Archive for January, 2012

New York Archdiocese Joins Forces to Feed Our Neighbors

Friday, January 20th, 2012


By Marianna Reilly

January 20, 2012 — From January 22 through January 29, organizations throughout the Archdiocese of New York will join forces to help address the hunger crisis in our community. The Feeding Our Neighbors campaign is a unified response to Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan’s call to “feed the hungry in the name of Jesus,” ensuring that none of our neighbors are turned away when they look to the church for help. Learn more and join the campaign today.

Join the fight against hunger. Tell us what you will be contributing to our Archdiocesan-wide drive on Facebook.

Looking for ideas? Check out this guide to food donations:

The Archdiocese of New York network needs these nutritious foods:


  • Canned Vegetables
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Vegetable Soups

  • Canned Fruits (in juice or light syrup)
  • Dried Fruits
  • 100% Fruit Juices

  • Beans- canned or dry
  • Peanut Butter
  • Nuts
  • Canned Meat (chicken, beef, ham)
  • Canned Fish (tuna, salmon, sardines)
  • Canned Stews (chicken or beef)

  • Rice (white, brown, flavored)
  • Pasta/noodles
  • Dry Cereal and Hot Cereal (grits, oatmeal, farina)
  • Flour/Cornmeal/Baking Mixes
  • Whole Wheat Crackers
  • Couscous

  • Dry Milk packets
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Soy/Almond/Rice Milk
Other Items

  • Nutritional Beverages (Boost, Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast)
  • Spices
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Personal Care Items

To ensure safety, we cannot use:

  • Rusty or Unlabeled Cans
  • Avoid glass containers and all perishable foods
  • Homemade Items
  • Noncommercial Canned Items
  • Noncommercial Packaged Items
  • Alcoholic Beverages & Mixes
  • Open or Used Items

Increase in Hunger Leads to Overcrowding at New York Job Centers

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Nearly 35% of children in the Bronx are going hungry.

By Marianna Reilly

The increase in hunger in our community is leading to a serious overcrowding problem at New York City job centers, reports the Wall Street Journal in the January 3 article, “Welfare Lines Overflow.”

Because many job centers are located in facilities that also provide public assistance benefits like food stamps, and because some of these facilities have been consolidated, it appears that the number of individuals seeking assistance is becoming too large for many centers to manage.

The influx in individuals seeking food stamps to job centers creates lines that are so long and crowds that are so large that many clients are forced to wait outside hours before doors open, just for a chance to be seen, or get to an appointment on time.

The danger, the article says, is that people will opt not receive critically-needed benefits in order to avoid the frustration of long waits. This might already be happening, since records show that the number of food-stamp recipients dropped by 13,000 people in November 2011.

The Journal writes that Speaker Christine Quinn plans to call for hearings to examine the decrease because other indicators—the unemployment rate and food-stamp enrollment statewide—don’t reflect an improvement in the economy.

In the past two years, the number of New Yorkers receiving food stamps has increased by 200,000 – a reality we’ve seen firsthand at Catholic Charities.

As we try to do as much as we can to help those in need, we are reminded that it is our calling and our responsibility as Catholics to help those who have nowhere else to turn.

We also have to ensure that administrative hurdles don’t restrict public assistance from flowing to those in our community who need it most. At a time when so many are facing prolonged unemployment and an unpromising job market, our neighbors need all the help we can provide.

Archbishop Dolan to be elevated to Cardinal of the Archdiocese

Friday, January 6th, 2012

By Marianna Reilly

January 6, 2012 — Archbishop Timothy Dolan joked that being named a Cardinal today – the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as the “twelfth day of Christmas” – “beats a partridge in a pear tree any day.”

He addressed his colleagues at the New York Catholic Center today during a prayer service at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, near Catholic Charities offices. Offering his thanks to the New York Archdiocese, Dolan said that being named Cardinal is Pope Benedict XVI’s way of honoring and recognizing the importance of the entire Archdiocese of New York.

“It’s as if the pope is placing the red hat on the empire state building. He’s putting the red hat on the statue of liberty, he’s putting the red hat on the home plate of Yankee Stadium, he’s putting the red hat on the spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and on the towers of every great parish in this archdiocese… This is his way of saying to the Archdiocese of New York and to this great community that we cherish very much: ‘Congratulations. I love you, I need you, you’re an inspiration to the world, keep up the good work.’”

Dolan will be officially inducted into the College of Cardinals during a ceremony at the Vatican on February 18, 2012.

Read the official Statement from Cardinal Designate Dolan on his appointment to the College of Cardinals.