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Secane

CELEBRANT: MOST REVEREND DANIEL E. THOMAS

Saturday 10/02/2010 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM Saint Jude, Chalfont
Sunday 10/10/2010 10:00 AM Saint Martin de Porres, Philadelphia
Wednesday 10/20/2010 4:00 PM Holy Saviour, Linwood
Tuesday 10/26/2010 4:00 PM Our Lady of Fatima, Bensalem
Wednesday 10/27/2010 4:00 PM Ascension of Our Lord, Philadelphia
Monday 11/08/2010 4:00 PM Holy Trinity, Morrisville
Wednesday 11/10/2010 4:00 PM Saint Madeline, Ridley Park
Saturday 11/20/2010 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM Sacred Heart, Oxford
Tuesday 11/23/2010 4:00 PM Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton
Monday 11/29/2010 4:00 PM Saint Dominic, Philadelphia
Tuesday 11/30/2010 4:00 PM Saint David, Willow Grove
Wednesday 12/01/2010 4:00 PM Saint Margaret Alacoque, Essington
Monday 12/06/2010 4:00 PM Saint Anthony of Padua, Ambler

CELEBRANT: MOST REVEREND TIMOTHY C. SENIOR

Sunday 09/12/2010 10:30 AM Saint Andrew, Philadelphia
Saturday 10/16/2010 10:30 AM & 1:00 PM Sacred Heart , Royersford
Saturday 10/23/10 11:00 AM Saint Ann Parish, Phoenixville
Sunday 10/31/10 11:00 AM Saint Bartholomew, Philadelphia
Saturday 11/6/10 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM Our Lady of Calvary, Philadelphia
Wednesday 11/10/10 4:00 PM Resurrection of Our Lord, Philadelphia
Friday 11/12/10 4:00 PM Saint Aloysius, Pottstown
Sunday 11/21/10 4:00 PM Saint Francis de Sales, Lenni
Tuesday 11/30/10 4:00 PM Saint Catherine of Siena, Horsham
Saturday 12/4/10 9:30 AM & 12:30 PM Corpus Christi, Lansdale
Sunday 12/5/10 10:00 AM Saint Michael, Philadelphia
Monday 12/13/10 4:00 PM Immaculate Conception, Jenkintown
Wednesday 12/15/10 5:00 PM Holy Innocents, Philadelphia

CELEBRANT: MOST REVEREND JOHN J. MCINTYRE

Saturday 10/16/2010 10:00 AM Saint Mary, Phoenixville
Saturday 10/23/2010 10:00 AM Saint Richard, Philadelphia
Wednesday 10/27/2010 4:00 PM Holy Martyrs, Oreland
Saturday 10/30/2010 11:00 AM Saint Margaret, Narbeth
Wednesday 11/03/2010 4:00 PM Immaculate Heart of Mary, Philadelphia
Saturday 11/06/2010 10:00 AM Saint Dorothy, Drexel Hill
Tuesday 11/09/2010 4:00 PM Saint Paul, East Norriton
Thursday 11/11/2010 4:00 PM Saint Kevin, Springfield
Tuesday 11/23/2010 4:00 PM Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, Philadelphia
Monday 11/29/2010 4:00 PM Our Lady Help of Christians, Philadelphia
Saturday 12/04/2010 10:30 AM Our Lady of Charity, Brookhaven
Monday 12/06/2010 4:00 PM Saint Michael the Archangel, Levittown
Saturday 12/11/2010 11:00 AM Our Lady of Consolation, Philadelphia

CELEBRANT: MOST REVEREND MICHAEL J. FITZGERALD

Sunday 10/17/2010 10:00 AM Saint Malachy, Philadelphia
Friday 10/22/2010 4:00 PM Saint Thomas Aquinas, Croydon
Saturday 10/23/2010 5:00 PM Saint Raymond of Penafort, Philadelphia
Monday 10/25/2020 4:00 PM Holy Saviour, Norristown
Wednesday 10/27/2010 4:00 PM Saint Rose of Lima, North Wales
Friday 10/29/2010 4:00 PM Nativity B.V.M., Philadelphia
Friday 11/05/2010 4:00 PM Sacred Heart, Swedesburg
Sunday 11/07/2010 3:00 PM Saint Vincent de Paul, Richboro
Monday 11/08/2010 4:00 PM Presentation B.V.M., Cheltenham
Tuesday 11/09/2010 4:00 PM Saint John Bosco, Hatboro
Wednesday 11/10/2010 4:00 PM Saint Ephrem, Bensalem
Friday 11/19/2010 4:00 PM
AND Saint Anastasia, Newtown Square
Saturday 11/20/2010 10:30 AM

CELEBRANT: MOST REVEREND LOUIS A. DE SIMONE

Saturday 10/30/2010 11:00 AM Annunciation, Havertown
Saturday 11/06/2010 4:00 PM Saint Augustine, Bridgeport
Wednesday 11/10/2010 5:00 PM Saint Philomena, Lansdowne
Wednesday 11/17/2010 4:00 PM Saint Rose of Lima, Eddystone
Saturday 12/04/2010 11:00 AM Saint John Fisher, Boothwyn

CELEBRANT: MOST REVEREND ROBERT P. MAGINNIS

Monday 10/18/2010 4:00 PM Saint William, Philadelphia
Wednesday 10/20/2010 4:00 PM Saint Anselm, Philadelphia
Wednesday 11/03/2010 4:00 PM Saint Bernard, Philadelphia
Monday 11/08/2010 4:00 PM Queen of Peace, Ardsley
Sunday 11/14/2010 12:00 Noon Saint Martha, Philadelphia
Sunday 11/21/2010 11:00 AM Saint Rose of Lima, Philadelphia
Tuesday 11/30/2010 4:00 PM Saint Adalbert, Philadelphia

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Bishop John Mcintyre To Bless Holy Family Regional School Lunch Program

October 22, 2010

Bishop John McIntyre To Bless
Holy Family Regional School Lunch Program

Bishop John J. McIntyre, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will bless Holy Family Catholic Regional School's brand new school lunch program. Several students will participate in the blessing. The program is a part of the National School Lunch Program under the sponsorship of Nutritional Development Services (NDS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. There are approximately 200 students at the school currently participating in the lunch program, which officially began on October 5, 2010.


