VIDEO UPDATE: BISHOP BRENNAN CELEBRATES SAINT WHO SOUGHT INTERRACIAL JUSTICE THROUGH FAITH

VIDEO UPDATE: BISHOP BRENNAN LEADS THE CELEBRATION OF A SAINT WHO SOUGHT INTERRACIAL JUSTICE THROUGH FAITH

The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, led a special Mass in honor of the Memorial of Saint Peter Claver tonight at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

A native of Spain, St. Peter Claver left his homeland in 1610 to head to be a missionary in the New World colonies. St. Peter Claver then began a 40 year-ministry caring for African Americans arriving on slave ships in Cartagena, Colombia by providing them medical care and food.  It is estimated that he baptized 300,000 slaves.

In his homily, Bishop Brennan focused on the importance for all of us to recognize the human dignity of all people as St. Peter Claver showed us. “People treated fellow human beings like commodities, and it wasn’t just the acts of kindness that St. Peter Claver performed, but he looked into the eyes of those suffering and who were being mistreated.  What did he do?  He looked into their eyes and saw Jesus,” said Bishop Brennan.

Bishop Brennan continued, “We ask the Lord to awaken within us that sense of the human dignity of every single person around us. And we ask the Lord, please God, let others see you in me, so that when they look at me, may they experience something of your love and help me where I fall short so that I can be more effective as a witness and sign of your love and compassion”.

The Mass also commemorated the 101st anniversary of the founding of Saint Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church in Bedford Stuyvesant, the first African American Church in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The Church was founded by Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn, currently under consideration for sainthood for his efforts to establish racial equality.

Father Alonzo Cox, Coordinator for Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns for the Diocese of Brooklyn, concelebrated the Mass. The Knights and Ladies Auxiliary of Saint Peter Claver, who work to promote civic and social justice, award scholarships, and nurture youth and family relationships, were in attendance.

The VIMEO link can be found here: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/748233878

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BISHOP ROBERT BRENNAN TO LEAD FDNY MASS THIS SEPTEMBER 11TH

The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, will be the main celebrant and Homilist at a Mass dedicated to the New York City Fire Department, this Sunday, September 11, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in Brooklyn. The Mass will commemorate the 21st Anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Members of the FDNY’s Battalion 57 in Brooklyn will lead a procession over the Brooklyn Bridge to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. Bishop Brennan will meet the procession on the Brooklyn Bridge and accompany the FDNY along the procession route. The marchers will carry 25 flags, with 24 FDNY flags representing the 23 members of Battalion 57 who were lost at the World Trade Center and a Battalion member’s brother who also died that day, and one American flag.

Battalion 57 consists of several fire stations and multiple fire companies including 4 Battalion Chiefs, Engine Companies 217, 219, 230 and 235, as well as Ladder Companies 102 and 105.

*The procession of flags will walk over the Brooklyn Bridge exiting at Adams Street which becomes Boerum Place, turning left onto State Street (Engine 226), then right onto Nevins Street, followed by a left on Atlantic Avenue, a right on Flatbush Avenue, a left on Dean Street, another left onto Vanderbilt Avenue, and then a right onto Pacific Street where they will arrive at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in time for Mass.

The Mass will be broadcast live on the Diocesan cable network NET-TV available on Spectrum channel 97, Verizon Fios channel 548, and Optimum channel 30. The mass can also be viewed online at www.netny.tv.

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BISHOP BRENNAN TO LEAD CELEBRATION OF A SAINT WHO SOUGHT INTERRACIAL JUSTICE THROUGH FAITH

The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, will lead a special Mass in honor of the Feast Day of Saint Peter Claver tomorrow, Friday, September 9, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

Throughout his life, St. Peter Claver cared for African Americans who arrived on slave ships in Cartagena, Colombia by providing them medical care and food.  Over the course of his 40-year ministry, it is estimated that he baptized 300,000 slaves.

The Mass will also commemorate the 101st anniversary of the founding of Saint Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church in Bedford Stuyvesant, the first African American Church in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The Church was founded by Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn, currently under consideration for sainthood for his efforts to establish racial equality. 

Father Alonzo Cox, Coordinator for Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns for the Diocese of Brooklyn, will concelebrate the Mass. The Knights and Ladies Auxiliary of Saint Peter Claver, who work to promote civic and social justice, award scholarships, and nurture youth and family relationships, will be in attendance.

Members of the media are invited to attend and are asked to respond to this e-mail to confirm their attendance.

The Mass will be live-streamed on the Diocesan cable network NET-TV which can be found on Spectrum channel 97, Verizon Fios channel 548 and Optimum channel 30. The mass can also be viewed online at www.netny.tv.

