Kids saddle up for safety with help from Philly police

August 22, 2019 | News

More than 50 area youth saddled up for safety, and for a new school year, at an Aug. 2 “bike rodeo.” Now in its second year, the gathering gave kids at the Mayfair Out of School Time (OST) program in Northeast Philadelphia a chance to learn the rules of the road for two-wheeled transport.

Pen pals young and old glimpse world through ‘different eyes’

August 13, 2019 | News

Social media followers may have replaced pen pals, but one group of area students recently revived the age-old tradition of letter-writing. This summer, students at St. Helena’s Out of School Time (OST) program in Philadelphia’s Olney neighborhood put down their cell phones to correspond with members of a local senior club.

OST In The News: Northeast Times

August 8, 2019 | Press Highlights

At an August 2nd “bike rodeo” hosted by Catholic Social Services, officers from the Philadelphia Police 15th District helped some 50 kids learn the rules of the road, while getting ready for a new school year. The Northeast Times covered this miniature bike rodeo. 

Far from home, Vietnamese nuns make friends in Philly

July 31, 2019 | News

Two women religious from Vietnam have been working on their Philly accents this summer, while helping kids served by the Archdiocese.
Sister Linh Tran and Sister Luyen Pham have been staying at the convent of Holy Innocents Parish since early July, assisting at Catholic Social Services’ Out of School Time (OST) program there as part of a short-term mission.

South Philly students write their own children’s books

May 21, 2019 | News

A new generation of writers is emerging in a South Philadelphia neighborhood, and most of them are under 10 years old. St. Gabriel’s Out of School Time (OST) program, a ministry of archdiocesan Catholic Social Services (CSS), celebrated the completion of its year-long “Write Brain” literacy program with a May 3 children’s author event.

Photo Feature: The spirit of joy and giving — with a Latino flair

December 31, 2018 | News

At the Archbishop’s Christmas Gala for Children held in Philadelphia Dec. 18, children served all year long by Catholic Social Services’ agencies gathered for a day of fun with a distinct Latin American flavor

Kids served by Catholic agencies thrill to fun-filled party

December 21, 2018 | News

Attending as guests of honor were young children from various schools, residential programs, out-of-school-time programs and refugee programs from throughout the archdiocese served by Catholic Social Services.

Kids open up new world by building a library of their own

November 19, 2018 | News

Students of the St. Gabriel’s Out of School Time (OST) Program, a ministry of CSS, recently received a $1,475 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The award will fund the purchase of new books for the center, one of 12 CSS operates throughout Philadelphia.

Big splashes for little ones at annual Catholic Social Services picnic

July 27, 2018 | News

On a hot summer day, there’s nothing like a diving into a cold pool and then chowing down at a barbecue with good friends. That’s exactly what a few area kids – almost 800, actually – did at the eighth annual “Big Splash” picnic, hosted by archdiocesan Catholic Social Services (CSS) on July 20 for the youth in its Out of School Time (OST) program.