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Vietnamese Catholics pray for homeland’s martyrs at St. Helena

The parish community of St. Helena's, which welcomes many people of Vietnamese heritage, celebrated the feast of the 117 Vietnamese martyrs Sunday, Dec. 1, at the church in Northeast Philadelphia. Archbishop Charles Chaput was main celebrant for the Mass that included prayers of intercession to the martyrs and other elements of traditional Vietnamese Catholic culture. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Eighth graders step up to high school for Visitation Day

Eighth grade students from across the Philadelphia Archdiocese had the opportunity to visit the high school of their choice on Thursday, Nov. 14. To encourage their future enrollment at a Catholic high school, the students were given tours, met teachers, played games and were treated to performances by high school students. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

End of Year of Faith

The Year of Faith, declared by retired Pope Benedict XVI for the universal church, came to a close Nov. 24. Archbishop Charles Chaput was the main celebrant for the closing Mass last Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Our Lady Help of Christians Church celebrates 50 years

Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Abington will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of its church Dec. 8, and the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery County parish. The 1,100 parishioners actively participate in many ministries, led by their pastor, Father Anthony W. Janton. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

St. Joseph’s Prep captures District 12 AAAA football title

The Hawks of St. Joseph's Prep beat Frankford High School by a too-close-for-comfort score of 10-7 in the District final Nov. 17. See scenes of the Nov. 16 game at Northeast High School, which decided the unofficial but traditional "city championship." (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Thousands come together for Magnificat Day

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in collaboration with the Magnificat Foundation hosted Magnificat Day, a unique gathering for liturgical prayer, music, inspirational talks and reflection on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (Photos by Maria Tucker)

West Catholic wins another football championship

West Catholic Preparatory High School cruised past Neumann Goretti High School, 34-9, to capture the Catholic League AA football title Nov. 2. The Burrs won their eighth straight championship in their class or division. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Bucks County cemetery walk draws 100+ teens

Father James DeGrassa, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Penndel, led the second annual nighttime cemetery walk for Bucks County youths Oct. 24. Over a hundred high-school-aged teens along with family members and local priests from the Bucks County area braved the cold weather to attend this popular event at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery.

Ministry of lector conferred on 14 men in permanent deacon formation

Fourteen men studying to become permanent deacons were installed into the rite of lector Monday, Oct. 28 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Bishop Timothy C. Senior conferred the rite in Immaculate Conception Chapel in the presence of the men's wives. The ministry empowers the men to proclaim the Word of God in Catholic liturgical celebrations.

Girls, boys soccer champions crowned for Catholic League

The girls Catholic League soccer championship Oct. 27 came down to a historic nailbiter. In the second overtime period, defending champion Archbishop Ryan edged Archbishop Wood, 1-0. In boys championship soccer action on Oct. 28, Father Judge defeated Lansdale Catholic, 3-1.