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

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: March 31, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Adriana Rodriguez
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John Quaglione 
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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 the Christian faith – the Passion, Death and, Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

On Holy Thursday, April 1 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 Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

On Good Friday, April 2, at 3 p.m., Bishop DiMarzio will preside over the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord on the cross at The Cathedral Basilica of St. James, located at the corner of Jay Street and Cathedral Place in Downtown Brooklyn. It has been the tradition in many parishes to hold outdoor processions, and the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to maintain social distancing, such celebrations will not take place this year.

On Holy Saturday, April 3, 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. This year, Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Easter Vigil at 7 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

On Easter Sunday, April 4, churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens will continue to celebrate the Resurrection. Bishop DiMarzio will be the main celebrant at Easter Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, located at the intersection of Cathedral Place and Jay Street, in Downtown Brooklyn.

The Diocese of Brooklyn is reminding the faithful planning to attend any Mass this Holy Week, that they must wear a mask, maintain social distancing, sit six feet apart in only the rows designated for seating, receive Holy Communion in the hand, refrain from contact with fellow parishioners during the exchange of the sign of peace, and avoid congregating in the church.

 

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

 

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STATEMENT BY BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ON THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN NEW YORK STATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2021

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STATEMENT BY BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ON THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN NEW YORK STATE

            The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has issued the following statement in response to the New York State Legislature’s approval of a bill legalizing marijuana in New York State, which has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Bishop has consistently voiced his opposition to the legalization of marijuana as part of this current debate and during previous attempts by New York lawmakers.

“It is extremely disappointing that recreational marijuana will soon be legal in the State of New York. The science is clear, and we are ignoring it. Marijuana is a gateway drug that is not good for your health and has the same carcinogenic effects that cigarettes do. With this law, more young people will start to use marijuana because they think they are invincible and nothing will affect them.

This is not a good thing for our society in New York or anywhere else. Recreational marijuana also deadens the senses and does not allow us to perform at our peak. Our faith says we should not do anything to endanger our health and our lives. So clearly, this is a law that would put many Catholics at odds with their moral obligations.

I pray for all New Yorkers, but especially our children and young people, who we are putting in harm’s way with the adoption of this terrible law.”

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STATEMENT BY BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ON THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN NEW YORK STATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Adriana Rodriguez
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John Quaglione 
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STATEMENT BY BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ON THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN NEW YORK STATE

            The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has issued the following statement in response to the New York State Legislature’s approval of a bill legalizing marijuana in New York State, which has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Bishop has consistently voiced his opposition to the legalization of marijuana as part of this current debate and during previous attempts by New York lawmakers.

“It is extremely disappointing that recreational marijuana will soon be legal in the State of New York. The science is clear, and we are ignoring it. Marijuana is a gateway drug that is not good for your health and has the same carcinogenic effects that cigarettes do. With this law, more young people will start to use marijuana because they think they are invincible and nothing will affect them.

This is not a good thing for our society in New York or anywhere else. Recreational marijuana also deadens the senses and does not allow us to perform at our peak. Our faith says we should not do anything to endanger our health and our lives. So clearly, this is a law that would put many Catholics at odds with their moral obligations.

I pray for all New Yorkers, but especially our children and young people, who we are putting in harm’s way with the adoption of this terrible law.”

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QUEENS CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND PARISH WORK TOGETHER TO FEED THEIR NEIGHBORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Adriana Rodriguez
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John Quaglione 
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QUEENS CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND PARISH WORK TOGETHER TO FEED THEIR NEIGHBORS

            Students from The Early Childhood Center at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy, have collected over 2,000 non-perishable items to be donated to a neighboring church food pantry tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. The donated items will be loaded onto the St. John’s University campus ministry van starting at 9 a.m. outside the schools located at 152-24 26th Avenue in the Flushing/Whitestone area of Queens.

The van will then deliver the donated goods to St. Kevin’s Roman Catholic Church, located at 45-21 194th Street in Flushing, at approximately 10 a.m.

The parish pantry at St. Kevin’s is known as “The Market,” and serves an average of 50 families every Wednesday.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, donations to the pantry have declined. The parish has been purchasing food to meet the needs of those they regularly assist.

Tamar Chicavich, a mother of two students at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy, started the food drive as a Lenten service project. Amy Barron is the Principal at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy.

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CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN BRAILLE AS PART OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PROJECT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2021

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Adriana Rodriguez
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CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN BRAILLE AS PART OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PROJECT

            This year, to mark Women’s History Month at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in Gravesend, Brooklyn, the fourth-grade students focused on learning about the life and legacy of Helen Keller. To complete the educational experience, teacher Christine Latona introduced the Braille alphabet to the students. The 19 students were then assigned a project to write their first and last names in Braille using green pigeon peas.

