Statement from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on stabbing attack at rabbi’s home

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 29, 2019

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Statement from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

on stabbing attack at rabbi’s home

 

Our hearts go out to the victims in last night’s horrifying stabbing attack inside the home of a rabbi in Monsey, New York.

This past week, which should have been a holy celebration of lights, has been marked with tragedy and violence against our Jewish brothers and sisters. We also remember the recent attacks at a Jersey City kosher market that left three dead.

The Catholic community of Brooklyn and Queens stands with members of all faiths in condemning these anti-Semitic attacks against people of faith. Hate like this has no place in a civil society.

Today we are reminded it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. Let us be that light as we pray for peace and practice tolerance today and always.

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CHURCHES OPEN FOR CONFESSION ON RECONCILIATION MONDAY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2019

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CHURCHES OPEN FOR CONFESSION ON RECONCILIATION MONDAY

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, in partnership with Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York, is reminding all New York Catholics that tomorrow, December 16th, the Monday before Christmas, is Reconciliation Monday.

This year locally, the theme of Reconciliation Monday is “Prepare Your Heart for Christmas.”From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., parishes throughout the diocese and archdiocese will be open for walk-in confessions. The goal of Reconciliation Monday is to encourage Catholics to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Christmas.

Reconciliation Monday also allows the faithful to confess their sins in anonymity. “One of the advantages is that you do not have to go to your own parish, as you can go to another Church and be unknown if there is some embarrassment in knowing the priest who will hear your confession. This is the time when the priest is merely an instrument of God’s grace and that the real absolver is Jesus Christ, Himself,” said Bishop DiMarzio.

To find a parish near you in Brooklyn or Queens, go to dioceseofbrooklyn.org/parishes/locator

THOUSANDS OF CATHOLICS JOIN BISHOP DIMARZIO IN HONORING OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2019

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THOUSANDS OF CATHOLICS ATTEND MASS IN HONOR OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

          The Diocese of Brooklyn officially marked the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe this afternoon at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street, in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, followed by the traditional torch walk to 39 Catholic Churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

At noon, the Mass was celebrated in Spanish by the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, and concelebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros and more than 20 priests. Following Mass, Bishop DiMarzio blessed and lit 39 torches of the faithful.

More than 2,000 participants attended Mass and took part in pilgrimages to participating parishes throughout Brooklyn and Queens. The group of Catholics in attendance was representative of the Mexican-Catholic population of Brooklyn and Queens. There are more than 175,000 Mexicans living in the Diocese of Brooklyn. This event was organized by Reverend Jorge Ortiz-Garay, Director of the Mexican Apostolate.

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***VIDEO UPDATE***17,000 RED LIGHTS TO LIGHT UP BROOKLYN CHRISTMAS TREE IN HONOR OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2019

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17,000 RED LIGHTS TO SHINE ON GRAND ARMY PLAZA CHRISTMAS TREE TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS

 

The DeSales Media Group, along with the Diocese of Brooklyn and Aid to the Church in Need, will officially light the 2019 Diocesan Christmas tree at a ceremony tomorrow, Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 5 p.m., in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch located at 20 Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.

The ceremony will include spiritual reflection and song, a candle lighting vigil and moment of silence, and a special performance by the St. Saviour’s High School Gospel Choir.

Emmy-Award Winning TV News Journalist Kelly Wright will serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. Ben Harney, 1982 Tony-Award winner for his performance as Curtis Taylor, Jr. in Dream Girls, will recite Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Christmas Bells poem.

The 32-foot Christmas tree has been decorated in approximately 17,000 red lights and 2,500 red bows to honor the memory of Christians who have been victimized for their beliefs.

According to Open Doors USA, in the top 50 World Watch List countries alone, 245 million Christians experience high levels of persecution for their choice to follow Christ. That is 1 in 9 Christians who are suffering for their beliefs.

The tree will remain lit throughout the Christmas season, bringing awareness to the plight of persecuted Christians throughout the world.

Members of the media are welcome to attend.

PEACE LIGHT ARRIVES IN NEW YORK CITY FROM BETHLEHEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2019

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PEACE LIGHT ARRIVES IN NEW YORK CITY FROM BETHLEHEM

The Catholic Committee on Scouting of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens hosted the Peace Light Arrival Ceremony & First Transfer in the USA at Our Lady of the Skies Chapel, located in Terminal 4 of JFK International Airport, this weekend. The Peace Light arrived on Austrian Airlines Flight #87.

