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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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.

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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.

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