Sunday, March 16, 2008

German Catholics prepare for Pope's Arrival

Yorkville German Catholics Prepare For Special Papal Event Shazia Khan for NY1 News. March 15, 2008:

Catholic mass in New York City is typically held in English or Spanish, but one Yorkville parish in the Upper East Side continues their traditional services in German.

St. Joseph's Church, founded by German immigrants in 1873, holds a monthly Sunday mass in German, attended by more than 100 people from the neighborhood and beyond.

Located in a once-thriving German immigrant neighborhood, today it is the only German parish in the New York Archdiocese.

“It’s nice to find your roots again. And reconnect with them,” said attendant Karen Staub.

Pope Benedict XVI, the first German-born pope since the 11th century, is scheduled to address ecumenical representatives at St Joseph's during his upcoming April visit to New York City.

Julia Winter, who chairs the church's German-American committee, says it is a great blessing for the pope to grace her parish.

“For me personally and for all of us of German descent, it’s important because he represents a part of us,” said Winter.