STATEMENT ON CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE VILLAGE PREPARATORY CHARTER SCHOOL

Dear Parents and Students,

I am writing to clear up some misinformation that was disseminated by the administrations of Christ The King Catholic High School and Middle Village Preparatory Charter School. Letters sent home to students and parents indicated that the Diocese of Brooklyn is ordering the closure of Middle Village Prep. This is a misrepresentation of the truth and we at the diocese feel it is our obligation to clarify the facts.

The Diocese of Brooklyn believes in education, both parochial and public. Multiple charter schools currently utilize or share space in Catholic high school and parish buildings throughout the Diocese with the full support of the Church. We wish to see all of these schools, including Middle Village Prep, continue to thrive. But the power to keep Middle Village Prep open lies with Christ the King High School.

In recent years Christ the King has refused to re-affirm and honor its long-standing covenant with the Diocese of Brooklyn—a covenant that is honored by all other Catholic regional high schools in the Diocese. This covenant requires that these high schools operate in consultation with the Diocese when conducting enterprises unrelated to their function as Catholic schools.

After years of unsuccessful efforts to work in cooperation with Christ the King High School, the Diocese of Brooklyn was left with no other recourse but to file a lawsuit. In March of 2017, and after several years of litigation, the Supreme Court ruled that use of the premises for the operation of a charter school is a breach of Christ the King’s agreement with the Diocese. The court ordered Christ the King to discontinue the use of the premises for a charter school without the permission of the Diocese, effective at the end of the current academic year.

The diocese has made it clear to Christ the King that it will permit use of the property for a charter school, hence allowing Middle Village Prep to remain open. The diocese’s sole requirement is that Christ the King adhere to the same conditions accepted by all other Catholic regional high schools and parishes in the diocese.

It is the Diocese of Brooklyn’s fervent hope and prayer that Christ the King will forever continue to serve the young men and women of the Diocese and that the property will continue to serve the most worthy cause of education.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bishop James Massa
Diocese of Brooklyn

Newark Archbishop Joseph William Cardinal Tobin to Address Federal Immigration Policy at Brooklyn’s World Communications Day Conference

“A person unbound by Christian charity would say that you really have to believe in inflicting cruelty on innocent people to choose to support the policies [on immigration] we’ve seen in recent months while possessing the power to change the law.” – Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, Archbishop of Newark

On Wednesday, May 17, beginning at 9:30 a.m., the Diocese of Brooklyn will hold its 26th Annual World Communications Day Catholic Media Conference. The conference will be held at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11217.

The annual event attracts newsmakers, journalists, filmmakers, media executives, and religious leaders, and will explore this year’s theme selected by Pope Francis, “Communicating Hope and Trust in Our Time.”

Communicating hope and trust to the Hispanic faithful, some of whom fear deportation amid new federal immigration policies, has become a focus for Church leaders like Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, Archbishop of Newark. Cardinal Tobin, the event’s keynote speaker, will address the Church’s support for immigrants. Cardinal Tobin, a champion of immigrant rights, made news recently, when he accompanied a 59-year-old grandfather facing deportation to federal court.

“A person unbound by Christian charity would say that you really have to believe in inflicting cruelty on innocent people to choose to support the policies [on immigration] we’ve seen in recent months while possessing the power to change the law,” Cardinal Tobin said.

Pope Francis’ message extends far beyond the immigrant community. The Holy Father also asks the media “to inspire a positive and responsible approach to storytelling – never glamourizing evil or turning suffering into entertainment.” A panel of renowned journalists including Ray Suarez, Howard Kurtz, Laura Ashburn, and Antonio Mora, will explore this idea and discuss the challenges they face in today’s age of instant information where “news” gets tweeted, posted, and shared with increasing disregard for accuracy and social responsibility.

Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to watch a special screening of the award-winning documentary “Sacred,” which gives viewers an intimate look at the role faith plays in the lives of people around the world. The New York Times recently called the film, “a global group portrait of faith in action.”

Cardinal Tobin’s keynote speech and the media panel discussion will be streaming live between 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information on the conference program and timeline, please visit wcdnyc.org. Journalists interested in covering the event should contact Carolyn Erstad at 718-517-3154.

World Communications Day is produced by DeSales Media Group, the communications and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, publishing Catholic news, information, entertainment and religious programming across all media platforms. Their properties include the weekly diocesan newspaper The Tablet, the monthly Hispanic newspaper Nuestra Voz, the cable network New Evangelization Television (NET TV) and the Catholic Telemedia Network (CTN).

Bishop Thomas V. Daily Dies at 89

“Bishop Daily was a man who personified the Second Vatican Council’s call for a preferential option for the poor. He ministered to indigenous people amidst poverty in Peru, women in crisis pregnancies, as well as new and often poor immigrants living in Brooklyn. He never acted out of malice or to further his own self-interest. At heart he was a missionary. I suspect he wished he could have remained in the missions his entire life.”  -Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn


MOST REVEREND THOMAS V. DAILY, BISHOP EMERITUS OF BROOKLYN, HAS DIED AT 89 YEARS OLD 

The Most Reverend Thomas Vose Daily, Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn died overnight at the Immaculate Conception Center’s Bishop Mugavero Residence in Douglaston, Queens. Bishop Daily, served as Bishop of Brooklyn from 1990 until his retirement in 2003.