Tuesday, October 26th
11:30 a.m. Blessing
Holy Family Regional Catholic School
2477 Trenton Rd
Levittown, PA 19056




Holy Family Regional School opened this September with a total enrollment of 534 students. The school was formed by the merger of Queen of the Universe, St. Francis Cabrini, Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Elementary Schools. Nutritional Development Services worked previously with two of the four merged schools that make up Holy Family Regional Catholic School. In the five-country region there are over 125 Archdiocesan Schools served by NDS. The School lunch program is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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Editor's Note: For more information on Nutritional Development Services please visit www.ndsarch.org.

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St. Monica Parish School Holds Blood Drive In Honor Of First Grader

October 26, 2010

ST. MONICA PARISH SCHOOL HOLDS BLOOD DRIVE IN HONOR OF FIRST GRADER

St. Monica Parish School in Berwyn, Chester County, is hosting a blood drive in honor of first grade student Jack Barausky on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Jack was diagnosed with leukemia in November 2009. Since his diagnosis almost a year ago, Jack has had multiple treatments and hospitalizations, including blood transfusions which are a vital part of Jack's treatments. The goal is to collect 60 units of blood for the American Red Cross.

The children of St. Monica Parish School are baking and donating cookies to give to all of those who donate blood - a treat for being sweet! Media coverage is welcome.

1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
***3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Barausky family will be in attendance***
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
St. Monica Parish School Gymnasium
601 First Avenue
Berwyn, 19312 (Chester County)


For more information about St. Monica Parish School Blood drive please contact Tracey Campbell Schwartz, Esq. at (610) 716-1963

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Scholarship Banquet To Honor Service Of Archdiocesan Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert Maginnis

October 29, 2010

Scholarship Banquet to Honor Service of Archdiocesan
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert Maginnis

The Archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics will hold their annual banquet to support the Monsignor John Mitchell Memorial Scholarship. The Scholarship Fund has assisted 19 high school students since its founding in 2008. This year's banquet honoree is Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, and founding Chairman of the Scholarship Fund.

Friday, November 5, 2010
6:00 pm
The Sheraton Philadelphia Center City Hotel
17th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, 19103


In 2008, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received a bequest to fund a scholarship in honor of Monsignor John T. Mitchell. Msgr. Mitchell served as a priest of the Archdiocese from 1939 - 1981. During that time, he was the Pastor of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Francis de Sales Parishes in West Philadelphia, where he was known for his faithful ministry to African American Catholics. He also founded Saint Ignatius Nursing Home in West Philadelphia.

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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact Reverend Stephen Thorne, Office for Black Catholics, at (215) 587-3634 or frsthorn@adphila.org.

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Cardinal Rigali Book Is Focus Of Conference On Addictions

November 5, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI BOOK IS FOCUS
OF CONFERENCE ON ADDICTIONS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will deliver the opening address of a one-day Conference on Addictions based on his recent book, Let the Oppressed Go Free: Breaking the Bonds of Addiction, the seventh in the Shepherd's Voice Series (Basilica Press) written by Bishops and Cardinals addressing important topics from the Catholic perspective.

The Conference will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton City Center Hotel, Philadelphia. Cardinal Rigali will offer Opening Remarks at 8:30 a.m. There will be a Closing Mass celebrated by Cardinal Rigali at 4:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul.

The Conference will focus on the interplay between the sacred and the therapeutic dimensions of clinical pastoral care in addictions ministry with individuals and families. Issues of prevention, treatment and recovery will be addressed.

In the book's Introduction, Cardinal Rigali writes that "the contemporary culture so often casts persons to the sidelines, and in their pain they sometimes seek out ways of coping that do further harm to their human dignity. Pastoral experience tells us that persons of all backgrounds and ages can be affected by addiction. The Church always calls us to appreciate and renew our dedication to the inviolable dignity of the human person. This is especially true in the area of addiction."

Copies of the "Let the Oppressed Go Free: Breaking the Bonds of Addiction" can be ordered by calling Basilica Press at 1-888-570-5182.

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For a list of speakers and topics visit www.archphila.org


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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Catholic Life Congress 2010 Sacred Mysteries Ever Ancient ~ Ever New

November 10, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
CATHOLIC LIFE CONGRESS 2010
Sacred Mysteries Ever Ancient ~ Ever New

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is hosting Catholic Life Congress 2010, an educational gathering for laity, religious, deacons and priests. The theme of this year's program is Sacred Mysteries Ever Ancient ~ Ever New. The program is designed for those who wish to learn more about the Church, its teachings and practices, and for all who serve in leadership positions in the Church. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass at 9:30 a.m. Catholic Life Congress features a keynote speaker, presentations and workshops and will be held:

8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. Cardinal Rigali will celebrate Mass
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Archbishop John Carroll High School
Matson Ford Road, Radnor 19087-4590
Delaware County


At 11:00 a.m. Reverend Paul Turner, Pastor of St. Munchin Parish in Cameron, Missouri and its mission, St. Aloysius in Maysville, will deliver the keynote address titled The Roman Missal: Preparation and Reception. Various sessions and workshops will be presented throughout the day.

For more information about Catholic Life Congress 2010 please visit www.archphila.org.

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Blessed Teresa Of Calcutta Parish To Hold Bone Marrow Drive For One-year Old Parishoner

November 10, 2010

BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA PARISH TO HOLD
BONE MARROW DRIVE FOR ONE-YEAR OLD PARISHONER

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Limerick, Montgomery County, is holding a bone marrow drive to help find a match for Justin, a one-year old parishioner and student in Blessed Teresa of Calcutta's Child Care Program. Justin was recently diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Justin's parents will be in attendance. Media coverage is welcome.


11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Education Center
256 Swamp Pike
Schwenksville, Montgomery County 19473



The more participation in this program the better chance Justin has of finding a match and saving his life.The bone marrow drive is being coordinated by Kelly Bouthillette, Director of the Child Care Program for the parish. For more information please contact her at 484-300-7922.

To read more about Justin and the search for a bone marrow donor visit: http://bit.ly/b5g897


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Meredith Wilson
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Pb&j Goes A Long Way...

