Welcome to Holy Cross Church

Now ONLY Live-Streaming the 4:00 PM Mass at OMOS and the 10:00 AM Mass at HC 


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 2022-23 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, therewill also be books available during the week of November 27 when the church is open for Mass or Adoration.


2023 Sunday Missals NOW available at the entrances of both churches. Please only ONE per household.





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. 


Open to All Teenagers in High School Join us THIS Friday, December 2.

See more details here.


Christmas is coming quicker than we think! Let our Tweens & Teens get you into the Holiday Spirit. See details below under Youth.

Breakfast with Santa

THIS Saturday, December 3, 9 to 11 AM in School Cafeteria


“Remember Fr Wheeland”

THIS Weekend of Dec  3/4

Please join us in the parish center after each Mass the weekend of December 3/4 as we “Remember Fr Wheeland” and celebrate the first anniversary of his death on December 7. This special time will allow us to recall what a blessing he was to our parish family and how he touched us in so many ways with his love and dedication. His love of Holy Cross parish and the school fueled him to be the beacon of hope and our guiding light.

Over the years, Father received and collected many things, so during this weekend of remembrance, we would like to share them with you. We encourage you to stop by the parish center after Mass to browse his collections and we invite you to take a piece home with you as a reminder of him. Lighthouses, Christmas decorations, Irish stuff. All remind us of his spirit of fun and faithfulness. (Sorry, no Hess trucks!)

Refreshments will also be available, so please stop by as we remember Father Thomas Wheeland!

As Father would say: Peace be with you, my friend!


Please Sign Up to Light the Advent Wreat this Season               

There is a sign-up sheet in the Lake Ave Entrance. You may e-mail Jenny at the parish office at Jenny.Ertel@dor.org also or call 663-2244.


Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Day of Obligation Mass of Anticipation, Wednesday, December 7 at 6:30 PM at OMOS

Thursday, December 8 at 8:00 AM at OMOS, 9:00 AM School Mass at HC, and 5:30 PM at HC


Family Prayer with Jesus the High Priest for Vocations

November 6 begins National Vocations week, and that day we will also begin a Family Prayer Project. 

We are asking families to sign up to take the icon of Jesus the High Priest into their homes and to pray each day as a family for vocations, especially to the priesthood. Sign-up sheets will be available in the narthex of Our Mother of  Sorrows and in the parish center foyer at Holy Cross (look for the icon).


Holy Cross Sunday Morning Video Series in the Parish Center

NOTE: No Video NEXT Sunday, December 4

NEXT Sunday, December 11—Maccabean Revolt, Messianic Fulfillment in HC Parish Center


Decorating the Church

Please join us to decorate the Church for Christmas. We need your help. If you can come for just an hour, we can put you to work!

Decorating Saturday, Dec 10 at 12:00 Noon at HC


The Blessing of the Bambinelli

Join the Holy Father’s Tradition –NEXT Weekend, December 10/11. 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.


Mass Books Open NOW for January through April 30, 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.


Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Update

Diocesan News Release Nov 3, 2022

Letter to the Faithful



Opening for a Full-Time Pastoral Associate

Details here.


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 November 27, 2022 


Here are some questions to get kids talking and thinking about the season of Advent:
  • John the Baptist talked about preparing the way for Jesus. How am I making room for Jesus to enter my life?
  • Have I spent time focused on the real meaning of Christmas?
  • How might thinking about others help me to change my attitude this Christmas?
  • What could I do to please God during the Advent season?
  • What did it feel like for Mary and Joseph to travel such a long distance before Jesus was born? What would it feel like if my family had to travel a long way and had no place to go for shelter?

Sign up today at