Monday, August 16, 2010

St. Roch, Wales Avenue, East Morrisania

The Archbishop has merged this parish with that of St. Anselm on Tinton Avenue, effective August 1, 2015. No Masses or sacraments will be regularly celebrated at St.  Roch's.  The telephone number of the combined parish is 718-292-3834.

On the afternoon of September 4, 2010, I entered St. Roch's church and chanced upon the celebration of a Mass on what appeared to be a Quinceanera. A mariachi group played and sang the liturgical music, such as the Sanctus and offertory and communion hymns. Clicking on any photo will enlarge it.

See page 231 for the foundation of St Roch parish in 1899 by Father John Milo. The church is on the west side of Wales Avenue north of East 147th Street.
You may wish to read this interesting post by Fr. Robert Imbelli, native of St. Roch's parish.

The above 2010 sign is invalid as of August 1, 2015.  Mass will not be celebrated here on a regular basis.

This view looks north on Wales Avenue towards busy East 149th Street and the Bx19 bus.

The church was dedicated in 1932. According to the A.I.A. Guide, it was designed by the firm DePace & Juster, Anthony DePace also designer of two churches at the parish of St. Theresa, Pelham Bay.


1 comment:

Countryrockgirl said...

Thank you for your post. I'm looking through old papers and this is where my great grandparents were married and my grandmother was baptized. Now that it is closed I won't be able to go inside. These pictures help me to gain insight.