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The National Catholic Schools Week Theme: “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed” The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will join in the national observance of Catholic Schools Week January 26, 2020 – February 1, 2020. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of the Christ-centered, faith-based education that students receive in the 119 elementary, 17 secondary, and 4 schools of special education in the five-county metropolitan area comprising the Archdiocese. The national theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Trump Champions Pro-Life Cause

Bill Donohue | CNBNews Contributor January 24, 2020 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on President Trump's decision to address the March for Life crowd: Other presidents have offered their support to the pro-life cause, but only President Donald Trump has decided to participate in the March for Life. His pro-life record, coupled with his record in defense of religious liberty, makes him the most important Christian voice in the United States. No president, including President Ronald Reagan, can match his stellar achievements on these... Read more →

Catholic Charities Partner with Philadelphia 76's

A portion of all tickets sold will directly benefit Catholic Charities Appeal beneficiaries providing support to the homeless, special needs students, food cupboards, after school programs, and more. The Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA), the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's single most important fundraiser, benefiting hundreds of thousands of people through countless organizations and ministries in the Archdiocese, will partner with the Philadelphia 76ers to host a night of family fun at the Wells Fargo Center. Thursday, February 20, 2020 8:00 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets The... Read more →

Trump's Religious Liberty Reforms

January 17, 2020 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on public policy reforms issued by the Trump administration on January 16: The public policy reforms governing religious liberty issued by the Trump administration are compelling and much needed. President Trump has proven once again that he is the most religion-friendly president in the modern era. The Trump administration has provided a much-needed corrective to the draconian directives promulgated by the previous administration: the role of religious liberty under President Obama was diminished to such an... Read more →

Feel like you’re stuck in a rut in life?

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (January 16, 2020)--Feel like you just don’t have what you need to live the life God has called you too? This years annual prayer & praise night theme is from 1st Peter 1:3, "WE HAVE ALL WE NEED" and will feature short testimonies of physical healing, healing from grief, recovery from financial ruin and homelessness, and freedom from anxiety and addiction. Epiphany Church and Highland Park Church invite you to join us for our second annual night of prayer and praise 5... Read more →

GUEST OPINION; Bloomberg Media Target Catholic Church

January 9, 2020 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an article that questions the Catholic Church's strategy in handling abuse claims: On January 8, Bloomberg News published a lengthy article by Josh Saul titled, "The Catholic Church's Strategy to Limit Payouts to Abuse Victims." While much of what he said is not questionable, the unstated premise deserves a response: the piece suggests that somehow it is unseemly of the Catholic Church to limit its exposure to abuse claims. Saul notes that various dioceses have... Read more →

Beatrice C. “Bea” Bobiak, of Gloucester City; Housekeeper for St. Mary's Church Rectory

Beatrice C. “Bea” Bobiak Gloucester City – On January 6, 2020. Age 81. (nee Pennino). Loving and devoted wife of the late Raymond A. “Babe” Bobiak. Loving mother of Jeana Baumiester (William), Denise Hofmann (Roger), Lynn Barrett (Steve), Raymond Bobiak and Joseph Bobiak (Toni). Cherished mom-mom of Stephen Ulak (Kara), Eric Ulak (Jen), Keith Hofmann (Nicole), Joe Jr. and Jason Bobiak, Dana and Haley Barrett, Lauren Dutka (Bill) and Chris Hofmann (Heather); and great-grandmother of Lilly and Logan Dutka and McKenna and Dalton Hofmann. Beloved... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Why Are The Boy Scouts Being Sued?

January 7, 2020 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on lawsuits filed against the Boy Scouts of America: Several states have passed laws suspending the statute of limitations for crimes involving the sexual abuse of minors; they provide for a look-back period, usually 1-3 years, where offenses that previously were time barred can be filed. In those states that have not passed such laws, attorneys for Boy Scout victims filed a lawsuit yesterday in federal court in Washington, D.C. seeking to establish the nation's capital... Read more →

American Life League Calls for Catholic Response to Murphy's $9.5M Bailout of Planned Parenthood

"Planned Parenthood is a vicious, racist institution whose actions are diametrically opposed to Catholic moral and social teaching"~American Life League president Judie Brown WASHINGTON, D.C. (03 January 2020) — American Life League president Judie Brown issued the following statement calling on Bishop James F. Checchio of the Catholic Diocese of Metuchen to impose canonical sanctions against New Jersey’s governor, Phil Murphy: Planned Parenthood is a vicious, racist institution whose actions are diametrically opposed to Catholic moral and social teaching. For Murphy to shovel $9.5 million... Read more →

