Resurrection Church Paint Party

Resurrection Church

Dear Parishioner,

I Invite you to a painless, workless and timeless paint party. Our Church ceilings haven’t seen a coat of paint since the church was built in 1953 with the first Mass in the new building on Easter Sunday.

To have this paint party, I ask your help in accomplishing this task. Enclosed is a donation envelope to help cover the cost of this endeavor. We have already recieved an anonymous gift of $5,000 for which I am very grateful, but we still need your help and I ask for your generosity.

Very truly yours,

Rev. Dennis J Farrell

Send your donations to: 2331 Gerritsen Avenue Brooklyn Ny 11229

Any questions  718-743-7234

Calling All Vendors

Resurrection Church is looking for Vendors for their Christmas boutique.

Christmas Boutique
Sunday – December 4, 2011
10:00am – 6:00pm

Table space 30$ per table
For reservations please call
Phyllis 917-385-5735

Resurrection Sports: Softball Registration This Weekend

The Resurrection Sports  Association will hold registrations for its summer program this weekend on March 5 and March 6 in the Resurrection School Gym.

Registration times are: 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Snow & Cancellations

Winter Storm Warning for NYC from 10AM today to 6AM tomorrow. 4-8 inches of snow is expected. Travel with caution.

  • Resurrection CCD CANCELED today due to inclement weather!!!
  • Good Shepherd CCD is also canceled

Take this time to sign up for Notify NYC

NY Daily News on Church Reorganization

Resurrection Church
No new news as of now with the brooklyn church reorganization. This is all news we already knew but it is a good reminder that Resurrection Church and every church is on the table.

Basically the church may have to close some locations due to lack of attendance and some financial woes.

Read more: NY Daily News

Beach Rat Runners Club

Resurrection Track Team

Running is one of the purest and most fun forms of cardiovascular exercise. Our goal is to promote the sport of running as an exciting way to achieve a high level of fitness in a forum that enhances team spirit and individual achievement. We will train for fun, fitness, and to compete in local and regional races!!!!

All youth currently in 4th through 8th grade are invited to attend our first practice and registration on Thursday 8/19/2010, and Tuesday 8/24.

We will be meeting at the field across from the Cort Club Gerritsen ave. Brooklyn, ny.

For further information or directions please call:
Coach Cappiello at 718-614-5638. Or Ilene 917-640-6682

Register for Resurrection Religious Education

Resurrection Church

Please remember to register for CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine), Resurrection Religious Education program for the 2010-2011 term. Here are the dates and times you can register in the religious education office:

  • Tuesday, June 1st
    • 9:30-11:30 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m
  • Wednesday, June 2nd
    • 9:30-11:30 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 3rd
    • 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, June 7th
    • 9:30-11:30 a.m.

For more information or for any questions please contact the Religious Education Office at (718)891-0888

Seminarian, Joseph Zwosta’s Summer Assignment

Seminarian and GB Resident, Joseph Zwosta, will be returning home from the Pontifical North American College in Rome for his parish assignment during this upcoming summer.

Although, Joe has been assigned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg for six weeks this summer. He will spend the rest of the season assisting at Resurrection Parish.

After this summer assignment, he will return back to Rome for further studies in preparation for his Diaconate in October of 2011 and Ordination to the Priesthood in June of 2012. Please continue to support and pray for Joseph as his continues his vocation to the Priesthood.

We look forward to seeing Joe during the summer!

Joseph Michael Zwosta

Bob Rossi Passed Away


Bob Rossi, a long-time pillar of Resurrection Church and the Knights of Columbus passed away on May 1st as a result of an apparent heart attack.

I regret to inform you that Mr. Bob Rossi passed away today. He served as a Eucharistic Minister, Usher, and Sacristan at Resurrection Parish. Bob will be greatly missed at Resurrection in many ways. His wake will be Monday and Tuesday at Byrnes funeral home. The funeral is Wednesday 9:30 am at Resurrection.

Interested members of the community may attend a wake at Byrnes funeral home (2384 Gerritsen Ave) on Monday, May 3rd, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, May 4th, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be given Wednesday at Resurrection Church at 9:30 a.m.


Update: Resurrection May Be In Danger of Closing

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Again, let me state this very clearly: Resurrection Church is not closing – but lets be real it’s “on the table”.

Every parish in the diocese is currently engaged in a strategic planning process with the bishop. The “Christ Jesus, Our Hope – Diocesan Strategic Planning for Parishes” plan is to evaluate the current status of local parishes for the long term stability of the church.  Meaning… closings of churches are “on the table” – across the board – across the diocese.


