Our Mother of Sorrows

There is a place for you here!

Our Mother of Sorrows

There is a Place for You Here!

5000 Mt. Read Blvd.

Rochester, NY 14612


Parish Office Hours:

Wednesday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Parish Office

(585) 663-5432

February 11, 2024

“As I Walk this Way”

Dear Parishioners,

This week on Wednesday, February 14 we begin the holy season of Lent. Please join us for one of the five liturgical celebrations that have been planned for Ash Wednesday. Please check the bulletin for times and locations. It is also helpful to remember the guidelines for fasting that are found the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.”

I also invite you to join us for daily Mass during the days of Lent and various prayers and times of Adoration offered at our two beautiful Churches. May we follow the Lord Jesus, our Shepard as he gathers us all during this day of penance and prepares us for the Joys of Easter.

Let us pray for each other.

In Christ,

Fr. Bill Coffas Pastor of HC + OMOS


Pastoral Planning Task Force Update

Visit Activities Around the Diocese

At Holy Cross Church

Can you spend one hour with the Lord?  Sign up to be a adorer for Wednesday Adoration by visiting: https://www.rotundasoftware.com/ministry/OMOS_HC or calling our Seminarian David Cataline at the office.  If you are already in our MSP system, you can simply add “Adoration” to your ministry profile.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

We will NO longer be offering First Friday Adoration at Our Mother of Sorrows. As part of our bridge to Christ, Holy Cross offers Adoration every Wednesday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.

If you would like to visit one of our sister churches, the following churches offer Adoration:

  • St Mark’s: On Thursday before First Friday from Noon to 4:00 PM.
  • St John’s on the Ridge: First Friday after the 8:15 AM Morning Mass until 10:00 AM.
  • St Charles: Nocturnal Adoration, 3rd Saturday of the Month from 5:15 to 6:15 PM (May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16.)

Spend an hour with Our Lord!


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. +

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 Chain Ministry

Parishioners are needed to participate in the HC/OMOS Prayer Chain Ministry.

When a prayer request comes in, a chain of people are then called upon to pray for the intention.

We are looking for parishioners to be a part of this prayer chain. Your mission and obligation for this ministry is just to pray for that intention.

To participate, please contact Donna at 585-247-5912.

Prayer Requests

Do you have a prayer request or need to pray for a special intention? If a parishioner calls the OMOS prayer line at 247-5912, the prayer intention will then be shared with a chain of parishioners who will pray for that intention.

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

OR Click here to complete an online form.




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Are you interested in being:

An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Lector, Usher, Sacristan, Greeter, or Altar Server all in the service of God and His people? We would love for you to join our team.

Click the link above to sign up. For those who are not comfortable with technology, please contact David Cataline at the Parish Office, 663-5432, x133.

If You are Watching Mass on Facebook

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 while watching on Facebook.

Our Mass Schedule

  • Monday 8:00 AM Mass at HC
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM Mass at OMOS
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM Mass at OMOS
  • Thursday 5:30 PM Mass at HC
  • Friday 5:30 PM Mass at HC
  • Saturday 8:00 AM Mass at OMOS
  • Saturday, 4:00 PM Weekend Mass
  • Sunday, 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Weekend Mass
  •  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held on the First Friday of every month.

The 4:00 PM weekend Mass from Our Mother of Sorrows Church is available to view on our Facebook page. Just click the blue button on the top center of this page, and you will be redirected to view the Mass.

Reconciliation, Saturdays, 2:30 – 3:30 PM

The church is open every day, 7:00 AM- 3:00 PM.


By joining Holy Cross + Our Mother of Sorrows Flocknote. Sign up at https://holycrosschurchofcharlot.flocknote.com/signup/126988

From the Holy Cross CYO Athletic Director Search Committee

We are continuing the process of searching for a volunteer Athletic Director for our CYO program. Learn more…

Please look at the volunteer job description and prayerfully consider applying by June 24, 2023.

A friendly reminder:

Always check the return email address before responding to an email supposedly from Fr Coffas. If it doesn’t read Fr.William.Coffas@dor.org, it is NOT from him.

These are scams—someone is spoofing Fr Coffas.


Mass Books Now Open for January- May 2024

The Stipend for a Mass Intention is $10.


