On December 1, Astoria Catholic pastors and Muslim leaders met for an evening of friendly dialogue at Immaculate Conception rectory in Astoria. The purpose was to learn more about each other's religious traditions and build relationships between the religious leaders. It was agreed to meet every few months in order to... build upon this positive experience. Those in attendance included: Dr. Ibrahim Elterkawy, Msgr. Fernando Ferrarese (Immaculate Conception), Hatem Gawaly, Prof. Abu Asad Haque, Ahmed Jamil, Rev. William Krlis (Most Precious Blood), Msgr Sean Ogle (Mount Carmel), and Mahbubur Rahman.
Sunday November 14, 2010, we assembled many of our parishioners after the 11:15 Family Mass for a group photo, which recalls what Vatican II said in Lumen Gentium 13: "It follows that though there are many nations there is but one people of God, which takes its citizens from every race, making them citizens of a kingdom which is of a heavenly rather than of an earthly nature. All the faithful,scattered though they be throughout the world, are in communion with each other in the Holy Spirit, and so, 'he who dwells in Rome knows that the people of India are his members.'"
On Oct. 30, over 50 parish members traveled on the bi-annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to join Bishop Di Marzio and 2500 other Brooklyn-Queens Catholics on a day of prayer, sacrifice and song. Here the Bishop welcomes us to the Shrine.