Saturday, July 31, 2010

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Kensington

The parish of Immaculate Heart of Mary is located at 2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11218, telephone 718-871-1310. This is at the northern end of Fort Hamilton Parkway, between East 4th Street and East 5th Street, close to Prospect Park and the Prospect Expressway, but about 4 miles northeast of Fort Hamilton. The neighborhoods are Windsor Terrace to the north and Kensington to the south.  The parish website is linked HERE.  The parish Facebook page is linked HERE.
One might recall a tradition of crossing oneself or of men tipping their hats when passing a church. Despite the locked fence, a young lady stops here to pray before a statue, either Jesus as the Good Shepherd between the doors, or Mary above the doors.

The parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was established in 1898, and the cornerstone of this church is dated 1931. In 1933, the Independent Subway came to this neighborhood, with a station entrance one block east on Fort Hamilton Parkway (F and G trains).

At East 5th Street is this prayer for peace, in eight languages.

And the public school across Fort Hamilton Parkway echoes the prayer.
For many decades, the Brentwood Josephites and lay teachers staffed this school, but in 2012 the bishop merged it into the newly-named St.Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy at 241 Prospect Park West, the former Holy Name school.