• Tina
    March 17, 2010 Reply


    I really enjoyed reading this post. When I started, I thought that I would just be reading about St. Patrick but, I soon realized that I was indeed reading the entire post. I would like to see you address the “children’s sports on Sundays” issue in another post. This is a bigger problem than you may think for keeping the Sabbath Holy. The weekends are usually the only times that some youth leagues can schedule games. It is no longer just a family out for some recreational fun on a Sunday. I’ve known parents who shuttle children from one game to another on the same weekend day driving hundreds of miles. It’s hectic and crazy so Mass usually takes a back seat to sports. This is not rest, nor worship of God, nor family togetherness. It would be especially helpful if you could address this important issue.

  • Msgr Michael Patrick Aloysius Flanagan
    March 17, 2010 Reply

    I am moved by the Bishop’s encouraging message written in beautiful yet simple English. I’ve printed out several copies to distribute to some friends and relatives who only occasionally
    attend Sunday Eucharist. MMPAF

  • John Andersen
    March 17, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Timothy,
    Peace and Good. And Happy St Patrick’s Day!
    This comes from John Andersen, a Sydney priest working in the Apostolic Vicariate of Iquitos, northeast Peru. You are very welcome should you ever be travelling in these parts….
    Thank you sincerely for your Pastoral Letter – much needed in these times. I will send a copy to friends in Peru, and also to nieces and nephews in Australia.
    I know New York only very briefly, coming through in 1982 on my way toPeru – but remember well the few days I spent there.
    Wishing you every blessing for the last weeks of Lent and Holy Week and Easter,
    Sincerely in Our Lord,
    John Andersen

  • Ashley Marie
    March 17, 2010 Reply

    Inspirational for sure! I will have to read it again when I am not so tired!

  • Fr Warner D’Souza
    March 18, 2010 Reply

    Your Grace,

    I have been privileged to visit NY City thrice in the past five years. My last visit, last month was for a brief four days, to baptize a friends baby. That, as you might say, is a lot of traveling to do for a priest from Mumbai, Inida.

    Each time I come to NY, I make it a point to spend time in prayer at St Patrick’s, a cathedral I have come to love as an oasis in midst of the hustle of NY city. On this trip, I prayed for your grace. I happened to see your installation via the internet and new that Gotham city has been blessed with a truly great shepherd.

    I wish to extended my greetings to you on the feast of St Patrick and thank you for this bold and wonderful pastoral letter…which is truly not limited to the Archdiocese of New York but to all of us….right across the oceans, even in India

    Fr Warner D’Souza
    Church of Mt Carmel
    81 A Chapel Road
    Bandra, Mumbai 400050


  • Ed Duda
    March 18, 2010 Reply

    Bravo Your Grace!!!

    What an excellent letter. It’ll help me to defend myself against the heathens I work with when they’re critical of my faith and beliefs………and a lot of them claim to be Catholic!

    You have a great supporter in me and have been in my prayers since I read about you on-line, before taking your archdiocese in New York.

    May God continue to bless you this day and always,

    Ed Duda
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada

  • Emily Byers
    March 23, 2010 Reply

    Your Grace,

    This is beautiful! Thank you for not being afraid to preach the truth with love.

    God bless you, Mary keep you –

    Emily Byers
    Lafayette, LA

  • Rebecca
    March 30, 2010 Reply

    My friend and I went to Mass on Palm Sunday on the upper west side, and the priest – after welcoming the visitors and expressing his hope that they would join us again – very directly, but lovingly, reminded us that if “you don’t attend Mass you aren’t really a Catholic’. On the walk to the subway, the two of us agreed that we were so glad to hear a priest put that reminder out there. Maybe all priests need to say that on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday when so many who claim to be Catholics make their twice yearly pilgrimages to Mass. It needs to be said when they just might hear it! Otherwise, it is like preaching to the choir.

  • Julie
    April 12, 2010 Reply

    Dear Archbishop,
    I don’t think people are purposely not going to Mass, I just think catechesis is lacking. I don’t think they fully realize or appreciate Jesus is present. As a former catechist I was pleased to be teaching from the Faith & Life series by Ignatius press, until it was pulled by the DRE of the county, as being “too fundamental”. I don’t understand the opposition to the series & feel it is wrong. The children would listen intently and have many thoughtful questions. The series taught much bible history which would follow the readings. They would be excited to learn a lesson one week and hear about it in the readings or Gospel the next. My question is…..what is wrong with teaching the fundamentals of the faith? Education is the basis for everything. Why do we continue to teach out of 60’s & 70’s style texts that are nice & fuzzy, but minimal in substance. As Mother Teresa said, “when you fall in love with someone you want to be with them all the time”. When we teach the faith properly & kids fall in love with Jesus, they will want to go to Mass, look forward to it, and even bring family members that don’t come – as I have seen happen.

  • Parker Saches
    April 16, 2010 Reply

    I definitely will vouch for Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy The Gospel in the Digital Age to everybody under the sun who I are familiar with. Terrific Job. -Parker Saches – hearst castle Buff

  • Windsor Ontario
    September 28, 2010 Reply

    Hi Archbishop,

    I love your writings it helps me keep up when I’m unable to make it to mass or otherwise lack the knowledge and teachings of the Christian faith.


  • Eleanor M Kutchoodon
    October 23, 2010 Reply

    Your Grace–I am very troubled about the topic of Sunday Mass. I guess I’ve always been a fringe Catholic, not really feeling as if I belong. As a Professor of Church History, please tell me where the concept of missing Sunday Mass carries the punishment of a mortal sin originated. Also, do the Jews consider it to be a mortal sin? Why can Sunday Mass Obligation be filled on Saturday? Why can it not be filled on a weekday and honoring the Sabbath on Sunday also be observed along with weekday Mass? How does a dispensation for a chronic illness which includes, along with other medical manifestations, sensitivity to crowds, perfumes, fragrances, fumes, etc work? I watch Sunday Mass on EWTN, and along with playing religious programs on EWTN, DVD’s and Tapes honoring our Blessed Mother, the Stations of the Cross, The Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. I have recently moved and can’t bring myself to register with another Parish. Can I make it to Purgatory? I welcome some sort of personal response from you, Archbishop Dolan…PS.I live in a wonderful Adventist Community that brings low medium income seniors together with Kindergarten up through High School Academy students who are on a work/study plan. I have found nothing so affordable and not needing to shrink oneself into smaller living accommodations than this in our Catholic Community and I have been researching retirement communities for 20years. They have even added EWTN to our free broadband cable line-up…Thank you so much for your input…….Eleanor..PPS My inner spirit has been nagging me for months to contact you and only you…


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