Local preschoolers extend high-fives, hugs for Archbishop Perez

During a Jan. 24 tour of the archdiocesan Casa del Carmen ministry, the former "Padre Nelson" returned to North Philadelphia where he had served for a decade, meeting youngsters and reconnecting with old friends.

Archbishop, students wish Jesus a happy birthday in style

Barnyard animals, balloons, music and dance -- plus a giant cake -- made for an A-list party on Dec. 19, which topped off a year-long fundraiser for Catholic Social Services programs that support hundreds of kids and families.

At Christmas party, 500 kids enjoy bash for Jesus’ birthday

Archbishop Charles Chaput and scores of volunteers hosted the cap on a year's worth of fundraising for Catholic Social Services' programs for at-risk children and youth -- with a party just for them Dec. 19.

Kids in Catholic programs enjoy summer fun in park

More than 500 kids from Catholic Social Services' Out-Of-School Time programs had fun playing games, sports, face painting and more on a sunny Friday, July 19 at Neshaminy Shore Picnic Park.

St. Edmond’s youth sparkle at annual prom

Bold colors, sequins and tiaras were standard attire on the red carpet as residents of the home, which supports children and youth with disabilities, stepped out in style.

$20K grant helps Catholic preschool teach tots to read for life

Thanks to a grant from the Archdiocesan Educational Fund, Casa del Carmen Preschool Academy is expanding its education of young children, and their parents, knowing that literacy "breaks the cycle of poverty."

At-risk adults help kids in need by stuffing their stockings with gifts

More than 100 clients of archdiocesan Catholic Social Services programs prepared gifts for the Archbishop's Benefit for Children. The project was a way for those being helped to help others.

Backpacks are a blessing at Casa del Carmen preschool

The agency of archdiocesan Catholic Social Services in North Philadelphia got its 73 3- and 5-year-old learners ready for the new school year with a blessing led by the pastor of St. William Parish.

Casa del Carmen preschool kids are blessed for success

The top-ranked academy, part of archdiocesan Catholic Social Services, gave students free backpacks filled with supplies and prayers for the new year. Area parishes rely on the partnerships CSS provides.

St. Edmond’s Home for Children wraps up summer in style

The summer tradition at the Catholic Social Services facility in Rosemont for youth with profound physical and intellectual disabilities capped eight weeks of fun with Mass and a cookout on Aug. 16.