Sunday, January 10, 2010

84. St. Emeric (CLOSED) - Chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Open)

(updated 07/30/2014)
Thanks so much to the below comment from Paul Armesto informing me that this church of St. Emeric has now been combined with the old/new church of St. Brigid to now be formally called the Church of St. Brigid-St. Emeric. That new parish is now located at 119 Avenue B, 646.476.5617. It seems as though there is a chapel still located at St. Emeric's with adoration at the times below. One day I will visit the new parish and make one last, official, 97th post, but for now here are the Mass times of the new parish of St. Brigid-St. Emeric:
(mass times & church info last updated 03/08/2016) 
Weekend Mass Times:
Sat: 6pm (English)
Sun: 10am (English), 11:30am (Spanish)
Weekday Mass Times:
Mon, Wed, Thu: 9am (English)
Tue: 7pm (Spanish)
Fri: 9am (English), 6pm (Spanish)

(adoration times & church info last updated 07/30/2014
UPDATED 3/8/2016: Can't find any new info on the adoration times, you should call them before visiting to make sure.)
Address: 185 Ave. D (@ E. 12 St.)
Phone: 212.228.4494
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Mon-Fri: 9am-9pm
Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: 9am-2pm
Nocturnal Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Fridays 9pm - Saturday 6am
Official Website
St. Emeric of Hungary

(The below post is from January 2010 when I ventured to the then parish of St. Emeric, before it was combined with St. Brigid.)


Somewhere in Alphabet City, on a dead end of Avenue D, sits the church of St. Emeric, found amidst the factory area of the lower east side, dropped in the middle of industrial smokestacks and a neighborhood - the last outpost between the city and the east river. The smokestacks spill out pure white sinister clouds on this sunny, cold Sunday morning, and this whole neighborhood feels like a strange distant land to me - even though my home is only eight or nine miles away.

I was happy to find this outpost, as that is what it felt like until I actually entered the church. It's funny, this trek, which brings me to all these places I've merely located on a map, that remain just that - points on a map - until I actually make the visits there. I'm always ecstatic to finally find them, to see what's there. Sometimes I am happy, pleasantly surprised by what I find - some kind of special place to have witnessed, and sometimes the churches are merely churches, not much else than simple basic points of interest that remain marks, insignificant, in my mind.

St. Emeric had something going for it though, especially the 10am youth Mass I attended this morning. Mistaken, I thought I'd be arriving late for a 9:30am Mass but found myself instead twenty minutes early for the 10am. Those twenty minutes revealed something so important to me - a kind of energy and excitement in the air, an electricity, like that you would witness before a big show or rock concert. The growing congregation was excited, and seemed to look so forward to what was to come. By the time Mass began, the church was nearly full. It was a good place to be for Mass, and everyone was quite into it.

Though the new year has brought with it new joys and fresh hope and much to look forward to, and I overall feel very positive about 2010, there is something not quite right with my chi lately. I'm off, somehow. My impatience grows. I find myself moreover angry all the time - and this is certainly not how it used to be with me. I'm short with people - my friends and family. Strangers set me off. Crowds on the street. Traffic. The trains. Everything. A mere symptom of simply intaking too much Curb Your Enthusiasm lately, or a growing trait of my personality?

Though I feel good about this year, there is something I'm still missing. So angry. So scared.

God help me.

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