Flushing’s Economic Recovery Relies On Customer Confidence, Security, Vaccine

Asian-cuisine restaurants and other businesses in downtown Flushing are clawing back from a year-long grip of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Leaders say an accelerated recovery depends on more vaccinations against the coronavirus and enhanced police security to deter the possibility of anti-Asian hate crimes.

Dedication Mass Shows St. Michael’s Diversity

At the dedication Mass, readings were done in Tagalog, Spanish, English and Mandarin. The church has parishioners from almost 50 countries, according to pastor Father John Vesey, and has seven Masses every Sunday. Some services were cancelled on  Sept. 22 to encourage parishioners to attend the dedication Mass.

Seven Diocesan Priests Mark Golden Jubilees

Seven priests of the Brooklyn Diocese are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their ordination as priests. Six of them were ordained on June 1, 1968 by Auxiliary Bishop John J. Boardman at St. James Pro-Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn.

Lourdes “Ditas” Agay

Lourdes “Ditas” Agay, 83, a catechist and lector in the Filipino community at St. Michael’s parish, Flushing, died May 5.

Flushing Parish Pledges Growth to the Bishop

A Queens parish that has a very high record of bringing new members into the Church has set its sights even higher and has asked Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to hold it accountable.