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News to Use from Our Pastoral Offices

Adult Faith Formation: ManUp Men’s Conference

In collaboration with ManUp Philly ministry, we will be hosting a ManUp New York conference next Fall! This will take the place of our biennial Men’s Conference. Part of the planning process involves putting together a committee of men. To create an event that best serves the men of our Archdiocese, would you please nominate male youth ministry leaders, young adult ministry leaders, men’s group leaders, and business leaders you know, to be part of the committee? Please submit nominations with their name and contact information to Elizabeth Guevara de Gonzalez at [email protected]. Thank you for your assistance!

Adult Faith Formation: SEEK21

This year’s Seek conference hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) will be virtual and adapted for adults and young adults, to be held at the parish or within a group of friends. The Adult Faith Formation Office will be promoting the SEEK21 conference to parishes in the Archdiocese of New York. The University Apostolate will be promoting the conference with our Archdiocesan colleges. 

Adult Faith Formation: Adult Confirmation Program

The Archdiocesan Adult Confirmation Program is designed for practicing adult (18+) Catholics seeking the sacrament of Confirmation, who have been baptized, have received their first Holy Communion, and have been educated in the Catholic faith through Catholic Schools or religious education programs.

Click here to register.

Adult Faith Formation: NY Catholic Bible Summit

Save the date for the New York Catholic Bible Summit on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This will be a dual event with a virtual event and in-person events at select parishes through the archdiocese.

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Catechetical: Virtual Day of Prayer

The Catechetical office of the archdiocese invites Catholic teachers in public schools to Virtual Day of Prayer: Bringing Jesus Into your Family Classroom on January 30. The registration deadline is January 28.

Development: Online Engagement

As we close 2020 and look forward to a new year, the Development team has started to launch The 2021 Cardinal’s Appeal. Last year, digital outreach became more critical to both stewarding parishioners as well as our fundraising efforts than ever, and I wanted to share some best practices to help you with The Cardinal’s Appeal and your overall parish digital efforts.

Family Life: Prayer Service for Divorced/Separated Individuals

Please join His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan and the Family Life Office, on Saturday, March 20, 2021 as we welcome separated and divorced individuals in the Archdiocese of New York to experience the welcoming heart of the Church.

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Family Life: Renewing Catholic Family Faith

The Peyton Institute for Domestic Church Life is hosting a webinar series that explores the renewal of Catholic family life.  This “Liturgy of Domestic Church Life” webinar series presents a new model of both family spirituality and family ministry that seeks to help families live their faith more dynamically at home, and enables parents to do a better job of passing their faith on to the next generation. The four-part series will begin on January 22, 2021.

Family Life: Longest Married Couple Search

The search begins for the Longest Married Couple in the Archdiocese of New York! To enter: Couples must be sacramentally married for a minimum of 65 years and reside in the Archdiocese of New York. 

The longest married couples will receive commemorative certificates signed by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan.  The winning couple will be interviewed and featured in an article in Catholic New York. Winners are determined by how long the couple has been married as of World Marriage Day, February 14th, 2021.

For further information, or to submit an entry, contact Kathleen Crayne at the Family Life Office at [email protected] (preferred method) or 646-794-3182.  

Hispanic Ministry: Hora Católica

Tune in to radio WADO 1280 AM for Hora Católica with Father Ato, director of Hispanic communications and pastoral ministry, every Sunday morning at 8 a.m.

Hispanic Ministry: Misa del Domingo

The Sunday Mass, Misa del Domingo, is now airing on Univision every Sunday morning in Spanish. Please check your local listings for more information.

Liturgy: Liturgy Update

The December 2020 volume of the Liturgy Office Newsletter, Liturgy Update, is now available. Click here to read Volume 8.1 of Liturgy Update or click the link below to download.

Respect Life: Prayer Vigil for Life

Join in the Prayer Vigil for Life at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade: January 22, 2021. The USCCB has declared that January 22nd shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. Consider making a pilgrimage to the Cathedral as a parish to join in this important vigil. Download the document below for more information.

Respect Life: March for Life

This year is unlike any other year but the need to witness for life remains and is, if anything, heightened. The March for Life will happen. The Archdiocese has laid out guidelines and safety protocols for parishes thinking of planning a trip to the March for Life. If your parish is not able to sponsor a bus trip to the March for Life this year, you may choose to organize a day of peaceful, prayerful witness outside of an abortion clinic near you. Download the document below for more information.

Young Adult Outreach: January Young Adult Mass

Join us for our monthly Young Adult Mass! Adoration with praise and worship music and Confessions will be available from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mass begins at 7:30 p.m. Celebrant and musician TBA. RSVP via Eventbrite required. The Young Adult Mass will be livestreamed via Facebook Live for those that cannot be physically present.

Those who are most vulnerable and those who are sick or symptomatic should stay home. Those with recent travels to states or countries with high Coronavirus rates should also follow current quarantine protocols. Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth for the duration of Mass and social distancing measures will be in place.

Search “January 6th YA Mass” on Facebook or email [email protected] for more information.

Youth Ministry: December Video Message from the Office of Youth Ministry

Every month, Cynthia Psencik, Director of the Office of Youth Ministry delivers a message to our adult leaders that work with youth and shares pertinent information and useful resources for their ministry. To view her latest video, visit the Office of Youth Ministry’s YouTube Channel:

Youth Ministry: Parish Cluster Zones and implications for Ministry

We have been monitoring the situation closely and assisting parishes that may have resumed in-person youth ministry and are affected by the changes in cluster zones. We have been working with parishes so that they can continue their ministry with our youth safely while taking all considerations and precautions. Read the latest notice sent to parishes regarding the zones.

Youth Ministry: Advent Virtual Youth Series

We have developed these youth nights to assist our youth ministry coordinators in walking their teens through Advent. Included in this series are: introduction to topic by staff members Christopher Rivera and Stephen Eguino, videos to share along with reflections and discussion questions to break open the different themes. We just launched with the theme of Hope for the first week of Advent. To access this resource, visit our website here.

Youth Ministry: Youth Minister’s Live Dialogue with Ed Mechmann

Every 2nd Tuesday of each month, we meet via zoom with our youth ministers.  Last month Ed Mechmann spoke about what to be mindful of when we engage our youth via the virtual platforms, as well as the dangers of TikTok. He answered questions such as “What do you do if you witness inappropriate behavior in the background?” If you want the answer to this question and others, you can watch the recording on our YouTube Channel, below:

Here is the accompanying resource to his presentation: Digital Time Bombs can also go TikTok TikTok.

Youth Ministry: Social Media Campaigns

If you are not already following the Office of Youth Ministry on Instagram and Facebook, make sure to follow @OYMNY where we have just launched “Why do We Wednesday” as a resource for the adults that work with teens as well as for the teens themselves. We will be covering everything from the meaning of Advent to why do we host an annual New York Catholic Youth Day, as well as sharing current news in youth ministry.

Youth Ministry: New York Catholic Youth Day   

We are dreaming big and hope to host New York Catholic Youth Day on May 1st, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Seminary. More information will be available in January’s VG mailing. Please pray for our plans going forward and Save the Date!