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Since the re-opening of our churches last summer, I’ve made it a point to visit, unannounced, various parishes, in order to celebrate Mass and spend some time with parishioners. At each visit, I am not allowed to enter the church until my temperature is taken; ushers are there to distribute face masks to anyone who has left theirs at home. Hand sanitizing stations are located around the church, and social distancing and crowd limitations are enforced. When Mass is over, I slip back into the church, and always find eight or so parishioners already hard at work, scrubbing and sanitizing the pews, door handles, and altar area before the next Mass. more
The Diocese of Brooklyn filed a lawsuit in federal court Oct. 8 against New York state, charging Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new orders reducing church capacity violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion. more
The Catholic vote and the coronavirus subtly headlined the annual fundraiser of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Oct. 1, livestreamed from the Manhattan residence of Cardinal Dolan due to Covid-19. more
El padre Orlando Rodríguez Jr., Sch.P., sacerdote de la Orden de las Escuelas Pías (o Padres Escolapios), fue ordenado el 29 de agosto en la Iglesia del Santísimo Salvador en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El nuevo padre llego el 4 de septiembre a la parroquia de la Anunciación en West Harlem para comenzar con su tarea de párroco. El padre Rodríguez ya había servido en la Anunciación por espacio de un año mientras terminaba sus estudios en el Seminario de San José en Dunwoodie, Yonkers. El padre Rodríguez … more
Two Sisters of Life made final vows on Aug. 6, the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Cardinal Dolan served as principal celebrant and homilist of the Mass of Perpetual Profession at the Sisters of Life Motherhouse, Annunciation in Suffern. Father Bernardino Maria Soukup, C.F.R., concelebrated. The Mass was private due to coronavirus restrictions. more
When students of St. Joseph School in Bronxville walk through the doors Sept. 9, their principal predicts they will react with resounding cheers. more
The parish community of St. Paul-St. Ann celebrated the reopening of the newly renovated St. Paul’s Church in Congers Aug. 8 with a Mass and blessing offered by Msgr. Joseph LaMorte, vicar general and moderator of the curia for the archdiocese. more
Cardinal Dolan is encouraging Catholics in the archdiocese to ask their elected representatives in Congress for assistance to Catholic schools before the school year opens. more
Cardinal Dolan ordained two priests at a Mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral this morning (June 26). The newly ordained are Father Luis Silva, who was ordained for the Archdiocese of New York, and Father Roland Pereira, M.Id., who was ordained for the Idente Missionaries. The Mass of Ordination was delayed for more than a month because of the coronavirus pandemic. more
Actress and playwright Angela Polite will discuss her play, “Mary Speaks” and what it means to be an artist of faith and an artist of color at such a pivotal moment in history in the United States, in a livestream conversation with David Di Certo, interim executive director of the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in lower Manhattan Wednesday, June 10, at 3 p.m. more
The Book of Ecclesiastes teaches us, “There is a time to be silent and a time to speak out.” We of different faiths cannot remain silent after we watched the shattering video of a police officer keeping his knee on the neck of George Floyd who was crying out “I can’t breathe.” Such inhumane treatment of another human being requires a collective response from all people of conscience. The pursuit of justice is a fundamental tenet of our respective religious traditions, and thus we stand together to declare that all life is sacred, and all people are equal before the law in a democratic society. more
“Nuestro Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco, me llamó esta tarde alrededor de las 2:00 p.m. para expresar su amor, preocupación y cercanía a toda la gente de Nueva York, especialmente a aquellos que están enfermos, durante el brote de coronavirus. more
“Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, called me this afternoon at about 2:00 p.m. to express his love, concern and closeness to all the people of New York, especially those who are sick, during the coronavirus outbreak. more
As the most sacred time of the year approaches for Christians throughout the world, the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in lower Manhattan is offering homebound audiences, this Easter, the opportunity to stream the critically acclaimed performance of "The Gospel of John" beginning Holy Saturday, April 11, at 4 p.m. more
The passage of time seems to move almost at lightning speed. Incredibly, five years have passed since Cardinal Edward M. Egan entered into eternal life on March 5, 2015, and 11 years have passed … more
Cathedral High School in Manhattan has elected six new members to its board of trustees. more
Cardinal Dolan will offer the monthly Young Adult Mass on Wednesday, March 4, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. more
An annual Day of Recollection sponsored by the Serra Club of the Bronx and Westchester will be offered Saturday, March 14. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie. more
Sofia Corscio-Sanchez finds she receives as much as she’s giving others as a member of the Spirit Squad youth group at Ascension parish in Manhattan. “It’s teaching me to help the community … more
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