Faithful Citizenship - Voting Your Conscience

"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13

Read Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States, which provides a framework for Catholics in the United States.

Celebration of the Eucharist

WEEKEND MASS TIMES

  • Saturday at 4:00 pm 
  • Sunday at 7:00, 9:15, and 11:15 am and 5:00 pm 

WEEKDAY MASS TIMES

  • Monday at 12:10 pm 
  • Wednesday at 12:10 pm
  • Friday at 12:10 pm
  • At this time we are NOT celebrating weekday Mass on Tuesday and Thursdays at 6:30 am. We will keep you informed when Masses will resume on these days. Thank you,

COVID 19

COVID-19

As of Friday, September 25, 2020, we have not been notified of any current potential exposure or issues related with the COVID 19 virus. 

The Cathedral Community remains absolutely committed to following the precautions put in place in accord with federal, state and local protocols to ensure safety:

  • All who enter the Cathedral must wear a mask the entire time they are in the building;
  • Hands must be sanitized when each person enters the Cathedral;
  • A distance of six feet is maintained between parishioners, unless they are of the same household;
  • Access to the Cathedral is maintained through specifically identified doors;
  • The Cathedral is completely sanitized after each Mass.

The Cathedral staff, and your fellow parishioners, thank you for your full cooperation with these procedures.  Be assured that the Cathedral staff will continue to monitor the Coronavirus pandemic in our community, as well as continue to follow the necessary procedures for health and safety.  We will keep you informed of any changes or developments as needed.

If you are concerned about your own health or exposure to the virus, please contact your primary care provider or the Monroe County Health Department at 585-753-5555.

Celebration of Penance

 CONFESSIONS:

Parishioners wishing enter the Cathedral to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation must wear cloth face coverings or masks in order to enter the church.

Friday from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Absentee / Early Voting

Attention Monroe County Voters:

Starting on August 18th, ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS were mailed out to all actively registered voters in Monroe County.  Although voters' assigned polling sites will be open on election day, if you prefer to vote using an absentee ballot you will need to fill out and return the application by October 27th.  In October, absentee ballots will be mailed out to those voters whose applications have been successfully processed.  Absentee ballots may be mailed in or dropped off at the Board of Elections Office 9am-5pm Mon.-Fri. or dropped off at your polling site on Election Day, November 3rd or dropped off at any of the Early Voting polling sites during the Early Voting dates/times. 

Here are some links that may be helpful to you...

 

Monroe County Board of Elections Information

Link:   https://www2.monroecounty.gov/elections-index.php   

Early Voting

Link:  https://www2.monroecounty.gov/elections-earlyvoting 

Online Voter Application

Link:  https://www.monroecounty.gov/etc/voter/  

Absentee Ballot Application

Link:  https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/voting/AbsenteeBallot-English.pdf 

 

 

 

Pastoral Perspective

The Very Rev. Kevin McKenna, Rector, The Cathedral Community

On August 31, 1982, John Leary was jogging home from his job at the Pax Christi Center in Cambridge to Haley House, the Catholic Worker community in Boston where he lived. It was a run he made every day. But this day, he did not complete the trip. Without warning, he went into cardiac arrest and died almost instantly. He was twentyfour years old. In subsequent days and at his funeral at a Cathedral in Boston his friends were shocked not only by the brevity of his life cut short, but also for all that he had accomplished and for the many lives he had touched in such a short time.

It was well known that John divided his time between peace work at the Pax Christi Center and his life of community among the poor at Haley House. But these were only a small part of his many activities on behalf of peace and justice. During the six years since he had arrived in Boston as a student at Harvard College he had worked with prisoners, the homeless, and the elderly. He had engaged in protests over the military draft, capital punishment, and abortion. He regarded all such issues to be joined in a “seamless garment” approach to the defense of human life. Not everyone agreed with his every stand. But no one who met John Leary could fail to admire his idealism and his heroic determination to put his ideals into action.

Anyone meeting John Leary, it was said, was struck by his joyfulness, his modesty, and a wisdom that belied his youth.

Jesus said: “Anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant, just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.”

John Leary spent long hours reading the bible, said the rosary, and made frequent retreats at a local Trappist monastery.

He revealed to a friend that while jogging he liked to recite the Jesus prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner.” It is likely that he was reciting this prayer at the time of his death.

