SEVEN CORONAVIRUS CASES CONFIRMED AT TWO QUEENS CATHOLIC CHURCHES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2020

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SEVEN CORONAVIRUS CASES CONFIRMED AT TWO QUEENS CATHOLIC CHURCHES

 

The Diocese of Brooklyn today is announcing they have learned of a combined seven confirmed cases of the Coronavirus within the parish communities of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Woodside and St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in East Elmhurst.

At St. Gabriel’s Church, there are six confirmed cases emanating from three gatherings of a church community group on Tuesday, March 3, Saturday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

At Corpus Christi, there is one confirmed case. The individual last attended Mass on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The individual is a Eucharistic Minister and last participated in the distribution of Holy Communion on Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

As a result of this information, both parish Churches are undergoing a deep cleaning and sanitization, with approved disinfectants, following guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Anyone who was at the above Churches during the noted times should contact their doctor if they exhibit any Coronavirus symptoms like fever or cough.

The Diocese of Brooklyn has canceled all Masses, as of yesterday Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. Churches will be open for private prayer but the faithful are being asked to contact their church’s rectory regarding parish scheduled hours.

As a reminder, the Celebration of the Eucharist within the Diocese of Brooklyn can be seen on NET-TV, the 24/7 cable channel of the Diocese. The Mass schedule is as follows:

Weekdays:

  • 8 am Live from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (English)
  • 9 am Live from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)
  • Noon Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
  • 5 pm Replay of the Noon Mass from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
  • 6:30 pm Pre-recorded Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral

 

Weekends:

  • 6 pm Saturday Vigil Pre-recorded Passionate Mass from Immaculate Conception Church in Jamaica (English)
  • 11 am Sunday Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
  • 1:30 pm Sunday Pre-recorded from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)

NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30), and FIOS (Channel 48). Viewers can also tune in online at www.netny.tv.

At all times, but especially now, the safety and well-being of our faith community is our primary concern. The Diocese of Brooklyn will continue to deliver important information in a timely manner.

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URGENT COVID-19 UPDATE – PUBLIC MASSES TO BE CANCELED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2020

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URGENT UPDATE FROM THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

 

Given the continuing and growing concern about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Bishop DiMarzio has determined that all public masses be canceled in the Diocese of Brooklyn beginning Monday, March 16th, until further notice. This includes weekday masses as well as Sunday.

Funerals and Weddings will be permitted but should be limited to family members only. Confirmations should be celebrated with the Rite of Confirmation without Mass if need be, and in consultation with the Bishop scheduled to celebrate the Confirmation.

The faithful of the diocese are reminded that the Bishop has already issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. The obligation to keep the Lord’s Day holy can be fulfilled by maintaining a prayerful attitude and through personal and family prayer.

The faithful are urged to watch the celebration of the Eucharist on TV, as well.

The celebrations are scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday at 6 pm: Vigil pre-recorded from Immaculate Conception in Jamaica (English)
  • Sunday at 11 am: Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
  • Sunday at 1:30 pm: Pre-recorded from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)

NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30) and FIOS (Channel 48). Viewers can also tune in online at www.netny.tv.

In light of the continuing crisis, the situation is being monitored carefully and updates will follow. Let us continue to pray, especially through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, for those who are sick, for medical personnel and for all people who confront this challenge.

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BROOKLYN BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO DISPENSES THE FAITHFUL FROM MASS OBLIGATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2020

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BROOKLYN BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO DISPENSES THE FAITHFUL FROM MASS OBLIGATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

In an effort to be proactive in our response to the spread of the Coronavirus, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice for Catholics of Brooklyn and Queens.

Sunday Public Masses will still be celebrated; however, the faithful are urged to exercise caution if they are to attend. The Diocese of Brooklyn will comply with the State’s regulations about large public gatherings. This dispensation remains in effect until further notice. 

Additionally, weekday masses will continue as usual with the normal precautions people should take when gathering in public places. Other celebrations (such as weddings and funerals) may take place but attendance should be limited. In these extremely difficult and challenging times, it is the primary duty of the Diocese to keep the faithful safe and healthy.

When gathering, the faithful are urged to take the necessary precautions, including remaining at a safe distance from others and receiving Holy Communion in the hand. The distribution of the Precious Blood has previously been suspended as well as the Sign of Peace with a handshake. Holy Water Fonts may also be emptied in Churches as a precaution.

