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Bishop Timothy Senior installs Msgr. Hugh Shields as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior installed Msgr. Hugh Shields as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. A reception, which included Vietnamese and Latino traditional foods, followed celebration of the Mass.

Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education continues to work to resolve strike

The negotiating teams from the Office of Catholic Education and the Association of Catholic Teachers met the evening of Thursday, Sept. 8, all day Sept. 9 and continued to meet Sept. 11. That day, proposals were exchanged but the Association of Catholic Teachers did not want to conduct face-to-face discussions with the full archdiocesan negotiating […]

Calendar of Events

The Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia will hold its regular Monday novena on Sept. 19, Father Sylvester Peterka, C.M., will preach on “Our Lady of Mercy”; and on Sept. 26, Father Richard Kehoe, C.M., will preach on “St. Vincent de Paul.” For more information, including additional Mass and novena times, contact the shrine at 215-848-1010. […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Coat of Arms Installed

St. Eleanor parishioners make it to Mass despite flood waters

Every minute of every day and night the Mass is being offered somewhere in the world. St. Eleanor Parish in Collegeville celebrated Mass in the dark, even as Collegeville lost power and was being flooded by downpours from Hurricane Irene Sunday Aug. 28.

Mission: Help the poor

The poverty in Haiti was unlike anything Lindsay Ward had ever seen. Children as young as 8 years old lined up with teens and adults along the fence at Port-au-Prince International Airport to beg for money or food. At a local school, lessons were conducted in a shack. Las Cayes General Hospital was a concrete building with a room in each wing assigned for various purposes — the emergency room, the operating room, the recovery room and pediatrics.

Pilgrims leave for World Youth Day in Spain

Auxiliary Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald gathered Aug. 10 with 30 young people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary before departing on a 12-day pilgrimage that concludes at World Youth Day with Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid, Spain from Aug. 16-21. Bishop Fitzgerald and more than 200 young people from across the […]

Wolk sees value of unborn human life

By Lou Baldwin Special to The CS&TShould you be strolling along Philadelphia’s Eighth Street early on a Friday morning, when you pass Appletree Street, just north of Arch Street, you might see a small knot of people in prayer facing a nondescript multi-story building. They are mostly members of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, and […]

Time for guard to turn a corner

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T When school opens on Sept. 7 at St. Cecilia School in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, there is going to be one huge difference. Kathy Polec won’t be guarding the corner of Stanwood and Ridgeway Streets, behind the school, as she has done for 21 years. Polec’s warm […]

Compassion flows from faith, family

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&TMary Lettieri Strenchock, a nurse practitioner at the J.E. Wood Clinic at Pennsylvania Hospital, recently received recognition from her peers in the mental health field through the 2011 Community Service Award given by the Community Council of the Hall-Mercer Behavioral Health Center.Strenchock, 44, has compassion in her DNA. Her mother, […]