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.