My neighbors still remember the day Bishop Thomas V. Daily came to bless my house. The Bishop and his secretary Msgr. Ralph Maresca walked through the rooms, sprinkling holy water and reciting prayers. We all then sat down to a meal with family and friends.
I expect a large audience on Friday and Saturday when NET-TV broadcasts live coverage of Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to Fatima. I say that because there is such great interest in the events that happened in that Portuguese city 100 years ago this weekend.
Our first Letter to the Editor this week says it all. The recent statement by the newly elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee clearly states the position of the party when it comes to the life issue.
This is the story of a precious object that was lost and is now found and the members of the Knights of Columbus who made it all happen.
We are living in troubled times. All you had to do was to look around at the tight security that surrounded Holy Week services and you knew that these are not the best of times.
As Holy Week began, we at DeSales Media, the parent group of The Tablet, participated in a personal account of the suffering and darkness of Good Friday followed by the joy of Resurrection on Easter Sunday as we pondered the death of our colleague, Kevin Cianciulli.
Sunday is Palm Sunday and it begins the holiest week of the Church’s year. Not only do we have the opportunities to attend the official liturgies of the Sacred Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday – but in Brooklyn and Queens we are fortunate to have a number of extra-liturgical events that help us observe the Passion of the Lord.
By day, he’s a soft-spoken Community Liaison Police Officer for the 61st Precinct in Brooklyn. By night, he’s the ferocious Brooklyn Bulldog who takes on all challengers in the ring for the East Coast Wrestling Conference.
There’s a full court press on to urge Catholics to make use of the confessional on Reconciliation Monday, April 10. It’s a tri-diocesan effort with the Archdiocese of New York joining with the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre in a massive public relations campaign.
I’ve written too many priests’ obituaries and attended too many priests’ funerals in the first 10 weeks of this year. We’ve already lost eight diocesan priests due to death in this calendar year. In 2016, it wasn’t until Sept. 24 that we reached that same total for the year.