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Only in Print: St. Michael’s Church at 150: Still a Bastion for Immigrants

The church was built in 1905, 35 years after the parish was founded. Its tower was one of the tallest structures in Brooklyn and used as a directional landmark by residents. (Photo: Brooklyn Public Library)

SUNSET PARK — Lillian Rizzolo, a trustee of St. Michael’s church, said her parish has managed to survive for 150 years because it has always provided a warm, welcoming place for immigrants.

“There are different nationalities here and everyone helps each other out,” she told The Tablet. “At some churches, people will say hello. Here, people come up to you and hug you, or at least they did until the coronavirus…”

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