PASSING OF Reverend Eugene F. McGovern

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Eugene F. McGovern, retired senior priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, who was in residence at the Bishop Mugavero Residence. Father McGovern was born on July 30, 1929 in Brooklyn, was ordained to the Priesthood on June 2, 1956, and died Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Maimonides Hospital.

Father McGovern served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of St. Aloysius (Ridgewood) and as Parochial Vicar of Blessed Sacrament (Jackson Heights) and Our Lady of Angels (Brooklyn). He served as Assistant Spiritual Director at Cathedral College (Douglaston) and as the Diocesan Sodality Deanery Director of Southwest Brooklyn.

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE:
Leone Funeral Home
696 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11232
Tel: (718) 768-4000

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

VIGIL MASS:
Immaculate Heart of Mary R.C. Church
2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway Brooklyn, New York 11218
Tel: (718) 871-1310

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
7:30 PM

FUNERAL:
Immaculate Heart of Mary R.C. Church
2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway Brooklyn, New York 11218
Tel: (718) 871-1310

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
10:30 AM

BURIAL:
Holy Cross Cemetery Brooklyn, New York

Father McGovern was a member of the Priests’ Purgatorial Society. All priests are invited to concelebrate the Liturgy. Please bring your diocesan vestments. If you wish to send condolences, please mail to his cousin, Ms. Peg Jordan, 84 Fordam Road, South Hampton, New York 11968.

Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. May he rest in the peace of Christ, the Risen Lord.
Reverend Monsignor Anthony Hernandez, J.C.L. Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs

Diocese Christmas Tree Lighting

The Christmas Tree and Nativity Creche are world-wide symbols of the holidays in New York City. This year, the Diocese of Brooklyn’s 2017 Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Monday, December 11th at 4:00 PM at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Join Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and parishioners from all over Brooklyn and Queens for this special occasion. The Diocese of Brooklyn Christmas Tree will be the largest ever erected in Prospect Park at over 35 feet tall and will contain thousands of lights! The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until January 2018.

 

 

Our Lady of Trust STEM Lab

At Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy we premiered our STEM Lab this September. Each grade has access to the STEM Lab which provides problem-based learning for our students. The students are now being given more opportunities to be problem solvers, risk takers, critical thinkers and innovators by taking positions on real world problems. By working through a combination of learning strategies the students discover the nature of a problem, understand the variables involved and gain a perspective viewpoint of those affected. Our faculty and students have been working wonderfully in the STEM Lab and are enjoying their state of the art lab.

 
Quotes about our STEM Lab:

 

Our Pre-Kindergarten teacher believes “our students are becoming star investigators as they use our new hands on STEM Lab to observe, investigate and interpret grade level appropriate scientific curriculum and experimentation.”

One of our 7th Grade students stated “I think the STEM Lab is a great way for students to interact with the world of science and to see it with their own eyes, and interact with the students around

them as well.”

After doing a Heat Transfer an 8th Grade student said “This experience was fun and interesting to me because it helped clarify things since I had the chance to see the chain reaction of certain elements. We were able to see it firsthand instead of reading it in a textbook. When my group saw the ice melt so rapidly we all understood what we were learning in the classroom.”

St. Bernard Catholic Academy Gets a Special Visit

Sr. Elenita Meriz Ocampo, OP, is a member of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena. Sister visited the United States in late October for the ASCD conference held in Florida. While there, she met one of the Diocesan Associates at the conference and in conversation, found they would both be in Brooklyn the following week. Sister asked to visit a school while she was on vacation. Sister is the President of Siena College Quezon City Phillipines, whose community founded the College in 1958 in a rural area of the country. Sister Meriz, Mrs. Roxanna Elder ~District Superintendent and Dr. Elizabeth Frangella~Associate Superintendent visited Mrs. Kathy Buscemi~ Principal and the St. Bernard Catholic Academy community on All Saints Day.

All Saints Day at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Academy

On Wednesday November 1, we celebrated the Saints. They started with a procession around the block. Grades Pre-k 3, Pre-k 4, Kindergarten, grades 1 and 2 all dressed as their chosen saint. Third grade carried a banner of saints they researched in their new STREAM center, Sixth Grade created a Saint book that was presented to Pastor Fr. Tom Leach during Mass. Fifth, sixth and eighth grades dressed up to present their saint reports.

After the procession, they entered Church to celebrate Mass together. During the homily, two students from every grade shared their knowledge of their Saints. As always, their children’s choir, made up of more than 50 students from grades 2-8, enhanced the celebration with song.

It was definitely a joyous celebration that will be remembered!

Official Statement of the Diocese of Brooklyn

The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that James Lara, aka Jaime Lara, who was ordained in 1973 and was in active ministry until his removal in 1992, was dispensed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized by the Holy Father.  This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric.  This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is consistent with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Joseph P. Byrns, who was ordained in 1969 and was in active ministry until his removal in 2002, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that William E. Finger, who was ordained in 1962 and was in active ministry until his departure in 1980, was dispensed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship, which at the time was the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Stephen Placa, who was ordained in 1995 and was in active ministry until his departure in 2002, was dispensed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Thomas O. Morrow, who was ordained in 1971 and was in active ministry until his departure in 1987, was dispensed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Romano J. Ferraro, who was ordained in 1960 and was removed from active ministry in 1988, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Charles M. Mangini, who was ordained in 1968 and was in active ministry until his removal in 1993, was dispensed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Christopher Lee Coleman, who was ordained in 1994 and was in active ministry until his removal in 2011, was dispensed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Robert McConnin, who was ordained in 1973 and was in active ministry until his removal in 2007, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Thomas Nohilly, who was ordained in 1981 and was in active ministry until his removal in 2002, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Barry E. Ryan, who was ordained in 1976 and was in active ministry until his removal in 1994, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Patrick Sexton, who was ordained in 1977 and was in active ministry until his removal in 1990, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Daniel J. Sheehan, who was ordained in 1979 and was in active ministry until his departure in 1998, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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Bishop DiMarzio’s Statement on Texas Massacre

News of yet another mass shooting in our country, this one inside a church, is devastating. To know that men, women, and children, in the midst of prayer and worship, met such violence and pain, is unfathomable. While it is so difficult to understand a tragedy like this, we must not waver in our faith. We must strengthen our prayers. And as we pray for the victims, their families, and for the perpetrator, we should take comfort in knowing that all of those who lost their lives in this tragedy are in God’s Merciful hands.