Father Vincent Chirichella has many friends who are priests that he considers part of his family. But he’s just as close to priests who really are his family. “We have a lot of vocations,” said Father Chirichella, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Astoria. “I’m one of four priests. There’s also my brother Michael, who answered God’s call to become a deacon. And we have a seminarian.”
It was a great day to golf and give back to those who gave their all while working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic — local hospital and nursing home chaplains.
Cathedral Prep School and Seminary alumnus Steve Somers is no stranger to giving back to his high school, including donating its new science lab and establishing scholarships in his parents’ names over the last two decades.
How many times would an organist have to play the traditional “Bridal Chorus” ballad during the beginning of a wedding? For those in attendance for the ceremony outside Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Corona, Queens, on July 17, the answer was unequivocally simple: as many times it takes to let nearly 30 brides walk down the church aisle.
A church employee was the victim of an assault in which a teenage girl bit her on the chest during a confrontation outside the rectory on July 28, according to its pastor.
A historic opera house on Brooklyn’s northwest side has been brought back to its former glory to serve as the Diocese of Brooklyn’s own performing arts venue.
The reopening of churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn and the return to normalcy after COVID-19 means that choirs are back, too. And for many singers, it’s not a moment too soon.
Father Song You, C.Ss.R.,was ordained by Auxiliary Bishop Bruce A. Lewandowski, C.Ss.R., of the Archdiocese of Baltimore at a Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on July 24.
Father Christopher Heanue recently served his final Masses as administrator of Holy Child Jesus Church, bidding farewell to hundreds of parishioners who came to wish him well. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio recently announced a new assignment for him — rector-pastor of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.
Bertha Newman died on July 3 at age 88, but her five daughters are determined to carry on the tradition she brought to the U.S. from her native Peru of the Lord of the Miracles procession. In recent years, St. Sebastian Church has been the starting point for the procession.