NEW CURRICULUM LESSON CHALLENGES CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS TO EXTRACT THEIR OWN DNA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2021

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NEW CURRICULUM LESSON CHALLENGES CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS TO EXTRACT THEIR OWN DNA

            The students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, located at 111-10 115th Street in the South Ozone Park section of Queens, will have a chance to extract their own DNA as part of a hands-on lesson and activity, this Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 12:45 p.m.

Students will use soap to help dissolve the cell membrane and use salt to break up protein chains that hold nucleic acids together, thus releasing the DNA strands. The challenge is for the students to extract their own DNA which will be floating on top of the solution. The students have already been introduced to Captain Barrington Irving’s Regenerative Medicine Expedition, to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he learned about the role of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).

Students of grades 3, 4, and 5 will be participating in the hands-on activity. The materials to be used as part of this experiment include dish detergent, table salt, rubbing alcohol, food coloring, and plastic cups, along with a number of tools including gloves, a magnifying glass, a wooden craft stick, and a measuring cup.

The lesson is part of The Flying Classroom STEM supplemental curriculum recently incorporated in schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn. Captain Irving, the first Black person to pilot a plane around the world solo, and at the time the youngest, is the founder of The Flying Classroom program.

Members of the media are invited to attend and asked to notify the Diocesan Press Office of their attendance.

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BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO TO CELEBRATE EASTER VIGIL AND EASTER SUNDAY MASS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2021

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BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO TO CELEBRATE EASTER VIGIL AND EASTER SUNDAY MASSES

            The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will be the main celebrant at the Easter Vigil, the most important liturgy of the year, at 7 p.m. tonight, Saturday, April 3, 2021, at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

Bishop DiMarzio will also celebrate Easter Sunday Mass tomorrow, April 4, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, located at the intersection of Cathedral Place and Jay Street, in Downtown Brooklyn.

Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, is the greatest celebration in the Catholic Church, which marks the end of Holy Week. On Easter, Christians celebrate that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, conquering sin and death, granting eternal life to all who believe in Him.

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s cable channel, NET-TV, will air live coverage of both Masses. NET-TV can be seen on Spectrum channel 97, Optimum channel 30, Verizon Fios channel 48, or live on www.netny.tv.

NET-TV will also provide live coverage, from the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, of Easter Mass in Italian at 8:00 a.m., Creole at 9:00 a.m., Spanish at 1:30 p.m., and Polish at 3:00 p.m.

The Diocese of Brooklyn is reminding the faithful planning to attend Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Masses that they must wear a mask, maintain social distancing, sit six feet apart in only the rows designated for seating, receive Holy Communion in the hand, refrain from contact with fellow parishioners during the exchange of the sign of peace, and avoid congregating in the church.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend and asked to notify the Diocesan Press Office of their attendance.

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO MARK GOOD FRIDAY AT BROOKLYN’S ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2021

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO MARK GOOD FRIDAY AT BROOKLYN’S ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will preside over the Solemn Liturgy of The Lord’s Passion at The Cathedral Basilica of St. James, located at the corner of Jay Street and Cathedral Place in Downtown Brooklyn, today, Friday, April 2, 2021, at 3 p.m.

Good Friday commemorates the Crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary.

Members of the media are welcome and asked to send an e-mail to John Quaglione at jquaglione@desalesmedia.org regarding their attendance.

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO LEAD MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER THIS HOLY THURSDAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2021

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO LEAD MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER THIS HOLY THURSDAY

On this Holy Thursday, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will be the main celebrant at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper tonight, Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

The Last Supper established the sacrament of Holy Communion. The Last Supper was the final meal Jesus shared with his Disciples in Jerusalem prior to His arrest and Crucifixion.

Members of the media are welcome and asked to send an e-mail to John Quaglione at jquaglione@desalesmedia.org regarding their attendance.

