St. Pancras: Parish Life During the Pandemic

By Juan Perez, Director of Faith Formation, St. Pancras Church

As the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic increased in great numbers, the State of New York set restrictions for the health and safety of the public. It became apparent that this was going to affect our Parish life. Reverend Francis J. Hughes, Pastor of St. Pancras Roman Catholic Church, and I, as Director of Faith Formation, needed to come up with a plan for completing the rest of the year’s program. The schools were closed, the church was closed, and our program was suspended until further notice.

For us, faith formation is a very important piece in the life of the Church. After meeting with Father Hughes, we spoke about many ideas. As a result, we came to the conclusion that we needed to have the catechists, the parents, and the students involved as much as we could. Our idea was to create PDF remote lessons for the students, and this is how we did it. First, we contacted the 11 catechists, who teach 1st through 8th grades, and explained our ideas. Then, we sent an email to the parents, explaining the procedure for the rest of the school year.

  • Each catechist was asked to send me an assessment for each chapter, for a total of eight weeks.
  • Next, I converted the lessons into fill-in PDF forms.
  • The PDF forms were sent to each catechist with the names of the students and respective emails.
  • Every week, the catechists sent the remote lessons to the parents with the directions and due dates.
  • It was suggested that the parents work with their children to read chapters and complete the lessons. Upon completion, the parents were asked to send the completed lessons to their catechist.
  • After the catechists received the completed lessons from the parents, they recorded the students as present on the attendance sheet.
  • Every week, I kept in contact with the catechists and my pastor to review how the process was going.

At the conclusion of the school year, we promoted all of those students who were involved in the program. Father Hughes and I met to review the procedures we followed during the pandemic.  We agreed that our plan of having the catechists, the parents, and the children involved with the remote lessons was very successful, and we were pleased with the outcome. In addition, Father and I spoke about registration for the next school year.  Father suggested that we should try implementing online registrations and payments, which are already in motion.

After receiving my Master’s Degree in Systematic Theology in 2015, I wanted to do more for the Church and explore new ways to evangelize by taking advantage of the new technology. As a result, I have been using Facebook Live to preach the Gospel of the Lord in a different way. Thanks to this, about 40,000 people follow my Bible teachings and reflections on my Facebook page, Comunidad Catolica Fuego de Dios, translated in English, Catholic Community of God’s Fire.

In response to the request of many Latinos within the Diocese of Brooklyn and surrounding communities, my online teaching sessions increased enormously. When the coronavirus pandemic broke out, I had to reinvent myself by transforming my bedroom into a mini-stream studio in order to be able to teach online through Zoom and Facebook rooms. To make the lessons more interesting, I incorporated Power Point presentations and prayers. The sessions also include live music with ministers from God’s Fire International Music Ministry, who connected with me through Zoom and Facebook Live. The viewers are given the opportunity to interact and make prayer requests. As a result, each presentation has between 8,000 and 20,000 viewers with very positive feedback.

The online presentations have opened other doors for me. Members of the Latino communities expressed an interest in having me prepare and offer retreats all over the United States, and including some other countries. These retreats are offered to young people, men, women, and families. This experience has changed my life because I see the pain, the suffering, and the desire to have a real and sincere relationship with God.

For years, I have written and produced music and videos for our Catholic community, based in the teachings and the Doctrine of the Church, which have had a very positive impact in the communities I have served. I am also in the process of releasing my new album, We Are Israel, and my upcoming book, Rise Up with Power.

Check me up on Facebook, on Instagram: @juancofgod, and YouTube – Camilo Perez.

To the Faithful of the Diocese in Brooklyn & Queens on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

 

May 1, 2020
St. Joseph the Worker

To the Faithful of the Diocese in Brooklyn & Queens:

As you read this letter, we are in the midst of the Easter Season. We rejoice in the risen Jesus and in what that Resurrection means for us who are members of His Body. By His Cross and Resurrection, Christ has set us free.

Yet, as much as we believe and rejoice in that Paschal mystery, we are celebrating in a very difficult and challenging time. Our observance of Lent this year was marked by unexpected and unwelcome penances for which we did not ask. Easter is marred by the same. We always trust in Jesus and His promise to be with us always and His command to us not to fear.

