Welcome to Holy Cross Church

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.



Because of the Priests' Convocation, THIS week we will have a Liturgy of the Word Service followed by the distribution of Holy Communion on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:00 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows.



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. 


2nd Annual Blessing of the Motorcycles & Automobiles

For safe riding & driving! All are welcome! Hosted by the Holy Cross Stewardship Committee|Pastor Father William Coffas, Presider

THIS Saturday, May 14

Holy Cross Church Parking Lot, 4492 Lake Ave

Rain Date: Saturday, May 21

8:30 AM Arrival & Welcome, Donuts and Beverages and Tours of Holy Cross Church

9:00 AM Blessing &  Prayer Service

9:30 AM Safe Adjournment

All are welcome to attend 8:00 AM Mass at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 5000 Mt. Read Blvd.

For more information contact: Ed DiPonzio at 585.370.3940 or ediponz@gmail.com

Building a Bridge to Christ


Please Remember in Prayer Our Priests who Gather this week for Convocation

THIS week we will have a Liturgy of the Word Service followed by the distribution of Holy Communion on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:00 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows.


Parish Pastoral Council Nominations

Do you or someone you know want to be part of an exciting future for the Holy Cross/Our Mother of Sorrows Community? The Nominating Committee of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is conducting a Nomination & Selection process for 2 positions – 1 from Holy Cross and 1 from Our Mother of  Sorrows - that will become available at the end of June 2022.

Click here for more information about how to nominate yourself or someone else.


Clambake Dinner Knights of Columbus Council 3892

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 5 – 7 PM at St. John the Evangelist Parish Center. This is a Dining Room seated dinner.

Pre-paid Reservations are required and are due on or before THIS Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Click here for more details and the reservation form.

Join Our Holy Rosary Crusade

We are praying for Divine  Intersession 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 90 + members with pledges of over 1,400 decades per week!. That’s over 6,000 Hail Mary’s! Our Army is growing and on  the move!


Holy Cross Sunday Morning Video Series

Join our Sunday Morning Catholic Faith Enrichment video group.  THIS Sunday, May 1 -  A Message of Hopec

NEXT Sunday, May 15 - The Lives of the Children


Desert Day of Prayer

Magnificat Breakfast



2022 Holy Cross Terri Masters Golf Tournament

Monday, July 11, Locust Hill Country Club

More details to follow.


Mass Book Now Open for Intention Requests for 2022, May through August

Mass Book OPEN Tuesday, July 27, 2022 for September-December 2022.

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.


St Francis Food Pantry OPEN

Wednesday May 18, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Saturday May 28, 10:00 AM – Noon


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! Invite them to upcoming Lenten Programs; the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, Holy Week Services, Tenebrae, or Easter. 


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Sign up today to receive notices and reminders about parish Lenten activities, liturgies, Family Activities for Lent,            Lenten Challenges, and Videos. You can stop notifications at anytime. See how to stay connected below.

The Family Zone May 15, 2022 

Whoever Loves Me Will Keep My Word

This edition of The Family Zone will focus on two important Catholic observances in the month of May. As we head toward the end of the Easter season, we observe the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. We also count the month of May as a special time for us to focus on Mary. We hope you will learn more about both this week!


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/


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.





Information about Children and Sacraments

Please complete a registration form for each child in your family and return to Mary Toot either by e-mail or through regular mail.

Thank you,

Amanuel Malik Amanuel.Malik@dor.org & Donna Jacobi Donna.Jacobi@dor.org

Faith Formation (Religious Education) Registration form

First Communion Registration

Reconciliation Registration 

Confirmation Registration 


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.

Online or Envelopes

We thank you for your continued generosity through the use of your envelopes or online giving. Your support makes it possible for Holy Cross to share the Gospel and meet weekly expenses.

Thank you for sharing your Treasure with us!

Wills/Bequests/Memorials—Please Remember Our Mother of Sorrows and Holy Cross Parish & School


Please remember to complete payment on your pledge by May 31, 2022. 

(No gifts to the CMA are used to satisfy legal fees or settlement costs associated with abuse.)

See Letter from  Bishop Matano in the March 20 Bulletin


Enrichment for Liturgical Ministries

Join us on Sunday, June 5 at 12:00 Noon in the Parish Center at Our Mother of Sorrows

Get information about becoming an important part of our Liturgical Ministries: 

  • Greeter        
  • Usher        
  • Lector        
  • Sacristan         
  • Audio/Visual Ministries (Streaming, Social Media, Photography)   
  • Extra-Ordinary Minister of Communion
  • Choir/Cantors/Instrumentalist        
  • Acolytes/Server
  • Visitation Minister 
  • Art & Environment     

Enjoy Food, Fellowship with staff & already serving ministers, and Gifts.