Apostolado Mexicano Honrará a la Virgen De Guadalupe Con Tradicional Peregrinación

El Apostolado Mexicano de la Diócesis de Brooklyn llevará a cabo el tradicional peregrinaje Antorcha Guadalupana este viernes 12 de diciembre para conmemorar el Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe.

Monseñor Nicholas DiMarzio, Obispo de Brooklyn, dará inicio a las celebraciones con la Santa Misa, a las 12 p.m. en la Co-Catedral de San José – 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights. La homilía será ofrecida en español por Monseñor Octavio Cisneros, Obispo Auxiliar de Brooklyn. Inmediatamente después de la Misa, los clérigos bendecirán las antorchas que serán encendidas a los pies de la Co-Catedral de San José, para proseguir con la peregrinación a las parroquias participantes de Brooklyn y Queens. Los peregrinos llevarán las antorchas a sus parroquias correspondientes, al son de cánticos y oraciones de amor y paz.

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Mexican Apostolate to Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe With Traditional Torch Pilgrimage

On Friday, December 12, the Mexican Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn will hold a traditional torch pilgrimage commemorating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will start the celebration with Holy Mass at 12 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights. He will be joined by Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros, who will deliver the Spanish homily. Following Mass, the torches will be blessed and lit up on the front steps of the Co-Cathedral before the pilgrimage proceeds to the different participating parishes throughout Brooklyn and Queens. The pilgrims will carry the torches as they sing, pray and spread messages of hope and love on their way back to their parishes.

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Music at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral

mco_logoThe Metro Chamber Orchestra begins it’s twelfth season on October 17 and October 19 with concerts at the Cathedral of St. Joseph as part of the Music at St. Joseph’s series. The concert features an extraordinary array of the finest upcoming classical talent. Canadian violinist Christina Bouey joins Maestro Nuzzo for Mozart’s Concerto No. 5, “The Turkish.” Claude Debussy’s award-winning Lyric Scene, The Prodigal Son, rounds out the program.

The program is free with a free will offering encouraged. Performances will be Friday, October 17 at 8 PM and Sunday, October 19 at 3:30 PM. ALL ARE WELCOME!

For more information, visit metrochamberorchestra.org.

Opera Singers Interpret Ongoing Middle East Conflict at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph

MIA PHOTO 1On Friday, September 26th, the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St. in Prospect Heights, will be home to a new opera series by the vibrant indie company Opera Oggi New York.

Made in America is a set of one-act operas with storyline, text and music by Thomas Lawrence Toscano, founder of the singer-run company. The opera mini-series will bring some of New York City’s most exciting young opera singers to produce what has been described as a truly captivating performance.

The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph invited the independent company to perform Made in America, Episode 1: The Interview. “It is a great initiative. We wanted to help this great group of talented musicians raise awareness on the current crisis of the Middle East. As a welcoming Church, we support all types of artistic expressions that share our same concerns,” said Monsignor Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Rector of the Co-Cathedral.

The opera performance will tell the story of two women: Anat, a Jewish woman living in West Jerusalem, and Alzubra, a Muslim woman converted from a Presbyterian Maryland upbringing now living in East Jerusalem. After meeting, they realize they share a dual tragedy, one with life bonding similarities. As their friendship grows, they discover that they both have lost two young children each to the violence around them. In their grief they decide to create an organization called Mu-Je-Lif, Muslim and Jewish Women for Life. Concerned, but, not overly so, the U.S. Dept. of Defense sends a journalist, a Public Affairs Officer on leave in the Holy Land, to hear their story. What follows, The Interview, transforms all three of them as it unfolds to its deeply powerful conclusion.

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Amid Criticism, a Changing Brooklyn Gets a Second Cathedral

The New York Times has published a piece about the renovation and dedication of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph:

Brooklyn has one more thing that Manhattan does not: two Roman Catholic cathedrals…


The enormous, 102-year-old Church of St. Joseph on Pacific Street in Prospect Heights has been elevated to the status of co-cathedral for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Its rededication followed an $18.5 million renovation and redecoration. St. Joseph now supplements, but does not supplant, the much smaller Cathedral Basilica of St. James on Jay Street downtown.

The liturgical artwork at St. Joseph graphically describes a changing borough. Images of a dark-skinned Mary — Our Lady Queen of Nigeria and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Haiti) — gaze tranquilly down from new ceiling murals above old stained-glass windows memorializing the Irish who built and originally sustained the church.

Read the complete article here.

Bishop DiMarzio Invokes Past and Future in Homily at St. Joseph’s Dedication

St. Josephs Cathedral BrooklynMay 16, 2014 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio touched on the past, present and future of the Church in a wide-ranging homily at the dedication of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph’s on May 13.

He told the story of the 100-year-old cathedral, which had fallen into disrepair before being meticulously restored over the past six years. He spoke about St. Joseph’s special place in the Catholic Church, as “the protector not only of Jesus and Mary but also of Christ’s mystical body, the Church.” Finally, he spoke about the future of the Diocese of Brooklyn and this new cathedral’s place in that future.

“And so, today, we come to re-dedicate this magnificent structure to Joseph as now the Co-Cathedral of Brooklyn and Queens,” Bishop DiMarzio said, “to seek his protection for our Diocese and to enable it also to reveal the mystery of the Church to the world.”

He went on to say that the newly restored St. Joseph’s, located in Prospect Heights,  “will be a central gathering place for our Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens.”

“My prayer is that the Lord will find this a fitting temple to give Him worship, and that all find it a place to encounter our Lord,” he said. “My hope is that this place be a symbol that the Church is not closing. Rather, the Church is growing and alive!”

The complete transcript of his homily is here.

Bishop DiMarzio Will Dedicate Renovated Co-Cathedral on Tuesday Evening

St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral Brooklyn NYMay 7, 2014 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will dedicate the church and consecrate the altar of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, which has undergone an extensive renovation over the past six years, on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30PM.

The church was designed by F. J. Berlenbach, a Brooklyn architect, and was originally dedicated on May 3, 1914. The current renovation has included a new roof; restoring the windows, which are of museum quality; shorter steeples, which were installed to replace those removed in the 1970s because of structural damage; and the restoration of the bell, which has been hoisted into place in one of the steeples.

The ceremony is open to the public. For more information, see this press release.