Welcome to Holy Cross Church

Sunday 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM Masses at HC

Sunday, 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM Masses at OMOS

Monday 8:30 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 8:30 Mass at HC                    

1st Fridays 12:00 - 3:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at OMOS

Saturday, 8:00 AM Mass at OMOS.

Saturday 4:00 PM Mass at OMOS

Saturday 5:00 PM Mass at HC



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. 


Holy Cross Sunday Morning Video Series

Parishioners who miss a weekend video session can sign up for a free Formed.org account through our parish and watch the missed episode at their leisure.

THIS Sunday, August 14 The Luminous Mysteries of the             Rosary https://watch.formed.org/luminous-mysteries

  1. The Institution of the Eucharist - August 14

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary - https://watch.formed.org/a-bible-study-on-the-glorious-mysteries

  1. The Resurrection - August 14

NEXT Sunday, August 21 The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary - https://watch.formed.org/a-bible-study-on-the-glorious-mysteries

  1. The Ascension - August 21
  2. The Descent of the Holy Spirit

FREE Mother of Sorrows/Holy Cross parishioner subscription (individual sign-up on Formed.org using the Mother of Sorrows parish is required).


THIS Weekend, July 13/14, we will welcome two Missionaries from the Diocese of Nakuru in Kenya, Africa.

Father Ogaro will speak at all weekend Masses at Our Mother of Sorrows. Father Augustin will speak at all weekend Masses at Holy Cross.

The CDN Mission Office provides funds to the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru (6,844 square miles in Kenya, Africa with a population of 666,763) to provide food for the starving, medicines for the sick, clean water and food preparation for consumption, educational facilities for
children, orphanages for street children and abandoned infants, mobile medical facilities and spiritual fulfillment.

Their 2022 priorities include:
1.Digging shallow wells to supply safe and clean water
2.Installing sanitation infrastructure systems in schools and public areas to mitigate against infections of the most vulnerable
3.Providing medicine and health education to the poor and malnourished.
4.Provide relief food, and support school feeding programof up to 500 children.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and generosity


The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary                                Masses on Monday, August 15

This year the feast is not a holy day of obligation.

Join us for one of the following Masses:

  • 8:30 AM Holy Cross  
  • 6:30 PM at Our Mother of Sorrows 


Blood Drive 

Hosted by Holy Cross High School Seniors,
Ari Nasca, Marni Williams, and Gianni Nasca
THIS Thursday, August 18
2:00 until 7:00 PM in the Parish Center
Teens: Help us set up for this Blood Drive
at 1:30 PM in the Parish Center.

Please call 1800RED CROSS (18007332767) or visit
RedCrossBlood.org, click Donate Blood in the top menu, click Find a Blood Drive under How to Donate and enter:
holycrosschurchrochester to schedule an appointment.
Maximize your blood donation. Help more patients. If you are an eligible type O, B-, or A- donor, consider making a
Power Red donation. Red blood cells are the most commonly transfused blood component.
Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your predonation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.


Join Our Holy Rosary Crusade

We are praying for Divine Intercession to bring peace, hope, and the renewal of faith to those at war, to those suffering famine and human injustices, and for vocations  to the priesthood, deaconate  & religious life.

Want to participate? Complete the pledge card to be a faithful Crusader to “The Holy Rosary Crusade” at Our Mother of Sorrows and Holy Cross parishes. 

We have 349+ members with pledges of over 4,000 decades per week!. Our Army is growing and on the move!


No Garage Sale This August

Thank you for your Understanding.


Prayer for The Eucharistic Revival 

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, nor adore, nor hope, nor love You.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly. I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended.  And, through the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of   Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of sinners.             

Our Lady of Fatima

“My flesh for the life of the world”

Learn more at https://eucharisticrevival.dor.org/

Mass Book Opened Wednesday, July 27 for Mass Intention Requests for 2022, September through December.

The Stipend for a Mass Intention is $10.

New Procedure

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.


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 August 7, 2022 

Live the Eucharist

Welcome to the summer editions of The Family Zone...a bit of faith, a bit of fun, a whole lot of FAMILY!!


Another SCAM email is circulating. Fr Coffas will NEVER ask you to purchase gift cards for him. Please ALWAYS look at the address from which the email comes and compare to Father's email address located on the back page of the bulletin.

Please DO NOT respond to any email supposedly from me asking for gift crds or money.
Fr Wiliam G. Coffas


Pastoral Planning Task Force Update 7.31.22


St Francis Food Pantry OPEN

See Our Mother of Sorrows webiste for details.


Invite Someone to Join Us at Holy Cross or Our Mother of Sorrows

JESUS tells us to go and make disciples of all people; to seek out the lost sheep; to spread the “Good News” of the Gospel message.

Want to share the joy and peace that you experience through your faith? Have you been wanting to invite a relative, friend, or neighbor to join you? Now is the perfect time!


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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

Safe Environment Policy

Online Training for Adults

For more information, visit 



Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

Lord Jesus, born under the bombs of Kyiv, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, dead in the arms of a mother in Kharkiv, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, in the 20-year-olds sent to the frontline, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, who continues to see hands armed with weapons under the shadow of the cross, forgive us, Lord.

Forgive us if, not content with the nails with which we pierced your hand, we continue to drink from the blood of the dead torn apart by weapons.

Forgive us if these hands that you had created to protect have been turned into instruments of death.

Forgive us, Lord, if we continue to kill our brother. Forgive us, Lord, if we continue to kill our brother, if we continue like Cain to take the stones from our field to kill Abel.

Forgive us if we go out of our way to justify cruelty, if, in our pain, we legitimize the cruelty of our actions. Forgive us the war, Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, we implore you to stop the hand of Cain, enlighten our conscience, let not our will be done, do not abandon us to our own doing.       

Stop us, Lord, stop us, and when you have stopped the hand of Cain, take care of him also. He is our brother.

O Lord, stop the violence. Stop us, Lord. Amen.

Composed by Archbishop Domenico Battaglia of Naples . Recited by Pope Francis at his weekly general audience, March 16.


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


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. +


 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.