2007-03-02 / Community

St.Mary's Star Of The Sea Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Bishop DiMarzio Celebrates Special Mass

Four Bishops and more than 25 members of the clergy from the Brooklyn Diocese gathered at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church in Far Rockaway on February 17 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the church, the oldest parish in the local area. Pictured, parishioners are greeted with flags of all the nations of those who attend the church.

Father James Cunningham, the present pastor at the church (right) with Father David Espinal and the Bishops at the altar. Father James Cunningham, the present pastor at the church (right) with Father David Espinal and the Bishops at the altar. Seminarians from Douglaston and Huntington led the precession into the church. Seminarians from Douglaston and Huntington led the precession into the church. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the head of the Brooklyn Diocese celebrated the mass, which was in both English and Spanish. The mass was concelebrated by Auxiliary Bishops Frank Caggiano and Octavio Cisneros as well as by retired Bishop Thomas Daily and to previous St. Mary's pastors Monsignor Denis Herron and Father Sean Ogle. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the head of the Brooklyn Diocese celebrated the mass, which was in both English and Spanish. The mass was concelebrated by Auxiliary Bishops Frank Caggiano and Octavio Cisneros as well as by retired Bishop Thomas Daily and to previous St. Mary's pastors Monsignor Denis Herron and Father Sean Ogle. Some of the parishioners taking Communion from Bishop DiMarzio. Some of the parishioners taking Communion from Bishop DiMarzio. Deacon James Kuroly, second from right, joined the Bishops in celebrating the mass. Deacon James Kuroly, second from right, joined the Bishops in celebrating the mass. All of the officials joined on the altar. All of the officials joined on the altar. The youth choir sings for the parishioners. The youth choir sings for the parishioners. Some of the parish's former priests gather after the mass. Some of the parish's former priests gather after the mass. Local altar boys joined in the procession. Local altar boys joined in the procession.

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