Only faith itself can be the foundation for the unwavering love and devotion a person can possibly have for someone he or she has never met or will ever meet in this lifetime. From a logical standpoint, it might not make any sense. That is – unless the love described is actually agape, or the Greek word for sacrificial love, not romantic love, between saints and their special devotees.
The St. Clare Feast Mass at the St. Clare parish in Rosedale was celebrated on Sunday, Aug. 12, and more than 500 people filled the church. It was also the culmination of a week-long celebration of faith and community.
Parents and children were able to get a jump on back-to-school shopping and information on new health plans at Catholic Charites’ 10th annual Kids Fun Day block party at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Astoria.
After a two-year absence, the Kujenga Youth Retreat returned this year with many firsts and a focus on Jesus’ words from Luke 9:20: “Who do you say I am?” A total of 80 young people attended this year’s retreat, hosted by the diocesan Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns, July 27-29, at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, L.I.
“Yes, there is a vocation crisis, but we have to realize student loans are a substantial inhibitor to our vocations and the people wanting to give their lives,” said Norvilia Etienne, a pre-med student in her final year of study at Queens College.
SS. Joachim and Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Coney Island celebrated its feast day surrounded by friends and family.
Once a year, the vibrant African community at St. Joseph’s Church comes alive and fully embodies the spirit of their continent’s vibrant Catholic traditions.
“So often I forget how blessed and fortunate I am to live in America,” says Nia Mendonca. “It seems easy to complain about little things when I forget all that God has given me. Coming to Africa has changed my perspective on life.”
The summer months may seem like the perfect opportunity for young students to forget about their studies, but the sixth, seventh and eighth graders of the Father Troike Summer Leadership Program choose to spend their time learning how to be better leaders.
In the midst of all the noise surrounding teenagers – from the virtual world of cellphones and technology, as noted by Pope Francis, to even the physical, saturated noise within the confines of New York City – the Steubenville NYC youth conference made its way once again to St. John’s University, Jamaica, July 20-22. Carnesecca Arena was filled to near-capacity with thousands of high school students from the tri-state area.