Friday, November 29th, 2013
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe commemorates what believers say was the day in 1531 that the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an Indian peasant, near Mexico City. The vision is captured in an artist’s rendering of the Virgin Mary known as Guadalupe, and is one of the most important symbols of Catholicism in Mexico.
The feast is a holiday in Mexico, but not in New York, home to an estimated 500,000 people of Mexican heritage. Now the Tepeyac Association is hoping to convince the City Council to approve a recognized day off of work for Mexicans in New York City every Dec. 12. The organization, which provides services to Mexican immigrants, plans to hold a rally after this year’s holiday mass to bring attention to the cause.
The Tepeyac Association is named after the hill near Mexico City where Saint Juan Diego’s sighting believed to have taken place.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
Cars and buses lined bumper-to-bumper along 39th street Sunday evening, November 3, as 5,400 rabbis and their guests made their way to the annual International Chabad-Lubavitch Conference of Emissaries, held at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.
The event – billed as the city’s largest sit-down dinner in the city – celebrated the men of the Brooklyn-based Chabad movement who run Jewish outreach centers, known as Chabad Houses. There are Chabad Houses in 81 countries, making Chabad one of the largest Jewish organizations in the world.
Friday, May 17th, 2013
Ivan Szendrö, a self-styled, modern-day shaman, says he can reveal your “legend” for $75. Knowing your legend – and subsequently, your “hero” – heals you and helps you solve problems, he contends. Szendrö, who lives in Palisades, N.Y., wants to bring his message to a larger audience.
Szendrö’s spiritual awakening came in 1970 in his Hungarian hometown of Nagygec. He was a young atheist actor living in Budapest, and was visiting Nagygec when a flood destroyed the village. The villagers connected the flood with ancient mythology – and Szendrö saw himself as part of the legend.
He started touring from town to town on his bike, spreading the story. Years later, he ended up married with two daughters in Palisades. There, Szendrö changed his approach and began offering personalized sessions. He says he wants to help people – and not be seen as a “freak.”
Besides his spiritual activities, he takes care of a senior citizen and a disabled person, and works part time as a hotel waiter. He has a dream: to rebuild a bridge in Nagygec that plays a major role in his personal legend. All the money Szendrö makes as a shaman is dedicated to this goal. So far, he’s saved $10,000.
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Parishioners at the Church of St. Joseph will have extra reason to celebrate when they gather to mark the Feast of St. Joseph.
In one of his last acts as pope, Benedict XVI designated the Pacific Street church as co-cathedral of the Brooklyn Diocese – sharing responsibilities with the smaller St. James Cathedral Basilica in Downtown Brooklyn. The churches will house the chair of the bishop, and split duties hosting major diocesan events.
“The church is not a building, it is the people,” said Msgr. Kieran Harrington, the pastor of St. Joseph’s, as he informed the congregation of the church’s new status. “It is a great honor for you and me and this area.”