Watch AbbeyFest via livestream
View the 4 p.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Nelson Perez, plus more, live from Daylesford Abbey in Paoli as the day-long festival of music, faith and family draws to its ending crescendo.
Archdiocesan agencies send relief to Louisiana victims of Ida
Broad Street lends a helping hand to the bayou, as Catholic Social Services and Nutritional Development Services ship desperately needed food and clothing to the first state ravaged by the category 4 hurricane last month.
Injection of new pastor’s energy revives St. Ambrose Parish
The lower Northeast Philadelphia parish along Roosevelt Boulevard was rumored to close. But Father Charles Ravert arrived in July 2020 with a strong dose of enthusiasm, and the parish has begun growing again. Even though he had to sleep on a classroom floor.
Alum donates $50K to Delco parish school that helped him succeed in business, faith
Financial planner William Mullin and his wife Colleen presented a check to St. Laurence Parish School in Upper Darby Sept. 16, as part of a "100% investment" in Catholic education.
Archbishop Perez's messages
Archbishop calls on Catholics to support Afghan refugee resettlement
"All of us must do what we can ... to accompany migrants and refugees on their journey," Archbishop Nelson Perez said in a statement. "I fervently encourage all people of good will to intensify their prayers seeking peace in Afghanistan."
Catholic Charities Appeal notches a win for all at Phillies game
For the eighth year, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia hosted a fundraiser and a fun night out for a ballgame on Friday, Sept. 10. Although the home team lost, fans enjoyed the game and proceeds benefited area residents through numerous social programs.
New pastor installed for St. Ambrose Parish, Philadelphia
See images of the Mass that Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald celebrated and presided over the installation of Father Charles Ravert on Sunday, Sept. 12 as pastor of the parish community in lower Northeast Philadelphia.
Calendar of Events
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.
St. Elizabeth Parish brings ‘Catholic Coming Home’ series
Sessions starting Sept. 20 at the Chester County church are for Catholics inquiring about returning to the church. There will be informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith.
Relics exhibit coming to Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral
"Sacred Relics of the Saints: Treasures of the Church" will feature an extraordinary Vatican collection of over 150 relics Sept. 19 at the Ukrainian Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia.
St. Gabriel Parish sets 125th anniversary gala
The parish in South Philadelphia's Grays Ferry neighborhood will celebrate Oct. 24 with Mass at the church followed by dinner and dancing at the Crystal Tea Room.
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.
Movement aims to build tradition of walking pilgrimages in U.S.
San Diego-based Modern Catholic Pilgrim offers multi-day pilgrimages to young adults "who desire to challenge everyday life by stepping away from it to spend time in an active, prayerful presence," said the group's founder.
Pope calls on Christians to build bridges of unity over division
"We can no longer live apart," Pope Francis said during his recent European trip. He used the metaphor of bridge-building to address issues including vaccine skepticism, migration, same-sex couples, denial of Communion and worldwide political polarization.
Public schools can display crucifix, Italian court rules
Italy's highest court ruled that all religious symbols can be "welcomed" as long as it is decided in a democratic, civil and "gentle" manner by students and faculty together, and not from a "tyranny" of the majority in the school community.
Pope: Bishops must handle Communion debate as shepherds
The debate about denying Communion to politicians who support abortion must be handled in a pastoral way, not by public condemnations that seek to "excommunicate" Catholics who are not in line with church teaching, Pope Francis said.
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."
Lansdale relying on selflessness, personal accountability for soccer success
In a Catholic League with stiff competition, the Crusaders are seeking a boys' soccer championship in which everyone is involved and, the players themselves emphasized, toxicity and negativity won't be tolerated.
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.
Becoming what we receive, for better or worse
We can respond to anger and insult with more of the same, or we can become the Eucharist we receive -- the meaning of communion -- which by the gift of grace can change us little by little for the good, writes Mary Marrocco.
California takes a club to St. Serra
Junípero Serra cannot be condemned for events that occurred centuries before his birth, or decades after his death. But he is being scapegoated by California politicians who resent the Catholic Church's teachings and other issues, writes John Garvey.
Acts done with love, without reward, serve the receiver and God
Jesus accepts, loves and serves those who not only are in need but who can give nothing back in return, and he calls his disciples to do the same, as Msgr. Joseph Prior explains the Gospel reading for this Sunday's Mass.
Led to joy by a mother’s tears
As Our Lady of Sorrows, Mary shows us how anguish can break open our hearts for Christ and for others, writes Gina Christian.