Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Coronavirus Anxiety and Our Young People: How to Help Them Cope

Join us for an exclusive presentation for parents and ministry professionals, sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester, Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, with national author, speaker and counselor Roy Petitfils. Roy has worked with youth and young adults for more than 20 years as a minister, teacher, school administrator, school counselor and now as a counselor in private practice. He has authored several books including: Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: A Field Guide for Catholic Parents, Pastors, and Youth Leaders and is a TEDtalk speaker as well as presenter of workshops on teens around the country.

June 3, 2020

5:00 - 6:30 PM

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Kitchen Table Theology Trivia

Friday, June 5

3:00 PM

Come join other faithful young adults for a Catholic twist on pub trivia from the comfort of your own kitchen table. Be prepared with some paper, a pen, and your knowledge of the Catholic Faith!

Join Gathering here

(password is 12345 if needed)

Virtual Young Adult Social Hour

Saturday, June 6

7:30 p.m.

Jeff's Jazzy Juices! A social hour for young adults and our friends near and far sponsored by the Southeast Rochester Catholic Community! Jeff Carlson has offered to share his knowledge of how to mix some cocktails. He will have 3 drinks to choose from, Whisky Sour, Margarita and a Moscow Mule. Get your blender ready to mix up some deliciousness! Feel free to have some snacks nearby too! If you want to mix along with Jeff, you will need:

  • Fresh Lime and Lemon Juice
  • Ginger Ale
  • Tequila
  • Whiskey
  • Vodka
  • Shot glass for measuring ounces
  • Ice
  • Shaker for drinks

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Virtual Bold Choices Young Adult Retreat

June 8-10, 2020

Varying times

Young adults (18-35) are encouraged to join our southern neighbors in the Diocese of Scranton for "Bold Choices: Finding Your Passion and Living It Fully" virtual retreat. This retreat focuses on finding your passion and living it fully, prayer, the art of discernment, small group discussion and more! For more information, call or text 570-780-2996.

-Monday: Opening Session via Zoom at 7:30 PM

-Morning email with sessions for your to watch at your leisure, handouts, additional resources

-Tuesday: Virtual gathering with retreat organizers and participants at 8:00 PM

-Wednesday: Closing Session via Zoom at 7:30 PM

Register here

Virtual Catholic Women's Summit (LIVE)

June 19-21, 2020

What does it mean to be a light in times of crisis? How do you show up as a sister, a leader, a light, in seasons of darkness? Join the LUX Summit and learn from amazing women who will offer you hope and practical advice about how to do just that. Speakers include:

Sr. Miriam James, Leah Darrow, Katie Prejean McGrady, Jackie Francois Angel, Lila Rose, Sarah Swafford, and many more!

Register here.

Practicing Lectio Divina

Fr. Abraham Feliciano, SDB, gives us a practical way to practice Lectio Divina. Using very simple, but intentional steps, his process on practicing Lectio Divina can help us mediate closer into a stronger relationship with the Lord.

Practicing Lectio Divina

The Month of the Sacred Heart

June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In every language, in every age, the heart is regarded as the natural symbol of love and affection. We pray that this month of the Sacred Heart reminds you of the excessive love of Jesus than His Sacred Heart?! You can find prayers for this month of the Sacred Heart here.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus HD

Companions on the Journey

Sign up to be a Prayer Partner for another Young Adult

Looking for another personal way to pray during this time while making a new connection? Sign up to be a prayer partner for another young adult. We will provide you with a name and email address of another young adult that you can pray with and for.

Sign up here!

COVID-19 Resources from the Catholic Apostolate Center

The Catholic Apostolate Center has a great page of blog entries, webinars, podcasts and video content to help you make sense of the continuing COVID-19 crisis through a lens of faith. There are great spiritual resources to be found and even to share within a faith gathering.

Click here to go to the Catholic Apostolate Center page!

Can online dating help you find a spouse?

Recently, while scrolling through the USCCB For Your Marriage website, we found this blog post you might find interesting. Connected to it, is a Catholic guide to online dating! To read the blog post, follow

The Catholic Match guide to online dating can be downloaded in the pdf below!

How to help during the COVID-19 crisis

There are many organizations around Rochester that can use our help! Check out our "How to Help" page on the Diocesan COVID-19 resource page to help out in our community!

How to Help!

St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center is also seeking donations. Follow the link for their food and supply wish list:

"It's not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts."

- Mother Teresa-

Additional Resources!

Check out the resources below to keep your faith strong this week and the weeks to come!

For more information about these opportunities contact Mark Capellazzi at