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Carrying the Message of Christ into Tomorrow

Seek − and Find − a Well-Rounded
Life of Service, Prayer and Celebration

One Christ, Many Welcomes Plus:

We Greet Jesus in Many Languages and Many Traditions
Pierre Toussaint Scholars

Science and Religion New York Catholic Youth Day

Are They Incompatible? Essential Events Around the Archdiocese
Cardinal Dolan at New York
Catholic Youth Day 2019.

on’t let anyone look down of young people who are carrying the sometimes drives students away from
on you because you are message of Christ into the world with the Church. If you think that science
young, but set an example joy and mercy and humility. and religion are incompatible, the
for the believers in speech, in conduct, In our cover story, “Young and Cath- professor has a surprise for you.
in love, in faith and in purity.” olic,” you’ll meet schoolgirls devot- Of course, for our young people to
– 1 Timothy 4:12 ing themselves to the Blessed Mother, grow into committed Catholics, we
setting a profound example for their need to nurture and protect them in
Who doesn’t love seeing our chil- parish, and middle schoolers finding their early, vulnerable years. That’s
dren on the altar at Christmas, per- creative ways to involve their fellow stu- why our Newsfeed section for Winter
forming the Nativity? In my years as dents in feeding the hungry. You’ll also 2019–2020 provides an update on the
your archbishop, I have been blessed meet teenagers and young adults flour- measures we take every day to prevent
to witness youngsters of all races and ishing in the mission of Jesus to bring abuse of children in the Archdiocese
cultural groups joyously raising their comfort and compassion to others: of New York.
voices in song and standing proud- studying scripture, spreading the Gos- Elsewhere in the issue, you’ll find
ly in their costumes to represent the pel, helping the needy, and creating joy insights on the veneration of relics, a
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Jo- through their energy and loving care. roundup of Christmas songs from a
seph, the shepherds, the magi, even In a related vein, “Scholars in Ser- few of the diverse Catholic cultures of
the sheep and cows who were in the vice” offers a report on the remarkably New York, some holiday gift and mov-
stable where our Savior was born. successful Pierre Toussaint Scholar- ie suggestions, and a listing of events
These young people know – as I do ship Fund, currently supporting more you’ll want to know about from Staten
– what a privilege it is to help to reveal than 70 scholars at various levels of Island to Sullivan County and every-
the Nativity of Christ. They also know college and postgraduate education. where in between.
that God sees them there. He knows Many of this program’s alumnae and I hope you’ll find this issue to be a
each of them as individuals, welcomes alumni, still young adults, are putting source of hope and joy. Remember, Je-
them, and loves them. their knowledge and talent to use in sus came into the world as a baby and
As Pope Francis observed in his the causes of social justice, education, He experienced childhood and youth.
apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit and evangelization. As a boy, He went to the temple and
(Christ Is Alive), the young are not And in “The Science of Faith,” Pro- taught the grown-ups a thing or two.
just the future of the Church: They fessor Stephen Barr, the president Today’s young Catholics have plenty
are Her now. In this issue of Archways, of the Society of Catholic Scientists, to teach their elders, too. I, for one,
we celebrate this now with portraits addresses a widespread myth that am listening.

Wishing you all a joyful Christmas and a blessed year ahead, I am

Yours in Christ,

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

Archbishop of New York

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What is a relic, and why do we

venerate them?
For six years, I was fortunate to live our homes. These physical
in the heart of Rome, at the Casa Santa “relics” remind us of the
Maria of the Pontifical North Ameri- love we still share with
can College. My neighbors there in- that person. I remember
cluded apostles and saints: Behind the how my heart was torn
Casa Santa Maria, at the Basilica of the when, after my parents’
Twelve Apostles, is the tomb where the deaths, I had to consid-
apostles Philip and James are locat- er disposing of personal
ed, and in other tombs and churches things that evoked mem-
around the city, the relics of many oth- ories but also reminded Mother Cabrini Shrine, Manhattan
er saints are housed. me that my parents were
In the Catholic Church, the term rel- still a part of my life. In a
ic refers to bodily remains of a saint or similar manner, Catholics treasure the healing or the miraculous event. Just
objects associated with a saint or with relics of saints, who are the holy instru- as His work was done through the
Jesus himself. The most important rel- ments of God. lives of these saints, so it continued
ics are known as “first class,” and the There is a Scriptural foundation for after their deaths when their relics
most important of these are objects the use of relics both in the Old and were used by believers. The fact that
related to Christ – pieces of the True New Testament. In the Second Book God chooses to use relics of holy peo-
Cross, for example, or the Shroud of of Kings (2:9–14), we read how the ple to work his wonders tells us that he
Turin. prophet Elisha picked up the mantle wants to draw attention to the saints
The physical remains of a saint are also of Elijah after Elijah had been taken as “models and intercessors” (Cate-
classified as first-class relics, and can be up to heaven in a whirlwind. With chism of the Catholic Church, 828).
as small as a hair or a piece of bone; in- this “relic,” Elisha struck the water of The Church has always reminded
animate objects owned or frequently the Jordan, which then parted so that believers that the use of relics must
used by a saint, such as a book or piece he could cross. In a later passage (2 be kept in proper perspective. In his
of clothing, are known as second-class Kings 13:20–21), some Israelites place Letter to Riparius, St. Jerome (d. 420)
relics. Relics help keep alive the mem- a dead man in the tomb of Elisha, wrote that we do not worship or adore
ory of the men and women who estab- but “when the body touched Elisha’s relics, “for we may not serve the crea-
lished and enriched the Church so that bones, the man came to life and stood ture rather than the Creator, who is
we, their descendants, may attempt to up on his feet.” blessed forever. Still we honor the rel-
follow in their footsteps and witness the In the Acts of the Apostles (19:11– ics of the martyrs, that we may adore
faith handed on to us. 12), we read, “God did extraordinary Him whose martyrs they are.”
In our modern age, the veneration miracles through Paul, so that even Relics allow us to remember the ho-
of relics may seem strange, but if you handkerchiefs and aprons that had liness of a saint and his or her cooper-
think about it, it’s not so different from touched him were taken to the sick, ation in God’s work. At the same time,
some of our personal practices. Many and their illnesses were cured and the they inspire us to ask for the interces-
of us retain and treasure objects that evil spirits left them.” sion of that saint and to beg the grace
once belonged to someone we love: a Miracles were connected with these of God to live a faith-filled life.
piece of clothing, a lock of hair, their relics not because they possessed mag-
rosary. We hang photos of our de- ical power. In each of these instances, Msgr. Ferdinando D. Berardi, Pastor
ceased loved ones in honored places in it was God who brought about the Blessed Sacrament, Staten Island

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Of Elves and Angels
Let’s be clear here. We’re not saying
you shouldn’t watch your favorite hol-
iday classics. If the DVDs of Rudolph
and The Santa Clause and Elf occupy
a place of honor alongside your orna-
ments and advent calendars, please go
ahead and enjoy them. IS
But consider this: We live in a culture BUY TH
where the fantasy of a white-bearded
magician with flying reindeer and a
workforce of cheerful toymakers over-
shadows the unfathomable miracle of
God coming to Earth as a baby and
living among us for 33 years. If we’re
not careful, the consumerist take on
the Santa story can overwhelm the
original spirit of the holiday, equat- her devoted husband leading her atop the Savior has arrived in a world deep-
ing love and joy with material posses- a donkey on the arduous journey ly in need of salvation.
sions. Especially where children are from Nazareth to Bethlehem. There It sounds serious, and it is: the deep
watching, we need a reminder of what are poor shepherds, villagers suffer- source of joy that enables the light-
Linus is trying to tell us at the end of ing under Roman occupation, the un- hearted fun of all those secular holi-
A Charlie Brown Christmas. adorned reality of delivering a child day movies. So go ahead and enjoy the
In The Nativity Story, there are no in a cave-like stable amid livestock. Santa films and the morally instruc-
big-name actors, high-tech flying There are also angels, magi, a glorious tive transformations of George Bailey
sleighs or choreographed crowds of star and the birth of Jesus followed by and Ebenezer Scrooge. Just don’t for-
elves. There is a humble Jewish wom- the flight into Egypt and the slaughter get to give Jesus his due.
an answering a mysterious call, and of the innocents. Largely unnoticed, God rest ye merry.

