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Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez Sends Letter To The Catholic Asian Community On The Occasion Of The Lunar New Year

Publish date: February 16, 2024

Together with the people of the Catholic Church in Philadelphia, I send warm greetings and prayerful best wishes to the Asian Catholic Community who recently ushered in the Lunar New Year.

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Mass of Episcopal Ordination

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Keith J. Chylinski, Bishop-elect Christoper R. Cooke, and Bishop-elect Efren V. Esmilla, our new Auxiliary Bishops, will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2024 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Watch the historic live broadcast on Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook page, or by clicking here.

CRS Rice Bowl

Faithful from The Archdiocese of Philadelphia are once again joining Catholics throughout the country by participating in Rice Bowl, an initiative of Catholic Relief Services. This faith-in-action program provides a tangible way to incorporate prayer, fasting, and almsgiving into our Lenten journeys. This year’s Rice Bowl initiative takes place Wednesday, February 14, 2024 through Saturday, March 30, 2024. Click here to learn more

CCA 2024

Gifts made to the Catholic Charities Appeal support close to 180 ministries and programs.

Mass for Persons with Disabilities & the Deaf Community

The Annual Archdiocesan Mass Honoring the Gifts of Persons with Disabilities, The Deaf Community, Family, Friends and Caregivers is Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 3:00 pm at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Phila.  Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will be the principal celebrant and homilist. A reception will follow the Mass.  All are welcome.  For more information click here. To RSVP click here.

Cultural Heritage Mass

The Annual Cultural Heritage Mass will take place on Sunday, March 16, 2024, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. This Mass highlights the rich diversity of the Catholic community throughout our local Church. Most Reverend Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will preside, and participants will wear attire reflecting their countries of origin. Readings and prayers will be proclaimed in different languages, and multilingual music will be provided by several choirs.

Parish Support Initiative

Click here to support your local parish offertory through the Parish Support Initiative

Eucharistic Revival

Click here to read an introductory letter from Reverend Joseph Shenosky, Archdiocesan Coordinator for the Eucharistic Revival. Click here for more information.

Synod on Synodality

The “Synod on Synodality: Communion, Participation, and Mission” is a two-year process of listening and dialogue beginning in 2021 and concluding in 2023. ​To learn more about the synod, please click here.

Archbishop’s Commission for Missionary Disciples

The Archbishop’s Commission for Missionary Disciples launched in the Summer of 2020. Since that time, the Commission has been praying, studying, consulting and planning to generate initiatives that will tap into the wellspring of grace in the heart of the Church and allow the power of Jesus Christ to transform our local Church. We invite you to be part of the mission! Click here for more information.

Archbishop’s Benefit for Children

The Archbishop’s Benefit for Children (ABC) is a year-round fundraising initiative that provides vital support for Catholic Social Services’ programs designed to care for children and young people in need throughout the Philadelphia region. They provide help and create hope for thousands of children each year, including children with disabilities, at-risk children, and dependent or court-adjudicated youth. For more information or to make a donation in support of the ABC, please click here.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Missionaries of Mercy

Missionaries of Mercy are priests commissioned by the Holy Father to promote the duty of all priests to “hear confessions and preach on behalf of and promote the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” In addition, they have authority from the Holy Father to pardon certain sins reserved to the Holy See. Our local Church rejoices to have 10 more of our priests newly appointed to this ministry. For more information, please click here.

The Culture Project

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez recently welcomed the Culture Project International back home to Philadelphia with great enthusiasm and approved the establishment of a new chapter in our region. Its missionaries are young men and women who will educate youth and young adults in our local Church about the dignity of every human life as well as the freedom and beauty of living out virtue and authentic love. To learn more, please click here.

Charity in Action

Individuals can now sign up for the Secretariat for Catholic Human Services’ interactive monthly e-newsletter, “Charity in Action” here. It illustrates the deeply positive impact CHS has on our local communities and the good works of its three divisions—Catholic Social Services, Catholic Housing and Community Services, and Nutritional Development Services.

The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia

The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia (CFGP) is an independent, nonprofit community foundation committed to growing philanthropy according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Grounded in the principles of faith and service, CFGP meets the diverse needs of donors and Catholic institutions through charitable fund management and development consulting. Our services ensure an investment in the future of our faith. To learn more about CFGP, visit TheCFGP.org.

CatholicPhilly

CatholicPhilly, the official digital news agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, helps readers grow in their faith as Missionary Disciples by providing local Church-first news stories, engaging photo features, and guest commentaries threaded with rich faith formation content. Click here to sign up for CatholicPhilly’s free weekly e-newsletter

Catholic Schools

With 117 schools across five counties, find a school that is right for you. Explore the Archdiocese’s Elementary, Secondary, Special Education and Early Childhood Programs.

The Catholic Faith Network

The Catholic Faith Network’s mission is to proclaim the teachings of our Lord to the Catholic Community and beyond using media in all forms. The Archdiocese is proud to be a media partner with CFN.

“Called to Service” Documentary

On September 22, 2022, the Office of Permanent Deacons released “Called to Service,” a 9-minute documentary on the Permanent Diaconate in Philadelphia. The short video was produced by Emmy award-winning, Joyful Films and answers the question “Who is the deacon?”.  To watch “Called to Service”, please click here.

The Institute for Christian Formation

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary recently launched the Institute for Christian Formation. The Institute offers a dynamic, new program of spiritual formation and development for men and women in a non-degree/non-credit format. Through small, interactive sessions led by acclaimed SCB faculty members and other vibrant speakers, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their faith. For more information, please click here.

Creation Care (EcoPhilly)

In response to Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si, EcoPhilly’s mission is to establish a network of creation care teams throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that achieve measurable improvements in their local environment. To learn more about this initiative or to become involved, please click here.

Archdiocesan Audited Financial Statements and Additional Financial Information

For copies of current audited financial statements for entities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as well as information about the Archdiocesan Finance Council and parish financial policies, please click here.

Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting System

CBAR is a service operated by Convercent, Inc. an independent, third-party entity that provides intake services to private institutions for reports of sensitive topics such as sexual harassment through a secure, confidential, and professional platform. Individuals may go to ReportBishopAbuse.org to file a report or call (800) 276-1562.

File an EthicsPoint Report

The Archdiocese has selected EthicsPoint to provide you with a way to anonymously and confidentially report actual or possible violations of financial policies. 

Hope in Christ: Spiritual Support for Addiction

The Church desires to be close to her children who are struggling with addiction and to bring them the healing power of Jesus Christ’s love. Visit our Hope in Christ website to find Catholic resources, ongoing support, testimonies and events to spiritually support you and your loved ones in the journey towards recovery: archphila.org/hope.

The Holy See

The official website of the Holy See is available in six languages. This website is updated regularly with news about Pope Francis, the Vatican, and issues facing the Church and the World.

Archbishop Emeritus Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

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Pastoral Support for Families in Crisis

The Saint Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, Faith offers pastoral accompaniment for those affected by divorce and separation and families in crisis.  They are headquartered in Philadelphia and the office is in Skippack, PA. For more information about the foundation, please click here.  Please subscribe to their YouTube Channel at Philly Nonnatus to receive notifications about upcoming podcasts.  Subscribe by clicking here.

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia is dedicated to providing general gynecologic care, natural family planning education and infertility services – all while honoring the sanctity of each human life, the dignity of women and the integrity of marriage. To learn more about the center, please click here.