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U.S. Catholics asked to pray for bishops as Communion document is drafted

As regional discussions begin in preparation for a teaching document by this fall "on the beauty and power of the Eucharist," USCCB President Archbishop Jose Gomez asked for prayers.

Delco officials look to convert archdiocesan land into park

Municipal leaders announced June 16 they plan to convert the 213-acre former site of the Don Guanella Village into a park. A decade ago, residents transitioned to cottage-based living, where they play an active role in shaping their care.

Catholic school grad named to no. 2 post at NASA

Pamela Melroy, an alumna of a Catholic high school in New York and a renowned astronaut, adds a major distinction to her long list of accomplishments: deputy administrator for NASA.

Great need to understand Eucharist, key bishop says

The U.S. bishops Doctrine Committee will draft the forthcoming document on the Eucharist, and it's chair, Bishop Kevin Rhoades explained its importance and misconceptions about its purpose.

PreK graduates off to ‘greatness and good things’

More than three dozen little learners received their diplomas June 18 from the Casa del Carmen Preschool Academy, a top-rated early learning center operated by archdiocesan Catholic Social Services.

Pa. bishop among prelates named to Vatican’s supreme court

Pope Francis has named Bishop Mark L. Bartchak of Altoona-Johnstown and U.S. Cardinals Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, and James M. Harvey in Rome to be among the 12 members of the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican's highest court.

North Philadelphia Catholic church damaged in arson

Doors at St. Veronica Church were badly damaged June 19 when an "incendiary device" sparked a blaze that was quickly controlled without injuries. The fire came amidst a two-week parish missionary outreach in surrounding neighborhoods.

Frazzled as a father? It’s OK to ask for help in being a dad, says social worker

Fathers can count on archdiocesan Catholic Social Services for everything from diapers to parenting classes, said Maritherese Mitchell of the agency's Bucks County Family Service Center.

Bishops OK draft of framework for marriage, family life ministry

The U.S. bishops approved a draft document that provides a pastoral framework meant to strengthen marriage and family ministry in parishes and dioceses.

St. Eleanor Parish’s youth to hold clothing drive in June

The youth ministry group of the Collegeville, Montgomery County parish will accept clothes, shoes and small household items at the church June 26-27 to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society's outreach.