Saturday, September 27, 2008

45. St. Paul (MERGING August 2015)

NOTE: In or around August 2015 this church is set to merge with Holy Rosary Church which will be ceasing regular services and closing. This new combined parish may or may not have a new name by then. 

Address: 113 E. 117th St. (near Park ave.)
Phone: 212.534.4422
Weekend Mass Times: Sat: 5:30pm (Spanish); Sun: 9am, 10:30am (Spanish), 12:30pm
Weekday Mass Times: Mon-Sat: 9am (Spanish); Tues-Fri: 7pm (English)
Confession: During the Masses
Adoration: Mon-Sat: 8am-9am; Fri: 8am-7pm
About the Organ


I think this is one of the first churches I ever visited in New York. I used to have some friends that lived in an apartment over here in Spanish Harlem and one Sunday morning, waking up on the couch after one of their parties, I dragged myself into St. Paul's for Mass.

Today I attended the Saturday morning Spanish Mass. Once again, I could not understand the language but I sat there and reflected on things and prayed silently and took in the beauty of this large church.

The pews are the old-timey kind with individual pull down seats.

This is a good place for prayer.

If ever I thought or feared I was an alcoholic I should have have told myself to be patient and await my 30th year on this earth. What used to be so much joy and exaltation is now turned merely into a costly tiresome exercise that almost bores me and certainly does not deliver to me what once was certain elation.

I have a bad feeling that the girl I have been seeing will seriously end up hurting me.

What should my litmus test be to discern whether she and I are compatible? If I'll be able to be what she wants? If she is what I am even looking for and need? It's not possible, is it, to find out all these things before too much time passes and an overwhelming amount of energy and emotion is put into it?

And it's too bad if things don't turn out all right, as I had really been starting to convince myself she may be the one. But I feel she is holding back, pulling away and I am perplexed as this is something I usually do myself and have not in a long time been on the receiving end.

Is this relationship karma? Am I being put through the pain and the process that I myself have enacted on others?

We shall see.

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