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MARKS HOLY WEEK WITH NUMEROUS SERVICES IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: March 31, 2021

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MARKS HOLY WEEK WITH NUMEROUS SERVICES IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS

 

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will lead the Catholics of Brooklyn and Queens in numerous services during this Holy Week, to celebrate the essence of the Christian faith – the Passion, Death and, Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

On Holy Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m., Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist. The Mass will be held at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

On Good Friday, April 2, at 3 p.m., Bishop DiMarzio will preside over the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord on the cross at The Cathedral Basilica of St. James, located at the corner of Jay Street and Cathedral Place in Downtown Brooklyn. It has been the tradition in many parishes to hold outdoor processions, and the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to maintain social distancing, such celebrations will not take place this year.

On Holy Saturday, April 3, the Church commemorates the time Jesus spent in the tomb. Then, after sunset, Easter Vigil Services throughout Brooklyn and Queens will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the most important liturgy of the year. This year, Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Easter Vigil at 7 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

On Easter Sunday, April 4, churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens will continue to celebrate the Resurrection. Bishop DiMarzio will be the main celebrant at Easter Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, located at the intersection of Cathedral Place and Jay Street, in Downtown Brooklyn.

The Diocese of Brooklyn is reminding the faithful planning to attend any Mass this Holy Week, that they must wear a mask, maintain social distancing, sit six feet apart in only the rows designated for seating, receive Holy Communion in the hand, refrain from contact with fellow parishioners during the exchange of the sign of peace, and avoid congregating in the church.

 

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

 

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STATEMENT BY BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ON THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN NEW YORK STATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2021

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STATEMENT BY BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ON THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN NEW YORK STATE

            The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has issued the following statement in response to the New York State Legislature’s approval of a bill legalizing marijuana in New York State, which has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Bishop has consistently voiced his opposition to the legalization of marijuana as part of this current debate and during previous attempts by New York lawmakers.

“It is extremely disappointing that recreational marijuana will soon be legal in the State of New York. The science is clear, and we are ignoring it. Marijuana is a gateway drug that is not good for your health and has the same carcinogenic effects that cigarettes do. With this law, more young people will start to use marijuana because they think they are invincible and nothing will affect them.

This is not a good thing for our society in New York or anywhere else. Recreational marijuana also deadens the senses and does not allow us to perform at our peak. Our faith says we should not do anything to endanger our health and our lives. So clearly, this is a law that would put many Catholics at odds with their moral obligations.

I pray for all New Yorkers, but especially our children and young people, who we are putting in harm’s way with the adoption of this terrible law.”

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STATEMENT BY BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ON THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN NEW YORK STATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2021

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STATEMENT BY BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ON THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN NEW YORK STATE

            The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has issued the following statement in response to the New York State Legislature’s approval of a bill legalizing marijuana in New York State, which has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Bishop has consistently voiced his opposition to the legalization of marijuana as part of this current debate and during previous attempts by New York lawmakers.

“It is extremely disappointing that recreational marijuana will soon be legal in the State of New York. The science is clear, and we are ignoring it. Marijuana is a gateway drug that is not good for your health and has the same carcinogenic effects that cigarettes do. With this law, more young people will start to use marijuana because they think they are invincible and nothing will affect them.

This is not a good thing for our society in New York or anywhere else. Recreational marijuana also deadens the senses and does not allow us to perform at our peak. Our faith says we should not do anything to endanger our health and our lives. So clearly, this is a law that would put many Catholics at odds with their moral obligations.

I pray for all New Yorkers, but especially our children and young people, who we are putting in harm’s way with the adoption of this terrible law.”

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QUEENS CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND PARISH WORK TOGETHER TO FEED THEIR NEIGHBORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2021

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QUEENS CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND PARISH WORK TOGETHER TO FEED THEIR NEIGHBORS

            Students from The Early Childhood Center at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy, have collected over 2,000 non-perishable items to be donated to a neighboring church food pantry tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. The donated items will be loaded onto the St. John’s University campus ministry van starting at 9 a.m. outside the schools located at 152-24 26th Avenue in the Flushing/Whitestone area of Queens.

