Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

The Month of the Sacred Heart

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Called & Gifted- COMING THIS SUMMER!

The World Awaits Your Yes!

All of us have something to discern! The Called & Gifted program provides valuable tools for discerning how to use the gifts or charisms God has given us to live out our vocations. The program will explore what those charisms are and what they look like in action. Someone out there is waiting for what you have been given to give! The Office of Evangelization & Catechesis is looking to form a cohort of young adults who are interested in going through this program. More details to come! If you or someone you know is interested in participating, click here.

Campfires, Hymns, and S'mores, oh my!

Thursday, June 17

7:00 p.m.

Join the young adult ministry at St. Pius Tenth for a campfire, an evening of song, and s'mores. The gathering will take place around the firepit at the parish. Bring something to sit on and s'mores supplies if you can. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Ashley here.

Words with Wine: Architecture & Liturgy in the Modern Worship Space

Thursday, June 17

7:30 p.m.

Join the St. Bernard's School of Theology & Ministry virtual community as they discuss the classics and faith. The next session will be led by Marta Botturi who will present on what happened to Art, Architecture, and Liturgy at the beginning of the 20th century. She will explore the enormous impact of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) on modern architects and designers and ultimately lead a reflection on what is the meaning of Architecture? And why is Liturgy fundamental to understanding the worship space? To learn more and to participate, click here.

Steubenville Conference

July 9-11, 2021

St. Leo the Great (Hilton)

“Restore us, O God; let thy face shine, that we may be saved.” -Psalm 80:3 RSV-

Young adults are invited to join the young adult ministry at St. Leo's for a homegrown Steubenville Conference. The weekend will be filled with Mass, Confession, amazing Holy Spirit filled praise and worship music, dynamic virtual talks presented by nationally known Priests, Deacons and Catholic speakers. For more information and to register email Michele Pechie here or call 585-392-2710. Please register by June 27, 2021.

Diocesan Patronal Feast Day Mass

Tuesday, June 22

7:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart Cathedral

The faithful are invited to a Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for the Feast of Saint John Fisher, the patron saint of the Diocese of Rochester. This Mass will also mark the beginning of Religious Freedom Week. For more information about Religious Freedom Week, a initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), click here.

From Love, For Love Retreat Playlist

Panel Discussion and Q&A on Vocations

Last month, 40 young adults from across the Diocese of Rochester and beyond gained more insight into how to discern God's will in one's life. Retreat organizers graciously captured the sessions from the day for those that would like to revisit them and those who were not able to participate in the retreat. One of the sessions is above, but you can access the entire playlist here.

Source of Love | Scivias Series

God, the Heart Knower | Scivias Teaser | Psalm 139 chant

Who am I? What is God's will for my life? Am I called to religious life? “Scivias: Know the Ways of the Lord,” is a vocational discernment series that will help young adults answer these questions and more. Over the course of 27 short episodes, join Fr. Michael Zimmerman, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, as he explores the depths of our souls. Be inspired and receive the practical tips you need to discover who God has made you to be. To view the entire series, click here.

Young Adult Intentional Faith Communities

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There is so much discernment that happens in young adulthood! Add the rising living costs and the deep desire among young adults to find community and there is a need for young adult intentional communities. These communities are faith-based discernment communities for young adults in general discernment. Young adults who live in these communities typically work in the world or are students in higher education while prayerfully discerning next steps in life. Often times, the communities hold various social gatherings to connect with other Catholic young adults. You can learn about one such community in the Archdiocese of St. Louis here.

Very early conversations have begun about the possibility of forming these intentional communities in the Diocese of Rochester. If you are interested in learning more about these intentional communities for young adults, email Mark here.

Wedding Season is Upon Us!

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Just like many other things during a global pandemic, weddings have looked anything but normal in over a year. Planning and having a wedding during a global pandemic has provided the unique blessing of being able to focus on what is most important: celebrating the sacrament. Check out the June ministry blog post from the Catholic Current here for some great perspective and wisdom for the upcoming wedding season.

Young Adult Ministry Webinar

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Thursday, June 24

2:00 p.m.

Accompanying young adults who work nights, weekends, or have other unique schedules is challenging! Young adults are serving in the military, in medical professions, in emergency services, in restaurant and hospitality industries, and those working multiple jobs, taking evening classes, or whose work extends into the night shift. When Sunday is a work day or when time and financial constraints prevent young adults from engaging in ministry, how do we best engage, support, and walk alongside them as brothers and sisters? This webinar will explore that topic with a panel of pastoral leaders engaged in this outreach. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

The Sacred Heart and the Burdened Heart

The Month of the Sacred Heart: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Father Tom Fergusson, a priest in the Diocese of Arlington (VA), briefly shares what the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus can teach us about the moments when our hearts are burdened and weary.

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