“May the Church be a place of God’s mercy and hope, where all feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live according to the good life of the Gospel. And to make others feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged, the Church must be with doors wide open so that all may enter. And we must go out through these doors and proclaim the Gospel.”
– Pope Francis during a General Audience on June 12, 2013
Parishes are where the Church lives; the home of the Christian community. Parishes are communities of faith, of action and of hope, where the gospel is proclaimed and celebrated.
With a total population of 4.8 million residents in Brooklyn and Queens, the Diocese of Brooklyn has the mission to oversee its 186 parishes and 211 churches in both boroughs to serve the 1.5 million residents who identify themselves as Catholics.
The Diocese also comprises two diocesan cathedrals: the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn, the oldest Catholic parish on Long Island established in 1822; and the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights, consecrated on May 13, 2014 by the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio.
These dedicated parishes reflect the multicultural and unique foundation of the Diocese, offering Masses in 33 different languages. Additionally, the 28 Ethnic Apostolates of the Diocese have been called to unite immigrants groups, providing them with opportunities to belong to the larger community while preserving and sharing their culture and uniqueness.
In addition to the celebration of the sacraments, our parishes also offer community programs, parish ministries and faith formation. In 2013, the Diocese of Brooklyn celebrated 17,000 Baptisms, 12,000 First Communions, 7,500 Confirmations and 2,500 Marriages.