Rev. James Dabrowsk, Pastor of Many South Jersey Catholic Parishes Dies; Services Thursday & Friday

Rev. James Dabrowsk Rev. James Dabrowski, died on January 1, 2020. He was 63. Rev. Dabrowski was born on November 14, 1956 in Philadelphia, PA and prepared for the Priesthood at the University of Scranton and St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD. He was ordained for the Priesthood on May 26, 1984 at St. Cecilia’s RC Church in Pennsauken. He served as Parochial Vicar at Saint John of God, North Cape May; St, Joseph, Somers Point; Sacred Heart, Mount Ephraim; and St. Thomas, Brigantine.... Read more →

Detroit Free Press Is An Absolute Disgrace

January 2, 2020 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a news story in the January 2 Detroit Free Press: By Bill Donohue | The Catholic League Let's say you are a reporter who detests the Catholic Church (there are more than a few out there), and would like to do an article that reflects badly on it. You come across a story that may qualify, but it is rather routine: it is about high school boys acting inappropriately. Not satisfied that it will really... Read more →

St. Vincent DePaul Society and Knights of Columbus support local neighbors in need for Christmas

By admin - BERLIN, NJ--Local Neighbors-in-need in the St. Simon Stock Parish area are provided with Christmas Food Bags of ingredients for a holiday dinner. Seniors and Veterans at Veterans Haven receive gift cards. Elementary age children in our families-in-need of food assistance receive toys! St. Simon Stock Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Archangel Knights of Columbus Council 7429 have collected food, toys and gift cards from parishioners, people, and businesses in our community. A total of 148 families have signed... Read more →


by Bill Donohue When the year began, I was anxiously awaiting an opportunity to defend the Catholic Church in one of those storied debates sponsored by the Oxford Union. The debate was scheduled for February. But in early January, about a month after being invited, I was disinvited. We learned that some sources in the U.S. notified those in the U.K. about me, giving them information they deemed problematic. Why invite someone who may win when the pretext of the debate was to put the... Read more →


PHILADELPHIA PA--Faithful throughout the Archdiocese are invited to gather at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for a prayerful, holy, and unique way to ring in the New Year. It will be hosted by members of the Cathedral’s Young Adult Group and the Catholic Center for Young Adults. Tuesday, December 31, 2019 – Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:00 p.m. Holy Hour 12:00 a.m. Midnight Mass 1:00 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. Celebration Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin... Read more →

Guest Opinion: Lauding Bernards for Diwali holiday, Hindus want all New Jersey schools close on Diwali

Welcoming Bernards Township School District (BTSD) in New Jersey declaring Diwali holiday for students during 2022-23 school year, Hindus are urging all public school districts and private-charter-independent schools in New Jersey to close on their most popular festival Diwali. BTSD calendar 2022-23, posted on its website, shows schools closed on October 24, 2022 for Diwali. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that holiday on Diwali in New Jersey schools would be a step in the positive direction in view of... Read more →


"Among the many gifts that we buy and receive, let us not forget the true gift: To give each other something of ourselves, to give each other something of our time, to open our time to God. In this way Anxiety disappears, Joy is born, and the Feast is created. " ~ Pope Benedict XVI Thank you for your support and loyalty over the past year..... from all of us at CNBNews BEST WISHES Bill & Connie Cleary ... Gloucestercitynews.net since 2006 Read more →

A novel intended ‘to go to the heart of Christmas’

By Carl Peters/THE CATHOLIC STAR HERALD - December 2019 It is a tale of sin, guilt, sorrow, hardship and injustice, but it is also, finally, about finding hope in a harsh and unjust world. It is, in the truest sense, a book about Christmas. “Mr. Ives’ Christmas” is the second novel Oscar Hijuelos wrote that was influenced by the holiday. His first attempt emphasized the festive and joyful aspects of Christmas, but his publisher rejected it. Hijuelos, a Pulitzer prize winning author, responded by saying,... Read more →


