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Fortnight for Freedom

Fortnight for Freedom

Fortnight for Freedom | June 21-July 4, 2016

Join us for the third annual Fortnight For Freedom from June 21 – the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More – to July 4, Independence Day.  The Fortnight For Freedom is a call to fourteen days of prayer, education, and action for religious freedom in the United States and abroad.  The Fortnight for Freedom is In the statement, Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.


5 Ways to Celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom

  1. Pray  – The U.S. Bishops are encouraging the faithful to pray and fast for the renewal of a culture of life and marriage and for protection of religious liberty. In particular, Catholics are invited to make a pledge to fast and abstain from meat on Fridays. Below are suggested intentions and reflections for each Friday fast.  Please visit www.usccb.org/fast to subscribe to receive the weekly reminder, intention, and reflection by email. Or text “FAST” to 55000 to receive text messages.
  2. Learn – Catholic teaching on religious freedom is rich and has much to offer our culture today. Consider getting a study group together to read and discuss what religious freedom is really all about. Resources are available at www.fortnightforfreedom.org. Or, consider hosting a religious freedom movie night at your house or parish. Films can be a great way to learn about and reflect on our faith. Here are a few suggestions:  » A Man for All Seasons, about the martyrdom of St. Thomas More  » For Greater Glory, about the struggle for religious freedom in Mexico  » First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty, a PBS video about religious freedom » Becket, about 12th century English martyr St. Thomas à Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  3. Gather – Get together and celebrate religious freedom with a parish picnic or barbecue. Hand out religious freedom conversation starters as a way to spur discussion about our first, most precious liberty.
  4. Pilgrimage – Join Catholics from all over the country in the nation’s capital on July 4 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pray for our country and for our Church.
  5. Share! – Share pictures of Fortnight celebrations in your area on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #Fortnight4Freedom.


Visit:  fortnight4freedom.com to learn more!

NFP Awareness Week

NFP Awareness Week

NFP Awareness Week Begins July 24, 2016

“Natural Family Planning. Love, Mercy, Life. Opening the Heart of Marriage” is the theme of this year’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to celebrate God’s vision for marriage and promote the methods of Natural Family Planning.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the safe, natural and effective methods of both achieving and avoiding pregnancy. NFP methods teach couples how to observe and interpret the woman’s signs of fertility and infertility. In the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, NFP methods “respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them and favor the education of an authentic freedom.” (CCC, no. 2370)

The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week are: July 24th – 30th, 2016. These dates highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood

The Family Life / Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York  joins with the U.S. bishops in highlighting the benefits of NFP.

Want to learn more about the methods of NFP offered in our diocese?  Perhaps you would like to schedule a local NFP class onsite or via Skype or to learn about how to connect with great Doctors, Nurses & Fertility Practitioners please visit  https://nyfamilylife.org/natural-family-planning

Don’t have time to attend an in-person class? Learn NFP in the comfort of your home by contacting one of the NFP providers listed at: http://www.usccb.org/nfp/nfp-distance-learning.cfm

The Catholic Church invites all the faithful to embrace God’s plan for married love. Learn more about these beautiful teachings which support the use of NFP in marriage at: http://www.usccb.org/nfp/catholic-teaching.

Please join the diocesan NFP team to spread the word about God’s design for married love and the gift of life as well as the methods of NFP. Contact us to get involved:  Marga Regina, NFP Coordinator at 646-794-3182 or marga.regina@archny.org.

Enriquecimiento Matrimonial

Enriquecimiento Matrimonial

Un día para fortalecer el matrimonio de las parejas casadas

(por lo civil o por la Iglesia)

Te invitamos a pasar un día libre de presiones, compromisos y preocupaciones.

Toma tiempo para enfocarte en tu matrimonio, construir una sólida comunicación y profundizar en el amor que les une.

Este día está preparado para parejas de todas las edades y años de matrimonio.


