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

September 25, 2022

“As I Walk This Way”

Dear Parishioners,

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with our pastoral council and we discussed the new procedures for the Safety precautions related to COVID. After listening to parish leadership I have accepted the following modifications to our procedures,

Beginning the weekend of October 15/16

1) The Prayer of Spiritual Communion will no longer be read at Mass, it will be projected on the live-streaming page. 2) The following Masses will be live-streamed: 4:00 PM at OMOS and 10:00 AM at HC.

Beginning immediately

1) Communion Ministers will no longer be required to have a mask on while giving Communion. 2) Members of the congregation are welcome to wear a mask during Mass. 3) We will maintain the social distancing sections in both of our churches.

Live-streaming the Mass is primarily for the homebound, the physically disabled, the sick, those with a medical condition that prevents them from attending Mass, those living in nursing homes, those in hospitals, and those who are incarcerated or on house arrest. All others are obligated and warmly invited to attend Mass in person. If you have not returned to in-person worship…we miss you! I hope and pray that you and your family will join us at Mass next Saturday or Sunday. Our theme for this year is “Finding Healing in the Presence of Christ.” What a blessing it is to gather in either of our two beautiful Churches and encounter the Healing Presence of Christ. It is a blessing to see on nearly any weekend, almost 900 people (between HC and OMOS) coming to Mass and encountering the Presence of Christ.

Join us for our Annual Pet Blessing next Sunday, October 2 in honor of St. Francis of Assisi at Our Mother of Sorrows at 12:30 PM in front of the Fatima Grotto. Please be advised that animals need to be on a leash or in a carrying case for their safety and the safety of others. And on the Feast of St. Francis of   Assisi, join us for the 8:30 AM Mass at Our Mother of Sorrows. Peace to all!

Fr. Coffas

Pastor of Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows

Mother Teresa: No Greater Love

Calling all to the 2-night only theatrical release of Mother Teresa: No Greater Love – showing in Rochester, NY on October 3 and 4 at 7:00 PM at Cinemark Tinseltown USA, Regal Henrietta Cinema 18, and AMC Webster 12.

Mother Teresa is one of the most inspirational figures of the 20th century. In honor of the 25th anniversary of her passing, the Knights of Columbus has produced a feature-length documentary film on the life and legacy of this beloved humanitarian and the singular vision she and her sisters have embraced to serve the poor. Far more than a documentary, this film is a soaring tribute to a spiritual icon, and a guidepost for all who seek hope today.

Bring your family, friends and neighbors to see this definitive film on a modern saint (PG-13) and be inspired to put your faith into action. For more information and to order tickets, visit motherteresamovie.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.

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.


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

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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.

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.


You are cordially invited to join the…

Respect Life and White Mass

Honoring Respect Life Month and Healthcare Workers

Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano Principal Celebrant and Homilist

Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester, NY 14615

This Weekend We Begin our Family Faith Formation Program in our Faith Community of HC+OMOS

If you have not registered for this  dynamic program, please reach out to our Faith Formation Director, Mr. Amanuel Malik amanuel.malik@dor.org. Along with Holy Cross, Our Mother of Sorrows, and St. Charles, I am pleased to announce that Amanuel Malik will also be serving the parish of St. Lawrence. Over the past few weeks my fellow pastors, Amanuel, and I have been talking about this possibility, and engaging in planning and prayer. With support, Amanuel will have the tools needed to ensure that the faith continues to flourish.

The Faith Formation Program for HC+OMOS will have sessions that meet at both of our locations during the year. In our two parishes of HC and OMOS, faith formation will be integrally connected to Sunday Mass and/or Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday afternoons. The collaboration among the parishes of St. Charles, St. Lawrence, Our Mother of Sorrows and Holy Cross is also being developed by the Pastoral Planning Task Force. This group of lay and clergy from Greece, Charlotte, and Hilton are meeting to offer recommendations that will promote this type of working  together in the future.

If you have already registered your child/ren in Kindergarten through Grade 7, wonderful! If not, it is not too late to register. Registration forms will be available on Sunday and/or can be emailed to you as an attachment.

Questions/concerns: contact Amanuel Malik, Multi-Parish Faith Formation Director at 585.737.2093 or via email: amanuel.malik@dor.org.

Rosary Coast to Coast 2022 ~ 5th Annual Event – Sunday, October 9 at 3:45 PM at the Mother Mary Grotto behind the Holy Cross parish center. 

“The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Do not be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. However, Our Lady has already crushed his head.”  – Fatima Visionary

Please join us as Holy Cross Church prays the rosary in unison with the faithful from across America.                   

Please spread the word about the event! Rosary prayer starts promptly at 4:00 PM! Followed by a Reception in the Parish Center. Please bring a lawn chair and your Rosary.  

Opening Session: Friday, October 7

IGNITE is a new youth program for our teenagers in high school preparing for Confirmation as well as those in youth group. IGNITE is a relationship-based program, one that focuses on cultivating personal relationships with peers, but more importantly to ignite an encounter with the living God and the beginning of a life-long personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

See more details here.

Annual Pet Blessing*

NEXT Sunday, October 2 at 12:30 PM

Our Lady of Fatima Grotto at Our Mother of Sorrows *No blessing at Holy Cross

This is a correction to last weekend’s announcement. Deacon Tom will be presiding. All pets and their humans are invited!

Thinking about the Catholic Faith?

Learn more about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Is this process for you? Do you have a friend or neighbor who may be interested? If so, please call Mary Jo DiNoto, at the Parish Office (663-2244 x104).

Are you an adult who has completed all their Sacraments except Confirmation? 

If you are interested in making the Sacrament of Confirmation and are 18 or older, please contact Mary Jo DiNoto in the Parish Office at 663-2244 x104 or Mary.Jo.Dinoto@dor.org to register.


Mass Book is Open for Mass Intention Requests for 2022, September through December.

The Stipend for a Mass Intention is $10.

New Procedure

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.