The Federal Emergency (FEMA) has rolled out a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program that offers up to $9,000 per funeral to reimburse families for expenses in cases of COVID-19 deaths that occurred after Jan. 20, 2020.
St. Brigid Church is preparing to mark a tragic milestone — the one-year anniversary of the death of Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, the first Catholic priest in the U.S. to die of COVID-19.
Across the Brooklyn Diocese, 75 parish schools and academies opened their doors on Sept. 4, with about 21,000 students. Also opening were 17 Catholic high schools in the diocese with about 11,000 students.
With a Mass celebrated by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, at St. Brigid’s in Bushwick, Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay was installed as the parish’s new pastor.
Holy Week events that took place throughout the diocese.
The parish and the state eventually agreed that the best use would be to provide a loving home for people with developmental disabilities who were being moved out of Willowbrook State School.
Sister Mary Patricia O’Connell, R.S.M., a Sister of Mercy for 58 years, died April 18. She was 76.
Sister Mary Brenda Gorman, R.S.M., 76, a member of the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community for 58 years, died Dec. 31 at Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood, L.I.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Father John A. McShane, a retired senior priest of the diocese, was celebrated Oct. 1
Sister Helen Anne Ebbitt, R.S.M., 83, a Sister of Mercy of the Americas Mid-Atlantic Community for 65 years, died July 2 at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Whitestone.