Mary, Star of the Sea, Church
Church was established in 1857 and since then has grown in both
size and diversity. Located at 1920 New Haven Avenue, Far Rockaway,
New York, 143 years later it still serves the surrounding
of St. Mary, Star of the Sea...Mary Mooney, far left.)
Bob Wyatt plays the new organ at St. Mary's while Mike Corio
Service Manager of Allen Organ Studios, Father Ogle (second
from right), pastor,
and Sister Consueolo Arevalo (right), Director of Music and
Organist, look on.
Claire Arnold and Bob Wyatt performed the dedication concert!
a letter dated December 6, 1999, Father Ogle, pastor of St.
Mary's, had this to say.
Mary's Church is a parish of over 1200 people who hail from
at least 40 different countries and where Mass is celebrated
in 3 languages regularly for every conceivable ethnic group.
Our music program comprises as many as six different choirs
according to age and language. So our musical needs cover a
wide and challenging range. Yet our community is by no means
a prosperous one.
previous organ was a nearly fifty-year-old Hammond electronic
which had seen better days. After determining that it was no
longer cost-effective to repair it, Sister Consuelo, our music
director, and I formed a search committee of about 8 people
representing the various ethnic groups of the parish. We visited
seven different churches representing four different organ companies
in the price range we had established. After reviewing all the
data gathered, we came to a consensus that the Allen Prot??6
was the model that best suited our pastoral, musical and economic
visit to the Allen plant in Macungie, PA, only reinforced our
judgment that Allen was the company that could offer us the
best product, service and aesthetic quality. We were greatly
pleased with the attentive service Claire Arnold and Bob Wyatt
provided us, and even more delighted with the first-class dedicatory
organ recital they gave the parish a few months after installation.
organized a special fund-raising campaign which enabled us to
have the organ installed debt-free. A new organ has a special
appeal that motivates people to go beyond their normal giving
reviews by the people for our new organ have ranged from positive
to glowing. Allen Organ has truly proved itself a friend to
St. Mary's parish."
Rev. Sean G. Ogle
a note dated 1/5/2001, Father Ogle says:
organ is doing fine and we had another good Christmas concert
with our 8 parish choirs. We hosted the ecumenical service for
the area this year and were proud of our fine instrument with
our visiting organists. Happy new year and thanks!"