Statement From Cardinal Justin Rigali On Immigration Reform

January 9, 2006

STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill concerning immigration policy. Among its provisions, H.R. 4437 makes all undocumented immigrants criminals; removes due process protection to asylum seekers and refugees, including children; and mandates the detention of families and other vulnerable groups along our border. It also subjects humanitarian workers, including Church workers, to five years in prison simply for providing basic needs assistance, such as food and water, to an undocumented immigrant.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, issued this statement on immigration reform legislation currently in Congress.


This week the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with the Catholic Church throughout the United States, celebrates "National Migration Week," which recognizes the contributions of immigrants and refugees to the Church and our nation. Here in Philadelphia, newcomers have helped revitalize our city by bringing energy and industry to our city neighborhoods. Nationally, immigrants, refugees, and other new arrivals have, over the past 100 years, infused new ideas, skills and culture into our country, making it the great nation it is today.

Congress, with the support of President Bush, should seek to repair our broken immigration system by enacting comprehensive immigration legislation that reforms all aspects of our nation's immigration system, not simply law enforcement. Such legislation should propose an earned legalization program for the 11 million undocumented persons in the country. Earned legalization is not amnesty because the proposal requires immigrants to work for up to six years before applying for legal permanent residency. The bill should include a temporary worker program, which would provide legal channels for migrant workers to migrate in a safe, legal and orderly manner; and reductions in family visa backlogs, which causes family separation for up to 10 years or more. This approach offers stronger security measures because it provides an incentive for undocumented immigrants and their families to "come out of the shadows" and identify themselves to government authorities.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Arlen Specter, will consider comprehensive immigration reform early this year. Senator Specter and his colleagues in the Senate have a historic opportunity to adopt an immigration bill that will fix our broken immigration system and prepare our nation for migration realities of the twenty first century.

I urge Senator Specter and the U.S. Senate to reject H.R. 4437 and adopt a more comprehensive and humane approach to immigration reform. I also urge Catholics and others of good will to support this approach.

Our nation stands at a critical juncture in its history. Before venturing down the path of exclusion and intolerance, we must remember that all of us, except for American Indians, are immigrants or descendants of immigrants. Together, we can create an immigration system that reflects our national values, promotes our national security and is worthy of our great nation, a nation of immigrants.

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Statement From Cardinal Justin Rigali Regarding Sister Paul Mercedes Perreca, I.h.m.

January 9, 2006

STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
REGARDING SISTER PAUL MERCEDES PERRECA, I.H.M.

Sister Paul Mercedes Perreca, I.H.M. was a member of the faculty at Saint Martin of Tours Parish Elementary School in Northeast Philadelphia. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, issued the following statement following the accident on Cottman Avenue.

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Sister Paul Mercedes, I.H.M. I offer my prayers and condolences for her family and the community of St. Martin of Tours Parish and School. She devoted her life to serving the Church and demonstrated care for the young people in our schools. She enriched the lives of many through her dedication to the mission of Catholic education. I also offer my prayers for the driver of the vehicle, which struck her. It is my hope that he or she will come forward and identify himself or herself. This is a difficult time for the members of this community and I pray that they will find comfort in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Cardinal Rigali Leads Events Honoring Birth Of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 10, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI LEADS EVENTS HONORING BIRTH OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.



The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will help celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. by leading events in memory of the civil rights leader. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will lead the 23rd annual interfaith prayer service to reflect and pray about Dr. King's vision of a just, nonviolent society. Philadelphia Mayor John Street will also speak at the beginning of the prayer Service. The service is the oldest of its kind in Philadelphia, bringing together people of all faiths.

Sunday, January 15, 2006
3:00 p.m.
St. Raymond of Penafort Catholic Church
Vernon Road and Williams Avenue
Philadelphia


Young people are encouraged to mark the holiday for Dr. King by serving the community on his birthday. Participants in the Archdiocese's Day of Service will meet before traveling to one of many service projects in Philadelphia, then join one another at the end of the day to share pizza and fellowship.

Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday, January 16, 2006
10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Archdiocesan Office Center
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia


The Archdiocese offers several service projects from which to choose, including St. Ignatius Nursing Home, Liberty Nursing Home, Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center, St. Cyprian Parish and Women of Hope, a shelter for homeless women at 12th and Lombard Streets.

The Martin Luther King Day events are cosponsored by the Office for Black Catholics, Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


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Updated News Release Martin Luther King Day Of Service In Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Cardinal Rigali Blesses And Sends Forth Student Volunteers

January 13, 2006

UPDATED NEWS RELEASE
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE IN ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
CARDINAL RIGALI BLESSES AND SENDS FORTH STUDENT VOLUNTEERS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia will bless and send-off a group of young people participating in the 2006 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Students will be participating in projects throughout the Archdiocese at nursing homes, parishes and shelters.


Monday, January 16, 2006
10:30 a.m.
Steps of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


After the blessing, there will be a photo opportunity from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. of students working at:


St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish
43rd and Wallace Streets
Philadelphia

St. Ignatius of Loyola Nursing Home
4401 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia


Sunday Prayer Service


The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King tribute in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia begins on Sunday, January 15, 2006 at Saint Raymond of Penafort Parish on Vernon Road and Williams Avenue at 3 p.m. Cardinal Rigali will preside at the 23rd annual Interfaith Prayer Service to reflect and pray about Dr. King's vision of a just, nonviolent society. Philadelphia Mayor John Street will also speak at the beginning of the prayer service. The service is the oldest of its kind in Philadelphia, bringing together people of all faiths.

The Martin Luther King Day events are cosponsored by the Office for Black Catholics, Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali Leads Thousands To Nation's Capital In 33rd Annual March For Life

January 20, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI LEADS THOUSANDS TO NATION'S CAPITAL IN 33RD ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will lead approximately five thousand people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Monday, January 23, 2006. This date marks the 33rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion. Joining Cardinal Rigali will be seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, college and high school students and parishioners. More than 100 buses will transport participants to the event.

The group traveling from Philadelphia will meet at 12:00 noon on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street before marching to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As the Chairman-Elect of the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Rigali will celebrate several Masses in Washington to pray for the sanctity of human life.

Concelebrant, Mass for Life
Sunday, January 22, 2006
8:00 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C.

Celebrant and Homilist, Pro-Life Mass
Monday, January 23, 2006
7:30 a.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Concelebrant, Pro-Life Youth Mass
Monday, January 23, 2006
10:00 a.m.
MCI Center
601 F Street NW (at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station)
Washington, D.C.

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Matthew Gambino
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Catholic Youth Organization To Host Reception For Hall Of Fame Inductees

January 18, 2006

CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION TO HOST RECEPTION FOR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES






The Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) will host a reception for the 2006 Hall of Fame recipients, former honorees and committee members. This year's inductees are Amy Caples, Professor at Temple University in the Broadcasting/Communications Department and former anchor for KYW; Daniel J. Hilferty, President and Chief Executive Office of Keystone Mercy Health Plan; Leonard J. DiPaul, Ed. D,Executive Director of Pastoral and Theological Studies at Neumann College and Frank Newell, a litigator with the Philadelphia law firm Harkins Cunningham.

In addition to this year's honorees those in attendance will be Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia who oversees Education on behalf of Cardinal Justin Rigali; Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary of Catholic Education; Phil Martelli, St. Joseph's University Head Men's Basketball Coach and Speedy Morris, St. Joseph's Prep Basketball Coach.

Thursday, January 19, 2006
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
St. Joseph's University
Alumni Memorial Field House
Hall of Fame Room
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia,


The Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at Drexelbrook in Delaware County. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for the Catholic Youth Organization programs and to honor adults who advocate the virtues and values of the CYO and the Catholic Church. The CYO utilizes sports and coaching to develop the spiritual and character formation of young people and help to prepare them for the challenges of today and tomorrow. For more information on the CYO Hall of Fame Awards, call 215-965-4637.

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Catholic Schools Week January 29 - February 4, 2006 These: "characher. Compassion. Values."

January 24, 2006

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
JANUARY 29 - FEBRUARY 4, 2006
These: "Characher. Compassion. Values."

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with Catholic schools throughout the nation, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 29 through February 4, 2006. Catholic Schools Week is an annual national celebration of the important role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the country play in providing a values-centered education. This year's national theme is "Character. Compassion. Values." Catholic schools are proud of the intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical and social values that are emphasized in their schools.

In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia there are:
- 194 Parish Elementary Schools
- 21 Archdiocesan High Schools
- 5 Special Education Schools
- Parish elementary school enrollment is 65,711
- High school enrollment is 21,260
- Special Education enrollment is 277

Celebrating Good News: During Catholic Schools Week, students, parents and teachers throughout the five-county Archdiocese will celebrate with a variety of special religious, social and recreational activities. Following is a list of some of the activities planned.

Sunday, January 29, 2006
Sacred Heart Parish- Lewis Road and Walnut Street, Royersford - 610-948-5915 (parish p) Montgomery County
8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. - Students will read essays about Catholic Education at all of the Masses.
Conshohocken Catholic Parish School - 205 Fayette Street, Conshohocken - 610-828-2007 (p) Montgomery County 8 a.m. - Soloists perform at Family Pancake Breakfast, Book Fair, Science Fair and Student Art will be displayed.
Visitation B.V.M. Parish School - 300 East Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-634-7280 (p)
9:00 a.m. - Catholic Schools Week Mass with multi-cultural themes and dress followed by a pancake breakfast and talent show.
St. John Chrysostom Parish - 615 South Providence Road - 610-874-3118 (parish p) Delaware County
9:30 a.m. Catholic Schools Week opening Mass followed by the 50th Anniversary of St. John School
St. Anastasia Parish School - West Chester Pike and Radnor Drive, Newtown Square - 610-356-1613 (parish p) Delaware County 10:30 a.m. - Opening Mass to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Parents will speak about choosing Catholic Schools.
St. Bede the Venerable Parish School - 1053 Holland Road, Holland - 215-357-4720 (p) Bucks County
12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Open House including a band expo, choral group and bell choir demonstrations.
St. Dorothy Parish School - 1225 Burmont Road, Drexel Hill - 610-789-4110 (p) Delaware County
12:30 p.m. - Individual students will perform excerpts from the Tempest, Mac Beth and Romeo & Juliet.

Monday, January 30, 2006
St. Ignatius of Antioch School- 995 Reading Avenue, Yardley - 215-493-3867 (p) Bucks County
8 a.m. - Muffins will be given to Moms, Donuts for Dads, Goodies for Grandparents followed by a 10:30 a.m. Prayer Service
Saint John Newman and Maria Goretti Catholic High School - 1736 South 10th Street, Philadelphia - 215-465-8437
8:15 a.m. - Bishop Joseph Cistone will celebrate Patrons Mass followed by Faculty Appreciation Day
St. Anastasia School - 3309 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square - 610-356-6225 (p) Delaware County
9:30 a.m. - Students will perform a concert for the Senior Citizens in the parish.
St. Cecilia School- 525 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia - 215-725-8588 (p)
10 a.m. - Students and Faculty will gather for an assembly on "Roots of Puerto Rican Music."
St. Adalbert School - 3236 Edgemont Street, Philadelphia - 215-739-1920 (p)
10 a.m. - Students will write cards to a soldier in Iraq who attended their school.
St. Bridget School - 3636 Stanton Street, Philadelphia -215-843-2828 (p)
10 a.m. - St. Bridget Alumnus, Jack Kilduff, former CEO of the Dr. Pepper Company, will speak to the students and faculty of the school.
St. Hubert High School for Girls - 7320 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-624-6840 (p)
11 a.m. - Bishop Joseph McFadden will celebrate Mass followed by a formal presentation of the re-accreditation certificate for St. Hubert.
Queen of Peace School - 835 North Hills Avenue, Ardsley - 215-886-4782 (p) Montgomery County
11 a.m. - Bishop Michael Burbidge will be leading a prayer service with the entire student body.
St. William School - 6238 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-342-4488 (p)
7 p.m. - Students in Grades 1 to 8 will "Salute to America" by Song and Skits in Memorial Hall.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006
St. Genevieve School - 1237 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown - 215-836-5644 (p) Montgomery County
7:45 a.m. - Students will create and or wear creative hats or sneakers showing school spirit. Hats will reflect the character, compassion and commitment of students.
St. Paul School - 351 East Johnson Highway, Norristown - 610-275-2990 (p) Montgomery County
9 a.m. - Parents Open House followed by students performing "Parables of Jesus" in each classroom.
St. John the Baptist School - 119 Rector Street, Philadelphia - 215-482-0449 (p)
10 a.m. - Students research a career and come dressed accordingly. Various professionals will come in and talk to students.
St. George School - 2700 East Venango Street, Philadelphia - 215-634-8803 (p)
1 p.m. - Annual "Talent Show" followed by Family Ice Skating at the River Rink 6 to 9 p.m.
St. Martin of Tours School - One Riverstone Circle, New Hope - 215-862-2075 (p) Bucks County
1:15 p.m. Students will participate in a school wide Spelling Bee.
Sacred Heart School - 203 Church Road, Oxford - 610-932-5040 (p) Chester County
7 p.m. - Students will perform in a band concert followed by family competition night.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Sacred Heart School - Lewis Road and Washington Street, Royersford - 610-948-7206 (p) - Montgomery County 8:30 a.m. - Students in Grade 7 will perform a wax museum presentation of notable authors.
St. Francis of Assisi School - 601 Buttonwood Street, Norristown - 610-272-0501 (p) Montgomery County
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. - Grandparents tea.
St. Pius X High School - 844 N. Keim Street, Pottstown - 610-326-8990 (p) - Montgomery County
9:20 a.m. - Teacher Appreciation Day with School Adoration and Benediction with visit by Bishop Michael Burbidge.
St. Madeline/St. Rose School - 500 Tome Street, Ridley Park - 610-583-3662 (p) Delaware County
10 a.m. - School assembly with guest speakers, Mayor Eberle and the FW. The band and school choir will also perform followed by Students making cookies that will be sent to the Service Men and Women.
Holy Saviour School - 400 East Airy Street, Norristown - 610-272-8864 (p) Montgomery County
10 a.m. - Students will write cards and collect items to send to the military.
SS. Peter and Paul School - 1327 Boot Road, West Chester - 610-696-1000 (p) Chester County
10 a.m. - Students will make first live first prayer presentation on the school's new broadcasting system.
St. Katherine of Siena School - 293 Windermere Avenue, Wayne - 610-688-5451 (p) Chester County
10:30 -11:00 a .m. - 8th Grade Students teach a class for one period.
Saint George School - 2700 East Venango Street, Philadelphia - 215-634-8803 (p)
8 a.m. - Spirit Day Students can dress up in school colors Blue & Gold followed by Faculty Baby Picture Contest and Afternoon Bingo.

Thursday, February 2, 2006
St. Jerome School - 3031 Stamford Street, Philadelphia - 215-624-0637 (p)
9 a.m. - Students are celebrating the 2nd Annual "Saint Jerome Kids Reach Out to the Community". Students will be paired together to collect and package articles to be used by different charities in the area.
Visitation B.V.M School - 190 North Trooper Road, Norristown - 610-539-6080 (p) Montgomery County
9 a.m. - Students in all grades will make items to be delivered to five local nursing homes followed by a 1 p.m. Spelling Bee.
Cathedral Basicilica of Saints Peter and Paul - 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
10 a.m. - Bishop Joseph McFadden will celebrate a Mass for 1700 Student Athletes from Archdiocesan Catholic High School.
St. Maximilian Kolbe School - 300 Daly Drive, West Chester - 610-399-8400 (p) Chester County
1:15 p.m. - St. Maximilian Jeopardy game in the gymnasium.
St. Monica School - 1720 Ritner Street, Philadelphia - 215-467-5338 (p)
3 p.m. - "The Souper Bowl" for the price of a can of soup students are admitted to the Faculty-Student Basketball Game. The food will be donated to a soup kitchen.
Our Lady Help of Christians School - 1525 Elkins Avenue, Abington - 215-887-3067 (p) Montgomery County
6:30 p.m. Family Skating night at the Palace Skating Rink on Roosevelt Boulevard.

Friday, February 3, 2006
St. Cecilia School - 525 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia - 215-725-8588 (p)
7:30 a.m. - Student Council will serve breakfast to the faculty and staff.
St. Mark School - 1024 Radcliffe Street, Bristol - 215-785-0973 (p) Bucks County
8 a.m. - At the conclusion of the closing Mass Father Mooney will be honored for all of his work that he has done for the school and parish.
St. Bridget Parish School - 3636 Stanton Street, Philadelphia - 215-843-2828 (p)
8:30 a.m. - Students will dress up for their favorite sports team.
Saint Monica School - 601 First Avenue, Berwyn - 610-644-8848 (p) Chester County
8:30 a.m. - Teacher Appreciation Day Mass to commemorate 25 years of service to Miss Maybelle Laroque.
St. Adalbert School - 3236 Edgemont Street, Philadelphia - 215-739-1920 (p)
9 a.m. First Friday Liturgy and Blessing of the Throats in honor of St. Blas' Day.
Holy Name of Jesus School - 1429 East Berks Street, Philadelphia - 215-423-3334 (p)
9 a.m. - Bishop Joseph Cistone will be the main celebrant at the First Friday Mass for the closing of Catholic Schools Week.
Mary Mother of the Redeemer School - 1321 Upper State Road, North Wales - 215-412-7101 (p) Montgomery County 9 a.m. - Beta Society Induction after the 9 a.m. Mass.
Saints John Newman and Maria Goretti Catholic High School - 1736 South 10th Street, Philadelphia 215-465-8437 (p) 9 a.m. - Puttin' on the Hits talent show.
Bishop McDevitt High School - 125 Royal Avenue, Wyncote - 215-887-5575 (p) Montgomery County
9 a.m. - Mr. Tom Foley (Bishop McDevitt Alumnus), CEO of the Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter will speak to students about the Red Cross and its response to Hurricane Katrina.

Saturday, February 4, 2006
St. Michael the Archangel School - 130 Levittown Parkway, Levittown - 215-943-0222 (p) Bucks County
6 p.m. Winterfest sponsored by the Home and School Association followed by the annual Chinese Auction.
St. Hubert High School for Girls - 7320 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-624-6840 (p)
7 p.m. - Student Talent Show.

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Cardinal Rigali Announces Mary Achilles As Victims' Advocate For The Archdiocese

January 26, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI ANNOUNCES
MARY ACHILLES AS VICTIMS' ADVOCATE FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia,announces the hiring of Ms. Mary Achilles as part of his continuing efforts to strengthen services to victims of sexual abuse by clergy. For the past ten years Ms. Achilles served as the first-ever Victim Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She was selected by former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge for that position and charged with elevating the voices of crime victims in state government.

Upon his hiring of Ms. Achilles as the Victims' Advocate for the Archdiocese, Cardinal Rigali said, "I am pleased to hire Ms. Achilles to fill this important role. I am sure she will assist the Archdiocese in enhancing our existing services and finding new ways to reach out to the victims of clergy sexual abuse. She comes to this position with a great deal of experience at the highest levels of state and local government. Throughout her career she has demonstrated a depth of compassion for those who have been harmed. I am confident that the Archdiocese will continue to grow in its knowledge of how to do what is best for adult survivors of clergy sexual abuse."

In her new role, Ms. Achilles will review the existing practices of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to help ensure an effective and sensitive response to the victims of clergy sexual abuse. She will build bridges to secular community programs which provide services to sexual assault victims. Ms. Achilles said, "We need to promote an environment that encourages victims to come forward. We also need to strengthen our response to provide comprehensive, quality services that address the needs of victims."

Prior to serving as Pennsylvania's first Victim Advocate, Ms. Achilles was Director of Victim Services for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections from 1993 to 1995. She also served in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office 1979 to 1993 supervising services provided to victims, including the witness security program. Ms. Achilles has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Temple University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from West Chester University.

Ms. Achilles believes her experience will respond to the needs of the Archdiocese at this time. "Victims have always been my primary teachers. They taught me what I need to know to best assist them. They will continue to be my teachers in this new appointment. I was impressed that the Archdiocese reached out to me. It is clear that Cardinal Rigali is committed to doing what is best for victims. It is a privilege to assist him in that effort."

Since 2003, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has had Victims Assistance Coordinators and has asked anyone who wishes to report sexual abuse by clergy to contact that office. Ms. Achilles said, "I recognize that the Archdiocese has provided quality services for victims. We need to build upon those services and be sure that we are doing everything possible to create a safe, caring support system."

There is a new toll free phone number for the Victims Assistance Coordinators.
It is 1-888-800-8780.



Editor's Note: A digital photo of Ms. Achilles is available. Please e-mail your request to communof@adphila.org.






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Catholic Schools Week Mass For 1700 Student Athletes

January 31, 2006

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK MASS FOR 1700 STUDENT ATHLETES

Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass for 1700 Senior Student Athletes. The Student Athletes, representing Archdiocesan and Private High Schools will participate in the Mass. Music will be provided by the Cardinal O'Hara High School Choir.

Thursday, February 2, 2006
10 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia



Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with Catholic schools throughout the nation, are celebrating Catholic Schools Week; (January 29 through February 4, 2006.) Catholic Schools Week is an annual national celebration of the important role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the country play in providing a values-centered education. This year's national theme is "Character. Compassion. Values." Catholic schools are proud of the intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical and social values that are emphasized in their schools. For more information on Catholic Schools Week Events please visit www.arch-phl.org.

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The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates Black History Month

February 2, 2006

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Black Catholics will kick-off the month-long Black History Month celebration with an observance of:

National Day of Prayer for African American Families
Sunday, February 5, 2006
11 a.m.
Saint Cyprian Church
Cobbs Creek Parkway at Cedar Avenue
Philadelphia


Throughout the month of February in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia there will be various commemorative events honoring Black History Month:

Saturday, February 11, 2006
Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, 56th and Chester Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-790-0694
2:30 p.m. - Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary #320 presents the play "Rahab: Harlot to Holiness."

Sunday, February 12, 2006
St. Rose of Lima School, 1516 North Wanamaker Street, Philadelphia - 215-473-6030
3:00 p.m. - St. Rose of Lima Drama Club presents The Hall of Black American Heroes.

Thursday, February 16, 2006
Cardinal Dougherty High School, 6301 North Second Street, Philadelphia
7:00 p.m. - Students of St. Athanasius-Immaculate Conception School - (215-424-5045) will perform Black History Show "A Tribute to Famous African Americans Who Died This Past Year."

Saturday, February 18, 2006
St. Athanasius Parish, 2050 East Walnut Lane, Philadelphia - 215-548-2700
5:00 p.m. - A concert featuring Professor Irvin Brockington and the renowned gospel choir Brockington Ensemble in concert.

Friday, February 24, 2006
Saint Raymond of Penafort School, 7940 Williams Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-548-1919
7:00 p.m. - Legacy of Pride Program

Friday, February 24th and Sunday, February 26, 2006
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School, 344 North Felton Street, Philadelphia - 215-474-4011
7:00 p.m.- Friday and 3:00 p.m. Sunday - Students will be performing a Black History Show.

Saturday, February 25, 2006
St. Peter Claver Evangelization Center, 502 South 12th Street, Philadelphia - 215-587-3634
10 a.m. - Sister Mary Roger Thibodeaux, SBS will speak at African American Catholic Spirituality Day.

Sunday, February 26, 2006
St. Benedict School, Medary Avenue and Garnet Street, Philadelphia - 215-424-8073
1 p.m.- Junior CYO and Catholic school presents the 2006 Annual Black History Month Speech and Poetry Performance.

Black History Month celebrations will conclude with the Second Annual Black Heritage Concert "An Afternoon of Ecumenical Praise":

Sunday, February 26, 2006
4 p.m.
Saint Cyprian Parish
Cobbs Creek Parkway and Cedar Avenue
Philadelphia


The Office for Black Catholics facilitates participation of the Black Catholic community in the life of the Church. Black History Month is an annual celebration that began in 1926.

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Editor's Note: Please contact Parish/School directly if you plan to cover event.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Participates In Operation Safer Streets

February 3, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA PARTICIPATES IN
OPERATION SAFER STREETS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will join Mayor John F. Street, Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson and members of St. Charles Borromeo Parish at a community meeting to discuss the violence and escalating number of homicides in the city of Philadelphia. Most Reverend Robert Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will also attend. Most Reverend Joseph Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will attend a second community meeting at Ascension of Our Lord Parish.

The participation of Cardinal Rigali, the Auxiliary Bishops and other Catholic clergy as well as the involvement of the two parishes demonstrates the prayerful support of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Saturday, February 4, 2006
12:00 p.m.
Ascension of Our Lord Parish
F and West Moreland Streets
Philadelphia

Cardinal Justin Rigali will attend:
Saturday, February 4, 2006
3:00 p.m.
St. Charles Borromeo Parish
20th and Christian Streets
Philadelphia


During the community meetings at Ascension of Our Lord and St. Charles Borromeo Parishes Operation Safer Streets will be explained.

Editor's Note: In addition to the community meeting at St. Charles Borromeo Parish on Saturday, February 4, 2006, Cardinal Justin Rigali will be the Celebrant and Homilist at the Memorial Mass for Dr. Ann Amore, the president of Rosemont College who died in December 2005. Most Reverend Michael Burbidge, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will concelebrate the Mass which will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Rosemont College's Alumnae Hall.

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Parishes And Schools Announce Restructurings

February 13, 2006

PARISHES AND SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE RESTRUCTURINGS

Pastors at several parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced at Masses this past weekend that recommendations for restructuring made by the parishes have been accepted by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia. The pastors informed faculty members on Friday, February 10, 2006 and school families were also informed this weekend.

All of the recommendations were made by Steering Committees or Study Committees made up of the Pastor, Principal and parish representatives. The recommendations were made after extensive consultation within each parish community and after much discussion, deliberation and prayer. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education will continue to work with the schools in the coming months to do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition for students and their families so that all who want a quality Catholic education are able to achieve that goal.

Montgomery County Vicariate


Saint Peter Parish in Pottstown and Saint Clare Parish in Linfield, both in the Limerick area, will consolidate to form one new parish because of tremendous growth in the surrounding area of the two parishes. In approving the recommendation to consolidate parishes, a review by the Council of Priests is required before final approval is considered. The new parish, which will be located on 24 acres in the area of Swamp Pike and Neiffer Road in Limerick, will also work toward having one educational center. The suggested name for the new parish is awaiting approval from Rome.

Holy Saviour and Saint Paul Parishes, both in Norristown, will join their two elementary schools together into one new school at the site of the present Saint Paul School beginning with the 2006-2007 school year. The consolidated school will be given a new name which will be announced at a later date. The two parishes are located approximately 1.6 miles from one another.

The Holy Saviour Parish - Saint Paul Parish Joint Committee's recommendation was based upon declining enrollment and increasing costs. In the past five years, Holy Saviour School's enrollment decreased from 188 to 138 students. During that same time period, Saint Paul's enrollment decreased from 222 to 174 students. Tuition does not cover the costs of operating the schools. Holy Saviour Parish subsidizes 81 percent of the school's costs. Saint Paul Parish subsidizes 39 percent of that school's costs.

Presentation B.V.M. Parish School in Wynnewood and Saint Thomas/Good Counsel School in Bryn Mawr will close at the end of the 2005-2006 school year. Saint Margaret Parish School in Narberth, which had been part of a school study with Presentation and Saint Thomas/Good Counsel Schools, will remain open.

The recommendations of the Cluster 70 Steering Committee were based upon declining enrollments, increasing costs and changing demographics in the area. Saint Margaret Parish School enrollment has declined from 250 students in 1999-2000 to 192 students in 2004-2005. Presentation B.V.M. School saw enrollment decline from 196 students in 1999-2000 to 145 students in 2004-2005. Saint Thomas/Good Counsel School enrollment decreased from 201 students in 1999-2000 to 146 students in 2004-2005. When enrollment decreases, costs increase.

Philadelphia-North Vicariate


Saint Ambrose Parish School in Philadelphia will close at the end of the 2005-2006 school year. In an effort to ensure continuity of educational and pastoral care of the students from Saint Ambrose Parish, the parish also recommended that all students attend Saint Martin of Tours Parish School in the next school year. Saint Martin of Tours will host an Open House on Thursday, February 16, 2006.

The recommendation of the Saint Ambrose Steering Committee was a result of declining enrollment, declining baptisms and increasing expenses. Since 1996, the enrollment of Saint Ambrose School has declined from 470 to 195 students in the current school year. Projected enrollment for the 2006-2007 school year was 180 students.

Tuition does not cover the cost of running the school. As enrollment has decreased, the cost to educate each pupil has steadily increased, placing a tremendous financial burden on the parish. The parish has needed to draw from its reserves to support the school.

Delaware County Vicariate


Cluster 63

While there had been discussion of forming a regional Catholic school, in the end, no consensus could be found. Each of the four parishes in Cluster 63 with schools offered its own recommendation to Cardinal Rigali. Blessed Virgin Mary Parish School in Darby and Saint Philomena Parish School in Lansdowne will remain open as parish elementary schools. Saint Cyril of Alexandria Parish has embarked upon a financial campaign to raise $200,000 by March 31, 2006. Any decision to reopen the school in September 2006 will depend upon enrollment and parish income. The school's future will continue to be studied.

Saint Alice Parish School in Upper Darby, also in Cluster 63, will close at the end of the 2005-2006 school year. The parish recommended the closure due to low enrollment (currently 166), the limited finances of the parish and increasing costs. The majority of surveys returned by Saint Alice Parish School families indicated that parents were favoring St. Laurence Parish School in Highland Park for their children to attend next year. This would help to maintain the Saint Alice Parish identity for the children and would enable the Pastor, Father Quinn, to provide pastoral and spiritual care for the parish children.

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish School in Chester, which has been in a self-study, will continue to raise funds for the school and examine its future.




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Interfaith Leaders Call For Immigration Reform

February 14, 2006

INTERFAITH LEADERS CALL FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

As part of a nationwide week of action, interfaith leaders in our region will call upon Congress to reject an enforcement-only approach to immigration reform and enact comprehensive legislation that provides a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Speakers include: Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia; Rabbi Alan Iser, Board of Rabbis; Bishop Roy Almquist, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Sheikh Mohammed Shehata, Al-Aqsa Islamic Society; Bishop Charles Bennison, Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Religious leaders in Pittsburgh will be holding a companion press conference.

On December 16, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an immigration bill that focused only on enforcement. Among its provisions, H.R. 4437 makes all undocumented immigrants aggravated felons; removes due process protection to asylum-seekers and refugees; mandates the detention of families and other vulnerable groups along our border; and subjects religious workers and social service providers to five years in prison simply for providing basic-needs assistance, such as food and water, to an undocumented immigrant. In March, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Arlen Specter, will consider comprehensive immigration reform. This is an historic opportunity to fix our broken immigration system.

"Together, we can create an immigration system that reflects our national values, promotes our national security and is worthy of our great nation, a nation of immigrants," said Cardinal Justin Rigali in a previously released statement. "I urge Senator Specter and the U.S. Senate to reject H.R. 4437 and adopt a more comprehensive and humane approach to immigration reform." He continued, "I also urge Catholics and others of good will to support this approach."

Dozens of interfaith leaders, congregations, and faith-based service providers have already signed the Pennsylvania Interfaith Statement in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which calls for:
* An opportunity for hard-working immigrants who are already contributing to this country to come out of the shadows, regularize their status upon satisfaction of reasonable criteria and, over time, pursue an option to become lawful permanent residents and eventually United States citizens;
* Reforms in our family-based immigration system to significantly reduce waiting times for separated families who currently wait many years to be reunited;
* The creation of legal avenues for workers and their families who wish to migrate to the U.S. to enter our country and work in a safe, legal and orderly manner with their rights fully protected; and
* Border protection policies that are consistent with humanitarian values and with the need to treat all individuals with respect, while allowing the authorities to carry out the critical task of identifying and preventing entry of terrorists and dangerous criminals, as well as pursuing the legitimate task of implementing American immigration policy.

This interfaith effort was coordinated by the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC). Executive Director Regan Cooper said, "Leaders and laypeople of all faiths are coming together to call for comprehensive reform that offers real solutions. Immigrants come here to work hard and make a better life for their children, pursuing the American Dream just as our forefathers did. We will all benefit if they are given the chance to come out of the shadows and earn a path to citizenship." To sign the statement, contact PICC at 215-832-0626 or email piccadmin@gmail.com

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St. Boniface Parish To Unite With Visitation B.v.m. Parish

February 20, 2006

ST. BONIFACE PARISH TO UNITE
WITH VISITATION B.V.M. PARISH

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province announce that after long, serious and prayerful deliberation, Saint Boniface Parish (Diamond and Hancock Streets in Philadelphia) will close and unite with Visitation B.V.M. Parish (Lehigh Avenue and B Street in Philadelphia) effective June 30, 2006. The current territories of the two parishes border one another, and the Archdiocese wished to find a way to allow the Redemptorists to continue their pastoral care to the community. The Archdiocese invited the Redemptorists to accept the care of Visitation B.V.M. parish, and they agreed. At the Redemptorists' recommendation, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has appointed the present pastor of Saint Boniface Parish, Reverend Bruce Lewandowski, C.Ss.R., as the pastor of Visitation B.V.M. Parish, effective March 15, 2006. Father Lewandowski will serve as pastor of both parishes until the end of June when Saint Boniface Parish is closed.

Saint Boniface Parish Elementary School will also close at the end of the current school year. The Archdiocese and the parish will work closely with all St. Boniface School parents to identify available Catholic educational opportunities for their children in parish schools close to where their families live. Visitation B.V.M. Parish School can accommodate a considerable number of students, as can Saint Peter the Apostle Parish School at Fifth Street and Girard Avenue. The Archdiocese Office of Catholic Education will also help the current teachers at Saint Boniface School to find new positions at Catholic schools.

In a joint letter distributed at Masses this past weekend, Most Reverend Joseph Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, who is the Regional Bishop for this area of the Archdiocese, and Reverend Patrick Woods, C.Ss.R., who is the Provincial Superior of the Redemptorists, told parishioners that Saint Boniface, despite their financial generosity, can no longer sustain itself due to the declining population, the enormous financial challenges and the deteriorating buildings. For many years, Saint Boniface Parish has received significant financial support from the Archdiocese and the Redemptorists.

In their letter Bishop Cistone and Father Woods said, "This parish community continues to offer a powerful witness to the faith and face of Catholic Christianity 2,000 years after Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, the physical structures that form St. Boniface parish are not as resilient. Your most prominent symbol, the parish's beautiful church, is structurally deteriorating daily, as demonstrated by the protective scaffolding now encircling the building. Its primary construction material, brownstone, has a serviceable life of 100 years. The church, built in the late 1880s, is now over 120 years old.

The Redemptorists, who own the parish buildings and property, recently commissioned a physical assessment of all the parish structures. They would need to invest close to $7 million to make the buildings safe for future parish and school use. This estimate does not include any renovations beyond the immediate and basic safety and maintenance repairs. A true renovation requires significantly greater funds and would only provide a short-term solution as the brownstone structure would continue to decline; this is not wise stewardship."
The Redemptorists have ministered to the community in this section of Philadelphia for over a century and remain deeply committed to serving the people of Saint Boniface Parish and the surrounding neighborhood. Together, the Redemptorists and the Archdiocese worked to find a solution to the major problems facing the parish and a way to continue the service of the Redemptorists to the people of the area. It was mutually decided that Saint Boniface will unite with Visitation B.V.M. Parish and that Visitation Parish will be entrusted to the Redemptorists. Rev. Gary Kramer, current Parochial Administrator of Visitation B.V.M. Parish, will be reassigned at the time Father Lewandowski assumes his appointment as Pastor of Visitation B.V.M. Parish.

Saint Boniface Parish Elementary School, which has a current enrollment of 213 students, has also been facing significant financial challenges. It has been unable to meet the rising cost of salaries, benefits and operational expenses through tuition and the amount of parish contributions. In addition, it was determined that with Saint Boniface Parish closing, it would not be feasible or recommended for Visitation B.V.M. Parish to operate two school campuses. For these reasons, combined with Saint Boniface's deteriorating parish facilities, Saint Boniface School will close in June 2006.

In their letter, Bishop Cistone and Father Woods said, "Although saddened by these very difficult decisions, the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province are happy that they found a way to continue to minister to the Saint Boniface family, while growing its community life through its inclusion with Visitation B.V.M. Parish. The Archdiocese and the Redemptorists hope that you understand that these decisions were reached after a challenging and painful process. They seek your prayers and ask for your cooperation as this new vision of parish becomes a reality for Saint Boniface and Visitation B.V.M. families."

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St. John The Baptist Parish School To Close

February 20, 2006

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH SCHOOL TO CLOSE

Reverend Joseph M. McDermott, Parochial Administrator of Saint John the Baptist Parish in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, announced at masses this past weekend that Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has accepted the recommendation to close Saint John the Baptist Parish Elementary School (119 Rector Street) at the end of the 2005-2006 school year.

The recommendation was made as a result of dramatically decreasing enrollment and escalating expenses. Enrollment currently is 205 students while the budget for the school year was based upon enrollment of a planned 225 students. Pre-enrollment for next year indicates that only 134 students plan to return. At that level of enrollment, the cost to educate each student would rise to approximately $6,000. Tuition is currently $2,940 (an increase of $500 from last year) and a tuition increase of up to $600 (or more) would be necessary for the school to continue.

The enrollment and fiscal situation of the school are jeopardizing Saint John the Baptist Parish. Because of unexpected heating repair expenses at the school ($40,000), the decrease in enrollment and a decline in parish giving, the parish will have to borrow approximately $100,000 this year in order to pay teachers' salaries and other school related expenses. A deficit of more than $300,000 was projected for next year if the school remained open. Saint John the Baptist Parish also has a debt to the Archdiocese which was $491,000 as of June 2005.

While it is clear that Saint John the Baptist Parish Elementary School needs to close, it is important to recognize and pay tribute to the rich history of this Catholic school in educating the students of Manayunk in their Catholic faith. This was the first school in the Archdiocese staffed by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Father McDermott expresses his deep appreciation for their dedication to Saint John the Baptist Parish Elementary School.

Saint John the Baptist Parish will continue to provide pastoral and sacramental care for the children of the parish even as they attend other schools. The parish and the Archdiocese will also work closely with school families to assist with the transition for the school students. A School Placement Survey is being provided to school families to ask which of the following schools they would prefer: Holy Child Catholic School in Manayunk; Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Elementary School in Andorra; Our Mother of Consolation Parish Elementary School in Chestnut Hill; St. Bridget Parish Elementary School in East Falls or St. Philip Neri Parish Elementary School in Lafayette Hill, Montgomery County.

An Open House to meet the representatives from those schools will be held at Saint John the Baptist Parish Hall on Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

Background
In Spring 2003, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua granted permission for Holy Family Parish, Saint Lucy Parish, Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, Saint Josaphat Parish and Saint John the Baptist Parish to begin a feasibility study for the restructuring of the five parish elementary schools in Manayunk. During the first two years of the feasibility study, there was no consensus regarding the future and considerable resistance to any restructuring.

In January 2005, Cardinal Justin Rigali accepted a revised Manayunk plan in which Holy Family School, Saint Lucy School and Saint Mary of the Assumption School would close at the end of the 2004-2005 school year. A regional school, called Holy Child School, would open in September 2005. At the same time, Cardinal Rigali accepted the request of the Pastors, Parish Pastoral Councils and Parish Finance Councils of Saint Josaphat Parish and Saint John the Baptist Parish that their respective parish elementary schools would remain open as individual parish elementary schools, without the financial assistance of the Archdiocese.

By March 2005, it became clear to the Pastor of Saint Josaphat Parish and his Councils that there would not be sufficient enrollment to open the 2005-2006 school year. The Pastor requested and received permission for his school to close in June 2005. Most of the children from Saint Josaphat Parish enrolled at Holy Child School.

Saint John the Baptist Parish Elementary School opened the 2005-2006 school year with an enrollment of 208 students (now decreased to 205) which was an enrollment below the budgeted figure of 225 students. In December 2005, the previous Pastor, Reverend Louis Bier, met with his Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils to review all current parish and school finances and projected enrollment. Father Bier then met with a group of school families in early January 2006.

On January 26, 2006, the same group of school families met with the newly appointed Parochial Administrator, Father McDermott, along with the Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils, at which time the school parents offered a proposed business plan.

Father McDermott acknowledges the work that went into developing the plan and is appreciative of the commitment of the parents who dedicated themselves to this task. A thorough review determined that the proposed business plan does not meet Archdiocesan guidelines for the operation of a parish elementary school.

Based upon an examination of all relevant information and in consultation with the Archdiocese, the recommendation was made that Saint John the Baptist Parish Elementary School close at the end of the current school year.

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Statement From Cardinal Justin Rigali Regarding Americans To Be Created Cardinals In The Catholic Church

February 22, 2006

Statement from Cardinal Justin Rigali Regarding Americans to be Created Cardinals in the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI announced on February 22 that he will create fifteen new Cardinals in the Catholic Church at a ceremony known as a consistory at the Vatican on March 24, 2006. Two Americans were among those named, including Archbishop William J. Levada, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Boston Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.

I extend congratulations to all the Cardinals-Designate named by the Holy Father. They will serve the Church as close advisers and collaborators with the Supreme Pontiff in his ministry. I am also grateful to the Holy Father for the invitation to join him in reflection and prayer prior to the consistory and in a Mass the following day.

Archbishop Levada, whom I have known for over fifty years, brings deep theological expertise and pastoral experience to his position at the Vatican congregation. The Catholic faithful in Portland, Oregon, and in San Francisco whom he led as bishop no doubt remember him fondly in their prayers. I am certain the faithful of Boston are also gratified by the designation of Archbishop O'Malley, who is a prayerful model of spirituality for the people of God.

I ask all Catholics to join me in offering prayers of thanksgiving to our Lord Jesus Christ for raising these bishops to roles of greater service to the universal Church. May their ministries continue to give glory to God as they build up His Church.

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

February 24, 2006

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


Lent 2006

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Grace and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ!

The holy season of Lent which we begin this Wednesday with the marking of our foreheads with the penitential sign of ashes draws us more deeply into the mystery of Christ and His Cross. It also allows us to rediscover that His mystery is also the mystery of our lives when they are lived in union with Him through Baptism and the faithful reception of the most Holy Eucharist.

In order to help us realize more fully how the death and resurrection of Christ is the pattern of our lives and in order to help us make reparation for our sins, the Church proposes to us the traditional practices of prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Through these means it is possible for us to advance in love of God and neighbor.

In particular I ask you to give special attention this Lent to almsgiving or charity. Your great generosity has already been manifested in your response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and other recent natural disasters. I ask you to build upon this generosity and in some way to make a sacrifice for the poor. Blessed Columba Marmion wrote about the meeting of the Lord Jesus and His Mother on the way to Calvary, "Her gaze meets His, and the abyss of the sufferings of Jesus calls upon the abyss of His Mother's compassion. What is there that she would not do for Him!" [Christ in His Mysteries, p. 274]. Let us imitate the example of Mary.

I also ask you to make a great effort to renew your devotion to Eucharistic adoration. Within this context I make a special appeal to you to pray for vocations to the Priesthood in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. We are confident that the Lord will hear our prayer and grant us the holy and faithful priests we need in our local church.

Sincerely in Christ,


Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia

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Cardinal Rigali Celebrates Ash Wednesday And Distributes Ashes

February 28, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI CELEBRATES ASH WEDNESDAY AND DISTRIBUTES ASHES

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2006
12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Ash Wednesday signifies the beginning of Lent for Christians throughout the world. Lent is the penitential season of prayer and sacrifice from Ash Wednesday through Holy Thursday, in preparation for Easter. Catholics throughout the Archdiocese will visit their parish churches to receive the blessed ashes, which are marked in the sign of a cross on the foreheads of the faithful. The symbolic ashes remind the faithful of their mortality.

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

For the past 30 years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has begun Operation Rice Bowl on Ash Wednesday. Operation Rice Bowl is a 40-day Lenten program, which encourages parishioners to fast one day a week during Lent. Families place money that would have been spent on meals in a cardboard "rice bowl" to remember those who are poor and hungry. Since its beginning Operation Rice Bowl has raised more than $142 million to fund around the world and in local diocesan communities in the United States. More than 15,000 faith communities across the United States participate in Operation Rice Bowl.

In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, hundreds of parishes and schools participate annually in Operation Rice Bowl. In Lent of 2005, close to $250,000 was raised. Of that amount, three quarters was sent directly overseas for Catholic Relief Services projects. One-quarter remained in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and assisted Nutritional Development Services and purchased food for local soup kitchens and food cupboards. For more information on Operation Rice Bowl please visit www.catholicrelief.org.

Special Note: Cardinal Rigali has granted a dispensation from the Lenten obligation to abstain from eating meat on Friday, March 17, 2006 because of the Feast of Saint Patrick. The Cardinal encourages those who wish to take advantage of this dispensation to perform some other Lenten work of piety or charity.
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Two Archdiocesean Elementary Schools Grow Together To Create New Model For Catholic Education

March 2, 2006

TWO ARCHDIOCESEAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS GROW TOGETHER TO CREATE NEW MODEL FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION

Our Mother of Sorrows Parish Elementary School and St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish Elementary School in West Philadelphia are hosting Growing Together - Weaving a New Model for Catholic Education. The evening will highlight the accomplishments of the Mother Katharine Drexel Project through art, song, dance and discussion. The mission of the Mother Katharine Drexel Project is "to create a collaborative union to assure families that the schools will remain a viable, catholic educational option in West Philadelphia."


7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3, 2006
Drexel University (Main Building)
32nd & Chestnut (Entrance)
Philadelphia



The school communities of Our Mother of Sorrows and St. Ignatius, along with their leaders, Reverend Joseph Okonski, Pastor of both parishes and Sister Owen Patricia, Principal of both schools have taken a proactive approach to preserve Catholic education in West Philadelphia with the creation of the Mother Katharine Drexel Project. Since the inception of the Mother Katharine Drexel Project both schools have seen an increase in enrollment.

Katharine Drexel, a Philadelphia native devoted her life to serving the poor. She founded St. Ignatius of Loyola School in 1925. In 2000, she was canonized by Pope John Paul II. St. Katharine Drexel's Feast Day is March 3rd, the anniversary of her death.

Editor's Note: This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Our Mother of Sorrows at 215-878-0875 or St. Ignatius of Loyola at 215-222-3626

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

March 2, 2006

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

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside at three celebrations of the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates. This is an important step for almost 1000 adults who have chosen to join the Catholic Church. All of the celebrations will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.


Saturday, March 4, 2006
6:30 p.m.
Delaware County Vicariate
Philadelphia - North Vicariate

Sunday, March 5, 2006
2:00 p.m.
Chester County Vicariate
Montgomery County Vicariate

Sunday, March 5, 2006
6:30 p.m.
Bucks County Vicariate
Philadelphia - South Vicariate



During the Rite of Election, Cardinal Rigali will receive and bless 524 candidates (those who have been baptized in other faiths) and 440 catechumens (those who have not been baptized). There are 40 more catechumens than last year. In addition ten more parishes are participating than in 2005. After a reflective and intense period of prayer during Lent, the catechumens and candidates will become full members of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 15, 2006.


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Cardinal Rigali Celebrates St. Katharine Drexel Feast Day Mass

March 2, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI CELEBRATES ST. KATHARINE DREXEL FEAST DAY MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the St. Katharine Drexel Feast Day Mass. March 3rd also marks the tenth anniversary of Cardinal John Krol's death. Cardinal Krol was Archbishop of Philadelphia from 1961 until 1988.

Friday, March 3, 2006
12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Katharine Drexel, a Philadelphia native, devoted her life to serving the poor. In 2000, she was canonized by Pope John Paul II. For more information on St. Katharine Drexel, visit www.katharinedrexel.org.


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Cardinal Rigali Makes School Annoucement On Saint Katherine Drexel's Feast Day

March 3, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI MAKES SCHOOL ANNOUCEMENT ON SAINT KATHERINE DREXEL'S FEAST DAY

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced today that he has agreed to an initiative to maintain the Saint Katharine Drexel School in Chester for the 2006-2007 school year while the Archdiocese, in cooperation with the religious congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of Glen Riddle and potentially other religious communities as well as interested community and business leaders, work toward a solution that will allow for the continuance of Catholic Education to be available to the children of Chester City in the future. This will be known as the Neumann/Drexel Collaborative Initiative.

Cardinal Rigali made the announcement at the conclusion of the Saint Katharine Drexel Feast Day Mass. The Mass, which also marked the tenth anniversary of the death of Cardinal John Krol, was attended by members of the religious order founded by Katharine Drexel, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. It was also attended by hundreds of Catholic school children, including dozens of students from Saint Katharine Drexel School. Cardinal Rigali said, "I am pleased to announce today that Saint Katharine Drexel School will not only remain open next year but it is my hope that it will be a shining light in the city of Chester for years to come."

Saint Katharine Drexel School has been conducting a self-study because of declining enrollment and increasing costs. In making his announcement, Cardinal Rigali said, "While we recognize those realities, we must also remember and model Saint Katharine Drexel's love for the poor and for children."

The Archdiocese and the various constituents that have come forward are committed to providing Catholic education to the impoverished and needy families in Chester. The goal will be to establish a better financial base for the school beyond the parish subsidy and also to develop partnerships with various members of the corporate and private businesses as well as governmental agencies in and around Chester to secure the school's future. The Neumann/Drexel Collaborative Initiative will follow the mission of both Saint Katharine Drexel and Saint John Neumann in providing Catholic education to the immigrant, Hispanic and Black children who make up the majority of the population in Chester.

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Statement From Cardinal Rigali On New President Of Rosemont College

March 7, 2006

Statement from Cardinal Rigali on New President of Rosemont College

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, issues the following statement concerning the election of Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Ph.D., as president of Rosemont College by the college's Board of Trustees:

I offer warm congratulations and prayerful support to Dr. Sharon Hirsh on being elected the 13th president of Rosemont College.

As a graduate of Rosemont, Dr. Hirsh understands clearly its Catholic identity and mission. Her long experience as an educator and administrator will be at the service of the whole Rosemont community, whose confidence she has already earned.

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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Observance Mass And March In Parade

March 8, 2006

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

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the Saint Patrick's Day Observance Mass. Concelebrants of the Mass include Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, Monsignor John J. McIntyre, Reverend Daniel E. Mackle, Pastor of St. Patrick Parish and Reverend Kevin C. Trautner, Chaplin, St. Patrick's Day Observance Association of Philadelphia.


Sunday, March 12, 2006
9:30 a.m.
Saint Patrick Parish
20th and Locust Streets
Philadelphia



Following Mass, Cardinal Rigali will join marchers from over 150 groups in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.


Special Note: Cardinal Rigali has granted a dispensation from the Lenten obligation to abstain from eating meat on Friday, March 17, 2006 because of the Feast of Saint Patrick. The Cardinal encourages those who wish to take advantage of this dispensation to perform some other Lenten work of piety or charity.

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Statement Regarding Incident After Catholic League Championship Basketball Game From Stephen Pawlowski, Assistant Superintendent Office Of Catholic Education, Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

March 10, 2006

STATEMENT REGARDING INCIDENT AFTER
CATHOLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL GAME
From Stephen Pawlowski, Assistant Superintendent
Office of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

The Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is conducting a full investigation which includes reviewing game tapes and interviewing students and staff. We want to be sure that we are thorough and look at every aspect of what happened Saturday night. The Archdiocese will then determine any necessary actions to be taken against those who were involved.

The events which occurred were unacceptable and inconsistent with the philosophy and mission of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Office of Catholic Education holds players and student spectators to a Code of Conduct that is summarized at the beginning of every game, including this championship game, just prior to the announcer inviting everyone to join together in prayer. The announcement says that our athletic programs are designed to foster good sportsmanship, camaraderie and Catholic values. We ask that all athletes and spectators honor the Code of Conduct by refraining from the use of vulgar language, abusive behavior or inappropriate cheering.

The Archdiocese also holds Sports and Spirituality programs throughout the year which deliver a message of respect for opponents and the importance of Catholic teaching in competitive situations. Whether it is a practice session or a league championship, acceptable sporting behavior by our players and fans is expected at all times.

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Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Sanctions Following The Varsity Boys Championship Basketball Game

March 10, 2006

STATEMENT
FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
Regarding Sanctions Following the Varsity Boys Championship Basketball Game

The behavior which occurred was not consistent with the Mission of Catholic Education and was unacceptable. The Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is taking the necessary steps to ensure that such actions do not happen in the future. Letters of reprimand have been sent to Ss. John Neumann-Maria Goretti High School and Roman Catholic High School and the following sanctions are announced:

All boys basketball games between Roman Catholic and Ss. John Neumann - Maria Goretti High Schools during the '06-'07 regular season will be played without fans / spectators / parents present.

Roman Catholic and Ss. John Neumann - Maria Goretti High Schools will be placed on probation for the remainder of the 2005 - 2006 school year, as well as, the 2006 - 2007 school year. Any further negative actions by the fans or players of either school could / would result in further punitive action, up to and including, restriction from any post season playoff competition in the respective sport.

The Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Ss. John Neumann - Maria Goretti HS will be suspended from the first four (4) games of the Philadelphia Catholic League regular season.

Students, whether players or fans, who are identified as being involved in behavior that was inappropriate, will be penalized in accord with their respective school codes. This includes behavior on the court or in the stands. The penalties may include demerits, detentions, community service and other sanctions up to and including suspension.

The Office of Catholic Education is also recommending the following revisions to the Philadelphia Catholic League's Code of Conduct:

Only positive cheering is permitted by spectators for a Philadelphia Catholic League event.

All signs and posters must be pre-approved by the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs of the local school.

Inappropriate dress or conduct will not be permitted during a Philadelphia Catholic League event.

If any of the above mentioned violations are encountered during a Philadelphia Catholic League event, the officials have the authority to penalize the individual team and the school's administration has the authority to stop the game and remove all spectators from the event, if the spectators do not comply with the administration's request.

The Office of Catholic Education will continue to review the supervision and management of all sporting events within the Philadelphia Catholic League as well as all Championship events held by the Philadelphia Catholic League.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Awarded Tax Credits For St. John Neumann Place Development To Move Forward

March 10, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE AWARDED TAX CREDITS FOR ST. JOHN NEUMANN PLACE
DEVELOPMENT TO MOVE FORWARD

On March 9, 2006 the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) awarded the Archdiocese of Philadelphia a tax credit allocation of $12 million for the development of affordable senior housing at the former St. John Neumann High School site (26th and Moore Streets in South Philadelphia). Additional funding has been provided by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia.

St. John Neumann Place is a collaborative effort between the Archdiocesan Office for Community Development and Catholic Health Care Services. Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will add St. John Neumann Place to their family of outstanding long term care facilities, assisted living and community based services. This development marks the first time the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has utilized Section 42 tax credits for the adaptable reuse of vacant church property.

"I am heartened by the partnership of business, government, local residents and the Church that makes St. John Neumann Place possible," said Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia. "This initiative responds to the needs of seniors and is an excellent use for the former high school. I am hopeful that while advancing the mission of the Church we will also contribute to the quality of life in this South Philadelphia neighborhood."

St. John Neumann Place will provide safe and affordable housing for seniors 62 and older. Construction on the $16.9 million project is anticipated to begin in fall 2006. The renovations include the demolition of the school gym, auditorium, and the priory. The remaining classroom area would be converted into the senior residence with 75 one bedroom apartments. The building, complete with community rooms, a worship space, off street parking, and some green space, will be available for occupancy in late 2007.

The creation of St. John Neumann Place will benefit the larger community, offering an affordable housing option to seniors in an area where real estate values are rising. Operations will not be subsidized, but rather will be funded by the rental income. This development will ensure that affordable quality housing remains part of a larger, mixed-housing strategy for many years to come. Local residents have expressed great support for the development and appreciation that the Church continues to be a presence in their neighborhood.

In a January 2004 in a letter to Cardinal Rigali, the people living in the vicinity of the former St. John Neumann High School requested that the Archdiocese consider the development of this site to benefit the elderly of their community. This request was consistent with Norm 48 of the Tenth Synod of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia which states: The Archdiocese through Catholic Human Services is to explore the adaptable reuse of vacant archdiocesan facilities into affordable housing for older adults and persons requiring special assistance to meet daily living needs.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Catholic Youth Organization (cyo) Celebrates 13th Annual Hall Of Fame Awards Dinner

March 17, 2006

CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION (CYO) CELEBRATES 13TH ANNUAL HALL OF FAME AWARDS DINNER

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Youth and Young Adults will celebrate the 13th Annual CYO Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on:

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
5:30 p.m. Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Drexelbrook (Drexelbook Drive & Valley Road)
Drexel Hill, Delaware County


The purpose of the banquet is to raise funds for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) programs and to honor adults who champion the virtues and values of CYO and the Catholic Church. CYO utilizes sports and coaching to develop the spiritual and character formation of young people and assists them in preparing for life's challenges. For more information on the CYO Hall of Fame Awards, call 215-965-4637.

The 2006 CYO Hall of Fame Honorees are:
Amy Caples is a broadcasting veteran with more than 20 years experience. The first half of her career was spent in radio news --with stints in North Jersey, Harrisburg, and York, PA before returning to Philadelphia and KYW Newsradio. In 1994, she made the transition to television news. As a reporter, she covered breaking news throughout the Delaware Valley and also managed a variety of reporting franchises, including parenting and consumer issues. She co-anchored the CBS3 morning show for the past six years. In July 2005, Amy took on a position as a professor at Temple University in their Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media. She speaks regularly to community organizations, especially on topics that affect women, parents, and working mothers. Amy has been the emcee for a number of notable causes such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Children's Miracle Network Telethon and the March of Dimes in Philadelphia. She is also a member of the Neumann College Board of Trustees, the Hatboro-Horsham Education Foundation and the Parenting Center for Hatboro-Horsham. She and her husband John are members of St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Horsham, where she in involved in the parish's youth ministry program, Life Teen and are the proud parents of two children, Audrey and John Neumann (Jack).

Leonard J. DiPaul, Ed.D is the Executive Director of Pastoral and Theological Studies at Neumann College in Aston, PA. Len served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Youth and Young Adults for twenty-four years as the Assistant Director of the Office and Director for Parish Youth Ministry. During his tenure with the Archdiocese he worked with Msgr. Francis Schmidt, Msgr. Robert Maginnis, Rev. Charles Pfeffer and Rev. Thomas Higgins. DiPaul is most proud of the growth in understanding of the role of sports in parish ministry; adult leadership; as well as the increase of full time parish youth ministers. His passion for the role of sports in spiritual development led to discussions that resulted in Neumann College's Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development. Len is the President of the National Center for Catholic Youth Sports, which empowers athletic leaders to animate the Gospel values in Catholic youth sports, encouraging young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Len and his wife Ellen have been married for twenty-six years with three children, Joseph, Alison and Kristen. They are members of St. Philomena Parish where Len coached varsity girls CYO teams for seven years.

Daniel J. Hilferty is President and Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Mercy Health Plan, the largest Medical Assistance managed health care organization in Southeastern Pennsylvania serving more than 286,000 members. He has more than 20 years experience in health care, government affairs, communication and education. Prior to his tenure at Keystone Mercy Health, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs for Mercy Health Systems in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where he coordinated all government relations activities, corporate communications, marketing initiatives, development and community outreach efforts. Before Hilfery was at Mercy Health Systems, Hilferty was the executive director of PennPorts, where he managed economic-development programs related to the ports of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Erie. He is active in many community organizations including the Police Athletic League, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, and the Pennsylvania Economy League. His contributions to his community have been recognized by various organizations. He has received the Saint Joseph's University Ignatius Award, the Whitney M. Young Award from the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Small Miracles Award from the Center for Autistic Children, the 2002 Youth Leadership foundation Keystone Mercy Partnership Award and the 2003 Community Leader of the Year Award from the Arthritis Foundation. He has recently received the 2004 Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America for his continuing commitment toward a positive future for today's youth. Dan and his wife Joan have been married for twenty-one years and have five children, Coeli, Maris, Dan, John, and Matthew. They live in Havertown and are members of St. Dennis Parish.

