Saturday, November 4, 2017
Chanting of Names Begins at 1:30 PM
Mass will be at 4:00 PM
Feast follows the Mass
St. Lucy’s Church
432 Gifford Street
Syracuse, NY 13204 315-475-7273
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 of 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 3,000 names, the chanting 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. The Mass Booklet contains responses in Mohawk Phonetics and English so everyone can participate. A Feast (gratis) that is an extension of the Mass follows in the church basement.
Please click on the Fallen Leaves Memorial Tree link for more detailed information.
In order for your names to be entered into this years Memorial Booklet, they must be received by October 8, 2017. Any names received after that date will still be placed on a leaf and chanted at this Mass.
Names will be collected in the back of St. Lucy’s Church on the following dates: Saturday, Sept. 16 @ 5:00 PM Mass, Sunday, Sept. 17@ 9:00 AM Mass; Saturday, Sept. 23 @ 5:00 PM Mass, Sunday, Sept. 24@- 9:00 AM Mass; Saturday, Oct. 7@ 5:00 PM Mass, Sunday, Oct. 8 @ 9:00 AM Mass
If you are unable to make it to the church on those dates, you can mail your list of names to Pat Whyland, 303 Melrose Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13219. If including a donation, please use check or money order made payable to the St. Kateri Committee. If you are out of town or out of state and cannot attend this Mass, we will be happy to mail a copy of the Memorial Booklet to you. This is dependent on availability after the Mass.
Our committee is blessed with a 1st Class Relic of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. This Relic will be made available with a committee member in the St. Kateri Chapel 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 St. Kateri Tekakwitha Committee asks that everyone who attends the Mass and Feast bring donations of a different kind to the Church with you. The “Food Pantry” at St. Lucy’s Church is in need of cleaning supplies and personal hygiene supplies instead of food items. If you shop a “two for one” sale, you could donate one of the items. Also, there are supplies that can be purchased at the Dollar Stores. Pampers & other baby supplies, Laundry soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, Lysol, shampoo, body soap, women’s feminine hygiene products, etc. cannot be purchased with food stamps thereby making it difficult for those in need to obtain these items.
Your donations can be dropped off in the back of the church.
Your generosity is sincerely appreciated. Thank you.
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