Archive for February, 2013

Desire, Purpose, Destiny: Embracing the Ache in Our Hearts

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

Theology-on-Tap NYC is an opportunity for young adults to explore issues and topics that relate to the Catholic faith in a fun and casual environment.

It also offers a way to give back.  Please bring non-perishable food donations to help feed hungry New Yorkers.

The next topic is a big one: Desire, Purpose, Destiny:  Embracing the Ache in Our Hearts led by speaker Colin Nykaza.

Where:  Klub 45 Room at Connolly’s Bar, 121 West 45th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, 3rd floor, Manhattan

When:  Monday, March 4, 2013 from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Cost:  It’s free.  Just bring a non-perishable food donation to help our neighbors in need.

Come join us.  No RSVP Needed.

Grab a seat or a bar stool, but get there early because seats fill up fast.

Wonder what to bring?  Here is a list of what food pantries and soup kitchens need most:

 Vegetables • Canned Vegetables
• Vegetable Soups 
 Fruits • Canned Fruits
(in juice or light syrup)
• Dried Fruits
• 100% Fruit Juices
 Proteins • Beans- canned or dry
• Peanut Butter
• Nuts
• Canned Meat
(chicken, beef, ham)
• Canned Fish
(tuna, salmon, sardines)
• Canned Stews
(chicken or beef)
 Grains • Rice
(white, brown, flavored)
• Pasta/noodles
• Dry Cereal and Hot Cereal
(grits, oatmeal, farina)
• Flour/Cornmeal/Baking Mixes
• Whole Wheat Crackers
• Couscous
 Dairy • 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 food safety, we cannot use:

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

For more information visit www.totnyc.org

Harlem Mother Fights Back After Losing Two Sons to Gun Violence

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

February is the toughest month, Jackie Rowe-Adams tells Msgr. Kevin Sullivan during their conversation aired on JustLove on February 23.  Her two sons were shot dead in Harlem, one 15 years ago, one 30 years ago and both in February.  They died for no good reason, just crazy gun violence.

“Who’s giving our kids all these guns?” she asks.  “We have to take charge, take back our kids, take back our community.”

To fight back, Ms.  Rowe-Adams co-founded Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. (Stop Another Violent Act) in 2006.

The group meets regularly at Catholic Charities Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Memorial Community Center in Harlem.

Ms. Rowe-Adams confronted National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre at the group’s convention in April, she told Msgr. Sullivan, and heard back from him this month after the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting.

Listen to JustLove, the Catholic Channel, to learn more about how Harlem mothers are fighting gun violence and the support they receive from Catholic Charities.

JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10 am EST on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio on The Catholic Channel 129.

Final Public, Prayerful Words of Cardinal Dolan Before Flying to Rome

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

Standing at the altar of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church before a life-size statue of Jesus crucified on the cross, His Excellency Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan celebrated his final mass with Catholic Charities staff and coworkers before leaving later today for Rome.  Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and 11 fellow concelebrants assisted with the celebration of the Eucharist.

The mass provided the Cardinal with a final time of prayer with members of the Archdiocese of New York before Pope Benedict XVI steps down from the papacy on Thursday. Cardinal Dolan will participate in the conclave of Roman Catholic cardinals to choose the Pope’s successor.

“What a source of consolation it is to be with all of you, people I love very much, people whose work I admire so completely, today before I leave for Rome,” Cardinal Dolan told the hundreds of staff members that packed the church at the Catholic Center on First Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan.

His sermon combined his well-known wit with gratitude and guidance.  Garbed in a magenta robe, the Cardinal joked about his concerns about the “break-a-leg” good wishes he received.  He explained the logistics of his upcoming trip.  And he called for contrition, repentance, and renewal.

He hopes, he said, to return to New York before the end of March in time for Holy Week.

“To know that you’re going to be with me means a great deal,” he said, “so keep me in your prayers.”

Check Out How Movies’ Moral Messages Increased Their Oscar Odds for the 85th Academy Awards

Monday, February 25th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

Can movies’ moral messages increase their Oscar odds?  They did last night during the 85th Academy Awards.

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and. Fr. Michael Tueth, S.J., associate professor of communication and media at Fordham University, focused on movies’ moral messages to place their bets on which films would win the Academy Awards when they spoke on JustLove, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, aired Saturday, February 23, the night before the awards were announced.

Last night, many of their bets paid off.

Msgr. Sullivan correctly chose Jennifer Lawrence, the emotionally unstable widow featured in Silver Linings Playbook, as Best Actress in a Leading Role.

“It’s just so bizarre how in this world if you have asthma, you take asthma medication. If you have diabetes, you take diabetes medication,” Jennifer Lawrence said when she accepted the trophy. “But as soon as you have to take medicine for your mind, it’s such a stigma behind it.”

