Presented in partnership with Most Holy Trinity-St. Mary Church & Trinity Human Service Center
All proceeds for these tours will go directly to support the food pantry and other forms of assistance offered by Trinity Human Service Center, a non-sectarian, non-profit organization that serves people in need in North Brooklyn.
Sunday, December 22 & Sunday, January 5
– A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, 1943
Discover the beautiful church and parish grounds of Most Holy Trinity – St. Mary, built in 1885 as “The German Cathedral” and described in author Betty Smith’s famous novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Led by Father Timothy Dore and Turnstile’s Cindy VandenBosch and Andrew Gustafson, this tour will venture up into the bell tower for a stunning view of the city, down into the crypt to learn about the 19th century pastors who are buried there, and we’ll even take a peek into the rathskeller rectory. Attendees will learn about the German and Irish heritage of the congregation, highlighting its early beginnings in the mid-1800s with stories of the origins of Santa Claus and Christmas trees, and learn about more recent immigrants from Latin America, the Carribean, and Poland who have brought new traditions to the church, from Noche Buena to the Three Kings Day Parade. The tour will conclude in the rectory where holiday cookies and hot chocolate and tea will be provided.
Admission: $20/person (Click here to view schedule and purchase tickets). Admission includes a two-hour tour of the parish grounds with your friendly and knowledgable guides, followed by refreshments in the parish rectory’s historic Rathskeller. All proceeds will be donated to the Trinity Human Service Center.
Schedule: Sunday, December 22nd, 2PM – 4PM and Sunday, January 5th, 2PM – 4PM
Proceeds support a good cause: In the spirit of the season, this special tour will support the Trinity Human Service Center, which serves people in need in North Brooklyn with food, clothing, and social services. The Trinity Human Service Center is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization which has a food pantry and provides case assistance, classes, and material support to people in the area.