Pilgrimages to Italy and the Philippines

The Diocese of Brooklyn has organized two pilgrimages to two very exciting locales! The first one will take you to Sordevolo, Italy to witness the world-famous Passion Play, as well as visits to the cities of Rome, Assisi, Venice, Padua, and the Piedmont region of Italy. Bishop Raymond Chappetto and Msgr. Steven Aguggia will chaplain the trip. For more information on this amazing opportunity, click here.

The second pilgrimage will be to the 51st International Eucharistic Conference in Cebu, Philippines from January 22 to February 1, 2016. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan and will both be making the trip! For more information or to register for this once-in-a-lifetime trip, click here.

We hope to see you on one (or both!) of these pilgrimages!

Young Adult Retreat

To all our young friends out there, we hope you can join us for a Young Adult Retreat in June! This Day of Reflection is open to anyone ages 18-39 and will feature a day of talks, Mass, reflections and fellowship!

The retreat will take place on June 13, beginning at 9 AM and concluding at 4 PM at Queen of All Saints Church in Brooklyn. The day will be led by Megan Fraino, Campus Minister from St. John’s University and Mass will be celebrated by Fr. James Kuroly, the Chaplain for Adolescent and Young Adult Faith Formation in the Brooklyn Diocese. Admission is $5 per person and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Click here for our informational flyer or contact Paul Morisi at pmorisi@diobrook.org

You can register any time at www.bqonlineformation.org. 

Young Adult Cruise

The Young Adults Group From St. Thomas Aquinas in Flatlands is organizing a 6 night Western Caribbean cruise retreat aboard the Carnival Conquest, which will sail January 17, 2016 – January 23, 2016 round trip Fort Lauderdale, Florida! Persons of any age are welcome. Ports of call are Key West, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.

Retreat activities will include daily mass, penance, Catholic trivia, Theology on Tap, Reflections with Father Dwayne, and a Young Adults Dinner.  Initial deposits are due March 28, 2015.

For more information or to reserve your cabin, call CruiseOne – Vincent Vigueras, Bert Vigueras at 800-619-1694 or e-mail bvigueras@cruiseone.com. You can also click here to view a flyer for the cruise or here for an information page with dates of events and pricing.

Joint Diocesan Jornada Thanksgiving

ThanksgivingYouth 2Join us on Wednesday, November 26 for a Thanksgiving Eve Youth Celebration hosted by the Jornada Movement and the Office of Faith Formation! Fr. Joseph Espaillat II will be the special guest and guest speaker. Join us to celebrate our faith and friendship!

The festivities begin at 7 PM at the Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. For more information, contact Paul Morisi (pmorisi@diobrook.org) or Fr. James Kuroly (jkuroly@cathedralprep.org).

All are welcome, bring a friend!

Bishop DiMarzio’s Homily At The Diocesan Pilgrimage

Below is the transcript of the homily delivered on Oct. 25, 2014 at the Diocesan Pilgrimage at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.:

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 11.29.11 AMWe come as a diocese once again to the beautiful Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  This year we dedicate our prayer and sacrifice for the persecuted Christians of the Middle East and all victims of terrorism.  Today, we have chosen the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians because, indeed, the Christians of the Middle East are in need of her motherly intercession and care.  In our First Reading today, the Word of God goes directly to the entrance of evil into the world.  God created the world to be good.  Because of the disobedience of man and woman, however, evil entered the world.  The scene in the Book of Genesis portrays for us the cunning work of the serpent devil and the contradictory nature of evil itself.  The great theologian St. Thomas Aquinas taught that even when man or women choose evil, somehow each believe that they are choosing something that is good for him or her.  Yes, Adam and Eve wanted to know more.  They wanted to be like God.  And, so, when the serpent tempted Eve to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge which had been forbidden by God, she succumbs to that temptation and, in fact, took it to her husband and he too ate of the forbidden fruit.  The trick of Satan is still in our world today to present evil under the appearance of good.  Radical Islam, that today persecutes our brothers and sisters in Christ, appears to these people to be something good.  They must rid the world of those who will not accept their truth of Islam.  And so they pervert their own religion and ruthlessly take the lives of others, or force them to convert or displace them from their own lands.  Evil is not easily conquered, however, it is our Blessed Mother, Mary, who is our hope and intercessor.

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