The scene was the Basilica of Regina Pacis at the border of Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst.
Visitors to the Chapel of Mary, Mother of the Unborn, write their appeals for intercession and profound gratitude for answered prayers in the chapel’s “Book of Life.”
For anyone seeking proof of modern-day miracles, the Basilica of Regina Pacis has plenty of examples on display — thousands of them, in fact — in its Chapel of Mary, Mother of the Unborn.
At St. Rosalia-Basilica of Regina Pacis Parish at the border of Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights, Mass is celebrated each week in English, Italian, Mandarin, and Spanish. Msgr. Ronald Marino grew up in a family of Italian heritage just a few blocks from the basilica.
Along with the growth in Masses at Basilica Regina Pacis is a need for more altar servers. The parishes youth responded this year with another 35 servers in the ranks.
Parishioners filled the Basilica of Regina Pacis for the commemoration of the Faithful Departed — All Souls Day — Mass to pray for those who have gone on to their eternal rewards.
The 9 a.m. Spanish Mass has outgrown the Basilica of Regina Pacis, so a second Mass will be at 7:30 a.m. Sundays, starting April 11. Msgr. Ronald T. Marino, the pastor, said word is getting out that people can finally return safely to Sunday Mass, especially in the Spanish community, which is packing the basilica each week.