Archive for May, 2012

How to Run the ING NYC Marathon for Charity: Tips from a Marathon Running Priest

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Fr. Joseph Tyrrell celebrates the "Runner's Mass" prior to the ING NYC Marathon.

For the past 4 years, Fr. Joseph Tyrrell has served as Master of Ceremonies at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City — and in his spare time, has trained for multiple ING New York City Marathons to benefit charity.

This year, Fr. Tyrrell will be running the 2012 ING New York City Marathon  (his 5th) with Team Catholic Charities New York, and fundraising for the St. Nicholas Project — an Catholic Charities initiative that provides critical social services to families in need throughout the year.

On a recent broadcast of JustLove on the Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM, Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan spoke with Fr. Tyrrell, who is also passionate about integrating his marathon training into his ministry. He celebrates an annual “Runner’s Mass” at St. Patrick’s Cathedral prior to the marathon, and often trains for running while listening to the Bible on his iPod.

“My vocation is to bring the Good News,” he says. “Any type of training that I do is part of that.”

Listen to the JustLove  radio broadcast now to hear Fr. Tyrrell’s tips on running and charity fundraising, and why he thinks charity marathon running is so important to his life of faith and service.

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Meet the ING New York City Marathon Runners of Team Catholic Charities

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

By Marianna Reilly

This year, Catholic Charities is one of the official charity participants in the 2012 ING New York City Marathon. There are only a few ways to get into this exclusive event. Elite runners qualify based on running time, lucky ones get selected through the lottery process (only 6% do), members of New York Road Runners qualify by running 9 races and volunteering for one – and remarkable people qualify by running for charity.

During the next 6 months, the five runners on Team Catholic Charities New York will dedicate themselves to two challenges: training to run 26.2 miles through every borough of New York City, and fundraising for The St. Nicholas Project, an initiative that helps New York families in need.

The response to run with Team Catholic Charities New York was great, and we are honored to announce our running team for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon. Starting this month, we will be announcing one runner every week who has been accepted to run the Marathon with Team Catholic Charities NY.

Visit this blog regularly for updates on our team, and information about how you can get involved as a Team Catholic Charities NY volunteer, and participate in one of New York City’s most exciting athletic events.

Volunteer Stories: Scott and Margaret

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Business executives by day, volunteers by night and weekends, husband-and-wife pair Scott Patti and Margaret Murphy pitch in to help Catholic Charities New York rebuild the lives of homeless adults, newly arrived Americans and children.

The couple built successful careers in the apparel business, Scott as president of Bill Blass and Margaret with Nautica Sportswear.  But they were looking for more meaning in their lives, they said, and a way to give back.

They found this through Catholic Charities and its volunteers programs.
“They come with smiles on their faces and are happy to do anything we need,” says Kate McGowan, Catholic Charities Development Officer.  “They’re wonderful.”

For the past three years, the couple has made sandwiches and distributed meals to homeless teens and adults during Catholic Charities-sponsored “Midnight Runs” through some of New York’s poorest neighborhoods.  They grab Christmas wish lists and match them with gifts during Catholic Charities annual St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day.  And they make weekly phone calls through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program to new residents born all over the world, from Haiti and Poland to Italy and Czechoslovakia, to help them master their new tongue.

The reason they do so much, Scott says, is simple.  “It’s so rewarding,” he says.

Rockland County Community Garden Provides Healthy Food for the Hungry

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

View more photos of the Blessing of the Soil and the Youth Art Show on Facebook.

There is something special growing in Rockland County. Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland (CCSR) is making it possible for the local community to take advantage of fresh, healthy produce grown on-site at the agency’s community garden, named the “Garden of Love.”

For the third year in a row, the growing season was kicked off with hunger awareness art exhibition and a “Blessing of the Soil” ceremony. The ceremony celebrated CCSR’s successful efforts to raise community awareness of hunger and the need to build an integrated, sustainable, and cost-effective response.

Monsignor J. Weber, vicar of Rockland County, was joined by Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities, and Michael Kohut, mayor of Haverstraw. Head chefs from local restaurants, including Guarino’s, Ditto, Union Restaurant, La Hacienda de Manuel, Antoine’s, McGuire’s, and others presented cooking demonstrations focusing on healthy eating and the use of vegetables as ingredients and main courses.

The Youth Hunger Awareness Artwork Project displayed artwork by Rockland County youth focused on the theme of hunger. The public got the chance to learn about the preparation of vegetarian cuisine, meet the young artists and their instructors and learn about the growing problem of hunger in America.

Gala Event Displays Work of Budding Photographers to Give Them a Brighter Future

Monday, May 7th, 2012

By Marianna Reilly

Last month, photographs taken by teenagers in foster care shared art gallery walls with a private collection of images by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz.

A young photographer poses with her piece, which was purchased at auction during "The Foundling in Focus," an art gallery fundraiser for The New York Foundling, a Catholic Charities agency.

Fifteen young men and women in The New York Foundling’s Youth Development program were given disposable cameras with the assignment of capturing their daily lives throughout the month.   Ten of their photographs were selected for display — and for auction — at Soho’s Mayson gallery on April 14th for a benefit event called “The Foundling in Focus.” The Annie Leibovitz collection on display featured portraits of Whoopi Goldberg, Louis Armstrong, Steve Martin and The Blues Brothers.

“This unique opportunity gave our kids a chance to show us how the world looks through their eyes,” said Bill Baccaglini, Executive Director of The New York Foundling.  “Having their work displayed in the company of such famous photographs in such an elite gallery just reinforced the importance of their vision and this opportunity for creativity.”

Prior to the event, the young photographers were given a private tour of the gallery, learning about the day in the life of a gallery director and receiving lessons on exhibiting artwork.

This fundraiser, the first of its kind for The Foundling, raised more than $15,000 for the Foundling’s Youth Development program, which helps prepare young men and women to successfully transition into adulthood upon aging out of foster care.  The program assists youth in securing housing, identifying and pursing educational and career goals and acquiring vital skills to ensure they’ll be able to live independently, despite the odds stacked against them.

All of the framed photographs taken by youth were purchased through a competitive auction held at the event. The Annie Leibovitz collection was not for sale.

The New York Foundling, a Catholic Charities agency, has been serving children in need since 1869 with services including foster care, child abuse prevention, community-based family services, supportive services for teen parents, residential alternatives for developmentally disabled people, an innovative charter school, and youth development programs. Learn more about the New York Foundling.