Welcome to Holy Cross Church

The Lift elevator is inspected and now fully operational!

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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.

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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.

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  • 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. 

OR

  • No Social Distancing:

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

At HC the main body of the Church

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Reconciliation

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

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Proper Mask Wearing & COVID-19 CDC Screening Questions

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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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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. 

 

Sunday Video Series Continues Sunday, Oct 24

Session 7: The Holy Spirit & the Life of Grace

Join us Sundays in the Holy Cross Parish Center at 9:10 AM to view a new 30-minute episode of Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained video series each week.

Session 8: Why do I Need the Church? The Mystery of the Catholic Church

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Adsumus, Sancte Spiritus

Prayer of invocation to the Holy Spirit for an ecclesial assembly of governance or discernment (thus synodal)

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.

Click here to learn more....

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Are You Thinking About the Catholic Faith?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process where you can experience and immerse yourself in the Catholic faith community. It is an opportunity for questions to be answered, for sharing with others who find themselves asking similar questions, and for learning about the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. The process offers an environment of support and guidance as you discover how God is working in your life.

Is this process for you? Do you have a friend or neighbor who may be interested? If so, please call Mary Jo DiNoto, at the Parish Office (663-2244 x104). For both HC & OMOS.

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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

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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.

 

SCAM ALERT!

Please do NOT respond to a text message from Fr Bill asking for help. This is NOT him. Always check the phone number or email address before you respond to anything.

Please join Fr Bill in praying for the person who is doing this.

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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

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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. +

The Family Zone Oct 17, 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.

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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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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/

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 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.

 

Grieving with Great Hope

Continues THIS Wednesday, October 27 and continues through November 17,  2:00-4:00 PM in Holy Cross Parish Center

The Zoom offering will gather weekly on Wednesdays from October 20 through November 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.       

Enroll by calling the contact below or completing the enrollment forms which may be dropped off at the parish offices. Enrollment  is limited. 

Please contact Ann Marie Lagonegro at 269-9456 to discuss and/or to enroll.

 

 

Visit our gallery to see a few photos of our 2021 First Communicants.

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 Mary.toot@dor.org or call 663-8000, ext. 3

Faith Formation (Religious Education) Registration form

First Communion Registration

Reconciliation Registration 

Confirmation 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 Religious Education or another Faith Formation program.   
  • Children do not prepare for the Sacraments in their Catholic School classroom or in Religious Education. Sacrament preparation 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 Eucharist (also known as First Communion).  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 second year. Formation continues throughout the two-years by attending religion classes at Catholic School or being enrolled in Holy Cross Religious Education.

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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.

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 Tuesday, October 19, HC is at 12.06% of Goal with 72 households participating.

Brought to You by the CMA 

The CMA supports me as a parish staff member on a daily basis. They provide training & knowledge in the areas of  accounting, human resources, insurance, property maintenance, legal & IT. 

Gina Hill, Business Manager, HC and OMOS

Reminders:

  • 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.)

 

Knights of Columbus Buffalo Bills Ticket Raffle!

Odds of winning are great as only 200 tickets will be sold!

Winner Receives 2 Pepsi Club tickets* for the Monday Night football game, Bills vs. Patriots on December 6 at 8:15 PM in Buffalo.

Winner will be drawn live on Sunday, November 14 during halftime of the Bills vs Jets game at the Bills Watch Party in the Holy Cross Parish Center. Free hots, hamburgers and snacks provided. Questions? Contact Tommy at 317-9212.

Watch for baggies with raffle ticket and pen, fill out the ticket, and drop with $20/ticket into the collection basket. Available until we are sold out.  *Retails value of tickets are $900 each.

 

Holy Cross Food Pantry

Now Open EVERY Thursday of the month

Our Holy Cross Food Pantry has seen an increase in the number of people seeking assistance.

Prayerfully consider continuing with contributions to keep our Pantry stocked. 

Peace and Blessings,

Your Holy Cross Social Ministry Committee

Items needed at this time:

Instant Oatmeal/Cereal/Tea/Muffin Mix/Canned Tuna/Brownie or Cake Mix/Pudding Mix and Soups.

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.

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Knights of Columbus 

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.

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We are in need of ushers for all the Masses. If interested and able, please contact Mary Jo DiNoto at 663-2244 in the Parish Office or via e-mail at Mary.Jo.Dinoto@dor.org.

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We are in need of volunteers to make phone calls to  our fellow parishioners who we are missing. If interested and able, please contact Mary Jo DiNoto at 663-2244 in the Parish Office or via   e-mail at Mary.Jo.Dinoto@dor.org.

 

Hands of Christ Award Nominations Due

Please join us in recognizing our wonderful High School Seniors who belong to our parish. Do you know a high school senior who meets the criteria below?

  • Demonstrates a Christian attitude by word and example
  • Is Actively involved in the parish, school or community - either up front or behind the scenes
  • Is a positive role model to his/her peers
  • Is a practicing Roman Catholic in a parish in our Diocese

They will receive, from Bishop Matano, their recognition plaque containing the words of St Teresa of Avila:

“Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours...”

Please return your nomination to the Parish Office by Monday, November 1, contact Donna Jacobi via            Donna.Jacobi@dor.org or by phone at 261-5552.

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Friday, October 29, 3:30 AM

OMOS Parish Hall & Meeting Room

To learn more, contact Lily Hubbel at lily.hubbel@gmail.com OR Stephanie Hubbel at Stephanie.Hubbel@dor.org (585) 663-5432 Ext 18.

*Financial assistance is available if needed

 

The Family Zone Oct 17, 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.

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Calling All Altar Servers!

Holy Cross church is looking for Altar Servers. If you are in 4th grade or higher and would like to server as an Altar Server, please call Mary Jo DiNoto at 585-663-2244 x104.  Fr Martuscello will be training and mentoring the servers, as he does at OMOS.

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Faith Formation

Register Now for 2021-2022            Religious Education at Holy Cross

We will have an At-Home Religious Ed program for the Fall semester.

For those who have registered, we will have two days Saturday, October 2 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM and Sunday, October 3 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the parking lot of Holy Cross School main entrance, to pick-up your child’s materials.

Please return your registration forms ASAP! Thank you!  Any questions or problems with pick-up dates, please email mary.toot@dor.org or call the Faith Formation office at 663-8000, ext. 3.

Please follow the links below to learn more about your options in teaching your children about the Catholic Faith and to register for 2020-2021!

Letter to Holy Cross Families

Religious Education Registration form for 2021-2022

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.