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Blessed Sacrament and St. Boniface to Cluster

June 28th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

Blessed Sacrament and St. Boniface parishes in Southeast Rochester will be clustering by June of 2011. As you already know, five Northeast Rochester churches will be consolidated down to two by the same time. Fr. Richard Brickler, pastor of St. Boniface, is already over the Diocese of Rochester retirement age of 70. Blessed Sacrament and St.  Boniface will be sharing a leader beginning next year.

Here is what is written in the Blessed Sacrament bulletin:

“By the time I finish my eleventh year with you (that is, next June), we will have clustered with Saint Boniface Parish in the South Wedge, and strengthened our partnership with Saint Mary’s Downtown. The Blessed Sacrament/Saint Boniface cluster will share a single pastoral leader, and all three parishes will have a new Mass schedule”

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4 Responses to “Blessed Sacrament and St. Boniface to Cluster”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Fr. Brickler is planning to stay at St. Boniface and assist the pastor of the clustered parishes. It has been a long time coming, and the two parishes have been working together so that the transition should be smooth. Fr. Brickler is an amazing man, and he held on as long as he could after reaching the retirement age.
    I don’t know about the feelings at Blessed Sacrament, but I don’t see the parishioners of St. Boniface going downtown to attend Mass at St. Mary’s. A few years ago someone from the diocese told me that eventually two of the three parishes would close, and St. Mary’s was not going to be one of the two.

  2. Jess says:

    I used to attend St. Boniface when I lived right around the corner on South Ave. I loved Fr. Brickler; such a kind-hearted and gentle man who gives wonderful homilies. I hope the parish doesn’t suffer from this, but I can’t say that I hold out much hope.

  3. Interesting that someone from the diocese would predict which churches would remain open or closed. I thought the planning groups had all the power. *cough*

  4. Anonymous says:

    Bill picket is in the planning group, representing St. Mary’s. Are you surprised???

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