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After 25 years, Calcutta House still serves

It was in June 1981 that Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was first reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In February 1987 Mother Teresa’s Brothers of Charity opened Calcutta House to serve AIDS patients in a rented five-bedroom Victorian house in West Philadelphia. When Calcutta House begins its 25th year in […]

Talented teen writes, sings songs

“Letting go of the past never felt so hard “And moving on never felt so rough” Kate Lynn Tandarich is into Christian music and country music and writes and sings her own songs under the name Kate Tandy. You can find some of her songs on YouTube. The two lines above are telling about where […]

Leading youths to deeper devotion

By George Gregory Special to The CS&T When most Catholics think of saints who represent youth and children, certain names are likely to come to mind: St. Therese of Lisieux, a Discalced Carmelite mystic and doctor of the Church affectionately known as the “Little Flower of Jesus;” St. Maria Goretti, a young virgin who gave […]

Seminary chair established in honor of Cardinal Foley

A chair in homiletics and social communication has been established at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood in honor of alumnus and former faculty member Cardinal John Foley. An honorary chair is a faculty position for a particular purpose funded by the interest from an endowment restricted to that purpose, explained seminary rector Father Shaun […]

Seven new members appointed to archdiocesan review board

The Archdiocese has announced the appointment of seven new members to serve on the Archdiocesan Review Board, the consultative panel which advises the Archbishop of Philadelphia throughout the process of assessing allegations of sexual abuse of minors, evaluating clerics’ suitability for ministry, and the continual review of Archdiocesan policies and procedures related to these matters. […]

Archdiocese prepares to receive revised Roman Missal

Once upon a time… A pastor had heard a number of complaints from parishioners about the changes in the English edition of the Roman Missal that are about to take effect. They grumbled, “More change?!” He was not looking forward to the task of catechizing them as to why the word changes were so important, […]

St. Bede students celebrate Thanksgiving

The kindergarten children at St. Bede the Venerable School in Holland held a Thanksgiving feast for their parents and grandparents, complete with turkey and all the trimmings. Before dinner, the children dressed as both Native Americans and pilgrims, and presented a musical tribute to the holiday.  

Members of Women With a Purpose donate Thanksgiving baskets to Philadelphia parish

The St. Thomas of Villanova Walking With Purpose women’s group recently donated items that filled 12 beautiful gift baskets with everything needed for a Thanksgiving dinner. The recipients are families from St. Thomas of Villanova’s sister parish, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in West Philadelphia. Walking with Purpose aims to bring women to a […]

Letter from Archbishop Chaput on the use of the new English translation of the Roman Missal

November 20, 2011 My brother priests and deacons, My brothers and sisters of the lay faithful, Next Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, is an historic occasion for Catholics throughout the United States.  After forty-some years, we will celebrate Mass with a revised English translation.  This is a translation of the 2002 third edition of […]

Veterans Day commemorated at Our Lady Help of Christians School

Our Lady Help of Christians School in Abington was honored to have seven veterans, representing all military branches, visit and speak to the children on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. The day began with a prayer for veterans followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The first-grade class then led the singing of “God Bless America.” […]