Parishioners of the Church of the Holy Agony in El Barrio organized a flea market to raise funds and try to avoid the closing. (Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario)

Thousands of NYC Catholics Say Goodbye to Their Churches

New York, Religion July 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Some 7,000 parishioners went to Mass for the last time this weekend at Catholic churches set to close later this summer because of budget cuts, El Diario reports.

Whirling Dervish performing at the Iftar dinner at Temple Emanu-El (Photo by Kinue Imai Weinstein for Voices of NY)

An Iftar at Temple Emanu-El

Temple Emanu-El held its first interfaith iftar dinner to mark the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims.

The Korean Methodist Church and Institute at 633 W 115th St. (Photo from Yonhap via The Korea Times)

Historic Korean Church Holds Final Services

East Asian, History, Manhattan, Religion June 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm

The building for the Korean Methodist Church and Institute in Upper Manhattan, which also provided space for activists and prominent South Koreans and stored historic documents, will undergo redevelopment, reports The Korea Times. The Korean church was the first of its kind in the city.

Twelve members of musical ensemble Tuna Mayagüezana played at the Catholic mass. (Photo by Víctor Matos via El Diario)

Emotional Mass Precedes National Puerto Rican Day Parade

Manhattan, Religion, Traditions June 8, 2015 at 7:37 pm

A music-filled mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral kicked off the week leading to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, El Diario reports.

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Religious Groups Support School Safety Agent Bill

Education, Government, New York, Religion June 3, 2015 at 7:46 pm

A City Council bill that would provide public and private schools a school safety agent at their request has the support of religious groups. The Jewish Daily Forward looks at where officials stand on the bill, including the few council members who oppose it.

Two men guide an altar down a street in Greenwich Village as part of Santacruzan and Flores de Mayo sa Village, an annual Filipino religious celebration.

Annual Parade Honors Colorful Pinoy Traditions

Culture, Religion, Southeast Asian, Traditions June 2, 2015 at 3:01 pm

The Filipino Pastoral Ministry of New York organized the 25th annual cultural and religious parade, Santacruzan and Flores de Mayo sa Village, which takes place in Greenwich Village, reports Balitang America.

Elderly parishioners at the St. Joseph of the Palisades in West New York were offered fake tickets to see Pope Francis when he visits in the fall. (Photo by Jimmy Emerson, DVM, Creative Commons license)

Papal Tickets Scam Targets Hispanics

Metro Area, Religion, Seniors May 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Senior Hispanic parishioners have been offered fraudulent tickets to see Pope Francis on his next visit to New York, El Diario reports.

Congregants faced the site where Our Lady of Vilnius once stood, remembering what the 105-year-old church represented for the Lithuanian community. (Photo via The Villager)

Lithuanians Bid Final Farewell to Century-Old Church

Eastern European, History, Religion April 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Members of the Lithuanian community in the metro area paid tribute to Our Lady of Vilnius, the 105-year-old “spiritual and cultural home” now being demolished, reports The Villager.

“Our people are being crucified,” said community organizer Juan Carlos Ruiz. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

‘Our People Are Being Crucified’

Immigration, Latino, Religion April 3, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Local Hispanic churches are devoting their Holy Week ceremonies to the plight of undocumented immigrants, El Diario reports.

(Photo via video from Mott Haven Herald)

If St. Roch Closes, Elderly Parishioners Will Stay Home

Bronx, Religion, Seniors March 4, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Many of the older members of the congregation at St. Roch in Mott Haven will watch Mass on their TV rather than attend another church if the Archdiocese closes St. Roch in late summer, reports Mott Haven Herald, which captures reaction from parishioners in an accompanying video.

Congregants at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Flushing. (Photo by Eric Jankiewicz via The Queens Courier)

Historic Flushing Church Facing Demolition

African American, History, Queens, Religion February 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm

A Flushing Church which served as a stop on the Underground Railroad in the 19th century faces demolition, and some congregants are concerned, reports the Queens Courier.

Rev. Danilo LaChapel (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Hispanic Church Spearheads Social Change in the Bronx

Bronx, Latino, Religion, Social Services February 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

The Spanish Evangelical Church in the Bronx offers food and preaches social justice to an impoverished community, El Diario reports.

Musicians from The Bhakti Center at the Jan. 25 event. (Photo via The Villager)

Different Faiths Make Spiritual Sounds

Culture, Manhattan, Religion February 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm

The sixth annual Spiritual Sounds musical event was held in the East Village on Jan. 25, The Villager reports.

Dòwòti Désir, a Manbo Asogwe in Haitian Vodou. (Photo by Rachael Bongiorno via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Understanding Vodou

Caribbean, Metro Area, Religion, Traditions January 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm

A vodou ceremony in New Jersey connects participants with their African roots and honors both the living and the dead, Feet in 2 Worlds reports.

St. Joseph's Church in Chinatown (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

St. Joseph’s Church in Chinatown To Close

East Asian, Manhattan, Religion January 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

The planned closing of St. Joseph’s Church in Chinatown has upset congregation members, many of whom are Chinese immigrants, Sing Tao Daily reports.