JUST TOO COOL – Cops, ashes, and podcasts

This is just too cool.

I have a friend at the 19th Precinct in Manhattan, which covers quite a large stretch of the East Side. On Ash Wednesday one of the Dominicans from St. Vincent Ferrer went to the precinct station to impose ashes. I understand that a large percentage of the NYPD is Catholic.

Not only that, but the huge NYPD Holy Name Society – probably the largest Holy Name Society in the world – has been sending out daily messages to their members during Lent including…

Thanks to the NYPD Holy Name Society!

I have your backs with prayers!

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  1. catholic patrolman says:

    Hey Father Z,
    As I informed you when we first met, you are an honorary member of our fair society and we are honored to be able to post your daily podcasts on our Facebook page during Lent! Just for your awareness, this is what the “NYPD Catholic Strong” 2018 Lenten Bootcamp consists of.
    1. Traditional Lenten Fast-(1) Full Meal, with (2) small snacks (no meat) that do not equal a full meal. No meat on Fridays and Saturdays
    2. Daily Rosary
    3. Frequent Daily Mass and Confession
    4. Stations of the Cross on Fridays
    5. Daily Spiritual Meditations- (With your podcasts being a major component of this)
    6. Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary before Easter.

    Please be assured of our prayers for you during this Lent, and if I could be so bold as to ask you and your outstanding readership base to please pray for us and all Law Enforcement at this time. May our Holy Catholic Faith be strengthened during this time of such weakness in the face of the enemy, internal and external.
    In Hoc Signo Vinces!
    NYPD Holy Name Society

  2. I am confident that readers here will say a prayer to St. Michael for your protection from all spiritual and temporal harm!

    And tune in to Monday’s podcast for sure!

  3. Lorra says:

    God bless the NYPD! I will gladly pray for the NYPD daily, and I am going to place each and every one of them in my spiritual family so that Our Lady can watch over them.
    Thank you, Father Z, for posting articles like this. They’re a breath of fresh air and fill this “young senior” with hope!
    God bless the faithful sons of St. Dominic too for ministering to them!

  4. Ellen says:

    I work on a college campus and one of the Catholic students said that he got some odd looks because of his ashes and heard someone say: “what’s that on his face” and the other person said, “I think it’s the Lent mark”

  5. APX says:

    if I could be so bold as to ask you and your outstanding readership base to please pray for us and all Law Enforcement at this time.

    Yes! Please! I recently lost a family member who was a veteran police officer suffering from a severe case of PTSD which, despite seeking help, ultimately caused him to commit suicide (which is sadly rather common in the police force he was a member of). Police and First Responders need prayers.

  6. clare joseph says:

    I am so very happy to read these posts, first Father Z.’s, then yours.
    I came into the Catholic Church as an adult while living in Manhattan – a great place to be Catholic. Blessed Sacrament on West 71st St. was my home parish, during the time that the humble and holy Fr. Bob O’Connor was pastor there. I also worshiped often at St. Agnes, that blessed bastion of orthodoxy in Midtown.
    Law enforcement officers have had a special place in my heart, especially during these more recent troubled times. Reading your post, I now want to take the whole NYPD into my prayers, and especially you members of the Holy Name Society. I’m consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so whenever I put myself before Her, she’s going to see you men in blue in my heart. May She keep you all in Her secure protection, and obtain for you every needed grace! I left New York to enter religious life, then after several years my community fell apart, and I am now out here in the wilderness. I miss New York a lot. Please remember me to beloved Manhattan.

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