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All Catholic Music Festivals is an Archdiocese of Philadelphia music program featuring high school students from the five-county region.
The Mother Boniface Spirituality Center invites you to attend their Advent Preparation retreat “Prepare Your Heart - Advent’s Greatest Invitation” on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Christmas Cathedral Concert
The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul will once again host its annual Christmas Concert on December 10, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. Join the Cathedral Choirs and instrumentalists as they perform works by Gjeilo, Whitacre, and Bettinis as well as beloved Christmas Carols for all to participate. May we all experience the hope, joy, and love of our Lord, throughout Advent and the Christmas season. Purchase tickets here.
Christmas Mass Schedule
Christmas at the Cathedral Basilica is a joyous occasion for all who seek the light of the newborn Savior. Please extend an invitation to your families, friends, and neighbors to join us at the Cathedral Basilica for the Holy Days of Christmas. View the full liturgical schedule here.
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.
Supporting Those with Mental Health Struggles Workshop
The Office for Persons with Disabilities and the Office for the New Evangelization present “Supporting Those with Mental Health Struggles,” a workshop for parish leaders, family members, and friends. The program is designed to give parish leaders, as well as family and friends caring for those with mental health struggles, practical tools to nurture and support. For more information, please click here.
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Eucharistic Congress
The Eucharistic Congress will be held on September 30th at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa (Doylestown). Most Reverend Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington and former Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will serve as the keynote speaker. Mrs. Antonia Acutis, Mother of Blessed Carlo Acutis, will also speak about personal love and devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist. Several speaker tracks are available for various age groups. There be opportunities for Eucharistic adoration, confession, and more.
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.
Gifts made to the Catholic Charities Appeal support close to 180 ministries and programs.
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.
Missionaries of Mercy Commissioning Ceremony
Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will officially commission 10 Archdiocesan priests as Missionaries of Mercy on Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. All are welcome to attend. For more information, please click here.
Nothing Compares to Being There
The Nothing Compares initiative is an opportunity for parishes to issue a heartfelt invitation to parishioners to return to the in-person celebration of the Mass after the many long months of the pandemic. For more information, please click here.
Join Archbishop Pérez in his mission to create a culture of missionary disciples in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia! Subscribe to receive a weekly text from the Archbishop with one action step you can take that week to deepen your friendship with Jesus or grow in your mission to bring Jesus to others. To subscribe text “goforth” to the 84576 or visit https://www.phillydisciples.org/goforth.
¡Únase al Arzobispo Pérez en su misión de crear una cultura de Discípulos Misioneros en la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia! Suscríbase para recibir un mensaje de texto semanal del Arzobispo con una actividad para trabajar durante esa semana. Esta actividad le ayudará a profundizar su amistad con Jesús o a crecer en su misión de llevar a Jesús a los demás. Para subscribirse envíe el texto vayanpues al 202-765-3441 O, visite phillydisciples.org/vayanpues.
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.
Parish Support Initiative
Click here to support your local parish offertory through the Parish Support Initiative
The Voices of Faith Radio Program
Tune into the Voices of Faith radio program monthly for a powerful message of TRUST and HOPE from Archbishop Pérez. The program airs the first Saturday of every month on WPHT/1210am at 5:00 p.m. You can listen to the live broadcast on your Smartphone via the Radio.com app by searching for WPHT. If you miss a show, you can watch it at your convenience on the Voices of Faith YouTube channel.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.