Mass Reservations for the Weekend

February 27 - 28, 2021

Reservations for the Saturday, February 27 4:00 pm Mass, Sunday February 28 7:00 am Mass and the Sunday, February 28 9:15 am Mass will begin on Monday, February 22  at 8:00 am. You will find a link for On-line reservations here at that time, or you may call the Reservation Extension at the Cathedral Office (254-3221 x 107) beginning at 8:00 am on Monday, February 22nd. No reservations will be accepted before that time.

Reservation Link :

 Link for Mass Reservations for the Weekend February 27 - 28



The 12:10 pm Mass on Friday, February 26, 2021 which was live streamed on Facebook and Youtube is available on our Facebook Page (, our YouTube channel and here on our website. Click on the link below...

Friday, February 26, 2021 12:10 pm Mass from the Cathedral Community



CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowls are available at the Information Center in the Narthex

Ignatian 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

Some of you may have seen the article about the Ignatian 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge written by Joseph's Place volunteer, Kathy McGrail. It was published in the 2/5/21Cathedral newsletter.  

If you decide to take this course/challenge, every day you will get an email linking you to the learning materials for that day.  There are options to expand on a theme and listen to more videos or do additional reading but it is all up to you.  Even doing the daily minimum, I think you will gain new insights.

To sign up for this free challenge, follow this link


Just a reminder, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent. Those ages 18 - 59 must fast, i.e., two small meals and one larger meal and no eating between meals, on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Link to PRAYER video (from NewsNote)

Please click on the link below to view the Prayer video from our Faith Formation Series as mentioned in the News Note!






The Cathedral has reopened for public masses. Due to the continuing presence of the COVID 19 Virus , THREE WEEKEND MASSES will be celebrated for the foreseeable future: 4:00 Saturday evening, 7:00 am and 9:15 Sunday morning.


To make a reservation please go to our Cathedral website or call (585) 254-3221 x107 beginning each week on Monday at 8:00 am.

No reservations can be made by email or by calling the parish secretary or staff.

All necessary safety protocols will be observed, including hand sanitizing, wearing face masks and safe distancing. We will continue to monitor directives from the Diocese of Rochester, New York State and Monroe County and will hopefully be able to increase the number of weekend masses and size of the congregation. We are grateful for your patience and cooperation.

Confessions will be heard in person on Friday from 4:45 - 5:15 pm and on Saturday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm with all of the required COVID precautions in place.  


Weekday Masses (public Masses)  during Lent are Monday through Friday at 12:10 pm. We will be limited to 50 people, however NO reservations will be necessary.  (Will be live streamed as well).

Celebration of the Eucharist

Online and Public Masses this weekend at the Cathedral Community:

The Cathedral has reopened for public masses.  THREE WEEKEND MASSES will be celebrated for the foreseeable future:  4:00 Saturday evening (live streamed as well), 7:00 am and 9:15 am (live streamed as well) Sunday morning.


To make a reservation please go to our Cathedral website or call (585) 254-3221 x107 beginning each week on Monday at 8:00 am.


Daily Masses (no reservations needed): 

Monday through Friday 12:10 pm during Lent

Celebration of Penance

Celebration of Penance

Friday 4:45 - 5:15 pm

Saturday  2:30 - 3:30 pm 

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 on a regular basis.

Pastoral Perspective

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

Happy Lent! And it could be a happy Lent for you this year. I am going to recommend something that you give up that could be very positive and helpful for your growth in the spiritual life.

In the Gospel this weekend, Jesus, before the temptations he experiences in the wilderness, is returning from the Jordan. He has just been baptized by John, a powerful experience of knowing the certainty of God’s delight in him. He has been told that he, Jesus, is the Father’s Beloved Son. In him the Father was well pleased.

Yes, not only Jesus but all of us can hear the voice that speaks from above and from within and then whispers softly or declares loudly: “You are my Beloved. In you I am well pleased.” It is not always easy to hear that voice in a world filled with voices that shout: “You are no good; you are ugly; you are worthless; you are despicable, you are nobody - unless you can demonstrate the opposite.

These voices, says the spiritual writer Henry Nouwen, are so loud and so persistent that it is easy to believe them. That’s the great trap. It is the trap of self-rejection. As he notes, “the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can, indeed, present a great temptation, but their seductive quality comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions.”

So, make this Lent the opportunity to give up self-rejection. We are the Beloved. We are intimately loved long before our parents, teachers, spouses, children, and friends wounded us.

Listening to that voice with great inner attentiveness you can hear “I have called you by name, from the very beginning. You are mine and I am yours. You are my Beloved and in you I am well pleased.”

Thought for the week:   Remember that hope is not a plan of action.

Smile for the week : Why don’t dinosaurs talk? Because they’re all dead!

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

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.

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

February 26, 2021  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community"  Current News Note

Please see the "Publications" tab on the menu above for past Video Messages and News Note Issues.


The Cathedral Office REMAINS CLOSED

The Cathedral Office remains CLOSED until further notice.

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 is currently closed until further notice.

What's Coming Up


Whats Coming Up : 

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


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

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


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


  • Sun, Feb 28th

  • Sun, Feb 21st

Events (Not always current due to COVID 19 changes. Please refer to the bulletin or contact the office at (585) 254-3221.)



View all events »