Prepping for parenthood, thanks to parish and Catholic Social Services

More than 300 attended an Oct. 13 community baby shower at St. Raymond of Penafort Parish, as part of archdiocesan Catholic Social Services' ongoing outreach to thousands of expectant mothers in the Philadelphia area.

St. Raymond’s and Catholic Social Services host community baby shower

The free Oct. 13 event will feature parenting classes and resources for families, as well as music, raffles, face painting and refreshments. The outreach is part of CSS's ongoing mission to moms, which assisted more than 5,000 women last year.

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.

Big splashes for little ones at annual Catholic Social Services picnic

Some 800 kids from the archdiocese's 12 Out of School Time (OST) sites enjoyed a day of fun in the sun at the July 20 event, now in its eighth year.

Judge sees no religious bias against Catholic agency on same-sex foster care

A federal judge swept away claims of religious discrimination by archdiocesan Catholic Social Services and ruled it must provide home assessments for same-sex couples wishing to become foster parents in Philadelphia.

Nutritional Development Services kicks off nutritious, blessed summer

The "blessing of summer" event June 28 marked the start of the archdiocesan agency's summer meals program, which partners with federal and state resources to feed kids in the Philadelphia area.

Volunteers honored for giving thousands of hours to serve others

The archdiocese honored the more than 4,100 individuals who annually donate their time to Catholic Social Services' agencies in the five-county area. The volunteers remind clients, "You really are never alone.”

Philadelphia halts foster care referrals to Catholic Social Services

Calling city partnerships with organizations that do not place foster children with gay people discriminatory, the city has ceased referring new child placements with Catholic and Christian agencies. CSS hopes the partnership will resume.

Volunteers, parishioners feed hungry thousands in Bucks County

Mary's Cupboard, in partnership with Catholic Social Services in Levittown, relies on help from 10 local parishes and business-savvy volunteers to fight food insecurity. The need for food is rising in multi-family households.

New Catholic home offers seniors dignity, leverages public partners

Archdiocesan Catholic Housing and Community Services, working with state, local and federal agencies and banks, has completed the $15 million St. John Neumann Place II, a new senior residence in South Philadelphia.