***MEDIA ADVISORY***BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS MASS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 24, 2020

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BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS MASS

            The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate Christmas Mass tomorrow, Friday, December 25, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph located at 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

The Mass will be broadcast live on NET-TV, the Diocese of Brooklyn’s cable channel.  NET-TV, New York’s Catholic Station, can be seen on Channel 97 on Spectrum, Channel 30 on Optimum, and on Channel 548 on Verizon by Fios.

Members of the media are invited to attend. Media outlets planning to attend are asked to e-mail jquaglione@desalesmedia.org.

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QUEENS CATHOLIC SCHOOL CHRISTMAS SHOW INCLUDES IN-PERSON AND REMOTE STUDENT PERFORMANCES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2020

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CATHOLIC SCHOOL CHRISTMAS SHOW COMBINES AT HOME AND IN-PERSON STUDENT PERFORMANCES TO SHOWCASE CHRISTMAS JOY

 

The Diocese of Brooklyn is releasing a video of the Incarnation Catholic Academy’s annual Christmas Show which is a compilation of in-person and remote performances.  The video blends the talent of the elementary school students singing Christmas songs from within both the school auditorium while maintaining social distancing and wearing masks, and others remotely from their homes.

The songs performed included: “Deck the Halls,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Feliz Navidad,”, “Jingle Bell Rock,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “We Three Kings,” “Joy To The World,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” and others.

“Thank you to all our students, parents and teachers, everyone that practiced at home, the children that practiced in school, and everyone that participated in this year’s show.  I think the students did a great job,” said Mary Bellone, Principal of Incarnation Catholic Academy.

“We enter 2021 full of hope that this virus will be destroyed and that we can come back to school all of us. As we do so, this year we are doing something very different with the concert because we can’t come together at the concert, but we can come together online. I hope you enjoy the activities of the kids that they put together to celebrate Christmas,” said Father Josephjude Gannon, Board Chair and Administrator of Incarnation Catholic Academy.

The full VIMEO show link can be found at https://vimeo.com/493916476/f059832830

Incarnation Catholic Academy is located at 89-15 Francis Lewis Boulevard in Queens Village.

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Brooklyn Post Office To Be Named In Honor of St. Frances Cabrini

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2020

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Mother Cabrini honored in designation of

Dyker Heights Post Office in a virtual press conference

The following press notification is being shared on behalf of the United States Post Office who will be hosting a virtual press conference tomorrow, Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at 11 a.m., to announce the renaming of the Dyker Heights Post Office in honor of Saint Frances Cabrini. Monsignor Thomas Caserta, Pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Dyker Heights, will represent the Diocese of Brooklyn and offer remarks on the life and legacy of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini.

To request the Zoom link, please contact Amy Gibbs of the USPS Corporate Communications Office at Amy.N.Gibbs@usps.gov.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 21, 2020

Contact: Amy Gibbs, USPS Corporate Communications

Amy.N.Gibbs@usps.gov

Mother Cabrini honored in designation of Dyker Heights Post Office in virtual press conference

NEW YORK, NY – In the spirit of the giving season, on Tuesday, Dec. 22, the Postal Service joins local delegates and community leaders in honoring an Italian immigrant and fellow New Yorker who made a large dent in the history books of charity – Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini.

On December 3, 2020, legislation to designate the Post Office building located at 8320 13 Ave. in Brooklyn, NY, as the “Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini Post Office Building” was signed into law by the President. This legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Max Rose.

On Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, the day that is officially celebrated as the Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini’s Feast Day, the Postal Service will host a virtual press event celebrating this designation from 11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

“From looking out for the poor to helping immigrant families, Mother Cabrini exemplified the values that make New York City the greatest city in the world. Renaming the Dyker Heights Post Office in her honor is another part of ensuring her legacy and memory forever lives on. I was proud to work with my colleagues across New York to make this happen,” said Congressman Max Rose.