CAMDEN CITY, NJ January 6th from 2 PM to 5 PM at the Kroc Center for food, live music, and gifts for the children for the Three Kings Day Celebration. This event is presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders, Camden County Department of Constituent Services Office of Hispanic Affairs. For further info please call (856) 225-5312. The Salvation Army Kroc Center 1865 Harrison Avenue, Camden, NJ, 08105, United States Monday, Jan 6th, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Read more →

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass Schedule at Cathedral Basilica

PHILADELPHIA PA (Dec. 22, 2019)--Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the Midnight Mass on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2019. The Holy Day of Christmas is a most special occasion for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as we celebrate the Birth of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. All are welcome to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord at the mother church of the Archdiocese, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Cathedral Basilica of... Read more →

Archbishop Chaput's Message: Christmas 2019

In his Christmas message of 1944 – the fifth year of a Second World War that spanned the globe with its suffering – Pope Pius XII offered these words: The Church has the mission to announce to the world . . . the highest and most needed message that there can be: the dignity of man, the call to be sons of God. It is the powerful cry which, from the manger in Bethlehem to the furthest confines of the earth, resounds in the ears... Read more →

Children's Christ Brunch Fatima Catholic Outreach Center

The Bucks County Family Service Center (BCFSC), a ministry of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CSS), will host a children’s Christmas brunch celebration for approximately 40 families in the local community. This year’s theme is “Llama, Llama, Jingle Bells!” based on the children’s Christmas book of the same name. Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 10:30 a.m. (Arrival of Santa) Fatima Catholic Outreach Center 2915 Street Road Bensalem, PA 19020 Participants will enjoy a morning filled with food, refreshments,... Read more →

Guest Opinion: Third Church-Suing Top Cop Imprisoned

December 18, 2019 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the conviction of another Church-suing top cop: Thomas Spota, who served as the District Attorney of Suffolk County for many years, was convicted yesterday of covering up for a police chief who brutally beat a handcuffed man for stealing sex toys and pornography from his car. If this were all there were to this story, it wouldn't be worth mentioning. But there's more. In the early 2000s, following revelations of clergy sexual abuse by the... Read more →

World’s Largest Celebration of Jewish Learning, JAN 1; Occurs Only Once Every 7 ½ Years 

90,000++ to Gather at NJ’s MetLife Stadium [JAN 1, 2020, E. Rutherford, NJ] -- On January 1, 2020, more than 90,000 men, women and children will come together at MetLife Stadium in celebration of the 13th Siyum HaShas – the culmination of the study of the entire 2,711 pages of Talmud by the ‘Daf Yomi’ program. The Talmud is the collection of early authoritative religious writings that form the basis of Judaism. Written in Aramaic and Hebrew, it encompasses detailed discussions of Jewish law and... Read more →

Archbishop’s Benefit for Children Christmas Party

PHILADELPHIA PA--Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CSS) will host the 64th annual Archbishop’s Benefit for Children Christmas Party benefitting nearly 500 children and youth in grades Pre-K through five. This year’s theme is “Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus!” The Archbishop’s Benefit for Children Christmas Party will kick off with a live Nativity scene on the front steps of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center (APC) featuring students from Saint Raymond of Peñafort School (Philadelphia). Highlights include live animals, a performance by the Divina Uncion Choir,... Read more →

Video: The Rutgers-Camden Gospel Choir

CAMDEN CITY, NJ (Dec. 13, 2019)--The Rutgers–Camden Gospel Choir began in spring 2019 under the guidance of founding director Dionne Fields, a Rutgers–Camden graduate and part-time lecturer of music. Members include students and community members from throughout the region, as well as musicians in the choir's accompanying band. Learn more about the Department of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts: http://go.rutgers.edu/7vjw4e6o Read more →

Msgr. Thomas J. McIntyre, Supt. of Diocese Schools, former GCHS Principal, Rams Alum

GLASSBORO, NJ (Dec. 12, 2019)--The Rev. Thomas J. McIntyre, age 77, of Glassboro, NJ, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Dec. 6, 2019. Rev. Thomas J. McIntyre Born in Camden, NJ to the late James P. and Catherine (Goldthorp) McIntyre, he is the beloved brother of Jeanette Reilly of Glassboro and the late Rev. Msgr. James P. McIntyre. Devoted uncle of Janice (Tony) Lanteigne, Richard (Jodi) Winters, Christopher (Tara) Reilly, Kevin Reilly, Maureen (Mike) Collazo, Donna (Brendan) Shaw. Uncle... Read more →

