AUTHOR SPEAKS TO STUDENTS ABOUT USING THEIR VOICE IN A POSITIVE WAY – “WE ARE MISSING INFORMED SPEECH”

The Catholic Telemedia Network (CTN) today hosted international bestselling and award-winning novelist Liza Wiemer, author of “The Assignment” at several Catholic academies in Queens including St. Elizabeth, Divine Mercy, and Our Lady of the Snows.

The book “The Assignment” is based on an actual 2017 event involving two teenagers in Oswego, New York. The students refused a controversial assignment to participate in debating the pros and cons of Hitler’s Final Solution.

Ms. Wiemer led the seventh and eighth-grade students in an important lesson on speaking up against all forms of hatred, bigotry, and injustice. She discussed how her novel helps connect the history of the Holocaust with society today. Ms. Wiemer also talked about the impact of popular culture and social media on all forms of hatred.

Ms. Wiemer’s tour throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn included visits to 10 Catholic schools and academies in Brooklyn and Queens. Each student received a copy of the book.

Catholic Telemedia Network is a service of DeSales Media, which provides technology and communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn and beyond. CTN is collaborating with The New York Education Initiative with the support of The Jewish Education Project.

VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/946741224

Photos attached are from St. Elizabeth and Divine Mercy Catholic Academy.

 

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Liza Wiemer, author of “The Assignment,” talking with students at St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy.
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Students join Principal Jeanne Shannon and author Liza Wiemer for a photo with the award winning book “The Assignment.”
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Students from the 7th and 8th Grade at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Academy pose for a group photo with Liza Wiemer.
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Students at Divine Mercy Catholic Academy also were visited by author Liza Wiemer to discuss respect and tolerance.
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Author Liza Wiemer shows a graphic to the students of how two people made a global difference, and they can be a part of the change they want to see in the world.

AUTHOR TO HOST WORKSHOP ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO STAND AGAINST HATRED AND INJUSTICE

The Catholic Telemedia Network (CTN) will host international bestselling and award-winning novelist Liza Wiemer, author of “The Assignment” tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy located at 94-01 85th Street in the Ozone Park section of Queens.

“The Assignment” is based on an actual event involving two teenagers who refused to participate in a controversial assignment; debating the pros and cons of Hitler’s Final Solution. Each student will receive a copy of the book.

Ms. Wiemer will present a workshop for seventh and eighth-grade students on speaking up against all forms of hatred, bigotry, and injustice. Ms. Wiemer will discuss behind-the-scenes information, research, and how her novel helps connect the history of the Holocaust to society today. She will also share how popular culture and social media impact all forms of hatred.

Members of the media are invited to attend and are asked to reply to this email to confirm their attendance.

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Catholic Telemedia Network is a service of DeSales Media, which provides technology and communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn and beyond.

CTN is collaborating with The New York Education Initiative with the support of The Jewish Education Project. Ms. Wiemer’s tour throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn includes visits to 10 Catholic schools and academies in Brooklyn and Queens.

The cover of Liza Wiemer's book "The Assignment."
The cover of Liza Wiemer’s book “The Assignment.”

Announcement of Death-Reverend Monsignor Richard J. Ahlemeyer

Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Monsignor Richard J. Ahlemeyer, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Monsignor Ahlemeyer was born on July 8, 1950, was ordained to the Priesthood on March 12, 1977, and died on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Monsignor Ahlemeyer served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of the Parishes of Saint Camillus – Saint Virgilius (Rockaway Park) and Saint Pius V (Jamaica); as well as Temporary Administrator of Saint Rose of Lima (Rockaway Beach). He also served as Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Jamaica) and Saint Mary (Long Island City). Monsignor Ahlemeyer was also Dean of the Queens 10 Deanery and a Faculty Member of the Cathedral Preparatory Seminary. On December 19, 2019, Monsignor Ahlemeyer was named Chaplain of His Holiness.

