Let’s face it — everyone’s lives have changed since the start of the worldwide spread of the Coronavirus. Education, health-care, entertainment, and family life all have been affected, and not in ways that are positive, by and large. This is also true for the common worship of the Lord.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the declaration by Pope Saint Paul VI confirming St. Catherine of Siena as a Doctor of the Church. St. Catherine of Siena was named co-patron of Europe in 1999 by St. John Paul, II. Not bad for someone that was the 24th daughter of a cloth dyer from Siena.
While school children might be happy about the recent announcement that the New York City public school system will not be opening for in-person classes for several weeks, parents certainly are not pleased with this latest development in the ongoing struggle to re-open our city schools safely for each and every one of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
Words matter in the celebration of the Sacraments, and every word that the Church gives us in the rituals matters. Sacraments are made up of both matter and form.
As we enter into a new school year, we are edified by the work done by our Catholic schools and academies; With the passing of Brother Ralph Darmento, FSC, the Diocese as a whole mourns the loss of a man who was dedicated to Catholic education.
To the outside world, the United States seems to be a nation divided and, sadly, perhaps we are, in some ways.
The devastation that occurred in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, August 4, is staggering. The explosion that occurred affected an area that, were it to have happened in our New York area, would have an impact from Newark to Nassau County, Long Island.
As we enter this month of August, we come to the realization that the summer months are almost over and the new school year will soon begin.
On July 21, 2020, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York decided to remove the name of Margaret Sanger, one of the main founders of this organization, from its Manhattan clinic.
One of the key worries that many have concerning the next academic year 2020-2021 is whether classes will be conducted on site or online. What is the best solution? This is a question from so many concerning all levels of education. What will school look like in the future? And, in particular, what can and should Catholic schooling look like next year?