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January 4, 2011

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS
OPENING JUBILEE YEAR FOR SAINT JOHN NEUMANN

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass to open the year marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Saint John Neumann, C.Ss.R.

12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
National Shrine of Saint John Neumann
(Lower Church of Saint Peter the Apostle Parish)
1019 North 5th Street
Philadelphia


January 5th is the Feast Day of Saint John Neumann and is the date on which he died in 1860. The Mass will serve as the official beginning to the Neumann Year being celebrated by his Order, the Redemptorists, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

March 28th marks the 200th anniversary of his birth. The birthday will be observed with a special prayer service at the shrine featuring student representatives from all of the 190 schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Simultaneous prayer services will take place in all Archdiocesan schools that day as well.
Additionally, activities are being planned at the local level to take place in various Archdiocesan parishes, schools, and institutions throughout the year in celebration of Saint John Neumann's legacy. The Jubilee will officially close on June 23, 2012 with Mass celebrated by Cardinal Rigali at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Saint John Neumann remains the only male citizen of the United States to become a saint. He served as the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia (1852-1860) and established the first diocesan Catholic school system in the country. In his role as Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Rigali is a direct successor of Saint John Neumann and was present for his Canonization by Pope Paul VI on June 19, 1977.

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Editor's note: For further information on the life of Saint John Neumann, C.Ss.R, the National Shrine, and the schedule of events for the Neumann Year please visit www.stjohnneumann.org.

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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass For First Anniversary Of Haiti Earthquake

January 7, 2011

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS
FOR FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF HAITI EARTHQUAKE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist for a Mass to commemorate those who lost their lives and are still suffering as a result of the earthquake that struck Haiti last January.

12:05 p.m.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


The Cardinal has invited all priests of the Archdiocese to concelebrate the Mass with him and all of the faithful to attend. Additionally, he has asked that all parishes include a special petition in the prayer of the faithful on the first anniversary of this tragedy to express spiritual union with the Haitian community.

In his recent weekly column in The Catholic Standard and Times Cardinal Rigali stated, "As we mark the one year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, we are reminded that not all anniversaries are occasions of joy. We mark this anniversary not in order to rejoice but to reflect on the great accomplishments already made, especially through the generosity of American Catholics, and the great amount of work yet to be done."

One year later the impoverished country, which is 80% Catholic, is still feeling the effects of the earthquake and struggling to rebound. Through the generosity of its faithful, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has contributed approximately $2 million to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) toward the rebuilding of Haiti. Nearly $1.5 million more has been contributed directly to CRS by individuals, schools, parishes, and institutions within the Archdiocese. CRS (www.crs.org) is the official overseas relief agency of the Catholic Bishops of the United States. It operates on five continents and in over 90 countries, including Haiti.

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Editor's Note: Efforts within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which ministers to 2,300 Haitian Catholics within its borders, are part of a nationwide initiative on the part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to support the Haitian people. More information and resources can be found at www.usccb.org/haiti.

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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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Remembers The Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

January 12, 2011

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA REMEMBERS THE LIFE OF
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will lead an Interfaith Prayer Service in remembrance of the life of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. This is the 28th anniversary of this service sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. All are welcome to attend.

3:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saint Malachy Catholic Church
11th & Master Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19122



On Monday, January 17, 2011 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 Monsignor Kevin Lawrence, Vicar for Philadelphia-South and Pastor of Saint Malachy Church.


10:00 a.m.
Monday, January 17, 2011
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' Hospice and various Church and institutions.

For more information about the 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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St. Rocco Church One Step Closer With Topping Off Ceremony

January 14, 2011

ST. ROCCO CHURCH ONE STEP CLOSER
WITH TOPPING OFF CEREMONY

Bishop John J. McIntyre, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia will lead a prayer service at the site of the future St. Rocco Church. In addition to the prayer service there will be a "topping off" ceremony of the final steel beam, which will be placed on top of the Bell Tower of the Church. Those in attendance will be encouraged to sign the beam before it is put in place. All are welcome to attend.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011
3:00 p.m.
St. Rocco Church
333 Sunny Dell Rd.
Avondale, Chester County 19311



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. 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.

St. Rocco Church, once completed, will seat 500 people and will be built in a Mexican style with a plaza in front. St. Rocco Center will serve the Spanish speaking community of Southern Chester County, which is currently served by the Misión 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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Editor's Note: For more information on St. Rocco Parish and Center please call 610-268-3365

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Statement Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Regarding The Report Released Concerning Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell

January 19, 2011

STATEMENT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
REGARDING THE REPORT RELEASED CONCERNING DR. KERMIT B. GOSNELL

It was both a shock and a horror to learn of the practices of Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell and his staff who now face criminal charges, including murder, in connection with the Women's Medical Society at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, which was closed after a raid in February 2010. As Catholics, we believe in the dignity and sacredness of all human life from conception until natural death. The repeated actions of Dr. Gosnell and his staff were abhorrent and intrinsically evil in their disregard for the lives of the unborn and the welfare of the women who sought their services. The charges filed by the District Attorney's Office today bear witness to these facts.

The report's use of the language of "infants and babies" for the unborn and the charges of murder underscore our conviction that every child in the womb is created in the image and likeness of God.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offers fervent prayers for all who have been affected by these heinous practices. We are prepared to assist with support services for the women who suffered these abortions and stand ready to provide proper burial at the appropriate time for the aborted babies previously stored in Dr. Gosnell's office.

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Editor's Note: For a full copy of the Grand Jury report regarding the Investigation of Women's Medical Society, please visit http://www.phila.gov/districtattorney/grandJury_WomensMedical.html.

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Cardinal Rigali To Lead Thousands Of Archdiocesan Faithful To The 38th Annual March For Life

January 21, 2011

CARDINAL RIGALI TO LEAD THOUSANDS OF ARCHDIOCESAN FAITHFUL
TO THE 38TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE

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 Monday, January 24, 2011 in solemn commemoration of the 38th 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.

Sunday, January 23, 2011
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 faculty from Roman Catholic High School for Boys will depart for Washington, D.C. on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 7:45 a.m. from the corner of Vine and Broad Streets in Philadelphia. Students and staff from Archbishop Ryan High School will depart from the school's main entrance on Academy Road at 6:15 a.m.

Buses transporting more than 100 Seminarians will depart Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood 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.

Monday, January 24, 2011
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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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Induct Honorees Into Hall Of Fame

January 27, 2011

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO INDUCT HONOREES
INTO HALL OF FAME

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will honor three remarkable Catholic school graduates and a passionate alumni association with its 2011 Distinguished Graduate Award. 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.

"The Distinguished Graduate Awards celebrate the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's legacy for providing a superior Catholic education - an education that focuses on the academic, moral and spiritual development of our youth," said Most Reverend Michael Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. "In their personal and professional accomplishments and their continuing commitment to the values they learned as students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, our honorees exemplify our mission for Catholic education and the promise we see in all of our students."

7:00 p.m.
Friday, January 28, 2011
The Crystal Tea Room - Wanamaker Building
Broad and Juniper Streets
Philadelphia


The four honorees to be inducted into the Archdiocesan Hall of Fame are:


Dr. Rosalie Mirenda- President of Neumann University
St. Paul School, Philadelphia, Pa.; John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School, Philadelphia, Pa.

When Dr. Rosalie Mirenda's parents emigrated from Italy to the United States, they were "poor in the ways of the world -- money and assets -- but rich in tradition, love, religion, and faith." Not surprisingly, they sought for their daughter an educational environment that emphasized these same values.

It was from those earliest days at St. Paul School in Philadelphia in the late 1940s that Dr. Mirenda began her lifelong appreciation for and commitment to Catholic education. By 1996, Dr. Mirenda was able to apply this commitment as the President of Neumann University.

In this role, Dr. Mirenda has forged a reputation as a tireless visionary and advocate for the Catholic identity and Franciscan Mission of the university. Since she became president, enrollment at Neumann has more than tripled and capital giving has increased more than 30 percent.

Dr. Richard Vassallo - Doctor of Internal Medicine, Cardiologist, and Chairman of the Nazareth Hospital Foundation Board
St. Mary of the Eternal School, Philadelphia, Pa.; Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia, Pa.

How does a Catholic education reach beyond the life of a single student to touch the lives of many others? In the case of Dr. Richard Vassallo, he has not only touched lives, but he has saved them.

As a doctor of Internal Medicine, Cardiologist, and Chairman of the Nazareth Hospital Foundation Board, Dr. Vassallo has extended his care and compassion to patients for over 28 years. His well-known skill, warmth, and friendship have earned Dr. Vassallo the love and respect of fellow medical professionals and patients alike.

Dr. Vassallo is also a lifelong supporter of the Catholic Church and Catholic education to which he credits so much of his success and happiness. He has served on the Roman Catholic High School Board of Advisors for nearly two decades and is a member of the Cahilll Trust and a Knighted member of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great.

Marcella B. Schankweiler, Esquire - Founder and Executive Director, For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Doylestown, Pa.; Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Flourtown, Pa.

"I was fortunate and blessed to have gone to a Catholic school my entire life, which instilled within me a strong sense of community, compassion, drive and dedication to make the world a better place," said Schankweiler.

Just how to put this awareness into action became clear to Ms. Schankweiler while on a vacation with her cancer-stricken husband, Peter, that was funded by a large Catholic community fundraiser at Mount Saint Joseph Academy. She wanted to help other families dealing with cancer to reconnect with each other and build new lifelong memories the way she and Peter had.

So in 1999, only weeks after Peter's death, Ms. Schankweiler founded For Pete's Sake, a nonprofit organization that sends young adult cancer patients and their families on fully-paid respite vacations.

Since then, Ms. Schankweiler has given 850 cancer patients and more than 3,500 caregivers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make memories together away from the rigors of cancer treatment. An active member of the St. Rose of Lima Parish and St. Rose of Lima Parish School in North Wales, Ms. Schankweiler has been recognized by People magazine and Major League Baseball as a finalist in the national "All-Stars Among Us" contest. She was also recently recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal and presented with LaSalle University's alumni award, the Signum Fidei Medal.

The St. Thomas More Alumni Association
St. Thomas More High School 1936-1975

St. Thomas More High School began its life in 1936 as an annex to the overcrowded West Catholic Boys High School nearby. By the time it closed in 1975, an estimated 6,000 boys, many of whom went on to become leaders in government, industry, education, and the arts, received an exceptional education there.

That could well have been the end of a bittersweet Catholic education story. But the St. Thomas More Alumni Association (STMAA) was determined to remain a vibrant and vital part of the promise of Catholic education.

Since its establishment in 1982, the St. Thomas More Alumni Association has added almost one million dollars to the principal balance of the STMAA Scholarship Fund. The interest earned from this fund has been used to award scholarships to deserving students of Catholic high schools within the Archdiocese.

In 2010, 74 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each were approved, bringing the total of all grants from the inception of the program to $504,000. Recipients have included boys and girls from every high school class level who have attended nearly every Catholic high school in the Archdiocese.

2010 also marked the opening of the Saint Thomas More High School Room at Cardinal O'Hara High School. The room at Cardinal O'Hara is decorated in the St. Thomas More school colors of green and gold, and is filled with various championship trophies and photos from the school's archives. The Saint Thomas More Room also is a place for meetings, and a central hub where O'Hara students can connect with each other. Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden (St. Thomas More Class of 1965), Bishop of Harrisburg and former President of Cardinal O'Hara, blessed and dedicated the room.

These three individuals and alumni association exemplify the Promise Fulfilled by Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

To purchase tickets for the 2011 Distinguished Graduate Awards please visit www.promisedfulfilled.org.

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Saint Charles Borromeo Parish School Celebrates 90th Anniversary

January 27, 2011

Saint Charles Borromeo Parish School Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Bishop Michael Fitzgerald and Superintendent Mary Rochford to attend anniversary Mass and mark beginning of Catholic Schools Week

Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass for the 90th anniversary of St. Charles Borromeo Parish School in Bensalem. Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will also attend the Mass to mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week across the Archdiocese.

In addition to the celebration, the school will mark the 90th anniversary of the dedicated service of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the parish and honor Sister Honora Mary Ivers, IHM, a distinguished graduate of St. Charles Borromeo Parish School.

12:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saint Charles Borromeo Church
1731 Hulmeville Road
Bensalem PA 19020


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

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

January 28, 2011

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

Special events planned in Catholic Schools highlight service to community



PHILADELPHIA (January 28, 2011) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will join in the national observation of Catholic Schools Week from January 30 to February 5, 2011. 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 2011 is "Catholic Schools: A+ for America."

"This year's theme for Catholic Schools Week acknowledges that Catholic Education has been a driving force in our communities across America and an asset in serving our fellow neighbors," said Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic education on behalf of Cardinal Rigali. "During the week, thousands of students across the Archdiocese will bring the theme of 'A+ for America' to life by participating in service projects that demonstrate the intangible value of Catholic education and the full academic and spiritual development that it provides our youth."

On Monday, January 31 at 1 p.m., Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, and Superintendent of Schools Mary Rochford will join members of the Office of Catholic Education staff in a special Catholic Schools Week Kick-Off Event using Skype. Elementary students and secondary students from all over the Archdiocese will Skype into Archdiocesan headquarters at 222 North 17th Street and visually demonstrate how they are celebrating Catholic Schools Week at their school.

In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia there are:
- 167 parish and regional elementary schools
- 17 Archdiocesan high schools
- 4 schools of special education
- Parish elementary school enrollment is 51,585
- High school enrollment is 16,987
- Schools of Special Education enrollment is 220

Hallmark Events for Catholic Schools Week

Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.
St. Charles Borromeo Parish School - 1704 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, Bucks County
Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass celebrating the 90th anniversary of the school. Superintendent of Schools, Mary Rochford, will also be in attendance.

Monday, January 31, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Archdiocesan Office Center - 6th Floor Conference Room, 222 North Seventh Street, Philadelphia (215-587-3747)
Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, Superintendent of Schools Mary Rochford and Office of Catholic Education administrators will participate in a live Skype event with parish schools and elementary schools from each county. Each school will visually highlight what they're doing to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with a focus on the theme of service.

Wednesday, February 2, 2010 at 8:00 a.m.
Archbishop Ryan Catholic High School - 11201 Academy Road, Philadelphia (215-637-1800)
Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will be celebrant and homilist at the school's Catholic Schools Week Mass.

Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
Bishop McDevitt High School - 125 Royal Ave., Wyncote, Montgomery County (215-887-5575)
Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist for their sixth annual Papal Colloquium. This year's theme is, "The Catholic Vision of J. R. R. Tolkien."

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 30, 2011
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - 256 Swamp Pike, Schwenksville, Montgomery County (610-287-2500)
10:30 a.m. - During Mass, the school will present Pastor Father Paul Brandt a Lego model of the new church that is currently being built. Each classroom was assigned a portion of the church to build, and the replica required more than 1,000 Legos to build.

Monday, January 31, 2011

St. Ignatius of Antioch School - 999 Reading Avenue, Yardley, Bucks County (215-493-3867)
9:00 a.m. -Students will participate in a service project for a local shelter. Each homeroom will fill two large birthday cake boxes with everything needed for residents of the shelter to celebrate a birthday party. Items include cake mix, candles, sprinkles, plates, cups, and party favors.

Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School - 835 North Hills Ave., Ardsley, Montgomery County (215-886-4782)
9:30 a.m. - Good Shepherd students will assemble breakfast bags for Aid for Friends, who serves the shut-in elderly population across the Philadelphia region. During the week, each grade will be asked to bring in a specific item for the breakfast bags. The students will then decorate the bags and fill them with donated items.

St. John the Baptist Parish School - 4050 Durham Rd., Ottsville, Bucks County (610-847-5523)
1:30 p.m. - Throughout the school year, seventh and eighth grade students have gathered donated materials from individuals and from companies to create dresses for young girls in African nations. On Monday, the students have arranged to borrow sewing machines to begin making the new dresses for the girls.

Holy Innocents Area Catholic Elementary School - 1312 E. Bristol St., Philadelphia (215-743-5909)
1:30 p.m. - All upper grade students have created questions for a "Jeopardy!" game to play in the afternoon. Fifth and sixth grade students will compete against each other, and seventh and eighth grade students will compete against each other. In addition, lower grade students have researched and written letters to American Catholics who were educated in Catholic schools. In the afternoon, these students will present their findings to their classmates.

St. Bernadette Parish School - 1015 Turner Ave., Drexel Hill, Delaware County (610-449-6126)
10:30 a.m. - Students will make special presentations and give thanks to local police and firefighters in the community.

Mary, Mother of the Redeemer - 1321 Upper State Rd., North Wales, Montgomery County (215-412-7101)
9:00 a.m. - Nine veterans from wars in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan will visit students in each grade to discuss their service in the military. Students will also create care packages to send to veteran facilities in Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Mother of Divine Providence School - 405 Allendale Rd., King of Prussia, Montgomery County (610-265-2323)
1:30 p.m. - Student council is sponsoring Mother of Divine Providence School's first ever Career Day with 16 guest speakers. Students have selected from a variety of career presentations, and they will attend the sessions of highest interest to them. Professions represented include: Attorney, State Trooper, French Professor, Pediatrician, Mechanical Engineer, Financial Advisor, President of a Non-Profit Agency, Chemist, Fire Fighter, Nurse, Physical Therapist, Police Officer, Sales/Marketing and Commercial Lender.

St. Hubert High School - 7320 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia (215-624-6840)
During the week, the students will collect items unique to Philadelphia to be shipped to the troops in Afghanistan. The packages will be shipped at the end of the week and will include sports memorabilia, newspapers, magazines and Tastykakes.

St. David School - 401 N. Easton Road, Willow Grove, Montgomery County (215-659-6393)
10:00 a.m. - All students will attend an assembly with a retired veteran, who will speak about his time in the military. Following the assembly, students will assemble care packages for veterans and make cards for active service members.

St. George School - 2700 E. Venango St., Philadelphia (215-634-8803)
Students will recognize local community members and businesses that assist the school and the neighborhood. Classes will also take part in "Valentines for Vets" to honor local heroes with handwritten Valentine's Day cards.

Our Mother of Consolation Parish School - 17 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, Philadelphia North (215-247-1060)
12:00 p.m. - All students are permitted to wear brightly colored socks in exchange for bringing a new pair to donate. Each grade will also help make breakfast bags for the less fortunate.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Assumption B.V.M. Parish School - 290 State Road, West Grove, Chester County (610-869-9576)
12:30 p.m. All students will attend the Prismatic Science Spectacular Assembly. The show uses laser animation to teach students about science. In addition, throughout the day, each grade will participate in a color war, demonstrating which grade has the most spirit. Eighth grade students will enjoy trading places with a school faculty member for the morning.

Conshohocken Catholic - 205 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, Montgomery County (610-828-2007)
Seventh and eighth grade students will participate in the school's fourth annual cook-off. This year's Catholic Schools Week theme, "A+ America," will be woven through the cook-off with cooking ideas for tailgating, picnics, 4th of July, New Year's Eve, etc. Teams are judged on taste, presentation and creativity. The "Luscious Ladle" award is an example of a prize.

St. Norbert Parish School - 6 Greenlawn Road, Paoli, Chester County (610-644-1670)
1:30 p.m. - Lt. Col. John Church will speak to students about his time serving in the military. This event will also mark the kickoff of the coin collection for the Wounded Warriors.

Notre Dame De Lourdes Parish School - 990 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, Delaware County (610-328-9330)
Students will collect school supplies to aid a school in Paulsboro, N.J. that is facing economic difficulties. The students will also make cards and patriotic Valentines for the soldiers that pass through the USO located at Philadelphia International Airport.

St. Mark Parish School - 1024 Radcliffe St., Bristol, Bucks County (215-785-0973)
12:30 p.m. - Students will celebrate Student Appreciation Day by making ice cream sundaes with local police and firefighters. The students will also present representatives from the local police and fire departments with a check for money we raised during the school's "Coins for Compassion Campaign."

Visitation B.V.M - 190 North Trooper Rd., Norristown, Montgomery County (610-539-6080)
10:00 a.m. - Grandparents will celebrate with their grandchildren during a specially prepared brunch in their honor. After brunch, grandparents are welcome to the classrooms to see art and other work that their grandchildren have done this year so far.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School - 835 North Hills Ave., Ardsley, Montgomery County (215-886-4782)
Students will use Skype to chat with another Good Shepherd School in the country.

St. Francis de Sales - 39 New Road, Aston, Delaware County (610-459-0799)
1:00 p.m. - Members of the Aston Police Department with visit the school to do a presentation on their K9 unit. Following the presentation, students will present handmade thank you notes to the police officers. One of the officers attending the presentation is a graduate of St. Francis de Sales.

St. Bernadette - 1015 Turner Ave., Drexel Hill, Delaware County (610-449-6126)
9:30 a.m. - Students will make sandwiches and decorate lunch bags for the 63rd Street Life Center, a local homeless shelter in Drexel Hill.

Sacred Heart of Jesus - 1329 E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia (215-462-4129)
Throughout the day, students will honor various branches of the Armed Forces. Upper grades will read a brief description of each branch over the loud speaker and all students will create thank you notes to give to service personnel or veterans at the VA Hospital.

St. Mary Catholic School - 40 Spring Mount Rd., Schwenksville, Montgomery County (610-287-7757)
1:30 p.m. - Students will enjoy an afternoon concert with the Rob Evans, the Donut Man. The Donut Man presents the Gospel in a way that introduces young children and their families to the basic elements of Christian faith.

Our Lady of Port Richmond - 3233 Thompson St., Philadelphia (215-739-1920)
1:15 p.m. - Eighth grade students will host a prom for the senior members of the Port Richmond community.

St. Monica Parish School - 601 First Ave, Berwyn, Chester County (610-644-8848)
Students will decorate lunch bags and stuff them with healthy snacks. Prior to Valentine's Day, students will deliver the snack bags to St. John's Church Soup Kitchen in Norristown.

Our Mother of Consolation Parish School - 17 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia (215-247-1060)
11:30 a.m. - The school will hold Grandparents' Day. Grandparents will visit classrooms and sit with the students during prayer service.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

St. Maria Goretti School - 2980 Cowpath Road, Hatfield, Montgomery County (215-721-9098)
2:10 p.m - Students in grade four through eight will participate in a literary coffee house. Students will read their favorite poems, stories and essays to family and friends.

Incarnation of Our Lord - 425 W. Lindley Road, Philadelphia (215-457-2779)
1:00 p.m. - All students will participate in the "Hearts for Haiti" Dance-A-Thon to raise money for earthquake victims.

St. Norbert Parish School - 6 Greenlawn Road, Paoli, Chester County (610-644-1670)
10:30 a.m. - Newly ordained priest Fr. Carl Braschoss, O.Praem will talk to students about his vocation and how he followed God's call to become a priest.

Our Lady of Port Richmond - 3233 Thompson St., Philadelphia (215-739-1920)
1:30 p.m. - All students will participate in a dance marathon, with proceeds benefiting St. Jude's Hospital for Children.

St. Anthony -St. Joseph Parish School - 260 Forest Ave., Ambler, Montgomery County (215-646-6150)
8:30 a.m. - Students will present bridges they created out of recycled material. The students will explain their design and construction process and all that they have learned about "building bridges" in life.

St. Joseph-St. Robert Parish School - 856 Euclid Ave, Warrington, Bucks County (215-343-5100)
9:00 a.m. - Students at St. Joseph/St. Robert School will enjoy a special assembly, titled "The Human Board Game." The "Human Board Game" uses multi-media trivia, which focuses on core curriculum subjects of History, Science, English, and Math. The excitement and class team spirit will begin at 9:00 am with grades Pre-K to fourth. At 10:15 am, class team building with the challenging game will continue with grades five through eight.

St. Teresa of Avila Parish School - 2550 S. Parkview Dr., Norristown, Montgomery County (610-666-6069)
Students will participate in an outreach project titled, "Walk in Their Shoes - A Journey of Hope." Students will collect gently used shoes of all sizes. A prayer service will be held at 1:00 p.m.

St. Michael the Archangel Parish School - 130 Levittown Parkway, Levittown, Bucks County
1:15 p.m. - Sixth grade students will participate in living paintings. Students researched an artist and a painting, and then painted the background of the work of art. During the display, one student will be the artist and will answer questions about the painting, the other students will dress as the people in the painting.

St. Philip Neri - 3015 Chestnut St., Lafayette Hill, Montgomery County
TBD - Students will meet in the gymnasium to assemble care packages for soldiers.

St. Joseph School - 340 Manor Ave., Downingtown, Chester County (610-269-8999)
9:00 a.m. - The school will hold their second annual Grandparents'/Grand Friends' Day. More than 250 grandparents and grand friends will visit classrooms and snack with the students.

St. George School - 2700 E. Venango St., Philadelphia (215-634-8803)
Students will celebrate "Catholic Faith Day" by choosing a Classroom Patron Saint based on the saints studied within their curriculum. Classroom doors will be decorated to honor the qualities, achievements and accomplishments of their chosen saint. Students will participate in a school wide scavenger hunt.

Friday, February 4, 2011

St. Basil the Great Parish School - 2330 Kimberton Road, Kimberton, Chester County (610-933-2453)
7:00 p.m. - Students and parents will attend a cultural evening at the school. Students will present various art projects completed during the year. Additionally, the school choir will perform, a student will do Irish dancing and two sisters will be performing ballet.

St. Mary Interparochial School - Fifth & Locust Streets, Philadelphia (215-923-7522)
1:30 p.m. - St. Mary alumni will visit the school to speak with seventh and eight grade students about their professions. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about various careers.

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News Release From The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Office Of Catholic Education

February 9, 2011

News Release from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education

Today, Wednesday, February 9, 2011, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education received an allegation of inappropriate physical behavior by a part-time music instructor, Mr. Edward Golaszewski, towards a student at Bishop Shanahan High School in Chester County. Upon learning of these allegations, the Bishop Shanahan Administration immediately contacted ChildLine, the Chester County District Attorney's Office and the Downingtown Police Department. Mr. Golaszewski is also a part-time music instructor at Archbishop Wood High School in Bucks County. He previously taught at Cardinal Dougherty High School prior to its closure in June 2010. The Office of Catholic Education is unaware of any other allegations regarding Mr. Golaszewski.

As of today, this instructor is on administrative leave, which means he is relieved of all duties within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Bishop Shanahan and Archbishop Wood emailed letters to parents and guardians of their respective school communities today. The Office of Catholic Education will be contacting school families of students who previously attended Cardinal Dougherty High School.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of these allegations and remain committed to ensuring the safety and well being of our children," said, Ms. Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The Office of Catholic Education of 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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Editor's Note:For more information about resources available to parents please visit Creating a Network of Prevention and Protection
http://www.catholicschools-phl.org/images/OCE_Files/Creating_a_Network_of_Prevention_and_Protection.pdf.

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Update From Cardinal Rigali

February 11, 2011

Update from Cardinal Rigali

February 10, 2011




Dear Faithful of the Archdiocese,

As the Archdiocese continues to review the grand jury report that was released this morning, there is one assertion in the report that must be addressed immediately. The report states that there remain in ministry archdiocesan priests who have credible allegations of abuse against them. I assure all the faithful that there are no archdiocesan priests in ministry today who have an admitted or established allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against them.

Please join me in prayer for healing.


Sincerely yours,

+ Justin Card. Rigali

Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia

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Announcement From The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Following The Grand Jury Report

February 11, 2011

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
FOLLOWING THE GRAND JURY REPORT

As an initial response to the Grand Jury Report, Cardinal Justin Rigali announces the following actions which he has taken recently:

1. The Archdiocese has once again retained the services of Mary Achilles as a Consultant to the Archdiocese to advise Cardinal Justin Rigali regarding how best to address the needs of victims of sexual abuse and to assist in our review of the observations and recommendations of the Grand Jury Report. Ms. Achilles, who previously served as a Consultant to the Archdiocese from 2006 through 2008, was appointed by former Governor Tom Ridge as the first-ever Victim Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to this, Ms. Achilles worked in a variety of capacities including fourteen years in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

2. Cardinal Rigali has created a new position, Delegate for Investigations, which will now be a separate office distinct from the Office of Child and Youth Protection. The Delegate's responsibility will begin at the time an allegation of sexual abuse is received and continue until the presentation of the Archdiocesan Review Board's recommendation to the Archbishop. The Delegate's responsibility will also include immediate reporting to civil authorities upon receipt of an allegation, as is our practice for all allegations whether current or historical. In cases where, for any reason, the civil authorities do not investigate, the Delegate will oversee the Archdiocesan investigation.

3. Cardinal Rigali has hired Joseph A. Cronin, Jr., J.D., Ph.D., to serve in the recently created position in the Office for Clergy, the Clergy Support Associate. Dr. Cronin's primary responsibility is to assist the Vicar for Clergy in ensuring the compliance of priests in the active ministry with the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries. Dr. Cronin brings a wealth of clinical experience in behavioral health. Since October 2008 he has served as the Program Coordinator for the Prayer and Penance Program where he oversees the supervision and treatment of priests who have been permanently removed from ministry and live a supervised life of prayer and penance. Prior to working with the Archdiocese, Dr. Cronin, a licensed psychologist, worked in private practice as well as in a variety of management positions in non-profit and for-profit behavioral health corporations.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will continue its review of the Grand Jury Report's observations and recommendations.

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Cardinal Rigali Releases Video Message To Faithful Of Of The Archdiocese In Preparation For Weekend Masses

February 12, 2011

CARDINAL RIGALI RELEASES VIDEO MESSAGE TO FAITHFUL OF OF THE ARCHDIOCESE IN PREPARATION FOR WEEKEND MASSES

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, released a video message today, Saturday, February 12, 2011 as Catholics across the Archdiocese prepare to attend Mass this weekend following the release of the Grand Jury Report. The Cardinal addresses Catholics as their spiritual leader in this message about suffering and prayer, faith and hope.

The video, in English and Spanish, is available on the Archdiocesan web site at www.archphila.org
or YouTube at http://bit.ly/CardinalSpiritualMessage

Text of the video in English and Spanish is below.

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I speak to you today as your Archbishop, your shepherd and pastor. My concern is for all of you who belong to Christ and his Church. I speak to you who are active members of the flock of Christ and also to you, who, for one reason or another, find yourselves distanced from the Church.

The release of the Philadelphia Grand Jury Report this past Thursday brings great sadness and distress to every Catholic, to every person. Once again the issue of the sexual abuse of minors is raised, as well as the role of the Church and her leaders in addressing this abuse. As Catholics we are hurt and confused, and perhaps even quite angry and feeling betrayed. We are keenly aware of Saint Paul's words, that if one part of the Body of Christ suffers, all the parts suffer with it (1 Cor 12:26). All of us are afflicted at this moment!

Those suffering the most are victims of sexual abuse. In them, we see Jesus suffering in our midst. Just as Mary, Model of the Church, embraced her crucified Son, so we, as the Church, embrace all victims with our love, compassion and concern. I ask you to join me in praying everyday for victims of sexual abuse, invoking the tender intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church. We pray that they will have real hope in Christ and will truly know they do not stand alone. We stand with them and their families.

Many of you suffer in solidarity with your priests who serve you so faithfully. They themselves are suffering. It is deeply painful that the sinful choices of some of our priests have caused great harm in the Church. What we must remember is that Christ is the true priest and in him the priesthood does not forfeit its integrity. The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. Let us support our priests with our constant prayers.

Many of you find yourselves wondering how to react in light of the recent Grand Jury Report. This is a moment for renewed faith. We believe in the never failing love that God has for us and in his compassionate mercy. Jesus is the presence of God's love and mercy in this very moment, to each of us and to the whole Church. On the Cross, Jesus continues to reveal this love and mercy, a message proclaimed in the Gospel and celebrated fully in the Holy Eucharist. I encourage you to join me as we turn together to Jesus. He sustains us. He sustains the whole Church. His cross and resurrection conquer all sin and give us faith and hope, which must remain strong in our hearts as we vigorously commit ourselves anew to do everything possible for the protection of all children and for the prevention of any abuse in the future. Let us confidently place our faith and hope again and always in Christ!