November 16, 2010

PB&J GOES A LONG WAY...

Archdiocesan Schools and Nutritional Development Services team up to fight hunger

On Thursday, November 18, 2010, Nutritional Development Services (NDS), of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will celebrate the successful completion of their 2010 peanut butter and jelly drive in conjunction with Archdiocesan Schools.

The photo op will take place at Mother of Divine Grace Parish School in Port Richmond. More than 75,000 pounds of pb&j have been collected to date since September 13, 2010.

11:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Mother of Divine Grace School
2612 E. Monmouth St.
Philadelphia, PA 19134
(Note: Park in small lot next to church at Cambria and Thompson Streets)


The PB&J drive is an annual initiative of NDS. The food collected will go to 35 food cupboards throughout the region at a time when hunger is so prevalent in our city and suburbs. The mission of NDS is to provide meals, food assistance and additional support to organizations serving children and the poor as an extension of the services and mission of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

To find out more about Nutritional Development Services go to http://www.ndsarch.org/. For more information about schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Mary, Mother Of The Redeemer Parish School Celebrates National Blue Ribbon Award

November 19, 2010

Mary, Mother of The Redeemer Parish School Celebrates
National Blue Ribbon Award

Students, faculty and local dignitaries to hold prayer service and celebration

Mary, Mother of The Redeemer Parish School will hold a prayer service and reception to celebrate the school's recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The school is one of only 300 in the nation to receive this designation.

The Blue Ribbon Program, established by the U.S. Department of Education, identifies and celebrates the best school leadership and the best teaching practices. It also sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals. Mary, Mother of The Redeemer Principal Denise Judge and Vice Principal Susan Tarrant represented the school at a national awards ceremony held on November 15 in Washington D.C.

During the prayer service and celebration on Friday, various members of the community will speak including: Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese Philadelphia, Pennsylvania State Representative Kate Harper and Pennsylvania State Senator, Stewart Greenleaf. Senator Greenleaf will also present a proclamation to the school.

10:00 a.m.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Catholic School
1321 Upper State Road
North Wales, PA 19454



For more information about secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Meredith Wilson
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Allegation Reported Against Reverend William G. Ayres

November 22, 2010

Allegation Reported Against Reverend William G. Ayres

On Thursday of last week, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Reverend William G. Ayres, Pastor of Saint Michael Parish, and Parochial Administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish, both in Philadelphia. The Archdiocese reported to civil authorities this allegation, which concerns events from the mid 1990's. This is the first allegation of sexual abuse that the Archdiocese has received regarding Father Ayres.

Since 2006, Father Ayres has been Parochial Administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish in Philadelphia. Since 2007 he has also been Pastor of Saint Michael Parish in Philadelphia. Cardinal Rigali has relieved him of his assignment pending completion of a formal investigation. Father Ayres is no longer residing at Saint Michael Parish but at Villa Saint Joseph in Darby, the home for retired priests of the Archdiocese, and he has agreed to refrain from the public exercise of his priestly ministry during the investigation.

An announcement was made this past weekend at Saint Michael Parish and Immaculate Conception Parish regarding Father Ayres. Counselors from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Victim Assistance Office were available after Masses.

Father Ayres is 39 years old. He was ordained in 1999. He has served at the following parishes and offices in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in addition to Saint Michael Parish and Immaculate Conception Parish: Incarnation of Our Lord Parish, Philadelphia (1999-2002); Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Chester (2002-2003) and the Office for Pastoral Care of Migrants & Refugees (2003-2007). He also served as Coordinator of the Laotian Apostolate (2001-2003).

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recognizes that this public notice may be painful to those who have been abused. If anyone needs assistance please contact the Victim Assistance Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 or philavac@adphila.org.

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Donna Farrell
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Don Guanella School To Celebrate 50th Anniversary With A Juggling Show

November 23, 2010

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE 50th ANNIVERSARY
WITH A JUGGLING SHOW

Don Guanella School in Delaware County continues to mark its year long 50th anniversary celebration with a juggling magic show. The young men of Don Guanella will be joined by clients from the Cardinal Krol Center and Divine Providence Village, as well as other groups with special needs.

1:00 p.m.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Cardinal Krol Center Gym
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County



Those in attendance will be treated to an interactive show involving juggling, magic and comedy. The performer, Jeff Civillico, is a former volunteer at Don Guanella. On Sunday, September 26, 2010 retired Auxiliary Bishop Robert Maginnis celebrated a Mass in honor of Don Guanella Village's 50th Anniversary.

Don Guanella School is a facility operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21.

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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact Robert Neely, Activities Director for Don Guanella School, at 484-475-2473

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Catholic Social Services Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Launches Mobile Giving Campaign Xipwire-powered Campaign To Support Annual Cardinal's Christmas Party For Children

November 24, 2010

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Launches Mobile Giving Campaign


XIPWIRE-Powered Campaign to Support Annual Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children

Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia introduces a new way to support CSS via text message donation through mobile payment provider XIPWIRE. CSS launched the convenient text-to-donate service November 9, 2010, to encourage easy donations to its Annual Cardinal's Christmas Party, marking the official start of Catholic Social Services' first-ever mobile giving initiative. The affordable text-to-pledge service, called XIP2GIVE, enables its users to securely send or pledge donations to help the more than 16,000 needy children in the five-county area that it serves.

Assisting more than 162,000 people last year through its 75 programs, CSS greatly depends on donations from members of the Archdiocese. For this reason, CSS saw the potential to use mobile giving via XIPWIRE to facilitate donations for the Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children along with other donation options.

Joseph J. Sweeney, Jr., Secretary, Catholic Human Services, said, "The face of charity has changed. From teenage girls residing in CSS' St. Vincent's Home and men studying at De La Salle Vocational School to elementary students getting extra attention through Out-of-School Time programs, we recognize the faces of those we support have changed and the face of giving must change with it. Offering XIPWIRE as a donation method affords us a quick and easy alternative to the traditional annual gift. We believe its convenience factor will enable us to expand our giving efforts and will encourage smaller, more frequent donations throughout the year."

