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Officers Slate for the Columbian Year July 1st to June 30th

Msgr. David L. Cassato – Chaplain
S.K. Mike A. Nuccio– Grand Knight

S.K. Scott O’Donnell – Deputy Grand Knight
S.K. Dea. Bill Kelly – Chancellor
S.K. Chris LaSalle – Recording Secretary
S.K. Bob Vezzuso, PGK – Financial Secretary
S.K. Ed McGibbon, PGK – Treasurer

S.K. Vincent Nerone – Warden
S.K. Bob Toigo, PGK-FDD
– Advocate
Calogero Stansu – Lecturer
Mike Imbasciani – Inside Guard

Mike Bacolo – Outside Guard

S.K. Jim LaSalle, PGK-FDD – Trustee 3 Years
S.K. Carl Bartolotti, PGK-FDD-PCC
– Trustee 2 Years
S.K. John V. Arcate, PGK-FDD
– Trustee 1 Years

Congratulations to the above list of Officers. We wish you success in the upcoming Columbian year.

Brooklyn church vandalism suspect arrested, charged: Police

Police have arrested and charged a man believed to be responsible for a vandalizing a church in Brooklyn last week.

 A man the NYPD has taken into custody for vandalizing a Brooklyn church is also facing federal charges for arson at a local synagogue and yeshiva, United States attorneys said Saturday.

The church incident took place on May 13 in the early hours at 1:36 a.m. A man entered the grounds of Saint Athanasius Church on Bay Parkway tore down a large crucifix with a statue of Jesus affixed to it. He then removed an American flag that was hanging on the front of a church building and proceeded to burn it, causing damage to a fence in the process.

Ali Alaheri, 29, was arrested Saturday and charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime in connection.

Alaheri is also facing federal charges related to setting fire to a yeshiva and synagogue in Brooklyn Thursday, according to the local U.S. Attorney’s office.

In the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, Alaheri was seen on surveillance video piling garbage bags against the side of a building on 36th Street that housed the school and the synagogue. He is recorded igniting those garbage bags. Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the location and put the fire out.  

Alaheri was captured again, hours later, on surveillance video repeatedly punching a man in Hasidic garb, according to federal officials. There was no interaction between Alaheri and his victim prior to the assault.

He was arrested Friday, appearing to wear the same clothing he was wearing in the video footage of the assault.

If convicted, Alaheri faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, and a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment. He made his first appearance Saturday before a judge.

ST. ATHANASIUS Prayer Vigil!

Hundreds of people came in person and hundreds joined us on Facebook Live for tonight’s Prayer Vigil! On such a short notice we all came together to show how strong our Faith is! What an amazing crowd! We are one community! We are one family! We love each other!

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St. Athanasius was vandalized.

We are deeply saddened to inform you that the Cross on our Church property was vandalized last night. This exhibition of violence and religious hatred is very disturbing. This is definitely an offensive act not only to our Parish but to the Catholic Church! We ask our political leaders to act on the issue of religious hate crime ASAP! This is unacceptable!

We have more sad news. After inspecting all our buildings we discovered that the AMERICAN FLAG on the rectory building was burnt down!!! This is unacceptable!!! Where are our Political Leaders?! Where’s the media?! We want to thank NYPD for their immediate action and hard work!

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