Mis hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,

Yo les hablo a ustedes hoy como su Arzobispo y su pastor. Mi preocupación es por todos ustedes que pertenecen a Cristo y su Iglesia. Yo les hablo a ustedes los miembros activos del rebaño de Cristo y también a ustedes, los que por un motivo u otro, se encuentran distanciados de la Iglesia.

La publicación del Informe del Gran Jurado de Filadelfia este jueves pasado trae gran tristeza y angustia a cada católico, a cada persona. Otra vez el asunto del abuso sexual de menores surge, así como el papel de la Iglesia y sus líderes al abordar este abuso. Como católicos nosotros estamos heridos y confundidos, y quizás hasta completamente airados y sintiéndonos engañados. Somos muy conscientes de las palabras de san Pablo, que si una parte del cuerpo de Cristo sufre, todas las partes sufren con él (1 Corintio 12:26). ¡Todos nosotros estamos afligidos en este momento!

Los que más sufren son las víctimas del abuso sexual. En ellos, vemos a Jesús sufriendo en medio de nosotros. Así como María, Modelo de la Iglesia, abrazó a su Hijo crucificado, así nosotros, como la Iglesia, abrazamos a todas las víctimas con nuestro amor, compasión y preocupación. Les pido que me acompañen en oración todos los días por las víctimas del abuso sexual, invocando la tierna intercesión de María, Madre de la Iglesia. Oremos para que tengan una verdadera esperanza en Cristo y realmente sepan que no están solos. Nos unimos a ellos y sus familias.

Muchos de ustedes sufren en solidaridad con los sacerdotes que les sirven con tanta fidelidad. Ellos mismos están sufriendo. Es profundamente doloroso que las opciones pecaminosas de algunos de nuestros sacerdotes hayan causado un gran daño en la Iglesia. Lo que debemos recordar es que Cristo es el verdadero sacerdote y en Él el sacerdocio no pierde su integridad. El sacerdocio es el amor del corazón de Jesús. Apoyemos a nuestros sacerdotes con nuestras constantes oraciones.

Muchos de ustedes se preguntan cómo reaccionar ante el reciente informe del Gran Jurado. Éste es un momento de fe renovada. Creemos en el amor que nunca falla que Dios tiene por nosotros, y en su compasiva misericordia. Jesús es la presencia del amor y misericordia de Dios en este mismo momento, para cada uno de nosotros y para toda la Iglesia. En la Cruz, Jesús continúa revelando este amor y misericordia, un mensaje proclamado en el Evangelio y celebrado plenamente en la Sagrada Eucaristía. Los animo a que me acompañen a dirigirnos juntos a Jesús. Él nos sostiene. Él sostiene a toda la Iglesia. Su cruz y resurrección vencen todo pecado y nos da la fe y la esperanza, que deben seguir siendo fuertes en nuestros corazones al nosotros enérgicamente reafirmar nuestro compromiso de hacer todo lo posible para la protección de todos los niños y para la prevención de cualquier abuso en el futuro. ¡Vamos a poner con confianza nuestra fe y esperanza de nuevo y siempre en Jesucristo!

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Cardinal Rigali Announces Further Actions In Response To Grand Jury Report

February 16, 2011

CARDINAL RIGALI ANNOUNCES FURTHER ACTIONS
IN RESPONSE TO GRAND JURY REPORT

"Sexual abuse of children is a crime. It is always wrong and gravely evil. Protecting children, preventing child abuse and assisting victims are priorities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia," stated Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia. "The Grand Jury Report makes clear that for as much as the Archdiocese has done to address child sexual abuse, there is still much to do."

In his continuing response to the Grand Jury Report:

- Cardinal Rigali has directed the immediate re-examination of all cases of concern to the Grand Jury, which asserts that as many as "37" priests remain in active ministry with credible allegations of child sexual abuse. This re-examination will be undertaken to determine the suitability of these priests for active ministry.

- To lead that re-examination, the Archdiocese has retained the services of Gina Maisto Smith, J.D., a partner at the law firm of Ballard Spahr. Mrs. Smith is a former Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney who for nearly two decades has prosecuted child sexual assault cases. Mrs. Smith will re-examine all cases of accused priests in active ministry, as well as review the procedures employed by the Archdiocese, and make recommendations to the Cardinal. Mrs. Smith will also assist the Archdiocese in its communications in the course of dealing with the District Attorney's Office and in responding to the Grand Jury Report.

- The Archdiocese has placed Father Joseph L. DiGregorio, Father Joseph J. Gallagher and Father Stephen B. Perzan on administrative leave. At the direction of Cardinal Rigali, all three will refrain from the public exercise of ministry pending the outcome of a second review of their cases.

The Archdiocese takes seriously the observations and recommendations of the Grand Jury Report, and remains committed to working with the Philadelphia District Attorney.

Change begins with action. The actions we announce today build on the changes that the Church has already announced, including retaining Mary Achilles as a victim services consultant, hiring Joseph Cronin Jr., J.D., Ph.D., to ensure priests' compliance with the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries [http://bit.ly/AOPministerialstandards], and creating the position of Delegate for Investigations.

In making this announcement Cardinal Rigali said, "Many people of faith and in the community at large think that the Archdiocese does not understand the gravity of child sexual abuse. We do. The task before us now is to recognize where we have fallen short and to let our actions speak to our resolve."


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Anuncio De La Arquidiócesis De Filadelfia Después Del Informe Del Gran Jurado

February 11, 2011

ANUNCIO DE LA ARQUIDIÓCESIS DE FILADELFIA
DESPUÉS DEL INFORME DEL GRAN JURADO

Como una respuesta inicial al informe emitido por el Gran Jurado, el cardenal Justin Rigali anuncia las acciones siguientes que él ha tomado recientemente:

1. La Arquidiócesis ha retenido una vez más los servicios de Mary Achilles como asesora de la Arquidiócesis para aconsejar al cardenal Justin Rigali en cuanto a cómo abordar mejor las necesidades de las víctimas del abuso sexual y asistir en nuestra revisión de las observaciones y recomendaciones del informe del Gran Jurado. La señora Achilles, que antes sirvió como asesora de la Arquidióócesis desde el 2006 hasta el 2008, fue designada por el antiguo gobernador Tom Ridge como el primerísimo Abogado de Víctima para el Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Antes de esto, la señora Achilles trabajó en una variedad de capacidades incluyendo catorce años en la Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito de Filadelfia.

2. El cardenal Rigali ha creado una nueva posición, Delegado para las Investigaciones, que ahora será una oficina separada y distinta de la Oficina para la Protección de Niños y Jóvenes. La responsabilidad del delegado comenzará en el momento en que se recibe una denuncia de abuso sexual y continuará hasta la presentación de la recomendación de la Junta de Revisión de la Arquidiócesis, al arzobispo. La responsabilidad del delegado también incluirá el informe inmediato a las autoridades civiles tras de recibir una denuncia, como es nuestra práctica para todas las denuncias ya sean actuales o históricas. En los casos donde, por cualquier razón, las autoridades civiles no investigan, el delegado se encargará de supervisar la investigación arquidiocesana.

3. El cardenal Rigali ha contratado a José A. Cronin, Jr., JD, Ph.D., para servir en el cargo recientemente creado de Clergy Support Associate (Asociado de Apoyo del Clero), en la Oficina para el Clero. La responsabilidad primaria del Dr. Cronin es ayudar al Vicario del Clero para garantizar el cumplimiento, de parte de los sacerdotes en el ministerio activo, con los Estándares de comportamiento ministerial y sus límites. El Dr. Cronin trae una riqueza de experiencia clínica en salud mental. Desde octubre del 2008 él ha servido como coordinador del Programa para Oración y Penitencia donde supervisa la vigilancia y el tratamiento de los sacerdotes removidos permanentemente del ministerio y que viven una vida supervisada de oración y penitencia. Antes de trabajar con la Arquidiócesis, el Dr. Cronin, un psicólogo licenciado, trabajó en la práctica privada y en diversos puestos de responsabilidad, en corporaciones de salud mental sin fines de lucro y con fines lucrativos.

La Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia continuará su revisión de las observaciones y recomendaciones del informe del Gran Jurado.

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Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali Archbishop Of Philadelphia Regarding The Release Of The Report Of The Grand Jury

February 10, 2011

Statement of Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Regarding the Release of the Report of the Grand Jury

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office issued a report of the Investigative Grand Jury earlier today concerning the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and matters related to sexual abuse of minors. Since the report was just released this morning, the Archdiocese has not yet had the opportunity to review it and, therefore, I am not able to comment specifically on its contents. It is my intention to consider carefully and take very seriously any observations and recommendations of this Grand Jury. I also welcome the opportunity for ongoing collaboration with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office in the vital work of protecting children.

At this moment, as people of faith we must reach out in compassion and support for one another and for all who are affected by this news. Victims of sexual abuse by clergy may find this news deeply painful. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. It is in this spirit that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is cooperating fully with the civil authorities in this and all related matters.

Through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we recommit ourselves to pray and to labor in His Spirit to do everything possible to rectify the injustices suffered by victims.


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Declaración Del Cardenal Justin Rigali Arzobispo De Filadelfia respecto Al Informe Emitido Por El Gran Jurado

February 21, 2011

Declaración del Cardenal Justin Rigali
Arzobispo de FiladelfiaRespecto
al informe emitido por el Gran Jurado

La Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito de Filadelfia emitió un informe de la investigación del Gran Jurado el día de hoy, acerca de la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia y los asuntos relacionados con el abuso sexual de menores. Dado que el informe fue emitido esta misma mañana, la Arquidiócesis no ha tenido todavía la oportunidad de revisarlo y, por lo tanto, no soy capaz de comentar específicamente sobre su contenido. Es mi intención examinarlo con cuidado y tomar muy en serio las observaciones y recomendaciones de este Gran Jurado. También doy la bienvenida a la oportunidad de colaborar continuamente con la Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito de Filadelfia en la labor vital de proteger a los niños.

En este momento, como personas de fe nosotros debemos extender compasión y apoyo el uno al otro y a todos los que se ven afectados por esta noticia. Las víctimas de abuso sexual por el clero pueden encontrar esta noticia profundamente dolorosa. Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones están con ellos. Es en este espíritu que la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia está cooperando plenamente con las autoridades civiles en éste y en todos los asuntos relacionados.

Por la fe en nuestro Señor Jesucristo, nos comprometemos a orar y trabajar en su Espíritu para hacer todo lo posible para corregir las injusticias sufridas por las victímas.


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Statement Regarding Monsignor William J. Lynn

February 21, 2011

STATEMENT REGARDING MONSIGNOR WILLIAM J. LYNN

Parishioners at Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown were informed at Masses this weekend that Cardinal Justin Rigali has placed Monsignor William J. Lynn, Pastor, on administrative leave effective Friday, February 18, 2011.

It was also announced that Cardinal Rigali has appointed Monsignor Joseph C. McLoone as parochial administrator pro-tem of Saint Joseph Parish. Monsignor McLoone is currently the Pastor of Saint Katharine Drexel Parish in Chester, Delaware County.

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Cardenal Rigali Anuncia Nuevas Medidas En Respuesta Al Informe Del Gran Jurado

February 16, 2011

CARDENAL RIGALI ANUNCIA NUEVAS MEDIDAS
EN RESPUESTA AL INFORME DEL GRAN JURADO

"El abuso sexual de niños es un delito. Siempre es erróneo y de gran maldad. La protección de los niños, la prevención del abuso de niños y la asistencia a las víctimas son prioridades de la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia", afirmó el cardenal Justin Rigali, arzobispo de Filadelfia. "El Informe del Gran Jurado deja claro que, a pesar de lo que la Arquidiócesis ha hecho para abordar el abuso sexual de niños, hay todavía mucho por hacer".

En su continua respuesta al Informe del Gran Jurado:

- El cardenal Rigali ha ordenado la revisión inmediata de todos los casos de interés para el Gran Jurado, que afirma que no menos de "37" sacerdotes permanecen en ministerio activo con denuncias creíbles de abuso sexual de niños. Esta nueva revisión se emprenderá para determinar si esos sacerdotes son aptos para el ministerio activo.

- Para dirigir la revisión, la Arquidiócesis ha contratado los servicios de Maisto Gina Smith, JD, socio de la firma de abogados Ballard Spahr. La señora Smith es una ex asistente del fiscal de Filadelfia, que durante casi dos décadas ha procesado casos de abuso de niños. La señora Smith volverá a examinar todos los casos de sacerdotes acusados en el ministerio activo, va a revisar los procedimientos empleados por la Arquidiócesis, y va hacer recomendaciones al cardenal. La señora Smith también ayudará a la Arquidiócesis en sus comunicaciones en el curso de las negociaciones con la Oficina del Fiscal de Distrito y en la respuesta al Informe del Gran Jurado.

- La Arquidiócesis ha colocado al padre Joseph L. DiGregorio, al padre Joseph J. Gallagher y al padre Stephen B. Perzan en ausencia administrativa. Por dirección del cardenal Rigali, los tres se abstendrán del ejercicio público del ministerio en espera del resultado de una segunda revisión de sus casos.

La Arquidiócesis toma en serio las observaciones y recomendaciones del Informe del Gran Jurado, y mantiene su compromiso de trabajar con el Fiscal de Distrito de Filadelfia.

El cambio comienza con la acción. Las acciones que anunciamos hoy se basan en los cambios que la Iglesia ya ha anunciado, incluyendo la retención de Mary Achilles como consultora de servicios para víctimas, la contratación de Joseph Cronin, Jr., JD, Ph.D., para garantizar que los sacerdotes cumplan con los Estándares de comportamiento ministerial y sus límites [http://bit.ly/AOPministerialstandards], y la creación de la posición de Delegado para las Investigaciones.

Al hacer este anuncio, el cardenal Rigali, dijo: "Muchas personas de fe y en la comunidad en general piensan que la Arquidiócesis no entiende la gravedad del abuso sexual de niños. Nosotros sí! La tarea que tenemos ante nosotros ahora es reconocer que nos hemos quedado cortos y dejar que nuestras acciones hablen de nuestra determinación".

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Declaración Sobre El Monseñor William J. Lynn

February 20, 2011

DECLARACIÓN SOBRE EL MONSEÑOR WILLIAM J. LYNN

Durante las misas de este pasado fin de semana se les informó a los feligreses de la parroquia San José en Downingtown que el cardenal Justin Rigali ha puesto al monseñor William J. Lynn, párroco, en ausencia administrativa comenzando el viernes 18 de febrero del 2011.

También fue anunciado que el cardenal Rigali ha nombrado al monseñor Joseph C. McLoone como administrador parroquial pro tempore de la parroquia San José. El monseñor McLoone es actualmente el pórroco de la parroquia Santa Catalina Drexel en Chester, Condado Delaware.

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Kick Off For 36th Annual Operation Rice Bowl

February 22, 2011

KICK OFF FOR 36TH ANNUAL OPERATION RICE BOWL

For the 36th year in a row, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will participate in Operation Rice Bowl, a nationwide effort administered by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) that aims to alleviate hunger both locally and abroad through four components: pray, fast, learn, and give. The kickoff will take place on

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
2:00 p.m.
Saint Katharine Drexel Food Cupboard
2nd and Norris Streets
Chester, PA (Delaware County)


The program will feature an overview of Operation Rice Bowl as well as the blessing of the cardboard "rice bowls" prior to their distribution throughout Archdiocesan parishes and schools. Continuing through Lent, families are encouraged to place money that would have been spent on meals in the "rice bowls" to remember those who are poor and hungry.

In Lent of 2010 nearly $250,000 was raised in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Of that amount, 25% remained in the Philadelphia area and was used to assist those facing the issue of hunger through the Archdiocesan Office of Nutritional Development Services. The remainder was distributed by Catholic Relief Services to combat hunger overseas.


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Editor's Note: For more information on Operation Rice Bowl please contact Anne H. Ayella, CRS Archdiocesan Director. at 215-895-3486 ext. 717. For further information on Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas relief agency of the Catholic Bishops in the United States, please visit www.crs.org

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The Office Of Catholic Education Announces Parish School Closures Seven Schools Throughout The Philadelphia Region To Close In June 2011

February 28, 2011

THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION ANNOUNCES
PARISH SCHOOL CLOSURES

Seven schools throughout the Philadelphia region to close in June 2011

PHILADELPHIA (February 28, 2011) - The Office of Catholic Education today announced that seven parishes will close their respective parish schools at the end of the current academic year. The parish schools include:

- Ascension of Our Lord Parish School in the Kensington section of Philadelphia;
- Our Lady of Fatima Parish School, Bensalem, Bucks County;
- Saint Anne Parish School in the Kensington section of Philadelphia;
- Saint Cyprian Parish School in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia;
- Saint Hugh of Cluny Parish School in the Fairhill section of Philadelphia;
- Saint Martin of Tours Parish School in New Hope, Bucks County; and
- Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish School in Croydon, Bucks County.

The decision to close these parish schools is due to low enrollments. It became clear that sustaining the schools would require a dramatic tuition increase that would preclude many families from providing a Catholic education to their children. Therefore, the parishes concluded that maintaining their schools was no longer a tenable option. Faculty members were informed of the decision at the end of last week, letters were mailed to all school families last Friday, and announcements were made at all Masses over the weekend. Additionally, families received information concerning accommodations at neighboring parish schools.

"It is always a heartbreaking and difficult decision to close a school, especially when so many have given their time and talents to try and sustain it," said Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "The reality is that these parishes can no longer sustain their schools with so few students. We would rather provide affordable options to those families interested in Catholic education than levy a high tuition upon families simply to buoy a school with either sharply declining enrollments or the inability of the parish to meet the class size expectations as outlined in the Standards for Quality Catholic Schools."

Background:

Ascension of Our Lord Parish School, 735 E. Westmoreland Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134
Ascension of Our Lord Parish School had a projected enrollment of 118 students for the 2011-12 school, compared to 204 students five years ago (a 43% decrease over five years). Students from Ascension of Our Lord will be welcomed to Our Lady of Port Richmond School, 3233 East Thompson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134; Holy Innocents Parish School, 1312 East Bristol Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124; or Visitation B.V.M. Parish School, 300 East Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125.

Our Lady of Fatima Parish School, 2915 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
Our Lady of Fatima Parish School had a projected enrollment of 132 students for the 2011-12 school year, compared to 187 students five years ago (a 30% decrease over five years). Students from Our Lady of Fatima Parish School will be welcomed to Saint Charles Borromeo Parish School, 1704 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020; or Saint Ephrem Parish School, 5340 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 19020.

Saint Anne Parish School, 2343 East Tucker Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Saint Anne Parish School had a projected enrollment of 151 students for the 2011-12 school year, compared to 246 students five years ago (a 39% decrease over five years). Students from Saint Anne Parish School will be accommodated at Our Lady of Port Richmond Regional School, 3233 East Thompson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134; Saint Laurentius Parish School, 1612 East Berks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125; Mother of Divine Grace Parish School, 2612 East Monmouth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134; or Visitation B.V.M. Parish School, 300 East Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125.

Saint Cyprian Parish School, 6225 Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Saint Cyprian Parish School had a projected enrollment of 115 students for the 2011-12 school year, compared to 229 students five years ago (a 50% decrease over five years). Students from Saint Cyprian Parish School will be welcomed to Saint Francis de Sales Parish School, 917 South 47th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143; Mary Mother of Peace Parish School, 6328 Buist Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19142; or Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish School, 345 North 63rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139.

Saint Hugh of Cluny Parish School, 3501 North Mascher Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140
Saint Hugh of Cluny Parish School had a projected enrollment of 99 students for the 2011-12 school year, compared to 225 students five years ago (a 56% decrease over five years). Students from Saint Hugh of Cluny may attend nearby Saint Veronica Parish School at 3521 North 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.

Saint Martin of Tours Parish School, One Riverstone Circle, New Hope, PA 18938
Saint Martin of Tours Parish School had a projected enrollment of 126 students for the 2011-12 school year, compared to 143 students five years ago (a 12% decrease over five years). From the time of its establishment in 2000, Saint Martin of Tours Parish School has operated at less than half of its full capacity of 300+ students, and is not viable long-term without jeopardizing the financial stability of the parish. Students from Saint Martin of Tours Parish School will be welcomed to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 225 East Ashland Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 or Saint Andrew Parish School, 51 Wrights Road, Newtown, PA 18940.

Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish School, 130 Walnut Avenue, Croydon, PA 19021
Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish School had a projected enrollment of 116 students for the 2011-12 school year, compared to 197 students five years ago (a 42% decrease over five years). Students from Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish School will be accommodated at Holy Family Regional School, 2477 Trenton Road, Levittown, PA 19054; Saint Charles Borromeo Parish School, 1704 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020; Saint Ephrem Parish School, 5340 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 19020; Saint Mark Parish School, 1024 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA 19007 or Saint Michael the Archangel Parish School, 130 Levittown Parkway, Levittown, PA 19054.


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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Places 21 Priests On Administrative Leave

March 8, 2011

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA PLACES
21 PRIESTS ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, today announced that he has placed 21 priests on administrative leave. The action follows an initial examination of files looking at both the substance of allegations and the process by which those allegations were reviewed. In each case the next step is a thorough independent investigation.

Cardinal Rigali said, "These have been difficult weeks since the release of the Grand Jury Report: difficult most of all for victims of sexual abuse, but also for all Catholics and for everyone in our community.

"As we strive to move forward today," Cardinal Rigali added, "I wish to express again my sorrow for the sexual abuse of minors committed by any members of the Church, especially clergy. I am truly sorry for the harm done to the victims of sexual abuse, as well as to the members of our community who suffer as a result of this great evil and crime."

The Grand Jury Report identified 37 cases of concern. In addition to the 21 announced today, three priests were placed on administrative leave after the report was released in February. Five others would have been subject to administrative leave. However, one who was already on leave and two who are incapacitated have not been in active ministry. Two others no longer serve in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and, as both are members of a Religious Order, the Archdiocese has notified the Superiors of their Religious Orders and the Bishops of the Dioceses where they are residing.

The remaining eight priests will not be subject to administrative leave. The initial independent examination of these cases found no further investigation is warranted.

All 37 cases were subject to a review using the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, the Child Protective Services Act, the "Essential Norms" from the Charter for the Protection of Young People of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Archdiocese's Standards for Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries. The cases of those on administrative leave involve a range from allegations of sexual abuse of a minor to boundary issues with minors.

Cardinal Rigali stated, "Since 2005, the Archdiocese has worked very hard and we believed that we were on the right path, making significant progress in the protection of children and in the investigation and handling of abuse allegations. In fact, the present investigation of sexual abuse began as a result of reports from the Archdiocese to the District Attorney's Office. The 2011 Grand Jury Report, however, presented us with serious concerns that demand a decisive response."

Within a week of the release of the Grand Jury Report, the Archdiocese retained Gina Maisto Smith, a former Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney who has prosecuted child sexual assault cases for nearly two decades. Mrs. Smith, a partner at the law firm of Ballard Spahr, conducted an initial review of all 37 cases of concern with the aid of her team and a forensic psychiatrist.

"Cardinal Rigali asked me to assist him in responding to the concerns raised in the Grand Jury Report," Mrs. Smith said. "I was given the unlimited freedom to do a thorough review with full access to all files and documents."

The Cardinal's actions were based on Mrs. Smith's recommendations. She will now lead a team of experts to investigate more fully each case. Her team will include a nationally renowned pediatrician in the field of child abuse, a forensic psychiatrist and psychologist, an expert from the child advocacy community and other experts.

Cardinal Rigali said, "I want to be clear: These administrative leaves are interim measures. They are not in any way final determinations or judgments."

"I know that for many people their trust in the Church has been shaken," stated the Cardinal. "I pray that the efforts of the Archdiocese to address these cases of concern and to re-evaluate our way of handling allegations will help rebuild that trust in truth and justice."

For more information and to read Cardinal Rigali's complete statement, visit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia web site Response to 2011 Grand Jury Report.

Cardinal Rigali will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent for Christians throughout the world. Lent is the penitential season of prayer and sacrifice lasting from Ash Wednesday through Holy Thursday, in preparation for Easter.

Cardinal Rigali also has invited the faithful to join him at the Cathedral for a Penitential Service, including Stations of the Cross, at 7 p.m. March 11, 2011, the first Friday of Lent.

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Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali Regarding Administrative Leaves

March 8, 2011

Statement of Cardinal Justin Rigali
Regarding Administrative Leaves

These have been difficult weeks since the release of the Grand Jury Report: difficult most of all for victims of sexual abuse, but also for all Catholics and for everyone in our community.

The Grand Jury Report, issued last month by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, called into question the way in which the Archdiocese handles allegations of child sexual abuse and asserted that as many as 37 priests remain in ministry ". . . after the Archdiocese learned of accusations or reports of their inappropriate behavior or sexual abuse of minors" (Grand Jury Report issued February 10, 2011).

Since 2005, the Archdiocese has worked very hard and we believed that we were on the right path, making significant progress in the protection of children and in the investigation and handling of abuse allegations. In fact, the present investigation of sexual abuse began as a result of reports from the Archdiocese to the District Attorney's Office. The 2011 Grand Jury Report, however, presented us with serious concerns that demand a decisive response.

As Archbishop of Philadelphia, it is my responsibility to respond to this Report transparently. I am determined to work for a solution that deals effectively with this issue in the Church and I share with the District Attorney's Office and the Grand Jury the desire to deal definitively with the concerns noted in the Report. I will continue to do so in cooperation with the District Attorney's Office.

In reviewing the concerns of the Grand Jury, it became clear that we needed additional and independent expertise in place to evaluate allegations of sexual abuse. That is why I turned to a veteran child abuse prosecutor, Gina Maisto Smith, and asked her to re-examine both the cases of concern for the Grand Jury and the way in which the Archdiocese handles allegations of sexual abuse of minors. She brings 15 years of experience to bear in assessing, investigating and prosecuting child sexual abuse allegations.

Her initial examination has concluded, and I have accepted her initial recommendations.

Working to allay concerns in the community about the suitability of priests to minister and wishing to ensure that our processes are entirely effective, yesterday I placed twenty-one priests on administrative leave, effective immediately. These are in addition to the three who were placed on leave in February, after the report was released.

While on administrative leave, all of these priests will not publicly exercise their ministry.

Among the remaining cases, five additional priests would have been subject to administrative leave. However, one who was already on leave and two who are incapacitated have not been in active ministry. Two others no longer serve in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and, as both are members of a Religious Order, the Archdiocese has notified the Superiors of their Religious Orders and the Bishops of the Dioceses where they are residing.

The remaining eight priests will not be subject to administrative leave. A review of these cases by Mrs. Smith found no further investigation is warranted.

I want to be clear: These administrative leaves are interim measures. They are not in any way final determinations or judgments. Mrs. Smith will now lead a team of experts to investigate more fully each case.

I know that for many people their trust in the Church has been shaken. I pray that the efforts of the Archdiocese to address these cases of concern and to re-evaluate our way of handling allegations will help rebuild that trust in truth and justice.

As we strive to move forward today, I wish to express again my sorrow for the sexual abuse of minors committed by any members of the Church, especially clergy. I am truly sorry for the harm done to the victims of sexual abuse, as well as to the members of our community who suffer as a result of this great evil and crime.

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Declaración Del Cardenal Justin Rigali En Cuanto A Las Ausencias Administrativas

March 8, 2011

Declaración del Cardenal Justin Rigali
en Cuanto a las Ausencias Administrativas


Estas han sido semanas difíciles desde la publicación del informe del Gran Jurado: difícil sobre todo para las víctimas de abuso sexual, pero también para todos los católicos y para todos en nuestra comunidad.

El informe del Gran Jurado, publicado el mes pasado por la Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito de Filadelfia, cuestiona la forma en que la Arquidiócesis maneja las denuncias de abuso sexual infantil y afirmó que hasta 37 sacerdotes permanecen en el ministerio ". . . después de que la Arquidiócesis se enteró de acusaciones o informes de sus comportamientos inadecuados o abuso sexual de menores" (Informe del Gran Jurado emitido el 10 de febrero del 2011).

Desde 2005, la Arquidiócesis ha trabajado muy duro y hemos creído que estábamos en el camino correcto, haciendo un progreso significativo en la protección de los niños y en la investigación y el manejo de las acusaciones de abuso. De hecho, la actual investigación de abuso sexual se inició como resultado de los informes de la Arquidiócesis a la Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito. El informe del 2011 del Gran Jurado, sin embargo, nos presentó grandes preocupaciones que demandan una respuesta firme.

Como arzobispo de Filadelfia, es mi responsabilidad responder a este informe de manera transparente. Estoy decidido a trabajar por una solución que aborde con eficacia este problema en la Iglesia y comparto con la Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito y el Gran Jurado el deseo de acabar definitivamente con las preocupaciones señaladas en el informe. Voy a seguir haciéndolo en colaboración con la Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito

Al examinar las preocupaciones del Gran Jurado, se hizo evidente que necesitábamos experiencia adicional e independiente en el lugar para evaluar las denuncias de abuso sexual. Es por eso que recurrí a un fiscal de abuso infantil veterano, Gina Smith Maisto, y le pidió que vuelva a examinar ambos, los casos de interés para el Gran Jurado y la forma en que la Arquidiócesis maneja las denuncias de abuso sexual de menores. Ella lleva 15 años de experiencia evaluando, investigando y enjuiciando acusaciones de abuso sexual infantil.

Su primer examen ha concluido, y he aceptado sus recomendaciones iniciales.

Trabajando para disipar las preocupaciones de la comunidad sobre la propiedad de los sacerdotes para servir y deseando asegurar que nuestros procesos son totalmente eficaces, ayer puse veintiún sacerdotes en ausencia administrativa, con efecto inmediato.
Estos se suman a los tres que fueron puestos en ausencia administrativa en febrero, después que se publicó el informe.

Mientras están en ausencia administrativa, ninguno de estos sacerdotes ejercitaré su ministerio públicamente.

Entre los casos restantes, cinco sacerdotes adicionales habráan sido sujetos a la ausencia administrativa. Sin embargo, uno ya estaba en excedencia y dos que son incapacitados no han estado en el ministerio activo. Otros dos ya no sirven en la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia y, ya que ambos son miembros de una orden religiosa, la Arquidiócesis ha notificado a los superiores de sus órdenes religiosas y a los obispos de las diócesis donde ellos residen.

Los restantes ocho sacerdotes no serón sujetos a la ausencia administrativa. Una revisión de estos casos por la señora Smith encontró que ninguna investigación adicional es justificada.

Quiero ser claro: Estas ausencias administrativas son medidas provisionales. No son en modo alguno las resoluciones definitivas o resoluciones judiciales. La señora Smith ahora liderará un equipo de expertos para investigar más a fondo cada caso.

Sé que para muchas personas su confianza en la Iglesia ha sido sacudida. Oro para que los esfuerzos de la Arquidiócesis para tratar estos casos de preocupación y de revaluar nuestra manera de tratar las acusaciones, ayuden a reconstruir esa confianza en la verdad y la justicia.

Mientras nos esforzamos por seguir adelante hoy, deseo expresar nuevamente mi dolor por el abuso sexual de menores cometidos por algunos miembros de la Iglesia, especialmente del clero. Realmente me siento muy triste por el daño causado a las víctimas de abuso sexual, así como a los miembros de nuestra comunidad que sufren como resultado de este gran mal y crimen.

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La Arquidiócesis De Filadelfia Coloca A 21 Sacerdotes En Ausencia Administrativa

March 8, 2011

LA ARQUIDIÓCESIS DE FILADELFIA
COLOCA A 21 SACERDOTES EN AUSENCIA ADMINISTRATIVA

El Cardenal Justin Rigali, Arzobispo de Filadelfia, ha anunciado hoy que ha colocado a 21 sacerdotes en ausencia administrativa. La acción sigue un examen inicial de los archivos mirando tanto la sustancia de las denuncias como el proceso por el cual las denuncias fueron examinadas. En cada caso el siguiente paso es una investigación independiente, exhaustiva.

El Cardenal Rigali dijo: "Estas han sido semanas difíciles desde la publicación del Informe del Gran Jurado: difícil sobre todo para las víctimas de abuso sexual, pero también para todos los católicos y para todos en nuestra comunidad.