“The objective of teaching students about Helen Keller was to highlight the challenges Helen Keller suffered because of her disabilities. The students learned how difficult it is to communicate and write in Braille. They also learned that no matter how difficult their life is, anything can be accomplished with hard work, dedication and perseverance,” said Ms. Latona.

In addition to the Braille name card projects, currently on display in the hallway outside of the classroom, students were asked to prepare reports “All About Helen Keller.” Through their research, students had to explain why Helen Keller is an important historical figure, the obstacles she faced, the impact she had on the world, and identify interesting facts and characteristic traits about her.

“When my teacher told me we were going to learn about Helen Keller, I became very excited and interested. Her life was fascinating. I couldn’t imagine being like her. We learned that Helen used Braille to read and write, so when we did a project on Braille, it gave me a little experience of what it was like. Helen Keller is an inspiration and interesting person to learn about,” said fourth-grader Isabella Vizcarrondo.

Members of the media are invited to visit Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy to view the student work and for interviews. Attached is a photo of the Helen Keller bulletin board displaying the students’ Braille projects. On-site and virtual interviews can be arranged.

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CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN BRAILLE AS PART OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PROJECT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Adriana Rodriguez
646-241-9805
arodriguez@desalesmedia.org

John Quaglione 
718-576-9180
jquaglione@desalesmedia.org

CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN BRAILLE AS PART OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PROJECT

            This year, to mark Women’s History Month at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in Gravesend, Brooklyn, the fourth-grade students focused on learning about the life and legacy of Helen Keller. To complete the educational experience, teacher Christine Latona introduced the Braille alphabet to the students. The 19 students were then assigned a project to write their first and last names in Braille using green pigeon peas.

“The objective of teaching students about Helen Keller was to highlight the challenges Helen Keller suffered because of her disabilities. The students learned how difficult it is to communicate and write in Braille. They also learned that no matter how difficult their life is, anything can be accomplished with hard work, dedication and perseverance,” said Ms. Latona.

In addition to the Braille name card projects, currently on display in the hallway outside of the classroom, students were asked to prepare reports “All About Helen Keller.” Through their research, students had to explain why Helen Keller is an important historical figure, the obstacles she faced, the impact she had on the world, and identify interesting facts and characteristic traits about her.

“When my teacher told me we were going to learn about Helen Keller, I became very excited and interested. Her life was fascinating. I couldn’t imagine being like her. We learned that Helen used Braille to read and write, so when we did a project on Braille, it gave me a little experience of what it was like. Helen Keller is an inspiration and interesting person to learn about,” said fourth-grader Isabella Vizcarrondo.

Members of the media are invited to visit Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy to view the student work and for interviews. Attached is a photo of the Helen Keller bulletin board displaying the students’ Braille projects. On-site and virtual interviews can be arranged.

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO LEAD MEMORIAL MASS FOR FATHER JORGE ORTIZ-GARAY, THE FIRST CATHOLIC PRIEST TO DIE OF COVID-19 IN THE U.S.

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO LEAD MEMORIAL MASS IN REMEMBRANCE OF FATHER JORGE ORTIZ-GARAY

 

Ortiz-Garay was the first Catholic priest to die of COVID-19 in the United States 

Brooklyn – The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will be the main celebrant at a Mass tomorrow, Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 11 a.m., marking the first anniversary of the death of Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay. Fr. Jorge, as he was called, was the first Catholic priest to have died from the Coronavirus in the United States. He was 49 years old.

Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Mass at St. Brigid Church, located at 409 Linden Boulevard in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where Father Jorge served as Pastor at the time of his death. Father Jorge was also the Diocesan Coordinator of the Ministry to Mexican immigrants. He was ordained to the Priesthood on May 29, 2004, in the Archdiocese of Newark, and was assigned to the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2009, where he served until he passed away.

At the time of his death, Bishop DiMarzio offered reflection saying “Father Jorge was a great missionary among us, especially in establishing the Mexican Apostolate. It is a terrible loss; it is hard to believe. He was so young, so vibrant.”

There will be three additional Masses offered in memory of Fr. Jorge’s life and service to the Church at St. Brigid’s tomorrow. The four Masses were scheduled to accommodate the many people expected to join in remembering Father Jorge while allowing for the necessary social distancing. Originally from Mexico, a Mass will also be said for Father Jorge at Our Lady of Mercy parish in Mexico City tomorrow.

