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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Our Holy Redeemer, Freeport

The church of Our Holy Redeemer is located on South Ocean Avenue, Freeport, at the corner of Pine Street.  This is one block south of Sunrise Highway and less than a half-mile west of the Freeport railroad station.

Above is the rectory and the church, in this view looking southeast.  The mailing address is 37 South Ocean Avenue, Freeport NY 11520, telephone 516-378-0665. Linked here is the parish's informative and captivating website.  
The Bishop of Brooklyn established Our Holy Redeemer parish in 1903, and the church built in 1911.  Obviously, there have been recent renovations.

Wedding witnesses had just left, and the first of the 5 p.m. congregation are arriving in a church that is fiercely air-conditioned on a 74-degree day.

A tabernacle is seen here, but the Eucharist is also reserved in an Adoration Chapel to the right.  I appreciate the bannister.  Several years ago, an acquaintance in Brooklyn suffered a fatal fall on altar steps that lacked a handrail.

From Pine Street, here is the entrance to the Adoration Chapel. "Apply at the rectory for the key."

The church's bell tower and the steeple of the nearby Methodist Church can easily be seen from passing Long Island Rail Road trains.

On the south side of Pine Street, the parish center occupies the former convent.  Padre Pio observes passersby.

At 87 Pine Street, The De La Salle School uses part of the former parish elementary school.  Supported by vigorous fund-raising, the staff teaches boys in grades five through eight.