................................................................A 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)

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against
Racism was developed by the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church of the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Please click here to view the Pastoral Letter AGAINST RACISM

Pastoral Perspective

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

Shut and open doors. The disciples of Jesus were hiding in fear behind closed and locked doors, shutting out the rest of the hostile world, a world for them full of suspicion and accusation. They felt better, safer when, huddled together in isolation.􏰀

And then, a surprise. Into their isolation, Jesus bursts! Through closed doors he walks. Past locks he breaks in. Oblivious of barriers he comes. Surprised and fearful, the disciples are stunned. After all, their conduct these past few days has been anything but sterling: denials, betrayals, flight, leaving Jesus to go it alone, die alone. The only thing they had left was their embarrassment and guilty consciences. 􏰀

􏰀 And yet, there he was. He sought them out in their weakness, ignored the doors they thought would keep him out. He was there to speak of forgiveness and above all to give them the gift of the Spirit: the Spirit of the Second Chance, the Spirit of a love greater than their shame, a Spirit that would break down doors and send them out, now as a community of wounded, forgiven healers, to preach the Good News of God’s love. 􏰀

This is the Pentecost story. It is a formidable job we have been given, but we are not alone. As Church, we have the Spirit, for as the Mexican poet Amado Nervo puts it: “Alone we are only an anthill/but in the Spirit we are a mountain.” And he goes on to move us from drop to fountain, from feather to wing, from beggar to king. All because we have the Spirit.􏰀

In the words of St. Peter, we are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people set apart. We are Church!

Thought for the week:  Kindness is a vast color that only you heart knows how to paint.  

Smile for the week:  What baseball player likes water the most? The pitcher!

God bless! Have a wonderful week!  

Fr. Kevin McKenna

Let us continue to keep each other in prayer as we struggle to deal with the virus that is causing so much distress. May we continuously turn to God who is always faithful. With God's help we will be sustained. We will keep in touch by e-mail blasts, our website (www.cathedralcommunity.org) and through the link to our Facebook page at the website.

As Jesus says: "Pray always and never lose heart!" Alleluia!





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.

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

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

May 29, 2020   Father Kevin's latest video message

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

Please see below for past Video Messages and News Notes


The Cathedral Office is CLOSED

The Cathedral Office is CLOSED until further notice as per DIocesan and NYS Mandates. 

Celebration of the Eucharist


  • The Diocese of Rochester has suspended all public Masses until further notice


  • The Diocese of Rochester has suspended all public Masses until further notice

Celebration of Penance


Currently, the Sacrament of Penance is still being celebrated at the Cathedral Community at these times.  Note: Only 10 people are allowed in the building at a time.  This includes the Priest, essential staff present, and penitents.  Individuals must maintain "social distancing" (6 feet from other individuals) when inside the Cathedral at all times.

Parishioners wishing enter the Cathedral to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation must wear cloth face coverings or masks as recommended by the CDC and Monroe County Executive Adam Bello 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.

Update During Crisis : Past Messages and News Notes

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

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

What's Coming Up


Whats Coming Up : 

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

Live Stream Mass, Sunday, May 31

Bishop Matano will celebrate Mass for Pentecost Sunday on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at 11 a.m. Link: https://youtu.be/74AIhnwMcOk


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

Private Prayer

We invite you for private prayer during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please call prior to your coming to be sure that someone will be on site to open the door upon your arrival.  Thank you.


Please click on the following link to see the notice published by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York regarding the "Bar Date" established by the Bankruptcy Court.

In re Diocese of Rochester Case No. 19-20905

Message from the Bishop


Please click on the image above to see the Message from Bishop Matano regarding Protecting our Children.

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


Cathedral Library and Cafe Hours : 

The Cathedral Library is currently closed until further notice.


  • Sun, May 31st

  • Sun, May 24th


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