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Bishop Matano to offer Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church

June 16th, 2014, Promulgated by Diane Harris
St. Thomas the Apostle

St. Thomas the Apostle

On the Feast of St. Thomas, July 3, 2014, at 7:00 in the evening, Bishop Salvatore Matano will offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.

Such an event is indeed a blessing to those who have prayed so diligently for their Church, and who miss it so much!

Here is a link to the Facebook Event page and details:
Please mark your calendar and join in such a special event!  Many people  look forward to attending, especially those who have offered stalwart support and prayer for years.  Please pray for this event to lead to meaningful unity in the Catholic Church in Rochester, and a binding up of wounds.   Continue to keep the situation in your prayers.  (This is NOT the time to stop praying!)
In 2011, Bernie posted on Cleansing Fire a touching witness to The Windows of St. Thomas the Apostle.  One of the pictures is shown above.  The entire post can be accessed here:

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2 Responses to “Bishop Matano to offer Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church”

  1. Jim says:

    As a former parishioner of St. Thomas, I’m surprised that this webpost has received no “hits” yet. My fear is that most of the St. Thomas people have moved on…both physically and spiritually to other parishes; to raise their families in the last 3-4 years. Some people have stopped going to Mass altogether. Three and a half years is a long time for a parish to have their Masses shut out. Many of the senior members have passed on to their eternal reward, and there is a lot of hurt still brewing between the former St. Thomas parishioners and the Basilian Order that last staffed the parish. (The final Sunday Mass was celebrated on Nov. 14, 2010) I am really praying that there is a resurgence in the number of people who will attend this Mass in July, and that someday, St. Thomas will have the chance to become the great parish that it once was, if only given a fair shake!

  2. Diane Harris says:

    Bishop Matano offered a beautiful Mass, and homily on Thomas’s words “My Lord and My God.” He also energetically invited help for himself as Bishop of Rochester, in fulfilling his mission for the pastoral care of so many souls. The Church was almost full, although not SRO. It was an excellent turnout and reverent. Anybody else who was there want to post their thoughts or observations? I did not go to the reception afterward. Comments?

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