Pastoral Perspectives


The Very Rev. Kevin McKenna

 A prominent surgeon was a member of operating teams in two Chicago-area hospitals; St. Francis Hospital and Christ Hospital. The doctor's usual routine was to operate in the morning and, in the evening, take calls concerning his patients from doctors in both facilities. On one occasion, the surgeon was on the telephone talking to a resident at Christ Hospital when his wife answered a call coming in on the other line. "It's St. Francis calling," she whispered to her husband. He whispered back, "Tell St. Francis I'm talking to Christ." In this Sunday's gospel it is a group of Sadducees who are talking to Christ. They ask Jesus a question about whether or not marriage relationships survive after death. Jesus' response includes the teaching that God is the God, not of the dead, but of the living. For to God, all people are in fact alive. On November 1 we celebrated the Feast of All Saints - those who lived among us and whose lives were exemplary in holiness - the well-known and the unknown.

Many people believe that if you want to be holy, you are not allowed to enjoy life. Some believe that to be holy you have to run away from the world. Others think to be holy you have to be in church on your knees praying all day. Others believe to be holy you have to walk around with a halo - you are not allowed to smile, or have any fun, or enjoy yourself at all. They think to be holy you have to despise everything of this world and walk around with a long, drawn-out stoic look on your face.

Holiness brings us to life. Holiness refines every human ability. Holiness doesn't dampen our emotions, it elevates our emotions. Those who possess holiness are the most joy-filled people in history. They have a richer, more abundant experience of life, and they love more deeply than most people can even imagine.

Even in the midst of suffering, they are able to maintain a peace and happiness which is independent of the happenings and circumstances surrounding them. Holiness doesn't stifle us, it sets us free.

Holiness is to allow each moment to be all it can be.


  • Thought for the week: Good times become good memories and bad times become good lessons.
  • Smile for the week: A clear conscience is often the sign of a bad memory.

God bless! Have a wonderful week!  

Fr. Kevin McKenna



Coloring Contest

Again this year, the Catholic Courier is presenting a coloring contest for children ages 3 to 12 in the Diocese of Rochester. The contest starts November 6 and submissions will be accepted until November 27.  For details, including the coloring page, visit

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


Celebration of Penance


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


What's Coming Up


Whats Coming Up : 

 Knights of Columbus Turkey Raffle/Benefit Auction (Nov. 23rd) Tickets on sale now after all Masses.

Sign-up for Thanksgiving Baskets has ended.  


The Food Pantry at Joseph's Place Open Wednesday November 13th, 2019  (Hours for November 13th will be from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, which are the regular hours for the second Wednesday of the month. Note: The Food Pantry at Joseph's Place will only be open on two Wednesday's during November due to the Thanksgiving Holiday; November 13th and November 20th.) 

Knights of Columbus Council 15118 3rd Annual Turkey Raffle/Benefit Auction November 23rd, 2019 (Saturday, November 23rd, 2019, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Cathedral Hall - 11 Turkeys to be raffled (10 Turkeys weighing 10 - 12 lbs, 1 Turkey weighing 25 lbs.   Gift Baskets, Chinese Auction and 50/50 Raffle...  Children Activities and Games ... Food catered by Chef Mark Spinelli and Stephanie Spinelli - Dinner $6.00:  Pulled Pork, Mac and Cheese, Garden Salad,  Mac and Cheese only - $4.00; Sandwich only - $4.00 )

Breakfast with St. Nicholas, December 7th, 9:00 am (Please join us for a breakfast of Pancakes, sausage and eggs. Santa Claus and St. Nicholas will be there! Enjoy a coloring contest and decorating Christmas Tree ornaments from various cultures. December 7th at 9:00 am in the Cathedral Hall. All Are Welcome!  This event is FREE!)


2019 CMA Appeal

2019 CMA Appeal

As you are aware, the CMA has begun. To date, we have received 39.35% of our goal ( $22, 451.) of $79,113. Thank you to all who have made their pledge and for supporting our mission. Please pray for the success of reaching our goal. Thank you!

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Cathedral Library and Cafe


One of our responsibilities as a follower of Jesus Christ is to study and learn more about him each day. As followers of Jesus we are also called to study the "signs of the times" that we might promote Gospel values and our Christian Faith within the culture and community in which we live, which also requires us to study and educate ourselves about issues that concern the common good. With this in mind, we have opened the "Cathedral Library and Cafe" in the former Gift and Book Shop.  The hours for the Library and Cafe are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, and before and after each weekend Mass, or by appointment. Coffee is available as well!  All Are Welcome!

Bishop's Message

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

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'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





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