The parish of St. Gertrude the Great in Edgemere, Queens, is reeling from a double dose of disheartening news.
The parish's only priest, the Rev. Brendan Downing, died of cancer July 9 - and the Diocese of Brooklyn said it does not plan to replace him.
Instead, said diocesan officials, St. Gertrude will be administered by the Rev. Jim Cunningham, pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea - a parish nearly 2 miles away - until the two parishes are eventually merged.
Cloudy days for tiny Queens parish
What a lovely and unusual building design.
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