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

November 27, 2022

“As I Walk This Way”

Dear Parishioners,

THIS weekend of November 26/27, we will debut our “Welcome Desk” at OMOS. For 20 minutes before and after Mass this will be available for people to request a Mass card, gain more information on volunteer opportunities, leave a message for a staff member, or register to join the parish. I am grateful to the parishioners, who are collaborating with staff to set up and oversee this new outreach.  Once we get this up and running at OMOS, it would be wonderful to cross-train a group of HC parishioners to set up a “Welcome Desk” at Holy Cross, possibly in February or March of 2023.

In Christ,

Fr. Coffas, Pastor of Holy Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows


Why Mass?

“Do this in remembrance of Me.”  Lk 22:19

Growing up, we had many family traditions, especially around the holidays. From old family recipes, grandma’s lace tablecloth, and the decorations we used. We continued these traditions to keep the memory of the person who started them alive in our hearts and minds. When I see these things or smell the food, they take me back to those times when our loved one was with us. It makes me feel that special love we all felt at those times.

This is the same feeling I get when I attend Mass. Jesus asked His disciples to “do this in memory of me” for the same reason. To share the ultimate love with us and to participate in that love of his ultimate sacrifice on the cross and to share in his  resurrection.

When the priest says the words of Christ to transform the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, I am transported to the Last Supper and have this feeling of awe. This is happening now just as it did 2,000 years ago.

Anyone can go to church, but we, as Catholics, have the unique privilege of attending Mass, to truly participate in Jesus’ death and resurrection. So, the next time you are at Mass, allow yourself to be drawn into this experience of  being truly present with Jesus at the Last Supper and allow Him to share His love with you in His sacrificial offering.

David Cataline,, Pastoral Year Seminarian

Pastoral Planning Task Force Update

The 2022-23 blue Advent Reflection books are in and now available to pick up at all the Masses; One per family please. If you do not attend weekend Masses, therewill also be books available during the week of November 27 when the church is open for Mass or Adoration.

2023 Sunday Missals NOW available at the entrances of both churches. Please only ONE per household.

The Choral season has begun! The Adult Choir performs at the 10 AM Masses at HC and 11 AM Masses at OMOS on a rotating schedule. The Resurrection Choir assists with all funerals at HC and OMOS. The Contemporary Music Ensemble provides the music for 5pm Masses at HC. Instrumentalists perform for the 4pm Masses at OMOS.

Interested in joining our ensembles or becoming a cantor?

We would love to hear from you! Please contact Dr. Beata Golec at 585-201-2112 or beata.golec@dor.org for more information and the rehearsal schedule.

Need a Piano?

The new grand piano in the Holy Cross parish center is replacing the existing, spinet piano there. This spinet is free, to a loving home. If you are interested, please contact Beata Golec at Beata.Golec@dor,org or 663-5432, x124. It will be first come, first served and you will need to make arrangements to move it.

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.


A friendly reminder:

Fr. Bill Coffas does not ask people to buy gift cards. Please do not respond to any requests like this. It is simply a scam.

Please note: the message below was recently sent out but is not from Fr. Coffas:

Great thanks i need 10 qty eBay gift cards for $200 each (total $2000) . You should get them at any store around. After you get them, scratch the back and take clear pictures of each card and send it to me here. I will handle the distribution of the cards to each staff accordingly. This should remain confidential until each of them gets their card. Please keep the physical cards and receipt for reference purposes. You will be fully reimbursed.

ALSO Please note: the message below was recently sent out but is not from Fr. Coffas:

Let Me Know When You Are Not Busy Via Email. 
Best Regards…..
Fr. William Coffas

Please DO NOT respond to any email supposedly from me asking for gift cards or money.

Fr Wiliam G. Coffas

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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 4:00 PM 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.


Opening for a Full-Time Pastoral Associate

Details here.

Open to All Teenagers in High School Join us Friday, December 2.

See more details here.

Upcoming Gatherings:

December 16 . January 6 and 20 . February 3 and 17 . March 3 and 17

See more details here.

Christmas is coming quicker than we think! Let our Holy Cross Tweens & Teens get you into the  Holiday Spirit.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 3, 9 to 11 AM in School Cafeteria

$15 Family of 4 suggested donation

Children 2 & under: Free

  • Delicious Pancake Breakfast & Crafts
  • Pictures with Santa too!

Get your tickets Call Donna J at 261-5552 to request tickets or you may buy them at the door that morning! Santa loves “kids” of all ages so bring your friends and join in the fun!

At Our Mother of Sorrows we continue to be a bridge to our community and continue to evangelize and serve others through our Giving Tree ministry. This year, there are changes in the stars (in the communities served and the  process). The stars this year will represent our continued efforts to help at Catholic Charities Community Services and new this year, the community at Holy Cross School. Please take a star and bring your unwrapped gift (please unwrapped – another change for this year) with the star affixed to the bag by the weekend of December 10/11. In your bag, please enclose a Christmas card and invite the person or family to celebrate Christmas Mass here at Our Mother of Sorrows. Let them know you are praying for them.


