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December 1st, 2014, Promulgated by Monk

As a long time member of STA parish, I attended the 9:00 am Novus Ordo Mass this past Sunday. It was so exciting to attend a Sunday Mass again at STA after four long years! I saw many familiar faces in the congregation. There was great joy in seeing the beauty of the Church once again. I am so grateful to be able to receive Communion again kneeling at the Communion rail….a true gift! As much as the Church and people were all so familiar to me, there was something new in the air. This is a new community, familiar but different, different in a good way! The traditional liturgy that was faithfully maintained by STA parishioners and their pastors over the years has become the seed of a new beginning that will grow and be stronger than the original STA parish. We are all thankful to Bishop Matano for creating this opportunity for the Latin Mass Community to grow and spread its goodness throughout the diocese. I truly believe this new model of a Latin Mass Community will not be unique to just our diocese but will be a model for other dioceses through the country to emulate.

Here are a few photos from the Novus Ordo Mass.








Karen Handel to speak in Rochester

February 13th, 2013, Promulgated by Monk

The Women’s Care Center is sponsoring a talk by Karen Handel, author of the bestselling book Planned Bullyhood.
The Center has served thousands of Rochester women involved in unplanned pregnancies since 1990.


For Immediate Release:

Author and Former Susan G. Komen Executive to Speak Feb. 21
Karen Handel to discuss the controversy between Komen and Planned Parenthood

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Karen Handel, former senior vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure and author of the book Planned Bullyhood, will speak at 7 pm on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Coleman Chapel inside Murphy Hall at St. John Fisher College.

Handel will discuss her experiences surrounding the controversy between Komen and Planned Parenthood. In Planned Bullyhood, Handel provides an inside look at the politics behind the decision of the two organizations to part ways, those closely involved with the decision, and how Komen eventually folded—giving in to Planned Parenthood. She details how Komen—an organization known for supporting women’s health and being at the forefront of the battle against breast cancer—has been nearly destroyed, with its brand in grave peril. Handel will also address the tactics that she believes Planned Parenthood used to attempt to subert the pro-life movement in today’s society.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens, and free for college students who present a college ID.
All proceeds will go towards supporting the work of the Women’s Care Center.

For more information, contact:
Women’s Care Center
(585) 865-0360

A pleasant surprise

September 16th, 2012, Promulgated by Monk

I was so pleasantly surprised today that I just have to share my experience. I attended St Jerome’s Church, East Rochester, today for the first time. Fr. Leone presided over a very reverent Mass. The pleasant surprise was at the end of Mass. After Fr. Leone left the altar and after the last hymn, the entire congregation knelt together in prayerful silence for a minute or two before leaving the Church. It reminded me of the many reverant actions and gestures associated with the Mass that have been lost over the years. God Bless the parishioners of St. Jerome’s for preserving this wonderful tradition.

Valid Matter ?

February 15th, 2012, Promulgated by Monk

I came across this photo on the St. Mary’s (downtown) website. What is this priest consecrating? It sure doesn’t look like unleavened bread to me. Apparently, they have a entire group of volunteers that bake bread each week for Mass. Does anyone know if the Eucharist at St. Mary’s is valid matter?  Their website states that their “celebrations are grounded in the spirit of Vatican II.”  This image may be in the spirit of something but certainly not Vatican II. Are these children being spiritually abused? Very disturbing.

Mass at St. Mary’s Downtown Rochester

Blessed Kateri Parish Council votes to remove Blessed Sacrament from Open Churches

February 3rd, 2012, Promulgated by Monk

In a stunning display of arrogance, the parish council of Blessed Kateri parish voted at the December 2011 meeting to remove the Blessed Sacrament from St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Salome Churches. “Consensus was reached” declares the council! (see parish council meeting minutes below). These Churches are not closed. Both have been currently declared open by Bishop Clark and available for worship (as stated in his letter to the Vatican). It is astounding that, as pastor, Fr. Tanck would sit by and allow such a vote to be taken by his parish council. They have no ecclesiastical authority whatsoever to even recommend removing the Holy Eucharist from a Catholic Church. Why isn’t the parish council demanding the pastor provide the required canonical pastoral support to the Churches entrusted to his care?
The DOR along with liberal pastors such as Fr. Tanck, continue to foster a lay-run American church and misguide the laity as to their proper role in the church.

