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For the love of children

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T ELKINS PARK – Kids tend not to forget the lessons they learned in Nancy Menno’s second grade class at St. James School in Elkins Park. Take, for example, the young lady in a sophomore Scripture class at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown. “Does anyone know who Zacchaeus was?” […]

Triplets receive first Communion

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer NEW HOPE – The Meyer triplets of St. Martin of Tours Parish in New Hope, Bucks County, are among approximately 500 first communicants from across the Archdiocese scheduled to participate in the Corpus Christi Mass and procession at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at the National Shrine of Our […]

After 49 years she still loves teaching Catholic kids

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Susan Roche wanted to be a Catholic school teacher as long as she can remember. Her school, St. John of the Cross, Roslyn, had a wonderful lay teacher in the second grade, and she wanted to be just like “Miss Claire.” Skip forward a few years to 1961 when […]

Eighth-grader leaves pro-life legacy

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PRIMOS – St. Eugene School is pro-life. Well, all Catholic schools are pro-life. St. Eugene in Primos is especially so, thanks to eighth-grader Teresa Greiner. On her own initiative, she started a pro-life group which meets regularly at the school, and if all goes well, will continue long after […]

Three Hail Marys inspire deacon

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Three Hail Marys. It doesn’t sound like much, but Deacon Stephen Hopkins, 78, a permanent deacon since 1982, remembers it was a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament who told him, “If you always say three Hail Marys a day you won’t die without the Blessed Sacrament.” It was so […]

10 kids, 65 years later, still full of faith

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T ARDLSEY – It wasn’t the best of times when Al Hindel and Mary Carr married in 1945. The war against Germany was winding down, but things were heating up on the Japanese front. Al was a Navy man (second class storekeeper) who’d just finished a tour at a base […]

Called to develop Catholic leaders

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T When businessman Timothy Flanagan founded the Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) in 1991, his idea was to develop lay leaders, especially young lay leaders for the Church. Missions change. Although the institute still trains lay leaders, the major part of the work today is teaching those same leadership skills to […]

Little things matter a lot

Claire McCloskey died suddenly April 20, after the Catholic Standard & Times went to press. Her viewing will be at St. Cecilia Church, 535 Rhawn St., Saturday, April 24 at 9:30 a.m. Her funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Sometimes it’s just the little things that […]

Joyful DiJulia lives a life of courage

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T HAVERTOWN – Chris DiJulia was born with cerebral palsy. He relies on a wheelchair to get around. Eating food and drinking liquids can be an adventure, and his speech is significantly slurred. Other than that, the 40-year-old parishioner of St. Denis in Havertown is just like anyone else. Well, […]

Her mission has been music

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Over 68 years as a church organist Mary Babin has gotten to see a lot of people in the pews. “I had the best seat in the house, and I met most people by the tops of their heads,” she said. Now, after a 38-year run at Sacred Heart […]