Holy Family Home to be rebuilt on same Southwest Phila. site
The Little Sisters of the Poor, caring for the elderly poor in the city for 150 years, have begun a project to replace their 1970s-era facility at a cost of up to $45 million -- entirely on donations.
Priest rallies law enforcement to brighten kids’ night
Dozens of Philadelphia police gathered on Oct. 9 to flash their car lights outside of Shriners Hospital for Children. Oblate Father Steven Wetzel organized the local version of "Good Night Lights," a movement that has spread throughout the nation.
Five Catholic grade schools in archdiocese get national honors
Five local Catholic grade schools -- Cardinal Foley Regional, Mary Mother of the Redeemer, St. Pius X, St. Thomas the Apostle and SS. Colman-John Neumann -- have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Penn-Drexel Newman opens new Catholic ministry center
A ribbon cutting last weekend for the new facility serving Penn and Drexel students plus residents of University City led celebrations tied to Cardinal John Henry Newman, who will be named a saint Oct. 13.
People and Events
Caring for Friends touts awardees who aid the hungry
The Northeast Philadelphia organization formerly known as Aid for Friends will honor five community leaders working to end hunger and loneliness among the city's seniors and families.
IDs give parishioners way to say, ‘I belong,’ regardless of legal status
Supported by law enforcement and interfaith leaders, parishes in a Texas diocese will issue identification cards for immigrants, who previously ceased coming to church out of fear for leaving their homes.
Resettlement agencies await final word on refugee number U.S. will allow
The people who help refugees from around the world resettle in the Nashville area and across Tennessee are waiting to see if the Trump administration's decision to reduce the number of refugees to be admitted to the country to 18,000 in the next fiscal year
Immigrant domestic abuse victims fear reporting abuse
Amid changing immigration laws and deportation threats, advocates and lawyers have seen a decrease in immigrants who are victims of domestic violence seeking help and reporting abuse to law enforcement.
God in all things: Synod looks at indigenous ‘theology of creation’
Many Amazonian indigenous peoples consider the natural world sacred because God is present in all of creation, and at the Rome synod on the Amazon, Pope Francis urged respect for their worldview and cultures.
Advocates to Trump: Don’t desert Christians, Yazidis, Kurds in Syria
Christians concerned with religious freedom violations resulting from the Turkish military offensive on northeastern Syria are urging U.S. President Donald Trump to "reconsider and reverse" his decision to move American troops out of the way of a Turkish incursion.
Women religious should have vote at synod, theologian says
While the Catholic Church has made strides to include the voice of women, especially in the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, women should be included among synod voting members and in church leadership positions, a German theologian said.
Archbishop Chaput's column
Domestic violence and our respect for life
Every October, we reaffirm the sanctity of human life, but it's also a time to focus on women and families suffering abuse at home, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. The Catholic Church offers a variety of resources that can raise awareness of this issue and offer healing.
Catholic Charismatics praise gifts of Spirit at conference
The annual Philadelphia Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference drew faithful Oct. 5 for 12 hours of praise and worship music, rosary, confessions, eucharistic adoration, talks by speakers, fellowship and Mass.
Scenes from the 2019 Hispanic Heritage Mass
Hundreds of Catholics gathered to celebrate their roots in the faith and their homeland for the annual Mass Saturday, Oct. 5 at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Philadelphia.
Procession of saints, Italian Festival mark St. Nicholas’ festivities
St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in South Philadelphia celebrated its annual feast Sunday, Oct. 6 with a procession of statues of saints, benediction and nine hours of entertainment and food.
Our Changing Church
Fewer in number, Father and Sister can’t minister alone
An analysis of the number of priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese over the past 50 years and projections for the next 20 years shows marked decline in numbers available for ministry, and the need for greater participation by lay people.
What that mysterious word ‘church’ really means
That simple and well-worn term is often misunderstood, says a theologian at St. Charles Seminary. The "church" describes God's multinational people, and the parish is where we meet them.
Decline in baptisms, marriages seen as harbinger, call to community
Since 1961 infant baptisms have dropped 79% and Catholic marriages 69% in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, where the long-term trends will inform future planning. A local priest explains the communal experience of sacraments in parishes.
A few thoughts on Sunday Mass attendance
Empty pews are a call to focus on the corporal works of mercy, improved liturgies and homilies, and a relational approach to ministry that favors real authentic conversion over big numbers, says Father Eric Banecker.
Calendar of Events
Steadfast Young Adult Women’s Bible Study by Walking with Purpose
This study will show how scripture and the truths of our church are relevant to our everyday lives and the way to a more peace-filled life. Join the weekly event for a time of great conversation.
True Freedom Conference with Christopher West and Generation Life
Generation Life invites you and the young people in your life to join us for a FREE, galvanizing Pro-Life conference featuring premiere speaker, Christopher West.
Extraordinary Month of Missions – World Mission Rosary Prayer Intentions
The Rosary will be on display at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in the Cathedral Basilica. Visit it daily and weekends, whenever the Cathedral is open. All are invited throughout October, the International Extraordinary Month of Mission, proclaimed by Pope Francis, to come and pray before the Rosary.
Healing and saving all peoples, God is worthy of praise
The Lord's generous love touches wounded bodies and souls in all the earth, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. Giving thanks for the many ways we encounter God's goodness every day is essential.
New ministry offers care for the caregiver
"Nourish for Caregivers" offers emotional, spiritual and practical support to those who dedicate themselves to supporting the elderly and persons with disabilities, writes caregiver consultant Aimee Gustitis.
We should all aspire to John Henry Newman’s intellectual honesty
The 19-century British convert and cardinal, who will be canonized on Oct. 13, paved the way for the Second Vatican Council through his authentic and humble embrace of the Catholic faith in the modern world.
Paying a just price for carbon emissions
In response to rapid and dangerous global warming, carbon pricing creates economic incentives for producers and consumers to reduce their carbon emissions, writes Carolyn Woo. The Vatican-endorsed mechanism places the costs on those who are most responsible for the problem.