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Catholic Charismatics praise gifts of Spirit at conference

The annual Philadelphia Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference drew faithful Oct. 5 for 12 hours of praise and worship music, rosary, confessions, eucharistic adoration, talks by speakers, fellowship and Mass.

Scenes from the 2019 Hispanic Heritage Mass

Hundreds of Catholics gathered to celebrate their roots in the faith and their homeland for the annual Mass Saturday, Oct. 5 at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Philadelphia.

Procession of saints, Italian Festival mark St. Nicholas’ festivities

St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in South Philadelphia celebrated its annual feast Sunday, Oct. 6 with a procession of statues of saints, benediction and nine hours of entertainment and food.

Across the Aisles: African Heritage Mass

Catholics who claim one of 21 African nations as their ancestral homeland gathered Oct. 6 at St. Raymond Church in Philadelphia for the African Heritage Mass, followed by a shared meal of traditional dishes.

33 men receive ministry of lector in rite at St. Charles

Seminarians and men in formation for the permanent diaconate received the ministry of lector, by which they will proclaim sacred Scripture at liturgies, Sept. 14 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

City’s police, firefighters, first responders pray at Blue Mass

Father Dennis Gill, rector of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, celebrated Mass Sept. 22 for Philadelphia's peace officers and members of the League of the Sacred Heart.

AbbeyFest music festival wows big crowds again

More than 4,000 teens, children, moms and dads, youth groups, religious, seminarians and more enjoyed the all-day AbbeyFest faith and music event in Paoli Saturday, Sept. 21.

Faithful gather to remember ‘it’s not just about migrants’

Some 300 joined in prayer on Sept. 23 at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Philadelphia to mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In his 2019 message for the observance, Pope Francis has stressed that immigration "is about all of us."

Archdiocesan schools kick off new academic year at rally

Prayers, cheers and a mascot race capped a Sept. 6 gathering outside the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, where Archbishop Charles Chaput challenged those present to learn how "small acts of Christian love" can become "contagious."

Religious sisters, brothers mark anniversaries at Cathedral Mass

Consecrated women and men came together for the annual religious jubilarians' Mass Sept. 15 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul to celebrate prayerfully their many years of ministry in the church.