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grizzy1013 said in April 24th, 2013 at 9:14 am

Growing up in Hell’s Kitchen during the 50’s I attended Holy Cross School. Monsignor Joseph A. McCaffrey was our pastor and mentor. Until his death, my clan remained close friends with both Father McCaffrey and Cardinal Spellman. They were close friends who together attended Fordham University.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this article. The last time I was in New York (2003) for vacation, I visited Holy Cross which was in dire need of restoration. My mom died and left some money to me and I made a donation to the Church to help with that restoration, after all she and my dad were married there. I now see, on Facebook, that it was money well spent!
Since moving to Florida in 1977, I’m a parishioner of Saint David Catholic Church, in Davie Florida. My granddaughter attends school at Saint David’s. She’s currently in the 6th grade and started out in the 3 year old program. Our pastor, Father Gabriel O’Reilly, has made three renovations to our “Little Church in the Country” which currently has over 10,000 members…my envelope number is 386! We have magnificent stained glass, that was hand picked by Father O’Reilly. It’s because of the stained glass in Holy Cross that I’m a self proclaimed “Proficientado”. In my 65 years, I’ve never entered any Church without comparing it to Holy Cross. My children once told me, “The only thing Saint Patrick’s has on Holy Cross is size!”
Thanks for these exquisite photos of Holy Cross and for the memories they bring back.
May our God continue to bless you and the work you do to bring happiness and remembrance to those who read your articles.

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