Catholic school gutted by fire, but 400 students will study at O’Hara
After a July 18 fire destroyed half of Our Lady of Angels School in Morton, Delaware County, officials said their school year will begin at Cardinal O'Hara High School on time in September.
Clergy changes posted for Philadelphia Archdiocese
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announces appointments for four priests, one permanent deacon and a religious brother working in archdiocesan parishes and ministries.
Moms-to-be get a budget bump at Casa del Carmen baby shower
Some 120 pregnant women and their families gathered for baby goods and information at a Northeast Philadelphia parish. Typically held quarterly at Casa's location, the July 14 event was the first at a parish.
New Shrine director helps people ‘share your needs with Mary’
Vincentian Father Michael J. Carroll feels right at home as head of the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Germantown because his mother brought him there as a boy. Now he leads others to the Blessed Mother, and she leads them to Jesus.
Archbishop Chaput's column
Thoughts on the synod: The power of faith
Archbishop Chaput turns his column over to Stefan Johnson, a 26-year-old Philadelphia man and proud Catholic who says young people are longing for clear Catholic teaching and the healing power of Jesus Christ.
Simple act of providing jugs of water in desert prevents migrant deaths
Christian volunteers carry water, food, emergency medical supplies, communication equipment and maps out to the desert daily to help people who are crossing the landscape in southern Arizona.
Cardinal calls all to pray Supreme Court will move to protect life in law
New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan called for a national prayer campaign effort that "the change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life."
CRS student ambassadors stress importance of human dignity to Congress
Preserving current spending levels for disaster relief, health care, nutrition, anti-human trafficking efforts, migration and refugee assistance is a major priority of Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
After investigation, pope accepts resignation of Honduran bishop
The Vatican made the announcement July 20 without specifying the reasons the 57-year-old Auxiliary Bishop Juan Jose Pineda Fasquelle stepped down. The normal retirement age for bishops is 75.
Philippines again orders deportation of Australian nun, who plans appeal
In a 10-page resolution released July 19, the Immigration Bureau found Sister Fox "in violation of the limitations and conditions of her missionary visa" for reportedly joining partisan political activities.
Adoptive parents nervous after raids of Missionaries of Charity homes
Many mothers such question the fate of children already living with adoptive parents, for fear the government will say the process was not followed and their children will be taken away.
Youth & Young Adults
New Anthem program aims to strengthen parish youth ministers
Sprint helps teach youth ministers, who tend to burnout in under a year, how to build up an army of fellow ministers within their parish so that good youth ministry is sustainable even when those ministers move on.
Church must learn new ways, knowing ‘change is painful’
Chris White is ready for this year's World Meeting of Families and the synod of bishops on youth. In both, there's no whitewashing the pain young people feel today, and the church must listen to them.
My name is
A young man out of control tells how to be in a high speed car chase, and how he found Jesus in a movie theater.
Pot-ful of trouble in Canada
An editorial in Canada's national Catholic newspaper argues the nation's new law legalizing marijuana disregards the documented harm that legal pot will inflict on public health, family life and spiritual well-being.
Same-sex identity beginning to trump 10 Commandments
Courts in Canada and the U.S. might say that sexual intimacy is not a sin outside of heterosexual marriage. Rather, it is a practice "central to (personal) identity" and "human dignity," writes John Garvey of this revision of the Decalogue.
Abortion puts spotlight on role of judges in America
Realizing how unwarranted Roe v. Wade is might be a good test for a judge's competence, even if abortion as a moral issue shouldn't be a litmus test for a Supreme Court justice, writes Richard Doerflinger.
Jesus satisfies our hunger for love and life
In Christ, we recognize both our longing and the Lord who can fulfill it, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. Like a good shepherd, Jesus feeds the flock that seeks him.
Readings of the Holy Mass – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Read or listen to the readings before Mass with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.
When Catholic seniors live together before marriage
The issues of cohabitation aren't limited to young people, and older people bring financial considerations to the situation as well, as Father Ken Doyle writes in his Q&A column.
People and Events
St. Lucy Day School principal honored
Sister Lisa Ann Lettiere, I.H.M., was named the Blindness and Low Vision Studies Alumna of the Year 2018 from the Alumni Association of Salus University.
Become a Cathedral Ambassador
The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia is recruiting new individuals throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to welcome visitors and answer questions.
Calendar of Events
St. Ann Carnival and Italian Festival set for Aug. 21-26 in Bristol
The festival will be held at Pond and Dorrance Streets in Bristol, Bucks County, and will feature Italian food, children's rides, basket auction and homemade baked goods.
Montgomery Co. pastor leading trip to South American shrines
Father Paul Brandt is chaplain for a pilgrimage to Mexico, Argentina and Peru visiting Catholic shrines and secular sights, running for 11 days, Oct. 16-26.
Solemn High Tridentine Mass for Feast of the Assumption
Mater Ecclesiae Parish of Berlin, N.J., celebrates its 18th annual traditional Latin Mass Aug. 15 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, featuring the Ars Laudis Festival Chorus and Orchestra.
Across the Aisles: St. Andrew Church, Newtown
Msgr. Michael Picard, pastor of St. Andrew Parish, was the celebrant and homilist for the 12 noon Mass on Sunday, July 15.
Nutritional Development Services kicks off nutritious, blessed summer
The "blessing of summer" event June 28 marked the start of the archdiocesan agency's summer meals program, which partners with federal and state resources to feed kids in the Philadelphia area.
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Separating men from women, but finding aloneness with God
As pilgrims do at the Wailing Wall, we all face each other together but face God alone. We rely on his divine presence in solitude, even in our darkest moments, says Father Matt Guckin in this week's podcast.