Saturday, September 8, 2018

St. Peter Catholic Academy, Bensonhurst

Again, those who write narratives for news on Channel 12 show ignorance of the neighborhoods of Brooklyn. St. Peter Catholic Academy is in Bensonhurst, not Gravesend.
The website of St. Peter Catholic Academy has a full history (linked HERE) explaining the role of this elementary school, now sponsored by three parishes: St. Mary Mary Mother of Jesus, St. Finbar, and St. Frances Cabrini. The address is 8401 23rd Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11214.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Holy Innocents, Beverly Road

This blog of mine is incomplete, as I have traveled to a mere 95% of Brooklyn's Catholic parishes and photographed them for posts. Today, December 28, 2017, the feast of the Holy Innocents, I could not find the parish of the Holy Innocents on this blog.
Brooklynites easily know where Beverly Road is, as it is a local station on the Brighton Line, currently served by the Q train. Holy Innocents church stands on the southeast corner of Beverly Road and East 17th Street, a few blocks east of the subway. The neighborhood is well-kept, picturesque.
The parish website is linked HERE. Masses and baptisms are in English, Spanish, and Creole.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

An interesting loan and news item

The Real Deal real estate website describes an interesting loan from St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village, to a charter school in Windsor Terrace. The loan was funneled through Rocklyn Ecclesiastical Corp., with offices adjacent to Holy Name church. To me, the word Rocklyn suggests holdings in the two Catholic diocese of Long Island: Rockville Centre and Brooklyn. When the diocese of Rockville Centre was created in erected in 1957, Brooklyn apparently retained ownership of some income-producing Suffolk County properties, including St. Charles Cemetery. 
Link to Read Deal article HERE.

Monday, May 14, 2018

School merger, St. Francis Xavier and Queen of All Saints

Please see The Tablet article linked HERE

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Academy on President Street will merge with and move into Queen of All Saints Catholic Academy, at the corner of Vanderbilt and Lafayette Avenues, Brooklyn. This is a move north of about 21 short blocks or 1.3 miles. More details are in the lengthy article, dated May 9, 2018.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Choosing a Catholic High School

The Test for Admission to Catholic High Schools (on Saturday, November 4, 2017) is accepting applicants now.  Parents are urged to look at this information site and read each of the links in the left-hand column.  You may have to print some forms and directions. The list of schools is posted sideways on the PDF, so printing those pages would help you to read the information. It appears that the nine Catholic high schools of the borough of Brooklyn offer 1,210 places for incoming freshmen, but high schools in other boroughs might be convenient for some. Please note that the TACHS exam will forward your score to three high schools. 
Please also note the dates of the Open House visitations and the Information Fairs.
The cost of the test is $63.
The tuition-free Regis High School in Manhattan has a different system of admission, so a boy may take TACHS for other schools while still applying to Regis. Please see

Thursday, August 17, 2017

St. Michael & St. Edward

Sometimes I find an article from a few years ago that explains much. The link HERE is to an extensive article in Brownstoner about the church of St. Michael and St. Edward near the Navy Yard.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Regina Pacis minus St. Rosalia, May, 2017

On May 2, 2017, the bishop of Brooklyn decreed that the church of Saint Rosalia at 6301 Fourteenth Avenue is relegated for profine, not sordid, use, ultimately putting it up for sale with that restriction.
The decree is linked HERE, but sometimes these links to official documents become stale.
The mailing address for the parish the Basilica of Regina Pacis is 1230 65th Street, Brooklyn NY 11219, telephone 718-236-0909. The neighborhood is the northern part of Bensonhurst.
The people of the parish of St. Rosalia (founded in 1902 as an Italian national parish, not a territorial parish) made a vow in 1942 to build a votive shrine, the magnificent Regina Pacis church, if their servicemen came home safe from the war and peace was established. In broad summary, that seems to be why this parish had two or three names. The history of the votive shrine from 1942 onward is given on the parish website. I have been unable to learn the parish history for the first forty years, especially whether there was more than one building for Sunday worship. This is not a merged parish. It is a parish that took on a supplementary name, Regina Pacis. Now, in 2017, the name Saint Rosalia has been dropped.

Clicking on any photo will enlarge it. I took the eight photos on this page in 2010.

Above is the now-closed church on 14th Avenue. In 2010, three weekend Masses were offered here: Saturday 5 p.m. in English, Saturday 7:30 p.m. in Chinese, Sunday 9 a.m. in Italian. In 2016, I can find little reference in the parish bulletin to services at Saint Rosalia. In 2017, the church was canonically closed.

Above is the Regina Pacis Votive Shrine on 65th Street near 12th Avenue, Bensonhurst. I note that the Sunday Mass schedule includes five Masses in English, plus one each in Chinese, Italian, and Spanish.

The parish website once had descriptions and photos of the artwork surrounding the congregation, but I have been unable to find these helpful descriptions on the new website.

The above view looks west on 65th Street towards 12th Avenue.
Some Catholic parishes with beautiful churches do not host weddings of couples who are not active attendees of the parish itself. The Regina Pacis website implies a ready willingness to assist the celebration of Catholic marriage.

The above view looks along 65th Street towards 12th Avenue. This building is signed Regina Pacis Youth Center and Catholic Migration Office. However, it seems the upper floors may have had classrooms. To the right is the rectory and then the Regina Pacis Votive Shrine. A former parish school building extends the short block on 12th Avenue from 65th Street to 66th Street.
A helpful reader pointed out that the parish also included St. Theresa's Chapel on 12th Avenue at 66th Street.  A link to the news article with that information is HERE. Father Angelo Rafael Cioffi became pastor in 1923 and purchased the land for the school, chapel, and new rectory two blocks west of St. Rosalia's church.  In the mid-twentieth century, Sunday Mass attendance was much higher than today, and pastors often had to add more worship spaces, churches, and chapels.  I am guessing that in 1950, Mass was celebrated in three or four locations, the old church on 14th Avenue, the new shrine church upstairs, the same church downstairs, and maybe at St. Theresa's chapel. It would be interesting to see a Sunday bulletin or Mass schedule for that era. 
The same helpful reader showed me this link to a website about church organs.  The address given for St. Theresa's chapel appears to be in error.