Welcome to Holy Cross Church

Sunday, October 3, 11:15 AM Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park

Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano, Principal Celebrant & Homilist

Please RSVP to Shannon.Kilbridge@dor.org.


Announcment Regarding Mass Obligation


The Lift elevator is inspected and now fully operational!


Due to the rise in Covid-19 infections in Monroe County, Fr. Coffas is suggesting that all participants wear masks while at Mass/in Church. This is NOT a requirement, but a suggestion for all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

Seating arrangements have not been changed.

Thank you for your cooperation.


NEW Mass Schedule

Monday 8:00 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 5:30 PM Mass at HC                     1st Fridays 12:00 - 3:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at OMOS

Saturday, 8:00 AM Mass at OMOS.


  • Masks will be worn by all Ministers of Communion at the time of Communion.
  • Masks will be worn by those in the Sanctuary.

What is new 

We have two sections of seating from which people may choose. 

People select:

  • Social Distancing:

Must wear a Mask. (for non-vaccinated and vulnerable population – Keep Social Distancing.)

At HC the side chapel and Parish Center (PC) for (5:00 PM and 10:00 AM MASSES) 8:00 AM Mass PC is closed. 


  • No Social Distancing:

There is the option to wear a Mask. (for vaccinated)

At HC the main body of the Church



Saturdays, 2:30 -3:30 PM at Our Mother of Sorrows AND 3:30 PM until 4:30 PM at Holy Cross


Proper Mask Wearing & COVID-19 CDC Screening Questions


Parish Center is Being Used for Overflow Seating during the 5:00 PM and 10:00 AM Weekend Masses

If you wish to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist on the weekend, but feel you won’t be able to socially distance yourself properly, we have provided overflow seating in our Parish Center for our weekend Masses. There is a TV in the room that runs our live streaming.  


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.


Click below to see previously recorded Masses. 



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. 


Sunday Video Series Continues Sunday, September 26

Session 3: The Bible: God’s Love Letter to Humanity

Join us Sundays in the Holy Cross Parish Center at 9:10 AM to view a new 30-minute episode of the Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained video series each week.

Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained is a systematic presentation of our Catholic Faith. Symbolon brings together some of the most trusted Catholic teachers in the world to guide you through the breadth and richness of the Catholic faith. 

Session 4: The Story of Salvation: Creation, Fall & Redemption


Respect Life Mass

NEXT Sunday, October 3, 11:15 AM

Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park

Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano, Principal Celebrant & Homilist

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


NEXT Sunday, October 3 at 12:00 PM at Holy Cross on the Convent Lawn in front of the Grotto AND at 1:00 PM at Our Mother of Sorrows

Please bring your family pet(s) and join us! Deacon Joe will be blessing the animals in honor of St. Francis. Please remember to wear a mask (over your nose and mouth) and remain socially distant from others.


4th Annual Event                  Rosary Coast to Coast 2021     

Mark Your Calendar!                        Sunday, October 10, 3:45 PM

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!

Rosary prayer starts promptly at 4:00 PM behind the Convent at the Mother Mary Grotto. Please bring a lawn chair and your Rosary.


Are You Thinking About the Catholic Faith?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process where you can experience and immerse yourself in the Catholic faith community. It is an opportunity for questions to be answered, for sharing with others who find themselves asking similar questions, and for learning about the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. The process offers an environment of support and guidance as you discover how God is working in your life.

Is this process for you? Do you have a friend or neighbor who may be interested? If so, please call Mary Jo DiNoto, at the Parish Office (663-2244 x104). For both HC & OMOS.


Holy Cross/Our Mother of Sorrows Upcoming Women's Retreat

October 1-3, 2021

If you would like to attend the Women’s Weekend Retreat please contact Nancy at 585-394-5700. Space is limited, so please call ASAP.

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

“Finding God in Life’s Transitions”


Mass Book Now Open for Intention Requests for the remainder of 2021

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.



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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. +

The Family Zone Sept 19, 2021 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.


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.


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

Q & A re: Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows parishes

Safe Environment Policy

CASE Volunteer Policy

Sept 2021 Additions

Online Training for Adults

For more information, visit https://www.dor.org/safe/


 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.

Grieving with Great Hope

Our parish cluster will be offering a workshop entitled Grieving with Great Hope. Previous participants liked that “faith is combined with the latest research” during the presentations. The in-person program will meet in the Parish Center at Holy Cross beginning Wed, Oct 13. The Zoom offering will gather weekly on Wednesdays from Oct 20 through Nov 17, 2021 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.            

Brochure and enrollment forms are available in the Narthex (gathering space in back) at Our Mother of Sorrows and both entrances at Holy Cross. Enroll by calling the contact below or completing the enrollment forms which may be dropped off at the parish offices. Enrollment is limited. 

Please contact Ann Marie Lagonegro at 269-9456 to discuss and/or to enroll.


