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Catholic Charities Appeal aims to give hope to all in need

Archbishop Charles Chaput launched this year's annual appeal. With a goal of $12.5 million, funds go toward 180 ministries of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, including a program helping drug-addicted women find recovery, a home -- and hope.

Workshop looks beyond the church bulletin to digital connections

Reaching young people, especially, and drawing them to Mass is harder than ever if a parish only uses the venerable bulletin. Next month parish leaders can learn about digital tools to communicate easily with parishioners.

Area pro-lifers get inside look at insidious abortions

At the Pro-Life Summit in Philadelphia on Jan. 14, a newspaper columnist and film producer discussed the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, and how many turned a blind eye to his clinic's murderous practice.

Prayer service honoring Dr. King challenges attitudes on race

At the annual Archdiocesan Gathering Monday night, black people and white people discussed candidly their personal biases and experiences with racism. The conversations will continue at three other Catholic churches this winter.

Two Northeast Philadelphia parishes plan for sustainability

Our Lady of Ransom and Resurrection of Our Lord are beginning the archdiocesan parish planning initiative, which may result in a merger or parish partnership. A decision is expected by the spring.

Mass honors years of service by 236 religious educators in archdiocese

Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrated Mass Jan. 14 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul for parish directors of religious education and volunteer catechists, all of whom enjoy teaching the faith to the young.

Archbishop Chaput announces clergy assignment changes

New appointments for four priests of the Philadelphia Archdiocese were announced Jan. 13.

Philadelphians set to add their numbers to March for Life in D.C.

Parishioners and groups are ready for the Jan. 27 annual rally in Washington, D.C. Many pro-lifers feel encouraged by President-elect Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated a week earlier. Local events begin this Saturday.

In Germantown, Vincentians worldwide plan global service to the poor

Fourteen delegates representing 200 religious congregations in the Vincentian family of priests, sisters and lay people met this week to plan works of charity, especially for all homeless people, for the next year.

After 36 years of feeding the hungers of the human family, Ayella retires

Anne Healy Ayella retired this month from archdiocesan Nutritional Development Services, where she helped feed countless people through food drives, to care for her granddaughter. She will stay active with Catholic Relief Services locally.