St. Kateri Tekakwitha Committee’s Fallen Leaves Mass & Feast

 St. Lucy’s Church

432 Gifford Street

Syracuse, NY 13204

November 4th, 2017

Chanting of Names Will Begin at 1:30 PM

Mass is at 4:00 PM

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 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.  After the Mass, a Feast, which 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.

Please note:  During these Native Liturgies a Sacred Smoke Blessing is shared with the congregation.  This consists of a “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.  If you have asthma or other allergies that would be provoked by this smoke, please let someone know and they will try to make accommodations for you.

The St. Kateri 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 who would like intercessions through the Relic.

The Chapel is located in the room off to the right of the main altar.


St. Kateri Tekakwitha Committee Coffee Hour and Bake Sales


Committee Coffee Hours are held on the second Sunday of each month.  There is no charge for the coffee or baked goods however donations are gratefully accepted.   Bake sales are also held on the second Sunday of each month but don’t start until around September. They are held in the basement of St. Lucy’s Church following the 9:00 AM Sunday Mass. Food items include: Pies, Cakes, Muffins, Cupcakes, Cookies, and the all time favorite, Brownies.

78th National St. Kateri Tekakwitha Conference for 2017

The National Conference for 2017 will be in  Rapid City, South Dakota, July 19 – 23

Theme: Loving One Another through the Spirit of St. Kateri

Please Contact the National Conference Information Center at (318) 483-3908 or Fax: (318) 483-3909 for more information or email  You may also visit their website at


Annual St.  Kateri Tekakwitha Powwow

Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine

Auriesville, NY

July 1,  2,  3,  &  4th

This is a very family oriented “DRUG-FREE & ALCOHOL – FREE” Powwow.  Join in the fun of traditional Native American dancing, crafts and food.  Here is your opportunity to experience the taste of Buffalo Burgers, Venison Stew, and Indian tacos.  (Non-Native food also available).

Journey back in time with Tribal dancers dressed in traditional regalia as they entertain you with traditional dancing such as The Crow Hop, Sneak Up, Two Step,  and Switch dances, to name a few.  Take part in the Inter-Tribal dancing, the Veteran’s Dance, the Snake Dance and the special Children’s Candy Dance in the circle around the Sacred Fire.

At each day’s opening ceremony, we honor all Veterans with a special Honor Song and Dance.  All Veterans and family members of Veterans who have lost a relative, loved one, or friend from WWI through to the present conflicts are invited into the circle so that we may honor them for their sacrifices.

These dances allow Natives and non-Natives to come together to experience the fun and camaraderie of the powwow.

**Powwow is promoted by Robert Ross**

For more information contact Bob Ross at 607-776-6776 or                                                 E-mail:

**Sound For Powwow Is Provided by Silhouettes Co, DJ Service A Spectrum Entertainment Company**




St. Kateri Mass & Feast

April 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM
St. Lucy’s Church
432 Gifford Street
Syracuse, NY

This is a Native American Liturgy.  A Mass Booklet with responses in Mohawk Phonetics and English is available to the congregation so everyone can participate.  A Feast/Reception (gratis) which is an extension of the Mass follows in the church basement.