Held on December 20 and hosted by Cardinal Justin Rigali, the Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children was selected to launch the mobile giving campaign because donations raised for this event are critical to the success of CSS' many youth and adolescent programs and family service centers. The event is an afternoon of joyous gift-giving for local children, presenting the perfect platform to introduce the text-to-give campaign.

"Christmas reminds us of our responsibility to protect the most vulnerable members in the community: our children," said Sweeney. "But with this mobile giving campaign, it is our hope to remind people throughout the year that Philadelphia's children need the support of CSS. XIPWIRE should allow us to easily do that."

To text a pledge, a user should first fund a XIPWIRE account by connecting it to a bank account, credit or debit card. Then it is as easy as texting the campaign's code and the amount of the gift to 56624. A text of "CSS 100," for example, would result in an instant $100 gift to the Archdiocese. Users who do not have a XIPWIRE account at the time of the text will receive reminders to complete their registration so that current and future gifts can be processed.

XIPWIRE makes donations to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia a simple and secure one-step process that can be completed in less than 10 seconds. Sibyl Lindsay, co-founder of XIPWIRE, said, "Sharing our technology with CSS means that its programs can continue serving our neighbors - the people of Philadelphia and the suburbs. From our vantage point, this is by far the best use of mobile payment technology to date."

About XIPWIRE
Founded in 2009, XIPWIRE is a mobile payment service that enables people to securely send and receive money using a simple text message. XIPWIRE leads the mobile payment technology industry with a strong focus on simplicity and security. Its robust platform caters to individual users as well as merchants and non-profits. XIPWIRE enables businesses to offer their customers a convenient cash alternative without the need to pay high credit card fees. XIPWIRE complies with all state regulations, operating with SMS short code (56624) and certification from all major mobile carriers. www.xipwire.com

About Catholic Social Services
Catholic Social Services traces its roots to colonial Philadelphia. The ten agencies of CSS administer programs dedicated to serving men, women, and children in need. They are an expression of the charitable works of the local church. Services include residential treatment programs for at-risk children, family preservation services, foster care, adoption, immigration services, counseling, senior citizen centers, programming for the elderly, transitional housing, homeless services, and care for medically fragile men and women. CSS provides residential and community-based education programs to court-adjudicated youth, and sponsors residential and community-based care for persons who are developmentally delayed.

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Jim Senior
Catholic Human Services
610-326-1000

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Bless The Baby Jesus Devotion And 2nd Sunday Of Advent Mass

November 24, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE
BLESS THE BABY JESUS DEVOTION AND 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, invites families and individuals throughout the Archdiocese to the Bless the Baby Jesus Devotion and Second Sunday of Advent mass. Cardinal Rigali initiated this event five years ago in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Bless the Baby Devotion is sponsored by the Family Life Office and Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Everyone is encouraged to bring an image or figurine of the Baby Jesus, perhaps from their family Nativity Creche, to be blessed by Cardinal Rigali at the end of Mass.

11:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Advent is a time when Catholics prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Bless the Baby Devotion is an opportunity to reinforce the central place of Jesus Christ within the family.

Catholic Social Services will be collecting donations of diapers and infant formula for local families.






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Statement Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Regarding Removal Of Word "christmas" At Dilworth Plaza Village

December 1, 2010

STATEMENT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
REGARDING REMOVAL OF WORD "CHRISTMAS" AT DILWORTH PLAZA VILLAGE

It was very disappointing to learn of the city's decision to remove the word "Christmas" on the village archway sign located at Dilworth Plaza in Philadelphia. The change was reportedly a "common sense decision" made in order to be sensitive to the diverse needs of the larger community in Philadelphia. Now that the decision has been made to remove the sign altogether, is it "common sense" to continue to call it a Christmas village in publically available brochures and Internet advertising?

If we are to be a truly diverse and inclusive community, we must certainly be respectful of all of the various celebrations that occur during this time of year. Christmas deserves its rightful place among those. If we are truly to use common sense, we should understand that Christmas villages and trees are just that and not vague symbols of some nebulous winter "holiday" devoid of meaning.

This decision is a stark example of the secularization that is obscuring the true meaning of the Christmas season. It is a time when we Christians rejoice in the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and rekindle within our hearts a renewed spirit of charity, forbearance, and benevolence toward our fellow human beings. As it stands, the decision in question falls far short of capturing that essence.

The heritage of the City of Philadelphia is one that celebrates and respects freedom of religious expression. It is indeed disappointing to see this basic freedom undermined in America's cradle of religious liberty. After all, there wouldn't be a village if it weren't Christmas!

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Cardinal Rigali Announces His Appointments To Blue Ribbon Commission

December 7, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI ANNOUNCES HIS APPOINTMENTS
TO BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, today formally announced his appointees to the Blue Ribbon Commission, a strategic advisory group he established to chart the future course of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Cardinal Rigali said, "Since its founding, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has educated more than fifteen million students, providing academic and faith formation rooted in Gospel values. That is a staggering figure and one that tells you how important the subject of Catholic education is in the Archdiocese."

Cardinal Rigali, in a news conference at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office Center in Philadelphia that was streamed live via the Archdiocesan website, was joined in making the announcement by Mr. Jack Quindlen, Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Commission. Mr. Quindlen is a retired Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Dupont, as well as a former Chairman of the Archdiocesan Board of Education. He chaired the Building Committees of Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown and the newest high school in the Archdiocese, Pope John Paul II High School, which opened in Royersford, Montgomery County in September 2010.

In announcing the members of the Blue Ribbon Commission, Mr. Quindlen said, "Each of these members is a dynamic and experienced leader - and I am very much looking forward to working with them to strengthen the future of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. " Mr. Quindlen introduced the other 16 members of the Blue Ribbon Commission, eleven of whom were in attendance. The Commission includes talented individuals from diverse backgrounds - from corporate leaders to educational experts - all of whom are dedicated to Catholic education.

As Cardinal Rigali announced in his October 2010 Pastoral Letter Called to Conversion and Holiness, he has asked the Office of Catholic Education to undertake a comprehensive study of Archdiocesan elementary and secondary schools, as well as the schools of special education and religious education programs. In making the announcement at the news conference, Cardinal Rigali said, "Archdiocesan schools face challenges -- changing demographics, lower enrollments in some schools and the continued struggle to keep Catholic education affordable for the many families who wish to make this investment for their children's futures. We are not alone in this struggle - in fact; it is very much a national trend. Across the country, many dioceses are finding themselves at a crossroads, carefully seeking what path is best for the future of Catholic education."

Also participating in the news conference were Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic education on behalf of Cardinal Rigali; Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education, and Ms. Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools.



BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION MEMBERS


John J. Quindlen, Chairman
John (Jack) Quindlen is a former Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and member of the Office of the Chairman for DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware

An active member in Catholic affairs, Mr. Quindlen served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Villanova University for 10 years and was honored with a doctorate degree in 1993. He served on the finance councils of both the Diocese of Wilmington and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was Chair of the School Board of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and served as Chairman of the Building Committees of Bishop Shanahan High School, which was completed in 1998, and Pope John Paul II High School, completed in 2010. Currently, he serves as Chairman of The Support Trust of the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova, which administers funds on behalf of elderly and infirmed Augustinians. He is a member of West Catholic High School's Hall of Fame, a recipient of the National Catholic Education Association's Elizabeth Anne Seton Award and of Immaculata University's Immaculata Medal. He is a member of the Stewards of Saint John Neumann and a Knight of Saint Gregory the Great.

He attended Most Blessed Sacrament Parish School and West Catholic High School. Mr. Quindlen received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Villanova University and his Master of Business Administration from Drexel University. He is also a former Supply Officer for the United States Navy and a graduate of the Navy's Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.

Thomas J. Colligan
Thomas J. Colligan currently serves as Vice-Dean and Director of the Aresty Institute of Executive Education of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former U.S. Vice Chairman and Markets Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, where he worked for more than 35 years. He was also a Managing Partner of Philadelphia and Group Managing Partner for Pennsylvania for PwC during his tenure. At PwC, Mr. Colligan oversaw many high profile transactions including the merger between Bell Atlantic and NYNEX that formed Verizon.

Today, he is a member of the Board of Directors for Schering-Plough where he serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. He is a consultant to the board of Sharp Electronics, is a member of the Business School Advisory Board of Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a former Chair of the Board of Newark Boys Chorus School.

He is a graduate of Barringer High School in Newark, New Jersey and spent several years in France as a member of the United States Air Force. Colligan graduated Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickenson University.

Charles P. Connolly, Jr.
Charles P. Connolly, Jr. is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of First Union Bank for Pennsylvania and Delaware. He also previously served as the Vice Chairman for CoreStates Bank of North America.

Mr. Connolly currently serves on the Board of Directors for several corporations, including positions as Chair of the Audit Committee for Medifast, Inc., Chair of the Compensation Committee for Powell Electronics, Chair of the Finance Committee for Modern Group Ltd., and board member for the Roosevelt Paper Company and Penn Liberty Bank, where he is also a member of the Executive Committee. Connolly also serves as a Finance Committee Member for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is Chair of the Development Council for the Augustinian Friars.

A Malvern Preparatory School graduate, Connolly went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Villanova University and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Chicago.

Gerald Davis
Gerald Davis retired as Director of Media and Public Relations for Sunoco, where he served as an internal consultant to senior management and as company spokesperson for the media and various stakeholders.

Mr. Davis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Facilities Management Corporation (PFMC), which provides executive management and directs operations of the Philadelphia Gas Works. He has served on the PFMC Board since July 2003 and was reappointed by Mayor Michael Nutter in February 2008. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Neumann University, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Board of Education and the Board of Project H.O.M.E. He is also a past Chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.

Mr. Davis graduated from La Salle University and served in the United States Marine Corps as a Captain.

Reverend Monsignor Edward M. Deliman
Monsignor Edward Deliman is the Pastor of Saint Martin of Tours Parish in the Oxford Circle section of Northeast Philadelphia. Prior to serving at Saint Martin of Tours, Monsignor Deliman served as Pastor at Saint Agnes Parish in West Chester, Visitation B.V.M. Parish in West Kensington and Saint Bonaventure Parish in North Philadelphia.

Monsignor Deliman also served as an assistant in the following parishes: Saint Joseph in Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Saint Clement in Southwest Philadelphia, Saint John Bosco in Hatboro, Saint Agnes in West Chester and La

Milagrosa Spanish Chapel of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Center City Philadelphia.

Monsignor Deliman has been ministering to the Hispanic community since 1978, and attended language school at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Douglaston, New York.

Eleanor M. Dezzi
Eleanor M. Dezzi is President of The Dezzi Group, Ltd., a full service political and business consulting firm located in Philadelphia that serves for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Mrs. Dezzi was recently re-appointed by Cardinal Rigali to another term on the Philadelphia Archdiocesan School Board after having served from 2000 to 2008.

Mrs. Dezzi serves on many other boards in the region and holds the positions of Chairwoman Emeritus of The Sleighton School in Lima, Pennsylvania, Chair of the Friends of West Catholic High School, Journal Co-Chair of the City of Hope Cancer Center, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Cathedral Village Continuing Care Facility. She hosts "Voices of the Village," a community and political radio talk show on WURD - 900AM and is a political commentator for WTXF - FOX 29 television in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Dezzi attended West Catholic High School and was inducted into its Hall of Fame for Government and Public Service in 1995. She is also a graduate of Gwynedd Mercy College. Together with her husband she is a joint recipient of the Saint Jeanne Jugan Award for their service to the Little Sisters of the Poor and the elderly poor of Philadelphia.

Sister John Evelyn DiTrolio, IHM
Sister John Evelyn DiTrolio, IHM, is the Congregational Liaison for the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Elementary Schools and has been a member of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary since 1968.

Sister John Evelyn serves on the Leadership Team for the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Immaculata, Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she was the Directress of Novices for the IHM Congregation of the Sisters for more than 10 years. Sister John Evelyn also served as an educator, catechist, Vice Principal and Principal in elementary schools in the states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Nebraska.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Musical Education from Immaculata University and her Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling from Neumann University.


Sister Patricia Fadden, IHM
Sister Patricia Fadden, IHM, currently serves as President of Immaculata University and as the Chair of the Board of Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Sister Patricia has served as a teacher and administrator from the elementary through university levels. Prior to assuming the presidency of Immaculata, Sister Patricia served as Director of Studies at Cardinal Dougherty High School, Principal of Archbishop Prendergast High School, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Principal of Villa Maria Academy.