READERS RESPOND dren do not read Archways, but they Corinthians that seem at odds with his
go to church. other writings. We agree that the wom-
Our Fall 2019 cover story, “Women – Cecilia Collopy, via Flocknote en in the article did not see themselves
of the Church,” generated a lot of re- as disobeying Paul. Neither did they
sponse. Here is a sampling. Your article “Women of the Church” remain silent.
casts doubt on the Pauline authorship
I enjoyed reading “Women of the of a Bible verse forbidding women to How do you justify the expense of
Church.” It is a blessing to all women. speak in church. If scholars want to ar- printing and mailing a 32-page glossy
– Patricia V., via email gue this was not written by Paul, that magazine?... However, I did enjoy
is doubtless wishful thinking driven seeing the article on the women of
Thank you for recognizing women of by ideology.... The author should have the Church. I happen to know one of
the Church. It’s about time the Church put more effort into understanding St. them and know of the sacrifices they
gave them an “atta girl.” Paul in a way that would not go against make every day! Maybe, just maybe,
– Audrey H., via Flocknote the great Catholic women mentioned we should have more women in high-
in the following paragraphs.... Those er positions in the Church!
“Women of the Church”?! How about saintly and influential women did not Thomas L., via email
some women priests!! see themselves as disobeying Paul.
– Joseph O’Hagan, via Flocknote – Thomas V. Mirus, Editor’s response: If it’s any comfort, we spend around 55 cents per copy to
And when will we get to hear some of produce, print and deliver our print
these wonderful Catholic women in Editor’s response: Numerous scholars editions, a pittance compared to com-
our churches so our daughters can be have questioned whether in fact Paul mercial magazines – and two issues
inspired and our sons can gain respect wrote “Women should remain silent in per year are digital-only and therefore
for these women leaders?  Our chil- the churches” and similar passages in 1 free of printing and postage costs.

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A springboard to a meaningful life.

School students at the 2019 Pierre Toussaint
Scholarship Fund Awards Dinner; program alum
Danica Brown, now a litigation attorney in New

SCHOLARS IN SERVICE York, serves as a mentor for younger scholars.

hen Danielle Beckford Now a successful talent agent in like Beckford, participates in the Pierre
was awarded a Pierre New York, Beckford still participates Toussaint Dinner every year, and still
Toussaint Scholarship in fully in the Pierre Toussaint com- considers herself a part of the Tous-
2004, she was one of two recipients munity. Her commitment to the or- saint community. “I continue to serve
that year. “It was a small program at ganization, and to the success of its as a mentor for any scholar who is in-
the time,” she recalls. “Now there are younger scholars, speaks volumes terested or in need,” she says. “When
more than 75 participating scholars at about the program. “Pierre Toussaint I go back to meet with the scholars
various levels.” alumni are really out there,” she says. during the retreats, I tend to form a
Since 1983, the Toussaint scholar- “I continue to be part of the staff for natural connection with the current
ships have been awarded to graduat- the annual fundraising dinner and students.” It’s the community that both
ing seniors from high schools in the other events – the retreats, the year- former scholars cite as the program’s
archdiocese. The program, which is ly Day of Service, the overseas trips. biggest benefit.
administered by the Office of Black Once a scholar, always a scholar.” Current scholar Junelle Addei agrees.
Ministry of the Archdiocese of New Danica Brown became a Pierre “Pierre Toussaint is a really great sup-
York, goes far beyond the financial Toussaint scholar in 2010. She was port system,” she says. “It’s a whole
grants, providing mentorship, advise- in the program through four years at program based on being young and
ment and a dynamic array of oppor- George Washington University, then being Catholic, going through your
tunities for growth in both faith and law school at Howard University. college journey and keeping your faith.
career for students at the undergradu- Now a third-year litigation associate It helps you through your challenges,
ate and graduate levels. at Fried, Frank in New York City, she, your struggles. It gives you the support

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A community of support and service.
to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a soup kitchen;
scholar Junelle Addei is preparing for a career in
social work; alum Danielle Beckford, center, helps
to run the annual awards dinner.

“Pierre Toussaint is a really great support system.

It’s a whole program based on being young
and being Catholic, going through your college
journey and keeping your faith.”
– Junelle Addei, Pierre Toussaint scholar
of Leah Dixon and Brother Tyrone Da- her Toussaint scholarship. “It’s a hum- in society, and that we need to support
vis from the Office of Black Ministry, bling experience, because you see peo- and uplift each other. Right now, in
and the support of your fellow scholars ple at their lowest, struggling to feed college, it’s about doing service oppor-
and alumni.” their families, and then you meet the tunities and building my career. I feel
Through weekend retreats and one- volunteers who do the work compas- like after college – especially as a social
day workshops, the program brings sionately every week. When I think work major – I’ll be able to dig deeper
the scholars, from freshmen to third- about my own pro bono work – that’s into the fact that everyone is valuable,
year graduate students, together for the foundation of my heart.” everyone is seen as a child of God.”
networking, service projects and pre- As she prepares to embark on her ca-
sentations in career, personal and faith reer in social work, Addei also points For more information about the
development. Brown remembers the to the formative impact of the Tous- Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund, vis-
life-altering impact of service work at saint experience. “Being part of Pierre it
food pantries around the archdiocese, Toussaint and learning more about my or contact Leah Dixon in the Black
where she helped in administration Catholic faith has allowed me to be Ministry office at 646-794-2681; email
and distribution in connection with more aware of the struggles people face

