2013-06-27 / Front Page

Bishop Installs Msgr. Jamie

New Pastor At St. Bernard Church Installed At Special Mass
By Dara Mormile

Photo by Darryl C. Madison Photo by Darryl C. Madison You might know Father Jamie Gigantiello from his days at Mary Queen Of Heaven Church in Old Mill Basin. The popular Monsignor spent 12 wonderful years creating a fun and spiritual environment for church-goers from all over Brooklyn. Since the Catholic Church mandates that a priest must move on to another parish after 12 years, he moved to his new home at St. Bernard Church in February.

St. Bernard Church is located in Bergen Beach at East 69th Street and Veterans Avenue and its parishioners formally accepted him to their family Sunday during an official installation ceremony following the morning Mass. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presided over the spiritual swearing-in, but Msgr. Jamie said he felt at home at the house of worship since his arrival.

“During my first sermon I welcomed everyone and felt that we’d grow together like a family,” he said.

Msgr. Jamie hasn’t wasted any time making adjustments in St. Bernard Church – he’s already completed some much-needed renovations and repairs to the building as well as St. Bernard School.

Msgr. Jamie with the parishioners. Msgr. Jamie with the parishioners. “The parish grounds are looking better and we have over 250 additional worshippers,” said Msgr. Jamie.

The Monsignor is well known for his culinary skills, which he anxiously shares with parishioners.

However, he hasn’t yet had time to bring his hobby and first love to church members since he’s been prioritizing his work and getting general business in order.

“When things calm down, I’m definitely going to incorporate cooking into many of the social functions and other events we host,” he said.

The dedicated Monsignor also expects to carry out the full 12 years of his ministry at St. Bernard and looks forward to all of the rebuilding that’s to come.

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