(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.

Ministers will be present to assist you to your preferred seating.

We thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation.

-- Father Kevin  McKenna


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 as of the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, June 5-6

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!

Live Streamed Mass Changes

Beginning with this weekend's masses, the weekend mass that will be live streamed will change from the 4:00PM Saturday mass, to the 9:15AM Sunday morning mass. 

The live streaming schedule will be:
9:15 AM – Sundays
12:10 PM – Wednesdays

(The Diocese of Rochester, along with the other Dioceses of Upstate New York have resumed the obligation of attending Sunday Mass as of the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, June 5-6.)

The mass schedule is NOT changing and “ALL ARE WELCOME” to attend in person as we continue to maintain strict distancing guidelines and adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.


On Sunday, June 27th, we will gather under the tent in the Ridgeway Ave. parking lot, to honor and bless Father Kevin as he journeys to his new parish.
12:30 - 2:30 pm - Hot Dogs and snacks will be available
1:20 pm - Choir piece
1:30 pm - Testamonials
1:50 pm - Blessing
Video presentation will be playing throughout the afternoon.
Many people have expressed an interest in giving Father Kevin gifts. Although it is NOT necessary, a box will be provided for cards. Another option is to make a contribution in Father’s name to Nazareth Elementary School. They have established a Father Kevin McKenna Financial Aid Fund. This will provide assistance to current and new families who desire a quality Nazareth Elementary education for their child and cannot afford to do so. Please make checks payable to: Nazareth Elementary School.
 (Please note the staff reserves the right to edit statements for length in order to include all who wish to participate.)



Regular Collection

Online Giving to the Cathedral Community

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

    Holy Day :  The Ascension of our Lord(Thursday May 13) (Fund Ending June 30, 2021)          

Second Collections

Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe   (Fund Ending August 11, 2021)

Peter's Pence  (Fund Ending July 23, 2021 )

Catholic Communication Campaign  (Fund Ending June 30, 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!


Celebration of the Eucharist

Public and Live Streamed Masses at the Cathedral Community:

THERE WILL BE 4 WEEKEND MASSES celebrated for the foreseeable future:  4:00 Saturday evening (live streamed as well), 7:00 am and 9:15 am and 11:15 am Sunday morning.

Seating with NO SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED and MASK OPTIONAL is now  available

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

Daily Masses

 Monday through Friday 12:10 pm (Wednesday live stream)



Effective immediately, the weekly live streamed masses will be limited to:
9:15 AM – Sunday
12:10 PM – Wednesday
The mass schedule is NOT changing and “ALL ARE WELCOME” to attend in person as we continue to maintain strict distancing guidelines, adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols, and limited seating.

Masses and Prayer Services which are live streamed (and/or recorded) on Facebook and Youtube are available on our Facebook Page ( 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



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 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


Father McKenna recently wrote an article for “The Priest” magazine about the fifth anniversary of the promulgation of Laudato Si. The Green Team is excited to present that article here for you to read in order to  increase our awareness of the encyclical here at the Cathedral! The article is entitled "Next Steps toward Caring for Our Common Home" and is available through the link below!

"Next Steps toward Caring for Our Common Home", by Father Kevin McKenna

Pastoral Perspective

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

Many years ago, when I was a seminarian, I took a job in Yellowstone National Park. The specific job I got - and not one that I had applied for -  was driving a tour boat and giving tours of beautiful Yellowstone Lake. I would take the boat around Moose Island and back, pointing out all of the beautiful sights and landmarks that could be seen from the cruise boat. It was, I believe, my second time out on a tour when about halfway out on the lake. I remember my terror as the waves whipped up and we were bouncing up and down on the lake. What I will never forget are the two little boys, brothers perhaps, who, whenever we hit a particularly big wave, and the boat would bounce up several feet and then come back down, would scream with great delight -  do it again! Do it again! -  as if I was purposely doing this for their amusement.

How I would have liked Jesus to be on that tour boat as in this weekend’s Gospel, so that I could have said to him  “Master, do you not care?” And Jesus would have said probably the same thing to me as he said to the apostles, after calming the sea -  “Why is it you are so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?”

The story of Jesus’ birth begins with the Angel saying to Mary, “Fear not!” Then, over and over again in the Gospels, Jesus says to his disciples, “Do not be afraid...Fear not... I am with you.”

Don’t suppress your fears. Take the lid off and identify them. They may be very personal. Or they rise out of a sense of apocalyptic doom that many today seem to suffer from. Whatever they are, let them surface now. And let the Spirit of Christ touch you at the point of your fears. Let the Spirit of Christ help you to uncover new possibilities for your life. Let peace be within you, in the Spirit of Christ.

It is when we are in the presence of Christ that we are truly secure. God with all his power is with us when the forces of chaos descend upon us. He knows what we face.

The enemy of peace is worry; worry for ourselves, worry about the unknown future, worry about those we love. But Jesus speaks to us of a Father whose hand will never cause his child a needless tear and of a love beyond which neither we nor those we love can ever drift. In the storm of anxiety God brings us the peace of the love of God.

Thought for the week:  Maybe the reason you didn’t get what you prayed for is that something better is on the way.

Smile for the week : Why did the pony get sent to his room? He wouldn’t stop horsing around!

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

Current News Note

June 18th, 2021 - Current News Note

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


The Cathedral Office IS NOW OPEN

The Cathedral Office is now open.

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

Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

  • Visitors must wear a mask, sign in and complete the Health Screen Form, located at the front desk


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.

What's Coming Up


Whats Coming Up : 

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

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.


  • Sun, Jun 20th

  • Sun, Jun 13th

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



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