Sunday, May 20, 2012

St. Therese of Lisieux, East Flatbush

The parish of St. Therese of Lisieux stands of the south side of Avenue D in East Flatbush, with the school on the left (east) of the photo and the church to the right (west).  The school extends south on East 45th Street, and the church and rectory extend south on Troy Avenue.
The rectory address is 1281 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11203, telephone 718-451-1500.  The parish website is linked here.  The parish was established in 1926, and the school opened in 1941.

A portrait honors Venerable Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853).  The relic below the portrait is some earth from his grave.

As shown above, the parish school is now the site of St. Catherine of Genoa - St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy.  The academy's address is 4410 Avenue D, Brooklyn NY 11203, telephone 718-629-9330.  Its website is linked here.
Along Avenue D, the B8 bus serves the church and academy on its way from 18th Avenue to Brownsville.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, near Bergen Beach

The remarkable church of St. Bernard of Clairvaux is located at 2055 East 69th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11234, telephone 718-763-5533.  The parish website is linked here. Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.  The parish was founded in 1961, and the cornerstone of this church carries the date 1989.

A biography of St. Bernard (1090-1153) may be found here.

Facing the church is the parish school, at 2030 East 69th Street, Brooklyn NY 11234, telephone 718-241-6040.  Its website is linked here.
The church and school are near the eastern terminals of bus routes B3 (Avenue U) and B41 (Flatbush Avenue bus branching to E. 71 Street).
An article in the web-based Brooklyn Daily Eagle 9.25.2014 highlights Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello, administrator of St. Bernard parish.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sacred Sites Open House Weekend May 19-20

This article  from the internet's Brooklyn Eagle may be of interest.  Five churches and synagogues will host an open house May 19-20.  Among them will be the Maronite Catholic Cathedral in Brooklyn Heights.

Friday, May 11, 2012

St. Aloysius and borderline parishes

A correspondent wrote about St. Aloysius and other parishes along the Brooklyn-Queens border.  I have been judging the borough of the parish by the location of the front door of the church, but some parishes boundaries seem to include both Brooklyn and Queens.  It was probably in the 1980's that the strict geography of parish boundaries lost importance. Some parishes used to publish their exact canonical borders.  I have seen the borders mentioned in a St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands, bulletin, and posted on the foyer wall of St. Vincent de Paul, Elmont.
I wonder which parishes along the Brooklyn-Queens border (but with the church building in Queens) include Brooklyn residents in their care, that is, in the previously-strict boundaries.  These parishes may exist near Ozone Park, Eldert Lane, Ridgewood, and Bushwick.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Most Precious Blood, Bay 47th St, Bath Beach

Most Precious Blood Church is located on Bay 46th Street between Bath Avenue and Harway Avenue.  The mailing address for Most Precious Blood parish is 70 Bay 47th Street, Brooklyn NY 11214, telephone 718-372-8022. In August, 2016, there is a problem with the website.

Above, looking alongside the church to the rectory and convent on Bay 47th Street.  This is four short blocks west of the Bay 50th Street station of the D train. 

Bishop Thomas Malloy established the parish in 1927. This attractive church building has a cornerstone dated 1975. In 2009, the Bishop DiMarzio ordered the closing of the parish elementary school.