A Mass for Hope and Healing

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program (IRCP) has allowed the Diocese of Brooklyn the opportunity to reconnect with many victims who had come forward in the past, and who thought they had been forgotten.

Be An Angel

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As we celebrate the third Sunday of Easter and the joy of the Risen Christ, there are conversations happening around the table in the homes of many of our young families throughout the Diocese. They are not focused on the upcoming tax filing deadline (this Tuesday, April 17, if you still need the reminder); they are talking about the choice of education for their children.

The Seven Pillars of Priesthood

I take my cue from our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who over the years of his Pontificate has annunciated what we might call the “Seven Pillars” on which the priesthood depends if it will faithfully and fruitfully serve God’s people.

The Promise of Eternal Life

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As we celebrate Easter this year, my approach to this great feast of our redemption has been shaped by reading two interesting studies on the faith of Catholics and Christians today and how the changing landscape has forced us to concentrate on the basics.

Holy Week of Prayer, Penance and Humility

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As we approach Holy Week this year, it might be good to consider how we will participate in our prayer and liturgies, as well as other events taking place during this most holy time of our liturgical season. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday with the blessing of palm.

Our Saints Help Overcome Ethnic Differences

In the next few days, the Church celebrates two important feasts: St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day. In our own Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, it seems to be that the Irish celebrate St. Patrick and the Italians celebrate St. Joseph. As we know, however, intermarriage has made our families multi-ethnic.

The Second Half of Lent

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Lent is almost half over, but it is never too late to start if perhaps our resolutions have not been fulfilled or if we did not even make any resolutions. This is a good time to begin again, because no matter what we may not have done, what we can do is much more important to our keeping of the season of Lent.

Demonic Possession Is Real

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In our so-called sophisticated society, the world may scoff and tell you there is no Devil. As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has cautioned, “This generation, and many others, have been led to believe that the Devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil. But the Devil exists and we must fight against him.”

Diocesan Life Feeds Off Annual Appeal

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

On behalf of the people who are served throughout our Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens, we begin the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal by thanking those who generously responded to the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal and the Generations of Faith capital campaign.

Welcoming Church’s Newest Members

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

One of the gifts given to us by the Second Vatican Council was the institution of the new Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Prior to the Council, converts were brought into the Church individually by priests who usually had individual instruction sessions with them.