“That was a movie that had a lot of morality in it,” Msgr. Sullivan said, “ a sense of both personal responsibility and mutual solidarity.”

Meanwhile, Fr. Tueth predicted that Lincoln would win as Best Picture.  Although his backup bet – Argo – came in first, Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor in a Leading Role in Lincoln.

“He’s thoughtful; he’s intelligent and he’s compassionate,” Fr. Tueth said.

Listen to their conversation on JustLove,  the Catholic Channel.

JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10 am EST on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio on The Catholic Channel 129.

Food Bank Volunteers Train for Food Pantry Safety

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

Nearly 40 volunteers from food pantries throughout the Bronx and Manhattan took part on February 14 in the first-ever Food Bank for New York City training hosted outside Food Bank headquarters — and inside Catholic Charities Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center.   The food pantry food safety training, offered in Spanish, pulled in volunteers from food pantries associated with Catholic Charities along with other member programs as well.

Attendees that successfully completed this training received Food Bank Certificates in Food Pantry safety, a requirement for volunteer leadership at all Food Bank member programs.

“We are excited to be holding it at a Catholic Charities Community Services location,” said Jeanne McGettigan, Catholic Charities Coordinator of Emergency Food Services, “for the convenience and encouragement of our volunteers.”

Share Your Job Insights; Help a High School Student Discover a Career

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities Alianza Division is sponsoring Career Days on Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14 to help high school students at its Washington Heights campus discover potential careers.

We would be honored to have you join us on these special days to share your experiences and knowledge to our students.

Choose the day that works best for youor come to both:

The Annual College and Career Day

When:  Wednesday, March 13, 2013, from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Where:  The High School for Media & Communication

Why:  To promote higher education among young people in our Washington Heights school community.

What: Conduct two classroom presentations during second and third period classes. During each presentation, you will have the opportunity to impact young peoples’ lives.

Fun Details:  Breakfast will be served in the conference room between 8:00am-8:45am.

Types of Professions:  We are looking for professionals in the field of Media, Arts, Music, Law, Social Service, Fire fighters, lawyers, etc.

Learn more

—-AND—

Career Day Presenters at Innovation Diploma Plus

When:  Thursday, March 14, 2013, from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Where:  Innovation Diploma Plus High School Learning to Work program, an in-depth job readiness and career exploration program.

Why:  To share various levels of professions and fields

What:  Volunteers will be expected to discuss their career/field of work for 10 – 15 minutes to a small classroom of students.  Each presenter should be able to stay for three periods.

Fun Details:  The more engaging the presentation, the better. Each classroom is equipped with a smart board and arrangements to use this equipment may be arranged.  Professionals must be comfortable presenting in front of an audience of 15 – 21 year olds.

Types of Professions presented in previous career days:  Personal Trainers, Law Enforcement, Choreography, Radiology, Culinary Arts, etc.

Learn more

College Fair Opens Teens’ Minds to New Dreams

Friday, February 15th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

Hundreds of students and nearly 30 colleges and universities participated last week in the second-annual college fair hosted by Catholic Charities’ Alianza Division in collaboration with the High School for Media and Communications.

The event, held on the School for Media and Communications’ campus in Washington Heights, promoted Catholic Charities’ Alianza Division’s mission to help children, youth and families break the cycle of poverty and fulfill their potential as members of the global community.

The college fair was important, said Elizabeth Payero, Program Coordinator for the Division’s High School for Media and Communications, because it gave students throughout the campus the opportunity to gather information needed to make informed decisions about which schools they should focus on and where they should apply.

Representatives from numerous colleges – including Ivy League schools such as Harvard – along with CUNY’s, SUNY’s, UConn, the University of Bridgeport and private universities attended the fair.

Many students applied at the fair for coveted college positions.  The College of St. Rose accepted seven students on the spot.

“Participating in the college fair allowed me to open my mind to new dreams,” said high school junior Lisandy Rodriguez.

Enter Our Random Act of Kindness Competition — Win a Surprise Gift.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Did you smile at a stranger today? Buy flowers for a friend? Help a child with homework?

Tell us about your random act of kindness and you could win a free gift from Catholic Charities.

A Blind Man Sees. A Deaf Man Hears.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

A blind man – Iking Little – can now see thanks to services Catholic Charities staff maximized by drawing on publicity from The New York Times Neediest Cases campaign.

A deaf man – Vladimir Gongora – can now hear.

Learn more about how Catholic Charities partnered with the New York Times Neediest Cases campaign to transform lives in
this final story that concludes the campaign season.