Pastors Perspectives

 The Very Rev. Kevin McKenna

A mantra is a short word or phrase used repetitively in prayer. we still sometimes call such phrases "ejaculations' - "My Jesus, mercy", "Jesus, Mary and Joseph" - but the word mantra, borrowed from the Eastern religions, indicted a particular way of using such phrases. They are repeated over and over again as a way of maintaining focus on God during a time of contemplative prayer.

     We sometimes can use these phrases to express devotion or hope. Other favorites are "Maranatha" - "Come, Lord Jesus", or the Jesus Prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner"), or simply the name of Jesus. The Hail Marys of the rosary are a kind of mantra.

     It may seem inappropriate to speak of God using a mantra in this sense, but God does have a mantra in the message he repeats over and over again to his children, hoping that we will hear. We find it repeated for us time and time again in the Sacred Scripture: "I am with you. I love you. Trust me." It is hard to imagine any message that could be more comforting or consoling as a promise from our Creator and Father, who holds the whole world in his hands. God says to us all personally: "I am with you. I love you. Trust me."

  • Thought for the week : If your ship does not come in, swim out to it.
  • Smile of the week : A new scientific study has revealed that if your parents didn't have children, neither will you.

     God bless! Have a wonderful week....   Fr. 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


  • Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • 6:30 am, 12:10 pm, 5:20 pm

Celebration of Penance


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


What's Coming Up


Whats Coming Up :

Farm Stand Opening Wednesday July 10 (Opening at 2:30 pm near the Flower City Parking Lot entrance, and each Wednesday following through September 30.)

Joseph's Place will be re-opening on Wednesday July 10 (Hours for July 10 will be from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, which are the regular hours for the second Wednesday of the month.)

Re-dedication ceremony for Joseph's Place on Sunday July 14 (Bishop Matano will rededicate Joseph's Place in a ceremony followed by a reception immediately following the 9:15 am mass Sunday July 14.)

Feast of St. Anne's Pasta Dinner Sunday, July 21 (following the 11:15 am mass on Sunday, July 21, 2019 - from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm in the Cathedral Hall).



Bishop's Message

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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.


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