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*Gloucester City's Irish Parade Sunday, MARCH 1ST

Monsignor Bill Hodge performing the Mummers Strut in front of St. Mary's Church, 426 Monmouth Street. (2018 photo by Gus Danks) GLOUCESTER CITY NJ --Monsignor William Hodge, Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Gloucester City, Charlie Kain, President of the New Jersey Irish Society, and Mayor Dan Spencer has announced plans are underway for the Fifth Annual St. Mary Parish St. Patrick’s Parade. The parade will be held on SUNDAY, MARCH 1st, 2020 at 1:00 PM sharp. THERE IS NO RAIN/SNOW DATE. Registration is now... Read more →


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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Patricia M. Pryzwara, of Gloucester City; Member of St. Mary's Parish; Catholic Daughters of America

Gloucester City – On December 29, 2019. Age 89. (nee Mischler). Loving and devoted wife of the late Joseph A. Pryzwara. Loving mother of Rita Johnson (Bohdan Anniuk), Patti Pryzwara (Ken MacAdams) and Frank Pryzwara (late Fran). Cherished grandmother of Max Pryzwara. Beloved sister of Peggy Feil, Joan Storey (Dan), the late Judy McAree (surv. Fran), Bill Mischler (Leslie), Maureen Wexler (Larry) and Joey Mischler (Susan). Beloved sister-in-law of the late Adolf Pryzwara (late Ceil), the late Edward Pryzwara, Lillian Villanova (Emilio) and Dot MacLennan... 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 →

Dawn DiGiacomo, 51, of Gloucester City; GCHS Alumnus

Dawn DiGiacomo Gloucester City – On December 25, 2019. Age 51. (nee Fowler). Loving and devoted wife of Vincent J. DiGiacomo. Loving mother of Derick and Ashley Fowler, Amber DiGiacomo, Vincent DiGiacomo, Jr. and Dominick DiGiacomo. Cherished grandmother of Brianna, C.J., Maximus and Derick, Jr. Cherished daughter of Earl T. Fowler, Sr. and the late Louise A. Fowler. Beloved sister of Michelle and Thomas Quinn, Stephanie and John Bryszewski, Kimberly and Michael Morrell and Earl Jr. and Kelliann Fowler. Beloved daughter in law of Amelia... 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 →

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 →

Patricia Ann Sampson of Gloucester City; GCHS Alumnus, St. Mary's Parishioner

GLOUCESTER CITY NJ--On November 28, 2019. Age 89. (nee Nolan). Of Gloucester City. Loving wife of 59 years to the late Riley K. Sampson. Loving mother of Maryann Deacon, Patricia Sampson, Teresa Andrews, Betsy Sherrer (Karl), Kathleen Murchake and Gerald Sampson (Rose). Cherished grandmom of Nicole, William, Christina, Melissa, Dillon, Alyson, Jamie, Tommy, Madison, Julia and Leah. Predeceased by her nine brothers and sisters. Patricia Ann Sampson Pat was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School class of 1948. She was a lifelong parishioner of... Read more →


PHILADELPHIA, PA--Mercy Hospice, a ministry of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been selected by Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA) and The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia (CFGP) as its official #GivingTuesday beneficiary. This year’s #GivingTuesday observance will be held on December 3, 2019. Mercy Hospice, part of the Housing and Homeless Services Division of CSS, offers stability and hope to women in recovery from substance abuse. In addition to single women, Mercy Hospice also supports mothers with young children. Women are offered... Read more →

Media to help people Discover Catholic Schools

November 2019 Science teacher Patty Barse was asked to talk about how she is able to do more with her middle school students. Here she is with some of her eighth graders, getting ready for their video shoot in the STREAM lab at Saint Mary’s, East Vineland. Photo by Mary Beth Peabody The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has proclaimed the week of Nov. 17-23 as Discover Catholic Schools Week — a nationwide opportunity for prospective families, donors and other partners to learn more about... Read more →

Linking spirituality and masculinity

November 2019 Kevin Reilly, a former Special Teams captain for the Philadelphia Eagles, speaks at the Man Up South Jersey Men’s Spirituality Conference, held Nov. 9 at Paul VI High School, Haddonfield. Photo by Mary McCusker HADDONFIELD — Closing in on hour one of the Man Up South Jersey Men’s Spirituality Conference, Alex Diagosta had gotten his money’s worth. The man from Our Lady of Peace Parish, Williamstown, had just heard the inspiring life story of Kevin Reilly, a former Special Teams captain for the... Read more →


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a victory in Wisconsin that atheists are deploring: By a vote of 64-30, the Wisconsin Assembly has voted to call the Christmas tree in the state Capitol rotunda a Christmas tree. The governor, Tony Evers, wanted it called a “holiday tree.” He failed to say what holiday—which means “holy day”—it represents. Now he knows. The Assembly also voted to adopt a resolution recognizing Thanksgiving week as National Bible Week. The Christian haters at Freedom From Religion Foundation were... Read more →

