Posts Tagged ‘charity’

God, Family and Running; Why I’m Running for Team Catholic Charities

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

By Julie Palomba

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) And for that I am truly grateful for God has blessed me with a very full, wonderful life filled with more adventure, love and happiness than I could have ever imagined!

The deepest passions that fill my heart are simple: God, family and running. I see the second two as just an extension of the first.  They are the reasons I get out of bed in the morning. They are on my mind when I go to bed at night. These three passions are what you will find me talking about to anyone who will listen. Mathew 12:34 says: “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. Wow; that is true for me as I am eager to talk to anyone about Jesus, my family and/ or running 24 hours a day.

I grew up in Detroit, lived around the country but now am settled in North Carolina. I was raised Catholic and have come to appreciate this fact more as I get older.  I love being a part of my parish and actively participate in their various ministries. It’s just awesome to feel God’s presence daily, respond to His call and feel it is never too late to grow as a Christian.

My family truly inspires me. I have been married 31 years and have five grown children. None of our children were really runners during high school or college but over the years each one has taken up the challenge of competitive running. We love getting together for running events!

I personally did not start running seriously until about four years ago.  Never being very athletic growing up, my first half marathon was a BIG accomplishment for me. I trained, prayed, trained some more and then God carried me through the last three miles of the last incline. Since then, I have been hooked.

I have lost count of the number of events I have completed but I cherish the moments more than the milestones. Each event has its own story but my favorite events are those that I run for charity or with my family. It makes me feel I am a part of something bigger than just myself.  Through all the pain, injuries and sometimes, even tears, I know it is all good!

“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

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

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

From Bangladesh Factory Fires to Oklahoma Tornadoes, JustLove Tackles the Toughest Topics

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Miss Oklahoma, Anna-Marie Costello, and her sister, Miss Teen Oklahoma

By Alice Kenny

Packing your car for a long summer drive and looking for an inspiring way to stay on top of the news?  From Bangladesh factory fires to Oklahoma tornadoes, JustLove radio tackles the toughest topics.

Listen to our recent episode as the show’s host, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, calls in to Guatemala to speak with Armando Secaira, Program Manager for Catholic Relief Service, about his work preventing child labor abuse.

Learn from Eddie Silverio, Director of Youth Programs at Catholic Charities’ Alianza Division, about hot times, summer in the city and healthy day camp and job opportunities for more than 1,000 Bronx youth.

Find out from Sarah Labowitz, Research Scholar at the NYU Stern School of Business about working conditions and human rights violations at apparel factories including the Rana Plaza complex in Bangladesh where a recent fire stole the lives of more than 1,000 workers.

And check out Miss Oklahoma, Anna-Marie Costello, and her sister, Miss Teen Oklahoma, Caitlin Costello, as they recount close calls with tornadoes back home and how this influenced their passion for charity.

So rev up your car, turn on the AC and tune in to JustLove on The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.

Run the Inside Lane with Team Catholic Charities in the NY ING Marathon

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

By Alice Kenny


It’s National Running Day today — June 5 — and runners are rallying.
  

Just six months since Superstorm Sandy shut down the  2012 ING New York City Marathon and two months since the Boston Marathon bombing, runners are lacing their sneakers and preparing to take to the road.

Join us at Team Catholic Charities to run the 2013 ING New York City Marathon.

There are only a few ways to get into this exclusive event. These include elite runners who qualify based on running time. Lucky ones – just a few percent -  get selected through a lottery. Not-so-lucky ones who qualified but couldn’t run in last year’s canceled race get another try.  Members of New York Road Runners qualify by running nine races and volunteering for one.

And remarkable people qualify by running for charity.

And here’s the great news.  Catholic Charities is an official charity partner.

You can become one of the remarkable people running by qualifying for one of Catholic Charities’ ten elite spots.

Learn more.

Download the application.

Show your support.  Donate now.

Contact us at TeamCathCharitiesNY@archny.org or dial 646-794-2570

Inspired by Faith: An Ash Wednesday Reflection from Catholic Charities Executive Director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

February 22, 2011 — Ash Wednesday began for me on the West Side of Manhattan across from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.  For 80 years, St. Francis of Assisi parish has provided simple meals to hundreds of New Yorkers each day.

Cardinal Dolan at the St. Francis Food Line on Ash Wednesday 2012

Cardinal Dolan hands out food on Ash Wednesday morning at the St. Francis Food Line in Manhattan.

Today was much like others.  More than 300 hungry men (mostly) and women – known and called by name – received a simple meal to begin their day.  Today was also special because Cardinal Dolan, only back from Rome yesterday, helped to distribute meals this morning.  He pointed out that this is the right way to begin Lent.  He quoted from Ash Wednesday’s scripture readings: this is the type of fasting that the Lord desires – sharing your bread with the poor.

Lent provides us the opportunity to reflect on the all too present reality of suffering in the lives of those we help.  Day in and day out, the dedicated women and men of Catholic Charities work not merely alleviate this suffering, but to transform it.  This is done with limited resources and in an increasingly difficult environment that threatens not only those we serve, but also the organizations that provide this help.  Now more than ever we need each other’s support and prayers.

There are three traditional Lenten practices – prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  While sometimes seen as a burden, this season of Lent and these practices are also a gift.  Take the opportunity to pause and break the ordinary and necessarily hectic rhythm of your personal and professional lives to reflect and draw inspiration from the mysteries of our faith and tradition – and the relationships that provide strength.  In fasting, we touch our own self and focus on what we truly need.  In almsgiving – which takes so many different forms – we touch our human sisters and brothers with whom we share the same divine Father.  In prayer, we draw closer to the God whose love for us never ends.

A blessed and grace filled Lent.

Sincerely, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan

We invite you to watch this special Lenten message from our executive director, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, and learn about how to approach the upcoming weeks as a time of renewal.