The pandemic we are experiencing has done many things. It has, first of all, taken from us some of our loved ones. Many of us have experienced the suffering of so many sick people.

At the same time we have also seen the strength and resilience of many of our first responders, doctors, nurses and other medical personnel, and so many more who are considered to be essential workers. This has moved us to feel and express a gratitude which we perhaps should have expressed previously. So we mourn our beloved dead, we continue to pray for the sick among us and we thank those who help bravely.

Our spiritual lives have changed, too. We have experienced the closure of our churches. How painful this is to us, who feel that the Church is a “second home” in so many ways. We have been unable to receive the sacraments. I am thinking most especially of the Sacrament of Penance and Eucharist.

Please allow me to reflect on that for a moment. The sacraments are indeed the way that Jesus chose to remain in our lives and the way that we continue to experience His presence and work among us. Nothing can replace that for us. It is most especially true in the Eucharist where Jesus is truly and substantially present to us that we experience Him in a unique and irreplaceable way. However, this experience has also taught us that Jesus cannot be limited.

He cannot be contained. We can and do experience Him in many different ways. A sincere Act of Contrition and a Spiritual Communion, while not replacements for the sacraments, are ways to allow Jesus into our lives. We have even been unable to mourn our dead in the ways we are accustomed to doing. While this is heart breaking, we know that God’s mercy is overwhelming and we can pray for our loved ones at all times.

The closing of our churches has been unavoidable, as Brooklyn and Queens has had nearly 60% of all cases of Covid-19 in New York City. Though there are many who doubt and even publicly speak out against the decisions made to close churches and maintain social distancing, please know that decisions like these have not been taken lightly, especially in this Diocese where Brooklyn and Queens are literally at the epicenter of the crisis in New York City, which is the epicenter of the United States. We have had to resort to these desperate measures to prevent the further loss of life and spread of disease. Life is God’s great gift and we must protect it.

That is why our churches will remain closed until it is safe to reopen them, a decision that will be made by Diocese of Brooklyn with the assistance of Mr. Joseph Esposito (former Commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management for New York City) in conjunction with public health authorities. When our churches do reopen, unfortunately, we will not be able to resume church life as we enjoyed it before. There will be changes to keep everyone healthy and safe. We will respond as always, as faithful People of God, to the challenges placed before us. I ask that we all strive to understand, to adapt and to rise up to these challenges. I want to thank our priests and deacons who have learned new ways to minister to you: for streamed Masses and retreats, homilies and talks, and various other engaging events on line which all help us remain close as the parish families we are and keep our spirits lifted as joy- filled Christians.

We continue to pray for our beloved dead, may they rest in peace; and we pray for the sick that they will experience the presence of Christ the Healer; for our governmental leaders; for our dedicated first responders, doctors, nurses, medical personnel, funeral directors, and essential workers; for the clergy and religious of our Diocese and for us all. May the Lord, who is Mercy Itself, lead us out of this difficult time and into a time of good health and new life.

The month of May is dedicated in a particular way to our Blessed Mother. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked us to pray the Rosary most fervently this month for an end to this pandemic. We place our trust in the intercession of Mary and of her blessed spouse St. Joseph whose feast we celebrate today, May 1st. Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us! St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!

With an assurance of my continued remembrance of you in prayer, I am Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D.
Bishop of Brooklyn

 

1 de mayo de 2020
San José el Trabajador

A los fieles de la Diócesis en Brooklyn y Queens:

El leer esta carta, nosotros estamos en medio de la celebración de la Pascua. Nos regocijamos en Jesús resucitado y en lo que esa resurrección significa para nosotros quienes somos miembros de su cuerpo.

Por su cruz y resurrección, Cristo nos ha liberado. Sin embargo, por mucho que creamos y nos regocijemos en ese misterio pascual, estamos celebrando en un momento muy difícil y desafiante. Nuestra observación de la Cuaresma este año estuvo marcada por penitencias inesperadas y desagradables que no solicitamos. La Pascua se ve empañada de la misma forma. Siempre confiamos en Jesús y en su promesa de estar con nosotros siempre y en su mandato a nosotros de no temer.