Members of the media are invited to attend and are asked to confirm their attendance. Masks must be worn at all times inside of the Church and social distancing guidelines must be followed.

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What Online Courses Can I Take To Deepen My Faith?

If you wanted to learn more about your faith here are a few suggestions of online courses, you can take.

Got to bqonlineformation.org if you have an account you’ve been to our site and know how to log in. Sometimes your difficulty is deciding on what to take.

Teachers in a parish program or a Catholic school/academy here are our four suggestions. Having an opportunity to learn more of your faith and to be able to hand it down to your students or even your children is valuable.

 

21st Century Lesson Planning for Faith Formation

 

 

In this 21st century, the church is at a critical crossroads in faith formation. Parishes are losing families and faith no longer seems relevant to our youth. Young people are changing rapidly. They are learning differently and living their faith differently. How do we effectively design a person-centered faith experience that engages both the minds and hearts of young Catholics in this complex 21st century? Come with us on the journey and find out!

 

 

Lessons:

Learner-Centered Environment ( 4 lessons)

Thinking Backwards (4 lessons)

Aiming for Change (4 lessons)

Evaluating Success (4 lessons)

Achieving Flow (4 lessons)

Extending your Reach (4 lessons)

Flipped First Exposure (4 lessons)

 

Practical Spirituality for Teachers

 

 

As someone called to be a teacher, it is as a teacher that you will become holy. In this course, Fr. Thomas Dailey from the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales describes how the simple, practical wisdom of St. Francis de Sales can help you to grow in holiness through your vocation as a teacher.

 

 

Salesian Spirituality (3 reflections)

The Devout Life (2 reflections)

Becoming More Prayerful (3 reflections)

Doing the Little Virtues (3 reflections)

Teacher Temptations (3 reflections)

Never-ending Need to Know (2 reflections)

 

Teach Lead Serve

 

 

Teach lead to serve informs teachers as ministers, deepens their understanding of church teaching, and inspires them in their calling to catholic education. There are 15 sessions to these sessions are all relatively short with thought-provoking discussion questions, quotes, articles, and supplemental content. Each session has a video, reflection time, collaboration time, and a review.

 

Spirituality for Teachers and Catechists

 

 

Spirituality for teachers and catechists is an engaging, 5 part course that guides the participant along the road of holiness. The course explores the foundations of spiritual theology while offering concrete applications to help participants grow in their daily prayer life. Each lesson contains high-quality video instruction, interactive activities, and quizzes to apply the knowledge gained throughout each lesson.

 

The Call to Universal Holiness

Growing in the Life of Prayer

Spirituality through the Sacraments

Christ as teacher

Review and Stages of the Interior Life

St. Joseph in the Shadow of the Cross

In previous years, the Secretariat’s Lenten reflection would be a coming together in prayer and fellowship. With so many restrictions in place, and I will add for a good reason, this Lenten season, like all other moments in our lives this past year, had to be different. We hoped when we did our Virtual Advent Reflection in December 2020 that by Lent, we would be able to gather. Not wanting to leave anyone out, we went the route of virtual.

On Friday, March 19, 2021, Our Lenten Reflection premiered on our YouTube channel.  Being that this is the Year of St. Joseph and we purposefully premiered on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, and our theme was “St. Joseph In the Shadow of the Cross.”

Very little is mentioned of St. Joseph in the bible, but no one can deny how important he is and what an important role he played in the life of Jesus Christ. He was a religious and humble man, who like Mary, did not question God’s will, and accept Mary as his wife. With that acceptance, he became a husband and a father. A father to no ordinary child, but a child who would bring salvation to the world.

With the thought of the different languages in our diocese, the stations of the cross and the reflections were a snapshot of our diversity. Bishop Raymond Chappetto’s reflection was in English, Bishop Octavio Cisneros in Spanish, Bishop Witold Mroziewski in Polish, Fr. Peter Bai in Chinese Mandarin, Fr. Cosmas Nzeabalu in Igbo, and Msgr. Joseph Malagreca in Haitian Creole.

Bishop Gregor Mansour’s reflection was in English, but he gave another layer of perspective from the Marion Rite. We hope that you take the opportunity to look into the Marion Rite and see how our similarities and difference still unite us.

Bishop Raymond reflects on the life of St. Joseph: Joseph was a happy man who loved Jesus and Mary so much. He loved with his whole heart. Joseph gives Jesus an example of fatherly love and compassion. Joseph speaks by his actions, not his words. Joseph teaches the church how to depend on God’s love and will.

