Archive for September, 2013

My Run for Life.

Friday, September 13th, 2013

By Jerome Protasio

Many people ask why I’m running the 2013 NYC ING Marathon.

My reasons are many.  I’m over 50 years old and need help lowering my cholesterol.  Losing weight, of course, is an added bonus.  But what really ties it all together is the Marathon’s motto, “Run for Life.”

As a member of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC FFL), I am committed to help strengthen families and fight for life.

I’ve run marathons in the past to support many causes.  These include providing shoes for needy children, saving mangroves and raising awareness on the evils of drug abuse.

But I am particularly interested in helping people with their temporal needs; feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, providing children and the elderly with the support they need.

I have been active with evangelization work for the Catholic Church for nearly 25 years.  I help run Christian Life seminars that assist participants in renewing our understanding of and God’s call to us as Christians.  Running for Catholic Charities whose mission is uphold the dignity of each person as made in the image of God by serving the basic needs of the poor, troubled, frail and oppressed of all religions, fits perfectly with my mission to evangelize.

It also fits just right with my urge to run in the NYC ING Marathon.

Help support Jerome’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how:http://www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/jeromeprotasio

Catholic Renewal Raises Crucial Funds for Hungry New Yorkers

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Catholic Renewal

Left: Mark McDermott, Jason Ridings, Alexander Ridings, Deirdre McGuiness, Corinne Ball, Brenda Adrian, Victoria Creason, Pat Nash. Monsignor Kevin Sullivan. (Right)

 

Catholic Renewal held its Third Annual Cocktail Reception at the Kirkland & Ellis Conference Center on Monday, September 9. The event, hosted by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and attended by His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan along with more than 250 attorneys and members of the corporate restructuring industry, raised more than $300,000 for Catholic Charities to feed the hungry throughout the Archdiocese of New York. Now, as one of five families with children in the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of New York does not have enough to eat, receiving a hot meal is key to their survival.

The reception honored Barry W. Ridings, Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Co. LLC and member of the Catholic Charities Board of Trustees, for his steadfast commitment to the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and its commitment to serve those in need. Mr. Ridings was unable to attend the event due to the unexpected loss of his mother. His sons, Jason and Alexander Ridings, accepted a tribute book on his behalf.

“Giving is very important to my father,” said Jason Ridings. “He has set an example for us to follow.”

Catholic Renewal founding member Mark McDermott of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom spoke about the inspiration that defines this group. Founded in 2010 during one of the nation’s worst economic downturns, Catholic Renewal is a group of Roman Catholic professionals in the corporate restructuring industry committed to building a community and network based on faith and service to provide charitable assistance to individuals and groups in need.

“The word ‘Renewal’ in our name, ‘Catholic Renewal,’ has a dual meaning,” explained Mr. McDermott. “It refers to what we do as restructuring professionals. As I never tire of repeating, we are privileged to be part of the only economic and legal system in the world that allows us to help troubled enterprises try to ‘renew’ themselves: to preserve value; to obtain a fresh start; to preserve jobs.”

Catholic Renewal expressed its deep appreciation for its lead sponsors at the event. These include Ann and Barry W. Ridings, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Lathan & Watkins LLP, Marotta Gund Budd & Dzera, LLC, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Brenda Adrian, Victoria Creason and Deirdre McGuiness served as chairpersons for this event.

“We don’t live in a tale of two cities, but rather one city where people who have a little or a lot more help those who have who have a little or a lot less,” stated Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan of Catholic Charities. “We greatly appreciate these generous gifts that create hope and Catholic Renewal’s dedication to serve individuals regardless of their religion, everyday, always with dignity and compassion.”

Honoring Victims of 9/11

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

On this, the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy, we honor and pray for its victims and for all who suffer from terrorism and struggle for peace.

Hundreds gathered this morning at the site of the fallen World Trade Center towers and paused in silence to mark the moment when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower — the opening salvo of a terrorist attack that brought down the iconic buildings, killed 2,977 people and launched more than a decade of war, reports CNN. Bagpipers broke the silence, and family members of victims of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the 2001 attack began a solemn reading of the names of those killed at the site. The 9/11 attack killed 2,753 people in New York, including 403 police and firefighters.

Read the Full Story.

Citizenship Drive at Catholic Charities Community Services

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Do you have your green card and want to become a citizen?  Join us at Catholic Charities for help taking the next steps.