Fecha: Sábado 11 de junio, 2016

HORARIO: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Lugar:    Iglesia de la Ascensión

221 W, 107 St., New York, NY 10025

Donación: $20.00 por pareja (almuerzo incluído)

Para reservar su espacio, favor llamar a la Oficina de Vida de Familia y Respeto a la Vida (646)794-3199 o Carlos y Lorena (646) 474-1864 o rectoría (212)222-0666

O  hacer cheque a nombre de “Arquidiócesis de Nueva York” y enviarlo a:

Oficina de Vida de Familia y Respeto a la Vida.  Attn.:  Sra. Denise D’Oleo

1011   1st. Avenue, 7mo piso, New York, NY 10022

Favor responder antes del 31 de mayo,  2016

Catholic Grandparents Association

Catholic Grandparents Association

St. Joseph Parish, New Paltz is beginning a chapter of the Catholic Grandparents Association which will meet monthly for one hour and provide time for prayer, support and socializing for Catholic grandparents.

The Catholic Grandparents Association is a public association of the faithful whose goal is to assist grandparents in passing on the faith to their grandchildren.  Having raised their own children in the faith and provided them with faith formation and ensured that they received the sacraments, grandparents are now faced with the mission of passing on the faith to their grandchildren, some of whom have not been baptized and are not given opportunities to practice their faith and attend faith formation programs.

Grandparents have no agenda; they simply want the best for their grandchildren. They want them to be good decent human beings, to know the difference between right and wrong, able to make good moral decisions, and if they go astray along the way, to be able to find their way back to a loving, forgiving non-judgmental God.”
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The first meeting of the Catholic Grandparents Association at St. Joseph Parish will take place on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in the Parish Hall following the 9:00 AM Mass.

St. Joseph Parish
34 S. Chestnut Street
New Paltz, New York 12561


To learn more about the Catholic Grandparents Association, please visit their website: catholicgrandparentsassociation.org

If you have any questions, or are interested in starting a chapter in your parish please contact:

Sue DiSisto




Marcha por la Vida & Conferencia LXV

¡Acompáñanos en este nuestra 3ra peregrinación en defensa y celebración de toda vida humana!

Este año, la Marcha por la Vida y Conferencia Latinos por la Vida tomaran lugar el viernes 22 y sábado 23 de enero del 2016. ¡Inscríbase ya! Cupo limitado. http://marchaporlavidalxv.eventbrite.com

Viernes, 22 de enero

4:30 AM– Saliendo desde la parroquia St. Philip Neri

3025 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468

10:00 AM– Misa con el Cardenal Dolan, Bethesda, MD

12 PM– Marcha por la Vida, Washington, DC


Sábado, 23 de enero

8:30 AM-5:00 PM –  Conferencia Latinos por la Vida, Hyattsville, MD

Llegaremos de regreso a St. Philip Neri a las 10:00pm

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Create In Me A Clean Heart – A Pastoral Response to Pornography

Create In Me A Clean Heart – A Pastoral Response to Pornography

A Pastoral Response to Pornography

At their November 2015 General Assembly, the U.S. bishops approved the formal statement “Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography” with an almost unanimous vote.

Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, which directed the statement’s development, said: “My brother bishops’ approval of this statement shows our collective concern for the widespread problem of pornography in our culture today. As the statement says, virtually everyone is affected by pornography in some way. So many people –including within the Church– are in need of Christ’s abundant mercy and healing. My hope is that the statement can serve as a foundation and catalyst for increased pastoral attention to this challenge at the national and local level.”

The full text of the statement: Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography

Create in Me a Clean Heart” will be made available in both English and Spanish. A print version is forthcoming. For more information please visit the USCCB’s website by clicking here.

Please visit our Chastity Love and Life page for more resources.

Help Stop Assisted Suicide – A training conference for Catholics

Help Stop Assisted Suicide – A training conference for Catholics

Join us…  

Learn the best medical, legal and ethical arguments against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. Be inspired by a young father battling cancer. Be enlightened by those who care for the aged and infirm. Arm yourself with the facts about dangerous legislation.

