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News to Use from Our Pastoral Offices

Adult Faith Formation: RCIA

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).    

Adult Faith Formation: Synod of Bishops on Synodality

The core committee has continued to prepare our archdiocese for Synod 2021 – 2023. On December 9, there was an orientation meeting for Deans. Information shared at that meeting should be received by all pastors by the end of the year, and our hope is that you will be able to involve your parishioners after the start of the New Year. We are posting information to our website at as it becomes available. Thank you for ensuring the communities you lead participate in this important process of prayer, discussion, and listening.  

Adult Faith Formation: Enlighten

We are taking registrations for Enlighten courses, our collaboration with Fordham University. Foundational classes covered are: Introduction to Catholicism, Understanding the Creed, Understanding Holy Scripture, Unveiling the Sacraments, Catholic Social Teaching, and Catholic Moral Teaching. A flyer is attached to this email. 

Adult Faith Formation: FORMED

You can find great Christmas resources on our website. Consider inviting your parish to come together to watch one of these resources this Christmas season. With COVID-19 and quarantine, fellowship is more important than ever.  We greatly promote The Search as a great kerygmatic refresher for your parish. A blessed Christmas! 

Adult Faith Formation: Rite of Election

His Eminence Cardinal Dolan is inviting all the parish catechumens who are ready for Christian initiation this coming Easter to be registered for the Archdiocesan celebration of the Rite of Election, scheduled for Sunday, March 6, 2022 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Online Registration begins on January 3, 2022. For more information, please read attached letter.


Cultural Diversity Apostolate – Hispanic Ministry: Misa del Domingo/Hora Catolica Programs on Univision and Radio WADO

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

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

The next presentation in the Year of St. Joseph Zoom Reflection Series will be on Friday, November 19, at 8 p.m.

Cultural Diversity Apostolate – Hispanic Ministry: Hispanic Liturgies at St. Patrick Cathedral

El Ministerio Hispano de la Arquidiócesis de Nueva York los invita a celebrar la riqueza y diversidad de los Hispanos Católicos. Experimente la alegría, la belleza y la devoción en estas celebraciones Marianas y Misas especiales celebradas en la Catedral de San Patricio. ¡Todos están bienvenidos!

The Hispanic Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York invites you to celebrate the richness and diversity of Hispanic Catholics. Experience the joy, beauty and devotion at these Marian celebrations and special Masses held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. All are welcome!

Development: Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal

We are thrilled to announce a $1,000,000 matching challenge for the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal from an incredibly generous donor. Please use this incentive to encourage your parishioners to give before December 31, 2021 if they haven’t already.
Thank you for your dedicated efforts throughout the year to ensure the 2021 Cardinal’s Appeal is successful. Despite the many challenges we have all faced, it has been a fruitful year. I would especially like to thank Juliette Picciano, the Director of the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal, for her leadership and our incredible team of Campaign Managers. The Development team values your partnership immensely. Thank you for bringing our Catholic faith to the people of the ADNY.

Family Life: World Marriage Day 2022

Plans for World Marriage Day 2022 are underway, so the search begins for the Longest Married Couple in the Archdiocese of New York.  This annual search honors the vocation of marriage and family life.  Please support this initiative by placing the announcements (English/Spanish) in your parish bulletin as often as space permits. 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. 

Family Life: The Longest Married Couple Search and World Marriage Day/National Marriage Week:  
The Family Life Office will be promoting the Archdiocese of New York version of Witness to Love’s “Be Light Marriage Renewal Date Night Series” which is for married [and engaged] couples in connection with World Marriage Day (Feb 13, 2022) and National Marriage Week (Feb 6-13, 2022). See the attached notice, or contact Kathleen Crayne (for English) at [email protected] (preferred method) or 646-794-3182, or Yorleni Tavarez-Sanchez (for Spanish) at [email protected] or 646.794.3199.

Family Life: Prayer Service for Divorced/Separated Individuals

The Family Life Office is sponsoring a Prayer Service for Divorced and Separated individuals from the ADNY on Saturday, March 5, 2022. Cardinal Dolan will preside.  

