Catholic Charities | Updates
The February 2023 updates from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York are now available. Click here to download the index of the newsletter and learn more.
The Chancellery of the Archdiocese of New York | February 2023 Curia Report
The Curia Report for February 2023 is now available. Click here to download the complete document.
The Chancellery of the Archdiocese of New York | The Good Newsroom
The Good Newsroom app has launched, and it can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Please help us to promote the app by letting your parishioners know about it and by using these designed graphics in your communications.
The Chancellery of the Archdiocese of New York | Lent and Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is a day that offers a valuable opportunity to set a tone for the entire season of Lent, as well as to reach out to people, some of whom are usually not often found in our churches. Aware of the considerable interest of the faithful in receiving ashes, every effort must be made through the reading of scripture and the offering of prayers to catechize them on the penitential character of Lent and the value of their Lenten practices. Refer to the 2023 Paulist Ordo for Lenten directives [pages 68-70] and those for Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter [pages 99-115]. Fasting and abstinence from meat on Fridays are important Lenten obligations for every Catholic bound by age and health. As pastors, we need to strongly encourage our people to follow these directives. As a rule, the church makes laws and expects us to abide by them. But sometimes there are circumstances that make it possible to obtain a dispensation from obeying a law. This year, the Solemnity of St. Patrick, our patron, falls on a Friday, and His Eminence has dispensed all Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of New York from abstaining from meat on March 17, 2023.
View letter from Monsignor LaMorte
The Chancellery of the Archdiocese of New York | Mergers and Relegations
Cardinal Dolan’s decree on the merger of the Corpus Christi and Notre Dame parishes in Manhattan.
View letter from Cardinal Dolan
Family Life Office | Identifying Marriage and Family Life Directors
Continuing our ongoing implementation of a pastoral plan for parishes and families of the Archdiocese of New York, the staff of the Office of Family Life has worked during these past few months to identify Marriage and Family Life Directors. At the present, we have been able to identify less than two dozen parishes who indicate they have a Marriage and Family Life Director (Leader). For us in the Archdiocese, these identified leaders will be asked to participate in formation sessions, meet to discuss various initiatives, promote events and activities relating to Family Life, and serve as a resource for the families of your parish/collaborative. All of this is, of course, with your support and involvement to the degree possible. As Pastor or Administrator, you will always receive the information from our office and are always invited to attend our events and meetings.
Hispanic Ministry | Upcoming Hispanic Masses
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Hispanic Ministry | On the Radio and TV
ICS: Institutional Commodity Services | February 2023 Updates
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Public Policy Office | Return of Rosters
Return of RostersParish rosters have been sent out. These must be returned to our office, either in print or via the online roster portal as soon as possible. Please make sure that rosters from your religious education programs and CYO, which were sent in the Fall, have been returned. Return of rosters is essential so that compliance can be assessed.
Respect Life Office & Public Policy Office | Q&A on Chemical Abortions
The FDA announced a new policy that permits a woman to obtain abortion drugs from any local pharmacy. CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid, the dominant pharmacy chains, have already announced that they will begin to dispense abortion drugs. This alarming development has led to a lot of questions. We have prepared a fact sheet with answers and resources. Note that the prescription plan for Archdiocesan clergy and employees through CVS Caremark does not cover or dispense the abortion drugs.
Respect Life Office | Urgent: Physician-Assisted Suicide Legislation Looming
Proponents of doctor-assisted suicide are making a full-court press to legalize this deadly practice here in New York State this legislative session. We have seen the devastating effects of so-called “Medical Aid in Dying” in other states and countries, and we must do all we can to educate our parishioners about the dangers of this serious threat to human life. We have created materials detailing some of the dangers and real-life stories of what happens when doctors stop trying to prevent suicide and start assisting suicide. We encourage you to make copies available to your parishioners and urge them to contact their legislators to express their opposition to the proposed legislation. The New York State Catholic Conference has put out an action alert which makes it easy to contact your legislator and we have provided a call script to use when making calls.