"Mientras nos esforzamos por seguir adelante hoy, añadió el cardenal Rigali, deseo expresar nuevamente mi dolor por el abuso sexual de menores cometido por algunos miembros de la Iglesia, especialmente del clero. Realmente me siento muy triste por el daño causado a las víctimas de abuso sexual, así como a los miembros de nuestra comunidad que sufren como resultado de este gran mal y crimen."


El Informe del Gran Jurado identificó 37 casos de interés. Además de los 21 anunciados hoy, tres sacerdotes fueron puestos en ausencia administrativa después de que el informe fue publicado en febrero. Otros cinco habráan sido sujetos a la ausencia administrativa. Sin embargo, uno ya estaba en excedencia y dos que son incapacitados no han estado en el ministerio activo. Otros dos ya no sirven en la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia y, ya que ambos son miembros de una orden religiosa, la Arquidiócesis ha notificado a los superiores de sus órdenes religiosas y a los obispos de las diócesis donde residen.

Los restantes ocho sacerdotes no estarán sujetos a ausencia administrativa. El examen inicial independiente de estos casos encontró que ninguna investigación adicional es justificada.

Todos los 37 casos fueron sometidos a una revisión con el uso del Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Código de crímenes de Pensilvania), Charter for the Protection of Young People of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Carta para la protección de los jóvenes de la Conferencia Estadounidense de Obispos Católicos), y los Estándares de comportamiento ministerial y sus límites, de la Arquidiócesis. Los casos de aquellos en ausencia administrativa implican una gama de acusaciones del abuso sexual de un menor a cuestiones de límites con los menores

El Cardenal Rigali declaró: "Desde 2005, la Arquidiócesis ha trabajado muy duro y hemos creído que estábamos en el camino correcto, haciendo un progreso significativo en la protección de los niños y en la investigación y el manejo de las acusaciones de abuso. De hecho, la actual investigación de abuso sexual se inició como resultado de los informes de la Arquidiócesis a la Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito. El informe del 2011 del Gran Jurado, sin embargo, nos presentó grandes preocupaciones que demandan una respuesta firme".

Dentro de una semana de la publicación del Informe del Gran Jurado, la Arquidiócesis contratú a Gina Maisto Smith, una ex asistente del fiscal del distrito de Filadelfia, que ha procesado casos de abuso sexual de niños durante casi dos décadas. La señora Smith, socio de la firma de abogados Ballard Spahr, llevó a cabo una revisión inicial de los 37 casos de interés con la ayuda de su equipo y un psiquiatra forense.

"El cardenal Rigali me pidió que le ayudará a responder a las inquietudes planteadas en el Informe del Gran Jurado, dijo la señora Smith. Se me dio la libertad ilimitada para hacer una revisión a fondo con el pleno acceso a todos los archivos y documentos."

Las acciones del cardenal se basaron en las recomendaciones de la señora Smith. Ahora ella liderará un equipo de expertos para investigar más a fondo cada caso. Su equipo incluirá un pediatra reconocido a nivel nacional en el campo del abuso de niños, un psiquiatra forense y un psicologo, un experto de la comunidad de defensa de niños y otros expertos.

El Cardenal Rigali dijo: "Quiero ser claro: Estas ausencias administrativas son medidas provisionales. No son en modo alguno las resoluciones definitivas o resoluciones judiciales".

"Sé que para muchas personas su confianza en la Iglesia ha sido sacudida, declaró el cardenal. Oro para que los esfuerzos de la Arquidiócesis para tratar estos casos de preocupación y de revaluar nuestra manera de tratar las acusaciones, ayuden a reconstruir esa confianza en la verdad y la justicia".


Para obtener más información y para leer la declaración completa del cardenal Rigali, visite el sitio web de la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia en (Respuesta al Informe del Gran Jurado 2011).

El cardenal Rigali ha invitado a los fieles a unirse a él en la catedral para un Servico Penitencial, incluyendo las Estaciones de la Cruz, a las 7 p.m. el 11 de marzo del 2011, el primer viernes de cuaresma

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Homily Of Cardinal Justin Rigali Ash Wednesday Mass Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011

Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali
Ash Wednesday Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
March 9, 2011

Dear Friends in Christ,

In the life of the Church, Lent is all about facing the reality of sin in the light of the victory of Christ's Death and Resurrection.

Today, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, we gather together in the community of the Church, in the name of Jesus. We bow our heads in the spirit of repentance and humbly receive blessed ashes.

Each one of us knows that we are called to acknowledge sin in our lives. At every Mass we admit this reality. In the confiteor we say clearly: "I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do...."

Throughout the centuries of Christianity, Lent has always been a special time to acknowledge sin, to ask God's pardon, and to resolve-with His help-not to sin again. In Lent we express deep sorrow for having offended God and our neighbor as we strive to accept the Gospel invitation of Jesus to prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

The Church offers us today in our responsorial psalm the inspired words of King David that help us to formulate in our own hearts sentiments of personal sorrow for all our sins:

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
In the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.

For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
'Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.'

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.


We are all invited to join in the Church's plea: "Be merciful, Lord, for we have sinned."

With repentance for our sins we humbly and confidently ask the forgiveness of God, which comes to us through Christ. We also humbly ask the forgiveness of all those whom we have offended in any way. We likewise beg God to bring about reconciliation and healing in our community.

During this Lent we are especially conscious of the grave sins of sexual abuse committed against minors, in particular by members of the clergy. We experience the need to ask God's forgiveness repeatedly in our liturgy and to offer prayers of reparation for these sins and for all the sins of the world.

Once again, we renew our commitment to make every possible effort to prevent these evil acts and to protect children from harm.

In this spirit, as I announced yesterday, the Archdiocese is having re-examined, cases of concern to the Grand Jury about allegations of abuse of minors or boundary issues of some priests. We are likewise re-evaluating the way we handle allegations. The protection of children is paramount.

Whoever harms a child must remember the words of Jesus: "...it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea" (Mt 18:6).

On this Ash Wednesday, as we receive blessed ashes as the sign of our repentance for sin and our resolution to walk in the newness of Christian life, we express once again our sorrow to God for our sins and the sins of others. I personally renew my deep sorrow to the victims of sexual abuse in the community of the Church and to all others, including so many faithful priests, who suffer as a result of this great evil and crime. As priests and people we now begin together - united in Christ - our Lenten journey. This Lenten journey leads us to the Cross of Christ and then on to the victory of His Resurrection.

We are called to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we acknowledge His triumph over sin and death. We proclaim that it is only Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. It is He, Jesus, the crucified and risen Lord, who alone can conquer all evil and lead us to the joy of eternal life. Amen.


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Archdiocesan High School Students Participate In 14th Annual Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Student Art Exhibition

March 25, 2011

Archdiocesan High School Students Participate in
14th Annual Archdiocese of Philadelphia Student Art Exhibition

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host the 14th Annual Student Art Exhibition from March 26 to April 15 at La Salle University. More than 150 students from 18 Catholic high schools will have their worked judged by a panel from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Teachers from each participating school selected the art work they thought was best to exhibit. Students will be judged in the categories of drawing, painting, design, printmaking, computer-aided art, photography
mixed media/collage/mosaic, three-dimensional and ceramics. A first, second and third place award will be given in each category.

The high schools participating in the exhibit are Archbishop Ryan High School, Archbishop Wood High School, Bishop McDevitt High School, Bishop Shanahan High School, Cardinal O'Hara High School, Conwell-Egan High School, Father Judge High School for Boys, Holy Ghost Preparatory School, La Salle College High School, Lansdale Catholic High School, Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, Monsignor Bonner High School, Archbishop Prendergast High School, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Pope John Paul II High School, Roman Catholic High School, Saints John Neumann & Maria Goretti Catholic High School, Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls and West Philadelphia Catholic High School.

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


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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Places Two Retired Priests On Administrative Leave

March 30, 2011

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA PLACES
TWO RETIRED PRIESTS ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, today announced that he has placed two retired priests on administrative leave effective immediately. This action is a result of the continuing dialogue with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office following the Grand Jury Report issued February 10, 2011. In its ongoing response to concerns raised by the District Attorney's Office, the Archdiocese conducted an initial review which resulted in the administrative leave of the two priests pending a more thorough, independent investigation. Consistent with Cardinal Rigali's previous statement, these steps are interim measures and are not in any way final determinations or judgments.

Cardinal Rigali's actions today and on March 8th when he placed 21 priests on administrative leave were based upon recommendations by Gina Maisto Smith, a former child abuse prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office for nearly two decades. As previously announced Mrs. Smith, a partner at the law firm of Ballard Spahr, is conducting an initial review of cases of concern.

The cases of administrative leave will be more fully investigated by Mrs. Smith and a team of experts including a pediatrician with expertise in the field of child abuse, a forensic psychiatrist and psychologist, an expert from the child advocacy community and other experts.

Both of the priests placed on administrative leave today are retired and live in private residences. One retired in 2005 and due to health reasons is not currently serving in any public ministry. The other priest retired in 2006 and has assisted at parishes in another diocese. The Bishop of the Diocese where he resides has been informed.

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Martelli, Dunphy, And Abramowicz To Headline Men's Spirituality Conference

April 7, 2011

MARTELLI, DUNPHY, AND ABRAMOWICZ TO HEADLINE MEN'S SPIRITUALITY CONFERENCE

Phil Martelli, Fran Dunphy, and Danny Abramowicz will be the keynote speakers at the Third Annual Men's Spirituality Conference hosted by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on

Saturday, April 9, 2011
8:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Archbishop Ryan High School
11201 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia,will celebrate the Closing Mass at 4:00 p.m.
The Conference is an opportunity for Catholic men to gather and strengthen one another as they grow in commitment to their faith so that they may more effectively serve their families and the Church.

Phil Martelli is Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Saint Joseph's University, a graduate of Saint Joseph's Preparatory School and Widener University and is the author of Don't Call Me a Coach: A Lesson Plan for Life. Fran Dunphy is Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Temple University, on the faculty of Temple's Fox School of Business, and serves on the National Committee of Coaches vs. Cancer. Danny Abramowicz is a former wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers, author of Spiritual Workout of a Former Saint and host of EWTN's "Crossing the Goal."

Other presenters include: Most Reverend John J. McIntyre, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Mr. Brian Gail, author of Fatherless; Mr. Ronald Landfair, Director of Multicultural Evangelization, Diocese of Lansing; Reverend Chris Walsh, pastor, St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish; and Mr. Mark Houck and Mr. David D'Nuzzo, Catholic Men's Ministry The King's Men.

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Editor's Note: For more information please visit www.mscphila.org.

Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

La Arquidiócesis De Filadelfia Coloca A Dos Sacerdotes Jubilados Bajo Ausencia Administrativa

March 30, 2011

LA ARQUIDIÓCESIS DE FILADELFIA COLOCA A
DOS SACERDOTES JUBILADOS BAJO AUSENCIA ADMINISTRATIVA

Cardenal Justin Rigali, arzobispo de Filadelfia, anunció hoy que ha colocado a dos sacerdotes jubilados en ausencia administrativa con efecto inmediato. Esta acción es el resultado de la continuación del diálogo con la Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito de Filadelfia después del informe del Gran Jurado publicado el 10 de febrero del 2011. En su respuesta continua a las preocupaciones expresadas por la Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito, la Arquidiócesis llevó a cabo un examen inicial que dio como resultado la ausencia administrativa de los dos sacerdotes pendiente una investigación independiente más a fondo. De conformidad con la declaración anterior del cardenal Rigali, estos pasos son medidas provisionales y en ninguna forma resoluciones definitivas o judiciales.

Las acciones del cardenal Rigali hoy y el 8 de marzo cuando él colocó 21 sacerdotes en ausencia administrativa están basadas en recomendaciones por Gina Maisto Smith, un antiguo fiscal de abuso de niños de la Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito de Filadelfia durante casi dos décadas. Como anteriormente anunciado la señora Smith, un socio en el bufete de Ballard Spahr, está realizando un examen inicial de los casos de preocupación.

Los casos de ausencia administrativa serán investigados más plenamente por la señora Smith y un equipo de expertos, incluyendo un pediatra con experiencia en el campo de abuso infantil, un psiquiatra forense y psicólogo, un experto de la comunidad de defensa del niño y otros expertos.

Ambos sacerdotes colocados en ausencia administrativa hoy son jubilados y viven en residencias privadas. Uno se retiró en el 2005 y debido a motivos de salud no sirve actualmente en ningún ministerio público. El otro sacerdote se retiró en el 2006 y ha asistido en parroquias en otra diócesis. El obispo de la diócesis donde él reside ha sido informado.

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Donna M. Farrell
Directadora de Comunicaciones
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali Urges Prayers, Support For The People Of Japan ó

April 14, 2011

CARDINAL RIGALI URGES PRAYERS, SUPPORT
FOR THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, is asking all 267 parishes in the five-county Archdiocese to include prayers for the people of Japan at Masses during the Easter season and to consider taking up a special collection to support humanitarian efforts currently underway overseas. These actions are expressions of solidarity with the people of Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami as well as the current crisis surrounding its nuclear power facilities.

Cardinal Rigali said, "At this time of destruction and loss of life in the country of Japan, I urge all of the faithful in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to pray for those who have died and who continue to suffer physical and mental anguish as a result of the devastation. My sympathy and heartfelt compassion are with the people of Japan as well as the local Japanese community."

Relief efforts to assist the most vulnerable and support the Japanese Church in its ongoing mission of compassion are being led by Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Japan. All proceeds collected within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be forwarded directly to these organizations. Direct donations can be made by individuals online at www.crs.org/japan.


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Editor's Note: Catholic Relief Services (www.crs.org) is the official overseas relief agency of the United States Catholic Bishops. It operated on five continents and in over 90 countries, including Japan. Caritas Japan (www.caritas.jp/english/index.html) is the official humanitarian organization of the Japanese Catholic Conference.

Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

<c>media Advisory Moving Forward In Faith: Renewing Our Commitment To Victim Assistance, Child Protection, And The Integrity Of The Priesthood Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Issues First In A Series Of Informational Bulletin Inserts To The Faithful.</c>

April 15, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY

Moving Forward in Faith: Renewing Our Commitment to Victim Assistance, Child Protection, and the Integrity of the Priesthood

Archdiocese of Philadelphia issues first in a series of informational bulletin inserts to the faithful.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has released the first in a periodic series of bulletin inserts to parishes. The insert was provided to all 268 parishes and published on the Archdiocesan website. All inserts will focus on action steps the Archdiocese has taken to assist victims, advance the protection of children, and ensure the integrity of the Priesthood.

The initial document provided information about priests on administrative leave, those indicted by the Grand Jury, and the Delegate for Investigations.

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Editor's Note: For a copy of the bulletin insert please visit http://bit.ly/AOPBulletin1

Contact
Donna M. Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

News Release From The Office Of Catholic Education (corrected Employment History Information) Regarding The Arrest Of Mr. Francis Murphy, Athletic Director For Archbishop Carroll High School

April 18, 2011

News Release from the Office of Catholic Education
(Corrected Employment History Information)
Regarding the Arrest of Mr. Francis Murphy, Athletic Director
for Archbishop Carroll High School

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has received notice that Mr. Francis Murphy, Athletic Director for Archbishop John Carroll High School, was arrested by the Montgomery County District Attorney's office and charged with unlawful contact with minors and corruption of minors.

Mr. Murphy is now on administrative leave, which means he is relieved of all duties related to his employment within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has been athletic director at Archbishop Carroll since 1999, where he began his coaching career in 1993, and has most recently served as the boys' baseball coach and offensive coordinator of the football team. He previously served as the boys' baseball coach and assistant football coach at Kennedy-Kenrick High School from 1996 to 1998. All of the required criminal background checks and child abuse clearances were in place.

School administrators sent a letter via e-mail to school families today informing them of the arrest. "The letter conveyed to parents how troubling this news is for the members of our school community," said Ms. Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "It also reaffirmed our pledge to parents that the prevention of child abuse and protection of children is our primary concern."

The Office of Catholic Education of 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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Editor's Note: For more information about resources available to parents please visit Creating a Network of Prevention and Protection at http://bit.ly/OCEPreventionandProtection.

Contact
Donna M. Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Aviso A La Prensa Avanzando En La Fe: Renovando Nuestro Compromiso De Asistencia A Las víctimas, La Protección De Los Niños Y La Integridad Del Sacerdocio. La Arquidiócesis De Filadelfia Emite La Primera De Una Serie De Hojas Informativas Insertadas En El Boletín Para Los Fieles.

April 15, 2011

AVISO A LA PRENSA

Avanzando en la fe: Renovando nuestro compromiso de asistencia a las víctimas, la protección de los niños y la integridad del sacerdocio.

La Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia emite la primera de una serie de hojas informativas
insertadas en el boletín para los fieles.

La Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia ha emitido la primera de una serie periódica de hojas informativas insertadas en el boletín de las parroquias. La hoja informativa se envió a todas las 268 parroquias y ha sido publicada en el sitio web de la Arquidiócesis. Toda la información se centrará en los pasos de acción que la Arquidiócesis ha tomado para ayudar a las víctimas, promover la Protección de los niños, y asegurar la integridad del sacerdocio.

El documento inicial ofrece información acerca de los sacerdotes en ausencia administrativa, las personas acusadas por el Gran Jurado, y el Delegado para las Investigaciones.


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Nota del editor: Para más información, por favor, visite www.archphila.org.

Contact
Donna M. Farrell
Directora de Comunicaciones
215-587-3747

Holy Week And Easter Masses Holy Thursday Through Easter Sunday April 21, 2011 - April 24, 2011

April 19, 2011

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER MASSES
Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday
April 21, 2011 - April 24, 2011

HOLY THURSDAY CHRISM MASS - April 21st - 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 principal 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 and broadcast on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM.

HOLY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER - April 21st - 5:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the principal 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 Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. (no mult-box feed)

GOOD FRIDAY - April 22nd - 3:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the principal celebrant and homilist at the Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, commemorating the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. The traditional veneration of the cross, led by Cardinal Rigali, will take place during the liturgy. (no mult-box feed)

GOOD FRIDAY WAY OF THE CROSS - April 22nd - 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 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 beginning at 6:30 p.m. to bring participants to the Seminary. The media contact for Way of the Cross is Dan Skalski, Communications and Promotions Specialist, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, 609-335-0714. (no mult-box feed)

HOLY SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL - April 23rd - 8:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Justin Rigali is the principal 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 2011, over 800 new Catholics will be welcomed into the Church.
(no mult-box feed)

EASTER SUNDAY MASS - April 24th - 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 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 remain clear 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.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Pope John Paul Ii Regional Catholic Elementary School To Celebrate Pope's Beatification

May 5, 2011

Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic Elementary School
to Celebrate Pope's Beatification

Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic Elementary School in West Brandywine, Chester County, is celebrating the Beatification of Pope John Paul II with a special Mass and day of festivities on

May 6, 20011
9:30 AM Mass
Saint Peter Church
2835 Manor Road West Brandywine, PA 19320

1:15 PM Presentation on the Life of Blessed John Paul II
Pope John Paul II Regional Elementary School Gymnasium
2875 Manor Road, West Brandywine, PA 19320


Toward the end of Mass, students will sing an original song composed in memory of Pope Blessed John Paul II based on his Be Not Afraid message, titled Crossing the Threshold of Hope.


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Editor's Note: Pope John Paul II Regional Elementary School serves the Coatesville area serving over 600 students in grades K-8. The student body is composed of children from the fallowing parishes: Saint Cecilia, Saint Joseph, Saint Peter, Saint Stanislaus Kostka, and Our Lady of the Rosary.

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

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

May 5, 2011

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

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 or more years from Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties
Sunday, May 15, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Couples married 50 or more years from Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties and for couples married 25 or more years from all counties
Sunday, May 15, 2011
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 not be a mult-box feed provided for either of the anniversary Masses. Television cameras 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 remain clear of the center aisles at all times.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Bishop Michael Fitzgerald To Celebrate Mass And Recognize Over 150 Catholics In Youth Ministry At Awards Ceremony

May 5, 2011

BISHOP MICHAEL FITZGERALD TO CELEBRATE MASS
AND RECOGNIZE OVER 150 CATHOLICS IN YOUTH MINISTRY AT AWARDS CEREMONY

The Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, who administers the Office for Youth and Young Adults (OYYA), will be the celebrant and homilist for Mass honoring approximately 165 Catholics who have provided outstanding service and leadership in youth and young adult ministry within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on: Bishop Fitzgerald will present awards after Mass.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
7:00 p.m. Mass
Awards Ceremony to follow Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia first held its Recognition Celebration in 1965, presented by the Department of Youth Activities (now the Office for Youth and Young Adults). It is a celebration that is designed to honor and recognize outstanding men and women in the field of youth ministry. The awards are the highest form of recognition from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry. Students are eligible to receive The St. Timothy Award; parish youth ministers are eligible to receive The Companions on the Journey Award. The Companions on the Journey Award is also presented in honor of Bill O'Neill to athletic ministers, coaches or parish athletic directors. In Philadelphia, we also present The Blessed Frassati Award recognizing adults who exemplify the best attributes of Catholic teaching in young adult ministry.

More detail on each award follows:

The St. Timothy Award, (formerly known as the Eagle of the Cross) the highest recognition from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry, is presented to junior or senior high school young men or women for outstanding leadership and service to their parish and community. In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Parish Youth Ministry and Community Service Corps present the St. Timothy award at their respective recognition ceremonies.

Criteria:
- Lives as a disciple of Christ, setting a positive example for other youth
- Witnesses to his or her faith by exhibiting Catholic morals and integrity
- Demonstrates Gospel values through service to others
- Exhibits Christian leadership in parish, school, and/or community settings

The Companions on the Journey Award, (formerly known as the For God and Youth Award) the highest recognition from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry, is presented to adults who exemplify the best attributes of ministry and Catholic teaching to youth.

Criteria:
- Excellence in Youth Ministry as reflected in Renewing the Vision, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Document regarding Youth Ministry
- Commitment to on-going education and formation
- Longevity in ministry
- Commitment to young people
- Outstanding leadership at the parish level

The Bill O'Neill award is presented to coaches or parish athletic directors who exemplify the best attributes of coaching and Catholic teaching to young athletes. The award is recognized nationally as the Companions on the Journey award (formerly known as the For God and Youth Award). This award is presented in honor of Mr. Bill O'Neill, who began his dedication to serving youth through the CYO in the late 1950's. He continued onward for 35 years holding different positions for St. Matthew Parish's CYO and Region 1 CYO Athletics, such as Coach, Commissioner, and Assistant Athletic Director for the Archdiocesan Athletic Ministry Office. Mr. O'Neill always displayed a positive attitude and Christ-like spirit while working with youth. His dedication to the involvement of young people in the parish community through athletics is a cornerstone for the wonderful program that we enjoy today.

The Blessed Frassati Award recognizes adults who exemplify the best attributes of Catholic teaching in young adult ministry.

Criteria:
- Excellence in Young Adult Ministry as reflected in Sons and Daughters of the Light, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Document regarding Young Adult Ministry
- Commitment to on-going education and formation
- Outstanding leadership at the parish level

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Editor's Note: Fore more information about the Mass and the Recognition Ceremony please visit the OYYA website, www.oyya.org. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Maria Richardson at 215-965-4625 or mrichard@adphila.org.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass For More Than 150 Students At 32nd Annual Honors Convocation

May 5, 2011

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS FOR MORE THAN
150 STUDENTS AT 32nd ANNUAL HONORS CONVOCATION

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass to mark the 32nd Annual Academic Honors Convocation at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

"We celebrate these students who are living testaments of the mission of Catholic education for they have been formed and informed in the Catholic faith," said Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "Each of these students has worked to reach their academic potential through the blessing of Catholic education."

Students named a distinguished scholar must be in the top three percent of their graduating senior class, according to the cumulative rank at the end of the first semester of their senior year. This year, 163 students from Archdiocesan and private Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will receive this prestigious honor.

2011 ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA ACADEMIC SCHOLARS


Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast High School
Jacqueline M. Ronayne
Bridget E. Golato
Ingrid M. Fitzgerald
Angelica D. Cervantes
Kaitlyn A. Barney
Christopher T. Logue
Kevin J. Proska
Mark F. D'Imperio
Clay V. McDermott
Ryan J. Letts

Archbishop Carroll High School
Patrick S. Shank
Emily A. Turner
Mary E. Petrone
Kathryn M. Corbett
Stephanie A. Ritter
Michael G. Mattox
Andrew D. Brouwers

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
Cullen R. O'Donnell
Jillian C. Adair
Noel Sarachilli
Julia M. Wojcik
David M. Frankowski
Victoria M. Mahon
Christine M. Farinella

John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School
Ashley L. Morrison
Caitlin M. McHale
Isabella Fidanza
Sarah E. DeSimone

St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls
Jessica K. Eng
Lindsey N. Stasiorowski
Sarah KellyRose Howshall
Lisa Robbins
Alyssa Marie Kelly
Kathryn Mallon
Molly Susan King

Father Judge High School for Boys
Zachary R. Birney
John J. Herbut
Genti Shatri
Eric C. Murray
Damien J. Turchi
Roberto R. Somers
Shawn P. Walls
James E. Long
Andrew J. Milczarek
Matthew M. Higgins

Lansdale Catholic High School
Ewa M. Protasiuk
Shannon D. Gallen
Amanda M. Curry
Kelsey M. Duggan
Emily A. Mattucci
Elizabeth A. Grater
Victoria E. Gawel

Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls
Madeleine E. Walsh
Kimberly A. Goldstein
Devon A. Aleszczyk
Marilena Martinez
Sarah Crothers
Danielle C. Pell

Bishop McDevitt High School
Evan T. Innes
Maylyn G. Jamil
Veronica E. Brandley
Melissa A. Rivera
Emily Ann DiCicco
Morgan R. DiNardo
Mindy E. Hair
Joshua M. Zalot

Ss. John Neumann-Maria Goretti Catholic High School
Stephanie Kelly
Julianna Pakstis
Anita Ting
Gabriela Mastero
Nathalie Franzini-Hidalgo
Dina Pakstis

Cardinal O'Hara High School
Christopher N. Bachman
Bridget C. Backer
Nina Chacko
Natalie Daher
Nicole R. Daly
Jillian Heagerty
Meghan Johanna Hotz
Audrey T. Keller
James Patrick Kelly
Mark J. Machcinski
Morgan Frances Simmons
Alexandra M. Westby

Pope John Paul II High School
Michael I. Gallagher
William E. Green
Mary Kathryn Kline
Thomas Mandracchia
David M. Nagel
Meghan Orner
Christopher A. Rapp

Roman Catholic High School for Boys
Ton Lim
David Ha
James Thomas Brighter
Xu Zhang
Jacob Bridy
Michael Boyce
Richard Joseph Barnett

Archbishop Ryan High School
Kevin Morrison
Eric Kutschera
Kirra M. Kimbrell
Kurt T. Payne
Nicholas Joseph DelBuono
Mark Peter Menkevich
Rachel Rosenzweig
Andrew Thomas Schwab
Andrew M. DeSanto
Sean David Bones
Katherine Smith
Katherine Beer
Kristina Ignasiak
Michael A. Lento
Gabrielle K. Parkes

Bishop Shanahan High School
Lily A. Quiroz
Katherine A. Fetscher
Elena C. Brindley
Lauren M. Hricik
Joseph R. Brady
Brian W. Goddard
Amanda A. Helker
Rebecca F. Krall
Laura V. Allan

West Philadelphia Catholic High School
Summer Rose Horan
Tony Tran
Haven Ogbaselase
Christopher Waters

Archbishop Wood High School
Caitlin R. Walsh
Catherine F. Rossbach
Paul J. Miller
Matthew E. Tofani
Jennifer L. Whelan
Katherine A. Boligitz
Michael P. Trodden
Kevin J. Anderson

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur
Holly S. Flynn
Emily Marie Hallinan

Devon Preparatory School
Harry G. Crimi
Nicholas A. Pancerella

Gwynedd-Mercy Academy High School
Kathleen Marie Mullins
Adriana Lucia Garcia
Brianne J. Lazevnick

Holy Ghost Preparatory School
Christopher G. Doherty
Sean W. Dooling
Timothy M. Lazor

La Salle College High School
Andrew G. Biaesch
Christopher J. Dearolf
Daniel R. Ezzo
Nicholas J. Frazzette
Kevin P. Gillespie
Dominic S. Mirabile
Brendan P. Stone

Mercy Vocational High School
Sean E. Bucher
Connie Y. Chung

Merion Mercy Academy
Elizabeth C. McCarthy-Alfano
Shannon N. Radomski

Mount Saint Joseph Academy
Samantha Anne Arena
Evelyn Ann Flashner
Carly Ann Frederick
Theresa Kelly Geruson

Nazareth Academy High School
Kimberly Malmrose Feeney
Elizabeth Nancy Feeney
Victoria Ann Wiseman
Natalia Ann Susul

St. Basil Academy
Michelle C. Morelli
Christine T. Saraco
Kelsey A. Devlin

St. Joseph's Preparatory
Gregory M. Chatzinoff
Ryan J. Dempsey
Christopher Jones
Kevin E. Melone
Christopher J. Mulvey
Kevin M. Savage
Adam V. Walsh

Villa Maria Academy High School
Emily Coccia
Christina Zecca

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

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Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Kicks-off Catholic Charities Appeal May 7, 2010 - May 31, 2011

May 6, 2011

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA KICKS-OFF
CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL
May 7, 2010 - May 31, 2011

The annual Catholic Charities Appeal: Open Your Heart, Open a Door begins across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Sunday, May 7, 2011 and continues throughout the month of May.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, reflected on the following in his annual Catholic Charities Appeal's Letter:

"I continue to be impressed on a daily basis by the corporal and spiritual works of our clergy, the men and women religious and laity who tirelessly serve the people of Greater Philadelphia. Our Church has an extraordinary commitment in providing for the poor, addressing parish needs, enhancing our children's religious, elementary and high school education and supporting the many other good works of our Archdiocese. We have built an attentive, faithful ministry of services that provide hope to hundreds of thousands of people every year."

The Catholic Charities Appeal dates to 1912 when the first Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Charities was established in Philadelphia by then-Archbishop Edmond F. Prendergast. The Catholic Charities Appeal supports:

Catholic Human Services

The Catholic Charities Appeal provides major funding for Archdiocesan programs and agencies within Catholic Human Services, which encompasses nearly 100 sites across the five-county Philadelphia region. Four divisions - Catholic Social Services, Catholic Health Care Services, Nutritional Development Services, and the Office for Community Development - together fulfill the social mission of the Church by feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, protecting and nurturing neglected children and at-risk youth, healing and strengthening families, caring for the elderly, and building safer communities united in their concern for the common good. The divisions of Catholic Human Services embraces God's people in their time of need providing services without distinction to race, color, or creed.

Catholic Education

The Catholic Charities Appeal will provide nearly half the operational costs of the four schools of special education within the Archdiocesan school system and financially support many of the staff and programs provided by the Office for Youth and Young Adults.

Skilled Care for Elderly and Infirm Priests

The Catholic faithful have always been loyal supporters of the priests who have baptized and taught their children, preached the Gospel, presided at their weddings, comforted them in their sufferings, forgiven their sins and celebrated the Eucharist. The Catholic Charities Appeal will provide much needed funds for skilled care to those priests who have given their lives in service to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Evangelization

The Catholic Charities Appeal provides funding to the Family Life Office and the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese in an effort to assist Cardinal Rigali in strengthening the bonds of the Catholic faith throughout the region.

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Editor's Note: For information about The Catholic Charities Appeal please contact 215-587-3651 or visit www.catholiccharitiesappeal.org.





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Jhoselyn Martinez
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Catholic Social Services Volunteer Named Finalist For National Award

May 9, 2011

Catholic Social Services Volunteer Named Finalist
for National Award

Marion Slack, the 88 year-old founder of Mary's Cupboard, was one of the top ten finalists for the Catholic Charities USA 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award. Mary's Cupboard is a food distribution ministry, which has been based at the Family Services Center of Catholic Social Services in Levittown, Bucks County, for the past 35 years.

