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Annunciation on Norton Street

September 5th, 2009, Promulgated by Choir

The picture above was one of the architectural sketches of what Annunciation COULD have looked like. Below is what they chose. The ?church? below is not currently used as a Catholic Church. The Annunciation parishioners went back to the first church that was built across the street. It’s a wooden church, quite similar to the old St. Helen’s on Hinchey Road in Gates.



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8 Responses to “Annunciation on Norton Street”

  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    Is the old St. Helen church still around?

  2. avatar Anonymous says:

    According to the Monroe County Clerk's Office, the Church of the Annunciation was sold on 4-29-09 for the price of $850,000, (eight hundred and fifty thousand dollars).

    Where is the money?

    Bishop Clark didn't announce this news in the Catholic Courier Newspaper, because he doesn't want you to follow the money trail.

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    The money is probably going towards paying for the giant jacuzzi at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

    Where the money SHOULD go is to the Annunciation parish, so they can fix and maintain the little church they moved into.

    Annunciation won't last longer than a year.

  4. Anon 10:42..Was the $850,000 for just the church or the school and rectory also. I can't remember where their convent is/was.

    Anon 10:16 – No, the old St. Helen's is where the new St. Helen's is, except the old St. Helen used to face Hinchey Road. Msgr. J Beecher Sullivan was pastor then and he saw the new church being built, but died shortly after that.

    The original church was set up as a mission church of St. Augustine's by Bishop O'Hern. It was blessed on February 29 (must have been a leap year) in 1930. The school was opened in 1943 and was staffed by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, and then the Rochester Sisters of Mercy.

  5. avatar Dr. K says:

    So given the choice between a St. Thomas Moore-esque structure and a concert hall, they took the concert hall. Great…

    ~Dr. K

  6. avatar Anonymous says:

    So the small congregation that was worshipping at St. John Fisher could afford to buy the Annunciation property for $850,000, but 500-700 families are told at St. Thomas in Irondequoit that they are no longer a viable parish?

  7. avatar Anonymous says:

    Bishop Clark is operating the corporate structure of the Diocese of Rochester just like the so-called pastor in the front page article of yesterday's Democrat and Chronicle Newspaper. Give me your money and I will live like a king. Oh, you paid for the parish and the school, too bad, I am going to close them down and sell the buildings to the highest bidder.

    From the outside looking in, with the information that has surfaced, it certainly appears that they are intentionally breaking the New York State non-profit corporation law.

    It is time for the New York State Attorney General's Office and the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) to start an investigation to follow the money trail.

    If a certain bishop and pastor are seen buying sleeping pills at the local drugstore because they can't sleep too good at night, then you know that we have hit the nail on the head.

  8. avatar Dr. K says:

    Re: Anon 1:23 AM

    I know, it doesn't sound right. I made a comment before that the Eastern Rite parishes are surviving in the area with under 100 parishioners, and collections totaling $1,500 or less, but for some reason (i.e- bailing out the "big three" of Christ the King, St. Cecilia, St. Margaret Mary), St. Thomas is being told to close with 500+ parishioners and collections over $4,000.

    ~Dr. K

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