Your Offering Sustains God’s Work

On behalf of the people who are served throughout our Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens, we begin the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal by thanking those who generously responded to the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. If it were not for the commitment of parishioners throughout the diocese to the Annual Catholic Appeal each year, fulfilling the responsibility to provide the basic services and ministries of the Diocese of Brooklyn would be impossible.

Without Forgiveness, Love Does Not Endure

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of National Marriage Week USA. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops heartily endorses this international movement.

A Life of Service to the Church

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The 24th World Day of Consecrated Life, established by St. John Paul II, gives us an opportunity to focus our attention on the necessity of consecrated life in the life of the Church.

There Can Be No Freedom to Destroy Life

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The infamous Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade, that legalized abortion in the United States on January 22, 1973, was commemorated and protested during the March for Life on January 24. Catholic and Orthodox bishops of the United States were present to open the March with a prayer at noon.

Learn, Serve, Lead and Succeed

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Catholic Schools Week is a time for everyone to celebrate the great success stories of Catholic education within the Diocese of Brooklyn. During this special week, we celebrate the significant accomplishments of the students entrusted to us. We recognize the commitments made by our parents, the dedication of our teachers and staff, the leadership of our principals, the work of the board of directors, and the spiritual leadership of our pastors and parish priests. Truly, the theme of Catholic Schools Week: Learn, Serve, Lead, and Succeed is evident in all of the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools.

The Cornerstone of a Society That Promotes Human Dignity

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Each year since 1996, the President of the United States has declared January 16 as Religious Freedom Day. It would seem odd that a special day needs to be dedicated to understanding that religious liberty is a fundamental human right, as found in the universal declaration of human rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly many years ago.

The Universality of God’s Salvation

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

There are many songs regarding the 12 days of Christmas. The 12th day, January 6, was traditionally on the Catholic calendar the Feast of the Epiphany. Today, at least for the Latin Rite of the Church, the feast is transferred to the nearest Sunday. This is an especially important feast for those in the Eastern Churches, because their principal Christmas celebration takes place on the Epiphany, whose theme is the manifestation of the Christ Child to the world.

Peace as a Journey of Hope

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

For just over 50 years, the Roman Pontiffs have issued a World Day of Peace Message on the first of January.

On Christmas, Remember the Meaning of Christ’s Birth

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Be grateful to God for the gifts that you receive and the Lord will give you whatever you need. We cannot be reminded enough about the true meaning of Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ.

During Advent, Mary Will Lead Us to Her Son

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Advent is a time of expectation, of waiting. There is no better model of expectation, of waiting to us Christians than Mary, the Mother of God and the Mother of Jesus Christ. During this time of Advent, as we come closer to Christmas, we recognize that Mary was in the last stage of her pregnancy.