Parish celebrating final Mass in St. Bridget's Church - Catholic Courier
A parishioner raises his hands while worshiping at Rochester's St. Bridget's Church in this Jan. 2006 file photo. A parishioner raises his hands while worshiping at Rochester's St. Bridget's Church in this Jan. 2006 file photo.

Parish celebrating final Mass in St. Bridget’s Church

Rochester’s St. Bridget Parish will celebrate its final Mass at its 14 Mark St. location at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14.

The next weekend, the parish will relocate to Immaculate Conception Church, 445 Frederick Douglass St., Rochester, where it will celebrate Mass weekly at 12:30 p.m.

"We will be two communities, worshiping under the same roof," Father Paul Gitau, pastor of St. Bridget and Immaculate Conception, and Cheryl McKelver, president of St. Bridget’s pastoral council, said in a Feb. 1 letter to parishioners.

The two parishes will continue several ministries, including a community food cupboard and the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. Two recipients each from St. Bridget and Immaculate Conception will be honored at the Feb. 14 Mass, according to the letter.

In the letter, Father Gitau and McKelver asked parishioners to hold in their memories the celebrations at St. Bridget and parishioners who had died, those who were welcomed in baptism, and those who started new lives in marriages at the parish.

"The memories are endless," they stated in the letter. "So is the love for our Lord Jesus Christ. Through it all, St. Bridget remains faithful to sharing the good news."

St. Bridget moved in September 1997 to its Mark Street location — the former St. Theresa Church — from its original location at 175 St. Bridget’s Drive after members were unable to meet the projected repair costs for the St. Bridget’s Drive building.

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