Cleansing Fire

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Rochester’s original Cathedral -Saint Patrick’s –NEW PICTURES

August 21st, 2009, Promulgated by Choir

This was Rochester’s first cathedral. It was at the corner of Frank Street (now called North Plymouth Avenue) and Platt Street. It was sold to Kodak in September of 1937. The other picture is of the Cathedral in ruins. The Cathedral sat about 1,200 and the Lady Chapel about 700. The Cathedral was only used on Sundays and major feasts. The Lady Chapel was used for day-to-day services.
The main altar in the Cathedral found a home at St. Francis Xavier on Bay Street.



13 Responses to “Rochester’s original Cathedral -Saint Patrick’s –NEW PICTURES”

  1. I have another picture to add if I can only figure out how to get it out of .pdf format and into jpg. Never leave technical things up to a squirrel.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What happened to the Tabernacle in St. Patrick's Cathedral? Did it go across the street to the building that was converted to St. Patrick's Parish and was closed about 1977?

    Does anybody have a picture of the Tabernacle on the Altar?

  3. Good question, Anon. I can check into it, but I believe the tabernacle went to St. Francis Xavier also.

    The building that was used for St. Patrick's Parish was the old school hall for the Cathedral School attached to the Cathedral. You're right it was closed in the later 70s.

  4. Ben Anderson says:

    the history you're compiling on this blog is phenomenal.

  5. Sister Emily says:

    Choir I said before you are a good historian. Amazing job.Thank you.

    Is the young man at St.Stan. (in the video) the same orgainst there now? Such a gift!

  6. Thank you for reading it. The man in the video is not the organist we have now. But the guy in the video is still at Eastman. He is also a tennis pro too. Everything is a gift from God!

  7. Thanks, Ben. I hope somebody is keeping records of this. I am trying to get more pictures (inside and outside) of the old Cathedral. But that will take me awhile. Pray that I get them. Thanks for your comments.

  8. Sed says:

    I'm learning so much about Diocese of Rochester history from Cleansing Fire. Thanks Choir. It's great to get all this information online.

  9. Mary Kay says:

    I love the posts and photos of the churches in the DoR. Very good to have the background.

  10. Gen says:

    I love how you can see the overhead wires for the streetcars.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I never heard about this St. Patrick church that lasted until the 70s. Can you post pictures of this church?

  12. Anon 6:46..sure I'll post it if I can find it. It may take awhile. Thanks for reading the blog.

  13. Rob says:

    Choir, I'd like to see the "newer" St. Patrick Church too if you can find an image.

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