“As I Walk This Way”
In reviewing my own article, I first thought “this is about money”. But I realized that money is a necessary tool to support the mission of the Church and the Diocese. This is truly my focus as your pastor, not the money, but the mission of Jesus Christ. Recently we received our letters from Bishop Matano asking for our assistance with the Catholic Ministries Appeal. The question that could be asked is “Why support the CMA?” The answer I come back to is because we are a diocesan Church, and we are called to support the mission of our local Church. I greatly appreciate the assistance of our parishioners from our two parishes in promoting the CMA. Why support the CMA? Because not a day goes by in our two parishes that we do not utilize the diocesan supports that are funded by the CMA, such as, information technology, human resources, and evangelization professionals. Supporting the CMA means you are providing me, other clergy, and lay ministers with the tools we need to minister to you. Also, remember our seminarian David Cataline who served us this past summer? The CMA helps him and his brother seminarians in their formation. And we all remember the refugees being airlifted from Afghanistan just a few weeks ago. The CMA provides the needed funding to Catholic Charites so that refugees can have the support they need in creating a new life for themselves and their families. I have made my gift to the CMA and I invite you to pray about making a gift that will support this important appeal in the life of our local church. (No money from the CMA will be used in any legal settlements. As a designated gift it is used for the purpose identified; namely, supporting the mission of the diocese.) The goals for our two parishes have decreased from last year. I invite all parishioners to contribute the same amount they gave last year to the CMA. This will help us reach our goal and support our diocesan Church.
We have a growing number of parishioners who have chosen to support the parish through a Minimum Distribution Allocation from their IRA or other long-term investment funds. Given the popularity of this way of giving, these donations are now recorded in the regular collection. With more parishioners opting to give this way, an increase in the weekly collection will be noticed. For more information on the options of how to financially support the parish, please contact Daniel Leitten Daniel.Leitten@dor.org or Gina Hill Gina.Hill@dor.org The allocated funds will be directed to your parish, either HC or OMOS.
Thank you for your support of the Mission of the Church and the Diocese of Rochester!
Join us for the annual Pet Blessing next weekend, Sunday, October 3. Please find details in the bulletin.
Fr. William Coffas, Holy Cross & Our Mother of Sorrows
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
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.
Our Mother of Sorrows Prayer Shawl Ministry
We’ll be meeting in the Church Hall from 1:00 ’til 3:00 PM.
Our meetings are the 4th Wednesday of the month. We’ll be gathering the following dates in 2021: August 25, September 22, and October 27. We don’t meet in November or December because of the closeness to the holidays.
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 NEW Mass Schedule
Tuesday, June 1, the following adjustments to our daily Mass Schedule will begin.
- 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 and 11:00 AM Weekend Mass
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held on the First Friday of every month.
Saturdays, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
The 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.
The church is open every day, 7:00 AM- 3:00 PM.
Offices to Open Slowly
We will be slowly and safely re-opening both of our parish offices. As always, facemasks must be used, and social distancing must be observed. Thank You!
On June 2, Our Mother of Sorrows office will be open 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.
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.
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.
What is New in Church?
As people come into the Church, they aree Welcomed and invited by the Greeter or Usher to select which section they will sit in. We will have two sections of seating from which people may choose. We will not be asking for proof of vaccination. People will decide for themselves. People select:
Social Distancing: Must wear a Mask. (for non-vaccinated and vulnerable population – Keep Social Distancing.) The two sections near old confessional: Sections 4, 5 (Near the Crucifix).
OR No Social Distancing: There is the option to wear a Mask. (for vaccinated) Sections: 1,2,3
St Francis Food Pantry
5000 Mt Read Blvd- back of the building Food for families in the North Greece area.
Saturday, September 25, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Wednesday, October 13, 4:00-5:30 PM
Wednesday, October 20, 1:00-3:00 PM
Saturday, October 23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
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
Respect Life Mass
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.
Sunday, October 3 at 1:00 PM at Our Mother of Sorrows
Please bring your family pet(s) and join us! Deacon Tom 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.
Our Mother of Sorrows/Holy Cross
Notre Dame Retreat House, 5151 Foster Rd, Canandaigua, NY
“Finding God in Life’s Transitions”
Hear the stories from scripture that offer words of encouragement along our journeys. Walk…Pray…and Talk with Jesus as you Journey through the retreat weekend.
Upcoming Women’s’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.
Greeters and Substitute Greeters are needed for service at the 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM Masses at OMOS. Most scheduled greeters serve 2x a month. Substitute greeters fill in when needed and would serve, most likely, once a month.
This is a wonderful ministry to meet new people, and to get to know and welcome your fellow parishioners.
Please contact Maryanne Sutton at 698-7602 if you are interested in serving in this ministry.
Rosary Coast to Coast
4th Annual Event
Mark Your Calendar – Sunday, October 10 at 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.
2021 Mass Book is NOW Open
You can now book a Mass by calling the parish office at 663-5432 and leaving a message that includes your name, phone number, and the date and time you are looking for and we will get back to you. Click at right for details and request forms. Click here for NEW REQUEST PROCEDURES
Mass Book is Currently OPEN for September through December 2021.
Please NOTE: We are able to answer questions by phone, however we cannot reserve a slot for an intention until we have received payment either by mail or by envelop in the Collection basket at Mass.
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.