Today, we find ourselves at a transitional point in the history of the Church of Brooklyn and Queens. As we celebrate the great work of the many generations that preceded us, our parishes and Diocese must also look to the future with plans to strengthen our faith.
For more than 150 years, the Diocese of Brooklyn has embraced and celebrated our communities, and our families. Under the guidance of remarkable priests, generations of Catholics have been raised and lived in the many tight-knit neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, and come together as one family of faith at our vibrant parishes.
We are now more than 1.5 million Catholics, young and old, celebrating Mass in 33 different languages. Families of immigrants have transformed our Diocese, and while some have arrived more recently than others, we represent dozens of nationalities from all over the world. Our Diocese is a microcosm of the worldwide Church. We have been richly blessed.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has been working on a number of resources to counter the well-funded, multi-state campaign to legalize physician-assisted suicide. One resource in development is a planned set of short videos featuring the stories of various people who are against legalization. Based on our recent “right brain” research on people’s attitudes about assisted suicide, the stories are begin chosen to address their most pressing concerns.
The first vide0, Maggie’s Story (watch below), features Maggie Karner, a 51-year-old mother of three, who was diagnosed last year with terminal brain cancer. She reclaims the term ‘dignity’ and places it at the heart of a loving family. She shares her dad’s courageous witness when he was rendered a quadriplegic for the last 5 months of his life, allowing Maggie and her siblings to keep him company and attend to his basic needs. Through the gift of that time spent together, he taught her to face down her own final days with true grace and dignity.
Other video stories in development include a man whose father committed suicide with physician assistance who shares about the conflict and grief for the family he left behind; and a formerly pro-assisted suicide cancer patient and her caring physician who helped guide her in a different direction. The videos will appear on the USCCB website, but their primary “host” will be the Patients’ Rights Action Fund to benefit from cross-promotion among like-minded (but not necessarily sectarian) organizations. Our research clearly showed that in reaching the general public, overly religious presentations on assisted suicide are quickly dismissed.
For additional information on these resources, please don’t hesitate to contact Deirdre McQuade at email@example.com or at (202) 541-3087.
On Wednesday, May 13th, the Diocese of Brooklyn will host its 24th Annual World Communications Day Catholic Media Conference at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Downtown Brooklyn. In preparation for Pope Francis’ first pastoral visit to the United States in September, the conference will focus on how to cover the Holy Father and provide insights on what to expect from his visit.
During the event, the diocese will honor Austen Ivereigh with the St. Francis DeSales Distinguished Communicator Award. He will also be the principal speaker for the occasion.
Austen Ivereigh, Ph.D., is a British writer, journalist, and commentator, and author of the internationally acclaimed biography The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, published in the English-speaking world last Fall. He is also the co-founder and director of the international media project Catholic Voices, a project to train ordinary people to make the case for the Church on contentious issues in the media. His work also includes the books Faithful Citizens: a Practical Guide to Catholic Social Teaching and Community Organising, Catholic Voices: Putting the Case for the Church in the Era of 24-Hour News, and How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice. Read more »
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle covered the Mass of Hope and Healing on Wednesday, April 15th at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James:
“ (…) Members of the survivors group shared a different perspective on justice and healing than did the protesters stationed outside the cathedral. The survivors group said that both can happen concurrently.
Moreover, Bishop DiMarzio and members of the group told the Eagle on April 15 that they have been meeting for more than a year as a support group and to organize the healing mass and that they developed the idea together. Read more »
Please join us for our 5th Annual Grilling With God series, beginning June 4th. Each Grilling With God includes a night of prayer, food, discussion, and fellowship for Young Adults (ages 21-39). Click here for a flyer with all our speaker information.
We will begin on June 4 with a Holy Hour at 6pm at the Holy Child Jesus Chapel (86-13 112th Street Richmond Hill, New York) followed by an out door BBQ and talk. There is a suggested donation of $5. There is a parking lot and it is located near the J train.
