The Celtic Cross Award

Accounting professional Martin McManus, a second-generation Irish American, is receiving the Celtic Cross Award at the 2015 Great Irish Fair of New York.

Statue’s Desecration Rocks Belle Harbor

A statue of Christ with outstretched arms that has long comforted the community of Belle Harbor was found desecrated early this month. Both hands were broken off the figure, and a streak of white paint was placed across its shoulders and arms. “It’s like a big family down here,” said Father Thomas Doyle, pastor. “Nothing […]

Superstorm Sandy

After Superstorm Sandy struck his diocese, Oct. 29, 2012, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was instrumental in helping with the spiritual and physical recovery process. Bishop DiMarzio assesses the situation in the Rockaways the morning after the storm ravaged the peninsula… He surveys the efforts in the make-shift relief center in St. Francis de Sales School gym, […]

Keeping a Summer Tradition Alive

During the summer months on the Rockaway peninsula, two things are constants: the beach and the St. Francis de Sales Summer Basketball Classic. And even after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area, both traditions are expected to continue this summer. The tireless dedication from parishioners at the Belle Harbor parish has made the possibility of reviving […]

One Final Race for St. Francis de Sales Runners

Five graduating high school seniors who all ran for the St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor, Catholic Youth Organization track team ran in their final race together, the CHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Intersectional Championships, held at Randall’s Island Park. The runners were Devin Rocks (Bishop Ford H.S., Park Slope), Patrick Goldberg (Archbishop Molloy H.S., […]

Bent, Broken and Powerful

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has brought many memories to mind of similar situations of the past, most recently the earthquake in Haiti, as well as my personal involvement in the Italian earthquakes of the Irpinia region in Southern Italy in 1980 and in L’Aquila in 2009. […]