WHEN:  Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:  St. Pius X Church Parish Hall, 23 Crumitie Road, Loudonville, NY 12211

COST:  $10 per person covers materials and lunch

Welcome and blessing by Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger



Send your name, address, phone number, and $10 registration fee (payable to NYS Catholic Conference) to:

NYS Catholic Conference

Attn: Cindy Miller

465 State Street

Albany, NY 12203

Or register online at www.nyscatholic.org/registration


Contact:  Cindy Miller at 518-434-6195,  or cmiller@nyscatholic.org

Help us spread the word by downloading and sharing our poster.

Common Sense Parenting for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Are you finding it challenging to raise your children? Do you want to reduce children’s problem behavior? Do you want strong, healthy relationships with your children, with all the support, discipline skills and information you could have for living out your calling from God?

Explore some real solutions in this Education for Parenting workshop.

We will address some practical strategies, proven to work, for raising well-behaved kids. Come join us to learn these effective methods and practice them, too. We use presentations, videos and practice opportunities in every session.

PLACE: Church of St. Anthony 36 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, NY, 10954, Media Center

DATES: Mondays, October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

TIME: 7:00-9:00 PM

COST: $30 covers one or both parents, and includes a book and workbook.
(If finances are a problem, alternative arrangements can be made confidentially.)

REGISTRATION: Registration is a MUST
Contact Sue DiSisto, 646-794-3191 or susan.disisto@archny.org

This workshop, which originates from Father Flanagan’s Girls and Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska, is being offered in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Family Life + Respect Life Office. The presenter will be Sue DiSisto, Education for Parenting Coordinator. Call Sue for information, or if you would like to see this program in your parish.

Common Sense Parenting is a
7-session workshop for parents of children ages 0-6

• Mothers, fathers, foster parents, grandparents, teachers, nannies or daycare workers – anyone participating in raising children would enjoy this program
• Explore discipline strategies that will make family life more enjoyable
• Become a more confident parent; learn real solutions to everyday challenges of getting children to listen and do what they are supposed to do


• SESSION 1: How I grow and learn = Child development and age-appropriate expectations, nurturing

• SESSION 2: My First Teachers – Clearly describing behavior, teaching your child about the consequences of their behavior

• SESSION 3: Catch me being good – How to effectively praise your child, giving “kid” reasons

• SESSION 4: Teach me about being good – Teaching your child necessary social skills such as “following instructions,” “waiting your turn,” “getting someone’s attention,” and more; preventative teaching

• SESSION 5: Help me do what’s right – Corrective teaching, time out

• SESSION 6: Help me calm down – A plan to stay calm, teaching self-control

• SESSION 7: Putting it all together – Parenting plans, family traditions

Family Life/Respect Life Staff at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia!

WMF2015 - Denise and Kathy - rev  It was a glorious beginning to the historic week in which the 8th World Meeting (WMF2015)  is being hosted in Philadelphia, and in which Pope Francis visits our country.  Denise D’Oleo, Kathy Wither, and Kathy’s husband Dave were at the WMF2015 for the opening ceremony which included among others, Archbishop Chaput, Archbishop Paglia, and Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter.  This is also the same hall where the three Keynote addresses were held on Tuesday and Wednesday (with Bishop Robert Barron, Cardinal Robert Sarah, and Helen Alvare).

While Kathy and Dave came to participate in Tuesday and Wednesday’s WMF2015 events, travelling back to NYC for the Holy Father’s visit on Thursday, Denise was at the WMF2015 primarily to attend the First Hispanic/Latin-American meeting of families (PEHLF) that was sponsored by the USCCB.

May the fruit of Pope Francis’ visit here in the U.S. be a renewal of faith, hope and love in all the faithful.  May the graces of the Holy Spirit rain down upon the Family Life/Respect Life Office, the Archdiocese of New York, and all of New York and the surrounding communities.


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