Friday, April 17, 2009

Archbishop Dolan Takes New York

Introducing Archbishop Timothy Dolan

Dear Postcards from New York Reader,

It was a big week for "the Apple;" opening home games for both the Mets and the Yankees in their pristine new stadiums, while a former Milwaukee Brewer's fan made a little quiet history himself...he became the 10th Archbishop of New York.
In the event he is not familiar to you, there he is, beaming, arms joyful and outstretched, eager and ready to embrace his new flock. He took the helm as the shepherd of the diocese of New York's 2.5 million Catholics during an elaborate Mass of Installation Wednesday at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

The ever ebullient Archbishop claims he is a meat and potatoes man; Jovial, charismatic, with a quick smile and easy going manner, he has been out and about his first days on the job serving meals at a local soup kitchen and conversing with women at a prison facility. Spurred on by an infectious enthusiasm, it is obvious he is a hand's on people person.

Many of the more than 4 million Catholics within the five boroughs, (that figure includes Brooklyn and Queens, as they are not part of the New York Archdiocese) and over 65 million nationwide may have a chance to visit Manhattan at some point and might like to see and perhaps meet our new Archbishop. He calls St. Patrick's Cathedral home and you can see him every Sunday as he presides at the 10:15 Mass.

Just as St. Peter's represents Catholicism to the world, St. Patrick's is the home Church of all American Catholics. The Neo Gothic Cathedral by James Renwick Jr. is not just one of Fifth Avenues most visited historic landmarks, it is an active parish serving those who live and work in midtown with a full schedule of daily Masses.

So, when you stop in to stroll the arched naves and snap pictures of the extraordinary interior, brilliant stain glass windows and sculptures that appear ready to share their stories; stay for a midday Mass or pause to sit quietly a moment surrounded by breathtaking stain glass in the secluded Lady Chapel. Walk to the back of the Cathedral (the apse) just behind the high altar facing Madison Avenue to find this tiny exquisite Chapel.

Daily Mass Schedule: Monday - Friday 7, 7:30, 8, 12, 12:30, 1 and 5:30. Saturday 8 AM, 12 Noon and 5:30. Sunday 7, 8, 9, 10:15, 12, 1, 4 (Spanish) and 5:30.

All are welcome.

Warm wishes to our new Archbishop.

Jacqueline Cable
Postcards from New York

P.S. On the baseball front, the Amazin's have one up on the Yankees. They already laid claims to Archbishop Dolan (perhaps hoping for divine intervention) they presented him with his own jersey... Dolan 10.


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