Sunday, April 6, 2008
23. St. Catherine of Genoa
Address: 506 W. 153rd St. (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
Weekend Mass Times: Sat: 5pm, 7pm(Spanish); Sun: 9:30am, 11am(Spanish),12:30pm, 5pm (Haitian Creole)
Weekday Mass Times: M-F: 8am, 7pm(Spanish); Sat: 9am(Spanish)
Daily Communion Service:
Post-Church Activity: Investigating Trinity Church Cemetery (though barred by the gate)
- Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Catherine of Genoa
- Life and Doctrine of St. Catherine of Genoa
- Medieval Saints with New York Catholic Churches
- New York's Landmark Conservancy
- Trinity Cemetery
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"It's a dreary day and this is a dreary church."
That's what I had planned to write as I walked to St. Catherine on this chilly overcast day. My hangover had something to do with it too, I guess - since my 40 day Lenten fast from booze I can't handle the stuff like I used to.
When I walked into the church, however, I knew I couldn't end up writing that - because there was nothing dreary about the church - except the lack of congregation. It's a mostly wooden church with beautiful stained glass that was somehow bright despite the cloudiness of the day.
When I departed - the clouds were still there, however the day wasn't so dreary anymore.
A hymn sung at church today...
Christ Be Beside Me
Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me, King of my heart.
Christ be within me, Christ be below me,
Christ be above me, never to part.
Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand,
Christ all around me, shield in the strife.
Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting,
Christ in my rising, light of my heart.
Christ be in all hearts thinking about me,
Christ be on all tongues telling of me.
Christ be the vision in eyes that see me,
In ears that hear me Christ ever be.
Looking over the wrought iron fence of the Trinity Church Cemetery at the immense Episcopal church across the way - Church of the Intercession, I believe