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Old school fun rules at annual kids’ picnic

More than 600 area children dove into a day filled with hula hoops, horseshoes and (of course) pool activities at a July 19 outing hosted by Catholic Social Services' Out of School Time program. Now in its ninth year, the gathering highlights the afterschool outreach's profound impact.

Far from home, Vietnamese nuns make friends in Philly

Sister Linh Tran and Sister Luyen Pham have been in residence at Holy Innocents Parish as part of a summer mission with archdiocesan Catholic Social Services. While helping area kids, they've honed their English, as well as their kickball and card-playing skills.

Former archdiocesan employee celebrates her 107th birthday

Marion Zimmerman, who worked for 19 years as a Catholic Social Services accountant, enjoyed a Roaring Twenties party at Holy Family Home on July 10. Family, friends and former colleagues joined in the fun.

Dance sets special adults sailing on ‘sea of dreams’

Men and women with intellectual disabilities, through the Communities of Don Guanella and Divine Providence, enjoyed a beach-themed formal that has become a Delaware County tradition.

Retreats show how God shines through ‘perfectly imperfect’ people

The annual gatherings, organized by archdiocesan Catholic Social Services in May, brought hope, healing and an awareness of God's life-changing love to more than 120 homeless and at-risk men and women.

Senior fair kicks off summer while gearing up for November elections

At a June 21 event sponsored by archdiocesan Catholic Social Services, older adults learned about an array of benefits, while test-driving Philadelphia's new touch-screen voting machines.

Prayer walk at Cathedral marks World Refugee Day

Some 25 archdiocesan employees gathered to reflect on Christ's sufferings and those of the more than 70 million people currently displaced worldwide through conflict and persecution. Migrants and refugees reflect "the faces of the Holy Family itself," said organizers.

13 grads leave De La Salle Vocational toward brighter future

The archdiocesan Catholic Social Services facility, which offers educational, vocational and behavioral support to adjudicated young men ages 16 to 18, held its graduation June 14 amid cheers and tears of joy from proud parents.

Reading to kids makes for a better Father’s Day, every day

At parent workshop hosted by archdiocesan Catholic Social Services, local dads bonded over donuts, diapers -- and a few good books, which can help reduce problem behaviors while fostering language skills.

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.