BISHOP DIMARZIO TO BLESS HOLY OILS AT CHRISM MASS

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate the annual Mass of the Chrism at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY. During the Mass, the bishop will bless the oils used for sacramental anointing. He will also lead more than 370 priests and deacons in renewing their promises of service to the Church. The clergy will enter the church in procession at 6:45 p.m.

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ARTIST PAINTS ICONIC SISTINE CHAPEL IMAGE ON BROOKLYN BUILDING AS PART OF EASTER CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGING FORGIVENESS

UPDATE: March 20, 2017 Time lapse video of Michelangelo painting available here:https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/billboard-videos/Work will begin again today at 11am. Artist will come down to street level at 2pm and 5pm for media interviews. Please contact the Diocese of Brooklyn press office (numbers below) if you are interested in an interview.  

UPDATE: March 19, 2017 To accomodate a high level of media interest, Artist Mike Fusco and his team will take time from their work and come down to street level for media interviews at 2pm and 6pm today. If you are interested in an interview please have your crew there and ready at one of these times. Crews are welcome to get pictures and video of the artists working at any time throughout the day.  

UPDATE: March 18, 2017 Work on the mural has been suspended for the day due to inclement weather. Painting will resume tomorrow, March 19, at 11am.  

On Friday, March 17, the brick wall of a Brooklyn building will become an artist’s canvas as he paints a renowned scene from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The project is part of an Easter campaign designed to inspire forgiveness.  One of the world’s most iconic images, Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” will grace 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge at the corner of 81st Street. Artist Mike Fusco will be painting the 20.5 foot by 23-foot billboard and will be available for interviews on site. Read more »

The Passing of Msgr. John J. Brown

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Monsignor John J. Brown, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn ministering as Pastor of Saint. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands. Monsignor Brown was born on February 22, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York, was ordained to the Priesthood on June 25, 1983, and died Friday, March 3, 2017, at Maimonides Medical Center.

Monsignor Brown served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Flatlands), Saint Francis de Sales (Belle Harbor), as an Administrator of Queen of All Saints (Brooklyn), and as Parochial Vicar of Saint Clare (Rosedale) and Saint Joseph (Long Island City). He was appointed Vice-Chancellor, Director of Office for Clergy Personnel, Chairman of the Committee for Long Term Disability Program for Priests and as Dean of the Brooklyn 11 Deanery. On March 10, 1999, he was named Prelate of Honor to His Holiness.

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BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ADDRESSES IMMIGRATION REFORM UNDER CURRENT ADMINISTRATION

In his weekly column Put Out Into The Deep published in The Tablet newspaper, The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn writes about several aspects of immigration reform now facing the United States. Read more »

NET TV TO AIR SPECIAL PROGRAM, “THE TRUTH ABOUT SUICIDE”

Feb. 13, 2017 – More than 44,000 Americans end their own lives each year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. That makes suicide the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  Clearly, suicide touches the lives of so many families and yet, it’s a topic that is rarely discussed candidly.

On Monday, Feb. 13 at 8:30 p.m., NET TV will start airing a special program entitled, The Truth About Suicide.  Currents Anchor Liz Faubles hosts a panel discussion about the pain that leads so many to end their own lives, and how their loved ones can find a path to healing. Her guests include: Read more »

STATEMENT ON FATHER PHILIP J. PIZZO’S MEME ON FACEBOOK

Father Pizzo did share the meme in question on his personal facebook page. He says he intended it as satire only, regrets the offense it has caused, and has deleted it. Suicide is, indeed, a serious subject and this post does not, in any way, represent the view of the church.

Diocese of Brooklyn

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“I apologize for the hurt that I have caused over a Facebook post. I never intended it to get this kind of reaction and I regret posting it. I have been a priest for 40 years and my goal has always been to bring Christ to the people. I am pro-life and any reference to suicide is contrary to my beliefs, therefore, making my post completely inappropriate. Again, please accept my sincerest apology.”

Fr. Philip J. Pizzo
St. Benedict Joseph Labre Parish

PARAMEDICS TRANSPORT MAN WITH GUNSHOT WOUND FROM ST. JOHN CEMETERY IN QUEENS

On Friday, January 27, 2017, officials at St. John’s Cemetery at 80-01 Metropolitan Ave. in Queens, called police around 3 p.m. after a groundskeeper heard a gunshot and noticed an elderly man lying near a gravesite. Police and paramedics soon arrived. The man was transported to the hospital and we do not know his condition. Many of the employees at the cemetery know the man because he visits his late wife’s grave often. We are saddened about happened and are praying for him and his family.

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN PARTICIPATING IN ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE IN WASHINGTON; SPECIAL PROGRAMMING AIRING ON NET TV

On Friday, January 27, 2017, the Diocese of Brooklyn is joining the 44th annual March for Life Rally in Washington, D.C. Parishioners, students, youth ministry groups, and clergy from Brooklyn and Queens are in the National Mall for the rally that begins at noon.

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BROOKLYN CHURCH DEFACED WITH HATEFUL MESSAGE (PICTURE INCLUDED)

Brazen vandals attacked the exterior of Sacred Hearts – St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church located at 108 Carroll St. in Carroll Gardens on Sunday morning, Jan. 22, while parishioners were inside celebrating mass. Read more »