"In June of 2020 when I completed my second 6 year term as Rector of the Cathedral, I was appointed to continue to serve the Cathedral Community unless there was another diocesan need. The need has been identified! I have been assigned to serve the community of St. Theodore’s Parish in Gates, New York, beginning June 29 at 6 p.m....
Bishop Matano has appointed Father Peter Van Leishout as the new Rector of the Cathedral. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2014 and presently serves as the pastor of St. Peter’s Parish with churches at Clifton Springs, Phelps, and Shortsville. He frequently serves as assisting Master of Ceremonies at diocesan Masses."
-- The Very Reverend Kevin E. McKenna
Rector, The Catheral Community, Sacred Heart Cathedral
(See the remainder of Father Kevin's announcement in the Pastor's Perspective column below.)
RESERVATIONS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED
for any Masses at the Cathedral Community as of Monday, April 12, 2021!
(Seating (attendance) is limited to a maximum of the first 150 people due to physical distancing requirements and will remain so until physical distancing is no longer required by the CDC and the Monroe County Health Department COVID-19 protocols.)
Please click on the link above for Regular Online Giving Options at the Cathedral Community!
Holy Land (Ending April 30, 2021)
Catholic Home Missions Appeal (Fund Ending May 7, 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!
21-Day Catholic Enviro Justice Challenge: April 23-May 16
In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis invites all people to act on behalf of creation. This call to action is grounded in the principle of integral ecology—the idea that environmental, social, political, and economic systems are interwoven—and sustained by a sense of wonder before the interconnected nature of all life.
Join us in taking the challenge: igsol.net/interconnected
Join the Ignatian Solidarity Network as we explore these connections through daily emails challenging us to:
· enter into the complex work of understanding the connections between environmental injustices that disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), as well as low income communities;
· listen to and learn from the voices of environmental justice leaders from frontline communities;
· better understand the connections between current and historical environmental injustices;
· respond to the call to work towards a lived vision of a world in which all of God’s creation can flourish.
Masses and Prayer Services which are live streamed (and/or recorded) on Facebook and Youtube are available on our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/CathedralCommunity) 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.
"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)
The Cathedral Community Cross Project is complete, and available for your viewing during Holy Week. It includes Crosses and Crucifixes and their significance to those who hold them dear, along with anonymous descriptions of the "crosses" that we are bearing. In a year with so many challenges for each of us, we can reflect as a community on the crosses we are bearing in each of our lives and through our presentation, connect those crosses to the cross of Jesus.
Thank you to the many who contributed to this project in so many ways...
And now, for your prayerful reflection, please click on the link below.
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 (live streamed as well) and 11:15 am Sunday morning. Attendance will be limited to the first 150 people due to physical distancing protocols as required by the CDC and the Monroe County Health Department)
Monday through Friday 12:10 pm
Reservations are NO LONGER NECESSARY for any of the Masses at the Cathedral Community!
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:
The Very Rev. Kevin McKenna, Rector, The Cathedral Community
In June of 2020 when I completed my second 6-year term as Rector of the Cathedral, I was appointed to continue to serve the Cathedral Community unless there was another diocesan need. The need has been identified! I have been assigned to serve the community of St. Theodore’s Parish in Gates, New York, beginning June 29 at 6 p.m.
I am profoundly grateful to Bishop Clark and Bishop Matano for the opportunity to minister to this community which also serves as the mother church of the Diocese. I am also most grateful for the opportunity to serve with such an excellent staff and committed parishioners. I have been greatly blessed.
Bishop Matano has appointed Father Peter Van Leishout as the new Rector of the Cathedral. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2014 and presently serves as the pastor of St. Peter’s Parish with churches at Clifton Springs, Phelps, and Shortsville. He frequently serves as assisting Master of Ceremonies at diocesan Masses.
I ask for your kind remembrance in prayer as I prepare for this new ministry of service to the people of St. Theodore’s.
Thought for the week: “Seek to be ordinary, transparent, simply the person God created you to be” (Robert Wicks).
Smile for the week : Which day do eggs hate? Fryday!
It was a different but special Holy Week and Easter in 2021! Hopefully by now you will have had the opportunity to view on-line the beautiful and reflective “Cross Project” composed of photos of various crosses and crucifixes of personal significance submitted by parishioners and friends of the Cathedral. Ginny Miller, Rose Davis and Joe Muller and several choir members spent enormous time putting together this wonderful production. Rose, Ginny and Kidane Malik prepared our beautiful Holy Week Morning Prayer Service, celebrated digitally on-line during Holy Week with reflections provided by our parishioner Bob DiFulio. Thanks to the staff and parishioners who spent endless hours preparing, decorating, and executing the beautiful Holy Week and Easter liturgies, and Taizé Prayer. Special thanks to Lynn Marra and her fabulous maintenance team who did much heavy lifting to make everything come together, and the team of staff and parishioners who spent much time preparing the sacred oils blessed and distributed at the Diocesan Chrism Mass. Indeed, our parish is greatly blessed!
Please see the "Publications" tab on the menu above for past Video Messages and News Note Issues.
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.
Whats Coming Up :
All meetings and events at the Cathedral Community are currently canceled until further notice.
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Here's what we're doing to ensure that our children and vulnerable persons are safe:
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