Those who do not attend Mass can tune in to the Celebration of the Eucharist within the Diocese of Brooklyn on NET-TV, the 24/7 cable channel of the Diocese. The Mass schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday – 6 pm Vigil Pre-recorded from Immaculate Conception Church in Jamaica (English)
  • Sunday – 11 am Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
  • Sunday – 1:30 pm Pre-recorded from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)

 

NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30), and FIOS (Channel 48). Viewers can also tune in online at www.netny.tv.

Additionally, all in-person parish religious education classes, all youth ministry classes, group meetings, CYO activities, and adult faith formation sessions will be canceled until further notice.

The health of all the faithful of the Diocese is of utmost concern, and the Diocese of Brooklyn joins in prayer to the Lord who is a healer, to protect us and to quickly bring about an end to this current public health crisis.

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Diocese of Brooklyn Catholic Academies and Parish Schools to Close Next Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2020

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Diocese of Brooklyn Catholic Academies and Parish Schools to Close Next Week

 

Superintendent of Schools Thomas Chadzutko, Ed. D., has announced all elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes Brooklyn and Queens, will close next week, Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20.

“Monday will be used as a professional day for teachers to develop their distance learning plans.

The Schools Office anticipates that beginning on Tuesday, students of the Diocese of Brooklyn Catholic schools and academies will have access to online learning. While we understand that not all families may have access to online learning, we have directed all academies to utilize alternative instructional processes,” said Dr. Chadzutko.

In addition, the leadership of all Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are committed to following CDC guidelines regarding deep cleaning and sanitization of buildings.

The decision to close schools was made out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing situation surrounding the Coronavirus and after further consultation with representatives of city and state agencies. For your information, there are no confirmed cases in our schools reported to us by the New York City Department of Health.

Please continue to monitor your Catholic Academy and Parish school websites next week for further updates, or the Diocesan Coronavirus section of our website: https://catholicschoolsbq.org/coronavirus/

The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is of the utmost importance. Our continued quest is to maintain safe and clean environments.

 

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STATEMENT BY THE MOST REVEREND NICHOLAS DIMARZIO, BISHOP OF BROOKLYN, ON THE APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION BY POPE FRANCIS: “QUERIDA AMAZONIA”

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2020

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STATEMENT BY THE MOST REVEREND NICHOLAS DIMARZIO, BISHOP OF BROOKLYN

ON THE APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION BY POPE FRANCIS: “QUERIDA AMAZONIA”

Today, Pope Francis has brought the plight of the people, the struggles facing the Catholic faith, and the destruction of the environment in the Amazon to the forefront of the world’s conversation.

The Holy Father’s Apostolic Exhortation, Querida Amazonia, or Beloved Amazon, is a sensitive document that vividly describes the cultural and ecological challenges of the Amazon. It is poetic at times, yet it makes powerful statements about the problems the indigenous and the environment face in today’s world.

This pastoral exhortation challenges us all to recognize that we have a collective responsibility to improve the situation for the poor and oppressed and protect the land and the environment.

Pope Francis acknowledges the unique contribution women have made in the region. Without any titles, they have been critical in preserving the faith for decades. He points out that while lay ecclesiastical ministries might not feel empowered without ordination, the Church sees their contribution no less worthy. In fact, he goes on to say “without women, the Church breaks down.”

He gave further credence to the important role of women in the region by releasing his Exhortation on the 15th anniversary of the assassination in Brazil of American Sister Dorothy Stang, a missionary who defended the poor and the environment.

 

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Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Passing of Reverend Joseph Gancila


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
:  January 8, 2019

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Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Passing of Reverend Joseph Gancila

            The Diocese of Brooklyn regrets to announce the passing of Father Joseph Gancila, a priest in active ministry, currently serving as a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Dyker Heights. Father Gancila died on Monday, January 6 at the age of 50.

A vigil mass will be offered tonight, Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, located at 7201-15th Avenue in Brooklyn. The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will be the main celebrant of the mass.

The funeral mass for Father Gancila will be held tomorrow, Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe, with Auxiliary Bishop James Massa serving as the principal celebrant. Monsignor Robert J. Romano, Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, will concelebrate the mass, also with Monsignor Thomas Caserta, Monsignor Andrew Vaccari and Father Christopher Bethge.

Father Joseph A. Gancila was born in Brooklyn and attended the parish school at Regina Pacis and Xaverian High School. Father Gancila was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn on June 2, 2001. In addition to his most current assignment, throughout his career, he served as a parochial vicar at St. Mary Mother of Jesus in Bensonhurst; Sacred Heart in Glendale; Our Lady of Angels in Bay Ridge; and St. Bernadette in Dyker Heights.

Father Gancila is survived by his parents, his sisters and several nieces and nephews.

