Cleanliness is next to godliness, as the old saying goes. At churches all over the Diocese of Brooklyn, parishioners take that famous adage seriously by volunteering to clean churches.
At one Chinese parish in the Diocese of Brooklyn, the start of Lent came with a message of hope amid concerns about the coronavirus.
Chinese Catholics from St. Agatha Church, Sunset Park, rang in the Lunar New Year with a Mass on Jan. 26.
St. Agatha parish, Sunset Park, marked National Vocation Awareness Week by celebrating Sister Rosa Pham’s final vows as a Sister of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the World. Students and teachers from the parish faith formation program dressed as saints and angels for the special Mass.
Father Hung Xuan Cao, 36, was born into a peasant farming family in central Vietnam.
When the Chinese community gathered at St. Agatha’s Church, Sunset Park, Sunday, Feb. 18, to celebrate the Lunar New Year, its members put first things first. “After we give thanksgiving to God, we give thanksgiving to the ancestors,” said Father Vincentius Do, pastor.
St. Agatha School, located at 736 40th St., Sunset Park, will close after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has embarked on a journey that will take him to each of the 22 newly formed parish deaneries during this pastoral year, 2016-2017. A deanery is a grouping of parishes near one another that cooperate and work together on special projects.
During this Holy Year of Mercy, the faithful in Brooklyn joined Catholics throughout the world in responding to a request Jesus made through St. Faustina. Jesus promised great graces to anyone who trusts in His Mercy, especially through veneration of this image.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio baptized 27 catechumens during Easter Vigil service at St. Agatha’s Church, Sunset Park.