Additionally, she currently holds leadership positions with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, the NCAA Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education Presidents' Council.

Frank A. Farnesi
Frank A. Farnesi is a retired partner of the international accounting firm, KPMG, LLP, where he was the Pennsylvania Business Unit Partner in charge of Tax. Prior to this position, he was the National Partner in charge of Tax Compliance Services. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Beneficial Mutual Bancorp, Inc., a publicly held $4.7 billion bank headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He currently serves as Chair of both the Audit and Compensation Committees.

He also serves on the Audit Committee and Board of RAIT Financial Trust, a publicly held real estate investment trust, and the Board of Trustees of Immaculata University where he chairs the Property and Finance Committee as well as the Audit Committee. Until recently, he served the Board of Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Mr. Farnesi graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

H. Edward Hanway
H. Edward Hanway, Chairman Emeritus of CIGNA Corporation, served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CIGNA Corporation from 2000 to 2009. Prior to holding those positions, he served the company for a year as President and Chief Operating Officer. From 1996 to 1999, he served as president of CIGNA HealthCare, and from 1989 to 1996 as president of CIGNA International.
In addition to serving as an active member of America's Health Insurance Plans, Hanway served on the board of directors of the Alliance for Health Reform and is past chairman of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare.
Through the years, Hanway has been active in a wide range of issues and initiatives associated with children's health, education and international business. He currently serves on the board of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. as well as on the board of advisors of the March of Dimes Foundation, and on the board of trustees of Loyola College of Baltimore and Drexel Neumann Academy. He also served on the board of directors of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and was a member of The Business Roundtable and the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships.
Hanway is also a member of the Pennsylvania and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola College of Baltimore and a Master of Business Administration degree from Widener University.

Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Kutys
Monsignor Daniel Kutys is currently the Pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He has held the positions of Executive Director, Office for the Catechism and Deputy Secretary for Catechists for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Monsignor Kutys was named Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis.
Monsignor Kutys has also served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in numerous ways since his ordination to the Priesthood in 1980, including Parochial Vicar at Saint Gabriel Parish in Norwood and Parochial Vicar at Saint Cecelia Parish in the Fox Chase section of Northeast Philadelphia. From 1987 to 1993, Monsignor Kutys served as a faculty member in the theology department at the former Saint James High School in Chester. Following this appointment, Monsignor became the Archdiocesan Director of Religious Education, where he held responsibility for administering and guiding religion curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12.
Monsignor currently serves as a member of the advisory board of Villa Maria Academy and a member of the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Board of Trustees. Monsignor Kutys holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Miguel A. León, Esqire
Miguel León, who served on the Archdiocesan Board of Education from 1991-1996, holds a Bachelor's degree from Temple University and a Doctorate of Law degree from Villanova University and has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years. From 1978 to 1984 he served as Philadelphia Assistant District Counsel for the Small Business Administration. In that role, he litigated on behalf of the agency in Federal bankruptcy courts, conducted training sessions and provided legal advice for various departments within the agency.
Since 1984, he has operated his own general law practice and specializes in representing clients with employment issues. He has also litigated in the criminal and family courts of Philadelphia and Bucks counties and served as an Arbitrator in the Court of Common Pleas.

Reverend Joseph M. O'Keefe, S.J.
Reverend Joseph O'Keefe is a nationally-renowned expert in Catholic education and the Dean of the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education at Boston College, where he has served in various capacities over the past 20 years. He has been an educator for more than 30 years.
Father O'Keefe began his career teaching French at the secondary school level. He joined the faculty of Boston College in 1991 as an Assistant Professor in the
Lynch School of Education, where he has taught more than two dozens courses. Father O'Keefe has taught at many prestigious schools around the world as a visiting professor, visiting scholar or fellow including Georgetown University, Catholic University of America, Australian Catholic University, University of San Francisco, Harvard University and Fordham University.
Father O'Keefe entered the New England Province of the Society of Jesus in 1976, and was ordained in 1986. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross, a Master of Arts degree in French from Fordham University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry as well as Master and Doctorate degrees in education from Harvard University.

Reverend Monsignor Joseph T. Marino
Reverend Monsignor Joseph T. Marino is Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford and Regional Vicar for Chester County. Monsignor is also a consultant for the Archdiocesan Board of Education, where he previously served as a member for nine years.

Monsignor entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1966, and was ordained a priest by John Cardinal Krol at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on May 17, 1975. Monsignor Marino served as assistant pastor at Saint Monica Parish in South Philadelphia and as a Regional Coordinator for the Cardinal's Commission on Human Relations. He then devoted eleven years of service to the secondary school system of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was appointed as the first Director of the Office for the Renewal of Pastoral Life, where he coordinated the nine-year Spiritual Renewal efforts of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua. He is a former Director of the Archdiocesan Family Life Office and Administrator of Saint Joseph Parish in Ambler. In 1997, Monsignor Marino was appointed as Pastor of Saint Denis Parish in Havertown. He was the first diocesan priest to replace the Augustinians who served Saint Denis Parish for 145 years.

Monsignor Marino is a member of the first graduating class of Cardinal O'Hara Catholic High School in Springfield, Delaware County. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Temple University.

Sister Theresa Maugle, SSJ
Sister Theresa Maugle, SSJ, has served as the principal of Saint Genevieve School in Flourtown since 1998 and is a 40 year veteran of Catholic education at the elementary level in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, including 10 years of service as a Regional Director for the Office of Catholic Education.
Sister Theresa was named Archdiocesan Principal of the Year in 2007 and was recognized as a Distinguished Principal by the National Catholic Educational Association in 2008. She currently holds leadership positions with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Elementary Schools Administrators Association, and Mount Saint Joseph Academy.

Jerry Parsons
Jerry Parsons is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Communications Test Design, Inc., a premier service provider in the global communications service arena located in West Chester, Pa.

