Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Rochester Catholic Men's Conference

Saturday, October 17

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

This annual conference for men goes virtual in 2020! The theme for this year's conference is “Called to Holiness”. The morning includes praying the rosary, Mass with Bishop Matano, talks with Dr. David Anders (Host of Called to Communion radio show) and Troy Guy (Catholic Apologist & Nuclear Engineer) and much more. If you are interested in learning more or registering, click here.

Theology on Tapas- October 21

Theology on Tapas, a virtual young adult cooking series, continues on 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.

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. Teresa of Jesus

This week we celebrate the Memorial of St. Teresa of Jesus. Also called St. Teresa of Ávila, St. Teresa is one of the great mystics and religious women of the Church and author of spiritual classics. She was the originator of the Carmelite Reform, which restored and emphasized the austerity and contemplative character of primitive Carmelite life. St. Teresa was elevated to doctor of the church in 1970 by Pope Paul VI, the first woman to be so honored. Enjoy this reflection on St. Teresa from the Sisters of Life.
Cloud of Witnesses: St. Teresa of Avila

Babel to Penecost

A lack of vulnerability and the plague of arrogant self-interest destroys relationships. In ministry, like most things, honesty and openness lead to successful mission. The latest OSV Innovation Talk walks us through the rawness of Anthony D'Ambrosio’s life and encourages viewers to be “naked” to one another for purposes of healing and unity.
OSV Innovation Talks - Anthony D'Ambrosio - Babel to Pentecost

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 an interview with Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

'Live the Gospel of Life' - Respect Life Month 2020 | EWTN News Nightly

Young Adult Ministry Spotlight

Our Lady Queen of Peace | St. Thomas More

Currently, this young adult ministry is meeting via Zoom, because of the pandemic, about once a month from 7:00-8:15 p.m. Please contact Meghan by emailing or calling her. You can also come by and say hi after Mass if you are at OLQP, as she is the parish's music director. You are always welcome to share your ideas and thoughts!

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.

Advent Made Simple

Divided. Loud. Our world is full of noise. It is sick and it is hurting. We need to find ways to proclaim the one Word, Jesus, in the midst of all of this. Advent Made Simple is a daily video series that, this year, will feature only Black Catholic speakers. The aim is to change the lack of diversity and representation in the church here in the USA while providing another way to be prayerful during this season of hopeful anticipation. For more information, click here.

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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