December, 2012

Far Rockaway

Clergy puts faith in mayor to quicken cleanup

Religious background did not figure in to Superstorm Sandy’s trail of destruction and now victims of all creeds are pushing to accelerate the cleanup. Comment

Queens Library celebrates Kwanzaa in East Elmhurst

Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration of African-American culture, so it is more than fitting that for the past 28 years the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in East Elmhurst has observed the holiday. Comment

St. Gregory the Great lights up the night with Christmas tree

St. Gregory the Great in Bellerose celebrated the holidays with a tree lighting and carolling. Comment

Chabad of NE Queens celebrates Hanukkah

The Chabad of Northeast Queens held a Hanukkah festival on the second night of the eight-day holiday. Comment
Forest Hills

Hanukkah festival held in Forest Hills

Central Queens Y in Forest Hills hosted a Hanukkah Festival, featuring homemade doughnuts and crafts Comment
Richmond Hill

City fights to block after-school worship

The city’s lawyers were back in a courtroom last week asking a federal appeals panel to overturn a ruling that prohibited the city Department of Education from barring religious institutions from holding worship services in public school buildings during after-school hours. Comment

November, 2012

Richmond Hill

Revelers celebrate Diwali

Bright decorations adorned in a myriad of colors and lights lit up the dusk as revelers gathered to celebrate Diwali in Richmond Hill Saturday. Comments (1)

Historic Corona synagogue rejuvenated after $1.6M face-lift

Corona’s Congregation Tifereth Israel is the oldest standing synagogue in Queens, but after a $1.6 million exterior renovation, the temple is no longer showing its age. Comment

October, 2012


St. Rocco honored in Astoria procession

Members of the Societá GioventĂș Quagliettana take part in the 2012 Fiaccolata di San Rocco, a candlelit procession in Astoria Saturday, held to commemorate the death of Saint Rocco. Nearly 100 people participated in the event. Comment
Little Neck

Queens synagogues merge

If you look closely at the ark inside the new Congregation L’Dor V’Dor in Little Neck, you will see double the Torahs. Comment

September, 2012

South Jamaica

Farrakhan pays visit to South Jamaica

It was a unique sight Monday when men wearing bow ties spent hours wishing residents of the South Jamaica Houses “as-salamu alaykum” as they waited for the leader of the Nation of Islam, who arrived by police escort just as the exterior lights were starting to come on at the 40 Projects. Comments (1)

Hindu Temple celebrates birthday of Ganesha in Flushing

From blocks away, passersby could hear the music and see the crowds building outside of the Hindu Temple Society of North America’s Sri Mahavalaba Ganesha Temple in Flushing. Comments (1)

Queens set to celebrate Moon Festival

One of the biggest holidays in Chinese culture is rapidly approaching, and several organizations in Flushing will be celebrating in style with concerts, a parade and fireworks. Comment
College Point

College Point temple serves as Daoist haven

A new Daoist temple in College Point gives visitors a taste of Taiwanese religious life and is so authentic most of it was actually shipped over from the island in pieces. Comments (6)
Little Neck

Jewish singles set to meet in group for second year

One year ago, Little Neck Jewish Center member Warren Shapiro worked with his synagogue to launch a monthly singles night with hopes that he and his congregation companions could find their bashert, or special someone. Comment

Muslims in Queens denounce film fracas

After American freedom of speech clashed with Islamic tradition and honor in Egypt, Queens residents with ties to the Middle East condemned the violence as tempers continued to flare in Muslim communities across the globe. Comment

August, 2012

Floral Park

Our Lady of the Snows celebrates St. Rocco

Members of the congregation of Our Lady of the Snows in Floral Park celebrate the Feast of St. Rocco last Sunday with a procession through the neighborhood followed by a novena and a Mass. Comment

St. Anastasia parish mourns death of its senior priest, 81

If there was one thing Frederick Bedell said he would remember about the late Rev. George Lutjen, it would be his willingness to reach out to people in need. Comment
Floral Park

Queens Farm hosts colorful Pow-Wow

A spectacle of bright colors, feathers and dancing returned to the borough as the Queens Farm Museum hosted the 34th annual Thunderbird Grand Mid-Summer Pow-Wow this weekend. Comment

July, 2012


Queens Loses a Champion

Apostle John Boyd Sr., who started the New Greater Bethel Ministries under a tent in Cambria Heights, died earlier this month of natural causes at 85. By 2012 his church was 2,000 strong and his radio ministry reached an estimated 150 million each week. Comment
Cambria Heights

Apostle John Boyd Sr., built SE Queens ministry

Apostle John Boyd Sr., who started the New Greater Bethel Ministries under a tent in Cambria Heights and grew it to a congregation of 2,000 strong, died last week at the age of 85. Comment

Boats get holy help at sea

Blessed is the fleet. Comment

June, 2012

Cambria Heights

Lubavitchers visit Rebbe’s grave site

The word on the streets of Cambria Heights over the weekend was “Shalom!” as thousands of Hasidic Jews from all over the world made the trek to the Ohel Chabad Lubavitch to mark the 18th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson. Comment
Cambria Heights

Hasidic pilgrimage irks Cambria Hts

This year’s edition of the annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson will be a three-day affair and come at a time when the Cambria Heights community is opposing a planned expansion by the Ohel Chabad Lubavitch. Comment

May, 2012


Church must allow priests to marry

The recent criticism by Pope Benedict XVI that priests should not question celibacy is typical for an institution that refuses to accept that there must be change in this area. Comments (3)
Floral Park

