The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

Thursday, May 13th is The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, a Holy Day of Obligation.

Masses for the Holy Day: 6:30 am, 12:10 pm and 5:20 pm


Fr. Kevin’s Celebration
Save The Date
Please join us as we honor Father Kevin McKenna with many good wishes and a Special Blessing!
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021
Time: 12:30-3:00 pm
Where: Under the tent Ridgeway Ave. parking lot(additional information will follow in updates here and in the bulletin)
Video Presentation
You are invited to submit to Joe Muller ([email protected]) by June 1, a statement of 40 words or less illustrating how Fr. Kevin McKenna has impacted your family, our parish, the neighborhood and beyond through his faith, humor, kindness and example. These statements will be incorporated into a video presentation as part of Fr. Kevin’s farewell celebration. Please note the staff reserves the right to edit statements for length in order to include all who wish to participate.



Regular Collection

Online Giving to the Cathedral Community

Please click on the link above for Regular Sunday Online Giving Options at the Cathedral Community!       

    Holy Day :  The Ascension of our Lord(Thursday May 13) (Fund Ending June 30, 2021)          

Second Collections

Diocesan Missions Sunday   (Fund Ending June 18, 2021)

Catholic Communication Campaign  (Fund Ending June 30, 2021)

Joseph's Place   (Fund Ending December 31, 2021)

Penny Fund   (Fund Ending December 31, 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!


Celebration of the Eucharist

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 and 11:15 am Sunday morning. Attendance will be limited  due to physical distancing protocols as required by the CDC and the Monroe County Health Department)

Daily Masses

 Monday through Friday 12:10 pm (Wednesday live stream)

*****  Thursday, May 13th is The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, a Holy Day of Obligation. *****

(Masses for the Holy Day: 6:30 am, 12:10 pm and 5:20 pm)

Reservations are NO LONGER NECESSARY for any of the Masses at the Cathedral Community!


Effective immediately, the weekly live streamed masses will be limited to:
4:00 PM – Saturdays
12:10 PM – Wednesdays
These changes are based on reduced on-line viewing, reservations no longer required, and the availability of in-person participation.
The mass schedule is NOT changing and “ALL ARE WELCOME” to attend in person as we continue to maintain strict distancing guidelines, adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols, and limited seating.

Masses and Prayer Services which are live streamed (and/or recorded) on Facebook and Youtube are available on our Facebook Page ( 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.

YouTube Live Streams and Recordings

Facebook Live Streams and Recordings



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 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

21-Day Catholic Enviro Justice Challenge: April 23-May 16

21-Day Catholic Enviro Justice Challenge: April 23-May 16

Walk with other Catholics as we learn, pray, and take action for environmental justice this Earth Day. 

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:

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.

Pastoral Perspective

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

telemarketer called the home of a prospective customer. “Hello”. Then the following conversation took place...

“Hello, what’s your name?”

“My name is Jimmy.”

“How old are you Jimmy?”

“I’m four years old.”

“Good! Is your mother at home?”

“Yes, but she’s busy.”

“Is your father at home?”

“Yes, but he’s busy.”

“I see. Who else is there?”

“The police.”

“The police? May I speak to one of them?”

“They’re busy too.”

“Any other grown ups there?”

“The firemen.”

"May I speak to a fireman?”

“Not now. They’re busy, like the policemen.”

“Jimmy, all those people in your house and I can’t speak to any of them? What are they doing?”

“Looking for me. I guess I’m lost.”

Whenever we get that “I guess I’m lost” feeling, Jesus is never too busy not to answer our call. “I am the Good Shepherd,” says the Lord. The shepherd walked out ahead, exercising tender, loving care. Often he risked his own safety to preserve the flock’s unity, protecting it against beasts of prey and thievery. It was his duty to lead the sheep toward green pastures, find them watering places, and search for those who had strayed too far. A real shepherd was born to his task. He was sent out with the flock as soon as he was old enough to go. He grew into the calling of being a shepherd. The sheep became his friends and his companions. It became second nature to him to think of them before he thought of himself. He was especially concerned for those confused and weak among them, lest they be lost or unable to keep up.

“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me.”

Thought for the week:  If you can’t give good advice, set a good example.

Smile for the week :  Why did the dog cross the road ... twice? To fetch a boomerang!

God bless! Have a wonderful week !
Fr. Kevin McKenna

Current News Note

May 7, 2021 - 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


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.


  • Sun, May 9th

  • Sun, May 2nd

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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