HUNDREDS TO GATHER IN PRAYER FOR GUATEMALA’S VOLCANO VICTIMS


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June 29, 2018

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HUNDREDS TO GATHER IN PRAYER FOR GUATEMALA’S VOLCANO VICTIMS

Hundreds of Guatemalan Catholics will gather to pray for victims of the Guatemala volcano at a special Mass in Queens on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at 11 am at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 88-19 Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica. The Fuego Volcano’s eruption on June 3rd killed more than a hundred people. Nearly two hundred people are still missing in the country’s worst natural disaster in recent memory.

Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Vicar for Hispanic Concerns, will be the celebrant. The collections taken will go to help the people of Guatemala.

Earlier this month, a few hundred people attended a Mass held in Brooklyn at Saint Finbar Catholic Church to pray for Guatemalan volcano victims.

Reporters interested in covering the Mass should contact Adriana Rodriguez in advance.

DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN TO ORDAIN FIVE MEN TO THE PRIESTHOOD


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2018

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN TO ORDAIN FIVE MEN TO THE PRIESTHOOD

On Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m., the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will ordain five men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn. The ordination Mass will take place at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street in Prospect Heights.

The new priests come from all over the world and will add to the diverse tapestry of the diocese. Two were born in New York to immigrant parents. The others were born in Haiti, Vietnam, and Germany. They range in age from 28 to 41.

The men have varied and rich life experience, which helped them in discerning God’s call to serve the Church. One survived cancer, while another lost his sister in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. One speaks four languages. And all are highly educated, with degrees in Theology, Philosophy, Business, and Political Science.

“As these seminarians journey to their day of Ordination, one can sense the joy that they experience as well as the joy of the Diocese and the Presbyterate that welcome these newly ordained into our ranks,” said Bishop DiMarzio.

The Diocese of Brooklyn, the eighth largest diocese in the United States and the only entirely urban diocese in the Nation, serves the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. The combined population of the boroughs stands at 4.9 million residents, of which more than 1.5 million identify themselves as Catholics.

For photos and full bios, please visit this week’s Tablet.

The Ordination Mass will be broadcast LIVE on NET TV at 11 a.m. EST., and will also be streamed live on www.netny.tv.

NET TV is a cable network featuring news and information with a Catholic point of view. It is available in the New York area on Spectrum, channel 97; Optimum, channel 30; and Verizon Fios, channel 48.

Reporters interested in covering the event should contact Carolyn Erstad or Adriana Rodriguez in advance.

A NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK FOR STUDENTS, PRINCIPALS, AND PRIESTS TO CELEBRATE EXCELLENCE IN CATHOLIC EDUCATION

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 21, 2018

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A NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK FOR STUDENTS, PRINCIPALS, AND PRIESTS
TO CELEBRATE EXCELLENCE IN CATHOLIC EDUCATION



On Monday, June 25th, hundreds of Catholic School students and their families will take over MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, ahead of the Cyclones game for the second annual Catholic School Night.

Priests will face principals in a “Collars vs Scholars” pre-game before school superintendent Tom Chadzutko presents MVP awards to valedictorians and salutatorians of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s K-8 schools. One lucky valedictorian will get to throw out the first pitch.

At 7:00 p.m. the Brooklyn Cyclones will play ball against the Lowell Spinners. Special discounted tickets ($10 for field box seats) are being sold at www.brooklyncyclones.com/dob. Ticket holders will receive a Brooklyn Cyclone’s baseball hat.

The goal of Catholic School Night is to promote Catholic education and to recognize the outstanding work of top students as they end the school year.

Event Schedule

5:45 p.m. – “Collars vs Scholars” softball game
6:30 p.m. – MVP award ceremony
7:00 p.m. – Cyclones vs Spinners 

Reporters interested in covering the event should contact Carolyn Erstad or Adriana Rodriguez in advance.

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An Unholy Separation Policy

An unholy separation policy: Stop pulling families apart now, says the Bishop of Brooklyn
By Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio
New York Daily News, June 19, 2018

For weeks now, we have heard of children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, literally being ripped from their parents’ arms. The images of crying children and distraught parents seem so inhumane that it is hard to believe this is actually happening in the United States of America.

We are beginning to hear more about the detention centers at the border, as reporters and elected officials are now being allowed inside. One individual who was given access said he saw children being kept in what resembled “animal kennels” or cages. Another reported that a baby was taken away while breastfeeding. There have been numerous reports of children being taken away on false pretenses, with no idea when the will be returned to their parents.

It is horrifying to contemplate the psychological damage being perpetrated on these innocent children.

As the Book of Leviticus reminds us“When a foreigner resides with you in your land, you must not oppress him. You must treat the foreigner living among you as native-born and love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God …” (19: 33-34).

The Trump administration says in taking children from parents at the border, it is following a law that already existed, but this is untrue. There is not a law that requires family separation. The President could stop this with a phone call.

