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News to Use from Our Pastoral Offices

Adult Faith Formation: Enlighten: Faith Education for Today’s Catholic

Shed light on your faith through online courses! Introducing Enlighten, from Fordham University and the Archdiocese of New York. Although 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.

Learn more or register at

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 the below letter.

Adult Faith Formation: Archdiocesan Adult Confirmation Program

Registration for the Archdiocesan Adult Confirmation Program – Spring 2022 sessions is now open online. For more information, please see the below flyer.

Cultural Diversity Apostolate – Black Ministry: Black History Month Mass

You are invited to the annual Archdiocesan Black History Month Mass and National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family on February 6 at 2 p.m. Cardinal Timothy Dolan will be the principal celebrant. For more information, contact the Office of Black Ministry at 646–794–2681 or [email protected]. Can’t make it in person? Join us via livestream here.

Cultural Diversity Apostolate – Black Ministry: Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund 2022 Scholarship Application

The application for the 2022 Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund (PTSF) is now live. PTSF provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors of diverse backgrounds from public, private, and parochial schools throughout the Archdiocese of New York, to assist them with the educational fees and expenses associated with their college studies.

Click here to submit an online application or to download the application form. For more information please contact the Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund Office at [email protected].

Development: Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal 2022

Thank you for your leadership and dedication to the 2021 Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal! As of January 3, the Appeal has raised $21.14MM in pledges and $20.58MM in cash with 43,541 participants, even as year-end gifts continue to be processed and recorded.

Ethic Apostoles, Lay Ecclesial Movements & Community Outreach: God’s Gift of the Eucharist – A Lively Discussion with Episcopalians and Roman Catholics

Join us on Tuesdays, January 25, February 1, and February 8 from 7 to 8:15 PM via zoom. This series is free of charge, space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Fr. Brian McWeeney or Rev. Robert Flanagan.

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: National Marriage Week 2022

In an effort to help you plan for the celebration of National Marriage Week 2022 (Feb 7-14), the Family Life Office’s Marriage team has an Archdiocese of New York version of Witness to Love’s “Be Light Marriage Renewal Date Night Series” which will be available for married [and engaged] couples in connection with World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week. Details and liturgical resources are below for your use and promotion.

The Be Light Marriage Renewal Date Night virtual series is currently available in English and Spanish. Download the flyers below to learn more.

Respect Life: Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

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.

We need your help. 

  1. Called to Pray – We ask that you consider celebrating your already scheduled morning Mass as the Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life in the Roman Missal on the 22nd of each Month (until June).  We also encourage your parish to organize special Holy Hours, Masses, or Prayer Vigils for Life on these days. Resources for Mass, Holy Hours, Rosaries, Intercessions and other Prayers for life can be found on the Respect Life Office website.
  2. Invite Others – We ask that you help promote this prayer campaign through your parish bulletin, Mass announcements, and bulletin boards. Download the flyer in English and Spanish.
  3. Prayer cards – The Respect Life Office has printed special prayer cards with a prayer for the Supreme Court, in both English and Spanish. If you would like us to send some to your parish, contact [email protected]  

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/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 with 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.

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

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.

March for Life Scarves Official Archdiocese of New York March for Life pilgrim scarves are available for your group for FREE. 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 High School

Explore the possibility of a calling to the priesthood through Cathedral Prep, a program to introduce high school boys to the priesthood in a positive, no-pressure environment. Spend one weekend evey other month at St. Joseph Seminary, hanging out with seminarians and priests, learning to pray more deeply, and most importantly learning to look up and listen for God’s call. Get info and apply at

St. Joseph’s Seminary: Monsignor Meier Lecture

On February 3rd, St. Joseph’s Seminary will welcome Msgr. John Meier, a nationally known scripture scholar. His lecture “The Historical Jesus: An Overview” will begin at 7:30 p.m with a reception before the lecture at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP visit or call (914) 968-6200, ext. 8201. Suggested donation: $20.

Young Adult Outreach: Young Adult Mass

The Office of Young Adult Outreach is pleased to invite you to the February Young Adult Mass on Wednesday, February 2, 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral! Adoration and Confessions will be available from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Our celebrant is Fr. Brian Graebe. Our guest musicians will be the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale. Mass begins at 7:30 p.m.

Social to follow at Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant, 14 E. 47th Street. Specials include a dollar off draft beers and house wine. Current NYS restaurant regulations will be observed.

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.

Check out our events on our Facebook here, or email [email protected] for more information.