Latin Mass community to move locations - Catholic Courier
Regularly scheduled Masses will resume at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Irondequoit Nov. 30 when the Latin Mass community moves to the church. Regularly scheduled Masses were last held at the church in 2010. Regularly scheduled Masses will resume at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Irondequoit Nov. 30 when the Latin Mass community moves to the church. Regularly scheduled Masses were last held at the church in 2010.

Latin Mass community to move locations

The Latin Mass community will move to St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Irondequoit from its current home Sunday afternoons at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Rochester, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano announced in a letter dated Nov. 1.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, a part of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Irondequoit, ceased offering regularly scheduled Masses in 2010. Beginning Nov. 30, Masses will be offered in Latin in the extraordinary form at 11:15 a.m. Sunday and in English in the ordinary form at 9 a.m. Masses also will be offered on holy days.

Father Dennis M. Bonsignore will offer both the ordinary form and the extraordinary form of the Mass.

According to a question-and-answer letter from the diocese about the move, the change will provide the Latin Mass community with a more spacious environment for fellowship and a more convenient time for Mass than is currently available at St. Stanislaus Kostka, where the extraordinary form of Mass is celebrated on Sunday afternoons.

The St. Thomas the Apostle facility will be leased to the Latin Mass community, and the new initiative will cost the community about $200,000 a year.

“This initiative will need to be sustained through the generosity of time, talent and treasure offered by the faithful attending these two Masses,” Bishop Matano wrote in his letter.

Bishop Matano thanked St. Stanislaus for its gracious welcome of the community. He noted that the administration of St. Thomas the Apostle Church would remain with St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish.

According to the question-and-answer sheet, Father Bonsignore will remain the priest chaplain for Monroe Community Hospital, and provisions are being made to ensure the continuation of the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass at the hospital with Fathers Jack Healy and Joseph Demaio being principal celebrants of Mass.

Bishop Matano announced he would celebrate Mass at the hospital at 11 a.m. Dec. 24; Mass at 9 a.m. Dec. 25 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, and to preside in choro — in choir dress — at the 11:15 a.m. Mass; the Solemnity of the Epiphany at Mass at 10 a.m. Jan. 4 at Christ the King Church, which also is part of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish; and the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord at Mass at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at St. Stanislaus Kostka.

“I sincerely hope that in the true spirit of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, the Sacrament of Unity, this pastoral outreach will strengthen the Catholic community in Irondequoit,” Bishop Matano said.

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