Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Saint Thomas the Apostle

Veteran’s Day is a special day for many Americans, but it’s also a day people spend doing projects, attending parties, or seeing family. I left the house to get some yard supplies and drove past my old church, St. Thomas the Apostle. I saw two women landscaping around the statue of the Virgin Mary on the North side of the church. I stopped and talked to tell them how nice it looked and we began talking. We soon realized we knew many of the same people, and we had attended this church simultaneously in the past. Joan Burns has been a parishioner since the church was built in 1962 and her daughter Judy Burns went to elementary school there. As we continued talking she told me that the church is on a list to be closed by the Diocese of Rochester. Even though I no longer attend this church I have many good memories from my days growing up there. I was in Boy Scouts, we had huge church cook outs, and I went through all my catholic duties including Confirmation, First Communion, and Sunday school. I guess I’m not much of a Catholic these days, but It would really be shame to see this great Irondequoit landmark close its doors. I snapped some quick shots to show just how beautiful the church and grounds are. The people shown working are strictly volunteers who spend their own money and time to care for special areas of the grounds.

People can send a letter to Bishop Mathew Clark opposing this order:
Bishop Matthew Clark
1150 Buffalo Road
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 328-3210

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