“Why me?” That’s the question Msgr. David Cassato, pastor of St. Athanasius Church, Bensonhurst, said he asked when he was told that he had been selected as a chairman’s honoree for the Josephine Foundation Follow Your Dreams dinner on June 21 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y.
Balloons, confetti and shouts of “Viva Maria,” marked the 10th annual feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, also known as Maria Santissima Addolorata, on the streets of Bensonhurst last Saturday.
For nearly half a century, the Santa Rosalia feast in Bensonhurst has been honoring the patron saint of Palermo, Italy. Held this year Aug. 17-27, the feast stretches along 18th Ave. from 68th St. to 75th St.
As Sicilians have done for half a millennia before them, local Italians in Brooklyn honored St. Rosalia as patroness of Palermo at the culmination of the 18th Ave. Feast.
Auxiliary Bishop Paul Sanchez led the traditional Good Friday procession conducted by the parishes in Bensonhurst.
Rosemary Oliva, a member of St. Bernadette’s parish, Dyker Heights, who worked almost four decades at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, died on Feb. 9.
Teens from Bensonhurst Youth Cluster and the young adults who minister to them took full advantage of the summer months.
Scores of Catholics filled the streets around St. Athanasius Church, Bensonhurst, as they celebrated a bilingual night of adoration June 19. The youth event, titled “Unity.Unidad,” featured multi-cultural components to highlight the beauty of Christian unity.
It was a Happy Father’s Day for Joseph Gugliara. He knew he was fortunate to have his 24-year-old son Filippo at his side when they attended the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Athanasius Church, Bensonhurst. Filippo is the 24-year-old transit police officer who had been stabbed earlier in the week in Brooklyn while trying to make an arrest.
Images of Good Friday processions throughout Brooklyn and Queens.