Williamsburg Food Festival

This Sunday, October 4th, the Williamsburg Food Festival will be taking place rain or shine! Join us as we celebrate The Feast of St. Francis at the San Damiano Mission on Nassau Street at the former church of The Holy Family. The 2nd annual food festival is from 12:00pm-8:00pm.

There will be The Blessing of Animals, before and after our 2PM Mass. Please consider joining us for mass and staying for the Food Festival!

Read all about the new Franciscan Mission in Williamsburg in The Tablet article, Franciscans Reach Out to B’klyn’s Newest Residents.


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Discussing Latino Catholicisim

St. Joseph’s Seminary and America Magazine have created a partnership in presenting topics of interest to Catholics in and around New York. Last year, we had three lectures, Flannery O’Connor and her writing of Prayer Journal, Catholic Media, and Pope Francis and the Internet.

To kick off the 2015-2016 academic year, we are hosting a lecture on “Discussing Latino Catholicism” with Professor Timothy Matovina, Ph.D. Professor Valerie Torres, Ph.D, will respond, and the lecture will be moderated by Fr. Matt Malone, S.J. The event will take place at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture on October 15, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The Sheen Center is located in Manhattan, 18 Bleecker St.  I am including the flyer which is more detailed on the evening’s event.

For further information, see the flyer below.

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Pope Francis’ Unscripted Address to Youth Gathering

Here is a ZENIT transcription and translation of the address Pope Francis gave this evening in his meeting with young people in Cuba.

“Hope endures suffering, it’s hardworking, it’s fruitful, it gives us work and it saves us from the throwaway culture”

You are standing up and I am sitting. How unmannerly. But you know why I sit down? It’s because I took some notes of some things that our companion here said, and what I want to say is based on these. One word that struck a chord is “dream.” A Latin American writer has said that people have two eyes: one of flesh and another of glass. With the eye of flesh, we see what is before us and with the eye of glass, we see what we dream of. It’s nice, no? In the objectivity of life, the capacity of dreaming has to enter in. A young person who is not capable of dreaming is cloistered in himself, he’s closed in on himself. Sure, a person sometimes dreams of things that are never going to happen. But dream them. Desire them. Seek the horizon. Open yourselves to great things.

I’m not sure if in Cuba they use this word, but in Argentina, we say, Don’t be wimpy. Open yourselves and dream. Dream that the world with you can be different. Dream that if you give the best of yourself, you are going to help this world be different. Don’t forget. Dream. If you get carried away and dream too much and life cuts you off, don’t worry. Dream and share your dreams. Speak about the great things that you want, because inasmuch as your capacity to dream is greater, when life leaves you only half way, you will have gone farther. So, first dream. Read more »

Education Tax Credit Will Help Families and Schools In Need

The Education Tax Credit (ETC) legislation would provide $150 million in additional funds to help families pay tuition. Last year, the ETC came very close to passing into law but came up short in the State Assembly.

To make it a reality, we need even more families, teachers, and staff to make our voice even louder! Go to nystatecatholic.org, click on “Take Action” and make your voice heard! Read more »

200 Teens and Adults from the Diocese to attend the World Meeting of Families

Approximately two hundred teens and adults from the Diocese of Brooklyn with participate in the One Day Pilgrimage to the Eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, sponsored by the Diocesan School of Evangelization On September 23, 2015, four busses will travel from Brooklyn and Queens to Philadelphia for a day of prayer, conversation, meeting, and sharing. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to join over 18,000 people from all over the world who will come together next week to joyfully encounter Christ. There are no additional tickets available for the World Meeting, unfortunately. Read more »

‘Celebrate Spanish Heritage Month’ by Bishop DiMarzio

September 16th, 2015 – Excerpted from Put Out Into the Deep, Bishop DiMarzio’s column in The Tablet:

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 has been declared Hispanic Heritage Month. This celebration began in 1968 as a week-long event, and was made a month-long-celebration under the presidency of Ronald Regan in 1988.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed not only in the United States, but also in Canada and many places in Latin America because this time period coincides with the independence day celebrations of five Latin-American countries on Sept. 15: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile observe their day of independence on, respectively, Sept. 16 and Sept. 18.

Read the full text of the Bishop’s article on The Tablet website.