Welcome to Holy Cross Church

READ the May 14 memorandum from Bishop Matano to diocesan priests, pastoral administrators and deacons re: latest infirmation about resuming Masses in the future.


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.

Memorial Day Mass will be Live-Streamed at 8:00 AM this Monday, May 25

Click below to see previously recorded Masses. 



Bishop Matano will celebrate Mass for the Seventh Sunday of Easter at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 24, 2020, via the Catholic Courier on YouTube. Link: https://youtu.be/iXsLhuQuCC4


Our Church is Open for Private Prayer

Wednesdays from 1:00 until 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 8:00 until 9:00 AM

While Bishop Matano has suspended all public Masses throughout our diocese, he has encouraged parishes to be open so the faithful can stop in for private prayer.

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. 

Still open for Confession at 3:30 PM on Saturdays.


The Family Zone is an interactive newsletter that has live links to YouTube videos and webpages. It takes parents directly to online sites they can use, themselves, to be the primary formators of their children's faith. 


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.


by Deacon Joseph Placious
As many of you know I celebrated my 15th anniversary on Ascension Thursday. For me this is a great blessing. I thought I would remind you “what a deacon is”. Read More...

Our phones will still be open so you are able to call and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.  All calls should be to the Parish Office 585-663-2244 for quickest response. 

Our e-mails are still available and we will do our best to answer you as quickly as possible.  However, it is with sadness that I share, with such closings as school and office, we have had to furlough some employees.  Please pray for all affected by this pandemic in one way or another. 

May God Bless you and keep you and your families safe and healthy. Peace.

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.

Dear First Communion Families,

When we first received word that schools would be closing in mid-March, we hoped that things would go back to normal by early May and that your First Communion Mass would take place. Obviously so much has changed since those early days, that we no longer try to predict when things may re-open or events might be re-scheduled. We are saddened that your First Communion ceremony will be postponed, but please know that we think of you and pray for you every day! 

Mrs. Jacobi and I were furloughed in March and are not in the office to talk to you or answer your questions. If and when we rejoin the staff of Holy Cross Church, Sacrament preparation will be the first thing we will plan, and we’ll keep families informed of those plans.

In the mean time, let us be gentle with our loved ones, let us try to help each other during these stressful times, and let us put our trust in God’s loving hands! We’re   praying for your health and safety. God Bless all of you,

     Mary Toot and Donna Jacobi


Also, Mrs. Jacobi wants to remind the children:

  • continue to work on finishing your book
  • practice receiving the Eucharist on your hand. (We will not be receiving on our tongues or given the blood of Christ at this time).  
  • hold onto your pew banner until it’s needed      
  • If you have any questions please feel free to call the parish office at 663-2244.
  • As Donna and Mary are no longer employed by Holy Cross, our Diocese of Rochester emails have been disabled and our Religious Ed phone’s answering machine is not on. So the best way to speak to someone is through the parish office. 
  • You are in our prayers and hearts. We hope to be able to be with you soon, completing your preparation and finally receiving your Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. 


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.

Please consider making an extra generous offering in your Easter envelope. We need your support to serve all of our people. Thank you!


Would You Share a Friendly Note?

There are about 200 residents in all at Shore Winds Nursing Home. The sad news is they are limited to being in their room or hallways only. About 70% of the residents do not ever have visitors. A personal note would give them a little hope that there is someone out there thinking of them. Therefore, it was suggested by a parishioner to send them each a nice hand written personal note. Our Holy Cross Stewardship Committee has taken on this hand written note campaign to each member of the Shore Winds Nursing Home.

Therefore, we need volunteers from the parish that could write some notes for us. Mary Jo DiNoto is ordering the cards. Thank you for your consideration. 

Questions? Please contact Doug Escher at 328-4980 or Mary Jo DiNoto at 663-2244 or Mary.Jo.DiNoto@dor.org.


Why Become a Knight of Columbus

All Catholic men in good standing are welcome! You do not have to be a member of Holy Cross to join but you do have to be a member of the Diocese of Rochester. Please contact Mr. Tommy Plantone at 317-9212 for more information.

Ministry & Volunteering

Opportunities that involve prayers, professional expertise and physical labor in support of parish activities and the greater community. We ask each parishioner to pray and discern what God is asking of you. He only asks us to do what we do best in service to our parish and each other.

The Family Zone. This 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.



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.



Attn: Holy Cross Families,

Click here to find application info for the Holy Cross School Scholarships for the 2020-21 School Year. Applications due no  later than Friday, June 5.

Please email to mary.martell@dor.org or mail to:

Mary K. Martell, Principal, Holy Cross School  4488 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY 14612

Thank you!

Holy Cross School

Holy Cross School is a vital part of our Parish and carries out our mission to teach our young about Christ. As a Parish, we have a heritage of over a hundred years of Catholic School Education, rich in the practice of Faith and the values of Jesus.


MISSION STATEMENT: Our Eucharistic Community at Holy Cross welcomes all to faith in Jesus Christ and nurtures their growth, celebrates and demonstrates God’s presence in our communities, and sends forth all to serve God and each other as guided by the Holy Spirit.