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City, suburban parishes pray for unity, racial healing

In a spirit of eucharistic unity through diversity, St. John Chrysostom Parish in Wallingford, Delaware County welcomed five parishioners of St. Martin de Porres Parish in North Philadelphia on Sunday morning, March 14 led by their pastor, Father Stephen Thorne, who celebrated Mass for the combined congregation. The Philadelphia guests are members of a unique […]

Our Sunday Mass

Sunday, March 14, 2021Good morning! Today, we depart from our usual live stream schedule to bring you a special 10 am Mass.We were honored to welcome our brothers and sisters from St. Martin de Porres Parish in North Philadelphia, led by their pastor, Fr. Stephen Thorne, and Deacon Melvin Burton. St. John’s and St. Martin’s […]

At Lent, the Friday fish fry continues, with some changes

For several years, longtime Philadelphia journalist Thera Martin’s Good Friday plans were set: After her church service ended in South Philly, she’d make a beeline north, to the Sultan Jihad Ahmad Community Foundation’s annual fish fry at 19th and Oxford Streets. “When you go to their fish fry, it’s just always a homecoming, a family […]

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON– On March 2, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recently approved for […]

Black priest a model for racial healing in church, society, says pastor

From CatholicPhilly: Father Augustus Tolton, now on the path to sainthood, can show “what it means to be one nation under God” and one church receiving “the same holy Eucharist,” said Father Stephen Thorne of St. Martin de Porres Parish. –

Courage, sense of welcome can help heal racism’s wounds

As part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s new Commission on Racial Healing, James E. Andrews, director of the archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics, shares how Catholics can build diverse yet united communities through honest conversations and genuine encounter. read more:

Total Praise

Please enjoy and share widely the collaboration linked below, which includes 32 singers from 4 different parishes performing gospel composer Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise.” Congratulations to all who participated – it was truly a joyful and inspiring experience, due in no small part to the wonderful talents and efforts of Ms. Tonya Dorsey and our […]