Friday, November 13, 2009

Our Lady of Lourdes, Bushwick


Our Lady of Lourdes parish, located along Broadway between Bushwick and East New York, has been combined with the parish of St. Martin of Tours. The building on DeSales Place in the above photo seems to be the former rectory, whose office is now located at St. Martin of Tours, 1288 Hancock St, Brooklyn, NY 11221, telephone 718-443-8484. The photo is taken from the window of a westbound J train between the Broadway Junction and Chauncey Street stations. To the left can be seen the former parish elementary school now used as Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School.  Please see this article from the Brooklyn Tablet dated 11.9.2011.  The address of the high school is 2 Aberdeen Street, Brooklyn NY 11207.
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The bulletin of the combined parishes says that Mass is offered Monday to Friday at the convent of the Missionaries of Charity, 34 Aberdeen Street, telephone 718-443-2868. Sunday at 11 a.m. a bi-lingual Mass is offered at 89 Furman Avenue.
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For an excellent capsule history of the parish, please see McNamara's Blog, linked here. The parish of St. Francis de Sales was established in 1872 and renamed Our Lady of Lourdes in 1897. For many decades, it was staffed by the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary and preaching congregation. That may be one reason for the the large size of the rectory.






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  1. Our Lady of Lourdes was one of the most beautiful churches in Brooklyn. There was a Grotto, behind the main altar, containing crutches of those who were healed by Our Lady's Intersession. I recall participating in "Mission Sunday" Procession, in 1967, students wore habits representing their respective religious teachers of their schools. My dearly beloved mom, would take me to this church, as a young child... she loved it so much! The memories, shall live on in my heart eternally...

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    1. I agree , it was one of the most beautiful churches in Brooklyn at one time. I graduated in 1970. Wish I could turn the clock back in time. Friendships I will never forget, great teachers, great school.....terrific childhood memories...

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