The Diocese of Rockville Centre reported 232 catechumens and 327 candidates.
"In the church, we say, '¡Somos familia!' Immigrants are our family... In the good times and in the bad. We always stay together."
Locally, Bishop Barres has given a dispensation from the obligation of abstaining from meat on Saint Patrick's Day, with another day of abstaining or another form of penance substituted.
The survey also found that Jews and Christians tended to rate each other warmly while atheists and evangelicals viewed each other negatively.
People of all faiths are urged to observe a national day of prayer for the African-American family Feb. 5 as part of Black History Month, observed every February.
More than 2,000 Catholics from Long Island among the marchers. Click here for photos of local participants.
Young people from Diocese of Rockville Centre were among the thousands who attended rally before March for Life
The policy has been the textbook definition of a political football. Adopted by a Republican president, it has been rescinded when Democrats sat in the White House, only to be restored when Republicans claimed the presidency.