March 6, 2018

Celebrating Low Mass at Brooklyn’s Visitation Monastery

Brooklyn's Visitation Monastery
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli
Sunday evening my friends and I attended Low Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel of Visitation Monastery (8902 Ridge Blvd.) in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. An oasis of prayer and meditation, the visit to the monastery was the perfect ending to my extended family’s hebdomadal Sunday get-together.
Mass was sung by Celebrant and Homilist Fr. Stephen Saffron, Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He was dutifully assisted by several servers from the Church of the Holy Innocents in Mid-town Manhattan.
Jesus appearing to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Photo courtesy of Visitation Monastery
We were very happy to learn that the Visitation Sisters are considering the possibility of offering Sunday Latin Mass regularly at the Monastery. This was most welcome news, seeing as it would make it much easier for many of us to attend Latin Mass more frequently.
Also, according to Fr. Saffron, the next Latin Mass to be celebrated at the Sacred Heart Chapel will be in June for the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We will provide more details when they become available.
Afterward, we had a chance to admire the church’s beautiful stained glass windows, Stations of the Cross, and the large mural of the Sacred Heart of Jesus appearing to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque behind the high altar.
Thank you to the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary for organizing the Mass and warmly welcoming us inside your beautiful chapel and monastery grounds. As always, it was a great joy to celebrate our faith together.