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Photo by NASA on Unsplash



espite some centuries-old modern scientists were believing
missteps, the Catholic Church Christians – including, by the way,
is a supporter of science, not Galileo. Kepler announced his dis-
its enemy – yet there’s a widespread covery of the laws of planetary motion
notion that faith and physics are at with a prayer: “I thank you, Lord God
odds with one another. We spoke our Creator, that you have allowed
with Prof. Stephen Barr, president of me to see the beauty in your work of
the Society of Catholic Scientists, to creation.” These scientists saw their
better understand the coexistence of discoveries as showing forth the
God and the Big Bang. greatness of God’s handiwork. One
finds a lot more atheism now among
Archways: Four centuries ago, lead- scientists – and nonscientists – than
ers of the Church in Rome condemned in the past. Nevertheless, many sci-
Galileo for supporting the theory that entists remain religious, including the
the Earth revolves around the Sun. Is 1,000-plus members of the Society of
Catholicism anti-science? Catholic Scientists (SCS), which was
founded in 2016. The Society gave its
Prof. Stephen Barr: The condem- 2018 St. Albert Award to Juan Mal-
nation of Galileo was a blunder, of dacena, whom many regard as the
course, but did not reflect an “anti-sci- greatest theoretical physicist of his
ence” attitude. It was an aberration in generation. He is a member of SCS.
an otherwise glorious 800-year history
of the Church’s interaction with sci- Archways: Most contemporary phys-
ence. Catholic priests were among the icists believe that our universe devel-
founders of entire branches of modern oped through a complex sequence of
science: Blessed Nicolas Steno in geolo- random events, beginning with the Big
gy; Angelo Secchi in astrophysics; Gre- Bang billions of years ago. How can
gor Mendel in genetics. The Big Bang that be reconciled with the notion that
theory of cosmology was the brain- God created the world and has a plan
child of the Catholic priest-physicist for His people?
Georges Lemaître. Marin Mersenne, “Divine providence does not exclude
the first person to measure the speed of Barr: Random events play an im- fortune and chance.”
sound, was a priest, as were Giuseppe portant role in the universe, but the
Piazzi, who discovered the first aster- universe also has a profound and per- Archways: In the world of scientif-
oid, and Francesco Grimaldi, who dis- vasive order that is described by exact ic research, is there any prejudice or
covered the phenomenon of diffraction mathematical laws. What is random- discrimination against scientists who
of light. The list goes on and on. ness? Very roughly, things are random declare themselves to be Christians or
when there is no reason for them to believers of any other faith?
Archways: Albert Einstein once dis- exhibit a predictable systematic pat-
missed all religion as “an incarnation tern. Think of throwing a pair of dice Barr: There is some, but you are just as
of primitive superstition,” and Stephen many times or dealing a sequence of likely to encounter anti-religious bigot-
Hawking was an atheist. Does modern cards from a well-shuffled deck. The ry in an English or history department
physics make religion untenable? Do cards dealt are “random,” and yet God as in a physics department. I am told
we have to choose between pursuing knows from all eternity what is “in the it is worse in biology than physics –
science or following faith? cards.” This is something St. Thom- probably because biologists are always
as Aquinas wrote about long before having to contend with fundamental-
Barr: Certainly not. Until about the modern science. Book 3, chapter 74 of ists over evolution. My advice to those
mid-19th century, most of the great his Summa Contra Gentiles is entitled at an early and vulnerable stage of their

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Modern Physics and Ancient Faith
by Stephen M. Barr
In this in-depth exploration, Pro-
fessor Barr demonstrates that the
discoveries of modern science align
better with Catholic teachings than
with atheism or materialism. Univ.
of Notre Dame Press, 2016

The Believing Scientist:

Essays on Science and Religion
by Stephen M. Barr
Twenty-seven articles about the rela-
tion of science and faith, evolution,
mind and soul, the Big Bang and
creation, and other topics. Eerd-
mans, 2016

Faith, Science and Reason: Theology

on the Cutting Edge (2nd edition)
by Christopher T. Baglow

“These scientists saw their

Written as a textbook for Catholic
schools, this wonderful volume cov-

discoveries as showing forth the

ers a wide range of topics, includ-
ing evolution, human origins, how
to read Scripture properly, the Big
greatness of God’s handiwork.” Bang and cosmology. Midwest Theo-
logical Forum, 2019
– Prof. Stephen Barr The Language of God: A Scientist
Presents Evidence of Belief
by Francis S. Collins
A renowned scientist (the leader of
scientific careers is to be prudent about brilliance in physics, like brilliance in the Human Genome Project) tells
how and to whom they go about de- chess or mathematics, is a very spe- the emotionally powerful story of
claring their faith. I would also advise cialized kind of intelligence, which his adult conversion to Christiani-
them to join SCS for fellowship, en- has nothing to do with wisdom, vir- ty. Though Collins is not Catholic,
couragement and advice. tue, philosophical depth or even com- his book is aligned with Catholic
mon sense. Some great scientists, like doctrine except for some statements
Archways: Finally, how can a nonsci- Hawking, have been atheists; others, about bioethics in the appendix.
entist respond to the person at a party like Newton, were devout Christians. Free Press, 2007
– a neighbor, a brother-in-law – who (Einstein’s views are actually quite
says, “I read that Einstein said there is hard to pin down.) To the brother-in- God’s Mechanics:
no God. Why should I believe you over law who rejects God because Einstein How Scientists and Engineers
Einstein?” did, I would say simply: “It’s up to Make Sense of Religion
you whether or not to worship God, by Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.
Barr: There is a strange tendency to but you should certainly not worship The director of the Vatican Obser-
think that great scientists are also sag- Einstein or make an idol or oracle vatory, “Brother Guy,” offers help-
es. I think this began with Einstein, out of him.” And – the brother-in-law ful insights and uncovers many
and in recent times Stephen Hawking should take note here! – Einstein him- parallels between science and faith.
achieved similar oracular status. But self would have heartily agreed. Jossey-Bass, 2008

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t the end of September, and volunteers and conducts crimi- pending the results. If the allegation is
Judge Barbara Jones issued nal background checks and trainings substantiated by the Lay Review Board,
her much-anticipated report before any employee or volunteer can the priest’s removal from ministry be-
on the Archdiocese of New York’s begin working with children.” comes permanent.
response to the crisis of clergy sex In addition to the efforts of the Safe “The Archdiocese has taken mean-
abuse. Appointed by Cardinal Dolan Environment Office, the Priest Per- ingful steps to support victim-survivors
in the fall of 2018 as an independent sonnel Office maintains extensive of sexual abuse,” Judge Jones writes.
reviewer and special counsel, Judge records on every archdiocesan priest “The victims assistance coordinator is
Jones and her team spent a year con- and requires priests from outside the available to offer victims support.”
ducting an exhaustive review of the archdiocese to present certification In addition, since 2016, the Indepen-
archdiocese’s child-protection prac- from their home diocese or religious dent Reconciliation and Compensation
tices and examining procedures for order before being allowed to minister Program of the archdiocese, admin-
responding to allegations of past in the Archdiocese of New York. istered independently by Kenneth
abuse. The report shows an institu- The judge, with a team of lawyers, Feinberg, has offered qualified claim-
tion on a path toward healing. “reviewed the personnel files for every ants financial compensation for their
priest and deacon in the Archdiocese suffering. “Although the IRCP process
Amid the many media stories about

“The Archdiocese has taken

child sexual abuse in the Church,
one important detail often goes un-
remarked: the fact that clergy sexual
abuse in the current context has be-
come a rare occurrence in the Arch-
meaningful steps to support
diocese of New York. Judge Jones’s
report notes that, since 2002 – when victim-survivors of sexual abuse.”
the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bish-
ops issued the Charter for the Protec- – Judge Barbara Jones
tion of Children and Young People
– there have been two substantiated
allegations against priests in the arch- and confirmed that no Archdiocesan is confidential, victim-survivors are
diocese. The horrific era of predato- priest or deacon against whom there is always free to discuss their abuse or
ry betrayal by a small but significant a substantiated complaint of abuse of their experience with the IRCP,” the
number of clerics, too often abetted by a minor is in ministry today.” summary states. “It has proven to be a
supervisors who failed to hold them highly effective program that provides
accountable for their crimes, is now DOING JUSTICE expedited relief to victim-survivors
largely a thing of the past. While it’s critically important to without the need for costly litigation
Keeping it that way requires constant prevent further cases of abuse, it is and the emotional distress that can re-
vigilance and the strict adherence to equally essential to recognize the harm sult from that process.”
policies that grew out of the charter. suffered by victim-survivors. When-
“The Archdiocese’s Safe Environment ever someone steps forward to report GETTING STRONGER
Office plays a crucial role in ensuring abuse, no matter how long ago it may While current archdiocesan pro-
that children are safe in Archdiocesan have occurred, the archdiocese notifies grams have been effective in prevent-
schools, parishes, and programs,” the the district attorney of the jurisdiction ing new incidents of abuse, Judge
judge wrote in the report’s summary. where the alleged crime took place. If Jones sees opportunities to make it
“The Office promulgates a code of con- the complaint is against a cleric still better. The archdiocese is in the pro-
duct for any adult interacting with chil- in ministry, the archdiocese launch- cess of planning and implementing
dren in an Archdiocese institution. It es an independent investigation and her recommendations, including sig-
monitors more than 30,000 employees the priest is removed from ministry nificant improvements in technology.