9 Ways Going to Church Can Benefit Your Life

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(Dec. 11, 2019)--While church attendance seems to be declining, and a mental health crisis is rising, many people may not realize the many benefits of attending church. Almost 20% of Americans report having no religious affiliation in 2018. This is more than double the 8% who had no preference just a decade earlier. Attending church has several benefits that may have you reconsidering your connection with a higher power. Read on to find out what they are. 1. Mental Health Benefits of Attending Church This... Read more →

A Shepherd Visits The Infant Jesus

A Nativity Scene was erected in a church yard. An abandoned dog was looking for a comfortable, protected place to sleep. He chose baby Jesus as his comfort. No one had the heart to send him away all night. We should all have the good sense of this dog and curl up in Jesus' lap from time to time. This is too sweet not to share. No one mentioned that the dog breed is a "shepherd!" ( Catholic Study Fellowship) submitted by former Gloucester City... Read more →

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Statement on Msgr. Joseph L. Logrip

press release/Dec. 8, 2019 Reverend Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip was placed on administrative leave and his priestly faculties were restricted in January 2019 following an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the early 1980s. That allegation has been substantiated and he has been found unsuitable for ministry. Contextual Background Regarding Reverend Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip Previous Administrative Leave Case (2011) Reverend Monsignor Joseph L. Logrip was previously placed on administrative leave and his priestly faculties were restricted by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia following... Read more →


by Bill Donahue | The Catholic League Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Nancy Pelosi’s response to a reporter’s question: As House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi was leaving her press conference today, reporter James Rosen asked her, “Do you hate the president, Madame Speaker?” Pelosi was livid. She spun around and, pointing at Rosen, said, “I was raised in a Catholic house. We don’t hate anybody—not anybody in the world. So don’t accuse me of that.” Rosen replied that he never accused her of... Read more →

Pope Bestows Honors Upon 10 People for Service to the Church of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA PA--The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is proud to announce that Pope Francis has bestowed Papal Honors upon 10 individuals for their exceptional service to the Catholic Church. One individual will receive the Benemerenti Medal; four will receive the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Cross for the Church and Pontiff); three have been named Dame/Knight in the pontifical Order of Saint Gregory the Great; and two have been named Dame/Knight Commander in the same Order. The honors will be conferred by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.... Read more →

Reaching youth where they’re at

Written by Peter G. Sánchez/The Diocese of Camden As Camden Catholic’s Christian Leadership students gathered in class last month, all eyes were on Father Edward Kennedy. The part-time Director of Catholic Identity, critiquing students’ recent promotions of their upcoming school retreats (Kairos, a Women’s Retreat, Catholic Performers, and a Catholic Athletes for Christ), explained how one retreat group could have done even better. “Promise them donuts,” and students will come out, he said half-jokingly, as students laughed and nodded their heads. “Come for the donuts,... Read more →

Making connections with pen, paper and stamps

Written by Mary Beth Peabody/The Diocese of Camden Daniel Jarsen is ready to give the Thanksgiving placemat he made to his new pen pal, Mr. Cole. The placemat has a cornucopia that shows all Daniel is thankful for: his school, family, talents and two cats. Daniel and Mr. Cole met for the first time in mid-November, one of many pairs in a new friendship between the third grade class at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and seniors at Saint Simon Stock Parish, both in... Read more →

Catholic Social Services of the Philadelphia Archdiocese Receives Nearly 13,000 DIAPERS

Children and families who benefit from Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s (CSS) Beautiful Beginnings and Beautiful Parenting Programs will get a boost thanks to a recent diaper drive marking Respect Life Month. Approximately 13,000 diapers, 180 packages of baby wipes, and other infant care essentials were collected all from the generosity of over 90 donors. This annual Diaper Drive helps to stock the shelves of CSS’ Family Service Centers located throughout the five-county metropolitan area. Ms. Amy Stoner, Director of CSS Community... Read more →

Pope Honors 10 for Exceptional Service to the Church of Philadelphia

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is proud to announce that Pope Francis has bestowed Papal Honors upon 10 individuals for their exceptional service to the Catholic Church. One individual will receive the Benemerenti Medal; four will receive the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Cross for the Church and Pontiff); three have been named Dame/Knight in the pontifical Order of Saint Gregory the Great; and two have been named Dame/Knight Commander in the same Order. The honors will be conferred by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.... Read more →