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News to Use from Our Pastoral Offices

Adult Faith Formation: Lenten Day

The Office of Adult Faith Formation invites all parish RCIA Elect with their Godparents, RCIA candidates with their Sponsors, and RCIA Team members to a Lenten day of prayer and reflection. Participants must be registered by their parish RCIA coordinator. Register for the RCIA retreat date and location that best works for your parish group.  For more information, see attached flyer.

Cultural Diversity Apostolate – Hispanic Ministry: Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Center: Retreats in Spanish during Lent

Lent’s call to conversion and renewal resonates so emphatically with the Spanish-speaking faithful that the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Center’s best-attended season for weekend retreats every year is “la Cuaresma”. Each weekend’s retreat during Lent costs $120 per person (which includes lodging and all meals), stays fully in compliance with COVID-protection guidelines, includes Confessions and Mass, is run entirely at the Centro’s newly renovated Bronx location, and is open for registration online at All retreats are entirely in Spanish with the exception of the teenage retreats, which are fully bilingual. Group discounts are available at all retreats.
This Lent’s journey at the Centro begins and ends with “Primer Paso” basic conversion retreats for adults 18+ (March 4-6 and April 8-10), includes the standard Centro retreats for teenagers (ages 13-17, March 18-20) and couples (April 1-3), plus a healing retreat entitled “Sanados por su Sangre” for those who have already done retreats (March 11-13) and a men-only retreat (March 25-27) ahead of the women-only retreat on Divine Mercy Weekend (April 22-24).

The full calendar is always available at, the latest social distancing requirements are at, and priests are warmly invited to get in touch directly via or by phone at (718) 378-1734 to request posters or promotional materials or to share any questions or feedback. “¡Ven, Espíritu Santo!”

Development: Saint Joseph’s Seminary & College 125th Anniversary

New Year’s blessings! Saint Joseph’s Seminary & College – of which many of you are intimately familiar with having completed your priestly formation within its walls – is celebrating its 125th Anniversary. Bishop Massa, the professors, staff, and students have been hosting programs and fundraisers throughout the past year in commemoration of this extraordinary fete. We are in awe of the outpouring of generosity from friends, family, parishes, and neighbors. Thank you to all of you who participated in the lectures, car raffle, and Advent and Christmas Concert! We are now preparing for the grand finale. 

I am most excited to announce our 125th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at X20 Restaurant in Yonkers, NY.
Please RSVP at your earliest convenience. There are tickets set aside at a special price for clergy. We expect the Gala to sell out and want to ensure all diocese are represented at the event. I encourage you to share this information with others at your parishes and even mention in your parish bulletins this month.

We are available to answer any questions regarding the Gala. You can call the Seminary directly – Danielle Pizzola, 914-367-8201 and email [email protected], or contact me directly.

Family Life: Walking with Christ – A Desert Pilgrimage

During the season of Lent, the Archdiocesan Offices of Family Life and Young Adults are partnering with Springs in the Desert to invite you to a virtual reflection series each Thursday evening during Lent (from March 10-April 7).  The group will meet virtually at 8pm Eastern to pray, listen to a brief reflection, and build community through small group sharing. This FREE event for women and couples struggling with infertility is a chance to enter more deeply into the Lenten spirit while gathering in prayer with others on this same path. 
Visit for information and to register. Questions? Email us, [email protected]

Family Life: Prayer Service for Divorced/Separated Individuals

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

Family Life: Suicide Prevention

The Office of Family Life will be hosting a Suicide Prevention Webinar for Parents of Adolescents and Young Adults in the Spanish Language on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022. A flyer will be sent to all the parishes with predominant Hispanic communities. Please find below a sample bulletin blurb for parish use. Kindly share the link below with those interested in registering.

For more information please email [email protected] or call 646-794-3199.
Register here:

  • (Sample Bulletin Blurb): Acompáñenos para un seminario web GRATIS sobre la Prevención de Suicidio en Adolescentes y Jóvenes Adultos. Patrocinado por la Arquidiócesis de Nueva York, Oficina de Vida Familiar, este Seminario Web Gratuito ofrece a los padres una manera segura y confidencial de aprender sobre las señales de advertencia de suicidio y a crear espacio para tener conversaciones que pueden salvar una vida. Este seminario web tendrá lugar el martes 22 de marzo de 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM por Zoom seguido por un espacio para preguntas y respuestas. ¡Los esperamos! Para más información, comuníquese con Yorleni Tavarez-Sanchez en la Oficina de Vida Familiar a [email protected] o al 646-794-3199.
  • (Sample Bulletin Blurb): Join us for a FREE webinar on Teen and Young Adult Suicide Prevention. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York, Office of Family Life, this Free Webinar offers parents a safe and confidential way to learn about the warning signs of suicide and create space for conversations that can save a life. This webinar will take place on Tuesday, March 22 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM via Zoom. Q&A to follow presentation. See you there! For more information, contact Yorleni Tavarez-Sanchez in the Office of Family Life at [email protected] or 646-794-3199.

Respect Life: 40 Days for Life 

40 Days for Life is a life-saving prayer campaign that will take place throughout our Archdiocese starting on March 2nd and concluding April 10th. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful initiative consisting of 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil at abortion facilities, and educational outreach with the goal of protecting mothers and their children from abortion. More than 20,000 unborn children have been saved from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns.  To learn more about the 40 Days for Life campaign, visit: For information about participating in the 40 Days for Life campaigns in the Archdiocese, leader information is listed in update letter by region

Respect Life: Life Advocacy Training for College Students

The Respect Life Office will host a one-day course for pro-life college students through Healing the Culture. This training is intended to help students better communicate the pro-life position to friends, family and even professors. 

  • Saturday, March 5th, 2022
  • St. Joseph’s Parish, Greenwich Village 
  • 8:30am-1:30pm 
  • Free and open to all college and university students in the NY area. 
  • Register here

Special Events – Golden Jubilee Wedding Mass

The Archdiocese of New York’s Golden Jubilee Wedding Mass will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 2:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Mass is for couples celebrating fifty years of marriage in 2022. His Eminence, Cardinal Dolan will be officiating.  All who wish to attend this Mass will need to register with their parish and will be given a ticket for admission. Parish staff may enroll golden jubilee couples and their guests online at: Registration will close on Monday, May 16 at 5:00 pm.  

Included with this memo are bulletin announcements and fliers for your parishioners. Contact the office of special projects and events at (646) 794-2000 or send an email to [email protected].  They will be happy to answer your questions.

St. Joseph’s Seminary – Upcoming Events

Young Adult Outreach: Ash Wednesday Young Adult Mass and Homeless Outreach

  • Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Join us for the monthly Young Adult Mass! Adoration and Confessions will be available from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Our celebrant is Fr. George Sears, vocation director for the Archdiocese of New York. Basilio Perez is our guest musician. Mass begins at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of the usual social, young adults are invited to participate in homeless outreach following the Mass. Please bring with you one pair (or more) of new warm socks along with any other toiletries, water bottles, winter accessories, etc. to offer to anyone in need. Please follow all signs at the Cathedral for the most updated COVID-19 protocol. Those who are most vulnerable and those who are sick or symptomatic should stay home.

Search “March 2nd Young Adult Mass” on Facebook or email [email protected] for more information.

Youth Faith Formation: Upcoming Events