Please see the parish website, linked HERE.
The March 6, 2011 parish bulletin from St. Francis of Paola church carries this declaration: One parish created in the heart of Divine Mercy to serve God's people in the Churches of Saint Cecilia - Saint Francis of Paola - Saint Nicholas as a sign of Jesus' merciful love.
My name is Don Massetti, and my grandfather, Vito Abate, built the grotto at St. Francis of Paola over seventy-five years ago. As a young boy, I lived on Engert Avenue between McGuinness Blvd. and Graham Avenue. Recently, I was able to return to Brooklyn and revisit this very special place that I totally took for granted as a child.
THIS LINK connects to my blog, which tells the story of my grandfather, and how this most spectacular grotto came to be. I promise you that you will find it to be a most interesting and very touching piece of St. Francis of Paola history.
It is my hope that one day, in lieu of a plaque meely stating his name, an inscription explaning that he single-handedly built this tribute to our Holy Queen, may take its place. I don't now how to go about started on such a project, and was wondering if perhaps you can guide me to taking the proper channels.
Thank you, and may God bless you.
St. Nicholas parish was established in 1865, St. Cecilia in 1872, and St. Francis of Paola in 1918.