Flushing Italians Honor ‘Most Popular Saint’

In anticipation of his March 19 feast day, St. Mel’s parish honored “the most popular saint of the world” – St. Joseph. Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto was the main celebrant of a Mass in Italian at the parish March 16.

Praying For Safety

March 14, one month after the deadly shooting in Parkland, Fla., students around the country walked out of their classrooms as part of a nationwide school protest demanding an end to gun violence and school shootings.

9/11 Hero Who Saved Hundreds Is Laid to Rest

Thomas Phelan, 45, of Brooklyn, passed away on March 16. He will be remembered for his heroic actions during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the countless lives he was able to save, and his years of service in the FDNY and to the City of New York.

Pastor Placed on Leave

The Diocese of Brooklyn has placed Father Charles Oduro, pastor of St. Catherine of Genoa parish, Flatbush, on administrative leave due to an allegation of sexual harassment against him. An adult female employee of the parish made the complaint, which is currently under investigation.

Scout Sunday in Forest Hills

Boys Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts celebrated Scout Sunday at Our Lady of Mercy parish, Forest Hills.

Powerful Women

Laura DePalma, and Alexandra Pina, who were honored at the Brooklyn Power Women of the Year dinner at El Caribe, Mill Basin

Installation of Bayside Pastor

Msgr. Thomas Machalski was installed March 10 by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio as the new pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Bayside.

Local Hispanics Prepare For Diocesan Encuentro

Having spent four years preparing and reflecting together as part of the V Encuentro (Fifth Encounter), Hispanic Catholics in Brooklyn and Queens are gearing up for the next stages of the nationwide movement.