Holy Day of Obligation

Holy Day of Obligation

Wednesday, December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.There will be a mass on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7:00pm and on Wednesday Dec. 8 at 7:30am, 12:10pm and 5:20pm

Celebration of the Eucharist

Celebration of Eucharist

 4:00 Saturday evening

7:00 am and 9:15 am and 11:15 am (live streamed as well) Sunday morning.

Daily Masses

  Monday - 12:10 pm: 

Tuesday - 7:30 am

Wednesday - 12:10 pm;

Thursday - 12:10 pm;

Friday - 12:10 pm.


Holy Day of Obligation

Wednesday, December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.There will be a Mass on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7:00pm and on Wednesday Dec. 8 at 7:30am, 12:10pm and 5:20pm

The Cathedral Office Hours

Sacred Heart Cathedral Regular Office Hours...

Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon



Celebration of Penance

Celebration of Penance

Fr. Van  Lieshout will be available for confessions from 11:30am until noon before every 12:10 weekday Mass. The full confession schedule here at the Cathedral is as follows:

Monday: 11:30am until noon
Tuesday: No Confessions
Wednesday: 11:30am until noon
Thursday: 11:30am until noon
Friday: 11:30am until noon; 4:45pm until 5:30pm
Saturday: 2:30pm until 3:30pm


The Very Reverend Peter D. Van Lieshout


Sacred Heart Cathedral Rector, The Very Reverend Father Peter Van Lieshout

Praised be Jesus Christ!
Happy First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new liturgical year!
Just three brief thoughts/announcements as we begin this season:
New Resolutions
Ive always thought that it is better to make your new years resolutionsat the start of the Churchs new year, as opposed to waiting until January 1stthat way you can use the penitential dimension of Advent as motivation for whatever changes that you want to make. To me thats a lot easier than trying to start new during the new calendaryear in what is still the heart of the Christmas season (with its festive character).
Daily Mass
I know that a lot of parishes see a slight increase in daily Mass attendance during the Lenten season, but there is no reason why something similar cant be the case during Advent as well. If you are not in the habit of attending daily Mass, Advent is a great time to start.Obviously, those who work or are otherwise occupied during the week cant always fit this into their day. But sometimes even in those cases, all it takes is a little extra effort to squeeze in a daily Mass before or after work, or during a lunch-hour break. There is something special about the joy of Christmas after an Advent done well.
Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA)
Weve made good progress on reaching our CMA goal so far (thank you so much to all who have given!), but Im a little nervous that we are stalling out.If you havent made your CMA contribution yet, can I encourage you to do so as a way of beginning Advent with a charitable gift? Im especially thinking of those who have given generously on behalf of the Cathedral in the past but have yet to give to this years appeal. Im also thinking about any and all of our new parishioners who have joined the parish in recent monthscan you too be of assistance in reaching our goal? It would be so great to have our appeal goal reached by Christmas time.
In the hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Fr. Van Lieshout
November 28th, 2021 First Sunday in Advent

Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA)


The Cathedral Community’s Catholic Ministries Appeal Goal is $76,232.

The active phase of our parish CMA campaign continues. By now, past CMA donors have received a special letter in the mail with a personalized pledge card. Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. Every gift to the CMA helps those in need, supports the mission of the Church and comes back to help our parish. Thank you, let us continue to pray for the success of our efforts.

A Prayer For Our CMA Campaign

O God, our loving Creator and giver of all good gifts, bless our parishes, strengthen our faith and grant us the spirit of Christian Stewardship so that we may give generously of our time, talent and treasure to the building of Your Kingdom here in our church and throughout the world.We pray for your help in achieving success in this campaign, so that we can help others throughout our Diocese.This we ask through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. AMEN.

  As of November 28th, ,we have reached 51.84% of our goal. Thank you to those who have mailed in their CMA contribution.

Watch the CMA Video - click this link....     Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) Video

Donate...         Make a Donation to the CMA Appeal

Mary's Place Holiday Donations

Mary’s Place Holiday Donations

Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach is looking for donations of toys, blankets and cold weather accessories (hats, gloves, and scarves) for children and teens. We hope this year you will once again help us put smiles on refugee children’s faces. Without the support of community members like you, Mary’s Place would be unable to continue providing services and programs for resettled refugees in Rochester. Thank you for helping to make this Holiday season brighter for every family at Mary’s Place.

Please see the dates and time of drop offs and information on when and how to get involved below:

Donation Drop Off Information:  Dates: Monday December 6 through Friday, December 10 - Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm  Location: Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach, 414 Lexington Avenue, Rochester, NY 14613

Gift Assembly Information:  Dates: Monday, December 13 through Thursday, December 16 - Times: 8:30 -  4:00 pm  Location: Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach,  414 Lexington Avenue,  Rochester, NY 14613

If you have any questions, please contact Mary’s place outreach directly at (585) 270-8626 or by email at: [email protected]

All donations must be dropped off at Mary’s Place.

Pancakes for a Cause

Pancakes for a Cause

Come pick up your gourmet frozen pancakes December 11 & 12 after all the masses, near the Ridgeway Avenue entrance.

$10 suggested donation per bag of pancakes. You have a choice of Apple Cinnamon or Lemon Blueberry. All proceeds go to Brightstar Community, a Rochester non-profit helping local women who have been victims of sex trafficking, prostitution, abuse, and addiction.

