Boom: 10 men to be ordained priests in Brooklyn

Details:  On Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 11 a.m., the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will ordain ten men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights. “These devoted men are truly a blessing to our Diocese. Their deep faith and different [Read More...]

“Pentecost is at work”: a great day in Brooklyn, as 19 new deacons are ordained

It was a glorious Spring day—and a moment of renewal for the Diocese of Brooklyn. On the day before Pentecost, 19 men were ordained deacons by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The church was packed with family, friends, religious, priests and deacons. As the bishop reminded us in his homily: “Pentecost [Read More...]

The diaconate grows in Brooklyn: 19 to be ordained Saturday

Can I hear an “Amen!”? As our diaconate director says, it’s the most diverse group ever for the “diocese of immigrants.” The news release: 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 [Read More...]

Palm Beach’s Bishop Barbarito to undergo brain surgery—UPDATED

A son of Brooklyn needs our prayers: Palm Beach Diocese Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito has announced that he will have surgery Monday to remove a benign brain tumor. In a statement posted Friday on its website, the diocese promised to keep the community updated on the bishop’s surgery and recovery. Bishop Barbarito has led the Palm [Read More...]

After the fire: “We are blessed with good, good people”

Father Edward Smith celebrates Mass in Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Academy auditorium in a makeshift worship space Jan. 11. (Photo: Marie Elena Giossi / The Tablet) Several days ago, I posted on this devastating fire that hit a church in my diocese. Now a followup, giving witness to the resilience and faith of this remarkable parish. [Read More...]

Fire tears through Queens church before Little Christmas: “I’m in shock”—UPDATED

Shrine at Our Lady of Sorrows (from parish website) From the In My Backyard Desk, via The New York Post:  Flames tore through a Catholic church in Queens early Sunday, stunning parishioners who showed up for Mass only to find their house of worship on fire. Firefighters got the call at 5:45 a.m. and rushed to [Read More...]

Announcing a Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Brooklyn

Earlier this year, I posted several times on the impressive restoration of Holy Name Catholic Church in Brooklyn. Last spring, the parish offered Mass in the Extraordinary Form—and now they’re planning to do it again. The church will offer Mass in the Extraordinary Form (a.k.a., the “Latin Mass”) for its feast day, January 4th, at 5 [Read More...]

Brooklyn launches hip new ad campaign for Christmas

From the In My Backyard Desk … Hot on the heels of last year’s buzz-worthy campaign, my diocese has done it again this year for Christmas. The press release:  On Dec. 2, the Diocese of Brooklyn launched a new advertising campaign encouraging people to return to Mass. The campaign showcases different messages inviting people of [Read More...]

What happens when you restore a church’s beauty?

Renovation, it turns out, can have some powerful side effects. In Crisis, Michael Tamara looks at some striking restorations of churches—including one in Brooklyn—and the impact it’s had on the people in the pews: Dating from the late nineteenth century, Holy Name of Jesus has been a familiar anchor in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of [Read More...]

Mass in the Extraordinary Form at a Brooklyn church—UPDATED

Some may remember the pictures I posted last week, showcasing the newly renovated Holy Name of Jesus church in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Saturday, they put the beautiful James Renwick-designed altar to good use and celebrated Mass in the Extraordinary Form. The pastor, Fr. James Cunningham, reports close to 200 people showed up. Fathers Brandon O’Brien, [Read More...]