UPDATE VIDEO: CARDINAL DOLAN AND BISHOP DIMARZIO IN PUERTO RICO MONDAY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2017

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

For Cardinal Dolan

Joseph Zwilling

646-794-2997

joseph.zwilling@archny.org

For Bishop DiMarzio

Carolyn Erstad

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UPDATE: Here are links to video and photos from Puerto Rico today.

Video: http://bit.ly/2z06FBB

Photos: http://bit.ly/2yZBjxf

MUST COURTESY: NET-TV/CURRENTS NEWS 

 

CARDINAL DOLAN AND BISHOP DIMARZIO TO VISIT PUERTO RICO

               Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will make a pastoral visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico on Monday, October 30, to express the support, solidarity, and love of Catholics in New York for those still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Cardinal Dolan and Bishop DiMarzio will be visiting Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez, Archbishop of San Juan, who spent much of his early priesthood serving in the Bronx.  Archbishop Gonzalez is preparing their itinerary for the day which will include Mass at the San Juan Cathedral, a visit to Caritas Puerto Rico and to a convent for cloistered Carmelite nuns, which was affected by the hurricane.

Cardinal Dolan will present Archbishop Gonzalez with more than $700,000 in donations from the people of the archdiocese, and Bishop DiMarzio will bring an additional $115,000 from the people of the Brooklyn Diocese, to aid in recovery efforts.

Among those joining the Cardinal and the Bishop on the trip are Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese, and Ms. Wanda Vasquez, Director of Hispanic Pastoral Ministry.  They expect to return to New York on Monday night.

 

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MOBILIZING TO HELP AND PRAY FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS IN PUERTO RICO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2017

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UPDATE: More volunteers are needed for sorting/packaging on Monday, October 23rd,  at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, beginning at 10 a.m. Catholic Charities is still working out the logistics of sending the tons of donated items to Puerto Rico.
DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MOBILIZING TO HELP AND PRAY FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS IN PUERTO RICO  

The Diocese of Brooklyn is taking action to help victims of Hurricane Maria, the storm that devastated Puerto Rico last month, leaving millions of people without power, food, and basic necessities. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio encouraged parish pastors to take up collections of material goods to send to the island. 56 parishes so far have answered the call, collecting items like bottled water, non-perishable food, baby formula, diapers, personal hygiene products and more. The items will be sorted by Catholic Charities staff and volunteers this Friday, October 20 from 10 am – 5 pm at the Immaculate Conception Center, 7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, NY 11362. The goods will then be flown to Puerto Rico on JetBlue Airlines at a later date. Catholic Charities on the island will arrange for distribution of the items to hurricane victims.

Also on Friday, we will be praying for our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico and for their loved ones here in our Diocese who are worried about the dire situation back home. Bishop DiMarzio is asking the faithful of Brooklyn, Queens and beyond to join him at a special Mass, Friday, October 20 at 7:00 pmat the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Eucharist and Father Frederick Cintron, Director of Our Lady Mother of Divine Providence, and Pastor at St. Catharine of Alexandria, will preach the homily.

 

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MOBILIZING TO HELP AND PRAY FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS IN PUERTO RICO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 18, 2017

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Adriana Rodriguez
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Carolyn Erstad
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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MOBILIZING TO HELP AND PRAY FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS IN PUERTO RICO  

The Diocese of Brooklyn is taking action to help victims of Hurricane Maria, the storm that devastated Puerto Rico last month, leaving millions of people without power, food, and basic necessities. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio encouraged parish pastors to take up collections of material goods to send to the island. 56 parishes so far have answered the call, collecting items like bottled water, non-perishable food, baby formula, diapers, personal hygiene products and more. The items will be sorted by Catholic Charities staff and volunteers this Friday, October 20 from 10 am – 5 pm at the Immaculate Conception Center, 7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, NY 11362. The goods will then be flown to Puerto Rico on JetBlue Airlines at a later date. Catholic Charities on the island will arrange for distribution of the items to hurricane victims.

