Immaculate Conception/
St. Bridget’s Church

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A Roman Catholic Community of the African American Tradition

"We've Come This Far by Faith"

Mass Times

Sunday mornings 10am
Special Liturgies: Weekdays 6pm

Contact Us

445 Frederick Douglass Street Rochester, NY 14608 Office & Rectory Ph. (585) 325-3893
Office Hours 8:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

Sacraments of Reconciliation

"By Appointment"

Sacraments of Marriage

"Pre-Cana is Diocesan Requirement Arrangements should be made at least six months in advanced"

Baptism

"Please call the church office to make arrangements. New members of the parish community are most welcome. Registration cards are available in the church gathering space and church office"

History

The original parish was established in 1847 to serve the growing Irish immigrant population and the original church was a small brick building that faced Edinburgh Street and was completed in 1849. Destroyed by a devastating fire in 1864 - as many early structures were, since the water needed to fight the fires had to brought up from the river - the corner stone of the present building was laid in July 1864. The parsonage, erected in 1870, added another beautiful architectural treasure to Corn Hill. The first Immaculate Conception School - also known as the Plymouth Road School - was built in 1871 on the Edinburgh side of the Church facing Plymouth Avenue during the era of the education-minded first Catholic Bishop of Rochester, the Right Reverend Bishop Bernard McQuaid. Another school was erected in 1894 and then replaced with the present school which was built in 1926. At its height around the turn of the century, the parish boasted 4000 members with about 900 children attending the school! The parish school closed in 1975 and since 1987 the building has been leased to the University of Rochester to house the Mt. Hope Family Center. The existing capped roof topped by a stainless steel cross at one time supported a tall steeple. Struck by lightning in 1962, the 98 year old steeple had to be removed because of structural weaknesses. The church building has been renovated a number of times over the years, with the interior most recently redecorated in 1980 and 2000 and the exterior refurbished in 1990. The church, parish buildings and pristine grounds are meticulously maintained by the parish's current facilities person, Stephen St. James. The beauty of the grounds certainly adds to the grandeur of the neighborhood. Immaculate Conception Church was placed on the National Register of Monroe County Historic Buildings in 1992. Today, Immaculate Conception parish, which joined with the St. Bridget's community when their Mark Street church building closed in February of 2010, is a thriving and welcoming Roman Catholic faith community of African American tradition. Parishioners travel from across Monroe County and beyond to attend 10:00AM Sunday Mass and social hour, with few residing in the immediate neighborhood. Some of the families however, have roots in the old Clarissa Street neighborhood and attended the Immaculate Conception school. The current Immaculate Conception/St. Bridget's community is a talented and community-minded group of individuals. The parish has spirited men's, women's, and youth choir and also boasts a talented group of dancers who participate in the parish’s Dance Ministry Their dance often enhances the Sunday worship of the parish and the group has performed at many diocesan and community events, including the annual Caribbean Mass The parishioners also participate in the preparation and serving of meals at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality on the last Saturday of the month from September to June, feeding anywhere from 60-100 people each visit. The parish, which has been involved in this ministry for more than 30 years, provides the meat and potatoes for the meals. During the Christmas season, the parish families sponsor families from Eastern Service Workers Association, providing turkeys and ingredients for holiday dinners, and Christmas gifts for the children. Closer to the neighborhood, the parish has long participated in the Corn Hill Festival, staffing one of the concession stands in front of the church, cooking hot dogs and sausages to sell to the hungry festival-goers. Meet the welcoming members of this friendly community who also calls Corn Hill "Home".       Detailed History