La pandemia que estamos experimentando ha hecho muchas cosas. En primer lugar, nos ha quitado algunos de nuestros seres queridos. Muchos de nosotros hemos experimentado el sufrimiento de tantas personas enfermas. Al mismo tiempo, también hemos visto la fuerza y la resistencia de muchos de nuestros equipos de primeros auxilios, médicos, enfermeras y otro personal médico, y muchos más que consideramos trabajadores esenciales. Esto nos ha llevado a sentir y expresar una gratitud que quizás deberíamos haber expresado previamente. Lloramos a nuestros seres queridos, seguimos rezando por los enfermos entre nosotros y agradecemos a quienes nos ayudan con valentía.

Nuestras vidas espirituales también han cambiado. Hemos experimentado el cierre de nuestras iglesias. Qué doloroso es esto para nosotros, que sentimos que la Iglesia es un “segundo hogar” en muchos sentidos. No hemos podido recibir los sacramentos. Estoy pensando especialmente en el Sacramento de la Penitencia y la Eucaristía.

Permítame reflexionar sobre esto por un momento. Los sacramentos son, de hecho, la forma en la cual Jesús eligió permanecer en nuestras vidas y la forma como continuamos experimentando su presencia y su trabajo entre nosotros. Nada puede reemplazar eso para nosotros. Esto es especialmente cierto en la Eucaristía, donde Jesús está presente de manera real y sustancial para
nosotros, lo experimentamos de una manera única e insustituible. Sin embargo, esta experiencia también nos ha enseñado que Jesús no puede ser limitado. No puede ser contenido. Podemos y lo experimentamos de muchas maneras diferentes. Un acto de contrición sincero y una comunión espiritual, aunque no reemplazan a los Sacramentos, son formas de permitir que Jesús entre en nuestras vidas. Incluso no hemos podido llorar a nuestros difuntos de la forma en que estamos acostumbrados a hacerlo. Si bien esto es desgarrador, sabemos que la misericordia de Dios es contundente y podemos orar por nuestros seres queridos en todo momento.

El cierre de nuestras Iglesias ha sido inevitable, ya que Brooklyn y Queens han tenido cerca del 60% de todos los casos en la ciudad de Nueva York. Aunque hay muchos que dudan e incluso hablan públicamente en contra de las decisiones tomadas para cerrar Iglesias y mantener el distanciamiento social, sepan que decisiones como estas no se han tomado a la ligera, especialmente en esta Diócesis donde Brooklyn y Queens están literalmente en el epicentro de la crisis en la ciudad de Nueva York,
que es el epicentro de los Estados Unidos. Hemos tenido que recurrir a estas medidas desesperadas para evitar una mayor pérdida de vidas y la propagación de enfermedades. La vida es el gran regalo de Dios y debemos protegerla.

Esta es la razón por la cual nuestras iglesias permanecerán cerradas hasta que sea seguro reabrirlas, una decisión que será tomada por la Diócesis de Brooklyn, con la ayuda del señor Joseph Esposito (ex comisionado de la Oficina de Emergencias de la ciudad de Nueva York) y junto con las autoridades de salud pública. Cuando nuestras iglesias vuelvan a abrir, en el futuro cercano, desafortunadamente no podremos reanudar la vida de la Iglesia como la vivíamos antes. Habrá cambios para mantener a todos saludables y protegidos. Responderemos como siempre, como pueblo fiel de Dios, a los desafíos que se nos presenten. Pido que todos nos esforcemos por comprender, adaptarnos y hacer frente a estos desafíos. Quiero agradecer a nuestros sacerdotes y diáconos que han aprendido nuevas formas de servirle a ustedes: con Misas y retiros, homilías y charlas, y varios otros eventos interesantes transmitidos en las redes, que nos ayudan a permanecer unidos como familias parroquiales y mantener nuestros espíritus levantados como cristianos llenos de alegría.

