The heart of the Christian community is our Triune Lord: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Geography, history, and numbers are not the heart, but probably I will type mostly on these topics. As the internet already provides many encouraging spiritual guides and discouraging contentious forums, I intend to offer neither.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

St. Joachim, Cedarhurst

St. Joachim church is located at 614 Central Avenue, Cedarhurst, New York 11516, telephone 516-569-1845.  The parish website is linked here.  This is at the intersection of McGlynn Place.

Above is the Fatima shrine.

Across McGlynn Place, Kulanu, a service for children with special needs, purchased the parish school.
This editor notes that the parishes of St. Joachim and St. Joseph have Jewish men as patron saints.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Our Lady of Good Counsel, Inwood

Our Lady of Good Counsel church is at the corner of Wanser Avenue and Church Street in Inwood, Long Island, about a half-mile east of Far Rockaway, Queens.  The mailing address is 68 Wanser Avenue, Inwood, NY 11096, telephone 516-239-0953. Inwood (not to be confused with Inwood, northern Manhattan) is in Nassau County. The above Mass schedule was photographed in March, 2012.
In April, 2011, the Long Island Catholic reported that the three parishes of St. Joseph (Hewlett), St. Joachim (Cedarhurst), and Our Lady of Good Counsel (Inwood) would be placed in some sort of unified care without being merged.  In December, 2011, the Long Island Catholic reported that Father Moriarty, pastor of St. Joseph, would also be administrator of Our Lady of Good Counsel. "The parishes of St. Joseph, Hewlett, St. Joachim, Cedarhurst, and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Inwood, will work together to provide pastoral services."
When the parish was established in 1910, the congregation was mostly Italian.  The devotion to Mary under the title Madonna del Buon Consilio arose in Genazzano, some thirty miles south of Rome, in the fifteenth century.

The bell dates from 1910.  To read the inscription, please click on the photo.

This statue honors Padre Pio.

Crossroads School for Children uses the former parish school on Henry Street.
Bus Q113 from Jamaica stops at the corner, and the Lawrence railroad station is nearby. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

St. Ignatius Martyr, Long Beach

The mailing address of the parish of St. Ignatius Martyr is 721 West Broadway, Long Beach, NY 11561, telephone 516-432-0045.   The parish website, linked here, includes the Mass schedule and an excellent history of the parish.  The church's patron is St. Ignatius, third bishop of Antioch, martyred in Rome about 108 A.D.   He has left us seven letters.
The above view looks east along West Penn Street, with the church steps on the southwest corner of West Penn Street and Grand Boulevard.  The tall building to the right of the church is the rectory, which faces West Broadway.  To the right of the rectory, in the gap and a short block south, is the Long Beach boardwalk, the wide beach, and the Atlantic Ocean.  As the shoreline runs almost east-west, the view of the ocean is south, and the next land is Turks Island in the Caribbean!
Fortunately, the parish has placed a directional sign (with Sunday Mass schedule) on the Long Beach's principal street, Park Avenue, at Grand Boulevard, pointing four blocks south.

Long Beach Catholic Regional School is at 735 West Broadway, Long Beach NY 11561, telephone 516-432-8900.  The school website is linked here.  Three parishes (St. Ignatius, St. Mary of the Isle, and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal) sponsor the school.

The above views look east along West Broadway towards Grand Boulevard.