Sheen Center Suspends Programming Through End of March; Other Closings and Postponements Announced in Archdiocese


   This story will be updated as a public service as more closings and postponements are announced. (The most recent update was March 19.)

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in lower Manhattan has suspended programming and will be closed to the public through the end of the month due to the health crisis caused by the spread of the coronavirus, the center announced.

Refunds will be made available for individuals with tickets for events from March 13 to 31.

“The safety of our patrons, visitors, clients and staff is paramount to us,” said David Di Certo, interim executive director of the Sheen Center. “We are taking these measures out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of our valued Sheen community and the public at large.”

The temporary closing of the Sheen Center is the latest in the announced closings, postponements and cancellation of events throughout the archdiocese due to the coronavirus.

The March 21 recital by Polish organist Dr. Michal Szostak at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, 261 Mott St., Manhattan, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at $20 per person will be available at the door. Email with any questions.

The talk by Immaculee Ilibagiza, scheduled for March 29 at Holy Child Church on Staten Island, has been canceled. 

The Daughters of St. Paul in New York City will operate  Pauline Books and Media in Manhattan on a mail-order basis through the end of March. Information: (212) 754-1110 or email Visit for the online store.

The Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday, March 21, and dinner, Saturday, March 14, have both been postponed. The dinner is rescheduled for Sept. 12, with the parade and Mass to follow Sept. 19.

The Central Harlem Lenten Revivals, in Spanish on March 14 and 15 at St. Joseph of the Holy Family parish in Harlem, and in English on March 21 and 22 at St. Mark the Evangelist parish in Harlem, have been canceled.

Iona Preparatory School has canceled in-person classes at its Lower and Upper Schools in accordance with guidance from national, state and local health officials, and in alignment with the City District of New Rochelle's decision to close all schools. Classes are scheduled to resume Thursday, March 26.

The Catholic Artists Society announced the postponement of Father Timothy Valentine’s presentation, “Catholicism on the Catwalk: Reflections of a Fledgling Fashionista” Tuesday, March 31, at the Catholic Center at New York University. A new date will be announced soon.

The Serra Club of the Bronx and Westchester has canceled its monthly luncheon Wednesday, March 25.

The Catholic High School Athletic Association and Catholic Youth Organization have suspended all activities indefinitely. This includes the Catholic high school state basketball tournaments, and the CYO basketball, cheerleading and indoor track and field championships.


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