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Vincentian Family has a new Bishop!!!!

VT His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Father VARGHESE THOTTAMKARA, C.M. as coadjutor of the Apostolic Vicariate of Nekemte in Ethiopia, assinging him the Titular See of Chullu, Vatican Information Service (VIS) announced on June 28, 2013. Fr. Varghese has been Assistant General for the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers) since July 2010. He will be ordained bishop in the near future.

As the parish served by the Vincentian Fathers we congratulate Father Varghese!!!

Varghese THOTTAMKARA, C.M. was born June 2, 1959 in Thottuva, Kerala, India. He was admitted to the Congregation of the Mission in the India South Province , May 11, 1982 in Gopalpur-on-Sea. He took his vows May 10, 1986 and was ordained deacon a day after. He received priesthood ordination January 6, 1987. Since ordination, he has served in several pastoral, academic, administrative, missionary, and institutional roles.

1988-1990 he was a pastor of Muniguda and Allada parish in diocese of Berhampur, Orissa, India.

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St Joseph’s Church in Prospect Heights church made a Cathedral, one of Pope Benedict XVI’s final acts

co-cathedralBefore he abdicated the Papacy, Benedict XVI elevated a church in Prospect Heights to cathedral status. Last month, just three days after Benedict’s historic announcement that he was abdicating the Papacy, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was informed of the ,  pope’s decision of February 11th to designate the Church of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, a co-cathedral of the Diocese of Brooklyn. The decree was pre-dated March19th and it was announced to the parishioners on March 3rd, 2013. Continue reading St Joseph’s Church in Prospect Heights church made a Cathedral, one of Pope Benedict XVI’s final acts



Feast of St. Vincent DePaul

Today is the feast day of St. Vincent DePaul, considered by many to be the “star” saint of Christian charity and concern for the poor. Many people, including those who don’t know that much about this great saint from the 17th century, know of the work of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, which is active in so many parishes and dioceses around the world bringing direct help to people in need….

Read the whole statement here…

Congratulations to our new auxiliary bishops

On May 2nd, 2012, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio issued a statement: “It is with great joy I announce that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has blessed the Diocese of Brooklyn with the appointment of two auxiliary bishops for Brooklyn and Queens. They are: Bishop-elect Raymond F. Chapetto, Bishop-elect Paul Sanchez” (…)

St. Stanislaus Kostka parish in Brooklyn offers its best congratulations, best wishes and prayers to Bishop-elect Raymond F. Chapetto and Bishop-elect Paul Sanchez, as they begin their new ministry in the life of our Diocese.

Bishop DiMarzio – Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio’s article on the occasion of the Catholic Schools Week from “The Tablet” for February 5, 2011 titled – Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

The annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week reminds us of the inestimable value that a Catholic education has for our young people.  The responsibility of the Church is to educate its young in the practice of the faith.  This responsibility extends to all of our children, even those not in Catholic schools.  Hopefully, as we improve our religious education programs, we can serve those not attending Catholic schools better than we have in the past.  Continue reading Bishop DiMarzio – Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

St. Nicholas visits our parish…

On the second Sunday of Advent, just before the feast of St. Nicholas on December 6th, the children of our parish were visited by St. Nick. He was garbed in the vestments of a Bishop with a red cape and a mitre atop his head while in one hand he held his crozier and in the other a basket of sweets to surprise the children after the 9:00 AM English Mass and the 1:00 PM Polish Mass. The children appeared a little frightened at the sight, because they apparently did not always behave as they should, however, St. Nicholas was very charitable and praised them all. Continue reading St. Nicholas visits our parish…

Bishop DiMarzio on Reconfiguration in the Diocese

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio explains how Brooklyn and Queens diocese is making painful cuts —    By Bishop Nicholas Dimarzio (Nov 21, 2010)

 As great cities change, so do their institutions. In recent decades, the Diocese of Brooklyn – consisting of 197 parishes in Brooklyn and Queens – has witnessed significant population shifts in our neighborhoods and places of worship.  As Catholics move out of various neighborhoods, their ethnic and religious composition changes. Many dioceses in our region of the country face similar challenges. To our regret, such changes have contributed to a decrease in church attendance and the underutilization of many church buildings. In some parishes, churches built long ago now face insurmountable costs of repair. Besides all this, the recent recession has placed financial stress on individual parishes and the diocese overall. Continue reading Bishop DiMarzio on Reconfiguration in the Diocese