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News to Use from Our Pastoral Offices

Adult Faith Formation: Catholic Bible Summit

The Adult Faith Formation Office of the Archdiocese of New York is delighted to invite you to attend the 2019 New York Catholic Bible Summit: The Bible in a Time for Healing, on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Cathedral High School.  Registration is open. Visit

Adult Faith Formation: FORMED

As you may know, this October will commence the fourth year of our FORMED parish subscriptions. We are committed to providing our parishes the tools you need to serve our people. We consulted with seven other dioceses that have a partnership with FORMED to learn that success using FORMED in the parishes included involvement with pastors and parish ministry leaders. See the letter below for options for this year’s renewal as well as information on improvements to the FORMED platform. 

Adult Faith Formation: Men’s Conference

The Men’s Conference is a day for Catholic men to gather together for fellowship, spiritual enrichment, and practical insights on how to live their faith. The theme of the conference is Men of Character in Today’s WorldRegistration is open. Visit

Adult Faith Formation: Relics of 19th Century Saints

First class (bone fragments) relics from Saint Damien de Veuster and Saint Marianne Cope will be visiting from the Diocese of Honolulu September 27 through 29 at three locations around the archdiocese.

Adult Faith Formation: Catechesis Accommodated to the Liturgical Year (RCIA)

The Catechesis Accommodated to the Liturgical Year: Forum on the Catechumenate for Christian Initiation Ministers will be on Saturday, November 9 at Fordham University Rose-Hill Campus. Registration is open. Visit

Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has been part of the Church’s mission in reaching out to all faith traditions in seeking theological and social dialogue. We have interactions with our Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist communities, but most precious to us is the manner in which we meet in Christ with our Christian brothers and Sisters. 

For decades this has been especially true during the Week of Christian Unity which will be held next year from January 18 through 25. The theme will be “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness.” (Acts 28:2)

Events: Columbus Day Mass

Columbus Day Mass 
St. Patrick’s Cathedral 
Monday, October 14, 9:30 AM

Tickets are required to enter the cathedral until 9:15, at which point it becomes general admission. Visit

Family Life: Upcoming Trainings

Prepare/Enrich Clergy Facilitator Training
Clergy trainings for the Prepare/Enrich relationship inventory and skill-building tool will be held this month.

Family Life: Bereavement Facilitator Training
This two-evening training is intended for those who will facilitate bereavement support groups at the parish to support them in this ministry. Please note that pastor approval is required.

Hispanic Ministry: Citizenship Class

Catholic Charities Bronx Center will host a free ESOL/Citizenship class in English open to intermediate and advanced levels to prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam and interview, practice language skills and access legal assistance. 

Hispanic Ministry: Free Financial Workshop

Catholic Charities Bronx Center will host a free financial workshop on the impact of credit and achieving financial goals on September 25. 

Hispanic Ministry: Project L.I.G.H.T.

The Sisters of Charity of New York will offer free evening English and citizenship test preparation classes for adults starting September 25 through November 18. 

Liturgy: Online Training and Certification for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

The Liturgy Office is pleased to announce its new online certification program for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The program is convenient and interactive and includes an instructional video, a short quiz, and opportunities for reflection and questions. This free course is offered in both English and Spanish and may be accessed from the Liturgy Office webpage and at

Liturgy: Organfest

Are you a church musician – or merely a fan of great organ music? Join us for a day dedicated to celebrating and enjoying the “king of instruments” – the organ! Visit

Schools: TACHS 

The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS) will be administered on Friday, November 8 in selected high schools throughout the Archdiocese. 

Schools: Mass for Principals

On October 18, the principal of each elementary and high school in the Archdiocese will gather in prayerful community at St. Frances de Chantal Church (190 Hollywood Avenue in the Bronx) to celebrate Mass as the 2019-2020 school year begins. All priests are invited to concelebrate. 

Schools: Study on Catholic Schools

You are invited to participate in a study, Factors Affecting Perceptions of Catholic Elementary Schools and Regionalization by the Priests of the Archdiocese of New York.  I am a Catholic School Superintendent in the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan, and I am currently completing my doctoral degree from the Catholic University of America.  I am a 24-year veteran educator of Catholic Schools.  For seventeen years I also attended Catholic schools for my elementary, secondary, and collegiate education. 

Youth Faith Formation: New York Catholic Youth Day

There’s still time to register for New York Catholic Youth Day! There will be hundreds of teens in attendance at this inspiring annual event that includes service, music, speakers, Mass and time to be with friends and make new ones.

It’s also a wonderful opportunity to extend the work pastors and parish staff do each week to open the hearts and minds of our teens to God’s love. 

This year’s theme – Speak Up! – is all about teens using their voice for good. First, to speak up towards God! And then, to speak up for injustice.  

Youth Faith Formation: Family Pray and Play Day

The Hudson Valley is the perfect setting for families to unwind, put away mobile devices, talk to one another, play, and give thanks to God for the beauty of nature and the gift of family. Celebrate autumn in the Hudson Valley on Family Pray and Play Day!

Youth Faith Formation: Forum for Catechesis and Youth Ministry

The Forum for Catechesis and Youth Ministry: Come & See will be on Saturday, October 5 in the Bronx and Saturday, October 26 in Monroe. Come & See is a day of inspiration to enrich the religious education of children and youth, held for catechists, religious education leaders, youth ministers and all interested adults. To learn more and to register, click here