‘Preach The Story of Salvation’ By Bishop DiMarzio

April 8, 2015 – Excerpted from Put Out Into the Deep, Bishop DiMarzio’s column in The Tablet:

This is the complete text of Bishop DiMarzio’s homily at the Chrism Mass, March 31, at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral, Prospect Heights:

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Tonight, in this Mass of Chrism, we bless the oils used for the administration of the sacraments and recommit ourselves to priestly and diaconal service, which means the service of the Word and the sacraments for the benefit of all of God’s people.

The Gospel tonight of Jesus’s first sermon in the synagogue of Nazareth, ends with the words, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” as at every Eucharist when the word leads us to the sacrament of the living Word, Jesus Christ, who is anointed with the Spirit.

Tonight, I wish to speak to you priests, deacons and religious and lay faithful as preachers and hearers about the sermon or homily.

Read the full text of the Bishop’s column on The Tablet website.

Diocese of Brooklyn Launches Campaign Encouraging Catholics To Return To Confession

In partnership with the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the Diocese of Brooklyn is launching a campaign to promote the Sacrament of Reconciliation during one of the most important seasons for the Catholic Church: Lent. Reconciliation Monday, which this year falls on March 30th, has become an annual event, where every parish in the greater New York City area will be open for confessions.

The advertising initiative targets the diverse population of the greater New York City area and encourages people to return to confession. The series of ads include a young man praying at the steps of a subway stop, and a close-up of a woman with praying hands, and reads “We’re All in Need of Forgiveness” and invites people to confess at any church in the three Catholic dioceses, on March 30th, from 3 p.m. through 9 p.m.

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