Attn.: Rosary Crusaders

The Rosary Crusaders will gather THIS Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 PM in the Holy Cross Parish Center for pizza and refreshments, and to pray the Rosary and share some stories. Bring a friend! All are welcome!


The Rosary is recited every Tuesday at 7:30 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. At Holy Cross Church, the Rosary is recited every Thursday at 9:15 AM in the Parish Center and at every Sunday at 7:30 AM in church. Join us! 

Mass Books Open NOW for January through April 30, 2023.

The Stipend for a Mass Intention is $10.


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.


Dear Holy Cross & Our Mother of Sorrows Parents/Grandparents:
Family Faith Formation starts with Mass at Holy Cross Church at 10:00 a.m. followed by catechetical instruction at the Parish Center from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.mSalvation History is our theme! It is not too late to register if you have children in Kindergarten through 7th grade who are not enrolled in our Family Faith Formation program. Registration Forms will be available. All are welcome! We hope to see you there.
The Family Faith Formation Team

Diocese of Rochester Permanent Diaconate

The deacon is a man of faith, who is called from the community that already recognizes his dedication to service. He makes a lifetime commitment to serving the People of God by proclaiming the Word, assisting and presiding at liturgies, and ministering in the areas of charity and social justice. A deacon gives witness to his availability to the community by addressing present and emerging needs of the Church.

The Diocese is inviting interested men of strong and active faith, who can demonstrate a record of service in the communities in which they live, work and worship, who may wish to explore a possible call to ordained ministry as a permanent deacon, to first speak with their pastor for an initial conversation. They may also contact Deacon Edward Giblin, Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, at edward.giblin@dor.org, for additional information.

A potential candidate must be at least 35 years of age and no older than 62 years of age at the time of ordination after a five (5) year period of formation. He must be in good health, emotionally mature, have stable relationships and must have the wholehearted support of his wife (if married) and family to enter the phase of inquiry.

Because the parish is the primary experience of Church for most inquirers, the parish community is asked as well to invite from among its members, men who exhibit strong faith and a spirit of service and encourage them to consider a possible vocation to the permanent diaconate.

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.


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

Diocesan Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Update

Diocesan News Release Nov 3, 2022

Letter to the Faithful


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.


Welcome Desk

We debut our “Welcome Desk” at Our Mother of Sorrows this weekend, November 26/27. For 20 minutes before and after Mass this desk will be available for people to request a Mass card, gain more information on volunteer opportunities, leave a message for a staff member, or register to join the parish.

Stop by and check it out!


St Francis Food Pantry OPEN

Saturday, November 26, 10 AM – 12 PM 

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

We would like to thank all that have contributed and left food at Church for the Pantry. We are currently serving approximately 150 families. The most common food we are in need of is Pasta Sauce, Spaghetti and Peanut Butter. Again thanks for all you do to help us!


Family Prayer with Jesus the High Priest for Vocations

November 6 begins National Vocations week, and that day we will also begin a Family Prayer Project. 

We are asking families to sign up to take the icon of Jesus the High Priest into their homes and to pray each day as a family for vocations, especially to the priesthood. Sign-up sheets will be available in the narthex of Our Mother of  Sorrows and in the parish center foyer at Holy Cross (look for the icon).


Catholic Ministries Appeal 2022-23

Our Mother of Sorrows CMA Goal: $91,000

As of Thursday, November 22, 333 Households have Pledged $64,256. This is 70.61% of our goal.

What Does the Bible Say About Giving

The picture of our financial giving simply reveals a reflection of our lives surrendered to God.

Our offerings should flow freely from a heart of gratitude.

As New Testament believers, we are under no legal obligation to give a tenth of our income. However, as Christians, the tithe ought to be the starting point of our giving, the minimum to give, a demonstration that everything we have belongs to God.

“‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD  Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.’”

God challenges you to start by making a commitment. Give something faithfully and regularly. God will honor and bless your commitment. Giving may feel like a huge sacrifice at first, but you’ll eventually discover its rewards.

God wants believers to be free from the love of money, which the Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:10 is “a root of all kinds of evil.” Giving honors the Lord and allows his work to go forward. It also helps build our faith. We may experience times of financial hardship when we can’t give as much, but the Lord still wants us to trust Him in times of lack. He, not our paycheck, is our provider. He will meet our daily needs.

Remember, financial giving is not God’s way of raising money—it’s His way of raising children.

In the memo area of your check, please indicate that your contribution goes towards the goal of Holy Cross Church, parish # 008 OR Our Mother of Sorrows, parish # 023.

Please continue to pray for the success of the CMA.

See why to support the CMA

Have you turned in your pledge card? If not, we encourage you to do so soon. To all of you who are reminding all that God is with Us Always…THANK YOU!

Remember, you can consider a larger gift since you can pay off your pledge over the next 6 months.

We are required to complete the pledge phase of our campaign by year’s end. But remember you have until May 31, 2023 to complete payment on your pledge.

Ways to Give and Some Reminders

No money from the CMA will be used in any legal settlements. As a designated gift it is used for the purpose identified; namely, supporting the mission of the diocese.)

The Family Zone November 13, 2022


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