Nine Days For Life

“9 Days for Life,” a period of prayer, penance and pilgrimage marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, will take place from Saturday, January 17 – Sunday, January 25.

Each day’s content (available in both English and Spanish) includes a different prayer intention, short reflection, supplementary article, and suggested actions. Download an app or printable version of the novena, or sign up for email or text messages at Content will also be shared via a Facebook event and other social media with the hashtags #9daysforlife and#9díasporlavida.

Catholics are also encouraged to host or participate in local events such as Masses, blessings for pro-life pilgrims, or a parish holy hour for reparation and healing for all affected by abortion.
Bilingual “9 Days for Life” leader resources and additional resources for observing January 22, the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children are also available.

Please consider participating in, implementing and spreading the word about this wonderful plan of action.

Youth Minister Advent Evening Of Prayer

On Thursday, December 18, the Office of Faith Formation will host the Youth Minister Evening of Prayer in observance of Advent. The event takes place at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Brooklyn at 7 PM and all youth ministers are invited to attend.

The presenter for the event is Sr. Celia Deutsch, an American religious sister, academic, educator, writer, and scholar of early Jewish and early Christian literature. She was a professor at Barnard College from 1985-2012 and now serves as a research scholar for the college. Currently she serves as vocation minister for the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion.

Please register by Friday, December 5. There are refreshments to follow the service. For more information, contact Paul Morisi at

Joint Diocesan Jornada Thanksgiving

ThanksgivingYouth 2Join us on Wednesday, November 26 for a Thanksgiving Eve Youth Celebration hosted by the Jornada Movement and the Office of Faith Formation! Fr. Joseph Espaillat II will be the special guest and guest speaker. Join us to celebrate our faith and friendship!

The festivities begin at 7 PM at the Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. For more information, contact Paul Morisi ( or Fr. James Kuroly (

All are welcome, bring a friend!

Important Announcement Regarding Immigration Relief For Undocumented Individuals

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a new policy that will provide an opportunity for certain undocumented immigrants in the United States to apply for a limited form of immigration legal relief. It is estimated that at least tens of thousands of people within the Diocese of Brooklyn will be eligible to apply this new benefit which will include employment authorization and protection from deportation.

In furtherance of our mission to “Welcome the Stranger”, the Diocese of Brooklyn aims to provide reliable information and legal assistance to parishioners and other immigrants in response to the President’s announcement. Catholic Migration Services (CMS) will spearhead our Diocesan-wide effort to bring accessible and affordable services to eligible immigrants under this program. A dedicated hotline has been established at CMS to provide up to date information on this topic. All interested individuals are encouraged to call the hotline at 347 979 9360.

Please be aware that the United States government has not yet established procedures for individuals to get relief under this new program. Therefore, it is important that immigrants beware of advertisements or solicitations which promise legal assistance. Additionally CMS will conduct a special information session on Administrative Immigration Relief at St. Sebastian’s Parish Center located at 39-60 57th St. Woodside, Queens on December 6th at 1:00 PM. All interested Individuals are encouraged to attend.

Finally, please see the attached flyer in English and Spanish which may be used as a parish bulletin insert or to announce the services of CMS in relation to this new policy.

For more information about CMS, please contact our Brooklyn office at 718 236 3000 or the Queens office at 347 472 3500. You can also visit our website at

XLT Night with Ike Ndolo Band

3_XLT_Front_DigitalXLT comes from the word eXaLT and is an amazing night of worship unlike any other! It mixes praise and worship music with a powerful, inspiring, yet challenging witness talk. The main focus is a time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Franciscan University and Life Teen are teaming up to present, for the first time over, the Steubenville NYC youth conference in Summer 2015. But they are getting the party started now with the XLT Fall tour. Everyone is invited.

The first XLT takes place at Most Precious Blood Church in Brooklyn at 8 PM. For more information, you can email Paul Morisi at