The Peace Light was first brought to Ground Zero in New York in 2001 by Canadian Scouts. In 2002, DHL delivered the Peace Light as a gift from Belgian Scouts and Guides to the Boy Scouts of America in NY. In 2003 the light didn’t make it to the U.S., however, members of the Brooklyn Diocesan Scouting Committee had kept the 2002 Peace Light burning and spread that around the diocese. Since then, Austrian Airlines has continued to bring the Peace Light to the United States each year since.

The Peace Light flies from Vienna in two explosion-proof, British mining lamps, fueled by smokeless paraffin oil. Representatives from many Boy Scout and Girl Scout councils from across the tri-state area and the country were on hand for the service. The candles lit by the Peace Candle will now be brought to houses of worship, hospital, senior citizen homes, homeless shelters, prisons, and other locations in many different cities and towns.

Each year, a Scout from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is then flown to Austria and from there it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations who take it back, with a message of peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services.

Photos attached.

Peace Light 2020Peace Light 2020 BlessingCollection of Lanterns

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IRISH TENORS “SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS CONCERT” TO BENEFIT CATHOLIC EDUCATION

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2019

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IRISH TENORS “SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS CONCERT” TO BENEFIT CATHOLIC EDUCATION

The Diocese of Brooklyn has announced details of the 2019 Spirit of Christmas Concert, benefitting the Futures in Education scholarship fund, will feature the Irish Tenors, Ronan Tynan, Declan Kelly, and Anthony Kearns.

 

The concert will take place on Tuesday, December 17, at 8 p.m., in the Howard Gilman Opera House at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, located at 30 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene.

 

The goal of Futures in Education is to ensure the gift of Catholic education continues to be a viable option for current and future generations of deserving students in Brooklyn and Queens. Through the generosity of donors, the scholarship fund annually supports more than 4,500 of the neediest students enrolled in Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens.    

 

For more information on the event, and to purchase tickets, please call 718-965-7934 or visit https://futuresineducation.org/events/spiritofchristmas/

 

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A photo of the Irish Tenors is attached.

 

“KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS” STUDENT ART CONTEST SEEKS FAITH THROUGH ART IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2019

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“KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS” STUDENT ART CONTEST SEEKS FAITH THROUGH ART IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS

 

The Tablet, the newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn, along with the Archbishop John Hughes Council of the Knights of Columbus located in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn, again will sponsor the “Keep Christ in Christmas” art contest this year, for students in grades 1-12, residing in Brooklyn and Queens.

 

The 2019 contest is encouraging students to express their faith through art by connecting the “Keep Christ in Christmas” theme with Deuteronomy Chapter 10: Verses 17-19: “For the Lord, your God, is the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who has no favorites, accepts no bribes, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and loves the resident alien, giving them food and clothing. So you too should love the resident alien, for that is what you were in the land of Egypt.”

 

There are no restrictions on size or art materials used, but the artwork must be presented in physical form. No video, audio, photocopy or email entry will be accepted. All entries must include the name, grade, school or parish, contact phone number and return mailing address (phone numbers and addresses will not be published). All information must be written on the back of the work or is securely attached to the work. Please do not use paper clips.

 

Entries are to be submitted to the: Keep Christ in Christmas Contest, 1712 Tenth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11215. The deadline is Wednesday, December 18 at 5 p.m. The winners will receive prizes and have their works published in The Tablet.

 

 

Bishop DiMarzio Statement on his Apostolic Visitation in Buffalo

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2019

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Bishop DiMarzio Statement on his Apostolic Visitation in Buffalo

The Bishop of Brooklyn, Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, released this statement in response to his Apostolic Visitation to the Diocese of Buffalo:

“This has been a difficult period in the life of the Church in Buffalo.  Throughout this process, the lay faithful, religious, and clergy were in my prayers.

As part of this Apostolic Visitation to the Buffalo Diocese, we spoke with more than 80 people over a period of several weeks to gather information for this administrative review. It was conducted with urgency as the Holy See directed that this visitation be thorough with the foremost consideration being the good of the people of the Diocese of Buffalo.

What I found are many deeply devoted Catholics who love their Church. I pray this moment of suffering and pain will lead to a birth of new faith.  With the appointment of the Most Reverend Edward Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany, to oversee the Buffalo Diocese, I am confident that Buffalo Catholics are in good hands.

I hope that now Catholics in Buffalo can begin the process of moving forward, healing, and helping the diocese in all of its ministries. We extend a promise of prayer for Bishop Richard Malone, as he moves into the retirement phase of his Episcopal ministry, and for the faithful of Buffalo.”

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