Statement on Arrest of Rafael Diaz

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, Rafael Diaz was arrested by the NYPD for the alleged sexual assault of a parishioner who attends Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Queens. The church was not aware that Diaz, who was the musical director at the church, was hired by the alleged victim’s parents to give their child private music lessons at their home.  On Thursday, January 12, 2017, the alleged victim’s father came to the church and reported that Mr. Diaz had sexually abused his daughter during private lessons. Diocesan officials immediately contacted the NYPD and are cooperating with authorities during the investigation. Mr. Diaz’s employment was terminated upon his arrest. The Diocese of Brooklyn takes the protection of children very seriously. It performs criminal background checks on every employee and volunteer. It also requires them, as well as minors, to complete ongoing training for the prevention of sexual abuse.

Diocese Of Brooklyn Launching Ad Campaign That Reminds Catholics To Go To Church During The Busy Christmas Season

“Put Him on Your List” Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxKfCQAJmc4

Thursday, December 8, The Diocese of Brooklyn is launching its Christmas campaign called “Put Him on Your List.” Most people celebrating Christmas have long to-do lists. This campaign serves as a reminder for Catholics to make time in their busy schedules to go to Church and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

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HONRARÁN A LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE EN LA DIÓCESIS DE BROOKLYN CON UN DESFILE DE ANTORCHAS POR LAS CALLES DE BROOKLYN Y QUEENS

El lunes 12 de diciembre, al mediodía, en la Diócesis de Brooklyn se celebrará la fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe con una misa en la Concatedral de San José, en Prospect Heights, seguida por una marcha de antorchas, la Carrera Guadalupana, que se realiza cada año. En esta ocasión participarán fieles de 51 parroquias católicas de Brooklyn y Queens.

Monseñor Nicholas DiMarzio, Obispo de Brooklyn, celebrará la misa en la Concatedral, que será concelebrada por monseñor Octavio Cisneros y monseñor James Massa, obispos auxiliares de Brooklyn.

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THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS TO HEADLINE A NIGHT OF HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT

On December 14, 2016, at 7pm, the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph will host a spectacular family event that includes The Miracle of Christmas musical, a live concert, a visit from Santa, a tree-lighting ceremony, and a high-tech light show.

The evening will begin with a Christmas concert, featuring performances by Charlie Poveromo and Danny Rodriguez. Read more »

Local Albanians/Albanian President to join Brooklyn Catholics in Honor of Mother Teresa

Local Albanians and Albanian President to join Brooklyn Catholics in Honor of Mother Teresa

“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus. ” – Mother Saint Teresa

Members of the Albanian Community will join parishioners of Saint Athanasius Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn this Sunday, September 25th, in honor of Mother Saint Teresa. The President of the Republic of Albania, Bujar Nishani, born a secular Muslim, will be among distinguished guests as a statue of Saint Teresa is dedicated and blessed. The interfaith and international event will reflect Mother Teresa’s boundless reach as it honors her elevation to Sainthood.
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Italian Procession and Mass To Remember Victims of Italian Earthquake

Diocese of Brooklyn Italian Procession and Mass
To Remember Victims of Italian Earthquake 

 SUNDAY, October 2, 2016
Procession – 3 PM
Beginning at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Procession down Vanderbilt Avenue to Pacific Street

 Mass – 4 PM
Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph
856 Pacific Street
BETWEEN VANDERBILT AND UNDERHILL AVENUES
PROSPECT HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN

 On Sunday, October 2, 2016, Italian Catholics will gather together as one community in prayerful remembrance of all the victims of the earthquakes in Italy that took place one month ago. The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will join over two thousand members of the Italian community living in Brooklyn and Queens for a procession and Mass. These community members represent Italian churches, religious clubs and social organizations, all under the umbrella of the Italian Apostolate, which is responsible for ensuring the spiritual needs of Italian immigrants living in Brooklyn and Queens. Read more »

Jesus Statue Damaged Outside Brooklyn Church

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 13, 2016

A “Sacred Heart of Jesus” statue was damaged outside of Saints Peter and Paul Rectory in Williamsburg. Video (click here) shows 3 people approach the statue after 4:30 am on Sunday, September 11, 2016. A man touches his hand to the statue’s hand and then pulls the statue forward, apparently trying to kiss its forehead. He and the group then run off. The police have been contacted.

This is the third time since 2012 that a “Sacred Heart of Jesus” statue outside Saints Peter and Paul rectory has been stolen and/or damaged. Read more »