A Manhattan Pilgrimage in What Some Call the City of Sin?

March 23rd, 2015

By Alice Kenny

A Manhattan pilgrimage in what some call the City of Sin?  You got it.

Carrying wooden crosses, young Catholics sloshed down snow-covered sidewalks and stood in sun-filled pews on Saturday, March 21, 2015 as they participated in the Pilgrimage of New York cosponsored by Catholic Charities Junior Board.

Sure, for centuries pilgrims have toured and prayed in places known as the home of saints – the Holy Land, Rome, and Fatima, for instance.  But this weekend marked the sixth annual pilgrimage in New York City.

This year’s pilgrimage honored Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus.  So the dozens of participating “pilgrims” hiked from northern to southern Manhattan from morning to night hearing sermons and visiting churches named after Jesus’ foster father – Saint Joseph Church on Monroe Street, the Church of Saint Joseph of the Holy Family and more.

Check out our Junior Board Facebook page for photos and comments.

Celebrate Spring with Our Lenten Tip of the Day

March 20th, 2015

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Siena

Today as we celebrate the first day of spring, clean your heart, your words, your mind.

 

Join us at Catholic Charities. Be who God meant you to be.

Throughout the Lenten season, check in with Catholic Charities for updated tips and inspiration.

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Six Reasons Cardinal Dolan Blessed Our Immigrant & Refugee Services

March 19th, 2015

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In a special event held to bless our work with new immigrants and the central site where this work is carried out, Cardinal Timothy Dolan met, greeted and blessed staff, new immigrants and the Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Services Division at its new location at 80 Maiden Lane yesterday, March 18.

The Division relocated to this downtown Manhattan site in December 2013 to accommodate Catholic Charities’ growing immigration services that respond to the expanding needs of this community. This new location — located near immigration courts, the USCIS office, colleague agencies and a transportation hub for those seeking our assistance from all parts of New York City — has proven ideal for clients and staff alike.

It allows us to serve 100s of individuals who come to us for help each month and provides space for meetings and special initiatives.

As staff shared with Cardinal Dolan, our immigration team has a lot to brag about. The team:

 1.  Leads the regional case management, legal and resettlement response and care for the influx of unaccompanied Central American children.

2.  Helped orchestrate the successful “Terra Firma” medical-legal partnership program for unaccompanied children.

3.  Mobilized a team of more than 30 lawyers and support staff to help educate more than 800 immigrants at multiple parish and community centers in area that spans from Staten Island to upstate Kingston, NY about how they can benefit from President Obama’s Executive Action immigration reforms.

4.  Collaborated in the NYC-wide mass screening event for administrative relief (DAPA/DACA) scheduled for April 12, 2015.

5.  Prepared for the upcoming conference, “Responding to the Needs of Immigrants and Immigrant Families in New York State,” scheduled for March 25, 2015 with more than 300 career professionals already scheduled to attend.

6.  Expanded anti-fraud partnerships with district attorney offices and partners in New York City and state.

Cardinal Dolan shared his hallmark hugs, quips and high fives with staff and those we serve as he toured our legal, services for minors, English and Cultural Instruction and phone hotline programs before blessing staff, friends of Catholic Charities and the many individuals and families who come for help.

View this Facebook album of the event now.

Women Bought and Sold

March 18th, 2015
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The premier Spanish-language newspaper “El Diario” turns to Catholic Charities Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services C. Mario Russell for regular updates on immigration reform.

Learn this week in El Diario – and below — about the grotesque reality of human trafficking.

By C. Mario Russell

March is filled with days that should be considered so much more than Hallmark holidays.  It has been designated as Women’s History Month; March 8th celebrated International Women’s Day and March 25th is marked as an International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery. These are important dates designed to recognize the woman for her profound place in the human community and to remember in solidarity the deep wounds she bears at the hands of that community.

Yet these wounds continue, particularly in the world of immigration.

For example, we soon will come upon another important marker: the one-year-anniversary of the mass abduction of 276 schoolgirls by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria when, according to Human Rights Watch, children were taken into captivity and sold into marriage, forced to convert from their religion, and made to endure physical and psychological abuse, forced labor, and rape.

Unfortunately, there are other examples as well that are far too close to home. Evelyn, 21, a top ranked student in her native country, was lured from Cameroon into the U.S. by a rich Maryland couple who promised her a bright future and a top-rate education. Instead, she was given no education and forced into servitude for the wealthy couple. And just this January 2015, Cristina Andres pleaded guilty to two counts of commercial sex trafficking. She was prosecuted for recruiting two girls, ages 13 and 17 at the time, with promises of a job in a Nashville restaurant. Instead, she used physical force and threats against the victims and their families to keep the girls in brothels in Memphis and Nashville.

The market for buying and selling of humans is sophisticated and robust, and only occasionally do publicized scenes like these force us to enter into its grotesque and brutal reality.

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Check out this Pipe Band Marching Down 5th Ave.

March 17th, 2015

By Alice Kenny
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

There’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than to hear a pipe band marching down Fifth Avenue.
And there’s no better group to celebrate with than us here at Catholic Charities.

Are you an Irish emigrant looking for help?
• Today and every day our Project Irish Outreach offers the Irish community advice, counseling and support services.
• For Irish emigration support, contact us at 914-237-5098 or Sr.Christine.hennessy@archny.org

Or are you just looking for the best way to celebrate the big day?

Check out this live pipe band:

And may you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.

Tap the Brains of Immigration Experts

March 16th, 2015

By Alice Kenny

Perplexed by Executive Action initiatives, counter suits and new immigrants’ overwhelming needs?

Join us on March 25, 2015 at the Sheen Center in New York City as Catholic Charities teams up with fellow leading immigration service providers.  Address challenges immigrant families face. Explore the evolving response of those who serve them.

More than 300 directors, counselors, professors, attorneys and fellow professional are already enrolled.

Sponsored by Catholic Charities, Catholic Migration Services and Center for Migration studies, the all-day event:

  • Places these challenges in a broader policy, moral and demographic context
  • Describes the coordinated response to immigrants in the New York metropolitan area
  • Identifies lessons, success and continued challenges in responding to the populations and to immigrant families

Check out our agenda for more information

It’s free! Sign up now while there is still room.

 

Superstitious About Friday the 13th?

March 13th, 2015

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It’s Friday the 13th, a creepy day crawling with fears of black cats and bad luck.

Let’s turn it around and turn bad luck into good for the tens of thousands of New Yorkers served yesterday, today and tomorrow by Catholic Charities.

Join us. Turn bad luck into good.

• Give  • Volunteer  • Lend Your Voice

Make the Most of Lent

March 12th, 2015

Helping people is simple; it starts with taking action.

  • Your neighbor, your relative, the old man you pass on the street – You know they’re in need.
  • Reach out; offer a helping hand.
  • Join us this Lenten season as we provide help and create hope for our fellow New Yorkers.
Throughout the Lenten season, check in with Catholic Charities for updated tips and inspiration.

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Is Running the NYC Marathon on Your Bucket List?

March 11th, 2015

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You’re just in time to join the Big Team in the Big City. That’s us, Team Catholic Charities NY running in the TCS New York City Marathon.

Catholic Charities is one of the official charity participants for the 2015 TCS 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 – just 6 percent – get selected through a lottery. Members of New York Road Runners (NYRR) qualify by running 9 races and volunteering for one.
• And remarkable people like you qualify by running for charity.

Join Team Catholic Charities.

Questions?

Email us at TeamCathCharitiesNY@archny.org. Call us at 646-794-2570.