Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio delivers homily focused on Racism in our culture and Church The Bishop highlights the work of the Diocesan Commission on Racism and Social Justice

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Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio delivers homily focused on Racism in our culture and Church

The Bishop highlights the work of the Diocesan Commission on Racism and Social Justice

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, delivered his homily on this Trinity Sunday at the 11 a.m. English Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, broadcast live on NET-TV, on the evil of racism and what society and the Church must do to bring about change.

“In our situation today as we see many protesting the horrible death of George Floyd, we recognize the anguish that comes from a deeper understanding of the inequalities in our own society and the burden that people of color must bear,” said Bishop DiMarzio.

In his remarks, the Bishop decried the violence and looting by people who purposely look to create anarchy in our society and destroy the rightful message of the protestors. As a Church and a family of faith, Bishop DiMarzio says we must stand and assist our brothers and sisters.

“Only when we find the love of God and bring that love to others will things change.” He also looked to the words of Martin Luther King, who said, “this time is cluttered with the wreckage of communities that have surrendered to hatred and violence. For the salvation of our nation and the salvation of mankind, we must follow another way. This does not mean that we abandon our righteous efforts, but we shall not in the process relinquish our privilege and obligation to love. This is the only way to create beloved communities.”

The Diocese of Brooklyn fully endorses the conversations currently taking place about racism. Only by talking about this difficult topic can there begin to be an understanding of what is still happening to people of color in Brooklyn and Queens, who make up half of our Diocese.

More than two years ago, the Diocese formalized these conversations. In 2017, after the Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist demonstrations, Bishop DiMarzio established the Commission on Racism and Social Justice to look into racism within the Church. The Commission held hearings and received over 500 messages which have helped to understand the issues.

As a result of what it learned, the Commission held meetings with priests of the Diocese to help them understand how to preach about racism. There were also meetings with Catholic school teachers focused on teaching lessons aimed at preventing the seeds of racism from growing. “Racism is a learned behavior.  People are not born as racists.  Racism is learned in different ways, even if it is not taught specifically.  It is picked up by attitudes, feelings, and words.  We need to work in our Catholic schools where we have some influence to make sure that our young people today do not pick up the racist attitudes of the past,” said Bishop DiMarzio.

The Bishop acknowledged the Diocese has to do more to see how it can deal with the feelings and the reality that racism exists in the Church. “What we must understand is that societal change on the evil of racism must happen.”

 

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Video of today’s Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sje9zGZU0qo&feature=youtu.be

Courtesy: DeSales Media Group/NET-TV

10:53 – Homily by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio begins

14:11 “In our situation today as we see many protesting the horrible death of George Floyd, we recognize the anguish that comes from a deeper understanding of the inequalities in our own society and the burden that people of color must bear”

15:35 “What we must understand is that societal change on the evil of racism must happen”

14:47 Martin Luther King Jr in his wonderful understanding of non-violence once said that “this time is cluttered with the wreckage of communities that have surrendered to hatred and violence. For the salvation of our nation and the salvation of mankind, we must follow another way. This does not mean that we abandon our righteous efforts, but we shall not in the process relinquish our privilege and obligation to love. This is the only way to create beloved communities”

17:06 “Racism is a learned behavior.  People are not born as racists.  Racism is learned in different ways, even if it is not taught specifically.  It is picked up by attitudes, feelings, and words.  We need to work in our Catholic schools where we have some influence to make sure that our young people today do not pick up the racist attitudes of the past”

19:29 “Only when we find the love of God and bring that love to others will things change”

 

BISHOP DIMARZIO URGES CHRISTIANS TO BE FIERCE, BUT PEACEFUL, OPPOSITION TO RACISM

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BISHOP DIMARZIO URGES CHRISTIANS TO BE FIERCE, BUT PEACEFUL, OPPOSITION TO RACISM

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has issued the following statement regarding this week’s racially divisive events in Minneapolis and New York City that have sparked tensions in those cities and throughout the Nation, calling for our response to be peaceful in the face of the evil that is racism:

 

“In Minneapolis, a black man suspected of a crime was handcuffed and brutalized by a policeman, which caused his death. The same week here in New York, a woman called police on a man falsely claiming he was threatening her with harm – his only crime was being a person of color.

 

These instances have led to protests and violence since persons of color feel they have no recourse. We Christians must be fierce in our opposition to the evil of racism, but we must respond peacefully and remember the Lord’s call to us to love one another as He loves us.”