Francis Patrick Newell, Esq. is a litigator with the Philadelphia law firm Harkins Cunningham. A parishioner of St. John Vianney in Gladwyne, PA, Frank is a product of the CYO Athletic program through his elementary and high school years. His father, a Navy veteran of World War II, was instrumental in Frank joining football in grade school, where they went on to winning seasons. He rowed crew for Father Judge High School, and later went on to Penn State University. After graduating from Villanova University School of Law, Frank began practicing, specializing in anti-trust litigation. He is a member of the Breon Law Society and is also active in the Union League, where he works with youth scholarship programs to forward the educations of Philadelphia's young adults. Frank and his wife Katharine are members of St. John Vianney Parish in Gladwyne.


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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

High Schools Throughout The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Participate In Operation Rice Bowl

March 20, 2006

HIGH SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA PARTICIPATE IN OPERATION RICE BOWL


Archdiocesan High School students have the unique opportunity to participate in Operation Rice Bowl and help the less fortunate in the Greater Philadelphia area and throughout the world. To assist in this effort, ARAMARK is generously donating $.25 per slice of pizza purchased during lunch to Operation Rice Bowl.

12 noon - 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Archbishop John Carroll High School Cafeteria
211 Matson Ford Road
Radnor, Pennsylvania


Other Archdiocesan High Schools participating are Archbishop Prendergast, Archbishop Ryan, Archbishop Wood, Bishop McDevitt, Bishop Shanahan, Cardinal Dougherty, Cardinal O'Hara, Conwell-Egan, Father Judge, St. Hubert, Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti, John W. Hallahan, Kennedy-Kenrick, Lansdale Catholic, Little Flower, Monsignor Bonner, Northeast Catholic, St. Pius, Roman Catholic, West Philadelphia, Holy Ghost Preparatory School and Gwynedd-Mercy Academy High School.

For the past 30 years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has begun Operation Rice Bowl on Ash Wednesday. Operation Rice Bowl is a 40-day Lenten program, which encourages parishioners to fast one day a week during Lent. Families place money that would have been spent on meals in a cardboard "rice bowl" to remember those who are poor and hungry. Since its beginning Operation Rice Bowl has raised more than $142 million to fund projects around the world and in local diocesan communities in the United States. More than 15,000 faith communities across the United States participate in Operation Rice Bowl.

In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, hundreds of parishes and schools participate annually in Operation Rice Bowl. In Lent of 2005, close to $250,000 was raised. Of that amount, three quarters was sent directly overseas for Catholic Relief Services projects. One-quarter remained in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and assisted Nutritional Development Services in the purchase of food for local soup kitchens and food cupboards. For more information on Operation Rice Bowl please visit www.catholicrelief.org or contact Anne Ayella, CRS Diocesan Director at 215-895-3486 x 717.
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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary To Conduct Walking Pilgrimage To The Shrine Of Saint John Neumann

March 23, 2006

SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO SEMINARY TO CONDUCT WALKING PILGRIMAGE
TO THE SHRINE OF SAINT JOHN NEUMANN

Reverend Monsignor Joseph G. Prior, Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, will lead approximately 150 seminarians, administrators, and faculty members on a walking pilgrimage from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, located in Wynnewood, Montgomery County, to the shrine of Saint John Neumann, North 5th Street and Girard Avenue, North Philadelphia, on Sunday, March 26, 2006. This pilgrimage will be a walking journey of approximately 8.5 miles.

An annual community pilgrimage is a longstanding Seminary tradition and a component of its spiritual formation program. This year marks the first time in the Seminary's history that the pilgrimage will be made entirely on foot. This spiritual journey serves as an act of Lenten penitence and sacrifice.

The pilgrims will depart the Seminary at 11:30 a.m. and stop at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for recitation of the Rosary and visitation of the crypt at 1:30 p.m. They will arrive at the Saint John Neumann Shrine at 3:45 p.m. and attend Mass celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali at 4:30 p.m.


Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
Departure at 11:30 a.m. (Interview availability at 11:15 a.m.)
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, Montgomery County
11:15 a.m.


Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Arrival at approximately 1:30 p.m. (Interview availability at 2:00 p.m.)
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia
2:00 p.m.


Shrine of Saint John Neumann
Arrival at approximately 3:45 p.m.; Mass at 4:30 p.m. (Interview availability at 5:30 p.m.)
North 5th Street and Girard Avenue
North Philadelphia
4:30 p.m.


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Editor's Note: The pilgrimage route will follow Wynnewood Road to City Avenue to 54th Street to Wynnefield Avenue to Belmont Avenue to Montgomery Drive to Martin Luther King (West River) Drive to Eakins Oval to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to 18th Street to Spring Garden Street to 5th Street to Girard Avenue.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Migration Mass 'welcomes The Stranger,' Celebrates The Faith

March 23, 2006

MIGRATION MASS 'WELCOMES THE STRANGER,' CELEBRATES THE FAITH

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrates the rich cultural diversity of Catholics in the Philadelphia region by hosting a Mass for Migrants at Cardinal Dougherty High School. Most Rev. Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will be the main celebrant.

Eleven choirs will lead the Mass in song, and Scriptural readings and prayers will be proclaimed in 11 languages. The faithful in attendance represent the many groups of immigrants who call the Philadelphia region home.

Migration Mass
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Ethnic procession
1:00 p.m.
Mass
1:30 p.m.
Cardinal Dougherty High School
6301 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia



While the United States Senate debates proposals for reforming our nation's immigration system, participants at the Mass will pray that new laws enact comprehensive immigration reform, respecting the American values of justice and welcome for the stranger.

Contact
Matthew Gambino
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Takes Proactive Approach To Education On Potential Internet Dangers

March 24, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TAKES PROACTIVE APPROACH TO EDUCATION ON POTENTIAL INTERNET DANGERS

Since 2004 the Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been educating parents and students regarding potential dangers of the Internet. Understanding what Internet security means is the first step in making sure that our students are safe and not vulnerable to strangers. Parents that attend the sessions are informed about the various websites that their children may visit including myspace.com and facebook.com. Young people often post personal information that strangers can access. Paul Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology for the Office of Catholic Education, leads the seminars for both parents and students.

The Office of Catholic Education will be hosting two seminars for parents that media may attend on:

7:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Monday, March 27, 2006 Wednesday, March 29, 2006

St. Matthew Parish School (Auditorium)
Cardinal O'Hara High School

Cottman Avenue and Hawthorne Street
1701 S. Sproul Road

Philadelphia
Springfield, Delaware County


Mr. Sanfrancesco urges parents to monitor the amount of time that their children spend on the computer and to make sure that the computer is placed in highly visible areas. When speaking to students Mr. Sanfrancesco tries to convey how imperative it is for them to have an open line of communication with their parents. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has taken a unique and extremely effective approach in reaching out to parents and explaining to them consequences of improper computer use by their children.

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Editor's Note: Paul Sanfrancesco will be available for interviews at the conclusion of each seminar.

Contact
Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Holy Name Of Jesus Parish School To Close In June 2006

March 27, 2006

HOLY NAME OF JESUS PARISH SCHOOL TO CLOSE IN JUNE 2006



Reverend Francis P. Groarke, Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, announced at Masses this past weekend that Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has accepted the recommendation to close Holy Name of Jesus Parish School (East Berks and Gaul Streets) at the end of the 2005-2006 school year.

St. Laurentius Parish has invited as many of the Holy Name students as they can accommodate to be a part of St. Laurentius school community. Any other students who cannot be accommodated at St. Laurentius School may choose to attend any area Catholic School of their choice. Holy Name of Jesus Parish will continue to offer Sacramental preparation for their students and parents since the Sacraments of Initiation will be celebrated at Holy Name. Holy Name Parish and the Office of Catholic Education will continue to work with Holy Name school families during this transition.

The recommendation to close Holy Name of Jesus Parish Elementary School was made after the parish and school assessed the projected enrollment for the 2006-2007 school year of 165 students and examined the financial reality facing the parish if it continued to subsidize the school. The increasing costs are in part a result of a significant decrease in enrollment. Since the 2001-2002 school year the student body has decreased by 77 students. Enrollment currently is 180 students (K-8th grade) while the budget for the current school year was based upon 198 students. Tuition does not cover the cost to educate each student.

Background
On December 1, 2005 a proposal was submitted to the three Parishes of Holy Name, St. Laurentius and St. Anne calling for the closure of St. Anne Elementary School and using the two Fishtown sites of Holy Name of Jesus School and St. Laurentius School for a newly formed regional school. That proposal was found unacceptable with the St. Anne's Steering Committee members and St. Anne Parish Community.

In early January, the Office of Catholic Education met with the three Pastors to discuss concerns raised about the proposal. The three Pastors presented these concerns to the parishes asking for input but protest resulted. In late January, because consensus could not be reached on the study the Archdiocese asked the Pastors to work with the Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils to review facts pertaining to school enrollments, tuition, parish income, expenses, and the parish's ability to provide sufficient funds for the school to reopen in September 2006. In addition, the Archdiocese offered to subsidize each parish for one year through the IPCC (Interparochial Cooperation Commission) to allow the parish time to determine its own fate through established guidelines.

The Pastoral and Finance Councils of Holy Name of Jesus Parish developed a school budget based on projected enrollment for 2006-2007 and determined that even with the Archdiocesan offer of subsidy, the tuition cost to parish families would be beyond their reach. The developed budget was reviewed by the Office of Parish Financial Services of the Archdiocese and by an independent accounting firm. When the proposed tuitions rates were made public in light of the proposed budget, most parishioners said that they could not afford the rates.

The Pastoral and Finance Councils met on February 23, 2006 to vote on a proposal to close Holy Name School and use
Saint Laurentius as the Catholic school in Fishtown. The vote was unanimous with one member abstaining. A letter was drafted by Father Groarke to Cardinal Rigali detailing the Pastoral and Finance Committee's recommendation. That recommendation was submitted to Cardinal Rigali for consideration and accepted.

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

Statement Regarding Meeting Of Officials From Piaa And Office Of Catholic Education

March 28, 2006

Statement Regarding Meeting of Officials from PIAA and Office of Catholic Education

An exploratory meeting held today at the Archdiocesan Office Center between officials of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education resulted in a constructive discussion on the possibility of the Philadelphia Catholic League joining the Association.

Officials anticipate that their dialogue will continue to probe the advantages and challenges as they discuss the future. Issues such as scheduling of events and maintaining league identity must be discussed with various constituencies. The Philadelphia Catholic League includes approximately 21,000 students who attend 21 Archdiocesan high schools, as well as several private Catholic schools.

No further meetings between the officials have yet been scheduled. As they continue to analyze the issues, the officials remain open to strengthening opportunities for young people to participate more broadly in statewide events. They stressed that they are actively pursuing the dialogue for the benefit of young people.

Participants in the meeting included Bradley R. Cashman, PIAA Executive Director; Melissa N. Mertz; PIAA Assistant Executive Director; members of the PIAA Board of Directors including Walter J. Blucas, PIAA President and District 10 Chairman; John P. Wabby, PIAA Treasurer and District 11 Chairman; Robert B. Coleman, District 12 Chairman; Richard B. Culver, Principal of Bethlehem Catholic High School and Member Private Schools' Representative to the Board of Directors; and Marjorie Wuestner, District 12 Executive Director.

Representatives of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education who participated in the meeting included Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia with responsibility for Catholic education; Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien, Superintendent of Schools; Stephen Pawlowski, assistant superintendent for secondary staff relations; and Patrick Boyle, director of secondary school services.

Also attending the meeting were Mary E. Peters, director of education for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC), and Philip J. Murren, counsel for the PCC.

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Contact
Matthew Gambino
Associate DIrector
215-587-3747

Junior High School Students Ready For Faith And Fun

March 31, 2006

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS READY FOR FAITH AND FUN

More than 300 junior high school students from over 25 parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will participate in fun, faith-filled activities at JuniorFest 2006. The event is designed to invite the students in grades 6 through 8 into the wider Catholic Church Community. Catholic high school students will lead various activities throughout the day. Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant for the JuniorFest Mass at 4:30 p.m.

The Archdiocesan Office for Youth and Young Adults is sponsoring JuniorFest, titled Walk HIS Way:


11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 2006
La Salle College High School
8605 Cheltenham Avenue
Wyndmoor, PA (Montgomery County)



For more information about JuniorFest 2006 please contact Andrea Meyer, Vicariate Coordinator,
at 215-965-4625 (office) or 610-405-5810 (cell).

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Contact
Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass For Anniversary Of The Death Of Pope John Paul Ii

March 31, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS FOR ANNIVERSARY
OF THE DEATH OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate a noontime Mass marking the first anniversary of the death of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II.

b>Monday, April 3, 2006
12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


A close collaborator with the late Pontiff for many years and a participant in his funeral rites last year at the Vatican, Cardinal Rigali will also be homilist for the Mass. Read his reflections last year on the Pope's death. Pope John Paul II died on the evening of April 2, 2005.

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

In addition, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will observe the first anniversary of the Pope's death with a Mass celebrated by Monsignor Joseph G. Prior, Rector, and priest members of the faculty at 4:30 p.m. on Monday April 3, 2006.

Following dinner at 6:30, the seminarians and priests will gather to view a video recording of Pope John Paul II's address to the seminarians at Saint Charles in 1979, which will follow a presentation of the new video on the priesthood titled "Fishers of Men."

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Contact
Matthew Gambino
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Catholic Youth Organizations' (cyo) Annual State Basketball Tournament

March 31, 2006

CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS' (CYO)
ANNUAL STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

The Annual State Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) boys grade school basketball tournament will be held:

Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd
Holy Family College
9801 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA


Friday, March 31st
4:30 p.m. Doors open at Holy Family University
5:30 p.m. Game 1: St. Margaret Mary, Harrisburg Diocese vs. St. Andrew, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
6:45 p.m. Game 2: St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown Diocese vs. St. Paul, Scranton Diocese
8:00 p.m. Game 3: St. Bonaventure, Pittsburgh Diocese vs. Aquinas Academy, Greensburg Diocese
9:15 p.m. Game 4: Our Mother of Sorrows, Altoona-Johnstown Diocese vs. Notre Dame, Erie Diocese

Saturday, April 1st
10:00 a.m. Doors open at Holy Family University
11:00 a.m. Game 5: Defeated in Game 1 vs. Defeated in Game 2
12:15 p.m. Game 6: Defeated in Game 3 vs. Defeated in Game 4
1:30 p.m. Game 7: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
2:45 p.m. Game 8: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

Sunday, April 2nd *Awards presentation will follow each game*
9:00 a.m. Doors open at Holy Family University
10:00 a.m. Game 9: Defeated in Game 5 vs. Defeated in Game 6
11:15 a.m. Game 10: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6
12:30 p.m. Game 11: Defeated in Game 7 vs. Defeated in Game 8
1:45 p.m. Game 12: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8

For more information about the Annual State CYO Basketball Tournament please contact Vince Drewicz, Assistant Athletic Director, 215-219-2641 cell or Beth Wood, Event Coordinator, 215-990-1057 cell.
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Contact
Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Business Leadership Organized For Catholic Schools (blocs) To Hold Annual Fundraising Gala

April 3, 2006

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP ORGANIZED FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS (BLOCS)
TO HOLD ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA

Building a Brighter Future-One Child at a Time


Founded in 1980 by business leaders in the community the Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) has the changed the lives of the 98,500 students who attend Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Currently, the Executive Committee is lead by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia and H.G. Gerry Lenfest, Esquire, a philanthropist and chairman of the Lenfest Foundations. BLOCS is committed to raising money so that families that wish to provide their children with a value-based Catholic education can do so, regardless of race, religion, creed, nationality or ethnic origin.

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Marriot Hotel - Downtown Philadelphia
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia


The invocation will be delivered by Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. The entertainment for the evening will be provided by various Catholic school students that represent the Archdiocese of Philadelphia including the Presentation BVM (Wynnewood) Handchime Choir, Sacred Heart (Royersford) students playing the harp and the piano, the All Catholic Secondary Jazz Band, the Elementary Honors Jazz Band, Cardinal O'Hara High School students performing scenes from Beauty and the Beast and West Catholic High School Latin Dancers performing excerpts from Dancing with Students.

For more information on the Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) Fundraiser please call 215-587-0590 or visit www.BLOCS.org.
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Contact
Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Holy Week And Easter Masses Palm Sunday, April 9th Through Easter Sunday, April 16th, 2006

April 3, 2006

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER MASSES
Palm Sunday, April 9th through Easter Sunday, April 16th, 2006

PALM SUNDAY MASS - April 9th - 10:45 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
In celebration of the Lord's entrance into Jerusalem, Cardinal Justin Rigali will bless the palms to be distributed to the faithful. Following the blessing of the palms, the Cardinal will be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass of Passion (Palm) Sunday. (no mult box feed)

HOLY THURSDAY CHRISM MASS - April 13th - 9:40 a.m. Procession/ 10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cardinal Justin Rigali is the main celebrant and homilist at the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass, which commemorates the day on which the priesthood was established. During the Mass, Cardinal Rigali will bless the three oils used in Sacraments: the Oil of Catechumens, used in Baptism; the Oil of the Sick, used in anointing of the sick; and Chrism Oil, used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.
(mult box feed)

HOLY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER - April 13th - 5:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cardinal Justin Rigali is the main celebrant and homilist. This mass commemorates the Last Supper, during which Christ instituted the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. After the homily, following the example of Christ who washed the feet of the apostles at the Last Supper, the Cardinal will wash the feet of twelve seminarians from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. (mult box feed)

GOOD FRIDAY - April 14th - 3:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist at the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Jesus. The traditional veneration of the cross, led by Cardinal Rigali, will take place during the liturgy.
(no mult box feed)

HOLY SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL - April 15th - 8:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist at the Easter Vigil Mass. The special ceremonies that take place during the Mass are all related to the Resurrection. The ceremonies include: the Blessing of the Fire, the lighting of the Paschal Candle, and the Blessing of the Easter Water. (mult box feed)

EASTER SUNDAY MASS - April 16th - 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. Other Masses at the Cathedral on Easter Sunday are: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. (no mult box feed)


Editor's Note: On Thursday, April 13th at the Chrism Mass and Mass of the Lord's Supper ONLY - television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. An audio and video mult box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral but are asked to remain in the designated area for the media. Cameras are permitted for all other Holy Week events, however, we ask that you call the Cathedral Rectory at 215-561-1313 if you plan to cover.


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Cardinal Rigali To Lead The Way Of The Cross On Good Friday

April 5, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO LEAD
THE WAY OF THE CROSS ON GOOD FRIDAY

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant for a Good Friday candlelight procession and devotions of the Way of the Cross on the grounds of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. 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.

7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 14, 2006
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, Montgomery County



The Stations of the Cross, Meditations and Prayers will be in imitation and commemoration of the tradition of the late Pope John Paul II in praying the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday evening. The prayers and meditations will be those composed by Pope Benedict XVI for use last year. Pope John Paul II followed these reflections from his private chapel during his final illness. The Holy Father died on April 2, 2005, one week after Easter.

The Stations of the Cross will conclude at the foot of the large, white Papal cross which had been on the altar in 1979 when Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass on Logan Square in Philadelphia. The cross has been located at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary since the Holy Father's visit 25 years ago and is visible from City Line Avenue.

The Stations of the Cross will take place rain or shine. Limited parking will be available at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Additional parking will be available at Saint Joseph's University with shuttle buses to bring participants to the Seminary. More information will be provided as it is available.

For updates and additional Holy Week information, please visit www.archdiocese-phl.org.
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Meredith V. Wilson
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Cardinal Rigali Encourages Prayers For Pope Benedict Xvi As He Celebrates Two Significant Events

April 10, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI ENCOURAGES PRAYERS FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI
AS HE CELEBRATES TWO SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, encourages the parishioners of the Archdiocese to pray for Pope Benedict XVI as he commemorates two important events in this life: his 79th birthday on Easter Sunday, April 16th and the first anniversary of his election as pope on Wednesday April 19th. Cardinal Rigali has offered three petitions to be read at Masses from April 16th through April 19th:

Sunday, April 16th
For the Church of God,
especially for our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI
on the occasion of his 79th birthday
that the Lord will bless him with good health and renewed vigor,
we pray to the Lord:

Monday, April 17th and Tuesday, April 18th
For the Church,
and especially for Pope Benedict XVI
as he approaches the first anniversary of his election
as the Successor of Peter
that the Lord may grant him the grace and strength
to Shepard the whole flock of Christ,
we pray to the Lord:

Wednesday, April 19th
For the Church of God,
and especially for Pope Benedict XVI
on the first anniversary of his election
as the Pastor of the Universal Church
that the Lord may give him strength in his ministry
as the visible source and foundation or our unity,
we pray to the Lord:

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Meredith V. Wilson
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Cardinal Rigali's Easter Letter

April 12, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI'S EASTER LETTER

Easter 2006



Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Praised be Jesus Christ who is risen from the dead!

At the Easter Vigil the Church exults in the news of Christ's Resurrection and sings, "Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in Glory! The risen Christ shines upon you! Let this place resound with joy, echoing the mighty song of all God's people!" The Church throughout the world rejoices indeed that the victory of Christ over sin and death belongs to each of her members, to all of us who have been baptized in Christ.

The renewal of our baptismal promises at Easter recalls both the gift of our adoption as children of God and our great responsibility to live as Christians. Saint Paul spells out this challenge for us in his Letter to the Romans, saying: "We were indeed baptized with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life (Rom 6:6).

Herein, dear friends, lies so much of the meaning of Easter: to live in newness of life as God's adopted children. In the weeks ahead our participation in the Eucharist will give us strength to live in newness of life, keeping God's commandments and living according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From Him come joy and peace, which I pray will fill your hearts and homes in this blessed Easter season.


Sincerely in Christ,



Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia

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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Archdiocese Announces New Personal Parish For Korean Catholics

April 17, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE ANNOUNCES NEW PERSONAL PARISH
FOR KOREAN CATHOLICS

In order to provide more effectively for the pastoral, cultural and religious education needs of the Korean Catholics of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Holy Angels Parish in Philadelphia (7000 Old York Road) will become a personal parish for the Korean Catholic community effective immediately. The Archdiocese of Seoul in Korea provides a Korean priest to care for the Korean Catholics at Holy Angels Parish. Reverend Paul Sung-Kook Lee is presently the Parochial Administrator at Holy Angels Parish. There are currently 1,976 registered parishioners at Holy Angels Parish, the majority of which are Korean Catholics.

The canonical change in the status of Holy Angels Parish also allows the Archdiocese to address the spiritual needs of the present members of the parish who are not Korean. The territorial boundaries of Saint Athanasius Parish (Limekiln Pike and Walnut Lane), Saint Benedict Parish (Chelten Avenue and Garnet Street) and Saint Helena Parish (Fifth Street and Godfrey Avenue) will be altered to include sections of the former territorial boundaries of Holy Angels Parish.

Upon approving the request to change the status of Holy Angels Parish, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, said, "I recognize that this is a unique pastoral situation and I am pleased that the Korean Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has found a spiritual home at Holy Angels Parish. For more than a century, Holy Angels Parish has provided Catholics in this area with a beautiful place to worship God and deepen their relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Particularly as we approach the Easter season, a time of new beginnings, I ask our Savior to bless and protect this newly designated personal parish and all those who worship at Holy Angels. I am confident that the former parishioners of Holy Angels will be welcomed warmly at the other parishes in the area and assure them of my blessing and prayers as well."

Holy Angels Parish was founded in 1900 as a territorial parish that was defined by its geographic boundaries. During the past twenty-five years, English speaking parishioners gradually moved out of the parish and Korean Catholics joined the parish. Holy Angels Parish has thus been a "de facto" Korean Catholic parish, ministering especially to Korean Catholics in Philadelphia-North, Montgomery County and Bucks County Vicariates.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass In Honor Of Divine Mercey Sunday

April 18, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS
IN HONOR OF DIVINE MERCEY SUNDAY

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul for Divine Mercy Sunday; the second Sunday of Easter. The faithful of the Archdiocese are invited to join Cardinal Rigali in this special celebration of the devotion recognizing God's mercy and love.

Sunday, April 23, 2006
Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway


The faithful will pray to Jesus Christ in several ways, including: adoring His presence in the exposed Blessed Sacrament, confessing their sins and receiving forgiveness; praying a Divine Mercy Prayer; concluding their period of prayer before the Bless Sacrament; and finally celebrating the Sacrifice of the Mass.

Schedule of Events
12 Noon - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
12:30 p.m. - Sacrament of Penance
2:30 p.m. - Recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet
2:50 p.m. - Benediction
3:00 p.m. - Mass


While praise of God's mercy is a central and ancient practice in the Church, popular devotion to Divine Mercy Sunday is relatively new. Sister Faustina Kowalska of Poland noted in her 1931 diaries that Jesus appeared to hear and called for greater devotion to divine mercy. Pope John Paul II canonized Saint Faustina in 2000 and announced that the second Sunday of Easter will be given the additional title of Divine Mercy Sunday throughout the Church. The devotion encourages repentance for one's sins, and through the mercy and forgiveness of God, one's closer union with Jesus in the Eucharist.

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Meredith V. Wilson
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The Young Adult Ministry Of The Office For Youth And Young Adults Hosts Catholic Blender

April 19, 2006

THE YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY OF THE
OFFICE FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS HOSTS CATHOLIC BLENDER

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Young Adult Ministry of the Office for Youth and Young Adults will host a Catholic Blender event:

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Finnegan's Wake
3rd and Spring Garden Streets
Philadelphia



Young adults in their 20's and 30's, are invited to gather for this evening of food, fun and making connections with other young Catholic adults. For more information about Young Adult Ministry of the Office for Youth and Young Adults please contact 215-965-4635 or visit www.oyya.org/yam.






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Meredith V. Wilson
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Catholic Social Services Celebrates Senior Life During Older Americans Months - May 2006

April 25, 2006

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES CELEBRATES SENIOR LIFE
DURING OLDER AMERICANS MONTHS - MAY 2006

Catholic Social Services Senior Centers and the Archdiocesan Senior Citizen Council will host "Celebrate Senior Life" at three Philadelphia locations during May. All seniors are welcome to attend.

May 10 St. Charles Senior Community Center
1941 Christian St. in South Philadelphia
Gospel choir music, DJ and games

May 23 St. Anne's Senior Community Center
2607 E. Cumberland St. in Port Richmond
Music, games and entertainment

May 24 St. Bernard's Senior Center
7340 Jackson St. in Northeast Philadelphia
Music, dancing and entertainment

All programs begin with Mass or an Ecumenical Prayer Service and will offer a festive lunch, free gifts, games and door prizes. Admission is $2 and reservations are required.

Catholic Social Services sponsors five senior centers in Philadelphia which offer a range of activities, parties, trips, classes and daily lunch to support community elders in 'vital aging.' "The people whom we serve and celebrate with these special programs enjoy the possibilities of life in the 21st Century," said Paula Harvey, Program Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Senior Citizen Council. The council is the governing board for a network of independent senior clubs in the five-county area.

Catholic Social Services exists to transform lives and bring about a just and compassionate society where every individual is valued, families are healthy and strong, and communities are united in their commitment to the good of all.

Editor's Note: For more information please contact Paula Harvey (215) 854-7075
or Kathy Newman (215) 854-7087.

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

Archdiocese Hosts Annual Mass For Persons With Disabilities Approximately 1,000 People Expected To Attend

April 25, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE HOSTS ANNUAL MASS
FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

APPROXIMATELY 1,000 PEOPLE EXPECTED TO ATTEND

The Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities. This year's theme is Celebrating Welcome and Access. The Homilist will be Reverend William E. Dean. The Mass is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Department of Pastoral Care for Persons with Disabilities, which together with parishes and affiliated church organizations are committed in the effort to raise awareness and create access for people with all abilities to the life of the Church.

Sunday, April 30, 2006
2:00 p.m. Musical Prelude
2:30 p.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway


A prelude Elemental Interaction just prior to the entrance procession will be performed by the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy and The Fusion 2 Dance Company. Some Assembly Required Singers and Musicians will provide the liturgical music. Volunteers from area Catholic youth programs and high schools will assist in accommodating individuals with different abilities at the Mass.

Everyone is welcome to attend and participation is encouraged among individuals with disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and caregivers. A reception will be held immediately following Mass in the Archdiocese Office Center at 222 North 17th Street. For more information please contact, 215-587-3530 or PCPDDEAF@adphila.org.

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

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Meredith V. Wilson
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Archdiocesan Schools Raise Money For Catholic Charities Appeal With Nickels For Neighbors

April 27, 2006

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

Student representatives from Archdiocesan high schools and parish elementary schools will present funds collected by their schools for the 2006 Catholic Charities Appeal. Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, who oversees Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will offer remarks and be available for interviews.


Friday, April 28, 2006
Students' Arrival 9:30 a.m.
Remarks 10:15 a.m.
Archbishop Ryan High School - North Gymnasium
11201 Academy Road
Philadelphia



The Catholic Charities Appeal provides human social services to men, women and children each year, regardless of their religion. Approximately 6,500 meals are served monthly to vulnerable adults and children and 280 children with special needs attend 5 archdiocesan schools of special education with the help of the Catholic Charities Appeal. All funds raised stay in the five county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For more information please contact, 215-587-3651 or visit www.catholicharitiesappeal.org.

