Cardinal Dolan To Visit New City Parish

Courtesy of New York Archdiocese
Courtesy of New York Archdiocese

Cardinal Timothy Dolan visits St. Augustine’s Parish in New City on Saturday and leads the evening mass in response to an invitation sent several years ago.

Father William Cosgrove sent a letter about two and a half years ago inviting Cardinal Dolan, the Catholic archbishop of New York, to the parish. 

“He’ll be saying the 5 p.m. Mass and there will be a reception downstairs afterwards,” said Father Cosgrove, who expects the cardinal to spend about two hours at the parish. 

Father Cosgrove said the visit is not connected to a special occasion at the parish but is simply a pastoral visit, which the cardinal frequently does to meet people.

“For me it’s going to be just a regular Saturday evening mass just larger crowds,” said Father Cosgrove. 

The mass is open to the general public. St. Augustine’s is located at 140 Maple Ave in New City.



Griffin January 09, 2014 at 10:38 AM
What happened to the $2million?
Mary Zuckerman January 10, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Normally that would be a great honor, but why visit now after he made sure to close the school? He didn't want to visit before he made the harsh and unjustified decision that chased the children and their families from the parish. Won't be at that mass...
Scott Northridge January 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Hope the cardinal notices how the parish is declining since the close of the school, He didn't have time to visit when both the school and parish were flourishing. My guess is he is visiting because there was such a poor response from this parish for the annual cardinal's appeals. As always, it boils down to dollars and cents. Not enough money going into the ADNY's coffers. Can't save the schools despite the millions of dollars spent to refurbish St. Patrick's doors. Oh, that's right, St. Augustine to raise 2 million dollars to stay open. Sorry Cardinal Dolan, I won't be at church to watch this hypocrisy.
Beg January 10, 2014 at 05:40 PM
The indisputable truth is that when Cardinal Dolan was invited to St. Augustine Parish two and a half years ago, it was to celebrate Mass for the 50th Anniversary of St. Augustine School. Now that he closed our school, he can finally fit us into his schedule. Interestingly, two other Rockland schools celebrated milestones that year and he celebrated Mass for both of them. They are both still open. It would be great to have all the displaced students and parents attend Mass Saturday night with their SAS sweatshirts but that would give the impression that we are all still parishioners when the truth is that hardly any are. Very sad on many accounts.
Anthony Lobasso January 10, 2014 at 11:15 PM
If I were to speak with the Cardinal I would ask him, what will happen to the funds from a school that closed in New York City when the property is sold. The property is valued at $29 million dollars.


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