Thankful for Church Share

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Pastor Johnny Mercado used his special recipe to cook the turkey for Iglesia Emmanuel’s fourth annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner, but didn’t have a chance to eat any of it. He was too busy preparing for one of the most important sermons of his career.

“I’m really excited because today’s a new beginning for our church,” Mercado said.

On the Friday before Thanksgiving, Mercado held the first official service in his congregation’s new home.


Sikhs Mark Somber Anniversary

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Members of the Sikhs for Justice Organization rallied at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza to remember the thousands of Sikhs murdered between Oct. 31 and Nov. 3, 1984. The killings were thought to be a reaction to the assassination of India’s Prime Minister Indira Ghandi by two Sikh security staff.

Many of the speakers at the event also spoke about the need for an autonomous state for Sikhs due to ongoing persecution in India.

Tree Travels From Penn. to Plaza

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

This year’s Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree is a 90-year-old, 85-foot Norway Spruce plucked from a Pennsylvania backyard. Some 2.5 million are expected to visit the tree and millions more will see its 45,000 LED lights illuminate on live TV Dec. 3, during the 82nd annual lighting ceremony.

Come Jan. 7, the tree will be taken down, its lights and 9.5-foot Swarovski crystal star will be removed. Then the spruce will be cut into lumber donated to Habitat for Humanity.



Tears for a Bronx Parish

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Tears and questions echoed from the pews of the historic Shrine Church of Saint Ann in Norwood as Rev. Francis Scanlon announced last weekend that the Catholic church will close for regular worship by next year. 

St. Ann’s parishioners will now have to celebrate Masses and sacraments alongside the congregation at St. Brendan Church on East 206th Street, according a letter from the Archdiocese of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. “I read this letter to you with great sadness and many, many questions,” a tearful Scanlon told his parish at weekend Masses. The merger is slated for August 2015.


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