Ellen A. Farley of Gloucester City, age 88

On November 10, 2019. Age 88. Of Gloucester City. (nee Crilley). Loving wife of 56 years to the late William F. Farley. Survived by her children, W. Michael Farley and his wife, Colleen, Patrick F. Farley and Kevin D. Farley; sister, Theresa L. Dunn; and her nephew, Keith Dunn. Predeceased by her grandson, Michael J. Farley; brothers, Steven Rhodes, Joseph “Pat” Crilley and Francis W. Crilley; and her nephew, Kenny Dunn. Ellen was born in Philadelphia, PA and was a graduate of Haverford High School... Read more →

Obituary: John E Bartkevicius, of Runnemede; formerly of Gloucester City and Bellmawr

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace… grant that where there is doubt, faith and where there is sadness, joy. John E. Bartkevicius was a penitent man who held his Church and spirituality dear. They say that time spent laughing is time spent with God. John enjoyed sharing his smiles with his friends and family. He was a good husband, brother and friend who cared deeply about people. His generosity had made him a fisher of men. The faithful shall be set free of... Read more →

Guest Opinion: Georgetown's Pitiful Conference On Abuse

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a report released this week on a conference on clergy sexual abuse: On June 14-15, over 50 persons, most of whom were Catholic, assembled at Georgetown University for an event titled, "National Convening on Lay Leadership for a Wounded Church and Divided Nation." It was organized by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, headed by John Carr and Kim Daniels. The issue before the gathering was the clergy sexual abuse scandal. A report on the... Read more →


The first weekend of November All Souls Day ceremonies will be held on Saturday, November 2, and Catholic Cemetery on Sunday, November 3. During this week-end, the public is invited to visit one of the South Jersey Catholic cemeteries, and to practice the Spiritual Work of Mercy by praying for the dead and by visiting the graves of family and friends. May the Faithful Departed find eternal peace with God our Father. In honor of Catholic Cemetery Sunday prayer cards, printed with St. Gertrude The... Read more →

The 6th grade identity crisis

Leslie Crawford Consider it one of Mother Nature’s greatest tricks on Earth, or at least, on parents. One day, he was right here, your self-confident, smiling fifth grader, bursting with childish exuberance and curiosity. He’d show you rocks he found, ask you to watch a movie, and share secrets with you. Then, shockingly, almost overnight, your once-upon-a-time elementary schooler is replaced by a sixth grader who more often than not looks, acts, and sounds like another creature entirely. Thanks to a suite of internal and... Read more →

Evenly Matched Lions & Warriors Fight it Out Friday Night; O-4 Rams Face 4-1 Wolverines

By Josh Lashley | CNBNews Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (October 17, 2019)--An intriguing match up is set to take place this Friday night, October 18 when the Gloucester City High School football program takes the field on the road against New Egypt. The Lions enter the game with an overall mark of 2-4, having been defeated by a powerful Buena squad last weekend. The Warriors stand at 1-4. “New Egypt is a lot like us- young and scrappy,’’ Gloucester City head coach Rob Bryan said.... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Democratic Candidates Fail The Religion Test

October 11, 2019 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on what Democratic candidates for president had to say about religious liberty in the October 10 televised debate: There was a time, not long ago, when people of faith felt equally at home with the Republican and Democratic Parties. The former was home to most Protestants, and the latter was home to most Catholics and Jews. A big change came in the early 1970s when Catholics (especially white Catholics) moved away from the Democratic Party; some... Read more →

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT: October is Respect Life Month

October is Respect Life Month; it’s also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The two issues differ in their focus, but they’re connected by a common concern for human dignity. The right to life – humanity’s first and foundational right – ARCHBISHOP CHARLES CHAPUT includes the need to protect life from womb to natural death. It begins with, and can never exclude, the unborn child; but our obligations as Christians go well beyond the moment of birth. Men and women have equal capacities for holiness. They also... Read more →


PHILADELPHIA PA--Faithful from Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church will celebrate the parish’s third annual Solemn High Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. This year’s Mass will celebrate the canonization of Saint Cardinal John Henry Newman, two days after his canonization in Rome. Very Reverend Timothy Perkins, Vicar General for the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, will be the principal celebrant and homilist for this Mass. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:00 p.m. Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul... Read more →

Obituary: Jane Louise Spencer, Longtime Gloucester City Resident

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--Surrounded by her loving family, Jane Spencer, (nee Swindell), passed away peacefully at home on October 6, 2019 at the age of 86. Loving wife of 57 years to the late James L. “Mooney” Spencer. Loving mother of James (Sue), Patricia Grieski (late Jay), John (Gina) and Robert (Kim). Cherished grandmother of James Jr., Lynda, Felicia, Gabrielle, Damien, and Joshua; great grandmother of Megan, Maryssa, James III, Dominic, Sierra, and Eddie; great-great grandmother of Vidal Jr. and Ivan. Also survived by her sister... Read more →

