Religion Briefs: Maronite Cathedral honors Bishop Doueihi

February 4, 2013 By Francesca Norsen Tate Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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As the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lebanon prepares to celebrate 88th annual Saint Maron feast day, this faith community will honor its Bishop Emeritus, His Excellency, the Most Rev. Stephen Hector Doueihi

Monsignor James Root, rector of the Cathedral, in Brooklyn Heights, made the announcement in a letter to his congregation. The Cathedral joins the National Apostolate of Maronites to celebrate these two milestone events at the Excelsior Grand in Staten Island on Feb. 9, St. Maron Day.

Bishop Doueihi has served in Lebanon, Mexico and, in the United States: Peoria, Illinois; San Antonio, Texas; Washington, DC and New York. He has left his mark on the Maronite Church’s liturgical life by translating all the liturgies and Mysteries/Sacraments. Moreover, Bishop Doueihi is a respected author, retreat master and lecturer.

During his ordained ministry Bishop Doueihi has served as vice rector of the Maronite Seminary, the rector of Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral here in Brooklyn prior to being named as Eparchial Bishop of the Eparchy of St. Maron in 1997. Since his 2004 retirement, Bishop Doueihi has continued to write and to make pastoral visits, taking a full interest in the well-being of the Maronite Rite Church. Despite great medical problems in recent years, he has continued to work as much as possible.

Part of the proceeds from the Feb. 9 benefit will be given to the National Apostolate of Maronites for scholarships in Bishop Doueihi’s name.

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Our Lady of Peace Church Offers Workshops on the Tridentine Mass

Most Catholics and non-Catholics alike have heard the news that the Traditional Latin Mass, also called the Tridentine Mass, is making a comeback.  A parish in Park Slope that has offered a Latin Mass for many years is offering an introduction to the language and liturgy.

Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, on Carroll Street near 4th Avenue, will offer a tutorial on the Latin Mass on the third Saturday of each month, starting at noon. Priests who have been deeply formed in the Catholic Church’s tradition will teach the class.

The Missa Cantata (Sung Mass) follows each workshop. Translation booklets will be provided, and a Gregorian chant schola will sing the Church’s traditional music.

Pope Benedict XVI, in his Letter to Bishops on Summorum Pontificum, July 7, 2007, wrote, “It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.”

The next tutorial will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 16.The parish also offers a Traditional Latin Mass at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Our Lady of Peace Church is at 522 Carroll Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues).

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“Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships” at Baptist Temple

The Recovery House of Brooklyn, which meets at The Baptist Temple, begins a new preaching series on Feb. 3, on “Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships.”

A preview of the series sent in a newsletter points out, “The person we choose to marry, the people we decide to date and attach ourselves to, will literally change the course of our lives.” The preacher and congregation will examine the questions: “Why do relationships often seem so messy? Why do they often cause such pain?”

Worship services are at 9 and 11:15 a.m. The later service is geared to newcomers.

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“Breakthru to Freedom” at Christian Center

The Brooklyn Christian Center’s Kingdom Classes begin a new eight-week seminar series this weekend: “Breakthru to Freedom.”

Senior Pastor and nationally renowned inspirational speaker
Rev. Dennis Dillon will be conducting the series, starting February 1 at 7:30 p.m. Pastor Dillon will provide practical steps for life transformation. Participants should bring a Bible and notebook.

RSVP to reserve your seminar materials: Call
Minister Shermaine Sacasa at 718-638-6397, x19. The Brooklyn Christian Center is at 1061 Atlantic Avenue, near Classon Ave. Outdoor signs at the building will direct the visitor.

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Bishop DiMarzio Eulogizes Mayor Who Supported Catholic Schools

The leader of Brooklyn’s Roman Catholics issued a statement Friday afternoon eulogizing former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, who died early that morning.

The statement  reads: “The Catholic community in Brooklyn and Queens joins all New Yorkers in mourning the passing of Edward I. Koch, a compelling leader who became a symbol of New York City as its ‘mayor for life.’

“He never forgot the common folk, even as he transcended to greatness and became a legend. He was as concerned about residents in the outer boroughs as much as he was for those in Manhattan. He brought New York City back from the brink of economic crisis and financial ruin, and managed to foster a sense of small town Americana in our big city.”

Saluting Mayor Koch as one devoted to his Jewish faith, Bishop DiMarzio recalls, “The last time I saw him was right before Christmas, at St. James Cathedral Basilica in Downtown Brooklyn for the Funeral Mass of his former Chancellor of Schools, Dr. Frank Macchiarola.

“Mayor Koch recently again showed his support for Catholic Schools by backing a proposal for tax credits for parochial school parents.

“Mayor Koch embraced everyone; let us embrace the memory he leaves us with.

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