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Kids saddle up for safety with help from Philly police

At an Aug. 2 "bike rodeo" hosted by Catholic Social Services, officers helped some 50 kids learn the rules of the road, while getting ready for a new school year.

Pen pals young and old glimpse world through ‘different eyes’

A letter-writing exchange between seniors and students at St. Helena's Out of School Time program opens minds to new horizons -- including such concepts as the Fortnite video game and life without electricity.

Two weeks at the border opened her eyes to humanity

Mary Bell of St. Raymond of Penafort Parish shares her recent experiences while helping migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Scared, tired and hungry, they seek "the same things you and I want in life," she said.

Inspired by her faith, attorney serves as guide on path to citizenship

Since 2015, Catherine Baggiano of Catholic Social Services' immigration agency has helped some 350 individuals become U.S. citizens -- a mission driven by her deeply held Catholic beliefs.

Old school fun rules at annual kids’ picnic

More than 600 area children dove into a day filled with hula hoops, horseshoes and (of course) pool activities at a July 19 outing hosted by Catholic Social Services' Out of School Time program. Now in its ninth year, the gathering highlights the afterschool outreach's profound impact.

Far from home, Vietnamese nuns make friends in Philly

Sister Linh Tran and Sister Luyen Pham have been in residence at Holy Innocents Parish as part of a summer mission with archdiocesan Catholic Social Services. While helping area kids, they've honed their English, as well as their kickball and card-playing skills.

Former archdiocesan employee celebrates her 107th birthday

Marion Zimmerman, who worked for 19 years as a Catholic Social Services accountant, enjoyed a Roaring Twenties party at Holy Family Home on July 10. Family, friends and former colleagues joined in the fun.

Dance sets special adults sailing on ‘sea of dreams’

Men and women with intellectual disabilities, through the Communities of Don Guanella and Divine Providence, enjoyed a beach-themed formal that has become a Delaware County tradition.

Retreats show how God shines through ‘perfectly imperfect’ people

The annual gatherings, organized by archdiocesan Catholic Social Services in May, brought hope, healing and an awareness of God's life-changing love to more than 120 homeless and at-risk men and women.

Senior fair kicks off summer while gearing up for November elections

At a June 21 event sponsored by archdiocesan Catholic Social Services, older adults learned about an array of benefits, while test-driving Philadelphia's new touch-screen voting machines.