Bishop Daily was installed as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, in 1990 and served during a time of racial tension and financial hardship. In his later years, Bishop Daily suffered declining health. Read more »

DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN TO SPONSOR BILINGUAL MASS OF HOPE AND HEALING WITH SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

On Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 PM, the Diocese of Brooklyn, in partnership with survivors of sexual abuse by members of the clergy, will hold the third annual Mass of Hope and Healing. The bilingual Mass at St. Anselm Church, 356 82nd Street, Brooklyn is offered for all those affected by sexual abuse. The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will be the main celebrant.

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO BLESS HOLY OILS AT CHRISM MASS

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate the annual Mass of the Chrism at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY. During the Mass, the bishop will bless the oils used for sacramental anointing. He will also lead more than 370 priests and deacons in renewing their promises of service to the Church. The clergy will enter the church in procession at 6:45 p.m.

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ARTIST PAINTS ICONIC SISTINE CHAPEL IMAGE ON BROOKLYN BUILDING AS PART OF EASTER CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGING FORGIVENESS

UPDATE: March 20, 2017 Time lapse video of Michelangelo painting available here:http://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/billboard-videos/Work will begin again today at 11am. Artist will come down to street level at 2pm and 5pm for media interviews. Please contact the Diocese of Brooklyn press office (numbers below) if you are interested in an interview.  

UPDATE: March 19, 2017 To accomodate a high level of media interest, Artist Mike Fusco and his team will take time from their work and come down to street level for media interviews at 2pm and 6pm today. If you are interested in an interview please have your crew there and ready at one of these times. Crews are welcome to get pictures and video of the artists working at any time throughout the day.  

UPDATE: March 18, 2017 Work on the mural has been suspended for the day due to inclement weather. Painting will resume tomorrow, March 19, at 11am.  

On Friday, March 17, the brick wall of a Brooklyn building will become an artist’s canvas as he paints a renowned scene from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The project is part of an Easter campaign designed to inspire forgiveness.  One of the world’s most iconic images, Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” will grace 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge at the corner of 81st Street. Artist Mike Fusco will be painting the 20.5 foot by 23-foot billboard and will be available for interviews on site. Read more »

SCHOOL CLOSINGS 3/14/17

All Diocese of Brooklyn Schools and Academies will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, due to the Winter Storm Stella which is expected to deposit 12-20 inches of snow in the New York City area.



Issuing Office: New York City
Source: National.Weather.Service
4:18am EDT, Mon Mar 13

… BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT EDT TUESDAY NIGHT… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT EDT TUESDAY NIGHT. THE BLIZZARD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * LOCATIONS… METROPOLITAN NEW YORK CITY AND NEW JERSEY, WESTERN LONG ISLAND, SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER, SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD, SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN, NORTHERN MIDDLESEX, AND NORTHERN NEW LONDON COUNTIES. * HAZARD TYPES… HEAVY SNOW AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. SNOW MAY MIX WITH OR CHANGE TO SLEET AND RAIN ACROSS SOUTHERN AND EASTERN COASTAL AREAS LATE TUESDAY MORNING INTO TUESDAY AFTERNOON. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS… 12 TO 20 INCHES… HIGHEST AMOUNTS TO THE NORTH AND WEST. * SNOWFALL RATES… 2 TO 4 INCHES PER HOUR EARLY TUESDAY MORNING INTO EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. * TIMING… LATE TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY EVENING. * IMPACTS… DANGEROUS TRAVEL DUE TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. SEVERAL ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE. POWER OUTAGES POSSIBLE. DAMAGING WIND GUSTS POSSIBLE ACROSS LONG ISLAND AND COASTAL CONNECTICUT. * WINDS… NORTHEAST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS 40 TO 55 MPH ON TUESDAY. HIGHEST WINDS ACROSS COASTAL AREAS. * TEMPERATURES… IN THE UPPER 20S. * VISIBILITIES… ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS… MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL… HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED… STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

 

NET TV TO AIR SPECIAL PROGRAM, “THE TRUTH ABOUT SUICIDE”

Feb. 13, 2017 – More than 44,000 Americans end their own lives each year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. That makes suicide the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  Clearly, suicide touches the lives of so many families and yet, it’s a topic that is rarely discussed candidly.

On Monday, Feb. 13 at 8:30 p.m., NET TV will start airing a special program entitled, The Truth About Suicide.  Currents Anchor Liz Faubles hosts a panel discussion about the pain that leads so many to end their own lives, and how their loved ones can find a path to healing. Her guests include: Read more »