Address: 141 Henry St.
Weekend Mass Times:
Sun: 8am, 9am (Chinese-Cantonese), 10:15am, 11:30am (Spanish), 1:15pm (Chinese-Mandarin)
Weekday Mass Times:
Mon-Thurs: 8:30am (Spanish)
Fri: 7:30pm (Spanish)
Sat: 12pm (Spanish)
Vigil: 7:30pm (English)
Holy Day: 8:30am (Spanish), 7:30pm (Bilingual)
Fri: 12pm-7:15pm (Concluding w/ Solemn Benediction)
About the Organ
St. Teresa of Avila
Rutger's Presbyterian Church (first church located at site)
HOLY WEEK: Good Friday
BILINGUAL ENGLISH/CANTONESE SERVICE
The church of St. Teresa in Chinatown is a neat, bright, clean and simple house of worship. It has an open airy feeling as one enters, and a nice gated area right out front that allows you to sit quietly on the church steps, praying or meditating, typing on your Blackberry, or just enjoying a beautiful day's sunshine and fresh cool breeze.
The priest, shaved head and all, was a good preacher. He delivered his sermon in a loud, attention-grabbing, boisterous manner. I could tell he is good at what he does and cares about the meaning behind his words, his church and the Church.
During the reading of the Passion, I looked up and stared at the painted mural that is the backdrop of the altar - it is a scene depicting the Crucifixion. It was wholly appropriate to fixate on this art as they sang/read the Gospel - the drama and the sadness of the story are very present in this work, as well as present in the church today.
Further up towards the ceiling I noticed the beautiful wood beams and pillars that hold this church up - renovated back in 1995 because the ceiling collapsed, dropping 60,000 pounds of plaster down, through the floor of the church, crashing into the parish hall below.
It is now a very nice looking and peaceful place. Perfect for this Good Friday service for me.
Easter is next...