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News to Use From Our Pastoral Offices

Adult Faith Formation: Talent Search

We are grateful to you, our priests, for your vocation and all the ways you shepherd our people! We also acknowledge that your life experience encompasses more than your priesthood. Before becoming a priest, perhaps you were a teacher, musician, project manager, DJ, sales manager, athlete, etc. Thank you for all the ways you share your gifts and skills in your parish. We would love to celebrate them and share them through our pastoral office events and initiatives.

If you are interested in sharing them, please let us know by emailing me, Elizabeth Guevara de Gonzalez, at [email protected]. As we prepare for fall classes, we would love to hear from any priests interested in teaching through our New York Catholic Bible School or Fr. Felix Varela Institute.

Adult Faith Formation: ManUp New York

The Adult Faith Formation Office invites you and the men from your parish to our biennial Men’s Conference, Man Up New York: Manning up in the face of adversity. St. Joseph-Model of True Manhood. It will be a day for fellowship, spiritual enrichment, and practical insights on how to live out our faith during this time of adversity. We will be joined by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Fr. Don Calloway, Mike Piazza, and Dr. Greg Bottaro!  

We would also greatly appreciate your assistance with hearing confessions from 12:00-1:30PM. There is no cost for clergy. To sign yourself up go to If you would like to hold a watch party at your parish there would be no cost for your parishioners. Contact us for more information at [email protected] If you have any questions contact us at [email protected]

Save your spot today!

Adult Faith Formation – RCIA: Workshop on Valid Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriage, Annulments and Convalidations

  • When: Sunday, September 19, 5:30 – 8:30PM
  • Where: St Frances Cabrini Shrine 701 Washington Ave. Manhattan 

This workshop will review the criteria for valid baptisms and confirmations. It will also examine the rules concerning the marriage of catechumens, divorced and remarried persons, types of annulment cases, and convalidation of marriages. Direction will be given for the proper pastoral care of those in the RCIA who have marriage issues. 
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Adult Faith Formation – RCIA: RCIA Adult Confirmation Fall 2021

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 CatholicSchools or religious education programs.The Archdiocesan Adult Confirmation Program will present an overview of the essentials of the Catholic faith. Through presentations, group discussion, reflection and prayer, the sessions will cover SacredScripture and Tradition, the Creed, prayer and spirituality, the Church, Catholic social teaching and the meaning of the sacrament of Confirmation
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Adult Faith Formation – RCIA: Forum on the Catechumenate for Christian Initiation Ministers

  • When: Saturday, December 4, 8:30AM – 5:00PM
  • Where: CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL 350 East 56th St., Manhattan

Children of varying ages and a wide range of faith development come to us seeking Christian initiation. How do we minister to these children and their families? What is the best way to offer each child appropriate catechesis and formation in Christian life? How do we receive children who have been baptized in other Christian traditions into the full communion of the Catholic Church? Participants will deepen their understanding of the Church’s vision of the baptismal catechumenate as outlined in Part II.1 of the RCIA ritual text (RCIA adapted for children of catechetical age).

  • Sábado, 4 de diciembre 8:30AM – 5:00PM
  • CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL 350 East 56th St., Manhattan

Niños de diversas edades y en diversas etapas del desarrollo de su fe acuden a nosotros en busca de los sacramentos de iniciación cristiana. ¿Cómo atender a estos niños y a sus familias? ¿Cuál es la mejor forma de ofrecer a cada niño la catequesis y formación adecuada para su vida de fe? ¿De qué modo recibimos en la plena comunión de la Iglesia Católica a los niños que ya han sido bautizados en otras tradiciones cristianas? Los participantes profundizarán en la visión de la Iglesia sobre el catecumenado bautismal tal como está delineado en la parte II.1 del texto ritual del RICA (el RICA adaptado para niños en edad catequética).

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

Our Year of St. Joseph Zoom presentations have been a great success, including the most recent meeting on May 28 with Carmen Galecio-Vera. The full schedule of upcoming events in the Year of Saint Joseph Zoom reflection series can be found below.

Join us on August 27 for a conversation with Jessica Granados. Zoom ID: 824 6346 3054

Family Life: Domestic Violence Awareness Memo

October is Respect Life Month and in alignment with that, it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To guide pastoral care leaders in how to educate Catholics to recognize, respond to, and refer people who are experiencing violence at home, the Catholics For Family Peace Education and Research Initiative has produced a Domestic Violence Toolkit, accessed at The USCCB also has materials on this issue in both English and Spanish:‐and‐family‐life‐ministries/domestic‐violence

Would you consider dedicating at least one weekend in October to inform parishioners about domestic abuse, perhaps offering a Mass during October for Domestic Violence Awareness? If you have any questions or want additional information or bulletin samples, please feel free to contact Sue DiSisto in the Family Life Office at [email protected] or 646.794.3191.

Family Life: Convalidation Awareness Pamphlets

Please be aware that the printing company that mailed the Convalidation Awareness pamphlets may not have packed the intended quantities of English and Spanish pamphlets for your parish. We’ve heard that some parishes didn’t receive enough pamphlets, and we were very surprised. Please know that we have more pamphlets and are happy to ship some to you. Simply email the Family Life Office at [email protected], or call our office at 646-794-3188. We apologize for any inconvenience

Family Life: Prepare/Enrich and Catholic Couple Checkup Premarital/Relationship Assessments

The research about the usefulness of premarital relationship inventories (assessments) is unmistakable, and studies continue to be published every year that underscore the value of them for couples in terms of communication, conflict management, intimacy, and so on.Prepare/Enrich(PE)is the inventory/assessment that the Archdiocese supports and trains clergy to administer and interpret results. Clergy trainings are scheduled throughout the year and teach you about both P/E and CCC.

For more information about PE and CCC, or to register for the next ClergyFacilitator training, please call or email Suzanne Hammill in the Family Life Office at(646) 794-3183 or [email protected].

ADDITIONAL NOTE: Ask Suzanne for a free copy of Helping Couples: Proven Strategies for Coaches, Counselors& Clergy, a 2021 book co-written by the founder ofPrepare/Enrich, that includes practical and proven methods, data-driven techniques, and immediately usable strategies to help the couples you prepare for marriage

Marketing: Back to Mass Campaign

The Back to Mass campaign is going well, and we are still promoting this important initiative through social media.

Special Events: Columbus Day Mass

Join us for the 44th Annual Columbus Day Mass. 

  • When: Monday, October 11 9:30AM 
  • Where: St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

To reserve your free ticket, visit

Young Adult Outreach: Love & Responsibility NYC 2021

  • When: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Immaculate Conception Church Courtyard, 414 E. 14th Street, New York, NY 10009

Love & Responsibility in NYC continues with renowned speakers and musicians!

  • August 10- Amanda Vernon and Fr. Matt Fase, CSC
  • August 17- Colin Nykaza, with music by Mike Delouis
  • August 24- Movie screening
  • August 31- “Beauty Revealed” talent show
  • JUST ADDED: September 7- TBA
  • JUST ADDED: September 14- Fr. Brian Graebe

This event is free. RSVP is required. Search “Love & Responsibility NYC 2021” on Facebook or email [email protected] for more information.

Youth Faith Formation: Youth Faith Formation Memo

We are looking forward to hosting the Forums for Catechesis and YouthMinistry in person this fall! The Forums are great opportunities for learning and sharing for those ministering to and with our children and youth. They will be held on October 16, 2021 at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx and October 23, 2021 at Burke High School in Goshen.

For more information or to register please go to: