Phila. Archbishop hosts 1st Christmas party
PHILADELPHIA - December 22, 2011 Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput greeted special guests to the Archdiocese 55th Annual Christmas Party. About 400 children were treated to plenty of goodies and even a parade with some of their favorite characters. Students from the Archdiocesan High Schools provided some of the entertainment for the youngsters who represent about 16,000 children of all faiths in the Archdiocese, who receive services from agencies of Catholic Social Services. The event is a lot of fun, but it is also a fundraiser, bringing in about $200,000 in donations. "The money is really," said Archbishop Charles Chaput. to help the poor, and we're hoping that the true meaning of Christmas will help the poor." A nativity play told of the birth of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas. The music was provided by Archdiocesan high school students, and there was even an appearance by everyone's favorite mascot, the Philly Phanatic. But the highlight for the children was the arrival of Santa, who along with his helpers, provided presents for everyone. "I like how they do thing, and how everyone gets to sit with everyone," said Mariah Pagan. "I love it," said Nasir Moody. "And you get presents and I love that too." The children appeared to have a great time for a couple of hours, but the donations raised from the party will be put to work all year round.