Address: 444 E. 119th St.
Weekend Mass Times: Sat: 5pm (Bi-lingual); Sun: (Spanish) 8am, 11am; (English) 9:30am, 12:30pm
Weekday Mass Times: M-F: 8am (English), 7pm (Spanish); Sat: 8am (English)
Confession: Half hour before Mass
Holy Hour: First Friday: after 7pm Mass
Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help: Wed: 6:30pm
Novena to Santo Nino: Fri: 6:30pm
Rosary: Sat: 4:30pm
Holy Rosary Church of New York
Holy Rosary Church Restoration Website
New York Times Article
Our Lady of the Rosary Church
I underestimated how far east on 119th Street Holy Rosary Church lies and found myself briskly walking this Sunday morning to get there on time, a feat I missed accomplishing by a few minutes. As I rushed through the streets of Harlem I could hear multiple religious services going on in a variety of churches; the sounds floating through the cold, rainy air. It was a dreary day and I myself felt dreary as well - have in fact been a bit dreary lately; my relationship seems dreary too, something is amiss.
I reached the church only to find the front doors closed to me. A kind old man pointed me through a side door and there I found a basement hall converted into a temporary church. I couldn't understand why they weren't celebrating up top (it wasn't until after the Mass that a woman explained the church had been closed for renovations for the past six month and services had been held down here this whole time.)
It was a strange celebration, not least because (I believe) it was half English and half Filipino. But there were times of great joy there in the basement among the fifteen or so in the congregation at this 12:30pm Mass - the songs that were sung, read off from an overhead projector, were fun and joyous. I must admit, at first being put off that we weren't in the grand main church I had read a little bit about, I was in a (dreary) mood, and the pastor seemed to be delivering less of a good news homily and more of a laundry list of grievances concerning the behaviors and practices of the parishioners of the church. But as the Mass went on and concluded and I walked out into the cold misty weather, I felt very bad for this parish. They are, in a sense, locked out of their house of worship, waiting for renovations to conclude (some of which are not even begun, perhaps.) Since the economic collapse some of their donors have fallen through and who knows how long this endless wait of theirs will go on?
The juxtaposition of last week's visit to newly renovated St. Ignatius Loyola compared to the basement of Holy Rosary is such a contrasting image to me.
As we enter into Lent this week I am going to, among other things, keep this church of the Holy Rosary in mind and pray that their church receive the pledges and donations it needs to complete the work.
I ask you to do the same and, if possible and if you are able, to even perhaps do more?