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

August 14, 2022

“As I Walk This Way

Dear Parishioners,

With the feast of Our Lady coming tomorrow I would like to share some thoughts on Our Lady of Lourdes. On February 11, 1858, in Lourdes, France, a mysterious and beautiful lady appeared to a poor girl who was in bad health named Bernadette Soubirous. The lady encouraged Bernadette to pray and offer penance for sinners. When Bernadette shared news of this apparition, many did not believe her. The parish priest asked what the woman’s name was. On March 25, 1858 Bernadette asked the lady her name. The beautiful lady identified herself as “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Just a few years before, on December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX declared the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. However, it was nearly impossible for Bernadette to have known this. Bernadette would pray the Rosary with the lady. While praying the Rosary, the heavenly lady would listen to Bernadette pray the Hail Mary and she would pray join her in the Glory Be. I can not help but think this is how the Lord works. He sent his mother to a humble girl who was dealing with suffering and entrusted to her the mission to build a Church on   that space in Lourdes. That is the way of God.

The Lord and his mother ask us to pray, offer penance for sinners, and to share the message of the Gospel with others. Sometimes,  we can focus on our limitations that prevent us from doing God’s will or following His guidance. However, remember St. Bernadette Soubirous who had to deal with many challenges. She trusted in God and so should we. Our Lady of Lourdes pray for us.

Tomorrow, Monday, August 15 on the feast of Our Lady’s Assumption, we celebrate Mass 8:30 AM at Holy Cross and at 6:30 PM at Our Mother of Sorrows. Please note however, since this year the feast occurs on a Monday it is not a holy day of obligation. If you have not yet joined the Rosary Crusade, please consider signing up, joining this important work of prayer.

Join us next weekend, on Sunday, August 21 at 9:30 AM in Our Mother of Sorrows Parish Hall for a special conversation on the Eucharist.

Peace, Fr. Coffas
Pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows and Holy Cross




The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary                                Masses on Monday, August 15

This year the feast is not a holy day of obligation.

Join us for one of the following Masses:

  • 8:30 AM Holy Cross  
  • 6:30 PM at Our Mother of Sorrows 


“Eucharist, God’s Gift To His People”

Men’s Retreat . October 28-30, 2022

Notre Dame Retreat House 5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, NY

At each Mass, Jesus reaches out to us through the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist. Are we Living what we are receiving? Notre Dame Retreat Team will offer Insights on how to prepare and understand the Mass, how to be part of the Mass and how to live the Mass. Come, join us at the Table—all are welcome!

For more information or to register call/email: Notre Dame Retreat at 585-394-5700 or ndretreat@rochester.rr.com.


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 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.




An Invitation from the Legion of Mary

We would like to invite you to become a member of the Legion of Mary.

Please join us on Tuesday mornings after the 8:00 AM Mass at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. 

 See more details.

Another SCAM email is circulating.        Fr Coffas will NEVER ask you to purchase gift cards for him. Please ALWAYS look at the address from which the email comes and compare to Father’s email address located on the back page of the bulletin.

Please DO NOT respond to any email supposedly from me asking for gift crds or money.

Fr Wiliam G. Coffas

Please Visit the Spirituality Corner on the Holy Cross Church website. It includes Reflections on Sunday Readings, Questions to Ponder, and Growing with the Gospel for Children.


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 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.


THIS Weekend, July 13/14, we will welcome two Missionaries from the Diocese of Nakuru in Kenya, Africa.

Father Ogaro will speak at all weekend Masses at Our Mother of Sorrows. Father Augustin will speak at all weekend Masses at Holy Cross.

The CDN Mission Office provides funds to the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru (6,844 square miles in Kenya, Africa with a population of 666,763) to provide food for the starving, medicines for the sick, clean water and food preparation for consumption, educational facilities for children, orphanages for street children and abandoned infants, mobile medical facilities and spiritual fulfillment.

Their 2022 priorities include:
1.Digging shallow wells to supply safe and clean water
2.Installing sanitation infrastructure systems in schools and
public areas to mitigate against infections of the most vulnerable
3.Providing medicine and health education to the poor and malnourished.
4.Provide relief food, and support school feeding programof up to 500 children.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and generosity.






OMOS New Confirmation Candidate & Parent Meeting

Do you have a child entering 8th Grade (or higher) in 2022-23 that is ready to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation? Please attend an informational meeting on:

Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 9:45 AM at OMOS Church Hall Parent(s) & youth to attend.

Please contact Cindy Lammes Cindy.Lammes@dor.org with any questions. 663-5432 x 126


Men of Our Mother of Sorrows and Holy Cross 

Save the Date: Monday, September 19! The Men’s Club is back and we will be having our first dinner. Watch the bulletin for more information!

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/


Join Our Holy Rosary Crusade

We are praying for Divine Intercession 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? Please pick up a bag (or just a pledge card). Complete the pledge card to be a faithful Crusader to “The Holy Rosary Crusade” at Our Mother of Sorrows and Holy Cross parishes. Drop your pledge card in the collection. Thank you for joining us in this special prayer for our churches and the world.

We have 349+ members with pledges of over 4,000 decades per week!. Our Army is growing and on the move!



A Note from Fr Coffas regarding Covid-19 Procedures for Masses

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.

Sacrament Preparation 2021-2022

For Families with children in 2nd grade or above who have received 2 years of prior Faith Formation Education, preparation will begin soon for reception of the sacraments of First Reconciliation* and First Holy Communion.

Click here to learn more.



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.

1st Reconciliation & 1st Communion

Faith Formation Update & Registration Forms

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.


St Francis Food Pantry OPEN

Wednesday, August 17, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

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

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

Check out news story on Spectrum News

The Family Zone August 7, 2022

Live the Eucharist

Welcome to the summer editions of The Family Zone…a bit of faith, a bit of fun, a whole lot of FAMILY!!

Blood Drive – Save the Date!

THIS Thursday, August 18
2:00 until 7:00 PM in the          Holy Cross Parish Center

Please call 1800RED CROSS (18007332767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org, click Donate Blood in the top menu, click Find a Blood Drive under How to Donate and enter: holycrosschurchrochester to schedule an appointment.

Maximize your blood donation. Help more patients. If you are an eligible type O, B-, or A- donor, consider making a Power Red donation. Red blood cells are the most commonly transfused blood component.

Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your predonation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.

Get Involved with the Columbiettes

  The Columbiettes is a Catholic Women’s  service organization that supports many different charities and community activities. We often work collectively with our Brother Knights of Columbus to promote faith and unity, and our members are from a collection of parishes across greater Rochester.

We are ordinary ladies, proud of our Catholic faith and  committed to preserving family life. We promote the spiritual, social, and charitable welfare of our members. We are part of the larger Supreme Council Columbiettes, an affiliated auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus. We rely on the intercession of Mary, our Mother and Model, in addressing the religious needs of the Church and the communities where we worship, work and play.

If you are interested in learning more about our local Columbiettes Auxiliary, please contact Maria Mruzek (585-377-3324 / mariamruzek1@gmail.com) and                  visit http://www.columbiettes.com/ .