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A new case management system, al- allow better tracking of those working and volunteers who work with mi-
ready in place, will track every abuse with children in the archdiocese. nors; and the addition of protocols
complaint “from first report through The report also recommends an concerning the abuse of noncon-
final resolution,” storing documenta- increase in the size and the exper- senting adults.
tion and providing notifications and tise of the Lay Review Board; the ap- To report sexual abuse by a priest,
reminders. A new document manage- pointment of a compliance officer in bishop or deacon, please visit archny.
ment system for the Priest Personnel the Priest Personnel Office (already org/report-a-complaint or contact Ei-
Office and an updated database for the enacted); requiring more frequent leen Mulcahy at 646-794-2949; email
Safe Environment Program will also Safe Environment training for staff



A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury Sacred Shelter: 13 Journeys of Homelessness
to Rome in Search of a Faith by Timothy Egan and Healing Edited by Susan Celia Greenfield
A New York Times columnist who describes himself Devastating though it is, homelessness is a symp-
as “a skeptic by profession ... lapsed but listening,” tom of deeper issues, of lives sent into tailspin
embarks on the ancient 1,000-mile Via Francigena by a variety of social ills: drugs, economic injus-
pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome – “a tice, a fractured health care system and various
trail compressed by the patter of 150 generations.” other holes in the safety net. These 13 essays
Burdened by doubt and anger (his brother was a by formerly homeless “graduates” of a life-skills
victim of clerical abuse as a boy), empowerment program founded by
Egan is nonetheless open to the Catholic Charities of New York and the
wonders of the walk. Filled with Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness
evocative descriptions of land- and Housing provide a sobering yet
scapes, people and sacred sites, his hopeful look at the slide into home-
book is by turns lyrical, comic and lessness and the climb back to stability.
deeply meditative. Be warned: This Empire State Editions; empirestateedi-
transformative odyssey, which culmi-
nates in an audience with the pope,
may leave you longing to make a Who Do You Say I Am?
pilgrimage of your own. Viking; Daily Reflections on the Bible, the Saints, and the Answer That Is Christ
by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Faith and Fury: The Rise of These 365 meditations by our own
Catholicism During the Civil War archbishop are down to earth and up-
by Fr. Charles P. Connor lifting at the same time, crystal clear
The early history of Catholicism in and perfectly applicable to everyday
the United States is one of growth life. Image;
and courage in the face of wide-
spread anti-Catholic bigotry. The Civil War saw In the Beginning: A Catholic Scientist
the Church gain in influence, as thousands of Explains How God Made Earth Our Home
Catholic soldiers fought and died for both sides. by Dr. Gerard Verschuuren
Fr. Connor recounts the fearless and compas- Not only is religion not incompatible with science
sionate work of the many Catholic chaplains and (see “Issue: The Science of Faith,” page 8); Dr.
religious sisters who served as nurses and doctors Verschuuren argues that the laws of nature, the
to the wounded in field hospitals. He examines vastness and complexity of the universe, and the
why the Church in America failed to come to a unique conditions that make our planet habitable
principled stand against slavery, and how anti-Ca- support the scientific conclusion that Earth was
tholicism returned in full force as soon as the war specifically designed by God to support the human
was over. EWTN Publishing; species. Sophia Institute Press;

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Meet the generation carrying the message
of Christ into tomorrow

n a street corner in olic students are banding together to as a protector of those who cannot pro-
the Bronx, a group of pray, make pilgrimages and help feed tect themselves. Young Catholics must
girls is handing out and house the poor both locally and remain strong in the face of peer pres-
hot meals and warm internationally. Young adults from sure, negative messages in the press and
clothing to grateful Staten Island to Sullivan County, from the lure of temporal pleasures instantly
clients of a rehab center. A few blocks Westchester to Ulster, are attending available with the tap of a screen.
away, children are addressing cards to Mass together, socializing, learning To lead the Church into tomorrow
be delivered along with holiday gifts and taking to the streets in support of will require courage, hard work, hu-
and necessities to a home for battered those less fortunate than themselves. mility, a willingness to evolve and a
moms with newborns. And at Kings- They are both the present and the fu- commitment to serving others. The
ton Catholic School in Ulster County, ture of the Church. young people in these pages are ex-
members of the Junior Honor Society Carrying the faith forward is a joyful amples of hope for the faithful and
operate a snack cart and donate the calling, but also a daunting prospect. sources of inspiration for other youth,
proceeds to a local charity that pro- Mainstream American culture is rid- who – troubled by a world that deval-
vides meals and supplies to the needy. ing a decades-long trend away from ues life, celebrates violence and hides
All over the Archdiocese of New faith and toward moral relativism. despair behind a shiny veneer of so-
York, young people are suiting up as Meanwhile, the Church is recovering cial-media “reality” – are longing for
altar servers, raising their voices in from the scandal of clerical sex abuse, a genuine experience of community
choirs, praying the rosary, studying working to help survivors find justice and the news that God loves them.
the Bible. On college campuses, Cath- while also restoring its own reputation They have much to teach us.

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Freshman Giovanni Gauzza of Our Lady of Lourdes High
School, Poughkeepsie. CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE:
In prayer at New York Catholic Youth Day 2019 (NYCYD),
at Westchester County Center; Junior Honor Society officers
at Kingston Catholic School with a check for People’s Place
Café; packing meals for Burkina Faso at NYCYD.

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t 11:30 on a Sunday morn-
ing, it’s standing room only
for the Spanish-language
Mass at St. Athanasius Church in the
southwest Bronx. Outside, cars are
double-parked for two blocks in every
direction. Inside, the choir is singing a
lively hymn with a Latin beat, and the
pastor, Fr. José Rivas, is preparing to
begin the spirited service. Amid this
vibrant scene, the Daughters of Mary
appear like a vision in the front two
rows, dressed all in white with chap-
el veils covering their heads and Mi-
raculous Medals on colored ribbons
pinned to their blouses so each ribbon
forms the letter M. They range in age
from 8 to 18.
“It speaks volumes when you have
a young girl wearing her uniform in
Daughters of Mary praying the rosary
Mass,” says Glenny Coats, the young
at Corpus Christi monastery in the Bronx.
BELOW: Assembling in the plaza
parishioner who coordinates the group
of St. Athanasius, Bronx. for St. Athanasius parish. “Its signifi-
cance is purity – one of the virtues that
we tap into when we learn about Mary.
Its essence is innocence.”
The girls are setting a great example
for other young people, Fr. Rivas says.
“It’s a neighborhood where there have
historically been some bad influenc-
es, drugs and addiction and violence.
These girls are devoted to Our Lady,
and that’s a very positive influence.”
“The Daughter of Mary wants to
be more than just a girl who goes
through life,” Coats says. “She wants
to be a girl who saves lives, who saves
souls, who does good in her com-
munity, who can look at Mary as her
model and as her beacon.”
After Mass, the girls sometimes
walk a few blocks to say the rosary
in the chapel at the Corpus Chris-
ti Monastery, the oldest monastery
of Dominican sisters in the United
St. Martin“The sisters
de Porres, there are like our
godmothers,” Coats says.
The girls participate in annual re-
treats and work in service projects,
preparing and delivering meals and
clothing to the poor and homeless in
Manhattan and to clients of a Bronx
rehab center. “We also do a box of sup-

