For All the Saints and Souls

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

This past week we celebrated three important days in our Church year. The Vigil of All Saints, commonly known as Halloween, which has become a secularized observance that soon may outspend the expenditures of Christmas itself. Halloween has become an opportunity for spending money on costumes, candies, pumpkins, and decorations which underneath it all is a search for spiritual meaning as I have interpreted this observance.

The Changing Face of Catechesis

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

According to the USCCB National Directory for Catechesis, catechesis is an essential moment in the process of evangelization. It is important that each family set as a priority the passing on of the Faith. This, however, is often easier said than done, but we can never give up.

Columbus Was the Original Immigrant

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

We just finished celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. The word Hispanic, as we know, has been recently coined to cover immigrants from the 22 Latin-American countries and Spain who speak Spanish and are part of our nation.

Culture of Life Is an Uphill Battle

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

For several generations, the Bishops of the United States have proclaimed the month of October “Respect Life Month,” for the respect of human life from its conception to its natural end in death. Last week’s horrific events in Las Vegas, the senseless mass murder, makes me think about the value of human life. It seems that life has become cheapened by the numerous murders that we hear about, especially this mass killing of over 50 people.

Join the Prayer for Migrants and Refugees

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Many times I have been asked about the importance of prayer in our lives as Catholics. Obviously, prayer is essential for us because it is our means of speaking to God, developing our relationship with God, and most importantly of discerning His will for us in our lives. Very simply, prayer is a dialogue with God who is our friend. Omnipotent as He is, He still wishes that we, His creatures, communicate with Him in our thoughts and especially affection for God who is our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.

Natural Disasters Are Part of Original Sin

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The recent multiplicity of natural disasters, with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the earthquake in Mexico, have all come in less than a month’s time. These tragic events certainly lead us to consider why natural disasters occur.

A Busy Year for Religious Education

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

To announce Catechetical Sunday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops states, “This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on Sept. 17, 2017. This year’s theme will be ‘Living as Missionary Disciples.’ Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry.

Mary, Morning Star, Shows the Way

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Having just returned from our diocesan pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes, I would like to recall some insights from our journey. The occasion for the pilgrimage was the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima, but we also traveled over Spain to the Pyrenees Mountains to visit Lourdes, the sight of our 2008 diocesan pilgrimage for the 150th anniversary of those apparitions of Our Lady.

Work Is an Invitation from God

Each year, the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, currently chaired by Bishop Frank Dewane, Bishop of Venice, Fla., issues a statement (see Page 8) on the occasion of Labor Day.

Combatting the Sin of Racism

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

This is the full text of Bishop DiMarzio’s homily at the Mass for Solidarity and Peace celebrated Aug. 24 at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn.