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.

“This event provides an opportunity for us to gather in our Nation’s capital and march down Constitution Avenue, ending at the Supreme Court, where the decision to make abortion legal in the United States has set a destructive path and human life has been reduced to a choice. It is unfortunate that there is a fundamental misunderstanding of the beginning of human life, its innate dignity and the possibility of terminating life,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

The March for Life is a pro-life peaceful demonstration that has been taking place every year since 1973, on or around the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion. Demonstrators gather to show respect for all human life from its very beginning in conception.

NET TV, the diocesan cable network, will feature special programming for the day. At 7:30 a.m. EST, there will be a live broadcast of the Closing Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Following the Mass, the “I Was Wrong” documentary will tell the moving story of two women affected by abortion who had a change of heart. The Tablet, the only weekly Catholic newspaper in New York City, and Currents, the first Catholic daily news program in the Nation, will be in Washington, D.C. covering the March for Life. Full coverage will be featured in next week’s paper and special reports will air on Currents this Friday, January 23rd, at 7:30 p.m.

NET TV will also be shooting a March for Life special. NET TV’s production team will follow a group of pilgrims traveling from Brooklyn to attend the rally, as they document this changing experience before, during, and after the rally.

For more information on schedule and encores, visit www.netny.tv.

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.

Featuring candid, real-life perspective from married couples, Biblical exegesis from Msgr. John Strynkowski, S.T.D. (Diocese of Brooklyn), and catechetical commentary from Dr. Matthew Sutton, Ph.D. (St. John’s University), Mission of Love unpacks the official preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families in ten unique episodes.

Since its inception by Saint John Paul II in 1994, the World Meeting of Families has been held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family. The World Meeting of Families is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families. Each World Meeting of Families has a theme that energizes and enlivens the event while adding great depth of meaning to our understanding of families. The theme of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families on our society.

All subsequent Mission of Love episodes will air on the 2nd Sunday of each month, after the premiere in January. All episodes will be available for viewing online (http://netny.tv/shows/missionoflove/) and on Verizon FiOS OnDemand, following airdates. For a complete schedule including show encores, please visit NET TV’s website www.netny.tv.

NET TV is a cable network featuring news and information with a Catholic point of view, and is available in the New York area on Time Warner Cable, channel 97, Cablevision, channel 30, and nationally on Verizon FIOS on Demand. Viewers can also watch the programming live on NET TV’s website at www.netny.tv/watchnow.

Most Precious Blood in Astoria to Close School

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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.

In the school building, this includes an estimated $2.55 million in necessary repairs. This work cannot be done while the school building is occupied on a full-time basis.

In the church building, there is an estimated $3 million in necessary repairs. Within the last six months, the south wall of the church building began to separate and was shored up until further repairs could be made.

“These essential building repairs, combined with declining enrollment, will not allow us to continue,” said Father Krlis. “This decision was not made easily. After much dialogue with all relevant parties, including officials from the Diocese of Brooklyn and local Catholic schools, as well as consulting with engineering firms regarding the state of these necessary repairs, I presented these facts to the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. With his support, I made this painful decision in the best interest of the parish community.”

Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, said that Catholic schools in neighboring parishes will have seats to accommodate students, and information on Open Houses will be made available in the coming days.



Stefanie Gutierrez

Statement on Fire At Our Lady Of Sorrows

Tragedy struck the heart of the Diocese of Brooklyn this past weekend as Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Corona suffered a devastating fire. The Diocese of Brooklyn is fully committed to helping this church rebuild so that it may continue serving its faithful community as it has been doing since 1872. All of our shrines, churches, and cathedrals are sacred and special in their own individual ways. What makes Our Lady of Sorrows stand out is that it is a parish of immigrants in the Diocese of Immigrants, with 12,000-13,000 overall parishioners in attendance each weekend.

This vibrant parish has played host to several immigration-related events these past two years, including: a September 2013 Mass with Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn; a March 2014 press conference for Catholic Migration Services with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Congresswoman Grace Meng, Assemblyman Francisco P. Moya, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, and Councilman Carlos Menchaca; and a November 2014 bills signing with Mayor Bill de Blasio of Intro. 486-A and Intro. 487-A, to protect undocumented immigrants.

As we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, let us pray for our fellow parishioners in Corona during this time of rebuilding.

Statement of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio On the Murder of Two NYPD Officers

The Catholic Community in Brooklyn and Queens joins me in praying for the repose of souls of Police Officer Wenjian Liu and Police Officer Rafael Ramos. We offer our sincere condolences to the families of our fallen Police Officers and pray earnestly for their consolation. Each day, 35,000 of our fellow citizens put on blue uniforms and patrol the streets of our city to keep us safe. Each deserves our prayers and gratitude. These finest of men and women will undoubtedly continue to patrol and keep us safe by the strength of their service.

As we face monstrous evil, it sometimes seems as though the light has been extinguished for our world. As people of faith, we believe that it is precisely into this unexplainable situation that God comes to make His home. Emmanuel, “God is with us,” and so we are convinced that a “light shines in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it.” Saint Michael the Archangel, patron of our Police Officers, pray for us.

NET TV Announces Special Christmas Programming

Today, New Evangelization Television (NET TV), announced its special programming for the Christmas Season.

On Saturday, December 20th, A Christmas Variety Special will bring all the fun and entertainment of the season in one hour of holiday cheer. Premiering at 8 p.m, with encores throughout the week, the program will be hosted by actor Anthony Mangano, from the award winning series City of Churches, and co-hosted by comedian Joe Manno, from CBS-TV’s Emmy Award winning Afternoon Special: All In One. A Christmas Variety Special is a family oriented program that features a unique concept in holiday entertainment that is rarely seen on television anymore. Not only does it include popular holiday tunes and humorous comedy sketches, but also traditional religious themes and carols. Guest stars include Lenny Venito from ABC-TV’s hit show The Neighbors, Lou Martini Jr. from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Jimmy Palumbo from HBO’s The Sopranos, Joe D’Onofrio from the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet?, Mario Bosco from ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, plus a special appearance by Santa Claus.

On Christmas Eve, NET TV’s cooking show Breaking Bread will feature a special episode as host Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, the Vicar for Development for the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Administrator of St. Bernard Parish in Mill Basin, cooks and feeds people in need. The episode takes place at CHIPS (Park Slope Christian Help), a community of Brooklyn neighbors, volunteers, and friends who share a common spiritual vision in aiding those in need. Join Monsignor Jamie on December 24th at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. in a presentation that unwraps the meaning behind the season.

Also on December 24th, NET TV will present A Christmas Concert With Daniel Rodriguez. America’s beloved tenor, recording artist, and former NYPD police officer, also known as “the singing cop” for his inspirational and healing music in the aftermath of 9/11, will perform selections from his new CD “A Glorious Christmas,” his very first Christmas album. The performance was recorded live on the front steps of the beautifully restored Holy Name of Jesus Church in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, and will premiere on Christmas Eve at 7:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule including show encores, please visit NET TV’s website netny.tv.

NET TV is a cable network featuring news and information with a Catholic point of view, and is available in the New York area on Time Warner Cable, channel 97, Cablevision, channel 30, and nationally on Verizon FIOS on Demand. Viewers can also watch the programming live on NET TV’s website at netny.tv/watchnow.

Apostolado Mexicano Honrará a la Virgen De Guadalupe Con Tradicional Peregrinación

El Apostolado Mexicano de la Diócesis de Brooklyn llevará a cabo el tradicional peregrinaje Antorcha Guadalupana este viernes 12 de diciembre para conmemorar el Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe.

Monseñor Nicholas DiMarzio, Obispo de Brooklyn, dará inicio a las celebraciones con la Santa Misa, a las 12 p.m. en la Co-Catedral de San José – 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights. La homilía será ofrecida en español por Monseñor Octavio Cisneros, Obispo Auxiliar de Brooklyn. Inmediatamente después de la Misa, los clérigos bendecirán las antorchas que serán encendidas a los pies de la Co-Catedral de San José, para proseguir con la peregrinación a las parroquias participantes de Brooklyn y Queens. Los peregrinos llevarán las antorchas a sus parroquias correspondientes, al son de cánticos y oraciones de amor y paz.

El evento local titulado “La Luz de Cristo” es producto del llamado de unidad de Monseñor DiMarzio, quien ha luchado por integrar a la comunidad Mexicana de la diócesis. La Diócesis de Brooklyn comprende los condados de Brooklyn y Queens.

“Nos reuniremos nuevamente para celebrar y honrar a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. La devoción incondicional de nuestros feligreses mexicanos hizo que fuese necesario una celebración oficial. Todos juntos como familia diocesana llevaremos las antorchas, las cuales representan la luz del Espíritu Santo en nuestras vidas”, señaló Monseñor DiMarzio.

La peregrinación de este año corresponde a la segunda ocasión en que los católicos de Brooklyn y Queens se reúnen para conmemorar a la Virgen de Guadalupe en una celebración oficial diocesana. Con la participación de 31 parroquias, se espera que la Misa inicial reciba a más de 1.000 devotos.

“Reunir y coordinar estas parroquias ha sido un trabajo del apostolado que, por dos años, ha visitado periódicamente cada una de ellas, proporcionando catequesis, evangelizando a la comunidad mexicana, dando signos de comunión. Si bien para nosotros es muy simbólico celebrar juntos a la Virgen de Guadalupe, procuramos hacerlo con conocimiento al mismo tiempo en que crecemos en la Fe”, indicó el padre Jorge Ortíz-Garay, director del Apostolado Mexicano de la Diócesis de Brooklyn

De acuerdo a los resultados del último censo, cerca de 200.000 mexicanos viven en Brooklyn y Queens. “Al encender estas antorchas llevaremos la Luz de Cristo por las calles de nuestros barrios. Es una forma de evangelizar y reconocer a nuestra comunidad”, agregó.

Presione aquí para ver la ruta completa de la peregrinación.

El Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe es celebrado cada 12 de diciembre, en conmemoración de su aparición de 1531 ante un indígena mexicano. Ella es considerada Patrona de México, Emperatriz de las Américas y la Estrella de la Nueva Evangelización.

Mexican Apostolate to Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe With Traditional Torch Pilgrimage

On Friday, December 12, the Mexican Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn will hold a traditional torch pilgrimage commemorating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will start the celebration with Holy Mass at 12 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights. He will be joined by Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros, who will deliver the Spanish homily. Following Mass, the torches will be blessed and lit up on the front steps of the Co-Cathedral before the pilgrimage proceeds to the different participating parishes throughout Brooklyn and Queens. The pilgrims will carry the torches as they sing, pray and spread messages of hope and love on their way back to their parishes.

The event, locally titled “Light of Christ,” is a response to Bishop DiMarzio’s call for unity in the Mexican community of the Diocese, which includes the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

“We will reunite again to celebrate and honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. The unconditional devotion and faithfulness of our Mexican parishioners called for an official celebration. Together as a Diocese, we will carry the torch representing the light of the Holy Spirit in our lives,” said Bishop DiMarzio.

This year’s pilgrimage marks the second time that Catholics from Brooklyn and Queens will gather together to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe in an official diocesan celebration. With 31 participating parishes, the initial Mass is expected to receive more than 1,000 devotes.

“Coordinating this with the participating parishes has been an ongoing effort of the Apostolate who, for two years, has periodically visited each one of them, providing catechesis, evangelizing the Mexican community and offering signs of communion. Although for us it is very meaningful to celebrate together Our Lady of Guadalupe, we try to do so with knowledge while we grow in Faith” said Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, director of the Mexican Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

According to the 2010 National Census and the 2013 American Community Survey, there are nearly 200,000 Mexicans living in Brooklyn and Queens. “By lighting these torches we will carry Christ’s Light through the streets of our neighborhoods. It is our way of evangelizing and recognizing our community,” added Father Jorge.

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The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated every year on December 12, to commemorate the anniversary of her 1531 apparition before an indigenous peasant in Mexico City. She is considered the Patroness of Mexico and the Continental Americas.

Press Release: New Christmas Campaign Aims to Extend Catholic Welcome in Brooklyn and Queens

See the entire Christmas campaign.
See the entire Christmas campaign.

On Dec. 2, the Diocese of Brooklyn launched a new advertising campaign encouraging people to return to Mass. The campaign showcases different messages inviting people of Brooklyn and Queens to join their closest church.

“By coming among us as a man, God expresses His solidarity with humanity. Christmas is that time of year when we celebrate that great generosity of God by recommitting ourselves to one another,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

The campaign includes a series of print ads and 30-second radio messages focusing on its main theme: “Join us this Christmas.” The posters will be advertised in multiple languages to meet the needs of each neighborhood.

“New York is an exciting place to live. Yet for some it can also be lonely. We launched this campaign to remind our neighbors that they are not alone, that we are family,” said Monsignor Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn.

“These creative ads are our response to Pope Francis’ call for a Church of mercy and hope, ‘where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven’,” added Bishop DiMarzio.

The Diocese of Brooklyn, which also encompasses the borough of Queens, serves more than 1.4 million Catholics. Due to its multicultural and diverse populations, Masses are regularly held in 33 different languages across the Diocese, throughout 187 parishes with 213 churches.

Stefanie Gutierrez

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