FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2020
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio Urges Support for Victims of Earthquakes in Puerto Rico
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, is announcing his request for a special voluntary collection this weekend, January 18 and 19, at parishes throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens for victims of the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico.
“We have all seen the painful images of the devastation caused by the multiple earthquakes in Puerto Rico. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by this terrible natural disaster. We also must remember that Puerto Rico continues to recover from the devastating effects caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, which affected the infrastructure, health services, education, energy and telecommunications networks on the island,” said The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.
“I ask the Lord to extend His blessings upon our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico during this difficult time. I also thank the faithful people of Brooklyn and Queens for their continued compassion,” concluded Bishop DiMarzio.
The money collected will be sent by the Diocese of Brooklyn for distribution and direct assistance to the Archdiocese of San Juan in Puerto Rico. If someone wishes to write a check for the collection, it should be made payable to the Compostela Fund. For those who wish to mail a donation, it can be sent to: Compostela Fund c/o Diocesan Finance Office, 310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Please write Puerto Rico in the check’s memo section.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 15, 2020
“CURRENTS NEWS”, BROADCAST ON NEW YORK’S CATHOLIC STATION, TO LAUNCH SERIES EXPOSING THE EVIL OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Currents News, which airs weeknights on New York’s Catholic station NET TV, will launch a special series on human trafficking tomorrow, Thursday, January 16, titled “Human Trafficking Exposed” during the news program. The five-part series will examine the silent epidemic unfolding in every corner of the United States and across the globe, which Pope Francis has dubbed modern-day slavery.
The series includes in-depth reporting from the streets of New York, a major epicenter for human trafficking predators. The series will include exclusive interviews with mothers, daughters, and some of society’s most vulnerable victims exploited and abused for profit. Law enforcement experts, Catholic and other religious organizations, and survivors will reveal shocking truths and how they are combatting the crisis.
The schedule for the “Human Trafficking Exposed” series is as follows:
January 16: Part 1 – The Scope of the Crisis
January 23: Part 2 – Survivors Speak
January 30: Part 3 – The Online Threat
February 6: Part 4 – A Global Crisis
February 13: Part 5 – Getting Your Voice Back
Currents News airs weeknights at 7 pm EST on NET-TV in the New York City area on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30), and FIOS (Channel 48). Viewers can also tune in online at www.currentsny.tv. Currents News is produced by the DeSales Media Group.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2020
BROOKLYN CATHOLIC CHURCH ALTAR DESECRATED DURING MASS
Brooklyn – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is releasing the video of a heinous act of religious intolerance which occurred this past weekend, on Sunday, January 12, 2020, during the 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony of Padua, located at 862 Manhattan Avenue in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.
The attached video shows a man walking onto the church altar as Father Jossy Vattothu is celebrating the Mass. The perpetrator poured juice on the altar, desecrating the altar and interrupting the Mass. He also tossed some juice at the priest, staining his garments. The NYPD’s 94th Precinct responded quickly and the suspect, who was detained by church attendees, was arrested.
“During my years as a priest, nothing like this has ever happened. At first, as he approached the altar, I thought he had something to tell me. It is a miracle that the bread and wine were not damaged, and I was able to continue the Mass, consecrating the bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus Christ,” said Father Jossy Vattothu.
“It’s really egregious that somebody would do that at the most sacred part of the Catholic Mass, which is the consecration. I think right now, people are scared given the current environment of anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic incidents. People are afraid to go to their house of worship,” said Monsignor Anthony Hernandez, Chancellor of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
“I pray for this person and do not know what was going through his mind. I am grateful for the parishioners who were so caring and consoled me after Mass. I would urge Catholics who attend mass to sit closer to the altar so that we as a faith community can be more together and make the priest feel more comfortable,” continued Father Vattothu.
Father Jossy Vattothu recently celebrated his 10th year as a priest. He is a priest of the religious order of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate assigned to the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The video can be found at https://vimeo.com/384574133/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 8, 2019
Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Passing of Reverend Joseph Gancila
The Diocese of Brooklyn regrets to announce the passing of Father Joseph Gancila, a priest in active ministry, currently serving as a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Dyker Heights. Father Gancila died on Monday, January 6 at the age of 50.
A vigil mass will be offered tonight, Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, located at 7201-15th Avenue in Brooklyn. The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will be the main celebrant of the mass.
The funeral mass for Father Gancila will be held tomorrow, Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe, with Auxiliary Bishop James Massa serving as the principal celebrant. Monsignor Robert J. Romano, Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, will concelebrate the mass, also with Monsignor Thomas Caserta, Monsignor Andrew Vaccari and Father Christopher Bethge.
Father Joseph A. Gancila was born in Brooklyn and attended the parish school at Regina Pacis and Xaverian High School. Father Gancila was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn on June 2, 2001. In addition to his most current assignment, throughout his career, he served as a parochial vicar at St. Mary Mother of Jesus in Bensonhurst; Sacred Heart in Glendale; Our Lady of Angels in Bay Ridge; and St. Bernadette in Dyker Heights.
Father Gancila is survived by his parents, his sisters and several nieces and nephews.
A South Brooklyn parish is looking for a part time secretary for 25 hours per week (5 hours a day, 5 days a week). Qualifications include:
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite and general computer skills.
- Organization and general office administration skills.
- Customer service and phone skills and an ability to work well with others.
- Spanish language abilities are a plus.
Qualified candidates should email a resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org