Mr. Joseph J. Sweeney, Secretary for Catholic Human Services, responded to the news by saying:

"Marion exemplifies a true servant leader whose good example of faithful service has led many others to do likewise. She bears witness to the compassion of Jesus Christ, and we are grateful to her and her co-workers in Mary's Cupboard for their vital partnership of more than 25 years in providing help and creating hope for those in need."

Ms. Slack was chosen as a finalist for her continuous commitment to feeding the hungry. In addition to the usual canned and dry foods stocked by most food cupboards, Mary's Cupboard also distributes fresh meat, eggs and dairy products. She coordinates 61 volunteers from local parish communities as well as other Christian churches.

She is featured on the CCUSA website http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/volunteers#3 and will also be profiled in the June CCUSA Charities Magazine issue.

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Editors Note: Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is one of the largest private non-profit providers of social services in Southeastern Pennsylvania. For volunteering opportunities, please call 215-854-7058, or email cssvolunteers@chs-adphila.org.

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Jhoselyn Martinez
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Cardinal Rigali To Bless Saint Leonie Aviat Statue And Celebrate Mass At Saint Bernadette Parish In Drexel Hill

May 12, 2011

CARDINAL RIGALI TO BLESS SAINT LEONIE AVIAT STATUE
AND CELEBRATE MASS AT SAINT BERNADETTE PARISH IN DREXEL HILL

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will bless the Saint Leonie Aviat Statue and celebrate Mass at Saint Bernadette Parish in Delaware County on

Saturday, May 14, 2011
4:30 p.m.
1035 Turner Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026


The recently completed full size bronze statue was commissioned by the parish commemorating the miracle that took place nearly 20 years ago, when a then young parishioner, Bernadette McKenzie, and student of Saint Bernadette Parish School was cured of a debilitating spinal condition through Mother Aviat's intercession.

Saint Bernadette Parish School was administered by the Oblate Sister of Saint Francis de Sales, the order founded by Mother Aviat. When Bernadette became ill, the Oblate Sisters began a Novena to Mother Aviat praying for a cure for Bernadette. On the third day of the novena, Bernadette began to feel better. After questioning by the medical, canonical and theological experts, Pope John Paul II decreed that Bernadette's healing was attributed to the intercession of Mother Aviat. The decree was the last major step needed for her canonization. Mother Aviat became Saint Leonie Aviat on November 25, 2001 in a ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

For more information about the Saint Leonie Aviat Statue please contact Father John Kelly, Pastor of Saint Bernadette Parish at 610-789-7676. To view images of the Saint Leonie Statue please visit http://www.st-bernadette.org/St_Leonie_Aviat.asp.

Information on the Artist:
Artist Olga Nielsen born in Russia and studied at the Moscow School of Fine Arts and the Moscow Textile Institute, Department of Applied Arts and Design. Ms. Nielsen now resides in Delaware and was commissioned to create the life-size bronze statue.

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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Cardinal Rigali To Ordain Three Men To The Priesthood

May 17, 2011

CARDINAL RIGALI TO ORDAIN
THREE MEN TO THE PRIESTHOOD

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

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


The Rite of Ordination will take place during Mass following Cardinal Rigali's homily. In late May, 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. Kenneth C. Brabazon; Rev. Mr. David M. Friel; and Rev. Mr. Christopher P. Landis.

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.

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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Meredith Wilson
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Kenneth C. Brabazon, Jr To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 17, 2011

KENNETH C. BRABAZON, JR TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Kenneth C. Brabazon, 26, son of Carmel C.B. Brabazon and the late Mr. Kenneth C. Brabazon, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 21, 2011
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 Philadelphia, PA. Rev. Mr. Brabazon has been serving as deacon at Saints Peter and Paul in East Goshen, Chester County. He attended Saint Barnabas Parish School (1999) Philadelphia, Saint John Neumann High School (2003) Philadelphia, and earned his Bachelor of Arts (2007), Master of Divinity (2010) and his Master of Arts (2011) degrees from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father Brabazon will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 22, 2011
3:00 p.m.
Saint Barnabas Church
6300 Buist Avenue
Philadelphia


The homilist is Reverend John Babowitch. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor Daniel Kutys; Reverend Monsignor Michael Magee; and Reverend Michael Olivere. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Richard James (Diocese of Allentown), and Deacon Joseph Cella.

There are three men from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the Class of 2011. 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 Brabazon electronically, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 610-785-6231 or dskalski@adphila.org.

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Dan Skalksi
Communications/Promotions Coordinator
610-785-6219

David M. Friel To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 17, 2011

DAVID M. FRIEL TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. David M. Friel, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. John and Patricia Friel, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 21, 2011
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 Furlong, PA. Rev. Mr. Friel has been serving as deacon at Saint Anthony of Padua, Ambler, Montgomery County. He attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary School (1999) Doylestown; Archbishop Wood High School (2003) Warminster; and earned his Bachelor of Arts ( 2007), Master of Divinity (2010) and Master of Arts (2011) at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father Friel will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 22, 2011
2:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
235 East State Street
Doylestown, Bucks County


The homilist is Reverend Patrick J. Welsh. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor Charles H. Hagan; Reverend Monsignor Stephen P. McHenry; Reverend Monsignor Joseph G. Prior; and Reverend Charles Zlock. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Brian Wayne and Deacon George V. Corwell.
There are three men from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the Class of 2011. 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 Friel electronically, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 610-785-6231 or dskalski@adphila.org.

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Dan Skalski
Communications/Promotions Coordinator
610-785-6219

Christopher P. Landis To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 17, 2011

CHRISTOPHER P. LANDIS TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Christopher P. Landis, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond and Winifred Landis, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 21, 2011
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 Phoenixville, PA. Rev. Mr. Landis has been serving as deacon at Saint Andrew Parish, Newtown, Bucks County. He attended East Pikeland Elementary School (1996) Phoenixville, Phoenixville Middle School (1999) Phoenixville, St. Pius X High School (2003) Pottstown, and earned his Bachelor of Arts (2007), Master of Divinity (2010) and his Master of Arts (2011) degrees from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Father Landis will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 22, 2011
2:30 p.m.
Saint Basil the Great
Kimberton Road at Route 113
Kimberton, Chester County


The homilist is Reverend Monsignor Michael C. Picard. Concelebrants include Reverend Gary T. Pacitt and Reverend Joseph W. Bongard. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Thomas P. Whittingham and Deacon Edward E. Duess.

There are three men from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the Class of 2011. 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 Landis electronically, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 610-785-6231 or dskalski@adphila.org.

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Dan Skalski
Communications/Promotions Coordinator
610-785-6219

Archdiocesan Elementary School Students Excel In National Math Competition Award Ceremony Honors Winners Of First In Math Competition

May 19, 2011

ARCHDIOCESAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
EXCEL IN NATIONAL MATH COMPETITION

Award Ceremony Honors Winners of First In Math Competition


Students in 112 parish schools throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have received recognition for their excellent performance in an eight-month long national math competition, First In Math. The online competition is designed to help students in grades K-8 practice math skills at all levels. Participants included public, private, and parochial students.

"We could not be more proud of the way our schools and our students have performed in this year's First In Math competition; these are stellar results" said Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "This level of achievement is testament to the endless dedication of our teachers and the enthusiasm and commitment of our parents and students."

The Office of Catholic Education will present awards to the students on

Wednesday, May, 25, 2011
1:00 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall
819 Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128


On the national level, 5,000 schools competed in First In Math this year. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools make up one fifth of the schools that ranked in the top 100 in the nation. Three of the top 10 and 21 of the top 100 come from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Of the 1.2 million students who competed, six Archdiocesan students from five different schools ranked among the top 100 individuals in the country.

At the local level, 1,000 Pennsylvania schools competed. 36 parish elementary schools from the Archdiocese finished in the top 100 state-wide.

Archdiocesan Schools Nationally Ranked in the Top 10:


Delaware County:
- Saint Pius X Parish School, Broomall (Rank: 3rd)

Montgomery County:
- Immaculate Conception Parish School, Jenkintown (Rank: 8th)

Bucks County:

- Saint Charles Borromeo Parish School, Bensalem (Rank: 7th)
- Saint Ephrem Parish School, Bensalem (Rank: 35th)
- Saint Agnes-Sacred Heart Parish School, Hilltown (Rank: 52nd)
- Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School, Southampton (Rank: 91st)

Chester County:

- Saints Philip and James Parish School, Exton (Rank: 48th)
- Villa Maria Academy, Immaculata (Rank: 97th)

Delaware County:

- Saint Pius X Parish School, Broomall (Rank: 3rd)
- Saint Laurence Parish School, Upper Darby (Rank: 18th)
- Saint Dorothy Parish School, Drexel Hill (Rank: 36th)
- Saint Mary Magdalen Parish School, Media (Rank: 88th)

Montgomery County:

- Immaculate Conception Parish School, Jenkintown (Rank: 8th)
- Saint Rose of Lima Parish School, North Wales (Rank: 23rd)
- Good Shepherd Regional Catholic School, Ardsley (Rank: 60th)

Philadelphia:

- Saint Martin of Tours Parish School (Rank: 19th)
- Saint Laurentius Parish School (Rank: 46th)
- Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School (Rank: 47th)
- Saint Raymond of Peñafort Parish School (Rank: 85th)
- Saint William Parish School (Rank: 90th)
- Holy Child School (Rank: 98th)
- Saint Anselm Parish School (Rank: 99th)
- Saint Francis DeSales Parish School (Rank: 100th)


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Editor's Note: For more information about schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Media Advisory Moving Forward In Faith: Renewing Our Commitment To Victim Assistance, Child Protection, And The Integrity Of The Priesthood Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Issues The Third In A Series Of Informational Bulletin Inserts To The Faithful

May 24, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY

Moving Forward in Faith: Renewing Our Commitment to Victim Assistance, Child Protection, and the Integrity of the Priesthood

Archdiocese of Philadelphia issues the third in a series of informational bulletin inserts to the faithful

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has released the third in a periodic series of bulletin inserts to all 268 parishes and published it on the Archdiocesan website (www.archphila.org).

All inserts focus on action steps being taken to assist victims, advance the protection of children, and ensure the integrity of the Priesthood.

The recently released document provides information about victim assistance efforts in the Archdiocese from 2002 to the present.



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Editor's Note: For a copy of the bulletin insert please visit http://bit.ly/AOPBulletin3.

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Donna M. Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Blessed Teresa Of Calcutta Parish Breaks Ground For New Church

May 26, 2011

BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA PARISH
BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW CHURCH


Most Reverend Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia will preside over a Blessing of the Grounds Ceremony and Groundbreaking for the new Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish Church on

Saturday, May 28, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church
256 Swamp Pike
Schwenksville, PA 19473 (Limerick, Montgomery County)


Bishop Thomas and Reverend Paul C. Brandt, Pastor, will be joined by officials from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, and Limerick Township.

On July 1, 2006, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia established Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish after consolidation of Saint Peter Parish in Pottstown and Saint Clare Parish in Linfield. Mass is currently celebrated in the gymnasium of the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish Education Center. The new church is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2012.

The new Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church will incorporate religious artifacts from Saint Boniface Church and Saint Clement Church, both formerly located in Philadelphia. A thirty-seven foot high curare marble altar from Saint Boniface Church, dating to 1910, is the central focus of the design of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church. Along with the marble altar, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will preserve the carved mahogany pipe organ and classically detailed wood confessionals from Saint Boniface. Additionally, 19th century Bavarian stained glass windows will be incorporated into the Church. The windows were originally located in Saint Clement Church and were fashioned by the renowned Myers Studios in Germany.

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Editor's Note: For more information please call Father Paul Brandt at 215-651-4554. For pictures and a history of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish visit http://bit.ly/BlessedTeresaCalcuttaParish

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Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop Of Philadelphia, Regarding Devastation In Joplin, Missouri

May 26, 2011

STATEMENT OF CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI, ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA,
REGARDING DEVASTATION IN JOPLIN, MISSOURI

"I have carefully watched developments in the aftermath of the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, last Sunday with deep concern. At this time of destruction and loss of life, I urge all of the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to pray for those who have died as well as those who suffer mental and physical anguish as a result of this tragedy. My sympathy and heartfelt compassion are with the community of Joplin and I pray that God may grant its people courage, wisdom, and fortitude as they seek to emerge and rebuild their lives, homes, and businesses."


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Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
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Aviso A La Prensa Avanzando En La Fe: Renovando Nuestro Compromiso De Asistencia A Las víctimas, La Protección Del Niño Y La Integridad Del Sacerdocio La Arquidiócesis De Filadelfia Emite La Tercera De Una Serie De Hojas Informativas Insertadas En El Boletín Para Los Fieles

May 24, 2011

AVISO A LA PRENSA

Avanzando en la fe: Renovando nuestro compromiso de asistencia a las víctimas, la protección del niño y la integridad del sacerdocio

La Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia emite la tercera de una serie de hojas informativas insertadas en el boletín para los fieles

La Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia ha emitido la tercera de una serie periódica de hojas de boletín insertadas en los boletines de todas las 268 parroquias y publicadas en el sitio web de la Arquidiócesis (www.archphila.org).

Toda la información se centrará en los pasos de acción que la Arquidiócesis ha tomado para ayudar a las víctimas, promover la protección de los niños, y asegurar la integridad del sacerdocio.

El documento publicado recientemente ofrece información acerca de los esfuerzos de asistencia a las víctimas en la Arquidiócesis desde 2002 hasta el presente.



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Nota del editor: Para una copia de las hojas de boletín insertadas por favor, visite http://bit.ly/AOPBulletin3.

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Donna Farrell
Directora de Comunicaciones
215-587-3747

Statement From Cardinal Justin Rigali Archbishop Of Philadelphia Regarding The Possible Elimination Of Transit Passes For School Students In Philadelphia

May 31, 2011

Statement from Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia

Regarding the possible elimination of transit passes for school students in Philadelphia

I have followed the discussion regarding the potential elimination of funding for transit passes for approximately 45,000 Philadelphia school students. It is my hope that this situation is resolved quickly for the good of all young people and families who would be affected. This issue impacts not only public school students but also those in eight Archdiocesan high schools located within the city of Philadelphia.

Eliminating transit passes would place a tremendous financial burden upon families in an already challenging economic climate. This possibility also presents safety concerns as some of our young people would need to walk great distances and to cross heavily traveled roads. I was encouraged to learn this afternoon that a resolution may be at hand. I remain hopeful that those parties involved in negotiations will preserve this important program and urge them to remember the needs of all students and their families.

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Donna M. Farrell
Director of Communications
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Archdiocesan Schools In City Of Philadelphia To Dismiss At 1:30 P.m. Today

June 1, 2011

ARCHDIOCESAN SCHOOLS IN CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
TO DISMISS AT 1:30 P.M. TODAY


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces that all elementary schools and high schools within the city of Philadelphia will be closing early today due to the extreme heat. This does not impact Archdiocesan schools in the suburban counties.

The Philadelphia Archdiocesan schools, including eight high schools and 62 elementary schools, will close at 1:30 p.m. today. Transportation will be provided as normal.

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Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Two Parish Schools To Close Due To Low Re-registration

June 7, 2011

TWO PARISH SCHOOLS TO CLOSE DUE
TO LOW RE-REGISTRATION

Parents at two parish elementary schools were informed at meetings on Tuesday evening, June 7, 2011, that their parish schools are unable to re-open in September 2011 due to extremely low re-registration. The two schools are:

-Our Lady of Charity Parish School in Brookhaven, Delaware County and
-Saint Philomena Parish School in Lansdowne, Delaware County.

89 children are re-registered for Our Lady of Charity School and 88 students are re-registered for Saint Philomena School. Each of the schools would have had at least one grade with fewer than five students. With such low enrollment each school would have needed minimally to cut art, physical education and library services in order to remain fiscally viable. The Standards for Quality Catholic Schools* call for all schools to provide Religion, Mathematics, Honors Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Physical Education and Technology and for the integration of Technology throughout all content areas.

"This was an extremely difficult decision to make because of the impact on students, families and teachers. We waited as long as possible in the hope that re-registration numbers would increase and that the schools could remain open next year," said Superintendent of Schools Mary E. Rochford. "One of the hallmarks of our Catholic schools is that we provide an outstanding education that is affordable for families. We owe it to our families to provide a rigorous and challenging academic program that is no different than what students at our other schools receive. It would not have been possible for these schools to provide that type of program next year."

Administrators from the Office of Catholic Education attended the meetings on Tuesday evening. They detailed for parents the re-registration numbers, the impact on the academic program and the costs per pupil. They also explained that the two parish schools are being asked to partner with nearby parishes:
-Our Lady of Charity School to partner with Saint Joseph School in Aston and
-Saint Philomena Parish School to partner with Saint Andrew School in Drexel Hill and/or
Saint Laurence School in Upper Darby

If the schools' buildings remained open next year, tuition would have needed to increase by thousands of dollars per student. Experience has proven that following that route would only lead to further enrollment erosion and even higher costs. The current re-registration figures would have led to costs per pupil of between $6,000 and $10,000. The parishes subsidize the schools but do not have the resources to assume costs of this magnitude. Superintendent Rochford said, "We want Catholic education to be accessible and tuition to be affordable for families. We know many families are already struggling to pay tuition during these difficult economic times and lower enrollments make that even more challenging."

The Office of Catholic Education will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition for students and school families and work with the faculties to try to find other teaching positions within the Archdiocese. Open houses will be scheduled at the partner schools in coming weeks.

BACKGROUND:

Our Lady of Charity Parish School
Presentation by Office of Catholic Education
Enrollment in 2005: 288
Current enrollment: 176
Re-registration: 89
Average class size in 2011-2012 would have been 9 students (6th grade would have had 3 students, 6 other grades would have had fewer than 10 students)

Saint Philomena Parish School
Presentation by Office of Catholic Education
Enrollment in 2005: 196
Current enrollment: 141
Re-registration: 88
Average class size would be 10 students (2nd grade would have 4 students, 3 other classes would have had less than 10 students.)

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Editor's Note: * Standards of Quality Catholic Schools for Parish and Regional Elementary School in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: (Updated 2003) The Standards also call for serious consideration to be given to the inclusion of a world language as well as the addition of a Resource Room to provide support to students struggling most especially in the area of English Language Arts.


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Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Schools To Close Early Wednesday Due To Expected High Temperatures

June 7, 2011

SCHOOLS TO CLOSE EARLY WEDNESDAY
DUE TO EXPECTED HIGH TEMPERATURES

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces that all elementary schools and high schools within the city of Philadelphia will close early on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 due to the extreme heat. The Philadelphia Archdiocesan schools, including eight high schools and 62 elementary schools, will close at 1:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided at that time for students who normally take buses.

This does not impact Archdiocesan schools in the suburban counties.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Saint Kevin Parish School To Close Due To Low Re-registration

June 10, 2011

SAINT KEVIN PARISH SCHOOL TO CLOSE
DUE TO LOW RE-REGISTRATION

Parents at Saint Kevin Parish Elementary were informed at a meeting on Thursday evening, June 9, 2011, that their parish school will be unable to re-open in September 2011 due to extremely low re-registration. 93 children are re-registered for the school next year. Seven grades would have had fewer that ten students.

With such low enrollment the school would have needed minimally to cut art, physical, education and library services in order to remain fiscally viable. The Standards for Quality Catholic Schools* call for all schools to provide Religion, Mathematics, Honors Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Physical Education and Technology and for the integration of Technology throughout all content areas.

"Because of the impact on students, families and teachers, this decision was just as difficult as the other recent closure announcements. We had hoped that re-registration numbers would increase and that the school could remain open next year," said Superintendent of Schools Mary E. Rochford. "We recognize that our parish schools are an integral part of the fabric of the community and that their closure is a painful situation for all those involved. However, we owe it to our families to provide a rigorous and challenging academic program that is no different than what students at our other schools receive. It would not have been possible for Saint Kevin School to provide that type of program next year."
Administrators from the Office of Catholic Education attended the meeting on Thursday evening. They detailed for parents the re-registration numbers, the impact on the academic program and the costs per pupil. They also explained that the parish school is being asked to partner with Saint Francis of Assisi Parish School, also in Springfield.

If the school building remained open next year, tuition would have needed to increase by thousands of dollars per student. Experience has proven that following that route would only lead to further enrollment erosion and even higher costs. The current re-registration figures would have led to costs per pupil of between $6,000 and $10,000. The parish subsidizes the school but does not have the resources to assume costs of this magnitude.

Superintendent Rochford said, "We want Catholic education to be accessible and tuition to be affordable for families. We know many families are already struggling to pay tuition during these difficult economic times and lower enrollments make that even more challenging."

The Office of Catholic Education will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition for students and school families and work with the faculty to try to find other teaching positions within the Archdiocese. Open houses will be scheduled at the partner school in the coming weeks.

BACKGROUND:

Saint Kevin Parish School
Presentation by Office of Catholic Education
Enrollment in 2005: 198
Current enrollment: 158
Re-registration: 93
Average class size in 2011-2012 would have been 10 students (4th grade would have had 3 students, 6 other grades would have had fewer than 10 students)


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Editor's Note: * Standards of Quality Catholic Schools for Parish and Regional Elementary School in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: (Updated 2003) The Standards also call for serious consideration to be given to the inclusion of a world language as well as the addition of a Resource Room to provide support to students struggling most especially in the area of English Language Arts.

Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Names Leslie Davila New Director Of Office For Child And Youth Protection

June 10, 2011

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA NAMES LESLIE DAVILA
NEW DIRECTOR OF OFFICE FOR CHILD AND YOUTH PROTECTION

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces the hiring of Ms. Leslie J. Davila as its new director of the Office for Child and Youth Protection.

Since 1999, Ms. Davila has worked as assistant director of victim services and a victim assistance coordinator in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office. Her responsibilities ranged from overseeing the daily operations of the District Attorney's victim and witness services unit to providing direct service assistance such as case management, court orientation and accompaniment to victims.

In announcing Ms. Davila's hiring, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia said: "For more than fifteen years, Ms. Davila has been a tireless and compassionate advocate for Philadelphia's underserved and often overwhelmed victims and witnesses. She comes to the Archdiocese with knowledge and expertise regarding the needs of victims and their families. With her assistance, the Archdiocese will build upon our services to victims and continue striving to protect our young people and create a safe environment in which they can grow and flourish."

As director of the Office for Child and Youth Protection, Ms. Davila will oversee both the Archdiocesan efforts to protect children and young people and the efforts toward healing and reconciliation for those sexually abused as minors.

Ms. Davila believes that her experience acting as a source of guidance and knowledge for Philadelphia's victims and witnesses will be essential in her new role with the Archdiocese. "I will be a vocal advocate for adult survivors of sexual abuse as well as for the children and youth of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia."

In addition to her work in the District Attorney's office, Ms. Davila also served as a training consultant for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency from 2002 to 2009. She presented a training curriculum for new victim advocates which covered ethics and values, crisis/trauma responses, and the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Since 2000, she has served as a crisis responder on the Keystone Crisis Intervention Team, which provides crisis intervention services to victims and surrounding communities in the wake of a traumatic event. She has twice served as co-chair of the Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy, which in 2007 presented her its Catherine Bachrach Award for exemplary service and support to victims and witnesses of crimes.

Davila has a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph's University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice from La Salle University. She is a graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School. Since 2009, she has served as an adjunct professor of sociology and criminal justice at Community College of Philadelphia.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocesan Class Of 2011 Earns Record-breaking $270 Million In College Scholarships 94% Of All Archdiocesan High School Graduates Pursuing Post-secondary Education

June 13, 2011

ARCHDIOCESAN CLASS OF 2011 EARNS RECORD-BREAKING
$270 MILLION IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

94% of all Archdiocesan high school graduates pursuing post-secondary education

The 4,229 young men and women who graduated from the 17 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia this June have earned a grand total of $270,211,116 in scholarships, a record high for scholarship dollars awarded. 94% of the Class of 2011 will pursue a post-secondary education; 92% will be headed for college this fall.

"We are beyond proud of our Class of 2011. Through hard work and determination, these students have excelled by setting a record for scholarships earned," said Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education. "Their performance is a testament to the value of a Catholic education, the sacrifices of their parents, and the work of their teachers. Students from the secondary schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia stand among the most gifted and talented in the region. We pray that the Lord will continue to bless them on the life long journey of education."

Nearly half (46%) of the members of the Archdiocesan Class of 2011 received at least one college scholarship, and more than 6,200 total scholarships were awarded. The Class of 2010 received $262,069,165 in college scholarships. Since 2000, Archdiocesan graduates have received more than $1.75 billion in scholarships.


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Editor's Note: For information on all of the schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

W.w. Smith Charitable Trust Awards $20,000 Grant To Catholic Social Services For Nutrition Program At Women's Residential Facility

June 14, 2011

W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Awards $20,000 Grant to
Catholic Social Services for Nutrition Program at
Women's Residential Facility

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust has awarded a one-year grant of $20,000 to Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for use by Saint Mary's Residence for Women.

"The grant will enable the purchase of food to prepare nutritious meals for about 36 frail elderly residents," said Michelle Montgomery, W.W. Smith Grant Administrator.

Kathy Nelson, Director of Saint Mary's Residence and a former Catholic Social Services employee of the year, said, "Today, our ladies come to us mainly because they have fallen through the cracks. Ensuring they have a healthy diet is essential. These women are in community living not because it is a cheaper housing option, but because most cannot live on their own, or prepare their own meals. We are grateful to the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust for enabling us to better fulfill our mission and hope that this grant will raise public awareness of our work." She went on to say. "Our facility dates back to the 1960's when the Notre Dame Sisters and the Sisters of Mercy saw the need to offer a safe home for working women alone in the city. We want Saint Mary's Residence to be the haven of help it must be for years to come."

The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust is a private foundation established by William Wikoff Smith. The Trust is specifically focused on areas involving basic needs for food, clothing and shelter; supplementing higher education scholarship programs and basic medical research primarily in Heart Disease, Cancer and AIDS.

Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is committed to continuing the work of Jesus by affirming, assisting, and advocating for individuals families and communities in need throughout the five-county Philadelphia metropolitan area. It provides services without distinction to race, color, or creed.

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Editor's Note: For more information about Saint Mary's Residence as well as other CSS programs, please contact Jim Senior at 215-587-3588 or jsenior@chs-adphila.org. Visit CSS on the web: http://www.catholicsocialservicesphilly.org/

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Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

La Arquidiócesis Nombra A Leslie Dávila Nueva Directora De La Oficina Para La Protección De Niños Y Jóvenes

June 10, 2011

LA ARQUIDIÓCESIS NOMBRA A LESLIE DÁVILA
NUEVA DIRECTORA DE LA OFICINA PARA LA PROTECCIÓN DE NIÑOS Y JÓVENES

La Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia anuncia la contratación de la señora Leslie J. Dávila como la nueva directora de la Oficina para la Protección de Niños y Jávenes.

Desde 1999, la Sra. Dávila ha trabajado como asistente del director de servicios a las víctimas y como coordinadora de asistencia a las víctimas en la oficina del Fiscal del Distrito de Filadelfia. Sus responsabilidades van desde la supervisión de las operaciones diarias en la unidad del Fiscal del Distrito que presta servicio a las víctimas y a los testigos hasta la prestación de asistencia directa de servicios tales como gestión de casos, orientación judicial y acompañamiento a las víctimas

Al anunciar la contratación de la Sra. Dávila, el cardenal Justin Rigali, arzobispo de Filadelfia, dijo: "Durante más de quince años, la Sra. Dávila ha sido una incansable y compasiva defensora de las víctimas y testigos de Filadelfia a menudo atendidos inadecuadamente y abrumados. Ella llega a la Arquidiócesis con conocimiento y experiencia acerca de las necesidades de las víctimas y sus familias. Con su ayuda, la Arquidiócesis ampliará nuestros servicios a las víctimas y seguirá luchando para proteger a nuestros jóvenes y crear un ambiente seguro en el que puedan crecer y prosperar".

Como la directora de la Oficina para la Protección de Niños y Jóvenes, la Sra. Dávila supervisará tanto los esfuerzos arquidiocesanos de proteger a niños y jóvenes, como los esfuerzos hacia la sanación y reconciliación para aquellos sexualmente abusados como menores.

La Sra. Dávila cree que su experiencia sirviendo como una fuente de guía y conocimiento para víctimas y testigos de Filadelfia será esencial en su nuevo papel con la Arquidiócesis. "Será una fuerte defensora para los adultos sobrevivientes del abuso sexual así como para los niños y la juventud de la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia".

Además de su trabajo en la oficina del Fiscal del Distrito, la Sra. Dávila también sirvió como asesora de entrenamiento en Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (comisión de Pensilvania en crimen y delincuencia) a partir del 2002 hasta el 2009. Ella presentó un plan de estudios de formación, para los defensores de nuevas víctimas, que cubrió ética y valores, respuestas de crisis/trauma, y los sistemas de justicia criminales y juveniles.

Desde el 2000, ella ha servido como la encargada de responder a crisis para Keystone Crisis Intervention Team (equipo clave de intervención de crisis), que proporciona servicios de intervención de crisis a víctimas y comunidades circundantes como consecuencia de un acontecimiento traumático. Ella ha servido dos veces como la copresidente de Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy (coalición de Filadelfia para defensa de víctima), que en el 2007 la premió con su Catherine Bachrach Award por servicio ejemplar y apoyo a víctimas y testigos de crímenes.

Dávila tiene una maestría en Justicia Criminal de la Universidad San José y una licenciatura en Sociología y Justicia Penal de la Universidad La Salle. Ella es graduada de la Escuela Secundaria Cardenal Dougherty. Desde el 2009, ha servido como un profesor adjunto de sociología y derecho penal en el Community College de Filadelfia.

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Donna Farrell
Directora de Comunicacion
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Corpus Christi Mass First Communicants To Join Cardinal At National Shrine Of Our Lady Of Czestochowa

June 23, 2011

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE CORPUS CHRISTI MASS
First Communicants to join Cardinal
at National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the main celebrant and homilist at a Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.

Sunday, June 26, 2011
12:30 p.m. Mass
1:30 p.m. Procession
(approximate time)
National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA 18901


Cardinal Rigali has invited all children from parishes in the Archdiocese who received their First Communion this year to join him in the Eucharistic celebration and Corpus Christi 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 immediately following Mass.


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Editor's Note: Weather permitting, the procession following Mass will take place on the grounds of the Shrine. For more information about the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa please visit www.czestochowa.us


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Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Statement Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Regarding The Closure Of Saint Kevin Parish School

June 22, 2011

STATEMENT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
REGARDING THE CLOSURE OF SAINT KEVIN PARISH SCHOOL

We admire the zeal and dedication of school families and parishioners of Saint Kevin Parish in Springfield. Their commitment to their parish elementary school is commendable. We also understand that parish elementary schools are integral to the fabric of the community. The closure of any school is painful for all those involved and every effort is always made to provide the necessary support.

The truth of the matter is that low re-registration numbers for the forthcoming academic year combined with a parish debt of approximately $1.8 million prohibit the school from remaining open. Meetings with parish and school administrators were held as early as November of 2010 to highlight the importance of increasing enrollment in the school in order for it to remain a fiscally viable institution, especially in light of the level of parish debt. We had hoped that registration numbers would increase so that Saint Kevin Parish School would continue to be able to provide the quality Catholic education for which it is known.

Unfortunately, the necessary enrollment figures were never reached. If the school remained open next year, tuition would have had to increase from approximately $3,000 per student to between $6,000 and $9,000 per student. Experience has proven that following that route would only lead to further enrollment erosion and even higher costs. The parish, which is responsible for the administration of the school, does subsidize it, but does not have the resources to assume costs of that magnitude. Our history has shown that extending the enrollment deadline would not have led to significantly higher registration numbers; it has also proven that even if enough funds were raised to keep the school open for the coming year it would not have been sustainable for the foreseeable future. Admittedly, the timing of the closure announcement was not ideal, but it would have been much worse had it occurred in August.

To keep the school open next year would have placed such a financial strain on the parish that its own welfare would have been jeopardized. Additionally, the school would have had to cut art, music, physical education, technology, honors math, and library services in an attempt to remain fiscally viable. As a result, its programs would fall far short of the Standards for Quality Catholic Education established by the Archdiocese. We owe it to our families to provide a rigorous and challenging 21st century academic program that is no different than what students at our other schools receive. It would not have been possible for Saint Kevin School to provide that type of program next year.

