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St. Eleanor Parish celebrates 100 years

St. Eleanor Parish in Collegeville officially celebrated its 100th anniversary on Oct. 16, and Archbishop Charles Chaput visited to celebrate Mass and dedicate its new parish center. It was certainly needed because the bustling Montgomery County parish boasts at least 5,100 families and it is still growing.

Archdiocese joins Jewish Federation to discuss proposed legislation’s impact on Medicare, Medicaid recipients, charitable giving

As a congressional committee discusses legislation to reduce the federal debt, leaders from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the local Jewish community and the United Way met with U.S. Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.) to discuss the potential impact on Medicare and Medicaid recipients. Stuart K. Skinner, deputy secretary and CEO for archdiocesan Catholic Health Care Services joined with […]

“The Mighty Macs” movie premieres in Philadelphia, opens in theaters today

It took Hollywood to remind us. For three years four decades ago, the center of the universe for women’s basketball was a tiny college in the Philadelphia suburbs, and the game has never been the same since. The Mighty Macs, a film that tells the story of the Immaculata College (now University) team that dominated […]

At St. Helena, centuries-old artisanship brings new look to church

St. Helena in Blue Bell isn’t a new parish, it was founded in 1919, but its present church was built just seven years ago. When Msgr. Joseph Nicolo set out to decorate it with traditional artwork reflecting Old World craftsmanship, he knew just where to go. He’d first encountered Emanuel Utti in 1985 when he […]

Presentation BVM students plant pinwheels for peace

On Sept. 21 students from Presentation B.V.M. School took part in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels. In past years they have placed messages of peace on the pinwheels.

Archbishop Chaput celebrates Sunday Mass at his parish

On Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, before a congregation composed of mostly Church dignitaries, priests, family and friends, Archbishop Charles Chaput formally took possession of his new Archdiocese. On Sunday, Oct. 9, at that same Cathedral Basilica, before a congregation of mostly ordinary people, Archbishop Chaput informally took possession of his new parish.

Annual Hispanic Heritage Mass draws 1,000 to Cathedral Basilica for joyful celebration

Hispanic Catholics from 20 different countries gathered at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul Oct. 9 as Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., celebrated the annual archdiocesan Hispanic Heritage Mass. While most Spanish-speaking people in the Philadelphia area hail from Mexico and Puerto Rico, many others moved here from Spain, Columbia, Ecuador, Cuba, Costa […]

Gov. Corbett supports school voucher program, education reform

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett used a York, Pa. charter school on Oct. 11 as the venue to outline his agenda for education reform in Pennsylvania. Speaking at Lincoln Charter School he listed his four top education priorities: opportunity scholarships expanding the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), improving charter school quality and accounting and more robust […]

School choice vouchers, tax credits touted by Gov. Corbett

Gov. Tom Corbett introduced an education reform package in Pennsylvania Oct. 11 that includes a pilot voucher program and an increase to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarship program. Corbett, a former teacher, said at a press conference in York that the focus in education reform needs to be “child, parent, teacher … and just in that order.”

Proposed legislation would increase school choice

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is expected to propose wide-ranging school reform legislation as early as Oct. 11 which would also include school choice legislation in the form of an increase in the Educational Incentive Tax Credit (EITC) and vouchers which could be spent at any school by parents or guardians of children who attend targeted low-performing public schools, many of which are within the City of Philadelphia.