When?  Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 9:00am-12:00 pm

Where?  Catholic Charities in Dutchess County, 218 Church Street in Poughkeepsie, NY  12601

Who?  Immigrants who already have their green cards for 3-5+ years

Why?  You want to take the final step to become a US citizen.

Need more information or wonder what to bring?  Please contact Kerry Conboy, Office for New Americans at Catholic Charities:  Kerry.Conboy@archny.org or (845) 452-1400 x 4207.

Husband and Wife Team Up for Marathon Run

Friday, September 6th, 2013

By Ma Teresa Protasio

My husband, Jerome Protasio, and I are running for Team Catholic Charities in the NYC ING Marathon.

I started running seriously about three years ago. Running makes me healthier.  It has allowed me lots of bonding time with my husband as we run around the Philippines where we live and even in other countries such as in the upcoming NYC ING Marathon.

I’m a physician by profession and I advocate a healthy, active lifestyle for everyone I meet including my patients. This resolve became even stronger when my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I knew I had to keep my body and mind healthy.

That’s why more than ten years ago I decided to find time to exercise regularly. I tried several fitness regimens, but it was running that captivated me. I found it challenging. Running gives me a certain “high”, relieves stress and keeps me alert. It tested my self-discipline and endurance level.

This time I will be running not only for my advocacy but to raise funds for the Catholic Charities of New York.  This charity’s mission is to provide a healthy environment for those in need. A perfect fit to my personal mission. This is my way of giving back to God for the gift of life and health.

Help support Ma Teresa’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how:http://www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/materesaprotasio

Help & Hope Career Coaching Workshops

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Join us at St. Christopher’s Parish Center in Red Hook, NY.

Catholic Charities Community Services is offering two free career coaching workshops with Ann Ruecker, MA, MPA and Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC).  She will work with you on staying motivated in these tough economic times, as well as where and how to look for jobs, networking techniques, building a better resume and cover letter, and other documentation that can be used when job searching.

By attending these two workshops, you are eligible for (3) one-hour personal coaching sessions.

Register now for the next series of workshops:

Part 1: Monday, September 9, 2013               6:15pm-8:30pm

Part 2: Monday, September 16, 2013             6:15pm-8:30pm

Workshops will be held at St. Christopher’s Parish Center, 30 Benner Road, Red Hook, NY  12571

Space is limited – Please register by September 6th.   

Contact Catholic Charities at (845) 452-1400 ext. 4905 or e-mail  mary.marshall@archny.org for registration and/or further information.

Donning Plastic Aprons and Delivering Pasta; Catholic Charities Teams with POTS with Their Recipe for Success.

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Donning plastic aprons and matching gloves, 12 volunteers, all staff from Catholic Charities, served 530 lunches last week to homeless, poor and working-poor Bronx residents in POTS community dining room.

“You get the feeling you’re helping people and find a new appreciation for what you have,” said one of the volunteers, Catholic Charities Accounts Clerk Santa Rivera.

POTS, short for Part of the Solution, provides hot, healthy meals to its “guests” seven days a week in a bright, airy space furnished with small tables that give it the feel of a neighborhood café.   The nonprofit organization serves as a “one-stop shop” that provides a wide array of assistance programs under one roof.  Its  goal and success comes from moving its guests from crises to stability and, ultimately, to self sufficiency.  In addition to the community dining room, POTS offers a food pantry, clothing program, hair cuts, health care, mail service, family club, case management services and a legal clinic.

Serving guests at the table as if it were a restaurant, Catholic Charities volunteers participated in POTS’ model of upholding client dignity.  When guests arrived, the volunteers delivered beverages and brought plates brimming with pasta and vegetables. Behind the scenes, volunteers sorted bread, prepped food and washed dishes with POTS staff. And after guests left, they cleared  tables, swept, mopped and took out the garbage.

Meanwhile, fellow Catholic Charities volunteers stocked the POTS Food Pantry, a grocery-store style pantry that invites those in need to walk its aisles and “shop”  for the produce, dairy, canned and packaged items they need to prepare balanced meals in their own homes.

Catholic Charities staff said their volunteer experience made lasting memories.

“We were able to see how great an impact our small amount of volunteering has on people’s lives,” said Catholic Charities Accounts Payable Coordinator Monica Parra. “And we saw how people were so grateful that we were there to help.”

Looking  for help or want to volunteer at POTS?

Click here to learn more.