Welcome to Holy Cross Church

PLEASE NOTE: the 8:00 AM Mass on Monday, January 17 is CANCELED due to the pending snow storm. Please be safe.


NEW Missals Available

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning, January 15/16, the Sunday readings will no longer be printed in the bulletin.

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. 



Due to the rise in Covid-19 infections in Monroe County,

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new mandate requiring that masks be worn in indoor public spaces,

unless a covered business has implemented a mandatory vaccination requirement. The mandate goes into effect on December 13, 2021, and will remain in effect until January 15, 2022, at which point the state will reevaluate the need for masking.

Seating arrangements have not been changed.

Thank you for your cooperation.

ALL Must wear a Mask regardless of vaccination status.

Proper Mask Wearing & COVID-19 CDC Screening Questions



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


Mass Schedule

Monday 8:00 AM Mass at HC

Tuesday 8:00 AM Mass at OMOS

Wednesday 8:00 AM Mass at OMOS    1:00 - 5:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at HC

Thursday 5:30 PM Mass at HC 

Friday 5:30 PM Mass at HC                     1st Fridays 12:00 - 3:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at OMOS

Saturday, 8:00 AM Mass at OMOS.


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. We ask that everyone be very conscious of social distancing—please stay at least 6 feet apart when in church. 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. 


ATTENTION: The 10:30 AM Funeral Mass for today, January 17, has been CANCELED due to the storm. The family is considering options for rescheduling.

Monroe County has issued a NO UNNECESSARY TRAVEL ADVISORY until further notice.


Symbolon Part II Video Series Continues

Join us for Catholic Fellowship to grow together in Living our Catholic Faith every Sunday morning at 9:00 AM in the Holy Cross Parish Center. This Sunday, January 16, we will be viewing and discussing the Symbolon video ,"Catholic Social Teaching: Build a Civilization of Love

NEXT Sunday, January 23

"Catholic Social Teaching: Protecting Human Dignity


Martin Luther King Jr Day      THIS Monday, January 17 Parish Offices are CLOSED


Upcoming Blood Drive is Critical

THIS Saturday, January 22, 8:30 AM ’til 1:30 PM in the Holy Cross Parish Center 

See details below under Children and Youth                                                  _____________________________________

Monthly Request from Holy Cross Food Pantry

During the month of February, we will be collecting Canned Chicken donations. Thank you for your generosity.

Holy Cross Social Ministry Committee


Mass Book Now Open for Intention Requests for 2022, January - April

The Stipend for a Mass Intention is $10.

New Procedure

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


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.


Dear Parish & School Community of Holy Cross,

Thank you so very much for your outpouring of love and  support for our family upon the loss of our beloved uncle,    Fr. Tom. We have been humbled and honored by your kind words and generosity.

There is no way that we can name every individual that has reached out to  us as there are so many! Please know how much we appreciate all of you!

Fr. Tom loved being a priest at Holy Cross so much and adored Holy Cross School. He fought the good fight in everything he did, and we are so proud of him.

Thank you again for helping us through the wake, Funeral Mass, and Burial, and for welcoming us to your beautiful church. Thank you as well to everyone involved in the prayer service and Funeral Mass!

Most Sincerely,

Mary Elizabeth “Liza” Wheeland Luhmann & Family

The Family Zone January 2022 is an interactive newsletter that has live links to YouTube videos and webpages. It also includes PDFs to print out, prayers, recipes, ways to get physically moving, and creative crafts. It takes parents directly to online sites they can use, themselves, to be the primary formators of their children’s faith. The Family Zone also includes links for parents—online ways to nurture yourself with prayer time at your convenience.


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.


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

Q & A re: Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows parishes

Safe Environment Policy

CASE Volunteer Policy

Sept 2021 Additions

Online Training for Adults

For more information, visit https://www.dor.org/safe/


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


Prayer for Our Cluster

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. +


 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 Mary Jo DiNoto by calling the parish office at 585-663-2244.





Visit our gallery to see a few photos of our 2021 First Communicants.

Information about Children and Sacraments

Please complete a registration form for each child in your family and return to Mary Toot either by e-mail or through regular mail.

Thank you,

Amanuel Malik Amanuel.Malik@dor.org & Donna Jacobi Donna.Jacobi@dor.org

Faith Formation (Religious Education) Registration form

First Communion Registration

Reconciliation Registration 

Confirmation Registration 


Sacrament Preparation

God is actually present among us; we can see Him, hear Him, touch Him, and communicate with Him...in the Sacraments. A major responsibility of Holy Cross Church is to guide all parishioners with their preparation to receive a sacrament for the first time.

Online Giving Benefits

Online Giving: Is easy, convenient and safe. Allows you to give any amount, anytime from any device with Internet access. Puts all offerings at your fingertips to print receipts and track pledges.

New/Updated 2nd Collections for Online Giving at Holy Cross

The new “Holy Improvements” collection replaces the “Debt Reduction” collection and funds on-going maintenance of our buildings. The “Food Pantry” collection at Holy Cross takes place quarterly and enables our volunteers to supplement donated food to maintain a sufficient store of food to meet the needs of our neighbors in need. Please review/update your Recurring Online Giving on our website.

Online or Envelopes

We thank you for your continued generosity through the use of your envelopes or online giving. Your support makes it possible for Holy Cross to share the Gospel and meet weekly expenses.

Thank you for sharing your Treasure with us!

Wills/Bequests/Memorials—Please Remember Our Mother of Sorrows and Holy Cross Parish & School


As of Tuesday, January 11, HC is at 89.19% of Goal with 329 households participating.

