Saturday, January 12, 2013
Our Lady of Good Counsel, Putnam Ave.
The parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel is located at 915 Putnam Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11221, telephone 718-443-7211. The bishop has merged this parish with that of St. John the Baptist, a mile away on Lewis Avenue, and one pastor serves both churches. The above Mass schedule was photographed on Our Lady of Good Counsel church during January, 2013.
The website of the combined parishes is linked here. However, as the website still lists the parish school as open, other information, such as office hours, may also be out of date. The elementary school closed a few years ago. The diocesan website gives St. John the Baptist's phone number as 718-455-6864.
Along the north side of Putnam Avenue is the church, a garden (with a statue of Mary and an Ankh) and the parish office. Behind the garden can be seen a parish building that faces Madison Street.
The above photos show the north side of Putnam Avenue.
The photos below show the south side of Madison Street, that is, behind the church.
At 800 Madison Street, a new corridor connects what appears to be two former elementary schools of the parish. The building to the left (east) shows the date 1893. I could not find a construction date on the building to the right. Presumably a convent was someplace here. Present use of the building is for some 70 apartments of "single room occupancy" with permanent tenants, possibly under the management of a division of Catholic Charities.
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The property of this parish lies mid-block between Ralph Avenue and Patchen Avenue, named after Ralph Patchen, a farmer who owned 150 acres closer to the waterfront in the early 1800's.