The St. Kateri Tekakwitha Committee of St. Lucy’s Church
432 Gifford Street, Syracuse, NY 13204
We are currently recruiting new members, Native and non-Native to ensure the continuation of the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Committee.
(Pronounced Gah-day-lee Day-gah-gwee-dah)
These are a few of the activities that we participate in whenever possible:
- Make home visits to the sick and needy upon request.
- Visit and send cards to those who are hospitalized.
- Assist the needy and refer them to the necessary resources/agencies when needed.
- Pray for the sick, lonely, needy and troubled.
- Sing Native hymns upon request at wakes and funerals. New members will be taught these Native hymns using phonetics during song practice at meetings.
- We celebrate St. Kateri’s Feast Day every April with a Memorial Mass in Mohawk phonetics and English followed by a feast/reception in the dining facility in the basement of St. Lucy’s Church.
- We celebrate the Fallen Leaves Mass the first Saturday in November each year that honors the deceased family and friends of Natives and non-Natives with a Memorial Mass in Mohawk phonetics and English followed by a full feast in the dining facility in the basement of St. Lucy’s Church.
- We are also seeking volunteers to help us with these feasts.
You can ask any St. Kateri Tekakwitha member or call either St Lucy’s at 315-475-7273 or the Executive Director Beth Kazel @ 315-481-2232. You can also contact Emily Stewart the Executive Assistant at 315-299-7871.
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Fallen Leaves Mass and Feast
November 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM
St. Lucy’s Church
432 Gifford Street
Syracuse, NY 13201
This is a Native American Liturgy Mass in Mohawk and English to honor the family, friends and loved ones of Natives and non-Natives who have passed away. A tall tree, barren of leaves is chosen and placed in the church near the altar. The names of the deceased are written on tissue paper leaves in autumn colors. Very small photos can also be attached to the leaves. A $1.00 donation for each leaf is appreciated, however it is not required. These leaves are then hung on the tree until it is completely covered transforming the once barren tree into a beautiful blaze of color. Because there are over 3000 names, the reading of the names to a soft drum beat will begin approximately 2 1/2 hours before the Mass (1:30 PM). Each name is also placed into a Memorial Booklet that is handed out with a copy of the Mass Booklet to everyone who attends. After the Mass, a Feast, that is an extension of our Mass, is held in the basement dining facility of St. Lucy’s Church. Depending on the number of people expected, some of our “Feasts” are held in the auditorium across the street from the church. There is no charge for this Feast but donations are always appreciated.
For more information, contact St. Lucy’s Church at 315-475-7273.
Our committee is blessed with a 1st Class Relic of St. Kateri Tekekwitha. This Relic will be made available after the Mass for anyone seeking intercessions through the Relic.
The Chapel is located in the room off to the right of the main altar.
The Committee will be sharing the Sacred Smoke Blessing that consists of a pleasant smelling cleansing smoke (in minimal amounts) from a mixture of Sweetgrass, Sage and Cedar that is fanned with feathers to carry our prayers to the Creator.
We hope you can join us for this very special Memorial Mass and Feast .
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