Tuesday, December 13, 2011

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy

On 11.30.2011, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio decreed the establishment of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy next September in the building currently used by Holy Name of Jesus School at 241Prospect Park West, Brooklyn NY 11215.  Merged into this new academy will be Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Kensington, and Holy Name.
In January, 2012, the Holy Name school website is linked here.  I do not know whether it will be replaced by a website for the renamed school.  
For photos, please see Holy Name and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Decrees about charter schools

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has issued two decrees recently regarding charter schools in parish buildings. I provide links to the decrees so the reader will examen the decree rather than just accept my summary. In a decree dated 11.18.2011, the Bishops reminds all that a parish which has rented space to a charter school must share 40% of the rental income with other parishes whose schools have been adversely affected by the establishment of that charter school.
Also, there are four pages of revisions to guidelines of how rented property may or may not be used. These five pages are dated 11.17.2011.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Guardian Angel, Brighton Beach

Guardian Angel church, dedicated in 1905, stands on the west side of Ocean Parkway at Oceanview Avenue.  It seems that the building behind the church, now used as a parish hall, was the 1880 church.

This view looks west across Ocean Parkway.  The rectory, to the left of the church, is at 2978 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11235.  The telephone number is 718-266-1561.  The updated parish website, linked here, includes the Mass schedule and an interesting history of the parish. 
The parishioners include faithful of many languages.  Sunday Mass is celebrated in English, Spanish, and Polish, with monthly celebrations in Filipino and thrice-monthly in Malayalam (from Kerala).
One long block south (to the left in the photo) is the Ocean Parkway station of the Q train from Broadway, Manhattan.  Another long block south is the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.  The B1 crosstown bus from Bay Ridge to Manhattan Beach stops in front of the church.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

St. Martin de Porres, Bed-Stuy

In 2007, the bishop of Brooklyn created the parish of St. Martin de Porres by merging three parishes, Our Lady of Victory, St. Peter Claver, and Holy Rosary. The pastor and his assistant live at 583 Throop Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11216, telephone 718-574-5772.  The parish website, giving the address, Mass schedule, telephone, and e-mail of each of the three churches, is linked here. For insights into the pastor, staff, parishioners, and activities, I suggest you peruse the archive of weekly bulletins.
Above is the shrine of St. Martin de Porres, to the left of the altar in Our Lady of Victory church, Throop Avenue.

On the northeast corner of Throop Avenue and MacDonough Street stands the magnificent church of Our Lady of Victory.  The parish was established in 1868, and this church, designed by Thomas F. Houghton,  was consecrated in 1893. Francis Morrone writes, "It is a strong Gothic church of Manhattan schist with highly contrasting limestone trim."

The above view looks south on Throop Avenue from Macon Street.  The rectory is at the left. Up Macon Street to the left is the convent of the Missionaries of Charity and the former parish school.

A single click on any photo will enlarge it.  Then the original size will also be offered.

The history and architecture of this parish and church are of great interest, but the faith and zeal of the congregants are the soul of the parish.
At this link to Flickr, Emilio Guerra has provided two photos of Our Lady of Victory church.  He also provides a helpful text from the city's Landmark Commission.  Also, one might look at page 11 of this pdf document.
More photos, history, and a description of the organ are provided at this link to the New York Organ project.
Bus B43 (from Ebbets Field to Greenpoint) stops in front of the church. The southbound B43 uses Tompkins Avenue.  Nearby is the Kingston-Throop station of the C train under Fulton Street.

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A mile west of Our Lady of Victory church is that of St. Peter Claver.

On the southeast corner of Claver Place and Jefferson Avenue is the church of St. Peter Claver, now one of the three churches in the parish of St. Martin de Porres.  The address is 29 Claver Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238, telephone 718-622-4647.  For the Mass schedule, please see this link.
The cornerstone is dated 1921.  Fulton Street is a short block to the right (south). Nearby is the busy subway station at Franklin Avenue and Fulton Street (C and S trains).

On the northeast corner is St. Peter Claver Institute, with a cornerstone dated 1931.  The parish and this institute have an amazing, impressive history.  A statue of St. Peter Claver and a slave is at the corner.  To the left, one door is marked Convent, another door is marked School.

In 2011, the Brooklyn Waldorf School leased this property for 49 years.  

