Posts Tagged ‘Catholic faith’

Pope Francis: A Home Run for Catholic Charities.

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

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By Alice Kenny

On the eve of Pope Francis’ inauguration, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan went live in a special radio broadcast of JustLove taking in listener calls from across the nation as he reflected on what the election of Pope Francis means for Catholics around the world.

“The election of Pope Francis has focused on the vitality of the Church when we focus on the basics of our faith.” Msgr. Sullivan said. “There is no better time than Holy Week when we celebrate the center of the Catholic faith: death and resurrection of Jesus. We begin these holy days with the example of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. ”

From New York to Alabama and spots in between, callers, young and old, phoned to register their excitement about Pope Francis and, in particular, his emphasis on serving those in need.

“I’m thrilled that Pope Francis is focused on service to the poor and to outreach to all people,” said Steve, a caller from New Jersey.

Catholic Charities Director of Peace and Justice Tom Dobbins, who co-hosted the show, agreed.

“When he came out saying he wants us to be a church of the poor for the poor,” Tom said, “wow – as someone who works for Catholic Charities – that was a home run.”

Listen to their conversation on JustLove  on The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.

Galileo and the Catholic Church

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Join fellow young adults for fun, camaraderie and a rousing discussion about the Italian astronomer Galileo and the Catholic Church this Monday, March 25, at Theology-on-Tap NYC.

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.

Events begin at 7:30pm and end around 9pm.

All talks are held at Connolly’s Bar, 121 West 45th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, 3rd floor.

No need to RSVP!

No admission cost!

We welcome donations of canned goods to help feed hungry New Yorkers through the Feeding our Neighbors campaign!

Just come and grab a seat or a bar stool, but get there early as seats fill up quickly.

Click here for more information.

Need to know what canned goods to  donate? Click here for ideas.

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

The Cardinal and Colbert: Humor, Joy and Spiritual Life

Monday, September 24th, 2012

By Richard Bertin

After completing back-to-back tours of Catholic middle and high school, laughter and faith weren’t subjects I ever put together.  But now, as Associate Producer of JustLove, our Catholic Charities weekly radio program on Sirius XM Channel 129.  I had the pleasure on September 14 of hearing Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Comedian Stephen Colbert and host Fr. Jim Martin, Author of “Between Heaven and Mirth” and frequent Just Love radio program guest, dig into the lighter sides of faith at Fordham University’s special event “Humor, Joy, and the Spiritual Life.”

The purpose of the event was to have an open discussion about the relationship between humor and faith, something many of us do not think about when we talk about Catholicism. And who better to discuss this topic than arguably three of the most comedic Catholics in the media?

At first thought, a Cardinal and a Comedy Central satirist might seem like polar opposites. After all, the nature of satire is to poke fun at serious things like politics and religion. Although Cardinal Dolan and Stephen Colbert come from different walks of life they actually have a lot in common. Both are Catholic public figures with massive followings, and both use jokes and laughter in a way that is endearing to their audience. As the evening rolled along it became clear that Stephen Colbert takes his Catholic faith seriously and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the importance of laughter.

“Are there flaws in the Church?” Colbert asked. “Absolutely, but is there great beauty in the Church? Absolutely,” Colbert said to rousing applause. “I like to make jokes about things I love, and I love my church!”

Cardinal Dolan echoed this in his own open remarks by stressing the importance of being joyful with your faith.

“Why is a crabby believer a contradiction?” the Cardinal asked the crowd. He then explained that although we understand Jesus was crucified, he rose three days later for our sake. “‘He, who laughs last, laughs best,” he continued, “so Good Friday did not have the last word…Easter did! That’s why I can laugh.”

For me, as a young Catholic, it felt great to see so many young faces in the crowd enjoying the panel and taking part by submitting their own questions, both serious and humorous. When one student asked the panel for advice on whether it was a good idea to date while considering entering the priesthood, Cardinal Dolan replied that it was good to date as part of deciding whether the celibate life of a priest is something he could live with.  He also joked that “by the way, let me give you some of the numbers of my nieces.”

Colbert weighed in on the question by telling the student to “Go for it! It actually could be a great pickup line: ‘I’m thinking of becoming a priest, but you could change that!’” Cardinal Dolan and the crowd roared with laughter.

After seeing Cardinal Dolan, Fr. Martin and Colbert share their joy of being Catholics, I left Fordham with a renewed feeling of pride and joy about my own spirituality and was eager to talk about it with a friend over drinks.  After all, as I learned from the panel, it’s healthy to have fun when reflecting on religion. And besides, I thought, “We’re Catholics, not Puritans!”

You can click here for more laughs and inspiration from the event.

Check out Fr. Martin’s photos on Facebook.

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