Final Sunday Masses set in Irondequoit - Catholic Courier
Final Sunday Masses have been set for St. Salome and St. Thomas the Apostle churches in Irondequoit. Above, Father Norman Tanck celebrates Mass at St. Salome in August 2009. Final Sunday Masses have been set for St. Salome and St. Thomas the Apostle churches in Irondequoit. Above, Father Norman Tanck celebrates Mass at St. Salome in August 2009.

Final Sunday Masses set in Irondequoit

Final Sunday Masses have been set for St. Salome and St. Thomas the Apostle churches in Irondequoit, representatives of the newly formed and newly named Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Irondequoit announced at Masses Aug. 28-29 and in a letter mailed to parishioners.

St. Salome will celebrate its last regularly scheduled Sunday Mass at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at 4282 Culver Road in Irondequoit. St. Thomas the Apostle will celebrate its last regularly scheduled Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at 4536 St. Paul Blvd. in Irondequoit.

A new weekend and weekday Mass schedule is set to begin during the weekend of Sept. 25-26 and will include a new Sunday-evening Mass to reach out to special communities, including youths and young adults.

The new parish was created July 1 from five Irondequoit parishes: Christ the King, St. Cecilia, St. Margaret Mary, St. Salome and St. Thomas the Apostle. Basilian Father Norman Tanck said members of the transition team for the new parish hosted listening sessions in late August at St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Salome churches to allow parishioners to express their feelings about the transition.

"The goal was letting people say what was on their mind because just expressing that is part of the healing process," he said.

He noted that the transition team received extensive input on the new name, with parishioners submitting 400 suggestions. Six of these were then submitted to Bishop Matthew H. Clark, who chose a name honoring the first Native American to be beatified. Blessed Tekakwitha converted to Catholicism in 1676 despite strong opposition from her fellow Mohawks.

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