From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners

June 26, 2022

"As I Walk This Way"

Dear Parishioners:

We welcome the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Cenacle Council 3892 to Our Mother of Sorrows this weekend. I encourage you to support the Knights of Columbus as they are wonderful collaborators with the Church and assist our seminarians.

Last week during the Masses, I commented that there are many good things that are happening in our OMOS/HC Community. For example, we welcomed as a guest homilist, the newly ordained Deacon Alex DeLucenay at the Holy Cross Masses on June 18/19. Our Holy Cross School has completed another successful academic year and the members of our sixth grade have graduated and join the long line of Holy Cross alumni. Our two faith formation and sacramental programs have helped our families and children learn about Christ. We are seeing more young people and parishioners of variety of all ages serve in our music ministry and in other liturgical roles. Within the coming weeks we will begin construction on the NEW Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Our Mother of Sorrows. At a time when our world and our church is need of healing it is only fitting we ask for the intersession of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Last week Bishop Matano began the Eucharist Revival with a Mass at Corpus Christi Church on Main Street. Our Parishes of HC and MOS sent representees to this liturgy and also sponsored some of the floral displays at the Mass. This is another reminder of how our parish community is promoting a deeper devotion of the Eucharist within our two Churches and beyond. 

SAVE THE DATE: We are also looking forward to honoring The Rev. John T. Reif at the HC 10:00 AM Mass on Sunday, July 17. We will ask Fr. Reif to bless our new processional Crucifix, which will clearly show the Body of Our Lord Jesus on the Cross. We will dedicate this crucifix in honor of Fr. Reif in gratitude for his generous ministry to our two parishes and to the Diocese of Rochester. It will be so good to see Fr. Reif again! I know he continues to pray for our OMOS/HC Community. Speaking of Prayer between HC and OMOS we have over 350 people participating in our Rosary Crusade. This is Amazing!

When people ask about our parishes, maybe someone who is no longer attending, I encourage you to share just a few of the       positive things that are happening and to invite them to join us.  What we say could be the encouragement they are looking for to join our community. Believe me, I know we have challenges. But as people of faith the only way we can face them is by trusting in God and realizing how he continues to work within our community.

Have a blessed week!

In Christ,

Fr. William G. Coffas, Pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows + Holy Cross 

 


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