Obituary: Marie Teresa Anello, of Gloucester City

On October 2, 2019, a resident of Gloucester City, NJ for more than 60 years, age 90. Beloved wife for 60 years of the late Frank Anello. Loving mother of Diane Kelly (Bill) and Barbara McHugh (Kevin). Marie Teresa “Ta” was the cherished grandmother of William, Brian, Patrick, Meghan and Caitlin and great grandmother of Finley, Finnegan and baby girl Kalustyan. Loving sister to Rose Stirner and the late Beatrice and Anthony Paparo. A consummate mother and homemaker, Teresa devoted her life to her family.... Read more →

‘Ripe for the Harvest,’ with hope for the future

admin By Sister Kathy Burton, SSJ, and Mary Lou Hughes In last week’s article in The Catholic Star Herald, “Ripe for the Harvest,” Julianne Stanz, director of Discipleship and Leadership Development for the Diocese of Green Bay, offered some very sobering statistics for the contemporary Catholic Church. In her article, Stanz referenced the 2018 study conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) and Saint Mary’s Press. This study reports that 74% of young people between the ages of 10 and 20... Read more →

Bishop Dennis Sullivan, Driven by his Love of Pastoral Work

By Carl Peters - September 27, 2019 CAMDEN City, NJ— During a conversation that lasted more than an hour, and ranged from the beauty of William Butler Yeats’ poetry to the vitriolic rhetoric now common on social media and in political debate, Bishop Dennis Sullivan often circled back to a favorite topic: his love of the priesthood. Bishop Dennis Sullivan poses for a photo after celebrating Mass at Wildwood Catholic High School on Sept. 23. “I love going to schools to visit,” he says. The... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Cardinal Pell And Brett Kavanaugh; Two Defamed Catholics

September 30, 2019 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the defamation of two prominent Catholics: In some quarters, George Cardinal Pell and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are both seen as sexual predators, deserving of imprisonment and impeachment, respectively. The Catholic League stands behind both the Australian cleric and the American judge: they have been maliciously defamed and are deserving of total exoneration. Cardinal Pell has appealed his conviction of sexually abusing two choirboys to the Australian High Court. In a 2-1 decision rendered... Read more →

OBITUARY: Charles R. Marshall, Jr. of Gloucester City

July 15, 1930 - September 23, 2019 Charles R. Marshall, Jr., “Huckle”, on September 23, 2019, of Gloucester City. Age 89. Beloved son of the late Charles, Sr. and Margaret. Devoted brother of the late Louis Marshall, Sr. Loving uncle of Sharon Marshall (Marshall Witt), Sandra Orndorff (Charles), Louis Marshall, Jr. (Phyllis Gianni), Cathy Welsh (Matt), and Terri Ann Pennypacker (Rob). Dear great uncle of Alex Riley (Abby), Rebecca L. Orndorff PhD, Matthew Orndorff (Aimee), Ryan Pennypacker, and Evan Pennypacker and great great uncle of... Read more →

Reverend William F. Ryan, Pastor of Annunciation Parish, Bellmawr & St. Raymond Parish, Villas

Cherry Hill - Reverend William F. Ryan - age 83 years, of Cherry Hill, NJ, a Roman Catholic Priest in the Diocese of Camden, returned home to the Lord on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Father Ryan was born in Philadelphia in 1936, the second of four children to Catherine (née Delaney) and William Ryan. He was a graduate of LaSalle High School in Philadelphia and later graduated with a Master's Degree from Villanova University. Father Ryan was ordained at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception... Read more →

Guest Opinion: Trump Scores at United Nations on Religious Liberty

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on President Trump’s remarks on religious liberty delivered at the U.N. today: President Trump continued his legacy of defending religious liberty with a stellar address at the United Nations today. He offered many examples of religious persecution around the globe, stating that 80 percent of the world’s population lives in nations where religious liberty is either restricted or banned altogether. In one of the most startling statistics mentioned by President Trump, he said that “11 Christians are killed every... Read more →

Guest Opinion: Media Attack DeVos' Visit To Catholic School

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' visit to a Catholic school: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was in Pennsylvania yesterday, attending a roundtable on education freedom. But for LGBT activists and their media allies, it was an opportunity to attack the religious freedom of Catholic schools. The roundtable, hosted by Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Diocese of Harrisburg, was held at Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School—a school that, according to CNN, "subscribes to an... Read more →

2019 Gloucester Catholic Rams Host CLEARVIEW!

UPDATED/CORRECTED Gloucestercitynews.net--GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (9-21-19)-The Gloucester Catholic Rams hosted 1 and 1 Clearview at the Gloucester High School (GHS Field). The Rams coming off a loss in their first game of the season against Robbinsville were looking for their first win of the season. Clearview started scoring and never let up leaving the John Lynch Field with a 44 - 0 win. More photos available for viewing at www.Darrowphotos.com Related: Lions Searching for a Win (0-2); Rams Face Clearview Saturday Gloucester Catholic Gloucester City High... Read more →