Liturgy: December 2021 Newsletter

Download the December 2021 Newsletter for liturgical memos and Liturgical Preparation Aid for Seasons of Advent and Christmas and more  

Respect Life: Feast of the Holy Innocents 
The Respect Life Office is again sponsoring the annual Pro-LifeMass, Rosary Procession, & Eucharistic Adoration for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, with a reception following. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2021


Church of the Holy Innocents

128 W 37th St. New York, NY 10018

Respect Life: Pray for Dobbs
In 2018 Mississippi passed a law protecting unborn children after 15 weeks of gestation. The law was challenged and the case, called Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, has gone to the Supreme Court.  This is truly a landmark case that could potentially overturn the decision of Roe v Wade. The oral arguments were heard on Dec 1st, but the decision is not expected until June 2022. 

For the past 49 years, the infamous date of January 22 has been one of solemn prayer and remembrance for the tragedy of legalized abortion in this country.  From now until June 2022, we hope to make the 22nd of each month a special day of prayer and fasting for the Dobbs case, in the hopes that on its 50th anniversary (Jan 22, 2023) Roe v Wade will have been finally overturned.  More information about the Archdiocesan Pray for Dobbs campaign can be found here

Respect Life:  Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Saturday, January 22nd 2022 will be the 49th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision. It is a day of particular prayer and fasting as declared by the US Bishops. Here are some ideas for how to observe it in your Parish –

  1. Organize a Holy Hour and and/or Mass of Reparation at your parish (see our website for more information)
  2. Organize a prayerful witness at a local abortion facility 
  3. Preach about it your Sunday homily. 

Respect Life: March for Life

The March for Life is scheduled for Friday, January 21st 2022 and we encourage your parish to host a pilgrimage to D.C. This year the Archdiocese is not imposing any diocesan-wide COVID-safety protocols on bus trips and you are free to make decisions based on the specific situation of your parish or group. For example, wearing masks or limiting capacity on the buses may be prudent, depending on the recommended guidance from health officials in January. 

You will find some helpful information about local D.C. COVID vaccination and testing travel regulations here. However, they should not affect your trip as long you do not plan to stay within the city of D.C. for more than 24 hours. 

Respect Life: Mass for New York Pilgrims 

Cardinal Dolan will again celebrate a Mass in D.C. for pilgrims from the Archdiocese on the morning of the March for Life. Friday, Jan 21st – 10:30 am St. Patrick’s Church 619 10th St NW Washington, D.C

Respect Life: National Prayer Vigil for Life – Basilica of the Immaculate Conception- Thurs, Jan 20th 

The National Prayer Vigil will take place this year at the Basilica with no limited capacity and seating is first come first serve!   
Bishops and Priests who wish to concelebrate can register now for the Mass here

Respect Life: March for Life Scarves

Official Archdiocese of New York March for Life pilgrim scarves are available for your group at a cost of $5 each. Please contact [email protected] to order.

For more information about other events surrounding the March for Life visit our website. If you have further questions about hosting a bus trip from your parish, the Respect Life Office is here to support you! Please contact us with any questions or concerns. If you do plan to host a trip, please let us know so we can help you to advertise. Please email [email protected]

St. Joseph’s Seminary: Cathedral Prep Weekend

Cathedral Prep is a weekend retreat program for high school age young men who are looking to learn more about the priesthood, grow in their relationship with Christ, and have a desire to serve the Church. It’s motto is “IN SPEM ECCLESIAE”, which means “hope of the Church”. Cathedral Prep was founded on the belief that God works through young people and will bring about a revitalization of our Church through the witness and leadership of the young men who are part of this program.   

Young Adult Outreach: CatholicNYC New Year’s Eve Bash!

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at the best party in New York City!
Back by popular demand, the night begins with a Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, followed by a party that will feature a stellar live band, and great DJ, to ring in 2022!

Friday, December 31st at 8pm, Church of Our Saviour, 59 Park Avenue, New York, NY  10016

With a ticket to this event, enjoy the party, an open bar (beer and wine), music, food, and more! After the countdown, we go back to the dance floor and keep the party going! This event is 21+.

Search “CatholicNYC New Year’s Eve Bash!” on Facebook or email [email protected] for more information.

Youth Faith Formation: The Forgotten Catechists Save The Date