After enrollment figures had been monitored carefully in conjunction with parish and school administration for a number of months, on Thursday June 9th the emergency closure of Saint Kevin School was announced at a parent meeting by representatives from the Office of Catholic Education.

Following that meeting, representatives of the school petitioned Cardinal Justin Rigali to keep the school open next year. Their request was reviewed, but the decision to close the school was upheld. That final decision was communicated to parish and school administrators in writing on Tuesday, June 14th.

The Office of Catholic Education is currently doing everything possible to ensure a smooth transition for school families and teachers at this difficult time. Students from Saint Kevin School will be welcomed at neighboring Saint Francis of Assisi School in Springfield and teachers are being given priority for other available positions within the parish and regional elementary schools of the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is most grateful to its dedicated and caring teachers and to the faithful and generous school families who have sacrificed so much to provide a quality Catholic education for their children. We pray that God will see the Saint Kevin Parish community through the challenge of the school's closure.


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Editor's Note: For further information regarding the closure of Saint Kevin Parish Elementary School, please visit http://bit.ly/StKevinSchoolClosure.

Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Dr. Rosalie Mirenda And Mr. Robert J. Sims To Receive Keys & Sword Award

June 23, 2011

DR. ROSALIE MIRENDA AND MR. ROBERT J. SIMS TO RECEIVE
KEYS & SWORD AWARD

Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Thomas will be the Mass main celebrant and homilist at a Mass to honor this year's Keys and Swords Award recipients.

Sunday, June 26, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter & Saint Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Luncheon and Award Ceremony to follow:
The Union League
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA


Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, President of Neumann University in Aston, has been selected to receive the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Keys & Sword Award in recognition of her dedicated service to Neumann University, and her diligent work in furthering the Franciscan tradition of respect for the individual, concern for the environment, social responsibility and a commitment to Catholic higher education.

Mr. Robert Sims has been selected to receive the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Keys & Sword Award in recognition of his leadership and for his continuous support of the Archdiocese through his participation in numerous Catholic organizations and Archdiocesan committees.

The Keys & Sword Award, named in honor of Saints Peter and Paul, acknowledges members of the religious or civic community in recognition of their extraordinary commitment and selfless dedication in service to others. It acknowledges individuals whose actions reflect the Gospel values of faith, valor, selfless service, personal sacrifice and respect. Honorees are nominated and selected by a process of consultation involving clergy, cathedral parishioners, and members of the Archdiocesan community.

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Editor's Notes: For tickets, contact 215-561-1313 or purchase online at www.sspeterpaulcathedral.catholicweb.com.

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Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Nutritional Development Services Holds Annual Blessing Of The Summer At Visitation B.v.m. Day Camp

June 27, 2011

NUTRITIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
HOLDS ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE SUMMER AT
VISITATION B.V.M. DAY CAMP

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Kicks off Summer Meals Program


Nutritional Development Services (NDS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring its annual
Blessing of the Summer to kick off its Summer Meals Program. Monsignor Daniel Sullivan, president of the NDS board, will preside over the blessing at Visitation B.V.M. School in North Philadelphia. Campers from Visitation B.V.M. Day Camp, ages 3 to 15, will participate.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
11:15 a.m.
Immediately Followed by Lunch
Visitation B.V.M. School
300 East Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125


For the last 35 years NDS has been proud to partner with hundreds of dedicated community leaders to provide a service that benefits families and contributes to the health and well-being of children in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. In the summer of 2010, NDS operated almost 500 sites and served approximately 1.2 million meals.

The Summer Meals Program is federally funded, operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This year the NDS Summer Meals Program runs from June 20th through August 26th. Children participating in the program are invited to enter a Creative Writing Contest and a Poster Contest titled Piece for Peace, which promotes peace in the community.

Participating sites offer children lunch and a choice of breakfast or a snack. Most Philadelphia and many suburban neighborhoods qualify for the program

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Editor's Note: To sign up for the Summer Meals Program or for more information on Nutritional Development Services please call Anne Ayella at 215-895-3470.

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Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Launches New Mandatory Reporter Training Program For Over 24,000 Clergy, Staff, And Volunteers

June 28, 2011

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA LAUNCHES
NEW MANDATORY REPORTER TRAINING PROGRAM
FOR OVER 24,000 CLERGY, STAFF, AND VOLUNTEERS

This week, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia launches a Mandatory Reporter Training program to increase the understanding among over 24,000 clergy, employees, parish and school staff, coaches and volunteers regarding their role and responsibility in the mandated reporting of child abuse under the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (CPSL).

CPSL defines any person who comes into regular contact with children in the course of his or her employment, occupation or professional practice must be considered a mandated reporter. CPSL does not require training for mandated reporters, nor does it define "regular contact." The Archdiocese recognizes that those working on its behalf have a legal and moral responsibility to play a role in creating a network of prevention and protection for children. Therefore, the Archdiocese has instructed that all employees and volunteers who come into contact with children at least once a week undergo the Mandated Reporter Training program.

The training will be conducted by the Bucks County-based Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) and hosted by the Archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection. The curriculum, which has been independently evaluated and meets the standards for a variety of professional credentialing programs, includes: discussion of indicators of child abuse; definitions of child abuse and neglect; and a review of mandated reporting obligations, including how to make a report, information regarding civil and criminal liability for those who report, and the criminal consequences for failing to report child abuse.

"We remain dedicated to the goal of promoting awareness regarding the safety of children," said Leslie Davila, Director of the Archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection. "In that vein, we are committed to the work of hosting the Mandatory Reporter Training Program provided by the Network of Victim of Assistance and are working tirelessly to ensure that mandated reporters in the Archdiocese will benefit from this training."

The Mandatory Reporter Training program will be implemented through a series of 90 separate trainings held in nearly forty different locations throughout the Archdiocese, starting on Monday, June 27th and ending in November 2011. Any employee or volunteer designated as a mandatory reporter who does not complete the required training will not be able to work on behalf of the Archdiocese.

"This training represents a fundamental shift within society for the child being responsible for stopping and reporting the abuse they suffered to adult bystanders identifying their role and responsibility in child abuse intervention," said Mary Achilles, Victim Services Consultant for the Archdiocese.

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Editor's Note: Last weekend, the Mandated Reporter Training program was the focus of a bulletin insert distributed to all 268 parishes and published on the Archdiocesan website (www.archphila.org). The bulletin was the fourth in a periodic series which seeks to provide information to parishioners about action steps the Archdiocese has taken to advance the protection of children, assist victims, and ensure the integrity of the priesthood. For a copy of this document, please visit http://bit.ly/AOPBulletin4.

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Donna M. Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Moving Forward In Faith: Renewing Our Commitment To Child Protection, Victim Assistance, And The Integrity Of The Priesthood Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Issues The Fourth In A Series Of Informational Bulletin Inserts To The Faithful

June 28, 2011

Moving Forward in Faith: Renewing Our Commitment to Child Protection, Victim Assistance,
and the Integrity of the Priesthood

Archdiocese of Philadelphia issues the fourth in a series of informational bulletin inserts to the faithful

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has released the fourth in a periodic series of bulletin inserts to all 268 parishes and published it on the Archdiocesan website (www.archphila.org).

All inserts focus on action steps being taken to advance the protection of children, assist victims, and ensure the integrity of the Priesthood.

The recently released document provides information about a new mandatory reporter training program being implemented for over 24,000 clergy, staff and volunteers. This training program, though not required by Pennsylvania law, is in addition to, as well as separate and distinct from, the Safe Environment Training already required for all clergy, staff, and volunteers working on behalf of the Archdiocese. It will be conducted by the Network of Victim Assistance, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, from June through November 2011.



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Editor's Note: For a copy of the bulletin insert please visit http://bit.ly/AOPBulletin4.

Contact
Donna M. Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Observes Pope Benedict Xvi's 60th Anniversary Of Ordination To Priesthood With Eucharistic Adoration

June 29, 2011

Archdiocese Observes Pope Benedict XVI's
60th Anniversary of Ordination to Priesthood with Eucharistic Adoration

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has asked all of the faithful of the Archdiocese to join in celebrating Pope Benedict XVI's 60th anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood with a designated period of Eucharistic adoration through Friday, July 1st.

Today, Wednesday, June 29th, the Holy Father celebrates 60 years as a priest. People throughout the world have been invited to observe this occasion by praying for intentions before the Blessed Sacrament and in particular for an increase in vocations to the Priesthood.


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Editor's Note: For a complete list of parishes designated as locations to participate in the Holy Father's anniversary, please visit http://bit.ly/AOPPopeBenedictXVI60th.

Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Two Philadelphia Parishes To Close Churches Of Closed Parishes To Become Worship Sites

July 7, 2011

TWO PHILADELPHIA PARISHES TO CLOSE
Churches of closed parishes to become worship sites

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, recently accepted recommendations to merge two parishes in Philadelphia into two adjacent parishes. Immaculate Conception Parish merged into Saint Michael Parish and Saint Casimir Parish merged into Saint Andrew Parish In his October 2010 Pastoral Letter, "Called to Conversion and Holiness," Cardinal Rigali stated, "We must try to ensure that each parish possesses what is necessary for it to promote effectively the mission of Christ. To do so requires that we examine the demographics of our parishes in light of the number of priests available to serve our communities, in light of the migration of our people, and in light of our financial resources to maintain and support our parishes."

Immaculate Conception Parish (Front and Allen Streets, Philadelphia, PA)
Effective July 1, 2011, Immaculate Conception Parish merged into Saint Michael Parish, located at 2nd and Jefferson Streets. Immaculate Conception and Saint Michael Parishes had already been "twinned," sharing the same pastor since 2000. The number of registered parishioners at Immaculate Conception declined from 429 in 2000 to 196 in 2010, a 54% decrease. During that same period, the number of registered parishioners at Saint Michael grew from 400 to 800, a 100% increase.

The Immaculate Conception church building will remain open and be used as a worship site for Saint Michael Parish. Traditional devotions previously celebrated there will be continued.

Saint Casimir Parish (324 Wharton Street, Philadelphia, PA)
Effective July 1, 2011, Saint Casimir Parish merged into Saint Andrew Parish, located at 19th and Wallace Streets. Saint Casimir and Saint Andrew Parishes, which serve the spiritual needs of Lithuanian-speaking Catholics in the Archdiocese, had already been "twinned," sharing the same pastor since 1998. The number of registered parishioners at Saint Casimir declined from 195 in 2000 to 182 in 2010, a 7% decrease. During that same period, the number of registered parishioners at Saint Andrew grew from 479 to 761, a 59% increase.

The Saint Casimir church building will remain open and be used as a worship site for Saint Andrew Parish. Traditional devotions previously celebrated there in both English and Lithuanian will be continued.


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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Avanzando En La Fe: Renovando Nuestro Compromiso De Asistencia A Las víctimas, La Protección Del Niño Y La Integridad Del Sacerdocio. La Arquidiócesis De Filadelfia Emite La Cuarta De Una Serie De Hojas Informativas Insertadas En El Boletín Para Los Fieles.

June 28, 2011

Avanzando en la fe: Renovando nuestro compromiso de asistencia a las víctimas, la protección del niño y la integridad del sacerdocio.

La Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia emite la cuarta de una serie de hojas informativas
insertadas en el boletín para los fieles.

La Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia ha emitido la cuarta de una serie periódica de hojas de boletín insertadas en los boletines de todas las 268 parroquias y publicadas en el sitio web de la Arquidiócesis
(www.archphila.org).

Toda la información se centrará en los pasos de acción que la Arquidiócesis ha tomado para ayudar a las víctimas, promover la Protección de los niños, y asegurar la integridad del sacerdocio.

El documento recientemente publicado proporciona información sobre un nuevo Programa Obligatorio de Capacitación para Denunciantes Obligados que está siendo implementado para más de 24.000 clérigos, personal y voluntarios. Este programa de capacitación, aunque no requerido por la ley de Pensilvania, es además, adicional, separado y distinto del Programa Ambiente Seguro requerido ya para todo el clero personal y voluntarios trabajando en nombre de la Arquidiócesis.

Será dirigido por Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) [Red de asistencia a víctima (NOVA, por sus siglas en inglés)], Condado Bucks, Pensilvania, de junio a noviembre del 2011.


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Nota del editor: Para una copia de las hojas de boletín insertadas por favor, visite: http://bit.ly/ADFBoletin4.

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Donna Farrell
Directora de Comunicaciones
215-587-3747

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.f.m., Cap. Named Archbishop Of Philadelphia

July 19, 2011

ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M., CAP.
NAMED ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA

Cardinal Justin Rigali will hold a news conference this morning to announce that Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M., Cap. as the 13th Bishop and 9th Archbishop of Philadelphia. Archbishop Chaput will be Installed on Thursday, September 8, 2011, the feast of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at 2:00 p.m. The Holy Father has also appointed Cardinal Rigali as Apostolic Administrator with all of the responsibilities of Archbishop until the Installation of Archbishop Chaput.

Archbishop Chaput, who is 66, is a member of the Order of Friars Minor, Capuchin. He was ordained a priest in 1970 and became a bishop at the age of 43. At that time he became the Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota. Since 1997 he has served as Archbishop of Denver. A member of the Prairie Band Potowatami Tribe, Archbishop Chaput is the second Native American to be ordained a Bishop in the United States and the first Native American Archbishop.

News Conference
10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Archdiocesan Office Center Auditorium
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Following the news conference, Cardinal Rigali will be the main celebrant and homilist for a Mass concelebrated by Archbishop Chaput as well as Auxiliary Bishops and priests of the Archdiocese. All are invited to attend.

12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


The news conference and the Mass will be streamed live on the Archdiocesan web site at www.archphila.org.


For more information about the Archdiocese of Denver visit www.archden.org

Follow Archbishop Chaput on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArchbishopChaput

Follow the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ArchPhilly

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.f.m., Cap. Named Archbishop Of Philadelphia

July 19, 2011

ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M., CAP.
NAMED ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA

Cardinal Justin Rigali announced at a news conference this morning that Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M., Cap. as the 13th Bishop and 9th Archbishop of Philadelphia. Archbishop Chaput will be Installed on Thursday, September 8, 2011, the feast of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at 2:00 p.m.

Cardinal Rigali said, "The announcement of a new diocesan bishop is always an occasion of great joy and hope for a local Church. We recall that God always provides for His people and we are reminded of the fundamental mission of the Church, which is also the core mission of the bishop. It is none other than the proclamation of the person of Jesus Christ. This is the mission of the universal Church, of this local Church of Philadelphia, and of Archbishop Chaput as our new Archbishop."

Archbishop Chaput, who is 66, is a member of the Order of Friars Minor, Capuchin. He was ordained a priest in 1970 and became a bishop at the age of 43. At that time he became the Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota. Since 1997 he has served as Archbishop of Denver. A member of the Prairie Band Potowatami Tribe, Archbishop Chaput is the second Native American to be ordained a Bishop in the United States and the first Native American Archbishop.

Cardinal Rigali said, "Archbishop Chaput's ministry is marked by an evident joy in his Priesthood, a fearless proclamation of the Gospel, and a clear commitment to Jesus Christ and His Church."

At the news conference, Archbishop Chaput noted that Philadelphia is one of America's truly great cities, rich in history and achievement, with an extraordinary community of Catholic faith that goes back to saints like John Neumann and Katharine Drexel. Archbishop Chaput said, "I don't know why the Holy Father sent me here. But I do trust his heart, and I do believe in his judgment. I know other bishops would have been smarter than I am, or more talented, or more connected to Philadelphia's past.

Archbishop Chaput added, "But I do promise that no bishop will love the people and priests of this local Church more than I will. No bishop will give more of himself than I will. And no bishop will try harder to help persons who have been hurt by the sins of the past, or work harder to strengthen and encourage our priests and renew the hearts of our people."

Archbishop Chaput addressed the challenge of leaving Denver for Philadelphia, by saying, "When I moved from my ministry as a bishop in South Dakota to the Archdiocese of Denver 14 years ago, I felt like I had gone from crewing a very beautiful sailboat to running a supertanker. That's the way I feel this morning. I've spent the last 23 years of my life as a bishop in the West. The priests and people of Colorado and South Dakota have formed me with their faith, their generosity, their humor and their love. Leaving a place is easy. But leaving the people who have shaped me with their friendship, opened their homes to me, and welcomed me into the happiness and sorrows of their lives - that's very, very hard. All I can say to them is thank you. My life as a priest has been filled with goodness because they made it so."

The Holy Father has appointed Cardinal Rigali to serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese until the Installation of Archbishop Chaput. Cardinal Rigali announced that as Apostolic Administrator he will serve with all the responsibilities of Archbishop. After the installation, he will begin his time of retirement in the Diocese of Knoxville, where he has been invited to live. Cardinal Rigali was installed as Archbishop of Philadelphia on October 7, 2003. Today he said, "For me, it has been a great grace and privilege to serve as the Archbishop of this historic See over the past eight years. Throughout the Archdiocese, I have found a deep faith and an unwavering generosity of spirit. I have prayed with people from all walks of life, in parishes, schools, and nursing homes at Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. In all of this I was supported by my brother bishops and priests whose fidelity, untiring pastoral care and love for the Lord have inspired me and all those whom they serve."

The Cardinal continued, "It is a formidable task to be a bishop. I have tried always throughout my ministry to be faithful to the ideal of episcopal ministry. If I have offended any one in any way, I am deeply sorry. I apologize for any weaknesses on my part in representing Christ and His Church worthily and effectively."

Following the news conference, Cardinal Rigali and Archbishop Chaput have planned the public schedule below. All are invited to attend any of the public events or follow the Archbishop's first official visit to Philadelphia virtually on Twitter and Facebook at www.twitter.com/ArchPhilly and www.facebook.com/ArchbishopChaput.

Cardinal Rigali and Archbishop Chaput Schedule for Tuesday, July 19, 2011

12:05 p.m.
Cardinal Rigali will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway). Archbishop Chaput and the Auxiliary Bishops of Philadelphia will concelebrate. All priests in the Archdiocese have also been invited to concelebrate. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

2:00 p.m.
Visit to the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann
1019 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
www.stjohnneumann.org

2:50 p.m.
Visit to the Saint Katharine Drexel Mission Center and National Shrine
1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020 (Bucks County)
www.katharinedrexel.org

For more information about the Archdiocese of Denver visit www.archden.org

Follow Archbishop Chaput on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArchbishopChaput

Follow the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ArchPhilly

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Donna Farrell
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Saint Joseph Parish Moves Rectory Building To New Location

July 28, 2011

SAINT JOSEPH PARISH MOVES
RECTORY BUILDING TO NEW LOCATION

Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown, Chester County, is moving its rectory down the street to make room for a new church. The rectory is currently sitting on wheels as it waits to be transported to its new location at
334 Manor Avenue. Groundbreaking for the new church is expected in Spring 2012.

The move will take place:

Friday, July 29, 2011
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
460 Manor Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335



Preparations to move the rectory began on July 11th with the excavation of the foundation and by equipping the large 1940 stone building for transfer. Movers will transfer the rectory across the church's lawn to the other side of Saint Joseph's Convent to its new location. Saint Joseph Parish was founded in 1851.

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Editor's Note: For more information please contact Reverend Brian Kean, Parochial Vicar of Saint Joseph Parish, at 610-269-8294, or visit www.rectorymove.blogspot.com.

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Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali Regarding The Death Of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio To The United States Archbishop Sambi Had Been The Vatican's Diplomatic Envoy To The United States Since 2005

July 28, 2011

STATEMENT OF CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
REGARDING THE DEATH OF ARCHBISHOP PIETRO SAMBI,
APOSTOLIC NUNCIO TO THE UNITED STATES


Archbishop Sambi had been the Vatican's diplomatic envoy to the United States since 2005

"It was with great sorrow that I received news of the death of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. As the personal representative of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States, Archbishop Sambi displayed a true affection for its people as well as a strong sense of just diplomacy honed by many years of valued service in the Vatican's diplomatic corps. He understood the needs of the Catholic Church in our country and worked zealously for the spiritual welfare of its faithful.

Archbishop Sambi's love for his Priesthood, the Church, and the people of God shone brilliantly in his every action. His dedication as well as his warm and pastoral style won him the admiration and respect of all those with whom he came into contact. As a friend, he provided wise counsel and a priestly example that cannot be duplicated; I mourn his passing deeply.

His death is a significant loss for the universal Church and his presence will be missed. Archbishop Sambi has been called home by God; a good and faithful servant who has earned his eternal reward through a life of love and service to Jesus Christ. On behalf of the clergy, religious, and faithful of the Archdiocese I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Archbishop Sambi's family and offer prayers that the Lord will grant him the peace and joy of eternal life in heaven."

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Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
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Catholic Social Services Receives National Award

August 8, 2011

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES RECEIVES
NATIONAL AWARD

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been awarded the Catholic Charities USA /Annie E. Casey Family Strengthening Award. This national award recognizes exemplary and innovative programs in support of families and communities. The award includes a $25,000 prize. The CCUSA Board of Trustees will present the Family Strengthening awards during an Award Breakfast at the Catholic Charities USA Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas on September 21, 2011.

Mr. James Amato, Deputy Secretary of Catholic Social Services, said, "We are proud and grateful to receive this award which reflects the work we do daily to provide help and create hope. Our Family Service Centers exemplify the Archdiocesan commitment to serve those in need."

Catholic Social Services (CSS) highlighted three of its family service centers operating in Philadelphia in its application. The Northeast Family Service Center, the Southwest Family Service Center and Casa Del Carmen are family strengthening programs within the Community-Based Prevention Services Division of CSS.

Programs offered at these Family Service Centers include the Homelessness Prevention Program, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the Strengthening Families Program, the Prenatal Education and Support Program, and the Job Training Program among others. This Division also includes a large network of community and parish-based Out of School Time Programs.

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Editor's Notes: For more information visit www.catholicsocialservicesphilly.org or
Catholic Charities USA at http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/Page.aspx?pid=366

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Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocesan Youth Depart For World Youth Day Pilgrimage

August 10, 2011

Archdiocesan Youth Depart for
World Youth Day Pilgrimage

Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, will lead young people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on a
12 day pilgrimage that concludes at World Youth Day with Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid, Spain from August 16-21, 2011. Over 200 young people from parishes throughout the Philadelphia area will attend World Youth Day, 30 of which will also visit Fatima, Portugal and Lourdes, France, sites where the Blessed Mother Virgin Mary appeared. Local participation is being coordinated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Youth and Young Adults.

Photo op: Bishop Fitzgerald and 30 of the pilgrims will depart for World Youth Day on:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Approximate departure time- 4:00 p.m.
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096


World Youth Day (WYD) is a gathering of the Catholic youth with the Holy Father that takes place every two to three years. This year, 420,508 young Catholics registered for World Youth Day 2011- a world record. Currently 29,437 pilgrims from the United States are registered to attend. This is a record number for U.S. participation in a WYD outside of North America. The pilgrims will be accompanied by 64 United States bishops.

For those not traveling to Spain, the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a Facebook site (www.facebook.com/virtualworldyouthday) which lets Catholics take a virtual trip to World Youth Day. It gives young people, and anyone interested, a way to participate in the events of World Youth Day through their own avatar.

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Editor's Notes: Staff members of the Office for Youth and Young Adults will be available for interviews while on the Pilgrimage. To arrange an interview, please contact the Office for Communications.

For more information visit http://www.oyya.org or http://old.usccb.org/wyd/

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Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Celebrates Millionth Meal

August 11, 2011

Archdiocese Celebrates Millionth Meal

Nutritional Development Services (NDS), of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will be hosting its annual Millionth Meal celebration. There will be 45 children participating who benefit from the NDS Summer Meals Program. During the Millionth Meal celebration children will be provided with a back to school gift kindly donated by Wal-Mart. One child will be chosen to symbolize the one millionth meal given out this Summer and will be provided with a backpack full of school supplies and a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. Wal-mart Director of Operations Amy Corso will be on hand to help mark the millionth meal served this Summer.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011
12:30 P.M.
Pinn Memorial Baptist Church
2251 N. 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19131



Over the 35 years that Nutritional Development Services has been in existence the Program has provided a source that benefits families, agencies, and churches in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs with zero regards to religious affiliation. NDS has been proud to partner with Pinn Memorial Baptist church for the past 20 years. The Wal-Mart Foundation made a $220,000 donation to Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to help drive awareness of the Summer Meals Program for students and families
in the Philadelphia area this year.

The Summer Meals Program is federally funded, operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This year the Program will run from June 20th through August 26th. Participating sites offer children lunch and a choice of breakfast or snack. Most Philadelphia and many suburban neighborhoods qualify for the Program.


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Editor's Note: For more information on Nutritional Development Services please contact Anne Ayella at 215-895-3470.

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Stefan Johnson
 
215-587-3747

Confirmation Schedule - Fall 2011

August 22, 2011

Confirmation Schedule - Fall 2011

(as of August 9, 2011 - subject to change)


Celebrant: Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.Cap.



Celebrant: Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas



Celebrant: Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior



Celebrant: Most Reverend John J. McIntyre



Celebrant: Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald



Celebrant: Most Reverend Louis A. De Simone



Celebrant: Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis



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Cardinal Rigali Urges Caution, Best Judgment During Hurricane Irene

August 26, 2011

CARDINAL RIGALI URGES CAUTION, BEST JUDGMENT
DURING HURRICANE IRENE

Masses will take place as scheduled in all 268 parishes;
parishioners urged to exercise caution when planning attendance


Cardinal Justin Rigali encourages prayers for the safety of everyone as Hurricane Irene approaches the east coast. Due to the extreme weather forecast for the Philadelphia region this weekend, the Cardinal is reminding parishioners in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to exercise caution as they plan for weekend Mass attendance.

Masses will be celebrated as scheduled in all 268 Archdiocesan parishes 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 participate in the televised Mass in English on WPVI-TV, which airs at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday or on EWTN (program listings are available at www.ewtn.com). A Spanish language Mass airs at 6:30 a.m. on Telemundo on Sunday.

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Kenneth A. Gavin
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Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations

August 29, 2011

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

The Office of Catholic Education continues to bargain with representatives of the Association of Catholic Teachers. Sessions have been ongoing since March. The Archdiocese is committed to a contract agreement that respects the needs of not only our teachers but also our school families who sacrifice to provide a quality Catholic education for their children. The goal of the Archdiocese is to reach an agreement that will be fair and equitable to all parties.

In addition to negotiating with the Association, the Office of Catholic Education has been providing periodic updates to our teachers in order to explain our position on issues. We will continue to communicate so that teachers are presented with the fullest possible picture of matters being discussed. We have already highlighted system wide programmatic changes we must formalize in order to keep pace with the rapidly changing educational landscape of the 21st century.

If our schools are to grow and thrive, we must have the ability to continue and implement unique elective courses and innovative academic initiatives. Distance learning, Robotics, Pre-Engineering, and Mandarin Chinese are a few examples. To do so often requires that the Archdiocese have the ability to use part time teachers to augment and supplement courses and programs. It is also crucial that all parents have the ability to monitor their children's progress online and to schedule personal meetings with teachers at times convenient to working families' schedules. Our focus must be on what the families we serve rightly need and expect to be available.

We must embrace a certain degree of change in order to achieve such goals. We must be proactive in the delivery of our educational services if we expect to remain viable and competitive. Included within the teacher contract must be the ability to continue to grow our excellent, quality academic programs that will provide for the ever-changing needs of the twenty-first century learner. In this manner, our schools will continue to demonstrate excellence.

Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia must be affordable and accessible to remain sustainable. Like many school systems around the country we have been forced to thoroughly examine our available resources. This contract is being negotiated at a very difficult economic time.

The Office of Catholic Education is committed to achieving a contract that is fair and equitable for our valued teachers. We seek to provide a quality Catholic education infused with 21st century skills, technology, as well as a rigorous and relevant curriculum supported by the hard work and dedication of our teachers. It must also recognize the sacrifices made by our school families and the very real challenges posed by current demographic and economic factors. Addressing the well-being of all of these components is essential to ensuring the sustainability of our Secondary School System.


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Editor's Note: The contract currently under negotiation will affect 711 lay teachers. In the five-county Philadelphia region 16,502 students attend 17 Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2010-2011 school year). For a complete list of schools in the Archdiocese, please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Negotiation Update From The Office Of Catholic Education: Mediation Not The Answer To A Fair And Just Agreement

August 30, 2011

NEGOTIATION UPDATE FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION:
MEDIATION NOT THE ANSWER TO A FAIR AND JUST AGREEMENT

On August 30, 2011, the Association of Catholic Teachers made a request for a mediator in its negotiations with the Office of Catholic Education for its secondary schools. We have been negotiating since March 25, 2011.

We did not expect this request because the Association leadership previously emphatically stated that these negotiations would be done only by the teams of negotiators present at the bargaining table. We find the Association's position to be inconsistent with the above statement. In addition, no mediator has ever been utilized to reach a contract settlement in the history of our negotiations dating back decades.

There are unique and substantive issues involving the operation of our secondary Catholic schools that are a part of these negotiations. This is not the typical contract negotiation where the issues are primarily limited to financial matters, such as salary and benefits. The issues at stake are critical for our teachers, our students and our parents if our schools are to continue their tradition of excellence into the future. We cannot agree to the request for an outside mediator.

The Office of Catholic Education remains committed to bargaining in good faith and to reaching a settlement. We appeal to the Association of Catholic Teachers to devote the time needed to seriously negotiate the issues at hand. We believe as committed professionals on both sides of the table we can work to reach a fair and just agreement to ensure an excellent value-centered academic program for the 21st century.


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Editor's Note: The contract currently under negotiation will affect 711 lay teachers. In the five-county Philadelphia region 16,502 students attend 17 Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2010-2011 school year). For a complete list of schools in the Archdiocese, please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Donna M. Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Coverage Of Installation Of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.f.m., Cap. On Thursday, September 8, 2011

August 31, 2011

Coverage of Installation of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap.
on Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Communications will provide live, streaming video online and to mobile devices at www.archphila.org. Full coverage begins at 1:40 p.m. with the Procession.

Other live coverage includes:

EWTN Global Catholic Network will broadcast live beginning at 1:45 p.m.
(Encore -September 9th, 12 midnight) Visit www.ewtn.com for channel information.

Holy Spirit Radio 1570 AM and 1420 AM will broadcast live starting at 2:00 p.m.

NBC 10 Digital on Comcast Channel 248 and Verizon Channel 460 starting at 2:00 p.m.

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Editor's Note: For questions please contact the Office for Communications at communof@adphila.org or 215-587-3747.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Saint Agnes Parish Blesses New Junior High School Wing

August 31, 2011

SAINT AGNES PARISH
BLESSES NEW JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL WING

Saint Agnes Parish School in West Chester, Chester County, will open the school year with a celebration for its renovated Junior High School Wing featuring a Back to School Fair. Seventh and eighth grade students and parents will gather for a blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony on

Wednesday, August 31, 2010
6:00 p.m.
Saint Agnes Parish School
211 West Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19380 (Chester County)


Parishioners volunteered to renovate the Junior High School Wing over the summer. Along with the newly painted classrooms, hallways, and new lockers, new classroom desks were donated by school families and the Knights of Columbus Council Number 1333. The school community is invited to see the renovations at this open house. Everyone will gather in the gym for a welcome from the pastor and school principal. The mascot has also received a new look and will be introduced to everyone at this time. The evening will conclude with an ice cream party in the parking lot.


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Editor's Note: For more information please contact Reverend Monsignor Nelson Perez at 610-692-9623.