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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Cardinal Rigali To Lead Prayer For Immigration Reform

April 27, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO LEAD PRAYER
FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant for Mass in which the faithful of the Archdiocese are encouraged to pray for comprehensive immigration reform. Parishes throughout the Archdiocese will join spiritually and also offer prayer. Monday, May 1st is the memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker.

12:05 p.m.
Monday, May 1, 2006
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Cardinal Rigali is urging the people of the Archdiocese to pray that political leaders will pass moral, just and comprehensive reforms of our broken immigration system. Rather than turning our backs on our history of welcoming the immigrant, we must find ways to recognize and be grateful for the contributions that immigrants make to our land through their culture.

The Cardinal's efforts are part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) plan for Catholics around the United States to express their concern for the need of comprehensive reform in our nation's immigration system on May 1st. For more information on the Catholic initiative for immigration reform, please visit www.justiceforimmigrants.org.

Cardinal Rigali issued a statement on January 9, 2006 regarding immigration reform and also participated in an interfaith forum at the Archdiocesan Office Center on February 16, 2006 where various religious leaders spoke out about the necessity for immigration reform.

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

May 1, 2006

WATCH CARDINAL RIGALI'S HOMLY FROM
THE IMMIGRATION REFORM MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, was the celebrant for Mass on Monday, May 1st at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in which the faithful of the Archdiocese prayed for comprehensive immigration reform. Streaming video of Cardinal Rigali's homily is available at www.archdiocese-phl.org.

In his homily, Cardinal Rigali said, "For generations the United States has welcomed immigrants from poverty, persecution and many other difficult situations. It has offered them relief and opportunity; freedom and justice. Above all it has recognized and sustained their human dignity and given them the opportunity to enjoy the blessings of God to provide for their family and to transmit these blessings to us."

The Cardinal also said, "This Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker calls us to reflect on the national vocation of our country as a receptive land. The blessings of which are still to be shared with others. In the question of immigration there are many issues involved many problems to be solved with justice, equity and fraternal love. We know that our nation needs immigration reform but immigration reform that is comprehensive and that gives us an immigration policy that is just, humane and compassionate."


Cardinal Rigali urged the people of the Archdiocese to pray that political leaders will pass moral, just and comprehensive reforms for our broken immigration system. Rather than turning our backs on our history of welcoming the immigrant, we must find ways to recognize and be grateful for the contributions that immigrants make to our land through their culture.

The Cardinal's efforts are part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) plan for Catholics around the United States to express their concern for the need of comprehensive reform in our nation's immigration system on May 1st. For more information on the Catholic initiative for immigration reform, please visit www.justiceforimmigrants.org.

Cardinal Rigali issued a statement on January 9, 2006 regarding immigration reform http://archdiocese-phl.org/press%20releases/pr001013.htm and also participated in an interfaith forum at the Archdiocesan Office Center on February 16, 2006 where various religious leaders spoke out about the necessity for immigration reform http://archdiocese-phl.org/press%20releases/pr001025.htm.
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Meredith V. Wilson
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Catholic Social Services Helping Uninsured Persons Find The Help They Need

May 2, 2006

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES HELPING UNINSURED
PERSONS FIND THE HELP THEY NEED

Cover the Uninsured Week is May 1-7, 2006. Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces a timely program for this week:

People who lack health insurance can now get help accessing some coverage and a range of health care and social services. Uninsured patients who use a hospital emergency room for medical treatment are often referred to a Personal Navigator, a service of Catholic Social Services in Montgomery County.

The Personal Navigator enters a client's information into a database of services, then helps the person find health insurance, prescription medications, energy assistance, mental health treatment, drug or alcohol treatment, food, housing and transportation assistance, and other services.

The federally funded Personal Navigator has been a pilot program in part of Montgomery County for the past year. Because of its success, the program now expands county-wide.

To learn more about Catholic Social Services on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit www.css-phl.org.

Contact
Matthew Gambino
Associate Director
215-587-3747

2006 Catholic Charities Appeal May 7, 2006 - May 31, 2006

May 3, 2006

2006 CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL
MAY 7, 2006 - MAY 31, 2006

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia is encouraging the faithful of the Archdiocese to support The Catholic Charities Appeal, which begins in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 7th. The Catholic Charities Appeal raises the dollars necessary to fund the human services programs of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The goal of the 2006 Catholic Charities Appeal is to raise $10 million.

Facts about the 2006 Catholic Charities Appeal.

- 100 percent of funds raised by Catholic Charities Appeal stay within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, serving those in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties

- Ninety-five cents of every dollar donated to the Catholic Charities Appeal goes directly to the social service agencies, programs and schools for which they are intended

- 13 Family Service Centers provide emergency assistance, counseling pregnancy services and an array of after school and family support programs

- Approximately 6,500 meals are served monthly to vulnerable adults and children

- 280 children with special needs attend 5 Archdiocesan schools of special education with the help of the Catholic Charities Appeal

For more information about The Catholic Charities Appeal please call, 215-587-3651 or visit www.catholiccharitiesappeal.org. 2006 The Catholic Charities Appeal video is available online.

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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocesan High School Graduations

May 8, 2006

Archdiocesan High School Graduations

The twenty-one high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are proud to be graduating 5193 young men and women in the Class of 2006. Below is a list of the graduation ceremonies:

Friday, June 2, 2006

Bishop Shanahan High School Graduation - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Delaware County
Presiding: Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Monday, June 5, 2006

Archbishop Ryan High School Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Delaware County
Presiding: Dr. Richard V. McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education

John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School Graduation and Mass - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Archbishop Wood High School Graduation - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Delaware County
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School Graduation - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Sovereign Bank Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave. at Rt. 129, Trenton, NJ.
Presiding: Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Kennedy-Kenrick High School Baccalaureate Mass - 7:00 p.m.
Location:Visitation B.V.M. Parish, 196 N. Trooper Road, Norristown, Montgomery County
Presiding: Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia


Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Kennedy-Kenrick High School Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Gwynedd-Mercy College, 1325 Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd Valley, Montgomery County
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor James T. McDonough, Vicar for Chester County

Father Judge High School for Boys Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Liacouras Center, Temple University, Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Cardinal O'Hara High School Graduation - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Delaware County
Presiding: Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls Graduation - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Liacouras Center, Temple University, Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Thursday, June 8, 2006

Archbishop Prendergast High School for Girls Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Delaware County
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor John E. Breslin, Vicar for Delaware County

Northeast Catholic High School for Boys Graduation - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Family University, 9701 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia
Presiding: Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien, Superintendent of Schools

St. Pius X High School Graduation and Mass - 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Eleanor Church Parish, 647 Locust Street, Collegeville, Montgomery County
Presiding: Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Friday, June 9, 2006

Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School Graduation - 9:00 a.m.
Location: Liacouras Center, Temple University, Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Sullivan, Vicar for Philadelphia - South

Cardinal Dougherty High School Graduation - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Cardinal Dougherty High School, 6301 North Second Street, Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Francis W. Beach, Vicar for Philadelphia - North

Bishop McDevitt High School Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Arcadia University, 2316 Fairhill Avenue, Glenside, Montgomery County
Presiding: Dr. Richard V. McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education

Lansdale Catholic High School Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Road, Doylestown, Bucks County
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Monsignor Bonner High School Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Delaware County
Presiding: Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Archbishop John Carroll High School Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Cabrini College, 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, Delaware County
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Arthur E. Rodgers, Vicar for Montgomery County

Little Flower Catholic High School Graduation - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Family University, 9701 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Roman Catholic High School for Boys Graduation and Mass - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Satuday, June 10, 2006

West Philadelphia Catholic High School Graduation and Mass - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Sullivan, Vicar for Philadelphia - South

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Bishops Urge Support For The Marriage Protection Amendment

May 12, 2006

Bishops Urge Support for the Marriage Protection Amendment

(Harrisburg, PA - May 11, 2006) The Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania, meeting May 10-11, 2006, issued the following pastoral appeal regarding the upcoming state and national legislative actions to support the protection of the institution of marriage through an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Constitution of the United States:

"Deeply concerned about preserving and protecting the divinely ordained institution of marriage, as reflected in the natural order of creation, we, the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania, renew our call for the support of an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Constitution of the United States of America, defining marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman. Marriage, so understood by diverse cultures and peoples throughout millennia of history, is a natural and universal institution, the foundation of family life, and the bedrock of our society and civilization. The preservation and protection of the identity of marriage, as it has always been understood, is a moral imperative of the highest order, and a requirement of the common good. We urge our legislators, both on the state and national levels, to support the marriage protection amendment. We appeal to our Catholic faithful and indeed all the citizens of our Commonwealth to make their voices heard and to contact their elected state and federal representatives to support these amendments."

Information on contacting your legislators concerning this important matter can be found on the website of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference .

Contact
Francis J. Viglietta
Pa. Catholic Conference
717-238-9613

Cardinal Rigali To Host Presentation On The Da Vinci Code

May 15, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO HOST PRESENTATION
ON THE DA VINCI CODE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will host a presentation on The Da Vinci Code and Catholic teaching for a group of students and young adults. Fr. Gregory Fairbanks, a professor at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will join the Cardinal for the session. Media are welcome to cover.

12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office Center - Auditorium
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia


Cardinal Rigali's Statement Regarding The Da Vinci Code

"The Da Vinci Code is an exercise in storytelling, an amalgam of myths and conspiracy theories, which falsely represents our Christian history and beliefs. Even the author has identified this as a work of fiction. Unfortunately, many people who have read the book and plan to see the movie believe the falsehoods they propagate. While this is deeply troubling, it is my hope that would-be readers and movie viewers see this as an opportunity to learn the truth about Jesus and the Church He founded.

Sacred Scripture and the Tradition of the Church tell us that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born as a man to redeem humanity. In contrast to the apparent premise of the novel, the Catholic Church has consistently taught that Jesus was celibate. Jesus' celibate witness points humanity to an understanding of the Kingdom of God, where "they neither marry nor are given in marriage" (cf. Mk12:25). Jesus has wedded Himself not to one person but to the entire Church and through that He gives life to all who are born of water and the Spirit (cf. Jn 3:5).

Because of the extreme amount of publicity the novel has received, we also know that it distorts the heroic figure of Mary Magdalene. In truth, this strong woman was a disciple of Jesus who was transformed by her encounter with the mercy of God revealed through Jesus. The Gospels reveal that Mary Magdalene was the first witness of the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday morning. Because of her fidelity to Jesus and her privilege to be the one to announce to the Apostles that Jesus had risen, the Church holds Mary Magdalene in great esteem.

I encourage everyone who is curious about the stories spun by The Da Vinci Code to attend an educational forum at a parish or school and to visit a web site specifically created to address this novel by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (www.jesusdecoded.com). Our own Archdiocesan newspaper, The Catholic Standard & Times has printed many stories on this subject. Take advantage of the wealth of information available and see how easy it is to find the truth and deepen your faith.

The Catholic Church has faced previous challenges that presented false perspectives of Christianity. Just as in the past, today the Catholic Church is going to great lengths to provide the truth as based upon divine revelation and centuries of biblical scholarship about our Savior, Jesus Christ."

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

Cardinal Rigali To Ordain Three Men To The Priesthood

May 15, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO ORDAIN
THREE MEN TO THE PRIESTHOOD

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

Saturday, May 20, 2006
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


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

Those being ordained are: Rev. Mr. Marc F. Capizzi, Rev. Mr. Ik-Joon Choi and Rev. Mr. Christopher R. Cooke. All have completed studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Rev. Mr. Choi, a native of Seoul, South Korea whose home parish is Holy Angels in Philadelphia, used his degrees in biochemistry and secondary education from Lehigh University to teach high school science before entering St. Charles Seminary in 2000. Rev. Mr. Cooke, of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Richboro, Bucks County, left a career as a chemical engineer to discern the call to priesthood at the seminary in the same year. Following his second year in medical school, Rev. Mr. Capizzi at age 30 began to discern his vocation to priesthood, entering Saint Charles in 1999. His home parish is St. Patrick, in center city Philadelphia.


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Editor's Note: Photographs of the ordination candidates are available by e-mailing mgambino@adphila.org or calling the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747. Video cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral during the Mass. Reporters and still cameras, with very limited movement, will be allowed. There will be a mult-box feed (audio and video) provided outside the Cathedral. Television/radio crews will need a BNC connector and recording deck.

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Matthew Gambino
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali On The Appointment Of Bishop Donald W. Wuerl As Archbishop Of Washington

May 16, 2006

STATEMENT OF CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
ON THE APPOINTMENT OF BISHOP DONALD W. WUERL
AS ARCHBISHOP OF WASHINGTON

I offer my most sincere congratulations and best wishes to Bishop Donald Wuerl on his appointment as the sixth Archbishop of Washington. Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has shown his confidence in Bishop Wuerl as a prayerful shepherd of the faithful, one who will lead the people of Washington with faith and trust in Jesus. I am certain that his new diocese will welcome him warmly.

I have known Archbishop Wuerl for years. Since becoming Archbishop of Philadelphia, I have come to know him even better as we worked together as fellow Pennsylvania Bishops serving the faithful of the Commonwealth. We also served together in Rome at the Synod of Bishops on The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church in the fall of 2005. Bishop Wuerl has demonstrated his commitment to Jesus and the Church throughout all his years as a priest. He is a thoughtful and intelligent leader who is a skillful communicator using all of the modern tools available to evangelize and deliver the Good News. I am confident that he will bring to the Archdiocese of Washington the same prayerful dedication that he has so ably demonstrated in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

I also offer my best wishes to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick upon the Holy Father's acceptance of his resignation. Cardinal McCarrick has lived the Gospel values and has been a true servant of the Lord. As shepherd of the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal McCarrick took a leadership role on issues of importance not just to Catholics but to many Americans. His pastoral care of the Archdiocese has been that of a shepherd truly concerned for the lives of the faithful and he guided the Archdiocese with pastoral love and zeal.

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Donna M. Farrell
Director of Communications
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Cardinal Rigali's Statement Regarding 'the Da Vinci Code'

May 17, 2006

Cardinal Rigali's Statement Regarding 'The Da Vinci Code'

"The Da Vinci Code is an exercise in storytelling, an amalgam of myths and conspiracy theories, which falsely represents our Christian history and beliefs. Even the author has identified this as a work of fiction. Unfortunately, many people who have read the book and plan to see the movie believe the falsehoods they propagate. While this is deeply troubling, it is my hope that would-be readers and movie viewers see this as an opportunity to learn the truth about Jesus and the Church He founded.

Sacred Scripture and the Tradition of the Church tell us that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born as a man to redeem humanity. In contrast to the apparent premise of the novel, the Catholic Church has consistently taught that Jesus was celibate. Jesus' celibate witness points humanity to an understanding of the Kingdom of God, where "they neither marry nor are given in marriage" (cf. Mk12:25). Jesus has wedded Himself not to one person but to the entire Church and through that He gives life to all who are born of water and the Spirit (cf. Jn 3:5).

Because of the extreme amount of publicity the novel has received, we also know that it distorts the heroic figure of Mary Magdalene. In truth, this strong woman was a disciple of Jesus who was transformed by her encounter with the mercy of God revealed through Jesus. The Gospels reveal that Mary Magdalene was the first witness of the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday morning. Because of her fidelity to Jesus and her privilege to be the one to announce to the Apostles that Jesus had risen, the Church holds Mary Magdalene in great esteem.

I encourage everyone who is curious about the stories spun by The Da Vinci Code to attend an educational forum at a parish or school and to visit a web site specifically created to address this novel by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (www.jesusdecoded.com). Our own Archdiocesan newspaper, The Catholic Standard & Times has printed many stories on this subject. Take advantage of the wealth of information available and see how easy it is to find the truth and deepen your faith.

The Catholic Church has faced previous challenges that presented false perspectives of Christianity. Just as in the past, today the Catholic Church is going to great lengths to provide the truth as based upon divine revelation and centuries of biblical scholarship about our Savior, Jesus Christ."

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

Cardinal Justin Rigali On The Truth About The Da Vinci Code

May 17, 2006

CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI ON THE TRUTH ABOUT
THE DA VINCI CODE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, offered remarks to a group of students, young adults and the media at a presentation today at the Archdiocesan Office Center in Philadelphia on the truth about The Da Vinci Code. The Cardinal was joined by Father Gregory Fairbanks, a Professor of Church History at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary who demonstrated how Catholic teaching differs from the fiction of the novel and film. Streaming video of the presentation on The Da Vinci Code will be available at www.archdiocese-phl.org.

The audience of students from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School and Roman Catholic High School for Boys and young adults listened as Cardinal Rigali said, "I encourage everyone who is curious about the stories spun by The Da Vinci Code to attend an educational forum at a parish or school and to visit a web site specifically created to address this novel by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at www.jesusdecoded.com."

The Cardinal also said, "Take advantage of the wealth of information available and see how easy it is to find the truth and deepen your faith. That is why I am having this session. I want to be clear that the Catholic Church views this as a teaching moment and is going to great lengths to provide the truth based upon divine revelation and centuries of biblical scholarship about our Savior, Jesus Christ."

Father Fairbanks said, "What Dan Brown is doing in the text is taking parts that he wants and excluding the parts the he doesn't like. And he's blending them together (creating) a new story in a work of fiction. This is a wonderful opportunity for us that people are asking questions about their faith."


Editor's Note: Other resources are also available on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia web site.

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Donna M. Farrell
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Cardinal Rigali To Honor Priest Martyrs Of Mexico

May 18, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO HONOR
PRIEST MARTYRS OF MEXICO

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate a Mass in honor of the Priest Martyrs of Mexico, canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000. The relics of the six Knights of Columbus priests will be displayed in Philadelphia, part of the relics' pilgrimage to several cities in the United States. The schedule to visit the relics:

Saturday, June 3, 2006
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.: Viewing of relics of the martyrs
10 a.m.: Mass celebrated by Cardinal Rigali
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
17th and Morris Streets
Philadelphia

Sunday, June 4, 2006
7:30 a.m. - until conclusion of Mass: Viewing of relics of the martyrs
5:30 p.m. Mass in Spanish
17th and Morris Streets
Philadelphia


The relics and painting of the martyrs will be on display throughout the Masses on Saturday and Sunday. There will be veneration throughout the day in the form of prayers, praying the rosary and private reflection time. The six priests martyred for their faith by the Mexican government during the religious persecution in Mexico in the 1920s were: Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lucero, Miguel de la Mora de la Mora, Jose Maria Robles Hurtado, Luis Batiz Sainz, Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán and Mateo Correa Magallanes.

The pilgrimage of the relics began in Mexico City in September 2005, to mark the centennial of the Knights of Columbus in Mexico. Relics have long been a part of Catholic devotional practice. Since the days of the Apostles, Christians have preserved and honored the physical remains of men and women recognized as saints.

For more information, please contact the Office of the Vicar for Hispanic Catholics, 215-667-2820.

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Matthew Gambino
Associate Director, Office for Communications
215-587-3747

Marc Capizzi To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 15, 2006

MARC CAPIZZI TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Marc F. Capizzi, 39, son of Robert and Barbara Capizzi, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 20, 2006
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 New Haven, Conn., and now a member of Saint Patrick Parish in center city Philadelphia, Father Capizzi graduated from Bishop McGuinnis High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. before earning a degree in mathematics from the Wake Forest University. He continued studies in medical school at Bowman Grey School of Medicine in Winston-Salem before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. He currently serves as a deacon at Saint Stanislaus Parish in Lansdale.

Father Capizzi will celebrate his First Mass on

Sunday, May 21, 2006
3:00 p.m.
Saint Patrick Church
Philadelphia


The homilist is Reverend Robert A. Roncase. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Michael S. Hottinger and Rev. Mr. William J. Monahan. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor Joseph Murray, Reverend Daniel Mackle, Reverend Chung Nguyen, Reverend Robert Lucas and Reverend Roncase.

There are three men in the Class of 2006. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

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Editor's Note: If you would like to receive a photograph of Father Capizzi electronically, please contact the Communications Office at 215-587-3747 or contact Matthew Gambino at mgambino@adphila.org.

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Matthew Gambino
Associate Director
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Ik-joon Choi To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 15, 2006

IK-JOON CHOI TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Ik-Joon Choi, 29, son of Sang Wook and Kyung Ae Choi, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 20, 2006
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 member of Holy Angels Parish, Philadelphia, and a native of Seoul, South Korea, Father Choi attended grade school in Korea before continuing in the North Penn School District, graduating from North Penn High School in 1994. He earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a master's in secondary education at Lehigh University, and taught high school science in the Salisbury Township School District (suburban Allentown) before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. He currently serves as a deacon at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish in North Wales.

Father Choi will celebrate his First Mass on

Sunday, May 21, 2006
10:00 a.m. (Korean) and 3:00 p.m. (English)
Holy Angels Church
Philadelphia


The homilist is Reverend Ralph Chieffo. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Jaehwa John Lee and Rev. Mr. Ronald Check. Concelebrants include Reverend Monsignor Philip Ricci, Reverend Paul Lee and Reverend Chieffo.

There are three men in the Class of 2006. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

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Editor's Note: If you would like to receive a photograph of Father Choi electronically, please contact the Communications Office at 215-587-3747 or contact Matthew Gambino at mgambino@adphila.org.

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Matthew Gambino
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Christopher Cooke To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 15, 2006

CHRISTOPHER COOKE TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Christopher R. Cooke, 32, son of Randall and Mary Lou Cooke, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 20, 2006
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 member of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, Richboro, Father Cooke graduated from Council Rock High School before earning a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. He worked as a chemical process engineer before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. He currently serves as a deacon at Saint Katherine of Siena Parish in Wayne.

Father Cooke will celebrate his First Mass on

Sunday, May 21, 2006
3:00 p.m.
Saint Vincent de Paul Church
Richboro


The homilist is Reverend Monsignor Philip J. Cribben. The deacons are Rev. Mr. Keith Chylinski and Rev. Mr. Charles C. Smith. Concelebrants include Reverend Joseph McLaughlin and Monsignor Cribben.

There are three men in the Class of 2006. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

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Editor's Note: If you would like to receive a photograph of Father Cooke electronically, please contact the Communications Office at 215-587-3747 or contact Matthew Gambino at mgambino@adphila.org.

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Matthew Gambino
Associate Director
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Cardinal Rigali To Visit Saint Francis De Sales Student Art Show

May 23, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO VISIT SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES
STUDENT ART SHOW

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia will visit the second annual Saint Francis de Sales Student Art Show at Abbraccio Restaurant which is near the school in West Philadelphia.

4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Abbraccio Restaurant
820 South 47th Street (47th and Baltimore Avenue)
West Philadelphia


The annual show raises funds for the art program at Saint Francis de Sales Parish School. The art show will remain at Abbraccio Restaurant well after the end of the school year. In 2005, an addition to the school was dedicated to house the art and music program, donated by Mr. Michael O'Neill, a friend and supporter of Saint Francis de Sales. The student body is comprised of children from more than 25 different countries, many of whom are recent immigrants.

In 1999, the Philadelphia Bar Association recognized Saint Francis de Sales Parish School with the Louis D. Apothaker Award for their Peace Program, which teaches conflict resolution and peer mediation, empowering the students to solve problems peacefully.

For more information on Saint Francis de Sales Parish School, contact 215-387-1749.

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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Catholic Social Services Senior Employment Program Helps Older Adults Get Back To Work

May 26, 2006

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES SENIOR EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM HELPS OLDER ADULTS GET BACK TO WORK

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has met its annual goal of finding employment for 54 low-income men and women ages 55 and over in Philadelphia. The program will hold a celebration inviting the public and media to learn how seniors receive job training to be productive workers:

Wednesday, May 31, 2006
12 noon
Holy Family Center**
227 North 18th Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia


The program has approximately 100 senior participants and 40 training sites throughout the city. More than 50 percent of the participants have left the program after securing better paying, meaningful, non-subsidized employment. Program staff attribute these high placement rates ' most SCSEP programs' placement rates average 20 percent to 30 percent to the personal attention that participants receive when they join the Catholic Social Services program. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and sponsored by the National Council on the Aging.

The program continues to seek senior-citizen participants and businesses in Philadelphia interested in hiring mature, talented, reliable and trained SCSEP participants.

For more information about Catholic Social Services' Senior Employment Program, contact Program Director Kevin Barr at 215-854-7100.

** Holy Family Center is located across from the Cathedral on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's office campus.

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Matthew Gambino
Associate Director
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Cardinal Rigali To Honor Local Scouts

May 31, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO HONOR LOCAL SCOUTS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant for Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. At the conclusion of Mass, Cardinal Rigali will present Ad Altare Dei Awards to local Boy Scouts.

5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 4, 2006
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia



Ad Altare Dei, which means to the altar of God, is an emblem awarded to Scouts who best exemplify their citizenship and also live out their faith. For more information contact the Office for Youth and Young Adults, 215-965-4636 or visit www.oyya.org.

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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Lead Prayer Service In Honor Of Martyrs From Africa

June 5, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO LEAD PRAYER SERVICE
IN HONOR OF MARTYRS FROM AFRICA

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and speaker at the Annual Prayer Service honoring the Holy Martyrs of Uganda.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006
7:00 p.m. - Procession
7:30 p.m. - Service
Saint Athanasius Catholic Church
2025 Walnut Lane (Walnut Lane & Limekiln Pike)
Philadelphia


The 22 Martyrs of Uganda were canonized saints of the Catholic Church in 1964. They were young people who refused to renounce their Faith in the midst of cruelty and persecution. This celebration will also highlight the richness of African culture and the growth of the Catholic Church in Africa. Representatives from various countries in Africa will carry 43 native flags in a prelude procession in Church. All faiths and cultures are invited to participate.

For more information please contact, Rev. Stephen Thorne, Director, Archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics, 215-587-3634 or Monsignor Herbert Bevard, Pastor, Saint Athanasius Church, 215-548-2700.

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Matthew Gambino
Associate Director, Office for Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali's Statement Regarding The Federal Marriage Amendment

June 5, 2006

Cardinal Rigali's Statement Regarding The Federal Marriage Amendment

I join with President Bush, my brother Bishops and the leaders of other religious faiths in support of the Marriage Protection Amendment which I hope will soon be approved by the United States Senate. The Senate has an opportunity to protect the precious institution of marriage at a time when this very foundation of our society is under attack in courts and state legislatures across our country. It is an opportunity which should not be squandered. If this amendment does not move forward, we may find ourselves in the future with the entire framework of society altered, the well-being of children threatened and people of good will asking, "Why did we do nothing to prevent the erosion of marriage and society?"

Those who would seek to redefine the institution of marriage are asking society to give up something it does not have the right to relinquish. Marriage is given to us by God. It is the sacred union of one man and one woman for the purpose of procreation, part of God's plan for the human race. Marriage, then, is not the construction of any particular religion, nor is it a mere legalism, but was established by the universal law of God within creation: In His image and likeness He created them male and female, and he commanded them to be fruitful and multiple (cf. Genesis 1:26-28). We do not have the authority to change the structure of marriage. That is why unions that are not between one man and one woman cannot possibly receive the approbation of society, law and culture. There is nothing discriminatory about this and in fact, the Church has consistently taught that the dignity and rights of homosexual persons must be respected.

The Catholic Church proclaims that marriage is accorded a place of honor. Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in his Encyclical Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love) described many different kinds of love but said, "Amid this multiplicity of meanings, however, one in particular stands out: love between man and woman, where body and soul are inseparably joined and human beings glimpse an apparently irresistible promise of happiness."

I recognize that amending our Constitution is a serious matter but I also believe that it is critical to take this action at this time because of increasing attacks in our culture and courts on the institution of marriage. I encourage Catholics and others concerned about the fate of society to contact their Senators and voice their concerns about the protection of marriage and the future of society.

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Editor's Note: Cardinal Rigali has also expressed his support for the Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment currently under consideration in the state House of Representatives. For more information, please visit www.pacatholic.org.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Monsignor Daniel E. Thomas Named Auxiliary Bishop Of Philadelphia Bishop Michael F. Burbidge Named Bishop Of Raleigh

June 8, 2006

MONSIGNOR DANIEL E. THOMAS NAMED AUXILIARY BISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA
BISHOP MICHAEL F. BURBIDGE NAMED BISHOP OF RALEIGH

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced at a news conference at the Archdiocesan Office Center in Philadelphia this morning that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Monsignor Daniel E. Thomas as an Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. The Cardinal also announced that the Holy Father has appointed Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, as the fifth Bishop of Raleigh in North Carolina.

Bishop-elect Thomas is a native of the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. He attended Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood and was ordained in 1985. At age 46, he is the second-youngest Bishop in the United States. Bishop-elect Thomas is currently the Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford, Chester County, but is recently returned from Rome where he served as an official in the Congregation for Bishops at the Vatican for fifteen years. Cardinal Rigali said, "I had the pleasure of having Bishop-elect Thomas working with me for the years that I was Secretary of the Congregation. He is an exemplary priest with a great love for the Church. Bishop-elect Thomas demonstrates a pastoral care for the faithful which I know will only grow as he assists me in ministering to the entire Archdiocese of Philadelphia."

Cardinal Rigali will ordain Bishop-elect Thomas on July 26, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. At the news conference today, Bishop-elect Thomas told reporters, "I love the Church, I love the priesthood and I love Philadelphia! It will be a singular grace, together with the other auxiliary bishops, to serve my brother priests, the religious and lay faithful here in this Archdiocese which I call home." Bishop-elect Thomas also said, "I accept unreservedly and promise, in communion with the Holy Father and the College of Bishops, to herald, teach and defend the faith of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church."

Daniel E. Thomas was born in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia to Francis P. and the late Anna M. (Weber) Thomas on June 11, 1959. He attended Holy Family Parish Elementary School and is a 1977 graduate of Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia. He graduated from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and was ordained in 1985.

