Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Members of the Clergy Partner With the Diocese of Brooklyn To Sponsor a Mass of Hope And Healing

Survivors of sexual abuse by members of the clergy have partnered with the Diocese of Brooklyn to sponsor a Mass of Hope and Healing on 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.”

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Catholic Schools to open a Student Art Exhibit

Art by Anthony Randazzo, Ave Maria Catholic Academy
Art by Anthony Randazzo, Ave Maria Catholic Academy

TD Bank in Howard Beach will host a unique exhibition featuring student artwork from local Catholic academies. The art exhibit is the first public collaborative event between the two Catholic academies in Howard Beach.

From March 18th to March 27th, works of art by the students at Ave Maria Catholic Academy and Saint Helen Catholic Academy will be displayed at TD Bank located on 162-02 Cross Bay Boulevard.

“We are proud to present the artwork of our talented students. In the Diocese of Brooklyn, a comprehensive art program is an important component of educating the whole child within a faith based approach to learning. Art classes create environments that allow students to think ‘outside the box’ and address challenges with creative solutions. We strive to support students as they think creatively, find their voice and tap into their undiscovered talents,” stated Christine Zerillo, Principal at St. Helen Catholic Academy.

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Statement of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on the Passing of Cardinal Egan

Cardinal_EganThe Diocese of Brooklyn joins all New Yorkers in extending our condolences to Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of New York on the passing of Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York. The Cardinal was a good friend of the Diocese of Brooklyn. The boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens are in the shadow of Manhattan. Yet, Cardinal Egan always was sensitive and respectful of the dignity of the Diocese and the Catholic Community here in the outer boroughs. He never failed to make the time to be present with us at pivotal moments in the life of the Diocese. Moreover, he both advocated for and celebrated the life of the church in Brooklyn and Queens.

He will be missed.

The Diocese of Brooklyn Launches Survey In Anticipation of Synod of the Family

In preparation for the General Synod of Bishops on the Family, due to take place this year in Rome from October 4th through October 25th, the Diocese of Brooklyn launched a survey on marriage and family life, to reflect the views and concerns of the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens.

“This survey is our response to and support of Pope Francis’ desire for a welcoming Church. In order to better attend our spiritual needs and desires, the Church wants to listen to and understand its people, especially in one of the most important matters: the family,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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Bishop DiMarzio To Celebrate Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday, February 18th, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at noon at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown Brooklyn.

To mark the beginning of the Lenten Season, Bishop DiMarzio will bless and distribute ashes on the foreheads of congregants during the Mass. “The season of Lent is the time when we are asked to firm up our faith, when we are to give special attention to training our will so that we can love God all the more,” said Bishop DiMarzio.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40 day Christian observance in the liturgical year that ends with the celebration of the Sacred Triduum, the three holiest days of the year that lead to Easter Sunday: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil.

As is customary, the ashes to be used on Ash Wednesday will come from the burning of the blessed branches used on Palm Sunday of the previous year. Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, is the Sunday before Easter that commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It also marks the beginning of Holy Week. This year, Easter Sunday will be celebrated on April 5.

Brooklyn Catholics to be Featured in Local PBS Series About Italian American Heritage

As part of the National Public Broadcast Service (PBS) Series “The Italian Americans,” Channel THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV will present “Italian Americans of New York and New Jersey,” a documentary that spotlights the lives, achievements and rich culture of Italian Americans in the Metro Area.

The two-part series focuses on the largest Italian American population in the Nation, featuring interviews with historians and prominent local Italian Americans, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the late former Governor of New York Mario Cuomo, singer Tony Bennett, actress Susan Lucci, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and many others.

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Diocese of Brooklyn To Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Starting on Sunday, January 25th, the Diocese of Brooklyn will celebrate Catholic education through the annual Catholic Schools Week events.

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, together with Auxiliary Bishops Rev. Raymond F. Chappetto, Rev. Paul Sanchez, Rev. Guy Sansaricq, and Rev. Octavio Cisneros, will visit schools and academies within Brooklyn and Queens.

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday, and is celebrated with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. This year’s theme for the National Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

“Catholic education is essential within the Diocese of Brooklyn and Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to witness our school/academy communities. I encourage you to use this week to learn about these and all the great things that happen in our communities,” said Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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Diocese of Brooklyn To Support Annual March For Life

On Thursday, January 22nd, the Diocese of Brooklyn will join the 42nd Annual March for Life Rally in Washington, D.C.

DeSales Media Group, the communications arm of the diocese, is sponsoring 11 buses that will travel from different points of Brooklyn and Queens to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where the rally will start at noon. At their full capacities, these buses will bring some 550 parishioners, students, youth ministry groups, and clergy to march at the pro-life demonstration.

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NET TV’s Mission of Love

Today, New Evangelization Television (NET TV) announced it’s new upcoming original program Mission of Love, based on the catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families.

Premiering Sunday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m., Mission of Love takes an authentic look into the lives of couples and families: their ups and downs, struggles and joys, laughter and tears. The series explores the mystery of marriage and family life with humor, insight and profundity.

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Most Precious Blood in Astoria to Close School

Faced with declining enrollment and costly structural repairs, Most Precious Blood School will close at the end of the 2014-15 academic year.

“Most Precious Blood School has been the heart of the parish since 1957,” said Father William Krlis, pastor. “The simple fact is, the building is in need of costly structural repair. Enrollment has dropped precipitously over the past five years. From Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, enrollment is 191 students, which has dropped 20 students since last year alone.”

Currently, structural repairs are needed in Most Precious Blood School, and also in Most Precious Blood Church. Repairs are estimated at $5.5 million, inclusive of both the school and the church buildings. “We do not have the funds to complete this work,” said Father Krlis.

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