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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
All Diocese of Brooklyn Schools and Academies will be closed on February 9, 2017 due to the snowstorm which is expected to deposit 8″-12″ of snow in the New York City area. Read more
Father Pizzo did share the meme in question on his personal facebook page. He says he intended it as satire only, regrets the offense it has caused, and has deleted it. Suicide is, indeed, a serious subject and this post does not, in any way, represent the view of the church.
Diocese of Brooklyn
“I apologize for the hurt that I have caused over a Facebook post. I never intended it to get this kind of reaction and I regret posting it. I have been a priest for 40 years and my goal has always been to bring Christ to the people. I am pro-life and any reference to suicide is contrary to my beliefs, therefore, making my post completely inappropriate. Again, please accept my sincerest apology.”
Fr. Philip J. Pizzo
St. Benedict Joseph Labre Parish
On Friday, January 27, 2017, officials at St. John’s Cemetery at 80-01 Metropolitan Ave. in Queens, called police around 3 p.m. after a groundskeeper heard a gunshot and noticed an elderly man lying near a gravesite. Police and paramedics soon arrived. The man was transported to the hospital and we do not know his condition. Many of the employees at the cemetery know the man because he visits his late wife’s grave often. We are saddened about happened and are praying for him and his family.
On Friday, January 27, 2017, the Diocese of Brooklyn is joining the 44th annual March for Life Rally in Washington, D.C. Parishioners, students, youth ministry groups, and clergy from Brooklyn and Queens are in the National Mall for the rally that begins at noon.