“Real estate and building assets are currently being reviewed by the Finance Council.
One major opportunity for savings the committee has recommended, which they
estimate will save $20K for the remainder of the 2011-2012 fiscal year, would happen if
the heat is reduced down to the ~50 degree range (to maintain temperature above
freezing to avoid pipe/water damage) inside the St. Salome church, St. Thomas church
and St. Thomas parish center. If the temperature is indeed lowered to reduce heating
costs for the rarely used spaces, Funerals or Weddings will need to be scheduled at one
of the three open sites and daily prayer at St. Thomas would need to be moved. Also,
all meeting and events currently scheduled at the STA parish center would need to be
rescheduled at one of the other parish sites.
It was brought to the attention of the pastoral council during the Dec 14th meeting that
Canon 934.2 law states that where the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved, there must
always be someone responsible for it and, insofar as possible, a priest to celebrate Mass
there at least twice a month.

Therefore, based on the pastoral council’s obligation to foster fiscal responsibility, and
that there are no current plans to schedule a weekly Mass in either the St. Salome or St.
Thomas the Apostle buildings, the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Pastoral Council
recommends that the Most Holy Eucharist be removed from both St. Salome and St.
Thomas the Apostle churches. Consensus was reached by the council regarding this recommendation

Rochester Chesterton Society Conference

September 28th, 2011, Promulgated by Monk

The Rochester NY Chesterton Society is hosting its 8th annual conference this Saturday Oct. 1st at St. John Fisher College (Murphy Hall – Coleman Chapel) 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The following speakers will present:
Joseph Pearce, noted author
Dale Ahlquist, Am. Chesterton Society
Dr. Tom Martin, Philosophy, Univ. Nebraska
Kevin O’Brien, Theater of the Word, Inc.

Donation is $10 (Students free). Lunch is available.
This event is enlightening, entertaining, and sure to refresh your spirits! Come for part or all of the

Chesterton Conference - Sat Oct 1st

Prayers and Father Baker

September 5th, 2011, Promulgated by Monk

I suppose many readers of this blog have visited or at least heard of the Basilica of Our Lady of Victory in Lackawana (Buffalo), NY. It was built by Father Nelson Baker. The Basilica is the crowning jewel of the “City of Charity” that Father Baker established in Lackawana. Father Baker has recently been declared a Servant of God by Pope Benedict, the first step towards sainthood. I recently visited Our Lady of Victory. The Basilica is beautiful to say the least. It speaks of God and the heavenly kingdom. If you have never visited, do so! There is also a small museum dedicated to Father Baker’s life in the basement of the Basilica. I saw something there that left a huge impression on me, even more, I believe, than the beautiful Basilica. It was the simple prayer notebooks that Father Baker always carried with him whereby he would write the names of whomever he was asked to pray for by the people he met during the day. Father Baker would write the name of the person in his notebook and later that evening, he would check-off each name after he had prayed for that person. This practice is a great example of the importance, obligation, and seriousness of praying for each other. It made me aware of how lacking my own prayers are for my fellow man, for our Bishop, priests, family, friends, the sick, the lonely, our enemies, the list can go on and fill a few notebooks for sure!  Dear God, may your priestly servant, Father Baker, one day be declared a Saint of your Church. Father Baker, please pray for us!  To learn more about Father Baker click Here

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Corpus Christi

June 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Monk

Eucharistic Martyr - Rev George Weinmann - St. Philip Neri Church - 1967

Celebrating in Irondequoit?