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Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
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Statement Of John Cardinal Foley On The Appointment Of Archbishop Edwin F. O'brien As Pro Grand Master Of The Equestrian Order Of The Holy Sepulchre Of Jerusalem

September 1, 2011

Statement of John Cardinal Foley
on the Appointment of Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien
as Pro Grand Master of the Equestrian Order
of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

It is a delight to learn of the appointment of Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore, as the Pro Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Archbishop O'Brien is a learned, prayerful, zealous, and dedicated prelate whom I have had the pleasure of knowing since his first year of priestly ordination. Father O'Brien was an assistant pastor at the parish church on the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, when, as a student-priest at Columbia University School of Journalism, I was assigned to write a story about his unique parish. I later worked closely with then-Monsignor O'Brien when he was Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of New York, and when he was Rector at the North American College in Rome, and later when as a Bishop he served as Auxiliary to Cardinal John O'Connor. Archbishop O'Brien would sometimes visit in Rome in the course of his service as Archbishop of the United States Military Services, and later when he was appointed Archbishop of our nation's premier see of Baltimore.

Because of his extensive experience and splendid dedication as priest and archbishop, Archbishop O'Brien will be an outstanding leader of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. I could not be happier that he is my successor as spiritual leader of this outstanding group of men and women dedicated to the service of the Church in the Holy Land, the land made sacred by the presence of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
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Final Musical Rehearsal For Installation Of Archbishop Chaput

September 2, 2011

FINAL MUSICAL REHEARSAL FOR
INSTALLATION OF ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT

Archdiocesan musicians are making preparations for the Installation Mass of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., the ninth Archbishop of Philadelphia, with a final instrumental and choral rehearsal. The choir for this Installation and for all of the major Archdiocesan Liturgies, is the Archdiocesan Choir of Philadelphia. The choir is currently composed of 70 singers representing 33 Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Dr. John A. Romeri, Director for Liturgical Music for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will lead the rehearsal on


Tuesday, September 6, 2011
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103



The Installation Mass for Archbishop Chaput on September 8, 2011 will include musical styles ranging from Gregorian Chant to newly composed pieces especially commissioned for this event.

Selections for the Liturgy include the Gregorian Entrance and Communion Chant; The Gloria from Chant Mass, "Missa de Angelis", The Salisbury Alleluia written by Christopher Walker, Parts of the Community Mass by Richard Proulx, some of the great Hymns of the Church such as "O God Beyond All Praising" set to the Gustav Holst tune, Thaxted.

Continuing in the tradition of bring new works into the repertoire for important moments in the life of the church, The Office for Divine Worship and The Office for Liturgical Music commissioned three new works:

- Ecce Sacerdos (Behold the High Priest), a text traditionally used for the entrance of the Bishops. The piece was written by Philadelphia Composer, Mr. Normand Gouin, Director of Music at Old St. Joseph's Church in Old City. The piece begins with and is based upon the traditional Gregorian melody used for this text.

- The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me, written by Philip Stopford, noted composer from Belfast Ireland. Mr. Stopford was the former Organ Scholar at Canterbury Cathedral, England. Even as a relatively young composer, Mr. Stopford has sold over 100,000 copies in the US alone.

- Concertato on "Gift of Finest Wheat", a hymn originally commissioned by the Archdiocese in 1976 for the Eucharistic Congress. This new arrangement, which includes new choral harmonies and instrumental parts, was composed by Dr. Peter Latona, Director of Music for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC.

Other pieces receiving their first public performance at the Installation include two movements of new Mass, also written by Normand Gouin, entitled the Mass of Saints Peter and Paul. The two sections include the Acclamation: Mystery of Faith, and the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). The Responsorial Psalm is also a new composition, written for this occasion by Cathedral Music Director, Dr. John Romeri.


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Editor's Note: The Installation of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., will stream live on www.archphila.org on Thursday, September 8, 2011 beginning with the Procession at 1:45 p.m.

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Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Teachers' Association Walks Away From Negotiating Table

September 6, 2011

TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION WALKS AWAY FROM NEGOTIATING TABLE

The Association of Catholic Teachers broke off negotiations early Tuesday morning after very little progress was made in weekend negotiating sessions. The Archdiocesan team was willing to talk until the last minute but the Association's team walked away from the table with significant issues not agreed upon or in some cases even discussed. Many issues were not responded to since the Archdiocesan team presented them in mid-August. Negotiations began in March 2011.

This is a critical contract agreement for the Archdiocese. As the Secretary for Catholic Education, Dr. Richard McCarron, and the Superintendent of Schools Ms. Mary E. Rochford, said in a September 2nd letter to parents, "In order to advance the mission of Catholic education and our schools, we must be conscious of the educational changes that need to be implemented in a timely manner. Each year in the life of a student requires a curriculum and learning experience that will prove beneficial to the future success of that student. We cannot simply wait for changes in working conditions with the rapid advancement in so many areas of education such as the speed of technology and the tools that support a 21st century learning experience."

The Archdiocese made multiple concessions in our proposals and believes the contract offered to the teachers is equitable. It is our hope that our teachers will recognize that a strike is not in their best interest and most certainly not in the best interest of our students and their families.

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Donna Farrell
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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Opens Its Doors For The 2011-2012 Academic Year Many Back-to-school Events Planned Throughout Five-county Area

September 6, 2011

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA OPENS ITS DOORS
FOR THE 2011-2012 ACADEMIC YEAR

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

More than 68,000 students who attend 157 parish and regional elementary schools, 17 high schools and 4 schools of special education within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will return to their classrooms during the week of September 6, 2011. Numerous back-to-school events are planned throughout the Archdiocese to launch the upcoming school year.

Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m., The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, will officially kick off the start of the new school year by reading to students at Saint Martin de Porres Catholic School, 2300 West Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia.

"Over more than 100 years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has provided 15 million young people with a spiritually and intellectually enlightening education rooted in the Gospels and immersed in the spirit of Christ," said Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese. "Throughout the 2011-2012 school year, we will continue building upon this tradition of spiritual growth and intellectual rigor by incorporating even more innovative and exciting teaching strategies, subjects, and technological advances within each classroom."

As the academic year begins, all elementary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese are prepared to utilize the new Common Core Standards in the classroom after preparing to adopt them since July of 2010. The schools in the Archdiocese are among the first in the nation to begin full implementation of English and Language Arts, this year. As education continues to change throughout the nation and world, our schools are working to remain on the cutting edge by serving students and preparing them for their future success in 21st century careers. The curriculum is designed with an inter-disciplinary approach that is permeated by literacy and a thinking skills approach to problem solving. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is the first diocese in the state to adopt the Common Core.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SUMMER


Among 21 "Young Heroes" honored last month by the National Liberty Museum were three Archdiocesan students. Mahlon Graham, a student at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Elementary School, 917 South 47th Street, Philadelphia, was recognized for making a critical 911 call that resulted in the rescue of several senior citizens trapped in a burning building last February. Daniel Godzieba of Saint Stanislaus Parish School, 493 East Main Street, Lansdale, Montgomery County, was honored for his volunteerism in his community. Hanna Schoenleber, a senior at Archbishop Wood High School, 655 York Road, Warminster, Bucks County, was recognized for her efforts to better educate her peers about the challenges faced by persons with disabilities.

A cadre of students from Archbishop Ryan High School, 11201 Academy Road, Philadelphia, participated in the Advanced Statistics Institute, which was held at the school between August 29 and September 2. Their effort was led by Sister Alice Hess I.H.M., the school's nationally-recognized math teacher.

On Wednesday, August 31, students and parents at Saint Agnes Parish School, 211 West Gay Street, West Chester, Chester County, attended a Back-to-School Fair to celebrate the school's renovated Junior High School Wing. The renovations, which were completed over the summer by parish volunteers, included newly-painted classrooms and hallways, as well as new lockers. New classroom desks were donated by school families and Knights of Columbus Council #1333.

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS


Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Saint Mary Parish School, 40 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville, Montgomery County, at 9:00 a.m. will welcome three and four-year-olds who are attending the parish's new preschool program.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School, 1736 South 10th Street, Philadelphia, will celebrate the addition of thirty tablet PCs to the media center established at the school last year. The new tablets were purchased using funds donated by alumni from St. John Neumann High School's Class of 1960.

Saint Hilary of Poitiers School, 920 Susquehanna Road, Rydal, Montgomery County, will celebrate back-to-school at Rita's Water Ice on Huntingdon Pike from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Families will be sporting new St. Hilary's baseball jerseys with a big number 50, marking this year's Parish Jubilee celebration. There will be face painting and other activities.

Friday, September 9, 2011
Saint John the Baptist Parish School, 4050 Durham Road, Ottsville, Bucks County, will hold a school assembly entitled "We the Peacemakers" in remembrance of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. Throughout the assembly, each class will demonstrate - through words, song, and action - what it means to be a peacemaker.

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish School, 2400 North Providence Road, Media, Delaware County, will host a Pre-Kindergarten Orientation at 9:45 a.m. for the 18 four-year-old students comprising the school's inaugural pre-kindergarten program.

Students at Saint Jude Catholic School, 323 West Butler Avenue, Chalfont, Bucks County, will participate in the school's Opening Event Parade. Each homeroom will display the team banner they created to reflect this year's theme, "Team SJS: Building Character, Making a World of Difference, Going for the Gold," which will guide the school community as it strives to grow in faith, academics and community service throughout the year.

Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saint Denis Church, 2401 Saint Denis Lane, Havertown, Delaware County, will hold a 50-minute church service at 3:00 p.m. to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The St. Denis Choir & Orchestra will perform Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna (Light Eternal) during the vigil, which will also feature a slideshow of 9/11-related photos.

The student council at Archbishop Prendergast High School, 401-403 North Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, Delaware County, will hold its inaugural Welcome Cookout for the Class of 2015.

Sunday, September 18, 2011
Holy Saviour-Saint John Fisher Regional Catholic School, 122 East Ridge Road, Linwood, Delaware County, will celebrate the upcoming school year with a School Family Mass & Carnival. After the 11:00 a.m. service, families will enjoy free games, crafts, face-painting and photos in the school hall.

ADDITIONAL ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA BACK-TO-SCHOOL NEWS


Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, 611 Wistar Road, Fairless Hills, Bucks County, will participate in the prestigious Jefferson Awards for Public Service, an effort dedicated toward recognizing and encouraging volunteerism and community service.

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Elementary School, 917 South 47th Street, Philadelphia, will be one of two Archdiocesan schools piloting the "Engineering is Elementary" program developed by the Museum of Science in Boston. Third, fourth and fifth grade students will participate in the program, which will feature work site visits as a means of exposing the students to several different forms of engineering.

Each student at Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School, 125 Royal Avenue, Wyncote, Montgomery County, will be given a new netbook computer for use inside and outside of the classroom. Connectivity for the netbooks will be made possible by PAIUnet, a statewide fiber network, and through a grant program offered by the Montgomery County Intermediary Unit.

Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, 401-403 North Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, Delaware County will launch its new technology initiative, through which all incoming freshmen will receive a Macbook laptop for use in school and at home. The Class of 2015 will also be the first required to compile a four-year Digital Portfolio, a collection of work encompassing all subjects studied throughout their high school career. Sophomores, juniors and seniors will be invited to participate in the school's "Bring Your Own Technology" initiative.

Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School, 835 North Hills Avenue, Ardsley, Montgomery County, will plant a tree dedicated to present and future students during a back-to-school liturgy on Friday, September 16. The tree will be a reflection of the theme selected for the 2011-2012 school year: "Tree of Life - Rooted in Faith."

Thanks to a grant from J.P. Mascaro & Sons, students and teachers at Blessed Virgin Mary School, 51 MacDade Boulevard, Darby, Delaware County, will cultivate a mini-greenhouse this year. Herbs and flowers grown in the greenhouse will be given to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank and Senior Citizens Club, respectively.

Students at Saint Isidore Catholic School, 603 West Broad Street, Quakertown, Bucks County will utilize an online math program entitled "First in Math" and participate in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, an interactive initiative that provides schools and communities with essential information and prevention techniques regarding bullying and cyber-bullying.

Saint Martha School, 11321 Academy Road, Philadelphia, will welcome students back to school, where all classrooms have been equipped with Smartboards.

SCHOLARSHIP SUCCESS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
In June 2011, 4,229 young men and women graduated from the 17 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Class of 2011was offered over $270 million in scholarships, surpassing all previous records for the Archdiocese, and more than 94% of the Class of 2011 will pursue a post-secondary education.

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Editor's Note: For more information about schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Office Of Catholic Education Disappointed By Teacher Strike

September 6, 2011

OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION DISAPPOINTED
BY TEACHER STRIKE

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is terribly disappointed by the decision of the Association of Catholic Teachers to strike. Since March 25, 2011 the Archdiocese has been bargaining in good faith to achieve a just and fair contract. Although the Association promised counter proposals regarding key issues on numerous occasions, it never provided anything substantial. Upon learning of the vote to strike the Archdiocesan negotiating team immediately offered to resume dialogue on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. The Association declined this request.

These negotiations involve unique and substantive issues about the operation of our secondary Catholic schools. This is not the typical contract negotiation where the issues are primarily limited to financial matters, such as salary and benefits. The issues at stake are critical for our teachers, our students and our parents if our schools are to continue their tradition of excellence into the future. The contract proposed by the Archdiocese was a watershed agreement aiming to allow our schools to adapt to the ever changing 21st century educational landscape and provide our students with the tools to succeed.

Each of the 17 Archdiocesan high schools will adhere to orientation schedules planned for this week. Students should report to school tomorrow, Wednesday, September 7, 2011. School administrators and non-union personnel will conduct orientation related activities.

A letter to parents and answers to frequently asked questions are posted on the web page created to provide updates on teacher negotiations at www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Homily And Closing Remarks Of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.f.m. Cap. Mass Of Installation

September 8, 2011

HOMILY AND CLOSING REMARKS OF
ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. CAP.
MASS OF INSTALLATION

Homily of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.


Cardinal Rigali and Eminent Cardinals; Monsignor Lantheaume, brother bishops, priests and deacons; Governor Corbett, Mayor Nutter and esteemed leaders of the civic community; beloved seminarians; fellow religious; members of my family; brothers and sisters in Christ:

A married friend told me last week that getting ready for today reminded him of planning for a very, very, very big wedding. He was being humorous, but he was actually more accurate than he knew. The relationship of a bishop and his local Church is very close to a marriage. The ring I wear is a symbol of every bishop's love for his Church. And a bishop's marriage to the local Church reminds me, and all of us, that a bishop is called to love his Church with all his heart, just as Christ loved her and gave his life for her.

Of course, my appointment to Philadelphia is an arranged marriage, and the Holy Father is the matchmaker. The good news is that romance is a modern invention -- and given the divorce rate, not everything it's cranked up to be. In fact, history suggests that arranged marriages often worked at least as well as those based on romantic love. When arranged marriages were common, there was an expectation that people would get to know each other and then come to love one another. Good matchmakers were aware of the family history of each of the spouses and their particular needs. And the really wise matchmakers could make surprisingly good choices.

In the Church, we believe that the Holy Spirit guides the decisions of the Holy Father. And the results are always joyful if we commit our wills to cooperating with God's plan. For any marriage to work, two things need to happen. People need to fall in love, and together they need to be fruitful. That's what we need to dedicate ourselves to today - to love one another and be fruitful together in the new evangelization.

Getting to know each other is a great adventure. Our life together is part of the story of salvation, which God continues even into our own time. Mary didn't expect the Annunciation. She didn't expect to be mother of the Redeemer. And yet her act of obedience changed the course of history and led to a new covenant of love and fruitfulness. I have no illusions of being worthy of this ministry, but I do trust in the wisdom of the Holy Father. So I'm deeply grateful for his confidence and the privilege of serving this Church.

Along with a ring, two other symbols really define a bishop's ministry. The first is the pectoral cross that rests next to the bishop's heart. Jesus tells us that if we want to be his disciples, we need to do three things (Mt 16:21-27): We need deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him. It's vitally important for the bishop to really believe this, to live it, and to preach it, even when calling people to accept very difficult things in fidelity to the Gospel.

The second symbol is the crosier, which is a symbol of the shepherd. The Good Shepherd was the first image of Christian art created by the earliest disciples in the catacombs in Rome. One of first representations of Christ we have is the Good Shepherd who carries a lamb on his shoulders. All of us should keep that image in our hearts in the months ahead because the Good Shepherd really will bring the Church in Philadelphia through this difficult moment in our history to security and joy and a better future.

This installation today takes place in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The word cathedral comes from the Greek word cathedra, which means chair. The cathedral is the church that houses the bishop's chair, which has always been seen as another key symbol of the bishop's role - in this case, his teaching authority. St. Augustine of Hippo, speaking in the 4th century captured the role of the bishop in these words:

"Jerusalem had watchmen who stood guard . . . And this is what bishops do. Now, bishops are assigned this higher place" -- the bishop's chair in the basilica -"so that they themselves may oversee and, as it were, keep watch over the people. For they are called episkopos in Greek, which means 'overseer,' because the bishop oversees; because he looks down from [his chair] . . . And on account of this high place, a perilous accounting will have to be rendered [by the bishop] - unless we stand here with a heart such that we place ourselves beneath your feet in humility."

Another time, on the anniversary of his episcopal ordination, Augustine described the bishop's duties in the following way:

"To rebuke those who stir up strife, to comfort those of little courage, to take the part of the weak, to refute opponents, to be on guard against traps, to teach the ignorant, to shake the indolent awake, to discourage those who want to buy and sell, to put the presumptuous in their place, to modify the quarrelsome, to help the poor, to liberate the oppressed, to encourage the good, to suffer the evil and to love all men."

It's crucial for those of us who are bishops not simply to look like bishops but to truly be bishops. Otherwise, we're just empty husks -- the kind of men Augustine meant when he said,
"You say, 'He must be a bishop for he sits upon the cathedra.' True - and a scarecrow might also be called a watchman in the vineyard."

My installation today takes place on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast which has its origin somewhere in Syria or Palestine at the beginning of the 6th century. The traditional date of the feast, September 8, falls exactly nine months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. It's an important feast because it prepares the way for the birth of Jesus. I was ordained a bishop on the feast of Mary's parents, Saints Joachim and Anne. I was installed as the archbishop of Denver on the Feast of the Annunciation. And now I celebrate my installation as bishop of the great Church of Philadelphia on the Feast of Mary's birthday. For me, like so many other priests, Mary has been a constant source of hope and protection in my vocation. So I would ask all of you today to pray for me to the mother of God so that she surrounds all of us with her love and protection.

The birthday of Mary is a turning point in the history of salvation, planned from all eternity by God's divine providence. So the readings for today should reassure us in a powerful way. All the events of a believer's life are shaped by the will of a loving God. God's purpose undergirds everything that happens to Christians, for God is truly in control. So in the midst of the turmoil of the Church in our time, specifically in Philadelphia, this feast of Mary's birth should remind us of God's loving plan. We need to make the act of faith embedded in today's first reading: that "all things work for good for those who love God and who are called according to his purpose." And just as God foreknew and predestined Mary's birth, God foreknew and predestined us to be conformed to the image of his Son so that Jesus might be the firstborn among many brothers. Saint Jose Maria Escriva said this about the struggle with fear and anxiety that all of us sooner or later face: "Have you forgotten that God is your father? Or [that God is] powerful, infinitely wise, full of mercy? [God] would never send you anything evil. The thing that is worrying you is good for you even though those earthbound eyes of yours may not be able to see it now."

Of course, in the unfolding of Scripture, Mary's birthday is ultimately about the birth of her son. The Gospel for today is the story of how Jesus was conceived. And we honor Mary precisely because she gave birth to Jesus, our messiah and Lord. The Gospel focuses on Joseph's goodness and fidelity, and on Mary's perfect surrender to God in love, trusting in the providence of God. We need to follow the example of Mary and Joseph, trusting God in the difficult times of our life. The issues that Joseph and Mary faced seemed insurmountable and caused intense confusion. But the name given to Jesus signifies "Savior" and we know that in Jesus, God promises to be with us. God is truly Emmanuel - God is with us. This gives us great confidence in the future God has planned for us.

This Church in Philadelphia faces very serious challenges these days. There's no quick fix to problems that are so difficult, and none of us here today, except the Lord Himself, is a miracle worker. But the Church is not defined by her failures. And you and I are not defined by critics or by those who dislike us. What we do in the coming months and years to respond to these challenges - that will define who we really are. And in engaging that work, we need to be Catholics first. Jesus Christ is the center of our lives, and the Church is our mother and teacher. Everything we do should flow from that.

What we embark on today is an arranged marriage, where someone who loves you, the Holy Father, is also someone who loves me. And the Holy Father knows in his wisdom that we will make a good family together. So we should see each other as gifts. I receive you as a gift from the Holy Father; and you receive me and my service as a gift from the Holy Father. And this requires us to make a commitment, an act of the will, to love one another, to be patient with one another, and to lay down our lives for one another.

I'll close by repeating what I said in July to the bishops, priests and deacons of this diocese, to our men and women religious, and to all our people: Whatever my weaknesses and whatever my lacks, no bishop will give more of himself than I will to renewing this great Church.. No bishop will try harder to help persons who have been hurt by the sins of the past. And no bishop will work harder to strengthen and encourage our priests, and restore the hearts of our people. Everything I've learned, everything I know, and everything I have, I will give to this ministry, because all of you -- the people of God -- deserve at least that much.

Closing Remarks of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.


Before I do anything else, I want to thank Cardinal Rigali, not just for his welcome, his support and his personal graciousness; and not just for his years of leadership with the Church in Philadelphia. Cardinal Rigali has lived his vocation in service - extraordinary service -- to the Holy Father and the Catholic community worldwide. It's a privilege to call him a brother and friend, and I'm very deeply grateful.

I am also deeply grateful to Monsignor Jean-Francois Lantheaume for being the presence of the Holy Father for us today. We remember with gratitude the service of Archbishop Pietro Sambi as Apostolic Nuncio and promise to keep his memory in our prayers.

My great thanks to the cardinals and bishops who traveled to be here today despite their own demanding schedules. Thank you brothers.

Bishop McIntyre: My thanks to you and your team for the hard and really wonderful work that went into this installation and everything surrounding it. Monsignor Rodgers, thank you for welcoming us so warmly to this extraordinary cathedral basilica. Father Gill, God bless you for the beauty of this memorable Liturgy, and my gratitude to the acolytes, musicians and choir who assisted you.

To all of my brother auxiliary bishops, I know the enormous time and labor this kind of event entails, and my thanks to each one of you for your leadership.

In a special way, I want to thank all of my brother Philadelphia priests and deacons who honor me with their presence today. You've already shown me uncommon friendship and support, and I will try to earn it.

To the people of Philadelphia who have embraced me with such extraordinary kindness: I promise to live as a bishop in a way that repays your great love and respect.

To all of my many friends from Rapid City and Denver - priests, deacons, my Capuchin brothers and other religious, married couples, young adults and so many personal friends - how can I begin to thank you for the places in my heart you keep alive by your love over so many years. I thank God every day for the gift of your friendship and the way you have enriched my life. God bless you a hundred times over for the kindness you've shown me.

Finally and most importantly, this is the kind of moment when the thoughts of a son turn to his mother and father. Their love made me, their love formed me, and their love gave me the gift of faith. In my life both of them are gone. But they live with me still in the love that my sister and brother and their families have given me throughout my priesthood. And I'm so very grateful that they're here with me today.

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First Sunday In Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput To Celebrate Mass And Participate In September 11th Memorial Services</center>

September 9, 2011

FIRST SUNDAY IN PHILADELPHIA

Archbishop Chaput to Celebrate Mass and Participate in September 11th Memorial Services

On September 11, 2011 Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., will participate in two services to mark the Tenth Anniversary of September 11th. The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia will hold an interfaith prayer service of memory and hope on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The service will be led by Co-Conveners including Archbishop Chaput.

Mayor Nutter will lead the assembly in a Call from the People of Faith to Stop the Violence. Immediately following the prayer gathering, participants will walk to the City of Philadelphia's 9/11 Commemoration Service scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Independence Mall.

Sunday, September 11, 2011
4:00 p.m.
Arch Street Friends Meeting House
4th Street and Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Archbishop Chaput will also celebrate Mass honoring Religious Jubilarians. There are 228 religious priests, brothers, and sisters in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrating their Silver, Golden, or Diamond Jubliees this year.

Sunday, September 11, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


A video and audio mult-feed will be provided.

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Saint Genevieve Parish To Celebrate The Dedication Of Newly Renovated Church

September 9, 2011

Saint Genevieve Parish to Celebrate
The Dedication of Newly Renovated Church

Saint Genevieve Parish in Flourtown, Montgomery County, will celebrate the rededication of its newly renovated church. Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will be the main celebrant and homilist for the Mass celebrated on

Saturday, September 10, 2011
5:00 p.m.
Saint Genevieve Church
1225 Bethlehem Pike
Flourtown, PA 19031 (Montgomery County)


The 8,800 square foot Church seats 500 parishioners and features new stone flooring, new stained glass windows (in progress), and a new entrance with an enlarged gathering area. The Church is also fully ADA compliant for access by parishioners with disabilities. The previous worship space was in need of much repair. The new design has curved, sail-like ceiling planes that lift the space up toward the center, where a new octagonal Sanctuary has been built along the North wall of the building. Pews are now grouped around the light-filled Sanctuary to gather parishioners around the new marble altar and ambo. The bright new sanctuary provides a beautiful focal point for the celebration of Mass.

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Editor's Notes: For more information please contact Reverend Monsignor Michael Matz at
(215) 836-2828.

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Office Of Catholic Education Continuing To Work Toward Resolution With The Association Of Catholic Teachers

September 12, 2011

OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION CONTINUING TO WORK TOWARD RESOLUTION WITH THE ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC TEACHERS

21st century education reform remains the stumbling block; Archdiocese
doing everything possible to keep students in classrooms


negotiating teams from the Office of Catholic Education and the Association of Catholic Teachers met last Thursday evening, all day Friday and have continued to meet today. On Sunday, proposals were exchanged but the Association of Catholic Teachers did not want any face-to-face discussions with the full Archdiocesan Negotiating Team. The Archdiocese is also disappointed that the Association is still asking for a 14.5% salary increase over three years the same amount they requested on September 4 before the strike.

While the Office of Catholic Education presented proposals that addressed the teachers' concerns about job security while maintaining our academic priorities, the Association has still not seriously discussed any substantial items regarding educational reform and advancement. The contract in question is one for both the present and the future.

As stated previously, the Office of Catholic Education is committed to achieving an agreement that will provide the flexibility to adapt to the ever-changing 21st century learning environment and provide its school families with the educational excellence they rightly respect and deserve. We are affirmed
in this resolve by the overwhelmingly supportive correspondence received from parents and school administrators over the past several days.

The current strike did not affect academic schedules at any of the 17 Archdiocesan high schools last week and overall student attendance was recorded at 94%. Students completed previously planned orientation programs. The schedule followed was the same as if teachers had been in the building. Should the teacher strike continue into next week, all schools are expected to open as scheduled on Monday and Tuesday. Standardized testing that had been scheduled for later in the month will
be administered to freshmen and sophomores at this time. Parents are asked to check individual school websites for updated scheduling information. The Office of Catholic Education is making every effort to minimize disruption to the academic year and bring a speedy resolution to the strike. We are anxious for our teachers to return to the classroom as soon as possible.

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Editor's Note: The contract currently under negotiation will affect approximately 800 lay teachers. In the five-county Philadelphia region 16,502 students attend 17 Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2010-2011 school year). For a complete list of schools in the Archdiocese, please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Recognized With National Award Corpus Christi Parish School And Nativity Of Our Lord Parish School Selected Blue Ribbon Schools

September 16, 2011

Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Recognized with National Award
Corpus Christi Parish School and Nativity of Our Lord Parish School Selected Blue Ribbon Schools

Corpus Christi Parish School (Lansdale, Montgomery County) and Nativity of Our Lord Parish School (Warminster, Bucks County) have been selected by the United States Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools. These two schools have been recognized as only two of 49 private and 255 public schools throughout the country. This brings the total of Archdiocesan elementary schools which have received this distinction to 15. Officials from both schools will attend a conference in Washington, D.C. in November where they will receive this prestigious award.

The Blue Ribbon Program, an effort on the part of the United States Department of Education to identify the best school leadership and best teaching practices, sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. Each year since 1982, the United States Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals. A list of the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available at www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html.

For more information about the 157 parish elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org/find-a-school/elementary-schools.

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Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul Opens Concert Series Experience The Best In Sacred And Classical Music In A Cathedral Setting.

September 16, 2011

CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL
OPENS CONCERT SERIES

Experience the best in Sacred and Classical Music in a Cathedral Setting.

The inaugural season of "Concerts at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul" features local and international groups in a six concert series in the sonic splendor of the historic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, located at 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia PA 19103.
Vox Renaissance Consort kicks off the season this evening.

Vox Renaissance Consort Angelus
Friday, September 16, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

Westminster Cathedral Choir
London, England
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Tenebrae Choir
London, England
Friday, November 4, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

The Williamson Voices
Westminster Choir College

Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.

The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Archdiocesan Choir of Philadelphia
Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.


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Editor's Note: For more information please contact John Romeri, Director Office for Liturgical Music at (215) 587-3696 or Jromeri@adphila.org; visit www.Cathedralphilaconcerts.org.

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Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding The Arrest Of Mr. Lou Spadaccini, Baseball Coach For Saints John Neumann And Maria Goretti Catholic High School

September 20, 2011

Statement from the Office of Catholic Education
Regarding the Arrest of Mr. Lou Spadaccini, Baseball Coach
for Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School

On Tuesday, September 20, 2011 the Philadelphia Police Department informed administrators for Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School that they had arrested Mr. Lou Spadaccini, the school's baseball coach. Mr. Spadaccini has been charged with corrupting the morals of a minor, endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault, reckless endangerment, interference with the custody of children, luring a child into a vehicle or structure, and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Mr. Spadaccini is now on administrative leave pending investigation, which means he is relieved of all duties within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has been baseball coach at Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School since 2006. He had previously served as Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Saint John Neumann High School in 1995. All of the required criminal background checks and child abuse clearances were in place.

School administrators sent a letter to school families today informing them of the arrest and asked if they had any information to contact the Philadelphia Police Department Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3263. The letter went on to say, "Please know that we join with you in concern for the safety of all of our children. If you need assistance or want to talk to someone about supporting your child through this situation please call the Archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection at 1-888-800-8780 or e-mail philavac@adphila.org."



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Archbishop Chaput To Celebrate Weekly Mass At Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul

September 27, 2011

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT TO CELEBRATE
WEEKLY MASS AT CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF
SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, will hear Confession and celebrate Mass weekly at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul beginning Sunday, October 9, 2011. Confessions will be heard each week at 5:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 6:30 p.m. The Cathedral is located at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Archbishop Chaput will be the celebrant and homilist. All are invited to attend. The homily from this Mass, along with Archbishop Chaput's other homilies, will be available for download each week as an mp3 file at www.archphila.org.

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Archbishop Chaput To Celebrate Respect Life Mass

September 29, 2011

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT TO CELEBRATE
RESPECT LIFE MASS

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the annual Respect Life Mass. This Mass marks the beginning of Respect Life Month during which all Catholics are encouraged to promote the culture of life.

Sunday, October 2, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Organized by the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Mass is a celebration of the Church's prolife teachings. The Respect Life Office promotes life through education, advocacy, and pastoral care programs.

Each year the United States Bishops Conference selects a theme for its Respect Life Program. This year's theme is "I came so that all may have life and have it in full" (John 10:10). The Respect Life Program is the cornerstone of the bishops' pro-life educational outreach. It launches on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday each October. The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes a packet of resources including articles on current issues, program suggestions, prayer resources and clip art.

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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact the Archdiocesan Respect Life Office at
215-587-5661; follow the office on Twitter at www.twitter.com/archphillyrl, or visit http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/.

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Pennsylvania Bishops Reaffirm Strong Opposition To Federal Hhs Mandate "religious 'exemption' In The Mandate Fails Miserably To Assure That Religious Conscience Is Protected"

September 29, 2011

PENNSYLVANIA BISHOPS REAFFIRM STRONG OPPOSITION TO FEDERAL HHS MANDATE
"Religious 'exemption' in the mandate fails miserably to assure that religious conscience is protected"

HARRISBURG (September 29) - The Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania yesterday reaffirmed their strong opposition to the mandate issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which would violate religious freedom and force private insurance plans to cover contraception-including abortifacients-and sterilization. The very narrow definition of "religious employer" would not apply to health insurance plans for Catholic hospitals, colleges or universities, social service agencies, and religious orders that employ lay persons and other Church ministries.

