Steubenville NYC

07-29-2018From the Pastor's Desk

This week's column was written by our Youth Minister Theresa LoCascio and Associate Pastor Fr. Sean Magaldi.


I vividly remember, about two years ago, as a junior in college, contemplating the million-dollar question: “What does God want me to do in my life?” After much aggravation with not getting the answer I desired through prayer, I stumbled upon a quote by Fr. Pedro Arrupe that help guide me on the correct way of thinking. He states “Nothing is more practical than finding God than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way…fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.” After reading the quote, it wasn’t that I had a divine revelation, but more of a clear outlook of what needed to happen to know if I was doing the will of God.


An Invitation to the Sacraments

07-22-2018From the Pastor's DeskFr. Sean Magaldi

This week's column was written by our Associate Pastor, Fr. Sean Magaldi.

In my three years as a priest, one thing I have become even more convinced of is the power of the Sacraments. I have seen this very vividly through my role as moderator of our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. It has been a great joy for me to welcome dozens of people into the Church, as well as help many Catholics complete the Sacraments of Initiation.


Life is a Miracle

07-15-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

As smart as we are as human beings, which all our technological and scientific advances attest to, we are all too often doomed to repeat mistakes in our dealings with one another and as nations. This past Monday, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. A key issue is abortion. Will the new Justice be the vote needed to overturn Roe vs. Wade which legalized abortion on January 22, 1973? Critical issues are very divisive at times. This is nothing new to our nation.


Life Teen-Leading Teens Closer to Christ

07-08-2018From the Pastor's DeskFr. Sean Magaldi

This week's column was written by our Associate Pastor, Fr. Sean Magaldi.

As I got into the car, I immediately started to regret my decision. I was trying to think of any excuse I could come up with to back out of my promise. I was on my way to join my cousins at a high school youth group at a neighboring parish. My aunt had spent the last few weeks telling my mother and I that I “need to attend.” In a moment of weakness, I promised my mother that I would go once to try it out. We arrived at the parish, and I exited the car. I said goodbye to my mother and walked down the stairs into the basement of the parish.


Loving Without Counting the Cost

07-01-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

There are many demands made on our time, energy, attention, and resources every day. Some we respond to readily while others cause us to take a step back to think about what is involved. Today’s Gospel shows us how willing and ready Jesus is to respond to those in great need. Many times His response in today’s world happens through our efforts to be compassionate, helpful, reconciling, and loving. But where do compassion, helpfulness, reconciliation, and loving stop and begin to change to feelings that unfair and undeserving demands are being made on us? We can close our eyes, ignore the call for concern and help, say we have already done enough, or try to justify not getting involved.