St. Athanasius and NET TV Stay Up All Night for Canonization

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Matt Kozar from ABC 7 was one of many reporters who visited St. Athanasius for the canonization.

April 30, 2014 – Catholics across New York watched the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII on NET TV in the wee hours of April 27th.

One major gathering on Sunday was at St. Athanasius in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where the festivities included an overnight viewing, music and prayer, and concluded with a 10 AM mass.

Several major news outlets covered the celebration at St. Athanasius, including News12, Fox 5, NY1, ABC 7 and The New York Times.

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Watch the Canonization on NET TV

NET TV will feature special programming all day on Sunday, April 27:

  • 3:30 AM ET: Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, live from St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • 7-10:00 AM: Encore presentation of the Canonization Mass.
  • 11:45-3 PM and 7-10:30 PM: Expanded coverage with Liz Faublas, anchor of Currents.

Click here to watch more Canonization videos from NET TV and Currents.
Click here to browse photos from our NET TV team reporting from Rome.
Click here for a schedule of special Canonization events in Brooklyn and Queens this weekend.

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Register for the Second Annual Young Adult Day of Reflection

April 22, 2014 – Young adults (21-39) are invited to join a day of reflection on May 10 at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY.

The second annual Young Adult Day of Reflection is only $10, which includes lunch, and will go from 10AM to 4PM. Fr. Fred Marano will lead the event, in which young Catholic adults will have an opportunity to explore their faith with their peers.

You can register here, and driving directions are here. For more information, contact Paul Morisi at 718-965-7300 ext. 5556 or

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio Holy Week Schedule Announced

The Holy Week Schedule for the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, was announced today.

Today, Holy Thursday, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s
Supper at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi-St. Blaise, located at 319 Maple Street, in
Prospect Lefferts Gardens, at 7:30 p.m. Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the
Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the
priesthood. The service also stresses the importance Jesus puts on the humility of service. The
cleansing of the apostles feet with water, prefigures baptism.

On Good Friday, Bishop DiMarzio will be joined by Cardinal Timothy Dolan to offer prayers
at St. James Cathedral Basilica, located at 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown Brooklyn, at 10
a.m. This will be followed by a cross procession across the Brooklyn Bridge, sponsored by
Communion and Liberation.

At 12 p.m., there will be a Meditation on the Seven Last Words of Christ, followed by the
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death, at 3 p.m.

That evening, an outdoor Good Friday Service will be officiated by Bishop DiMarzio starting
at 6:30 p.m. at St. Pancras Church, located at 7222 68th Street in Glendale, Queens, and will
end at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, located in 62-81 60th Place in Ridgewood, Queens.

Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate Easter Vigil on April 19th at the Church of the Transfiguration,
located at 263 Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg, at 8 p.m. He will baptize four and thirteen will
be fully initiated into the Catholic Church.

Also during this Easter, the Diocese of Brooklyn will welcome a total of 1,136 new Catholics:
580 will be baptized, 41 will receive full communion and 515 will complete their initiation.

Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate Easter Sunday on April 20th with a service at the Metropolitan
Detention Center in Brooklyn, at 8:30 a.m. This event is closed to press, however, all the other
services are open.

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Statement of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School



Despite the best efforts and diligent work of the Board of Directors and Faculty of Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School, the school was faced with what became insurmountable challenges. On April 13th, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to close the school at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Diocese of Brooklyn is committed to assisting the Board of Directors in placing students in the schools of their choice.

This Holy Week, the Bishop Ford Community has a share in the passion of Christ. Our Easter celebration is a reminder that despite suffering, the darkness never overcomes the light.

Stefanie Gutierrez


CTN’s Focus School Program Going Strong and Looking to Grow

Christy Johnson CTNApril 14, 2014 – In my role as the Instructional Media Specialist with Catholic Telemedia Network (CTN), I have had the opportunity to spend a great amount of time in the diocesan schools. The teachers and administrators I have met throughout my school visits have been very warm and welcoming. I cannot speak highly enough of the faculty members teaching in the diocesan schools. They are full of energy and eager to implement new and engaging strategies and techniques into their lessons.

CTN implemented a new initiative, the Focus School Program, this school year. Focus Schools are chosen to receive tailored attention from CTN. These schools are active users of technology and are eager to implement digital learning, aligned with the Common Core, into their lesson and unit plans. Focus School teachers receive one-on-one support from CTN in the use and integration of our three instructional media services: Learn360, Espresso, and Mathletics. These services contain content aligned with the Common Core and engaging activities for students in grades PreK-8. New schools will be inducted into the Focus School program as it continues beyond this year.

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Bishop DiMarzio Reaffirms Diocesan Stance on Alleged Apparitions of ‘Bayside Movement’

April 9, 2014 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has issued a statement on the “alleged visions” of Veronica Lueken, a resident of Bayside, Queens, who claimed that the Virgin Mary appeared to her numerous times between 1970 and her death in 1995.

Bishop DiMarzio said that Lueken’s followers have defied Bishop Francis Mugavero, who rejected Lueken’s claims in 1986, and were causing “confusion and division among a number of the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens and beyond.” Bishop DiMarzio went on to say that the “supposed visions completely lack credibility” and “contain serious theological errors.”

The complete statement is available here.