 

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CATHOLIC ACADEMY AND PARISH IN QUEENS COMMITTED TO NEVER FORGETTING HOST VIRTUAL MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2020

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CATHOLIC ACADEMY AND PARISH IN QUEENS COMMITTED TO NEVER FORGETTING HOST VIRTUAL MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE

The Diocese of Brooklyn is announcing that Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy and St. Anastasia Parish in the Douglaston section of Queens, hosted a virtual Memorial Day event this morning broadcast on YouTube and Facebook. To view the presentation, visit the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JIPUsJ

The virtual event paid tribute and honored members of the United States Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. The event included prayer, reflection and a special patriotic tribute to service members lost in the Queens community, as well as those who have died as a result of the Coronavirus.

Father Mark Bristol, a former priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, now U.S. Navy Chaplain stationed aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, recorded a video message for the virtual event. The program also featured an interview with Dr. Christopher Campese, an Academy parent and St. Anastasia parishioner, who discussed his service on the front lines during the Coronavirus.

The school recently hosted a Memorial Day essay contest and the two winning essays are read by the students as part of the program.

For any interview requests with the students or school leadership, please contact John Quaglione at jquaglione@desalesmedia.org.

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Diocese of Brooklyn Churches Can Begin to Re-open May 26

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Diocese of Brooklyn Churches Can Begin to Re-open for Private Prayer on May 26
Funerals, Baptisms, and Weddings can Commence Following Safety Guidelines

         The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, is pleased to announce that churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn can re-open for private prayer and devotion beginning Tuesday, May 26. Masks will be required of all who enter a church. Funerals and limited celebrations of Baptisms and Weddings can also begin.

“It has been a challenging few months for Catholics in Brooklyn and Queens. We know many people have eagerly been awaiting the day our churches would open. While we cannot celebrate Mass just yet, it is so important that we can now enter for prayer.  It is my hope that this will give many of our faithful great comfort during this difficult time,” said Bishop DiMarzio. Mass continues to be streamed online and broadcast on the Diocesan cable channel, NET-TV.

Beyond the requirement to wear masks, the Diocese urges anyone who feels sick in any way not to come to church for prayer. Entry to the church will be limited to ten people, as per New York State guidelines, and all who enter the church must maintain the six feet social distancing regulation at all times. Funerals, Baptisms, and Weddings will also be limited to ten people, with everyone required to wear a mask.

Additionally, the faithful are being asked to check with individual parishes for the specific hours their church will be open for prayer. Ushers and/or volunteers will be present to assist with social distancing.

Diocese of Brooklyn churches have been closed since March 20 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The reopening of churches is Phase 1 of a multi-phase plan that will ultimately lead to the resumption of Mass when there are no longer the government requirements limiting the number of people at a service to 10. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass remains in effect until further notice.

The Diocesan Committee on Re-opening Churches is being led by Joseph Esposito, the former New York City Emergency Management Commissioner, who brings 45 years of experience in the New York City Police Department, including his role as Chief of Department.

“We are consulting with medical and health professionals to ensure the safety of all priests and parishioners who enter Brooklyn and Queens churches. In my nearly 50 years of service to the city, this is one of the hardest issues I have had to deal with. The risks are great which is why we have to get things right the first time,” said Commissioner Esposito.

“As we begin the process of reopening our churches, we must understand that we will not be able to resume church life as we enjoyed it before. There will be a series of changes designed to keep everyone healthy and safe during prayer and worship.  I am confident that we will respond, as faithful People of God, to the challenges placed before us,” said Bishop DiMarzio.

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NET-TV Airing “Memorial for Us All” Lincoln Center COVID-19 Tribute Concert Featuring Broadway Star Norm Lewis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2020

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Diocese of Brooklyn’s NET-TV Airing “Memorial for Us All” Lincoln Center COVID-19

Tribute Concert Featuring Broadway Star Norm Lewis this Evening

 

The Diocese of Brooklyn is proud to announce the Memorial for Us All concert will air this evening, May 17 at 6 p.m. on NET-TV, the cable channel of the Diocese. The performance, which will feature Broadway star Norm Lewis, will honor and celebrate those who have died as a result of COVID-19.

 

The initiative is organized by interfaith leaders throughout New York City, including the Diocese of Brooklyn, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

 

“We are happy to partner with Lincoln Center and interfaith partners to present this tribute to those who have fallen during this pandemic and those who grieve their loss. Music offers comfort and healing in difficult times, and today we need it more than ever,” said Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn, and Chairman and President of the DeSales Media Group.

 

Anyone who has lost someone during this pandemic is invited to submit the name of a friend or family member to be honored at LincolnCenter.org/MemorialForUsAll.

 

NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30), and FIOS by Verizon (Channel 48). The pre-recorded tribute will also be shown on The Tablet Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thetablet, and NET-TV’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NETTVny/.

