Mary, Morning Star, Shows the Way

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Having just returned from our diocesan pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes, I would like to recall some insights from our journey. The occasion for the pilgrimage was the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima, but we also traveled over Spain to the Pyrenees Mountains to visit Lourdes, the sight of our 2008 diocesan pilgrimage for the 150th anniversary of those apparitions of Our Lady.

Work Is an Invitation from God

Each year, the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, currently chaired by Bishop Frank Dewane, Bishop of Venice, Fla., issues a statement (see Page 8) on the occasion of Labor Day.

Combatting the Sin of Racism

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

This is the full text of Bishop DiMarzio’s homily at the Mass for Solidarity and Peace celebrated Aug. 24 at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn.

Meeting the Challenges of a New School Year

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The summer months of July and August are fast coming to a close and the new academic year is about to begin here in Brooklyn and Queens.

The Challenge of Humane Public Policy

In my master’s degree and doctorate studies on social work, I concentrated on public policy. Back in the early 1980s when I began studying public policy, the various factors of influence were basically the same as they are today; however, the proportion has vastly changed. There are three branches of government on the federal level: legislative, executive and judicial. They all greatly influence public policy. Today, however, it seems that the Supreme Court has greater influence on deciding controverted issues. On the state and local levels, the same balance of powers is at work.

Assumption Means Renewal

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

There is a wonderful story of a little girl who is lost in a shopping mall. She was crying and no one could comfort her. Finally, a policeman came upon her and asked, “Little girl, have you lost your mother?”

Reawakening a Call to Vocations

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

This week, on the Feast of St. John Vianney, Aug. 4, the Diocese initiated the Year of Vocations: Reawakening the Call. In my letter to the priests announcing this year, I began by saying, “Pray to the Lord of the Harvest so that He may send laborers into His harvest.”

Reaching Out to Our Youth Ministries­­­­

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
Last weekend, the Diocese of Brooklyn, through St. John’s University, hosted the annual Steubenville New York Conference. For several years now, the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio has sponsored a youth conference that is attended by over 2,000 young people from all over the East Coast.

Setting Priorities for the Future

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Recently, I returned from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,’ called the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.” This was an unprecedented gathering lead by U.S. bishops and key leaders from dioceses, apostolates and Catholic organizations from across the United States. In fact, the meeting was the first time that the USCCB ever called together such a gathering. Over 80 percent of the dioceses attended, with close to 200 bishops also in attendance. Almost 20 members from our Diocese were present, including Auxiliary Bishops Cisneros, Tiedemann, Sansaricq and Massa.

Recapturing Our Reverence for the Eucharist

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Recently, a letter was sent to all pastors regarding the current Mass schedules that are maintained in our parishes. The shortage of clergy necessitates that we must look at the current Mass schedules to see if we can sustain each long term. We are particularly sensitive to the need for language Masses in our diocese in Brooklyn and Queens which may not have the attendance of other Masses.