Generally Speaking: Good Friday procession over the Brooklyn Bridge

We joined the thousands of Christian Good Friday worshipers who took part in this year’s 22nd annual holy procession across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The ceremonial event began at St. James Cathedral Basilica in Downtown Brooklyn. Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presided over a prayer service and commemorated the First Station of the Cross.

Then the congregants began their solemn journey over the Brooklyn Bridge, stopping at the Manhattan tower of the structure to mark the Second Station of the Cross with reflections, gospel readings and hymns.

Next the participants stopped near City Hall to commemorate the Third Station, followed by a stop at Ground Zero in remembrance of the Fourth Station. The procession concluded with the Fifth Station at St. Peter’s Church in lower Manhattan.

Among the key leaders of the procession was Christopher Vath, the music director at Bay Ridge’s St. Patrick’s Church, who led the Communion and Liberation Choir.

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Save the date! The Archbishop John Hughes Council of the Knights of Columbus at 1305 86th Street will be holding a charity car wash on Sunday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cars $5, SUVs and trucks $10. All proceeds will go to fund local food banks. Congratulations to Agostino Iallonardo, an area school teacher who was recently elected Grand Knight of the Hughes Council.

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The Bay Ridge Chapter of the AARP had as its guest speaker Doctor of Physical Therapy Jairo Abreu from NYU Lutheran Rehabilitation Services. He spoke about fall prevention and gave valuable tips about keeping homes free of trip hazards.

Also speaking to the local AARPers was Elizabeth Sullivan, a retired NYPD sergeant who, now certified as a social worker, is serving as the adult day care supervisor at the St. Nicholas Home, on Ovington Avenue.

Look for the AARP table at this paper’s Senior Health and Financial Fitness Expo on Friday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Dyker Beach Golf Course, 1030 86th Street. Admission is free.

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