COURIER LIFE, APRIL 10-16, 2020 3
toll in Brooklyn
BY AIDAN GRAHAM
Church bells across the borough
will ring out every afternoon
during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak
as part of the new “Bells of
Hope” initiative from the Brooklyn
Diocese, Bishop Nicholas Di-
Marzio announced on April 2.
“As our city, and especially our
boroughs, remain the epicenter of
this Coronavirus pandemic, each
day we will ask Almighty God to
bring an end to this illness which
has caused great pain and suffering
for many people,” said DiMarzio.
“The ringing of the church
bells will inspire us as New Yorkers
and citizens of the world, of all
faiths, the strongest of believers
and the nonbelievers, to unite in
prayer against this virus.”
Beginning on April 3, churches
in Brooklyn and Queens will chime
at 3 pm daily — a time that corresponds
with the hour in Catholic
literature that Jesus Christ died
on the cross.
“The Resurrection of Jesus
Christ is the greatest instance of
love and hope in the history of the
world,” said DiMarzio. “We may or
may not know for whom these bells
will toll, however, we will pause
to honor those who are suffering,
who have died, and give thanks to
God for those putting their lives at
risk for others.”
The 185 operating churches
in Brooklyn and Queens were all
closed on March 20 out of precautionary
measures to combat the
novel virus, leaving 1.5 million
Catholics without church service
for the near future.
A MESSAGE FROM THE BRIGHTON
Although we closed our doors temporarily for this pandemic, please write to me at the email address below and I will try and help
you. Don't worry about filing your renewals on SCRIE SECTION 8. The government is well aware of the situation. As soon as this
virus starts its curve downward we will see the beginning of the end of this virus.
Really worried, call 3 1 1 and ask for a representative of the program.
BNA is also working with CITY CARE which will put the program on hold temporarily because of the virus. City Care is working with
all Health Care Facilities and Hospitals and has launched their program in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Your immigration status will
not come up on the application which creates a wonderful opportunity for everyone out there to get into a health plan which will
be zero to low cost. Please email me at BNA (email below) with your name address and phone number and we will be able to
make a call and put you into a health plan. You will be assigned a hospital which will become your "primary doctor" and you will be
taken care of by that hospital and have access to other doctors on staff, labs, equipment etc. Registration normally takes 2 weeks,
hopefully we can get this done late April/May. City Care initiated this program in the Bronx where it is still operating. They
expanded it to Brooklyn and Staten Island back in January. It is important that you have lived here for six months or more.
We Advise anyone interested in this new health program to check back with us in May.
Friends, we pray that this virus leaves us soon. We hope to be in our office by May. We do not know if we can have our 44th Jubilee
this summer, as of yet, but we are keeping our fingers crossed! Vendors/Sponsors wishing to sign up, or send checks can write
me at 3030 Brighton 12th St. 3N, Brooklyn, NY 11235, checks payable to BNA.
REMEMBER YOU CAN EMAIL US NOW!
Stay Safe and Good Health To All. We will come out of this Stronger!
Pat Singer • Brighton Neighborhood Association