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Solemn High Latin Mass for All Souls Day 2017

October 28th, 2017, Promulgated by Administrator



A new experience awaits those who love Mass in the Extraordinary Form!  There will be a Solemn High Requiem Mass on the evening of All Souls Day, Thursday November 2nd. One part of the unique experience is the site of celebration — in the All Souls Chapel at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery! The Celebrant will be Father Peter Van Lieshout, the Deacon will be Father Anthony Amato, and the Sub-deacon will be Father Peter Mottola.

The Requiem Mass will be offered for the souls of all deceased priests who served in the Diocese of Rochester. A schola under the direction of John Morabito will sing the Requiem by Morales.

Inside All Souls Chapel

   Inside All Souls Chapel

Thursday, November 2, 2017 – 7:00 PM
All Souls Day Latin Requiem Mass
All Souls Chapel, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Reception with light refreshments to follow in the Cemetery Gatehouse.

To RSVP (optional; for approximate headcount), please call (585) 458-4110 or email:


Information about All Souls Chapel

20171013_083109All Souls Chapel has become the centerpiece of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. It was designed by Andrew Jackson Warner, one of Rochester’s most outstanding architects, and constructed of mottled Medina sandstone from a local quarry. Early English Gothic in architecture, the chapel is an irreplaceable work of art, with its steep slate roof, hammer beams, intricately painted ceilings and stained glass windows produced in Holland. In 1876, the cornerstone was laid and construction was completed over a 10-year period.

The Chapel is located on the east side of Lake Avenue, nearly opposite the Lake Avenue entrance to the Cemetery.



“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought

to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.”

II Maccabees 12:46



10 Responses to “Solemn High Latin Mass for All Souls Day 2017”

  1. christian says:

    It certainly sounds like an excellent, awe-inspiring event and venue! What a wonderful thing to use the Historic All Souls Chapel for a High Solemn Mass on All Souls Day complete with a schola.

    I wish the Diocese had left the altar railing in at All Souls Chapel. They built Christ Our Light Mausoleum for conventional Novus Ordo masses; too bad they couldn’t leave All Souls Chapel intact. Thank God they left the pews and the high altar, and all the other marvels including the painted stenciling and designs, architecture, and stained glass windows. The All Souls Chapel is really a treasure. (Perhaps Bishop Matano might allow the altar rail to be restored).

  2. raymondfrice says:

    I was talking with a monsignor in the New York archdiocese the other day and we both agreed that
    after The Second Vatican Council, the Roman Catholic clerical Goths and Huns tried to and succeeded in some cases of destroying The Roman Catholic heritage and culture.

    PS: how offensive and mindless it was to take away the vigil lights, even the electrical ones!!

  3. Ben Anderson says:

    Thank you for sharing this. It was absolutely wonderful.

  4. raymondfrice says:

    When are they going to say a Mass for the intentions of the laity ??? We were also not invited to the sesqui- centenial Mass at the cathedral with Cardinal Doland a few weeks ago!! Have the clergy forgotten who covers their paychecks???

  5. militia says:

    @raymondfrice: I don’t see what you are complaining about regarding the sesquicentennial Mass. Laity and clergy from all over the diocese attended the Mass with Cardinal Dolan. I watched on the media livestream and didn’t miss a beat. It was done very well. The cathedral was full — they didn’t have to go into the crossroads and byways to look for more laity. Besides, Mass is special because Jesus Christ is present, not because of a cardinal from NYC.

    Regarding a “Mass for the intentions of the laity,” each of us can have a Mass said for our own intentions any time. The $10 offering is the greatest bargain in the world. Personally, I do not begrudge the dead priests receiving the graces of such a special Mass on All Souls. Many churches have “Pro Populo” Masses during the year too, and on All Souls Day for the “deceased.” That includes laity.

    Please don’t covet what belongs to the dead.

  6. christian says:

    I do think it would be nice to have a Mass Intention of All Souls on All Souls Day in the All Souls Chapel of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, sometime in the future.

  7. christian says:

    I agree it was a bad move to take away the vigil lights. It was an integral part of praying for the intention of a particular person, whether living or deceased.

    Most churches express the need of more money and appeal for donations.
    Yet, I think the practice of vigil candles for prayer, whether they are lit by flame or electronically, would help increase the income a certain amount, as it is customary to pay a nominal fee to light a candle.

    But on the other hand, pastors and pastoral staff at many churches are probably concerned that the practice will encourage people to stay after Mass to pray, when they are anxious to clear the church building out as soon as possible, so they can lock up and leave.

    At one church in Downtown Rochester, I remained less than 5 minutes after an evening Mass for private prayer and could hear the pastor complain to a few men discerning priesthood accompanying him, about the fact that I hadn’t left immediately with the rest of the people after Mass. He then made an insulting remark with regard to me.

    It had only been a few minutes that I had been in prayer, but I got up right away and left immediately. The inhospitable, uncharitable nature of this particular pastor and his insulting remark were certainly not conducive to prayer. I also thought he gave a poor example to the young men discerning priesthood.

    In retrospect, I should have addressed him in front of the young men with him discerning priesthood, and let him know that I heard his comments and they were especially inhospitable and uncharitable coming from a priest.
    The Sunday evening Mass was eventually discontinued.

    Quiet private prayer for at least a few minutes before and after Mass used to be encouraged; now it seems frowned upon.

  8. christian says:

    I would like to clarify my last statement in the post above;

    “Quiet private prayer for at least a few minutes before and after Mass used to be encouraged; now it seems frowned upon” -in MANY PARISHES/CHURCHES. Not in all parishes/churches.

  9. militia says:

    I agree, Christian. If the celebrant wished to encourage people to stay and pray in Thanksgiving, maybe occasionally he’d be seen doing so himself, and maybe he’d even ask for quiet beginning 10 minutes before Mass until 10 minutes after Mass. The “social talkers” after Mass seem to ratchet up their sound levels deliberately sometimes, driving the pray-ers away. But let’s also not forget the irony of people greatly desiring to spend eternity with Someone they don’t have 5 extra minutes for after Mass! If they have no compassion for the people trying to pray, maybe they could have compassion on the Lord and His message to those who are praying?

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