Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Theology on Tapas- COMING SOON!

A monthly opportunity for young adults to gather in faith, cook together and hear bite-sized stories of the saints! Each month you will learn how to make a dish inspired by a saint who we celebrate in that month. Recipes will be shared ahead of time so you can cook right alongside fellow young adults in faith. Sign ups and more details are coming soon!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Virtual Retreat

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is hosting a virtual marriage retreat on Mondays and Thursdays from Aug. 31 to Sept. 24. The retreat is for Catholic couples of all ages, including young adults, seeking to improve their marriage and grow closer to God. Married couples, and priests and religious looking to strengthen their ministries can register here or by calling Tom and Ruth DeFalco at 732-904-9636.

Connecting with a Catholic Community on Campus

Are you or someone you know attending an area college and wanting to stay connected to the faith? A contact form has been created that forwards contact information to the institution's campus ministry office or to the parish responsible for the campus. The form can be found here and ministry/parish contacts can be found here. If the college is outside of the Diocese of Rochester, please contact

Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary

On Saturday, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. The dogma of faith that Pope Pius XII proclaimed on November 1, 1950, asserts that the Virgin Mary "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory". During the Angelus on the solemnity, Pope Francis said that the Virgin Mary shows us that our goal is not to gain the things here on earth, which are fleeting, but the homeland above, which is forever.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Civilize It Rountable Discussion

Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate, a program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), asks Catholics to pledge civility, clarity, and compassion in their families, communities, and parishes, and call on others to do so as well. This roundtable discussion with Bishop Dewane of Venice, FL, Bishop Dorsonville of Washington, DC, and Andrew Musgraves, of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, invites Catholics and people of good will to respond to the call to imitate Jesus' example of love for neighbor during an election year. For more resources for the Civilize It movement and Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, click here.
Civilize It Rountable discussion

Embracing Parish Life

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame seeks to make parish life more accessible to Catholic young adults, because belonging to a diverse community of believers and learning to be engaged in the care of that community are incredible opportunities to encounter God's love and grace. Check out the graphics below to discover how young adults can embrace parish life well.

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.

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!

Bethany House Needs Your Gift of Prayer

The Bethany House needs help with their Wednesday virtual prayer/reflection experiences. Each experience is 15-30 minutes and may contain music provided it is in public domain, as Bethany House does not carry any copyright licenses. The services are recorded and then posted on the Bethany House's Facebook page and other social media platforms. Please check out what they have been doing. If you or a ministry you are involved in would like to volunteer or has any questions, please contact Sr. Karen Dietz, SSJ at 585-454-4197 or

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