The opening of schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn went smoothly, according to Msgr. David Cassato, vicar for Catholic Schools.
This year’s Feast Day Mass for St. Peter Claver in Brooklyn, according to the homilist, was a momentous step toward healing “America’s original sin” — racism.
Last Spring, about 1,000 people planned to complete sacraments at the Easter Vigil, but it got canceled because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Diocese leaders directed the parishes to figure out how to administer sacraments to these people. The perishes delivered, with special efforts from their education directors.
The summer of 2020 certainly looked and felt different as pandemic-related lockdowns, closures, and quarantines unfolded. Cheering on your favorite baseball players from the bleachers turned into watching professional teams play a shortened season from your couch.
When it comes to personal health and safety, some teachers are making sure they are doing everything they possibly can to keep themselves and others safe while working.
Kristi Giacalone was facing hard times because of COVID-19 and struggling to come up with the money to pay tuition for her two daughters at St. Francis Preparatory High School.
For the first time in nearly six months, students, faculty, and staff in the Catholic schools and academies of Brooklyn and Queens have reunited in person, in the safest ways possible.
The Diocese of Brooklyn remains confident in its reopening plan as it gets ready to begin the new school year Sept. 9. As it stands, Catholic schools that share services from the Department of Education (DOE) — like nurses, transportation, meals, and special education and related services — will not be affected by the City’s delayed opening.
The body of the late-pastor of St. Gabriel’s Church in East Elmhurst, Father Gioacchino Basile, one of the diocesan priests who died April 4 due to complications associated with COVID-19, will make its way home to Calabria, a region in southern Italy. On Sept. 8, parishioners gathered outside of Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen, Carroll Gardens, to bid their final farewell to their beloved pastor and friend.
Sixty-five seminarians at St. Joseph Seminary and College have officially completed their first week back to school. The seminarians are living on-campus and attending classes in a traditional, in-person format while adhering to health and safety guidelines.