A federal judge on Friday declared a homeless man — who allegedly desecrated a crucifix at St. Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst and is accused of trying to light fire to a Brooklyn synagogue — mentally unfit to stand trial.
Monsignor David Cassato
Only In Print: St. A’s Students Surprise Msgr. Cassato With Celebration Tribute
Msgr. David Cassato has been known to his friends as both. Some jokingly call him “King Dave,” while others playfully refer to him as “The Pope of Bensonhurst.”
Msgr. Cassato Gathers With 1,000 Friends to Mark 50 Yrs. In Priesthood
Fifty years to the day of his ordination, Msgr. David Cassato was feted by his parishioners, fellow clergy members and friends at a gala on Friday, May 27 that marked not only his golden anniversary but his retirement.
A 5,000-Mile-Long Journey From War Zone Ends At Catholic School in Brooklyn
You’ll never complain about a long walk again after hearing the story of 11-year-old Theodore Gaynullin and his mother, who traveled 15 miles — on foot — to the Polish border to flee war-torn Ukraine.
St. Athanasius Dedicates New Crucifix After Vandal’s Destruction
Mary Guadagni was heartbroken last spring when she learned that the crucifix outside St. Athanasius Church had been vandalized. But on Sunday, a new crucifix was dedicated – signaling a fresh start for the parish.
NYPD Chaplain Urges Support For City’s Crimefighters
Police officers need the public’s support and backup from elected officials, a top NYPD chaplain said in the wake of the shooting deaths of officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora.
St. Saviour Students Welcome Bishop Brennan With Songs, Smiles
Students from St. Saviour High School welcomed Bishop-designate Robert Brennan to their church the best way they knew how — treating him to a joyful rendition of the gospel song “Awesome God.”
Churches Carry On With Mission to Help Rising Number of Homeless
Ask Vincent Nerone about the homeless population on the streets of New York since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the city, and he doesn’t hesitate. “There’s definitely more people out there,” he said.
‘Check’ it Out: Contest Ends With Big Smiles And Big Money
The Tablet subscriptions sold during the month-long campaign resulted in more than $30,000 going back into students’ and schools’ pockets. Those checks are finally in the process of being signed, sealed, and delivered to participating students across the Diocese of Brooklyn.
UPDATE: St. Athanasius Hate Crime Suspect Also Faces Federal Arson Charges
A suspect was arrested in the case of vandalism at St. Athanasius Church last week. The suspect, identified by police as Ali Alaheri, 29, of 184 East 3rd St. in Brooklyn, has been charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime.