Festival brings Padre Pio to the people, and the people to God
The sixth annual Padre Pio Festival at St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland drew hundreds of all ages for two days of Mass, confessions, eucharistic adoration, family fun and "many, many blessings."
AbbeyFest draws hundreds for music, fun and ‘hearts open to Jesus’
Headline acts, a Hollywood actor, a "rock star" archbishop and family-friendly activities made for a "cool Catholic" gathering at Daylesford Abbey Sept. 19 -- but the spirit of celebrating God remains the same, said organizers.
Four archdiocesan schools take home the Blue Ribbon
A total of 41 parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the five-county archdiocesan area have now attained the national award since the U.S. Department of Education launched the program in 1982.
Delco parish school becomes senior housing, and it’s ‘love at first sight’
Two "gorgeous" and historic structures of the former St. Joseph Parish School in Collingdale are on track to become home for 50 area seniors, thanks to the hard work and patience of many partners with the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
Include young people on the journey, says archbishop
In his new monthly vlog, Archbishop Nelson Pérez invites the church to make space for the "now of God," who are "craving to belong."
In run for Pa. governor, Guy Ciarrocchi sees link of religion and politics
Once an advocate for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with government leaders, the 56-year-old Republican not only believes there’s an intersection of moral or faith-based perspectives in most public policy debates, he’s made a career of driving right through it.
Calendar of Events
Opening Mass for Respect Life Month set for Sept. 26
All are invited to unite in prayer with Archbishop Nelson Perez to uphold the sanctity of life as he celebrates a Mass to begin the month-long activities considering why every human life is valuable. A reception with the Sisters of Life will follow Mass.
Our Lady of Peace, Milmont Park to bless to St. Pio statue
The Delaware County parish will welcome the provincial minister of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Mary who will celebrate an evening Mass and blessing of the statue on the saint's feast day, Sept. 23.
Are you called to be a deacon in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia?
Catholic men, and their wives if married, with a deep spiritual life who are between the ages of 29 and 55 are invited to join in a live webinar with a panel of clergy Oct. 12 to discuss the permanent diaconate program.
Bishop Pilla dies at 88; he led church efforts to unify Clevelanders
Not one to seek attention, Bishop Anthony Pilla became one of Cleveland's most powerful voices for peace and reconciliation through the partnerships he built with business, neighborhood groups and interreligious leaders.
Law experts: Federal vaccine mandate has strong legal footing
The president is well within his powers to issue the mandate, say experts from three Catholic law schools. As long as the mandate allows exemptions for religious, medical or disability reasons, then it is expected to survive legal challenges.
Court to hear case on religious schools barred from Maine choice program
Parents in Maine are challenging a state rule that lets families who live in towns without public schools receive public tuition funds to send their children to another public or private school as long as it's not a religious school.
German bishops’ meeting begins with appeals on church reform
While the head of the German bishops called for radical, visible changes that he said were needed soon and which could be a "door opener" for the worldwide process launched by Pope Francis, a fellow prelate urged the bishops to tap the brakes and follow the pope's directives.
Catholics in Africa celebrate Congo Basin, call to fight climate change
Conference speakers reiterated support for Indigenous people as custodians of the area's rich but diminishing biodiversity, and opposed rapid deforestation. The Congo "is very important not only for Africa but the entire world," said the head of a Catholic movement.
U.K. faith leaders urge action ahead of U.N. climate conference
Dozens of leaders from the major faiths in the United Kingdom urged government leaders to address climate change and promised their congregations would do likewise. The declaration was signed Sept. 20, looking to the U.N. Climate Change Conference, known as COP26.
AbbeyFest’s day of music, faith, fun a hit for 7th year
Hundreds of young people and families enjoyed a full day of Christian music plus games and moving prayer during the annual all-day festival held Saturday, Sept. 18 at Daylesford Abbey, Paoli.
Religious women, men mark anniversaries of consecrated life
The sisters, brothers and religious priests serving in the Philadelphia Archdiocese celebrated their jubilees Sunday, Sept. 19 in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul with a Mass led by Archbishop Nelson J. Perez.
A hard time to find workers, and parish catechists
Parishes nationwide are struggling to recruit enough teachers for PREP programs, where training, money and appreciation are often scant, writes Hosffman Ospino. Now is the time to invest amply because catechists may hold the key to keeping the faith among millions of Catholics.
Catholic parenting: A lifelong process
As the parent of a good, kind and faithful young adult son, Mike Nelson believes it's how you live your life in the context of the Catholic faith that sets the tone for how your children live theirs, well into their own adulthood.
How do we respond to the anger in our nation?
Face masks seem to have brought out the anger in many people, Effie Caldarola observes. Negativity is contagious, but so is positivity, so she resolves to be the one who observes people around her and reacts with kindness.
If there’s an obstacle on your spiritual journey, remove it
Anything that gets in the way of the abundant life and joy that Jesus offers is an obstacle that can frustrate us on our spiritual journey, explains Msgr. Joseph Prior. Jesus encourages us to move forward unimpeded toward the Kingdom of God.
Readings of the Holy Mass – Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Read, listen to or watch videos of the Mass readings with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.
Ken Burns retells story of ‘Muhammad Ali’ that’s largely been told
It wouldn't be fall without a new PBS documentary series by the famed director, who turns his gaze to Ali. Since more than a dozen films have already been made about the boxer, fans might have preferred more on Ali the activist and humanitarian.
Poet sees renewed appreciation of fine arts as way to deepen devotion
James Matthew Wilson, formerly a professor at Villanova University, recognizes that people may find contemporary literature "obscure and abysmal," but he leads a program designed to promote good poetry "with the resources of the Catholic tradition."