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plies that we send out for the holidays utes, they do a brisk business selling er Pattie Balcanoff, one of the two
to a charity that distributes toys and chips and fruit snacks to their fellow faculty advisers for the NJHS. The
school supplies to children in under- students, from kindergarteners to students were already volunteering
served countries.” middle schoolers. An efficient system twice a year at the People’s Place food
For the girls, these acts are a part of $5 prepaid cards makes it possible pantry – the largest in Ulster County
of their shared devotion to Mary. for everyone to buy what they want – and when they learned that the non-
“It makes a joyous situation out of without the bother of long lines or profit was opening a new café to serve
things,” Coats says. “It gets them to do coins rolling on the floor. all comers on a “whatever you can af-
this type of work with a joyful spirit, Every penny of the “profits” goes to ford” basis, they wanted to help out.
because we’re doing it in community. the People’s Place Café, which pro- It was seventh-grader Madison Kiley
It’s a calling to something greater.” vides breakfast and lunch to needy Ul- who suggested the snack cart and even
ster County residents in a light-filled dreamed up the prepaid cards.
CHIPPING IN AGAINST HUNGER cafeteria-style eatery two miles from “I love knowing that we did some-

ach morning at at 8 o’clock, the the school. In its first month of oper- thing good – and we had fun doing it,”
seventh and eighth graders of ation, the snack cart project cleared says Maia Rich, the SJHS vice president
the National Junior Honor So- $200, which the students presented to at Kingston Catholic. “When we pre-
ciety (NJHS) at Kingston Catholic People’s Place director Christine Hein sented the check to Mrs. Hein, I couldn’t
School set up snack carts on the three on November 12. believe how much we, as a school, had
floors of the school, across the street “The idea came from the students raised. That feeling will remind us to
from St. Mary’s Church. For 15 min- themselves,” says seventh-grade teach- keep doing service in the future.”

At Kingston Catholic School, CLOCKWISE FROM

ABOVE RIGHT: Punching a prepaid ticket; the team
behind the snack cart, with principal Jill Albert (left) and
faculty advisers Ann Mino (center) and Pattie Balcanoff
(right); after the lunch rush at People’s Place Café.

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he six young Catholics who
grace the cover of this edition
ABOVE: A thousand teens sitting and listening at New York Catholic Youth Day 2019. of Archways belong to two
BELOW, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A boisterous singalong; packing meals; professing faith. of the archdiocese’s regional youth
programs. Their future dreams tend
A THOUSAND TIMES YES ery to illustrate the value of prayer and toward service professions, from law

xpect to hear from the 1,000- the importance of trusting God when enforcement to mental health coun-
plus students who attended this hope seems hard to come by. seling, and an ongoing commitment
fall’s New York Catholic Youth They experienced Mass celebrated to the faith.
Day at the Westchester County Center by Cardinal Dolan, heard his homily The Pallotine Teenage Federation
in White Plains. They came from par- on the North American martyrs and (PTAF), represented (above, from left)
ishes, schools and ministries through- the glory of living (and if necessary, by Veronica Keene, Chris Velecca and
out the archdiocese and responded to dying) for Jesus. At the end of the day, Ashley Zacardo, is based in Orange
the theme of the day – “Speak Up” – all knelt for Eucharistic adoration be- County and affiliated with youth
by making their voices heard in song, fore heading home with a new resolve ministries as far away as Staten Island.
prayer and passionate dialogue about to raise their voices for social justice PTAF teens help each other grow in
how to change the world for the better. and the Catholic faith, preparing to faith through retreats and service.
They packed 50,000 meals for hun- live out the words of Pope Francis “The program helped me come
gry people in Burkina Faso; flocked (Christus Vivit, 2019): “We must dare to terms with my relationship with
to workshops about discernment, the to be different ... testifying to the beau- God,” says Veronica, a high school
power of prayer and what it means ty of generosity, service, purity, perse- senior from Pleasant Valley who
to be a Catholic woman or man; and verance, forgiveness, fidelity to our is currently PTAF’s president. The
heard an inspiring keynote address personal vocation, prayer, the pursuit group does service work with soup
from Chika Anyanwu, who told her of justice and the common good, love kitchens and food pantries, and Ve-
own story of personal loss and recov- for the poor, and social friendship.” ronica teaches first graders in her
parish’s religious education pro-
gram. “It makes me happy,” she says,
“to share my faith with others.”
Jalexie Urena and Deanna and
Jean-Luc Saliva (from right, above)
are members of Jornada, a move-
ment devoted to “youth evangelizing
youth.” From the age of 16, members
attend annual retreats and perform
service in their communities.
Jean-Luc, now a young adult men-
tor with the program, especially loves
singing in Jornada’s annual benefit
concert – this year’s proceeds support
immigrant families. “It’s one of the
greatest moments,” he says, “doing
this for other people.”

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Cardinal Dolan with members of the
archdiocesan Youth Team at NYCYD.

TIME FOR DISCERNMENT parish, serve those in need, promote keepsie, first began thinking about the

or every young Catholic, the call social justice, create beauty through priesthood in fourth grade. “They were
of faith arrives in a different way. music and art. But a few of us receive asking kids to become altar servers,”
Some hear only a faint murmur a stronger message from God: a voca- he recalls. Ordinarily, his intense stage
and may drift away from God, at least tion to religious life. fright would have made the idea terri-
for a time. Others perceive a clearer This process of understanding God’s fying. Instead, he says, “All my fears
imperative, an opportunity to glorify plan for us is called discernment, and seemed to go away, and I said yes.”
God through work and relationships, for a some it begins at a very young age. Gauzza is currently enrolled in the
by helping others and creating good Giovanni Gauzza, a freshman at Our Cathedral Prep program at St. Jo-
in the world. They worship in their Lady of Lourdes High School in Pough- seph’s Seminary in Yonkers, where he
joins other young men discerning for
the priesthood at periodic weekend
retreats. “We get 10 to 15 guys each
month – numbers have doubled since
last year – for prayer, catechesis, oc-
casionally a trip somewhere,” says Fr.
Christopher Argano, director of voca-
tions for the archdiocese. “These are
guys who are devout, involved in their
parish and want to do the will of God
in their life.”
For Gauzza, that means continuing to
study scripture and do service at local
charities and in his parish’s religious ed-
ucation program. He is very confident
about the future of Catholicism.
“God will see us through,” he says.
Giovanni Gauzza. “If you look at scripture and the his-
tory of the Church, that’s very clear.”

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in agreement with the mission of the

Church,” Andrew says. Last year, the
Catholic ministry in New Paltz spoke
up in defense of the Bravo Center when
pro-choice protesters tried to get them
barred from campus. “It really makes
you question: Is this something you’re
willing to stand up for? At that mo-
ment, it’s huge to have the support of
the group and realize you’re not alone.”
This is serious stuff, but it’s also
joyful. “There’s a stigma in colleges,”
Andrew says, “that to be Catholic is
something your parents or grandpar-
ents did. You do it while you have to,
and when you get older you can just
get rid of it. But I think it’s awesome.
Andrew Powers (center, rear) in the Dominican Republic with SUNY New Paltz campus ministry Being Catholic and young is cool.”
members helping locals maintain agricultural infrastructure.

