Click below to view the January 13, 2021  12:10 pm  Mass from the Cathedral Community. That Mass was live streamed on the Cathedral Community Facebook page and is available here now for viewing.

12:10 pm Mass, January 13, 2021 from the Cathedral Community


As we all know, planning during the COVID-19 crisis is difficult and requires fluid situations.  With each new announcement from the Governor’s Office and/or the Monroe County Department of Health, our plans may require change. Please continue to consult our website and our Facebook page regularly as we continue to monitor guidance from New York State and the County concerning the safest possible time to resume in person Masses. As you are all aware, our neighborhood is located within a microcluster hot spot and we must continue to be extremely careful about how and when we gather in large groups... and as you probably noticed as well through the media, there has been a great spike in the cases since Christmas. We have to be extremely cautious, so thank you for your patience during these challenging times. 

January 9 - 10  The Baptism of the Lord - We experienced technical difficulties in our attempt toLive Stream the Mass at 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 9th, 2021, and therefore the Mass was not available either on our Facebook page or on the Cathedral Community website or on the Cathedral Community YouTube Channel. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused you. Public Masses at the Cathedral have not yet resumed.

Due to the technical issues we encountered, we will not be able to bring you the live stream daily Mass on Monday or Wednesday this week.  We hope to have this issue resolved so that we can bring you the Friday, January 15, 2021 12:10 Mass to you via Live Stream  on our Facebook Page and subsequently available on our website (

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.  



Please click on "Salt and Light : Inside This Issue" below to view the current issue of Salt and Light and the important topics that this issue offers, especially those listed below....

  • Simple Advent/Abundant Life Reflection
  • Poverty Awareness Month
  • Consider running a JustFaith group at your parish 
  • RMAPI Call to Action - Tell Gov. Cuomo: No Budget Cuts!
  • Calls to Action: Covid Relief Bill
  • LifeRoc Update

COVID 19 - Orange Zone Designation for the Cathedral Community


Portions of Monroe County have been designated as an Orange COVID-19 Focus Zone by New York State and are required to follow Orange Zone guidelines. The Cathedral Community falls within a NYS Orange Zone designated area, which includes limits on capacity for houses of worship.

For the health and safety of all parishioners and staff, there will be NO PUBLIC MASSES at the Cathedral Community this weekend.  We will announce any changes and/or updates here, on our website, and on our Facebook account.

Celebration of the Eucharist

Online Mass this weekend at the Cathedral Community

We will have an update on the Mass(es) for the weekend of January 16 - 17, 2021 (The 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time) posted here on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

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

The New Year is a wonderful time to “recalculate”; to look at my life and see what I might do to better follow the Gospel and lead others to Christ. I have often shared these timely reflections by a noted spiritual writer which many have found to be helpful in making some practical resolutions for the New Year:

1. Be grateful. Resist pessimism and false guilt. To be a saint is to be warmed by gratitude. The highest compliment you can give a giftgiver is to thoroughly enjoy the gift. You owe it to your Creator to appreciate things, to be as happy as you can.

2. Don’t be naïve about God... God will settle for not less than everything. As an activist once said: “Before you get serious about Jesus, consider carefully how good you’re going to look on wood.”

3. Walk forward when possible... or at least try to get one foot in front of the other. Start over often. Nobody is old in God’s eyes; nothing is too late in terms of conversion.

4. Pray ... that God will hang on to you. Distrust popularity polls. Trust prayer. Be willing to die a little to be with God since God died to be with you. Let your heart become the place where the tears of God and the tears of God’s children become the tears of hope.

5. Love...if a life is large enough for love, it is large enough! Create a space for love in your life. Know that nothing can be loved too much. Things can only be loved in the wrong way. Know there are only two potential tragedies in life: Not to love and not to tell those you love that you love them.

6. Accept what you are... and fear not, you are inadequate! Accept the human condition. Only God is whole.

7. Don’t mummify... let go, as not to be pushed. Accept daily deaths. Don’t seize life as a possession. Possessiveness kills enjoyment, kills relationships, and eventually kills you. Let go gracefully.

8. Refuse to take things seriously. God’s laughter fills the emptiness of our tombs. Keep in mind it is easy to be heavy, hard to be light. Laughter is a direct insult to the realism, dignity and austerity of hell. Laugh with people and not at them.

9. Stay within the family... you’re on a group outing. Don’t journey alone. Be “born again,” regularly into community. Accept there are strings attached. The journey includes family, church, country, and the whole human race. Don’t be seduced by the lure of absolute freedom. Freedom and meaning lie in obedience to community: community humbles, deflates the ego, puts you into purgatory, and eventually into heaven.

10. Don’t be afraid to go soft ... redemption lies in tears!

Rev. Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I

Thought for the week: Life is steep; pack light.

Smile for the week : Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

God bless! Have a wonderful week and a blessed Christmas!
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

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

 A New Video from Father Kevin McKenna is on its way soon!!

January 8, 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

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.


  • Sun, Jan 17th

  • Sun, Jan 10th

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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