Also on Friday, we will be praying for our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico and for their loved ones here in our Diocese who are worried about the dire situation back home. Bishop DiMarzio is asking the faithful of Brooklyn, Queens and beyond to join him at a special Mass, Friday, October 20 at 7:00 pm at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Eucharist and Father Frederick Cintron, Director of Our Lady Mother of Divine Providence, and Pastor at St. Catharine of Alexandria, will preach the homily.

 

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MATILDA CUOMO, GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO’S MOTHER, AMONG THE HONOREES AT THE FUTURES IN EDUCATION ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND DINNER

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2017

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MATILDA CUOMO, GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO’S MOTHER, AMONG THE HONOREES
AT THE FUTURES IN EDUCATION ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND DINNER

Futures in Education, a non-profit organization that raises scholarship funds for underprivileged children, will host its annual fundraising dinner on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.

Media personality Greg Kelly will serve as this year’s emcee. Matilda Cuomo, former First Lady of New York State and the mother of Governor Andrew Cuomo will be among those honored for their dedication to improving the lives of children in Brooklyn and Queens.

Also being honored are Carlo Scissura, President & CEO of the New York Building Congress; and Howard Fensterman, Managing Partner and Co-founder of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP.

Proceeds from this annual event benefit families in financial need with scholarships toward Catholic education in Brooklyn or Queens. Last year, Futures in Education granted $6.9 million to nearly 5,000 students. Since its inception, the organization has awarded $93 million to 32,000 students.

Reception & Silent Auction begin at 6:30 pm. Dinner, Award Presentations & Live Auction begin at 7:30 pm.

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN CELEBRATING ITS DIVERSITY BY RECOGNIZING IMMIGRANTS FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 6, 2017
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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN CELEBRATING ITS DIVERSITY BY

RECOGNIZING IMMIGRANTS FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS

On Friday, October 6, 2017, the Diocese of Brooklyn will recognize Catholic immigrants who have become shining stars in their communities. The Annual Shining Star Awards is a two-part ceremony hosted by Catholic Migration Services, an organization committed to empowering underserved immigrant communities in Brooklyn and Queens. The first dinner/ceremony will be held tonight at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. Cocktails begin at 6:30 pm and Dinner at 7:30 p.m. The second ceremony will be held next Friday, October 13th, at the same place and time.

Selected by members of their communities, honorees stand out for their leadership and unique contributions. Tonight’s Shining Star Award recipients come from Panama, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Guatemala, Czech Republic, Ghana, Korea, El Salvador, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, Haiti, Brazil, India, and the Dominican Republic.

The honorees for next week’s event come from the African-American community as well as Poland, Italy, Honduras, India, Vietnam, China, The Philippines, Lithuania, Croatia, Pakistan, Ukraine, West Indies, and Belarus.

As a Diocese, we are constantly inspired by the immigrants we serve for their generosity in helping us do our work.

If you would like to cover the dinner, give us a call so we can help facilitate interviews.

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MOBILIZING TO HELP AND PRAY FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS IN PUERTO RICO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 3, 2017

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MOBILIZING TO HELP AND PRAY FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS IN PUERTO RICO  

The Diocese of Brooklyn is taking action to help victims of hurricane Maria, the storm that devastated Puerto Rico last month, leaving millions of people without power, food, and basic necessities. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has encouraged parish pastors to take up collections of material goods to send to the island. People are asked to donate items like bottled water, non-perishable canned food, baby food, formula, diapers, personal hygiene products and much more. Anything collected will be packaged by Catholic Charities and flown to Puerto Rico on JetBlue Airlines. Catholic Charities there will arrange for distribution of the items to hurricane victims.

There will also be a voluntary monetary collection taken up at Masses throughout the diocese this Sunday, October 8th.

Many Puerto Rican families in our Diocese are worried about their loved ones back home and how they will survive this disaster. Bishop DiMarzio is asking the faithful of Brooklyn, Queens and beyond to pray for these families at a special Mass on Friday, October 20, 2017, at 7:00 pm at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Eucharist and Father Frederick Cintron, Director of Our Lady Mother of Divine Providence, and Pastor at St. Catharine of Alexandria, will preach the homily.