Continuamos orando por nuestros seres queridos que han fallecido y le pedimos a Dios que descansen en su eterna gloria; por nuestra familia, amigos, sacerdotes, diáconos y religiosos y por los enfermos para que experimenten la presencia de Cristo el Sanador; por nuestros trabajadores esenciales y líderes gubernamentales; por nuestros líderes religiosos y por todos nosotros. Que el Señor, quien es la misericordia misma, nos guíe fuera de este momento difícil y hacia un tiempo de buena salud y vida
nueva.

El mes de mayo está dedicado de manera particular a nuestra Santísima Madre. Nuestro Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco, nos ha pedido rezar el Rosario más fervientemente este mes para poner fin a esta pandemia. Confiamos en la intercesión de María y de su bendito esposo San José, cuya fiesta celebramos hoy, 1 de mayo. María, Madre de la Iglesia, ruega por nosotros. San José, Patrono de la Iglesia Universal, ¡ruega por nosotros!

Con la promesa de mi continuo recuerdo de ustedes en oración,

Sinceramente en Cristo

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio,
Obispo de Brooklyn


CATHOLIC STUDENTS IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO OUR BLESSED MOTHER, AS OUR NATION IS REDEDICATED TO HER

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CATHOLIC STUDENTS IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO OUR BLESSED MOTHER, AS OUR NATION IS REDEDICATED TO HER

 

Archbishop José Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of Los Angeles, this afternoon led our Nation in the re-consecration of the United States to Mary, the Mother of the Church, on this first day of May, the month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The prayer service was broadcast live on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s cable channel NET-TV and was streamed live on the Diocese of Brooklyn Facebook page.

 

Prior to the broadcast, NET-TV aired a special 3-minute video showing Catholic school students from throughout Brooklyn and Queens paying tribute to the Blessed Mother. The video which begins with a student singing “Hail Mary – Gentle Woman,” features photos of students crowning statues of Mary at their homes, and continues with a compilation of students praying the Hail Mary. The video can be found here: https://vimeo.com/414045179

 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops joined the bishops and faithful in Canada who today also consecrated their country to Mary. This moment of unified prayer served as a powerful reminder to pray the Rosary during this time at home, either in isolation or with our families. During this pandemic, we pray to Mary, the Mother of God, asking for peace and blessings upon those who are sick and those who have died, those who are risking their lives for others, and those working to find a cure for COVID-19.

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Paterson, NJ Bishop-elect Kevin Sweeney to Celebrate Mass Tomorrow Live from the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn

 

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Paterson, NJ Bishop-elect Kevin Sweeney to Celebrate Mass Tomorrow

Live from the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn

 

Bishop-elect Kevin Sweeney, appointed last week by Pope Francis to be the 8th Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, will celebrate the English Mass tomorrow, Sunday, April 26, 2020, at 11 a.m. live from the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

The Mass can be viewed on NET-TV, the cable channel of the Diocese of Brooklyn. 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.

Bishop-elect Sweeney, currently the pastor of St. Michael’s Church in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, will succeed retiring Paterson Bishop Arthur Serratelli. Bishop-elect Sweeney is expected to begin his ministry in the Diocese of Paterson later this year.

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Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Provides Food for 1,000 Families At Second Pop-Up Food Distribution in Corona, Queens

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Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Provides Food for 1,000 Families

At Second Pop-Up Food Distribution in Corona, Queens

 

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens hosted its second Pop-Up food distribution in Corona, Queens, a community severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pop-up food distribution was held today from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Catholic Charities Therese Cervini Early Childhood Development Center located at 35-33 104th Street, Corona, NY 11368.

 

The success of last week’s grab-and-go style event is proof the community is in dire need of essentials. Catholic Charities provided 1,000 families and individuals bags of food that will feed a family of three for three days. Catholic Charities also provided access to additional assistance, information, and resources, including outreach material encouraging an already undercounted neighborhood to participate and self-respond to the 2020 Census. 60 percent of the COVID-19 cases in New York City are in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has been responding to the hardworking families in this primarily immigrant neighborhood by providing pop-up food pantries, access to supportive services via our call center and behavioral health services via telehealth.

