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Restored Nativity scene draws faithful to merged parish community

Ron Dominguez and his friends restored their parish's creche over six years. When the parish merged with Queen of Peace the beloved tradition came along and healed the transition among parishioners old and new.

Parish religious educators honored for teaching Catholic faith

A total of 243 catechists and directors of religious education from throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were honored at the annual Mass and award ceremony for Parish Religious Education Programs (PREP) Saturday at the Cathedral.

Sister Kimberly Kessler takes her solemn vows

The young Sister of the Redeemer professed perpetual vows in the order during a Mass and ceremony in December 2017 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Huntingdon Valley.

Prison inmates inspired by Archbishop Chaput’s visit

Archbishop Charles Chaput visited the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, the largest unit of Philadelphia’s 6,600-inmate prison in Northeast Philadelphia, to celebrate a Christmas season Mass and assure the residents that they are not forgotten.

Across the Aisles: St. Ephrem’s hosts Simbang Gabi devotion

The Bensalem parish opened its doors to an evening Mass Dec. 16 as part of the Filipino Catholic devotion to welcome the Christ child before the feast of the Nativity.

Across the Aisles: Old St. Mary Parish

One of Philadelphia's oldest Catholic churches welcomed faithful parishioners and guests for Mass on the Third Sunday of Advent, celebrated Msgr. Paul DiGirolamo, the pastor.

A sign of Christmas in the heart of the city

Blessing the public Nativity creche has been a Christmas tradition for the past 20 years. Local students joined the rector of the Cathedral Basilica for the annual blessing.

Across the Aisles: St. Thomas More Parish

Members of the parish in South Coventry, Chester County gathered to celebrate the start of the Advent season on Sunday, Dec. 3. After Mass their pastor, Father Edward Brady blessed the Catechesis Center in honor of the retired pastor.

Faithful fill cathedral with love for Our Lady of Guadalupe

Hundreds of Catholics from across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, especially those of Latin American descent or origin, packed the basilica to celebrate the vigil Mass for the "Mother of the Americas" on Monday night, Dec. 11.

Come and see, come and sing

Hundreds of Catholics came to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on Sunday, Dec. 10 for a day of tours of the campus in Wynnewood and a festive concert of sacred and seasonal music by the seminarians.