Representatives of Brightstar Community will be available at the event to answer questions and help you learn more.www.brightstarcommunity.org

Faith Formation, Confirmation, RCIA

Faith Formation 2021 - 2022 I

 I’m so grateful to Karen Stevens for helping me to piece together an “in-person” religious ed. program here at the Cathedral, after having an online only program last year due to COVID. Karen worked in this role here at the Cathedral several years ago, and she has been extremely helpful in getting us up and running again. We are still in the early stages of planning but we would like to begin taking signups. The program will start Sunday, September 19th and take place most Sundays from 10:15am until 11:15am. This will allow a family to have their child(ren) enrolled in the program and also attend either the 9:15am Mass (beforehand) or the 11:15am Mass (afterwards).
Signup forms are available in the Cathedral narthex, or can be downloaded here...
 or Families can enroll online at the link to the Registration Form found in the Menu above under Faith Formation
 The Sacrament of Confirmation is generally administered by Bishop Matano to 9th graders at the end of that second year of classes. Confirmation classes will also take place at the same time as Faith Formation: Sundays from 10:15am until 11:15am.
The RCIA program is an intellectual and spiritual journey for those individuals who have never been baptized, but are interested in exploring the teachings of the Catholic faith in view of potentially seeking baptism and entrance into the full life of the Church next spring. But I also find that RCIA classes can also serve as helpful formation for those nonCatholic Christians who are already baptized, but are considering “converting” to the Catholic faith by being received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Depending on interest, I am hoping to host these Wed. evening from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Cathedral starting Sept. 15th.

Volunteer Opportunities

More Volunteer Opportunities
Fr. Van Lieshout is in need of more people interested in being ushers or money counters. As an usher, you would serve at the mass you attend. Money counters are a member of a team, that gathers every other Monday morning, from 9:00 am to approximately 11:00 am. Training is available. Please call Lynn in the office with questions or interest (254-3221 ext. 102)


Advent Giving Tree

Advent Giving Tree

The Social Ministry Committee is happy to return to the Cathedral Community the Advent giving tree. The tree will be in the narthex the weekend of November 20 & 21, with gift suggestions for families and individuals referred by the Catholic Family Center. Please return the gift and gift cards unwrappedto the Cathedral office by December 5th. Thank you in advance for your assistance this holiday season.

Help Haiti

Help Haiti
GIFTS OF LOVE BENEFIT St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, Port-Au-PrinceHaiti's only children's hospital treating childhood cancer and children in desperate need without cost to their families.
$5 Donation each In the Cathedrals narthex after all masses on Dec. 4/5.  These GIFTS OF LOVE--among the last of Holy Childhoods beautiful ceramic Angels gift card sayingyou have made a donation in honor of the receiver to help children in Haiti”.
Sale organized by our Social Ministry group and St. Louis Church, Pittsford Cathedral Community
Contact: Annette Hunt (email:[email protected])
If check, please write to: The Cathedral Community Write : Haiti on the memo line.
To further help St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, we again have been offered a matching grant for revenues received. We also request your prayers as St. Damien is located in Port-au-Prince, about 80 miles from the area of Haiti hardest hit by the recent earthquake. Its the only pediatric hospital in the country, and it serves about 90,000 patients every year. Please visit: www.nphusa.org/stdamien to learn the magnitude of our endeavor.



Regular Collection

Online Giving to the Cathedral Community

Please click on the link above for Regular Sunday Online Giving Options at the Cathedral Community!       


Second Collections

The Immaculate Conception of Mary  (Fund Ending December 31, 2021)

Christmas Flowers   (Fund Ending December 31, 2021)

Catholic University   (Fund Ending December 10, 2021)

Joseph's Place   (Fund Ending December 31, 2021)

Penny Fund   (Fund Ending December 31, 2021)

Catholic Courier  (Fund Ending December 31, 2021)

School Support  (Fund Ending December 31, 2021)

Fuel Fund  (Fund Ending December 31, 2021)


Please click on the link above for the Second Collection Online Giving Options at the Cathedral Community!

Thank you for your generosity!



The weekly live streamed Mass will be :
11:15 AM – Sunday
 “ALL ARE WELCOME” to attend in person

We continue to make adjustments to our worship space as we receive guidance from the CDC, New York State and the Diocese of Rochester.


Masses and Prayer Services which are live streamed (and/or recorded) on Facebook and Youtube are available on our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/CathedralCommunity) and on our YouTube channel. Click on the links below to view Live Streams for Masses and Services as they occur, and recorded versions after each.

YouTube Live Streams and Recordings

Facebook Live Streams and Recordings



Green Team

Choose Life by Choosing to Care for Creation


Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, England wrote a joint statement calling for Christians and all people of good will to change their ways. In a short statement they issue a prophetic call saying, "We must decide what kind of world we want to leave to future generations. God mandates: ‘Choose life, so that you and your children might live’ (Dt 30:19). We must choose to live differently; we must choose life."

To read the joint statement, please see the Green Team tab in the Menu above. (Go to the Green Team tab under the "Ministries" tab. then under the "Outreach Ministries" tab.

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.

Cathedral Library and Cafe


Cathedral Library and Cafe Hours : 

The Cathedral Library remains closed until further notice.

Pastoral Letter Against Racism

"As (United States) bishops, we unequivocally state that racism is a life issue. Accordingly, we will not cease to speak forcefully against and work toward ending racism." (Open Wide Our Hearts)

Please click here to view the Pastoral Letter AGAINST RACISM

Bishop Matano's Statement

Here's what we're doing to ensure that our children and vulnerable persons are safe: 

DOR Creating A Safe Environment Information (click here)

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester 

1150 Buffalo Road

Rochester, New York  14624


Deadline for Bulletin and Church Announcements

Announcements and inserts/flyers for our weekly bulletin must be submitted to the Church Office by NOON on Monday. (Inserts and flyers must receive prior approval before submission). E-mail submissions must be sent to [email protected]

Please note : Articles may be edited due to space constraints & inserts/flyers must be approved by staff. Thank you for your consideration of these policies.

Sunday announcements must be submitted to the office by Thursday at NOON.


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