Undocumented immigrants were unfortunately, some of the hardest hit during the COVID19 pandemic, in part because their lack of immigration status made them illegible for any kind of government relief. However, beginning in August 2021, undocumented immigrants will be able to begin receiving financial relief through the new Excluded Workers Fund that New York State passed. Please visit the Catholic Migration Services website and Facebook page at the links below for more information on this program in English and Spanish. Although applications for the program aren’t currently available, people can begin gathering the documents they will need to apply for the program now so they will be prepared. CMS will continue to provide updates as more information comes out.
Our Annual Catholic Appeal’s network of services has had to be flexible in this unprecedented time, and we anticipate we will need to maintain this response to meet the growing demand for support. Your partnership is critical as we navigate this situation.
Our mission remains the same, but COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our annual needs.
We now serve over 100,00 meals daily across our Diocese in response to the 300% increase in demand.
Over 120 parishes offer daily livestream coverage of Mass and 144 parishes communicate daily with parishioners using social media.
Our educators were required to quickly implement innovative distance learning They remain committed to forming the hearts and minds of our Catholic youth.
We have 30 hospital chaplains currently deployed across our boroughs consoling the sick and most vulnerable.
And of course, our devoted clergy, who remain at the frontlines of this pandemic. They continue to enrich our lives spiritually and have partnered with our network of support services to address the local needs developing across our Diocese.
As a committed parishioner, friend, and Catholic, we need your support to uphold our mission. If you have not made a pledge this year and are able to do so, we ask that you join in demonstrating that WE ARE THE CHURCH, TOGETHER by considering a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal.
You may make your gift online at annualcatholicappeal.org, text ACA to 917-336-1255, or call 718-965-7375 ext. 1602 and have a pledge card mailed to your home.
We thank you in advance for making a gift commensurate with your means and circumstances!
Our Lady of the Presentation-Our Lady of Mercy encourages you to get tested for COVID. For those of you who are curious about the test, below are two informational videos. The first link is a walk through of the diagnostic test at BMS. The second video explains why it is important to get tested.