St. Michael’s Parishioners Overjoyed Sweeney Named Bishop

The news that Pope Francis has tapped Father Kevin Sweeney, pastor of Saint Michael’s, to be the Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey is still sinking in at the church, where parishioners are overjoyed that their pastor is moving up.

Renovated Sunset Park Parish Center Rededicated

The nearly 500 children preparing for their sacraments at St. Michael Church now have a renovated and central place to learn the Gospel and prepare to commune with God Himself.

The Round Tower Award

Thomas Phelan, a NYC ferry captain who saved hundreds of lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and then became an FDNY firefighter, died in March from cancer linked to toxic fumes caused by the terrorist attacks.

Agnes T. Sweeney

Agnes T. Sweeney, the mother of Father Kevin J. Sweeney, pastor of St. Michael’s parish, Sunset Park, died Oct. 18 at Ozanam Hall, Bayside.

Steubenville NYC Leads Teens Closer to Christ

If the patron saint of youth, St. John Bosco, could have stepped into Carnesecca Arena for Steubenville NYC, he would contemplate just how the third-largest indoor sports arena in New York City could have transformed into a snippet of heaven.

Bishop Begins Series Of Deanery Masses

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.

Former B’klyn Pastor Dies in California

Father Carlos Valencia, 58, former pastor of Visitation B.V.M. Church, Red Hook, died July 29 in California. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Aug. 10 in Park Slope.

Brother Jubilarians

The religious brothers of the diocese were honored along with women religious at a jubilee celebration May 22 at Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston. They were guests of honor at a liturgy celebrated by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and at the dinner that followed.