E&C Newsletter

January 2023

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The Heart of the Revival newsletter provides readers with opportunities to reignite their relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist through reflection, prayer, and study. Please share the link to sign up for this free newsletter within your parishes through the bulletin, social media, and parish emails! Click on the link below to learn more!


From: Change it Up/Over 150 Catechetical Ideas to Add Variety to Your Lessons by Lee Danesco

"Memorization with its repetitive exercises and activities helps children to hold on to the basic framework and vocabulary of the faith found in the text and scripture. But to appreciate and live out the meaning of faith, children need to be encouraged to do more than just remember collections of words in a given order. To complete the broader task of supplying children with understanding that makes sense out of memorized information, you'll have to be ready and willing to change up your teaching approach and call on explanation. Decide in advance WHAT you want students to understand as a result of your explanation. Create a lesson plan that will help to keep you on message. For example, if your goal is to explain God the Father, don't go down a path of explaining the mystery of the Trinity. If your goal is to explain the meaning of prayer, don't start to dive into the structure of the Rosary."

Other tips:

  • Explain things in sequence
  • Review whatever they have already learned that connects to your faith teaching (for example, if your goal is to explain The Ten Commandments, review who Moses was)
  • Explain things in language kids understand
  • Use comparisons with things they already know in life (for example, Saints are like Superheroes who work for God!)


Need to get back to relational ministry? Why not read (or REVISIT) The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul-Tending for Youth Ministry by Kenda Creasy Dean and Ron Foster. Teens today are different than when many of us started in youth ministry. What nuggets can you gather from this youth ministry classic that will help you see this new group of teenagers in a different light? The REVISED edition will be released January 15, 2023.




Wednesday, January 4

5:00-8:00 p.m.

Living Room- Church of the Assumption

20 East Avenue (Fairport)

Young adults (18-39) are invited old to attend the “Cooking with the Saints” Dinner. Guests will enjoy Israeli Roasted Chicken in Pomegranate and Date Molasses, Fattoush, and St. Basil’s Cake from the Cooking with the Saints cookbook. Come share a meal, make new friends or reconnect with old friends and learn about the faith and the lives of the Saints. Sign-up here. Contact Catherine Steadman at 585-388-5431 or here for more information.


In honor of the National Celebration of Ministry with Young Adults, the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, in collaboration with the National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry and the National Institute on Ministry with Young Adults, is hosting a two-part webinar series for those that minister with young adults. This two-part webinar series is open to anyone who works with young adults ages 18 to 39.

These webinars are an opportunity (in part one) to see where the Catholic Church’s ministries with young adults in their late teens, twenties, and thirties have come up to this point and its implications for our work today, and to celebrate the excellent work of the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, and (in part two) to see where the Church is going next and what new initiatives and opportunities are on the horizon for this ministerial area, and to preview what is coming soon from the brand new National Institute on Ministry with Young Adults.

  • Part 2- Thursday, January 26, 2023 (2:00 to 3:30 p.m.) | Register here.
  • Part 1- Recording | Click here.




A scout from McQuaid Jesuit High School has decided to work with the Diocese of Rochester Catholic Committee on Scouting to create a faith series for his Eagle Scout project. The Journey of Faith series will be a three-year series, which the Diocese of Rochester Catholic Committee on Scouting will take over after year one, that will engage scouts and their families in the National Eucharistic Revival. Scouts and their families will visit different faith communities within the Diocese of Rochester. Each visit will include attending Mass/participating in a prayer experience and learning more about what makes that community unique. More information including dates, locations, times, and registration for year one can be found at https://conta.cc/3TqRQQ7.


Saturday, February 4

10:00 a.m.

Location TBD

Bishop Matano and the members of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, would like to congratulate scouts who have earned a religious emblem. They understand the dedication, time and faith demonstrated while working on the emblem. A special ceremony is being held to recognize all scouts who have earned a religious emblem since our last ceremony in 2021. More information about the ceremony will be sent in the mail to the families of scouts who have officially completed an emblem. If you would like more information or have questions, contact Mark Capellazzi at Mark.Capellazzi@dor.org.



Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 7:00 PM

St. Mary Our Mother, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY 14845

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 7:00 PM

Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester NY 14615

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 7:00 PM

Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester NY 14615

Recipients must register online for the ceremony they wish to attend. The registration deadline is Tuesday, January 31. Our office will send letters to all recipients with ceremony details and instructions on how to register online for the ceremony they wish to attend within the next 1-2 weeks.

As a part of the National Eucharistic Revival, there will be a brief period of Eucharistic Adoration to conclude each ceremony. Our office will provide some catechesis on Eucharistic Adoration through the letters sent to recipients, emails sent to families of the recipients ahead of the ceremonies, and during the ceremonies themselves. We kindly ask you prepare the families of your recipients for this special encounter with Christ!

Planning is Underway!

The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is a powerfully unique three-day experience of prayer, community, evangelization, catechesis, service, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers (of high school age) and their adult chaperones. NCYC is the premiere Catholic youth event on a national scale that gathers people from all across America for a life-changing encounter with Christ.

Plans for the Diocese of Rochester's pilgrimage to NCYC 2023 (November 16-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana) were shared during a virtual meeting on Monday. November 28. We have launched the NCYC 2023 Portal which contains a lot of information from the meeting. If you missed the meeting, but your parish is interested in attending NCYC 2023, contact Mark at Mark.Capellazzi@dor.org.

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Sacrament Corner

Sacramental Snippet - What Cookies Can Show Us

Sacramental Snippet - Cookies and Preparation

RCIA Registrations

Registration for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion are still up. We need information before Lent. (I can't believe we're talking Lent and Easter already!) We use the registration to help us plan for that Rite, but also to help us report numbers to the USCCB and to generate the delegation letters you may need for Easter Vigil.

The registration can be found at: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=fh8zfumab&oeidk=a07ejigpnml762e984e. Please note that when you register, you will be directed to a confirmation page and receive a confirmation email. If you do not, this means we did not receive the registration, and you need to try again. Sometimes it is a matter of taking too long and the system timing out. If it continues to be an issue, email me.

An email went out to pastors and my RCIA list, but if you have someone new doing RCIA, please share with them.

Confirmation Retreats

A number of requests have come in asking if we know when other parishes are offering their Confirmation retreats so a candidate who has to miss their parish retreat can join another. We currently do not have such a list, but would LOVE to make one!

If you are open to others joining you (with prior notice, obviously), please email Don with dates & times, cost, and who to contact. Our preference would be that coordinators work with coordinators on behalf of parents when scheduling make-up retreats so that everyone is on the same page. Once I have the information, I will put together a list that can be shared.

What's New?


Welcome to Nicki Loray who has joined the Catechetical Team serving St. Charles, St. Lawrence, Holy Cross, and Our Mother of Sorrows. Nicki assumes the role of Regional Faith Formation Coordinator and will work alongside Amanuel Malik.

Congratulations to Donna Gray, who is joining the team of St. Charles as Youth Minister and will continue her role as Youth Minister at St. Lawrence.

We wish this new team much success!

PLEASE contact our office with news of transitions in your parish. We can be most effective in supporting your parish staff when we are aware of new hires, retirements and other transitions! We are also here to pray with and for you. So, please, let us know, when you need prayer warriors in your life!

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