He served as Parochial Vicar of Saint Joseph's Parish in Aston beginning in 1985 and then was assigned to Graduate Studies in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome in 1987. Father Thomas received the License in Sacred Theology from Pontifical Gregorian University in 1989 and pursued Doctoral Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1989. He was assigned as an Official of the Congregation for Bishops at the Holy See from 1990 to 2005. He was named a Prelate of Honor with the title Monsignor in 2005 by Pope John Paul II. In 2005, Monsignor Thomas returned to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia assigned as Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford, Chester County.

In making the announcement of the Holy Father's appointment of Bishop Burbidge as the fifth Bishop of Raleigh, Cardinal Rigali said, "This appointment demonstrates the Holy Father's confidence in Bishop Burbidge. Bishop Burbidge is a skillful leader who will shepherd the people of Raleigh with great care and concern for their spiritual well-being. They will come to know Bishop Burbidge as we do; as a compassionate, wise and faith-filled priest and Bishop. He exhibits deep joy in carrying out his priestly duties and serving in Jesus' name; it is a gift to witness his zeal for his ministry."

At a news conference at his Chancery in Raleigh today, Bishop Burbidge told the media that he was on a family vacation in the Diocese of Raleigh when he learned that Pope John Paul II had appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. Today he expressed his joy in returning to the Diocese as its fifth Bishop. He said, "I conveyed to Pope Benedict in my acceptance letter that I begin this new ministry with total dependence on the Lord's divine assistance and assured him that I will strive daily to be a faithful and dedicated shepherd after the heart of Christ."

Bishop Burbidge also said he will continue to depend upon the prayers and support of all those for whom he has such affection in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as well those in his new Diocesan family.

Bishop Burbidge concluded his press conference in North Carolina by saying, "The last time I was in this Diocese of Raleigh I was on vacation. However, I return now with the mandate to serve and I cannot wait to begin! I entrust my new ministry to Mary our Mother and through her to the Sacred Heart of Her Son Jesus Christ, who is Lord forever!"

Michael F. Burbidge was born in Philadelphia on June 16, 1957to Mr. and Mrs. Francis and Shirley (Lilley) Burbidge, who currently reside in Broomall, Pennsylvania. Father Burbidge graduated from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1984. He served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Bernard Parish in Philadelphia from 1984 to 1986 and taught at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County, from 1986 to 1990. During 1990-91, Father Burbidge served on the faculty of Archbishop Wood High School and became Dean of Students at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1991. Father Burbidge served as Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Bevilacqua from 1992 to 1999. In 1998, he was named Honorary Prelate (Monsignor). Monsignor Burbidge was named Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, in 1999. He was ordained a bishop in 2002. He was assigned to the Archdiocesan Office Center to assist the Archbishop with administrative duties and as Regional Bishop to assist the Archbishop with pastoral responsibilities.

Bishop Burbidge also serves as the Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop' Sapientia Christiana Committee. He was a member of the Committee on Priestly Formation from 2002-2005 and is the Episcopal Moderator of the National Association of the Holy Name Society. He has also been the Chair of the USCCB Conformity Review Team for the Catechism of the Catholic Church since 2005 and is a member of the USCCB Committee on Catechesis.

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Archdiocese Reaches A Decision Regarding Deacon Ginn

June 12, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE REACHES A DECISION REGARDING DEACON GINN

In November 2005, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia restricted the ministry of Deacon Charles Ginn, after learning of allegations of inappropriate conduct with minors. At that time, Deacon Ginn was serving at Saint Katharine of Siena Parish in Wayne, Delaware County. This past weekend (June 10-11, 2006), parishioners at Saint Katharine's were informed that Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, after a thorough investigation, decided that Deacon Ginn will not be restored to ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The allegations centered on inappropriate conduct with minors at Saint Joseph's Preparatory School, a private Catholic high school in Philadelphia, in the mid-1990's, before Deacon Ginn was accepted as a candidate for formation for the Permanent Diaconate. The Archdiocese had no knowledge of Deacon Ginn's actions prior to November, 2005. When the Archdiocese learned of these allegations in November, Deacon Ginn was immediately removed from ministry, the allegations were forwarded to civil authorities and an internal investigation was initiated.

As part of the internal investigation, Cardinal Rigali sought the consultation of the Archdiocesan Review Board. The Review Board concluded that the allegations did not meet the definition of sexual abuse or exploitation contained in The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the United States Bishops in 2002. Nevertheless, Deacon Ginn's admitted behavior is certainly questionable by common standards and inappropriate for a person in his position. Cardinal Rigali, therefore, decided that Deacon Ginn will not be restored to ministry in the Archdiocese.

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When Schools Close For Summer Break, Children Can Still Get Free Meals Each Day

June 12, 2006

WHEN SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR SUMMER BREAK, CHILDREN CAN STILL GET FREE MEALS EACH DAY

Nutritional Development Services (NDS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is working to make sure that children in the five-county area don't go hungry when school closes this summer. As a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program, NDS ensures that low-income children continue to grow and learn during the summer by providing free nutritious meals.

Over 550 sites and 24,000 children receive lunch each summer from NDS. Eligible programs are located at approved sites that are either in low-income areas or serve a group of children, most of whom are low-income. Participating sites can offer children lunch and a choice of breakfast or snack. NDS has meals available from June 12 to September 1 this year.

NDS joins the efforts of the Archdiocese to promote peace in our community. Taking "Peace" as its summer theme, NDS will sponsor a "Blessing of the Summer" in June and "Peace Day" in mid-July. It is also sponsoring a poster and creative writing contest that focuses on peace, specifically how children can promote peace in their own lives and community.

The Summer Food Service Program for Children is a federally funded program operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the PA Department of Education.

To sign up for the Summer Food Service Program, contact Nutritional Development Services at 215-895-3470.

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Cardinal Rigali To Visit Holy Family Nursing Home For The Aged

June 14, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO VISIT
HOLY FAMILY NURSING HOME FOR THE AGED

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass and visit with patients at Holy Family Nursing Home in Southwest Philadelphia.

Monday, June 19, 2006
11 a.m.
Holy Family Nursing Home for the Aged
5300 Chester Avenue
Philadelphia


Holy Family Nursing Home is run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, which was founded by Blessed Jeanne Jugan in 1839 in France. The Little Sisters of the Poor arrived in Philadelphia in 1869 and have provided both physical and spiritual care to over 12,000 elderly poor, regardless of race, creed or national origin. This year Holy Family Nursing Home celebrated the 100th birthday of two residents.


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Meredith V. Wilson
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Cardinal Rigali To Lead Holy Hour For Immigration Reform

June 20, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO LEAD HOLY HOUR FOR
IMMIGRATION REFORM

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist of a Holy Hour for comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Sunday, June 25, 2006
3:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Cardinal Rigali is encouraging the faithful of the Archdiocese to join him in an hour of prayer so that legislators will enact practical immigration reforms that respect human dignity, family life and human labor.

Cardinal Rigali has spoken previously on the topic of immigration reform:
- January 9, 2006 - Cardinal Rigali issued statement.
- February 14, 2006 - Cardinal Rigali joined other religious leaders in an interfaith press conference.
- May 1, 2006 - Cardinal Rigali celebrated Mass for Immigration Reform as part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) plan for Justice for Immigrants.

You can find information on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's position on immigration reform by visiting, www.archdiocese-phl.org. You may also visit www.justiceforimmigrants.org for details on the Catholic initiative for immigration reform.

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

Cardinal Rigali will be saying a special Mass earlier in the day at 11:00 a.m. for the 25th Anniversary of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) at the Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street. The event is free and open to the public. Media are welcome.

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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass At Ewtn's 25th Anniversary Celebration

June 21, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS AT
EWTN'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving as part of the Eternal Word Television Network's (EWTN) 25th anniversary Family Celebration.

Sunday, June 25, 2006
11:00 a.m.
Liacouras Center (Temple University)
1776 North Broad Street
Philadelphia


EWTN is commemorating its silver jubilee with a year-long tribute. As part of the events they are hosting Family Celebrations in five cities throughout the United States. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about EWTN or the 25th anniversary celebration please visit,
www.ewtn.org

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Meredith V. Wilson
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Priest Removed From The Clerical State

June 22, 2006

PRIEST REMOVED FROM THE CLERICAL STATE

The Holy See has notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that the request of Craig F. Brugger to be removed from the clerical state was granted. In response to a credible accusation of sexual misconduct involving a minor, Craig Brugger was removed from active ministry in 2002. Subsequently, he sought removal from the clerical state.

Craig Brugger functioned as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from May 1973 to March 2002, during which time he served in the following parishes/schools: Saint Ann, Phoenixville, Saint James High School for Boys, Bishop McDevitt High School, Kennedy-Kenrick High School, Saint Helena, Philadelphia, Assumption B.V.M, West Grove, Resurrection of Our Lord, Chester, Saint Thomas More, Pottstown, and served as Associate Director of the Regional CYO. While in the education apostolate Craig Brugger lived at the following parishes: Resurrection of Our Lord, Chester, Saint Mary Magdalen, Media, Our Lady of Charity, Brookhaven, Saint Joseph, Aston, Saint John Chrysostom, Wallingford, and Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Philadelphia.

Removal from the clerical state means that in accord with canon law Craig F. Brugger is no longer incardinated in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and he is unable to function as a priest anywhere.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia encourages anyone who wishes to make a report of sexual abuse of a minor to contact the Victim Assistance Program at 1-888-800-8780.

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Director of Communications
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Blessed Teresa Of Calcutta Parish To Celebrate First Mass

June 29, 2006

BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA PARISH
TO CELEBRATE FIRST MASS

The newly formed parish of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Montgomery County will celebrate its first Mass on July 1, 2006. This is the first parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to be named after Blessed Teresa. Reverend Paul Brandt, Pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, is encouraging the community to attend and be part of the celebration. The parish has been posting flyers throughout the community and is even offering free tee-shirts to those who attend Mass the first weekend. Mass will be followed by a social.

5:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 1, 2006
Saint Pius X High School - Gymnasium
844 North Keim Street
Pottstown, Montgomery County


The establishment of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish was announced in February 2006 by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The new parish, created through the consolidation of Saint Clare Parish in Linfield and St. Peter Parish in Pottstown, will eventually sit on 24 acres in the area of Swamp Pike and Neiffer Road in Limerick. For now, the parish will use the Linfield site as the parish center and the Pottstown campus as the pastor's residence. The school is located at the Pottstown campus.

The parish is named after Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who dedicated her life to serving the poorest of the poor. Pope John Paul II beatified her in October 2003.

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Archdiocese Uses Latest Technology To Create Opportunity For Prayer Pray The Rosary With Cardinal Rigali Through Streaming Video

June 30, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE USES LATEST TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE
OPPORTUNITY FOR PRAYER
Pray the Rosary with Cardinal Rigali Through Streaming Video

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, invites the faithful to join him in praying the rosary by visiting the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's website, www.archdiocese-phl.org. State-of-the-art streaming video allows viewers to join Cardinal Rigali as he prays the rosary with sixth grade students from Visitation Blessed Virgin Mary Parish School in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

In his introduction, Cardinal Rigali said, "Welcome, and thank you for joining me in lifting up this great prayer of the rosary as a gift through Mary our Mother to her son, Jesus Christ. The rosary is one of the most beloved and distinctively Catholic devotions we possess. Tradition holds that the rosary was given by Mary to Saint Dominic as a way to meditate on the mysteries of Jesus' life as experienced by her. In the rosary, we reflect on Mary as the mother of Jesus and of us all. Mary leads us to Jesus and a greater love for Him."

This unique technology is a tool that allows the faithful to pray the rosary with Cardinal Rigali anytime of day. All the prayers and the Luminous Mysteries are included on the site and make it easy to pray along with Cardinal Rigali and the students.

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Meredith V. Wilson
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Pastor Removed From Ministry Following Investigation Of Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

July 3, 2006

PASTOR REMOVED FROM MINISTRY
FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR

In October of 2005, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received an allegation that Father John F. Hummell, currently Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Oxford, Chester County, had sexually abused a minor approximately thirty years ago in the mid1970's when Father Hummell was a teacher at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia. Upon receipt of this allegation, the Archdiocese immediately reported it to the civil authorities. This is the only allegation of sexual abuse of a minor the Archdiocese has received regarding Father Hummel. Throughout this entire investigation Father Hummel has denied the allegation.

As called for in The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People which was approved by the U.S. Bishops in 2002, Cardinal Rigali sought the consultation of the Archdiocesan Review Board and conducted a preliminary investigation of this allegation. Because the process of clearly understanding the details of this situation was particularly complex, because the actions by Father Hummell are alleged to have occurred so many years ago, and because Father Hummell has denied the veracity of the allegations, the preliminary investigation has taken a number of months and was just completed. Cardinal Rigali concluded the preliminary investigation this past week and accepted the Review Board=s determination that there was sufficient information to substantiate an allegation of sexual abuse as defined by the Charter.

As a result of this finding, Father Hummell has been directed to step aside from his ministry as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish effective immediately and he has left the parish. During this time, Father Hummell will not be able to function as a priest anywhere. Cardinal Rigali must now inform the Holy See and request authorization to begin a formal process under Canon Law.


An announcement regarding Father Hummell was made to parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish in Oxford this past weekend. Counselors were available after Masses. For the present time, Cardinal Rigali has appointed Father David E. Diamond as Parochial Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish. Father Diamond is Academic Dean of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood; he presently assists at Sacred Heart Parish on weekends.

We recognize that this announcement may be painful to anyone who has experienced sexual abuse in their life. If someone needs assistance or wishes to talk about this situation please contact the Victim Assistance Program for the Archdiocese at
1-888-800-8780.

Father Hummell was ordained in 1965. Since that time he has served in the following parishes/schools: Saint Cecilia, Coatesville; Saints Simon & Jude, West Chester; Corpus Christi, Philadelphia; Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia; Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote; Saint Gabriel, Norwood; Saint Callistus, Philadelphia; Saint Dominic, Philadelphia and at Saint Joseph's University as an adjunct faculty member in the physics department. While in the education apostolate Father Hummell lived at the following parishes: Saint Aloysius, Philadelphia; Saint Joseph, Cheltenham; Epiphany of Our Lord, Philadelphia; Saint Joseph, Ambler; Seven Dolors, Wyndmoor and Saint John of the Cross, Roslyn.









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Cardinal Rigali To Visit Summer Campers At Camp Overbrook

July 10, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO VISIT SUMMER CAMPERS
AT CAMP OVERBROOK

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will visit 200 campers plus counselors and staff of Camp Overbrook, a summer camp for hundreds of children in Philadelphia. Campers will offer a presentation and sing songs learned at the camp.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood


Camp Overbrook, founded by the Archdiocese in 1965 to address racial tensions, remains true to its mission today by offering children ages 6-12 from every faith and background the chance to explore other cultures and appreciate the diversity of many peoples.

During their five days at the camp, children learn about Hispanic, Middle Eastern, African American and Asian cultures, plus a Unity Day, through fun and enriching activities. These include arts and crafts, sports, folklore, music and games. The children, who come from parishes, schools and recreation centers throughout the Archdiocese, also learn from one another in a safe, peaceful and fun environment.

Camp counselors, representing 25 high schools, also learn leadership, group management and child care skills during the seven weeks of Camp Overbrook. Program staff consists of college students and school teachers.

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Young Adults Tap Into Their Catholic Faith

July 11, 2006

YOUNG ADULTS TAP INTO THEIR CATHOLIC FAITH

Catholic young adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to attend evenings of presentations with open-ended discussions at Theology on Tap, Thursdays from July 13 to August 17. Each week will focus on a different topic, led by dynamic speakers, relevant to young Catholics in today's world such as "Why do Catholics do that?", "Hurricane Katrina" and "Living Your Faith in the Workplace."


Thursday, July 13, 2006
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Finnegan's Wake
3rd and Spring Garden Streets
Philadelphia



Admission is free. The program is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Youth and Young Adults. For more information about Young Adult Ministry of the Office for Youth and Young Adults, please contact 215-965-4635 or visit www.oyya.org/yam.

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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Statement From Cardinal Justin Rigali On The Election Of Sr. Christine Mccann, R.s.m. As The President Of The Mid-atlantic Region For The Sisters Of Mercy Of The Americas

July 19, 2006

STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
on the election of Sr. Christine McCann, R.S.M.
as the President of the Mid-Atlantic Region for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

I offer warm congratulations and prayerful support to Sister Christine McCann, R.S.M., on being elected President of the newly created Mid-Atlantic Region of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

This is an historic time for the Sisters of Mercy who follow in the path of Mother Catherine McAuley, their foundress, who taught the importance of compassionate service and outreach to the sick, the poor and the uneducated. Dedicated leadership will be an important element of the consolidation into the new community. Sister Christine McCann's experience as Regional President of the Sisters of Mercy in Merion and as Board Chair for Mercy Health System will serve the Sisters of Mercy well as they enter a new chapter in their history of service to those in need.



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Catholic Social Service Centers' Beat The Heat

July 19, 2006

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICE CENTERS' BEAT THE HEAT

Catholic Social Services is trying to get the word out to seniors in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that they can find relief from the heat at our Senior Centers.

Coverage is welcome and any assistance in disseminating the information is appreciated. Please call the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747 if you would like to visit one of the Senior Centers.

HOT WEATHER HEALTH ADVISORY

GET OUT OF THE HEAT and into our SENIOR CENTER.

Be COOL! COME to our SENIOR CENTER and CHILL!

ALL OLDER PERSONS are INVITED. BEAT THE HEAT!

The CENTERS are OPEN Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
PLEASE JOIN US for COOL FUN in the SUMMERTIME (or any time!)

A LIST OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES' SENIOR CENTERS IN PHILADELPHIA

Catholic Social Services
Senior Centers in Philadelphia


North Central Philadelphia
Norris Square Senior Center
Spanish speaking staff
2121 North Howard St.
Philadelphia 19122
(215) 423 -7241
Center Coordinator - Beth Butler

Port Richmond section of Philadelphia
St. Anne's Senior Center
2607 E. Cumberland St.
Philadelphia 19125
(215) 423 -2772
Center Coordinator - Barbara Jo Hartzell

South Philadelphia
St. Charles Senior Community Center
1941 Christian St.
Philadelphia 19146
(215) 790-9530
Center Coordinator - Kathy Boles

Southwest Philadelphia
Star Harbor Senior Center
4700 Springfield Ave.
Philadelphia 19143
(215) 726-7468
Center Coordinator - Ernestine Patterson

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Donna Farrell
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Cardinal Rigali To Lead Evening Prayer In Honor Of Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

July 20, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO LEAD EVENING PRAYER
IN HONOR OF BISHOP MICHAEL F. BURBIDGE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia will lead Evening Prayer in honor of Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. Bishop F. Joseph Gossman, whom Bishop Burbidge will succeed as Bishop of Raleigh, and 3 priests from that Diocese will be in attendance. All the faithful of the Archdiocese are welcome. A reception will follow.

Friday, July 28, 2006
5:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Cardinal Rigali announced at a news conference on June 8, 2006 that Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, as the fifth Bishop of Raleigh in North Carolina. Bishop Burbidge will be installed on August 4, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.

Michael F. Burbidge was born in Philadelphia on June 16, 1957 to Mr. and Mrs. Francis and Shirley (Lilley) Burbidge, who currently reside in Broomall, Pennsylvania. Father Burbidge graduated from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1984. He served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Bernard Parish in Philadelphia from 1984 to 1986 and taught at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County, from 1986 to 1990. During 1990-91, Father Burbidge served on the faculty of Archbishop Wood High School and became Dean of Students at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1991. Father Burbidge served as Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Bevilacqua from 1992 to 1999. In 1998, he was named Honorary Prelate (Monsignor). Monsignor Burbidge was named Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, in 1999. He was ordained a bishop in 2002. He was assigned to the Archdiocesan Office Center to assist the Archbishop with administrative duties and as Regional Bishop to assist the Archbishop with pastoral responsibilities.

Bishop Burbidge also serves as the Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's Sapientia Christiana Committee. He was a member of the Committee on Priestly Formation from 2002-2005 and is the Episcopal Moderator of the National Association of the Holy Name Society. He has also been the Chair of the USCCB Conformity Review Team for the Catechism of the Catholic Church since 2005 and is a member of the USCCB Committee on Catechesis.

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

July 20, 2006

BISHOP-ELECT THOMAS TO BE ORDAINED

Click here to watch live video


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia will ordain Reverend Monsignor Daniel E. Thomas as an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on July 26, 2006. Co-consecrators are Archbishop John P. Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications at the Vatican, and Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, Archdiocese for the Military Services. The live video will be available beginning with the Procession at 2:10 p.m.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Procession 2:00 p.m.
Ordination Mass 2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


A procession of 5 Cardinals, 11 Archbishops, 30 Bishops and more than 350 priests will originate at 2:10 p.m. at the Archdiocesan Office Center (222 N. 17th Street). It will then turn right on Race Street, then turn right again onto 18th Street, where the procession will enter the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

50 student ambassadors from Roman Catholic High School for Boys, where Bishop-elect Thomas attended high school, will assist with the liturgy by carrying flags in the procession and serving as ushers.

Cardinal Rigali announced the papal appointment of Bishop-elect Thomas at a news conference on June 8, 2006. Bishop-elect Thomas is the Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford, Chester County.

Bishop-elect Thomas was born in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia to Francis P. and the late Anna M. (Weber) Thomas on June 11, 1959. He attended Holy Family Parish Elementary School and is a 1977 graduate of Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia. He graduated from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and was ordained in 1985. He served as Parochial Vicar of Saint Joseph's Parish in Aston beginning in 1985 and then was assigned to Graduate Studies in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome in 1987. Father Thomas received the License in Sacred Theology from Pontifical Gregorian University in 1989 and pursued Doctoral Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1989. He was assigned as an Official of the Congregation for Bishops at the Holy See from 1990 to 2005. He was named a Prelate of Honor with the title Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 2005.

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

July 21, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO VISIT SACRED HEART FREE HOME
FOR INCURABLE CANCER

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass and visit with patients at Sacred Heart Free Home for Incurable Cancer operated by the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne.


Sunday, July 23, 2006
10:00 a.m.
1315 West Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia (Hunting Park)



Mother Alphonsa Lathrop (Rose Hawthorne Lathrop), daughter of acclaimed American novelist, Nathaniel Hawthorne, founded the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne. Sacred Heart Home, which was dedicated on April 27, 1930, has provided thousands of needy people who suffer from terminal cancer a home in a Catholic environment, to live their life with dignity. Patients of all creeds, races and nationalities are cared for free of charge.

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Cardinal Rigali To Visit Summer Camp In Philadelphia For 2nd Year The Theme Is Peace

July 25, 2006

Cardinal Rigali to Visit Summer Camp in Philadelphia
For 2nd Year the Theme is Peace

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will visit one of the almost 600 camp sites served by the Summer Meals Program of Nutritional Development Services (NDS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Approximately 30,000 children are served by the program. For the second year in a row, the theme is peace. Campers will present Cardinal Rigali with a short presentation about what it means to them to be a peacemaker. Cardinal Rigali will also be presented with a peace quilt. NDS provides each site with activities related to informing campers about peace. Attendees are encouraged to advocate for peace in their own lives and community.


Thursday, July 27, 2006
11:30 a.m.
Holy Cross Parish School
144 East Mount Airy Avenue
Philadelphia



This marks the 10th anniversary that Holy Cross Parish has hosted the summer camp and after-care program. The Summer Meals Program is a federally funded breakfast and lunch program for children living in low-income neighborhoods. The meal program permits sites to offer day-long programming for children during the summer, and ensures that they receive proper nutrition. For more information about Nutritional Development Services please contact, 215-895-3470 or visit www.ndsarch.org.

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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Statement From Cardinal Justin Rigali On The Recent Veto By President George W. Bush Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research Legislation

July 25, 2006

STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
ON THE RECENT VETO BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH LEGISLATION

I am grateful that President Bush has kept his promise to veto the proposed legislation regarding embryonic stem cell research. Destroying human embryos for the unproven promise of saving other human beings from various diseases is the cruelest form of utilitarianism. That philosophy holds that one can utilize a class of human beings-a vulnerable class-to improve the lives of another group. Of course the Church wishes to see cures for diseases and relief from suffering for the ill but not if other persons must suffer the ultimate harm. Citizens of the United States and around the world have continually rejected this idea of sacrificing one person to save another. This legislation also would make United States citizens complicit in federally funding this immoral research by the use of their tax dollars.

The argument that human embryos not used for in-vitro fertilization are ultimately destined for destruction anyway lays a false groundwork. One cannot cause destruction simply because another party may do so eventually.

There are alternatives. Adult stem cells and umbilical cord blood cells (not derived from human embryos) continue to create effective treatment for a large number of diseases. Any action to fund the unethical work of embryonic stem cell research will divert funds from the morally responsible and effective adult stem cell research.

Please join your prayers with mine that our nation will uphold the dignity and worth of every human life, even in the embryonic stage, by continuing to refuse to support this research on innocent human beings.

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Priests Removed From The Clerical State

July 28, 2006

PRIESTS REMOVED FROM THE CLERICAL STATE

The Holy See has notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that the requests of William Dougherty and David Walls to be removed from the clerical state were granted.

In response to a credible accusation of sexual misconduct involving a minor, William Dougherty was removed from active ministry in 1999. Subsequently, he sought removal from the clerical state. William Dougherty functioned as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from May 1969 to August 1999 during which time he served in the following parishes/schools: Saint Augustine, Bridgeport; All Saints Chapel, Philadelphia; Our Mother of Mercy Chapel, Philadelphia; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Doylestown; Mother of Divine Providence, King of Prussia; Nativity B.V.M., Warminster. While in the education apostolate William Dougherty was on the faculty of Cardinal Dougherty High School and Mercy Vocational High School and lived at the following parishes: Nativity B.V.M., Philadelphia; Nazareth Academy Convent; Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Philadelphia; Holy Child, Philadelphia; Holy Angels, Philadelphia; Saint Jerome, Philadelphia.

Removal from the clerical state means that in accord with canon law William Dougherty is no longer incardinated in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and he is unable to function as a priest anywhere.

In response to a credible accusation of sexual misconduct involving a minor, David Walls was removed from active ministry in 2002. Subsequently, he sought removal from the clerical state. David Walls functioned as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from May 1960 to April 2002 during which time he served at All Saints Chapel, Philadelphia. While in the education apostolate David Walls was on the faculty of Roman Catholic High School, served in the Office of Catholic Education and lived at the following parishes: Saint Matthias, Bala Cynwyd; Saint John Neumann, Bryn Mawr.

Removal from the clerical state means that in accord with canon law David Walls is no longer incardinated in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and he is unable to function as a priest anywhere.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia realizes that this information may be painful for those who have experienced sexual abuse and encourages anyone who wishes to make a report of sexual abuse of a minor to contact the Victim Assistance Program at 1-888-800-8780.








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Catholics And Jews Study Anti-semitism, Holocaust

August 1, 2006

CATHOLICS AND JEWS STUDY ANTI-SEMITISM, HOLOCAUST

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia participated in a recent program of the Anti-Defamation League titled "Bearing Witness: Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Contemporary Issues." The Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, joined 25 Catholic school teachers from the Archdiocese at the summer institute held July 24-27 at the Dominican Retreat House in Elkins Park.

Topics presented at the institute included the history of the Jewish and Catholic religions and their respective insights on Sacred Scripture, the Holocaust and Catholic-Jewish relations. An interfaith prayer service and model Shabbat dinner were also included. Bishop Maginnis offered remarks at the closing day of the institute.

The program was cosponsored by the ADL and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Catholic Education and Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. For more information about "Bearing Witness," please contact the Office for Catholic Education at 215-587-3744.

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Matthew Gambino
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge Of Philadelphia To Be Installed As Fifth Bishop Of Raleigh

August 2, 2006

BISHOP MICHAEL F. BURBIDGE OF PHILADELPHIA
TO BE INSTALLED AS FIFTH BISHOP OF RALEIGH

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge will be installed as the Fifth Bishop of Raleigh on Friday, August 4, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall for the Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, and many distinguished guests will be in attendance. Three cardinals, four archbishops and approximately 30 bishops will take part in Bishop Burbidge's Installation.

The Installation can be viewed on the Internet at www.wral.com.

Editor's Note: The satellite coordinates to download the video from Bishop Burbidge's Installation are:
C-Band Intelsat A6-COOOOOOOOOO5
Located at 93 degrees
West Downlink Freq: 3800 MHz
Audio 6.2/6.8
Bandwidth 36 MHz.
2:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Cardinal Rigali announced at a news conference on June 8, 2006 that Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, as the fifth Bishop of Raleigh in North Carolina.

Michael F. Burbidge was born in Philadelphia on June 16, 1957 to Mr. and Mrs. Francis and Shirley (Lilley) Burbidge, who currently reside in Broomall, Pennsylvania. Father Burbidge graduated from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1984. He served as parochial vicar at Saint Bernard Parish in Philadelphia from 1984 to 1986 and taught at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County, from 1986 to 1990. During 1990-91, Father Burbidge served on the faculty of Archbishop Wood High School and became Dean of Students at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1991. Father Burbidge served as Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Bevilacqua from 1992 to 1999. In 1998, he was named Honorary Prelate (Monsignor). Monsignor Burbidge was named Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, in 1999. He was ordained a bishop in 2002. He was assigned to the Archdiocesan Office Center to assist the Archbishop with administrative duties and as Regional Bishop to assist the Archbishop with pastoral responsibilities.

For more information on the Diocese of Raleigh please visit, www.dioceseofraleigh.org.

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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Test Feasibility Of Two New High Schools Exploratory Survey Will Focus On Proposed Sites In Royersford And Hilltown

August 11, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO TEST
FEASIBILITY OF TWO NEW HIGH SCHOOLS

Exploratory survey will focus on proposed sites in Royersford and Hilltown

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced plans to conduct a survey to test the viability of building two new high schools in areas of strong demographic growth. According to Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, the survey is a critical next step in a broader feasibility study, which included a thorough analysis of regional population trends and enrollment projections for two new proposed Catholic high schools - one on a 92 acre site in Royersford and another on a 63 acre site in Hilltown.