Mr. Parsons served for 10 years on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Board of Education - including six as Chairman - and continues to serve on numerous committees including the Finance Council and the Heritage of Faith ~ Vision of Hope Capital Campaign. He participated in the planning and development of the new, state-of-the-art high school, Pope John Paul II in Royersford, Montgomery County, which opened in September 2010. Currently, he serves on the Vicariate Advisory Board for Elementary Education in Southern Chester County. Mr. Parsons is also a member of the Penn State University Brandywine Campus Advisory Board and is a founding member of the Board of Directors at Stonebridge Bank.

Actively involved in the United Way of Chester County, he has been a member of the Board of Directors for 10 years.

Sister Helen L. Wiegmann, SSJ
Sister Helen Wiegmann, SSJ recently served on the Blue Ribbon Committee on Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and is a member of the Parish Staff at Sacred Heart of Glyndon Parish in Glyndon, Maryland. Employed by Community College of Baltimore County, Sister also works as a site coordinator of the English as a Second Language (ESOL) program held at the parish.

Born in Philadelphia, Sister Helen entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Chestnut Hill in 1959. Sister has educated children in Catholic elementary schools for 48 years. Her many years of teaching experience also includes work in Pennsylvania and New Jersey schools. Sister Helen served two years at Saint Bernard School in Philadelphia, seven years as Administrator of Norwood-Fontbonne Academy and twelve years at Saint Genevieve School in Flourtown, Pennsylvania.

Sister Helen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chestnut Hill College, her Master of Education degree from Millersville University and her administrative certification from Saint Joseph University.


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U.s. Naval Academy Band To Perform At West Philadelphia Catholic High School As Part Of Army-navy Week

December 9, 2010


U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY BAND TO PERFORM AT WEST PHILADELPHIA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL AS PART OF ARMY-NAVY WEEK

West Philadelphia Catholic High School will host the United States Naval Academy Band

12:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
West Philadelphia Catholic High School
Auditorium
4501 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA



Students, faculty, and staff will be treated to a concert as part of the week-long celebration leading up to the 111th Army-Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, December 11th.

West Philadelphia Catholic High School is a Catholic community of academic excellence open to an interdenominational population. It prepares each student to face the challenges of an ever-changing global society.

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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact Brother Tim Ahern of West Catholic High School at 215-386-2244 or 215-651-4484.

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Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director
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Cardinal Justin Rigali To Host Christmas Party For Children

December 10, 2010

CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI TO HOST
CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR CHILDREN

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will host the annual Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children for approximately 400 young people who received services from community or residential agencies of Catholic Social Services this year. They will represent an additional 16,000 children across the Delaware Valley who also will benefit from donations to Catholic Social Services. For more information on the Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children please visit www.cardinalschristmaspartyforchildren.org/. The party begins with a colorful parade followed by presents and entertainment.

Monday, December 20, 2010
Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel
17th Street between Vine and Race Streets
Philadelphia


1:15 - 2:15 p.m.: Cardinal Rigali greets children and poses for photos with Catholic high school student volunteers.

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Parade of marching bands, clowns, jugglers enters ballroom, Cardinal Rigali speaks to the children, Christmas Story play and Santa Claus arrives.

The Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children not only provides entertainment and presents for the children, it also raises funds to support programs of Catholic Social Services throughout the year. Catholic Social Services assists more than 137,000 children, adults and families of all faiths throughout the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties).

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Feast Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe Mass

December 10, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE FEAST
OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at

10:00 p.m. Mass (full schedule below)
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


Music for the Mass will be provided by a mariachi band. The Mass will be preceded by a procession and mananitas, traditional serenading of Our Lady of Guadalupe with hymns by the mariachis as well as choirs and children's groups that represent the Guadalupe apparitions. A schedule of events is below.

1) 6:30 p.m.: Faithful gather at Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish (17th and Morris Streets, Philadelphia, PA) and Visitation B.V.M. Parish (B Street and Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA) to process to the Cathedral on foot.
2) 8:00 p.m.: Mananitas at the Cathedral
3) 10:00 p.m.: Mass celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali
4) 11:00 p.m.: Conclusion of celebration

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Americas. This is the second consecutive year that this Feast Day Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral due growing popularity. As in the past, additional celebrations will take place in many parishes of the Archdiocese. Further information on these celebrations can be found at www.archphila.org/hispanic/download/newsletter.pdf.

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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact the Office for Hispanic Catholics at (215) 667-2820.

Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Christmas Masses Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul 18th Street And Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia

December 15, 2010

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS MASSES
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Friday, December 24, 2010:
Christmas Eve: Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist of all Masses
- 5:00 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass - music provided by cantor, organ and cathedral brass quartet and tympani
- 7:30 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass - music provided by the Archdiocesan Boy Choir and instruments
Midnight Mass
- Beginning at 11:00 p.m.: Cathedral Basilica Choir and the Cathedral Basilica Brass Quartet will provide carols and anthems for the Christmas feast
- 12:00 a.m. Mass Celebrated by Cardinal Rigali with music provided by the Cathedral Basilica Choir and the Cathedral Basilica Brass Quartet and tympani

Saturday, December 25, 2010:
Christmas Day: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

- 10:00 a.m. Mass - Celebrated by Cardinal Rigali with music provided by the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Brass Quartet and tympani

Editor's Note: There will not be a mult-box feed for any of the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Masses. Media planning to cover any Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul are asked to call the Cathedral rectory at 215-561-1313 and leave a message.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

43rd Annual Operation Santa Claus Sponsored By The Archdiocesan Office For Youth And Young Adults

December 16, 2010

43rd Annual Operation Santa Claus
Sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Youth and Young Adults


For the 43rd year in a row, teens from across the Archdiocese will be gathering each day for two straight weeks to collect, sort, wrap and tag toys that will be delivered to over 660 families in need. Twenty-five community groups will also receive toys from Operation Santa Claus for children served by their agencies. The student volunteers are members of the Community Service Corps in their Catholic high school or their parish youth ministry program.

On Dec. 17th, "elves" from Cardinal O'Hara and Archbishop Wood High Schools will be wrapping and shopping. Volunteers from Archbishop Carroll and Archbishop Prendergast High Schools will be at the Operation Santa Claus Wrapping Center on Monday, Dec. 20th.

