E&C Newsletter

April 2022


Upcoming Events

Thursday Zoom Meetings with E&C are a great opportunity to connect with the E&C Staff and fellow ministers for fellowship and the sharing of experiences/ideas.


THURSDAY, April 28 at 2:00 PM: Incorporating the Eucharistic Revival into your calendar for next year/Best practices on teaching about the Mass and Eucharist! Come with ideas to share!

ZOOM MEETINGS WILL SUSPEND during May, June, July and August

Join the meeting here:


Revive: A Day of Retreat for Parish Ministers is Coming!

Thursday, June 9th, 10:30am-3pm

151 Charlotte Street

Canandaigua, NY

Join us to REVIVE on June 9, 2022 for an in-person retreat day at the Carriage House at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua will our special guest presenter, Deacon Jonathan Schott from St. John Fisher College! Retreat will include prayer, reflective discussions, lunch, self-guided tours of the gardens/Mansion, and much more! The cost for the retreat is $35 per person. Retreat registration can be found here. Don't forget to check out the awesome video tour of the gardens here.

Catechist Formation for Spring!

We will provide the second in our online, live Catechist courses, on Wednesday April 27th from 7-8:30 PM.

The title for this course is Our Faith Story: Sharing the Bible with Students and Families

It is open to all volunteer catechists as well as faith formation staff. The classes are open zooms, not webinars, so interaction is encouraged and breakout rooms will be used for small group conversation! These online courses are a great way for us to gather catechists across the diocese for important formation. Please share the details with all your volunteers!

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash



You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Apr 27, 2022 14:00 Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

OR AT 7:00 PM The Course will be repeated live!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Apr 27, 2022 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

SAVE THE DATE for our SUMMER "STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE" Professional Development

STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE will take place on Thursday, August 18. It will be an all day event at the Pastoral Center in Gates. Workshops on family formation will be included and an afternoon Collaboration session will be offered for those who want to complete a project with peers that can be used in the programming year! For ministers working towards our Parish Catechetical Leader Certification, this day will help fulfill some of the certification requirements. Stay tuned for details!


The EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL begins in the United States on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 19. Our diocese will kick off this Revival with a special Mass at Corpus Christi Church (part of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish) at 10:00 am, followed by a Eucharistic Procession in the neighborhood. We hope to make this a true diocesan event by having representatives from every parish in the diocese in attendance. Who might you send? Maybe a family whose child just received First Communion and gets to wear their special clothes once again, or possibly a new member of the church who was received at the Easter Vigil! A link is available on our Revival website http://eucharisticrevival.dor.org to register your attendees by parish. We are beginning to upload many great resources including a downloadable Parish Tool Kit!

Please join us in praying the Prayer for the Revival (© USCCB):

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You!
I beg pardon for those who do not believe, nor adore, nor hope, nor love You.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly.
I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended.
And, through the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of sinners. Amen.

Young Adult Ministry Update

Upcoming Young Adult Opportunities

SERCC Young Adult Ministry Opportunities

The Southeast Rochester Catholic (SERCC) Young Adult Ministry is for people in their 20’s and 30’s: singles, dating, engaged, married, divorced, widowed, college students and young professionals, the unemployed and the over-employed! The ministry is excited to provide some great opportunities for the spring. To learn more about these opportunities, contact Tyler Davis here or check the community’s website by clicking here.

Mix, Mingle, and Ministry with Young Adults

Thursday, April 21

2:00 p.m.


Join the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) National Advisory Team for Catholic Young Adult Ministry for "Mix, Mingle, and Ministry with Young Adults" - a networking hour for anyone engaged in Catholic ministry with young adults across the United States. This is a great opportunity for ministers responsible for the pastoral care of young adults or for young adults who are engaged in the life of your faith community, whether it be helping to lead young adult ministry or another ministry. To register for the conversation, click here.

Find additional information & opportunities for young adults

Catholic Scouting

Girl Scout Religious Emblem Summer Program

Girl Scouts can spend their summer with Jesus! This summer program allows Girl Scouts to learn more about our Catholic faith while earning a Catholic Religious Emblem. The program is offering sessions for three different Catholic Religious Emblems (Mary, the First Disciple, Spirit Alive, and Missio). Not sure what a religious emblem is? Click here! Registration can be found here. Space in the program is limited.

