St. Kateri Tekakwitha – Latin Mass Community

St Thomas the Apostle Church | Rochester, NY

Mass & Confession

Coronavirus Updates Fall 2020

October 19, 2020: Visitors to St. Thomas the Apostle Church can familiarize themselves with our temporary covid procedures by reading this guide ahead of time. Hard copies are available in the entrance foyer.

June 29, 2020: During the suspension of the Sunday Mass obligation, Masses will be recorded for those who do not attend in person. It may take 24 hours for postings to appear; thank you for your patience. See the archive of recorded Masses here.

October 25, 2020 – 9AM English Mass

October 25, 2020 – 11:15AM Latin Mass

Prayer to St. Joseph: Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of Mary, grant, we beseech thee, thy paternal protection, through the Heart of Jesus Christ. O thou saint whose infinite power is extended to all our needs, rendering for us possible that which is impossible, look upon the concerns of they children with they fatherly countenance. In the troubles and sorrows that afflict us, we have confident recourse to thee. Deign to take under thy loving protection this important and difficult endeavor, the cause of our worries, and dispose its success to the glory of God and to the benefit of His faithful servants. Amen.

Spiritual Communion (Raphael Cardinal Merry del Val): At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself, and I offer Thee the repentance of my contrite heart, which is humbled in its nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my heart offers Thee. While waiting for the happiness of sacramental Communion, I wish to possess Thee in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to Thee! May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. Amen

Weekly Mass Schedule

June 21, 2020 -Public Masses resumed on Sunday June 21. Please use the south (parking lot) entrance. Diocesan policy requires that everyone over the age of two must wear a face covering in church. If you are ill or cannot wear a mask, please refrain from attending. The Sunday obligation remains suspended until further notice.

9:00 AM (In the Ordinary Form of the Mass – English)
11:15 AM (In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass – Latin)

“The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the Sacrifice, dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the altar. If you wish to hear Mass as it should be heard, you must follow with eye, heart and mouth all that happens at the altar. Further, you must pray with the priest the holy words said by him in the Name of Christ and which Christ says by him. You have to associate your heart with the holy feelings which are contained in these words and in this manner you ought to follow all that happens at the altar. When acting in this way, you have prayed Holy Mass.” – St Pope Pius X



Weekly Confession Schedule

July 19, 2020 – Fr. Helfrich has returned to his regular schedule, hearing confessions before and after the Sunday 11:15am Mass. Please use the south (parking lot) entrance. Father will hear confessions in the north (Colebrook) foyer of the Church. Special procedures are in place for cleaning and social distancing. The line forms near the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton shrine where 6-foot markers have been applied to the floor. Diocesan policy requires that everyone over the age of two must wear a face covering in church.


“A soul does not benefit from the sacrament of confession if it is not humble. Pride keeps it in darkness. The soul neither knows how, nor is it willing, to probe with precision the depths of its own misery. It puts on a mask and avoids everything that might bring it recovery.” -Saint Faustina

“Be brave and try to detach your heart from worldly things. Do your utmost to banish darkness from your mind and come to understand what true, selfless piety is. Through confession, endeavor to purify your heart of anything which may still taint it. Enliven your faith, which is essential to understand and achieve piety.” -Saint John Bosco

For Eucharistic Adoration and Daily Rosary, as well as our Monthly Calendar, click here. Please note these activities are suspended as of March 2020 until further notice.



The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano
Ninth Bishop of Rochester

Bishop Matano was named Prelate of Honor by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II in 1985, and received recognition from the Holy Father again in 1993 when he was named Prothonotary Apostolic.

His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Bishop Matano as the Bishop Designate of Rochester on Nov. 6, 2013. He was installed as the Ninth Bishop of Rochester at a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester on the afternoon of Friday, January 3, 2014.

We would encourage you to learn more about his excellency through his biography available on the Diocese of Rochester’s website.


An excerpt from a letter from His Excellency regarding the Mass at St Thomas the Apostle:

The celebration of Holy Mass in the extraordinary form has been made available to the faithful of the Diocese of Rochester on a regular basis following the Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II, given as a “Motu Proprio”, on July 2, 1988.  This Mass has been celebrated on Sunday afternoon at Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church in Rochester.  Saint Stanislaus parishioners have very graciously welcomed those attending the extraodinary form of the Mass and for this I am most grateful to Father Roman Caly, the Pastor, and the entire faith community at Saint Stanislaus.

However, since those attending Mass in the extraordinary form has remained a significant, enduring number of persons, consideration has been given to scheduling the Mass at a more opportune time on Sunday mornings.  Saint Thomas the Apostle Church in Irondequoit, New York, a member church of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, under the pastoral supervision of Father Paul F. English, C.S.B., was recognized as being able to accommodate the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form on Sunday mornings at 11:15 AM.  In addition, Holy Mass also will be offered at 9:00 AM in the ordinary form of the Mass and the extraordinary form of the Mass

To read the Bishop’s entire letter click here.

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4536 St Paul Blvd
Rochester, NY

On the corner of St Paul Blvd. and Colebrook Dr. in Irondequoit

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