Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Respect Life Month

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Young Adult Ministry Leader Gathering

Wednesday, October 27

7:00 p.m.

Young adults interested in leading/growing young adult ministry and those that minister to/with young adults are invited to join an engaging virtual conversation with young adult ministry experts (who are young adults themselves) from the Catholic Apostolate Center to gain some valuable insight. Conversation highlights include:

  • Landscape of Young Adults
  • The Church’s vision for young adults and young adult ministry
  • Keys to building healthy, holy, and sustainable young adult ministry
  • Next steps to accompanying young adults

To join the virtual conversation, make sure to register here. To learn more about the Catholic Apostolate Center, click here. If you have questions, contact Mark Capellazzi here.

Young Adult Movie Night

Thursday, October 7

7:00 p.m.

Parish Center

St. Pius Tenth (Chili)

The young adult ministry of St. Pius Tenth is hosting a young adult movie night. The movie will be To Kill a Mockingbird, The Letters, or Paul, Apostle of Christ. Come for a good movie, great faith discussion, and fellowship. For more information contact Ashley here.

Corn Maze

Friday, October 22

7:00 p.m.

Zarpentine Farms (Hilton)

Join the young adult ministry from St. Leo’s for an evening out at a corn maze. Meet in the maze parking lot at 6:45 p.m. Cost is $12 per person. RSVP by October 20 to Anya here.

Couples Night Out

Who is Father Leo Patalinghug?

Saturday, October 23

6:00 p.m.

St. Pius Tenth (Chili)

$25 per person

Fr. Leo Patalinghug is a best-selling author, acclaimed international speaker, host for radio, podcast and a weekly international food and faith show on EWTN, Savoring our Faith. His unique background as a chef and his previous experience as a two-time black belt martial arts instructor and former award-winning break dancer and choreographer has earned the attention of major media outlets, including the Food Network where he won "Throwdown with Bobby Flay!" The evening will include:

  • Cooking demo and talk by Fr. Leo
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres
  • Beer & wine available
  • Silent auction benefitting the parish

For more information and to register, click the button below.

Month of the Rosary

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In addition to being Respect Life Month, October is also the month of the Rosary. In October, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Our Lady was a great example of defending human life. The Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary is a great way to pray in this important month. Click the button below for a multimedia version of the Novena by Norbertine Fathers at St. Michael's Abbey in Orange County, California.

The Story Of A Woman Respecting Life

RESTORED: Stories of Encounter - Ep1: Connie McEldowney

What does it mean to respect life? It’s more than prayers. It’s even more than marching in Washington D.C. and standing outside abortion clinics. Watch the incredibly beautiful story of Connie McEldowney, the founder and director of Rustic Hope. Rustic Hope is an organization that offers physical, emotional and spiritual support to mothers in need. After watching the video, ponder these questions:

  • In what ways do you respect life?
  • What practical steps can you take to live out what you believe?
  • Why is it so important that those who respect life take action?

Elizabeth Ministry

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Mass of Healing for Miscarriage and Infant Loss

Sunday, October 17

10:00 a.m.

St. Jerome Church (East Rochester)

Elizabeth Ministry is an outreach to women and families who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. The purpose of this ministry is to affirm, support, and encourage during this very difficult time. The Elizabeth ministry offers one-on-one emotional support, prayer opportunities, and distributes comfort kits, resources and sympathy cards. The ministry strives to provide a support network of women and families who have shared experiences. For more information about the Elizabeth Ministry or the Mass of Healing, please contact Janene Loughran at 585-329-1974 or Molly Hickey here.

Women's Care Center Donations

The Women's Care Center was formed in 1990 by a group of people in the Rochester area with a vision to form a pregnancy help center directed by Catholic laity and supported by local Catholic churches. The Center is grateful for the donations of diapers (especially sizes 1, 4, and 5), baby wipes, formula, crib sheets, crib and receiving blankets, hooded towels, baby wash cloths, sleepers sizes 3-6 months and 6-9 months, onesies, baby socks, baby clothes 0-9 months, bibs, bottles (4 oz. and 8 oz.), pacifiers, and gently used pack 'n' plays, strollers, high chairs, swings, and clothing sizes NB-4T. Click here for a printable Wish List. To arrange donations to the Women's Care Center, please call us at 585.865.0360 or email