The arrangements are as follows:
WAKE: Saint Virgilius R.C. Church, 16 Noel Road, Broad Channel, New York 11693

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WAKE: Saint Camillus R.C. Church 99-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Rockaway Park, New York 11694
Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

VIGIL: Saint Camillus R.C. Church 99-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park, New York 11694
Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 7:30 PM

FUNERAL: Saint Camillus R.C. Church 99-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park, New York 11694
Thursday, May 16, 2024, 11:00 AM

BURIAL: Saint John Cemetery, Middle Village, New York

Monsignor Ahlemeyer was a member of the Priests’ Purgatorial Society. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. May he rest in the peace of Christ, the Risen Lord. If you wish to send condolences, please mail to The Ahlemeyer Family, c/o Saint Camillus R.C. Church, 99-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park, New York 11694.

Reverend Monsignor Steven J. Aguggia, J.C.L.
Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs

THREE CATHOLIC ACADEMIES IN THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN TO CLOSE AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2024

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s Office of the Superintendent – Catholic School Support Services today announced three Catholic academies, two in Brooklyn and one in Queens, will permanently close at the end of this current school year. The decision to close each of these schools was based on unsustainable trends in enrollment and finances over the last five years.

 The following Catholic academies will not reopen in September:

St. Matthias Catholic Academy in Ridgewood, Queens

Salve Regina Catholic Academy in East New York, Brooklyn

St. Catherine of Genoa ~ St. Therese of Lisieux in Flatbush, Brooklyn

“The difficult decisions to close these schools were reached after a thorough review of the pattern of student enrollment and the financial condition of each academy,” said Deacon Kevin McCormack, Superintendent of Schools. “These three schools, in the midst of this most difficult time, will focus on celebrating their students and preparing them for the next chapter of their education.”

To help students and families affected by these closures transition to nearby Catholic academies, the Diocesan Schools Office has created the following informational website: https://catholicschoolsbq.org/schooltransitioninformation/.

The website provides information regarding upcoming open houses at neighboring schools, information regarding transferring Futures in Education scholarship assistance, and provides contact information to answer questions and address concerns.

All activities and events will continue as planned through the end of this school year. The schools will officially close on August 31, 2024.

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HUNDREDS EXPECTED AT SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER TO GIVE KIDS A CHANCE AT CATHOLIC EDUCATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2024

More than 700 people are expected to attend the 2024 Annual Futures in Education Scholarship Fund Dinner, the foundation’s premiere fundraiser, on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, starting at 6:00 pm, with the awards presentation at 7:00 pm, at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.

David Ushery, NBC 4 New York anchor, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. This year, Futures in Education will honor Salvatore LaRocca, President of Global Partnerships for the NBA, and Donald Gelestino, President and CEO of Champion Elevator Company.

Bishop Robert Brennan will take part in the awards ceremony which includes special recognition of 50 elementary Catholic school teachers throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn. The Xaverian High School Jazz Band will perform during the cocktail hour and dinner.

“The success of this fundraising event is critical to supporting students and families who want a Catholic education but cannot afford the tuition,” said John Notaro, Executive Director of Futures in Education.  “All proceeds raised will directly benefit thousands of students in our schools as we prepare them today to be the leaders of tomorrow.”

This year, Futures in Education has awarded $7.2 million in scholarships to 4,400 students.  Futures in Education was founded in 1989.

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ABOUT THE HONOREES

Salvatore LaRocca, as President of Global Partnerships for the NBA, oversees the commercial partnerships business for the NBA, WNBA, and USA Basketball. Under his direction, NBA merchandise has grown to global distribution in more than 100 countries on six continents, and sales on NBAStore.com have increased by 100 percent. Mr. LaRocca currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of LaSalle Academy, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Sports and Fitness Industry Association and Licensing International.

Donald Gelestino, President and CEO of Champion Elevator Corporation, has been a member of the National Association of Elevator Contractors since 1996 and is a past president (2019-2020). Mr. Gelestino currently serves as a member of numerous boards including Cross County Savings Bank and The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health. He is the current Vice-President of the Rockville Centre Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors of the State University of New York at Old Westbury.

