Join me in prayer for our great City of New York, for it is our home. We need to take care of our city. We need to have good leaders who will bring it to a new place and a better place in the future.
Our nation has been built on migration; however, at the same time, our nation has always found it difficult to integrate migrants into our society. As a Church, we know our first responsibility is to welcome, protect and, integrate the goals set by Pope Francis himself for our migrant ministry.
As these four young men ordained to the priesthood just last week put out into the deep mystery of being priests of God in this complex society and world in which we live today, we accompany them with our prayers.
As we begin our full return to the Sunday Liturgy on the Feast of Corpus Christi, there is no better day on which we can reinitiate in earnest our efforts to celebrate the Lord’s day and the Eucharist.
As we put out into the deep of the new Ordination of 10 to the Permanent Diaconate and welcome 15 new candidates into the first-year program, join me as we remember the deacons in our prayers. These men of generosity, surrounded by their wives and families, offer themselves to the Church in a special service that is unique to their charism.
The present violence against our Asian brothers and sisters is certainly lamentable. This violence must stop. I ask that you include in your prayers and intentions that we might come to recognize that societal blame for any ills of the world is not tenable.
This Thursday, we celebrate the feast of the Ascension of the Lord. In some ecclesiastical provinces in our country, the feast will be celebrated on Sunday, May 9, while others will celebrate the feast on Sunday, May 16, giving more people an opportunity to celebrate this meaningful feast.
Mother’s Day, by a wonderful coincidence, falls in the month of May, which is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. As we contemplate the great gift of motherhood, there is no better backdrop from which to view motherhood than looking to the Motherhood of Mary, the Mother of Jesus — the Mother of God.
The work of recruiting vocations for the priesthood and religious life is a never-ending task. One method that our Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens has found to be very rewarding is to have an annual retreat for discerners. This began when now-Bishop Kevin Sweeney was our director of vocations and was continued by Father Kevin Abels, Father Sean Suckiel, and now Father Christopher Bethge. These men had one mission: to recruit.
Last year, during the height of the pandemic, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, made a special plea during a Wednesday audience to his fellow Catholics to mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. He said, “This is an occasion for renewing our commitment to love and care for our common home and for the weaker members of our human family.