The administration also says this zero-tolerance policy acts as a deterrent by sending a message to adults of what could happen if they arrive at our border with their children. But this policy is not reflective of the values of our nation or the morality of its people and should be halted immediately. There must be a compassionate way to enforce immigration laws.

What is more egregious is that the administration is using these children as leverage to enact its nativist agenda in the form of two bills being considered in Congress. Both of those bills would change our nation’s immigration system for the worse. And they are not needed to end the separation of families.

Both bills would include, among other “poison pills,” a reduction in asylum standards, the removal of protections from unaccompanied children, evisceration of the family-based immigration system, the end of the diversity lottery system and an ineffective border wall. In order to end family separation, the bills remove protections for unaccompanied children — what they call “loopholes” — allowing the administration to incarcerate children with their parents in adult jails.

The second bill, forged by the House Republican leadership and dubbed a “compromise,” would provide DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) youth a chance for a green card through a new merit — or points-based — system. But immigration advocates say as many as half of the DACA-eligible youth might not get the chance to obtain one through the new system.

Both of these bills should be voted down. They use the undocumented youth as bait to achieve immigration changes which on their own would never receive majority support. They also would fundamentally alter our legal immigration system, weakening family unity and diversity in the process.

As the U.S. Catholic bishops have stated in the past, addressing the push forces that drive migrants to flee — endemic violence and extreme poverty in their countries — is a more effective and humane solution to forced migration than a border wall. For years, the bishops also have called for comprehensive immigration reform, which should include a path to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants, not just undocumented youth.

But right now our immediate concern should be ending the brutal policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border. President Trump himself has said he “hates” to see children separated, while First Lady Melania Trump opposes the policy, stating that we need to be a country that follows laws, but also a country that governs with heart.

If these statements are sincere, then the President should end this policy and not use vulnerable children as bargaining chips.

I call upon Congress to reject this false bargain and work toward humane immigration reform. What is needed on this vital issue is a true bipartisan effort which reforms our immigration system in a just manner and reflects our history and values as a nation of immigrants.

Congressman Crowley, Gutierrez, and Catholic Migration Services speak out against the inhumane separation of families at the U.S. border

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 19, 2018

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Congressman Crowley, Gutierrez, and Catholic Migration Services speak out against the inhumane separation of families at the U.S. border

Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), Fr. Patrick J. Keating, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Migration Services, and other faith-based leaders will speak out against the human rights violations at our southern border, while hosting an immigration services forum in Corona today, June 19, at 12:30 p.m.

Fr. Patrick J. Keating, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Migration Services said, “It is inhumane to rip children from their parents’ arms; to punish innocent children, just to deter immigration.  We have all seen the images and heard the audio of poor, defenseless children crying for their parents.  There has to be a more just way of dealing with the current immigration crisis. The administration has the authority to stop this immediately so that vulnerable children do not suffer any more psychological trauma.  Surely, all people of good will can agree, that separating innocent children from their parents is not the answer.”

The forum is designed to inform immigrant and community members of the resources available to their families.

WHO
Congressman Joe Crowley, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus
Congressman Luis Gutiérrez
Fr. Patrick J. Keating, Esq., CEO, Catholic Migration Services

WHEN
Tuesday, June 19, at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE
St. Leo’s Church
104-05 49th Ave.
Corona, NY 11372

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HUNDREDS TO GATHER IN PRAYER FOR GUATEMALA’S VOLCANO VICTIMS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 14, 2018

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HUNDREDS TO GATHER IN PRAYER FOR GUATEMALA’S VOLCANO VICTIMS

Hundreds of Guatemalan Catholics will gather to pray for victims of the Guatemala volcano at two special Masses in Brooklyn and Queens. The Fuego Volcano’s eruption on June 3rd killed dozens. Hundreds are still missing in the country’s worst natural disaster in recent memory.

The first Mass will take place on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at 7:30 pm at Saint Finbar Catholic Church, 138 Bay 20th Street, Brooklyn. The second Mass will be celebrated in Queens on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at 11 am at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 88-19 Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica. Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Vicar for Hispanic Concerns, will be the celebrant for both Masses.

The collections taken will go to help the people of Guatemala.

Reporters interested in covering the Masses should contact Carolyn Erstad or Adriana Rodriguez in advance.

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Strands of Inspiration at Sacred Heart in Glendale

With some string, beads, a ruler and devotion to Mary and the church, Emily Faugno set out on a mission. Mrs. Faugno always wanted to help the church. She answered an ad that a group of sisters posted, to teach people how to make rosary beads. “I believe it is very important to pray the rosary” said Mrs. Faugno in a recent interview for the Sacred Heart Catholic Academy newspaper.

Emily has made hundreds of rosaries over the past 20 years for the students and parishioners of Sacred Heart in Glendale, New York.

Mrs. Faugno was recently presented with a card and token of appreciation by the students of SHCA. Emily Faugno will forever be an inspiration and an example of love.

From left to right: Noelle Janello-Ruiz, Emily Clemente, Pastor Fred Marano, Emily Faugno, and Fr. John J. Fullum.