Saturday, March 22, 2014

St. John the Baptist, Lewis Avenue

Please see the link here to a 2011 article. The parish is alive; priests and people worship and celebrate the Eucharist. I have not yet visited this church.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

3.21.2014 Symposium on Patrick Keely

I am grateful to a correspondent who has directed me to this notice of a symposium on March 21, 2014:

For the work of Mr. Keely, please see Keely on the label list to the right.  Also, see this 1896 obituary posted by the historian Patrick McNamara here.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Book: Sacred Havens of Brooklyn

Congratulations to author Terri Cook for her extraordinary book, "Sacred Havens of Brooklyn," published by The History Press in 2013.  As she includes synagogues, mosques, and Christian churches of many denominations, her 224-page book results from much more investigation, observation, and walking than I have done for this blog.
At least 72 Catholic parishes are included, often with interesting facts that I did not learn from my other readings. She has divided Brooklyn into three parts, and then into neighborhood chapters, with the result that the Catholic parishes are presented in the context of neighborhood ethnicity and other houses of worship.
The book offers a wealth of descriptive text. You may discover errors, and the phrasing or vocabulary is sometimes inexact.  For example, she uses the word "sanctuary" for the church interior, a Protestant usage, where that word in Catholic usage describes only the limited space near the altar, ambo, and tabernacle, once "inside the communion rail."
The author has visited the interior of almost all the churches she describes, whereas I have turned away from locked doors.  Therefore, her book is more descriptive than this blog.
Google's Blogger allows revisions, something difficult in a printed book.  I am going to have to mine this volume for possible edits of my descriptions of parishes.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Continental Army Plaza, Williamsburg

A reader has asked:
There's a Catholic church that holds bilingual services outdoors in the Continental Army Plaza in South Williamsburg during the summer. Do you know which church this is?
There are several Catholic parishes nearby.  If anyone knows details of these summertime services, please answer by clicking on Comments above.  
Thank you.
Continental Army Plaza is on the north side of Williamsburg Bridge Plaza.  A description is here.