Called to serve

By Nadia Maria SmithCS&T Staff Writer Cardinal Rigali has asked that Monday, Jan. 12 be designated as an archdiocesan day of Eucharistic Adoration as part of National Vocation Awareness Week, which runs from Sunday, Jan. 11, through Saturday, Jan. 17. Every parish will have Adoration throughout the day on Jan. 12, culminating with a 7 […]

PCL Girls basketball mid-season review

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Through Jan. 5, every girls’ basketball team in the Catholic League has garnered at least one win and seven have overall winning records. But while the collective competition is definitely impressive, there is clearly a disparity of the haves and have nots. But then again, that seems to be […]

CYO cross-country: Camaraderie at its best

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T The early favorite for the 2009 “quote of the year” comes from Mary Ellen Malloy. A 1975 graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School and the long-time CYO cross-country coordinator for the Archdiocese was discussing her favorite sport and how it is particularly unique in that you don’t have to […]

Operation Santa Claus delivers 10,000 toys by Christmas

By Arlene EdmondsSpecial to The CS&T Shannon Griesser was Santa Claus on New Year’s Eve. In the North Pole tradition, she was distributing toys to needy children. Rather than coming down the chimney and sneaking cookies and milk, the 17-year-old hand delivered wrapped toys to dozens of youngsters. The smiling faces were of North Philadelphia […]

Archdiocesan schools partner with Please Touch Museum

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – It crosses everyone’s mind now and again. Wouldn’t it be fun to be a kid again, at least just for a little bit? A group of early childhood educators from the Office for Catholic Education and the parochial schools got to do just that on Dec. 11. […]

The world within the Philadelphia Church

Christians in the Archdiocese prayed for peace in Pakistan Jan. 3 following the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. In December, they would pray again after deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. Reflecting the ethnic spanersity of the Archdiocese, Honduran Catholics filled Visitation B.V.M. Church in Philadelphia to commemorate the feast of Our Lady of […]

A year of expansion

* A new daily Mass chapel was blessed at St. Martin of Tours Church, Philadelphia, in January. * The Archdiocese announced that it intends to build two new high schools. Pope John Paul II High School in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, which is projected to be completed by 2010, and the new Lansdale Regional […]

Working to feed the hungry

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Hunger is a constant issue in society. No matter how good times are, there are always those poor souls who fall through the cracks and their needs must be met. In times like these when money is tight, ministry to the poor must be redoubled. In the […]

2008 in review

CS&T Staff report A look back at any year of happenings in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia reveals remarkable events, but 2008 was exceptional. Heading the list of highlights was the Bicentennial of the Church in Philadelphia. Two hundred years have passed since the founding of the Diocese, and the Archdiocese hosted a number of bicentennial […]

St. Vincent de Paul council in desperate need of donations

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Consider this an SOS. This past November, Philadelphia’s Archdiocesan Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul experienced a 40 percent drop in donations from the previous November, according to Carey Gibbons Roberts, executive director of the city’s oldest lay organization dedicated exclusively to serving people […]