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.
Temple Emanu-El held its first interfaith iftar dinner to mark the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims.
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.
A music-filled mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral kicked off the week leading to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, El Diario reports.
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.
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.
Senior Hispanic parishioners have been offered fraudulent tickets to see Pope Francis on his next visit to New York, El Diario reports.
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.
Local Hispanic churches are devoting their Holy Week ceremonies to the plight of undocumented immigrants, El Diario reports.
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.
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.
The Spanish Evangelical Church in the Bronx offers food and preaches social justice to an impoverished community, El Diario reports.
The sixth annual Spiritual Sounds musical event was held in the East Village on Jan. 25, The Villager reports.
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.
The planned closing of St. Joseph’s Church in Chinatown has upset congregation members, many of whom are Chinese immigrants, Sing Tao Daily reports.