World Youth Day, take part in this amazing adventure

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

For many years Palm Sunday was a very important day for young people all over the world – it was a World Youth Day on the diocesan level.  Let me share some mentions and news about it.

WYD is a pilgrimage followed by young people from around the world, with the Pope and their bishops. There is an experience of faith, a place of listening to the Word of God, a place of catechesis, mission, testimony, and an experience of the universality of the Church. There is an opportunity to experience the difficulty of pilgrimages (different language, climate, culture, people, as well as housing conditions) but also a joy.

(For more information you can find here –  https://www.lisboa2023.org/en/about .)

The World Youth Day, as you see, is not only a festival, but also a serious spiritual commitment. To be able to gather its fruits, it is necessary to follow a path of preparation under the guidance of your Pastors in the diocese, in the parishes, in the associations, the movements and the ecclesial communities.

 

We must also not forget that WYD takes place in two dimensions – diocesan and worldwide. The diocesan dimension was according to the intention of Saint John Paul II, like every Palm Sunday. The Pope writes: “The V World Youth Day 1990 will be celebrated on Palm Sunday in each of your dioceses. It is precisely the diocesan Church that you must discover. The Church is not an abstract and disembodied reality. On the contrary, it is a very concrete reality: precisely, a diocesan Church gathered around the Bishop, successor of the Apostles. It is also the parish Church that you must discover, its life, its needs and the many communities that exist and work within it. You will bring to this Church the joy and the enthusiasm you have experienced in world-wide encounters like that of Santiago and in the meetings of the movements and associations to which you belong. In this concrete Church, you young people must be living and fruitful branches; you must, that is, be conscious and responsible sharers in its mission. Welcome this Church with all its spiritual riches; welcome it in the person of your Bishops, of the Priests, of the Religious and also of your brothers and sisters in the faith; welcome it with faith and with filial love.” (Message of the St. John Paul II for the 5th World Youth Day).

The message that the Holy Father announces helps us to discover the continuous (linear) character of the next World Youth Days, and the connection between WYD in the diocesan and universal dimensions.

Last year Pope Francis decided to move the local celebrations of the World Youth Day from Palm Sunday to Christ the King Solemnity. Fr. Joao Chagas (head of the youth section of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life) provides an explanation for this change here: https://thetablet.org/new-date-for-local-wyd-suits-needs-of-dioceses-vatican-official-says/.

This year the World Youth Day at the diocesan level will no longer  take place on Palm Sunday, but on the Christ the King Solemnity (21st Nov 2021). The theme of this day announced by Pope Francis is: “Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen.” (cf. Acts 26:16)

Next WYD at the international level is scheduled for 2023, in Lisbon, Portugal. The theme of this day, announced by Pope Francis is: “Mary arose and went with haste. (Lk 1:39)

 

I would like to invite all of you to take part in this amazing adventure!

The first initiative, which I would like to ask you is a prayer on the intention of the World Youth Day. When you are praying for WYD, you are praying for all young people, Pope, bishops, priests – for the Church! Prayer is at the same time the easiest and the most difficult thing for us.

We all see, that many things nowadays are difficult. Some people could say: “Who is thinking about joy, about traveling, about a pilgrimage to Portugal during this time?” But let’s try to look at this situation as a challenge. We know, that “everything is possible to one who has faith” (Mk 9:23) So let us pray together. Please, add this simple prayer to your daily devotions.

 

            This is an official prayer, provided by the Local Organizing Committee in Lisbon:

Our Lady of the Visitation, 

you who left in haste towards the mountain to meet Elizabeth,  

lead us also to meet all those who await us  

to deliver them the living Gospel:  

Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord! 

We will go in a hurry, with no distraction or delay,  

but with readiness and joy.  

We will go peacefully, because those who take Christ take peace,  

and well doing is the best wellbeing.  

Our Lady of the Visitation,  

with your inspiration, this World Youth Day  

will be the mutual celebration of the Christ we take, as You once did.  

Make it a time of testimony and sharing,  

fraternization, and giving thanks,  

each of us looking for the others who always wait.  

With you, we will continue on this path of gathering,  

so that our world will gather as well,  

in fraternity, justice and peace.  

Help us, Our Lady of the Visitation,  

to bring Christ to everyone, obeying the Father, in the love of the Spirit! 

 

 

For more information about WYD Lisbon you can find it here: https://www.lisboa2023.org/en/about

In the upcoming months, the Youth Office will be providing more information about WYD at the diocesan level and international (Lisbon).

If you need any further information, have an idea, wish to share your experience about WYD – please do not hesitate to contact me:

Rev. Emil Parafiniuk: eparafiniuk@diobrook.org