Welcome to Holy Cross Church

Purchase Your Own Missalette

Our Advent Missalettes will be coming soon. If you would like to purchase your own for $3.00, please contact Mary Jo DiNoto in the parish office at 663-2244.

Leave your name and phone number and she will contact you with directions for a hands-free pick up.

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Parish Center is Being Used for Overflow Seating during the 5:00 PM and 10:00 AM Weekend Masses

If you wish to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist on the weekend, but feel you won’t be able to socially distance yourself properly, we have provided overflow seating in our Parish Center for our weekend Masses. There is a TV in the room that runs our live streaming.  

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Contact Tracing Mass Card

Beginning the weekend, August 1/2, you are asked to complete a Contact Tracing Mass Card found in the bulletin. The information on this card will be very helpful in the event the parish needs to notify you should a circumstance arise associated with Covid-19. 

Please, only one card is needed for those in the same household and you only need to complete the card once; NOT every week. The card asks you to indicate the Mass(es) you attend, and provide your name, and both your telephone number and e-mail address. 

Please complete and place in the collection basket. We  appreciate your help so that we may do all we can in the best interest of everyone’s health and safety should the need arise. Thank you.

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There are regulations we MUST follow in accordance with the CDC and Bishop Matano.  Please see the list below.

  1. Masks MUST be worn in church at all times
  2. Social Distancing MUST be followed
  3. There will be no use of books or missalettes; readings, psalm, Gloria and Creed will be published in the bulletin for your use and take home
  4. We can only allow 25% of our capacity or 100 to 125 people in the church proper; there will be overflow seating in the Parish Center where Mass will be streamed live
  5. There will be no singing with the exception of a cantor for the entrance and recessional hymns; all Mass parts will be spoken

Learn More...

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The quality of our LIVE-Streaming of Masses has been greatly improved. Please join us again online. This is a great way to remain connected to Holy Cross. 

Click LIVE Streaming to view Masses LIVE.

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Click below to see previously recorded Masses. 

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

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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. 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. 

Please NOTE: Holy Cross is NO longer holding Eucharistic Adoration on Saturdays at 8:00 AM.

We are bringing back the 8:00 AM Mass at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. All are welcome!

Still open for Confession at 3:30 PM on Saturdays.

 

Pet Blessing

Saturday, October 3 at 12:00 PM on the Convent Lawn in front of the Grotto

Please bring your family pet(s) and join us! Deacon Joe will be blessing the animals in honor of St. Francis.

Please remember to wear a mask (over your nose and mouth) and remain socially distant from others.

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The Family Zone is an interactive newsletter that has live links to YouTube videos and webpages. It takes parents directly to online sites they can use, themselves, to be the primary formators of their children's faith. 

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Coming Soon! 

Our 2021 Mass Intention book will open October 13, 2020 for January through April 2021 Masses.

Please watch for new guidelines regarding Mass Intentions. Our goal is to accommodate as many parishioners as possible by making these necessary changes.

Thank you for your patience and working with us to honor our loved ones who have gone before us.

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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.

 

Letter to the Faithful and FAQ regarding Chapter 11 and Reorganization

Statement from Bishop Matano regarding the death of Mr. Daniel Prude and renewing the plea for Prayer and Peace

Our phones are still open so you are able to call and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.  All calls should be to the Parish Office 585-663-2244 for quickest response. 

Our e-mails are still available and we will do our best to answer you as quickly as possible.  However, it is with sadness that I share, with such closings as school and office, we have had to furlough some employees.  Please pray for all affected by this pandemic in one way or another. 

May God Bless you and keep you and your families safe and healthy. Peace.

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.

Rite of Christian Initiantion for Adults

Life is filled with invitations! Sometimes these can lead us to totally unexpected experiences. So, we would like to offer you an invitation that may lead you to a life of peace, faith and hope.

Are You Thinking About the Catholic Faith? If so, please call Mary Jo DiNoto, at the Parish Office (663-2244 x104).

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Information about Children and Sacraments

Sacraments are joyous celebrations of your child’s relationship with Jesus! We are in the process of determining the best way to prepare for Sacraments in this year of Covid Health Restrictions.

If your child is interested in preparing for sacraments, please complete and return the registration form below or email elizabeth.cilano@dor.org or call 663-8000, ext. 1

Faith Formation Home School Study

Reconciliation Registration

Confrmation Registration

For preparation of Sacraments:

  • Children prepare and receive sacraments at their home parish where their family is registered and attend Mass.
  • Weekly Mass attendance in-person or on-line is an essential and spiritual part of your family’s faith journey!
  • Children need to be enrolled in either a Catholic School or be enrolled in Holy Cross Home-based Religious Education or another Faith Formation program.     
  • Children do not prepare for the Sacraments in their Catholic School classroom or in Religious Education. Our plan will include:
  • Textbooks, activities, and resources for children to complete with parents, guardians, or sponsors.
  • Children 2nd grade or older may be ready to prepare for:
  • First Reconciliation (also known as First Penance) First Penance information will be available in October 2020
  • First Eucharist (also known as First Communion) Preparation for First Penance must be completed before preparing for First Eucharist.
  • Students 8th grade or older may be ready to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation: This is the beginning of a 2-year process, with immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation taking place in the spring of the 2nd Formation continues throughout the two-years by attending religion classes at Catholic School or being enrolled in Holy Cross Home-based Religious Education. Confirmation information will be available in October 2020

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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.

 

Our Food Pantry is in Need of the following:

  • Sauce
  • Mac n Cheese
  • Jelly
  • Pudding/Jello
  • Canned fruit
  • Tuna
  • Instant potatoes
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste

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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.

Why Join

All Catholic men in good standing are welcome! You do not have to be a member of Holy Cross to join but you do have to be a member of the Diocese of Rochester. Please contact Mr. Tommy Plantone at 317-9212 for more information.
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Ministry & Volunteering

Opportunities that involve prayers, professional expertise and physical labor in support of parish activities and the greater community. We ask each parishioner to pray and discern what God is asking of you. He only asks us to do what we do best in service to our parish and each other.

The Family Zone. This 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.

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Youth

We all want to feel needed and valued. Our young people have this same need. Keeping this community of believers involved is a task to which we are all called. They seek a community where their needs are met and where they feel they belong.

 

 

Holy Cross School is in need of:

Lunchtime Aides – 10:30-1:30 M-F

P/T Administrative Assistant  - 20 hours a week

P/T Art Teacher (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) 

Please contact Mr. Verzillo at tj.verzillo@dor.org or 585-663-6533 for more information

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Holy Cross School 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

Thank you to Officers Masters, Muscato and Romeo from the Rochester City Police Department for joining us. Thank you also to the 6th Grade for  representing the school. Special thanks to Father Martuscello for praying with us.

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2020-21 Reopening Plan

Reopening Plan Guiding Principle:
In every decision made throughout the planning process, the health and safety of our students, families, and staff will be our primary focus. This reopening plan has been developed using the most recent guidance for safely reopening schools in Fall 2020. This plan will be regularly updated as more information and guidance become available.

Learn More...

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Holy Cross School

Holy Cross School is a vital part of our Parish and carries out our mission to teach our young about Christ. As a Parish, we have a heritage of over a hundred years of Catholic School Education, rich in the practice of Faith and the values of Jesus.

 


MISSION STATEMENT: Our Eucharistic Community at Holy Cross welcomes all to faith in Jesus Christ and nurtures their growth, celebrates and demonstrates God’s presence in our communities, and sends forth all to serve God and each other as guided by the Holy Spirit.