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.
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 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.
As I watched the March for Life live on television, I was amazed at the amount of coverage in the social media. The Twitter world was abuzz with what was going in Washington D.C., Facebook was flush with photos, and Instagram showed the action as it was unfolding.
An alleged racial incident in Marine Park last weekend has drawn the attention of the neighborhood because it involved a white parishioner and a black priest.
Santo subito! Sainthood now!
That was the chant when Pope John Paul II’s coffin was carried through St. Peter’s Square. It very well could be our chant as we say goodbye to Detective Steven McDonald.