Where:  RSVP to Amy.n.gibbs@usps.gov to receive the Zoom link.  
When: Dec. 22, 2020 at 11 a.m.
What: A virtual celebration of the life of Mother Cabrini and designation of the Dyker Heights Post Office
Who: Congressman Max Rose, Monsignor Thomas Caserta, Pastor of the Shrine Church of St. Bernadette, and postal officials.
Duration: 20 mins
This event precedes the official onsite plaque unveiling to take place in the spring.

The plaque will read as follows:

THIS BUILDING IS NAMED

IN HONOR OF

MOTHER FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI

BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS

PUBLIC LAW

116-201

DECEMBER 3, 2020

BACKGROUND:

On March 31, 1889, a nun by the name of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini came to America, and more specifically New York City, on the advice of the Pope to help “the Italian immigrants who were flooding to that nation.” Cabrini came here with six other nuns and immediately set to work.

She obtained the archbishop’s permission to open the Sacred Heart Orphan Asylum in West Park, New York – later renamed to the Saint Cabrini Home.

Cabrini also organized catechism and education classes for the Italian immigrants and provided for the needs of the many orphans. She established schools and orphanages. She was resourceful, finding people who would donate what she needed in money, time, labor, and support.

In New York City, she founded Columbus Hospital, which merged with Italian Hospital to become Cabrini Medical Center in 1973 until its closure in 2008.

In 1950, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was named the patron saint of immigrants.

Mother Cabrini died on Dec. 22. 1917 at the age of 67.

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OUR LADY OF SOLACE PARISH COMMUNITY UNITES TO REPLACE STATUE DAMAGED BY ACT OF VANDALISM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2020

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OUR LADY OF SOLACE PARISH COMMUNITY UNITES TO REPLACE STATUE DAMAGED BY ACT OF VANDALISM

            The Diocese of Brooklyn has announced that through the generous support of the Knights of Columbus and the contributions of the parishioners, a new statue honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe was dedicated in the Grotto of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace in Coney Island this past Saturday evening, December 12, 2020.

Auxiliary Bishop Neil Tiedemann joined the parish community in dedicating the new statue which was unveiled on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The event featured prayers and a musical performance by a Mariachi Band.

The statue was damaged on September 11th and the vandalism was caught on camera. The New York City Police Department soon after releasing the surveillance video made an arrest.  The Knights of Columbus donated $10,000 to replace the statue.

Our Lady of Solace is located at 2866 West 17th Street in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. Father Javier Flores is the Pastor.

Photos attachedPhoto #1 is Auxiliary Bishop Neil Tiedemann, Photo #2 is the newly installed statue dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Photo #3 is of the Mariachi Band who performed at the ceremony.

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CHURCH COMMUNITY UNITES TO REPLACE STATUE DAMAGED BY ACT OF VANDALISM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2020

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***MEDIA ADVISORY***

CHURCH COMMUNITY UNITES TO REPLACE STATUE DAMAGED BY ACT OF VANDALISM

            The Diocese of Brooklyn is announcing that through the generous support of the Knights of Columbus and parishioners, a new statue honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe will be dedicated in the Grotto of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn tonight, Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 5 p.m.

The statue was damaged on September 11 and the vandalism was caught on camera. The New York City Police Department, soon after releasing the surveillance video, made an arrest.  Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Our Lady of Solace is located at 2866 West 17th Street (Corner of West 17th Street and Mermaid Avenue).  Members of the media are invited to attend. To RSVP, please e-mail John Quaglione at jquaglione@desalesmedia.org

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***MEDIA ADVISORY***CHURCH UNITES TO REPLACE STATUE DAMAGED BY VANDALISM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2020

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***MEDIA ADVISORY***

CHURCH COMMUNITY UNITES TO REPLACE STATUE DAMAGED BY ACT OF VANDALISM

            The Diocese of Brooklyn is announcing that through the generous support of the Knights of Columbus and parishioners, a new statue honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe will be dedicated in the Grotto of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 5 p.m.