The Beauty of Womanhood Podcast

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People are good. You might not think that if you listen to traditional news, but that’s a lie. Everyday heroes and saints live among us and the goal of the "Do Something Beautiful" podcast is to introduce them. Inspired by the words of Mother Teresa, “Do something beautiful for God. Do it with your life. Do it every day. Do it in your own way. But do it!” Leah Darrow, former model and contestant on America’s Next Top Model, draws on her experience in the beauty industry to expose the lies told about women's worth being tied to appearance and instead invites us to look again at the real meaning of beauty in service to mankind. What a great way to enter into this Respect Life Month.

2021 Rochester Catholic Men's Conference: St. Joseph - A Man of God

Saturday, October 23

7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Parish of the Holy Family (Gates)

Virtual Option Offered As Well

Young adult men are invited to attend this year's Rochester Catholic Men's Conference featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Miravalle. Dr. Miravalle earned his Sacred Theological Doctorate at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He holds the Saint John Paul II Chair of Mariology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has been teaching since 1986. Dr. Miravalle has spoken at numerous international conferences and has appeared on EWTN, National Public Radio, and the BBC. Dr. Miravalle is the author and editor of over 20 books including Meet Your Spiritual Father: An Introduction to St. Joseph. The conference will include Mass with The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano and men can participate in-person or virtually. For more information about the conference and to register, click here.

Service with Foodlink

Foodlink has several opportunities to serve in the month of October. They are currently looking for volunteers to assist with various programs, including the Distribution Center, Community Kitchen, Community Health Education, Curbside Market, and more! Explore their various opportunities and sign up today on their volunteer calendar by clicking here.

Bethany House is looking for Volunteers

The Bethany House, a shelter for women and children, is looking for a couple of women to take a volunteer shift throughout the day. The shift schedule is 7am - 1pm; 1pm - 6pm and 6pm - 10pm. Each shift has duties assigned to it, including such things as locking and unlocking the kitchen, etc., cooking (or seeing to) supper, and supervising evening clean-up. The work also includes answering the phone and taking donations. You could also pair up with a friend for a shift. Bethany House will provide training. Interested women should email Bethany House Director, Kweli Sams here or House Manager, Lisa Reeves here to set up an interview and go over the details. For more information about Bethany House, click here.

2240 Roc Catholic Young Adult Social Group

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A new young adult ministry is forming on the east side of Rochester and recently had its first gathering at Knucklehead Craft Brewery in Webster! The ministry hopes to provide fellowship and opportunities to connect in faith for young adults ages 20-40. If you are interested in getting involved in the ministry or would like to attend future gatherings, contact Grace Rembold here or Ryan Murphy here.

Wednesday Holy Hour

Every Wednesday

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Peace of Christ Parish- St. James Church


Young adults are invited to a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction every Wednesday. The Holy Hour will be preceded by the praying of the rosary at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the parish using the information found here.

Notre Dame Fall Retreat Schedule for men, women and couples

Fall Retreat weekends for Men, Women and Couples "Finding God in Life's Transitions"

Come and explore how to find God in the midst of life’s graces and challenges. We all experience transitions throughout our lives. Especially within this past year and a half. How we cope with the unexpected; how we discern ‘what next’ and how we draw strength and wisdom from others will be the focus of the talks and prayer experiences throughout the retreat weekend. Give yourself the gift of retreat this year. To learn more, visit our website at or call us at 585-394-5700.

SoulCore at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Brockport

SoulCore, a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching, and functional movement will be offered by parishioner, Mary Wright, the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month, at 8:30 am in the front part of the Main Hall of the Parish Center. Please wear loose fitting clothing, and bring a water bottle, a yoga/exercise mat and weights if you have them. Chairs will also be available for those who need to use them. There is no cost but a suggested donation of $10, for those who are able. Bring a friend! For more information, click here.

Check Out Ways to Grow in Faith Together!

Check out the young adult ministries in our Diocese, upcoming opportunities to grow in faith, and resources to help you in your journey by clicking the button below!

For more about young adult ministry, contact Mark Capellazzi at