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Delco parishioner spreads the word about Advent

Now in its second year, an online Advent calendar created by Katherine Downey of St. Anastasia in Newtown Square is keeping parishioners connected amid COVID, while building up the "domestic church."

Letter campaign says ‘Thank you, Father!’ to hardworking priests

Through Dec. 31, the New Serra Missionaries are collecting area faithful's messages of gratitude and sending them to clergy, an outreach organizers hope will offer "moments of powerful grace."

Advent retreat helps couples ‘pray through infertility’

Catholic ministry Springs in the Desert will offer a free online gathering Dec. 4-6 to provide spiritual resources during a season that can be "bittersweet" for those unable to conceive.

Priest communicator for Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia dies

Father John Fields, communication director for the archeparchy, died at his home Nov. 28. He was 70. A lawyer by trade then a priest and pastor, he was participating in a COVID vaccine trial at the time of his death.

New cardinal source of pride, hope, say local Black Catholics

The elevation of Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the first African American member of the College of the Cardinals, is "a moment to celebrate" that promises a bright future for the church.

Knights’ mission to serve parish thrives during pandemic

While some groups have curtailed activities, the Knights of Columbus council at Holy Trinity Parish in Morrisville, Bucks County has stepped up its service to keep the church clean and safe.

St. Philip Neri Parish raises $100,000, makes grants to community groups

Members of the parish in Pennsburg, Montgomery County raised the funds as part of their centennial year and made awards of between $10,000 and $50,000 to several social service agencies.

At Thanksgiving, faithful open their hands to feed hearts

Food giveaways, prayers and words of encouragement offered throughout the archdiocese were "signs of the love of Christ" to those made even more vulnerable by COVID.

Archdiocese, police team up to brighten Thanksgiving for Phila. families

For the fifth year in a row, dozens of clients served by Catholic Social Services received full course holiday dinners thanks to the Michael the Archangel Ministry at FOP Lodge #5.

Montco food pantry serves up love, ‘crazy blessing’ for hundreds at Thanksgiving

Martha's Choice Marketplace, part of archdiocesan Catholic Social Services, provided some 400 holiday dinners -- along with a deeper sense of community -- for area families earlier this week.