Address: 414 E. 82nd St. (between 1st and York)
Weekend Mass Times: Sat: 5:30pm; Sun: 8:30am, 11:45am, 2pm (Hungarian), 5:30pm, 7pm
Weekday Mass Times: M-F: 9am, 5:30pm; Sat: 9am
Holy Days: 5:30pm (Vigil), 9am, 5:30pm, 6:30pm (Hungarian)
St. Anthony of Padua Devotion: after the Tuesday 9am Mass
St. Jude Devotion: after the Wednesday Masses
About the Organ
New York City's Hungarian Churches
Little Hungary in NYC
St. Stephen of Hungary
Wikipedia: Stephen of Hungary
St. Stephen of Hungary is a small church located on the upper east side. As soon as you walk in you notice the huge beautiful stained glass behind the altar of St. Stephen of Hungary and his vision of the Lord and Holy Mother Mary - possibly an interpretation of this Hungarian king's call to conversion? This window is in fact, a focal point of the entire building, everywhere you move within you see it, can't seem to look away from it actually.
The second reading explained that all good and perfect gifts come from above, from God. I must not forget this, ever. Must not ever forget.
I am fuzzy again today and the church and entire experience at first seemed just...very...slow. The priest's words were slow to get started then suddenly in the middle of the homily I felt myself wrapped up in them. Reflecting on the Gospel he reminded the congregation that we must not simply pay lip-service to God, our faith, or the Church. We must not simply show up each week for Mass without any other actions. These words were for me.
I've been trying to tell people lately that the Catholic church (and Christian faith), at its purest, if practiced correctly and done right is actually a very liberal, open-minded, and GOOD institution - the problem is that having been left in the care of human beings, the (often incapable) hands of humankind has done fucked up a bunch of its basic teachings, social responsibilities, not to mention tons of other things that detract from its very core and existence.
I need to figure out my place in the Church to do what I can to help maintain those good qualities and to even spread this thought I have above; to answer God's call and serve my place, whatever that may be; to perform my duty, fill my role.