"God is living in our cities. The Church is living in our cities..." Those were the words of Pope Francis in his homily at Madison Square Garden last September. It is in that spirit that I am starting this meetup group during this the Extraordinary Jubilee, or Holy Year of Mercy.
This group will have a simple mission: To visit and attend Mass at the various Catholic churches in the city of New York, then get together for fellowship at a local pub afterwards. That's it. No speed dating, speaker series, Bible study, joint socials with non-Catholic groups, or anything else. There are other Catholic groups that have those things covered. But unlike those groups, this group will not be tied to any particular parishes. We will get to experience Mass in as many Catholic churches as we can, as many different neighborhoods as we can, even as the number of Catholic churches in New York dwindles. Many of these churches have amazing stories to tell down through the generations.
This is neither a liberal nor conservative Catholic group so please keep politics out of it. The group is targeted and geared to Catholic single young and not-so-young-anymore (20s, 30s, 40s) adults, but all ages are welcome, as are couples.
Keep the words of Pope Francis in mind: "...big cities are a reminder of the hidden riches present in our world: in the diversity of its cultures, traditions and historical experiences. In the variety of its languages, costumes and cuisine. Big cities bring together all the different ways which we human beings have discovered to express the meaning of life, wherever we may be."
If you'd like to celebrate being Catholic in the big city, this group is for you.