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

June 11, 2023

“As I Walk This Way”

Dear Parishioners,

Today at 1:30 PM the Greece Historical Society will have a tour of Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery on Paddy Hill founded in 1823. The cemetery is the final resting place for the founding pastor of Mother of Sorrows and Holy Cross, Fr. John Maurice. Also, buried in the cemetery are several people who served in the various wars, including the Civil War. All who attend the tour are invited to donate a food item to our busy St. Francis Food Cupboard at OMOS. Speaking of our past pastors, Fr. Thomas Wheeland was ordained a priest on this day in 1966. May he rest in peace.

Next weekend, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, the next phase of the Eucharistic Revival will begin. This will focus on the importance of the parish. Over the past several months we have been seeking to deepen our participation in, and reverence for, the celebration of Mass. This is bearing fruit in that we are blessed to see more new faces at Mass. Now our goal is to engage people in the life of the parish. We need your assistance with the various ministries at the Church. For more information on how to get more involved in your parish, please reach out to Donna Petrella, our Lay Ministry Coordinator, at donna.petrella@dor.org or visit the Servant’s Desk at Our Mother of Sorrows. (We hope to set up a Servant’s Desk at Holy Cross in August.) We are seeing more of our young people becoming involved in the Mass as well. This is especially evident with our Altar Servers. Next weekend we will have a formal induction of all our Altar Servers into the Blessed Grimoaldo  Santamaria League. This is a way of calling our attention to this special young man who desired to know and serve God and the Church. Blessed Grimoaldo (1883-1902) loved being an altar boy and joined religious life. The life of Blessed Grimoaldo inspires all of us to realize that true joy in life is found in knowing and serving God.

As you may know, Deacon Tom Jewell and his family have moved to a new home  in Henrietta, NY. He has also requested that his assignment here at OMOS+HC be completed. Bishop Matano has granted this request. I would like to thank Deacon Tom for his generous ministry among us and congratulate him on the 25th anniversary of his ordination. Next Sunday, June 11, we will have receptions for Deacon Tom following the 8:30 and 11:00 AM Masses at OMOS. 

Join us at OMOS for the Knights of Columbus BBQ next Sunday afternoon, June 11. It is the best chicken! See you at the BBQ! I would like to thank both Councils, Blessed Grimoaldo Santamaria Council at HC and Our Lady of the Cenacle Council at OMOS, for the many ways they serve our faith community. I am fortunate to have two KofC councils with which to work. May the Lord Bless you this week!

In Christ,

Fr. Bill Coffas, Pastor of HC + OMOS

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Investiture of All Current Altar Servers THIS Weekend, June 10/11 at both churches

We are renaming our altar server group “The Blessed Grimaoldo Santamaria League” in honor of Blessed Grimoaldo Santamaria who was a dedicated altar server and devout in his faith.

We will have an investiture of all our current servers NEXT weekend, June 10/11 at all Masses. Please pray to Blessed Grimoaldo for our servers, that they will serve the Mass with the faith and spirit that he did.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Starting THIS Friday, June 2, 2023, 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 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.





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/


Ministry Scheduler Pro Scheduling Software - Click to enroll

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.


St. Anthony’s  Pasta Dinner Celebration!

hosted by the NCYC Pilgrims

Come celebrate a great pasta dinner in honor of St. Anthony THIS Saturday, June 10, 2023, 5:00-7:00 PM in the OMOS Church Hall (immediately following 4:00 PM Mass)

$10 per person | $30 household maximum

Tickets can be purchased following Mass at OMOS THIS Weekend, May 20-21 or by contacting Cindy Lammes at Cindy.Lammes@dor.org or phone 585-663-5432 x126.

Tickets are required and space is limited so please purchase your ticket ASAP! Thank you for celebrating with us!

All event proceeds will go towards our trip to NCYC



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.

We had great weather and a nice group for last Sunday’s OMOS Cemetery tour hosted by the Greece Historical Society. The St Francis Food Pantry had a table set up to collect the many food donations.




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.

