Advent Prep

The St. John’s Prep, Astoria, is in full preparation mode this Advent season. Special public prayers have been said each day; the Sacrament of Reconciliation has been offered to all students; food is being collected; the Christmas Tree was officially lit; the halls and classrooms are being festively decorated; and student musicians and singers have […]

Pope: Advent Is a Time For Silence and Service

ROME (CNS) – In the heart of Rome’s high-end shopping district, sparkling with Christmas lights and shiny baubles in the windows of famous designers, Pope Francis prayed that people would spend time in silence and in service as they prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, Pope Francis […]

Year of Consecrated Life Diocese of Brooklyn

Year for Consecrated Life Opens in Diocese

To kick off the Year of Consecrated Life, men and women living out their religious vocations from various communities in Brooklyn and Queens gathered at Our Lady of Angels Church, Bay Ridge, for an afternoon of prayer Dec. 8.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio - Put Out Into the Deep

Building a More Just City

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Democracies offer citizens the right of assembly, regress, and the ability to protest issues that are not favorable to its citizens. Recently, we have seen examples of both peaceful and not so peaceful protests. In Hong Kong, far from us, we have seen in the last month, […]

Two Brooklyn Pilgrim Destinations

Above, 80 students and faculty of Chaminade H.S., Mineola, L.I., went on a pilgrimage to the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn. The group took the Long Island Railroad from Mineola to Atlantic Ave. and then walked to the cathedral. The rector, Msgr. John Strynkowski, greeted the group and gave an explanation of […]

Questions of Advent

Many homilies at this time of year could be titled “Don’t forget Advent!” Yes, in our mad rush to prepare for Christmas, this liturgical season is too often passed over and forgotten. It’s important for us to see Advent as a preparation for us to commemorate the birth of Christ into history. That aspect is […]

Everyone Matters

Once again, we were reminded this past week that we live in a fallen world. The Eric Garner case is, simply put, a tragedy. Whenever anyone loses his or her life in an act of violence, it is a tragedy. It doesn’t matter that Garner is older or younger, black or white, what matters is […]


This Season’s Best Deal Is Free

By Father Eugene Hemrick The stores began selling Christmas items long before Thanksgiving, and even Black Friday was pushed up to attract bargain seekers. Each year, the messages and peddling of items seem to come earlier and earlier. Sometimes it feels as if it is all too much: too much shopping, too much noise, too […]

A Season of True Repentence

By Maureen Pratt This year, I was asked to help at my parish’s Advent reconciliation service, and as soon as work began to put it together, I became much more aware of the role of “I’m sorry” in my daily life. From “my bad” to “mea culpa,” the variety of ways we use to declare […]


Called and Challenged to Live in the Now

By Sister Karen M. Cavanagh, C.S.J. It’s week two in Advent and we wonder, “Where is the time going?” Last Sunday, Advent’s first, was during the Thanksgiving weekend and many of us were already tired. Were we able to hear, let alone absorb Scripture’s reminders that we often “wander away, harden our hearts and wither […]