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News to Use from Our Pastoral Offices

Adult Faith Formation: Alpha Online

Interested in learning more about Alpha? Starting April 29th, Alpha is sponsoring Alpha Online, a “Come and See” for Catholic leaders to experience Alpha first-hand in a condensed, more concise way. Click here for a flyer with more information.

Adult Faith Formation: FORMED

As part of an Archdiocesan-wide initiative similar to that of a few years ago when parishes participated in watching Presence in preparation for Corpus Christi, 60 of our parishes have expressed interest in watching The Search or Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist during the Easter season or this summer. The Search is a captivating video series for anyone and everyone seeking the answers to universal questions such as “Why a God?”, “What’s the meaning of life?”, “Who is Jesus?”, “What’s our story?” and “Why a Church?”

If you are interested in joining other parishes within the Archdiocese, contact me for more details. It could be over the online platform of your preference if you cannot meet in-person. The days of the week and times are flexible as before, whatever works best for your parish. You may reach me at 646-794-2579 or [email protected] 

Easter blessings! 

Adult Faith Formation: New York Catholic Bible Summit

Join us for the New York Catholic Bible Summit to deepen your understanding of the Bible and learn new ways its teachings can bring hope into your life. Tickets will be on sale in April 2021. More details to follow.

Únase a nosotros en la Cumbre Bíblica Católica de Nueva York para profundizar sus conocimientos de la biblia y aprender nuevas maneras en las que sus enseñanzas pueden traer esperanza a su vida. Las entradas estarán a la venta en abril de 2021. Más detalles por venir.

Cultural Diversity Apostolate – Black Ministry: Join the Conversation – Black Lives Matter: Question or Statement

Black Lives Matter: Question or Statement? Join the conversation with Gloria Purvis at the Sheen Center, moderated by Liz Faublas, on April 13. RSVP here.

Cultural Diversity Apostolate – Hispanic Ministry: Year of St. Joseph Zoom Reflection Evenings Schedule

The next presentation in the Year of Saint Joseph Zoom reflection series will be with Salvador Gómez, on the topic of “The Silence of Saint Joseph.” The full schedule of upcoming events in the Year of Saint Joseph Zoom reflection series can be found below. Follow our social media for more information on our next events! Click here to visit us on Facebook and follow us here on Twitter.

Development: “Tree of Life” at the Saint John Vianney Clergy Residence

To honor and celebrate all that our retired priests have done for our communities, we are excited to share with you a new initiative in support of the Saint John Vianney Clergy Residence.

A Tree of Life will be installed this summer, honoring friends, family, and beloved teachers and clergy in the Cardinal O’Connor Pavilion. The development team is actively seeking support for the Residence, and this naming opportunity is a meaningful way to achieve this goal.

Family Life: Convalidation Awareness Campaign

As you know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Convalidation Awareness Campaign and the corresponding Convalidation/Re-Marriage preparation program was postponed until 2021. We are finally ready now to move forward and launch the campaign next month!

Family Life: Special Mass for Deceased Children of Parents from the Archdiocese of New York

Join His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, as he celebrates Mass on June 13, 2021, with a special intention for deceased children of parents from the Archdiocese of New York. We welcome parents who have lost children (of any age) who have died by any cause, no matter how long ago. Learn more.

Respect Life: The Equality Act & What it Means for Catholics

The Equality Act may sound harmless but its dangerous implications are broad and far-reaching. This bill has already passed in the House and will soon be voted on in the Senate. On March 22nd, the Archdiocese of New York—in collaboration with other dioceses throughout the county—hosted a nationwide webinar to inform Catholics about the Equality Act and its repercussions for families, faith, and freedom. The webinar featured knowledgeable speakers including Ryan T. Anderson, Mary Hasson, and Susan Muskett, equipping Catholics to take action at a grassroots level. Please watch and share the video recording of the webinar:

Respect Life: Care & Prepare: End-of-Life Education

It is critically important for parishioners to understand Catholic teaching on end-of-life care as they face difficult decisions. Many Catholics are unaware of the practical tools and helps available to them. “Care & Prepare” is a 30-minute educational video produced by the Archdiocese of New York which offers a comprehensive education on end-of-life ethics and practical ways to prepare. Please share these videos with your parishioners and consider hosting a parish event to view them together.

Safe Environment: Background Check for all Music Ministers through Safe Environment Office

Please be advised that all music ministers are required to complete a background check through the Safe Environment Office. This includes all music and choir directors, organists, and cantors, regardless of whether they are full or part time, contract, per diem, temporary, or substitutes. This applies to current staff and any new personnel in the future.

Young Adult Outreach: 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. Our celebrant is Fr. Jean-Pierre Seon and Elena Castello is our musician. RSVP is required. View the event on Facebook here or email [email protected] for more information.

Young Adult Outreach: “The Visit” Women’s Night

This May, come be a part of a unique event held by and for the young women of the Archdiocese of New York. “Visit” into the life of a female saint through speaker testimonies, time for prayer in Adoration and Confession, and community-building. Email [email protected] for more information.

Young Adult Outreach: CatholicNYC Presents YouTube Channel

Since March 2020, the Office of Young Adult Outreach has been providing virtual content via the CatholicNYC Presents series. You can view all 50 (and counting!) episodes of CatholicNYC Presents, as well as live-streamed Love & Responsibility sessions, on our YouTube channel here. Thank you!

Youth Faith Formation: April Video Message from 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 sharing useful resources for ministry with youth. This month’s email features two great resources available for you at your parish – Alpha Youth and Interlinc. You can view the message on our website To receive this email, sign up to our Flocknote

Youth Faith Formation: New York Catholic Youth Day

Registration is open for this year’s New York Catholic Youth Day on May 1st! Make sure to register and reserve a place for your teens since space is limited. Can’t join us in person? We are preparing an amazing virtual experience. We can also support you in preparing a watch party so that your teens don’t miss out on this year’s New York Catholic Youth Day. Registration can be found on our website:

Youth Faith Formation: Save the Date – Fall Forums for Catechesis and Youth Ministry

The Department of Youth Faith Formation will be hosting the Forums for Catechesis and Youth Ministry on October 16 at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx and October 23 at John S. Burke High School in Goshen. The days will be filled with great speakers, powerful prayer, lively conversations, and a great community! More details on workshops, keynote presenters, and programming will follow soon.

Youth Faith Formation: Youth Holy Hours

We are working with parish leaders to resource and support them in hosting regional Holy Hours for the youth of the community. This is a great way to gather the youth back if you are still not meeting for in-person youth ministry. Visit our website to see a list of Holy Hours already scheduled. If you would like to host one, email us at [email protected].

Youth Faith Formation: Did you know…

The Office of Youth Ministry not only works with parishes that have youth ministry programs but can actually help you start youth ministry in your parish? Our mission is to support parish, school, and church leaders in their mission to build young disciples of Jesus Christ. We do this through consultation, networking, resource support, formation of leaders, and training for youth and adult leaders! We can help you discern the needs of your young people and families and build an effective ministry to serve them. If you are interested in a consultation, contact us at [email protected] and one of our Youth Ministry Specialists will call to schedule a time to discuss your hopes for reaching the teens of your parish.