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Archdiocese of New York | Curia Reports 

Archdiocese of New York | Safety Guidelines                                                                   

Last year, as parish communities, you were phenomenal in preventing COVID-19 exposure and keeping our young people and families safe. We are so grateful for the hard work you have done to continue to form our youth in the faith.

Because there has been so much progress in education on reducing risks, understanding of symptoms, vaccinations, and treatment of those with COVID-19, the CDC, NY State, and NYC Departments of Education have streamlined their guidelines. In light of this, we provide the following guidelines and recommendations for the 2022-23 year.

Archdiocese of New York | Synodal Synthesis

As you know, in the fall of 2021, Pope Frances opened a three-phase synod process from the Vatican. The Holy Father asked dioceses, religious communities, and Catholic institutions to come together to listen, discuss, and contemplate, in a process he called synodality.

This opportunity for introspection was kicked off in the Archdiocese of New York on October 17, 2021, with an introductory Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral celebrated by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan. During his homily, the cardinal referred to this communal exploration “as an examination of conscience on how we, as a Church are living up to the model of the Church given by Jesus.”

The archdiocese was fortunate to have more than 4,000 people contribute to various listening and discernment sessions.

Archdiocese of New York | Trustee Minutes

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Catholic Charities | Update 

CNN Interview with Monsignor Kevin Sullivan by Fredricka Whitfield and more in Catholic Charities’ September Update

Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal | Impact Report

Below is the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal Impact Report URL address:

CYO NY | CYO programming

We’re excited to announce, after a few challenging and shortened years, CYO programming will begin on-time this season, without restrictions. This is a tremendous milestone for the CYO children and community. We thank all the parish coordinators/coaches/volunteers who worked tirelessly to keep our kids active and smiling throughout the COVID pandemic.

Family Life Office | Director Update

After just a month or so as Director of the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York, I write to you to introduce myself and to provide some contact information for myself and the Family Life Office team. I am grateful to His Eminence Cardinal Dolan and Monsignor LaMorte for this appointment and look forward to ministering with you and your parish leadership. I come to the Archdiocese of New York after many years of experience in Catholic schools, parishes, and (arch)dioceses, including fifteen years in the Diocese of Brooklyn serving as Secretary for Evangelization and Catechesis, responsible for multiple pastoral offices including the office of marriage, family life, and respect life. In each role, service to the parish pastor and leadership has always been my priority.

Family Life Office | Marriage Preparation Booklets

The Family Life Office is happy to provide additional English and Spanish Marriage Prep Booklets for you to give your couples who are preparing for marriage.

As a reminder, priests and deacons sending their couples to the English and Spanish Archdiocesan Marriage Prep Program should direct them to select one of the two premarital relationship inventories – Catholic Couple Checkup (which doesn’t require your facilitation) or Prepare/Enrich (which does require facilitation) when they register for marriage prep on the Family Life Office website

ICS | Updates

We are already preparing to meet your Advent and Christmas needs! Please take a careful look through the brochure and order as early as you can to avoid disappointment and supply-chain-related delays.

Christmas flowers and greens – This is the big change for 2022. As you know, we have been using Harmony Greenhouse for plants, wreaths and greens for more than ten years and have been pleased with their quality and service. In response to higher fuel costs and limited availability of truck drivers, Harmony instituted several changes that will affect us

Complete orders will be shipped at one time according to this schedule: December 21 to Bronx and upstate, December 22 to Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn, and December 23 to Manhattan. Orders must be received by November 10.

Liturgy Office | September 2022 Updates

St. Joseph’s Seminary | Raffle

This year, we will continue with our car raffle after last year’s successful turn out and the generosity of our supporters. We are offering a first prize of a 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or a cash prize of $20,000 and a second prize of $5,000 cash. The drawing will be on December 4th and the winner need not be present at the drawing. See the attached order form for more information. 

Saint Joseph’s thanks you for your continued support of the seminary. If you have any questions, please call (914) 968-6200.

Schools | Rising Above Newsletter

Over the past several years, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has spoken of the notion of encounter – the ability for individuals to come together to know one another from a special space, in a special way, with the intention of uplifting the other.

This past year, each of the pastors, principals and teachers engaged in this sacred encounter within the sacred spaces of school buildings, playgrounds, churches, chapels, and in reunions with parents, neighbors, and clergy.

Youth Faith Formation | Forum Updates

New to this year, we will be honoring the catechists that have received their Level 1, 2, 3, or 4 certificate, those who have served for 10, 15, or 20 years, as well as two special honorees. We would like to invite you to come with your catechists, concelebrate mass, and celebrate the gift these wonderful men and women are to your parish, the archdiocese, and the Church. Come for the day, for a few hours or just for the liturgy. If you would like to concelebrate mass at 9:15am please email [email protected] and specify that you will be attending the Forum in the Bronx or in West Nyack.

See the attached flyers for registration information.