All churches have very low attendance, and there seems to be a lot of different reasons for the low attendance, but according to the report some factors include “demographic shifts, small and large from the migration of many Catholics away from the Northeast to changes in ethnic groups within certain neighborhoods.”

The Bishop does not want what happened to schools in their decision of closing to happen to churches.  To that end, he is making everyone alert to what is going on.

Some churches cannot support themselves because they are either in poor areas and are not being supported by parishioners, so the diocese has been subsidizing them.  Some are receiving up to 40%. Selling church property is not an option, Real estate will probably go back up.  Some churches are very close in proximity and some have very high maintenance costs and falling apart.

The bishop has appointed a committee to go to the churches and evaluate buildings, structure, cost efficiency, maintenance. They are also looking at the “sacramental life” of the church e.g. baptisms, weddings, communions, confirmations etc.

As far as Resurrection goes, the buildings are in very good condition, and they do have the leasing of the school building as a steady source of income.

Continue reading Update: Resurrection May Be In Danger of Closing

Resurrection Church May Be in Danger of Closing


Nobody freak out and read what I am writing clearly: Resurrection Church – is not closing - at least not just yet.

Apparently, there was a meeting last week held by Father Farrell and it came out that Resurrection Church (constructed in 1953) may have to close their doors because of low attendance.

Ironically, this highly publicized meeting was not very well attended since they only publicized it in their bulletin.

At the meeting attendees discussed openly the problems with the parish and tried to figure out ways to possibly save the parish. A handout was passed around for people to submitted written answers to questions like “What are the greatest signs of vibrancy and life that you see in our parish?”. These questions and questions like it are to try to figure out a way to keep the church together. One of the main reasons why people felt was the cause of the lack of attendance was was the closing of  Resurrection School. Many feel as though the decision “ripped the heart” out of the church and may be the eventual downfall of the church.

Ultimately the decision for Resurrection to close is up to the diocese and a decision is expected to be made sometime around September. The diocese will be looking at many factors like the solvency of the church, attendance, the building conditions, monies. Resurrection has all of those things going for them except for the attendance.

There are some things you can do to prevent this from happening: Resurrection is not asking for your money (although I’m sure they wouldn’t turn down your donation). However they are asking for your participation and attendance in your community church.

Brooklyn Blue Feather Mascot Stolen

Brooklyn Blue Feather

A few weeks ago, someone stole the Brooklyn Blue Feather School mascot, a 5 foot stuffed giraffe. The giraffe is was placed outside the office on the first floor. The giraffe is especially import ant for these kids because it was a welcoming sight when the kids come in first thing in the morning. The giraffe is loved by all of the kids at the school. When the staff left for home it was there and the next morning it was gone.

The kids are very upset and want their giraffe back. If someone knows anything or wants to bring the giraffe back, please bring it back no questions asked.

Help Brooklyn Blue Feather with Book and Candy Drive!

Brooklyn Blue Feather

Brooklyn Blue Feather School (what used to be Resurrection School) on Gerritsen Avenue is a state approved non public school for students from kindergarten thru fifth grade that are autistic. Blue Feather is looking for the Gerritsen Beach community to help out with donations of gently used books for the students (any age will do). The books will be given to the students as a gift as well as books for teachers’ libraries in the classroom.

Brooklyn Blue Feather is also starting a candy drive on Thursday, September 24 and if anyone would like to purchase candy to support the school they can walk into the office on Gerritsen Avenue and purchase candy at $1.00 each.

Books can be dropped off at 2335 Gerritsen Ave or shoot an email to for more information.

Religious Education Registration Dates

Registration 2009-2010 for Religious Education will be held in the Religious Education Office Community Center in the Resurrection Church Rectory Basement.

June 1 – Monday – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. & 7 – 8 p.m.
June 2 – Tuesday – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. & 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
June 3 – Wednesday – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. & 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
June 4 – Thursday – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

No hours on Friday
Call 718-891-0888 for information

Burglary In Our Schools

Brooklyn Blue Feather

Cops are hunting for a pair of prowlers who have committed at least 11 burglaries at schools in Queens and Brooklyn. Police say the spree began in December when the duo broke into Our Lady of Grace school on 101st Street near 158th Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens.

They are also believed to be responsible for the burglaries of the Blue Feather Elementary School in Gerritsen Beach, in December, police said.Cops say they committed a second burglary at Our Lady of Grace in January, as well as thefts in Queens Village, Fresh Meadows and Richmond Hill, Queens.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the school burglaries to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. People can also text their tips to 274637, then enter TIP577. All information is kept confidential.

You can even call the 61st to have help you out to see how to properly secure your business or home.

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