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. 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. 


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.


Mere denial is not the goal of Lent, but a conversion through prayer, fast, penance, and almsgiving. We surrender ourselves to God.

Fasting and Abstinence Regulations

Lent and Holy Week Schedule of Actvivities

USCCB Lent 2023 Calendar


Holy Cross 9:00 AM Sunday Morning Video Series

in the Parish Center THIS Sunday, March 26 - The Church - Acts of the Apostles

NEXT Sunday, April 2 - The Church - Acts of the Apostles


· Holy Cross on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM 
and Fridays following 8:30 AM Mass 
· Our Mother of Sorrows on Wednesdays following the 8 AM Mass
· St John the Evangelist Church, 
Greece on Fridays at 5:30 PM
· St Mark’s Church, Greece on Fridays 
at 7 PM (live-streamed on their Facebook page)


Pick up a Book for Your Family

Dynamic Catholic has donated a few books that are free of cost for our parishioners. Next week, April 1/2 (at both OMOS and HC), books will be available by the entrance of the church. They are first come first serve (supplies are  limited). Feel free to take 1 book for your family. We hope you enjoy these very interesting books.

“Rediscover the Saints” Discover how inviting the saints into your everyday life will open your eyes to the amazing possibilities God has in store for you!

“Holy Moments” It’s time to let Holy Moments show you what is possible. It’s time to explore your soul-potential.

“Ask Him” Who is guiding your life? How is that working out for you? Is it time for a change? Are you ready to allow God to guide you in all things? Ask Him!


We invite you to join us in prayer through Holy Cross website or Our Mother of   Sorrows Facebook if you are not yet comfortable attending in person.

NO Morning Prayer Services or Masses on Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday

Palm Sunday, April 1/2

Regular Weekend Mass Schedule

Chrism Mass, Tuesday, April 4 at Sacred Heart at 6:00 PM

Holy Thursday, April 6 Live-Steamed   

7:00 PM Mass at Holy Cross. The church will remain open for silent prayer following Mass UNTIL 10:30 PM.

Good Friday, April 15

2:30 PM Service at Our Mother of Sorrows

3:00 PM Service at Holy Cross

Holy Saturday Easter Food Blessing, April 8, at Our Mother of Sorrows at 11:00 AM                                

Easter Vigil, April 8

7:00 PM Mass at Our Mother of Sorrows

Easter Sunday, April 9

8:00 AM at Holy Cross

8:30 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows

10:00 AM at Holy Cross Live-Steamed   

11:00 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows


Blessing of Your Easter Food Baskets

SAVE THE DATE! Holy Saturday, April 8 at 11:00 AM in Church at Our Mother of Sorrows

Join us as we offer this wonderful Polish tradition that is also accepted in the Catholic Church. The food, brought in by  parishioners who want to participate, is blessed on Holy Saturday, and then becomes part of their Easter Sunday meal.

You are encouraged to bring any food you plan on having at your Easter celebration to be blessed. All are welcome!


Bible Study Began Tuesday, January 17 at 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.


Pastoral Planning Task Force Page


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

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! Invite them to upcoming Lenten Programs; the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, Holy Week Services, or Easter.


Thank you

to all who made our Combined Celebration of St Joseph at Holy Cross last weekend so beautiful!

A special thank you to each of you who so generously donated meatless dishes and the desserts, and a free-will offering of $508 to make our celebration and donation to Catholic Relief Services for the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria successful! We also wish to thank the many volunteers who helped make this year’s celebration possible.

See more photos here


The Family Zone March 19, 2023

St Joseph

While many families will be celebrating St. Patrick's feast day this weekend, our churches will often take the time to host a special celebration today for the Feast of St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. St. Joseph is remembered as a quiet carpenter whose willingness to trust in God, and lovingly care for mother Mary and Jesus, makes him the patron Saint of fathers, families and our universal Church! The Feast of St. Joseph is a solemnity, which means it is an important day in our faith. It was because of St. Joseph, that Jesus had the prophesized connection to the lineage of David. If you do not have a St. Joseph's table celebration at your parish, you'll find ideas for celebrating it at home in this edition of The Family Zone.

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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.

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!


We are encouraging everyone to always pick up a bulletin AND to subscribe to Flocknote.