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News to Use from Our Pastoral Offices

Adult Faith Formation: Formed

The Office of Adult Faith Formation would like to suggest a few ideas on how to use FORMED this Lent.

Adult Faith Formation: Rite of Election

His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan invites those catechumens (the unbaptized) who participated in their parish Catechumenate (RCIA) process and are ready to celebrate the three sacraments of Christian initiation this coming Easter Vigil to formally celebrate the Archdiocesan Rite of Election on the First Sunday of Lent, March 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

Cultural Diversity Apostolate – Black Ministry: Black History Month Mass

Join us at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the Office of Black Ministry Annual Archdiocesan Black History Month Mass and Observance of the National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family. This year’s Mass will acknowledge and celebrate the important role of women in our families, church, and community.

Be a part of the Mass – join the Charles Barbour/Dolores Jefferson Memorial Combined Choir! Members must be able to attend at least three rehearsals.

Cultural Diversity Apostolate – Black Ministry: Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund

The Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund (PTSF) and Program is administered by the Archdiocese of New York, Office of Black Ministry. The PTSF provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors of diverse backgrounds from public, private, and parochial schools throughout the Archdiocese of New York, to assist them with the educational fees and expenses associated with their college studies.

To obtain an application and/or for more information please contact the Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund Office at 646-794-2681 or visit the website at to download the application form.

Development: Change of Date for Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

The date of this year’s Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner has been changed to Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Family Life: Marriage Prep Booklets

Just a reminder that the annual Marriage Prep booklets, which are normally printed and sent to each parish during November or December, are being scheduled to arrive at your parish in early February 2020.

Family Life: Launch of Updated Spanish Marriage Prep Registration System

The Family Life Office has launched the final phase of the Spanish Marriage Preparation registration system that was planned for the full unification of the English and Spanish MP programs.

Liturgy: Planning Catholic Funeral Liturgies

Join the Office of Liturgy for a workshop on planning Catholic funeral liturgies on February 1, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Seminary and learn how to prepare a prayerful and beautiful funeral liturgy that gives glory to God and honors the deceased in Christ.

Tickets $15. Visit to learn more and to register. 

Liturgy: Selecting Music for Mass

Learn how to select uplifting, beautiful, and singable music for Mass at this workshop for parish musicians and anyone eager to learn more about the role of sacred music at Mass on Sunday, February 22, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Seminary.

$20 per person. Click here to visit the Eventbrite to learn more and to register.

Respect Life: Feminine Genius Brunch

Women of all ages are invited to join the Sisters of Life for a beautiful morning set aside to marvel at the mystery of God and His plan.

Tickets $30. Click here to learn more and to register.

Respect Life: March for Life

Join thousands from around the country for the March for Life on Friday, January 24, 2020. Buses will be traveling to DC from all over the archdiocese.

Respect Life: Oppose Assisted Suicide

Legislation has been introduced in the New York State Legislature that would allow doctors to legally prescribe a lethal dose of pills at the request of a terminally ill patient. This legislation is unnecessary, flawed, and dangerous.

Please see below for additional resources to get informed and raise awareness of this issue.

Young Adult Outreach: Love and Responsibility: Winter

Love and Responsibility returns for a bonus Winter addition on Thursday, February 20. Helen Alvaré, George Mason University law professor, will be our guest speaker. She will be speaking about elements for having a reasonable pro-life debate. This event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about this event, click here to visit the event page on Facebook, or email [email protected].

Youth Faith Formation – Catechetical: The Fourth Annual Professional Day

Pastors, priests, deacons, seminarians, and directors and coordinators of religious education, RCIA, and youth ministry are invited to the Fourth Annual Professional Day, sponsored by the Catechetical Office in conjunction with the Offices of Priest Personnel, the Catechumenate, and Youth Ministry.

Tickets $25, including morning hospitality and lunch. Register by Monday, March 2 at

Youth Faith Formation – Catechetical: The Seventh Annual Catechists’ Liturgy and Breakfast

Catechists are invited to the seventh annual Catechists’ Liturgy and Breakfast on Saturday, February 22. You do so much for our Church through your teaching and example. Join the Office of Youth Faith Formation – Catechetical for a day to enrich your own journey with Christ.

Tickets $20 per person. Visit to download the registration form. RSVP by February 12.

Youth Faith Formation – Youth Ministry: Programs and Services

The Office of Youth Ministry supports schools, parishes, and Church leaders in their mission to prepare youth and young adults to hear and respond to the call of Jesus Christ. We offer training, formation, networking, support, consulting, and events for youth ages 13-21.

Youth Faith Formation – Youth Ministry: Spring Into Action Prayer

Join the Office of Youth Ministry on March 7 for Spring into Action Prayer, a day of reflection for youth ministers.

Registration information coming soon.

Youth Faith Formation – Youth Ministry: Youth Ministers’ Meetup

Adults working with teens in their ministry are invited to a discussion with His Eminence Cardinal Dolan on Saturday, January 25 at St. Joseph’s Seminary. We will hear about the inspiration behind his new book Who Do You Say I Am? and how this exchange between Jesus and Peter can be used as a model to help engage young people in conversation about faith and the Church. 

Register at