The statue was damaged on September 11 and the vandalism was caught on camera. The New York City Police Department, soon after releasing the surveillance video, made an arrest.  December 12 is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Our Lady of Solace is located at 2866 West 17th Street (Corner of West 17th Street and Mermaid Avenue).  Members of the media are invited to attend. To RSVP, please e-mail John Quaglione at jquaglione@desalesmedia.org

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN TO CELEBRATE OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2020

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN TO CELEBRATE OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
AND PAY TRIBUTE TO FATHER JORGE ORTIZ-GARAY

           The Diocese of Brooklyn will mark the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a special Mass to be celebrated on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street, in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

The day’s events will include a special tribute to Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, the beloved pastor at St. Brigid’s Church who died of COVID-19 on March 27, 2020. Father Jorge, believed to be the first Catholic priest to die of Coronavirus in the US, led the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Mexican Ministry for 10 years and was responsible for the coordination of the annual magnificent celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“Catholics from throughout Brooklyn and Queens who loved Father Jorge will have the opportunity to be together, to honor his life and all he did for our Diocese. It is very special that we will also be honored by the presence of his parents and siblings. It will for sure be an emotional tribute, and I know Father Jorge will be with us in spirit on Saturday,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

The schedule to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is as follows:

10 a.m. – Cultural program that will include catechesis and folkloric dances.

11:30 a.m. – Tribute to Father Jorge begins.

12 Noon – Mass will be celebrated in Spanish by Bishop DiMarzio and concelebrated by Retired Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros.

This year due to COVID-19 and social distancing rules in place, attendance at the cultural program and the Mass will be strictly limited to three people per parish. There will not be a torch-lit pilgrimage throughout Brooklyn and Queens as in years past. Only one symbolic torch will be lit after the Mass ends at about 1 p.m.

Members of the media are invited to attend. To RSVP, please e-mail Adriana Rodriguez at arodriguez@desalesmedia.org.

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VIDEO/PHOTO UPDATE-BISHOP DIMARZIO TO UNVEIL ANGELS UNAWARES SCULPTURE HONORING MIGRANTS AS PART OF CHRISTMAS DISPLAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2020

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***VIDEO & PHOTO UPDATE***

BROOKLYN BISHOP DIMARZIO TO UNVEIL ANGELS UNAWARES SCULPTURE HONORING MIGRANTS AS PART OF CHRISTMAS DISPLAY

The Diocese of Brooklyn and DeSales Media Group will light a 35-foot Christmas tree in more than 14,000 lights tonight, Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at 5 p.m., in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch located at 20 Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will also officially unveil and bless a replica of the Angels Unawares sculpture, designed by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz. The reproduction depicts a raft packed with migrants and refugees representing diverse cultures and different times in history.

 The 20-foot-long, 12-foot-high, and 3.8-ton reproduction has arrived in Brooklyn as part of its tour of the United States. The bronze sculpture has made stops in San Antonio, Texas, South Bend, Indiana, and Boston College. Through the support of local benefactors, Angels Unawares will be on display at Grand Army Plaza until January 3. It will be permanently installed next year at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Those represented among the 140 figures include a Jewish person fleeing Nazi Germany, a Syrian escaping that country’s civil war, a Polish woman running from the communist regime, a Cherokee on the Trail of Tears, an Irish boy escaping the potato famine, and the Holy Family of Nazareth. Mother Cabrini, the Patron Saint of Immigrants, is also depicted in the sculpture. Angel wings are visible at the center, a symbol of the sacredness of the migrant and refugee.

