Why I’m Running Two Years Straight with Team Catholic Charities

August 4th, 2015

By Amanda Weber

In 2014, when I first told my friends and family that I was running the marathon, they looked at me like I was crazy. So you can imagine their reaction when I told them I was running again—VERY excited for the after party.
But in all seriousness, it is not the crowds on the streets of New York or the cool medal you get at the end that motivated me to run again. The positive impact Catholic Charities New York has on over 350,000 New Yorkers — non-Catholics  and Catholics  alike — every year is incredible. Being able to contribute to that is my main motivator.

Re-entering my runner’s routine, affectionately referred to as the “old person lifestyle,” has been a little tricky. However, it is much easier to get out of bed at 5 a.m.  when I think of the women who will be able to receive job training and skills so they can provide for their families. Likewise passing up that Happy Hour is a little easier when I think of all of the New Yorkers I can help stay warm next winter by raising funds through my run to help Catholic Charities provide them with coats and other essentials.

I feel truly lucky to participate in one of the biggest New York events for such a great New York charity and can’t wait to hit the ground running.

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Check Out Our Favorite Comedian, Stephen Colbert, As He welcomes our favorite pope

August 3rd, 2015

Check out our favorite comedian, Stephen Colbert, as he welcomes our favorite Pope Francis on our special website, CharityHasNoBoundaries.org

Hey, and you can join him along with TV newsman, Tom Brokaw, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and dozens of other famous and not-so-famous folks as we welcome Pope Francis on his upcoming visit to New York City.

Catholic Charities is providing a platform for everyone to welcome him and share a message of charity.

Send us your short video, photo or text welcome message. We’ll post it here. A collection of the videos will be shared with Pope Francis during his visit to New York City.

Share your welcome.

Local Politicians Team with Catholic Charities

July 31st, 2015

castlehillCatholic Charities joined NY State Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda and NY Congressman Jose Serrano on Saturday, July 11, to serve up barbecue, games and support in Castle Hill, one of the poorest congressional districts in the nation.

Called “Family Day,” the event brought the community together with free burgers, cotton candy, snacks and more.  And for the smaller folks, it included a clown, face painter and bouncy castle.

Most important for those in need, the event linked neighbors to the many services Catholic Charities offers.  Our staff offered those attending key information about our eviction prevention, housing and paralegal services.  They offered financial counseling and case management.  And they connected them to our job training and placement services.

Do you need help with housing, financial counseling or finding a job?

Find help near you.

50 and Running the NYC Marathon!

July 30th, 2015

Just three months to go until the Big Day – the TCS NYC Marathon 2015!

But just what inspires someone to take on this grueling 26-mile run? 

Each of our 12 Team Catholic Charities NYC Marathon runners has a different answer.

Today, let’s here from Team Catholic Charities Member Mark Murphy and find out what inspires him.

user_photo-552e5ffe2619aBy Mark Murphy

I am running the NYC Marathon and raising money for Catholic Charities New York.   I want to combine my interest in running to maintain some modicum of physical fitness with my desire to support an organization that helps those in need.

I was initially prompted to run the marathon because I turned 50 this year, and my physical well-being came sharply into focus on this milestone birthday.  More importantly, I chose Catholic Charities because, even though I have been a life-long Catholic, I only recently had a meaningful conversion resulting in a renewed commitment to my Faith.

I have been given so many blessings throughout my life for which I am most grateful, and I want to take this opportunity (together with Team Catholic Charities) to return a small portion of God’s kindness to people in need.

I am running in memory of my parents, John and Doris Murphy, who were my first teachers of the Faith.   I am proud to have the support of many friends and family members including my wife, Laurianne and my daughter, Haley.

Help John with his marathon mission.

Cardinal Dolan Clashes with Donald Trump

July 29th, 2015


By Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York

During those happy days decades ago when I taught American religious history to university students, I spent a chunk of time in class on the ugly phenomenon called nativism, defined by the scholar and author Ray Allen Billington as, “organized, white, Protestant antagonism toward the Catholic immigrant.”…

I wish I were in the college classroom again, so I could roll out my “Trump card” to show the students that I was right. Nativism is alive, well — and apparently popular!

American historians describe two approaches to the immigrant. One is, sadly, the nativists, who see the unwashed, ignorant, bothersome brood as criminals and misfits who threaten “pure America,” and are toxic to everything decent in the United States…

The second is the more enlightened and patriotic view. This approach sees the immigrant as a gift to our nation, realizing that the only citizens whose ancestors were not immigrants are the Native Americans. All of us here are descendants of newcomers.
Yes, this second group claims, we need to control our borders, fairly regulate immigration and be prudent in our policies and laws, but we are wise to consider the immigrant as good for our beloved nation. To welcome them is virtuous, patriotic and beneficial for the economic and cultural future of our country.

I am not in the business of telling people what candidates they should support or who deserves their vote. But as a Catholic, I take seriously the Bible’s teaching that we are to welcome the stranger, one of the most frequently mentioned moral imperatives in both the Old and New Testament.