FAITH ON THE QUAD something you have to witness first-

“We cannot
hen Andrew Powers trans- hand.” The experience has left him de-

just say
ferred to the State Uni- termined to carry on living his faith
versity of New York, New actively in the world. “After graduate
Paltz, as a junior, he heard about a re- school, my dream is to start a sports

that young
treat offered by the Catholic campus ministry, bringing the faith to kids in
ministry and decided to give it a try. their everyday lives,” he says.
“It almost felt like an encounter with Ann-Marie Abban-Demitrus en-
God,” he recalls, “like He was telling
me that ministry is where I’m meant to
tered Vassar as a freshman in 2017 af-
ter growing up in Ghana. The campus people are
the future of
be. From that moment, I was all in.” ministry gave her a community where
Since joining the campus ministry she could practice her faith and find
program, Andrew – now the group’s support in adapting to life in America.

our world.
president – has been rewarded with “I grew up thinking of Catholicism as
the companionship and support of restrictive, as if the only people that
like-minded people, as well as the matter are Catholics like me and my
opportunity to be part of the local
parish, St. Joseph’s, teaching reli-
family. Vassar Catholic Community
taught me how to love all other peo- They are
its present;
gious education classes to third grad- ple, regardless of creed, color, affinity
ers. Members of the campus group and all that.
volunteer locally with a homeless “Being a liberal arts college, Vassar

even now,
shelter and soup kitchen in Kingston is not super big on faith,” Anne-Ma-
and a New Paltz pregnancy support rie says. “The campus ministry gives
clinic, the Bravo Center. In addition, me what I needed to remain steadfast
they make an annual service trip in
partnership with the St. John Bosco
in my Catholic faith.” A chemistry
major, Abban hopes to make a dif- they are
helping to
Children’s Fund. Last year, Andrew ference in the world as a biochemist. St. Martin de Porres, Poughkeepsie.
traveled with the group to the Do- “Long-term, I would like to go home
minican Republic, and the experi- to Ghana after grad school and use my

enrich it.”
ence was transformative. knowledge to improve health care.”
“Just seeing what their daily lives Sometimes, Catholics on campus
are like,” Andrew says, “trying to help have to swim against the stream of
then coming back to see all the prevailing culture. “Not every-
the things we take for granted: it’s one in the academic community is – Pope Francis, Christus Vivit

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Andrea Espinoza (left) and Ijeoma Volunteers from Young Adult Outreach
Mbamalu, founders of the League deliver pizza and fellowship to a homeless man
of Pan-Afro Catholic Women. outside Grand Central.

THE COLOR OF GRACE came to New York I found a culture REACHING FOR GOD

he League of Pan-Afro Catho- shock,” she says. One thing that sur- nce a month, a cadre of young
lic Women grew out of a brunch prised her was a widespread assump- Catholics sets out from Grand
at the Manhattan apartment of tion that all Black people were Protes- Central Terminal bearing hot
Ijeoma Mbamalu in early 2018. “It was tants. “A question I often get is, ‘How pizza and open hearts for the homeless
fun – Catholic women from all over are you Catholic, when did you con- population in the surrounding streets.
the area,” recalls co-founder Andrea vert?’ We have been here and we will Welcome to “You Did It to Me,” one
Espinoza. “A few attendees of color be here a long time!” of the many ministries of the Young
stayed behind and started talking and Members are educated in a variety of Adult Outreach Office (YAO) of the
laughing and the vibe was great.” She disciplines. “They work in many differ- Archdiocese of New York.
emailed Mbamalu a few months later ent industries, from tech to medicine to The programs of YAO do a remark-
with the idea of starting a group. “We retail and finance – they run the gam- able job of bringing together young
polled our Black women friends and ut,” Mbamalu says. And they don’t all Catholics in our region – and shatter-
we became active in January 2019.” have the same politics. “While we do ing the misconception that Catholicism
The group brings together Catholic adhere to the magisterium, it’s import- is not positioned to survive beyond the
women from Haiti, Nigeria, Ghana, ant to acknowledge disagreements,” Es- next generation. The crowds who show
Kenya, Trinidad and the American pinoza says. “You can’t have discussions up for YAO Masses, holy hours, lectures
South for fellowship, prayer, reading, if you are not OK that everyone doesn’t and volunteer opportunities speak to
discussion and occasionally a guest adhere to what you believe.” the numbers of young adults who hun-
speaker. “We don’t have a mission One subject that brings the group ger to practice the Catholic faith – once
statement yet, but if we did it would be together is the rosary. “The rosary is they realize that they are not alone.
to highlight the importance of inclu- what centers our attention. It’s when “We try to help people in their 20s
sivity, to provide a forum for people we come together as one, and our and 30s connect,” says YAO director
of color who want to worship in ways voices are as one.” Colin Nykaza. “Connect with God.
that they relate to,” Mbamalu says. One of the group’s core goals is to Connect with each other.”
“I was born and raised in Nigeria, enable members to fully embrace their It’s a common theme among this
and I remember worshipping in a Catholic identity. “There are some of generation of the faithful: young Cath-
way that was really memorable. I’ve our members who don’t feel welcome olics experiencing the joy of communi-
missed the soulfulness. It took me a in their own parishes,” Espinoza says. ty, the power of God expressed though
while to find a home parish where I “We are here to say, you are welcome the growing ranks of worshippers un-
felt connected to Christ.” here: We’re going to talk, to pray, and afraid to say “We believe.” Working
Espinoza comes from a West Indi- help you figure out what your path to together, they are spreading the love of
an and Latina background. “When I God needs to look like.” Christ and creating a better world.

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Seek – and find – a well-rounded life
of service, prayer and celebration

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The doors of St. Patrick’s Cathedral,
reflecting Rockefeller Center in midtown
Manhattan’s busy shopping district.

n a world that demands constant attention to material matters
and pushes the soul to the sidelines, how can we remain true
to our values? Who has time to pray, anyway, when major bills
are coming due, a career-crucial meeting is coming up at work, or
it’s almost Christmas and we’ve just realized it’s too late to order
that special gift for one of our loved ones?
The prescription for keeping it all in balance is simple: Remember
Jesus. Give. And receive.
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The gift of baptism at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Valhalla.

Serving the Eucharist at St. Lawrence O’Toole, Brewster. A Nativity pageant at

St. John Chrysostom, Bronx.

Photo credit: Maria Bastone

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Here in New York, as winter settles in, people prepare for Serving Thanksgiving dinner to patients at Terrence Cardinal Cooke
cold days and long, dark nights. Many of us look forward to Health Care Center.
gathering with family, heaping the fire high and exchanging
presents with the ones we love. It’s a time to be thankful
for our blessings and generous to our neighbors, especially
those in need.
With Advent, Catholics begin a new liturgical year and
prepare to welcome Jesus into the world. Yet to read the bill-
boards and watch the ads on television – even listening to
the news reports – you might get the impression that the
season is all about material presents, about piling up boxes
under the tree, demonstrating our “net worth” by spending.
A thousand voices try to convince us we can buy happi-
ness for ourselves and our loved ones. Economists fret about
“holiday spending,” which equates to “consumer confi-
dence.” The bottom line seems to be: the more we spend, the
more we consume, the better – not just for ourselves but for
the country and the world.
Of course, we know better, and with a little effort – or a
little grace – we can filter out the commercial noise and look

