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



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! 



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. 

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. 

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. 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:

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

Always check the return email  address before responding.



Holy Cross 9:00 AM Sunday Morning Video Series

in the Parish Center THIS Sunday, June 4 - The Church - Acts of the Apostles - Part 3A

NEXT Sunday, June 11 - The Church - Acts of the Apostles - Part 3B


Knights of Columbus Drive-Thru Chicken BBQ

NEXT Sunday, June 11, 4:00 PM until all is gone Parking lot of Our Mother of Sorrows.

Knights of Columbus Council 3892 will host a chicken barbecue. This will be drive-thru ONLY. We will be taking pre-orders which are highly encouraged to insure you get a meal.

To place your order, call or text Dick Dixon at 629-1916 and leave your name and the number of meals you wish to reserve. The cost is $12 and the meal includes:

  • Half a chicken
  • Macaroni salad
  • Baked beans
  • Corn bread

Come and get a great meal for a great price!


Investiture of All Current Altar Servers NEXT Weekend, June 10/11 at both churches

We are renaming our altar server group “The Blessed Grimaoldo Santamaria League” in honor of Blessed Grimoaldo Santamaria who was a dedicated altar server and devout in his faith. 

We will have an investiture of all our current servers NEXT weekend, June 10/11 at all Masses. Please pray to Blessed Grimoaldo for our servers, that they will serve the Mass with the faith and spirit that he did.


Praying the Rosary with Bishop Matano

Bishop Matano generously created a special Rosary Crusade service at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Tiesday, May 30. There were about 150 Rosary Crusaders and others. We received numerous appreciative comments for this very special service honoring Our Lady and the Rosary Crusade cause. Our pastor and clergy celebrated this event as well!
Thank you all for keeping our Rosary Crusade alive and growing building our army Praying the Rosary!


On Saturday, May 27, Donna Petrella, Lay Parish Minister, organized a CPR Training Class for the Community of Our Mother Of Sorrows and Holy Cross Parishioners in the parish hall of Our Mother of Sorrows. A wonderful fireman, Sean Beiter, from the North Greece Fire Department was our instructor. During our almost 2-hour class, 15 parishioners learned how to perform CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver on adults and infants, as well as, other helpful first aid procedures. If you are interested in attending CPR training, Donna is willing to organize another training class, if the North Greece Fire  Department can return in the Fall. See more photos...


Bible Study Continues Tuesdays, 12:30 PM in the parish Center

There is no guide book for this session. Please bring a bible with you. We will be studying the book of Isaiah and interweave this with the continuation of the Eucharist, as well as weekly Mass readings. All are welcome!


Mass Books Open NOW for April through August, 2023.

The Stipend for a Mass Intention is $10.


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.


Click here.

Pastoral Planning Task Force Page


From the Desk of the Lay Parish Minister

I would like to give our community an example of what it means to “Build a Bridge to Christ” between both our parishes.

Nicky McGrath, our Parish Secretary, is on Sabbatical until July. We asked four amazing ladies, two from each parish, if they would volunteer from April to July to cover our two offices on Mondays & Wednesdays, once or twice a week to assist while Nicky is away. Sheila Metzer and Jeanne-Marie Jongen  are volunteering on Mondays to cover the Holy Cross Office and Mary Donlon and Mary Ellen Van Buren are volunteering to cover Wednesdays at Our Mother of Sorrows Office. Not only did they agreed to cover on Mondays & Wednesdays, but they are coming in extra days during the week to complete the various duties. The volunteers work collaboratively to serve the needs of our parishioners. They know the importance of working together for the good of our parishes. They come to our staff meetings and converse and shared ideas with everyone. They are all going above and beyond, “Building a Bridge to Christ” to help our parishes. They know that we are two parishes striving to be one vibrant community. These ladies are prime examples to all of us that “Building a Bridge to Christ” can work. If we work together, we can have one great community! The best outcome—they will continue to help us!

Donna Petrella, Lay Parish Minister, HC & OMOS


Living Discipleship

Our Mother of Sorrows & Holy Cross Parishes—Edition 1, Vol. 1


Disciples: Bill and Alie Samons


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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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.


The Family Zone May 28, 2023

Blessings on the Feast of Pentecost!

Today is the day we mark the appearance of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, and the beginning of the Church! Happy Birthday!

Observe the day by enjoying cupcakes together or prepare an international meal to represent the many cultural groups that were gathered together in the first reading you will hear at Mass this weekend.

The Gospel for Pentecost ends with a focus on forgiveness, so in this edition, we talk about forgiveness and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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