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matsiko choir poster On July 24, 2016 the Holy Innocents Cathedral parish sponsered a performance of the Matsiko World Orphan Choir at the Open Eye Theatre in orphan choir smallMargaretville, NYMatsiko, which means hope in the Acholi tribal language in Northern Uganda, played to a packed house. The choir works to bring awareness to the plight of orphans and at-risk children from around the world. The group has appeared in several major cities, including Los Angeles and Saint Louis. Proceeds from donations at each performance are used to support the International Children's Network whose mission is to provide sponsorships to as many of the world's 600 million orphaned and at-risk children for a complete education through their nation's highest university or vocational levels.







PastoralMessageGreen2Read Fr. Tony Greens's reflection on the violence during the week of July 4, 2016,  See Pastoral Message to read his letter.            








Victor Ayala

Brother Victor Ayala, FCR, a member of the Franciscan Community of Reconciliation and a parishioner of Holy Innocents parish is seen here visiting Assisi, Italy. Brother Victor is attending the Centro Pro Unione (Pro Union Center).  Centro Pro Unione is  an ecumenical and interreligious research and action center based in Rome, Italy, which is a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. Brother Victor is taking a course, “Ecumenical and Interreligious Movements” that offers a historical and theological overview of the issues that divide Christians as well as the bonds that unite them. The program also explores relations with other religious traditions. Prior to attending the course Brother read materials dealing with the founder of the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America, Saint Carlos Duarte Costa. One of the highlights of his journey, was attending a mass celebrated by Pope Francis. Prior to his trip he also met with Bishop Francisco Betancourt, FCR, the Minister General of the FCR, to discuss other religions and with Father Dante Tarantini, FCR to brush up on his Italian, both are co-pastors of Holy Innocents. This is the first time a member of the FCR has visited Assisi.




Monica Presented to Congregation C On June 25, 2016, Reverend Monica Kennedy, a former parishioner and deacon at St. Charles of Brazil parish in Maryland, was ordained a priest. Diocesan Bishop Ron Stephens officiated. Parishioners, family, friends and clergy joined with Reverend Monica to celebrate her call to service. Click below to see a slide show of the ordination and celebration.