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First Mass and Reception for soon-to-be Fr. Amato

Deacon Anthony Amato will be ordained a priest on Saturday, June 3, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 10 AM. His first Solemn High Latin Mass will take place at St. Thomas the Apostle on the following day, Sunday, June 4, at 11:15 AM. We pray for him as he prepares for these great days in his (and our) life. According to the current norms of the Church regarding indulgences, a plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly participate in the FIRST MASS of a newly-ordained priest. The requirements for gaining this indulgence are the performance of the indulgence work and fulfillment of three conditions:

  1. Sacramental Confession (several days preceding or following the Mass)
  2. Holy Communion (most fitting on the day of the Mass)
  3. Prayer for the Pope’s intentions (most fitting on the day of the Mass: usually the Our Father and the Hail Mary).

The gaining of a plenary indulgence presumes the person is in the state of grace and is not inwardly attached to any sin.
All are invited to a reception for Father Amato to be held on the south lawn of St. Thomas the Apostle immediately following his first Mass on June 4. Donations of baked goods or finger foods will be gratefully accepted and can be dropped off before or after the 11:15 a.m. Mass at the tables which will be set up outside the church. Please send an email to if you are planning on bringing something (you don’t have to say what) for the reception.

Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

And excerpt from Fr. Peter Mottola’s blog:

“Moses consecrated an altar to the Lord, offering upon it holocausts, and sacrificing victims: he made an evening sacrifice to the Lord God for an odor of sweetness, in the sight of the Israelites.”
—Offertory of today’s Mass

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Last week a professor at Bellarmine University in Kentucky published a provocative essay on “Thomas Merton and Liturgical Reform.” Merton, you may recall, was a Trappist monk whom Pope Francis held up last year as one of four “great Americans” alongside Dorothy Day, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Merton died in the late 1960s, so in his last years he witnessed a revolution in the way that Catholics render homage to God. Writing to a Carthusian acquaintance just five days after the Second Vatican Council published its Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Merton wrote:

“Our great danger is to throw away things that are excellent, which we do not understand, and replace them with mediocre forms which seem to us to be more meaningful [but] which in fact are only trite. I am very much afraid that when all the dust clears we will be left with no better than we deserve: a rather silly, flashy, seemingly up-to-date series of liturgical forms that have lost the dignity and the meaning of the old ones.”

It’s a striking phrase: “Our great danger is to throw away things that are excellent, which we do not understand.” My purpose this morning is not to expound upon the evils of “silly, flashy, seemingly up-to-date” liturgy: I think that for the most part I would be preaching to the choir on that subject. Rather, I want to say that Merton’s warning about the liturgy applies to all aspects of our spiritual lives. We all stand in danger of throwing away things that are excellent because we do not understand them. Of the many things we stand in danger of throwing away, I will mention three:

  • Silence,
  • Scripture, and
  • The Sanctification of the Hours of the Day.

Please read the rest here.

Easter Egg Hunt


Knights of Columbus
Monsignor Richard K. Burns #11749

10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016
St. Kateri Tekakwitha – Latin Mass Community
At St. Thomas the Apostle Church
4536 St. Paul Blvd.

All families are welcome to attend.
There will be refreshments available.
Please bring a donation for canned goods, dry goods, or toiletries to support local food cupboards.

Call Christian at 585-880-0521 with any questions.


Easter Masses And Divine Mercy Sunday 2016


Consider joining us for one of our two available Masses this coming Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, and for Divine Mercy Sunday March 7th. See the details in the accompanying flyer image.  Why not invite a friend or family member?  You could forward this right along to them and specially invite them.

“O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.” -St. John Chrysostom, Easter Homily

First Annual Lenten Soup Supper

SKT-LMC invites you to our first annual lenten soup supper in the parish center on Friday, February 12th.

Please join us for a simple supper of soup and bread with the warm company of your fellow parishioners followed by the Stations of the Cross.

Soup will be served from 6–7 pm.
Stations of the cross will be at 7:30.

In keeping with the spirit of this “Year of Mercy”, please consider donating a non-perishable food item or a personal hygiene item to share as a corporal work of mercy.

Sign up below or call Marcy Gabello, 756-6375 (h), 739-3832 (m) to reserve a space or volunteer to help.

Rev. Peter Mottola’s Father

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of the father of Fr. Peter Mottola, Harry Paschall Mottola III, who died on Saturday, January 30, in New Jersey at the age of 72.