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HUNDREDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND MASS FOR SOLIDARITY WITH MEXICO TO PRAY FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 27, 2017

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HUNDREDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND MASS FOR SOLIDARITY WITH MEXICO TO PRAY FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

WHO:  The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, and the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Mexican Ministry invite the faithful of Brooklyn, Queens and beyond.

WHAT:  Mass for Solidarity with Mexico to pray for the victims of the Earthquakes. Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Mass and Rev. Jorge Ortiz-Garay, Director of the Mexican Ministry, and Administrator at St. Brigid Parish, will preach the homily. Rev. Ortiz-Garay has been in Mexico City this last week and has witnessed the devastation first hand.

WHEN:  Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:00 pm

WHERE:  Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238

WHY:  Join us in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Mexico, who have endured two major earthquakes this month. More than 300 people died in last week’s earthquake, including many children. There is so much sorrow amid the rubble as crews continue to look for the missing. There is also a great concern here in our Diocese, which is home to many Mexican Americans worried about their relatives back home.

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Thousands of Catholics to Converge on Citi Field for First Annual Catholic Day

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The Diocese of Brooklyn will host the first annual Catholic Day at Citi Field on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The day will begin with a 9:45 a.m. Mass, celebrated by the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. The Mass will be followed by food, games, entertainment, and baseball as the New York Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds.

The event is part of the Diocese’s Year of Vocations Campaign, an effort to encourage young people to think about, pray for, and discern their life’s calling.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

Saturday, September 9, 2017
8:00 a.m. – parking lots open
8:45 a.m. – gates open
9:45 a.m. – Mass with Bishop DiMarzio
11:30 a.m. – Marina Parking Lot entertainment featuring food, performances, carnival games, basketball, and more
4:00 p.m. – Mets Plaza entertainment
7:10 p.m. – New York Mets vs Cincinnati Reds

LOCATION:

Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11368

CELEBRITY GUEST SPEAKERS, PERFORMERS AND VIP’s

  • Rhett Walker, contemporary Christian rock performer, nominated for several Grammy Awards
  • Quinton Aaron, actor, best known for portraying Michael Oher alongside Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”, founder of The Quinton Aaron Foundation, which offers resources and education in the fight against bullying
  • Anthony Mangano, actor, host of Net TV’s “City of Churches“, starred on many television shows including “Person of Interest”, “Blue Bloods”, “NYPD Blue”, “CSI”, “The Blacklist”, “Who’s the Boss”, “Seinfeld”, and “Law & Order”
  • Joe Estevez, actor in over 200 films, host of Net TV’s “All things Catholic“, brother of actor Martin Sheen
  • Jenn Gotzon Chandler, actress, starred in “Frost/Nixon” as well as many family films. Also appeared on “CSI:NY” and “House”
  • Stephanie Hanvey, singer, appeared on “American Idol” Season 13
  • Alverlis Pena, singer-songwriter, Catholic worship leader
  • Santiago Pérez de Camino Gaisse, head of the Vatican’s Church & Sport Office at the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family & Life

For the schedule of events at Catholic Day at Citi Field, click on this link: catholicdaynyc.oncell.com

As part of Catholic Day, the Diocese will ask baseball fans to contribute to “Catholics Care,” a volunteer effort, and text-to-donate campaign for Hurricane victims across the country. Fans can text “Catholics Care” to 917-722-4565.

DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN’S YEAR OF VOCATIONS:

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s Year of Vocations campaign is targeted toward young people of faith who are looking to understand God’s unique purpose for their lives. The initiative educates young Catholics about single and married life in the Church, as well as about becoming a deacon, nun, or priest.

In an effort to encourage more young men to consider becoming priests, the Diocese has created a video showing an unexpected side to the lives of the clergy. The video shows priests surfing, skateboarding and doing martial arts. The friars seen playing basketball in the video will be playing on site at Catholic Day at Citi Field.