The van will then deliver the donated goods to St. Kevin’s Roman Catholic Church, located at 45-21 194th Street in Flushing, at approximately 10 a.m.

The parish pantry at St. Kevin’s is known as “The Market,” and serves an average of 50 families every Wednesday.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, donations to the pantry have declined. The parish has been purchasing food to meet the needs of those they regularly assist.

Tamar Chicavich, a mother of two students at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy, started the food drive as a Lenten service project. Amy Barron is the Principal at St. Mel’s Catholic Academy.

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CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN BRAILLE AS PART OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PROJECT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2021

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CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN BRAILLE AS PART OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PROJECT

            This year, to mark Women’s History Month at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in Gravesend, Brooklyn, the fourth-grade students focused on learning about the life and legacy of Helen Keller. To complete the educational experience, teacher Christine Latona introduced the Braille alphabet to the students. The 19 students were then assigned a project to write their first and last names in Braille using green pigeon peas.

“The objective of teaching students about Helen Keller was to highlight the challenges Helen Keller suffered because of her disabilities. The students learned how difficult it is to communicate and write in Braille. They also learned that no matter how difficult their life is, anything can be accomplished with hard work, dedication and perseverance,” said Ms. Latona.

In addition to the Braille name card projects, currently on display in the hallway outside of the classroom, students were asked to prepare reports “All About Helen Keller.” Through their research, students had to explain why Helen Keller is an important historical figure, the obstacles she faced, the impact she had on the world, and identify interesting facts and characteristic traits about her.

“When my teacher told me we were going to learn about Helen Keller, I became very excited and interested. Her life was fascinating. I couldn’t imagine being like her. We learned that Helen used Braille to read and write, so when we did a project on Braille, it gave me a little experience of what it was like. Helen Keller is an inspiration and interesting person to learn about,” said fourth-grader Isabella Vizcarrondo.

Members of the media are invited to visit Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy to view the student work and for interviews. Attached is a photo of the Helen Keller bulletin board displaying the students’ Braille projects. On-site and virtual interviews can be arranged.

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO LEAD MEMORIAL MASS FOR FATHER JORGE ORTIZ-GARAY, THE FIRST CATHOLIC PRIEST TO DIE OF COVID-19 IN THE U.S.

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2021

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO LEAD MEMORIAL MASS IN REMEMBRANCE OF FATHER JORGE ORTIZ-GARAY

 

Ortiz-Garay was the first Catholic priest to die of COVID-19 in the United States 

Brooklyn – The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will be the main celebrant at a Mass tomorrow, Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 11 a.m., marking the first anniversary of the death of Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay. Fr. Jorge, as he was called, was the first Catholic priest to have died from the Coronavirus in the United States. He was 49 years old.

Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Mass at St. Brigid Church, located at 409 Linden Boulevard in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where Father Jorge served as Pastor at the time of his death. Father Jorge was also the Diocesan Coordinator of the Ministry to Mexican immigrants. He was ordained to the Priesthood on May 29, 2004, in the Archdiocese of Newark, and was assigned to the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2009, where he served until he passed away.

At the time of his death, Bishop DiMarzio offered reflection saying “Father Jorge was a great missionary among us, especially in establishing the Mexican Apostolate. It is a terrible loss; it is hard to believe. He was so young, so vibrant.”

There will be three additional Masses offered in memory of Fr. Jorge’s life and service to the Church at St. Brigid’s tomorrow. The four Masses were scheduled to accommodate the many people expected to join in remembering Father Jorge while allowing for the necessary social distancing. Originally from Mexico, a Mass will also be said for Father Jorge at Our Lady of Mercy parish in Mexico City tomorrow.

Members of the media are invited to attend and are asked to confirm their attendance. Masks must be worn at all times inside of the Church and social distancing guidelines must be followed.

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