This fall we expanded the Meet Me in Church website (www.meetmein.church) and opened up the submission process to all diocesan organizations.
Initially launched in 2015 to promote the Office of the School of Evangelization’s “Joy of Encountering Christ” program, Meet Me in Church is an open invitation to reconnect and re-engage with the Church and your community.
You can promote your parish, school, or diocesan event by going to http://meetmein.church/submit-an-event/ and filling out the event information.
On Sunday, September 11, the Diocese of Brooklyn held a Memorial Mass, complete with a rendition of Mozart’s Requiem, for the FDNY firefighters who lost their lives on that fateful day 15 years ago. Bishop DiMario celebrated the Mass with the help of the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture and the Schiller Institute NYC Community Chorus performing the Requiem. There was also a procession of flags, symbolizing each member of FDNY Battalion 57 who gave the ultimate sacrifice, from Ground Zero in Manhattan, across the Brooklyn Bridge, to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, where the mass was held.
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Don’t forget to vote in the New York City Primary Elections on September 13! Polls are open from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. If you have any questions about where to vote or to check if you are registered, call the NYC Board of Elections at (212) 487-5400, email email@example.com or go to vote.nyc.ny.us!
On Sunday, September 4, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be declared a saint by Pope Francis. You can watch the Canonization Mass from St. Peter’s Square on NET TV beginning at 3 p.m..
On Saturday, July 30, Pope Francis attended the World Youth Day Prayer Vigil at the Campus Misercordiae outside Krakow. The vigil included prayer, a massive altar, and five live dance performances; a description of the event is below. Watch the dance performances here.
The prayer vigil will take place between Krakow and Wieliczka, at the field which has already been named Campus Misericordiae. The name of this place is very significant: it was named by the people who prepared this area for the meeting that will take place between the youth and the Holy Father. They have built a house here for those who suffer which will remain as a testimony of faith as a result of this encounter.
Dear young people, you have come to Krakow to meet Jesus. Today’s Gospel speaks to us of just such a meeting between Jesus and a man named Zacchaeus, in Jericho (cf. Lk 19:1-10). There Jesus does not simply preach or greet people; as the Evangelist tells us, he passed through the city (v. 1). In other words, Jesus wants to draw near to us personally, to accompany our journey to its end, so that his life and our life can truly meet.
On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Pope Francis presided over the prayer vigil during the World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland:
Dear young people, good evening! It is good to be here with you at this Prayer Vigil!
At the end of his powerful and moving witness, Rand asked something of us. He said: “I earnestly ask you to pray for my beloved country”. This story involving war, grief and loss, ended with a request for prayers. Is there a better way for us to begin our vigil than by praying?
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, Vicar of Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn and CEO of DeSales Media Group, delivered the invocation on Monday night, July 18, at the Republican National Convention.
Full text of prayer is below. Watch video here.
New Evangelization Television (NET TV) and The Tablet will have journalists on the ground in Krakow, Poland delivering in-depth reports for World Youth Day 2016. Currents news correspondent Michelle Powers and The Tablet reporter Maria-Pia Negro Chin will be embedded with nearly one million teenagers and young adults as they convene with Pope Francis for seven days of prayer, music, and cultural exchanges. In addition to in-depth reports broadcast nightly on Currents and published in the The Tablet’s weekly edition, reporters will be sharing pictures and video on social media including on Currents’ Facebook and Twitter pages and on The Tablet’s Facebook and Twitter pages with #WYDOB. NET TV will also broadcast Pope Francis’ Masses and other World Youth Day events in their entirety. For a complete schedule of live and taped broadcasts click here.
The USCCB calls upon the Catholic Dioceses and parishes across the U.S. to hold firm, stand fast, and defend religious freedom on this fifth annual Fortnight For Freedom. Archbishop William Lori will kick off the Fortnight for Freedom at 7PM from the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore.
NET TV will bring you the Opening Mass LIVE at 7PM on Tuesday, June 21 and the Closing Mass on Monday, July 4th at 12 Noon.