Pope Francis Prays For Indonesia

Pope Francis Prays For Indonesia After Deadly Earthquake

Pope Francis sent a telegram Friday with his condolences for Indonesia, after a strong earthquake killed at least 67 people on the island of Sulawesi.

Hundreds of people were also injured in the 6.2-magnitude quake, according to Jan Gelfand, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Indonesia.

Pope Francis was “saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life and the destruction of property caused by the violent earthquake in Indonesia.”

In a telegram to the apostolic nuncio in Indonesia, signed by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the pope expressed his “heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this natural disaster.”

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March For Life 2021

Diocese Of Rockville Centre: March For Life 2021

Get Ready for Events During January 2021!
This year, the March for Life in DC is on January, 29, 2021. Due to Covid-19, we are going local/virtual! Please visit this site regularly to keep up with events scheduled across the Diocese of Rockville Centre and ideas for planning your own pilgrimage.

What is the March for Life in Washington D.C.?

The March for Life in Washington D.C. began as a grassroots response of pro-lifers nationwide to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion throughout the 9 months of a woman’s pregnancy. Each year, inspired by the Holy Spirit’s gift of Reverence, Catholics and all people of good will come together at our Nation’s Capital to pray and publicly intercede on behalf of the unborn, their parents, families, our communities, our nation and its leaders – that this prayerful presence may open hearts, minds, souls to the fullness of the Gospel of Life in our lives and laws.

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Pope Francis Admits Women to Ministries of Lector and Acolyte

Pope Francis Admits Women To Ministries Of Lector And Acolyte In New Motu Proprio

Pope Francis issued a motu proprio Monday changing canon law to allow women to serve as lectors and acolytes.

In the motu proprio “Spiritus Domini,” issued on Jan. 11, the pope changed canon 230 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law to read: “Lay people who have the age and skills determined by decree of the Episcopal Conference, they can be permanently assumed, through the established liturgical rite, to the ministries of lectors and of acolytes; however this contribution does not give them the right to support or to remuneration by the Church.”

Prior to this change, the law formerly said that “lay men who possess the age and qualifications established by decree of the conference of bishops can be admitted on a stable basis through the prescribed liturgical rite to the ministries of lector and acolyte.”

The roles of lector and acolyte are publicly recognized ministries instituted by the Church. The roles were considered “minor orders” in the tradition of the Church, and  have previously only been held by men. According to Church law, “before anyone is promoted to the permanent or transitional diaconate, he is required to have received the ministries of lector and acolyte.”

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Catholic Schools Shine

‘Never Missed A Beat’: Catholic Schools Shine During Uncertain Time

“Is anyone fearful about the future of Catholic schools?” a parent pondered recently on the Parents of Long Island Catholic School Students Facebook page in the Spring of 2020, shortly after the pandemic hit and the lockdown began.

With some parents out of work or furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic and Sunday contributions to parishes down because churches are closed, many wonder how the events would impact Catholic schools. But the agile response of Long Island Catholic schools to the pandemic and shift to remote learning has impressed current school families and caused new families to consider enrolling.

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Blessed Carlo Acutis

Beatified Teen Inspires Song From Long Island Catholic High School

Blessed Carlo Acutis, the Italian teen beatified in October, is not only responsible for a medical miracle, he also has inspired a song featuring his own quotations.

"Born an Original" had its television debut Nov. 18 on "CFN Live," a program on the Catholic Faith Network, which serves New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Blessed Acutis, noted Theresa Marino, campus minister at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, New York, "was 15 when he died" in 2006, making him a peer to students. The school is in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

A Pastoral Letter by the Most Reverend John O. Barres: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

One week prior to the First Continental Congress, on August 28, 1774, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born in New York. The timing of her birth would foreshadow the pivotal role she would play in both American history and the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

As the first American-born saint, her story illustrates the spiritual realities of those nascent days of our nation and the blossoming branch of the Church in America. A wife and mother, a young widow and convert, a teacher and pioneer, the founder of a religious congregation and the embodiment of Christian service to those in need, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton offers a beautiful image of faith under trial and perseverance in carrying out God’s will.

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Catholic Health Hospitals earn ‘A’ safety ratings in 2020 Hospital Safety Score

Three of Catholic Health Services’ hospitals—St. Francis, St. Charles and St. Catherine of Siena—have earned an ‘A’ rating in The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2020 Hospital Safety Score from. An ‘A’ is Leapfrog’s  highest rating. “The COVID-19 pandemic provided new challenges for our teams across CHS, but they stepped up to ensure our patients continued to receive high ...

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Show the world the joy of faith, pope says

Show The World The Joy Of Faith, Pope Francis Says

Joy should be the hallmark of a Christian’s life, a reflection of knowing that one is loved by God, saved by Jesus Christ and committed to leading others to him, Pope Francis said.

“The closer the Lord is to us, the more joy we feel; the farther away he is, the more sadness we feel. This is a rule for Christians,” the pope said Dec. 13, Gaudete Sunday.

Speaking to visitors in St. Peter’s Square for the noon recitation of the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis told them, “Once a philosopher said something more or less like this: ‘I do not understand how one can believe today, because those who say they believe have a face from a funeral wake.'”

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A Pastoral Letter By The Most Reverend John O. Barres

One hundred and fifty years ago, Pope Blessed Pius IX solemnly declared St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the “foster” father of Our Savior, to be the Patron of the Catholic Church.1 At the same time, the Pope raised the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19 to that of a Solemnity.2 Why did the Holy Father choose precisely that moment in the Church’s history to make such a declaration? And why, a century and a half later, should this title given to St. Joseph be important for all of us?

This anniversary grants us the opportunity to look at the life of this great saint with new eyes and from a fresh perspective. Although saints live in a particular time and place, their holiness and example transcend those limits, and make them truly examples for every age. In a very particular way, this carpenter from First Century Galilee has much to teach us about how to live
our Catholic Faith in the troubled 21st Century.

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Pope Francis proclaims Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis Proclaims Year Of St. Joseph (Dec. 8, 2020 - Dec. 8, 2021)

Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph Tuesday in honor of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church.

The year begins Dec. 8, 2020, and concludes on Dec. 8, 2021, according to a decree authorized by the pope.

The decree said that Francis had established a Year of St. Joseph so that “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfillment of God’s will.”

It added that the pope had granted special indulgences to mark the year.

The Dec. 8 decree was issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary, the dicastery of the Roman Curia that oversees indulgences, and signed by the Major Penitentiary, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, and the Regent, Msgr. Krzysztof Nykiel.

In addition to the decree, Francis issued an apostolic letter Tuesday dedicated to the foster father of Jesus.

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