Diocese of Brooklyn Easter Vigil & Easter Sunday Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2019

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Today, Holy Saturday, the Church commemorates the time Jesus spent in the tomb. Then, after sunset, Easter Vigil Services throughout Brooklyn and Queens will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Services will begin in the dark and dramatically light up to symbolize the Risen Lord.

This year, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate the Easter Vigil at 8 p.m. at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, located at 140-10 34th Avenue in Flushing, Queens. During the Mass, 56 people will receive the Sacraments of Initiation; 51 will receive Baptism, Confirmation, and Communion; two will receive Confirmation and Communion and three children will be baptized.

On Easter Sunday, April 21, churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens will continue to celebrate the Resurrection. Bishop DiMarzio will be the principal celebrant at Easter Sunday Mass at Noon at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph located at 856 Pacific Street in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

For more information on Holy Week events throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn, visit: https://thetablet.org/holyweek/

 

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Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to Celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. James

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2019

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UPDATE:  Tonight’s Holy Thursday Mass celebrated by Bishop DiMarzio included the Washing of the Feet of 12 Diocese of Brooklyn parishioners, including a victim-survivor of clergy sexual abuse.
Video from the Mass and stills below.
Video: https://vimeo.com/331344231

Stills: https://vimeo.com/331345825  

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate Holy Thursday’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper tomorrow, Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, 250 Cathedral Place in Downtown Brooklyn.

Holy Thursday Mass commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and includes the Washing of the Feet. Bishop DiMarzio will wash the feet of 12 Diocese of Brooklyn parishioners, imitating Jesus washing the feet of the 12 Apostles at the Last Supper.

Members of the media are invited to attend. To RSVP, please send an email to arodriguez@desalesmedia.org.

 

 

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THOUSANDS OF CATHOLICS IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS TO TAKE PART IN NUMEROUS PROCESSIONS TO MARK GOOD FRIDAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2019

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The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will take part in the Good Friday “Way of the Cross Over the Brooklyn Bridge,” Prayer and Procession beginning at
10 a.m. tomorrow, April 19, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, 250 Cathedral Place in Downtown Brooklyn.

Bishop DiMarzio will offer a reflection at the first Station of the Cross at St. James. He will then lead the group to the Brooklyn Bridge. The faithful will then process over the Brooklyn Bridge to Ground Zero, symbolically walking the path of Jesus toward His Crucifixion. Along the way, the marchers will stop and pray the Stations of the Cross. The apostolic group Communion and Liberation is sponsoring the prayer and procession.

At 3:00 p.m. Bishop DiMarzio will be in Ridgewood, Queens, to preside over the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord in English at Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal located at 62-81 60th Place. At 6:15 p.m. the Bishop will lead an Italian procession in the streets of Ridgewood, beginning at the parish hall on Bleecker street. At 8 p.m. the procession will return to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church for the Liturgy of the Word and Veneration of the Cross in Italian.

Other large processions marking the day Jesus died on the Cross will take place across the diocese in Brooklyn and Queens including: 2 p.m. in Corona, Queens

Thousands of Catholics will take part in a Procession and Good Friday Liturgy beginning at Our Lady of Sorrows, 104-11 37th Avenue. 7:30 p.m. in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Thousands of Catholics will take part in the Way of the Cross Procession through the streets. The faithful will carry crosses and statues, symbolizing Jesus’ walk to his Crucifixion. Along the journey, participants will pray in Italian.

The procession begins on 66th Street between 18th and 19th Avenues. The walk will end at Our Lady of Guadalupe, located at 15th Avenue and 72nd Street.

For more information on Holy Week events throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn, visit: https://thetablet.org/holyweek/

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Statement by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on the Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2019

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Statement by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on the Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has issued the following statement regarding the fire that engulfed the Notre-Dame Cathedral:

 

“As Catholics throughout the world are observing the Holiest week of the year, our hearts are heavy as we watched the catastrophic fire that engulfed the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

 

Notre-Dame has been an iconic house of worship for over 850 years and a prayer destination for faithful Catholics of Paris and from around the world.

 

I first saw the beautiful cathedral when I was 14 years old on a Boy Scout pilgrimage to Europe.  I was born in Newark, New Jersey and lived across the street from its Sacred Heart Cathedral.  I personally feel sorrow that a cathedral, a great place of prayer and pilgrimage, was so severely damaged.

 

We give thanks to God for the firefighters who so bravely battled the devastating fire. And we look toward the future as this great Cathedral of Notre-Dame is rebuilt.”

DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MARKS HOLY WEEK WITH NUMEROUS SERVICES IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2019

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MARKS HOLY WEEK

WITH NUMEROUS SERVICES IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will lead the Catholics of Brooklyn and Queens in numerous services during this Holy Week, to celebrate the essence of our faith – the Passion, Death and, Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Tonight, the Chrism Mass will be held at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. During this Mass, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., Bishop DiMarzio will lead hundreds of priests and deacons in renewing their promises of service to the Church. The Bishop will also bless the oils that will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn during the year ahead.

On Holy Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m., Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist. The Mass will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James at 250 Cathedral Place in Downtown Brooklyn.

On Good Friday, April 19, there will be several large events to commemorate the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ on the cross. The apostolic group Communion and Liberation will sponsor an outdoor procession, “Way of the Cross Over the Brooklyn Bridge” that begins at 10 a.m. with Bishop DiMarzio offering an opening prayer and reflection at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, at 250 Cathedral Place in Downtown Brooklyn. The group will process over the Brooklyn Bridge to Ground Zero, symbolically walking the path of Jesus toward His Crucifixion. Along the way, the marchers will stop and pray the Stations of the Cross.

At 3:00 p.m. Bishop DiMarzio will preside over the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord in English at Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal located at 62-81 60th Place in Ridgewood, Queens. Later that evening, the Bishop will lead the procession with the Italian community in the streets of Ridgewood. At 8 p.m. the procession will return to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church for the Liturgy of the Word and Veneration of the Cross in Italian.

On Holy Saturday, April 20, the Church commemorates the time Jesus spent in the tomb. Then, after sunset, Easter Vigil Services throughout Brooklyn and Queens will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the most important liturgy of the year. Services will begin in the dark and dramatically light up to symbolize the Risen Lord. This year, Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Easter Vigil at 8 p.m. at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church located at 140-10 34th Avenue in Flushing, Queens.

On Easter Sunday, April 21, churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens will continue to celebrate the Resurrection. Bishop DiMarzio will be the main celebrant at Easter Sunday Mass at Noon at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph located at 856 Pacific Street in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

DECREE OF RELEGATION-ST. ROCCO

NICHOLAS DiMARZIO
By the Grace of God and of the Aposcolic See
BISHOP OF BROOKLYN

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DECREE

 

I, the undersigned Bishop of Brooklyn, decree that the Church of Saint Rocco, located at 216 27th Street in the Borough of Brooklyn, which is within the territory of the Parish  of Saint John the Evangelist is hereby RELEGATED TO THE PROFANE BUT NOT SORDID USE according to the provisions of Can. 1222 §2.

 

After a careful consideration of the pastoral and financial needs, a determination was reached that the cost of maintaining Saint Rocco as an additional worship site was prohibitive to both the Parish of Saint  John  the Evangelist as well as to the Diocese  of Brooklyn,  especially in light of the significant financial hardship being experienced by both entities.

 

Taking into consideration  the needs of the entire Diocese  of Brooklyn, especially in light of the shortage  of priests  available  for  ministry  as well  as the significant  financial  burden  that this structure is imposing on the Parish  of Saint John the Evangelist and in view of the current demographical shifts that have resulted in a diminished number of faithful in the surrounding area, I have decided to permanently relegate this space to the profane but not sordid use.

 

Reverend Kenneth J. Grande wrote to request that the Church of Saint Rocco be relegated from the sacred to profane. Prior to the issuance of this decree and in keeping with the universal norms of the Roman Catholic Church, after consultation with parishioners as well as the Episcopal Vicar for Brooklyn, the Reverend Monsignor Joseph Grimaldi,  and after having definitely determined that the care of souls would not suffer because of this decision due to the close proximity of the parish church, I consented to this reduction.

 

After having determined that no other parties can legitimately claim rights for themselves in the Church  of Sai.nt  Rocco,  I presented  this matter for consultation  to the Diocesan  Presbyteral Council  on Tuesday, March  5, 2019.  Having considered the matter carefully, the Council overwhelmingly supported my decision to relegate this structure.

 

Therefore,  having  carefully  followed  the  provision  set  forth  in  Can.  1222  §2  and  having determined with moral certitude that the care of souls would suffer no determent,  I declare that this decree will take effect thirty days (30) after its publication and that by virtue of the same the Church of Saint Rocco will no longer be used for divine worship. In addition, I order that any sacred furnishing and artwork, which the Parish of Saint John the Evangelist does not retain for its own use, be disposed of in a manner befitting their character and the known intentions of any donor. Furthermore, in addition to the usual requirements of law for the valid and licit alienation by the parish of the property concerned, the sale of the church is subject to my approval as being constant with the requirements of Can. 1222 §2.

 

Given in Brooklyn, New York, this 9th day of April in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Nineteen.

 

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