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Reflection on our feast day at St. Thomas the Apostle church

posted Jul 1, 2015, 6:06 PM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Jul 1, 2015, 6:10 PM ]
I am still pondering the remarkable mass we had this past Saturday at St. Thomas the Apostle church. It was an incredible experience. The intimacy and beauty of the Lady chapel, located behind the main altar made for a made for a wonderful place to celebrate our ad orientem mass on the classically arranged altar.

The polyphonic mass setting of Howells inside St. Thomas made for a transcendent experience. I have never heard our volunteer choir sound so beautiful. To quote Aaron James, our music director, it was a perfect marriage of the space, the music and the liturgy.

Fr. Catania preached a beautiful sermon on martyrdom during our memorial mass of St. Alban.  

We were overjoyed that so many of the St. Thomas faithful joined us. We literally used every available chair and handed out our last pew missal. If we have the opportunity to celebrate the Ordinariate Use there again, we will have to move to the main altar.

It was a very joyous occasion. Glory to God.

Thanks to so many for making it happen - the diocese of Rochester, especially Fr. Condon, Fr. Bonsignore, all of the wonderful choir members, Fr. Catania, Steve Lewis, and the faithful of St. Thomas and St. Alban.