Please feel free to contact Paul Morisi at (718) 965-7300 if you have any questions or concerns. Read more »
The Diocese of Brooklyn has organized two pilgrimages to two very exciting locales! The first one will take you to Sordevolo, Italy to witness the world-famous Passion Play, as well as visits to the cities of Rome, Assisi, Venice, Padua, and the Piedmont region of Italy. Bishop Raymond Chappetto and Msgr. Steven Aguggia will chaplain the trip. For more information on this amazing opportunity, click here.
The second pilgrimage will be to the 51st International Eucharistic Conference in Cebu, Philippines from January 22 to February 1, 2016. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan and will both be making the trip! For more information or to register for this once-in-a-lifetime trip, click here.
We hope to see you on one (or both!) of these pilgrimages!
The Department of Education for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is currently seeking two part-time Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Operations Associates. The Operations Associates will have independent areas of responsibilities, with one serving the Borough of Queens and the other serving the Borough of Brooklyn and a part of Queens. In this part time role, the Operations Associates will work no more than 19 hours per week.
The UPK Operations Associates will provide support and guidance to schools by:
Uploading documentation thru the Accelerator Process
Assisting with the Request for Proposal Process
Assisting with new Parent Registration Process
Liaising with external regulatory bodies as needed, including Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and NYC Department of Education (DOE) for Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK).
Maintaining relationship with the Mayor’s Office
Attending all Directors Meetings as well as attending professional development sessions at Teacher meetings
Reviewing all Mid-year and End of Year UPK Budgets
Maintaining contact with accountants working on UPK budgets
Maintaining copies of each UPK budget and insuring that the Office of Fiscal Management has copies of each UPK’s current budget
Meeting with UPK Directors twice during school year to ensure compliance and provide assistance where needed
Sending yearly UPK surveys in order to gather data
Keeping accurate and updated records
Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field of study
Previous experience as education program director
Maintain strict confidentiality of student, staff, and program information
At least two years’ experience as a group teacher in a program for children under age six
NYS teacher certificate in early childhood education or equivalent
Must have experience with Universal Pre-Kindergarten and ability to remain current with program changes
Prior management experience in a pre-school environment preferred
Capacity to understand and manage program finances and budget
Ability to formulate and carry out effective work plans
Ability to facilitate the coordination of multiple tasks and manage a variety of projects simultaneously
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, verbal and written communication skills
Cleared background check and fingerprints indicating ability to work with children
Interested applicants should send a resume with their salary requirements, along with a letter of interest specifying the position for which they are applying to firstname.lastname@example.org
As we prepare for the Papal Visit to the United States, and in particular to New York, during the next several months, it might be well to focus on the Pope whom we will welcome. As can easily be seen from surveys and articles, and most recently in the Wall Street Journal of Saturday, April 4th, we see the Holy Father portrayed as “wildly popular.” One survey even compared the annual popularity of St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict and Pope Francis and it seems that Pope Francis has garnered a most favorable status, even greater than St. John Paul II. Popularity, however, is not what makes a papacy, but it certainly helps.
A recent unauthorized biography of Pope Francis gives some insight into his character and the quite different approach that he has taken to the papacy. His first several speeches clearly indicated his priorities. Remember, the Holy Father said, “I want a poor Church for the poor.” His message on mercy clearly indicates his priority that is appealing. But what is behind the love for the poor of Pope Francis? Certainly, his experience in Argentina where he became Padre Jorge in the barrios of Buenos Aires and for his constant attention to the immigrants who were in that city, because the barrios were populated more by immigrants from Paraguay and Bolivia than Argentineans themselves. He reached out in his personal way to those who were the poorest and most marginalized in his home diocese.
Survivors of sexual abuse by members of the clergy have partnered with the Diocese of Brooklyn to sponsor a Mass of Hope and Healing for tomorrow Wednesday, April 15th at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown Brooklyn.
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will be the main celebrant and homilist.
“There has been much darkness in the past regarding this issue, but it must come out into the light,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “We must own up to past mistakes and seek to heal those who have been abused, and I must take this opportunity to publicly thank those who have come forward to help us shed light into the darkness of this most serious issue. These survivors have shown us that there is hope for healing and have helped us to identify the pastoral resources which our Diocese makes available to assist them on their journey.” Read more »