Three blocks northwest, on the southeast corner of Madison Street and Classon Avenue, is the former church of Nativity parish.  In 1973, the bishop of Brooklyn merged that parish into St. Peter Claver.  Another Christian congregation purchased Nativity, according to this link

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Holy Rosary, at 139 Chauncey Street, Brooklyn NY 11233, is one of three worship sites for the parish of St. Martin de Porres, established in 2007.  Please see the parish website, linked here.
Chauncey Street is one block north of the Utica Avenue station of the A and C subway lines beneath Fulton Street.  Walk one block north on Malcolm X Boulevard, turn west, and you will see the church.
The parish was established in 1889.  The handsome brick church dates from 1894. Holy Rosary is the easternmost church of St. Martin de Porres parish, extending about 1.5 mile from St. Peter Claver to Holy Rosary, or approximately the east-west extent of the residential neighborhood Bedford-Stuyvesant.
It seems that a campanile was removed after 1946.  On this website, please click on the photo.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Salve Regina Catholic Academy, East New York

In February, 2016, the informative and well-maintained website of Salve Regina Catholic Academy may be found HERE.
The website of the Brooklyn diocesan newspaper, The Tablet, includes a lengthy article about the high enrollment and other success at the new Salve Regina Catholic Academy.  The writer states that 732 students are currently enrolled (October, 2011) in grades N-8, with three sections per grade.  A grade-by-grade breakdown of enrollment is not provided.
The academy uses the buildings at Jerome Street and Liberty Avenue, pictured in this blog within the St. Michael's parish heading, linked here.  The address of Salve Regina Catholic Academy is 237 Jerome Street, Brooklyn NY 11207, telephone 718-277-6766.
This article dated 11.21.2011 appeared on the web of The Brooklyn Ink, providing much information on how the three schools have formed one.   Of particular note to me is that only thirty students transferred from St. Sylvester's school.  Distance matters.

Friday, September 30, 2011

St. Margaret Mary, Manhattan Beach

Facing Manhattan Beach Park on Ocean Avenue is the church of St. Margaret Mary.  The parish, established in 1920, seems to own the short block along the south side of Oriental Boulevard from Exeter Street to Ocean Avenue. The rectory address is 215 Exeter Street, Brooklyn NY 11235, telephone 718-743-1824.
Note that two Masses are offered each week.

On Oriental Boulevard at Ocean Avenue, this sign faces the bus stop.  Bus routes B1 (from Bay Ridge and the Brighton Beach subway station) and B46 (from the full north-south Ocean Avenue and the Shepshead Bay subway station) travel along Oriental Boulevard towards Kingsborough Community College. Although this is a residential neighborhood, street parking is severely restricted.
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) of Burgundy, France, became a Visitation nun.  Because of her visions, she encouraged a devotion to Jesus and His Sacred Heart.
In the 2013 Official Catholic Directory for the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Stamford, there is a listing for a mission, named in honor of Blessed Nicholas Chernetsky, in Manhattan Beach. A description from 2005 is linked here. In 1956, I first attended a Ukrainian Liturgy in Troy and was awed by the strong participation of the faithful in singing the Byzantine hymns.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

St. Edmund Preparatory High School

St. Edmund Preparatory High School faces Ocean Avenue just south of Avenue T.  Its address is 2474 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11229, telephone 718-743-6100. The Prep's website is linked here.
URGENT: Eighth graders seeking admission to freshman year at St. Edmund's and other Catholic high schools in 2012 must register for the Test for Admission to Catholic High School.  Please read the TACHS website linked here.  Deadlines are fast approaching.  Open House at St. Edmund's is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2011, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesday, October 25  at 7 p.m.  Also, please read this page.

St. Edmund, Avenue T & Ocean Ave.

As one travels south on Ocean Avenue, this sign appears at the corner of Avenue T.

St. Edmund church is within St. Edmund elementary school on Avenue T.  The rectory, Ocean Avenue and St. Edmund Prep are to the left.  The rectory address is 2460 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11229, telephone 718-743-0102.  The parish website is linked here.  In 1922, Bishop Thomas Molloy established this parish under the patronage of St. Edmund of Canterbury. (That link from a St. Edmund parish in Delaware explains the three names by which Edmund is known.)

Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

The address of St. Edmund Elementary School is 1902 Avenue T, Brooklyn NY 11229, telephone 718-648-9229.

St. Edmund Preparatory High School faces Ocean Avenue just south of Avenue T.  Its address is 2474 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11229, telephone 718-743-6100. The Prep's website is linked here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Good Shepherd, Avenue S

Early Christian art portrayed Jesus as the Good Shepherd, in a pose resembling the statue here at the corner of Avenue S and Brown Street between Midwood and Marine Park, Brooklyn.  The mailing address of Good Shepherd parish is 1950 Batchelder Street, Brooklyn NY 11229, telephone 718-998-2800.  The parish website, linked here, is very informative.

Dedicated to the Good Shepherd.  Batchelder Street, with rectory, school yard, and convent, is adjacent.

Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.  To the right of the holy water font is a plaque memorializing six parishioners who died in the catastrophe of 9/11.  The schedule dates from September, 2011.

