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In honor of Black History Month, we remember the Venerable Pierre Toussaint — the founder of Catholic Charities of New York — whose legacy lives on today in our work of providing help and creating hope for New Yorkers in need. Venerable Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853) was born a slave in Haiti and died a freeman in...
Then a cloud came,casting a shadow over them;then from the cloud came a voice,“This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him.”Mark 9:7 On the second Sunday of Lent, we move from Jesus’ 40-day retreat in the desert to the mountains for his Transfiguration. Jesus took three of his apostles — Peter, James, and John...
This year on February 29th, we are celebrating the rare and wonderful occurrence of Leap Year! This extra day is a precious gift – an additional opportunity to hope, love, dream, and be with family. At Catholic Charities of New York, we believe in making every moment...
At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert,and he remained in the desert for forty days,tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts,and the angels ministered to him.Mark 1:12-15 On the first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel brings us to the desert. Here, Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting. Following his...
On Ash Wednesday, a day of reflection and the commencement of the Lenten season, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York hosted a special food pantry distribution at St. Cecilia’s Church in East Harlem, extending a helping hand to our neighbors in need, and embodying...
Lent again! Although we return again and again – often annually – to mark similar things, what we bring to them is different each year. We bring a year more of experiences and events – both good and bad – that have changed our personal and collective perspectives. This year and it seems in recent years the bad events have outweighed...
On February 8th, at the Church of Our Saviour in Midtown Manhattan, a dynamic group of young professionals gathered for an inspiring evening titled “The Journey From Homelessness to Home,” organized by Catholic Charities of New York’s Junior Board. This event was held to raise awareness...
Our Journey Together to Easter Lent is a season of special prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It’s a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter. As we pray, we go on a journey, one that brings us closer to...
In 2017, Jorge Solorzano embarked on a journey from Guatemala to the United States, driven by a desire to make a difference in the lives of fellow immigrants. Armed with a wealth of knowledge gained from a successful career in banking, Jorge found his calling with Catholic...
On Tuesday, January 23, the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) conducted its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) Count, a citywide community volunteer effort to count every New Yorker sleeping on the streets during the winter months. On the same evening, at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,...
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