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HUMAN CHAIN ON WILLIAMSBURG STREETS PRAYS FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE

Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Annunciation Parish, this morning led a Human chain from Annunciation Roman Catholic Church, corner of North 5th and Havemeyer Streets, to Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, located at North 5th Street and Driggs Avenue, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

Following a moment of silence, the Annunciation Church bells rang, and the march began, led by the American, Ukrainian, and Lithuanian flags. A prayer service was held outside the Church immediately following Mass celebrated by Ukrainian Catholic Church Bishop Paul Chomnycky of the Eparchy of Stamford. Frank Carone, Chief of Staff to Mayor Eric Adams, was among the guest speakers.

“We come here today to show our support, as we did when the war broke out a couple of months ago, and you came to us and we prayed together for your friends, your family, and your homeland. Even though we are very far away, we are united in prayer that this war will end and that we will stay united in peace, in love, and in faith,” said Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello standing on the steps of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church.

The prayer service also recognized Ukrainian Independence Day, celebrated earlier this week on August 24th, and promoted continued solidarity in word, song, and prayer, among the people of Brooklyn and Ukraine. 

VIMEO Link: https://vimeo.com/743989740

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A prayer service was held outside of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church on Sunday, August 28th.
Bishop Paul Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Eparchy of Stamford.
Bishop Paul Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Church from the Eparchy of Stamford, speaking before the crowd gathered at Holy Ghost, alongside Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello.
Two women who attended the prayer service for Ukraine.
Two of those in attendance at the prayer service stand with their hands over their heart and hold a Ukrainian Flag.
The procession in support of the Ukraine began with the flags of the United States, Lithuania  and the Ukraine.
The human chain and procession began, led by the American, Ukrainian, and Lithuanian flags.

Photo/Video Update: 200th Anniversary Mass Celebrated for First Catholic Church on Long Island

200th ANNIVERSARY MASS CELEBRATED IN BROOKLYN TODAY
FOR FIRST CATHOLIC CHURCH ON LONG ISLAND

         His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, celebrated Mass today in Brooklyn to mark the 200th Anniversary of the parish of St. James, the first Catholic Church to be built on all of Long Island. Bishop Robert Brennan of Brooklyn, and Bishop John Barres of Rockville Centre, concelebrated the 2 p.m. Mass. Hundreds of the faithful filled the pews at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn.

“The faith of an inspired layman, Peter Turner, who approached on behalf of a rather tiny Irish village, he approached my predecessor Bishop Connolly for the first church to be built on Long Island. You know in his eloquent simple letter to Bishop Connelly, he said, we just need a place, a place for prayer and the sacraments, to teach the faith and to bury our dead,” preached Cardinal Dolan. “We praise God I would submit mostly for the faith, the faith that has been planted, nurtured, preached and practiced here, the faith extolled by Jesus in this afternoon’s holy Gospel.”

Prior to the construction of St. James, there was no established church on Long Island, which back then was comprised of Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. For residents of the Village of Brooklyn to attend Mass, they had to commute by boat to Manhattan.  On July 25, 1822, on the Feast of St. James, New York Bishop John Connolly traveled from St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral to bless the cornerstone of the Church designated as St. James.

“Generations have come to this community, sharing different cultures over these 200 years. The neighborhood looks quite different than its early days of 1822, much history has passed and so many changes have taken place coming and going. But you know what is constant here is the proclamation of the Gospel, the celebration of the Eucharist, and the encounter of God’s mercy. We have a lot to be thankful for today,” said Bishop Brennan.

In 1972, Bishop Francis Mugavero officially designated St. James as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Brooklyn.  In 1979, Pope John Paul II visited St. James Cathedral, and in 1982, officially designated the Cathedral as a Basilica.

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Photos courtesy: The Tablet/Jeffrey Bruno

Video courtesy: DeSales Media – https://vimeo.com/739506357

:00 Entrance of priests/bishops

:33 Cardinal Dolan

1:14 Cardinal Dolan

1:35 Bishop Brennan

2:11 Faithful

2:45 Consecration

3:37 Communion

3:57 Choir

Cardinal Dolan entering St. James
Cardinal Dolan entering St. James
Bishop Brennan Welcomes the Faithful to St. James
Bishop Robert Brennan Welcomes the Faithful to the 200th Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. James
Faithful at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. James 200th Anniversary Mass
Faithful at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. James 200th Anniversary Mass
Bishop Brennan Welcomes the Faithful to 200th Anniversary Mass of the Cathedral-Basilica of St. James
Bishop Robert Brennan Welcomes the Faithful to 200th Anniversary Mass of the Cathedral-Basilica of St. James
Faithful at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. James 200th Anniversary Mass
Faithful at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. James 200th Anniversary Mass
Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the Consecration
Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the Consecration
Altar at the 200th Anniversary Mass of the Cathedral-Basilica of St. James
Altar at the 200th Anniversary Mass of the Cathedral-Basilica of St. James

