Jasmine Zuniga is one of the hundreds of people, called catechumens, who are enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) in the Diocese of Brooklyn and have been busy studying in their local parishes to be baptized into the Catholic Church. On Feb. 21, Jasmine and her fellow catechumens took part in the Rite of Election.
Six months ago, Pope Francis conferred the title “Chaplain of His Holiness” upon nine priests from the Diocese of Brooklyn in recognition of their great contributions during their times of service within the Church.
The Diocese of Brooklyn has three new transitional deacons. The men, who are on their way to becoming priests next year, were ordained at a Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph on July 11.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio touched on the COVID-19 pandemic in his homily during the annual Chrism Mass at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral on June 19.
The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, Prospect Heights, is six miles from St. Mary’s Winfield, Woodside, or more than a two-hour walk — a pilgrimage that Janelli Nunez and her parents, Cira and Antonio, make every year on Dec. 12 for the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was the main celebrant, and the concelebrants included Auxiliary Bishops Witold Mroziewski, the diocese’s vicar for migrant and ethnic apostolates, and Raymond Chappetto, as well as at least 50 priests representing different ethnic groups in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Even at a relatively young age, Maya Wierciszewski, an eighth-grader at Notre Dame Catholic Academy, Ridgewood, realizes the importance of praying the rosary for the unborn.