Church to celebrate final Mass Saturday


ROME — St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church, 133 River St., will celebrate its final Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21. The Rev. Michael Bundz, pastor, said the bishop will be present to celebrate the Mass and to give a special blessing of the altar. The Rev. Bundz is also pastor of St. Volodymyr the Great Ukrainian Catholic Church in Utica.

When River Street and the surrounding area was flooded when the Mohawk River overflowed its banks during Tropical Storm Fred back in August, the church sustained major damage. St. Michael’s was the original location of St. John’s Church, before the building was sold and became the Ukrainian Catholic Church in 1951. The Rev. Demeter Gulyn served as first pastor.

There were initial reports said the Easter Mass would be the church’s final Mass.


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