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Program could help more than 12,000 students served by NDS get low-cost internet access

Comcast Corporation recently announced the launch of Internet Essentials, a program which provides families in Philadelphia with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) with low-cost Internet service, affordable computers and digital literacy training.

At St. Aloysius, school opens with a taste of summer

The 2011-2012 school year at St. Aloysius Academy in Bryn Mawr started off with a picnic for the students. The academy’s mascot, the Wildcat, was on hand to greet students, who ate their lunch outdoors while listening to music. Parent volunteers handed out ice cream during the event.

BLOCS names board of directors

BLOCS (Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools), has named the following people to its board of directors for 2011-2012: Michael G. O’Neill – Chairman; CEO and Founder, Preferred Unlimited, Conshohocken Archbishop Charles Chaput – Honorary Chairman; Archdiocese of Philadelphia Brian McElwee – President; Valley Forge Investment Corporation Michael Young – Vice President, Classic Management Francis […]

Bishop Herbert Bevard celebrates St. Peter Claver Mass in Philadelphia

Bishop Herbert Bevard, who was named bishop of St. Thomas in the American Virgin Islands in 2008, after many years of ministry to the African-American community in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, returned to celebrate the annual St. Peter Claver Mass at the Peter Claver Center  in Philadelphia Friday, Sept. 9.  Auxiliary Bishop John McIntyre was […]

Bishop Timothy Senior installs Msgr. Hugh Shields as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior installed Msgr. Hugh Shields as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. A reception, which included Vietnamese and Latino traditional foods, followed celebration of the Mass.

Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education continues to work to resolve strike

The negotiating teams from the Office of Catholic Education and the Association of Catholic Teachers met the evening of Thursday, Sept. 8, all day Sept. 9 and continued to meet Sept. 11. That day, proposals were exchanged but the Association of Catholic Teachers did not want to conduct face-to-face discussions with the full archdiocesan negotiating […]

Calendar of Events

The Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia will hold its regular Monday novena on Sept. 19, Father Sylvester Peterka, C.M., will preach on “Our Lady of Mercy”; and on Sept. 26, Father Richard Kehoe, C.M., will preach on “St. Vincent de Paul.” For more information, including additional Mass and novena times, contact the shrine at 215-848-1010. […]

Archbishop Chaput’s Coat of Arms Installed

St. Eleanor parishioners make it to Mass despite flood waters

Every minute of every day and night the Mass is being offered somewhere in the world. St. Eleanor Parish in Collegeville celebrated Mass in the dark, even as Collegeville lost power and was being flooded by downpours from Hurricane Irene Sunday Aug. 28.

Mission: Help the poor

The poverty in Haiti was unlike anything Lindsay Ward had ever seen. Children as young as 8 years old lined up with teens and adults along the fence at Port-au-Prince International Airport to beg for money or food. At a local school, lessons were conducted in a shack. Las Cayes General Hospital was a concrete building with a room in each wing assigned for various purposes — the emergency room, the operating room, the recovery room and pediatrics.