The Bishops endorsed the comments already submitted by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) and the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association (PCHA) and urged others concerned about religious liberty to also voice their objections to HHS and Congress. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia and Chairman of the PCC, said, "The HHS mandate is not simply 'bad' social policy, but precedent-setting in its disregard for conscience rights. There is no reasonable defense for a coercive approach to contraception in health insurance coverage, and Catholics need to make their opposition known firmly and immediately to the Department of Health and Human Services."

"Within the dioceses are over 3. 2 million Catholics; over 1,000 parishes; nearly 500 Catholic schools; 27 Catholic colleges; nearly 100 Catholic social service agencies; 14 Catholic hospitals; 34 long-term care facilities, numerous health care systems and other related health care entities; and over 6,000 women and men religious. The interim rule is one of significant impact upon the Church in Pennsylvania and that impact will not go unnoticed within the vast Catholic community," states PCC's comments to HHS.

"The religious 'exemption' in the mandate fails miserably to assure that religious conscience is protected. The religious exemption is so narrowly crafted that hospitals, universities, religious affiliated social service agencies, Catholic dioceses, parishes and even Catholic elementary schools would be subject to the contraceptive/sterilization mandate. Ignoring the broad nature of the Church's religious ministries and the care, services and education provided to a diverse group by mandating coverage is an unwarranted attack on religion in general."

The PCHA also expressed its "grave concern" at the government's attempt to define what is and what is not religious, calling it "fraught with danger."

"(The proposed HHS mandate) ignores this nation's foundations which were built upon freedom of conscience and freedom of religion. The (narrowly defined) religious exemption directly violates the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution."

The Bishops encouraged concerned citizens to take action by using the Pennsylvania Catholic Advocacy Network at www.pacatholic.org to submit comments to HHS by the September 30, 2011, deadline and urge Members of Congress to support legislation to stop this infringement of religious liberty.

The Bishops were meeting in Harrisburg for the annual Board of Governors meeting of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. They also affirmed their support of school choice and other legislative issues. More information about the PCC is available at www.pacatholic.org.

Contact
Amy B. Hill
Director of Communications, PA Catholic Conference
717-238-9613

Archbishop Chaput To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Mass

October 4, 2011

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT TO CELEBRATE
HISPANIC HERITAGE MASS

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the main celebrant and homilist at the annual Hispanic Heritage Mass.


Sunday, October 9, 2011
2:00 p.m. (Procession)
2:30 p.m. (Mass)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103



Hispanic Catholics will gather to celebrate their heritage and rich diversity along with the many priests serving in the Hispanic Apostolate throughout the Archdiocese. The festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. with an entrance procession of national flags and banners depicting patron saints of the 20 Latin American countries of Hispanic heritage as well as the Papal and American flags. Participants in the Mass are encouraged to dress in the traditional attire of their countries of origin. The Mass draws faithful from around the region to celebrate the diversity and unity of the Hispanic Catholic community. All are invited to attend.

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Editor's Note: For more information call the Office for Hispanic Catholics at 215-667-2820 or visit http://oficinahispanacatolica.org/

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Local Miracle Leads To Canonization Of Father Louis Guanella

October 5, 2011

LOCAL MIRACLE LEADS TO CANONIZATION
OF FATHER LOUIS GUANELLA

Blessed Father Louis Guanella (1842-1915), founder of the Religious Orders of the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence, and the Pious Union of Saint Joseph Prayer Association, will be canonized a saint in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, October 23, 2011.

Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia Robert P. Maginnis will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass celebrating Saint Guanella's feast day on

Monday, October 24, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Cardinal Krol Center at Don Guanella Village
1799 South Sproul Road
Springfield, PA 19064 (Delaware County)


The miraculous healing of a Delaware County man cleared the way for the Canonization of Father Louis Guanella. In March 2002, William Glisson, Jr. had a rollerblading accident in Springfield, Pennsylvania, that put him in a coma for some time and nearly cost him his life. Family members, friends, members of the Servants of Charity and residents of Don Guanella Village used two relics of Father Guanella's and their prayers to pray, through the intercession of Father Guanella, for his recovery. He was restored to full health.

Don Guanella Village, operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is located in Springfield, Pennsylvania, at 1797 South Sproul Road. It provides residential services for men and boys with developmental disabilities. The Village is composed of two residential facilities, Don Guanella School and The Cardinal Krol Center.

In November 2009, the medical commission of the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints declared there were no scientific, natural, or medical reasons for his cure. And in January 2010, the Pontifical Theological Commission confirmed that William Glisson's healing was obtained through the intercession of Blessed Father Louis Guanella.

A group of pilgrims, including William Glisson Jr., will depart for Rome the week prior to the Canonization. Bishop John J. McIntyre, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will represent Archbishop Chaput in Rome.

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Editors Note: For more information on Blessed Louis Guanella and the Servants of Charity, please visit www.servantsofcharity.org, or http://bit.ly/Guanelliani

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Pennsylvania Bishops Urge Support For Voucher Program And An Increase To Eitc Scholarships "now Is The Time To Ensure That Ideal Educational Opportunities Are Accessible And Available To All"

October 5, 2011

PENNSYLVANIA BISHOPS URGE SUPPORT FOR VOUCHER PROGRAM AND AN INCREASE TO EITC SCHOLARSHIPS
"Now is the time to ensure that ideal educational opportunities are accessible and available to all"

"School choice is the right choice for Pennsylvania's families." The Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania yesterday issued a statement (http://bit.ly/PCCVoucherandEITC) in support of legislative efforts to create a school voucher program and increase the already successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

The Bishops believe school choice is "a defining social justice issue of our society. Legislation currently being considered in Harrisburg could herald a new, more just era for education in Pennsylvania - an era in which we focus on the ideal educational environment for each student, not on a mandatory system in which students are assigned to a school based solely on geographic location. The current treatment of these children, particularly children from low-income families, is unjust and inequitable." Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia and Chairman of the PCC, said, "The debate over school vouchers and an increase in EITC funding is a pivotal moment for education in Pennsylvania. School choice is about more than education; it's also about opportunity, justice and parental rights Its goal is always the same-to empower parents to educate their children as they judge best, and to provide poor families with alternatives and real opportunities to succeed."

The Bishops continue, "Catholic and private schools already participate in the marketplace of education. We must meet the high expectations of parents, for they have the freedom to withdraw their students and choose a different school if they feel it will better meet their needs. Current school choice legislation places all educational institutions into this marketplace and recognizes the moral obligation of educating each and every child to their potential. The public schools of the state of Pennsylvania and the fine teachers and administrators who labor there are our collaborators in fulfilling this obligation, not our adversaries. School choice is not a public versus non-public school issue; it is a family and child issue. Each family should have a full range of educational options within its grasp; this is a civil right for every parent."

With school choice, parents have wider options for educating their children. Most will remain in public schools, but a significant number will choose to enroll or remain enrolled in non-public schools. With fewer students in public school, some of the financial pressure will be lessened on state and local budgets.

As the largest provider of non-public education in the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania's 500 plus Catholic schools have educated "millions of intelligent, active and community-minded Pennsylvanians. These schools educate both Catholics and non-Catholics in an academically excellent and nurturing environment. This essential service not only helps to create new generations of productive and engaged citizens, but also by saves over $4 billion tax dollars annually," according to the Bishops.

The Bishops are emphatic in their support of school choice, "We have reached a critical moment in the debate over school choice. Now is the time for the Pennsylvania legislature to ensure that ideal educational opportunities are accessible and available to all."

The Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC), Robert J. O'Hara, Jr., says, "Catholic schools have rolled out the welcome mat for students with vouchers and EITC scholarships. The schools stand poised and ready with enough empty seats to enroll thousands more students immediately."

The Bishops are calling upon the Catholic community to visit, call, write or send an email message through the Pennsylvania Catholic Advocacy Network to their elected officials urging them to pass the bill.

The Bishops were meeting in Harrisburg for the annual Board of Governors meeting of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. They also affirmed their opposition to a federal contraceptives mandate and their positions on other legislative issues. More information about the PCC is available at www.pacatholic.org.

Contact
Amy B. Hill
Director of Communicatons, PA Catholic Conference
717-238-9613

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Applauds Governor Corbett's School Choice Plan "school Choice Reinforces That Parents - Not The State - Are The Primary Educators Of Their Children"

October 11, 2011

PENNSYLVANIA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CORBETT'S SCHOOL CHOICE PLAN
"School choice reinforces that parents - not the state - are the primary educators of their children"

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) reiterates the Catholic community's support of school choice and applauds Governor Tom Corbett who today announced his plan to create a school voucher program and increase the already successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Chairman of the PCC said "It was very encouraging to hear Governor Corbett voice his support for the school voucher program and more EITC scholarship funding. His words should serve as a clarion call to the people of Pennsylvania. As citizens, we face a pivotal opportunity to improve the lives and enrich the minds of our children. School choice is the right choice for Pennsylvania. It will give families the freedom to educate their children as they see fit, and it offers real alternatives for underprivileged families who seek to give their children a chance to succeed."

Under the governor's school choice plan, parents would have access to more educational options for their children. EITC scholarships that already allow low and middle income parents to send their children to non-public schools would expand. With vouchers, qualified parents could move their children from a failing school to another public school, a charter school or a non-public school.

"The Catholic community agrees with Governor Corbett's call for action - students deserve access to educational opportunities that work for their learning needs and parents have the right to choose the school that is best for their child," said Robert J. O'Hara, Jr., Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. "Economic or social barriers often prevent families from accessing the educational options that would be best for them. A mandatory system in which students are assigned to a school based solely on geographic location is unjust and inequitable for many students, especially those in low-income families."

"Two weeks ago, the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania called school choice 'a defining social justice issue for our society.' Educating each and every child to his or her potential is our moral obligation," added O'Hara. "The Bishops do not see school choice as a public versus non-public school issue, but a family and child issue. Each family should have a full range of educational options for their children; it is a civil right for every parent.

Pennsylvania's 500 plus Catholic schools together are the largest provider of non-public education in the Commonwealth. These schools educate both Catholics and non-Catholics in an academically excellent and nurturing environment. This essential service not only helps to create new generations of productive and engaged citizens, but also by saves over $4 billion tax dollars annually.

More information about the PCC's advocacy for school choice is available at www.pacatholic.org.

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Contact
Amy B. Hill
Director of Communications, PA Catholic Conference
717-238-9613

Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul Concert Series Experience The Best In Sacred And Classical Music In A Cathedral Setting

October 12, 2011

CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL
CONCERT SERIES

Experience the best in Sacred and Classical Music in a Cathedral Setting

Westminster Cathedral Choir, the internationally acclaimed boys choir from London, performs this evening in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Since its foundation in 1903 the Westminster Cathedral Choir has been at the forefront of English church music. This will be the Choir's first performance at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Cathedral, the second stop in its eight-city-tour throughout the United States.

Westminster Cathedral Choir
London, England
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.


The inaugural season of "Concerts at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul" features local and international groups in a six concert series in the sonic splendor of the historic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, located at 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia PA 19103.

Upcoming concerts in the Series include:

Tenebrae Choir
London, England
Friday, November 4, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

The Williamson Voices
Westminster Choir College

Princeton, New Jersey
Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.

The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

The Archdiocesan Choir of Philadelphia
Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.


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Editor's Note: For more information please contact John Romeri, Director Office for Liturgical Music at (215) 587-3696 or Jromeri@adphila.org; visit www.Cathedralphilaconcerts.org.

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archbishop Chaput To Celebrate World Mission Sunday Mass Parishioners Provided Almost $4 Million To Mission Societies In 2010

October 20, 2011

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT TO CELEBRATE
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY MASS

Parishioners provided almost $4 million to Mission Societies in 2010

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the celebrant and homilist at the annual World Mission Sunday Mass. This Mass celebrates and supports the vital work of mission churches throughout the world.

Sunday, October 23, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


On World Mission Sunday, Catholics worldwide unite in Word and Sacrament to celebrate Jesus. They pray for the Church's missionary work, and give generously to the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Catholics in the United States are the largest supporters of the daily work and service that takes place in the 1,150 mission dioceses and territories around the world, which cover two-thirds of the globe.

Through the generosity of it faithful, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia provided $3, 915,179 to the Pontifical Mission Societies in 2010.

The Mass will also be attended by representatives from a variety of Religious Missionary organizations: Sacred Heart Missionaries, Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Father Chuck's Challenge, Food for the Poor and seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact the Archdiocesan Pontifical Missions Societies Office at 215-587-3944 or visit www.onefamilyinmission.org.

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Scenes From Rome A Reflection By Bishop John Mcintyre

October 24, 2011

Scenes From Rome
A Reflection By Bishop John McIntyre

Note: Bishop McIntyre represented Archbishop Chaput at the Canonization of Saint Luigi Guanella

Greetings from Rome!

It is a perfect Fall day in Rome. Under a beautiful blue sky, Pope Benedict XVI presided at Mass in Saint Peter's Square during which three members of the Church were canonized: Don Luigi Guanella, Bishop Guido Conforti and Mother Bonifacio Rodriguez De Castro. The piazza was full of pilgrims from many parts of Italy and the world. They represented the countries from which the newly canonized came and the peoples now served by the religious communities which they founded. All three saints were instruments through which God responded to the needs of the Church during a particular time. Now, that gift given through each of these saints, lives on and continues to build up the Church in and through the members of the communities which came into being through them.

It is a particular joy for the Church in Philadelphia to witness the canonization of Don Luigi Guanella. Members of the Servants of Charity, founding by Don Guanella serve at the Cardinal Krol Center, caring for mentally handicapped men. For many years, the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence, also founded by Don Guanella, served mentally handicapped woman at Divine Providence Village. The love of God for the poor, the handicapped, widows and orphans was made manifest through Saint Luigi Guanella and continues to enrich and strengthen the Church in Philadelphia.

Bill Glisson, who is the recipient of the miracle for the canonization of Don Guanella, is a member of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and was present with his family for this morning's Mass. It was very moving to see him carry the relics of Saint Luigi Guanella to the Holy Father and then take them to a place of honor near the altar. Through the intercession of our new saint, Bill was healed and restored to health after a very serious accident.

It is a wonderful day for the Church. We have been given three new saints who will inspire us by their example and help us through their intercession to grow in holiness in the vocation to which God has called each one of us.

Saint Luigi Guanella, DSaint Guido Conforti and Saint Bonifacia Rodriguez pray for us!

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Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Nutrional Development Services Recieves Donation For Archdiocesan Cupboards Online Grocer Supports Local Food Cupboards In Their Fight Against Hunger

October 26, 2011

NUTRIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES RECIEVES DONATION
FOR ARCHDIOCESAN CUPBOARDS

Online grocer supports local food cupboards in their fight against hunger

Three food cupboards from Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will receive food donations from Peapod, an online grocery retailer.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
10:00-10:30 a.m.

SHARE Food Program
2901 West Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19129


Students from Holy Cross School, in Philadelphia's Mount Airy section, and Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Bryn Mawr, will be on hand to help unload the truck into waiting vehicles from local food pantries including Theresa Maxis Center (Southwest Philadelphia), Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center (North Philadelphia) and Incarnation of Our Lord Parish (North Philadelphia).

This event is the kick off for a project involving approximately 20 schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia conducting lessons in hunger and nutritional education.

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Editor's Note:For more information on Nutritional Development Services, please contact Anne Ayella at 267-262-8901 or visit http://www.ndsarch.org/

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Catholic Life Congress 2011 The Word Of The Lord Abides Forever

October 27, 2011

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
CATHOLIC LIFE CONGRESS 2011

The Word of the Lord abides forever

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will open the 2011 Catholic Life Congress with the celebration of Mass. This educational gathering for faithful, religious, deacons and priests features keynote speakers, presentations and workshops geared toward faith formation and educational development.

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Opening Mass- 9:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Catholic Life Congress- 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The Sheraton Hotel
17th and Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103


The keynote speakers are Thomas Smith, author and former Director of Denver Catholic Biblical School, and Nelly Lorenzo, Coordinator of Leadership and Catechist Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

This year's theme is "The Word of the Lord abides forever" taken from Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic exhortation on Sacred Scripture, Verbum Domini. This document presents the Church's teaching of Sacred Scripture and how the Bible is to be read, interpreted and prayed in the life of the Church.

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Editor's Note: To obtain more information or to register for Catholic Life Congress please call
215-587-0500 or visit http://bit.ly/AOPCLC2011.

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Saints John Neumann And Maria Goretti Catholic High School To Celebrate Ground Breaking For New Saints Field House

October 28, 2011

SAINTS JOHN NEUMANN AND MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE GROUND BREAKING FOR NEW SAINTS FIELD HOUSE

Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School in South Philadelphia will celebrate a ground breaking ceremony for the new Saints Field House. School President, John Murawski, representatives from the Office of Catholic Education and members of the student body will participate in the ground breaking.

Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School is the home of the Saints. The ground breaking takes on additional significance as it will occur on All Saints Day.

3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Future site of Saints Field House
26th and Moore Streets
(Formerly Saint John Neumann High School; currently Saint John Neumann Place Home)
Philadelphia, PA 19148


Once the field house is completed in April 2012 it will include spacious locker rooms, a film room, coach's office, restrooms, a concession stand and a storage room. The field house is being built on the parking lot of Saint John Neumann Place, an independent living community for seniors. Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia converted the site of the former boys' only high school to create and administer this community.

For more information about Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School please visit www.neumanngorettihs.org/.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archbishop Chaput To Celebrate 49th Annual Saint Martin De Porres Mass

November 4, 2011

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT TO CELEBRATE
49th ANNUAL SAINT MARTIN DE PORRES MASS

Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the main celebrant and homilist at the annual Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Saint Martin de Porres Mass.

Sunday, November 6, 2011
2:00 p.m. (Musical Prelude)
2:30 p.m. (Mass)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


The Saint Martin de Porres Mass is the largest annual gathering of Black Catholics in the Archdiocese. At this Mass, the Black Catholic community will greet Archbishop Chaput for the first time.

The appeal of Saint Martin de Porres is universal. Called an apostle of charity; patron of social justice; father of the sick and the poor; wonder worker of Peru; and helper in hopeless cases, he is a powerful intercessor to those in need.

Saint Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579. The illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a black freewoman from Panama, he faced poverty and hardship through out his life. He devoted himself to caring for the poor and sick. After much struggle, he was allowed to become a Dominican brother. Pope John XXIII canonized Martin de Porres in 1962, making him the first saint of color in the Americas.

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Editor's Note: For more information call the Office for Black Catholics at 215-587-3541.

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Media Advisory - Photo Op 75,000 Pounds Of Peanut Butter And Jelly Goes A Long Way- Archdiocesan Youth And Nutritional Development Services Team Up To Fight Hunger

November 4, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY - PHOTO OP

75,000 POUNDS OF PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY GOES
A LONG WAY

Archdiocesan youth and Nutritional Development Services team up to fight hunger

On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, Nutritional Development Services (NDS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will celebrate the successful completion of its 2011 Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive in conjunction with Archdiocesan schools and outreach programs.

The photo op will take place at Don Guanella Village operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in Springfield, Delaware County. The Divine Providence Community Outreach Program was one of 85 participants in the drive. More than 75,000 pounds of PB&J have been collected since September 12, 2011.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
1:00 p.m.
Don Guanella Village
1797 South Sproul Road
Springfield, PA 19064 (Delaware County)


Nutritional Development Services' mission 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. The food collected from NDS' Annual PB&J Drive will go to 30 food cupboards throughout the region at a time when hunger is prevalent in the city and suburbs.

Key Visuals:

- Program Director and adult members of the Divine Providence Community Outreach Program at Don Guanella Village presenting their contribution for the PB&J drive to NDS representatives
- Additional quantities of PB&J collected at other schools will also be on display

Key Participants:

- Lorraine M. Knight, Director of Nutritional Development Services
- Anne Ayella, Assistant Director for Community Relations, NDS
- Denise Hopkins, Administrator for Community Food Program, NDS
- Catherine T. Fitzgerald, Program Director for Divine Providence Community Outreach Program, Don Guanella Village
- Adult members of the Community Outreach Program

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Editor's Note: To find out more about Nutritional Development Services visit http://www.ndsarch.org/. To learn more about Don Guanella Village visit http://bit.ly/DonGuanellaVillage. For more information about schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocesan Students Depart For Harrisburg To Rally For School Choice

November 11, 2011

Archdiocesan Students Depart for Harrisburg to Rally for School Choice

Archdiocesan High School students will be attending a rally in Harrisburg to make their voices heard to legislators about the importance of School Choice.


Busses will depart at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

FROM
Archbishop John Carroll High School
211 Matson Ford Road
Radnor, PA 19087(Delaware County)

AND
Archbishop Ryan High School
11201 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154


A rally will take place at the Capitol Rotunda at 1:00 p.m. The Archdiocese is urging families to contact their legislators by visiting them in person, sending letters, emails, and making calls urging support School Choice legislation.

For more information please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org/.

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Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Mass Of Thanksgiving For The Canonization Of Father Louis Guanella

November 21, 2011

MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE CANONIZATION
OF FATHER LOUIS GUANELLA

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of Saint Louis Guanella.

Sunday, November 27, 2011
12:00 p.m.
Saint Pius X Parish
220 Lawrence Road
Broomall, PA 19008 (Delaware County)


Saint Louis Guanella (1842-1915), priest and founder of the Religious Orders of the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence, and the Pious Union of Saint Joseph Prayer Association, was canonized a saint in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI on October 23, 2011. The miraculous healing of a Delaware County man cleared the way for the Canonization of Father Louis Guanella.

The local community will gather at this Mass to offer thanks along with the Servants of Charity, the residence, staff, and families of Don Guanella Village, Divine Providence Village, and Saint Edmond's Home. These three facilities are operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. They provide residential and day care services for men, women, and children with developmental disabilities.

Saint Pius X, Pope from 1903 to 1914, was a contemporary of Saint Louis Guanella. He supported the Saint's ministry and was the first member of the Pious Union of Saint Joseph Prayer Association, established by Saint Louis Guanella to promoted prayer for the suffering and dying.

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Editors Note: For more information on Saint Louis Guanella and the Servants of Charity please visit www.servantsofcharity.org. To learn more on Don Guanella and Divine Providence Village and Saint Edmond's Home of Catholic Social Services visit http://www.developmentalprogramsphilly.org.

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialists
215-587-3747

Seminary Establishes Chair In Honor Of Cardinal Foley Cardinal Foley's Contributions To The Universal Church And The Field Of Communications Honored With A Permanent Chair

November 21, 2011

SEMINARY ESTABLISHES CHAIR IN HONOR OF CARDINAL FOLEY

Cardinal Foley's contributions to the Universal Church
and the field of Communications honored with a permanent Chair

In recognition of his outstanding priestly service to the Catholic Church and distinguished accomplishments as a professional communicator, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, located in Wynnewood (Montgomery County), announces the establishment of The John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communication.

The Seminary's Administration and Board of Trustees voted unanimously to create the Chair in Cardinal Foley's name. The Chair will serve to train seminarians in Homiletics, which is the art of rhetoric in public preaching, and to cultivate a practical knowledge and mastery of modern communication media.

In establishing this Chair, the Seminary expresses esteem for Cardinal Foley, one of its most-distinguished alumni, and seeks to perpetuate his high standards of communicating the Gospel message in the life and ministry of future generations of priests.


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Editor's Note: For more information about Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary please visit www.scs.edu. Individuals wishing to contribute funding to the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communications should contact 610-785-6231 or advancement@scs.edu.

Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Announces The Appointment Of Seven New Members To The Archdiocesan Review Board

November 22, 2011

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF
SEVEN NEW MEMBERS TO THE ARCHDIOCESAN REVIEW BOARD

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced the appointment of seven new members to serve on the Archdiocesan Review Board, the consultative panel which advises the Archbishop of Philadelphia throughout the process of assessing allegations of sexual abuse of minors, evaluating clerics' suitability for ministry, and the continual review of Archdiocesan policies and procedures related to these matters.

Archbishop Chaput said, "These individuals, Catholic and non-Catholic, possess a broad range of professional competencies that are essential to conducting a review process that is equally thorough and just to all who may be involved. Non-clerical external advisers such as these are crucial to the process as they provide a high level of expertise coupled with objective advice. I am grateful to all of them for their willingness to serve on the Archdiocesan Review Board and look forward to the unique perspective that each will bring to the table."

The new appointees, for whom additional biographical information is available in the attached document, include:

-Michael Boyle, retired Lieutenant, Philadelphia Police Department Child Abuse Unit, and current Program Director at Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center.

-Charles Ehrlich, Judge-elect of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, former Assistant Chief of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, current member of the Philadelphia Children's Alliance Board of Directors and Associate at the law firm Marshall, Dennehey Warner, Coleman, & Goggin.

-Arnold Gordon, a retired prosecutor who served as First Assistant District Attorney with 40 years of experience working in various units of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

-Janet Shaw Lemoine, a former project coordinator with the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute, where her responsibilities included training victim witness coordinators from D.A.'s offices and community-based victim assistance programs throughout the Commonwealth.

-Richmond Parsons, a law enforcement veteran of over 20 years currently serving as Deputy Chief of Offender Services in the Montgomery County Adult Probation and Parole Department.

-Laura Rogers, a former prosecutor, served as the Deputy Director of the Criminal Division of the Navy's Judge Advocate General, which was preceded by her work as Director of the SMART Office at the U.S. Department of Justice implementing the Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act.

-Robert Spinelli, a Partner at the law firm Kelley, Jasons, McGowan, Spinelli, Hanna, & Reber, LLP, a former prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office who specializes in cases involving companies defending mass tort litigation.

The Archdiocesan Review Board now consists of eleven total members, each of whom is appointed to serve a four-year or five-year term, which is renewable. The remaining members include Ana Maria Catanzaro (Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Nursing Programs, Holy Family University), David Ingle (licensed clinical psychologist), Reverend Monsignor Thomas Owens (Pastor, Saint Alphonsus Parish), and Anne Shenberger (Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates/Youth Advocates, Inc.).

ADDITIONAL STEPS TAKEN BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO
STRENGTHEN ITS COMMITMENT TO THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN,
VICTIM ASSISTANCE AND PRIESTLY INTEGRITY


-Throughout the summer and fall, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has partnered with Bucks County-based Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) to present a Mandatory Reporter Training program. The program's goal is to increase the understanding among over 24,000 clergy, employees, parish and school staff, coaches and volunteers regarding their role and responsibility in the mandated reporting of child abuse under the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (CPSL).

-The Delegate for Investigations, Mr. Al Toczydlowski, is now the point of contact for all complaints of misconduct ranging from potential boundary issues to allegations of sexual abuse. He is responsible for reporting all such complaints and allegations to law enforcement and oversees and facilitates all aspects of Archdiocesan investigations from receipt of a complaint through examination by the Archdiocesan Review Board to the presentation of a recommendation to the Archbishop.

-The Archdiocese hired Ms. Leslie Davila, who previously worked as assistant director of victim services and a victim assistance coordinator in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, as Director of the Office for Child and Youth Protection. Ms. Davila oversees the Archdiocesan efforts to protect children and young people and the efforts toward healing and reconciliation for those sexually abused as minors.

-Mrs. Gina Maisto Smith, a veteran child abuse prosecutor who formerly worked in Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, was hired by the Archdiocese to examine the cases of concern to the Grand Jury, to review the procedures employed by the Archdiocese, to make recommendations to Archbishop Chaput, and to assist in the Archdiocese's communications with the District Attorney's Office.

-The Archdiocese once again retained the services of Mary Achilles as a Consultant to advise the Archdiocese regarding how best to address the needs of victims of sexual abuse and to assist in our review of the observations and recommendations of the Grand Jury Report released in February
2011. Ms. Achilles, who previously served as a Consultant to the Archdiocese from 2006 through 2008, was appointed by former Governor Tom Ridge as the first-ever Victim Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to this, Ms. Achilles worked in a variety of capacities including fourteen years in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

-The Archdiocese launched a series of periodic bulletin inserts providing information to parishioners about action steps taken to advance the protection of children, assist victims, and ensure the integrity of the priesthood.

ARCHDIOCESAN REVIEW BOARD MEMBERS
as of November 2011


Michael Boyle
Michael Boyle currently serves as the first Program Director at the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center, which was established to provide assistance to sexual assault victims in need of independent, victim-centered evidence recovery efforts. A 30-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, Boyle attained the rank of Lieutenant and served for fourteen years as the Commanding Officer in the Child Abuse Unit, where he was responsible for administrative oversight of a collaborative investigative process that included child welfare authorities, medical professionals and forensic interviewers working on approximately 1,700 reported cases of child abuse or neglect each year.

Ana Maria Catanzaro
Ana Maria Catanzaro teaches and is Chair of the graduate nursing programs in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at Holy Family University. Dr. Catanzaro has been a registered nurse for thirty-three years and formerly served children in the School District of Philadelphia as a school nurse and compliance officer designee for protected handicapped students. Dr. Catanzaro's educational background is in public health nursing, clinical research, and moral theology. In addition to serving on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Review Board, she also serves on the National Review Board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Charles Ehrlich
Judge-elect of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and currently an Associate at the law firm Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Coggin, Charles Ehrlich previously worked for 24 years in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office - including seven years as Assistant Chief of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit. His responsibilities included training the Unit's new prosecutors and working closely with the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit to investigate child abuse and rape cases. Ehrlich also serves on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Children's Alliance, which assists victims of child abuse and works with the Police Department and City's Department of Human Services to investigate child abuse allegations.

Arnold Gordon
A prosecutor with 40 years of experience in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice, Arnold Gordon most recently served as First Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. He previously served as Chief of the D.A.'s Homicide, Felony Waiver, and Municipal Court Units. As a Special Attorney in the Justice Department's Organized Crime section, Gordon played a major role in the investigation and subsequent conviction in one of the most significant racketeering cases in U.S. history.

David Ingle
David Ingle is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice specializing in child abuse, sex offender treatment, termination of parental rights and sexual dangerousness estimates. A victim of childhood sexual abuse himself, Dr. Ingle has worked for years to increase awareness of the complicated issues around sexual abuse for victims, and to provide evaluations and risk assessments for those convicted or accused of sexual crimes. Dr. Ingle is the former Director of Adult Programs at the Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. and has worked in Department of Corrections facilities that manage sexual criminals serving civil and criminal sentences.

Janet Shaw Lemoine
A member of the Pennsylvania Bar, Janet Shaw Lemoine is a former victim advocate and trainer with 16 years of experience in Philadelphia and across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Victim/Witness Training and Networking Project funded through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and administered by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. Her responsibilities included training, trouble-shooting and networking statewide with both system-based victim/witness coordinators as well as community based agencies. She previously served as Director of Northwest Victim Services, the first community based comprehensive victim service agency in Philadelphia. Prior to her work with victims, Ms. Lemoine served as a Secondary School teacher with the Philadelphia School District. She has a Master's Degree from Villanova University and a law degree from the Delaware Law School of Widener University.

Reverend Monsignor Thomas Owens
A native Philadelphian who grew up in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Monsignor Thomas Owens serves as Pastor of Saint Alphonsus Parish in Maple Glen, Montgomery County. Before arriving at Saint Alphonsus, Monsignor Owens served as the Dean of Formation at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Richmond Parsons
A nationally recognized trainer with more than twenty years of experience in law enforcement, probation and parole, Richmond Parsons currently serves as Deputy Chief of Offender Services in the Montgomery County Adult Probation and Parole Department. He has conducted trainings for local, state and national probation and parole agencies on topics such as computer search and seizure, sex offender management and leadership. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Montgomery County Sex Offender Task Force and works with the Montgomery County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He is also a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Probation and Secretary of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Laura Rogers
Laura Rogers served as the Director of the Center for Litigation Training and Community Practice Management and the Deputy Director of the Criminal Law Division of the Navy's Office of the Judge Advocate General, where she served as the Navy's expert on military justice issues. She also acted as legal advisor on the operations of the Sexual Assault Prevention Training Program. In 2006, she was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Founding Director of the Department of Justice's Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) office, where she was responsible for the implementation of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Prior to her work with the federal government, Rogers founded and served as Director of the National Institute for Training Child Abuse Professionals, where she trained prosecutors, medical and law enforcement professionals, forensic interviewers, therapists and protective service workers on a range of topics related to child sexual and physical abuse. She is a former prosecutor from San Diego County where she specialized in child homicide and child sexual molestation prosecutions.

