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  1. Jim
    September 2, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    Will you be going to Epiphany Ukrainian Church on Carter Street too?

    • Chris
      September 3, 2013 @ 10:36 am

      Hi Jim!

      We don’t know too much about it, but we did drive by it to check it out that day. It’s been added to our list of ‘Research These Places”. Funny how everytime we check off one place, two more get added!

  2. Susan
    September 2, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    I am used to hearing that about our church, “It’s a rare treat to see it on a tour”, to which I always exclaimed – “We have two services a week, ALL ARE WELCOME!!”
    Thank you for this”tour” I see its beautiful, gleaming gold crosses every day, the unique architecture adds to our town’s appeal. Your picture of the Matryoshka dolls is fantastic. What a lovely quest you’ve been taking us on.

    • Chris
      September 3, 2013 @ 10:43 am

      So glad a member of the parish landed on this! Glad you enjoyed it Susan.

      While I love the idea that ‘all are welcome’ for mass, tours give a great way to provide outreach and awareness that attending a mass wouldn’t. Many places of worship are nearly museums, and even set aside from the religious beliefs themselves, are often interesting to people. We’ve found that tours are a great way to introduce someone who might be put off by attending a religious service to the concepts and beliefs, and exposing people to a culture they might not be aware of. We’ve attended masses where we’ve been in a sea of people and felt a little lost, a smaller group interaction is a great way for congregations to connect with the outlying community. In fact–that’s why we do this blog, and we’re really glad to have you as a reader!

  3. Eleanor Celentani
    September 4, 2013 @ 1:11 am

    Good for you two for persevering!! These pictures are beautiful and the article very interesting. Thanks for the history lesson – most enjoyable.

    • Chris
      January 3, 2014 @ 10:54 am

      Thanks Eleanor!!

  4. Walter Wirlo
    May 24, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

    You are referring to Ukraine as “the Ukraine” in your text about the history of St. Josaphat. It is not actually correct. It is simply Ukraine. You don’t say the England or the France or the Poland. One would say “I am going to Ukraine”, not ” I am going to the Ukraine.”

    Nice article, but as Father Phil has said, you can come anytime on Sunday during mass and see the interior of the church.

  5. Gretchen Young-Zeh
    October 20, 2017 @ 10:24 pm

    This is interesting as my Great Grandparents were founding members of the church along with other organizations of the Ukrainian community. The church on 349 Remington Street was St. Josaphat Ukrainian Greek Catholic. I have a book, “Historical Documentary of the Ukrainian Community of Rochester, NY” written by James D. Bratush in the 1960s. I have tried to figure out when it changed but newer documents aren’t easily found. I called the church several years ago but she didn’t know much.

    • Chris Clemens
      October 20, 2017 @ 11:05 pm

      Hi Gretchen,

      You might also try the Rochester Historical Society for information like you’re seeking. You will probably have a better chance of getting a response at least. Hope you’re able to find out more!

  6. bill st. clair
    March 19, 2018 @ 9:51 am

    sorry, I have no comments. I would like some help if possible. I have taken st. josaphat as my patron saint. can you give me any advice on getting an icon of him, if one exists. thank you for any advice you can give me.

    the church is beautiful.