What was the meaning of this short life? According to a friend, “John ... discovered that life had no purpose, no meaning, no direction, and no focus apart from the purpose and focus of God. He became in his short life the complete and total man for others, and those who knew him and loved him testify to the love of Christ that shone in and through him. “Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus.”

Thought for the week:  Don’t think you’re right or wrong because a few people agree or disagree with you.

Smile for the week:  How do you make a milkshake? Give a cow a pogo stick!

God bless! Have a wonderful week! 

Fr. Kevin McKenna

 

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.

CRS Rice Bowl

Please do not be concerned during this coronavirus health emergency about the collection of your parish/school/campus community's Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl alms. As you know, these alms usually begin coming in after Palm Sunday. However, collection of the alms offerings can be delayed until we are able to return to our normal parish Mass and school schedule. Thank you for journeying through Lent with CRS Rice Bowl.

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] and [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.

What's Coming Up

 

Whats Coming Up : 

All meetings and events at the Cathedral Community are currently canceled until further notice.

Updates During Crisis ..... Current Message (and News Note) from Father Kevin McKenna

Please click on this link to view Father Kevin's video message.

September 25, 2020    Father Kevin's latest video message

September 25, 2020    "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  Current News Note

Please see below for past Video Messages and News Notes

 

The Cathedral Office REMAINS CLOSED

The Cathedral Office remains CLOSED until further notice.

Update During Crisis : Past Messages and News Notes

September 18, 2020  Father Kevin's 24th Video Message

September 11, 2020  Father Kevin's 23rd Video Message

September 4, 2020   No Video Message this week

August 28, 2020  Father Kevin's 22nd Video Message

August 21, 2020  Father Kevin's 21st Video Message

August 14, 2020  Father Kevin's 20th Video Message

August 7, 2020  Father Kevin's 19th Video Message

July 31, 2020  Father Kevin's 18th Video Message

July 24, 2020  Father Kevin's 17th Video Message

July 10, 2020   Father Kevin's 16th Video Message

July 3, 2020   Father Kevin's 15th Video Message

June 26, 2020  Father Kevin's 14th Video Message

June 19, 2020   Father Kevin's 13th Video Message

June 12, 2020  Father Kevin's 12th Video Message

June 5, 2020    Father Kevin's 11th Video Message

May 29, 2020   Father Kevin's 10th Video Message

May 22, 2020    Father Kevin's 9th Video Message

May 15, 2020    Father Kevin's 8th Video Message - Technical Difficulties

May 1, 2020      Father Kevin's 7th Video Message

April 24, 2020    Father Kevin's 6th Video Message

April 15, 2020    Father Kevin's 5th Video Message

April 7, 2020      Father Kevin's 4th Video Message

March 31, 2020  Father Kevin's 3rd Video Message

March 27, 2020  Father Kevin's 2nd Video Message

March 25, 2020  Father Kevin's 1st Video Message

September 18, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 36

September 11, 2020  "Welcome to the Catherdal Community"  News Note Issue 35

September 4, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 34

August 28, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 33

August 21, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 32

August 14, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 31

August 7, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 30

July 31, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 29

July 24, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 28

July 17, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 27

July 10, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 26

July 3, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 25

June 26, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 24

June 23, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 23

June 19, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 22

June 16, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 21

June 12, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 20

June 9, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 19

June 5, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 18

June 2, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 17

May 29, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 16

May 26, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 15

May 22, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 14

May 19, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 13

May 15, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 12

May 12, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 11

May 8, 2020      "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 10

May 5, 2020     "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 9

May 1, 2020     "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 8

April 28, 2020    "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 7

April 22, 2020   "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"   News Note Issue 6

April 15, 2020    "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 5

April 7, 2020       "Welcome to the Cathedral Community" News Note Issue 4

April 3, 2020       "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 3

March 28, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community" News Note Issue 2

March 25, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  News Note Issue 1

Sunday Televised and Streamed Mass

You are invited to view the WHEC Sunday Mass celebrated by Father Mull on the Catholic Courier’s website at https://catholiccourier.com. The Mass can be found in the Worship section under the website’s Faith & Family tab and at the following link:

https://catholiccourier.com/articles/channel-10-sunday-mass

 

THREE WAYS TO GIVE

Please click here to find the Three Ways to Give to the Cathedral Community!

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

 

Cathedral Library and Cafe

Library

Cathedral Library and Cafe Hours : 

The Cathedral Library is currently closed until further notice.

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