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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

St. Patrick, Kent Ave., for sale

Usually, it is easy to find diocesan decrees on a website, but in this case I can only refer to a July 18, 2022, Tablet article behind a registration wall HERE.


In 1856, the renowned architect Patrick Keely built St. Patrick's church on the northwest corner of Kent Avenue and Willoughby Avenue. In 2010, the nearby parish of St. Lucy was merged into it. Now, the church is falling down, and in June the Bishop decreed its sale. Among the several reasons for my guess that the buyer will demolish it is the growing Hasidic community nearby.

Please refer to my older post.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Epiphany for sale

The church of the Epiphany at 96 South 9th Street is for conversion, sale, or destruction. Please see the decree dated September 28, 2021, linked HERE. I am a bit confused which building was the rectory, as the house numbers do not seem to match on facing sides of the street. The 1922 Catholic Directory lists Epiphany School with 7 Sisters of St. Joseph, one lay teacher, and 352 students at 98 South 9th Street. On the Berry Street side of the property is Epiphany Park, possibly on land from a parish organization. See the description at NYC Parks.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Sts. Peter and Paul, Williamsburg

The long-established parish of Sts. Peter and Paul has accomplished a remarkable makeover of a large building on Berry Street in Williamsburg. A lengthy explanatory article is linked HERE. I think the building once included the parish elementary school. Land values in Williamsburg have risen, and the parish earned the renovation cash by leasing other properties on the same square block.  Apparently, the parish never owned the entire block. 


Please read also my previous post about this parish, taking care to note the helpful comments at the end of the post.