New York – USA (Thursday, Set-16, 2014 – Gaudium Press), St Joseph Co-Cathedral of Brooklyn was rededicated by Bishop Nicholas Dimarzio, after magnificent restoration.
The Mass was overflowing of priests and faithful from Brooklyn, New York and beyond. Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop emeritus of New York, who did the homily, said it was simply magnificent. “Yes, the revelation of Christ could not have taken place without Mary, and so without the intermediary of Joseph who took her into his home, Joseph protected both Mary and Jesus.”
Deacon Christopher Heanue said he made a point not to look up to the sealing until he finally walk up the first time in the entrance procession, “this church is spectacular, and I really think the cardinal said it best, this is New York at its’ finest, this is the Church at its’ finest, this is America at its’ finest”.
The Rector, Monsignor Kieran Harrington, said that it is beautiful that in this feast of Our Lady of Fatima, we are dedicating this church, under the protection of St Joseph, who taught Jesus how to be a man.
“Yes, I would said it is awesome” said Bishop Dimarzio, What it makes it that way is the contribution of the people themselves … the Mexicans actually took the pews out and the doors and sand them down and getting them ready to be finished. So we had a lot of people come as living stones to make this edifice so beautiful”. Jose Luis said that the pews were taken by a group of five people later growing to forty in the final weeks, “God gave us a power to do this, I will remember this night forever” he added.
As Fr Patrick Keating added “Tonight was a night really I think of rebirth, a sign of the hope of the Church. The church is alive and growing, a beautiful sign.” (AH / Gaudium Press)