PASTOR.. Fr. William G. Coffas, the son of William and Carol Coffas, grew up in Irondequoit and was a member of St. Ambrose Parish, now Peace of Christ. He has three sisters. He graduated from Eastridge High School in 1990 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, with a minor in Marketing, from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1994.
My name is Fr. Joseph Martuscello and I am the Parochial Vicar at Holy Cross parish and Our Mother of Sorrows parish. I majored in philosophy, receiving my undergraduate degree at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. I received my priestly formation as a seminarian at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts. I was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ on June 13, 2020.
DEACON. Deacon Joe is a native Rochesterian who met his wife Natalie at their home parish St Andrew’s church in Rochester. They have two children, Joseph married to Jacqui, and Nicholas, along with two grandchildren, Xavier and Vincent. Deacon Joe was ordained May 21, 2005 and his first assignment was at Holy Name of Jesus.
PASTORAL ADMIN. Mary Jo has been in Ministry since 2004. She began as Youth Minister, became a Pastor Minister then a Pastoral Associate, getting her education at St. Bernard School of Theology. In 2015 Mary Jo and her husband, Mike, moved from Webster, where she lived since 1991.
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. Thomas J. (T.J.) Verzillo grew up in West Irondequoit and is a product of the Catholic School system. As an elementary school student, he attended St. Thomas Apostle School and is a 1994 graduate of the Aquinas Institute. In his home parish of St. Kateri Tekawitha parish in Irondequoit, NY, he served on the Pastoral Council and acted as the liaison for the Parish Finance Council.
FAITH FORMATION DIRECTOR. Amanuel Malik, a native of Eritrea, emigrated to the United States in 1995. The oldest of seven siblings, he has dedicated most of his adult life for Christian and human formation of young adults in higher education setting. Prior to his most recent roles as a college educator, Amanuel directed the Faith Formation and Youth Ministry programs of Most Precious Blood Church, St. Boniface Church, St. Bridget’s Church, St. Andrew’s Church, and St. Helen Church.
DIRECTOR of LITURGICAL MUSIC at HOLY CROSS and OUR MOTHER OF SORROWS Dr. Beata Golec has served as a music minister at the parishes of the Diocese of Rochester since 2003.
Beata enjoys working with adults and youth. She founded semi-annual Young Musicians’ Concerts in 2016 to provide welcoming and stressless performance opportunities for young instrumentalists and vocalists ages 5—21, to create a bridge between our Church and the surrounding neighborhood, as well as to support important community initiatives such as the BackPack Program.
PIANIST/ORGANIST at HOLY CROSS and OUR MOTHER OF SORROWS Seth is originally from Houston, TX, where he grew up in the music ministry at St. Ignatius of Loyola. He moved here to attend the University of Rochester, where he studied music and mathematics. He worked as the music director at the university’s Catholic Newman Community for three years before graduating in 2020. Currently, he is a staff accompanist for the Greece Central School District. He is thrilled to now also be working as a pianist/organist here at Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows.
Our Parish Pastoral team assists in all phases of care and ministering to our parishioners. Office Hours are from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Call 585-663-2244. Office e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org