Bishop Robert Brennan will begin Holy Week with a special Palm Sunday Procession in Spanish beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. After an opening prayer and blessing, Bishop Brennan will lead the pilgrims in procession at approximately 12:45 p.m. with their blessed palms down Vanderbilt Avenue to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street.
Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, where those who greeted Jesus waved palms and set them on the ground along His path. Palms are recognized as a symbol of victory and peace.
Bishop Brennan will be joined by Father Christopher Heanue, the Rector of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. Following the procession, Bishop Brennan will celebrate the 1:30 p.m. Spanish Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.
Members of the media are invited to attend and are encouraged to confirm their attendance.
The Palm Sunday Procession will be aired live on the Brooklyn Diocesan Cable Channel, NET-TV, available on Channel 97 (Spectrum), Channel 30 (Optimum), and Channel 548 (Fios).
A clean pool feed of the procession can be found on NY POOL 1 at The Switch from noon to 4 PM EDT on Sunday 4/2.
Bishop Robert Brennan of the Diocese of Brooklyn, in partnership with Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York and Bishop John Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, invites Catholics to confession on Reconciliation Monday, which will be held this year on Monday, April 3. Churches in the two dioceses and the archdiocese will be open for Catholics to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation in advance of Easter.
Every church within the Diocese of Brooklyn will have a priest available for walk-in confessions from 2 PM to 4 PM, and from 6 PM to 9 PM. The scheduled times are the same in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Reconciliation Monday allows the faithful an opportunity to confess their sins in anonymity, as they can go to a parish different from their own.
“Reconciliation Monday is an opportunity to experience the healing power of our Lord. The call to reconciliation before Easter is a powerful one, as we come before the Lord to ask for His mercy and His peace. I encourage many to take the time to confess their sins, so they can prepare for our Lord’s Resurrection free of burdens,” said Bishop Robert Brennan.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2023
BISHOP BRENNAN GIVES DISPENSATION FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Bishop Robert Brennan of the Diocese of Brooklyn has issued a dispensation from the Lenten obligation to abstain from eating meat for this Friday, March 17, 2023, which is St. Patrick’s Day. In granting the dispensation, Bishop Brennan acknowledges the day honors St. Patrick, who brought Catholicism to Ireland and celebrates the many Irish immigrants who brought the faith to the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens.
“I am pleased to grant this dispensation for this Friday of Lent only, so that celebrations of St. Patrick can be fully enjoyed by the faithful of the Diocese, or those who find themselves in Brooklyn and Queens commemorating the day. During this Holy season of Lent, I ask those who do utilize this dispensation to perform a work of charity as an alternative,” said Bishop Robert Brennan.
Lent is the 40-day season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes at sundown on Holy Thursday. Catholics abstain from eating meat on all Fridays during the Lenten Season, as well as on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.