Congratulating St. Athanasius Parish in Brooklyn, New York, upon the occasion of celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating St. Athanasius Parish in Brooklyn,
New York, upon the occasion of celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2013

WHEREAS, Religious institutions, and the many spiritual, social and
educational benefits they confer, play a vital role in the development
of the moral fabric of a responsible citizenry; and
WHEREAS, It is the tradition of this State and this Nation to pay
tribute to those institutions and individuals who have contributed to
the ethical and spiritual values of their communities; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body takes pleasure in congratulating St.
Athanasius Parish in Brooklyn, New York, upon the occasion of celebrat-
ing its 100th Anniversary in 2013; and
WHEREAS, On December 7, 1913, Father Eugene Donnelly celebrated Mass
in a building on 62nd Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York; with
that sacred act, St. Athanasius Parish was born; and
WHEREAS, Less than one year later, the first St. Athanasius Parish
church was built; and
WHEREAS, Building of the St. Athanasius Parish church continued
through the Great Depression as a school, community center and convent
were added to the parish; at that time, the Sisters of St. Joseph,
Brentwood, began their long association with the St. Athanasius family;
WHEREAS, In 1961, construction was begun on the magnificent current
St. Athanasius Parish church building; finished in 1963, it is now on
Bay Parkway and has become the center of parish life; and
WHEREAS, Over the years, St. Athanasius Parish has adapted to the
ever-changing needs of its people and embarked on periods of outreach:
Mass began to be celebrated in English instead of Latin, giving the
congregation a real sense of participation; the folk Mass was intro-
duced; singing to the strum of the guitar and the beat of a tambourine
laid the ground work for an expanding music ministry and the establish-
ment of two vibrant charismatic prayer groups; and
WHEREAS, Some of the oldest societies at St. Athanasius Parish
include: The Holy Name Society, The Rosary Society and The Society of
St. Vincent de Paul; and
WHEREAS. Early in its history, St. Athanasius Parish started an Itali-
an apostolate, celebrating Mass in Italian in the Lower Church with an
Italian Choir; as the years progressed and the demographics of the
community changed, Korean and Spanish Apostolates were added; and
WHEREAS, Currently, St. Athanasius Parish offers Masses in English,
Italian, and Spanish; in addition, the Korean Community recently moved
to the neighboring parish of Holy Spirit on 45th Street and 17th Avenue;
WHEREAS, St. Athanasius Parish has a thriving grammar school serving
Catholic and non-Catholic children alike with an innovative religious
education program, serving children, their families and adults; and
WHEREAS, Standing on the threshold of tomorrow, St. Athanasius Parish
in Brooklyn, New York, is prepared to meet the challenges of the coming
decades while retaining that spiritual resolve which characterizes its
past; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to take note of
enduring religious institutions and to bring such institutions to the
attention of the people of this Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate St. Athanasius Parish in Brooklyn, New York, upon the occa-
sion of celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2013, fully confident that

this commemoration reflects the belief in those values which enhance the
dignity and purpose of life; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to St. Athanasius Parish in Brooklyn, New York.


  • 04 / Jun / 2013
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
  • 11 / Jun / 2013

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