Visit our gallery to see a few photos of our 2021 First Communicants.

Information about Children and Sacraments

Sacraments are joyous celebrations of your child’s relationship with Jesus! We are in the process of determining the best way to prepare for Sacraments in this year of Covid Health Restrictions.

If your child is interested in preparing for sacraments, please complete and return the registration form below or email Mary.toot@dor.org or call 663-8000, ext. 3

Faith Formation (Religious Education) Registration form

First Communion Registration

Reconciliation Registration 

Confirmation Registration 

For preparation of Sacraments:

  • Children prepare and receive sacraments at their home parish where their family is registered and attend Mass.
  • Weekly Mass attendance in-person or on-line is an essential and spiritual part of your family’s faith journey!
  • Children need to be enrolled in either a Catholic School or be enrolled in Holy Cross Religious Education or another Faith Formation program.   
  • Children do not prepare for the Sacraments in their Catholic School classroom or in Religious Education. Sacrament preparation will include:
  • Textbooks, activities, and resources for children to complete with parents, guardians, or sponsors.
  • Children 2nd grade or older may be ready to prepare for:
  • First Reconciliation (also known as First Penance.
  • First Eucharist (also known as First Communion).  First Penance must be completed before preparing for First Eucharist.
  • Students 8th grade or older may be ready to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation: This is the beginning of a 2-year process, with immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation taking place in the spring of the second year. Formation continues throughout the two-years by attending religion classes at Catholic School or being enrolled in Holy Cross Religious Education.


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.

The Fatima Rosary

13th of each month, May thru October is resuming for two months this year, September and October and in 2022 from May to October.

All are welcomed. Bring a chair if needed.


Holy Cross Food Pantry

Items needed at this time: Oatmeal/Tea/Coffee and filters/Jello/Pudding and muffin mix.
Donations can be left in the Parish Center Foyer or at the North entrance of church when  the church is open for Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and Rosary. Thank you for your care and generosity.



Knights of Columbus 

Why You Should Become a Knight

If your interested in helping those in need, serving our parish, growing in your faith...then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you.


We are in need of ushers for all the Masses. If interested and able, please contact Mary Jo DiNoto at 663-2244 in the Parish Office or via e-mail at Mary.Jo.Dinoto@dor.org.


We are in need of volunteers to make phone calls to  our fellow parishioners who we are missing. If interested and able, please contact Mary Jo DiNoto at 663-2244 in the Parish Office or via   e-mail at Mary.Jo.Dinoto@dor.org.


Under the Night Lights

This Saturday, October 2 at 6:00 PM

This year our Under the Lights/Pink soccer game will be at the Aquinas Stadium. At 6:00 PM, Holy Cross will be playing St. Lawrence and at 7:30 PM, St. Kateri will be playing St. Pius. Admission will be a pair of new socks for local shelters, we will also have a 50/50 raffle for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. We are having Waffles R Wild Food Truck there!! It’s going to be a great night for the kids, families, and bomber pride. Come and join the fun!!


Faith Formation

Register Now for 2021-2022            Religious Education at Holy Cross

We will have an At-Home Religious Ed program for the Fall semester.

For those who have registered, we will have two days Saturday, October 2 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM and Sunday, October 3 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the parking lot of Holy Cross School main entrance, to pick-up your child’s materials.

Please return your registration forms ASAP! Thank you!  Any questions or problems with pick-up dates, please email mary.toot@dor.org or call the Faith Formation office at 663-8000, ext. 3.

Please follow the links below to learn more about your options in teaching your children about the Catholic Faith and to register for 2020-2021!

Letter to Holy Cross Families

Religious Education Registration form for 2021-2022


Calling All Altar Servers!

Holy Cross church is looking for Altar Servers. If you are in 4th grade or higher and would like to server as an Altar Server, please call Mary Jo DiNoto at 585-663-2244 x104.  Fr Martuscello will be training and mentoring the servers, as he does at OMOS.

The Family Zone Sept 19, 2021 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.



Top Winner for Best Preschool

The Rochester Business Journal has announced that Holy Cross was awarded Top Winner for Best Preschool in their 2021 Reader Rankings. Congratulations to TJ Verzillo and our Preschool Teachers! 


COVID-19 Reopening Plan 2021

COVID-19 Reopenng Summary

Holy Cross School is open for enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year!

We provide a flexible and welcoming educational experience for your entire family while keeping our focus on academics beyond standards, leading with faith, and motivating our youth to serve the community. At Holy Cross School, the safety of our children is our number one priority. We offer families flexible options for hybrid or fully-remote learning and we’re always looking for new families to join our community. Watch our virtual tour to learn more about our school and register to enroll today!

We are so proud to show this new video

highlighting our School. View it here: https://vimeo.com/ohdavidsoncreative/review/505108020/b05f32b4c5