76th Annual Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon Celebrates Season of Giving
By Peter Feuerherd
Cardinal Dolan with students from St. John Chrysostom. Photo: Catholic Charities New York
The lighting of the Rockefeller Center tree would happen later that evening, yet friends of Catholic Charities were reminded of the phrase from the late bestselling author and dear friend of Catholic Charities New York, Mary Higgins Clark, that the New York City Christmas season officially begins at the Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon.
The 76th Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon took place Dec. 1 at the Midtown Hilton, filling the massive ballroom after a year’s hiatus due to Covid-19. Clark’s phrase was recalled by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, right before the prelate narrated Luke’s Gospel as it was performed by students from St. John Chrysostom and St. Raymond schools in the Bronx.
As the luncheon coincided with Channukah observances, the cardinal noted an interfaith theme that both feasts represent the triumph of light over darkness.
And, he said, citing the work of the beneficiary of the luncheon, “Catholic Charities brings the light” to the struggling poor of New York City through all its varied programs.