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Assumption Church celebrates 175th year of its founding

June 20, 2017 By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The priests concelebrating the 175th anniversary Mass at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church were (left to right) the Rev. Edward Doran, the Rev. Peter Mahoney, the Rev. Joseph Gaspar Hugo, Msgr. Joseph Grimaldi, the Rev. Joel Warden, C.O., Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the Rev. Dennis Corrado, the Rev. Michael Carrano, and Deacon Jaime Varela. Eagle photo by Francesca N. Tate
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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church last Saturday marked the 175th anniversary of the parish’s founding and the dedication of the original church that took place on June 10, 1842.

At that time, Brooklyn was still part of the New York Diocese, as the Brooklyn diocese would not be established for another decade. Assumption Church was the first Roman Catholic parish in the area, and the third in Brooklyn.

The Jubilee Mass brought back a number of former pastors and administrators including the Rev. Michael Carrano, the Rev. Joseph Hugo and the Rev. Edward Doran.

Parishioners view each other as a close-knit family —and one that increased last year when the Brooklyn Oratory of St. Philip Neri was invited to begin pastoral care and oversight of Assumption Church in January 2016. Since that time, the number of priests available to provide ministry has increased and some new ministries have developed, including a recently formed Family Choir.

Following the Mass, a representative of City Councilmember Stephen Levin presented a Proclamation to the Rev. Joel Warden, C.O., administrator of Assumption Parish.

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Enjoy Summer Reading in Hebrew With Course Geared to Adult Novices

Learn Hebrew this summer!

Guest Rabbi Sue Oren will lead a course this summer on Hebrew reading for adult beginners, hosted at Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights.

Participants will learn to read the Hebrew “alefbet” (aka alphabet) on Sundays during the summer (with a break on July 2 for the Independence Day holiday).

This course will provide a systematic approach to recognizing and sounding out the Hebrew writing system.  In class and at home, participants will reinforce this learning through practical exercises and introduction to basic vocabulary from Jewish prayer. The course is geared toward adults interested in learning to read Hebrew — or refreshing their rusty skills!  

Class convenes on Sundays from 1:15-2:15 p.m., on June 25; July 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20, 27. The $200 fee includes course materials. For registration and questions, contact Rabbi Oren: [email protected].


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