Welcome to Holy Cross Church

Sunday 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM Masses at Holy Cross, 4492 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY 14612

Sunday, 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM Masses at Our Mother of Sorrows, 5000 Mt Read Blvd, Rochester, NY 14612

Monday 8:30 AM Mass at Holy Cross

Tuesday 8:00 AM Mass at Our Mother of Sorrows

Wednesday 8:00 AM Mass at Our Mother of Sorrows  

1:00 - 5:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Holy Cross

Thursday 5:30 PM Mass at Holy Cross 

Friday 8:30 Mass at Holy Cross          

1st Fridays 12:00 - 3:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at  Our Mother of Sorrows

Saturday, 8:00 AM Mass at  Our Mother of Sorrows

Saturday 4:00 PM Mass at  Our Mother of Sorrows

Saturday 5:00 PM Mass at Holy Cross

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At Holy Cross Church

Can you spend one hour with the Lord? Sign up to be a adorer for Wednesday Adoration by visiting: https://www.rotundasoftware.com/ministry/OMOS_HC or calling Donna Petrella at the office.  If you are already in our MSP system, you can simply add “Adoration” to your ministry profile.

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Reminder:

The Rosary is recited every Tuesday at 7:30 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. At Holy Cross Church, the Rosary is recited every Thursday at 9:15 AM in the Parish Center and at every Sunday at 7:30 AM in church. Join us! 

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NEW Missals Available

We have purchased missals for use during the weekend liturgies. Please take only ONE per family and bring it with you each time you attend Mass. Please do not leave them in the pews.

If you would like to help defray the costs of this purchase, we are gratefully accepting $3 donations that you can simply drop in the collection basket.

Click LIVE Streaming to view Masses LIVE.

To follow the readings:

Copy and paste the letters: https://bible.usccb.org/ or scan the QR code from the screen. This takes you to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops web site which will have all the Daily/Weekend Readings. You will then be able to follow the readings along with the Live Streaming Mass. 

Click below to see previously recorded Masses. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/holycrossrochester?reload=9 

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Reconciliation

Saturdays, 2:30 -3:30 PM at Our Mother of Sorrows AND 3:30 PM until 4:30 PM at Holy Cross

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Our Church is Open for Private Prayer

Wednesdays from 1:00 until 5:00 PM 

We certainly ask anyone who is sick/not feeling well that you not come to church in an effort to avoid the possibility of making others sick. You will enter through the North door of church or the Parish Center doors (the other doors will remain locked). There is hand sanitizer available when you enter and everyone is asked to use it upon entering. Let each of us remember this time is set aside for private prayer and to be respectful of each other, we ask that there be no socializing in church—just social distancing. 

 

A friendly reminder:

Please DO NOT respond to any email supposedly from me asking for gift cards or money.

Fr Wiliam G. Coffas

Please do not respond to any requests like this. It is simply a scam.

ALSO Please note: the message below was recently sent out but is not from Fr. Coffas:

Hello.
Let Me Know When You Are Not Busy Via Email. 
Best Regards.....
Fr. William Coffas
Pastor

Always check the return email  address before responding.

 

Mass Books Open for January - May 2024

The Stipend for a Mass Intention is $10.

Procedure

Includes Instructions for Offerings for the Bread & Wine, and Sanctuary Candle

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Where are We Now?

In review, the Mission of the Revival is to renew the Church by enkindling a       living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Our world is hurting. We all need healing, yet many of us are separated from the very source of our strength. Jesus Christ invites us to return to the source and summit of our faith in the celebration of the Eucharist.

The Vision of the Revival is to restore understanding and devotion to this great mystery by helping us renew our worship of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and inspire Catholics across the US who are healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist—and who are then sent out on mission “for the life of the world.”

We have just completed the Year of Diocesan Revival from June, 2022, thru June, 2023. During this Diocesan year, events were offered throughout our diocese to encourage the faithful to grow in their understanding and devotion to Christ in the Eucharist. 

We now begin the Parish Level of the Revival

As we began the Parish Level of the Revival on The Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, and continuing through July 17, 2024, we will foster Eucharistic devotion, strengthening our liturgical life through faithful celebration of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, resources, preaching, and organic movement of the Holy Spirit. We ask everyone to please join in prayer for the renewal and healing of the United States as we answer this historic call to revival. 

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Calendar and Upcoming Events

Parish Life is how we define fellowship at Holy Cross. It’s the many opportunities to share and enjoy God’s gifts of friendship and fun with other who share the same Christian values.

 

Pastoral Planning Task Force Page

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Please Pray for Our Pope 

Let us pray.

Almighty and Eternal God,

You are the everlasting health of those who believe in You.

