Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Theology on Tapas- This Wednesday!

Theology on Tapas, a virtual young adult cooking series, continues this Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.! Join us as we learn how to make chicken stew with plantains in honor of St. Laura of St. Catherine of Siena. The evening will be a great way to find community with other young adults, learn new recipes, and hear bite-size stories of the saints. To learn more about Theology on Tapas and to sign up, click here.

Faithful Citizenship & the Demands of Authentic Political Engagement

Monday, November 2

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Join the Gathering

Explore the responsibilities of faithful citizenship & the demands of authentic political engagement with Dr. Rodney Howsare during part three of this Theology & Culture Virtual Series! Dr. Howsare joined the faculty of DeSales University in 1999 and was promoted to the rank of tenured professor in 2010. He holds a doctoral degree from Marquette University, with a specialization in fundamental theology. His book publications include: Hans Urs von Balthasar and Protestantism: The Ecumenical Implications of His Theological Style, How Balthasar Changed My Mind, and Hans Urs von Balthasar: A Guide for the Perplexed. He has had scholarly articles published in Communio, Nova et Vetera, Fides Quarens Intellectum, and the Josephinum Journal of Theology. He has delivered several presentations to the College Theology Society.

National Leadership Forum on Ministry with Young Adults

December 7-11

Join the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry for a week of webinars, breakouts, training, videos, prayer, and networking. Details on registration, cost, and the daily schedule will be available soon. To check out resources from the last forum, click here.

Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch

This past Saturday we celebrated the Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch. Matthew Leonard shares how St. Ignatius of Antioch essentially drop-kicked him into the Catholic Church by destroying the notion that early Christians didn't have a unified Church or a belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Enjoy this reflection on St. Ignatius of Antioch from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
Matthew Leonard On St. Ignatius of Antioch

The Catholic View on Voting and Politics

As Catholics, we’re not meant to fit into any specific political group or party. We’re instead called to live in the world, but not of it, meaning we must participate in our life on Earth, knowing that the only things that can truly fulfill us are found in Heaven. So when it comes to voting, we’re never going to be 100% happy or fulfilled with a certain party or candidate, and that’s okay. Above all, we are called to be Catholic before we’re Republican, Democrat, American, or any other nationality. Voting as a Catholic means recognizing that nothing in this life will ever be perfectly aligned with the Church, but doing our best to uphold her teachings and protect the sanctity of life in all situations.

The Catholic View on Voting and Politics

Respect Life Month

October is Respect Life Month! As Catholics, we believe that every life is sacred, from the moment of conception until natural death. Every person is made in the image and likeness of God, and so each and every person has inherent dignity. This is also the foundation of all Catholic social teaching. This week we share a webinar from the Saint John Paul II National Shrine about accompanying the elderly in light of Saint John Paul II's own life and his teachings on the Gospel of Life as well as what accompaniment looks like on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Celebration of the Gospel of Life Webinar Series: Sr. Constance Veit, l.s.p.

Young Adult Ministry Spotlight

St. Leo the Great

The Young Adult Ministry at St. Leo is a community of young(ish) adults, ages 18 - 35 (soft cutoff at 35), looking to grow in fellowship with one another in Christ. The ministry looks to foster healthy, Christ-centered friendships through service to our neighbors and fun social gatherings. The ministry welcomes members of other parishes, those who are not Catholic, and even those that are not Christian. The ultimate mission is to get to know one another while donating time, talent, and treasure in service to those in most need of it.

40:30 Young Adult Group

The Southeast Rochester Catholic Community invites young adults to leave the noisiness of the world and gather with other young adults in faith. This new young adult group takes its inspiration from Isaiah 40:30-31. The group currently gathers Mondays at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, click here.

Young Adult Bible Study

Every Thursday

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Individuals 18-35 are invited to a Bible study organized by the Auburn area young adult ministry. Read/discuss passages from the Bible and Church documents while enjoying fellowship with other young adults. The study is informed by Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) Equip. For more information, please click here.

Called & Gifted

All of us have something to discern! The Office of Evangelization & Catechesis is looking for young adults or those that minister to young adults who are interested in forming the next Called & Gifted cohort. Called & Gifted is a process created by the Catherine of Siena Institute that helps people better understand spiritual gifts and how to recognize those gifts in themselves and others. The process will include a virtual workshop that lays the foundation for the beginning of discernment, an online Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory, a gifts interview to help you unpack your inventory, and working with a small group over several weeks to experiment with your gifts. We hope to begin the process mid-November. Dates/times TBD. If you are interested, click here.

The World Awaits Your Yes!

Additional Resources!

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

For more about young adult ministry, contact Mark Capellazzi at