Parish Marks Feast Day

by Antonina Zielinska In honor of its feast day, the mostly Hispanic community of Epiphany Church,  Williamsburg, welcomed the Three Magi during a Mass and fiesta, Jan. 6. The Three Kings, portrayed by Robinson Roman, Victor Valdez, and Efrain Quiles, processed through the streets accompanied parishioners, servers and Father Manuel de Jesús Rodriguez, pastor of […]

On Independence Day, Haitians Have Homeland on Their Minds (with slide show)

by Antonin Zielinska Continuing their tradition of gathering around the Eucharist to celebrate their nation’s independence, Haitians from throughout the diocese joined Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and retired Auxiliary Bishop Guy Sansaricq for Mass Jan. 1 at St. Teresa of Avila Church, Prospect Heights. “Today, it’s a great day for all of you,” said Bishop DiMarzio […]

How Polish Children Prepare for Christmas

by Antonina Zielinska Continuing an 800-year-old Polish tradition, parishioners at St. Stanislaus Kostka parish, Greenpoint gather in church Monday to Saturday at 6:30 in the morning during Advent to prepare for the coming of the Messiah by celebrating the Roraty Mass. This celebration of thanksgiving to Mary is done before dawn so the church can […]

Multi-Ethnic Ridgewood Celebrates O.L. Guadalupe

by Antonina Zielinska In order to show their devotion and love for Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas, parishioners from St. Matthias, Ridgewood, processed down the chilly streets of Ridgewood last Sunday night. When Father Silvester Sarihaddula, who ministers to the Latino community of the parish, shouted “Viva La Virgen de Guadalupe!” […]

Moving the Silent Generation Into Church

By Antonina Zielinska Working as a Tablet reporter for the past year has been a blessing for many reasons, the most important of which is hope. A major source of my reignited hope is meeting the youth of the diocese. My travels to the parishes and schools and to World Youth Day in Spain has […]

Going Hungry – Catholic Charities’ Food Pantries at Critical Level as Demands Rise

by Antonina Zielinska With increasing federal budget cuts and a difficult economy, the food pantries of the Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens are struggling to provide assistance to a growing amount of people in need, said Nina Valmonte, a director of CCBQ. She said a 40% decrease in aid from the federal government through […]

Williamsburg Youth Get Lesson in Serving Others

by Antonina Zielinska South Side Community Center, Williamsburg, is able to continue its Christian mission of feeding the hungry thanks to volunteers like the members of the youth group from SS. Peter and Paul, Williamsburg. Giving up their free time on Sunday evening, Dec. 4, around 20 young people answered the invitation of Sister Mary […]

Maimonides Helps Brighten Christmas

by Antonina Zielinska Thanks to a collaboration between local Catholics and Maimonides Medical Center, the Celebration of Light has entered its 16th consecutive year of decorating Brooklyn churches at Christmas. On Nov. 16, Maimonides donated $1,000 each to 28 parishes, including some who are not catholic, to light up their church buildings or Nativity scenes. […]

Naval Academy Women Sing at St. Francis Prep

by Antonina Zielinska In honor of Veteran’s Day, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Fresh Meadows, welcomed the women of the Naval Academy Glee Club, who performed during the main event of school’s week-long commemoration. The event commenced with a prayer, the pledge of allegiance, and the Star Spangled Banner performed by the Naval students. Among […]

Bishop Dedicates New Mausoleum

by Antonina Zielinska To commemorate All Souls Day, Nov. 2, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio visited St. Charles and Resurrection Cemeteries in Farmingdale, L.I. Approximately 1,000 people joined the bishop at an outdoor Mass under a specially erected tent. Bishop DiMarzio said participating in the Eucharist is the best way to honor the memory of loved ones. […]