Pastoral Perspect


The Very Rev. Kevin McKenna

The author Steven Covey, who gave us many years ago the classic work, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, also gave us the axiom: "We see the world not as it is, but as we are." In an important sense, becoming a disciple of Jesus is learning to see the world as Jesus sees it, as God sees it. Saint Paul talks about "putting on the Lord Jesus Christ and having the "mind of Christ." In teaching us to see, Jesus created stories about people who had this kind of vision --- the Good Samaritan looking at the man in the ditch, the loving father looking at his returning prodigal son --- as well as stories about those who weren't able to see, like the rich man overlooking the beggar right out his front gate.

Hopefully this Lent, we have used more opportunities to immerse ourselves in reading the gospels or some scripture study. It can help us to see the world as Jesus sees it. This is the way of putting on the mind of Christ by absorbing the Word of God, letting the Scripture penetrate so deeply so that we will be transformed by divine grace. We sit with the Word to let its priorities and point of view seep deep within us: to begin to see the universe and all that is within it from God's point of view, to look on everything and everyone with love. This always leads to prayer, our response to God's intimacy with us.

A blind man was asked by a sympathetic woman, "Does being blind rather color your life?" The blind man replied, "Yes, but, thank God, I can choose the color. And since I am responsible for my life, I'm going to keep on choosing the most beautiful colors I can." Lord, open my eyes that I might see.

Thought for the week: Life isn't always wonderful - but you are!

Smile for the week: What do frogs wear in the summer? Open toad shoes.

God bless! Have a wonderful week!  

Fr. Kevin McKenna



CRS Rice Bowl

Join our faith community - and more than 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States - in a life-changing lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family's CRS Rice Bowl the week of February 22 and 23. During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on the challenge of global hunger and how it affects our human family.

Updates During Crisis ..... Messages from Father Kevin McKenna

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

March 25, 2020  Father Kevin's 1st Video Message

March 27, 2020  Father Kevin's 2nd Video Message

March 25, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community" News Note Issue 1

March 28, 2020  "Welcome to the Cathedral Community" News Note Issue 2


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.

  • Friday 4:45 - 5:15 pm
  • Saturday 2:30 - 3:30 pm


What's Coming Up


Whats Coming Up : 

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

Cathedral Library and Cafe


Cathedral Library and Cafe Hours : 

The Cathedral Library is currently closed until further notice.

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.

Schedule for Holy Week Liturgies Live Streamed

Bishop Matano to celebrate Holy Week liturgies via live streams

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

Bishop's Message

  • Bishop's Message on Child Victims Act. (click on image )

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.

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





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