Thursday, February 16, 2012

This Sunday, St. Agnes On Hoyt Street Opens Its Doors To All

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St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church is having an Open House, on Sunday February 19th from 1 to 4pm. This is a great opportunity to visit one of this neighborhood's most impressive churches and to see its interior with its marble and stained glass.
The neo-Gothic Church was designed and built by Thomas F. Houghton in 1904 to replace an earlier structure on Sackett Street, we see St. Agnes Church at the intersection of Hoyt Streetch was destroyed by fire in 1901.
St. Agness Church Open House
433 Sackett Street (at Hoyt Street)
Carroll Gardens
Open To All

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Open to All?? Like an open house ? Are they still trying to sell their air rights? They always welcome everyone. I love this church and hope they aren't going to do something stupid.

Katia said...

Not sure if the church has any air rights to sell. After the Carroll Gardens rezoning, there is now a 50 foot hight limit on Hoyt and Sackett. St.Agnes is higher than that.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see the day everybody can rise above organized religion, which is completely man-man and does more harm than good.

Anonymous said...

Amen, 12:21. But I have to admit that St. Agnes looks pretty magnificent in our skyline - so I get the good with the bad!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know how has St Agnes Church done "more harm than good?" the unfortunate instances of what people have done in the name of Jesus truly does not represent the Gospel of Jesus and should not be used to generalize or condemn Christians. How disappointing and obnoxious... I'm also disappointed that those comments were allowed to be placed on the blog which represents a community where the church has been so important in it's history.

Anonymous said...

12:47 - I did not intent my Amen to be focused on St. Agnes. I was raised Roman Catholic and went to a Catholic Grade School. I took religion very seriously and thought that the ultimate would be to become a nun. Until I started thinking about what I was learning in Catechism class - that only Catholics go to Heaven, the best anyone else could hope for would be purgatory. That did not seem fair to this little girl that I was. That kind of teaching does more harm than good - because it is lies, divides peoples, makes one feel that one is higher and better. I love St. Agnes, as architecture - not really for what it stands for - though I realize that to some extent those two are inseparable. Form follows function.

Anonymous said...

I won't start a religious argument on Katia's blog. But, in response, I must say that the Bible itself states that the Gospel is offensive to the world, "but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness (I Corinthians 1:23)." Jesus Himself offended the world around Him, but His message remains to this day. In our society thankfully no one is forced to be a Christian. St Agnes, as a long time member of the community, is free to have an open house, Katia respectfully is free to announce this, and 12:21 should learn to live with people of faith rather than wishing they change or disappear.

Anonymous said...

I just got back from the open house. Wow that was interesting. Really gave you a feel also for the history of the neighborhood. The (magnificent) stained glass widows on one side were donated by a German name (I don't remember the name), on the other side by an Irish name (Byrne). The windows were fabricated in Germany a decade or more before the church was actually built. The scale is cavernous. I wish the huge pipe organ still worked - must have sounded amazing in its day. It was very gracious of the church to have an open house. I really appreciated seeing it.

Anonymous said...

I would like to address so many things - but this blog isn't the place for it. I will however say that I completely agree that so many have done things in the name of religion, and it had nothing to do with religion. I have received all my sacraments at St. Agnes, as a matter of fact, my great Grandfather helped build the church. It is amazing in the way it looks and the way we were taught at St. Agnes School. We were never taught that only Catholics go to heaven. And thankfully, we were never taught the fire & brimstone stuff. The basics given to us by the Nuns & Priest during the 60's & 70's were that God was everywhere, helping & guiding us, of course we had to help ourselves also; not to condemn other religions, ultimately we all believe in one God. I am forever thankful for my religious teachings by St. Agnes.

CG Family since before St. Agnes said...

To Annon 2/21/12 @ 9:45 p/m

My family, too, helped to build St. Agnes (both times)

Although the new pastor is very "Off Putting" it's still a wonderful place to reflect & pray.