Hear our prayers for Your servant, Pope Francis,

for whom we implore the aid of Your tender mercy.

Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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Parish Offices OPEN

Every Monday at Holy Cross, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Every Wednesday at Our Mother of Sorrows, 9:00 AM  until 3:00 PM

Calls will be returned within five business days. Thank you.

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@Holy Cross Church of Charlotte, Rochester New York
 
 
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Invite Someone to Join Us at Holy Cross or Our Mother of Sorrows

JESUS tells us to go and make disciples of all people; to seek out the lost sheep; to spread the“Good News” of the Gospel message.

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Check out the articles on our News page.

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We are encouraging everyone to always pick up a bulletin AND to subscribe to Flocknote.

What is Flocknote?

A great communication tool. 

Subscribe today to receive notices and reminders, on your phone or in your email, about many of the activities taking place at Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows parishes. 

You can stop notifications at anytime. See how to stay connected below.

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Victims of sexual abuse should always report to the civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, contact our Victim Assistance

Coor: Deborah A. Housel, 585-328-7177, x1555; Toll-free: 1-800-388-7177, x1555 or by e-mail to victimassitance@dor.org

Safe Environment Policy

Online Training for Adults

For more information, visit 

https://www.dor.org/safe-environment/office-of-safe-environment/

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Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

Lord Jesus, born under the bombs of Kyiv, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, dead in the arms of a mother in Kharkiv, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, in the 20-year-olds sent to the frontline, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, who continues to see hands armed with weapons under the shadow of the cross, forgive us, Lord.

Forgive us if, not content with the nails with which we pierced your hand, we continue to drink from the blood of the dead torn apart by weapons.

Forgive us if these hands that you had created to protect have been turned into instruments of death.

Forgive us, Lord, if we continue to kill our brother. Forgive us, Lord, if we continue to kill our brother, if we continue like Cain to take the stones from our field to kill Abel.

Forgive us if we go out of our way to justify cruelty, if, in our pain, we legitimize the cruelty of our actions. Forgive us the war, Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, we implore you to stop the hand of Cain, enlighten our conscience, let not our will be done, do not abandon us to our own doing.       

Stop us, Lord, stop us, and when you have stopped the hand of Cain, take care of him also. He is our brother.

O Lord, stop the violence. Stop us, Lord. Amen.

Composed by Archbishop Domenico Battaglia of Naples . Recited by Pope Francis at his weekly general audience, March 16.

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Prayer for Vocations

Lord Jesus Christ, shepherd of souls, who called the apostles to be fishers of men, raise up new apostles in your holy Church. Teach them that to serve you is to reign: to possess you is to possess all things. Kindle in the hearts of our young people the fire of zeal for souls. Make them eager to spread your kingdom upon the earth. Grant them the courage to follow you, who are the Way, the Truth and the Life, who live and reign for evert and ever.  Amen

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Prayer for Our Faith Community

God Our Father,

Your Son, Jesus Christ, is “the way, the truth and the life” and His Holy Cross is the bridge of Mercy.

Help us, your servants to build a bridge of nourishment to the hungry, a bridge of comfort to the suffering, a bridge of welcome to the lonely, a bridge of collaboration to the our sister parish, and a bridge of faith to all people through Your Sacraments. For You live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Our Mother of Sorrows pray for us. +

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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Update

Diocesan News Release Nov 3, 2022

Letter to the Faithful

FAQ

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 Who We Are

Holy Cross Church is a community, rich in talents, skills and gifts, and united in faith. We are a stable parish, fortunate to have a cross-section of ages including many who are second or third generation parishioners. Bring your gifts or your needs and you will find a hand to join with yours.

 

Funeral Planning

Funeral directors usually make contact with the church for funeral arrangements. Once this has happened, the families are encouraged to be involved in the planning of the liturgy. Contact Donna Petrella by calling the parish office at 585-663-2244.

Learn about Pre-Planning and Cremation

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Honor a Loved One

If you would like to donate a flower arrangement for the altar in memory of your loved one, please order the flower arrangement, and email Donna Petrella with your telephone number, so she can add flower intention into the weekend prayers of the faithful. There will be one flower intention per weekend.

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Prayerful, Practical and Personal Grief Support

Session begins on Saturday, August 5 at 1:00 PM.

St. Theodore’s Church, 168 Spencerport Rd. in Gates

Grieving with Great HOPE is a six-week grief support workshop series that offers a prayerful, practical and personal approach for anyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one. If you have lost a spouse, a child (including pregnancy loss), a grandchild, a parent, another family member, or a friend - you are encouraged to attend. The program is free and all are welcome to attend.

Please contact St. Theodore’s parish office at 429-6811 for more information and/or to register.

 

 

 

 

The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)