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These photos were taken after the parish celebrated 1st Penance for almost 70 CCD and OLR School students.
This storm was supposed to arrive on 7th of March; it never did and most people dismissed it as over and done. What a surprise when people awoke the next day to see heavy, wet snow snow everywhere, turning anything it clung to into a Christmas ornament.
9/11 has personal and particular significance for Our Lady of Refuge. Three persons who perished in the terrorist attack had connections with our parish.
O.L. Refuge holds 3 Blood Drives every year...the Sunday before Palm Sunday,the last Sunday of July, and the last Sunday of October.
Shortly after 8:30pm on Saturday, July 21st, three men were wounded by gunfire at Briggs Avenue and East 199th Street.
This past Wednesday evening, I was on the Parish Center steps speaking with Jim Buckley,
Posted by:John Jenik in William F. Patton, Victor Porras, Nizao Grocery, Karl Ehmer Butcher, Huvanes Bar, House of The Holy Comforter, Fr. Jenik, Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation, Dr. White, Concourse House, Clara Schumm, 2700 Marion Avenue
Victor Porras, father of 10 and manager of the Nizao Grocery on Briggs Avenue just south of E. 198th Street, where Huvane's Bar and Karl Ehmer's butcher shop used to be, was murdered by 3 masked men. It is ironic that in the Christmas season when Christians celebrate the Three Kings, Porras' life was taken by 3 costumed men, intent on robbery and prepared to kill to get money.
Victor Porras, manager of the Nizao Grocery on Briggs Avenue just south of E. 198th Street, where Huvane's Bar and Karl Ehmer's butcher shop used to be, was murdered by 3 masked bandits at 2700 Marion Avenue.
Thanksgiving means many things to many people...dinner with family, special desserts, returning home etc. At Our Lady of Refuge it means setting up the Parish Center for the POTS [Part Of The Solution] Free Thanksgiving Dinner. It is also an opportunity for our graduates to catch up with one another.
This morning around 3:00am, a man was shot to death near East 198th Street and Bainbridge. A macabre line of yellow cards with numbers snakes up Bainbridge Avenue for 200 feet, marking the last moments of his life. Six large cards for the shells fired and some 30 smaller cards for the spilt blood stand in striking contrast to the fall colors of the leaves on the trees lining the street. The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital. There have been 4,161 murders in the City since 2003; 40% occurred in Brooklyn, 24% in the Bronx.
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