Our Mother of Sorrows

There is a Place for You Here!

5000 Mt. Read Blvd.

Rochester, NY 14612


Parish Office Hours:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Parish Office

(585) 663-5432

January 16, 2022

“As I Walk This Way”

Dear Parishioners,

Today is Word of God Sunday. It is an opportunity for us to consider the importance of sacred scripture in our lives. Saint Jerome explains this importance in writing, “Ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” That is why most of the prayers we offer at Mass are taken from, or refer to, sacred scripture. Over the past year or so we have printed the words of the Sacred Scriptures proclaimed at the Mass in our weekly bulletin. This has allowed us to reflect on the words of scripture at Mass and throughout the week. Now we have booklets containing the readings for the Sunday Masses. Because the Word of God is so important in our lives as Christians, I invite you to pick up one of these booklets and take it home for your reflection and personal prayer. Some parishioners have shared with me that they like to read the upcoming Sunday readings before coming to Mass. This allows them to gain even more insights as they are listening to the Word proclaimed, as well as the homily. In all of these ways we are demonstrating our alliance and love for the  Word of God. In this new year of 2022, may we rely on  God’s Word to guide us on our journey of faith. Peace to you!

In Christ,

Fr. William Coffas, Holy Cross & Our Mother of Sorrows

New Job Prayer “Restore Employment”

God of Loving Devotion, I ask that you lead me to a new job that will bring in a good income and utilize the abilities and experience with which You have blessed me.

I  trust in Your provision and wait for Your guidance. I praise You because I know You will do this. You will restore me to employment, with an even better job than before. I will rejoice and be glad in Your gracious work on my behalf. Amen.


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.




OMOS Prayer Shawl Ministry

The prayer shawl ministry at Our Mother of Sorrows will start meeting again on the fourth Wed. of the month beginning January 26 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in the church hall. We knit and  crochet prayer shawls/lap robes, knitted knockers for breast cancer survivors, and  winter wear that is distributed through the food cupboards.

Participants from both parishes are welcome to join us. Interested? Questions? Please call Alice at 227-5879.


An Invitation from the Legion of Mary

We would like to invite you to become a member of the Legion of Mary. The Legion is a Ministry of Catholic Laity who serve through  prayers and works of mercy. These works include visiting the sick, homebound, nursing homes, newly baptized babies and saying the rosary with residents in nursing homes.

Pope Francis has asked us to be more aware of the spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters.

Please join us on Tuesday mornings after the 8:00 AM Mass at Our Mother of Sorrows Church or call Joan Stanton at 663-0371 for more information.



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

Job Posting

Classroom Aide/Lunch Monitor

Holy Cross School is currently seeking a Part-Time (20 hours a week) Classroom Aide for a 3rd grade class.

Ideal candidate must be creative, energetic, and organized with a passion for education. The individual should have strong communication skills and be willing and able to collaborate with others as part of a professional learning community. Classroom experience and student behavior management is preferred.

Applicants must submit a resume and a letter of  interest to Mr. TJ Verzillo at tj.verzillo@dor.org.



Due to the rise in Covid-19 infections in Monroe County,

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new mandate requiring that masks be worn in indoor public spaces,

unless a covered business has implemented a mandatory vaccination requirement. The mandate goes into effect on December 13, 2021, and will remain in effect until January 15, 2022, at which point the state will reevaluate the need for masking.

ALL Must wear a Mask regardless of Vaccination Status.

Seating arrangements have not been changed.

Thank you for your cooperation.

NEW Missals Available

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning, January 15/16, the Sunday readings will no longer be printed in the bulletin. We have purchased missals for use during the weekend liturgies. Please take only ONE per family and bring it with you each time you attend Mass. Please do not leave them in the pews.                                                                      If you would like to help defray the costs of this purchase, we are gratefully accepting $3 donations that you can simply drop in the collection basket.

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.




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.


Adsumus, Sancte Spiritus

Prayer of invocation to the Holy Spirit for an ecclesial assembly of governance or discernment (thus synodal)

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.

Click here to learn more….


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

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

Holy Cross School  Registration for 2022-23

Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year for students   entering Pre-K through Grade 6 opens on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Register early for a discounted registration fee of $75 by Friday, February 11. Take this opportunity to secure a spot for the beginning of a life-long call to faith, knowledge, and service.

Please contact the School Office at 585-663-6533 with any questions or to schedule a tour. Registration packets will also be posted on the school website at www.hcrochester.com.

Join us in becoming a Family of Families.



“Eucharist, God’s Gift to His People

Couples Weekend Retreat

February 18-20, 2022

Jesus Reaches out to all of us…It is up to us to accept this gift and then go live what we have received.

Join other couples as Notre Dame Retreat Team lead you through a weekend of listening, sharing, and building friendships. Come, join us at the Table—all are welcome!

Women’s Retreat

April 29-May 1, 2022

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! Contact Mary Beth Kurtenbach or Rose Hixson at 225-3045.

For more information on either Retreat:

Visit https://notredameretreat.org or call Notre Dame Retreat House at 585-394-5700.

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

Our Mother of Sorrows has reached it’s $86,118 CMA Goal!

So grateful to all who participated!

May God reward you for your kindness and generosity and let each of us pray for the success of our efforts.

Check here for our final total of pledges.



March for Life

Join Us For a Life-Saving, Life-Changing Experience – January 20 – 21, 2022

Buses Depart: 10:00 PM on Thurs, January 20

Return: Approx. Midnight on Sat, January 22

$30 per person

Make Your Reservations Now! Spots Are Filling Up Fast!

Visit our web site: march4life.gmsander.info for details and to register. Contact: Gerry Sander at 585.503.3256 OR committeeforlife@yahoo.com


Stand Together

Please join us Saturday, January 22* in front of Planned Parenthood, 114 University Ave., Rochester, as we Stand Together in peaceful public witness and prayer for the end to abortion. Come for prayer, speakers and pro-life updates! Our featured speaker is Fr. Peter Van Lieshout, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral. There will be a Rosary at 9:15 AM with the program beginning at 9:45 AM. If you’d like to memorialize a baby lost to abortion please bring a flower to be left at the site.

For more info, please contact Dorothy, 585-704-4568.

*January 22 is the 47th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout our country.


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 January through April 2022. 

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.