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK CATHOLIC CHURCH MILESTONE: LONG ISLAND’S FIRST CATHOLIC CHURCH, BUILT IN BROOKLYN, CELEBRATES 200 YEARS OF WORSHIP

LONG ISLAND’S FIRST CATHOLIC CHURCH, BUILT IN BROOKLYN, TO CELEBRATE 200th ANNIVERSARY

His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will be the main celebrant and homilist at a special Mass to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the parish of St. James, the first Catholic Church to be built on all of Long Island, on Sunday, August 14, 2022, at 2 p.m.  Bishop Robert Brennan of Brooklyn, and Bishop John Barres of Rockville Centre, will concelebrate the Mass.

“The same Holy Spirit 200 years ago inspired a generation of people to want to build up the Church.  The same Holy Spirit works in the hearts of men and women today,” said Bishop Robert Brennan.

Prior to the construction of St. James, there was no established church on Long Island, which back then was comprised of Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. For residents of the Village of Brooklyn to attend Mass, they had to commute by boat to Manhattan.  On July 25, 1822, on the Feast of St. James, New York Bishop John Connolly traveled from St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral to bless the cornerstone of the Church designated as St. James.

The Diocese continued to build churches and schools throughout Long Island from Brooklyn to Montauk. In 1957, the Diocese of Rockville Centre was established, which altered the boundaries of the Diocese of Brooklyn to include the counties of Kings and Queens.

In 1972, Bishop Francis Mugavero officially designated St. James as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Brooklyn.  It was the Pro-Cathedral until that time as it was the first Church of the Diocese and there were plans to build a bigger cathedral. Those plans were suspended by Bishop John Loughlin, the first Bishop of Brooklyn, due to financial concerns.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II visited St. James Cathedral and in 1982, officially designated the Cathedral as a Basilica.

 St. James is a Neo-Georgian Church that features a spire, a large gallery, and a nave.  From above, the church building reflects construction in the shape of a cross, referred to as cruciform. The stained-glass windows of this brick church were made in Germany. The Cathedral Basilica of St. James is located on Jay Street between Cathedral Place and Chapel Street in downtown Brooklyn.

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*DeSales Studios has produced a documentary on the 200th Anniversary of St. James which will premiere on NET-TV on August 14th at 5 p.m.  To view the trailer, click here:

https://vimeo.com/735611541/fdb168a0d0

135-YEAR-OLD OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL FEAST BEGINS TONIGHT IN BROOKLYN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2022

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CATHOLIC TRADITION KICKS OFF IN WILLIAMSBURG TONIGHT WITH THE
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL FEAST

The 135th Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel begins tonight in Brooklyn with an Opening Night Coronation Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, at 7 pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, located at 275 N 8th Street in Williamsburg.

After tonight’s Mass, a fireworks show will take place at 9 pm. The Italian American feast in Brooklyn, which dates back to 1887, will take place from July 6th – July 17th and include the following special Masses and events:

Sunday, July 10, 11:30 am             Mass in honor of San Paolino

                                                            Celebrated by Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello, Pastor
                                                            Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Annunciation Parish

Sunday, July 10, 1:30 pm              Dancing of the Giglio

Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 pm      Giglio Night Lift; Fireworks 9 pm

Saturday, July 16, 10 am               Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Day English Mass
                                                            Celebrated by Monsignor David Cassato

Saturday, July 16, 2 pm                Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Day English/Italian Mass

                                                           Celebrated by Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio
                                                           Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn

Saturday, July 16, 3 pm                Procession of the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Sunday, July 17, 3 pm                   Old Timers’ Giglio Sunday – Dancing of the Giglio

The Giglio is a seven-story tower structure composed of aluminum, paper-mâché, and plastic painted and decorated with Gigli (flowers) and the image of St. Paulinus. A platform at the base of the tower supports a twelve-piece brass band and singer. The entire assemblage—tower and band—is hoisted and carried by 112 dancing and marching men, the lifters. Each lift begins with the official feast song, written in Williamsburg and used since 1959, “O Giglio e Paradiso.”

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$50,000 REWARD OFFERED IN HOPES OF RETURN OF CHURCH TABERNACLE

The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, today announced a $50,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the return of the Tabernacle stolen from St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Park Slope during the Memorial Day weekend.  The reward is being offered by the company that insures Diocesan properties, in addition to the $3,500 reward publicized by the New York City Police Department earlier this month.

