Holy Week 2017: counting our blessings


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Divine Mercy Parish lead by Pastor Thomas Vassalotti walks the Way of the Cross to stop at each of their three churchs: St. Nicholas, St. Francis of Paola, and St. Cecilia. Here they walk along Maspeth on the way to St. Francis.

During Holy Week, blessings surround our community. Good Friday brings the faithful out as three parishes fill our streets with penitent pedestrians as they walk the Way of the Cross, each church walking this walk in their own distinct way.

After the Good Friday’s somberness passes, it’s soon Easter Sunday. Flowers are blooming

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Young girl in her Easter dress after getting her basket blessed at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

on dresses, on headbands, and on hats. Baskets are filled with sweet treats, toys, and found dyed hardboiled eggs. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s midday Easter mass was a family mass that featured a procession of children. Rev. Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello welcomed all, especially the visitors. He countervailed the recent MOAB bombing with a hopeful message to promote good deeds,

“We’ll never achieve peace by dropping the Mother of All Bombs. It takes each one of us to do good to one another, and we will make the world better,” said Rev. Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello

The mass ended with the blessing of Easter baskets, and the Easter Bunny made a surprise appearance.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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