Saturday, January 13, 2024

St. Patrick, Kent Avenue, demolished

In early January of 2024, wrecking crews attacked the church of St. Patrick on Kent Avenue, corner of Willoughby Avenue. Please see the article on the BKReader linked here. The church, designed by Patrick Keely, was built in 1856. Even after the merger with St. Lucy  parish, it apparently had low attendance. The diocese of Brooklyn or one of its entities received $9,250,000 from the sale. Adjacent lots added to that price.


An article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of November 5 1854, describes the laying of the cornerstone. The article gives the architect's name as James J. Lyons.


Also see a Patch article HERE.


Please see more of my posts about this church on Kent Avenue. They are linked HERE.


It seems that the closest Catholic church with daily Mass is Sacred Heart at 32 Clermont Avenue, a mile northwest of St. Patrick's. See Mass schedule.


As to what will be built on the northwest corner, replacing the demolished church: maybe apartments similar to those on the northeast corner, with provisions for sukkah or sukkot.

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Elementary school supplement

At the link below, The Tablet offers an excellent guide to the Catholic elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens. There are two improvements this year: a disclosure of basic tuition rates, which vary considerably by neighborhood; and excellent maps.

Please see 

Test for Admission to a Catholic High School

 The Archdiocese of New York (seven counties), the Diocese of Brooklyn (two counties), and the Diocese of Rockville Centre (two counties) generally require the test offered on the website


The test is taken by computer at home. It costs $71. The student selects three high schools to which the testing company will send results. The test is apparently scheduled for early November, 2023. Apparently there is some way the downloaded program knows that is is the registered eighth grade student and not a learned grandma answering the test questions.


The abbreviated name for the test is TACHS. Much more information is at

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Clerical assignments

 The Tablet printed a list of clerical assignments with various effective dates this year. 

Thursday, February 2, 2023

New address for donations mailed to Catholic Relief Services

Mailed donations to Catholic Relief Services now go to a processing firm in the small city of Harlan, Iowa. Instead of Baltimore, the donation address is now Catholic Relief Services, Post Office Box 5202, Harlan, Iowa 51593-0702. This is a  Hearst-owned corporation that handles incoming payments for many magazines and non-profit organizations.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Loss of Catholic print media

The Pilot is the official weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston, published from offices in Braintree, Massachusetts. On December 3, 2022, it published an article, "Loss of print media seen as posing challenges to U. S. church communications."  The link to the thirty-paragraph analysis is HERE.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Two hundred years ago

On July 25, 1822, the cornerstone of St. James's church on Jay Street was placed on his feast day. The Tablet has an article HERE.

I wonder whether the street was called Jay Street at the time.