Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Queens


Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Queens. Photo 1
The Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is one of the oldest parishes in Long Island, having been organized in 1841. The Parish grew steadily and by 1869 the original church building was inadequate. Funds were raised to purchase the current site at the corner of Newtown Avenue and Crescent Street and construction began on a new and larger church. The cornerstone was laid September 9, 1871, and the completed church was dedicated by Bishop Loughlin on August 7, 1873.
On May 1, 1881, an acre adjoining the church was purchased to build a rectory. The parish school was opened on September 14, 1891, with 300 children and a staff of six Sisters of St Joseph of Brentwood, L.I. The Parish Center, or "Institute," a two-story and basement structure designed by F. J. Berlenbach of Brooklyn, was erected across the street from the rectory and opened in 1910. On January 30, 1951, Monsignor Kelaher presided over the groundbreaking to renovate and enlarge the rectory. Under his leadership, the new school was built on property adjacent to the rectory. It opened in September 1954, and in December of that year, the Sisters moved into the new convent.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel has welcomed all members of the community throughout its history. Starting in 1971, masses in the Czech and Slovak languages were offered in the Lower Church, and the Spanish Mass began in 1977.
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23-25 Newtown Avenue
Astoria, NY 11102