 

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Statement from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on stabbing attack at rabbi’s home

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 29, 2019

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Statement from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

on stabbing attack at rabbi’s home

 

Our hearts go out to the victims in last night’s horrifying stabbing attack inside the home of a rabbi in Monsey, New York.

This past week, which should have been a holy celebration of lights, has been marked with tragedy and violence against our Jewish brothers and sisters. We also remember the recent attacks at a Jersey City kosher market that left three dead.

The Catholic community of Brooklyn and Queens stands with members of all faiths in condemning these anti-Semitic attacks against people of faith. Hate like this has no place in a civil society.

Today we are reminded it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. Let us be that light as we pray for peace and practice tolerance today and always.

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PEACE LIGHT ARRIVES IN NEW YORK CITY FROM BETHLEHEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2019

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PEACE LIGHT ARRIVES IN NEW YORK CITY FROM BETHLEHEM

The Catholic Committee on Scouting of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens hosted the Peace Light Arrival Ceremony & First Transfer in the USA at Our Lady of the Skies Chapel, located in Terminal 4 of JFK International Airport, this weekend. The Peace Light arrived on Austrian Airlines Flight #87.

The Peace Light was first brought to Ground Zero in New York in 2001 by Canadian Scouts. In 2002, DHL delivered the Peace Light as a gift from Belgian Scouts and Guides to the Boy Scouts of America in NY. In 2003 the light didn’t make it to the U.S., however, members of the Brooklyn Diocesan Scouting Committee had kept the 2002 Peace Light burning and spread that around the diocese. Since then, Austrian Airlines has continued to bring the Peace Light to the United States each year since.

The Peace Light flies from Vienna in two explosion-proof, British mining lamps, fueled by smokeless paraffin oil. Representatives from many Boy Scout and Girl Scout councils from across the tri-state area and the country were on hand for the service. The candles lit by the Peace Candle will now be brought to houses of worship, hospital, senior citizen homes, homeless shelters, prisons, and other locations in many different cities and towns.

Each year, a Scout from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is then flown to Austria and from there it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations who take it back, with a message of peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services.

Photos attached.

Peace Light 2020Peace Light 2020 BlessingCollection of Lanterns

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Bishop DiMarzio Statement on his Apostolic Visitation in Buffalo

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2019

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Bishop DiMarzio Statement on his Apostolic Visitation in Buffalo

The Bishop of Brooklyn, Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, released this statement in response to his Apostolic Visitation to the Diocese of Buffalo:

“This has been a difficult period in the life of the Church in Buffalo.  Throughout this process, the lay faithful, religious, and clergy were in my prayers.

As part of this Apostolic Visitation to the Buffalo Diocese, we spoke with more than 80 people over a period of several weeks to gather information for this administrative review. It was conducted with urgency as the Holy See directed that this visitation be thorough with the foremost consideration being the good of the people of the Diocese of Buffalo.

What I found are many deeply devoted Catholics who love their Church. I pray this moment of suffering and pain will lead to a birth of new faith.  With the appointment of the Most Reverend Edward Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany, to oversee the Buffalo Diocese, I am confident that Buffalo Catholics are in good hands.

I hope that now Catholics in Buffalo can begin the process of moving forward, healing, and helping the diocese in all of its ministries. We extend a promise of prayer for Bishop Richard Malone, as he moves into the retirement phase of his Episcopal ministry, and for the faithful of Buffalo.”

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MASPETH FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK MAKES STREAM DREAMS COME TRUE AT CATHOLIC SCHOOL

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2019

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MASPETH FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK MAKES STREAM DREAMS COME TRUE AT CATHOLIC SCHOOL

 

St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy earlier this week hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new state-of-the-art STREAM Lab at the school located in the Maspeth section of Queens.

The new STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math) Lab was made possible through the generosity of Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, who was represented at the event by President Tom Rudzewick.

Monsignor Joseph Calise, the Pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, offered a special blessing of the lab. The event was held on November 13 which is the Feast Day of St. Stanislaus Kostka. Students and faculty attended a special mass prior to the celebration of the new STREAM Lab.

 

PHOTOS ATTACHED

#1- Maspeth Federal Savings Bank President Tom Rudzewick leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new STREAM Lab.#2 Monsignor Joseph Calise blessing the new STREAM Lab.

#1- Maspeth Federal Savings Bank President Tom Rudzewick leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new STREAM Lab.

#2 Monsignor Joseph Calise blessing the new STREAM Lab.

#3- The school community checking out the sites and sounds of the new STREAM LAB.

#4- Students are all smiles at the STREAM Lab grand opening.

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