This week, we celebrate our two feast days. On Monday, September 14, we celebrate the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and on Tuesday, September 15, we celebrate the feast day of Our Mother of Sorrows. These days provide an opportunity for us to reflect on the meaning of our parish names and to consider how Our Loving God died for us on the Cross and provided for us his loving mother, Our Mother of Sorrows. I am so honored to serve as the pastor of our two parishes and to get to know and minister to you!
The fact that our two parishes celebrate their feast days on two consecutive days reminds us that we share a common history. The founding pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows, Fr. John Maurice (1865-1929) desired that the two mission churches that he established depict the scene on Mt. Calvary. In that familiar scene, the Holy Cross is in the center with the Sorrowful Mother on one side and the beloved disciple St. John on the other. That is why the two mission churches established from Our Mother of Sorrows are named after Holy Cross (on Lake Ave.) and St. John’s (on Ridge Road). In some churches above the sanctuary there is a rood beam. On that beam the Crucifix is in the center with Our Mother of Sorrows and St. John on either side.
All are invited to join us as we celebrate our two feast days with holy Mass at our two churches. On the feast of Holy Cross, Monday, September 14, following the 5:20 PM Mass at Holy Cross Church, we will have the veneration of the Relic of the True Cross. On the feast day of Our Mother of Sorrows, Tuesday, September 15, we will pray the Rosary by the outside grotto of Our Lady at Our Mother of Sorrows at 7:00 PM. Please bring a lawn chair and mask for this gathering. In case of rain, we will pray the Rosary in the Church.
On Tuesday, September 15, we will offer a 9:00 AM School Mass for the 6th graders of Holy Cross School which will be live-streamed for the entire school.
On another note, we have one emergency phone number for our two churches. In the case of a pastoral emergency involving death, please call our shared emergency Pastoral Care number at 585-333-0894. Please leave a message, and one of our priests will return the call as soon as possible.
May God Bless our local Church! May Mary who stood at the Holy Cross of her Son pray for us.
The Very Rev. Fr. William G. Coffas, VF, Pastor
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