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West Passyunk: Saint Monica’s Cares For Community At All Stages of Life

West Passyunk: Saint Monica’s Cares For Community At All Stages of Life

Saint Monica’s Catholic Church, located on the corner of 17th and Ritner streets in South Philadelphia, has been serving the Catholic community for decades with weekly mass and confessions, as well as community programs that provide aid to parishioners for the entirety of their lives in the neighborhood. The parish has many organizations for community […]

 

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

The Community Center at Visitation (CCV) is one of many outreach facilities dedicated to improving the quality of life in Kensington. Led by Sister Betty Scanlon, a Sister of Mercy and director of CCV, the center tries to fill the gaps in services needed by local residents. “We learn so much from the community. This facility is […]

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Education: ‘Catholic Identity Pledge’ Meets Diversity at Local Catholic Schools

Education: ‘Catholic Identity Pledge’ Meets Diversity at Local Catholic Schools

Archdiocese Catholic school students found a new document slipped into their application and entrance packets: The Memorandum of Understanding. The decree, released earlier this month from the office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia requires all parents and students enrolled, or seeking enrollment, in Catholic schools to pledge their support of one “Catholic identity” as dictated […]

 

Port Richmond: For Now, Parish Futures Remain In Flux

Port Richmond: For Now, Parish Futures Remain In Flux

The Interstate-95 southbound ramp at Allegheny Avenue drops off incoming vehicles onto a busy street dominated by three longstanding Catholic Churches. Our Lady Help of Christians, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Aldabert Catholic Churches have lined the Port Richmond street since the dawn of the 20th century. The eldest of the three […]

 

Port Richmond: Fate Of Nativity BVM Lies In The Hands Of The State Supreme Court

Port Richmond: Fate Of Nativity BVM Lies In The Hands Of The State Supreme Court

Members of the Port Richmond community continue to pray a verdict will soon be reached on a proposal to convert the abandoned Nativity BVM School into senior housing. The school closed its doors in 2008. No ruling from the State Supreme Court has been announced and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is looking to secure an […]

 

Kensington: Accommodating the Growing Number of Hispanic Catholics in Philadelphia

Kensington: Accommodating the Growing Number of Hispanic Catholics in Philadelphia

As of 2010, the United States is second behind Mexico in its expanding Hispanic population of 50.5 million. This growth is apparent in the Philadelphia, where its Hispanic population has more than doubled from 1990 to 2010, according to the Pew Charitable Trust. Not only is the new population Hispanic, about 68 percent of Latinos […]

 Colin Tansits and Francine Mensah.

Bridesburg: Five Places You Need To Know

Bridesburg: Five Places You Need To Know

The Bridesburg neighborhood is a small area full of pride, sitting next to the Delaware River just south and east of Philadelphia’s Northeast. With a median household income average of around $43,000 and a population more than 90 percent white according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bridesburg is a microcosm of the American middle class. […]

 by Kayla Devon and Liz Steinmetz

Northeast: St. Hubert Improves Morale And Enrollment

Northeast: St. Hubert Improves Morale And Enrollment

After being slated to close almost 21 months ago, St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Northeast Philadelphia is stronger than ever with two new administrators, high morale and increasing enrollment rates. On January 6, 2012, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that St. Hubert, along with West Catholic, Conwell-Egan and Bonner-Prendie, would close at […]

 By Haniyyah B. Sharpe

Northeast: Frankford Catholics Worried about Parish Merger’s Impact on Community

Northeast: Frankford Catholics Worried about Parish Merger’s Impact on Community

The 15th Police District Advisory Council and the Frankford Civic Association honored St. Joachim Pastor Father Steven Wetzel last Sunday for his commitment to the community. But the celebration was bittersweet, as the congregation prepared to bid farewell to the church and a pillar in the community. The oldest Catholic parish in Northeast Philadelphia, St. […]