Father John

Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O.

October 29, 2019

Last Saturday evening, October 19, Fr. Michael Callaghan of the Brooklyn Oratory, was installed as the pastor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Brooklyn. The installation was celebrated by The Most Reverend James Massa, an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn. You remember that Fr. Michael was such a wonderful…

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Heavenly Bodies Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

The Heavenly Body

June 2, 2018

Dear Parishioners, In an effort to create a conversation between faith and fashion, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is currently employing 26 of its galleries in an exhibit entitled, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Over 40 treasures from the Sacristy of the Sistine Chapel are displayed along with creations…

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Father John Baran

Tribute Celebration for Father John

May 24, 2018

Dear Parishioners, Last Saturday evening in the Parish Hall, a group of about 200 parishioners gathered for a remembrance of Fr. John and a celebration of what would have been his 60th birthday. The feeling throughout the evening was one of quiet celebration of the gift that Fr. John was (and is) to this parish, and…

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“Peace be with you.”

May 21, 2018

Dear Parishioners, Wasn’t it just Easter Sunday a week or so ago? How is it that we have arrived at the Feast of Pentecost so quickly? And what does that rapid fire passage of time bode for the much anticipated but always fleeting summer soon to be here? We are given a clue from the…

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First Communion

Something More

May 12, 2018

Dear Parishioners, This past Sunday, at the 11:30 Mass, nineteen of our parishioners received the Eucharist for the first time. They were all dressed up, complete with smiling faces that lit up the church. They certainly made their parents and extended families proud and happy, feelings echoed by others who attended that Mass. What is…

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Loving One another

April 27, 2018

Dear Parishioners, As I write this column, I am very aware of the date…April 24…the one month anniversary of Fr. John’s death. That he is no longer with us is hard to believe, and still seems so unreal, especially as his spirit permeates St. Anthony’s in all we do. Remain in me as I remain…

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April 19, 2018

Dear Parishioners, The past several weeks have been difficult ones, to say the least. Everyday life has not been ordinary, by any means, as the world and this parish are different without Fr. John in them. Hard as it is, we must remember that Fr. John would expect us to carry on as he would…

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In his Memory

April 12, 2018

Dear Parishioners, In a heartfelt tribute to the spirit of our parish, an estimated 350 parishioners gathered in the church last Wednesday evening (April 4) for a Town Hall Meeting. The date and agenda had been set with Fr. John a few weeks before, for the purpose of introducing Fr. Boccaccio as the Administrator of…

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One Heart and Mind

One Heart and Mind

April 7, 2018

Dear Parishioners, Pope Francis, in a tweet in February of last year, wrote, “Do not underestimate the value of example, for it is more powerful than a thousand words, a thousand “likes,” retweets or YouTube videos! ! The power of example was palpable this past week as our parish celebrated the wake and funeral services…

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Father John Baran

Tribute to John P. Baran

March 29, 2018

“I’m a lucky guy…” that is what John would often say about his life, certainly about his friends, but most particularly about this parish. He felt so blessed to have been given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those people entrusted to his care. And make a difference he did. He…

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Fr. Michael Boccaccio

Fr. Michael Boccaccio – Our New Parish Administrator

March 23, 2018

Dear Parishioners, I am saddened and sorry to let you know that Fr. John’s cancer has advanced to the point where it has become necessary to appoint someone to serve the parish in a signatory and administrative role. Fr. Michael Boccaccio, who became a part of our parish more than 14 months ago, has graciously…

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Gift from God

Gift of God

March 8, 2018

Dear Parishioners, Our second reading this weekend reminds us that by grace we have been saved…it is the gift of God…it is not from our works, but from our God who is rich in mercy. I wonder how many of us ever think about this, that whatever good works we might perform, whatever good deeds…

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