In the past week, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has seen a 50 percent increase in the need for hot meals to be delivered to isolated seniors. On average, the agency distributes 5,000 meals, but as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, Catholic Charities is delivering 8,000 meals weekly. Food pantry distributions have also increased. On average, the agency distributes 83,000 meals per month within our food pantry network. Last week Catholic Charities saw a 20 percent increase across our 20 parish-based food pantries.

The 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 donate to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens go to www.ccbq.org.

 

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Video and still pictures of today’s pop-up event:

Courtesy: Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens

https://vimeo.com/409001593

The Brooklyn Diocese Unites the Faithful this Easter via TV and online Masses in Seven Languages to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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The Brooklyn Diocese Unites the Faithful this Easter via TV and online Masses

in Seven Languages to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

 

Today, Holy Saturday, the Church commemorates the time Jesus spent in the tomb. Then, after sunset, Easter Vigil Services throughout Brooklyn and Queens will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. With the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, forcing our churches to be closed this Easter, the Diocese of Brooklyn has embraced the challenge to keep us all connected during these holy days.

Parishioners can spiritually join in the Diocesan Easter Vigil which will be celebrated tonight at 8 p.m., live from the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn. The Mass will be celebrated in English, with readings in six additional languages – Spanish, Italian, Polish, Korean, Chinese and Creole.

On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, the Mass of our Lord’s Resurrection will be celebrated in seven languages – live from the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The schedule is as follows:

 

8:00 a.m.    Italian Mass

9:00 a.m.    Creole Mass

10:00 a.m.  Polish Mass

11:00 a.m.  English Mass

12:00 p.m.  Spanish Mass

1:00 p.m.    Korean Mass

2:00 p.m.    Mandarin Chinese Mass

Live Masses from the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph are televised on NET-TV, the cable channel of the Diocese of Brooklyn. NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum-channel 97, Optimum-channel 30, and Verizon FIOS-channel 48. The Masses will also be streamed on our website at dioceseofbrooklyn.org/masses.

 

Additionally, WABC-TV will provide live coverage of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Easter Sunday English Mass at 11 a.m. on its “localish” channel – 7.2 over the air. The localish channel can be seen on Optimum channel 110, Verizon FIOS channel 467, Charter (Spectrum) channel 1240, Comcast channel 790, and RCN channel 618. Sunday’s mass will also be streamed on abc7NY.com.

 

 

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Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Hosts Pop-Up Food Distribution in Corona Queens

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Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Hosts Pop-Up Food Distribution in Corona Queens for Community Severely Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens hosted a Pop-Up Food Distribution event in the Corona section of Queens today for a community severely impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The event was held at the Catholic Charities Therese Cervini Early Childhood Development Center located at 35-33 104th Street in Corona today, Wednesday, April 8th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The grab-and-go style event provided families and individuals with bags of food that will feed a family of three for three days. Catholic Charities prepared 750 bags which included an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, beverages and nonperishable goods. Some additional items consisted of apples, oranges, lemons, raisins, bread, Gatorade, apple juice, instant coffee, rice, cans of fruit, tuna fish, peanut butter, microwaveable macaroni and cheese, cereals, packets of mayonnaise and jelly, applesauce and black beans. Catholic Charities also provided access to additional assistance, information, and resources. 60 percent of the COVID-19 cases in New York City are located in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

“Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens was privileged to serve 750 families today. The need is very great, obviously, due to the economic impact of not having jobs. We chose here in Corona, right here at the Therese Cervini Early Childhood Development Center, at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, really to give to an opportunity to the community, and to be able to serve them in this time of great need,” said Richard Slizeski, Senior Vice President, Office of Mission, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens.

 

“Part of this whole thing has been to really help out people,” continued Slizeski.

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens is responding to the hardworking families in this primarily immigrant neighborhood by providing pop-up food pantries, access to supportive services via our call center and behavioral health services via telehealth.

In the past week, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has seen a 50 percent increase in the need for hot meals to be delivered to isolated seniors. On average, the agency distributes 5,000 meals, but as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, Catholic Charities is delivering 8,000 meals weekly. Food pantry distributions have also increased. On average, the agency distributes 83,000 meals per month within our food pantry network. Last week Catholic Charities saw a 20 percent increase across our 20 parish-based food pantries.

The 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.

