October is the time of year we look back on some of our historical roots. For the Italian population, it is the month we remember Christopher Columbus, a Genovese sailor, who under the flag of Spain discovered the New World.
The Third Encyclical of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, entitled, “Fratelli Tutti” is a very long and complicated commentary on the world today and the place of Christians in the world. My intention with this week’s article is to give you a kind of menu of what the Holy Father says in his Encyclical.
As we approach the election of 2020, I feel obligated to give some perspective on the Catholic Bishops’ teaching regarding Faithful Citizenship, the responsibility to vote, and the responsibility to truly form one’s conscience based on Church teaching. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued over 12 statements, preceding each four-year election cycle. Over the years, the statements have changed and have lengthened.
As we enter October, the month of the Holy Rosary, we have an opportunity to meditate on the meaning of the Rosary in our lives today. The origins of the Rosary are clouded in mystery.
The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees has been changed from the week before the Epiphany to this present week in September, allowing for a greater celebration outside of the Christmas season. The theme for this year given to us by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, is: “Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee, Welcoming, protecting and integrating internally displaced persons.”
As we approach Catechetical Sunday, we have an opportunity to reflect on this year’s theme — “I receive from the Lord what I handed on to you.” This is perhaps the perfect definition of what catechesis is all about; it is the handing on of the faith from one generation to another.
This year, Patriot Day will be observed on Friday, September 11, the 19th Anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville in Pennsylvania. Each year, Patriot Day is celebrated in remembrance of all those who were killed or injured by the terrorist attack.
Labor Day 2020 is very different from Labor Day 2019 as we see the economic toll that the coronavirus pandemic has taken upon our economy and especially upon the job market.
As we all know, the summer of 2020 has been a summer like no other.
Masses have resumed in our churches in Brooklyn and Queens, with the required social distancing and other new health-related requirements such as wearing a face covering and social distancing.