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

“As I Walk This Way”

Dear Parishioners,

Last week my fellow pastors, Fr. Firpo and Fr. Enyan-Boadu, and I explained the policy of requiring Eucharist ministers, lectors, cantors, ushers/greeters, and members of committees with youth, to patriciate in CASE (Creating a Safe Environment) training. The word I focus on is “Sanctuary”, or safe place. That is what the Church must be for all people, especially children. Sadly, that has not been the case in the past. This enhancement of volunteers who are required to take CASE will inform our volunteers on the reality of abuse in our community. These requirements are not a burden for parish volunteers but rather a training about a public health crisis that will equip us to spot abuse, not only in Church but in the community as well. I am grateful to our team members who oversee our CASE procedures. They are Gina Hill (HC Parish and School), Stephanie Hubbel (OMOS) and Karen Rinefierd, who oversee the training of volunteers. I ask that all the members of our parishes work with them to ensure we are creating “a safe place” in our two churches and community.   

I am pleased to report that the Stewardship Appeal at Holy Cross is showing signs of success. We have received 200 pledge cards from the HC Stewardship Appeal thus fare. Thank you to all who have made a pledge! The reason for this appeal is to ensure that more parishioners contribute to the financial well-being of the parish at Holy Cross. Based on what we are seeing in collections, more parishioners are doing just that. Thank you! More and more parishioners are contributing by way of the weekly collection and by MDA from a retirement fund. By each person giving what he or she can, the Appeal is making progress and the mission of the Church is moving forward. With continued progress with the collection, a generous gift, and the proceeds of the K of C Garage Sale, we hope to replace the sound system at Holy Cross as soon as we can afford it. I know the new    system at Our Mother of Sorrows has helped to communicate God’s word and sacrament to so many people. And check out the new outdoor sign at OMOS on Mt. Read. I am so happy we have the sign up for this weekend as we celebrate the OMOS feast day. It is a wonderful way to welcome all who come to Church. “Building a Bridge to Christ.”

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.




Our Mother of Sorrows Prayer Shawl Ministry

We’ll be meeting in the Church Hall from 1:00 ’til 3:00 PM.

Our meetings are the 4th Wednesday of the month. We’ll be gathering the following dates in 2021: August 25, September 22, and October 27.  We don’t meet in November or December because of the closeness to  the holidays.

Pet Blessing

Sunday, October 3 at 1:00 PM at Our Mother of Sorrows

Please bring your family pet(s) and join us! Deacon Joe will be blessing the animals in honor of St. Francis. Please remember to wear a mask (over your nose and mouth) and remain socially distant from others.



Respect Life Mass

Sunday, October 3, 11:15 AM

Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park

Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano, Principal Celebrant & Homilist

Please RSVP to Shannon.Kilbridge@dor.org.



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 NEW Mass Schedule

Tuesday, June 1, the following adjustments to our daily Mass Schedule will begin.

  • 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 and 11:00 AM Weekend Mass
  •  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held on the First Friday of every month.


Saturdays, 2:30 – 3:30 PM


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.

Announcement Regarding Mass Obligation

The church is open every day, 7:00 AM- 3:00 PM.

Offices to Open Slowly

We will be slowly and safely re-opening both of our parish offices. As always, facemasks must be used, and social distancing must be observed. Thank You!

On June 2, Our Mother of Sorrows office will be open 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.



Are You Thinking About the Catholic Faith?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process where you can experience and immerse yourself in the Catholic faith community. It is an opportunity for questions to be answered, for sharing with others who find themselves asking similar questions, and for learning about the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. The process offers an environment of support and guidance as you discover how God is working in your life.

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). For both HC & OMOS.


Grieving with Great Hope is a 6-Week grief support workshop using a video on-demand format. It offers a prayerful, practical and personal, mutually-supportive approach for anyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one. Suffering a loss of someone you love? You are encouraged to attend.

