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

May 22, 2022

“As I Walk This Way”

Dear Parishioners:

As I begin this article, I would like to thank you for your prayerful and financial support of our two parishes. Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows would not be able to exist without the financial contributions of each of us. Thank you! In our two beautiful churches, the sacraments are celebrated every day, children at our Holy Cross School and in our Faith Formation, Youth, and Sacramental Preparation Programs learn about and grow in faith, the dead our prayed for, those grieving are comforted, and the poor receive food support they need. All this happens because of you! You, our parishioners, hear God’s encouragement to support this good work and you do with your prayer and financial offerings. In the future you will notice that we have standardized how we report the online offerings for each parish. This will decrease the reported deficit that each parish has and give a more accurate financial image for our two parishes. Please consider contributing to your parish (OMOS or HC) by way of electronic giving. This is a safe and easy way to make your financial offering. No matter how you give, thank you for your vital support!

Our Pastoral Planning Task Force is continuing its work. The pastoral leaders for the parishes in Greece, Hilton and Charlotte initiated the work of the task force with the intent of future collaboration among our parishes. Each of our parishes has two representatives on this advisory body. The Task Force is working on an overview of each of our parishes and we will be receiving updates from the Task Force occasionally in our bulletins on this important work.

Next week, Seminarian Mr. David Cataline will begin his Clinical Pastoral Education at Strong Memorial Hospital. During this summer he will reside in our rectory. Upon completing CPE, David has been assigned to the HC/OMOS community for a pastoral year by Bishop Matano. We look forward to having David return to our faith community and continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood within our diocese.

Please, register for our Liturgical Appreciation and  Update session set for Sunday, June 5 (see page 5). This conversation will help to improve the reverence and prayerfulness of our liturgical celebrations.  

Please join us in our Rosary Crusade, it is never too late. Please take time to ask for Mary’s intersession through this effort of our community. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us. +

In Christ,

Fr. William G. Coffas, Pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows + Holy Cross 


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

Fourth Wednesday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in the church hall. See more details.

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.

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

 See more details.

2022 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 May through August 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.

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.


The Family Zone May 15, 2022 

Whoever Loves Me Will Keep My Word

This edition of The Family Zone will focus on two important Catholic observances in the month of May. As we head toward the end of the Easter season, we observe the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. We also count the month of May as a special time for us to focus on Mary. We hope you will learn more about both this week!

Parish Pastoral Council Nominations 

Do you or someone you know want to be part of an exciting future for the Holy Cross/Our Mother of Sorrows Community? The Nominating Committee of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is conducting a Nomination & Selection process for 2 positions – 1 from Holy Cross and 1 from Our Mother of  Sorrows – that will become available at the end of June 2022.

Click here for more information about how to nominate yourself or someone else.

Ascension of the Lord

Holy Day of Obligation

Masses on Thursday at 8:00 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows and 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM at Holy Cross. Vigil Mass on Wed, May 25 at 6:00 PM at St John the Evangelist

A New Holy Day has Been Decreed 

by His Holiness, Pope Francis. The Memorial, Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, was added to the universal liturgical calendar to be celebrated on the Monday after the Solemnity of Pentecost. This year, the Memorial will be celebrated on Monday, June 6 at 8:30 AM at HC.

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.


Join Our Holy Rosary Crusade

We are praying for Divine Intersession 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 90 + members with pledges of over 1,400 decades per week! That’s over 6,000 Hail Mary’s! Our Army is growing and on the move!



How our Church Treats the Topic of Race and the Sin of Racism

What do Christians Need to Know?

You are invited and encouraged to join us Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 6:30 PM at Holy Cross Church Parish Center

See Details here

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.

Don’t We All Desire a Peaceful World? The Blessed Mother Has a Peace Plan!

Public Rosary, the 13th of every month at 6:00 PM

Location: South/East corner of Long Pond and Latta Rd. (Park at bank parking lot)

Can you come? Can you spare one hour?

All are invited to pray the rosary together. Bring family  and friends to answer Mary’s call.

Questions? Call Eileen 305-6356.


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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.



I want to let you know that I never ask for anyone to buy gift cards. Please DO NOT respond to any email supposedly from me asking for gift crds or money.

Fr Wiliam G. Coffas

Join us on Sunday, June 5 at 12:00 Noon in the Parish Center at Our Mother of Sorrows

Get information about becoming an important part of our Liturgical Ministries:

  • Greeter
  • Usher
  • Lector
  • Sacristan
  • Audio/Visual Ministries (Streaming, Social Media, Photography)
  • Extra-Ordinary Minister of Communion
  • Choir/Cantors/Instrumentalist
  • Acolytes/Server
  • Visitation Minister
  • Art & Environment

Enjoy Food, Fellowship with staff & already serving ministers, and Gifts.


Knights of Columbus Chicken Barbecue

Sunday June 5 from 4:00 PM until gone in the Mother of Sorrows Church Parking Lot – 5000 Mt. Read Blvd. 

Knights of Columbus Council 3892 will host a chicken barbecue. This will be drive by-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!



St Francis Food Pantry OPEN

Saturday May 28, 10:00 AM – Noon

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