Office Closed Labor Day

The Cathedral Office will be closed Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019

Pastors Perspectives

 The Very Rev. Kevin McKenna

A story is told by Robert Fulghum, a Unitarian minister, about a seminar he once attended in Greece. On the last day of the conference, the discussion leader walked over to the bright light of an open window and looked out. Then he asked if there were any questions. Fulgham laughingly asked him what was the meaning of life. Everyone in attendance laughed and stirred to leave. However, the leader held up his hand to ask for silence and then responded "I will answer your question." He took his wallet out of his pocket and removed a small round mirror about the size of a quarter. Then he explained "When I was a small child during World War II, we were very poor and we lived in a remote village. One day on the road, I found the broken pieces of a mirror. A German motorcycle had been wrecked in that place. I tried to find all the pieces and put them together, but it was not possible, so I kept the largest piece. This one. And by scratching it on a stone, I made it round. I began to play with it as a toy and became fascinated by the fact that I could reflect light into dark places where the sun could never shine. It became a game for me to get light in the most inaccessible places that I could find. I kept the little mirror and as I grew up, I would take it out at idle moments and continue the challenge of the game.

     As I became a man, I grew to understand that this was not just a child's game, but a metaphor of what I could do with my life. I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of the light. But light - be it truth or understanding or knowledge - is there, and it will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it. I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have, I can reflect light into the dark places of this world - into the dark places of human hearts - and change some things in some people. Perhaps others seeing it happen will do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of my life."

     Do we reflect the light of Christ into the darkness of other people's lives? Will the world be a better place for our having been in it?

  • Thought for the week : It's one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself : to forgive.
  • Smile for the week :  Ask me about my vow of silence.

God bless! Have a wonderful week!!!     Father Kevin McKenna



Celebration of the Eucharist


  • Saturday : 4 pm
  • Sunday : 7 am, 9:15 am, 11:15 am, 5 pm


  • Monday, Wednesday Friday : 12:10 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday : 6:30 am


  • Monday, September 2, 2019
  • Mass time : 9:00 am 

Celebration of Penance


  • Friday 4:45 - 5:15 pm
  • Saturday 2:30 - 3:30 pm


What's Coming Up


Whats Coming Up :

Farm Stand Open Every Wednesday through September 30 (Opening at 2:30 pm near the Flower City Parking Lot entrance, and each Wednesday following through September 30.)

Joseph's Place Open this Wednesday  (Hours for August 21 will be from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, which are the regular hours for the third Wednesday of the month.)

Annual Red Mass September 6, 2019 (The annual Red Mass will be celebrated at 12:10 pm on Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, offered by the Diocese of Rochester and the Saint Thomas More Lawyers Guild. A light reception will be held after mass.)

Annual Blue Mass Sunday, September 8, 2019 (You are cordially invited to join Bishop Salvatore R. Matano as we pray, in gratitude, for the safety of all the courageous men and women of law enforcement who so selflessly serve and protect our community.)

Free Community Dinner Brunch Sunday September 15, 2019 (Plan to attend the Community Dinner Brunch after the 11:15 Mass from 12:30 - 2:30 pm. Join our friends from the Maplewood Neighborhood, Foundation House and parishioners as we all gather together. This brunch is FREE OF CHARGE).

Knights of Columbus Grandparents Day Monks Bread Sale (Pre-Sale orders of Monks Bread will betaken in the Narthex after the weekend Masses beginning August 10-11 and through the weekend of August 31 - September 1. All paid orders of Monks Bread will be distributed on Grandparents weekend, September 7-8 after weekend masses or by special arrangement.)



Confirmation Preparation

Our parish Confirmation sessions for youth entering grades 8 through 12 will begin with a Mandatory Retreat on Sunday, August 25th. If your child would like to participate, please call the office by Friday, August 23rd by noon to register at 254-3221 ext. 104.

Bishop's Message

  • Bishop's Message on Child Victims Act. (click on image )




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Our Mission Statement

The Cathedral Community is a Roman Catholic parish of the Dioceses of Rochester that gathers and worships at Sacred Heart Cathedral.  We are an ethnically, racially, and economically diverse community with unique gifts and challenges within an urban neighborhood. 

Our mission is to reach out with hope to all in our community, neighborhood, and beyond, to proclaim the Gospel with joy and enthusiasm, and to prepare disciples who will go forth to serve God and others, especially the poor, with mercy and compassion.


Here is what we're doing to ensure our children and vulnerable persons are safe...

DOR Creating A Safe Environment Information (click here)

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