June 11th, 2011, Promulgated by Monk

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Irondequoit is “celebrating” its one year anniversary with a “birthday party” on Pentecost Sunday. Father Tanck wants the parish to worship together, so he has spent thousands of dollars renting a huge 1000 seat tent on the grounds of Christ the King Church complete with tables and chairs for a one-time Mass tomorrow. This is despite the fact that the parish has a 1000 seat St. Thomas the Apostle church that sits empty simply because Fr. Tanck doesn’t want to use it! STA also has a vast convenient parking lot as compared to the deplorable parking situation at CTK. I guess the old adage is true that it is easy to spend other people’s money! Is Father Tanck celebrating the destruction of five viable parishes? Is he celebrating two unused but “open” churches? Is he celebrating the fiscal “crisis” of the parish as described in his letter to parishioners? Or maybe he is celebrating the 1500 + parishioners that have disappeared in less than a year? In a few weeks the parish will lose two of its priests, Fr. Leone and Fr. Horan with no announced replacements. The parish is over $100,000 short of its CMA goal. Regarding Pentecost, Fr. Tanck stated in the parish bulletin “It is the same Spirit that fell upon us and formed us into a new community of disciples a year ago when we became Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish.” A “spirit” sure fell upon Irondequoit a year ago but I am not sure it was the Holy one!

Fr. Tanck's Tent

St Thomas the Apostle Church (1000 seats) Fr. Tanck refuses to hold weekend Masses

Change you can believe in?

April 19th, 2011, Promulgated by Monk

Welcome to the new “vibrant” parish of Irondequoit! This Holy Week Fr Tanck invites parishioners to gas up their cars and travel around town to all the various services. To help parishioners find their way around town, a handy map and directions are provided in this week’s bulletin! The parish priests must have gotten tired of moving from church to church so now all the parishioners can have their turn at driving all around town too! The poor parishioners, however, will have to contend with driving in the dark, struggling to find a parking space, and a packed pew (if they are lucky). This is the wonderful change that Fr. Tanck promised them?

Irondequoit Driving Instructions

Let’s build a parish in Irondequoit

March 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Monk

After demolishing five parishes in Irondequoit, Fr. Tanck wants to build a new one. He destroyed parish communities and relationships that took decades to build. How insulting to the Catholic community of Irondequoit! “Join the construction crew.” Ya right.

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Crisis in Irondequoit

February 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Monk

In just the first few months of operation, Fr. Tanck has declared a financial crisis with his newly created parish in Irondequoit (see his letter to parishioners below).
Irondequoit parishioners were promised a “strong, new, vibrant” parish but in reality they are left with a destabilized faith community that will continue to see more downsizing and decline (and lost souls) in the years to come. Fr. Tanck and the IPPG committee ignored their own finance committee recommendations. The IPPG finance committee had analyzed every parish combination scenario in terms of financial viability. The scenarios that included St. Thomas the Apostle were always determined to be the most financially sound. However, the DoR and their proxy Fr. Tanck were determined to dismantle the orthodox parish of STA because it didn’t go along with their liberal agenda. Fr. Tanck is facing a CMA shortfall of over $100,000 and declining weekly contributions. It is fair to say that there are many unhappy Catholics in Irondequoit! Unfortunately, they will have to continue to deal with the painful reality of these decisions for years to come.

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Vatican Rules 3 Massachusetts Churches May Remain Open

February 15th, 2011, Promulgated by Monk

The Boston Herald is reporting today that the Vatican has ruled “that three western Massachusetts churches closed by the Springfield Diocese should remain open, parishioners learned today, including one that parishioners have occupied in protest for two years.” The article goes on to state, “With similar rulings on churches in the Allentown Diocese in Pennsylvania, the Massachusetts decisions could signal a new Vatican policy that makes it tougher for local bishops to close and sell church buildings, said Peter Borre of the Council of Parishes, a group formed to fight church closings….The principal item in the job description of the bishop is the salvation of souls,” Borre said. “And you do not achieve that by destroying the presence of the Catholic church in a diocese.”

Maybe there is hope for the DoR parishes under siege by our Bishop.

The full article can be read here:

Reminder – Mass tomorrow at St. Thomas the Apostle

January 21st, 2011, Promulgated by Monk

This is just a reminder that Fr. Leone will be celebrating Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle tomorrow (Sat), January 22, at 4:30 PM. The Mass will fulfill your Sunday obligation. It is a Mass for Life hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Msgr Richard K. Burns chapter. If you can make it, please support this beleaguered parish with your attendance.

