Resolution J2116-2013

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



  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 4, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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.


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