A Brown Virgin Bridging Communities

Our Lady of Candelaria has made its way to Brooklyn and Queens. Parishioners of Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians (St. Mary’s Winfield), Woodside, gathered on Sunday, Feb. 2, for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, or Candlemas, to show their devotion for the black madonna.

Catholics Love Dinosaurs! Retreat

After an Oct. 27 retreat on faith and science at Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians, Woodside, the pastor, Father Christopher O’Connor, reported that the 150 young people who attended learned that they are not accidents, they are chosen and loved by God.

As Tone Deaf As The Apostles?

If we do not wish to be tone deaf, we must have recourse to Jesus in constant prayer. We need to absorb His words in Sacred Scripture, so that they become our own. We must allow Jesus to speak to our hearts and transform them to see Him in His lowly ones and be their servants. Then we can say to the world, “The Lord upholds my life.”

Woodside Parish Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Abuse

Coming together as a community and addressing the Church’s failings, while also acknowledging the bishop’s sustained efforts at tackling the issue, was the focus at a parish town hall meeting held at the Woodside parish, Sept. 6.

Woodside Missioners Find Jesus in Jamaica

“Do we have to leave?” That was the question I was asked as we prepared to return to New York after a wonderful, grace-filled week on a mission trip with parishioners to the Mustard Seed Communities in Mandeville, Jamaica, this summer.

Steubenville NYC Leads Teens Closer to Christ

If the patron saint of youth, St. John Bosco, could have stepped into Carnesecca Arena for Steubenville NYC, he would contemplate just how the third-largest indoor sports arena in New York City could have transformed into a snippet of heaven.

Father Michael Ugbor

After years of resisting the voice that has called him since childhood, Nigerian-born Father Michael Odinaka Ugbor, 37, finally surrendered to God in a diocese 5,000 miles from home.

At Night of Praise, Youth Get Close with Eucharist

More than 100 teens from around the diocese gathered at Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians Church, Woodside, March 12, for a Sunday night filled with praise, worship and encouragement at the XLT (Exalt) Youth Night of Worship. The service was led by Steubenville musician and professor Dr. Bob Rice.