 

Memorial For Us All Tribute Concert

Sunday at 6:00 pm ET

 

Artist Featured: 

Norm Lewis

 

Organizational Partners:

Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

The Interfaith Center of New York

New York Disaster Interfaith Services

The Center for Faith and Community Partnerships, NYC Office of the Mayor

The New York Board of Rabbis Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Distributes 17,600 meals at Pop-Up Food Pantry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2020

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Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Distributes 17,600 meals at Pop-Up Food Pantry

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens today distributed 17,600 meals and served 1,725 individuals at an Emergency Pop-Up Food Pantry at St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in the Elmhurst section of Queens, a neighborhood severely impacted by the Coronavirus.

At today’s event, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens:

  • Distributed a total of 17,600 meals in 4,800 bags of food;
  • Served over 1,600 individuals who each received 3 bags of food consisting of 11 meals total; Bags contained dry staple goods, produce, apples, tortillas, and juices.
  • Distributed $25 and $50 supermarket gift cards to another 125 individuals.
  • Offered access to supportive services via the CCBQ call center and behavioral health services via telehealth.

Since March 24 Catholic Charities has: 

  • Provided over 71,400 meals at emergency Pop-Up Food Distributions in Brooklyn and Queens.
  • Provided over 100,000 meals at our food pantries.
  • Witnessed a massive 200 percent increase in demand for food at our existing food pantries.

The Emergency Pop-Up Food Distribution is organized and funded by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens as a direct response to our neighbors in need in both boroughs. To help support these events, donate to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens at www.ccbq.org.

According to the New York City Department of Health, as of May 12, Queens has seen 57,178 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 4,571 reported deaths, the second largest number of cases in New York City. Brooklyn and Queens account for nearly 60 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the New York metropolitan area. Elmhurst is one of the most ethnically diverse zip codes in the United States.

Photos attached (Courtesy of Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens)

Photos #1 and #2 – Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens staff and volunteers serving those in need at the Emergency Pop-Up Event at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Elmhurst.

Photo #3 is of Monsignor Alfred LoPinto, CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, and Vicar for Human Services for the Diocese of Brooklyn, offering prayer and encouragement to staff and volunteers, prior to the distribution event’s start today at St. Bartholomew’s.

Photo #4- The Diocese of Brooklyn Emergency Task Force who donated masks at today’s event, and has distributed 20,000 masks at Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens Pop-Up events over the past six weeks.

POPUP food pantry

Charities of Brooklyn and Queens regarding an Emergency Pop-Up Food Pantry event taking place at St. Bartholomew’s Roman Catholic Church located in the Elmhurst section of Queens

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The Diocese of Brooklyn Press Office is sharing this media advisory on behalf of our colleagues at Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens regarding an Emergency Pop-Up Food Pantry event taking place at St. Bartholomew’s Roman Catholic Church located in the Elmhurst section of Queens. 

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Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens to Distribute 4,800 bags at an Emergency Pop-Up Food Pantry in Elmhurst Queens Tomorrow 

WHAT: Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens will distribute 4,800 bags at an Emergency Pop-Up Food Pantry in Elmhurst at St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church located at 87-34 Whitney Avenue in Elmhurst, Queens tomorrow, Friday, May 15, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

At tomorrow’s event, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens will:

  • Hand out 4,800 bags of food;
  • Serve 1,600 individuals;
  • Each individual will receive 3 bags of food consisting of 11 meals total; Bags will contain dry staple goods, produce, apples, tortillas, and juices.
  • Distribute a total of nearly 17,600 meals;
  • Individuals will receive access to supportive services via our call center and behavioral health services via telehealth; and outreach material encouraging participants to self-respond to the 2020 Census.

Since March 24 Catholic Charities will have:

  • Provided over 71,400 meals at emergency Pop-Up Food Distributions in Brooklyn and Queens. 
  • Provided over 100,000 meals at our food pantries.
  • Witnessed a massive 200 percent increase in demand for food at our existing food pantries. 

Photography and interviews will be available with organizers and recipients. Please contact Lucy Garrido-Mota at Lucy.garrido-mota@ccbq.org or call 718-722-6211.

The Emergency Pop-Up Food Distribution is organized and funded by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens as a direct response to our neighbors in need in both boroughs. To help, donate to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens at www.ccbq.org.

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DESALES MEDIA ANNOUNCES CATHOLIC MASS NOW BROADCASTING LIVE IN EIGHT LANGUAGES ON NET-TV DAILY AND ON SUNDAYS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2020

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DESALES MEDIA ANNOUNCES CATHOLIC MASS NOW BROADCASTING LIVE IN EIGHT LANGUAGES ON NET-TV DAILY AND ON SUNDAYS

DeSales Media Group, the communications and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, today is announcing the NET-TV broadcast schedule of live weekday Masses, has expanded to eight, with the addition of Mass in Igbo, one of the main languages of Nigeria. The first Igbo language weekday Mass aired live today at 11:30 AM. The weekly Sunday schedule also now features eight live Masses.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NET-TV has served as the main link to the Word of God for the faithful of the Diocese, offering Masses in English, Italian, Spanish, Creole, Korean, Polish, and Mandarin. All Masses are broadcast from the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

“DeSales Media remains committed to bringing the celebration of the Eucharist into the homes of the faithful during these uncertain times. Now in eight languages daily and on Sundays, we are affording many the opportunity to hear the Word of God in their native tongue. We continue to pray for those who have fallen ill and who have perished from the Coronavirus, and for the brave doctors, nurses, law enforcement personnel, and caregivers on the front lines,” said Reverend Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington, President & Chairman of DeSales Media Group and Vicar of Communications.

NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum-channel 97, Optimum-channel 30, and FIOS by Verizon-channel 48. The Mass will also be streamed on our website at www.netny.tv/masses and on NET-TV’s Facebook page.

A graphic of the complete broadcast schedule is attached.

 

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Diocese of Brooklyn’s NET-TV to air “Memorial for Us All” COVID-19 Pandemic Tribute Concert from Lincoln Center Sunday, May 10 at 6 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2020

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Diocese of Brooklyn’s NET-TV to air “Memorial for Us All” COVID-19 Pandemic

Tribute Concert from Lincoln Center Sunday, May 10 at 6 pm

 

The Diocese of Brooklyn is proud to announce the Memorial for Us All concert will air this Sunday, May 10 at 6 p.m. on NET-TV, the cable channel of the Diocese. The performance will honor and celebrate those who have died as a result of COVID-19.

 

The initiative is organized by interfaith leaders throughout New York City, including the Diocese of Brooklyn, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

“We are happy to partner with Lincoln Center and interfaith partners to present this tribute to those who have fallen during this pandemic and those who grieve their loss. Music offers comfort and healing in difficult times, and today we need it more than ever,” said Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn, and Chairman and President of the DeSales Media Group.

Anyone who has lost someone during this pandemic is invited to submit the name of a friend or family member to be honored at LincolnCenter.org/MemorialForUsAll.

NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30), and FIOS by Verizon (Channel 48). The pre-recorded tribute will also be shown on The Tablet Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thetablet, and NET-TV’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NETTVny/.

 

Memorial For Us All Tribute Concert

Sunday at 6:00 pm ET

 

Artist Featured: 

Yo-Yo Ma (May 10)

 

Organizational Partners:

The Interfaith Center of New York

New York Disaster Interfaith Services

Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

The Center for Faith and Community Partnerships, NYC Office of the Mayor

The New York Board of Rabbis Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Jazz at Lincoln Center

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CATHOLIC MASSES WILL NOW BROADCAST LIVE IN EIGHT LANGUAGES STARTING SUNDAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2020

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NET-TV EXPANDS LIVE SCHEDULE TO INCLUDE NIGERIAN MASS IN IGBO

CATHOLIC MASSES WILL NOW BROADCAST LIVE IN EIGHT LANGUAGES STARTING SUNDAY

DeSales Media Group, the communications and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, today has announced the broadcast schedule of live Masses will be expanded to include Mass in Igbo, one of the main languages of Nigeria. The Igbo language Mass can be seen live each Sunday at 4:00 PM on NET-TV, beginning this Sunday, May 10, 2020. The weekday Igbo Masses will be aired live at 11:30 AM.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NET-TV has served as the main link to the Word of God for the faithful of the Diocese, offering Masses in English, Italian, Spanish, Creole, Korean, Polish, and Mandarin. All Masses broadcast from the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

 “There are moments in our life that make us pause and ask questions on what life is all about and our real mission on Earth. These moments make us rediscover our inabilities and the importance of leaning on that which is beyond time and space. The COVID-19 pandemic crisis is one of those moments. Thanks to NET-TV and their staff for their efforts to bring about the live telecast of the Igbo Mass. It has rejuvenated our people and will help us build on our divine connections and join in greater solidarity,” said Father Cosmas Nzeabalu, Coordinator of the Nigerian Ministry for the Diocese of Brooklyn.

“DeSales Media remains committed to bringing the celebration of the Eucharist into the homes of the faithful during these uncertain times. That is why we have further enhanced our schedule so that the Nigerian (Igbo) Catholic community may hear the Word of God in their native tongue. We continue to pray for those who have fallen ill and who have perished from the Coronavirus, and for the brave doctors, nurses, law enforcement personnel, and caregivers on the front lines,” said Reverend Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington, President & Chairman of DeSales Media Group and Vicar of Communications.

NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum-channel 97, Optimum-channel 30, and FIOS by Verizon-channel 48. The Mass will also be streamed on our website at www.netny.tv/masses and on NET-TV’s Facebook page.

A graphic of the complete broadcast schedule is attached.

 

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