Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester

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The Sacred Heart Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral in Rochester, New York, USA. The recently renovated cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Rochester and seat of the diocesan bishop, as well as home to a parish community. The present parish is known as the Cathedral Community at The Sacred Heart Cathedral.
The parish was founded in 1911. The cornerstone for the present church was laid in 1925 and the church completed in 1927. Originally serving as diocesan parish, the church became a full cathedral in 1952.
An extensive and controversial $11 million renovation of the cathedral was completed in 2005. According to the diocese, the renovation was undertaken not only for structural and aesthetic purposes but also to bring the cathedral into line with church regulations and norms for cathedral design. The renovation was supervised by Father Richard S. Vosko, a liturgical design consultant and priest of the Diocese of Albany who has overseen the redesign and renovation of numerous churches and cathedrals around the country.
Apart from structural repairs and improvements, the renovation comprised moving the altar from the front of the church to the center in order to foster a feeling of participation, removing a large statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus hung on the wall in the sanctuary and replacing it with a new organ (the choir will now stand where the old altar was; fully visible), placing a new immersion baptismal font in the main aisle of the church so the community can share in baptisms, removing the pews and replacing them with padded chairs so as to allow flexible seating for public events and moving the tabernacle out of the sanctuary to a side chapel.
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  • We recently attended a family wedding held in Sacred Heart Cathedral. What a beautiful church. The celing and stained glass windows are spectacular, and the organ is beautiful as church. Local folks m...  more »
  • I love this cur h. It is beautiful and has a choir that just takes you away with praise and thanks. The mass here is touching. The priest is thoughtful on his homily. The church itself is spectacular.  more »
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  • It used to be much more beautiful before they tried modernizing it. The took out the pews and put in a big pool sized baptizimal font. It is still nice. Worth a visit for mass.
  • My mother grew up in this church. The day she died (6-24-19) i stopped in with my daughter to say a prayer and found the cathedral to be locked all around. A nice worker asked me what I needed and I explained my reason for being there. He let us right in and stayed back. It was so beautiful with the empty church and just my daughter and I. We yelled "I love you grandma"! The echos made me break down in tears. I am not a particularly spiritual guy but in that moment...i sure felt close to something. My recommendation for this place clearly is for the kindness of one man at the right place at the right time with a good heart. I think his name was steve but am not 100%. Thank you!!!!
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