The first Sunday when churches were finally able to hold Mass proved to be a challenge at many parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
With COVID restrictions lifting, pastors looking to welcome faithful back should rethink their confession schedules — and start talking more about the sacrament in the pulpit.
That was the message to parishioners at the Church of St. Mel in Flushing, Queens, as in-person Sunday Masses returned to the Diocese of Brooklyn for the first time since mid-March.
A report by the Washington-based Refugees International organization charges U.S. immigration policy with helping the spread of the coronavirus in Guatemala, as federal agencies in the U.S. and Mexico have repatriated infected Guatemalans through deportations.
In one old cartoon from The Tablet, a parishioner leaving church commented that a priest must have been a geometry teacher before, “because his homilies had so many tangents.”
On June 27 at 11 a.m., Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will have laid his hands on the heads of four men
who will promise celibacy, simplicity, obedience, and prayer in service of God’s people. In so doing
they will be ordained priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens.
In a letter highly critical of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of enforcement during the COVID-19 shutdown, a U.S. Justice Department official urged the mayor to be fair to religious institutions.
When sin entered the world, the mirror image of God was shattered, said Metuchen Bishop James F. Checchio at a June 19 prayer service for racial harmony, peace, justice and healing of the nation.
Pope Francis on June 19 advanced the sainthood causes of a handful of figures who, at first glance, might seem relevant only to small pockets within the Catholic Church.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio touched on the COVID-19 pandemic in his homily during the annual Chrism Mass at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral on June 19.