Adult Recognition

There are several recognitions for adults that have made positive contributions to the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, especially when it comes to incorporating faith into the scouting experience. You can find nomination forms and more information about these adult recognitions here.


Empowering Youth to Help in Ukraine

In the March National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) Member Meet-Up, there was a discussion on how to empower young people to respond to world events, focusing on best practices as well as how to talk about conflict with our youth and empower them to take action with Vivi Iglesias, the National Advisor for Partnerships and Mobilization with Catholic Relief Services. Below you will find the resources shared during that session.

In Need of Retreat Space?


April 29-May 1

St. John Paul II Youth Retreat Center

Kearny, New Jersey

The Archdiocese of Newark is hosting a weekend long conference for all those that minister, work, volunteer and most importantly walk with young people on their faith journey - Youth Ministry Leaders, Volunteers, Clergy/Religious, Catechists, and more! Speakers include Roy Petifils, Chris Wesley, Christina Lamas, Bob Perron, Mike Patin, John Angotti, Sarah Hart, Tony Melendez, Chris & Linda Padgett and more. There are parish ministers and members of the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis who have attended in the past. We hope to have good representation from the Diocese of Rochester again in 2022! The conference is a great value, an opportunity to network with other ministry leaders, and a chance to refresh your spirit. More information can be found by clicking the button below. If you are attending, email Mark at Mark.Capellazzi@dor.org as we may carpool.
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Ministry Marketing Tips from a Recent NFCYM Webinar

We love it when you share great things you have learned that can help the rest of us in the field! Thank you to Barb Legere for sharing her takeaways from a recent webinar with Armando Cervantes and Pasquale Talarico.

  1. ALWAYS LEAD WITH YOUR WHY: You guessed it! Ours is eternal life with Christ! Be open to sharing how your invitations come from that why! Share your personal witness, talk about our hunger for the Eucharist and the human need for community and authenticity.
  2. Be consistent when marketing to parents. If you send a weekly email communique do it on the same day and close to the same time each week. Be clear and concise with your information and make it meaningful to their time.
  3. Communicate the same message across all platforms so that people are hearing and reading it in different ways.
  4. Use a service like Buffer.com for multi-social media posting or Fiverr.com to get you started with better social media evangelization.
  5. Need to better understand youth culture? Subscribe to axis.org.

Remember, marketing is a business word but our term is evangelization and that is a KEY skill as our churches work to welcome the faithful back to the pews.

Sacramental Snippets

National Gathering on Christian Initiation

LTP is hosting their annual conference for Initiation Ministries July 13-14 in Chicago. This year's theme is: Evaluating and Revitalizing the RCIA in Your Parish.

Details and registration are available at www.ngci.org

Confirmation Schedule

The Confirmation schedule has been sent out, and is on Diocesan Updates. Confirmations have returned to being within Mass during the week. They begin at 7:00pm.

A PDF copy of the schedule is below. If you have minor changes that need to be made, please contact Don A.S.A.P. The schedule is constantly being modified with these minor changes, please be patient as we find dates that work for adjustments.

What's New?


Our Coworker in the Vineyard, Melissa Mang (St. Lawrence Church), has left parish ministry to pursue other interests. We wish her well and thank her for her many years in Catechetical ministry.

Monroe West deanery is seeking a Co-Convener of the deanery meetings for next year. If you are part of that region, please consider stepping up to lead alongside Kris Burgio!

St. Lawrence Run For The Young

Available in Our Lending Library!

We've purchased a MARVELOUS MYSTERY VBS kit that you can preview! We ask that you set a time to come and see it at our offices. This is a VBS centered on the Eucharist and will be a great start to the Eucharistic Revival in your region!

IN NEED OF ADAPTIVE MATERIALS for Students with Special Needs?

We are placing an order for Adaptive Faith Formation kits to better reach the children in our diocese who are in need of adaptive faith formation. We have been taking requests from parishes and are willing to buy these kits for you, free of charge. Training will be provided on the best use of them in your parish! We must know by MAY 1 if you wish to receive a kit. Contact Leslie to get on the list!