The mail survey will reach approximately 10,000 families who: 1) live within a 10-mile radius of the proposed sites; and 2) have children between third and sixth grades who are currently attending Catholic elementary schools or participating in religious education programs within their parish.

If built, the Royersford school would replace existing high school buildings in Pottstown and Norristown that are too small to accommodate the expected growth. Similarly, the Hilltown school, if built, would replace an existing school in Lansdale that has already been expanded several times over the years. Bishop McFadden emphasized that this is a study to relocate the schools, not to close them.

"We have established the groundwork of our study by analyzing the enrollment projections for our proposed schools and the growth of the communities that will surround them," said Bishop McFadden. "However, the
single most important element to the continuation of this feasibility study is the willingness of area parents to support this exciting initiative. Without their enthusiasm and interest, we will not move forward."

The Archdiocese expects to complete a review of the survey findings by early Fall. Bishop McFadden stressed that a decision to move ahead will occur only if survey results reflect positive interest and support for the schools -- that will each require minimum enrollments of 1,200 students.

Bishop McFadden emphasized the need to look forward and recognize the growth opportunities for Catholic education within the Archdiocese. He also highlighted the challenges of the current high schools, whose future students would define the enrollment of the proposed facilities.

Over the last several years, Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School executed a precedent-setting campaign which increased enrollment by 25%, added comprehensive academic initiatives, conducted a successful capital campaign and eradicated the school's operating deficit. Despite this significant success, the school continues to face the reality of shrinking demographics in Central Montgomery County, which threaten its long-term viability.

"Kennedy-Kenrick deserves to continue their success in a modern, state-of-the-art facility that will guarantee the very best Catholic education for generations to come," said Bishop McFadden.

Bishop McFadden also recognized that St. Pius X High School, which has also raised substantial funds in its own capital campaign, continues to face considerable enrollment challenges because of its undersized facility and heavy competition from larger, more modern public schools in its surrounding community. "A new facility in Royersford will put Catholic education on a level playing field in western Montgomery County," he said.

Finally, the bishop cited the enrollment success of Lansdale Catholic and the need to accommodate future growth by building a high school that can also satisfy the demand for Catholic secondary education in the portions of Bucks and Montgomery county surrounding the Hilltown site.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia currently enrolls 20,700 students in 20 Archdiocesan high schools.

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Matthew Gambino
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Don Guanella School To Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For New Multi -sensory Room

August 14, 2006

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL TO HOLD RIBBON CUTTING
CEREMONY FOR NEW MULTI -SENSORY ROOM

Don Guanella School will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new multi-sensory room located in the Campo House at Don Guanella Village. The multi-sensory room combines light, sound and touch to create a relaxing environment for the developmentally disabled and autistic residents. Don Guanella School is a facility operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys and young men with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from 5 to 21.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006
11:00 a.m.
Don Guanella School
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County



Don Guanella School raised $20,000 in donations to build the multi-sensory room. On hand for the ribbon cutting will be two main donors, a representative of Valero Refinery Co. and Jim Gula of William Penn Realty.


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

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Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Hold News Conference Regarding Catholic Charities Appeal

August 14, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE
REGARDING CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will hold a news conference to announce the success of the 2006 Catholic Charities Appeal. The Catholic Charities Appeal raises the money necessary to fund the human service programs of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


Thursday, August 17, 2006
10:30 a.m.
Archdiocesan Office Center Auditorium
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia


In addition to Cardinal Rigali, the following key participants in the 2006 Catholic Charities Appeal will be in attendance: Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, General Chairman of the Catholic Charities Appeal; Monsignor Arthur Rodgers, Pastor of St. Matthias Parish in Bala Cynwyd; Father Robert Feeney, Pastor of All Saints Parish in Philadelphia (Bridesburg section); Father Zachary Navit, Pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Parish in West Philadelphia; Father Leonard Peterson, Pastor of St. Maria Goretti in Hatfield; Erica Gonzalez, Daycare Director at Casa Del Carmen; and Nidza Negron, mother of Naseer Montero the 2006 poster child for the Catholic Charities Appeal.

Agencies, institutions and programs funded by the Catholic Charities Appeal serve people of all faiths, regardless of race, sex, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, or ability to pay. The services that the Archdiocese provides reflect a belief in the sanctity of human life, the dignity of the individual, and the central role of the family in life and society. Funds raised through the annual solicitation are used to underwrite the financial costs for designated areas of need. All funds raised stay in the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For more information, please contact 215-587-3651 or visit www.catholicharitiesappeal.org.

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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Statement From Cardinal Justin Rigali Regarding Eileen Difranco

August 14, 2006

STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI REGARDING EILEEN DIFRANCO

Recently, there has been extensive media attention regarding an attempted ordination of women, which took place on a river boat outside Pittsburgh on July 31, 2006. Eileen DiFranco, who is known to members of Saint Vincent DePaul Parish in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, participated in the event. Accordingly, the following statement is issued regarding this activity.

Recently, there has been a good deal of publicity about a woman of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Mrs. Eileen DiFranco, participating in a simulated ceremony of ordination to the priesthood on a river boat outside Pittsburgh.

The long-standing and constant teaching of the Church, based on Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and confirmed in Church law, states that the Church is simply not authorized by Christ to confer Holy Orders upon women, and cannot do so, no matter how ardent a person's desire may be. Therefore, such a simulated ordination of a woman to the priesthood is clearly and simply invalid. I am saddened when anyone publicly jeopardizes his or her relationship with the Church, which Mrs. DiFranco unfortunately has done by her action.

Although I attempted to dissuade Mrs. DiFranco from participating in this invalid ritual, nevertheless she proceeded to do so. Now I am left with no alternative than to report this matter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, as I am obligated to do. The ultimate goal of any action taken against Mrs. DiFranco is to encourage her repentance and reconciliation with the Church. I shall continue to pray for this intention.

Each and every Catholic man and woman brings different gifts to the Church and exercises them in a variety of roles, according to the state of life to which they have been called by Christ. United in the love of Jesus, we are all at the service of His Body, the Church. In pledging to avoid scandal and discord, we can help to reap a bountiful harvest for our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Matthew Gambino
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Don Guanella School To Host 11th Annual Nba Referee Clinic

August 16, 2006

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL TO HOST
11TH ANNUAL NBA REFEREE CLINIC

Don Guanella School along with six NBA referees will host the 11th annual NBA Referee Clinic. Don Guanella School is a facility operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from five to 21. The National Basketball Association referees, who will work with the students of Don Guanella, are Tim Donaghy, Joe Crawford, Steve Javie, Duke Callahan, Mark Wunderlick, and Ed Malloy. The referees' families will also be on hand to give out NBA items such as hats, jackets, t-shirts and basketballs to the young men.

Monday, August 21, 2006
3:00 p.m.
Cardinal Krol Center Gym
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County



The referees will conduct basketball drills in passing, dribbling and shooting. In addition to the clinic some of the special needs students will participate in a "referee imitation" contest and other competitions. The day will conclude with a group pizza party.


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Editor's note: August 21, 2006 is the re-scheduled date for the event that was previously scheduled for August 7, 2006. For more information, please contact Robert Neely, Activities Director at Don Guanella School at 610-543-1418, Ext. 309.

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Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Catholic Charities Appeal Surpasses Goal

August 17, 2006

CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL SURPASSES GOAL

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia announced at a news conference today that the 2006 Catholic Charities Appeal of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has raised 10.2 million dollars. That amount not only surpasses the goal of ten million dollars for 2006 but is the largest amount raised by the Catholic Charities Appeal since 2000.

At the news conference in the auditorium of the Archdiocesan Office Center in Philadelphia, Cardinal Rigali expressed his thanks to the Catholic community of the Archdiocese for their generous response to the Appeal and said, "The Appeal is the major annual fund-raiser of the Church in Philadelphia and is a concrete expression of the love that we as Catholics are called to demonstrate for our brothers and sisters in need. The Catholic Charities Appeal is important to me personally as Archbishop of Philadelphia because it supports many diverse outreach programs the Archdiocese sponsors right here in the five counties that comprise the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. These programs provide essential services to those in need and with disabilities, without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, gender of the limitation of financial means."

Joining Cardinal Rigali at the news conference were Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, General Chairman of the Catholic Charities Appeal, as well as four pastors who were particularly successful in promoting the Catholic Charities Appeal in their respective parishes: Monsignor Arthur Rodgers, Pastor of St. Matthias Parish in Bala Cynwyd; Father Robert Feeney, Pastor of All Saints Parish in Philadelphia (Bridesburg section); Father Zachary Navit, Pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Parish in West Philadelphia and Father Leonard Peterson, Pastor of St. Maria Goretti in Hatfield.

Cardinal Rigali recognized Bishop McFadden and the Pastors for all of their work and said, "I extend my gratitude to these pastors and to all of the priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who worked so hard to communicate the importance of the Catholic Charities Appeal to the people entrusted to their pastoral care. I also thank the lay parish coordinators and volunteers who gave of their time and talent, encouraging their fellow parishioners to give to the Catholic Charities Appeal. More than 110 parishes raised the level of participation in the Appeal among their parishioners. These significant gains could not have been made without the hard work of many lay volunteers."

Every year the Catholic Charities Appeal benefits more than 250,000 men, women and children. One of those beneficiaries, Naseer Montero, the 2006 poster child for the Catholic Charities Appeal and a former day care student at Casa del Carmen, also attended the news conference. Casa del Carmen is one of the Catholic Social Services institutions that receives funds from the Catholic Charities Appeal.

All funds raised through the Catholic Charities Appeal stay in the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For more information, please contact 215-587-3651 or visit www.catholicharitiesappeal.org.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali Announces Appointment Of Monsignor James Green As Apostolic Nuncio To South Africa And Namibia

August 17, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF MONSIGNOR JAMES GREEN
AS APOSTOLIC NUNCIO TO SOUTH AFRICA AND NAMIBIA

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced today that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has appointed Monsignor James P. Green as Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of South Africa and to Namibia and Apostolic Delegate to Botswana. Monsignor Green is a native of Northeast Philadelphia who graduated from Father Judge High School for Boys and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Archbishop-elect Green has been in the service of the Holy See since 1987. He has had assignments in Papua New Guinea, Korea, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Spain, Scandinavia and Taiwan. Since 2003 he has been serving in the Secretariat of State of the Vatican.

Cardinal Rigali said, "It is a special joy for me that the Holy Father has appointed Monsignor Green as the Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of South Africa and to Namibia. I extend to Monsignor Green my prayerful best wishes and fraternal support for his new ministry at the service of the universal Church."

Archbishop-elect Green will be ordained to the Episcopacy on September 6, 2006 at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State, will be the ordaining prelate and Cardinal Rigali will be a co-consecrator. After his Episcopal ordination, Archbishop-elect Green will return to Philadelphia for a Mass of Thanksgiving to be held in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul on September 29, 2006 at 4:00 p.m.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Hires Former Pa Parole Board Member

August 18, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE HIRES FORMER PA PAROLE BOARD MEMBER

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces the hiring of Mr. Sean R. Ryan, a recently retired member of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole who served under three governors. The Archdiocese hired Mr. Ryan to evaluate current programs and processes involving priests against whom the Archdiocese has substantiated allegations of sexual abuse and those who have allegations pending against them.

This is another measure taken by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to strengthen its response to cases of sexual abuse. In January 2006, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced the hiring of Ms. Mary Achilles as Victims' Advocate for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Ms. Achilles, who previously served as the first-ever Victim Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, said, "I worked with Sean for ten years and respect his knowledge, expertise and leadership in the treatment and management of sex offenders. His extensive experience in the Pennsylvania Criminal Justice System provides another step in the Archdiocesan efforts to draw upon the expertise in the secular community."

In his position as a member of the state Board of Probation and Parole, Mr. Ryan was responsible for interviewing thousands of offenders each year and making decisions on their parole release or revocation. Mr. Ryan was also influential in implementing the new Interstate Compact for the Supervision of Adult Offenders which provides federal oversight to states in the transfer of offenders across state lines. Mr. Ryan was recently recognized by the PA Providers' Association because of his work with treatment providers. He is also the Legislative Chairman of the American Probation and Parole Association. As a Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole member Mr. Ryan interviewed State-sentenced offenders for parole consideration and was the Hearing Officer for parole revocation hearings.

Prior to joining the PA Board of Probation and Parole in 1995, Mr. Ryan worked for nineteen years in the Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole Department. From 1987 to 1995 he served as Deputy Chief of Adult Probation where he developed a sex-offender supervision program. During this time, he also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Temple University School of Criminal Justice in Ambler where he taught courses on Community Based Correction among other Criminal Justice offerings. From 1978 to 1987, Mr. Ryan was a Supervisor of Probation and Parole Services. He joined the Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole Department in 1976 as a Probation and Parole Officer.

Mr. Ryan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology from Juniata College in 1975 and a Master of Education degree in Social Restoration from Lehigh University in 1976.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Blessed Teresa Of Calcutta Opens School Year With Donations For The Less Fortunate

August 23, 2006

BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA OPENS SCHOOL YEAR
WITH DONATIONS FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School in Pottstown, Montgomery County, will mark the opening day of school by honoring the memory of the school's namesake. In respect for the mission of Blessed Teresa, all students are expected to bring a non-perishable food item to school on Opening Day.

The first day of school, September 5th, is also the Feast Day of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Media are welcome to visit the school on Opening Day.


Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School
1126 South Street
Pottstown, Montgomery County


The establishment of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish was announced in February 2006 by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Reverend Paul Brandt is the Pastor. The new parish, created through the consolidation of Saint Clare Parish in Linfield and St. Peter Parish in Pottstown, will eventually sit on 24 acres in the area of Swamp Pike and Neiffer Road in Limerick. For now, the parish will use the Linfield site as the parish center and the Pottstown campus as the pastor's residence. The school is located at the Pottstown campus.

The parish is named after Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who dedicated her life to serving the poorest of the poor. Pope John Paul II beatified her in October 2003.

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

Cardinal Justin Rigali's Statement Concerning 'morning-after' Pill

August 24, 2006

CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI'S STATEMENT
CONCERNING 'MORNING-AFTER' PILL

Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to allow the Plan B pill to be made available without a prescription to women 18 and over, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, offers the following statement:

I express profound disagreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to make the "morning-after pill" available as an over-the-counter drug to women 18 and older. If a child has already been conceived this drug alters the woman's uterus, preventing pregnancy from taking its natural course. Consequently, it is an abortifacient which causes the destruction of a human life.

This action will ultimately hurt women who are being falsely led to believe that these pills are solely contraceptive in nature. It has the potential to physically harm women and destroy innocent human life. There is a five times greater risk of life-threatening ectopic pregnancy with the Plan B pill, according to the drug's new packaging insert.

I strongly urge the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider this decision to make easily available a drug, one of whose purposes it is to destroy innocent human life.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations

August 25, 2006

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

At midnight, August 31, 2006, the contract which covers the lay teachers of the twenty high schools of the Archdiocese will expire. The negotiating team for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been bargaining in good faith with the hope of reaching a contract agreement before the start of the school year. School opens on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. The Archdiocese understands and appreciates that teachers, parents, and students want the school year to begin on time. We are committed to working toward a just and fair settlement for all our constituents.

Consistent with past practices the Archdiocese is negotiating a three-year contract. The Archdiocese will continue its efforts to do the best it can for its teachers while considering declining enrollments and rising operational costs. The Archdiocese must balance fair wages and benefits for teachers, whom we respect as professional educators, while considering the impact of higher tuition costs on parents.

Negotiating sessions are regularly scheduled and will continue until we have a contract. Resolving the differences between both parties remains a priority and the Archdiocese is ready and willing to talk day and night in order to resolve this contract for the good of our teachers, students and their families.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Update Regarding Allegation Of Abuse Against Reverend James J. Brennan

August 28, 2006

UPDATE REGARDING ALLEGATION OF ABUSE AGAINST
REVEREND JAMES J. BRENNAN

In January 2006, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received an allegation that Reverend James J. Brennan sexually abused a minor approximately eight years ago. Upon receipt of this allegation, the Archdiocese immediately reported it to civil authorities and Cardinal Rigali relieved Father Brennan of his assignment as Parochial Vicar of Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Feasterville, Bucks County, pending investigation. This is the only allegation of sexual abuse of a minor the Archdiocese has ever received regarding Father Brennan.

As called for in The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which was approved by the U.S. Bishops in 2002, Cardinal Rigali sought the consultation of the Archdiocesan Review Board and conducted a preliminary investigation of this allegation. Cardinal Rigali has concluded the preliminary investigation and accepted the Review Board=s determination that there was sufficient information to substantiate an allegation of sexual abuse as defined by the Charter.

Cardinal Rigali will now refer the matter to the Holy See in accord with the Bishops' Charter and applicable Church norms. During this time, Father Brennan will not be able to function as a priest anywhere.

An announcement regarding Father Brennan was made to parishioners of Assumption B.V.M. Parish this past weekend. Counselors were available after Masses. The Archdiocese recognizes that this announcement may be painful to anyone who has experienced sexual abuse in his or her life. If someone needs assistance or wishes to talk about this situation please contact the Victim Assistance Program for the Archdiocese at 1-888-800-8780.

Father Brennan was ordained in 1989. Since that time he has served in the following parishes/schools: Saint Andrew, Newtown; Saint Jerome, Philadelphia; Mepkin Abbey, South Carolina and Cardinal O'Hara High School, Springfield. While in the education apostolate, Father Brennan lived at Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media and Divine Providence Village, Springfield.

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Donna Farrell
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Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations

August 30, 2006

Statement from the Office of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations

The Office of Catholic Education continues to meet and negotiate with the teachers' union. A session is being held today and we are scheduled to meet tomorrow, August 31, 2006, when the contract is set to expire (the ratification vote by union members is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.). The Archdiocese is willing to come to the table day or night to do what is necessary to reach a fair and equitable agreement.

The teachers' union is advocating for the needs of their members while the Archdiocese must not only respect our valued teachers but also those of parents, students and the entire school system. Despite the fact that the current contract is close to expiration, we are still hopeful that an agreement will be reached.

School is scheduled to open on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Students are expected to report. In the event of a strike, contingency plans would be announced; however, school will open the first week regardless of any action by the teachers' union.

Editor's Note: The contract now under negotiation will affect 955 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region, 21,260 students attend 20 Archdiocese of Philadelphia high schools (as of the 2005-2006 school year).

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Donna Farrell
Communications Director
215-587-3747

Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations (10:45 A.m.)

August 31, 2006

Statement from the Office of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations (10:45 a.m.)

The Office of Catholic Education continues to meet and negotiate with the teachers' union. Last night the Archdiocese made significant proposals to the union, including one regarding working conditions. We are awaiting a response from the union.

Negotiating sessions continue today, August 31, 2006, when the contract is set to expire at midnight (the ratification vote by union members is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.). The Archdiocese is willing to come to the table day or night to do what is necessary to reach a fair and equitable agreement.

The teachers' union is advocating for the needs of their members while the Archdiocese must not only respect our valued teachers but also those of parents, students and the entire school system. Despite the fact that the current contract is close to expiration, we are still hopeful that an agreement will be reached.

School is scheduled to open on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Students are expected to report. In the event of a strike, contingency plans would be announced; however, school will open the first week regardless of any action by the teachers' union.


Editor's Note: The contract now under negotiation will affect 955 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region 21,260 students attend Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2005-2006 school year). Please note that Archdiocesan elementary and special education school teachers are not members of the secondary school teachers' union. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, 2006.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations - 7:00 P.m.

August 31, 2006

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS - 7:00 P.M.

Negotiations have concluded for the evening, therefore the contract between the Archdiocese and the teachers' union will expire at midnight. Both parties have agreed to continue to hold negotiating sessions. The teachers' union has scheduled a ratification vote by members for Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.

It is disappointing that we do not have an agreement in place as of yet; negotiations have been taking place since the month of April. The Archdiocese and the union have agreed to meet again in a Friday session to continue this process. We are committed to getting the job done and are willing to come to the table whenever necessary to accomplish it.

The goal of the Archdiocese has been and continues to be a contract that is equitable to both sides and respects the needs of teachers as well as school families, students and the overall education provided in our schools. Our teachers are one of our most valuable assets but we are mindful of balancing their needs with those of everyone else connected to Catholic high schools.

School is scheduled to open on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Students are expected to report. In the event of a strike, contingency plans would be announced; however, school will open the first week regardless of any action by the teachers' union.


Editor's Note: The contract now under negotiation will affect 955 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region 21,260 students attend Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2005-2006 school year). Please note that Archdiocesan elementary and special education school teachers are not members of the secondary school teachers' union. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, 2006.


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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Students Prepare To Head Back To School In Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

September 1, 2006

STUDENTS PREPARE TO HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL
IN ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

Students attending parish elementary schools as well as Archdiocesan high schools and schools of special education are preparing to return to class on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia serves students in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.

There are 187 parish elementary schools, 20 high schools and 5 schools of special education.

WHAT'S NEW IN ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOLS
Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Bucks County, has created the Archbishop Wood Medical Careers Academy, which enables students who are interested in medicine to take courses in the related field. The school formed a partnership with St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, which allows students to complete an internship at the hospital during their junior and senior years.

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills, Bucks County, is a recipient of a $75,000 Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) grant from the Connelly Foundation. EAST is an educational program that has drawn national attention for promoting collaboration among education, business and community while meeting the needs of 21st century students.

Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, Chester County, is offering Psychology 101 and Developmental Psychology to students in conjunction with Immaculata University. Students who enroll in these classes will receive dual credits.

Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County, will open its new Instructional Technology Center. It will house a digital photo lab, access to digital camera photography, video and music editing, along with Apple and PC computer labs. In addition, students may participate in Classroom for the Future, a pilot program initiated by Governor Ed Rendell that will give them access to Questia, making over 66,000 books as well as journals and periodicals available for research.

West Philadelphia Catholic High School in West Philadelphia is giving students an opportunity to take a course in culinary arts in association with the Restaurant School of Walnut Hill College. Students will be taught by a master chef and will be eligible for college credits should they choose a future in culinary arts. Students will also be certified in food management.

WHAT'S NEW IN PARISH ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School in Pottstown, Montgomery County: Students of this new parish school will mark opening day, Tuesday, September 5 at 8:15 a.m. by bringing a non-perishable food item to school, in honor of their namesake, Blessed Teresa. A prayer service will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the establishment of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in February 2006. The new parish, created through the consolidation of St. Clare Parish in Linfield and St. Peter Parish in Pottstown, will eventually occupy 24 acres in the area of Swamp Pike and Neiffer Road in Limerick. For now, the parish will use the Linfield site as the parish center and the Pottstown campus for the school.

Our Lady of Ransom School in Northeast Philadelphia: On September 6, the school celebrates 50 years of offering Catholic education. Students will stand in front of the Jubilee doors of Our Lady of Ransom and process into the auditorium for a prayer service. Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2006 marking the Jubilee Year.

St. Katharine Drexel School in Chester, Delaware County: Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass to begin the new school year on Friday, September 8 at 9 a.m. Cardinal Rigali announced at the St. Katharine Drexel Feast Day Mass on March 3, 2006, that the school would remain open. The Neumann/Drexel Collaborative Initiative was created to fulfill the mission of both St. Katharine Drexel and St. John Neumann in providing Catholic education to the immigrant, Hispanic and black children who make up the majority of the population in Chester.

St. Helena School in Blue Bell, Montgomery County: The old church has been converted into six new classrooms, which will house two fifth grades, a Science Lab/Art Room and a temporary home for the library.

Our Lady of Victory Regional School in Norristown, Montgomery County: The new school, created through the consolidation of Holy Savior and St. Paul schools, will open its doors for the first time on Wednesday, September 6. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 9:45 a.m. The new school is located on the site of the former St. Paul Parish School.

St. Cyril of Alexandria School in East Lansdowne, Delaware County, is opening for the 2006-2007 school year in keeping with the wish of student Thomas Geromichalos. In nine weeks, the school community raised $350,000.

Holy Cross School in East Mount Airy, Philadelphia: On Thursday, September 14 the school celebrates 95 years of Catholic education. The school's theme for the year, which began last year at its Curriculum Fair, is Celebrating 95 Years of Grace-Full Education in Our Parish, Our Neighborhood, Our City.

St. Elizabeth Parish School in Uwchlan, Chester County: Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia will celebrate Mass and dedicate the new school on Saturday, September 23rd at 5:30 p.m.

WHAT'S NEW WITH THE SCHOOLS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
Archangels Academy, School of Special Education in Levittown, Bucks County: The former Queen of the Universe Day Center opens its doors on Tuesday, September 5 in a new location at Immaculate Conception Parish School. Archangels Academy serves children with cognitive disability and nurtures each student's spiritual, emotional and cognitive growth.

STATISTICS (as of 2005-2006 school year)

Elementary School Enrollment for 2005-2006: 65,711

Archdiocesan High School Enrollment for 2005-2006: 21,260

Special Education Enrollment for 2005-2006: 277

Editor's Note: The contract covering the 955 lay teachers at Archdiocesan high schools expired at midnight on Thursday, August 31, 2006. No new agreement is in place but both parties have agreed to continue to hold negotiating sessions. The teachers union has scheduled at ratification vote for Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11 a.m. School is scheduled to open on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Students are expected to report. In the event of a strike, contingency plans would be announced; however, school will open the first week regardless of any action by the teachers' union.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations ~ 10:00 P.m.

September 1, 2006

Statement from the Office of Catholic Education
Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations ~ 10:00 p.m.

Negotiations began this afternoon and concluded late this evening. No agreement was reached but the Archdiocese and union exchanged proposals which now need to be studied. Negotiating sessions are scheduled throughout the holiday weekend with the next round of talks set for Saturday, September 2, 2006. The teachers' union has scheduled a ratification vote by members for Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. The Archdiocese is willing to talk day and night to accomplish the goal of a signed fair contract in place for the start of the school year.

The contract between the Archdiocese and the 955 high school lay teachers expired at midnight Thursday (August 31st). The process of discussing all of the aspects of the contract began in April and the Archdiocese is disappointed that a new agreement is not yet in place. As we negotiate we are respectful of the needs of teachers but also mindful of the needs of parents, students and the entire school system.

School is scheduled to open on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Students are expected to report. In the event of a strike, contingency plans would be announced; however, school will open the first week regardless of any action by the teachers' union.


Editor's Note: The contract now under negotiation will affect 955 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region 21,260 students attend Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2005-2006 school year). Please note that Archdiocesan elementary and special education school teachers are not members of the secondary school teachers' union. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, 2006.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations~ 6:30 P.m.

September 2, 2006

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations~ 6:30 p.m.

The two sides had planned to meet in a face-to-face session today but the union indicated it needed more time to evaluate the most recent proposals offered by the Archdiocese Friday evening. The Archdiocese was prepared to meet today and is ready to continue discussions on Sunday, September 3, 2006 at the next scheduled session.

A recent letter, dated September 1, 2006, from the Secretary for Catholic Education and the Superintendent of Schools provides information to teachers regarding the current status of proposals and the needs of the Catholic school system. The letter is clear that it does not contain final proposals. It has been the practice of the Office of Catholic Education to update teachers on our particular concerns regarding contract negotiations before the end of the Labor Day weekend. The letter also makes clear that the Archdiocese has sincere appreciation for the professional dedication of our teachers and at the same time must address the realities facing Catholic schools.

Because the two sides are meeting tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., we hope to be able to express our mutual concerns in a productive manner. The Archdiocese has said it is willing to come to the table whenever necessary to achieve a signed, fair agreement and that remains true.

The union has scheduled a ratification vote for Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. School for the 20 high schools begins on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Students are expected to report. In the event of a strike, contingency plans would be announced; however, school will open the first week regardless of any action by the teachers' union.

Editor's Note: The contract now under negotiation will affect 955 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region 21,260 students attend Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2005-2006 school year). Please note that Archdiocesan elementary and special education school teachers are not members of the secondary school teachers' union. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, 2006.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director o fCommunications
215-587-3747

Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations Evening Of Sunday, September 3, 2006

September 3, 2006

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations
Evening of Sunday, September 3, 2006

Negotiations between the Archdiocese and the teachers' union resumed this afternoon and exceeded the scheduled time. An agreement has not yet been reached. We will continue to talk through this holiday weekend and plan to meet again on Labor Day morning.

The Archdiocese is hopeful for a signed, fair contract in place for the start of school on Wednesday. The union has scheduled a ratification vote for Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. School for the 20 high schools begins on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Students are expected to report. In the event of a strike, contingency plans would be announced; however, school will open the first week regardless of any action by the teachers' union.


Editor's Note: The contract now under negotiation will affect 955 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region 21,260 students attend Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2005-2006 school year). Please note that Archdiocesan elementary and special education school teachers are not members of the secondary school teachers' union. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, 2006.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-57-3747

Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations Evening Of Monday, September 4, 2006 ~ 8:15 P.m.

September 4, 2006

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
EVENING OF MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2006 ~ 8:15 p.m.

At 8:00 p.m. the negotiating team for the union abruptly walked out of the meeting location refusing to negotiate any further with the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese had presented the union with a salary and benefits proposal at 11:00 a.m. and we had been waiting to hear back from the union on these specific issues. We received no response until the union broke off talks. There had been significant process made on non-financial issues.

We are extremely disappointed by this step and remain willing to talk about all of the issues. We urge the union to return to the bargaining table. There is no reason to stop talking at this stage. The Archdiocese has said that we are committed to negotiating as necessary and that remains true.

The union has scheduled a ratification vote for Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. School for the 20 high schools begins on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Students are expected to report. In the event of a strike, contingency plans would be announced; however, school will open the first week regardless of any action by the teachers' union.

Editor's Note: The contract now under negotiation will affect 955 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region 21,260 students attend Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2005-2006 school year). Please note that Archdiocesan elementary and special education school teachers are not members of the secondary school teachers' union. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, 2006.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations Tuesday, September 5, 2006 ~ 12:30 A.m.

September 5, 2006

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2006 ~ 12:30 A.M.

Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education, contacted the President of the Association of Catholic Teachers directly after the union team had walked out of negotiations and returned to the union office at 8:00 p.m. Dr. McCarron appealed to the union leadership to return to the bargaining table for the good of parents, students and teachers in order to work toward a fair agreement that would be mutually acceptable. The union agreed and the two sides resumed negotiating a short time ago.

We are pleased that the union has returned to the table. There is no reason to stop talking at this stage. The Archdiocese has said that we are committed to negotiating as necessary and that remains true.

The union has scheduled a ratification vote for Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. School for the 20 high schools begins on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Students are expected to report. In the event of a strike, contingency plans would be announced; however, school will open the first week regardless of any action by the teachers' union.

Editor's Note: The contract now under negotiation will affect 955 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region 21,260 students attend Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2005-2006 school year). Please note that Archdiocesan elementary and special education school teachers are not members of the secondary school teachers' union. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, 2006.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding Teacher Contract Negotiations Tuesday, September 5, 2006 ~ 6:30 A.m.

September 5, 2006

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2006 ~ 6:30 A.M.

The Archdiocese and the Association of Catholic Teachers talked through the night. At this time both sides have agreed to a news blackout. This will be in effect until after the union membership meeting which is scheduled for this morning at 11:00 a.m.

School for the 20 high schools begins on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Students are expected to report. In the event of a strike, contingency plans would be announced; however, school will open and sports and other activities will take place the first week regardless of any action by the teachers' union.

Editor's Note: The contract now under negotiation will affect 955 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region 21,260 students attend Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2005-2006 school year). Please note that Archdiocesan elementary and special education school teachers are not members of the secondary school teachers' union.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement From Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop Of Philadelphia, Regarding The Ratification Vote By Secondary School Teachers

September 5, 2006

Statement from Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia,
Regarding the Ratification Vote by Secondary School Teachers

I am pleased that the Association of Catholic Teachers has accepted the contract proposal offered by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I know that the negotiating process has been long and difficult and I am appreciative of the efforts of the Archdiocesan negotiating team, led by our Chief Negotiator, Tim Coyne, Esq., and the administration of the Office of Catholic Education. They worked tirelessly for months to achieve an equitable agreement for all parties.

I assure school parents and families that I am mindful of the sacrifices they make to send their children to Catholic school. The Archdiocese continues its efforts to keep tuition affordable for our families; these efforts are an important part of the negotiations with the Association.

As the 2006-2007 school year begins I welcome school administrators, teachers and students back to the classrooms of the Archdiocese. I express in a special way my appreciation for the daily efforts of our teachers. The Archdiocese is blessed to have so many professionals dedicated to providing a quality Catholic education to the young people in our care. I pray that the coming school year will be a productive one as we educate our young people and form them in our Catholic faith.

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

Statement From The Office Of Catholic Education Regarding The Ratification Of The Secondary School Teachers Contract

September 5, 2006

Statement from the Office of Catholic Education
Regarding the Ratification of the Secondary School Teachers Contract

We are pleased that our valued teachers have agreed to the contract proposed by the Archdiocese. The negotiation process, which began in April, was long and difficult. On Monday, September 4th, Labor Day, meetings began at 11:15 a.m. and despite one breakdown in talks, did not fully conclude until Tuesday morning at approximately 7:00 a.m. -- twenty hours. The Archdiocese had said we were willing to remain at the table as long as necessary and we continually demonstrated that, particularly during the holiday weekend.

The Archdiocese has consistently emphasized throughout the months of negotiations that while we respect the needs of teachers we must be mindful of the impact of the contract upon future tuition. The Association of Catholic Teachers was advocating for the needs of their members while we were articulating the needs of school families and teachers. No one wanted a strike to impact the school year. In the end we believe a fair and equitable agreement for all parties was reached. We are excited for the beginning of the school year and welcome our teachers and students back to the classroom for another year of Catholic education.

Editor's Note: The new contract affects 955 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region 21,260 students attend Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2005-2006 school year). Please note that Archdiocesan elementary and special education school teachers are not members of the secondary school teachers' union. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, 2006.

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

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Opening Mass At Saint Katharine Drexel School

September 6, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE OPENING MASS
AT SAINT KATHARINE DREXEL SCHOOL

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass to begin the new school year at Saint Katharine Drexel School in Chester, Delaware County. Cardinal Rigali will spend time with the students after Mass and greet each one individually.

9:00 a.m.
Friday, September 8, 2006
Saint Katharine Drexel Parish
1920 Providence Avenue
Chester, Delaware County


Cardinal Rigali announced at the Saint Katharine Drexel Feast Day Mass on Friday, March 3, 2006 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul that the school would remain open for the 2006-2007 school year while interested parties worked on a plan to keep Catholic Education open, affordable and available to the young children of the city of Chester for years to come. To this end, the Sisters of Saint Francis in Glen Riddle along with Neumann College in Aston as well as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Parish of St. Katharine Drexel in Chester are working on plans for a co-sponsored institution that will be called Drexel/Neumann Academy which will open in the Fall of 2007. Drexel/Neumann Academy will continue the mission of both Saint Katharine Drexel and Saint John Neumann in providing Catholic education to the immigrant, Hispanic and African American children who make up the majority of the population in Chester.

Katharine Drexel, a Philadelphia native, devoted her life to serving the poor. In 2000, she was canonized by Pope John Paul II. For more information on Saint Katharine Drexel Parish School, visit www.stkatharinedrexelparish.org.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali Asks Parishes And Schools In The Archdiocese To Commemorate September 11th Anniversary

September 7, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI ASKS PARISHES AND SCHOOLS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE TO COMMEMORATE SEPTEMBER 11TH ANNIVERSARY

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has asked that parishes and schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia commemorate the fifth anniversary of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001:

- Cardinal Rigali has requested that all 270 parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia toll their church bells in observance of the first plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m.

- Cardinal Rigali has also asked that students in the Archdiocesan high schools and parish elementary schools stop for a moment of prayer at 8:46 a.m.

- Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate a Memorial Mass. All are invited to attend. (Cardinal Justin Rigali is unable to celebrate this Mass because he will be out of town for a scheduled event).

12:05 p.m.
September 11th Memorial Mass
Monday, September 11, 2006
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Chapel
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Divine Mercy Parish To Host Prayer Service And March For Peace

September 12, 2006

DIVINE MERCY PARISH TO HOST PRAYER SERVICE AND MARCH FOR PEACE

Divine Mercy Parish in Southwest Philadelphia will host an ecumenical prayer service. This grassroots initiative is intended to promote peace and bring together the residents of the neighborhood.


6:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Divine Mercy Parish
67th Street and Chester Avenue
Southwest Philadelphia



Immediately following the prayer service, participants will march for peace. The four block march will end at First Baptist Church of Paschall, 71st Street and Woodland Avenue. Anthony Murphy, director of Town Watch Integrated Services, will speak at First Baptist at approximately 7:15 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Contact
Matthew Gambino
Associate Director, Office for Communications
215-587-3747

Catholic Social Services Kicks-off Personal Navigator Program Helping The Community Gain Access To Medical And Social Services

September 12, 2006

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES KICKS-OFF PERSONAL NAVIGATOR PROGRAM

Helping the Community Gain Access to Medical and Social Services

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia kicks-off the Personal Navigator Program throughout Montgomery County.

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Human Services Building (Conference Room A/B)
1420 DeKalb Street
Norristown, Montgomery County



Personal Navigator was a federally funded pilot program in part of Montgomery County for the past year. Because of its success, the program has been expanded throughout the county.

A staff member of Catholic Social Services enters a client's information into a database of services, then helps the person find health insurance, prescription medications, energy assistance, mental health treatment, food, housing and transportation assistance, and other services.

For more information about Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit www.css-phl.org.

Contact
Matthew Gambino
Associate Director, Office for Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali Asks Priests To Join Him For Witness To The Sorrow

September 13, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI ASKS PRIESTS TO JOIN HIM FOR
WITNESS TO THE SORROW

On the Feast of Our Mother of Sorrows, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has invited the priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to join him and the Auxiliary Bishops to hear accounts from victims of clergy sexual abuse. When Cardinal Rigali asked the priests to join him he said that one of the most significant things he has learned in the past year is the importance of listening to victims who are able to convey the hurt, pain and suffering which is still part of daily life for many of them.

The event will be two-fold. It will begin with the witnessing, which will take place in the auditorium of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Two victims of clergy sexual abuse, and one parent of abuse victims, are scheduled to speak to the clergy. Following the witnessing, at approximately 5:00 p.m., there will be a procession to Saint Martin's Chapel at the Seminary for Evening Prayer.

In addition to those who will speak, other victims and their families have also been invited to attend. Live streaming video of Witness to the Sorrow will be available at www.archdiocese-phl.org. to allow parishioners and others who are interested to participate spiritually. The video will also be available on the Archdiocesan web site following the event.

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, Montgomery County


Important -- Coverage Guidelines:

The Archdiocese is open to coverage of Witness to the Sorrow but we ask media members to respect the sensitivity of this event. Because of that sensitivity, special coverage arrangements are being made:

Print media: The Associated Press will serve as the pool for story and photos. Please contact AP News Editor Larry Rosenthal at 215-561-1133 for details. Other than The Catholic Standard & Times, no additional reporters/photographers will be permitted but live streaming video will allow reporters to view the event from anywhere.

Electronic media: An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided at the Seminary of both the witnessing and the prayer service. Crews will not be allowed inside the Seminary.

There will be a seating section provided for any invited guests who do not wish to appear on camera. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Attend 100th Birthday Celebration For Bucks County Man

September 20, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO ATTEND 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
FOR BUCKS COUNTY MAN

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will attend Mr. Edmund Wagner's 100th birthday celebration at The Brunswick at Attleboro Assisted Living Facility in Langhorne. Mr. Wagner, a devoted Catholic and life-long resident of Philadelphia invited Cardinal Rigali to join him in celebrating this milestone.

2:00 p.m.
Monday, September 25, 2006
The Brunswick at Attleboro
310 East Winchester Avenue
Langhorne, Bucks County



Mr. Wagner was born in Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia and attended the parish grade school. Mr. Wagner was later married at St. Leo's Parish in the Tacony section of Philadelphia, where he was a parishioner for 65 years. His three children, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren have all been invited to share in the 100th birthday celebration.

Editor's Note: For more information, please contact The Brunswick at Attleboro, 215-752-9730.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Participate In America Reads The Constitution

September 20, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO PARTICIPATE IN
AMERICA READS THE CONSTITUTION

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will join other religious leaders in a public reading of the Constitution in America Reads the Constitution.

2:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street, Independence Mall
Philadelphia



The annual American Reads the Constitution marks the 219th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. All are invited to attend.

Editor's Note: For more information please contact the National Constitution Center, 215-409-6693.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Respect Life Mass

September 27, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE RESPECT LIFE MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist for the annual Respect Life Mass. This Mass will begin the month-long observance of Respect Life throughout the Catholic parishes in the United States. The theme is created, loved and redeemed by God. Priceless!

11:00 a.m.
Sunday, October 1, 2006
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


In November 2006, Cardinal Rigali will begin serving as Chairman for the Committee for Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Cardinal was elected by his fellow bishops at the USCCB meeting in November 2005. All are invited to attend.

For more information, please contact the Respect Life Office, 215-587-5661.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Mass Of Thanksgiving For The Appointment Of Archbishop James Green

September 28, 2006

MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF ARCHBISHOP JAMES GREEN

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the homilist for a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Appointment by Pope Benedict XVI of Archbishop James P. Green as Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland and as Apostolic Delegate to Botswana. Archbishop Green will be the celebrant of the Mass which will be attended by three Cardinals, thirteen bishops and approximately 90 priests.

Cardinal Rigali announced Archbishop Green's appointment by the Holy Father on August 17, 2006. Archbishop Green is a native of Northeast Philadelphia who graduated from Saint Timothy Parish Elementary School, Father Judge High School for Boys and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. He has been in the service of the Holy See since 1987. He has had assignments in Korea, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Spain, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Papua New Guinea. Since 2003 he has been serving in the Secretariat of State of the Vatican.

Archbishop Green was ordained to the Episcopacy on September 6, 2006 at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. Cardinal Rigali was one of the co-consecrators at the Ordination. Archbishop Green is returning to Philadelphia for the Mass of Thanksgiving.


4:00 p.m.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Students representing Archbishop Green's alma maters in Philadelphia will play a role in the Mass. Saint Timothy Parish School students will form an honor guard, students from Father Judge High School for Boys will carry flags in the Procession, and seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will provide the music. In addition, thirteen priest classmates of Archbishop Green's from Saint Charles Seminary will concelebrate the Mass.

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Editor's Note: There will be no mult-box for the Mass. Crews are welcome to cover. Please park on Race Street or 18th Street.



Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement From Cardinal Justin Rigali Regarding Nickel Mines School Shootings

October 3, 2006

STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI
REGARDING NICKEL MINES SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

I was distressed and saddened to learn of the shootings at the West Nickel Mines Amish School in Lancaster County. My prayers are with the families whose children died as well as with the students who were injured and traumatized in this senseless tragedy. I pray that God will comfort them all and sustain them in the difficult days ahead. It is my hope that they know their fellow Pennsylvanians join with them in prayerful support.

The entire community is experiencing the shock that comes in the wake of violence toward young people. All human life is a gift and young children are especially precious in the eyes of the Lord. May the Holy Spirit console everyone involved at this time of sadness and pain.



Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Secretariat For Evangelization Sponsors The Jeweler's Shop A Play By Pope John Paul Ii

October 4, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA SECRETARIAT FOR EVANGELIZATION SPONSORS THE JEWELER'S SHOP
A Play by Pope John Paul II

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Secretariat for Evangelization is co-sponsoring two presentations of The Jeweler's Shop, a play about relationships, love and the encounter with Christ written by the late Pope John Paul II. The play is being presented by the Theophany Catholic Theatre Company on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14:

8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Immaculata University
Alumnae Hall


AND


8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
La Salle University
Dan Rodden Theatre



The three-act play reflects upon the relationships between men and women, marriage and the search for love that is common to us all. Admission into The Jeweler's Shop is free to the public; free-will donations will be accepted. Seating for the performance at La Salle University is limited and reservations can be made by calling 215-951-1017. Seating for both performances is general admission.

For more information, please call the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Family Life Office at 215-587-5639.

Contact
Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Mass

October 5, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE
HISPANIC HERITAGE MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and Archbishop José Gomez, Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas will be the homilist for the Hispanic Heritage Mass. A procession in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul of banners representing saints of every Hispanic culture will take place prior to Mass.

Procession 2:00 p.m.
Mass 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 2006
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


The Hispanic Heritage Mass celebrates the diversity and the unity of Hispanic Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In recent years, the Archdiocese has been blessed by thousands of immigrants from Latin America and Spain, with traditions that are deeply rooted in the Catholic faith.

For more information, please contact Office for Hispanic Catholics, 215-667-2820.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Unveils New Wellness Policy In Schools

October 6, 2006

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
UNVEILS NEW WELLNESS POLICY IN SCHOOLS

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education (OCE) and Nutritional Development Services (NDS) unveiled a new Wellness Policy for all Archdiocesan school students on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at Drexelbrook Country Club.

The policy addresses the nutrient content of food at school, nutrient education, physical activity and other environmental factors that promote a healthy school environment. It is divided into four sections based on audience: students, staff, parents and school environment. The overall goal is to provide schools with a slow, systematic approach that builds on success.

All principals and vice principals of the parish and regional elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia attended the September 26 event, as well as Tim Walsh from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Marsha Costello from Villanova University's School of Nursing, and Vonda Fechity from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Bureau.

Mary Rochford, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Educational Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said, "The Wellness Program, adopted by our parish and regional elementary schools, is a real-life educational tool. It will empower our students, guided by the example of the adults in their lives, to live by these guidelines enabling them to be and remain physically healthy. God has given us the gift of life. We are all called to treat our bodies with the greatest of care."

For more information on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Wellness Program please visit, www.ndsarch.org.

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First Home Unveiled In Archdiocesan Housing Initiative Cardinal Rigali To Bless Family's Home

October 10, 2006

FIRST HOME UNVEILED
IN ARCHDIOCESAN HOUSING INITIATIVE
Cardinal Rigali to Bless Family's Home

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will bless the home of Antonio Moreno, Sr. and family, located at 3459 North Howard Street in the St. Hugh Neighborhood of Philadelphia (Fairhill). The house is the first completed by the Archdiocesan Office for Community Development in its initiative to rehabilitate seventeen formerly vacant, blighted houses in the area for low to moderate-income homeownership. A contribution from Beneficial Savings Bank through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Neighborhood Assistance Program, along with subsidies from the City of Philadelphia's Homeownership Rehabilitation Program Funding provided support for the initiative. The Archdiocese started rehabbing the property in November 2005 and Mr. Moreno purchased the house in July 2006. The home had been seized in a drug raid prior to the Archdiocese taking possession of it.

During the blessing, Reverend Monsignor Joseph A. Tracy, Secretary for Catholic Human Services, will offer acknowledgements and Reverend Scott D. Brockson, Pastor of St. Hugh of Cluny Parish, will welcome those gathered. Sister Margaret Taylor, assistant director of the Archdiocesan Office for Community Development, will provide a history of the initiative and introduce the Moreno family.

The ceremony and rite of blessing will begin in the St. Hugh of Cluny School Hall and conclude at the Moreno home, located within walking distance of the parish. During the service, Cardinal Rigali will bless the home with holy water and present a crucifix to the Moreno family.


Thursday, October 12, 2006 ? 1:00 p.m.*
St. Hugh of Cluny School Hall
Tioga and Mascher Streets (145 West Tioga Street)
St. Hugh Neighborhood (Fairhill), Philadelphia

* 1:30 p.m. (approximately) procession from school hall to Moreno home


Background
The Archdiocesan Office for Community Development launched the housing initiative at the request of neighborhood residents who expressed both concern about vacant, blighted houses and a need for more affordable homeownership opportunities. The Office for Community Development is rehabilitating the houses and preparing prospective homebuyers in partnership with the Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises (HACE).

The Archdiocesan Office for Community Development was established during 2001 to serve as a catalyst for the revitalization of distressed neighborhoods. Its present focus is on the Kensington section of Philadelphia and vicinity. The office is also assisting in the development of St. John Neumann Place senior housing at the site of the former St. John Neumann High School in South Philadelphia.


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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Revitalizes Victim Assistance Program

October 19, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA REVITALIZES VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has restructured its Victim Assistance Program to better respond to reports of sexual abuse and to the needs of victims. The changes include hiring additional administrators and staff, launching a public outreach campaign and empowering victim assistance coordinators with authority to approve financial expenditures for emergency situations. "These changes have taken place over the past year as a part of our continuing efforts to be more responsive to the needs of victims. It is important to listen to the people who have been hurt and find out what they need. We listened and changed the way in which we respond," said Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

Earlier this year, Cardinal Rigali announced the hiring of Ms. Mary Achilles as Victims' Advocate for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Archdiocese, Ms. Achilles had served as the first-ever Victim Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ms. Achilles has extensive experience responding to the needs of victims, having previously served as Director of Victims Services for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. She also supervised services provided to victims in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

In her role with the Archdiocese, Ms. Achilles reviews all existing services and makes recommendations to Cardinal Rigali for enhanced or additional services to victims of sexual abuse. Ms. Achilles said, "We must create an environment that encourages victims to come forward. Only an environment that acknowledges and embraces the pain of the past can effectively incorporate those experiences into a new model of response in the future."

As a result of evaluations of programs and services, the Archdiocese has made
the following changes to its Victim Assistance Program. The Archdiocese has:


- Hired a full-time Director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection. The new Director is Ms. Karen Becker. Ms. Becker's primary focus is making victim assistance services comprehensive, accessible and as user-friendly as possible.
- Increased staffing of the Office of Child and Youth Protection;
- Empowered Victim Assistance Coordinators with authority to approve financial expenditures for emergency situations;
- Launched Public Outreach Campaign consisting of print ads in The Philadelphia Inquirer and ads on KYW NewsRadio featuring Cardinal Rigali speaking directly to adult survivors of child sexual abuse within the Archdiocese and offering his assistance;
- Changed reporting requirements. Victims are no longer required to report abuse to a priest about another priest. Now to make a formal report of sexual abuse, victims only need to call the Victim Assistance Program (1-888-800-8780). The Victim Assistance Coordinator takes the formal complaint, over the phone or at a location of comfort for the victim, providing sensitive support and assistance in that process.
- Developed an automated case management system to increase service delivery.

Services provided by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Victim Assistance Program

- Making a Formal Report ~ Victim Assistance Coordinators provide confidential assistance to victims making a report of sexual abuse to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
- Counselling and Other Therapeutic Interventions ~ Victim Assistance Coordinators provide assistance in locating, accessing and financially supporting counselling and other emotional support services. This assistance includes financial reimbursement for child care during counselling sessions and transportation expenses.
- Pastoral Support and Counselling ~ Victim Assistance Coordinators will provide assistance to victims and families who are seeking spiritual guidance. Coordinators also facilitate pastoral meetings with Cardinal Rigali and other clergy as requested.
- Social Services ~ Victim Assistance Coordinators will assist with social services, including addressing financial, vocational, housing and other needs through case management and referral.

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Cardinal Rigali Has Knee Surgery

October 19, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI HAS KNEE SURGERY

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, underwent successful surgery on his right knee earlier this morning. The Cardinal had a torn meniscus. Dr. David Rubenstein performed the surgery at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Montgomery County. This was an outpatient, arthroscopic surgery. Cardinal Rigali returned to his residence several hours after the surgery and will work from home during his recovery. The Cardinal will resume his public appointments schedule on October 29, 2006.

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The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia's Office For Youth And Young Adults Presents Fan The Flame

October 24, 2006

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA'S OFFICE FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS PRESENTS FAN THE FLAME

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Youth and Young Adults, in collaboration with spiritandsong.com and the Catholic Youth Foundation, present Fan the Flame, a day of music and prayer for high school groups, college students and young adults. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass at 6:15 p.m. to conclude the day.

12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Archbishop John Carroll High School
Matson Ford Road, Radnor
Delaware County


This event will feature artists from spiritandsong.com: Matt Maher, Valimar Jansen and Mandy Bruno. The cost to attend is $25.00 and the registration deadline is Friday, November 3, 2006. No walk-ins and high school groups must be accompanied by adult chaperones. The day will also include inspiring keynote presentations, fellowship, prayer, service and song.

For more information, or to register for the event, please contact, 215-965-4636 or visit www.oyya.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Catholic Life Congress 2006 The Word Of God...encounter, Embrace, Echo

October 30, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
CATHOLIC LIFE CONGRESS 2006

The Word of God...Encounter, Embrace, Echo

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is hosting Catholic Life Congress 2006, an educational gathering for laity, religious, deacons and priests. The program is designed for those who wish to learn more about the Church, its teachings and practices and all who serve in leadership positions in the Church. Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass at 9:30 a.m. Catholic Life Congress features a keynote speaker, presentations and workshops, and will be held:

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. Bishop Maginnis will celebrate Mass
Saturday, November 4, 2006
Archbishop John Carroll High School
Matson Ford Road, Radnor
Delaware County


At 10:45 a.m. Reverend Lawrence Boadt, CSP, SSD, a Professor Emeritus of Sacred Scripture at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C., will deliver the keynote address. Various sessions and workshops will be presented throughout the day.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Life Congress 2006 theme, The Word of God: Encounter, Embrace, Echo, celebrates the 1965 Vatican II document, Dei Verbum, which encourages believers to hear the Good News of salvation through prayerful reflection and study of Sacred Scripture.

For more information about Catholic Life Congress 2006, please contact, 215-587-0500 or visit www.arcdiocese-phl.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate 44th Annual Saint Martin De Porres Mass

October 31, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE 44TH ANNUAL
SAINT MARTIN DE PORRES MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the 44th annual Mass in thanksgiving for the canonization of Saint Martin de Porres, the Saint of Universal Brotherhood.

2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, 2006
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Marin de Porres was born in Peru in the 16th century to a Spanish nobleman and a black woman of Panama who was freed a slave. He became a Dominican brother and devoted his life to caring for the poor and sick. Pope John Paul XXIII canonized Martin de Porres in 1962, making him the first saint of color in the western hemisphere.

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

For more information, please call the Office for Black Catholics, 215-587-3634.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Pray The Rosary With Cardinal Rigali Through Streaming Video

November 7, 2006

PRAY THE ROSARY WITH CARDINAL RIGALI
THROUGH STREAMING VIDEO

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, invites the faithful to join him in praying the Rosary in Spanish by visiting the Archdiocese of Philadelphia web site, www.archdiocese-phl.org. State-of-the art streaming video allows viewers to join Cardinal Rigali as he prays the Rosary with students from Saint Peter the Apostle Parish School in Philadelphia.

This is the second time that this technology has been used by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as a tool to allow anyone, anywhere, to pray with Cardinal Rigali at any time of day. In early June, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia posted Pray the Rosary in English to the web site, which featured sixth grade students from Visitation Blessed Virgin Mary Parish School in the Kensington section of Philadelphia praying the Rosary with Cardinal Rigali.

The text of the prayers is included on the site and makes it easy to pray with Cardinal Rigali and the students from St. Peter the Apostle Parish School.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Conwell-egan Catholic High Schoool Expands With New Computer Lab

November 8, 2006

CONWELL-EGAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOOL
EXPANDS WITH NEW COMPUTER LAB

Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass and bless the new Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Computer Lab at Conwell- Egan Catholic High School:

8:00 a.m.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
611 Wistar Road
Fairless Hills, Bucks County


The Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, one of 20 Archdiocesan High Schools will host Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick and Bucks County Commissioner Jim Cawley for the official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new EAST computer lab.

12:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
611 Wistar Road
Fairless Hills, Bucks County


Conwell-Egan is the first school on the east coast to implement EAST, a state-of-the art learning initiative. Each student selected for the program takes responsibility for self-directed learning and works in teams to solve real-world problems. These exceptional students have access to some of the most advanced computer programs such as, GPS, GIS, Networking, Computer Aided Design, Animation and Video Generation, Database Management, Visualization and various Music programs.

EAST was recently designated as one of the 10 best technology initiatives in the country by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information about the EAST computer lab at Conwell-Egan Catholic High School please, call 215-945-6200.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Cardinal Rigali To Serve Thanksgiving Dinner To The Men Of Saint John's Hospice

November 10, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO SERVE THANKSGIVING DINNER
TO THE MEN OF SAINT JOHN'S HOSPICE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will serve the homeless men of Saint John's Hospice their annual Thanksgiving meal. St. John's Hospice of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia serves homeless men everyday. This Thanksgiving meal will be served on:

Sunday, November 19, 2006
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saint John's Hospice
1225 Race Street
Philadelphia


Last year alone Saint John's Hospice served over 80,000 meals. St. John's is a community grounded in faith and service where homeless men find dignity, respect, nourishment and opportunity for new beginnings.

St. John's Hospice provides four major services: The Day Services program provides a midday meal to approximately 400 men every weekday, along with opportunities to bathe and receive clothing. Saint John's residence for men is a 40 bed unit that provides comprehensive case management services. The Good Shepherd program is home for 12 medically fragile homeless men and offers intensive case management. A new program instituted at St. John's is their Coffee House, a service which shelters up to 25 chronically homeless men overnight and provides nourishment and access to Day Services.

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

Twenty Archdiocesan High School Seniors Recognized For Scholastic Excellence In Science Awarded The F.c. Haab Science Scholarship

November 13, 2006

TWENTY ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS RECOGNIZED FOR
SCHOLASTIC EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE


Awarded the F.C. Haab Science Scholarship

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) Office, will hold its annual F.C. Haab Science Scholarship award ceremony. Through the generosity of F.C. Haab Company Inc., 20 Archdiocesan high school seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence in science will each be awarded a $1,450 scholarship. The ceremony and reception will be held:

3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Archbishop John Carroll High School - Staff Development Center
211 Matson Ford Road
Radnor, Delaware County


The F.C. Haab Science Scholarship stresses the growing importance of science education and related careers to Archdiocesan high school students. The scholarships are awarded to seniors who have high-ranking grade-point averages in science courses throughout their freshman, sophomore and junior years and have also demonstrated leadership qualities.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education will be represented at the event by Stephen Pawlowski, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Staff Relations.

For more information, please call the Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools Office, 215-587-0590.

The recipients of the F.C. Haab Science Scholarships are:

- Lauren M. Naile - Archbishop John Carroll High School
- Nicole M. DiGiovanni - Archbishop Ryan High School
- Catherine M. Gallagher - Archbishop Wood High School
- Meghan M. Kraenbring - Bishop McDevitt High School
- Matthew Blackburn - Bishop Shanahan High School
- Jessica M. Marsaglia - Cardinal Dougherty High School
- Katie Mardinly - Cardinal O'Hara High School
- Amanda C. Smith - Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
- Zachary W. Baran - Father Judge High School for Boys
- Kristen Gerard - St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls
- Viktor Antonius - SS. John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School
- Donna Li - John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School
- Miguel A. Gonzalez III - Kennedy-Kenrick High School
- Desiree S. Basilii - Lansdale Catholic High School
- Christina DeFabis - Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls
- Michael John Sweeney - Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast High School
- Andrew Filewicz - Northeast Catholic High School for Boys
- Emily J. Brady - St. Pius X High School
- Joseph A. Hawn - Roman Catholic High School for Boys
- Dawit Ghebremariam - West Philadelphia Catholic High School

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Announces Completion Of Survey Phase In New School Feasibility Study

November 16, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF SURVEY PHASE IN NEW SCHOOL FEASIBILITY STUDY

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia today announced the results of a survey administered in August 2006 to test the viability of building two new high schools in Hilltown, Pa. and Royersford, Pa.

The mail survey, one phase of a comprehensive feasibility study, was distributed to more than 10,000 parents who live within a 10-mile radius of the proposed sites and have children between third and sixth grades who are currently attending Catholic elementary schools or participating in religious education programs within their parish.

