St. Athanasius Parish in Bensonhurst needs donations of cash and non-perishable food stuffs to stock its pandemic-era food pantry. The donations will help the pantry stay in operation until permanent funding sources are secured, parish officials said.
New Queens Exhibit Remembers Those Lost to COVID Pandemic
Their lives were taken by COVID-19, but thanks to the talents of a teenage artist, their memories live on in a striking new exhibit just a short distance from where so many of them perished.
Researchers Estimate 5.2 Million Children Orphaned During Pandemic
An estimated 5.2 million children in 21 countries, including the United States, lost at least one parent, a custodial grandparent or a primary caregiver to COVID-19 during the first 20 months of the pandemic, social researchers and child well-being advocates said in a new study.
Catholic Schools Tackle Mask Mandates in Washington, Other Cities
The superintendent of the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools on Feb. 17, told parents of students that despite a desire to make masks optional, her hands are tied because of the city’s recent school mask mandate.
Frustration Mounts with Shortage of Effective COVID-19 Treatments
Medical science so far has produced three monoclonal antibodies treatments for COVID-19, but only one is effective against Omicron variant. Consequently, the medicine is in short supply worldwide, which is adding frustration to already-overwhelmed doctors.
Philippine Bishop: Hoarding Medicine During Pandemic Hurts the Poor
A Catholic bishop in the Philippines has warned people against bulk buying and hoarding medicines like acetaminophen and cough syrup to alleviate COVID-19 symptoms.
More Than One ‘Grinch’ To Blame For Christmas Tree Price Hikes
Local Christmas Tree vendors confirm prices are 10-20 % higher this year, but they pledged not to gouge the loyal customers they enjoy serving year after year.
Local Faith-Based Food Banks Fret Supply Shortages As Demand Grows
Pandemic-induced supply chain disruptions have caused unwelcome food-price hikes and shortages on the eve of the 2021 Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. Still, local food ministries like St. John’s Bread & Life are determined to meet the needs of people struggling to feed their families.
Masses for Families with Special Needs Show Churches’ Welcome-Back Spirit
Parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn are resuming their Masses for people with special needs after an 18-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Included are St. Gregory the Great, Holy Trinity, and St. Bernard.
Adams Cool, Sliwa Feisty in Televised Debate
Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa, New York City’s top-ticket candidates for mayor, took the debate stage Oct. 20, to explain their platforms on gun violence, economic recovery, and vaccine mandates for schools and public workers. They also blasting each other’s character.