• Can sacraments be administered outside a church?

    • Jun 1, 2015

    Q. Recently, at a Catholic boys’ high school, the priest who is the campus minister gave First Holy Communion and also (during the same ceremony) the sacrament of confirmation to six young men. I’m certain that the priest received permission from our bishop to do this, but I have two

  • For Lent, Pope Francis wants parishes to be ‘islands of mercy’

    • Jan 28, 2015

    ROME — In his annual message for Lent, Pope Francis once again blasted what he called a “globalization of indifference,” saying that when people grow materially comfortable they tend to forget about others, becoming unconcerned with their problems, suffering, and injuries. He called on Christian communities to become “islands of

  • Staten Island Catholics being asked to open their wallets

    • Oct 4, 2014

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Roman Catholics on Staten Island are being asked to dig deeper into their wallets to increase their financial support of their local parish churches, as well as to help support the Catholic school system. Pastors say the borough’s Catholic churches are struggling to pay a hefty