The older altar has a puzzling inscription, "Nos nos oraque Deo."  Please send an explanation to cjmcmann(at)msn.com
James Sullivan has added a helpful comment.  Many thanks!  What I took as the letter o (after the second s) could well be a t with a curl.  Then it would read, Nos nostraque Deo, We and ours to God, nostra being neuter nominative plural.  I wonder what the lowest seven letters read.  By clicking on the photo, you may enlarge it.  

On May 20, 1939, fire destroyed the original 1927 church.  The new one is remarkable for its Spanish Mission design, its use of ceramic tiles (including the Stations of the Cross) and the nave windows that refer to Biblical shepherds (David, Bethlehem, parables of Jesus).

Good Shepherd Catholic Academy is at 1943 Brown Street, Brooklyn NY 11229, telephone 718-339-2745.  Its website is linked here.  The above photo faces north, towards the church at Avenue S.  

Whimsy enlivens.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Resurrection, Gerritsen Beach

The postal address of Resurrection parish is 2331 Gerritsen Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11229, telephone 718-743-7234.  The photo shows the church facing Gerritsen Avenue, with the intersection of Whitney Avenue at the right.  To the left is the former school and, left of that, the rectory. The parish apparently has no website, but an unofficial Facebook page is linked HERE.

Above is the Mass schedule as of September, 2011.

The rectory is to the left, a school to the right. For decades, Dominican Sisters taught in the school.  The rectory is a former convent built in the late 1950's.
The parish was founded in 1924.  A photo of the interior of the church appears on Flickr, linked here.  The website Gerritsen Memories offers some history and many photos of the parish and its school. The adjacent parish 0.6 mile north is Good Shepherd, with a parish school.  
The Wikipedia article on Gerritsen Beach states that the parish school closed in 2005.

Gerritsen Avenue and the community of Gerritsen Beach extend another mile southeast through the peninsula before reaching the point.  Bus route B31 connects this community with the Brighton Line at Kings Highway Station.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Saint Saviour High School, Park Slope

Saint Saviour High School is a highly-regarded Catholic school for girls, located at 588 Sixth Street, Brooklyn NY 11215, telephone 718-768-4406.  I urge you to view the school's website, linked here
The school is on Sixth Street between Prospect Park West and Eighth Avenue, Park Slope.
For Saint Saviour parish and its elementary school, please see below.

Saint Saviour, Park Slope

St. Saviour church is located at the southeast corner of Eighth Avenue and Sixth Street in Park Slope. Its mailing address is 611 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215, telephone 718-768-7983. The parish website tells much about the functioning of the parish, and the history page is commendable. In September, 2016, some of the graphics did not display (due to broken links?) and minutes of the pastoral planning council stop with March, 2015.

The parish high school is at 588 Sixth Street, Brooklyn NY 11215, telephone 718-768-4406. The website is linked here. The cornerstone of the building is dated 1908, so I presume that sometime in the 1950's the elementary department moved to a newer building on Eighth Avenue, shown below.
On nearby Seventh Avenue, the public high school's cornerstone is dated MCMII. Park Slope's elegance goes back to the nineteenth century. In quite a few American cities, wealthier folk sought to live on "Prospect Street" or on "The Heights." Workers tended to live near their riverfront jobs.

Above is Saint Saviour Catholic Academy, 701 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215, telephone 718-768-8000, website linked here.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Immaculate Conception, Maujer St.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio issued a decree 9.14.2011 declaring that the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 72 Maujer Street, Williamsburg, has been relegated to profane use and may be placed for sale. For some years it has been part of Most Holy Trinity parish.
The parish of Most Holy Trinity was established in 1841 for German-speaking Catholics.  In 1853, Immaculate Conception parish was established a half-mile north.
About 11.1.2014, NY-Curbed reported on the construction of 40 apartments in the much-renovated and extended building that now carries the address 81 Ten Eyck Street.  Link HERE. The article says that the diocese leased the property for $6 million (per what term?).  The developer is the firm of Nataliya Donskoy, which may be the same one doing St. Cecilia School on a 49-year lease.

Monday, August 22, 2011

St. Dominic, Bensonhurst

The church of St. Dominic is located on the east side of 20th Avenue between 74th Street and Bay Ridge Parkway, Bensonhurst.  The mailing address is 2001 Bay Ridge Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11204, telephone 718-259-4636. 

The church seating appears to be L-shaped.

The church foyer includes these devotional votive statues, with more to the left of this view, and another room of shrines.
Established in 1972, this is the newest "fresh" parish in Kings County.  In 2010 and 2011, "new" parishes have been canonically erected on paper from closed or merged parishes, using some of the previous churches.

Above is the rectory at 2001 Bay Ridge Parkway, with a Fatima shrine and Padre Pio on the lawn. Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

Adjacent to the rectory, Blessed Angelo Roncalli (John XXIII) enjoys the fresh air and the passers-by.