Anne Shenberger
Anne Shenberger is Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/Youth Advocates Inc. She served for over twenty years as the Southeast Regional Director of Pennsylvania's Office of Children, Youth and Families. In that role, she was responsible for the investigation of allegations of child abuse in foster and adoptive homes, group homes, residential facilities and day care centers. She has a Master's Degree in social work from Bryn Mawr College and is a licensed social worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition to the Archdiocese Review Board, she serves on the Board of Directors of several other nonprofit agencies in the Philadelphia area.

Robert Spinelli
A former prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Mr. Spinelli is now a partner at the law firm Kelley Jasons McGowan Spinelli Hanna & Reber. Mr. Spinelli specializes in representing companies involved in mass tort litigation. He has extensive experience in overall claims management for companies involved in hundreds of thousands of claims nationwide. In addition to organizing and participating in numerous legal seminars on mass tort litigation all across the country, Mr. Spinelli has lectured on medico-legal issues at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine and Temple University.


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Editor's Note: For continuing updates and additional background information on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's commitment to child protection, victim assistance and priestly integrity please visit www.archphila.org.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocesan Parishes To Implement Revised Translation Of The Roman Missal At Masses This Weekend

November 23, 2011

ARCHDIOCESAN PARISHES TO IMPLEMENT REVISED TRANSLATION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL AT MASSES THIS WEEKEND

Below please find the text of a letter Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. sent to all priests, deacons and lay faithful in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia last weekend regarding the implementation of the revised edition of the Roman Missal at Masses this weekend.

During this first weekend of Advent, all 266 parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will join with parishes across the country in using the new translation of the Roman Missal for the first time. This edition includes updated translations of existing prayers, including well-known responses and acclamations, among other changes. Parishes in the Archdiocese have prepared to adopt the new translation over the past two years. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/AOPRomanMissal and http://bit.ly/USCCBRomanMissal.

FULL TEXT OF ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT'S LETTER


November 20, 2011

My brother priests and deacons,

My brothers and sisters of the lay faithful,

Next Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, is an historic occasion for Catholics throughout the United States. After forty-some years, we will celebrate Mass with a revised English translation. This is a translation of the 2002 third edition of the Roman Missal and the fruit of many years of intense work to provide a more faithful rendering of the Latin prayers into English. Here in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, we have prepared for more than two years to receive this new translation focusing not only on new words but on the Mystery the Liturgy celebrates, the Mystery of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.

The use of this revised English translation gives us-clergy and the faithful-many new opportunities to reconsider the centrality of the Mass in our lives, to learn more about our Faith from the Mass prayers, to evaluate our preparation and our manner of celebration. These are ongoing opportunities that each of us, over the months and years ahead, must take seriously so that our celebration of the Eucharist will be more fully directed to the glory of the Triune God and to our growth in holiness of life.

The next few weeks will require careful attention as we sing and say new responses and prayers, and there may be some awkwardness and confusion. However, in a short time there will be again an ease to our participation in the celebration of Mass with the new translation. I encourage the use of worship aids and even some instruction at Mass for a reasonable and smooth transition. Even though the new texts will be in use, providing catechesis and information on the translation must also continue.

I hope that this historic event, the use of a revised English translation of the Roman Missal, will also signal a renewed commitment to the Sunday Eucharist, to celebrate it with greater beauty and dignity and to live from it more profoundly and intently.

May God give you peace and every blessing.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia

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Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
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Saints John Neumann And Maria Goretti Catholic High School To Hold Ribbon Cutting And Dedication For I-pad Lab

November 28, 2011

SAINTS JOHN NEUMANN AND MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
TO HOLD RIBBON CUTTING AND DEDICATION FOR I-PAD LAB

Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School in South Philadelphia will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication for the first iPad Lab in an Archdiocesan High School. The iPad Lab/Learning Center will be equipped with 30 iPads, a smart board, projector and instructor's station.

3:30 p.m.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School - Second Floor
1736 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148


The iPad lab was made possible by the generosity of the Bishop John Neumann High School class of 1960 and the Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Parents Association.

For more information about Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School please visit www.neumanngorettihs.org/.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Father Judge High School Closed Tomorrow

December 5, 2011

FATHER JUDGE HIGH SCHOOL CLOSED TOMORROW

Father Judge High School will be closed on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 due to the situation that led some attendees at Sunday's cheerleading competition at the school to seek medical attention for eye and skin irritations.

The school was closed today because of a previously scheduled in-service for teachers. Health and safety officials spent the day inspecting the school's gym but could not determine the source of the irritant.

The school will remain closed tomorrow out of an abundance of caution and so that officials can do additional testing. Parents are being informed at this hour of tomorrow's closure. No decisions regarding any day beyond tomorrow have been made.

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Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

News Release From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Mr. Dennis Reitano, Principal Of St. Madeline-st. Rose School

December 6, 2011

News Release from the Office of Catholic Education
Regarding Mr. Dennis Reitano, Principal of St. Madeline-St. Rose School

Mr. Dennis Reitano, principal of Saint Madeline-Saint Rose School in Ridley Park, Delaware County, has been placed on administrative leave effective Monday, December 5, 2011, after concerns were raised during a Safe Environment lesson. A report was made to law enforcement and authorities are investigating.

School families were sent a letter Monday evening via-email informing them that Mr. Reitano has been placed on administrative leave and a hard copy of the letter is being sent home today. The letter stated, "Nothing is more important to all of us at Saint Madeline - Saint Rose School than the safety and security of your children-we are all committed to creating a healthy academic environment for the children."

The letter also encourages parents to contact authorities with any additional information or concerns. Counselors from the Delaware County Intermediate Unit were made available today for anyone who wanted to speak with them about the situation. Parents needing guidance on how to talk to their children about this can contact the Office for Child and Youth Protection directly at 1-888-800-8780 or e-mail philavac@adphila.org.

Safe Environment is a comprehensive program which provides an age-appropriate curriculum regarding healthy relationships between young people and adults. The Archdiocese provides this education to almost 120,000 young people every year in our schools and parish religious education programs. For more information about resources available to parents please visit Creating a Network of Prevention and Protection at http://bit.ly/OCEPreventionandProtection.

Mr. Reitano has been principal at Saint Madeline-Saint Rose School since 2009. He taught at the following schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: Saint Richard School, Philadelphia (1985-1995); Stella Maris School, Philadelphia (1981-1985); Saint Thomas Aquinas School, Philadelphia (1977-1981); The Trinity School, Philadelphia (1974-1976); Saint Aloysius School, Philadelphia (November -December 1973) and Saint Ludwig School, Philadelphia (1972-1973).

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Donna Farrell
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Father Judge High School Declared Safe But Will Remain Closed Tomorrow

December 6, 2011

FATHER JUDGE HIGH SCHOOL DECLARED SAFE
BUT WILL REMAIN CLOSED TOMORROW

The administration of Father Judge High School was notified late this afternoon by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health that it was safe for its school to be open to students. Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of its students and faculty, as well as concern for those who experienced eye and skin irritation after visiting the school for a cheerleading competition last Sunday, the school will remain closed tomorrow.

Over the past two days, the Philadelphia Police, Fire, and Public Health Departments have investigated the situation. The continued presence of risky hazardous materials or agents has been ruled out. The high school is working with an outside environmental firm to conduct additional testing which would not have otherwise been performed. Those results are expected tomorrow afternoon. Pending those results, school would reopen on Thursday, December 8th. School families are being informed at this hour.

The Father Judge High School community is extremely grateful to all city agencies who have worked to ensure the safety of their school.

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Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Father Judge High School To Reopen Tomorrow

December 7, 2011

FATHER JUDGE HIGH SCHOOL TO REOPEN TOMORROW

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health notified Father Judge High School that its buildings were safe. Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of its students and faculty, as well as concern for those who experienced eye and skin irritation last week, the school elected to proceed with additional testing through an outside environmental firm that would not have been performed otherwise.

The results, which were received this afternoon, could not conclusively point to the source of the eye and skin irritation experienced by visitors to the school last Sunday. Their findings mirror the Department of Public Health's position that the school environment is safe. Classes will resume tomorrow, Thursday, December 8, 2011, at the regular time. Parents are being informed at this hour.

The administration of Father Judge High School is extremely grateful to the Philadelphia Police, Fire, and Public Health Departments as well the Office of Emergency Management for all of their efforts to ensure the safety of the school's students, faculty, and staff.

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Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Music To Greet Our Lady Of Guadalupe The Cathedral Will Be Filled With Song And Roses

December 9, 2011

MUSIC TO GREET OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

The Cathedral will be filled with song and roses

The Hispanic Community of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will gather in anticipation of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12th) to celebrate Las Mañanitas -a serenading of Our Lady on the vigil of her feast day - followed by Mass. The main celebrant and homilist will be Monsignor Hugh Shields, Pastor of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish (South Philadelphia).

Sunday, December 11, 2011
9:00 p.m. Mass (full schedule below)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Faithful from several parishes in the city of Philadelphia will process to the Cathedral on foot. Pilgrims from Visitation B.V.M Parish, Saint Michael Parish, and Saint Peter the Apostle Parish are expected to process from North Philadelphia to the Cathedral.

Parishioners from Saint Thomas Aquinas and Annunciation B.V.M. in South Philadelphia will gather at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, located on 1719 Morris Street, Philadelphia 19145.

6:00 p.m.: Rosary at Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish
7:00 p.m.: Procession from Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish to the Cathedral
8:00 p.m.: Arrival at the Cathedral and Mañanitas (serenading by mariachi and the faithful)
9:00 p.m.: Mass with Mariachi Music

The celebration will conclude with an indoor procession in the Cathedral and a presentation of roses to Our Lady of Guadalupe. All are invited to attend.


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Editor's Note: For more information, including routes for the processions, please contact the Office for Hispanic Catholics at 215-667-2820.

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal John Patrick Foley Dies At The Age Of 76

December 11, 2011

CARDINAL JOHN PATRICK FOLEY DIES AT THE AGE OF 76

Cardinal John Patrick Foley, Grand Master Emeritus of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and former President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, died this morning at the age of 76. Cardinal Foley was ordained a priest on May 19, 1962, an Archbishop on May 8, 1984 and elevated to the College of Cardinals on November 24, 2007. He died at Villa St. Joseph in Darby, Delaware County early this morning. Funeral arrangements are pending.

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal John Foley," said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia. "Cardinal Foley was a man of great apostolic energy. Anyone who met him was immediately aware of his intense love for the Church and his zeal for communicating the Gospel. By the sheer force of his personality, he drew people to the faith and to himself. I was pleased that he was able to come home during the final months of his life. No matter where he lived or how he served the Church over the years, he always considered Philadelphia his home."

Archbishop Chaput continued, "I ask the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to offer prayers for Cardinal Foley, and I invite our priests to offer Masses for the repose of his soul. All of us are very grateful for the life and service of Cardinal Foley. His charisma and gentle spirit will be sorely missed throughout the Universal Church. May God grant him the gift of eternal life, and give peace and consolation to all those who loved, admired, and respected him."


John Patrick Foley was born to John and Regina Foley on November 11, 1935 at Fitzgerald-Mercy Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Holy Spirit Parish in Sharon Hill, Delaware County, on the outskirts of Philadelphia.

He attended Saint Joseph's Preparatory School from 1949 to 1953 and obtained a Bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Saint Joseph's College in 1957. He entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary that year and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 19, 1962.

He was assigned to further studies earning a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He also received a Licentiate degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas and earned his Doctorate in Philosophy from the same institution after completing the required coursework in only one year. During his time in Rome, he also served as Assistant Editor and Vatican correspondent for the archdiocesan newspaper, The Catholic Standard and Times.

Upon his return to the Archdiocese in 1966, then-Father Foley was appointed Assistant Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Philadelphia, while serving on the faculty of Cardinal Dougherty High School. From 1967 to 1984, he also served on the faculty of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary teaching philosophy and acting as a spiritual director for men aspiring to the Priesthood.

From 1966 until 1974, he was also co-producer and co-host of the Philadelphia Catholic Hour on local radio station WFIL and served as Editor-in-Chief of The Catholic Standard & Times from 1970 to 1984.

In 1976, He was named an honorary Prelate of His Holiness by Pope Paul VI, receiving the title of Monsignor. From 1979 to 1984, he served as Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.

In 1984, he was named an Archbishop by the late Pope John Paul II and appointed President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and named an Archbishop. He faithfully fulfilled this role for 23 years and spearheaded numerous evangelization efforts through the worldwide media. His consecration as an Archbishop took place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on May 8, 1984. Cardinal John Krol served as the principal consecrator with Bishops Martin Lohmuller and Thomas Welsh serving as co-consecrators.

For 25 years, beginning in 1984, then-Archbishop Foley provided commentary for American television viewers of the Christmas Midnight Mass from Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. His last appearance on NBC-TV's national broadcast of this Mass was in December 2009.

On June 17, 2007 Pope Benedict XVI named him Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, which lends spiritual and financial support to the Catholic Church in the Holy Land and helps maintain Christian shrines in that region.

Pope Benedict XVI elevated then-Archbishop John P. Foley to the Cardinalate at a Consistory in Saint Peter's Basilica on November 24, 2007 and named him Cardinal-Deacon of the Church of San Sebastiano al Palatino in Rome. He was the seventh priest ordained for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to be elevated to the College of Cardinals.


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Funeral Arrangements For Cardinal John Patrick Foley

December 12, 2011

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR CARDINAL JOHN PATRICK FOLEY

Cardinal John Patrick Foley, Grand Master Emeritus of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and former President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, died on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Villa Saint Joseph in Darby, Pennsylvania (Delaware County). Cardinal Foley was 76 years old.

He was ordained a priest on May 19, 1962, an Archbishop on May 8, 1984 and elevated to the College of Cardinals on November 24, 2007.

All are welcome to participate in any of the events.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096 (Montgomery County)

Schedule:
9:00 a.m.: Transfer of the Body in the main lobby of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Reception of the Body followed by Midmorning Prayer in the Chapel of Saint Martin of Tours.

Following Midmorning Prayer Cardinal Foley's body will lie in state for public viewing in the Chapel of Saint Martin of Tours.

7:00 p.m.: Mass celebrated by Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. Following Mass the Chapel will be closed.

Friday, December 16, 2011
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Schedule:
9:15 a.m. (approximately): Funeral motorcade departs Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary en route to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

10:00 a.m.: Reception of the Body in the Cathedral Basilica followed by Midmorning Prayer.

Following Midmorning Prayer Cardinal Foley's body will lie in state for public viewing in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul until 1:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m.: Solemn Funeral Mass for Cardinal Foley followed by the Rite of Committal in the Cathedral Crypt (located below the main altar).

More specific details regarding the funeral arrangements will be released as soon as they are available.


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Editor's Note: Media are welcome to cover all events. At Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary space will be provided for cameras and still photographers. Archdiocesan staff will be on hand to assist.

All events taking place at the Cathedral will be streamed live on the Archdiocesan website (www.archphila.org) and a mult-box feed will be available. A pool will be provided for still photographs. Details regarding this pool will be released as soon as they are available.

Donations in remembrance of Cardinal Foley may be made to the recently established John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communication at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. For more information, please contact advancement@scs.edu.

For more information on the life of Cardinal John Patrick Foley please visit http://bit.ly/AOPCardinalFoleyObituary.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Media Advisory Briefing Session For Solemn Funeral Mass For Cardinal John P. Foley

December 13, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY
BRIEFING SESSION
FOR SOLEMN FUNERAL MASS FOR CARDINAL JOHN P. FOLEY

The Solemn Funeral Mass for Cardinal John P. Foley will take place Friday, December 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Most Reverend Edwin F. O'Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore, and Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, will be the principal celebrant for the Mass. Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be the homilist.

BRIEFING SESSION

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Office for Communications will offer a walk-through for media planning to cover the Funeral Mass for Cardinal Foley Thursday, December 15th at 10:30 a.m. in the Cathedral. Photographers, reporters, editors, and producers are welcome.

Please note: no parking will be available in the Cathedral lot for the briefing session.

MEDIA PROTOCOLS FOR THE SOLEMN FUNERAL MASS
Friday, December 16, 2011


-Seating space inside the Cathedral has been reserved for media but is very limited. Archdiocesan Communications staff will assist media.

-An audio/video mult-box clean feed is available in the Cathedral parking lot with multiple BNC video and XLR mic/lines. TV crews will need a live truck or recording device.

-Live truck parking will be on a reserved basis with one space per news outlet.

-A satellite feed will be available and coordinates will be provided upon request.

-The Procession and Mass will be streamed lived at www.archphila.org. Coordinates for embedding the Flash video live stream are available upon request.

-Pool coverage for still photos will be provided to Catholic media by Catholic News Service (CNS). The contact at CNS is Nancy Wiechec. Her phone number is (202) 541-3471; her email is nwiechec@catholicnews.com.

-Pool coverage for still photos will be provided to secular media by The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. The contact is Michael Mercanti. His phone number is (215) 854-2626; his email is mercanti@phillynews.com.


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Editor's Note: Media are also welcome to cover events at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary on Thursday, December 15, 2011. A schedule of those events is below. No live streaming or audio/video feeds will be available at the Seminary, but cameras and reporters are welcome at all events. Cameras will be stationed in the choir loft of the chapel for the Mass there that evening. Archdiocesan Communications staff will be available to provide assistance.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096 (Montgomery County)

Schedule:
9:00 a.m.: Transfer of the Body in the main lobby of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Reception of the Body followed by Midmorning Prayer in the Chapel of Saint Martin of Tours.

Following Midmorning Prayer Cardinal Foley's body will lie in state for public viewing in the Chapel of Saint Martin of Tours.

7:00 p.m.: Mass celebrated by Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. Following Mass the Chapel will be closed.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Bless The Baby Jesus Devotion To Be Held At Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul

December 14, 2011

BLESS THE BABY JESUS DEVOTION TO BE HELD AT
CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

Auxiliary Bishop Timothy C. Senior, will celebrate the annual Bless the Baby Jesus Devotion and Fourth Sunday of Advent Mass. All are invited to bring figurines of Baby Jesus from their Nativity Crèche to be blessed.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Since 1968 children have gathered by the thousands in Saint Peter's Square in Rome every Fourth Sunday of Advent to receive a blessing from the Pope for their statuettes of baby Jesus. Over the past several years, this tradition has become one of the highlights of Christmas season among children and young families of the Archdiocese.

The Bless the Baby Jesus Devotion is sponsored by the Family Life Office and Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Collection bins will be available at the Cathedral for donations of diapers and infant formula for mothers and families served by Catholic Social Services.


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Editor's Notes: For more information please contact the Family Life Office at 215-587-5639 or visit http://archphila.org/evangelization/famlife/famlife.htm

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Saint Monica Manor Dedicates New Chapel

December 14, 2011

SAINT MONICA MANOR DEDICATES NEW CHAPEL

Auxiliary Bishop John J. McIntyre, will dedicate new chapel at Saint Monica Manor.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
2:00 p.m.
Saint Monica Manor
2509 S. Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148


Saint Monica Manor of Catholic Health Care Services is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It is a 180 bed nursing facility located in the heart of South Philadelphia. Saint Monica Manor provides long term care for the elderly.

Along with meeting the physical needs of the residents, Saint Monica Manor provides for their religious and spiritual needs. Its Pastoral Care Team offers a range of spiritual programs and opportunities including Mass, Rosary and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Eucharistic Ministers visit residents to offer Holy Communion and prayer. The new Saint Monica Manor Chapel furthers this effort and provides a space for prayer and reflection for the residents.

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Editor's Notes: For more information on Saint Monica Manor please visit http://www.stmonicamanor.org

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Announces Rollout Of Parish Pastoral Planning Initiative Shaping The Future Of A Vibrant Catholic Church In Philadelphia

December 14, 2011

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES ROLLOUT OF
PARISH PASTORAL PLANNING INITIATIVE

Shaping the future of a vibrant Catholic Church in Philadelphia

Today the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces the beginning of the implementation of Parish Pastoral Planning Initiative. The first 22 of 44 Pastoral Planning Areas (PPAs), each made up of several parishes in the same geographic vicinity, will begin their work of developing and implementing their Parish Pastoral Plans.

Under the leadership of Reverend Monsignor Arthur E. Rodgers, Coordinator of Archdiocesan Planning Initiatives and the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee, these PPAs will take part in a prayerful and participative process by which each parish clearly defines its identity, mission, and goals while working to determine if it has the resources required for sustained operation.

It is expected that the first 22 PPAs will complete the work of planning and implementation over the next three years. The remainder of the PPAs will likely require an additional three years to complete their work. At this time, no decisions have been made regarding any of the PPAs.

Statistics from the past two decades show that numerous factors including demographic shifts, a decline in weekly Mass attendance, a high density of parishes in a relatively small geographic area, the availability of clergy, serious financial challenges and underutilized parish facilities have seriously impacted the quality of parish life. To address these challenges, a pastoral letter, "Called to Conversion and Holiness," was distributed to all the faithful of the Archdiocese in the fall of 2010. It outlined the need to examine all 266 parishes in order to determine if they possess the resources to accomplish their role in the mission of Christ and remain sustainable and vibrant faith communities.

The work of Parish Area Pastoral Planning is conducted in three stages involving review of information, consultation and recommendations. There are two possible outcomes of the work: parish mergers or no change in structure but a plan for future sustainability. For a detailed overview of the stages, criteria for parish mergers and possible outcomes visit http://archphila.org/conversion/conversion_index.htm

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Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Media Advisory Solemn Funeral Mass For Cardinal John Patrick Foley

December 15, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY
SOLEMN FUNERAL MASS FOR CARDINAL JOHN PATRICK FOLEY

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Communications will provide live, streaming video online and to mobile devices at www.archphila.org beginning at 9:45 a.m.

The Solemn Funeral Mass for Cardinal John Patrick Foley will take place in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Friday, December 16, 2011. Cardinal Foley himself identified the principal celebrant, homilist, key participants, readings and some of the liturgical music.

Most Reverend Edwin F. O'Brien, Pro-Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, will be the principal celebrant for the Mass. Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be the homilist. A complete list of liturgical ministers and participants is attached.

At approximately 9:45 a.m. the motorcade will arrive at the Cathedral. The mult-box feed and live streaming video will begin at this time. Cardinal Foley's body will be transferred to the vestibule of Cathedral for the Rite of Reception of the Body. Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will preside over this brief ceremony. Midmorning Prayer for the Dead will be celebrated and Cardinal Foley's body will then lie in state for public viewing until the casket is closed at 1:30 p.m.

At 1:40 p.m. the procession begins. The Procession of approximately 300 Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Seminarians begins in the parking lot of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center. It will exit the parking lot on the 18th Street side turn left onto 18th Street and then left into the main entrance of the Cathedral. No interviews may be conducted with anyone in the Procession.

At 2:00 p.m. the Solemn Funeral Mass begins. Approximately 1500 people are expected to attend. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia; Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston; Cardinal William Keeler, Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore; Cardinal Adam Maida, Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C.; Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C.; Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States; Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Representatives of the Church of Philadelphia will be joined by Ecumenical and Interfaith representatives, civil dignitaries, and members of the general public.

The Rite of Committal will take place immediately after the Solemn Funeral Mass has ended. The casket will be carried to the crypt of the Cathedral, which is located underneath the main altar, by Archbishops Vigano, Celli, Chaput, Dolan, along with family members. At this time, prayer will be offered and Cardinal Foley's remains will be committed to their final resting place.

Seating space inside the Cathedral will be extremely limited. An area has been reserved for media and Archdiocesan Communications staff will provide assistance.

An audio/video mult-box clean feed is available in the Cathedral parking lot with multiple BNC video and XLR mic/lines. Crews will need a live truck or recording device. Each television broadcast media outlet is permitted one parking space in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center parking lot and will be directed by Archdiocesan staff where to park. The parking lot will open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning.

Pool coverage for still photos of the Solemn Funeral Mass will be provided to Catholic media by Catholic News Service (CNS). The contact at CNS is Nancy Wiechec. Her phone number is
(202) 541-3471; her email is nwiechec@catholicnews.com.

Pool coverage for still photos of the Solemn Funeral Mass will be provided to secular media by The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.The contact is Michael Mercanti. His phone number is (215) 854-2626; his email is mercanti@phillynews.com.

Pool coverage for still photos of the Rite Committal in Cathedral Crypt will be provided to Catholic and secular media by The Catholic Standard and Times. The contact is Sarah Webb. Her phone number is (215) 587-3660; her email is swebb@adphila.org. Due to severe space limitations in the crypt there is only room for one still photographer.

For media wishing to downlink to the satellite feed the coordinates are
AMC 15 / Transponder K2 - Slot C9
Uplink Frquency - 14044.500 (V)
Downlink Frequency - 11744.500 (H)
FEC - 3 / 4
Symbol Rate - 6.1113
Windows - 1200 to 1230 (test) and 1330 to 1700 with a 30 minute approximation.

The on site technical contact for the satellite feed and live audio/video stream is Dan Kearns. His phone number is (215) 888-0305.


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Editor's Note: Donations in remembrance of Cardinal Foley may be made to the recently established John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communication at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. For more information please contact advancement@scs.edu.

For more information on the life of Cardinal John Patrick Foley please visit http://bit.ly/AOPCardinalFoleyObituary.

Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archbishop Chaput To Make Christmas Prison Visit

December 20, 2011

Archbishop Chaput to Make Christmas Prison Visit

On Thursday, December 22nd, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass for the inmates at the House of Correction (HOC) in Northeast Philadelphia. Media are invited to cover the Mass.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
9:00 a.m. Mass
House of Correction (Gymnasium)
8001 State Road
Philadelphia, PA 19136


The Prison Ministry Program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia http://bit.ly/AOCPrisonMinistry seeks to carry out the Biblical work of mercy to "visit those in prison." By a constant presence in the correctional facilities located within its boundaries, the Church responds to the pastoral and sacramental needs of prisoners, their families, and victims of crime.

HOC is the oldest operating jail in the Philadelphia Prison Systems. It opened in 1874. Inmates have the option to participate in the Pennypack School House Program. In addition to schooling HOC offers other elective activities such as the OPTION program which is a group therapy program. HOC inmates are offered a chance to participate in the PLATO program which develops reading and math skills but allows the student to work at his own pace. The PLATO program teaches inmates through the use of computers. Religious programs and services are held at HOC; inmates are encouraged to participate in many religious services.

Editor's Note: Reporters seeking to cover the Mass are kindly asked to contact Shawn Hawes (215-685-7888, shawn.hawes@prisons.phila.gov), Public Information Officer for the Philadelphia Prison System, in advance of Thursday's Mass. All visitors must present a valid state issued driver's license, state issued photo identification or passport.

Visiting reporters are also reminded that House of Correction is a secure facility. The following items are considered contraband and are not allowed inside:


No cigarettes, tobacco products, lighters or matches
No cell phones, pda's, or pagers
No cameras, or digital audio or video recording devices (unless granted permission)
No food or drink (bottled water is available inside the facility)
No drugs or medications
No weapons
No tools
No chewing gum or candy

Dress Code:
Business/Casual is appropriate.
No white T-shirts.
No sleeveless tops.
No hoodies or outerwear.
No hats or caps (religious head covering permitted, please advise)
No bookbags, purses, briefcases


Please also note that faces of inmates should not be on camera, with the exception of those designated by prison officials.

Any questions, clarifications or concerns should be directed to the Philadelphia Prison System's Public Information Office at 215-685-7888 or 215-531-0440.

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Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

44th Annual Operation Santa Claus Nearly 3,000 Children In Need Will Receive Toys On Christmas Eve

December 21, 2011

44th ANNUAL OPERATION SANTA CLAUS
Nearly 3,000 children in need will receive toys on Christmas Eve

For the 44th year in a row, young adults from across the Archdiocese will gather to collect, sort, wrap, and tag toys that will delivered to nearly 3,000 children from families in need. The toys will be delivered by 170 teams of young adult volunteers and their drivers. Mass will be celebrated for the volunteers by Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald before the toys are delivered.

December 24, 2011
10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


After Mass, the teams will receive their routes, costumes, and toys.

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel
17th and Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Each team will make deliveries to between 3 and 5 families in the City of Philadelphia. Twenty-five churches and community agencies will also receive toys from Operation Santa Claus for children they serve. The young adult volunteers are members of the Community Service Corps in their Catholic high school or parish youth ministry program. This outreach initiative is coordinated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Youth and Young Adults. Families serviced by this program are referred by churches and social service agencies.

Operation Santa Claus began in 1967 when 12 Archdiocesan high school students decided to help 10 needy families in their community by dressing as Santa Claus and his elves to deliver toys for the children. That selfless act has grown into an annual Archdiocesan tradition that brings Christmas cheer to thousands of children who would not otherwise receive gifts.


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Editor's Note: For more information please contact Kathy Pfeffer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Youth and Young Adults at 610-637-1490.

Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archbishop Chaput To Host The 55th Annual Archbishop's Christmas Benefit For Children Celebrating A Merry Christmas For Over 16,000 Children In Need

December 21, 2011

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT TO HOST THE 55th ANNUAL
ARCHBISHOP'S CHRISTMAS BENEFIT FOR CHILDREN

Celebrating a Merry Christmas for over 16,000 children in need

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will host the annual Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children for approximately 400 young people who received services from agencies of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia this year. They represent approximately 16,000 children across the Delaware Valley who benefited from donations to Catholic Social Services this year.

Approximately 500 Archdiocesan high school students will participate in various aspects of the Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children from greeting children, to serving as Santa's elves to providing entertainment and music. The benefit begins with a parade followed by entertainment and presents. The Phillie Phanatic will also join in the festivities.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Sheraton Philadelphia Center City Hotel
17th Street between Race and Vine Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103


1:15 - 2:00 p.m.: Archbishop Chaput greets children.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Parade of marching bands, clowns and jugglers enters ballroom, Archbishop Chaput speaks to the children, Nativity Play takes place and Santa Claus arrives.

The Archbishop's Christmas Benefit 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).

For more information or to donate to the Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children please visit www.archbishopschristmasbenefit.org/

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Contact
Kenneth A. Gavin
Associate Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archbishop Chaput To Celebrate Christmas Masses At The Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul

December 22, 2011

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS MASSES
AT THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the celebrant and homilist at the Midnight and 10:00 a.m. Christmas Masses

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103



Saturday, December 24, 2011:

- Beginning at 11:00 p.m. - The Cathedral Basilica Choir and the Cathedral Basilica Brass Quintet, Violin, Timpani and Organ will provide carols and anthems for the Christmas Solemnity.
- 12:00 a.m. - Mass celebrated by Archbishop Chaput with music provided by the Cathedral Basilica Choir and the Cathedral Basilica Brass Quintet, Violin, Timpani and Organ.

Additional Christmas Eve Masses will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 25, 2011:

- 10:00 a.m. - Mass celebrated by Archbishop Chaput with music provided by the Cathedral Basilica Choir and Cathedral Basilica Brass Quintet, Violin, Timpani and Organ.

Additional Christmas Day Masses will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

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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.

Contact
Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archbishop Chaput Christmas Blessing On Youtube

December 24, 2011

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT CHRISTMAS BLESSING ON YOUTUBE

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M., Cap. is celebrating his first Christmas as Archbishop of Philadelphia.
Our new Archbishop will celebrate Masses at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul beginning with Midnight Mass tonight. The schedule is attached.
All are welcome at this Mass or any Masses in the parishes throughout the region as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. (visit www.masstimes.org for parish information).

Archbishop Chaput also delivers a Christmas blessing on YouTube and at www.archphilaonline.org or
(Spanish Version) http://youtu.be/mOqu-IMfjUw and (English Version) http://youtu.be/G8jkLnetmrg.

Find his Christmas card at www.archphila.org.

In his video message, Archbishop Chaput tells us, "May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus reign always in your hearts this Christmas and throughout the New Year."

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747