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Why I’m Running for Team Catholic Charities

Monday, October 28th, 2013

By Fr. Joseph Tyrrell 

My inspiration for running marathons?  Well it all began because my feet were killing me.  Seriously.

When I started serving as Master of Ceremonies at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 2008 I used to wonder how people can stand for so long.  And I noticed that one of my fellow priests – ten years my senior – was not complaining.

His trick, he ran, not much, just a little.

Well, I had always been into sports.  I pole vaulted, high jumped and played goalie for my high school hockey team and still bicycled and roller bladed in Central Park.  But, according to my aching feet, this clearly was not enough.  So, I started running for my health.

In December I started running and in January I began training for the New York City marathon.  I have now run in four marathons, three in New York and one in Phoenix.

As a pastor, I talk a lot about the importance of tithing, not just in treasure but in time and talent as well.    Tithing in treasure is easy to figure out.  I just donate ten-percent of my salary as a pastor. Donating time is easy to figure as well.  But figuring out how to donate my talent was tougher.  I finally realized that I could run for a good cause and tithe my talent.

For the past 4 years I ran to raise funds for the National MS Society.  A priest friend of mine struggles with Multiple Sclerosis.  I did a good job, too, raising over  $40,000 thanks to generous folks who supported my run.

This year, I chose Catholic Charities as the best way to tithe my talent.  Over the past 25 years I have worked closely with them, sending  numerous parishioners in crises to them for help.  I’ve seen firsthand the good  work Catholic Charities does helping children, those facing eviction and those needing support.

Moreover, thanks to Cardinal Dolan and a surprise encounter, witnessing him speed walking, I’m taking my training more seriously.  We were in Central Park, and here he comes, rosary in one hand, cigar in the other  and he passed me.

I realized I better start running faster.  Please wish me luck and support me and Team Catholic Charities in the upcoming NYC ING Marathon.

Thank you!

Help support Fr. Joseph Tyrells’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how: http://www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/josephtyrrell

Catholic Charities Fans Out to Help New Yorkers in Need

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities staff and volunteers fanned out this weekend across neighborhoods still reeling from the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. They provided information and resources to parishioners at churches in hard-hit neighborhoods in lower Manhattan and Staten Island and offered hands-on support to those still staggering in the hurricane’s aftermath.

Generous donations, large and small, have bolstered our response. Actress Kirstie Alley sent a truckload of goods from the West Coast to the gym at the Staten Island Catholic Charities agency MIV / Mt. Loreto last Friday that are being distributed to impacted families. The following day, Catholic Community Services of Rockland staff and volunteers received much-needed donations of water from Coca-Cola at their Haverstraw emergency food pantry.

Join us to help New Yorkers in need.

  • Click here to make a donation.
  • Text SANDY to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation.
  • Click here to volunteer

Recovering from Hurricane Sandy and looking for information and support?

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities staff will be available today, Sunday, November 11, 2012, to meet with parishioners and share resource information after mass at the following churches located in neighborhoods hard-hit by the hurricane:

In Manhattan:

  • Epiphany Church, 239 East 21st Street
  • Immaculate Conception Church, 414 East 14th Street
  • Our Lady of Sorrows. Address: 213 Stanton St. (@ Pitt St.)
  • Saint Peter’s,  22 Barclay Street (near the World Trade Center)
  • Saint Peter’s Chapel,  385 South End Avenue
  • Saint Anthony of Padua, 154 Sullivan St.
  • Saint Theresa, 141 Henry St.
  • Nativity, 44 2nd Ave. between 2nd and 3rd Streets

In Staten Island:

  • Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish 90 Third Street (New Dorp, S.I.)
  • St Ann Parish 101 Cromwell Ave. (Dongan Hills, S.I.)

For more information and resources:

  • Call Catholic Charities Toll-free Helpline:  (888) 744-7900
  • Click here for additional information

Would you like to help others recover?

  •  Click here to make a donation.
  • Text SANDY to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation.
  • Click here to volunteer