Wednesday, January 9, 2019

St. Nicholas, East Williamsburg

This lengthy article suddenly appeared on the internet from the website Bedford + Bowery. I have to read it more closely, as I believe the ordained staff may live at Mount Carmel.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

On reusing churches

The Atlantic Monthly website on 11.25.2018 published an essay by Jonathan Merritt, "America's Epidemic of Empty Churches." In the second paragraph he describes the conversion of the church of St. Vincent de Paul, Williamsburg, into apartments, with a one-bedroom unit renting as high as $4,812 per month. The article is worth reading, as it discusses the types of church conversions across our country. 

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