The Diocese now has fewer priests, fewer parishes and fewer schools than it did in January 2011, and the number of baptisms, first holy communions, confirmations, and Catholic marriages has declined. These trends are similar to those in many dioceses around the country.
St. John XXIII Parish, Tamaqua was awarded a $5,000 grant through the fund, which is made possible through a special annual second collection that will be held at Masses the weekend of Nov. 16-17. It's one of the many local projects and services funded with Diocesan Poverty Relief grants.
There are kids of all different talent levels afforded the opportunity to compete and have fun. I see kids enjoying themselves whether they come in first or are the last one across the line. In my opinion just finishing the race makes every kid here a winner,” said Daniel Jones, CYO coordinator.