Includes Instructions for Offerings for the Bread & Wine, and Sanctuary Candle

Offerings for the Bread, Wine, and Sanctuary Candle

You can request these throughout the year. The offering is $15 for either Bread & Wine combined, or the Sanctuary Candle. These requests must be submitted in writing with check or cash payment. Please include the following information: Person to be memorialized, your name, phone number and the date requested. If you would like an acknowledgment sent, please include the name and address of the recipient for the card.


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/



There is a place for you here.

We’re so happy that you visited our page. We welcome those visiting us for the first time, and we appreciate all of the people of our parish.

Our site will acquaint you with our parish family and help you get to know us via the Web. Please join us to worship, visit, pray, volunteer, or come to an event. If you have any questions, please contact us at 585-663-5432, ext. 10 or send an e-mail to MOS@dor.org.


We welcome all newcomers and invite you to register as members of our parish family. We want to know each one of you personally. Please give us a call at 585-663-5432, ext. 10, or send an email to MOS@dor.org to make registration arrangements.


Our Mother of Sorrows office is open on Wednesdays 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.

On the other days, our amazing ministry team will be responding to email and voice mail as they have been doing over the past year. We are truly blessed to have such an amazing team.

Funeral Planning

Funeral Ministry Request Line (585) 208-3422

Begin planning here.

Learn about Pre-Planning


St Francis Food Pantry OPEN

5000 Mt Read Blvd- back of the building                  Food for families in the North Greece area.

Wednesday, June 21, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Saturday, June 24, 10:30 AM – Noon

Food donations are greatly appreciated and may be left inside the church doors.

OPEN: 2nd Wednesday of month, Third Wednesday of month, Fourth Saturday of month. Operated in cooperation with Foodlink






The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

When I was a child, the neighbor across the street attended a Catholic church that had newly opened.  She introduced herself to the new pastor and told him she wasn’t a Catholic but loved coming to Mass. The pastor then asked her if she would like to become a Catholic and she responded, “I  didn’t think anyone was ever going to ask me. Yes!”

How many people might you know who might be just waiting to be asked if they would like to become a Catholic? A simple invite might be all they need to begin on this journey of faith. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) are designed to welcome new members into our Catholic faith through a process of prayer, instruction in the faith, and rituals that celebrate different stages of the initiation process. Do you know someone who has at one time or other been curious about the Church but may never been baptized, or who has been baptized in another Christian faith community? Do you know someone who has not yet celebrated sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?

In September we will be beginning a new group of adults and/or older teens who are interested in becoming members of our Catholic faith. Sometimes it is hard to ask the question but there may be someone in your family or social circle who is waiting for the invitation. Remind them that there are no strings attached to coming to an informational meeting in early September. Offer to attend the gathering with them and be willing to support them. The date will be announced in a week or so but it is not too early to plant the seed. Have them call either Holy Cross or Our Mother of Sorrows office and leave a message for Sister Kathleen O’Connell. I will then reach out to them and meet with them. See the front of this bulletin for office phone numbers and/or email.

– Sister Kathleen O’Connel


To address the rise in crime we are experiencing in our community, including our two campuses, the following is suggested at all times, even when you are on the campus of Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows:

If you see people looking into cars, call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 585-423-9300.

To prevent these thefts: 

  1. Remove valuable items or anything that appears appealing to thieves from parked vehicles. Many of the        recent thefts are referred to as “smash and grabs.” Valuables left in plain view in the vehicle generate motivation for criminals to quickly break a window and grab them. Always take your valuables with you. When possible, keep the inside of your car empty. *
  2. Be aware of your surroundings when parking. Park in well-lighted areas at night when possible.*
  3. Lock your car and activate alarm systems.*

    (Source: University of Rochester, Public Safety)


After June 26, 2023, Father Martuscello’s new office address will be:

Saints Mary and Martha Parish, 299 Clark Street,  Auburn NY 13021



Honor a Loved One

If you would like to donate a flower arrangement for the altar in memory of your loved one, please order the flower arrangement, and email Donna Petrella with your telephone number, so she can add flower intention into the weekend prayers of the faithful. There will be one flower intention per weekend.

Family Prayer with Jesus the High Priest for Vocations

We are asking families to sign up to take the icon of Jesus the High Priest into their homes and to pray each day as a family for vocations, especially to the priesthood. Sign-up sheets will be available in the narthex of Our Mother of  Sorrows and in the parish center foyer at Holy Cross (look for the icon).


Diocesan Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Update

Diocesan News Release Nov 3, 2022

Letter to the Faithful