As an American, I take equally seriously the great invitation and promise of Lady Liberty. It’s one of the reasons why I am so eager to share with Pope Francis the wonderful work being done by our Catholic Charities to assist immigrants who come to New York, and look to the church for assistance and a warm welcome.

Read the full editorial in today’s Daily News.

Eric Garner: A Death That Sparked A Movement

July 28th, 2015
AThe Interfaith Prayer Service for Healing and Reconciliation was held in memory of the one year anniversary of Eric Garner's death.  The service was held at Mt ini United Christian Church in Staten Island.   Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke during the event.  Many members of the Garner Family were in attendance, including his Mother, Step-Father, Wife, and several of his children.  Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke, as did other elected officials and members of the clergy.  The evening concluded with a Vigil Candle Lighting.  NYPD Boro Commander Edward Dellatorre and Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner  lit a single candle together. Mary DiBiase Blaich for Catholic New York

Photo Credit: Mary DiBiase Blaich, Catholic New York

By Alice Kenny

Esaw Garner sobbed at the interfaith prayer service held in Staten Island on July 14 to commemorate the one-year-anniversary of the tragic death of her husband, Eric Garner.

Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan joined fellow leaders, family and friends to honor Mr. Garner who died after an NYPD officer placed him in a chokehold after attempting to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes. Mayor Bill de Blasio and local politicians, Rev. Al Sharpton and interfaith leaders, police officers, friends and family stood among the crowd that packed Mount Sinai United Christian Church.

Together they gathered to search for meaning in this death that sparked a movement.

John Woods, Editor and Chief of Catholic New York, reports the words of Cardinal Dolan in the homily he gave at the service:

‘Could the grief that began a year ago just down the street from here and seemed to ooze like a toxic oil spill to places like Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston, and Brooklyn and beyond…be an occasion of repentance and renewal?’ Cardinal Dolan asked.

‘Could our yearlong trial be an opening for God to transform us, from death to life, from despair to hope, from winter to spring?’

The cardinal suggested it could, but that we must first acknowledge God’s supremacy in our lives and place our faith and hope in him as we love one another.

Famous Join Us to Welcome Pope Francis – and You Can, Too!

July 27th, 2015

By Alice Kenny
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Stephen Colbert, Whoopi Goldberg, Harry Belefonti – even players for the New York Yankees, Giants and Islanders – are already adding their voices to the new website we just launched to welcome Pope Francis during his visit to the U.S.

And those names are just for starters.

Find your heroes on charityhasnoboundaries.org.

Better still, join us and welcome Pope Francis, too!

Find out how.

Learn more on NY1.

Volunteers + Painting Blitz = Lives Changed

July 24th, 2015


By Alice Kenny

Volunteers from Footwear Plus Magazine teamed up recently with Catholic Charities to brighten the lives of people with mental challenges.   Ten volunteers spent five hours in a painting blitz.  They worked together to transform the hallways, kitchen and dining area of our Beacon Of Hope House in Staten Island, a residential facility that assists people with psychiatric disabilities.

The volunteers also collaborated to paint a sunny mural, using a design previously sketched by a volunteer artist.  Then they topped off the day by hanging their masterpiece at the end of the refurbished hallway, making this homey environment brighter still.

At Catholic Charities we always have plenty of volunteer opportunities.

Find one tailored just for you!

YOU Can Share a Special Message with Pope Francis

July 23rd, 2015
Introducing Charity Has No Boundaries 
To commemorate Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, Catholic Charities is providing a platform for everyone to welcome him and share a message of charity. We invite you to click the link below and visit CharityHasNoBoundaries.org.
Please take the opportunity to browse through other video messages and hopefully become inspired to create and upload a video of your own to be featured on the site. A collection of the videos will be shared with Pope Francis during his visit to New York City.

Asset Manager by Day, Marathon Runner by Night

July 22nd, 2015

James Intermont is one busy guy. 

He works days as an alternative asset manager for Ares Management, lending money to companies so they can make loans to small businesses and consumers across the globe.

Then, nights and weekends, he trains to run the New York City TCS Marathon with Team Catholic Charities.

Why does he do it?  Where does he find his inspiration?  And what keeps him going?

Let’s find out now:

By James IntermontIMG_1895

I will be running my third New York City marathon on November 2nd of this year.

Although the previous 2 were great experiences, this one means more to me because of the cause I am running for. I chose to run for Catholic Big Sisters Big Brothers, (an affiliate of Catholic Charities), because I know firsthand the impact that the organization has on young people throughout New York City.

I have been the mentor to a now, 16-year-old from Brooklyn for the past two and a half years and throughout my experience the organization has provided endless support in our relationship. From the first day I stepped into their office to talk about becoming a mentor the entire organization has been there both for me and my mentee (Dashawn).

Every person who works there radiates positivity, and is always there to lend a hand with advice or support whenever needed. The staff (including Ryan and Shana, my two constant contacts within the organization) have set-up great skills learning workshops and activities for matches to learn and get to know each other. Whenever a question comes up, “How do I approach asking my mentee to stop littering? What is the best way to help them in school? Where can I find the best burger in the city?” the staff has always been there for me, and I look forward to running for them.

Support James’ run for Team Catholic Charities.