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As of Monday, October 19, 2020, we have not been notified of any current potential exposure or issues related with the COVID 19 virus. 

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 after each Mass.

The Cathedral staff, and your fellow parishioners, thank you for your full cooperation with these procedures.  Be assured that the Cathedral staff will continue to monitor the Coronavirus pandemic in our community, as well as continue to follow the necessary procedures for health and safety.  We will keep you informed of any changes or developments as needed.

If you are concerned about your own health or exposure to the virus, please contact your primary care provider or the Monroe County Health Department at 585-753-5555.

Faithful Citizenship - Voting Your Conscience

"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13

Read Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States, which provides a framework for Catholics in the United States.

Absentee / Early Voting

Attention Monroe County Voters:

Starting on August 18th, ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS were mailed out to all actively registered voters in Monroe County.  Although voters' assigned polling sites will be open on election day, if you prefer to vote using an absentee ballot you will need to fill out and return the application by October 27th.  In October, absentee ballots will be mailed out to those voters whose applications have been successfully processed.  Absentee ballots may be mailed in or dropped off at the Board of Elections Office 9am-5pm Mon.-Fri. or dropped off at your polling site on Election Day, November 3rd or dropped off at any of the Early Voting polling sites during the Early Voting dates/times. 

Here are some links that may be helpful to you...


Monroe County Board of Elections Information

Link:   https://www2.monroecounty.gov/elections-index.php   

Early Voting

Link:  https://www2.monroecounty.gov/elections-earlyvoting 

Online Voter Application

Link:  https://www.monroecounty.gov/etc/voter/  

Absentee Ballot Application

Link:  https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/voting/AbsenteeBallot-English.pdf 




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

Celebration of the Eucharist


  • Saturday at 4:00 pm 
  • Sunday at 7:00, 9:15, and 11:15 am and 5:00 pm 


  • Monday at 12:10 pm 
  • Wednesday at 12:10 pm
  • Friday at 12:10 pm
  • At this time we are NOT celebrating weekday Mass on Tuesday and Thursdays at 6:30 am. We will keep you informed when Masses will resume on these days. Thank you.


Celebration of Penance


Parishioners wishing enter the Cathedral to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation must wear cloth face coverings or masks 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.

Pastoral Perspective

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

When you’ve seen those great groups of geese soaring South for the winter, have you ever wondered about their V-formations? For decades, specialists in aerodynamics did and several years ago two engineers conducted experiments in a wind tunnel to discover what happens in the flight formation of geese. They learned that each goose, in flapping its wings, creates an upward lift for the goose that follows. This gives the entire flock 71% greater range than if each bird flew alone. If a goose falls back, saying to itself “Nobody will miss me in the crowd,” it immediately feels the heavier load of flying alone and speeds up to get back into the wind formation, where it is carried on the uplift of the ones ahead. Each depends on the others to reach the ultimate destination. And when a goose continues to lag behind, it is encouraged by the flock to get back in and do its share of flapping. “Get back where you belong! Accept your responsibility! You’re needed by the whole flock in the V formation!” If you’ve ever wondered about all the honking that geese do, that’s what it’s all about.

As followers of Jesus, we should be living signs of God’s loving presence. This is a call for a change in thinking, a reordering of priorities. The Christian does not measure her or his “greatness” according to anything else but her or his degree of service. The Christian is great insofar as she or he is a servant.

Thought for the week: “Saint Therese of Lisieux invites us to practice a little way of love, not to miss out on a kind word, a smile, or any small gesture which sows peace and friendship” (Pope Francis, On Care for Our Common Home, no. 230).

Smile for the weekWhere does Robin Hood like to shop? At Target!

God bless! Have a wonderful week! 

Fr. Kevin McKenna


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.

October 16, 2020    Father Kevin's latest Video Message

October 16, 2020  "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.

Sunday Televised and Streamed Mass

You are invited to view the WHEC Sunday Mass celebrated by Father Mull on the Catholic Courier’s website at https://catholiccourier.com. The Mass can be found in the Worship section under the website’s Faith & Family tab and at the following link:




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



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