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Friday, March 27th at 1:00 PM EDT

Tomorrow, Friday, March 27, 2020, at 1 p.m. EST, Pope Francis will offer prayers and an extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi” Blessing for the world’s Catholics. The Holy Father stated, “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication.”

Live coverage begins on NET-TV at 12:45 pm. The coverage includes reflection from the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, on the significance of this Papal blessing and what it means for us.

 NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30), and FIOS (Channel 48).  


We are blessed by your commitment to our faith community.  To that end, I would ask each of you to share the link with family and friends. We need to be able to reach out to everyone in our community. It is more important than ever for us to help one another. We are trying to gather contact information so that we can help each other and pray with each other in this time of need.

I would also ask you to consider remembering your parish at this time.  Below is a link for those of you that are able to continue to support your parish in its ministry.


Most Rev. Raymond F. Chappetto, DD, VG, VE
Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn
Vicar General
Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn released the following video recorded from the Chapel in his residence, on the Fourth Sunday of Lent, for the members of the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens.

Bishop DiMarzio speaks about the practice of spiritual communion which has long been part of the Church. The practice is something the great saints implemented when they could not receive the Holy Eucharist during times when communion was not as available as it is today. He also addresses the Sacrament of Reconciliation, encouraging like the Pope, to make a good act of contrition to prepare for when we have the chance for confession. The Bishop also encourages the faithful to do a personal natural penance, especially in this time of isolation, where there are many things we don’t like but have to do.

The link of the full video can be found on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Vimeo page at or click on the image below. 


Most Rev. Raymond F. Chappetto, DD, VG, VE
Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn
Vicar General
Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life

Click here to download/print An Act of Spiritual Communion

“Prayer is the door of faith; prayer is the medicine of the heart” Pope Francis

Act of Contrition

Act of Love

Angel of God

Come, Creator Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit

Eternal Rest

Glory be to the Father

Hail Holy Queen

Our Father

Saint Michael Archangel

The Angelus

The Anima Christi

The Apostles’ Creed

The Benedictus

The Hail Mary

The Magnificat

The Memorare

The Regina Coeli

The Rosary

The Te Deum

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Welcome to St. Therese of Lisieux R. C. Church

St. Therese of Lisieux Parish was founded in 1926 to serve the growing community of Catholics in Brooklyn.

The parish of St.Therese consists of over 1000 families. A majority of the members trace their roots to the Caribbean region.

The facilities include the St. Catherine of Genoa/St. Therese of Lisieux Academy which serves Pre-K through Jr. High School students.

The parish sponsors a Religious Education program which serves Pre-K through High School students, as well as various ministries.

Our patron saint was born Therese Martin on January 2, 1873 in Alencon, France. She was the last of nine children born to Louis and Zelie Martin. Her mother died when she was 4 years old. Therese was raised by her father who referred to her as his “Little Queen.”

At age 14, Therese experienced a life-changing conversion. At age 15 she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux fulfilling a life long desire. Upon entering the convent, she took the names St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Living a life of prayer behind the convent walls, St. Therese developed great intimacy with God. Through prayer based on the Holy Scriptures and hours of meditation before the Blessed Sacrament, St. Therese discovered her “little way”, an approach to grow closer to God. After a long struggle with tuberculosis, St. Therese died on September 30, 1897 at the early age of 25.

After her death, St. Therese quickly gained popularity among the faithful. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925. On October 19, 1997, Pope John Paul II declared her a Doctor of the Church. St. Therese, also known as the Little Flower, is referred to as the “greatest saint of modern times”.



Come to St. Therese in Brooklyn and see some similarities between the two churches: the one Lisieux in  France and ours.