Here are 10 ways to use The Family Zone newsletter in your formation ministry during the Month of April!

1. Host a gathering for Preschoolers and families on Palm Sunday weekend. Give each child a palm to waive and process through your church building. Share enthusiasm and engage their imagination of Jesus processing through the streets. Sit everyone down and share Little Colts’ Palm Sunday or show them the Easter Story with the nesting eggs mentioned in the April 3 edition of The Family Zone. Tell them that a very special week is ahead! Share simple craft stations that connect them to the Triduum and send each family home with Holy Week resources for their domestic church!

2. Hand out the Holy Week sequencing cards to Middle School Aged Youth. Invite them to place them in order as a challenge against one another, using teams. At the conclusion of the challenge, talk them through the correct sequence and talk more about the events of Holy Week in a storytelling format. (4/3/22)

3. Hold a Holy Week kick-off, movie gathering for families. Provide time for conversation, simple learning stations and fellowship to give families another connection to the church during this important week in our Catholic life! (4/3/22)

4. Urge families to create their own Rock Art and send pictures in for the parish social media. (4/3/22)

5. Arrange a seven churches pilgrimage for parishioners on Holy Thursday (4/3/22)

6. Begin anticipating the Eucharistic Revival by discussing the importance of the Mass. Develop something to be shared at the Easter Mass to connect people and get them thinking about coming beyond the Easter Sunday. (4/17/22)

7. Do you have Ukranian parishioners in your parish that know how to make Pysanky eggs? If so, invite them to lead a gathering of egg decorating during which you may all gather to pray for peace as well. (4/17/22)

8. After Easter Sunday, play a round of Easter Bingo with families to remind them that we celebrate for 50 days! (4/17/22)

9. Host a “Signs of New Life” walk with families at an area park. Make the connections between the Resurrection and the spring season. (4/17/22)

10. Talk about the Paschal Mystery with youth in connection to the events we have witnessed over the past 2 years. Help them to see hope in the face of suffering. (4/17/22)

We Need Your Photo Skills

We have begun work creating a series of Social Media posts around the Eucharist for upcoming Eucharistic Revival. The posts will fall under six categories:

  • Postures, Gestures, & Actions
  • Tour of the Church
  • What we use for Mass & Eucharistic Adoration
  • Parts of the Mass
  • Unheard Prayers at Mass
  • Liturgical Seasons, Feasts, & Holy Days

All said, we need a TON of photos to accomplish this. The full list of posts/photos we need can be found at:


If you can provide photos of any of these, our goal is to have images from across the Diocese. They will be formatted to all be the same (looking like the one below) and accompanied by text explaining. Photo credit will be given in the post. Just email them to Don (donald.smith@dor.org). He will update the spreadsheet so everyone can see what posts have images.

New on Pinterest

We've added to the following boards:

VBS themes for this summer with new decorating, craft, snack and activity ideas

Follow us today and find new ways to share the faith in new and energizing ways!

New in Social Media Posts

This month we've added added social media posts to celebrate the Resurrection and New Life and we are beginning to add in posts to supplement your evangelization prior to and during the Eucharistic Revival!

New on YouTube playlists

We've added videos to our playlist Catholic 101 Back to Basics

New in the SharePoint

We've added some resources on the human person and gender ideology that is grounded in our Catholic faith under Resources for Parish Ministry Leaders. We've added to our file on Resources for Catechists. Click on the sub-file "Seasonal Resources throughout the Liturgical Year." Within that file, you will find new resources to use for Lent, Holy Week and Easter!

New on our Website

We're continuing to change our home pages in all categories! Rediscover what our extensive website has to offer your ministry!

About us

Leslie Barkin, Diocesan Director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis x1244

Contact for information on all newsletters, evangelization, training, consultation

Mark Capellazzi, Project Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry x1375

Contact for youth ministry/young adult or Catholic scouting consultation/website questions, Certification process

Don Smith, Coordinator of Sacramental Catechesis and Family Life x1243

Contact for Sacramental information, Fully Engaged, and DOR.Training questions