TUCKAHOE, N.Y. -- The Church of the Assumption rolled out the red carpet last weekend for Archbishop Timothy Dolan to celebrate the churchs 100th anniversary.
"It is a great honor and privilege for the Archbishop to celebrate with us," said Father Rasser.
But it was Dolan who said he was obliged to be included in the church's celebration.
"I am grateful to be here with you," Dolan told the packed church on Saturday. "And I am grateful to you for 100 years of service. And I am grateful to God."
Rasser, who commemorated the mass with Dolan, said the church was built by Italian immigrants who worked at one of three stone quarries in Tuckahoe in 1911.
"This was a church that welcomed immigrants, that was a home for people who were new here," Rasser said. "We remain that kind of church, serving a Latino population who are the present day immigrants to this country."
Dolan entered the church and greeted parishioners in his path. He made a special stop to greet Monsignor Francis Oliverio, who is ill and confined to a wheelchair.
Dolan noted how stone from the quarries in Tuckahoe was used to build St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The mass was part of a weekend-long celebration that included a feast to celebrate the life of Padre Pio. There were fireworks, headlining entertainers and an awe inspiring light show.
On Sunday, the statue of St. Padre Pio was returned in a procession back to Assumption Church.
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