BISHOP BRENNNAN TO RIDE 7 TRAIN WITH HUNDREDS ON WAY TO EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL EVENT AT LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM IN FLUSHING

Friday, April 19, 2024

BISHOP BRENNNAN TO RIDE 7 TRAIN WITH HUNDREDS ON WAY TO EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL EVENT AT LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM IN FLUSHING

Bishop Robert Brennan will lead a group of faithful aboard the 7 train, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Court Square station (23rd Street and Jackson Avenue), on Saturday, April 20, 2024, to the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Eucharistic Revival event taking place at Louis Armstrong Stadium at the USTA National Tennis Center, located at 124-02 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing.

At each of the 7-line train stations on the way to the Stadium, including Queensboro Plaza, 61st Street-Woodside, and 74th Street-Broadway, Catholics from throughout Queens will board the train headed to the Mets-Willets Point station, where all will exit the train with Bishop Brennan and process to the Stadium.

“Thousands of people will unite to celebrate the Catholic Church of Brooklyn and Queens and give praise to our Lord Jesus Christ. This Diocesan Eucharistic Revival is a chance for our faithful to strengthen their hearts and minds and recommit to sharing the Good News by their lives. Louis Armstrong Stadium will be full of people who truly love Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead, and is living among us. The Eucharist is the true presence of Jesus Christ and how powerful it will be as we encounter him together,” said Bishop Robert Brennan.

The gates of the Louis Armstrong Stadium at the USTA National Tennis Center open at 8 a.m.

Catholic singer and songwriter Alverlis will lead more than 6,000 people gathered in praying the Rosary, and in praise and worship, prior to the start of the entrance procession and Holy Mass, led by Bishop Robert Brennan, beginning at 9 a.m.

Worship, music, and multilingual faith-based talks will continue throughout the day.

DeSales Media will make a feed available of the 9:45 Mass on The Switch on NY Pool-1 in HD/SDI 1080i/59.94.

Viewers can also watch the procession and Mass live on NET-TV, the Diocese of Brooklyn’s cable channel. NET-TV can be seen on Spectrum channel 97, Optimum channel 30,Verizon Fios channel 48, or live on www.netny.tv.

Members of the media are invited to attend.

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Press credentials are required for entry into the stadium. Confirmation of attendance is necessary.

 

STATEMENT BY BISHOP ROBERT BRENNAN ON DETERMINED CAUSE OF EASTER SUNDAY FIRE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2024

Bishop Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, has issued the following statement in response to the New York City Fire Department’s announcement of the investigation into the cause of the Easter Sunday fire at Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii, which has officially been declared accidental, caused by a hot object and hot embers:

“I am exceptionally grateful to the men and women of the New York City Fire Department for the skill they showed in fighting this five-alarm fire at Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii on Easter Sunday. Their response prevented any loss of life, or major injuries, and saved the church building from the raging fire that engulfed the rectory and parish center. The respect and love for the Church shown by the members of the FDNY was amazing. 

As a result of this investigation by the FDNY Fire Marshals, the Diocese of Brooklyn plans to work with the FDNY to review fire safety and prevention measures. At all times during Mass, the safety of everyone in attendance is our priority.

This past Sunday, I joined the faithful of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii for their regularly scheduled morning Mass held at their aligned church, All Saints.  As the property lost to fire has been safely secured and is pending demolition, all Masses for the foreseeable future will be held at All Saints.

I continue to pray for those who had to evacuate from their Easter Sunday Mass due to the smoke and flames. I do not doubt God was watching over them and the church.”

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On Sunday, Bishop Brennan led Mass for the parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii at their aligned parish, All Saints Church, where he asked for a round of applause to show the appreciation of the parish for the FDNY and all law enforcement who responded.

All Saints Roman Catholic Church merged with Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii officially as one parish on June 30, 2019.

