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

Diocese of Brooklyn to Host Catholic Youth Day Rally

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2019

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Diocese of Brooklyn to Host Catholic Youth Day Rally

 

            The Diocese of Brooklyn is announcing plans to host the 2019 Brooklyn and Queens Catholic Youth Day Rally this Saturday, March 30, at 500 19th Street in Brooklyn. The theme for this year’s event is “Ignite,” as in igniting the faith.

 

Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros will celebrate Mass at 10:30 am as part of the schedule of activities. The event will also feature live music, an opportunity for confession, and adoration.

 

The keynote speakers include Stephen Eguino of The Bosco Beats who will talk to the young adults about encountering their faith through music and social media. Will Smith, a nationally recognized speaker and youth minister, will also address those in attendance.

 

Members of the media are welcome to attend. To RSVP, please e-mail jquaglione@desalesmedia.org

 

St. Anselm Catholic Academy Students To Let Their Imagination Run Wild at STEM/Science Fair

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2019

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St. Anselm Catholic Academy Students To Let Their Imagination Run Wild at STEM/Science Fair

            Brooklyn – St. Anselm Catholic Academy Principal Kevin Flanagan has announced that the school’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Science Fair will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 7:00 pm at 365-83rd Street, Brooklyn. Projects from students of all grade levels will be on display.

 

Students from Pre-K 3 through 3rd grade will present class projects such as “Gummy Bear Science”, “Color Absorption” and “Colorful Carnations.”

 

Students in Grades 4-8 will compete individually on their grade level with projects such as a dancing robot, a solar car, fluorescent food, dance pad mania, a hydraulic hand and an experiment to discover which kind of wrapping prevents apples from browning.

 

Members of the media are invited to attend and encouraged to RSVP.

 

DeSALES MEDIA LAUNCHES “MEET ME IN CHURCH” INITIATIVE FOR BROOKLYN DIOCESE

DeSales Media Group, the communications and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, has launched a new initiative entitled Meet Me in Church (www.meetmein.church). Initially launched to promote the Office of the School of Evangelization’s “Joy of Encountering Christ” program, Meet Me in Church is an open invitation to reconnect and re-engage with the Church, the community, and with God.

The Meet Me in Church website features information about the School of Evangelization’s one-day pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families, which takes place on Wednesday, September 23rd, in Philadelphia. In coming months, the website will evolve to become an online hub for all diocesan and parish level events. “Meet Me in Church is another step forward in our efforts of evangelization,” said Monsignor Kieran Harrington, Chairman of DeSales Media Group. “Our hope is for everyone to use this new website to stay connected and informed as we grow in our faith.”
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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO ORDAIN 19 PERMANENT DEACONS FOR THE DIOCESE OF IMMIGRANTS

On Saturday, May 23rd, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will ordain 19 men to the Order of Deacon at 11 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights.

“These 19 faithful men are a clear representation of the Church in Brooklyn and Queens,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “I am profoundly grateful for their vocation to the Permanent Diaconate. Their dedication to the many hours of education and formation, and their faithfulness to this ministry is a wonderful expression of the vitality and new life present in our Diocese. This diversified group of men are ready to assist in the ministry of our multicultural communities in Brooklyn and Queens. I take this time to thank their wives and children for their support, not only of their husbands and fathers, but also of the Diocese of Brooklyn.” Read more »