The Great Do-Over

As a young boy I had some very powerful statements I could use under many different circumstances. One of the most powerful was, “Do-over.”

St. John’s U. Welcomes 11 Students to the Faith

Eleven undergraduate students at St. John’s University, Jamaica, will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church, April 8, in a special campus-based liturgical ceremony at St. Thomas More Church celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros.

Preparing for Easter: More Than 600 Candidates Are Called to Full Union With Church

Split across three different sites in Brooklyn and Queens, more than 600 people shook hands with Brooklyn bishops Feb. 25 as a sign of welcome to the Catholic Church. Stretching from the Flatlands to Douglaston, the candidates seeking to update their union with the Church attended the Rite of Calling the Candidates to Continuing Conversion.

New Catholics Staying Close to the Church

On the day before the Fourth Sunday of Easter, traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday, the adults who entered into full communion with the Catholic Church at Easter, reunited for a day of prayer, fellowship and continuing faith formation.

Ed Wilkinson

Local Church Continues to Grow Through RCIA Program

The Easter Vigil service at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, Sunset Park, will take a little longer than usual this year. In addition to the dramatic symbols of light and special readings that are used, 52 people will be baptized and an additional 25 will be receiving other first sacraments.

Nervous Immigrant Community Celebrates Year of the Rooster

Amid fears about the future of immigration policy in this country, a festive atmosphere still filled the streets of Sunset Park in honor of Lunar New Year last weekend. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presided over a Chinese Mass in honor of the Year of the Rooster at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

Diocese Begins Study of Changes to RCIA Program

Over 200 participants from all parts of the diocese, despite the pouring rain, arrived at the first Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Conference of 2016, at the Immaculate Conception Pastoral Center, Douglaston, Oct. 22.

She Found a Home in Church Through RCIA

After the birth of her son and the loss of a close friend, Claudia O’Brien experienced a renewal of faith that has led her back to the Catholic Church.