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WE NEED YOU! We Need an Additional $66,354 in order to meet our $200,000 campaign goal.

You can also give online at the following secure link:

Please remember that 100% of all donations will be used to support the needed projects.

If we reach our goal of $200,000, a generous parishioner will write us a check for $25,000!

We would like to receive all payments in hand by Sunday, September 15 so we can pay our contractors in a timely manner.

Kindly complete the Lift High the Cross campaign donor card found in the pews and drop it in the collection basket or mail it to the church office. Projects will not proceed without the money in hand.

9 more households returned their pledges to the parish.

This takes us to 329 households and $122,496. Another $11,150 is coming for a pledged total of $133,646.

Thank you for supporting this project!

Discovering Christ

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of life, or asked yourself, what is my purpose or just felt like you would like to get to know Jesus better? Well, we have the answer for you.

Join us for this exciting new 7-session series where we gather to share a delicious dinner, listen to a dynamic teaching, and explore answers to some of the most important questions worth asking about God and finding ultimate purpose in life.

Tuesday evenings, September 24 – November 12, 6:00-8:30 PM
Full Day Retreat, Saturday, Oct 26, 9:00 AM -3:00 PM

St. John the Evangelist Church Parish Center, Ridge Rd.
Dinner and program offered at no cost. Seating is limited.
For more information on this course, visit or call 613-5445

To register visit our website at

Women's Retreat

Friday through Sunday, September 27-29, 2019

Notre Dame Retreat House, 5151 Foster Rd, Canandaigua, NY

This year’s Retreat Topic: “Our Spiritual Journey”
Share in the journey this year. Hear stories from scripture which offer words of encouragement. Walk, pray and talk with Jesus as you journey through the retreat weekend. 
For more information on the retreat, please contact RoseMary Speranza at 730-4978.

Around the Diocese

40 Days for Life
Fall 2019 Rochester Campaign

Do you think you can do more to end the scourge of abortion? One of the most proven, effective means to decrease abortion is 40 Days for Life.
Since its inception, over 16,000 babies have been saved from abortion!
Take part in the Rochester Fall 40 Days for Life Rochester
Campaign from September 25 through November 3.
Through prayer and fasting embrace human life and promote the end of abortion. Volunteer to pray with your friends, in a peaceful vigil, outside of Planned Parenthood at 114 University Avenue.
Visit for info and to sign up for prayer vigil times. For more info, contact Rick Paoletti at or 489-9555.

Stand Out for Life
Peaceful Public Witness and Prayer to End Abortion
September 28, 9 – 10:30 AM – Rosary from 9-9:30 AM
114 University Ave
Featured Speaker: Pastor Gary & Joan Pfeiffer

Un-Busy – Stressed Out? No Time for Soul Care?
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Mercy Spirituality Center, 65 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620.
Join us at 9:15 AM for coffee and chill time if you like. Enjoy an opportunity for slowing down, re-centering and breaking free of the burden of doing.
Facilitator: Rev. Kevin Hershey. Fee: $50 (Lunch included).
To register, call 585-473-6893 or register on-line at

Rosary Coast to Coast

Sunday, October 13th at 3:00 PM in Church

The time is now to call upon God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, to heal our country and return it to holiness.

Please join us as Holy Cross Church prays the rosary in unison with the faithful from across America.

Please spread the word about the event!

Volunteer & Ministry Opportunities

Volunteers Needed to Clean the Sanctuary & Sacristy, and also to lead the Committee

We have had 5 volunteers need to resign and so we are hoping you may be able to help! We work in small teams on Saturday mornings after the 8:00 AM Mass. Tasks include tidying the sanctuary and sacristy, cleaning and refilling the holy water fonts, and other small duties. A Leader of this Committee would be asked to create the schedule for the coming year (August 2019 through August 2020) and to make sure each participant receives a schedule and contact information for other members of the committee.

If interested, please call the Parish Office at 663-2244.

Music Ministry Musings

Dear Friends,
If you’re like me, you’re still trying to soak up the last sun-drenched, blue-sky days of summer. However, a sure sign of fall’s imminent arrival is thereturn of the Holy Cross choirs at the weekend Masses!

As the “managing minister” of the Contemporary Music Ensemble, I’m grateful for ourfaithful members who are back this season – Melanie, Carol, RoseAnn, Mackenzie, Shannon, Dennis, Elisa, Maureen, Paul, and of course, our HC Music Director/Pianist, Alessio. We say goodbye for now to Marilyn and Scott who were with us for a combined decade, as they felt it was time for a break from the demanding ministry schedule. We wish them peace and blessings.

I recently read a wonderful article about why we sing at church, “We Sing to Remind Ourselves That We Are Together,” by Kate Williams. Here is an excerpt from the article in which she speaks of the transformative combination of melody and community:

“We sing though the world gives us lots of reasons not to, in joy, and through pain…somehow even the simple melody of “Amazing Grace” transports us – carries us through holy memories of birth to death on a breath of hope as we proclaim, ‘When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun / we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’ve first begun.” Sometimes those melodies are the only things that carry us through those moments. They’re the only ways we hear God: through the strength of a community that carries us… And you taught me that melody, Church, I learned it here. There is great privilege and great responsibility in holding a book [hymnal] that has had the power to communicate transformative signs of hope to a weary world.”

May we all be inspired to lift our voices in one great chorus,

Janis Reed

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