“We continue to pray for the one-of-a-kind Tabernacle, made possible by the original parishioners of St. Augustine, to be returned and then restored, in all its glory, to the heart of this church. However, the theft of this historical item has not robbed the faith of the people of this parish,” said Bishop Robert Brennan.

Earlier this month, Bishop Brennan joined Father Frank Tumino, Pastor of St. Augustine-St. Francis Xavier Parish, at a special Mass that blessed and purified St. Augustine in the wake of the desecration and burglary.

The brazen burglary was discovered in the afternoon of Saturday, May 28, 2022. The thief cut through a metal protective casing and made off with the tabernacle, which has been part of the church since it was built in the late 1800s. This holy sacramental receptacle is irreplaceable due to its historical and artistic value. The angels which flanked the tabernacle were decapitated and destroyed.

At the time the incident was discovered, Father Tumino stated, “To know that a burglar entered the most sacred space of our beautiful church and took great pains to cut into a security system is a heinous act of disrespect.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church is located at 116 6th Avenue (corner of Sterling Place), in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.

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BISHOP BRENNAN CONSECRATES NEW CHURCH ALTARS IN HOWARD BEACH AND BREEZY POINT

The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, this week consecrated two new altars at churches in Queens, including Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach and St. Thomas More in Breezy Point, where the Sanctuary was also renovated.

As part of the special ceremony, the bishop anointed the new altar. In Catholic tradition, the rites of anointing, incensing, covering, and lighting the altar are visible signs of the invisible work that the Lord accomplishes through the Church.

“It is a joy to celebrate the consecration of the new Altar with Bishop Brennan, which represents Christ in the center of the parish community.  I pray that as we celebrate the Eucharist on this Altar, all will be drawn to the heart of Jesus,” said Father Marc Swartvagher, Pastor of Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach.

“The renovation of the Sanctuary and the installation of the new Altar was an opportunity to continue to address repairs needed to the church as a result of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It also was the first time the church was updated since the early 70s. I am very pleased with how it came out and equally happy by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from parishioners,” said Father Michael Gelfant, Pastor of Blessed Trinity Parish which encompasses three churches including St. Thomas More.

“I was honored to be with these parish communities for these two great occasions. This ritual is filled with signs and symbols, one of the more beautiful rituals, that is very, very powerful. We dedicated these altars to God, for the worship of God, to offer the sacrifice of the Eucharist, the altar of Jesus Christ, the altar of His Cross, and His Resurrection. The altar is central to our lives as Catholics and gets us connected to the Lord Jesus Christ.” said Bishop Robert Brennan.

Blessing of the Altar at Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach
Bishop Robert Brennan blessing the Altar at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Howard Beach. (Photo by Vincent Coronati).
Bishop Brennan at Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach to bless the new altar on Saturday, June 11, 2022. (Photos by Vincent Coronati).
Bishop Brennan at Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach to bless the new altar on Saturday, June 11, 2022. (Photos by Vincent Coronati).
Bishop Brennan blessing the altar at St. Thomas More.
Bishop Robert Brennan blessing the altar at St. Thomas More.
Bishop Robert Brennan with members of the Blessed Trinity Sports Program.
Bishop Robert Brennan with members of the Blessed Trinity Sports Program.

BROOKLYN SCHOOL FILLS WITH SUPPORT, HOPE, AND DONATIONS FOR STUDENT DIAGNOSED WITH NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in Brooklyn today hosted a “Wear Lime Green” donation dress-down day to show their support and raise money for 7th grader Marco Wilen who has recently been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

In addition to the dress-down, the fundraiser included the sale of desserts and treats donated by Frost-A-Cake. There was also a basketball tournament for the students of grades 4-8, featuring a Free Throw and Three-Point contest which was also part of the fundraiser.

Financial donations are still being accepted and can be made by sending a check payable to Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in Brooklyn with “Marko” written on the envelope, or through Venmo @OurladyofGraceschool-AlumniAss. All funds raised will support his family and medical-related expenses.

Kelly Wolf is the Principal of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy located in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn.

To watch the video from the event, click on this VIMEO link: https://vimeo.com/720361870

Treats donated by Frost A Cake
Treats Donated by Frost A Cake to support the Our Lady of Grace fundraiser for 7th-grade student Marko Wilen.
A picture of some of the students who participated in the dress down day and basketball tournament to raise money for their fellow student.
A picture of some of the students who participated in the lime green dress-down day and basketball tournament to raise money for their fellow student.
Marco Wilen and a friend playing basketball during the fundraiser.
Marco Wilen and a friend played basketball during the fundraiser to help him pay his medical expenses due to his recent diagnosis.