Father Mickey McGrath serves Communion during a Mass to celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist June 24 at St. Michael Church in Rochester. Father Mickey McGrath serves Communion during a Mass to celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist June 24 at St. Michael Church in Rochester.

Patron saint celebrated

Beatrice Amtoletti holds a candle by the podium while Deacon Agenol Rodriguez reads the Gospel during a Mass to celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist June 24 at St. Michael Church in Rochester.

The feast of St. John the Baptist was celebrated June 24 at St. Michael Church in Rochester with a Mass concelebrated by Father Mickey McGrath and Father Tony Mugavero. St. John the Baptist is the patron saint of Puerto Rico. When Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1493, he named it San Juan Bautista and named the port city Puerto Rico, according to topuertorico.org. The names were later switched, and San Juan became the capitol of Puerto Rico.

Aida Ruiz sings with the choir during a Mass to celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist June 24 at St. Michael Church in Rochester.

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