The Year of Vocations campaign aims to show young people that serving God does not mean losing the unique qualities that make us who we are. Father Peter Purpura, rector of Saint James Cathedral Basilica, who is featured doing martial arts in the video, said, “Young men should realize that when you become a priest, you bring with you all of your passions, interests, and hobbies. All of these things are what make each priest unique, and in many cases, uniquely effective. Generally, I think that people focus too much on the negative aspects of the priesthood; what we give up or what we don’t have. The truth is that priests receive far more than we give, which is the reason for our priestly joy.” Fr. Purpura will be available for interviews.

For the video of Fr. Purpura: https://bit.ly/2grmGLu
For the Year of Vocations campaign video: https://bit.ly/2xNHAI0

CATHOLIC NUN TO CATCH FIRST PITCH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 8, 2017

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CATHOLIC NUN TO CATCH FIRST PITCH AT METS GAME
FOR “CATHOLIC DAY” AT CITI FIELD 

Sister Maria Bello, a Queens nun, will be dressed in her habit as she catches the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s Mets vs Reds game at Citi Field. Sister Maria will be joined by thousands of Catholics at the ballpark in celebration of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s first annual Catholic Day.  The event, Saturday, September 9, will begin with a 9:45 a.m. Mass, celebrated on the field by the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. A full day of entertainment will follow, culminating with the New York Mets taking on the Cincinnati Reds.

“I’m a little nervous. I’ve never played baseball, but I’ve been called to serve for Catholic Day. I never thought part of my mission would involve the New York Mets, but here I am,” said Sister Maria, a native of Colombia who is doing missionary work at St. Bartholomew Church in Elmhurst, Queens.

LOCATION: Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11368

EVENT SCHEDULE:                                                                                                  
9:45 a.m. – Mass with Bishop DiMarzio 
11:30 a.m. – Marina Parking Lot entertainment featuring food, performances, carnival games, basketball
4:00 p.m. – Mets Plaza entertainment
7:00 p.m.  Sister Maria catches first pitch
7:10 p.m.
 Mets vs Reds 

As part of Catholic Day, the Diocese will ask baseball fans to contribute to “Catholics Care,” a volunteer effort and text-to-donate campaign for Hurricane victims across the country. Fans can text “Catholics Care” to 917-722-4565.  People interested in volunteering can learn more on Saturday by going to dioceseofbrooklyn.org/care.

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Brooklyn Bishop to Announce New Commission on Social Justice at Special Mass in the Wake of Charlottesville Violence

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The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will announce the establishment of a new diocesan commission for social justice during a special Mass Thursday, August 24 at 7:30 PM. The Mass for Solidarity and Peace is in response to the violent and deadly protests in Charlottesville. The Mass will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, 250 Cathedral Pl, Brooklyn. Bishop DiMarzio will be the main celebrant and Reverend Alonzo Cox, Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns, Coordinator of Ministry for African American Catholics, and the Pastor of St. Martin De Porres Parish, will concelebrate.

The new diocesan commission will address racism in the Church and society at large. It will be named after Monsignor Bernard Quinn, a Diocese of Brooklyn priest targeted by the Klu Klux Klan. The Klan burned down an orphanage Monsignor Quinn built for African American children, not once, but twice in the same year. Monsignor Quinn received numerous death threats. But he did not back down. He stood up to racism and rebuilt. He was valiant, pledging to his parishioners, ‘I would willingly shed to the last drop my life’s blood for the least among you.’ Monsignor Quinn also established the first African American church in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

“Monsignor Quinn is our own diocesan hero,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “In his name, we will address the social and religious problems that racism presents.”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has also just announced plans to establish the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. According to Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the USCCB, the committee “will be wholly dedicated to engaging the Church and our society to work together in unity to challenge the sin of racism, to listen to persons who are suffering under this sin, and to come together in the love of Christ to know one another as brothers and sisters.”

Thursday’s Mass for Solidarity and Peace will remind the faithful of Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond, that we are all created as children of God. Together we will pray for those injured and killed in Charlottesville, for the healing of our nation, and for all those who have allowed the seeds of hatred to grow in their hearts.