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St. Thomas the Apostle Decision Expected Tomorrow

May 9th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

A very reliable source has informed us that the bishop has scheduled a meeting tomorrow with the various relevant priests (i.e. Fr.’s Horan, Tanck, Leone, Belligotti, etc.) to discuss the matter of the Irondequoit Suppression, as I call it. There is a strong chance that in 36 hours, we will know the fate of STA. At that time, we will either celebrate the reign of common sense, or mobilize against the forces of ignorance.

Pray for Bishop Clark, and for his priests, that they harden not their hearts, but that zeal for God’s house may consume them.

Below are several photographs emailed to me by a friend of the blog and future staffer. They show the original “crypt church” used by the parishioners, the construction of the current majestic structure, and the solemn dedication of that same building. Note the following: many nuns in full habit, many servers in cassock and surplice, priests vested correctly and tastefully, piety on the part of the parishioners, and the clear and undeniable continuation of Tradition with a distinctly modern renewal. How beautiful this diocese once was, and imagine how beautiful it will one day be again!

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11 Responses to “St. Thomas the Apostle Decision Expected Tomorrow”

  1. How Beautiful! The stained glass! The Altar Boys! I see there is a boychoir….is it any one in particular???(seems it would kill me if I didn't ask).

  2. avatar Gen says:

    Those who are in these photographs were all from the STA parish. Of course, things like boychoirs became unsavory in the 70's – one of the many "reforms" of the liberals.

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    I am one of the altar boys in the pictures. I was in the 7th grade and the "third master." I held a wooden "clicker" between my prayerful hands. My job was to click when it was required to stand, kneel, sit etc. All the altar boys had to move in unison. The laity would take their cue from the altar boys and hence the third master! You didn't want to make any mistakes back then! I watched Msgr. Burns and Bishop Kearney lay the corner stone that Palm Sunday day, April 11, 1965. How thrilling to think of all the items included in the cornerstone for distant future generations to discover! I never dreamed that me and my family will probably be that future generation! It was all so exciting. Having been an altar boy in the old "catacomb" church, the "new" STA church was breathtaking!
    Gen is right, the future will be beautiful once again!
    The cornerstone of STA church is inscribed in latin and states "the stone the builders rejected, has become the cornerstone." Very fitting words to reflect on in these difficult times.
    God Bless Msgr. Burns, Bishop Kearney, and all the parishioners of STA past and present!

  4. avatar Anonymous says:

    If Bishop Clark keeps STA open, even conditionally over a period of time, he deserves our thanks in the form of many letters of gratitude.

    If, however, he decides the close the parish… well, we he deserves retirement. It the parish is slated to close, there will be a legal battle like the diocese has never seen before. We will bombard the media and expose this leadership for what it really is. If Mark Hare's D&C; won't listen, there are other sources in radio and television that will.

  5. avatar Nerina says:

    Lovely, lovely pictures. Praying for STA to remain open.

  6. avatar Anonymous says:

    We are a young Catholic Family, we are going to have our 5th child soon. I want to go to THIS church, as pictured above! That's what we want, that's what we need. We also need more priests like, Father Corapi, passionate, no nonsense and sincere! I love kneeling to receive communion, it's the only way to fully respect our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Praying for "our" church, St. Thomas!

  7. avatar newguy40 says:

    What marvelous pictures, indeed. It sure reminds me of where I grew up (Chicago Diocese) back in the "60's. It serves to remind me of how things have changed.

    I don't suppose you have a time machine tucked away some where that I could borrow? I promise I'd give it back.

  8. avatar Anonymous says:

    I hope the bishop prayed the rosary before making his decision.

  9. avatar Anonymous says:

    The decision was made long ago. I would love for that not to be true, but have lived in this diocese too long to believe otherwise.
    I'll be praying for the parishioners at STA.

  10. Perhaps it was a damage control meeting. How will we limit the damage to the surviving churches?

    I can't see the bishop telling the IPPG thanks but no thanks.

  11. "Those who are in these photographs were all from the STA parish. Of course, things like boychoirs became unsavory in the 70's – one of the many "reforms" of the liberals."
    Ah, I see. We had to push the beauty aside and make way for the fun and hip Banjo-nuns! Woohoo!

    I wish the boychoir was still alive and well today. Who cares about banjo nuns when you can have pure Beauty.

    Nuns in pants+banjos+guitars=Weapons of Mass Destruction, literally.

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