Extraordinary Form Masses offered in Corning, NY

For those interested in attending Mass in the Extraordinary Form, First Friday Masses have been offered by Father Peter Van Lieshout in Corning NY for the past couple of months. There is a Mass this December 20th. The details can be found below and updates can be found on the LMS of Corning’s blog. Updates are posted often for this growing community. To keep up to date on their Mass times please visit

The First Friday Mass returns at its usually time and place this Friday.  A Votive Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be celebrated on Friday, 4 March 2016, at 7 PM,  at St Vincent De Paul Church, 222 Dodge Avenue in Corning, NY.  

The First Friday Mass returns at its usually time and place this Friday.  A Votive Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be celebrated on Friday, 5 February 2016, at 7 PM,  at St Vincent De Paul Church, 222 Dodge Avenue in Corning, NY. 

Mass will be a Missa Canta (Sung Mass) in the Extraordinary Form.


Epistle: Ephesians 3:8-19
Gospel:John 19:31-37


Since the first Friday in January falls on New Years Day, which in the New Calendar is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. We have had to move Mass to the following Friday, January 8th at  St Vincent De Paul Church, 222 Dodge Avenue  in Corning, NY.

The Mass in February will return to the First Friday, 5 February 2016 also at St Vincent’s.


Father Matthew Jones, will offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form also known as the Traditional Latin Mass, at St Vincent de Paul Church in Corning NY on 20 December 2015 at 4pm.  The mass will be a Missa Cantata, a sung mass, with an accompanying Schola. Come experience this timeless form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Readings for Mass:

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5;

1 Corinthians 4:1-5Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God.

Here now it is required among the dispensers, that a man be found faithful.

But to me it is a very small thing to be judged by you, or by man’s day; but neither do I judge my own self.

For I am not conscious to myself of any thing, yet am I not hereby justified; but he that judgeth me, is the Lord.

Therefore judge not before the time; until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall every man have praise from God.


Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

Luke 3:1-6 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrarch of Iturea, and the country of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilina;

Under the high priests Annas and Caiphas; the word of the Lord was made unto John, the son of Zachary, in the desert.

And he came into all the country about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of penance for the remission of sins;

As it was written in the book of the sayings of Isaias the prophet: A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

Every valley shall be filled; and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight; and the rough ways plain;

And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Online Giving Through Tithely

Online Giving is Now Available

If you are looking for an easy way to help the SKT-LMC financially, you can now give online through the Tithely service.  Tithely is an online egiving service that allows you to give one time or setup reoccurring gifts.

This is a great way to make giving to the community easier.  Please see the brochure PDF to the right on how to setup and use the service.  As always, thanks very much for your generosity.

If you would like to learn more about the service, please visit their website at

If you would like to setup your reoccurring gifts now, or make a one time offerings, please click here.



CCD classes have begun!

We continue to welcome new students to our program. There is no doubt that Bishop Matano will use the success of our CCD classes as a factor when determining our future, so please consider enrolling your children with us. We are using the Faith and Life Series in conjunction with the Baltimore Catechism to form our lessons.

Our students will master their prayers, learn how to conduct themselves properly in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the Adoration Chapel, and will be going to confession regularly as part of our classes.  One of our main goals is for our children to head off to college living their faith and being able to defend it. Please allow us to support your work at home by enrolling your children. Come to the parish center today at 10:10 or email Andy Follaco.

Faith Formation (CCD)

From the Notices:

We are excited to announce that our Faith Formation (CCD) classes will begin Sunday, September 27th in the Parish Center classrooms (upstairs) from 10:10 to 11:05 AM. In order to be fully prepared, we are asking that ALL PARENTS who expect their children to attend Faith Formation and/or Sacramental Preparation classes attend an “OPEN HOUSE” on Sunday, September 20th in the Parish Center at 10:10 AM. These parents will have an opportunity to see the classrooms, meet the staff, and gain insight into the curriculum we have been developing. Children, too, are more than welcome to attend the Open House.

If you have any questions OR if you have children to enroll in the program (there’s still time), please email our Faith Formation Coordinator, Andy Follaco, at

Our Community is most grateful that Andrew has stepped up to take on this important role in coordinating this program which is so crucial to our church family life. Please pray for him and for all the other volunteers who will be involved in “forming the faith” of our young people. Thank you!