Operation Santa Claus started in 1967 when 12 Archdiocesan teenagers wanted to help 10 families in need in their area. They dressed up like Santa and his elves and delivered toys to the families. The Archdiocesan tradition grew from that selfless act to its current size. This year over 15,000 toys will be distributed or delivered to 5000 children.

For more information please contact Kathy Pfeffer, Coordinator of Community Service Corps, Office for Youth and Young Adults, Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 215-965-4636.



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Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

West Catholic High School Prepping For State Football Championship Bid

December 16, 2010

WEST CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL PREPPING FOR
STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BID

West Philadelphia Catholic High School will sponsor a pep rally on

Friday, December 17, 2010
Noon
West Philadelphia Catholic High School
Auditorium
4501 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA



The school community will rally for the varsity football team as they prepare to travel to Hershey, Pennsylvania for the Class AA PIAA State Football Championship game on Saturday, December 18th.

The "Burrs" of West Catholic are winners of a record setting five consecutive Philadelphia Catholic League titles. If victorious on Saturday, they will become the fist Archdiocesan High School to win a PIAA Football Championship.

West Philadelphia Catholic High School is a Catholic community of academic excellence open to an interdenominational population. It prepares each student to face the challenges of an ever-changing global society.

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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact Brother Tim Ahern of West Catholic High School
at 215-386-2244 or 215-651-4484.

Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week

December 20, 2010

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
CELEBRATES NATIONAL VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week which begins on January 9, 2011 and concludes on January 15, 2011. Vocation Awareness Week celebrates vocations to the priesthood in particular. During these days families and the parish community are urged to nurture the faith of their children to prepare them to respond to whatever God's call is for them.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has asked for all of the faithful throughout the Archdiocese to be united in prayer for an increase in priestly vocations for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. On January 10, 2011 each parish will have Adoration throughout the day with Holy Hour from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

On Friday, January 12, 2011, there will be a Gathering for Young Men with Cardinal Rigali at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. The evening will include a candlelight procession, a tour of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Night Prayer and Reflection by Cardinal Rigali.

National Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976 when the Bishop's Conference designated the 28th Sunday of the year as the beginning of National Vocation Awareness Week. In 1997 this celebration was moved to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on January 9 this year, marks the initiation of Jesus into public ministry.

For more information about the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood visit www.HeedTheCall.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Justin Rigali Christmas Letter To The Faithful (english And Spanish)

December 21, 2010

Cardinal Justin Rigali Christmas Letter to the Faithful
(English and Spanish)

December 25, 2010

Dear Friends in Christ,

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

As we celebrate this holy feast of Christmas, the words of the Angel spoken to the shepherds
are proclaimed anew: "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy . . .
a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord." The Church makes these words her own as she announces to all people the joy and peace that were born on Christmas morning.

These words of the Angel led the shepherds to search out the infant Jesus and to encounter
Him in the presence of Mary and Joseph, the Holy Family. So too for us, the words of the Angel
invite us to contemplate the joy and hope of this Christmas day. God has sent us a Savior, His Son who brings us lasting peace.

And so: Do not be afraid! Our Savior is born. Let us adore Him, with Mary and Joseph,
through our fidelity to prayer, especially in the celebration of Mass. And with the Angel of the Lord, the shepherds, and the whole Church, let us make the message of Christ's birth known to all, especially by our love for one another.

May the Lord Jesus continue to bless you and may our Mother Mary and Saint Joseph watch over you always.

Sincerely in Christ,

+ Justin Card. Rigali
Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia



25 de diciembre, 2010

Queridos amigos en Cristo:

¡Que la gracia y la paz de nuestro Señor Jesucristo están con ustedes!

Al celebrar esta fiesta santa de Navidad, las palabras del ángel dichas a los pastores son
proclamadas otra vez: "No teman, les traigo una buena noticia que causará gran alegría . . . . les
ha nacido un salvador, que es Cristo, el Señor". La Iglesia hace propias estas palabras mientras
anuncia a toda la gente la alegría y la paz que nacieron en la mañana de Navidad.

Estas palabras del ángel guiaron a los pastores a descubrir al niño Jesús y encontrarlo en
la presencia de María y José, la Sagrada Familia. Así también para nosotros, las palabras del
ángel nos invitan a contemplar la alegría y la esperanza de este día de Navidad. Dios nos ha
enviado un salvador, su Hijo que nos trae la paz de vida eterna.

Y ahora: ¡No teman! Nuestro Salvador ha nacido. Vamos a adorarlo, con María y José,
a través de nuestra fidelidad a orar, especialmente en la celebración de la misa. Y con el ángel
del Señor, los pastores y toda la Iglesia, demos a conocer a todos el mensaje del nacimiento de
Cristo, especialmente por nuestro amor del uno con el otro.

Que el Señor Jesús continúe bendiciéndolos y que nuestra Madre María y San José los
cuide siempre.

Sinceramente en Cristo,

+ Justin Card. Rigali
Cardenal Justin Rigali
Arzobispo de Filadelfia

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Santa And His Elves Are On Their Way To Needy Children

December 21, 2010


SANTA AND HIS ELVES ARE ON THEIR WAY
TO NEEDY CHILDREN

Archdiocese of Philadelphia 43rd Annual Operation Santa Claus
Sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adults


Over 165 teams consisting of four teenagers per team will spend Christmas Eve delivering toys, throughout the Philadelphia region, to families in need. Approximately 15,000 toys will be distributed to 5,000 local children in need. The Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist for a Morning Prayer and Commissioning for the volunteers.


Christmas Eve Morning Prayer
Friday, December 24, 2011
10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul
18th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Philadelphia, PA 19103



Following Morning Prayer, the approximately 850 teen volunteers and adult drivers from Archdiocesan youth programs and schools will walk across the street to the Sheraton Hotel to pick up their toys and their Santa and elf costumes.

The toys were collected from donation boxes at all branches of Beneficial Bank, Archdiocesan schools and parishes, private academies and a number of local businesses.

SPECIAL EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of confidentiality and sensitivity, the media are asked NOT to accompany the teens to the homes of the families receiving toys. However, you may obtain footage of the teens gathering and preparing to make deliveries from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul or the toy pick-up location. For further information please contact Kathy Pfeffer (610) 637-1490.


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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747