Video from Sunday’s Mass can be found here: https://vimeo.com/931808803

BISHOP BRENNAN CELEBRATES MASS WITH THOSE FROM CHURCH AFFECTED BY EASTER SUNDAY FIRE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2024

BISHOP BRENNAN CELEBRATES MASS WITH THOSE FROM CHURCH AFFECTED BY EASTER SUNDAY FIRE

Bishop Robert Brennan celebrated Mass for the faithful of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii this morning at All Saints Roman Catholic Church in the East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, because of the damage caused by the Easter Sunday fire.

The 10:30 a.m. Mass is one of the regularly scheduled Sunday Masses at Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii, which has been moved to All Saints, since fire engulfed the parish center and rectory connected to the church. The two parishes were officially merged as one, All Saints-Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii Parish, in June 2019.

“There is something that nothing can destroy, not fire, sorrow, disappointment. That is the love of Jesus Christ. He is the Victor, He is the Conqueror, He is the one who brings joy out of sorrow, goodness out of evil,” said Bishop Robert Brennan.

“What happened 2000 years ago is happening right here. The power of the risen Lord is drawing us together and people have been so wonderful, so courageous, and so consoling to one another,” continued Bishop Brennan.

Before the final blessing, Bishop Brennan spoke to Father Romulo Marin, who was the celebrant of the Easter Sunday Mass that was underway when the fire broke out.  Bishop Brennan commended Father Romulo’s response which helped minimize the damage to the church and saved lives.

Bishop Brennan also praised the response of the Fire Department of New York and all the first responders, acknowledging the great respect and love they showed for the Church as they worked to put the fire out.

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 VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/931808803

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Bishop Brennan with Father Romulo Marin and Father Vincenzo Cardilicchia celebrating the regularly scheduled Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii Mass at All Saints Church.
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A large crowd gathered for Mass with Bishop Robert Brennan at All Saints Church, in the wake of the Easter Fire at Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii.

HUNDREDS BRING EASTER BASKETS TO BE BLESSED THIS HOLY SATURDAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2024

POLISH COMMUNITY BRINGS THEIR EASTER FOOD BASKETS TO BE BLESSED

Diocese of Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop Witold Mroziewski presided over the annual blessing of Easter food baskets this morning at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in the Maspeth section of Queens.

“”It was great to see so many children and families on this Holy Saturday morning, giving thanks to God for their many blessings, and bringing their Easter food to church to be blessed. Easter time is a time of Resurrection. It is a time of Salvation. We are so thankful to Christ Jesus our Lord, for His death and Resurrection. He saved us by His love,” said Bishop Witold Mroziewski.

The blessing of the Easter food baskets is one of the most beloved Holy Saturday Polish traditions. The basket contains a sampling of Easter foods including bread, eggs, ham, and sweets. The custom dates back to the 15th Century.

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Bishop Witold Mroziewsski blessing Easter baskets at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Maspeth, Queens, on Holy Saturday.
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Children gather at the altar at Holy Cross Catholic Church after having their Easter baskets blessed on Holy Saturday.
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Members of the community gathered for the blessing of the Easter Baskets waits for Bishop Witoldf Mroziewski to bless their baskets.
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Hundreds of people attending the Easter basket blessing at Holy Cross Church on March 30, 2024, including this family.

CATHOLIC CHURCHES IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS OPEN FOR CONFESSION MONDAY IN PREPARATION FOR EASTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2024

Bishop Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, is inviting Catholics throughout Brooklyn and Queens to confession on Reconciliation Monday, Monday, March 25, 2024

The goal of Reconciliation Monday, held on the Monday of Holy Week, is to encourage Catholics to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. Most parishes will have a priest available to hear confessions from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“Reconciliation Monday is an opportunity to experience the healing power of our Lord. As we seek to grow closer to the Lord, let us ask our all-loving and merciful God to forgive us of our sins. Let us prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter with a clean heart, free of the burden of our sins,” said Bishop Robert Brennan.

The faithful are invited to visit any parish in Brooklyn and Queens, however times and availability may change based on the parish. For a complete listing of parishes, please visit dioceseofbrooklyn.org/parishes/locator/

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Reconciliation Monday is March 25, 2024.

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