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News to Use from Our Pastoral Offices

Adult Faith Formation: New York Catholic Bible School

The New York Catholic Bible School at Regina Coeli School will meet Tuesdays at 6:30 P.M. Registration for Winter 2022 classes are open until Friday, December 17. Learn more and register now.

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).        

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: Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Diamond Anniversary Dinner

The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation celebrated its Diamond Anniversary Dinner on October 21, 2021 at the Javits Center Expansion Site. The Dinner welcomed Dr. Condoleezza Rice as keynote speaker, featuring a good humored video introduction by former President George W. Bush. Frank Bennack Jr. received the Happy Warrior award.

Dorothy Day Guild: Bulletin Announcement

On December 8 at 7:30 p.m., Cardinal Dolan will offer Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Young Adults, and celebrate the completion of the diocesan phase of the Cause of Servant of God Dorothy Day, and the sending off to Rome of all the documents gathered to support her canonization. Since this is a very significant moment for the Archdiocese of New York and for the wider Church, please find enclosed bulletin announcements to share with your parishioners in your parish bulletins.

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

NOTE:  For this upcoming World Marriage Day (Feb 13, 2022), it was suggested that we incorporate the Feast of the Holy Spouses (normally celebrated on January 23rd but date is flexible) to be celebrated on World Marriage Day.  Here is a link if you would like to read about this feast.

For further information on incorporating this Feast into World Marriage Day planning, please see next month’s Chancery mailing.

Respect Life: Updates from the Respect Life Office

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. Read more about this, Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and end of life education seminars in the update from the Respect Life Office.

Sheen Center: DaVinci on Bleeker: The Last Supper Experience

Visit The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture to engage with The Last Supper, a true masterpiece in a life-size depiction. Offering a stunning, enveloping reproduction in an intimate setting, this spectacular exhibit will give visitors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study all the work’s facets—which have intrigued curious minds for over 500 years. This unique, family-friendly exhibit features an audio tour in English and Spanish, provided free of charge.

St. Joseph’s Seminary: Advent & Christmas Concert

St. Joseph’s Seminary Schola Cantorum invites you to an Advent & Christmas Concert presented on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. Save the dates to join us during this year of St. Joseph, in celebration of the Seminary’s 125th anniversary.

Support St. Joseph’s Seminary Schola by placing a Journal Ad in the Concert Program. All proceeds will go towards cultural and spiritual enrichment programs for the seminarians.

St. Joseph’s Seminary: Seminary Anniversary Car Raffle

The drawing for a 2022 Toyota RAV4 XLE / $20,000 cash prize will be held at the Annual Advent and Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 5, 2021. For more information call 914-968-6200 x8201 or email [email protected].

St. Joseph’s Seminary: Online Theology Degree and Certificate Programs for the Spring

This spring, join St. Joseph’s Seminary for two new accredited programs via the comfort of remote learning. Theology Degree and Certificate Programs, as well as Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Theology, are available 100% online or in-person.

University Apostolate: Thomas Merton Lecture “Ephatha”

Annual Thomas Merton Lecture “Ephatha,” a lecture about Dr. Christopher Belardi’s battle with Covid 19 at Corpus Christi Parish. 529 W 121st St, New York, NY 10027 (Columbia Catholic) – November 15, 2021 @ 7:30pm

University Apostolate: Busy Person Retreat – Reflections on the Book of St. James

Busy Person Retreat – Reflections on the Book of James, St. Joseph’s Parish, New Paltz (Students @ SUNY New Paltz, Dutchess Community College and Culinary Institute of America) – November 17-21 2021 

University Apostolate: “Racism:  A Catholic Response” with Father Kareem Smith

“Racism: A Catholic Response” with Fr. Kareem Smith, St. Martin de Porres, Poughkeepsie (Vassar College.) – November 18, 2021 @ 7:00pm-8:30pm

Young Adult Outreach: Young Adult Mass and Conclusion of the Diocesan Phase of the Canonization Cause for Dorothy Day

Join us for a Young Adult Mass celebrated by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the conclusion of the diocesan phase of the canonization cause for Dorothy Day.

Adoration with praise and worship and Confessions will be available from 7-7:30 p.m. Mass begins at 7:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Matt Maher. Social to follow at a nearby establishment. Please follow signs at the Cathedral for up-to-date COVID protocols. Learn more and RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

Youth Faith Formation: New York Catholic Youth Day: Save the Date

New York Catholic Youth Day will be held at St. Joseph’s Seminary on April 23, 2022! We are excited about gathering together on the grounds of the Seminary to learn, pray, serve, and celebrate. We hope to see you all there! NYCYD is open to young people in grades 8-12 and their chaperones.

Youth Faith Formation: Welcome our New Staff Member

We are happy to introduce to you Bertha Peralta-Rodriguez at the new Director of Ministry Formation. Bertha’s ministry will focus of the formation of directors/coordinators of religious education, coordinators of youth ministry, catechists, and youth ministry team members. She joins the team on November 28, 2021.

Youth Faith Formation: Positive COVID-19 Results in Parish Religious Education and Youth Ministry

Because of the hard work you are all doing to ensure the well-being of your young people and following the Safe and Sound protocols, almost all the reported potential COVID exposures have resulted in no need to quarantine other young people. Well done! As a reminder, please contact Ela Milewska or Frank Napolitano if you are informed that a child, catechist, or youth ministry team member has self-reported a positive COVID test. We will walk you through the necessary steps regarding communication and potential follow-up.