Vigano to lead Catholic Solemn Mass in Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Olympic Center

The Lake Placid Olympic Center Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States for the Roman Catholic Church will be in Lake Placid at the end of this month to lead a special mass.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, will preside at a diocesan Solemn Mass for the Year of Faith set for Sept. 29 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.

“The Diocese of Ogdensburg is honored that Archbishop Carlos Maria Vigano has accepted our invitation to preside at our Solemn Eucharist marking the Year of Faith at the Olympic Arena in Lake Placid,” Bishop Terry R. LaValley, who will serve as homilist for the Mass, which will begin at 2:30 p.m., said.

LaValley said that Vigano is the direct representative to Pope Francis and the Vatican.

“As the Apostolic Nuncio, he is the personal representative of His Holiness Pope Francis to the faithful of our nation,” LaValley said. “His presence among us is a wonderful reminder of the close communion that exists between the Successor of St. Peter and the Diocese of Ogdensburg. It is a great privilege to welcome him to northern New York State.”

LaValley said that they are expecting about 2,000 Catholics from across the Diocese of Ogdensburg to attend.

To help celebrate the event, Father Scott Seymour, pastor in Morrisonville and Treadwells Mill, is organizing a diocesan choir of 300 voices to lead music for the liturgy.

“This is a solemn Mass marking the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization,” Bishop LaValley said. “This celebration will be a significant event in the life and history of our diocese.”

In order to help as many people come to hear from the Apostolic Nuncio as possible, the diocese will be arranging bus transportation to Lake Placid from communities across the diocese. Registration may be made through parishes.

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