The sound of laughter has returned to summer camps and programs across the Diocese of Brooklyn.
When Kevin Costner’s character heard the whispered statement “If you build it, he will come” in the 1989 classic “Field of Dreams,” he took it as a direction to build a baseball diamond in his Iowa cornfields. The famous quote certainly applied to St. Bernard Church in Mill Basin/Bergen Beach after about 60 people attended the June 28 ribbon-cutting ceremony of the parish’s new bocce court.
When schools went remote last spring, religious education programs also pivoted to continue teaching children about the Catholic faith and sacraments.
In a sign of solidarity with the Jewish community of New York, local religious leaders — including some from the Diocese of Brooklyn — have issued a statement condemning the spate of anti-Semitic attacks that hit the New York City area late last year during Hanukkah.
Thirty years ago, three young Catholic adults were looking for a place where they could belong. Their search and open hearts led to the establishment of a group now known as C.A.B., Catholic Adults of Brooklyn.
Kaitlyn Bernhardt’s parents, Jennifer and Robert, and her grandmother, Frances Fallon, all say that the girl seemed to be connected to heaven in a special way.
The people who knew Kaitlyn Rose Bernhardt said she lived her life in a manner of saintly example, and Msgr. Joseph Grimaldi, vicar of the Diocese of Brooklyn and pastor of St. Bernard, Mill Basin, Kaitlyn’s home parish, said the girl’s spirituality and influence spread past her circle of family and friends.
It’s been just over a year since Kaitlyn Rose Bernhardt of Mill Basin died from cancer, but the investigation into making her an ocial saint of the Catholic Church has already started with Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio’s blessing.
At the Altar of the Lord in Mill Basin; Knights of Columbus Grow in Queens
Msgr. Joseph Grimaldi dedicated a shrine in honor of Mary, Mother of Life, Mother of Hope in St. Bernard’s Church, Bergen Beach/Mill Basin, Dec. 2.