Rochester churches schedule closing Masses - Catholic Courier

Rochester churches schedule closing Masses

ROCHESTER — Closing Masses for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Holy Redeemer/St. Francis Xavier churches will be celebrated at the beginning of October.

Both of the Masses will be bilingual liturgies, according to information provided by Father Vincent Panepinto, pastor of Our Lady of the Americas Parish, which comprises Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Holy Redeemer/St. Francis Xavier and Corpus Christi churches.

It was announced in July that the parish would consolidate at Corpus Christi Church, with the closing of churches at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Holy Redeemer/St. Francis Xavier. Many of the statues and sacred objects that had been located in the closing churches now have been moved to Corpus Christi, which was founded on East Main Street in 1888.

Father Panepinto wrote in the Sept. 14 parish bulletin that he hopes the closing Masses will represent the blending of three worship communities into one.

"What was is not destroyed, resting in the graves, but rather transformed and living a new life," he wrote. "This reflects the eternal hope of a Christian people and the transformation process is our future."

The Mass for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, which was constructed in 1909 to serve Italian immigrants, will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at 60 Woodward St.

The Mass for Holy Redeemer/St. Francis Xavier will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at 300 Bay St. According to parish records, St. Francis Xavier was founded in 1888 to serve the German population in the Bay Street area, and Holy Redeemer had been serving the same ethnic population since 1867 in the Hudson and Clifford avenue neighborhoods. The parishes merged in 1985 at the St. Francis Xavier building.

For more information about the closing Masses, call 585-325-2424.

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