For the video of today’s event, and comments by Richard Slizeski visit: https://vimeo.com/405556239

 

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN ANNOUNCES PALM SUNDAY PLANS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN ANNOUNCES PALM SUNDAY PLANS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

The Diocese of Brooklyn today is reminding the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens that public celebrations of Mass on Palm Sunday, the final Sunday of Lent and the beginning of the holiest week on the Christian calendar, are prohibited for the safety of all due to the Coronavirus.

The Palm Sunday Liturgy will be aired on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s cable channel, NET-TV, in seven languages, beginning at 8 AM tomorrow, Sunday, April 5, 2020.

 

The complete schedule is as follows:

 

8 AM – Italian

9 AM – Creole

10 AM – Polish

11 AM – English

12 PM – Spanish

1 PM – Korean

2 PM – Mandarin

 

NET-TV can be seen on Channel 97 (Spectrum), Channel 30 (Optimum) and Channel 48 on FIOS by Verizon. The live masses can also be viewed on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s website at www.dioceseofbrooklyn.org/masses

As Brooklyn and Queens remain the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic, and mindful of public health, Churches remain closed. The blessed palms are not to be distributed to the faithful at this time.

It was earlier announced that palms would be available outside each church in the Diocese on Palm Sunday for people to pick up, however, those plans have since changed. Palms will be distributed at a later date to be announced by the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

 

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BISHOP DIMARZIO ANNOUNCES BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CHURCHES TO RING “BELLS OF HOPE”

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BISHOP DIMARZIO ANNOUNCES BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CHURCHES TO RING “BELLS OF HOPE” STARTING FRIDAY

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has announced that he has asked every parish in Brooklyn and Queens with outdoor bells to ring them every day at 3 PM starting tomorrow, Friday, April 3. This initiative, known as “Bells of Hope,” will continue for the duration of the Coronavirus epidemic throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

Bishop DiMarzio is making this announcement as the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord from the dead and the Easter Season is soon approaching. Bishop DiMarzio has selected 3 PM as the daily time, to coincide with the hour of the death of the Lord and of Divine Mercy.

“The ringing of the church bells will inspire us as New Yorkers and citizens of the world, of all faiths, the strongest of believers and the nonbelievers, to unite in prayer against this virus. As our City, and especially our boroughs, remain the epicenter of this Coronavirus pandemic, each day we will ask Almighty God to bring an end to this illness which has caused great pain and suffering for many people of the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

“The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest instance of love and hope in the history of the world. In these truly uncertain times, we turn to the Lord ever mindful of this truth, and the power of prayer, to sustain us. We may or may not know for whom these bells will toll, however, we will pause to honor those who are suffering, who have died, and give thanks to God for those putting their lives at risk for others,” continued Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.

The Diocese is home to 185 parishes throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

 

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Five people test positive for the Coronavirus in the Diocese of Brooklyn including Three Priests

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Five people test positive for the Coronavirus in the Diocese of Brooklyn including Three Priests

         The Diocese of Brooklyn is announcing it has learned three priests have confirmed cases of the coronavirus at churches in Brooklyn and Queens as well as a couple.

 

St. Brigid Church in Bushwick, Brooklyn – the priest who tested positive for the coronavirus last celebrated the 11 a.m. Mass on March 15, 2020.

 

         St. Gabriel’s Church in East Elmhurst, Queens – the priest who tested positive for the coronavirus last participated in the reposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 7 p.m.

 

         Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary & St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Parish in Ozone Park, Queens – the priest who tested positive for the coronavirus led a trip to the Holy Land that left on March 6, 2020, and returned March 16, 2020.

 

Our Lady of the Angelus Church in Rego Park, Queens – the couple who tested positive for the coronavirus was last at the church for Stations of the Cross and Mass at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020.

 

As a result of this information, the above Churches have undergone or will undergo a deep cleaning and sanitization, with approved disinfectants, following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider, per guidelines issued by the CDC.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

 

The Diocese of Brooklyn canceled all Masses, as of Monday, March 16, 2020, and closed all churches and rectories until further notice beginning on Friday, March 20, 2020, at noon.

 

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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