Archive for December, 2011

Interfaith Clergy Breakfast Unites NYC Faith Leaders

Friday, December 30th, 2011
New York Public Library

Today’s Interfaith Clergy Breakfast was held at the New York Public Library.

December 30, 2011 — Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted the annual Interfaith Clergy Breakfast this morning at the New York Public Library. Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan joined more than 400 religious leaders from throughout New York City.

Msgr. Sullivan shared his thoughts about the event:

 “In a world that often sees religion as divisive, it is good that in New York City, we seek ways to use religion to bring people together. In this age of diversity of opinion, it is important to find ways to respect our differences, for the good of all New Yorkers.”

Fr. Joseph McShane, President of Fordham University, delivered an invocation that beautifully expressed so much about the work of Catholic Charities:

God of all goodness, we give you heartfelt thanks for the blessings that you have bestowed on our great City during the past year.
We thank you for the wisdom, energy and visionary leadership of our Mayor, and the strong and provident service of our Council.
We give you thanks for
the bravery of our police officers,
the courage of our firefighters,
the devotion of our teachers,
and the quiet heroism of those who serve the poorest of the poor.

God of all hopefulness, in the coming year of grace, grant:

To the poor: dignity;
To the young: hope;
To students: the joy of discovery;
To families: serenity, security and love;
To our neighborhoods: safety, peace and concord;
To immigrants; a warm welcome and a new beginning in our midst;
To the elderly: honor and satisfaction;
To dreamers: fulfillment;
To workers: pride in their labor;
To believers: strong faith; and
To us, your servants: a share in Your work of redeeming the world through love.

God of all graciousness: make of this, the Capital of the World, a shining City On a Hill where our first language is love and our most important work is charity in the service of others.

To You, Most Gracious God, be all glory, honor, praise and thanksgiving, now and forever.
Amen.

Catholic Guild for the Blind Celebrates Christmas, and Success

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

By Marianna Reilly

December 22, 2011 — The Catholic Guild for the Blind, a program of Catholic Charities Community Services, held its Christmas party today in our offices at the New York Catholic Center, filled with music from program participants.

The Guild for the Blind has a lot to celebrate. In 2011, the program began providing services in Dutchess County, in addition to their Manhattan and Yonkers locations. Services in Dutchess County, which are based in Poughkeepsie, emphasize orientation and mobility and are being funded by a three-year grant from Lavelle Fund for the Blind.

This growth will allow the Guild for the Blind to provide even more services for those who are blind or visually impaired, multiply disabled, employed individuals requiring “on-the-job” training or workplace management, and for veterans.

The full range of rehabilitation training services provided by Guild for the Blind include communications skills, household skills, personal management, orientation and mobility, vocational training, job development, pre-vocational skills for young adults, social services, and academic services.

Contact the Catholic Guild for the Blind:
Manhattan Office: 646-794-2016 or email
Yonkers Office: 914-476-2700 or email
Poughkeepsie Office: 845-452-1400 or email

Christmas Blessings from Catholic Charities

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

By Marianna Reilly

December 13, 2011 — We invite you to watch a special Christmas message from our executive director, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan. In this video, he reflects on the inspiring story of Christmas, which to those of us at Catholic Charities, reflects the faces of the people we are honored to serve. When we reach out to those in need, we have the chance to experience an even greater season of peace, of joy and of hope.

How to Volunteer in New York this Christmas Season

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

A volunteer and her daughter at last year’s St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day in Manhattan.

By Marianna Reilly

December 7, 2011 — Looking to give back as Christmas draws near? Catholic Charities invites you learn more about our many New York volunteer opportunities. Check out how our dedicated volunteers are giving back this year, and connecting with our neighbors in need.

  • Did you miss St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day in Westchester? On Tuesday December 6, the Feast Day of St. Nicholas, volunteers helped shop for families in need at our St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day in Westchester, New York. The event, named SNOW (St. Nicholas of Westchester), was held at the White Plains Kmart, and was a great success. Gloves, coats, boots and blankets were among the items piled into shopping carts to help give 60 local families a warm and happy Christmas. Spearheaded by Catholic Charities Board member Susan Salice, SNOW was attended by Westchester County executive Rob Astorino and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities New York.

Missed it? Want to volunteer at our next Shopping Day?

  • Volunteer at St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day in Manhattan on December 10: Sign up to volunteer at Catholic Charities biggest volunteer event of the year! Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan will be among those who will shop for winter necessities for families in need at the Astor Place Kmart in Greenwich Village on Saturday, December 10. All volunteers will shop for free with funds provided by our generous donors. The St. Nicholas Project, which provides crucial social services to families throughout the year, is largely supported by the fundraising events and activities of the Catholic Charities Junior Board.
  • Did you miss volunteering at our Manhattan Christmas Party? On December 6, volunteers assisted at a Christmas party for mentally challenged individuals at Beacon of Hope House, helping set up the event, serve food, distribute raffles, wrap and give out gifts and gift cards. Beacon of Hope House, an agency run by Catholic Charities Community Services, operates residences for approximately 200 individuals and a day program for the mentally challenged in Staten Island and the Bronx.

Missed it? Want to volunteer at our next Christmas Party?

  • Volunteer at our Westchester Christmas Party on January 7: Assist with a Charity Christmas Party in Yonkers for day laborers and their families who are part of Obreros Unidos, a supportive program operated by Catholic Charities New York. Party volunteers will set up prior to event, serve food, distribute raffles, wrap and give out gifts. A brief orientation and training will take place at the site. Volunteers can choose to participate during one or both shifts on January 7th, 2012: from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., or from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. All that’s needed is an outgoing personality and great interpersonal skills. We especially welcome bilingual volunteers.

Want to discover even more New York volunteer opportunities? Check out our full list of opportunities here, in locations throughout the Archdiocese of New York.

Archbishop Dolan and Christine Quinn Call on New Yorkers to Feed the Hungry

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

At Catholic Charities’ Annual Thanksgiving Meal Distribution in Harlem, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan called on all New Yorkers to respond to a sacred duty to feed the hungry and care for our neighbors in need. Read Archbishop Dolan’s official statement on hunger in New York here, and listen to him call upon all New Yorkers to help during this time when so many are suffering: