Local priest awarded for essay on outreach to pregnant parishioners
Father Gus Puleo, pastor of mostly Hispanic St. Patrick Parish in Norristown, had had enough of burying babies. So he launched a prenatal health clinic for his undocumented parishioners. Seminarians aid the clinic with their Spanish skills.
Archbishop Chaput urges Trump order on religious freedom
Archbishop Charles Chaput and three other U.S. bishops called on the president Feb. 16 to sign an executive order "allowing all Americans to practice their faith without severe penalties from the federal government.”
Eucharistic adoration catching on with Lansdale Catholic teens
Holy hours have always been part of the annual retreats at Lansdale Catholic High School, but some 40 students also come to the school on weeknights to adore Christ in the Eucharist. They are even putting down their phones.
Church, community come together to offer prenatal care to women
Read Father Gus Puleo's award-winning essay on how medical professionals, seminarians and parish-based health promoters are offering care to immigrant Hispanic women at St. Patrick Parish, Norristown.
Today’s judgment on the past may become tomorrow’s indictment
Just as leaders at Yale will be judged for how they handled the legacy of a renowned, pro-slavery alum, so will our actions be judged, writes seminarian Eric Banecker. We must seek God's will above all, knowing people's opinions are fickle.
Only Congress can fix our antiquated, broken immigration system
Blame for the fears stoked by President Trump's immigration orders lies with the failure of Congress to enact comprehensive reform these past 15 years, writes Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski. Most immigrants in the U.S. without proper documents harm no one but work hard to provide opportunities for their families, he writes.
People and Events
SS. Simon and Jude School delivers presents to 350 needy families
Students, the school community and parishioners collected toys and other gifts as part of the Angel Tree Program of the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity, begun 30 years ago in West Chester by parishioners.
Trump administration urged to do all it can to ‘care for creation’
Quoting Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'," three Catholic leaders wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Feb. 17 urging the Trump administration to do all it can to care for creation both domestically and globally.
Catholic Charismatic Renewal marks 50th anniversary of founding this year
The "Duquesne Weekend" is the acknowledged beginnings of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the United States, which has spread around the world.
New Mexico school a beacon of hope, faith for Native American youth
The presence of Catholic schools is especially needed in some of the poorest areas of the country. By providing a quality education, the church helps young people in poor communities to realize their potential.
The key to parish life: Hello and welcome
What do people want in a parish? A friendly and welcoming atmosphere, for starters. Our package of stories on parish life across the U.S. -- including at Sacred Heart Parish in Royersford -- explores the qualities of healthy parishes.
Church leaders hope Trump does not repeal conflict-minerals provisions
Western firms have been accused of working with violent gangs in Congo to obtain minerals used for producing mobile phones, laptops and other consumer objects, and of allowing trade in resources to perpetuate human rights violations.
Pope’s tip for becoming a saint: Pray for someone who doesn’t like you
A practical first step toward holiness -- as well as for assuring peace in one's family and in the world -- is to pray for a person who has caused offense or harm, Pope Francis said.
Vancouver archbishop: Overdose crisis is ‘devastating families’
Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver called on Catholics to respond to a drug overdose crisis that had been sweeping the city, "cutting across every segment of society, devastating families and communities."
Calendar of Events
St. Patrick’s Day dance coming to St. Francis Xavier Parish
The parish in Philadelphia's Fairmount section is hosting its annual dinner and dance fundraiser March 4. See details on the event including live entertainment, tickets and more.
Five church choirs to sing in Lenten concert in Delaware County
St. John Chrysostom Church in Wallingford will host and participate in the Music of Praise and Peace concert featuring Catholic and Protestant Christian churches on Sunday, March 5.
Michael Novak, noted theologian, philosopher and author, dies at 83
Michael Novak, a Catholic philosopher, theologian and author who was highly regarded for his religious scholarship and intellectual independence, died Feb. 17 at his home in Washington.
Archbishop Chaput's calendar
Archbishop Chaput’s public calendar for Monday, Feb. 20 to Sunday, Feb. 26
See this week's public schedule for Archbishop Chaput.
In Vetter, selflessness is at ‘the heart of the team’
Senior Laura Vetter only transferred to Lansdale Catholic from a public high school last year but she is a valuable first-team contributor who sets the tone for the team, which might advance to the PIAA basketball playoffs.