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 



Under the guidance of medical professionals, we are asking parishioners to help us protect our most vulnerable members by respecting the following guidelines.

Masking: The wearing of face masks is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED AND RECOMMENDED, but not required for those entering church. HOWEVER, the wearing of facemasks will be REQUIRED in the sections of church designated for social distancing.

Social Distancing: The halves of church that have been marked off for social distancing will remain in place. Those seated in these areas are required to keep their mouth and nose covered the whole time that they are in church.

Hand Sanitizing: We will continue to ask all those entering church to utilize the available hand sanitizer.

Please know that we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we navigate this difficult time.

Proper Mask Wearing & COVID-19 CDC Screening Questions


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. 




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


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. 


Holy Cross Sunday Morning Video Series

Parishioners who miss a weekend video session can sign up for a free Formed.org account through our parish and watch the missed episode at their leisure.

We have gotten a bit behind. This is what will be shown on the following weekends.

THIS Sunday, September 25  The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary - https://watch.formed.org/a-bible-study-on-the-joyful-mysteries-5-part-series-1

  1. The Annunciation - September 25
  2. The Visitation - September 25

NEXT Sunday, October 2

  1. The Nativity of our Lord - October 2
  2. The Presentation in the Temple - October 2

Sunday, October 9

  1. The Finding in the Temple - October 9

FREE Mother of Sorrows/Holy Cross parishioner subscription (individual sign-up on Formed.org using the Mother of Sorrows parish is required).


Annual Pet Blessing*

NEXT Sunday, October 2 at 12:30 PM

Our Lady of Fatima Grotto at Our Mother of Sorrows *No blessing at Holy Cross

This is a correction to last weekend’s announcement. Deacon Tom will be presiding. All pets and their humans are invited!


Prayerful, Practical and Personal Grief Support

“I really enjoyed watching the videos, learning the stage  of grief, and ways to mourn. My feelings are now making sense. Great program”.    - Anna Marie

On Wednesday, Oct 5,  Fr. Bill will once again welcome the participants for our fall Grieving With Great Hope programs. Fr. Bill’s goal is that our community finds hope through their grief, as they build their bridge to Christ.  Many participants have been grateful to learn that after the first night, they “found room in their hearts to smile.” 

Program will run from Wednesday, October 5 through November 9, 2022 @ Our Mother of Sorrows, in Conference Room # 2. Interested persons may choose from one of the 2-hour sessions: 2:00 PM or 6:00 PM. The last week will end with a memorial service. All are welcome. Feel free to share this information with others and even bring someone with you.

Information and registration materials may be found in the following locations: Our Mother Of Sorrows-Narthex, Holy Cross-Parish Center entry way, St. Theodore’s Church-location as announced. 

Please contact one of the following for information and/or phone registration:

Ann Marie Lagonegro.   585-269-9456.

Ruth Tripp 585-203-7535, or

Cheryl Kingston.  585-737-5397


Opening Session: Friday, October 7

IGNITE is a new youth program for our teenagers in high school preparing for Confirmation as well as those in youth group. IGNITE is a relationship-based program, one that focuses on cultivating personal relationships with peers, but more importantly to ignite an encounter with the living God and the beginning of a life-long personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

See more details here.


Save the Date! Mark your calendar!

Rosary Coast to Coast 2022 ~ 5th Annual Event - Sunday, October 9 at 3:45 PM

at the Mother Mary Grotto behind the parish center. 

“The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Do not be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. However, Our Lady has already crushed his head.”  - Fatima Visionary

Please join us as Holy Cross Church prays the rosary in unison with the faithful from across America.                   

Please spread the word about the event! Rosary prayer starts promptly at 4:00 PM! Followed by a Reception in the Parish Center. Please bring a lawn chair and your Rosary.  


Join Our Holy Rosary Crusade

We are praying for Divine Intercession to bring peace, hope, and the renewal of faith to those at war, to those suffering famine and human injustices, and for vocations  to the priesthood, deaconate  & religious life.

Want to participate? Complete the pledge card to be a faithful Crusader to “The Holy Rosary Crusade” at Our Mother of Sorrows and Holy Cross parishes. 

 Our Army is growing and on the move!


Mass Book Opened Wednesday, July 27 for Mass Intention Requests for 2022, September through December.

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.


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.


@Holy Cross Church of Charlotte, Rochester New York

The Family Zone September 18, 2022 

We are ALL Catechists and Parents are the Most Important!

Sign up today at 


Another SCAM email is circulating. Fr Coffas will NEVER ask you to purchase gift cards for him. Please ALWAYS look at the address from which the email comes and compare to Father's email address located on the back page of the bulletin.

He also won't send you the following:

Good morning, how are you doing?I need a favor from you email Me as soon as you receive this message  

Please DO NOT respond to any email supposedly from me asking for gift crds or money.
Fr Wiliam G. Coffas


Pastoral Planning Task Force Update 7.31.22


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.

Want to share the joy and peace that you experience through your faith? Have you been wanting to invite a relative, friend, or neighbor to join you? Now is the perfect time!