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Archbishop’s Christmas party brings joy to 400 needy children

About 400 children served by Catholic Social Services throughout the year -- representing thousands more throughout southeastern Pennsylvania -- enjoyed themselves at the 57th annual Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children Dec. 19 at the Sheraton hotel in Philadelphia.

Sacred music of the season fills local churches

St. Anne Parish in Philadelphia and St. Hilary of Poitiers Parish in Rydal celebrated the joyful sounds of Christmas in concerts at their respective churches last week.

Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Worshipers filled the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul for the vigil Mass of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Thursday, Dec. 11. See our photo gallery from the celebration.

A look into a Catholic Social Services food cupboard

See our photo gallery of the Montgomery County Family Services Center, based in Norristown, whose food cupboard distributes perishable and non-perishable foods to thousands of families in need each month.

Women gather to pray, learn, celebrate

See our photo gallery from the Catholic Women’s Conference held Dec. 7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Youth serve the church at Epiphany of Our Lord

See a photo gallery of Joyful Noise and active Catholic teens serving at Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Plymouth Meeting.

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)