Ed Wilkinson

Marching in Columbus Parade Was Sheer Fun

It was the Italians turn to shine at the 70th annual Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan, which featured a float from the Diocese of Brooklyn with Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio aboard. Aside from its spiritual leader, there also were a number of notables in the diocesan contingent that rode up Fifth Avenue.

New Bensonhurst 9/11 Memorial (with slideshow)

A member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree pauses for a moment of silence at a new memorial for the victims of 9/11 at St. Athanasius Church, Bensonhurst. The shrine was dedicated in memory of parishioners John Frank Rizzo and Paul Silvio Giallombardo. Members of the Msgr. Cafiero Council of the K. of C. […]

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SAA Artists Dominate Local Contest Fourth through seventh grade students at St. Andrew Avellino School (SAA), Flushing, were big winners in the annual art contest sponsored by the Edward F. McGoldrick branch of the Queens Public Library in Flushing. The branch was named after the founding pastor of St. Andrew Avellino parish, who was alsoa library […]

Palm Sunday in Bensonhurst

It was standing room only when the Spanish-speaking community of Bensonhurst celebrated Palm Sunday at St. Athanasius Church. Pictured is Father Gabriel Toro, coordinator of the neighborhood’s Hispanic apostolate, preaching from the pulpit prior to the outdoors procession.    Photo © Torres Photo Studio

Newest Basilica in Diocese Dedicated

by Ed Wilkinson Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio celebrated a Solemn Mass Dec. 8 to mark the dedication of the Basilica of Regina Pacis, Bensonhurst, the third church in the diocese to be so designated. During the liturgy, the proclamation of the Decree granting the title of “Minor Basilica” to Regina Pacis was read by Msgr. Anthony […]

Christmas Lights in Bensonhurst

In Bensonhurst, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. St. Athanasius parish lit up its creche on Bay Pkwy. and Christmas tree in front of the rectory following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Dec. 8. In attendance were Hollywood actors Quintin Aaron, seen below with Santa Claus and a young parishioner; Danny Aiello, […]

Sister Thomasine Stagnitta, C.S.J., principal of Bishop Kearney, left, poses with 2013 National Merit Scholar semi-finalist Billie Wei, a senior at Kearney.

Kearney Senior Billie Wei Named Merit Semi-Finalist

Bishop Kearney H.S., Bensonhurst, senior Billie Wei has been named a semi-finalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholar Program. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hong Wei, she resides in Bensonhurst and previously attended Christa McAuliffe Intermediate School, Bensonhurst. Last fall, Wei displayed her exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies […]

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Class Rings for Rockaway Eighth Graders   Spring is just around the bend and that means graduation is on the horizon. A sure sign of that can be seen on the hands of eighth graders at St. Rose of Lima School, Rockaway Beach. Students received their class rings in a special ceremony during First Friday Mass, […]

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Ready To Serve Bensonhurst Community   Regina Pacis, Bensonhurst, celebrated the installation of four new extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion on the Feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 8. Sister Anna O’Brien, M.F.I.C., pastoral ministry director, far left, and Father Vincentius Do, parochial vicar, third from right, congratulate the new ministers, from left, Salvatore Friscia, Mary […]