As I Walk this Way
May 9, 2021
Dear Parishioners, We will be slowly and safely re-opening both of our parish offices. Each office will be open one day a week. As always, facemasks must be used, and social distancing must be observed. Thank You! Beginning on June 7, Holy Cross office will be open Mondays (9AM-3PM). Beginning on June 2, Our Mother of Sorrows office will be open Wednesdays (9AM-3PM). Let’s see how this works and we will adjust as needed. 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. Please join me in thanking them for their service to the church!
There are a few considerations that have prompted me to review our daily Mass Schedule. With the passing of Fr. Darling we now have two priests serving the sacramental needs of our cluster. When Fr. Schrader joins our cluster, he will help in our two parishes and in other parishes as well. In recognition of these realities, beginning on Tuesday, June 1, the following adjustments to our daily Mass Schedule will begin, specifically: Monday 8AM Mass at HC, Tuesday 8AM Mass at OMOS, Wed. 8AM Mass at OMOS, Thurs, 5:30PM Mass at HC and Friday 5:30PM Mass at HC and Saturday, 8AM Mass at OMOS. Given our current availability of priests I believe we can have a total of 6 daily Masses for our cluster—that is 3 Daily Masses at Holy Cross and 3 Daily Masses at Our Mother of Sorrows. This also recognizes that we have over 60 funerals at each of our Churches, and that down time for our priests is also important. The Tuesday 7:30AM Mass will be celebrated for the last time on May 25. Those who attend the Tuesday 7:30 AM Mass at Holy Cross are warmly invited to come to join the 8AM Mass Our Mother of Sorrows on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old accessibility lift at Holy Cross has been out of operation for a few weeks now and will be replaced. Given the age of the lift, it has become harder to find parts for it. After consulting the HC finance council, I have authorized that a new lift be purchased and installed. That will hopefully arrive within the next two months. Until we have a new lift I invite our friends who rely on it to consider using our Parish Center where the 5PM and 10AM Masses are livestreamed or visiting Our Mother of Sorrows for Mass (Sat: 4PM, Sun: 8:30AM and 11:30AM). To help ensure that our parish at Holy Cross can continue to improve our buildings and programs, the generous financial support of our parishioners is essential. Your weekly offering to the parish provides the means for us to make this and other improvements, such as updating our sound system at Holy Cross. I humbly invite parishioners to prayerfully consider increasing their weekly offerings so that we can continue to improve the Church we all love so much. Thank you for your support!
Mary, Our Mother gives us a wonderful example of selfless love and of how to build a bride to Christ. I wish all our mothers a Happy Mother’s Day!
Fr. William G. Coffas
Pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows + Holy Cross
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
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Our Mass Schedule
Saturday – 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM
Sunday – 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM
Tuesday and Wednesday – 8:00 AM
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.
As a reminder, Bishop Matano has suspended the requirement to attend Sunday Mass; however, if you’d like to fulfill this obligation, you may do so by attending any Mass during the week.
The church is open every day from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM. However, for the safety of our staff, the rectory office is closed. All requests will be handled by email, phone, or mail. Food donations are greatly appreciated and may be left inside the church doors. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held on the First Friday of every month.
Knights of Columbus
Our Lady of the Cenacle, Council #3892
Annual Charitable and Benevolent (C&B) Raffle at Our Mother of Sorrows
Please pick up a self-addressed return envelope containing raffle tickets and a letter located in the gathering area. Fill out the ticket stubs you wish to enter, then mail your entry with the appropriate donation in the self-addressed envelope. Thank you for your support.
Notre Dame Retreat House
Desert Days—special days for individuals seeking a ONE DAY retreat alone with God.
As we continue to navigate these challenging times, give yourself an opportunity to converse with God in order to revitalize your life and heart.
Two more dates for Spring: May 19th and June 2nd.
Note that in order to address social distancing requirements and needs, at this time we are limiting attendance on each “Desert Day” to fifteen (15) people—open to men and women.
The day begins at 8:45 AM and concludes at 3:00 PM. During your time with us, our priests are available for confession and/or conversation and will offer Mass at the closing of our day. The cost is $25.00 and includes lunch!
To register, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-394-5700.
Please remember to make payments to fulfill your pledge to the CMA before May 31, 2021.
Holy Hour on Monday, May 10 at 7 PM
Knights of Columbus Our Lady The Cenacle Council #3892 will be sponsoring a special Holy Hour to honor Mary Our Mother and our earthly mothers at Our Mother of Sorrows Church presided by Fr. William Coffas. The format of the Holy Hour will be as follows: Adoration, Exposition, Reflection, Holy Rosary and Litany of St. Joseph.
All parishioners are invited to attend.
Our Mother of Sorrows
St Francis Food Pantry
5000 Mt Read Blvd- back of the building
Food for families in the North Greece area.
Wednesday May 12, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Wednesday May 19, 1:00-3:00 PM
Saturday May 22, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Operated in cooperation with Foodlink
Parish Council Call to Serve
We encourage people to nominate themselves or another person who will then be contacted by the current chair to confirm that he or she is willing to sit on the council. Please submit the form below c/o Rolf Miller via the Collection Baskets or to the office. Response due Friday, May 14.
Address ______________________Zip code_________
- Serve a 3-year term 2021 to 2023 and attend 5 meetings annually.
- Learn more about Parish Council Brochure
The Council membership is made up of lay women and men who feel called by the Holy Spirit to this role in leadership and who, after prayerful discernment, represent the entire parish community and fulfill the responsibilities of pastoral leadership in the council.
For more information, contact: Fr. William Coffas, 663-5432, x12 or Rolf Miller, Parish Council Chair email@example.com, 585-955-3749
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 below for details and request forms.
Mass Book is Currently OPEN for May through August 2021
Mass Book OPENS on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 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, or 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.