Freely you
have received;
freely give.
– Matthew 10:8

past the advertisements to a deeper celebration happening

in the same space and time as the frenzied dance of materi-
alism. Not all displays are inducing us to shop. Receiving a Eucharistic blessing from Fr. Philip Kelly
“Christmas is near, the signs of His approach are evident at St. Francis de Sales, Manhattan.
along our streets and in our houses,” Pope Francis wrote in
2016. “These outward signs invite us to welcome the Lord
who always comes and knocks at our door, knocks at our
heart, in order to draw near to us; He invites us to recog-
nize His footsteps among the brothers and sisters who pass
beside us, especially the weakest and most needy.”
This wisdom reminds us that the days of Advent and
Christmas – indeed, of our lives – are best focused not on
getting and spending, but on giving and receiving. God
gives us his love and, with His grace, we joyfully receive it,
then reflect it back to Him and pass it on to others. God
gives us the unfathomable gift of life, then sends us His son,
Jesus Christ, through whom our mortal life may become
eternal. Then He gives us Jesus again and again in the form
of the Eucharist, to give us the courage and purity to prepare
our souls for immortality.
The Church offers us many gifts, and many opportunities
to give. We receive the sacraments: baptism, which saves our A lector presents the liturgy.
souls; reconciliation, which forgives our sins; communion,

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which unites us with Jesus in the Eucharist; confirmation,

which ushers us into Christian adulthood; matrimony, in
which two souls become gifts to each other; holy orders, a
gift of sanctity to those who are called; and anointing of the
sick, the sacrament of healing and preparation for the ulti-
mate gift of eternal life with Christ.”
In turn, we serve as members of Christ’s body. As ushers,
altar servers, lectors and Eucharistic ministers, we help Him
bestow His blessings on others. In social justice ministries,
we bring His love to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the
sick, the imprisoned, the refugee.
Through the Church, we receive the gift of fellowship
and all of the benefits that come with it: religious educa-
tion for adults and their children, marriage preparation,

“To have life

in abundance
one must learn
to give: not only
the profits of
businesses, but
of yourselves.”
– Pope Francis

bereavement support, social groups for teens, young adults

and seniors. As parish members, we also contribute funds,
according to our ability, to keep our local church and our
diocese vital.
At home and in our community, we break bread, share our
love, support each other through good and bad times. We
ease one another’s pain through compassion and generosity.
And there’s nothing wrong with celebrating abundance:
when the time comes, we gather with friends and family to
Spreading the word. FROM TOP: Giovanni Gauzza teaches rejoice at the table of plenty. At Christmastime, we exchange
religious education classes to sixth graders at St. Martin de Porres, presents, offering thanks to one another and to God.
Poughkeepsie; Catholic Charities volunteers buying Christmas gifts This is balance. We give and receive. We pause to experi-
for clients of the Adopt-a-Family program. ence the love, the comfort and joy, and sing glory to Jesus.

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Photo credit: Maria Bastone

Serving those who serve: Cardinal Dolan celebrates

Christmas Eve Mass with members of the NYPD
Service Emergency Unit.
Photo credit: Chris Sheridan

Sharing the gift of music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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One Christ,
Many Welcomes
In the glorious diversity of our archdiocese,
choirs of angels sing in many different tongues

esus arrives at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at Mid-
Midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral: night Mass on Christmas Eve. At the same
Cardinal Dolan lays Jesus in the manger. moment, He arrives in each of the 294 parishes
of the Archdiocese of New York, and together
we sing “Silent Night,” “Noche de Paz,” “Cicha noc,”
“Tichá noc,” “Oíche Chiúin,” “Nadwe Khom” – with the
grace of God, in perfect harmony.

On the following pages you’ll find snippets of Christmas

songs in Slovak, Gaelic, Polish, Spanish and Yoruba.
Type the titles into your web browser to find record-
ings and learn to sing along. It’s just a small sampling
of the dozens of languages spoken by Catholics in the
archdiocese. This Christmastime, try attending a Mass
in a language other than your own. Share your culture
with someone outside of it, and learn a bit about theirs.

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Don oíche úd i mBeithil
Gaelic: English:
Don oíche úd i mBeithil I sing of a night in Bethlehem
beidh tagairt faoi ghréin go brách, A night as bright as dawn
Don oíche úd i mBeithil I sing of that night in Bethlehem
gur tháinig an Briathar slán; The night the Word was born
Tá gríosghrua ar spéartha The skies are glowing gaily
‘s an talamh ‘na chlúdach bán; The Earth in white is dressed
Féach Íosagán sa chléibhín, See Jesus in the cradle
‘s an Mhaighdean ‘Á dhiúl le grá Drink deep in His mother’s breast
Ar leacain lom an tsléibhe And there on a lonely hillside
go nglacann na haoirí scáth The shepherds bow down in fear
Nuair in oscailt gheal na spéire When the heavens open brightly
tá teachtaire Dé ar fáil; And God’s message rings out so clear
Céad glóir anois don Athair Glory now to the Father
sa bhFlaitheasa thuas go hard! In all the heavens high
Is feasta fós ar sa thalamh And peace to His friends on Earth below
d’fheara dea-mhéin’ siocháin! Is all the angels cry

At a Den Svateho Mikuláša (St. Nicholas Day)

Ó, kto kto l’úbi Mikuláša celebration at St. John Nepomucene in Manhattan,

children sing for the saint.

Ó, kto kto l’úbi Mikuláša
Ó, kto kto slúží Mikulášovi

Tomu svätý Mikuláš

vždy mu pomáhaj,
Mikuláš, Mikuláš

O who loves Nicholas the saintly,
O who serves Nicholas the saintly,

Him will Nicholas receive,

And give help in time of need:
Holy Father Nicholas!

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W żłobie leży!
Polish: English:
W żłobie leży! Któż pobieży In a manger He lies!
Kolędować małemu Who will go to sing carols
Jezusowi Chrystusowi to the little Jesus Christ,
Dziś nam narodzonemu born this day for us?
Pastuszkowie przybywajcie Shepherds come
Jemu wdzięcznie przygrywajcie play gratefully for Him
Jako Panu naszemu for He is our Lord

Student singers from St. Raymond’s School in the Bronx at the

Cardinal’s Annual Christmas Luncheon.
Cantemos a María
Dominican Republic
Gloria al Dios del cielo y paz en la tierra,
a todos los hombres de buena voluntad
Cantemos, cantemos, cantemos a María
que ha nacido el Niño, noche de alegría

Todos los pastores están anunciando

El Niño ha nacido y ya es navidad
Cantemos, cantemos, cantemos a María
que ha nacido el Niño, noche de alegría

Santos Reyes Magos que llegan de Oriente

adoran al niño que ha nacido ya
Cantemos, cantemos, cantemos a María
que ha nacido el Niño, noche de alegría

Glory to God in heaven and peace on Earth
To all people of goodwill
Let us sing, let us sing, let us sing to Mary
That the Child was born this joyful night

All of the shepherds are proclaiming

The Child is born and now it is Christmas
Let us sing, let us sing, let us sing to Mary
That the Child was born this joyful night

The holy wise men who came from the East

Adore the child who has just been born
Let us sing, let us sing, let us sing to Mary
That the Child was born this joyful night

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Yoruba: English:
Awa yio ri Baba gbojule We shall see that we have a Father to trust
Awa yio ri Baba fehinti We shall see that we have a Father to rely on
Nibo labi Jesu Where was Jesus born?
Nibo labe bi i Where was he born?
Betelehemu, ilu ara Bethlehem, the city of wonder
Nibe labi Baba o daju That is where the Father was born for sure
Iyin, iyin, iyin nifun o Praise, praise, praise be to Him
Adupe fun o, adupe fun o, We thank You, we thank You,
adupe fun ojo oni we thank You for this day
Baba oloreo Blessed Father
Iyin, iyin, iyin fun o Baba anu Praise, praise, praise be to You, merciful Father
Baba toda wasi Father who delivered us
Betelehemu Bethlehem

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PACE Westchester Celebratory Mass with Cardinal Dolan Special Masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Monday, December 16 | 10:00 a.m. tour | 11:00 a.m. Mass For more information:
115 Broadway | Dobbs Ferry
A tour of ArchCare Senior Life (PACE) at Cabrini of Westchester followed by Mass in honor of Our Lady of Nube (Ecuador)
Mass with Cardinal Dolan and a reception. Sunday, December 15 | 2:00 p.m.
Contact: 914-326-3199 |
Mass in honor of Christ of Esquipulas (Guatemala)
BLACK MINISTRY OFFICE Sunday, January 5 | 2:00 p.m.

Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund Applications Mass in honor of Our Lady of Altagracia (Dominican Republic)
Deadline February 29 Sunday, January 12 | 2:00 p.m.
PTSF provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors of diverse
backgrounds throughout the Archdiocese of New York.
For more info or to download application: Mass in honor of Our Lady of Suyapa (Honduras)
Sunday, February 9 | 4:00 p.m.
Contact: 646-794-2681 |

Annual Archdiocesan Black History Month Mass LITURGY OFFICE

Sunday, February 2 | 2:00 p.m. | St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Celebrating the national day of prayer for the African-American and African Planning the Catholic Funeral Liturgy Workshop
family, an opportunity to come together as a people of many diverse cultures to Saturday, February 1 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
celebrate the faith and culture of people of African descent. All are welcome at St. Joseph’s Seminary | Yonkers
this free event! No reservation required. For parishioners, musicians and clergy.
Contact: 646-794-2681 | | Registration fee: $15 Register at:
Contact: | 914-968-6200 x8177
Volunteer Opportunity: Encore Community Services
Saturday mornings | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | 239 W. 49th St. Feast of the Holy Innocents
Deliver meals on foot to homebound seniors in midtown Manhattan. Saturday, December 28 | 8:00 a.m. Mass
Family-friendly. Must register in advance. Church of the Holy Innocents | 128 W. 37th St.
Register at: Pro-Life Mass followed by rosary procession and Eucharistic adoration.

Catholic Charities St. Nicholas Project: Adopt a Family Prayer Vigil for Life
The St. Nicholas Project aims to help the most vulnerable in New York City and Wednesday, January 22 | 6:30 p.m. Holy Hour | 7:30 p.m. Mass
neighboring communities with donations of essentials items and by connecting St. Patrick’s Cathedral
them to much-needed services throughout the year. Consider supporting our Holy hour with music followed by a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Dolan.
most vulnerable families!
To shop for a family: Email for the profile on a family March for Life
size of your choosing and drop-off location for purchased gifts. Friday, January 24 | Washington, D.C.
To make a donation, visit: Annual demonstration in the nation’s capital in behalf of the sanctity of life.
Buses leave from various locations around the archdiocese.

FAMILY LIFE OFFICE For information, contact:

Longest Married Couple Search 2020 New York Pilgrim Mass in Washington, D.C.
Deadline for entry: January 19 Friday, January 24 | 10:30 a.m.
Honoring couples in the Archdiocese of New York who have been married St. Patrick’s Church | Washington D.C.
65 years or longer. For New Yorkers attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
To enter, contact: Joan Brisson: 646-794-3190 | Near the start of the rally. No tickets required.

Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents Retreat (Spanish) SHEEN CENTER

Sábado, 1 de febrero | 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. 18 Bleecker St., Manhattan | | 212-925-2812
St. John Visitation Pastoral Center | 275 W. 230th St. | Bronx
Al servicio de las necesidades espirituales de los padres en duelo. Se requiere The Gospel of John
inscribirse de antemano. Hay becas disponibles. Through December 29
Registration fee: $25/persona o $40/pareja | Incluye desayuno, almuerzo, Award-winning Broadway veteran Ken Jennings (Sweeney Todd, Grand Hotel,
cena y materiales Side Show) brings the Gospel powerfully to life in a thrilling 90-minute solo
Para más información: 646-794-3193 performance. Directed by John Pietrowski. Tickets: $50–$75

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Monthly Homeless Outreach with CatholicNYC
Wednesdays, January 22 | February 19 | March 18
7:00 p.m. | Grand Central Terminal
Come out to meet our brothers and sisters living on the surrounding streets.
Meet at the Main Concourse Clock.
For more info, email:

CatholicNYC New Year’s Eve Bash

Tuesday, December 31 | 9:00 p.m.
St. Malachy’s – The Actor’s Chapel | Times Square
Ring in the New Year with Mass and a “Roaring 20s”-themed party
right by Times Square.
For more info, go to:

Love and Life Encountered: Healing

Monday, January 13 | 7:30 p.m.
Church of the Immaculate Conception | Manhattan
Arte Fogata:
Join CatholicNYC for a night focused on healing. Confessions will be available.
Art Workshop Bolivia –
For more info, email:
Children Empowered
in Creativity
Love and Responsibility: Winter
Thursday, February 20 | 7:30 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Courtyard | Manhattan
Radical Courage and the Feminine Spirit: Join hundreds of young adults to hear Prof. Helen Alvare speak.
The Art of Janet McKenzie The night will include Confession and a social. This event is free.
Through January 3 | Gallery at the Sheen Center For more info, go to:
This exhibition of paintings reflects the strength and courage of diverse women
who are continually striving for racial and gender equality, standing strong and YOUTH FAITH FORMATION
rejecting prejudice and hate. Admission free.
Youth Ministers Meetup with Cardinal Dolan
Arte Fogata: Art Workshop Bolivia – Saturday, January 25 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Children Empowered in Creativity St. Joseph’s Seminary | Yonkers
January 9 – 31 | Opening reception Thursday, January 9 | 6:00 p.m. For adults who work with teens. The cardinal will discuss his new book, Who
Gallery at the Sheen Center Do You Say I Am?, and lead a discussion of Christ’s question to the apostles as a
Arte Fogata is an art workshop project operating in Bolivia created by artist paradigm for inviting teens to engage in conversation about the Church.
Robert Aitchison. The show consists of artwork by children in vulnerable For more info, contact: | 646-221-8856
communities who are engaged in the workshops. Admission free.

Warriors An all-new website is coming soon!

Friday, January 31 | 11:00 a.m. Over the past several months, the Archdiocese of New York has been preparing
Saturday, February 1 | 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. a new website to better serve parish staff, lay leaders, parishioners and those
When a contemporary teen activist is on the brink of giving up the fight interested in our mission. The new home page will feature current news and
for justice, she finds inspiration in the story of the Little Rock Nine’s battle upcoming events, a far more robust search engine and answers to your frequently
for acceptance following the integration of Little Rock Central High School. asked questions. You’ll also find an updated parish finder, the latest press releases
Tickets: $15–$20 | Student group rates available on January 31 and, of course, the current issue of Archways. Look for these changes in the next
few weeks, and let us know what you think!
Young Adult Mass
Wednesdays, January 8 | February 5 | March 4 | 7:30 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
is published four times a year by the Archdiocese of New York Marketing Office
Holy Hour and confessions from 6:30 – 7:30. Social to follow!
To stay connected, go to: Michael Cain | Managing Editor
Ricardo Paiba | Senior Designer
Monthly CatholicNYC Holy Hour Vinny Bove | Junior Designer
Wednesdays, January 15 | February 12 | March 11
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | St. Joseph’s Church | Greenwich Village Suzanne Q. Craig | Director of Marketing
Confessions are available. Social to follow! Lauren Liberatore | Marketing Manager
For more info, email: Katherine Valentino | Social Media and Web Manager

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