Video presenters will include two priests, as well as John and Sandy O’Shaughnessy from Good Mourning Ministry (a  Catholic bereavement organization). Fr. Bill will join our program periodically.

Pamphlets and Registration forms are available at both                  entrances at Holy Cross Church and in the narthex (back) of Our Mother of Sorrows Church.

In person program information: Wednesdays, 6-week program, 2:00-4:00 PM – October 13, 2021 through November 17, 2021

Meeting room will be included with registration materials. Masks required. Social distancing expected. Limited enrollment. No fee.

Zoom program offering information: We will be offering a similar program via Zoom as well on Wednesdays for a 5-week program.

Please contact Ann Marie Lagonegro if you are interested in such an offering, as times and dates are more flexible. 

Call Ann Marie Lagonegro @ 269-9456 with any questions and/or to enroll by phone. Please leave a message to include: Grieving with Great Hope Program

Oh, Holy Spirit, I beg you to give me strength, and grant me the grace I so earnestly seek. 


What is New in Church?

As people come into the Church, they aree Welcomed and invited by the Greeter or Usher to select which section they will sit in. We will have two sections of seating from which people may choose. We will not be asking for proof of vaccination. People will decide for themselves. People select:

Social Distancing: Must wear a Mask. (for non-vaccinated and vulnerable population – Keep Social Distancing.) The two sections near old confessional: Sections 4, 5 (Near the Crucifix).

OR  No Social Distancing: There is the option to wear a Mask. (for vaccinated) Sections: 1,2,3

St Francis Food Pantry

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

Saturday, September 25, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Wednesday, October 13, 4:00-5:30 PM

Wednesday, October 20, 1:00-3:00 PM

Saturday, October 23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

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

Blessing of Imgaes of Our Mother Mary

THIS weekend, September 18/19, we will celebrate the feast  of Our Mother of Sorrows at all the Masses at both Churches. Please bring your favorite image of Our Mother Mary to Mass for a blessing.




Our Mother of Sorrows/Holy Cross

Upcoming Men’s Retreat

September 24-26, 2021

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

“Finding God in Life’s Transitions”

Hear the stories from scripture that offer words of encouragement along our journeys. Walk…Pray…and Talk with Jesus as you Journey through the retreat weekend.

To sign up or for more information, please contact:

Holy Cross: Fred Amato at 585.943.2873 or email at:  fredamatony@gmail.com

Our Mother of Sorrows: George Braidic (277-4013) or email at: gbraidic@yahoo.com

Upcoming Women’s’s Retreat

October 1-3, 2021

If you would like to attend the Women’s Weekend Retreat please contact Nancy at 585-394-5700

Space is limited, so please call ASAP.



Greeters Needed

Greeters and Substitute Greeters are needed for service at the 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM Masses at OMOS. Most scheduled greeters serve 2x a month. Substitute greeters fill in when needed and would serve, most likely, once a month.

This is a wonderful ministry to meet new people, and to get to know and welcome your fellow parishioners.

Please contact Maryanne Sutton at 698-7602 if you are interested in serving in this ministry.



Catechetical Sunday

This Sunday is designated by the Church as Catechetical Sunday. According to the USCCB, “On this day, catechists are formally commissioned for ministry to the community. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each baptized person plays in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.”

As we recognize our catechists this weekend, I would like to take the opportunity to recognize a very special catechist who is retiring from ministry in our Family Faith Formation Program at OMOS. Nora Coco has been a volunteer catechist for more that 30 years at Our Mother of Sorrows! Her love for our families and her faith have been a blessing and an example to us all of a true disciple of Christ. Her dedication is an inspiration to her fellow catechists and working with her has been a gift. Nora’s first and second graders enjoyed her stories of the saints and sacramentals as well as her positive reinforcement and constant enthusiasm for teaching the faith. Thank you so much, Nora, for your ministry. You have impacted so many lives with your service to our parish! May God bless  you and protect you always.

Stephanie Hubbel, Faith Formation Coordinator, OMOS


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 September through December 2021. 

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.