At HC we are close to goal. Thank you to the 329 HC parishioners who have contributed. I truly believe we can complete this campaign soon. I will be making a second gift to the HC CMA campaign in loving memory of Fr. Wheeland, who gave his life in generous service to the Diocese of Rochester. If you can join me in making an additional gift, I know we can reach the CMA goal and then both of our CMA campaigns will be completed.    Fr. Bill Coffas

You can pledge online at https://www.dor.org/giving/cma-contribute/. Please be sure to indicate Holy Cross, parish # 008. 

*Can’t find your envelope? Find them at the back of church or you can pledge online Here.

May God reward you for your kindness and generosity and let each of us pray for the success of our efforts.  


  • Every gift helps our local Church move Forward in Faith.
  • If you have not given in the past, please consider doing so this year. 
  • Please make your gift or pledge by ASAP as you then have until May 31, 2022 to fulfill it.

  • In the memo area of your check, please indicate that your contribution goes towards the goal  of Holy Cross Church, parish # 008                           

(No gifts to the CMA are used to satisfy legal fees or settlement costs associated with abuse.)


Holy Cross Food Pantry

Now Open EVERY Thursday of the month

Donations can be left in the Parish Center Foyer or at the North entrance of church when the church is open for Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and Rosary. Thank you for your care and generosity.

Your Holy Cross Social Ministry Committee

With Gratitude to Holy Cross and Mother of Sorrows

We extend our appreciation to all who shared in giving this Christmas Season by taking tags from the Giving Tree, or donating food or gift cards for our Christmas Food Baskets. Thank you to a Parish family that donated extra gifts and to our Holy Cross Girl Scout Troup that donated stockings filled with personal care items.

Holy Cross 2nd Grade students, Youth Ministry, and students at Bishop Kearney HS donated canned goods to help keep our shelves stocked. We have also been presented with  beautiful knitted items to offer.

Our Mission is only possible due to your kindness and caring for those in need. May God Bless You.

Holy Cross Social Ministry Committee


An Invitation from the Legion of Mary for Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows

We would like to invite you to become a member of the Legion of Mary. The Legion is a Ministry of Catholic Laity who serve through prayers and works of mercy. These works include visiting the sick, homebound, nursing homes, newly baptized babies and saying the rosary with residents in nursing homes.

Pope Francis has asked us to be more aware of the spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters.

Please join us on Tuesday mornings after the 8:00 AM Mass at Our Mother of Sorrows Church or call Joan     Stanton at 663-0371 for more information.


OMOS Prayer Shawl Ministry

The prayer shawl ministry at Our Mother of Sorrows will start meeting again on the fourth Wed. of the month beginning January 26 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM in the church hall. We knit and  crochet prayer shawls/lap robes, knitted knockers for breast cancer survivors, and  winter wear that is distributed through the food cupboards.

Participants from both parishes are welcome to join us. Interested? Questions? Please call Alice at 227-5879.


Bell Choir is Returning

We are excited to announce that the Bell Choir is returning to Holy Cross! Former and new members are welcome!

We will rehearse on Mondays. Please contact our music director Beata Golec at beata.golec@dor.org or 585-201-2112 for more info.


Blessing Box is OPEN

The HC Knights of Columbus are sponsoring this blessing box located on the porch of Holy Cross rectory. Please feel free to take what you want or donate any non-perishable items. Thank you for your support!

Please spread the word to anyone in need to help themselves and then others wishing to donate non-perish-able items will be much appreciated!


Knights of Columbus 

Why You Should Become a Knight

If your interested in helping those in need, serving our parish, growing in your faith...then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you.


We are in need of ushers for all the Masses. If interested and able, please contact Mary Jo DiNoto at 663-2244 in the Parish Office or via e-mail at Mary.Jo.Dinoto@dor.org.


We are in need of volunteers to make phone calls to  our fellow parishioners who we are missing. If interested and able, please contact Mary Jo DiNoto at 663-2244 in the Parish Office or via   e-mail at Mary.Jo.Dinoto@dor.org.


SAVE THE DATE! THIS Saturday, January 22, 2022

We need your blood. Please help three of our finest high school seniors as they are working hard to inspire people to come give blood. The Red Cross supply is very low and one pint of blood saves 3 lives. Help Carter, Eli, and Jack reach their goal. See posted flyer for more information or just stop by. This is a gift that keeps on giving. Hope to see you THIS Saturday, January  22. 

Schedule your appointment by calling 261-5552 . Spread the word in your social media networks about our blood drive and the emergency need . Type O donors have a special impact in saving more patient lives . Important to know: Donors may still donate after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Knowing the name of the manufacturer is critical in determining blood donation eligibility.

All donors who come give Jan.1-31 will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exciting Super Bowl LVI getaway in LA for them and a guest!* Plus, a chance to win  a home theater package and $500 e-gift card in January.**

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the  highest standards of safety and infection control to protect  our partners, donors and staff. All individuals at blood drives must wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status.


Box of Bears

Please help our Tweens and Teens who are busy trying to fill a box in the Parish Center Foyer with NEW Teddy Bears. As a Valentine’s Day project, they are collecting these to give to police officers to give to children they may encounter. If you would like to help, please put a NEW Teddy bear or stuffed animal in a bag and place in the Teddy Bears for Valentines box. The box will be there Saturday, January 22 through Sunday, February 14 after the 10:00 AM Mass. Questions? Call Donna at 261-5552.