From the Desk of the Lay Parish Minister

I would like to give our community an example of what it means to “Build a Bridge to Christ” between both our parishes.

Nicky McGrath, our Parish Secretary, is on Sabbatical until July. We asked four amazing ladies, two from each parish, if they would volunteer from April to July to cover our two offices on Mondays & Wednesdays, once or twice a week to assist while Nicky is away. Sheila Metzer and Jeanne-Marie Jongen  are volunteering on Mondays to cover the Holy Cross Office and Mary Donlon and Mary Ellen Van Buren are volunteering to cover Wednesdays at Our Mother of Sorrows Office. Not only did they agreed to cover on Mondays & Wednesdays, but they are coming in extra days during the week to complete the various duties. The volunteers work collaboratively to serve the needs of our parishioners. They know the importance of working together for the good of our parishes. They come to our staff meetings and converse and shared ideas with everyone. They are all going above and beyond, “Building a Bridge to Christ” to help our parishes. They know that we are two parishes striving to be one vibrant community. These ladies are prime examples to all of us that “Building a Bridge to Christ” can work. If we work together, we can have one great community! The best outcome—they will continue to help us!

Donna Petrella, Lay Parish Minister, HC & OMOS

Mass Books Open on Tuesday, June 20 for the rest of 2023.

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.

Diocesan Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Update

Diocesan News Release Nov 3, 2022

Letter to the Faithful



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 14, 4:00 – 5:30 PM

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






SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, June 11

Knights of Columbus Drive-Thru Chicken BBQ

THIS Sunday, June 11, 4:00 PM until all is gone Parking lot of Our Mother of Sorrows.

Knights of Columbus Council 3892 will host a chicken barbecue. This will be drive-thru ONLY. We will be taking pre-orders which are highly encouraged to insure you get a meal.

To place your order, call or text Dick Dixon at 629-1916 and leave your name and the number of meals you wish to reserve. The cost is $12 and the meal includes:

  • Half a chicken
  • Macaroni salad
  • Baked beans
  • Corn bread

Come and get a great meal for a great price!


Public Rosary

Please meet others at the South/East corner of Long Pond and Latta Road to pray the Rosary THIS Tuesday, June 13 at 6:00 PM.

The Family Zone June 11, 2023


Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ! On this day, our parishes hold Eucharistic Processions. Pope Francis said: “The procession with the Blessed Sacrament…reminds us that we are called to go out and bring Jesus to others. To go out with enthusiasm, bringing Christ to those we meet in our daily lives.”

Today is also the beginning of the PARISH YEAR of the National Eucharistic Revival. It is an intentional effort to bring people back to Church and invite them to put the Eucharist at the center of their lives… recommitting to what you know about your faith, practicing it regularly as a family, and maybe learning a little more in the process!


Sign Up Today to Receive The Family Zone






Teen Leadership Program at the Beach

2-Year Program: Each year includes 1 level with 4 sessions

Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 10:00 AM—4:00 PM         We recommend Dinner at Pelican’s Nest and Concert at the Beach on Wednesday with your family.

Thursday, June 29, 10:00 AM—3:00 PM

THIS Year Level I includes:  Leadership Skills; Presentation Skills ; Prayer and Worship; Program Planning

TBA Level 2 includes: Effective Communication; Spirituality & Personal Growth; Group Dynamics; Team Building & Decision Making

Cost: $50 per person includes:

4 sessions in level 1, materials, and lunch both days.

Registration Form 

Registration and Payment Due Sunday, June 25    Make checks payable to: Holy Cross Church              Mail to: Donna Jacobi, Holy Cross Church, 4492 Lake Ave., Rochester, NY 14612

Other information:

  • Any Teen entering Grader 8 thru 12 in Fall 2023 may attend.
  • Must have a minimum of 15 participants for a program to be offered.
  • Each participant must bring a snack and a bottle of soda for a community snack table.

A-G Dessert to share; H-N Chips (any kind)  or Veggies with Dip ; O-Z Fruit to share

Contacts: Donna Jacobi donnajacobi@hotmail.com 585-261-5552

Donna Gray donna.gray@dor.org  585-225-1485


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).