PASSING OF REVEREND JUSTIN BIASE, OFM CONV.

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Justin Biase, OFM Conv., a priest of the Franciscan Friars Conventual of Our Lady of the Angels Province and former Provincial of the Immaculate Conception Province, Rensselaer, ministering in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Biase was born on September 9, 1943, was ordained to the Priesthood on May 30, 1970, and died Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Father Biase served in the Diocese of Brooklyn at Most Holy Trinity – St. Mary Church (Brooklyn).

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE:
Sunday, September 24, 2017 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Monday, September 25, 2017 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Most Holy Trinity – St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
138 Montrose Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11206
Tel: (718) 384-0215

FUNERAL:
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 11:00 AM
Most Holy Trinity – St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
138 Montrose Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11206
Tel: (718) 384-0215

AM BURIAL:
St. John’s Cemetery
Middle Village, New York

Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. May he rest in the peace of Christ, the Risen Lord.

Reverend Monsignor Anthony Hernandez, J.C.L.
Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs

PASSING OF REVEREND JOHN A. GURRIERI

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend John A. Gurrieri, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Gurrieri was born on January 26, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, was ordained to the Priesthood on May 27, 1967, and died Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Father Gurrieri served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of the Parish of Saint John Cantius, and as Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Saint Gertrude (Edgemere), Saint Joan of Arc (Jackson Heights), Saint Andrew Avellino (Flushing) and Saint Rita (Long Island City). He also served as Diocesan Consultant for Liturgy and the Bishop’s Committee on Liturgy in Washington, D.C.

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE:
Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM,  7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
125 Hillside Avenue
New Hyde Park, New York 11040
Tel: (516) 354-0634

FUNERAL:
Immaculate Conception Center
Thursday, September 14, 2017
10:30 AM
7200 Douglaston Parkway
Douglaston, New York 11362
Tel: (718) 229-8001

BURIAL:
Saint John Cemetery Middle Village
80-01 Metropolitan Ave
Middle Village, NY 11379

Father Gurrieri was a member of the Priests’ Purgatorial Society.

All priests are invited to concelebrate the Liturgy. Please bring your diocesan vestments. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. May he rest in the peace of Christ, the Risen Lord.

Reverend Monsignor Anthony Hernandez, J.C.L. Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs

Thousands of Catholics to Converge on Citi Field for First Annual Catholic Day

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Carolyn Erstad
323-384-7098
cerstad@desalesmedia.org

Adriana Rodriguez
718-408-6367
arodriguez@desalesmedia.org

The Diocese of Brooklyn will host the first annual Catholic Day at Citi Field on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The day will begin with a 9:45 a.m. Mass, celebrated by the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. The Mass will be followed by food, games, entertainment, and baseball as the New York Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds.

The event is part of the Diocese’s Year of Vocations Campaign, an effort to encourage young people to think about, pray for, and discern their life’s calling.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

Saturday, September 9, 2017
8:00 a.m. – parking lots open
8:45 a.m. – gates open
9:45 a.m. – Mass with Bishop DiMarzio
11:30 a.m. – Marina Parking Lot entertainment featuring food, performances, carnival games, basketball, and more
4:00 p.m. – Mets Plaza entertainment
7:10 p.m. – New York Mets vs Cincinnati Reds

LOCATION:

Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11368

CELEBRITY GUEST SPEAKERS, PERFORMERS AND VIP’s

  • Rhett Walker, contemporary Christian rock performer, nominated for several Grammy Awards
  • Quinton Aaron, actor, best known for portraying Michael Oher alongside Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”, founder of The Quinton Aaron Foundation, which offers resources and education in the fight against bullying
  • Anthony Mangano, actor, host of Net TV’s “City of Churches“, starred on many television shows including “Person of Interest”, “Blue Bloods”, “NYPD Blue”, “CSI”, “The Blacklist”, “Who’s the Boss”, “Seinfeld”, and “Law & Order”
  • Joe Estevez, actor in over 200 films, host of Net TV’s “All things Catholic“, brother of actor Martin Sheen
  • Jenn Gotzon Chandler, actress, starred in “Frost/Nixon” as well as many family films. Also appeared on “CSI:NY” and “House”
  • Stephanie Hanvey, singer, appeared on “American Idol” Season 13
  • Alverlis Pena, singer-songwriter, Catholic worship leader
  • Santiago Pérez de Camino Gaisse, head of the Vatican’s Church & Sport Office at the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family & Life

For the schedule of events at Catholic Day at Citi Field, click on this link: catholicdaynyc.oncell.com

As part of Catholic Day, the Diocese will ask baseball fans to contribute to “Catholics Care,” a volunteer effort, and text-to-donate campaign for Hurricane victims across the country. Fans can text “Catholics Care” to 917-722-4565.

DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN’S YEAR OF VOCATIONS:

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s Year of Vocations campaign is targeted toward young people of faith who are looking to understand God’s unique purpose for their lives. The initiative educates young Catholics about single and married life in the Church, as well as about becoming a deacon, nun, or priest.

In an effort to encourage more young men to consider becoming priests, the Diocese has created a video showing an unexpected side to the lives of the clergy. The video shows priests surfing, skateboarding and doing martial arts. The friars seen playing basketball in the video will be playing on site at Catholic Day at Citi Field.

The Year of Vocations campaign aims to show young people that serving God does not mean losing the unique qualities that make us who we are. Father Peter Purpura, rector of Saint James Cathedral Basilica, who is featured doing martial arts in the video, said, “Young men should realize that when you become a priest, you bring with you all of your passions, interests, and hobbies. All of these things are what make each priest unique, and in many cases, uniquely effective. Generally, I think that people focus too much on the negative aspects of the priesthood; what we give up or what we don’t have. The truth is that priests receive far more than we give, which is the reason for our priestly joy.” Fr. Purpura will be available for interviews.

For the video of Fr. Purpura: http://bit.ly/2grmGLu
For the Year of Vocations campaign video: http://bit.ly/2xNHAI0

Catholics Care: Hurricane Relief Fund

The Diocese of Brooklyn wants to do its part to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Here are some ways you can help.

 

Donate Now

 

  • Make an online donation
  • Text “Catholics Care” to (917) 722-4565 to donate via SMS. (Standard text messaging rates apply.)

Volunteer Your Time

We are sending 100 Catholic volunteers from Brooklyn and Queens to help with the hurricane relief effort. You are needed to help rebuild the cities, homes and lives of those affected by these natural disasters.

To help, follow these steps:

  • Talk to your doctor about the trip. If you are healthy enough to participate, have your doctor write and sign a note verifying your fitness.
  • Download and fill out this form.
  • Email the signed doctor’s note and the completed and signed form to catholicscare@desalesmedia.org, or mail them to DeSales Media Group, Attention: Catholics Care, 1712 Tenth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

We will be in touch with you soon after to organize the trip. Thank you for your support!

Brooklyn Bishop DiMarzio on the Trump Administration’s DACA Decision

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Carolyn Erstad
323-384-7098
cerstad@desalesmedia.org

Adriana Rodriguez
718-408-6367
arodriguez@desalesmedia.org

Today my prayers are with the young undocumented people in our Diocese who now face an uncertain future due to the Trump Administration’s decision to formally end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. We are disappointed with the President’s decision to end DACA, as there are many undocumented Dreamers in our diocese who have now lost their sense of security in the only country they know to be home.

The Obama-era program had shielded young undocumented immigrants, a group called Dreamers, from deportation. It was their parents who first dreamt of a life in America with the opportunity to find jobs, and secure a solid education for their children. Now those children brought to the U.S. by their parents, through no fault of their own, face deportation to countries to which they feel no connection. They only know America as their home.

And, make no mistake, these young people are contributing to our society. A paper released last year by the Center for Migration Studies of New York found 90% of DACA recipients are employed, and more than 90% have at least a high school degree.

The Trump Administration has now given Congress a window of six months to replace the DACA program with legislation or else it will end on March 5, 2018. So today, we stand with the Dreamers, and we call on Congress to come up with a legislative alternative that provides protection for them.

For media interested in interviews, we can connect you with Catholic Migration Services to speak with someone about what this means for their clients. CMS has helped countless immigrants in our Diocese with immigration and legal services for decades and has also been helping young immigrants with their DACA applications.

We can also connect you with a Dreamer who is willing to share their fears in light of this DACA decision.

Passing of Reverend Charles B. Kehoe

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Charles B. Kehoe, a retired senior priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, who was in residence at the Bishop Mugavero Residence. Father Kehoe was born on October 1, 1931 in the Bronx, was ordained to the Priesthood on May 26, 1973, and died Thursday, August 24, 2017, at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Father Kehoe served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Parochial Vicar of Saint Kevin’s (Flushing), Ascension (Elmhurst), Our Lady of the Snows (Floral Park), Our Lady of Grace (Brooklyn), Saint Sebastian (Woodside), Saint Paul the Apostle (Corona) and Saint Francis of Assisi (Brooklyn).

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE:
Frederick Funeral Home, Saturday, August 26, 2017
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
192-15 Northern Boulevard
Flushing NY, 11358
Tel: (718) 357-6100

Saint Kevin R.C. Church, Sunday, August 27, 2017
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
45-21 194th Street
Flushing, New York 11358
Tel: (718) 357-8888

VIGIL MASS:
Saint Kevin R.C. Church, Sunday, August 27, 2017, 7:30 PM
45-21 194th Street
Flushing, New York 11358
Tel: (718) 357-8888

FUNERAL:
Saint Kevin R.C. Church, Monday, August 28, 2017, 10:30 AM
45-21 194th Street
Flushing, New York 11358
Tel: (718) 357-8888

BURIAL:
St. Raymond’s Cemetery
Bronx, NY

If you wish to send condolences, please mail to his brother, Mr. Steven Kehoe, 16 Fairfield Lane, Mastic Beach, New York 11951.

Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. May he rest in the peace of Christ, the Risen Lord.

Reverend Monsignor Anthony Hernandez, J.C.L.
Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs

Brooklyn Bishop to Announce New Commission on Social Justice at Special Mass in the Wake of Charlottesville Violence

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Carolyn Erstad
323-384-7098
cerstad@desalesmedia.org

Adriana Rodriguez
718-408-6367
arodriguez@desalesmedia.org

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will announce the establishment of a new diocesan commission for social justice during a special Mass Thursday, August 24 at 7:30 PM. The Mass for Solidarity and Peace is in response to the violent and deadly protests in Charlottesville. The Mass will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, 250 Cathedral Pl, Brooklyn. Bishop DiMarzio will be the main celebrant and Reverend Alonzo Cox, Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns, Coordinator of Ministry for African American Catholics, and the Pastor of St. Martin De Porres Parish, will concelebrate.

The new diocesan commission will address racism in the Church and society at large. It will be named after Monsignor Bernard Quinn, a Diocese of Brooklyn priest targeted by the Klu Klux Klan. The Klan burned down an orphanage Monsignor Quinn built for African American children, not once, but twice in the same year. Monsignor Quinn received numerous death threats. But he did not back down. He stood up to racism and rebuilt. He was valiant, pledging to his parishioners, ‘I would willingly shed to the last drop my life’s blood for the least among you.’ Monsignor Quinn also established the first African American church in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

“Monsignor Quinn is our own diocesan hero,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “In his name, we will address the social and religious problems that racism presents.”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has also just announced plans to establish the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. According to Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the USCCB, the committee “will be wholly dedicated to engaging the Church and our society to work together in unity to challenge the sin of racism, to listen to persons who are suffering under this sin, and to come together in the love of Christ to know one another as brothers and sisters.”

Thursday’s Mass for Solidarity and Peace will remind the faithful of Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond, that we are all created as children of God. Together we will pray for those injured and killed in Charlottesville, for the healing of our nation, and for all those who have allowed the seeds of hatred to grow in their hearts.

Passing of Reverend Michael A. Vendetti

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend
Michael A. Vendetti, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Vendetti was born on May 6,
1937 in Brooklyn, New York, was ordained to the Priesthood on May 30, 1964, and died Sunday,
August 20, 2017, at his private residence.

Father Vendetti served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Our Lady of
Miracles (Brooklyn), Our Lady of Grace (Brooklyn) and Saint Stanislaus Kostka (Maspeth).

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE:
Saint Aidan R.C. Church
505 Willis Avenue
Williston Park, New York 11596
Tel: (516) 746-6585
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

VIGIL:
Saint Aidan R.C. Church
505 Willis Avenue
Williston Park, New York 11596
Tel: (516) 746-6585
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
7:30 PM

FUNERAL:
Saint Aidan R.C. Church
505 Willis Avenue
Williston Park, New York 11596
Tel: (516) 746-6585
Thursday, August 24, 2017
10:30 AM

BURIAL:
Saint John Cemetery
Middle Village, New York

Father Vendetti was a member of the Priests’ Purgatorial Society. All priests are invited to
concelebrate the Liturgy. Please bring your diocesan vestments.

If you wish to send condolences, please mail to his nephew, Mr. Gerard Magaldi, 18 Hillvale Road,
Albertson, New York 11507.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary, 56-25
92nd Street, Elmhurst, New York 11373.

Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. May he rest in the peace of Christ, the Risen Lord.

Reverend Monsignor Anthony Hernandez, J.C.L.
Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs

Diocese of Brooklyn to Hold Mass for Solidarity and Peace Following the Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

Mass for Solidarity and Peace

WHO: The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, and the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Ministry for African American Catholics invite the faithful of Brooklyn, Queens and beyond.

WHAT: In response to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Mass for Solidarity and Peace. Reverend Alonzo Cox, Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns, Coordinator of Ministry for African American Catholics, and the Pastor of St. Martin De Porres Parish, will concelebrate.

WHEN: Thursday, August 24, 2017, 7:30 pm

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. James, 250 Cathedral Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

WHY: The tragic events that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, revealed a nation still tainted by the evils of racism, bigotry, white supremacy and neo-Nazism. “As Catholics, our greatest weapon against hatred, violence, and anger is prayer,” said Reverend Cox. The Mass will bring together the faithful of Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond, to pray for our nation, the three people who lost their lives, the many more injured, as well as all those who have allowed the seeds of hatred to grow in their hearts.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Carolyn Erstad
323-384-7098
cerstad@desalesmedia.org

Adriana Rodriguez
718-408-6367
arodriguez@desalesmedia.org