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June 6, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella
With just five baptisms, one wedding and 373 worshipers at weekly Mass in 2010, the ecclesiastical writing was on the wall for Holy Trinity Church, which has served Polish parishioners in Phoenixville since 1903. On Sunday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that Holy Trinity would merge with the only slightly busier St. Mary of the Assumption across the street and founded in 1840. Two other Phoenixville churches, Sacred Heart, a Slovak church established in 1903, and St. Ann, which dates to 1905, will come together at St. Ann. In a news release on the closings, the Archdiocese said the "revitalized parishes" will be "better equipped to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of future generations.
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March 23, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer
TWO CATHOLIC elementary schools in South Philadelphia slated for closure by the Archdiocese have appealed to an even higher authority - the Vatican. The schools, Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, are scheduled to shutter in June and merge with another South Philadelphia school this fall, but parents and one Boston-based Canon Law consultant are proposing that they merge at the Mount Carmel site instead. Parents at both schools, frustrated and angry about the closings, which they say will have adverse effects in their Pennsport and Whitman neighborhoods, hired Boston-based lawyer Peter Borre after Archbishop Charles Chaput denied their appeal.
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March 23, 2012 | By Regina Medina, Daily News Staff Writer
Two Catholic elementary schools in South Philadelphia slated for closure by the archdiocese have appealed to an even higher authority - the Vatican. The schools, Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, are scheduled to shutter in June and to merge into another South Philadelphia school this fall, but parents and a canon-law consultant are proposing that they merge at the Mount Carmel site instead. Parents at both schools - frustrated and angry about the closings, which they say will have adverse effects in their neighborhoods - hired Boston lawyer Peter Borre after Archbishop Charles J. Chaput denied their appeal.
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March 22, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer
TWO CATHOLIC elementary schools in South Philadelphia slated for closure by the Archdiocese have appealed to an even higher authority - the Vatican. The schools, Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, are scheduled to shutter in June and to merge into another South Philadelphia school this fall, but parents and one Boston-based Canon Law consultant are proposing that they merge at the Mount Carmel site instead. Parents at both schools, frustrated and angry about the closings, which they say will have adverse effects in their Pennsport and Whitman neighborhoods, hired Boston-based lawyer Peter Borre after Archbishop Charles J. Chaput denied their appeal.
NEWS
March 19, 2012
THERE IS no good time for the closure of an elementary school that is safe and provides a quality education to our children, but in Philadelphia there could be no worse time for schools of choice to close. The School Reform Commission appears rudderless, and the tumult is likely to continue as the search begins for a new superintendent. Charter schools are operating at capacity; many have long waiting lists. The neighborhood parish schools slated to be closed at their current locations include St. Bridget School, in East Falls; Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Sacred Heart of Jesus, in South Philadelphia (which wants to merge at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel location)
NEWS
March 11, 2012 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph Donnelly, of Lansdale, the chief financial officer for NBC Broadcasting, and a tireless advocate for Philadelphia region Catholic schools, died Friday, March 9, at Saint Luke's Hospital in New York City. Mr. Donnelly, 52, had suffered a heart attack Feb. 28 in New York and died from complications, his family said. Mr. Donnelly, who had previously served as the chief financial officer of Comcast Corp.'s programming division, was instrumental in that company's growth into a cable powerhouse and also played a key role in the company's successful merger with NBCUniversal in 2011, said Brian Roberts, the chairman of Comcast Corp.
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March 8, 2012 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
INĀ  12-STEP meetings, there's a "no cross-talk" policy. After a member says his peace, the group responds, "Thanks for sharing. " No one comments any further. After listening to families at St. Bridget's School describe their meeting with the Philadelphia Archdiocese to ask that their school remain open, I'm wondering if they stumbled into a 12-Step gathering instead of an appeals hearing. Because the response they've gotten to their respectfully expressed concerns is, basically, "Thanks for sharing.
NEWS
February 17, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
STUDENTS AND STAFF at St. Gabriel School this morning will do what generations of South Philly residents have done when they're celebrating. They will strut like Mummers outside the Grays Ferry school, on Dickinson Street near 29th, because school officials won their appeal with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to keep their school open as a separate entity. The Archdiocese had announced in January that the school would merge with St. Thomas Aquinas, at 17th and Morris streets.
NEWS
February 16, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At least three of the 21 Catholic elementary schools that had appealed recommendations to close will remain open. Holy Trinity Catholic elementary school in Morrisville, St. Mark in Bristol and St. Laurentius school in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood said they won their appeals to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to stay open. The Rev. Francis A. Gwiazda, pastor of St. Laurentius, said he received a phone call around 12:30 p.m. today informing him that his school had been spared.
NEWS
February 15, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
As area Catholic schools await word of their fates, a charter school proposed by the head of the Philadelphia Parking Authority and two state legislators has emerged as a factor in the appeals process for at least two parish elementary schools in the city that are fighting to stay open. According to the unsolicited application submitted to the School District in November, the proposed K-8 Philadelphia Polytechnic Charter School intends to have campuses in Kensington and South Philadelphia.
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