Welcome to Holy Cross Church

Due to the rise in Covid-19 infections in Monroe County, Fr. Coffas is suggesting that all participants wear masks while at Mass/in Church. This is NOT a requirement, but a suggestion for all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

Seating arrangements have not been changed.

Thank you for your cooperation.


NEW 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.


  • Masks will be worn by all Ministers of Communion at the time of Communion.
  • Masks will be worn by those in the Sanctuary.

What is new 

We have two sections of seating from which people may choose. 

People select:

  • Social Distancing:

Must wear a Mask. (for non-vaccinated and vulnerable population – Keep Social Distancing.)

At HC the side chapel and Parish Center (PC) for (5:00 PM and 10:00 AM MASSES) 8:00 AM Mass PC is closed. 


  • No Social Distancing:

There is the option to wear a Mask. (for vaccinated)

At HC the main body of the Church



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


Proper Mask Wearing & COVID-19 CDC Screening Questions


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.  


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.


Click below to see previously recorded Masses. 



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. 



Symbolon Part II Video Series Continues

Our Holy Cross Stewardship Team invites you to 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, December 5, we will be viewing and discussing the Symbolon video, Walk through the Mass: Exploring the Sacred Liturgy

NEXT Sunday, December 12—Penance & Anointing of the Sick: God’s Mercy Revealed


The 2021 Blue Advent Reflection

Books are in and now available to pick up at all the Masses; One per family please. 

If you do not attend weekend Masses, there will also be books available during the week of November 28 when the church is open for Mass or Adoration.


Breakfast with Santa

See below under Children & Youth


Go Forth: Embracing Missionary Discipleship

Sunday, December 5 at Our Mother of Sorrows Church Hall with Sister Hosea Rupprecht, FSP

FREE to Attend. *FREE Lunch Provided. Offerings are accepted.

Sponsored by Our Mother of Sorrows and Holy Cross Parishes and the Knights of Columbus Council #3892 of Our Mother of Sorrows, St Charles and St. John the Evangelist.


The Blessing of the Bambinelli

Join the Holy Father’s Tradition – NEXT Weekend, December 11/12. The

Blessing of the Bambinelli is a Roman tradition, celebrated by the Pope each  year on the third Sunday of Advent. This year once again we will invite our people to bring the image of the Baby Jesus to Church on the 3rd Sunday of Advent for a blessing.


Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at Our Mother of Sorrows

Tuesday, December 21, 6:30 ‘til 7:30 PM

We will have four priests hearing confessions at OMOS. This will a time for people to stop in at their own time and celebrate the Sacrament of Penance. There will be four

priests confessors that evening. This is not a service but rather a time to approach the sacrament individually. The Church at OMOS will be dimly lit, with the Christmas Trees lights and soft advent music being played. The following priests will be available for individual confessions: Fr. Coffas, Fr. Martuscello.


Christmas Eve Masses of Anticipation

Friday, December 24                                4:00 PM* at Our Mother of Sorrows        4:00 PM* at Holy Cross Church with Bell Choir

Mass by Candlelight                               9:30 PM at Our Mother of Sorrows        12:00 PM* Midnight at Holy Cross Church

Christmas Day Masses

Saturday, December 25                        9:30 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows with Bell Choir                                                10:00 AM* at Holy Cross Church

Feast of the Holy Family Masses

Sunday, December 26                            8:00 and 10:00 AM* at Holy Cross Church 8:30* and 11:00 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows 

Solemnity of Mary Masses of Anticipation

Friday, December 31                              5:00 PM* at Our Mother of Sorrows        5:00 PM* at Holy Cross Church                  

Solemnity of Mary Masses

Saturday, January 1, 2022                    9:30 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows      10:00 AM* at Holy Cross Church

*Mass is Live-streamed

Live-stream HC Masses at holycrossrochester.org/index.php/stream

Live-stream OMOS Masses at facebook.com/Mother OfSorrows/


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.


The Family Zone Nov 28, 2021 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

Children in 2nd grade or older may prepare for the Sacraments of: 1st Reconciliation (also known as First Penance) and 1st Communion (also known as First Eucharist)

Preparation for 1st Reconciliation must be completed before beginning preparation for First Communion.

Children do not prepare for Sacraments in their Catholic School or Religious education program. Instead, the child accompanied by a parent or guardian attends Sacrament meetings held in the evenings and/or weekends. Please see HC Sacrament Meetings Calendar.

Families must choose on the registration form if you want your child to attend Sacrament meetings in person or if you want to do a fully At-Home program. Children must register by Dec. 10.

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,

Mary Toot Mary.Toot@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.

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


The 2021-22 CMA Goal for Holy Cross is $ 99,846. 

As of Friday, December 3, HC is at 64.34% of Goal with 255 households participating.

For those who have already made a pledge/donation, we are very grateful!

Please fill out your envelope*, be sure to make your check payable to: CMA and put Holy Cross, parish # 008 in the check memo and on the envelope  Return it as soon as possible.

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

*Can’t find your envelope? Find them at the back of church or you can pledge online at                                                    https://www.dor.org/giving/cma-contribute/


  • 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 early December 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.)


Decorating Church NEXT Weekend. 

Please join us to decorate the Church for Christmas. The beauty of the Church at Christmas doesn’t just happen. We need your help. If you can come for just an hour, we can put you to work!

Cleaning THIS Thursday, December 9 at 1:00 PM at HC

Decorating NEXT Sunday, Dec 12 at 11:30 AM at HC


Holy Cross Food Pantry

Now Open EVERY Thursday of the month

Holy Cross Christmas Baskets to be Delivered on Sunday, December 19

We have had a tremendous response of donated foods to be included.

If you would like to donate a turkey, please contact Jeanne Marie at 227-5124. Thank you!

Your Holy Cross Social Ministry Committee

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.


2021 Giving Tree

Tags are on a tree in the Parish Center Foyer for Shore Winds Nursing Home, Parish Families and HC School children with a return date of December 19. Please remember social distancing when approaching the tree. We appreciate your generosity.

            Your Social Ministry Committee


Bell Choir is Returning

We are excited to announce that the Bell Choir is returning to Holy Cross! Our first rehearsal will be THIS Monday, November 15 at 6:00 PM at Holy Cross Church. Former and new members are welcome!

We will rehearse on Mondays: Nov 15 and Nov 29; Tuesday, Dec 7; and Mondays: Dec 13 and Dec 20. Our first performances will be on Christmas Eve, December 24 at the 4:00 PM and Christmas Day, December 25 at 10:00 AM. Please contact our music director Beata Golec at beata.golec@dor.org or 585-201-2112 for more info.


Blessing Box is OPEN