Christmas at St. Thomas the Apostle

December 29th, 2010, Promulgated by Monk

As Irondequoit Catholics were encouraged not to attend Christmas vigil Masses this year because of overcrowding concerns at their remaining worship sites, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, the largest church in the diocese was left empty. How sad, that Jesus was left to be alone in the tabernacle of His beautiful house. Loyal parishioners however decorated the Church for Christmas to honor the baby Jesus on His birthday. This once vibrant orthodox parish, filled to capacity on oh so many Christmas’s pasts, filled with the sounds of joyous Christmas carols, was silently empty this Christmas!

St. Thomas the Apostle - Christmas 2010

St. Thomas the Apostle - Christmas 2010

The three wise men find baby Jesus at St. Thomas the Apostle

….A reminder that the sacristy doors of St. Thomas Church are open for visits Monday thru Friday from 8:15 am to 6:45 pm. The rosary and other prayers are said Monday thru Friday at 8:15 am and 6:00 pm and Saturday 8:45 am and Sunday 6:00 pm.

Holy Cross Parish – Standing during the Consecration?

December 5th, 2010, Promulgated by Monk

It has been reported that Mass attendees at Holy Cross this weekend were told to stand from the Holy Holy Holy through Communion (including the Consecration). What is going in this parish? How can it be proper to stand for the Consecration? Why such a sudden change in the rubrics at this parish? Are they trying to chase away all the STA parishioners attending their weekend liturgies now?

Addendum, December 6th: We have been informed that parishioners were accidentally instructed to stand during the consecration at the noon Mass by a retired assisting priest. Standing during the concescration is not a new policy at Holy Cross, and will not likely happen again. The request to stand was meant to be after the Great Amen, per the discretion of Bishop Clark, and not during the consecration.

Even our protestant neighbors have accommodation…..

November 24th, 2010, Promulgated by Monk

for their traditional-minded members. But Fr. Tanck has eliminated traditional worship at St. Thomas the Apostle and the Irondequoit Catholic community. We now must all be subjected to his gong show style of worship.

Fr. Tanck’s Legacy…..

November 21st, 2010, Promulgated by Monk

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish - Sunday morning Nov 21, 2010

Saintly Challenge – Answers

October 3rd, 2010, Promulgated by Monk

OK, folks the following are the Saints pictured in the mural posted previously. No one got them all correct but I am still going to enjoy a loaf of Monk’s raisin bread this week!

Bottom Row (l to r): St. John Neuman, St. Padre Pio, Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Theresa Benedicta

Middle Row (l to r): St. Katherine Drexel, Blessed Miguel Pro, St. Gemma Galgan, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha,

Top Row (l to r): St. Therese of Liseux, St. Charles Lwanga, St. Maria Faustina

Note: St. Charles Lwanga was one of the Uganda Martyrs. His relics are enshrined in the altar of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Irondequoit.

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A Party in Irondequoit

September 30th, 2010, Promulgated by Monk

Fr. Tanck’s hand-picked Irondequoit Transition Committee is busy planning the final chapter of St. Thomas the Apostle’s parish life. The final Sunday Mass will be November 14th followed by a “reception.” I heard someone say that it is analogous to family members planning the euthanization of their grandma (against her will), standing around her bed while it is carried out and then all going out and having a party! How can one participate in this injustice?.
Fr. Tanck assured concerned St. Thomas parishioners that the transition team would be different than the IPPG committee and they would have equal representation as the other parishes – two members from each parish. St. Thomas was under represented on the IPPG committee with only one member (a hand-picked parishioner leading the charge for some strange reason to close STA). So the two members Fr. Tanck picked for the transition committee were #1 – He told Fr. Tanck he would not be available for meetings for the entire month of August. Fr. Tanck said “no problem, welcome aboard.” August was the month that most of the committee’s decisions were made. #2 – A St. Thomas parishioner that spends half the year out-of-town. She stood in front of fellow distraught parishioners at the recent listening session and proclaimed what a “terrific” decision it was to close the parish – one she worked at for over 20 years! The insensitivity towards her fellow parishioners was astounding! So much for Fr. Tanck’s assurances…..this entire process has been nothing but a sham with Fr. Tanck having no authority to effectively close St. Thomas the Apostle (or St. Salome) by eliminating their Masses. Shame on him.
Fr. Tanck’s transition committee can plan HIS party but STA parishioners aren’t going to dance on Msgr. Burn’s grave!