There’s a full court press on to urge Catholics to make use of the confessional on Reconciliation Monday, April 10. It’s a tri-diocesan effort with the Archdiocese of New York joining with the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre in a massive public relations campaign.
I’ve written too many priests’ obituaries and attended too many priests’ funerals in the first 10 weeks of this year. We’ve already lost eight diocesan priests due to death in this calendar year. In 2016, it wasn’t until Sept. 24 that we reached that same total for the year.
The Easter Vigil service at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, Sunset Park, will take a little longer than usual this year. In addition to the dramatic symbols of light and special readings that are used, 52 people will be baptized and an additional 25 will be receiving other first sacraments.
The Sheen Center is fast becoming the place where Catholic thought has a chance to disseminate itself into the wider culture.
In response to Pope Francis’ call to preach the Gospel at the peripheries of society, Father Frank Mann has started a ministry to street artists in Bushwick.
We’ve just completed compiling our entries for the Catholic Press Association’s Newspapers of Excellence competition. It takes quite a bit of time to peruse a year of editions but it’s also an opportunity for us to check ourselves and see if we are where we want to be.
At the 117th annual dinner of The Cathedral Club of Brooklyn, Cardinal Timothy Dolan urged club members to be active in public policy debates and to bring their values to shaping modern society.
At Sunday Mass, Father Steve told the congregants that they should not wait until Ash Wednesday to plan how they would observe Lent. Now is the time. Many with good intentions wait until Lent begins and then before you know it, half the season is over and we haven’t even begun preparing for Easter Sunday.
I recently said that these are the most divisive times that I’ve lived through.
Local witnesses to life were told not to boast about their good works but to “boast in the Lord Jesus Christ about the work that they do every single day.”