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“… so sacred, so silent, so much a holy temple”*

November 13th, 2010, Promulgated by Mike

St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Irondequoit will celebrate its last regularly scheduled Mass tomorrow at 9:30 am.

Following is a slide show of photos of St. Thomas taken this week.


Individual photos are available here. Feel free to use them for any non-commercial purpose.

Update: A Photosynth panorama is now available. Hold down your left mouse button to move around within the image.



* Taken from Fr. Dennis Bonsignore’s All Souls Day homily, available here.



8 Responses to ““… so sacred, so silent, so much a holy temple”*”

  1. Monk says:

    Great work Mike! You are a real pro! You captured the essence of this magnificent church so well. What a tragedy and injustice to close such a wonderful parish. What type of lens did you use?

  2. jetscubs86 says:

    It is sad to see St. Thomas the Apostle close. Though I wasn’t a parishoner there, I did go to confessions on Saturday nights with Fr. Meng. I know that Bishop Clark says that it’s not officially closed, I think we all know the truth. I hope the people of St. Thomas wins their appeal to the Vatican, but I doubt it. The Vatican has given bishops free reign for years.

  3. Anonymous says:

    How to screw the parish without officially closing it. It’s in the face of every parishoner. A truely compassionate and kind liberal management.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Could it ever be possible that Bishop Clark and Father Tanck were given orders not to close St. Thomas? What better way to cause a parish to cease to exist, without technically disobeying orders, than to just stop having Masses there?
    ~Just a thought.

  5. dmf says:

    Just wanted to let folks know that if they are planning to attend the 9:30 AM Mass on November 14th, they might want to get there early. The choir has some special music planned and will begin singing around 9:10-9:15.

  6. TL says:

    Thank you, Mike, for documenting our beautiful church and adoration chapel so well. I will cherish being able to look at these pictures during the months or years until St. Thomas is reopened.

  7. Mike says:


    All the photos were shot with a Canon 18-200mm zoom telephoto lens mounted on a Canon Eos 50D body – the same combination I used for the All Souls Day Rosary and Benediction.

    But I think you’re really asking about the panorama shots. They are each amalgamations of anywhere from 8 to 25 overlapping shots that were digitally stitched together using a free program called AutoStitch (see here).

  8. Monk says:

    Very interesting Mike! A great use of technology to communicate the beauty of STA. I am sure that Msgr. Burns is very proud of you!

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