'We're extremely encouraged by the results of this research,' said Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, who oversees the Office of Catholic Education. 'Our parents have spoken through this survey, indicating that support exists for these high schools. They have demonstrated an interest in enrolling their children, an enthusiasm for the importance of Catholic education within a state-of-the-art facility and a willingness to pay an increased tuition to provide their children with this educational experience.'

The survey focused on several key objectives: 1) determining parental interest in two proposed new schools in Hilltown, Pa. and Royersford, Pa.; 2) understanding parents' motivating factors behind selecting/not selecting the new schools for their children; 3) identifying other schools where parents might consider sending their children for secondary education; 4) assessing parents' willingness to pay increased tuition for a new facility and 5) understanding parents' thoughts on how interested their children are in possibly attending the new high schools.

Among those surveyed with children currently enrolled in parish elementary schools near the proposed Royersford site, 67% indicated that they would most likely send their children to the new school. Among the same group surveyed within a 10-mile distance of the proposed Hilltown location, 50% expressed their intent to choose the new facility for their children.

Among all parents surveyed near the proposed Royersford location (parents of children currently enrolled in parish schools and parents with children participating in parish religious education/CCD programs), 49% responded that they would be likely to send their children to a new Catholic high school, if built. Among the same collective group of parents contacted near the proposed Hilltown site, 32% voiced their interest in sending their children to a new Catholic secondary school.

Parents who indicated that they -definitely- or -probably would- send their children to one of the two proposed new high schools cited faith formation, school location and a new, state-of-the-art educational facility as the three primary motivating factors that would fuel their decision. Almost half of all parents expressed that they would pay a tuition increase in exchange for those factors.

At the beginning of the feasibility study, the Archdiocese communicated that each school would need to attract a minimum number of 1200 students to be considered viable. The survey determined that both proposed high schools would meet or exceed their minimum enrollment criteria.

According to Bishop McFadden, the Archdiocese has a thorough analysis to complete before making a final decision on the proposed schools. This analysis includes a thorough architectural evaluation and site planning process, the preparation of a comprehensive financial and fundraising plan to fund each school's minimum estimated $45 million cost and continued dialogue with pastors and archdiocesan leaders, parents and township/government officials.

Bishop McFadden further emphasized the Archdiocese's commitment to continuing to operate schools in close proximity to the Royersford and Hilltown sites, i.e. Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School in Norristown, Pa., Lansdale Catholic High School in Lansdale, Pa. and St. Pius X High School in Pottstown, Pa. 'Until we reach a final decision on building new schools, the resources and support of the Archdiocese will continue to be invested in our current students at our current high schools', said Bishop McFadden. 'Our commitment to quality Catholic education for our students remains constant, no matter where this feasibility study leads us.'

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia currently enrolls more than 20,000 students in 20 archdiocesan high schools.

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Priest Removed From The Clerical State

November 16, 2006

PRIEST REMOVED FROM THE CLERICAL STATE

The Holy See has notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that the request of Francis J. Gallagher to be removed from the clerical state was granted.

Because of known sexual misconduct, Francis J. Gallagher was removed from active ministry in 2002. Subsequently, he sought removal from the clerical state. Francis Gallagher functioned as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from May 1973 to March 2002 during which time he served at Saint Katharine of Siena, Wayne; Immaculate Conception, Jenkintown; Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, North Wales, and Saint Henry, Philadelphia. While in the education apostolate Francis Gallagher was on the faculty of Cardinal O'Hara High School and Cardinal Dougherty High School and lived at Saint John Chrysostom, Wallingford. Francis Gallagher also served as Auditor in the Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal.

Removal from the clerical state means that in accord with canon law Francis J. Gallagher is no longer incardinated in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and he is unable to function as a priest anywhere.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia realizes that this information may be painful for those who have experienced sexual abuse and encourages anyone who wishes to make a report of sexual abuse of a minor to contact the Victim Assistance Program at 1-888-800-8780.

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Donna M. Farrell
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Cardinal Rigali To "bless The Baby Jesus"

November 17, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO "BLESS THE BABY JESUS"

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, invites families and individuals throughout the Archdiocese to a unique Advent Prayer Service -- Bless the Baby Jesus. This second annual event is sponsored by the Family Life Office and Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Everyone is encouraged to bring an image or figurine of the Baby Jesus, perhaps from their family Nativity Crèche, to be blessed by Cardinal Rigali during the service. The children's choir and handbell choir from Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Philadelphia will provide music.

2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Advent is a time when Catholics prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Bless the Baby Jesus is an opportunity to reinforce the central place of Jesus Christ within the family.

Families and individuals are also invited to support those in need during this holiday season by donating new infant clothing, infant formula or monetary donations for the less fortunate. Contributions will be given to the Archdiocesan Catholic Social Services' Family Service Centers and Residences for Women as well as Casa del Carmen.

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

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Announces Logo Winner For Bicentennial

November 20, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES LOGO WINNER FOR BICENTENNIAL

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces that Mr. Dan Cellucci, of Saint Thomas of Villanova Parish, is the winner of the Bicentennial logo contest. Mr. Cellucci's winning design will be used to promote the year-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The celebration will be observed from April 2007 through April 2008.

The logo is an artistic interpretation of the bicentennial theme which is Serving the People of God in the Beginning, Now and Always. The logo will be used on banners, posters and other printed material throughout the Bicentennial.

More than 200 artists submitted entries as part of the contest. Mr. Cellucci's winning entry was selected by members of the Bicentennial Executive Committee in consultation with a local artist.

In submitting his entry Mr. Cellucci told the committee that, "At the center of the logo is the Eucharist, which represents the center of who we are as Church and the focus for our 200-year history. The people united around the Eucharist represent the People of God. The people are different colors to represent the rich diversity of our Catholic community as well as our community throughout time, 'in the beginning, now and always.'"

To receive an electronic copy of the logo please contact the Office for Communications at communof@adphila.org.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Be Honored By Boy Scouts Of America

November 20, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO BE HONORED BY BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be presented with the annual "Good Scout" award by the Boy Scouts of America.

6:00 p.m.
Best Media Time 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
The Rittenhouse Hotel
210 West Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia


The "Good Scout" award is presented annually to one who exemplifies in his or her daily life the ideals of the Boy Scout of America as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law. The recipient is chosen for outstanding service provided to a wide variety of organizations, as well as the respect and esteem in which colleagues in the community hold him or her.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Supports Strengthening Of Child Protection Laws Statement Regarding Pa Senate Bill 1054

November 21, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA SUPPORTS STRENGTHENING
OF CHILD PROTECTION LAWS

STATEMENT REGARDING PA SENATE BILL 1054

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia applauds the Pennsylvania Legislature for its passage of Senate Bill 1054 which will increase the responsibilities of individuals and institutions in the reporting of child-sexual abuse and the protection of all of God's children. The Archdiocese has supported the key elements of this legislation which includes expanding the criminal statute of limitations to age fifty; enhancing the Child Protective Services Law's reporting requirements; amending the Child Protective Services Law to require background checks in non-school organizations and strengthening the endangering the welfare of a child statute. The legislation enhances the measures already in place in the Commonwealth and is a proactive step taken by the General Assembly.

The past several years have been a painful time in the Archdiocese for victims, parishioners and clergy and there have been ongoing efforts to effect change. While the Archdiocese already has in place much of what the new legislation is now requiring, its current policies and practices will immediately be reviewed in order that, where necessary, they will be in full compliance with the new legislation.

Survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy are encouraged to call for assistance. The Victim Assistance Coordinators can be reached at 1-888-800-8780.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Pray The Rosary In Vietnamese With Cardinal Rigali Through Streaming Video

November 29, 2006

PRAY THE ROSARY IN VIETNAMESE WITH CARDINAL RIGALI
THROUGH STREAMING VIDEO

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, invites the faithful to join him in praying the Rosary in Vietnamese by visiting the Archdiocese of Philadelphia web site, www.archdiocese-phl.org. State-of-the art streaming video allows viewers to join Cardinal Rigali as he prays the Rosary along with Monsignor Joseph T. Trinh, Pastor of Saint Helena Parish and students from Saint Helena Parish School in the Olney section of Philadelphia.

This is the third time that this technology has been used by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as a tool to allow anyone, anywhere, to pray with Cardinal Rigali at any time of day. In June, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia posted Pray the Rosary in English to the web site, which featured six grade students from Visitation Blessed Virgin Mary Parish School from the Kensington section of Philadelphia. In September, students from Saint Peter the Apostle Parish School in Philadelphia prayed the Rosary along with Cardinal Rigali in Spanish.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali And Mayor Street Announce Openings Of New Beacon Programs In Five Select Catholic Schools

November 30, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI AND MAYOR STREET ANNOUNCE OPENINGS OF NEW BEACON PROGRAMS IN FIVE SELECT CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

PHILADELPHIA, PA --Today, in a beautifully restored auditorium in St. Martin de Porres Catholic School at 23rd and Lehigh in North Philadelphia, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Mayor John F. Street, announced an unprecedented new partnership to install Beacon Programs in St. Martin de Porres and four other Catholic schools across the city. Beacons are community centers located in schools that serve all families living in the same neighborhood. Beacons are a strategy for building supportive communities and academic success for children, youth and families in urban communities. The other Archdiocese schools receiving Beacon Programs are St. Frances de Sales (917 South 47th), Nativity BVM School (2541 East Madison), Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (344 North Felton), and St. Veronica (3521 North 6th). Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will administer the programs. The total number of Beacons citywide now stands at 30.

Cardinal Rigali remarked upon the cooperative venture, "I recognize and appreciate Mayor Street's leadership in reaching out to the Archdiocese to develop the Beacon program in Catholic schools. The Archdiocese fully supports the City of Philadelphia's initiatives to focus resources and programming on violence reduction and youth development by serving children before crises occur in their lives. The mission of Catholic Social Services to address the needs of children, youth and families dates back to the mid-19th century. The work has changed over the years but the commitment remains. "

"This is a great day for hundreds of children and families in these five communities," said Mayor Street. "Beacons have been proven to be effective 'safe havens' for children and adults. They support community safety, while providing educational assistance and enrichment to children and adults alike. The Beacons are a pivotal component of our broader emphasis on prevention programs to reduce the incidence of crime and violence committed by and against young people. I thank Cardinal Rigali for agreeing to this unique partnership for the benefit of the city's most at-risk children and families."

The goals of the City's 30 Beacon Programs are as follows:
- Establish "safe havens" for the communities' children, youth and adults;
- Support community safety and organization;
- Provide educational assistance and enrichment;
- Expand youth development and leadership; and
- Offer employment and training activities and opportunities for youth and adults.
Beacons are a research-based model first introduced in New York City and subsequently replicated in major cities throughout the nation. Beacons offer a wide array of services and supports for children, youth and adults alike, including:
- Academic enrichment, i.e., tutoring, literacy activities, homework support, ESL
- Youth leadership i.e., peer mentoring and community service projects
- Recreational and cultural arts activities
- Job training and preparation
- Child care and early enrichment
- Parenting classes and peer support groups
- Information and referrals, i.e., employment, counseling, health
- Community gatherings and cultural events
- Medical and mental health services
- Basic needs assistance (food, clothing, housing assistance)
Philadelphia Safe and Sound, one of the region's leading child advocacy organizations, has been charged by the City of Philadelphia with serving as an intermediary to support and guide funding and program implementation for Beacon Programs. Safe and Sound manages the programs and provides training, technical assistance and best practice support.

The city funds many faith-based after school programs but the seeds of the City's partnership with the Archdiocese can be traced back to the spring of 2006 when Mayor Street introduced the concept of having a faith-based social service provider that was connected to a school system. Given the network of schools providing Catholic education in Philadelphia, the Archdiocese emerged as a top candidate to administer the five new Beacon Programs.

Philadelphia Safe and Sound led the planning process for identification of zip codes for Beacon location placement and RFP development for the new programs. The following six zip codes were chosen as the targeted areas for new Beacon Programs for FY2007.
- 19143- Southwest
- 19134- Bridesburg/Richmond/Kensington
- 19121- Lower North
- 19139- West
- 19140- Upper North
- 19132- Upper North

These zip codes were chosen because of the high rates of indicators that adversely affect youth well being, including:
- New child abuse and neglect cases
- Part One Major Crime Arrests, ages 7-23
- Juvenile Arrests for drug-related offenses (youth ages 17 and under)
- Victims of Homicide, ages 7-24
- Gunshot Victims, ages 7-24

Philadelphia Safe and Sound shared this information with Catholic Social Services (CSS), an experienced after school provider. along with information on minimum standards for Beacon facilities and administration. Based on all information provided, CSS identified several locations as potential Beacon sites.

The School Administrators for each of the approved Archdiocese Beacon sites have demonstrated support for the induction of Beacon Centers at their Catholic school.

Each approved site is geographically situated within close proximity to public schools and will serve TANF-eligible students that attend both public and private schools in the targeted neighborhood. These schools have a long history of providing services to the communities for whom they will be providing Beacon Programs. The introduction of Beacons within each community will build on established relationships and create new services to better provide safe havens and quality programming to children, adults and families during out of school time.

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Cardinal Justin Rigali To Host Annual Christmas Party For Children

December 4, 2006

CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI TO HOST ANNUAL
CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR CHILDREN

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will host the 51st annual Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children for approximately 400 children of different races, ages and religions. All the children who attend the party received services from community or residential agencies of Catholic Social Services this year. The party begins with a colorful parade, followed by presents and entertainment.

Thursday, December 14, 2006
Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel
17th Street between Vine and Race Streets
Philadelphia



1:15 p.m. -- Cardinal Rigali will greet children in hotel lobby

2:30 p.m. -- Parade of marching bands, clowns and jugglers enters ballroom

Cardinal Rigali will speak to the children after the parade as will Reverend Monsignor Joseph Tracy, Secretary for Catholic Human Services. There will be a short play at 2:50 p.m. and Santa Claus will arrive at 3:00 p.m. to give gifts to all the children.

The Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children not only provides entertainment and presents for the children, it also raises funds to support programs of Catholic Social Services throughout the year. Catholic Social Services assists more than 143,000 children, adults and families throughout the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties).

As in past years, the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel will generously provide its services for this event. Mr. Daniel H. Polett, owner and president of Lexus of Chester Springs and Wilkie Lexus, is the event chairperson. Deacon John Hunter, president of J.E. Caldwell & Co. Jewelers, is the event coordinator. Hundreds of students from Catholic high schools throughout the Archdiocese and from Immaculata University will provide the entertainment.

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Local Teens Will "skate With Santa" <italics>fundraiser To Benefit Children In Need<italics>

December 4, 2006

LOCAL TEENS WILL "SKATE WITH SANTA"
Fundraiser to Benefit Children in Need

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

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Monday, December 4, 2006
Palace Roller Rink
11586 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19116


The monies raised will benefit "Operation Santa Claus," the non-denominational annual toy drive sponsored by the Archdiocese. The teens are members of youth programs in the Archdiocese, the Catholic Youth Organization and Community Service Corps. This year, with the help of schools, parishes and businesses, "Operation Santa Claus" will provide toys to over 6,000 needy children in the Philadelphia area.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. $6.00 including skate rental. Inline skates are an additional $2.00. For more information please contact Kathy Pfeffer in the Office for Youth and Young Adults, Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 215-965-4635(office) or 610-637-1490 (cell).

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Meredith Wilson
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Cardinal Rigali To Visit 39th Annual Operation Santa Claus Wrapping Center

December 12, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO VISIT 39TH ANNUAL OPERATION SANTA CLAUS WRAPPING CENTER

For the 39th year in a row, teens from across the Archdiocese will be gathering for two straight weeks to collect, sort, wrap and tag toys that will be delivered to over 700 families in need. The students are members of either the Community Service Corps in their Catholic high school or a member of their parish youth ministry. The "elves" will be working on:

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 and Thursday, December 14, 2006
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Operation Santa Claus Wrapping Center
1818 Market Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia


Cardinal Rigali will visit the wrapping center on:

Thursday, December 14, 2006
4:15 p.m.
Operation Santa Claus Wrapping Center
1818 Market Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia


"Elves" from Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School, Cardinal O'Hara High School and St. Joseph's Preparatory School will be at the Operation Santa Clause Wrapping Center on Thursday, December 14, 2006.

Operation Santa Clause started in 1967 when 12 Archdiocesan teenagers wanted to help 10 families in need in their area. They dressed up like Santa and his elves and delivered toys to the families. The Archdiocesan tradition grew from that selfless act.

For more information please contact Tricia Manion, Director of the Office for Youth and Young Adults, Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 215-965-4637.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Philadelphia Catholic League Petitions To Join Piaa District Xii Of The School District Of Philadelphia

December 12, 2006

PHILADELPHIA CATHOLIC LEAGUE PETITIONS TO JOIN PIAA DISTRICT XII OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA

PHILADELPHIA - School District of Philadelphia officials hosted a joint press conference with the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) to officially announce plans for the PCL to join the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the District's Education Center, 440 N. Broad St.

In making the announcement Bishop McFadden, who oversees Catholic education in the Archdiocese said, "The Philadelphia Catholic League has an 86-year tradition of excellence on and off the field of play. We believe that this partnership advances those years of tradition and will positively affect the students of the Philadelphia region."

Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia announced that the Archdiocesan high schools within the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) will petition the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) to join District XII of the School District of Philadelphia. Bishop McFadden was be joined by Paul Vallas, CEO of the School District of Philadelphia, Martin Bednarek, Commissioner of the School Reform Commission; and Bradley R. Cashman, PIAA Executive Director.

School District of Philadelphia officials also expressed their enthusiasm for the new alignment. "PCL student athletes will now be afforded improved sporting and scholarship opportunities statewide," said Paul Vallas, School District of Philadelphia CEO."

District XII of the PIAA is comprised of a total of 58 participating schools, with 45 Philadelphia high schools and 13 charter schools. The Philadelphia Catholic League includes 17 of the 20 Archdiocesan Catholic high schools, as well as several private Catholic schools. Archdiocesan Catholic high schools educate approximately 21,000 students.

"We are truly excited to host this historic event and welcome the addition of the PCL with open arms into the PIAA District XII," said School Reform Commissioner Martin Bednarek.

Also attending the news conference were five student sophomore athletes from Archdiocesan schools teams that have previously won the Catholic League Championship in various fall sports. When these students are seniors, teams that win Catholic League Championships will then be able to compete with PIAA teams.

Archdiocesan high schools that are members of the PCL will petition the PIAA and the District XII committee to join as of July 1, 2008. The 2007-2008 school year will be a transition period, where all PCL competitions, schedules and guidelines will be conducted under the rules, regulations and policies of the PIAA during that year.

"We are very pleased to be announcing the historic partnership with the PIAA. The Archdiocese would like to thank Paul Vallas for this opportunity and state Representative Gene DiGirolamo, the chair for legislative oversight of the PIAA, for his insight and constant support," said Bishop McFadden said.

An exploratory meeting was held on March 28, 2006 at the Archdiocesan Office Center between officials of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education to discuss the possibility of the Philadelphia Catholic League joining the Association. The committee was comprised of Archdiocesan administrators, high school presidents, principals and athletic directors, who offered recommendations to the Office of Catholic Education and to Bishop McFadden.

The School District of Philadelphia is the nation's seventh largest public school district, with approximately 200,000 students in grades K through 12 in more than 260 schools. Beginning in September of 2006, for the first time in thirty years, the School District of Philadelphia will unveil four new innovative high schools, including High School of the Future, Academy at Palumbo, Constitution High School, and the Franklin Institute's Science Leadership Academy in the same 2006-2007 school year as part of its $1.5 billion Capital Plan and sweeping education reform originally announced in 2003 The goal is to provide more school choice in high schools, academic support programs for struggling students and exemplary programs in every neighborhood secondary school.

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'picturing Mary' To Debut In Philadelphia On Christmas Eve

December 18, 2006

'PICTURING MARY' TO DEBUT IN PHILADELPHIA ON CHRISTMAS EVE

Picturing Mary, a high-definition one-hour documentary that explores how images of the Blessed Virgin Mary reflect the traditions and cultures of the people who create them, is set to debut this month on public television stations across the country. Picturing Mary is narrated by actress Jane Seymour and includes masterpieces and little-known works of art. Picturing Mary will air in the Philadelphia area on Sunday, December 24, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. on WHYY and WHYY-HD.

The artwork featured throughout the program was filmed in their original settings where they were intended to be viewed hundreds of years ago, in eight countries including Italy, Belgium, Mexico and Ethiopia.

Picturing Mary is in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB), Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) and New York public television 13/WNET. For more information about Picturing Mary, please visit www.picturingmary.com.

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Archdiocesan Priest Removed Following Allegation Of Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

December 19, 2006

ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST REMOVED FOLLOWING
ALLEGATION OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR

In September of 2005 the Archdiocese of Philadelphia restricted the ministry of Reverend John J. Mulholland following the intense public scrutiny upon his ministry. Father Mulholland was instructed to refrain from any public exercise of his priestly ministry. He did not celebrate or concelebrate Mass publicly, or administer any of the Sacraments. In October 2005, shortly after Father Mulholland's removal from ministry, the Archdiocese received an allegation dating back to the mid- 1970's that Father Mulholland had sexually abused a minor. Upon receipt of this allegation, the Archdiocese immediately reported it to the civil authorities.

As called for in The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People which was approved by the U.S. Bishops in 2002, Cardinal Rigali sought the consultation of the Archdiocesan Review Board and a preliminary investigation of this allegation was conducted. At the conclusion of the preliminary investigation, Cardinal Rigali accepted the Review Board's determination that there was sufficient information to substantiate an allegation of sexual abuse as defined by the Charter.

As a result of this finding, Cardinal Rigali has decided that Father Mulholland will not be restored to ministry in the Archdiocese. In accord with Canon Law, the case must now be referred to the Holy See.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recognizes that this announcement may be painful to anyone who has experienced sexual abuse in their life. If someone needs assistance or wishes to talk about this situation please contact the Victim Assistance Program for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780.

Father Mulholland was ordained in 1965. Since that time he has served in the following parishes/ministries: Saint Patrick, Kennett Square; Saint Joseph, Warrington; Saint Anastasia, Newtown Square; Blessed Virgin Mary, Darby; Holy Child, Philadelphia; Stella Maris, Philadelphia; St. Francis of Assisi, Norristown; Immaculate Conception, Levittown and Immaculate Mary Home, Philadelphia.

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Cardinal Rigali Signs Interfaith Statement Opposing Denial Of The Holocaust

December 19, 2006

Cardinal Rigali Signs Interfaith Statement Opposing Denial of the Holocaust

Cardinal Rigali has joined other interfaith leaders in the Philadelphia area as a signatory on a statement in light of a conference in Iran that questioned the existence of the Holocaust.

One of the lessons the civilized world must draw from the Holocaust and other genocides is that to stand by idly in the face of evil is to be morally complicit. It is out of that belief that we, the undersigned representatives of Philadelphia's faith communities, must speak out in strong condemnation and abhorrence of the attempt by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to cast doubt upon the factuality of the destruction of over six million Jewish men, women and children as well as millions
of people of other nationalities by the Nazis and their allies in the last century.

Any claim of objectivity or alleged attempts at understanding historical truth is belied by President Ahmadinejad's warm welcome to well known racists, anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers. His repeated calls for the destruction of Israel and his well-documented contempt for the Jewish people are more than ample evidence of the motivation underlying this conference.

It is incumbent upon all people of decency to always recall where hatred of our fellow human beings has led and to vow that their memory will be an inspiration to approach all with love and compassion.


Signed by:

Reverend James S. Allen, Moderator, Eastern Pennsylvania Baptist Association

Reverend Luis Cortes, President Nueva Esperanza and Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia

Reverend Ed Gehres, Executive Presbyter of the Philadelphia Presbytery

Rabbi David Gutterman, Director VAAD: Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelelphia

Imam Muhammad Abdur-Razzaq Miller, Mosque of Shaikh M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

Reverend F. Russel Mitman, Conference Minister, Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ

His Eminence Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Burt Siegel, Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Archbishop Stefan Soroka , Metropolitan for Ukrainian Catholics in the USA

Reverend James Moore, President of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity

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Cardinal Rigali Will Make Christmas Visit To Women's Prison

December 20, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI WILL MAKE CHRISTMAS VISIT TO WOMEN'S PRISON

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will visit the women of Riverside Correctional Facility (RCF) of the Philadelphia Prison System to celebrate Mass for approximately 200 women and spend time with the inmates. Cardinal Rigali has visited the Philadelphia Prison System several times but this is his first visit to the women's facility.

Cardinal Rigali will be greeted by the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Prison System, Leon A. King II, and Warden Louis Giorla. Participating in the liturgy will be Father Gregory Cozzubbo, Chaplain of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Prison Ministry Program who is also Director of Chaplaincy Services at RCF and Deacon Robert Skavinski, a volunteer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Prison Ministry Program who is also a Deacon at St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish in Yardley. Inmates will participate in the liturgy as readers and altar servers.

Friday, December 22, 2006
10:00 a.m. Mass
7901 State Road
Northeast Philadelphia



Cardinal Rigali first made a pastoral visit to the Philadelphia Prison System during Christmas 2003, shortly after he was installed as Archbishop of Philadelphia, when he celebrated a liturgy for the inmates of the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. Last Christmas, Cardinal Rigali visited Curran-Fromhold Correction Facility in Northeast Philadelphia, where he celebrated Mass and visited with the men. In December 2004, Cardinal Rigali visited Graterford Prison.

Riverside Correction Facility opened in June 2004 and houses approximately 768 women inmates of the Philadelphia Prison System.

Editor's Note: Media planning to cover are kindly asked to contact Mr. Bob Eskind, Public Information Officer for the Philadelphia Prison System, at 215-685-7888. Not all inmates wish to be on camera. Prison staff will seat inmates who agree to be on camera in a designated area.

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Cardinal Rigali Celebrates Christmas Liturgies Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul 18th Street And Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia

December 20, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS LITURGIES
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Christmas Eve: Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, is the celebrant and homilist of all Masses
- 5:00 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass
- 7:30 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass Please note that the Archdiocesan Boy Choir will be singing carols at 7:00 p.m.

Midnight Mass
- Please note that beginning at 11:00 p.m. there will be a festival of Christmas Carols and other sacred choral works performed by the Cathedral Basilica Choir and the Cathedral Basilica Brass Quartet.
- 12:00 a.m.- Music provided by the Cathedral Basilica Choir and the Cathedral Basilica Brass Quartet.


Editor's Note: Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral. Television Crews please contact Father Daniel Kearns with any technical questions, 215-888-0305 cell.


Christmas
- Christmas Day in the Cathedral: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. There will not be a mult-box feed.
Masses will be celebrated by the priests of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Media planning to cover any Masses at the Cathedral are asked to call the Cathedral Rectory at 215-561-1313 and leave a message.


Cardinal Rigali will be the celebrant and homilist for Christmas Mass at 10:30 a.m Visitation Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 196 North Trooper Road, Trooper, Montgomery County. If there are any questions please contact Visitation B.V.M. directly at 610-539-5572.

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Cardinal Rigali's Christmas Message

December 21, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Below is Cardinal Justin Rigali's Christmas Letter to be communicated to the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on December 23rd and 24th. Please feel free to quote from the letter or to print it in its entirety.


Christmas 2006

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

May the grace and peace of God our Father be with you and your families as we celebrate the Birth of His Son!

The festive days of the Christmas season, from the Nativity of the Lord to the Feast of the Epiphany, give us time to rejoice in the inestimable gift which the Father has made to us in His Son, Jesus. God's loving plan of salvation begins to unfold in the birth of the Christ Child and, at the same time, humanity begins to see what God will make possible for us through His Son.

Blessed Columba Marmion tells that, "All our holiness comes down to participating, through grace, in the Divine Sonship of Christ Jesus: to being, through supernatural adoption, what Christ is by nature." What a privilege God the Father has given us in calling us to be His sons and daughters!

We know that this great privilege brings with it an equally great responsibility. It is the responsibility to live as Christ lives, to speak as He speaks and to teach what He commands us. May these days of Christmas joy deepen our resolve to live as true sons and daughters of the eternal Father and heirs to the life of grace.

Sincerely in Christ,


Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia

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Santa And His Elves On Their Way To Needy Children The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia's 39th Annual Operation Santa Claus

December 22, 2006

SANTA AND HIS ELVES ON THEIR WAY
TO NEEDY CHILDREN
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 39th Annual Operation Santa Claus

175 teams consisting of four teenagers per team will spend Christmas Eve delivering toys to families in need throughout the Philadelphia area. The teen volunteers from Archdiocesan youth programs will dress as Santa and his elves and meet at St. Joseph's Preparatory School before delivering the toys.

Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24, 2006
12:45pm -1:45pm.
Saint Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia


Approximately 30,000 toys will be delivered to 6,000 needy children. The toys were collected from donation boxes at all branches of Beneficial Bank, Archdiocesan parishes and a number of Philadelphia businesses.

The Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant for the closing liturgy attended by approximately 700 people.

4:45 p.m.
Closing Liturgy
Drexelbrook Country Club
Drexelbrook Drive & Valley Road
Drexel Hill, Delaware County


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* SPECIAL EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of confidentiality, the media are asked NOT to accompany the teens to the homes of the families receiving toys. However, you may obtain footage of the teens gathering and preparing to make deliveries from St. Joseph's Preparatory School. Contact St. Joseph's Preparatory School on Christmas Eve: Dan Cellucci 610-613-7557.

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Meredith Wilson
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December 29, 2006

ARCHDIOCESE JOINS COMMEMORATION OF NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING

Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass to mark the National Day of Mourning on Tuesday, January 2, 2007. President George W. Bush has designated the day for prayer in remembrance of the late President Gerald R. Ford.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007
12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


During the Mass led by Bishop Cistone, prayers will be offered for civic leaders, especially leaders in government.

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


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