The original sculpture was permanently dedicated at the Vatican in St. Peter’s Square in September 2019 to mark the 105th World Day of Refugees and Migrants. For more information on Angels Unawares, visit www.https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/angels-unawares/

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Video & Photos Courtesy: DeSales Media

https://vimeo.com/488741496

:00    Grand Army Plaza / Brooklyn
:59    Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio/Diocese of Brooklyn
1:46  Mayor Bill De Blasio
2:21  Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello/Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens

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***MEDIA ADVISORY***BISHOP DIMARZIO TO UNVEIL ANGELS UNAWARES SCULPTURE HONORING MIGRANTS AS PART OF CHRISTMAS DISPLAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2020

MEDIA CONTACTS:

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***MEDIA ADVISORY***

BROOKLYN BISHOP DIMARZIO TO UNVEIL ANGELS UNAWARES SCULPTURE HONORING MIGRANTS AS PART OF CHRISTMAS DISPLAY

The Diocese of Brooklyn and DeSales Media Group will light a 35-foot Christmas tree in more than 14,000 lights tonight, Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at 5 p.m., in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch located at 20 Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will also officially unveil and bless a replica of the Angels Unawares sculpture, designed by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz. The reproduction depicts a raft packed with migrants and refugees representing diverse cultures and different times in history.

 The 20-foot-long, 12-foot-high, and 3.8-ton reproduction has arrived in Brooklyn as part of its tour of the United States. The bronze sculpture has made stops in San Antonio, Texas, South Bend, Indiana, and Boston College. Through the support of local benefactors, Angels Unawares will be on display at Grand Army Plaza until January 3. It will be permanently installed next year at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Those represented among the 140 figures include a Jewish person fleeing Nazi Germany, a Syrian escaping that country’s civil war, a Polish woman running from the communist regime, a Cherokee on the Trail of Tears, an Irish boy escaping the potato famine, and the Holy Family of Nazareth. Mother Cabrini, the Patron Saint of Immigrants, is also depicted in the sculpture. Angel wings are visible at the center, a symbol of the sacredness of the migrant and refugee.

The original sculpture was permanently dedicated at the Vatican in St. Peter’s Square in September 2019 to mark the 105th World Day of Refugees and Migrants. For more information on Angels Unawares, visit www.https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/angels-unawares/

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

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***MEDIA ADVISORY***ANGELS UNAWARES SCULPTURE HONORING MIGRANTS TO BE UNVEILED IN GRAND ARMY PLAZA AT CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2020

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CHRISTMAS TREE TO LIGHT UP GRAND ARMY PLAZA ALONGSIDE ANGELS UNAWARES SCULPTURE HONORING MIGRANTS

The Diocese of Brooklyn and DeSales Media Group will host the 2020 Diocesan Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at 5 p.m., in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch located at 20 Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. The 35-foot Christmas tree shines bright in approximately 14,000 Christmas lights.

In addition to the tree lighting, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will officially bless a replica of the Angels Unawares sculpture, designed by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz. The original sculpture was permanently dedicated at the Vatican in St. Peter’s Square in September 2019 to mark the 105th World Day of Refugees and Migrants.

 The 20-foot-long, 12-foot-high, and 3.8-ton reproduction has arrived in Brooklyn as part of its tour of the United States. The bronze sculpture has made stops in San Antonio, Texas, South Bend, Indiana, and Boston College. Through the support of local benefactors, Angels Unawares will be on display at Grand Army Plaza until January 3. It will be permanently installed next year at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

The reproduction depicts a raft packed with migrants and refugees representing diverse cultures and different times in history. Those represented among the 140 figures include a Jewish person fleeing Nazi Germany, a Syrian escaping that country’s civil war, a Polish woman running from the communist regime, a Cherokee on the Trail of Tears, an Irish boy escaping the potato famine, and the Holy Family of Nazareth. Mother Cabrini, the Patron Saint of Immigrants, is also depicted in the sculpture. Angel wings are visible at the center, a symbol of the sacredness of the migrant and refugee.

“The Diocese of Brooklyn was offered the opportunity to display Angels Unawares because we indeed are a Diocese of Immigrants. Truly this is a unique sculpture. Because we may not be able to view this in person due to the pandemic, we have dedicated a part of our website to the sculpture so that many of the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens may have an opportunity to view this work of art online during this Christmas season,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

For more information on Angels Unawares, visit www. https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/angels-unawares/

Members of the media are welcome to attend Tuesday’s tree lighting and sculpture unveiling.

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