Qns priests promoted to auxiliary bishops

It was unexpected but welcome news for two Queens Catholic priests, including one from Floral Park, after Pope Benedict XVI promoted them to auxiliary bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn, according to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. Comment

April, 2012


Faithful celebrate Greek Orthodox Great Friday with procession

Dozens of people attended the Holy Metropolis Greek Orthodox Church of America Cathedral of Markella’s Procession of the Epitaphios in Astoria Friday evening. The religious service commemorates the Greek Orthodox holiday of Great Friday, which marks Christ’s death before His ascension on Easter. Comment
Little Neck

Beloved Pastor Drake of Little Neck church dies at 56

Paul Drake was all that a local pastor should be and more, members of his church said, but after five short years since arriving at the Community Church of Little Neck, Drake lost a battle with cancer and died last Thursday. He was 56. Comment

Yelling the Loudest

At a protest outside the office of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, demonstrators said they were angry about the congressman’s support for the federal mandate that all insurance plans cover the cost of birth control. Comment
Forest Hills

Stop & Shop gives Passover gift to Queens pantry

Passover celebrates liberation from slavery — and a food pantry at the Queens Jewish Community Council liberates the impoverished from hunger. Comment

March, 2012


Bayside school recognizes highly celebrated saint

It was a parade where St. Robert Bellarmine elementary school, at 56-15 213th St., showed its faith in honoring Sts. Patrick and Joseph. Comment

Kelly on Shaky Ground

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly did his best at a breakfast earlier this month to explain and justify his department’s undercover surveillance in mosques and Muslim student associations within and outside the city. Comment
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights leader ordinated into gospel ministry

Minister Eva Duzant, the president of the Cambria Heights Development Corp. and a member of the 232nd Street Block Assoication, was ordinated into the gospel ministry at the Southern Baptist Church in Manhattan. The event was held in collaboration with the United Missionary Baptist Association, the Empire State Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Comment

CB 7 did right voting against Mormon church

I am writing in response to your Feb. 9-15 editorial “Fairness a Stranger at CB 7.” Comment
Little Neck

Princesses and painting part of Samuel Field Y’s Purim

The Samuel Field Y in Little Neck held a Purim celebration. Comment
Bay Terrace

Bay Terrace Purim event features fish

The Bay Terrace Jewish Center held a Purim carnival. Comment

Whitestone Centre celebrates Purim

The Whitesone Hebrew Centre held a Purim celebration. Comment

Mormon Church going before BSA

Flushing civics and lawmakers want the city Board of Standards and Appeals to deny plans for a Mormon church that exceeds zoning regulations, but the agency recently gave a green light to a similar application in southern Queens. Comment

Kelly on Shaky Ground

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly did his best at a breakfast Saturday to explain and justify his department’s undercover surveillance in mosques and Muslim student associations within and outside the city. Comment

NYPD chief Kelly sets meeting with Muslims

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has pushed back against critics of the NYPD’s policy about monitoring Muslims. Comment

February, 2012


Union Street now Macedonia way

Ceremoniously renaming a street can be a long, bureaucratic process, but more than 200 years after Flushing’s Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded, the institution’s name now adorns Union Street. Comment

DOE Expels God

By the time this newspaper reaches your hands, religious services will be banned by the city Department of Education in public schools. The DOE set Sunday as the final day when the doors would be open to religious services. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village church celebrates Catholic Schools Week with fest

Our Lady of Lourdes celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a performance by students during Sunday Mass and an International Festival, featuring food from the countries where families in the parish are from. Many members of the congregation are from Haiti, Guyana, the Philippines and dozens of other countries. Comment

Fairness a Stranger at CB7

Hiding behind the letter of the law, Community Board 7 has unanimously refused to grant a waiver to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to build a two-story church in Queens. Comments (2)

Muslims open Astoria center

Astoria has long been defined by its ethnic groups — first it was the Italians, then the Greeks — and last week the neighborhood’s Muslims took a large step toward establishing themselves with the grand opening of the Muslim American Society’s community center on Steinway Street. Comments (2)

Mormon church opens new digs for Jamaica congregation

The Jamaica Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomed members of the community to its new location on 163rd Street for an open house Saturday and Sunday. The six-story building will offer religious services, classes and other activities. Comments (4)

Mitchell, pastor of Flushing church, dies

The Rev. Timothy Mitchell, pastor of Flushing’s Ebenezer Baptist Church for 43 years, died Jan. 26. Comments (2)

January, 2012


Revered St. Nicholas clergyman praised after death

The community of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Auburndale reflected this week on the death of one of its longtime spiritual leaders. Comment

First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica celebrates 350 years

When the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica was established in 1662, the area was a New Netherland settlement called Rustdorp, meaning “Quiet Village.” Comment

Shia Muslims honor Muhammed’s grandson with Flushing procession

Hundreds of people proceeded through Flushing Sunday during a Shia commemoration called the Arbaeen of Shuhada-e-Karbala, which commemorated the death of the Prophet Muhammed’s grandson Imam Hussain during the Battle of Karbal, as well as Hussain’s bodyguard and cousin, Ghazi Abbas. Comment

Queens Center Mall owner must help neighboring area

As clergy leaders from Queens Congregations United for Action, we minister to families from all walks of life struggling to make ends meet. It is not just that we are living through hard economic times. Comment

St. Luke’s ready for big fix

You would have to be a man of faith to ask for $3 million, joked Monsignor John Tosi, but the pastor’s prayers were answered by the parishioners at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Whitestone. Comments (6)

Mind the use of certain words

The headline of a story in the Dec. 22-28 edition of the Bayside Times read, “Bayside priest jailed for 5 years.” Comments (1)


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