All faiths try to make sense of the miracle of life.
Tolerance is part of being a New Yorker.
[From the Editors: We don’t represent any religion. We try to understand because we know so little about each other. Ancient writings were not meant to be taken literally. They were meant to be interpreted like poetry. Forgive us the poverty of our education and the mistakes we make interpreting the core meanings of faith. If you desire a particular religion, please speak with a priest or priestess.]
In colonial times, Roman Catholicism had a major influence on the Latin world, but we are of all faiths. Protestantism was a historic response to some of Catholicism’s failings. Judaism has a big influence on what it means to be a New Yorker. Through Asia and Africa, Islam and West African religions are important. Indigenous beliefs are also part of who we are.
We have been taught to see our differences, when in fact our similarities are the most striking thing. Whatever way is meaningful to you, may God bless you.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
The start of the Christian spring festival Holy Week (Semana Santa), Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
Sun-Sat, April 5-11, 2020
This most important Christian holiday season commemorates the passion of Christ
Wednesday-Thursday, April 8-16, 2020
The Jewish spring festival is the most sacred time in Judaism. It commemorates our release from slavery in Egypt and the Exodus.
“Chag Pesach samech”
Wed, February 26 – Thu, April 9, 2020
The roughly 40-day period of Catholic devotion leads up to Easter, the Christian spring festival
Sunday, April 12, 2020
The Christian spring holiday commemorates the Biblical resurrection of Jesus.
Thursday, April 23 – May 23, 2020
Celebrate the Muslim holy month of daytime fasting which ends with the feast of Eid Al-Fitr. “Eid Mubarak” (Happy Holiday)
Thursday, December 17, 2020
El Santuario de San Lazaro
SANTIAGO DE LAS VEGAS, Cuba
The West African, Central African and diaspora orisha of contagious diseases and epidemics, and healing from them.
Mon-Tue, March 9-10, 2020
SOUTH WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn
This Jewish feast commemorates how Queen Esther of Persia found the courage to break tradition, speak up, and thereby save her people.
“Chag Purim Sameach!” (Happy Purim Holiday!)
Thu-Mon, July 30-Aug 3, 2020
The most important Muslim holiday is an official New York City school holiday. It marks Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) test of faith and ends the annual Hajj pilgrimage. “Eid Mubarak” (Blessed Eid)
Wed-Thu, August 19-20, 2020
Muharram, the first month of the Muslim calendar, is a solemn sacred month for the Muslim New Year 1442
Fri-Sun, September 18-20, 2020
This Jewish holiday feast celebrates the New Year 5781. “Shana Tovah” (Have a Good Year)
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Obatalá is the son/daughter of God, creator of land and humankind, and godfather/mother of the Orishas
Sun-Mon, September 27-28, 2020
The holiest day in Judaism is a day of atonement and repentance. “G’mar Chatima Tovah” (May you be inscribed in the Book of Life)
Sunday, November 1, 2020
This Catholic feast honors all saints whether they are recognized by the Church or just “saintly”
Friday, December 4, 2020
NIGERIA, CUBA, BRAZIL
Celebrate Changó (also Xangô, Sàngó or Saint Barbara), the Yoruba Orisha (patron saint) of fire, lightning, thunder and war, but also of music, drumming and dancing
December 10-18, 2020
Miracles await those who fill their time with the light of faith, hope and work. Hanukkah Sameach! (Happy Hanukkah)
Monday, December 21, 2020
The longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere is the origin of our winter holidays
Friday, December 25, 2020
The world’s most popular Latin holiday
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This day of repentance starts the Catholic period of devotion leading to Easter.
Spiritual Places in NYC
We invite everyone to respect New York City’s faiths.
ST PATRICK’S DAY MASS
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
EL SALVADOR MASS
Sunday, March 29, 2020
ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL
Midtown East, NYC
The Catholic Archdiocese of New York is NYC’s iconic church.
FINANCIAL DISTRICT, NYC
Old New York’s iconic church on Broadway at Wall St is Episcopal
UPPER WEST SIDE, September 1654 ~ The first Jewish group arrived in New Amsterdam fleeing the Spanish Inquisition which had followed them to Recife in Dutch Brazil. They formed Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, America’s first Jewish congregation.
# jewish sanctuary fridays
1 West 53rd St
at Fifth Avenue
WEST VILLAGE, NYC ~ New York’s oldest Spanish-language parish has daily masses in Spanish & English. That stretch of 14th St was once NYC’s “Little Spain.”
A Romanesque Revival church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that is the home of Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
131 East 10th St
at Second Ave
East Village, Manhattan
1 East 65th St at Fifth Avenue
Upper East Side, Manhattan