Archways Magazine Available

Dear friend:

The Fall 2018 edition of Archways, the quarterly magazine of the Archdiocese of New York, is out. We launched the publication this year to keep you informed about the programs and services available to you and all Catholics in our 10 counties. You can view or download it now at archny.org/archways.

Given what has been happening in our Church recently, many Catholics are feeling stressed, uncertain, on edge. But while the Church is an institution, it is more importantly people – all of us.

The people of the parishes and offices in this archdiocese are the reason we have programs that offer us opportunities to increase our faith and improve our lives – and also why we have schools and charities that concretely improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and adults every single day.

In the new issue, the cover story will tell you about some of what the archdiocese has to offer to help you deal with the stresses of modern life. In the rest of this edition, you’ll find articles and features filled with tips, insights, inspiration and information on:

  • Volunteer opportunities: Giving aid to asylum-seekers, feeding the hungry and more
  • What’s happening in our schools, at the Sheen Center and elsewhere around our 10 counties
  • Expert answers about the history of Halloween, the life of a deacon and how to avoid the dark side of technology
  • tribute in photographs to the glorious diversity of New York’s Catholics

As Cardinal Dolan says in his opening letter, “In days like these, when the world seems to press in on us from all sides, when the demands of our lives can at times seem like a tyranny, we need more than ever to embrace God and our communities.” Archways will inform you about many ways to grow in your relationship with God and deepen your ties to other members of our Catholic family.

We publish four times per year online at archny.org/archways and – if you are a contributor to the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal – you will receive it twice per year in print. I hope that you will look forward to each new edition and that you’ll come away more informed about what we can accomplish together in service of Jesus and His Church.

Yours in Christ,
Michael S. Cain
Managing Editor, Archways

Marriage Encounter Weekend

What is in your heart? Share the fullness of your heart with your spouse by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are Sep 28-30, 2018 in Oneonta, NY and Nov 3-4, 2018 in ALBANY, NY.

For more information, call Ed & Rhonda Staats at 518-279-3243 or visit them at https://www.wwmenyalb.org.


Respect Life Holy Hour To Be Held

On Friday, September 7 there will be a Respect Life Holy Hour from 7-8PM. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, rosary, respect life petitions, time for silent prayer and confessions available. Join us to pray for life!


Eucharistic Congress in Auriesville

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger is requesting your presence at the Hearts Aflame Eucharistic Congress for spiritual renewal, on September 22 from 9am-3pm at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville.

It is a spiritual event of fellowship, joy, prayer and unity. The event is free. Lunch will be available for $12 if ordered ahead of time by September 14, or you may bring your own.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 19. You may register online at RCDA (Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany) Website.  https://www.rcda.org/offices/prayer-and-worship/hearts-aflame


Who Will You Serve?

If we are listening carefully today, the words of Joshua in the first reading should jump out at us: “Decide today whom you will serve.” Note well, the people respond that, yes, they will serve Yahweh, the true God. Don’t think that was the end of it for them, or for that matter for us. For the next 700 years they were engaged in a constant struggle, with many relapses, as to whom they really were going to serve on a day to day basis.

It would be a disastrous mistake for us to think that we do not have the same challenge on a day to day basis. Just think for a moment of the capital sins: pride? Are you so sure that’s not an issue? Covetousness? Considering the greed filled world around us and the consumer mentality of our culture, are we really untouched by it all? Lust? Madison Avenue tells us that sex sells everything (including the clothes many wear). Are we really immune from this all-pervasive assault? Anger? Of course, none of us ever have a problem with this! Gluttony? We live in the historically most overweight country in history. Was it pure virtue and self-control which earned us this fact? Has the point been made?

A daily examination of conscience needs to answer Joshua’s question: “Decide today whom you will serve.”


Francis Every Day

Christian Life

“The Word of Christ grows in us when we proclaim it, when we give it to others! And this is what Christian life is..”

Homily 17 March 2018


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World wide Marriage Encounter

Peter said to Jesus, “You have the words of eternal life”. Discover God’s plan for your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

The next Weekends are Sep 28-30, 2018 in Oneonta, NY and Nov 3-4, 2018 in ALBANY, NY.

For more information, call Ed & Rhonda Staats at 518-279-3243 or visit them at https://www.wwmenyalb.org.


Baked Ziti & Meatball Dinner

World Youth Day Fundraiser Baked Ziti & Meatball Dinner will be held on September 15, 2018 from 4;00 pm – 6:30 pm in the Sacred Heart Multi-purpose Room/Cafeteria. $8/person or 2 for $15! (Includes salad and bread!) Pick-up or Dine-in
Hosted by the Sacred Heart Youth Ministry WYD Participants with meals prepared by our very own Master Chef: Peter Desmond!

Tickets on sale after each Mass August 25 – September 9.


Message From Cardinal Dolan: Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

Below is the text of an open letter dated August 15, 2018 sent from Cardinal Timothy Dolan to all members of the Archdiocese of New York addressing the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.


