Msgr. John Vesey is quick to laugh with everyone, but prompt to cry with the sick and suffering. Just ask the members of St. Michael’s Parish in Flushing, Queens, where he was pastor during the grim early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. They honored him recently with a special Mass.
Of the 500,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine to reach Haiti so far, only about 5%, have been injected into people’s arms. The Aug. 14 earthquake gets a lot of blame for that, but the assassination of Haiti’s president and a hesitancy among people to get their shots have also delayed the distribution, health officials said.
Writing last week’s column on culture and religious faith reminded me of one of the most successful and enjoyable parish activities I was involved in many years ago when I was a parish priest at St. Finbar’s parish in Bensonhurst.
When I was a child, summer seemed to last forever. The summer highlight was a family road trip — a week or two, all together in the family station wagon or on my dad’s beloved long-distance trains.
Catholic bishops in Japan called for the prohibition of nuclear weapons as they announced a 10-day prayer program marking the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.
It was a great day to golf and give back to those who gave their all while working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic — local hospital and nursing home chaplains.
When Javier Bustamante worked in ministry he remembers many leaders in the Hispanic/Latino community that were great volunteers and parish workers, but oftentimes lacked the information their university-educated counterparts had to attain leadership roles.
The mercury climbed to 91 degrees in Williamsburg on Friday, July 16, but faithful Catholics ignored the heat and humidity to turn out for a full-fledged return of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast and procession.
The Olympics are a “once in a lifetime experience” for Bushwick native Juan Carlos “J.C.” Obregón Jr., who is soaking in every minute of his journey to Japan.
In the Diocese of Brooklyn, Haitian Catholics renew pleas for peace and prayer a week after the July 7 assassination of president Jovenel Moïse in their long-suffering homeland.