Thousands thronged Williamsburg Sunday for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel & San Paolino Di Nola. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish had faithfully hosted the feast since the early 1900s. This year, however, was especially thrilling for the feasters whose cherished event was canceled last year because of the pandemic.
Three men who heard God’s calling to the priesthood moved one step closer to their goal when they were ordained as traditional deacons in a July 10 Mass at St. Luke’s Church.
Christians together can change the world. That was the message Pope Francis gave Wednesday, June 9, to Catholic leaders and evangelical and pentecostal pastors gathered for this year’s John 17 retreat, encouraging them to continue on a path of unity.
Students from Catholic high schools throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn assembled on Sunday, May 16, to receive God’s greatest gift — the Holy Spirit — during the Annual High School Rite of Confirmation service held at American Martyrs Church in Bayside, Queens.
The nationwide “9 Days for Life” Novena, sponsored by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishop’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has officially begun in the Diocese of Brooklyn. This year, the Novena takes place from Jan. 21 to 29, providing parishioners with daily reflections and opportunities for prayers and actions to promote the respect of all human life.
The new transitional deacons received weekend assignments in local diocese and continue their studies during the rest of the week until they complete their four-year seminary training and become ordained priests in May.
Auxiliary Bishop James Massa was officially installed as the new rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary and College during a Mass in the seminary’s chapel on the Yonkers campus on Sept. 13.
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.
Bishop James Massa, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, has officially settled into his new role as rector at St. Joseph’s Seminary and College. He was appointed to the position by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, mid-July, and succeeded Msgr. Peter I. Vaccari, who served as rector for the last nine years.
Monsignor David Cassato, recently named by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to serve as vicar for Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn, said he plans to hit the ground running.