Rita's Roman Catholic Church is situated in the middle of an area
which is partly industrial and mostly residential, and very close
to the Long Island City, Queens, bridge to Roosevelt Island. A
new three-manual Allen Renaissance organ was selected for installation
this spring, in time to celebrate the centennial of the founding
of the church.
May 20, 2000, St. Rita's held a special Centennial Celebration
that included a 100th Anniversary Mass with
The Most Reverend Thomas V. Daily, D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn,Celebrant,
and Reverend Monsignor Austin Bennett, P.A., Homilist, and the
Reverend John P. Harrington, Pastor. A Prelude of Choral Music
was sung by the Vicariate Choir from the Diocese of Brooklyn.
entering the church, one is immediately bathed in stunning color
from the beautiful majestic, two-story-tall stained glass windows
which line the sides of the church. The light oak wood and the
fine, marble floors combine with the 30-foot ceiling to create
an ambiance of remarkable peace and tranquility in an acoustically
main organ speaks from upstairs in the gallery where the organ
console is, while downstairs there is both an antiphonal organ
and a small echo organ for even distribution of sound throughout
the nave, the altar and the transept. The solo trumpet on the
organ speaks from high above the floor of the nave.
The late afternoon sun streams in the thirty-foot tall
stained glass windows creating the silhouette of the statue
of St. Rita against the window, as organist Bob Wyatt plays
the console in the gallery.
organist for the dedication of the organ was Tom Hazleton, one
of the world's great organists, who makes the organ come alive.
Below is the program for the dedication.