The Very Reverend Peter D. Van Lieshout


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

Praised be Jesus Christ!
This past week Bishop Matano celebrated a Mass for Peace at the Cathedral, praying for an end to the violence that plagues our city and asking God’s blessing upon all those responsible for the preservation and cultivation of the common good of our community. I have attended plenty of such Diocesan Masses throughout the years, but this was my first in my capacity as Rector, and it gave me an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that the Cathedral serves as a sort of “spiritual hub” of the whole Diocese.
We have that unique responsibility to build up our local Cathedral parish by providing for the week-to-week spiritual needs of our actual parishioners, all the while serving as a sort of visible center of unity for all of our parishes and “beating heart” of Catholic life within our local Diocesan church. What a privilege and what an obligation!
 As I continue to get better acquainted with the parish and all of the many existing parish ministries, I also hope that in the coming weeks I can announce some simple initiatives that can help us to be that “spiritual center” which characterizes the Cathedral parish - especially as we are finally building back up after the COVID restrictions. In particular, I’m looking forward to things like:
Expanded confession schedule. I would love for the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart to be a “heart of mercy” and forgiveness for all those in our local area. While many parishes have confessions available on Saturday afternoons, my hope is to arrange a very generous confession schedule even during the week, perhaps with the help of outside confessors, so that people come to know the Cathedral as the “field hospital” of mercy that our Holy Father Pope Francis often speaks about in his homilies and addresses.
Weekly adoration schedule/Nocturnal adoration. Several parishioners have already approached me about restoring Saturday nocturnal adoration and/or having other times of Eucharistic exposition available. Deacon Kristan and I are in the process of working out an excellent Eucharistic adoration initiative that we will be ready to announce soon
Devotions to the Sacred Heart. Since our Cathedral building itself is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I want to find ways to celebrate and cultivate this classic Catholic devotion that is so well-beloved and such a source of consolation and hope, especially in these difficult times in which we live. I’m particularly interesting making sure that “First Fridays” of the month have some kind of special event here at the Cathedral, given that first Fridays are traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart.
Adult Catechesis/RCIA.  Lastly, I have some ideas for some great adult ed. programs and talks that we can hopefully use to draw in people from lots of local parishes looking to build up their knowledge and love of our Catholic faith. Again, more to come in the coming weeks.
Lastly, thank you all so much for the continued welcome I have received. I so enjoy getting to know you and I’m so privilege to be able to serve you as your priest!
In the hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Fr. Peter Van Lieshout
August 1, 2021 Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Celebration of the Eucharist

Celebration of Eucharist

 4:00 Saturday evening (live streamed as well)

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

Daily Masses

Monday through Friday 12:10 pm.

The Cathedral Office Hours

Sacred Heart Cathedral Office Hours...

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

Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon



Celebration of Penance

Celebration of Penance

Friday 4:45 - 5:15 pm

Saturday  2:30 - 3:30 pm 


The weekly live streamed Mass will be :
9:15 AM – Sunday
 “ALL ARE WELCOME” to attend in person


(An area will be provided for Social Distanced, Mask Required seating as well)

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


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Return to Sunday Mass Obligation

The Diocese of Rochester, along with the other Dioceses of Upstate New York have resumed the obligation of attending Sunday Mass. 

Anyone who is frail or at risk due to advanced age or medical conditions is always excused from this obligation and you are encouraged to use your own prudential judgement about your health and returning to Mass. 

For those who are healthy and not at great risk, sick, or caring for others who are at risk or sick, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass now has resumed.  So, share the message that we are ready, for those who can come back, to welcome them home!



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

Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe   (Fund Ending August 11, 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)


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Thank you for your generosity!





(An area will be provided for Social Distanced, Mask Required seating as well)

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

We thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation.


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 

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June 25th, 2021 - Current News Note

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