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Adult Confirmation Program Fall 2022 | Adult Faith Formation Office

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 Catholic Schools or religious education programs.    

Bereavement Facilitator Training | Family Life Office  

A virtual Facilitator Training for parish leaders to support parish bereavement support groups will be held on two Wednesdays, October 5 and October 12 from 9:30am – 1:00pm, or 5:30pm – 8:30pm (depending on time availability of lay leaders). Participants must attend both sessions to receive certification, and Pastor approval is required.   All participants will be asked to submit their pastor’s recommendation before attending this training.  For more information and a pastor approval form, or to register, contact Vincent DaSilva at 646-794-3168 or email: [email protected].

Cathedral Prep Program | Seminary  

Cathedral Prep is a program for high school boys to explore the Catholic priesthood. Meet real priests and seminarians, ask questions, and explore New York from a Catholic perspective through pilgrimages and field trips. No pressure—just good information and opportunities for fraternity and prayer. Join us for one weekend every other month at St. Joseph’s Seminary. Apply today: NYPRIEST.COM    

Care of Creation Campaign | Archdiocese of New York  

As Catholics we have a Divine Mandate by God to take “Care of Creation.” It is our moral obligation to be stewards of the environment and to ensure its safe passage to future generations. We hope you will participate in this initiative by sharing information with your parish communities. Attached you will find a flyer to kick off the “Care of Creation” campaign, as well as two infographics we urge you to share on your social channels. You can keep up to date with the “Care of Creation” initiative at

Domestic Violence Awareness Month | Family Life Office

October is Respect Life Month and in alignment with that, it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the pandemic there was an 8% increase in domestic violence.1 Why do men batter? Why do women stay? Domestic abuse affects everyone in the family, including growing children. Would you consider dedicating at least one weekend in October to inform parishioners about domestic abuse?                                  

National Eucharistic Revival | Adult Faith Formation Office

The Archdiocese of New York along with the various Dioceses in the United States, are cooperating with the Holy Spirit in His work to bring people to greater awareness and intimacy with the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. You will find information about events on our Eucharistic Revival website. If you have any events happening at your parish you would like to share, please send the information to [email protected].

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New York Catholic Bible School | Adult Faith Formation Office

The New York Catholic Bible School Program offers the Scriptural foundations of our faith and provides ongoing formation for interested adults in the Archdiocese of New York. The Bible School helps us to deepen our knowledge of and appreciation for Sacred Scripture, enabling us to share the Word of God with those we serve. While no particular educational background is required, the Bible School is designed for the serious student.

Recovery Sunday | Family Life Office

As you may recall, “Recovery Sunday” is a national day of prayer during the month of September for those suffering from addictions. Cardinal O’Connor first instituted “Recovery Sunday” in 1999 in the parishes of the Archdiocese of New York, designating a weekend in September to pray for those with addictions and their families at the Sunday Masses. Cardinal Egan continued the observance of “Recovery Sunday,” and in 2016 Cardinal Dolan reintroduced the tradition of “Recovery Sunday” in our Archdiocese.

Please consider designating a weekend in September as “Recovery Sunday” in your parish. We have included bulletin announcements, prayers of the faithful, and ideas for activities on the following two pages of this letter in attachment (English and Spanish) that may be helpful. 

Suicide Prevention Month | Family Life Office  

As you may know, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline changed this July from a 10-digit 800 phone number to a new, 3-digit number – 988. Similar to the ease of 911 for emergencies, people can dial, text, and chat this simple phone number if there is a mental health or suicidal concern, or emergency situation. 988 is free, confidential, and available 24/7/365, in English and Spanish, along with interpretation services in over 150 languages.

As we approach Suicide Prevention Month in September, and Respect Life Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, here are some resources concerning mental health and suicide [prevention] that you may want to share in bulletins, social media, and digital communications