August 15, 2018

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Member of the Family of the Archdiocese,

Yesterday’s report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury that investigated cases of the sexual abuse of minors committed by priests and deacons once again brought forward the pain and suffering of those who experienced that abuse, and the shameful way that those in positions of authority, including bishops, responded – or failed to respond – when informed of the abuse, and in many cases permitted it to continue and new victims to be harmed. I am sure that everyone, particularly victim-survivors and their families, but also the laity, good and faithful priests and deacons, and, yes, even bishops and cardinals, is feeling nauseous, hurt, and betrayed by the details contained in the report.

Although the report focused on six dioceses in Pennsylvania, we have thus far found three clerics from this archdiocese mentioned in the report. In case you have not seen the report itself, I wanted to share with you what the report contains, and let you know the status of each of these cases.

  1. Fr. James McLucas was alleged to have sexually abused a 14 year old girl. However, we have an affidavit from the woman involved who states that a sexual relationship did not begin until she was in her 20’s and in college. This does not excuse the behavior in any way, which is unquestionably and categorically wrong, but it is not a case of abuse of a minor. McLucas has not had an assignment since this came to our attention.
  2. Deacon James Rush was alleged to have had an inappropriate relationship with a 14 year old girl. He was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of New York in 1979, but has not served here since 2002. He has been living and working in the Diocese of Harrisburg since that time. The Diocese of Harrisburg determined that there was no sexual abuse, but that grooming had taken place. Rush was suspended canonically by the Diocese of Harrisburg in 2016, and the Diocese then alerted the Archdiocese of New York to the suspension. The archdiocese immediately suspended him as well.
  3. Ed Parrakow was a priest of this archdiocese who, in the 1980’s, was found to have committed multiple acts of abuse of minors. He was sent away for treatment, and then given an assignment in the Diocese of Greenburg, where he continued to abuse. As much as it pains us to admit it, this is clearly an example of the wrong way that these cases were handled in the past. Parrakow was eventually suspended, and then laicized.

While I have not had time to read the entire report, it clearly lays out the pain experienced by victim-survivors, pain which continues to this day, and the terribly wrong way that these incidents were usually handled by the Church in the past which contributed to their suffering. While it is true that the abuse of minors was badly handled by all segments of society, if there is one segment that should have done a better job, it is the Church. And while the Church in the past may have been an example of what not to do, today I believe it is a model of what to do to prevent sexual abuse, and how to respond when an accusation comes to light.

Although the situation in the Church is very different today, especially since the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002, that does not mean that we can become complacent or think this is all behind us. We must continue to do all that we can to address the pain and suffering that victim-survivors continue to feel. That is the reason that the archdiocese instituted the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP), as way to help bring a sense of healing for those who were harmed. We must also continue to be ever rigorous in performing background checks and safe environment training, so that, as much as possible, we can prevent abuse from happening again in the future.

I believe that the recent case involving Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, as gut-wrenching as it was, exemplifies the progress that has been made in dealing with such cases. When the Archdiocese of New York received the complaint, we followed our normal protocol as we would for any priest, and everyone involved – from the Vatican on down – agreed that we must deal with the case openly and honestly. It is hard to imagine that such would have been the case 30 years ago.

Let me close by not only offering an apology to those who were harmed by such abuse and the response they may have received when coming forward, but also my gratitude that they did come forward, especially those who testified before the grand jury, participated in our IRCP process, or otherwise made their voices heard. And I would invite other victim-survivors in this archdiocese to come forward, to notify law enforcement, and contact our victim assistance coordinator (victimsassistance@archny.org). I assure them that they will be met with respect, compassion, and understanding.

Our God can make good out of evil. He proved that most dramatically on that first Good Friday. It surely feels as if we are experiencing another Good Friday today. Fortunately, we know that the darkness of Good Friday did not have the last word, and that the light of Easter Sunday was not far behind.

Faithfully in Christ,


Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

Archbishop of New York


A printable/downloadable PDF version of Cardinal Dolan’s letter is available by clicking the link below.

Message From Cardinal Dolan – Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report


Spiritual Union… or Rote Response?

The words of Jesus in today’s Gospel should be self-evident to all, and need no further explanation. In the Sacrament of Holy Communion, Jesus offers us transformation from the misery of short-sighted self-centeredness to a new life in the image and likeness of an all loving God.

True wisdom however, recognizes that this transformation does not happen automatically. That would demean this marvelous gift. Rather, it requires a truly human response on our part.  A response activated by our minds and hearts and not simply a mindless habit, or something we do because it is what others are doing!

We must approach the altar consciously as eager givers of ourselves to the will of God in order to be effective takers of the transformation.

The Scriptures are consistent throughout; God wants conscious minds and hearts. There is a reason why it is not called union, but rather Communion. Be aware! This is not the time for rote action.

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