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,

It was amazing to gather last weekend for our monthly youth Mass. We gathered at the 10:00 AM Mass at Holy Cross. It was so encouraging to look out and see so many children and youth at the Mass with their families. This is part of our efforts to engage young people in the life of our two parishes. The youth group programs for our two parishes have also begun and each gathers teens for fun, faith-filled events.

Near the campus of Our Mother of Sorrows we will notice that that our neighbors, The Rochester Charter Academy is building a gym. This addition to their campus called for the former convent to be   taken down, but we have the time capsule from the cornerstone and will open it soon. In the past, the convent was home to the Sisters of St. Joseph, who served the parish so generously. For several years the building has been empty and sadly, vandalized. While it is sad to see the building come down, it also marks a new chapter in our community, the youth at a neighboring school will have the benefit of a gym.

CMA Update: Thank you to all who have given to the CMA. We   are making wonderful progress in reaching the two separate goals for Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows. The goals for parishes are based on many factors including the number of households in the  parish and the average income reported for the geographic region of the parish in US Census data information. One of the reasons why the goals for our two parishes have dropped over the past year is because we had to update our lists of households in the parish. The Diocese helped us in this process by using special computer programs that identify if a person moved out of the parish. With this assistance, our lists of parishioners is more accurate. One of the reasons why the CMA goal is higher for HC, even after our work to update the list of parishioners, is that there are more households on record. Your gift helps to support our hospital chaplain program and the ministry of Fr. David Tedesche, who presided at the St. Anthony Mass at HC this past June. Fr. Tedesche does an amazing job of ministering to the sick and dying at Strong and Unity Hospitals. Your gift to the CMA makes this ministry possible. Thank you for considering making a gift to the CMA! It would be wonderful to complete the CMA by this Christmas.

In Christ,

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

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



Neighbors in Need Committee

The Neighbors In Need Committee is thankful for all of the donations given so far in the monthly collections of 2021. These financial contributions are being allocated to organizations and programs that align with our mission to help those less fortunate and enduring hardships. With your assistance, we are able to offer hope and be a light in the time of need. The current initiatives we support are the Backpack program, which provides food to children in school to take home, Mary’s Place, which aids refugees, House of Mercy, which helps the homeless, the Food Pantry at Holy Cross, and the Bethany House, which is a woman’s sanctuary dealing with domestic abuse. The St. Francis Food Pantry receives funding directly and is not through this initiative. Future donations to the Neighbors in Need program are essential as we continue to do God’s work supporting these key community organizations and programs.

Interested in Donating? Put money into the Neighbors in Need collection envelope and bring it to church or drop it off in the church office, write a check to the program, or you can donate online on our church website.


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:  and October 27.  We don’t meet in November or December because of the closeness to  the holidays.


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.




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!

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.



Little Flowers Girls’ Club

First Gathering on FRIDAY, October 29              at 3:30 PM in Parish Hall & Meeting Room


Visit page here to learn more!


Youth Activities

Holy Cross School Trunk or Treat                Saturday, October 30, 6:00—8:00 PM     School Gym Parking Lot

Open to HC and OMOS school-age parishioners & students!

Get your Halloween Costume on and join us for a safe celebration of Halloween! Allergy Free alternatives included.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED again this year. We are asking families to sign up online through https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4daaa929a1f58-holy to select their time and the number of people from each family attending 

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea O’Dell at 585-943-3595 or aodell@paychex.com

Hosted by Holy Cross Student Advisory Committee (HCSAC)










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.


Continues Wednesdays through November 17, 2:00-4:00 PM in Holy Cross Parish Center

The Zoom offering will gather weekly on Wednesdays from October 20 through November 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Enroll by calling the contact below or completing the enrollment forms which may be dropped off at the parish offices. Enrollment  is limited.

Please contact Ann Marie Lagonegro at 269-9456 to discuss and/or to enroll.




Funeral Planning

Funeral Ministry Request Line (585) 208-3422

Begin planning here.

What is New in Church?

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, 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

Thank You!

The St. Francis Food Cupboard would like to thank Geri and Jerry Spino and the Scott Spino Foundation for their generous donation of 60 pairs of new children’s sneakers to help support the youth in our community. The sneakers were a great help to the parent’s and families we support.

The Pantry would also like to thank all those parishioners for their continued support of food and donations to the Pantry.  We are currently assisting 150 families a month at the Pantry. Thank you all!

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….


Brought to You by the CMA

The CMA supports me as a parish staff member on a daily basis. They provide training & knowledge in the areas of  accounting, human resources, insurance, property maintenance, legal & IT. 

Gina Hill, Business Manager, HC & OMOS  


  • Every gift helps our local Church move Forward in Faith.
  • If you have not given in the past, please consider doing so this year. 
  • Please make your gift or pledge by early December as you then have until May 31, 2022 to fulfill it.
  • In the memo area of your check, please indicate that your contribution goes towards the goal of Our Mother of Sorrows, parish # 023. 

Follow Our Progress Here.

(No gifts to the CMA are used to satisfy legal fees or settlement costs associated with abuse.)


” The Table of the Lord – All are Welcome!

Fr. Ed Palumbos

November 10, 2021, 9:00 AM—3:00 PM

Join us on for Notre Dame Retreat House’s Day of Prayer

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

Using the famous icon of the Holy Trinity by  Andrei Rublov, Russian artist and monk, we will explore the powerful call of biblical hospitality and what God is asking of us through this Christian artifact. There will be time for private prayer and instruction of the prayer of contemplation

There is a $25.00 Fee. Please call 585-394-5700 or email us at ndretreat@rochester.rr.com to register. Attendance will be capped at 50 people!


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.