Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Food for Your Lenten Journey

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The Office of Evangelization & Catechesis has compiled resources that we hope will enrich the Lenten journeys of young adults. Many of these resources will help young adults deepen their prayer lives and knowledge of the faith. To access these resources, click the button below.

Night Lights and Night Prayer

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Friday, February 12

7:00 p.m.

St. Boniface Church

330 Gregory Street

The Southeast Rochester Catholic Community, a community that continues to support young adults, is hosting Eucharistic Adoration and a Holy Hour. End your Friday preparing for Lent with the Lord!

Lenten Young Adult Reflection Gathering

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Thursday, February 18

6:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars for this Lenten young adult ministry virtual gathering. The gathering, organized by the Young Adult Ministry of St. Benedict Parish in Ontario County, will include fellowship and vibrant discussion on a Lenten video reflection. Those interested can email Ben Van Heck at to receive the Zoom link and video reflection.

Re-Thinking Solidarity

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Friday, February 19

9:00 a.m.

Re-thinking Solidarity is organized by the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building and the Political Theology, in partnership with St. Benet’s Institute, St. Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford and The St. John Paul II Institute of Culture at Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas Angelicum in Rome, and supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London. For more information and to participate, click here.

Lent Podcast Challenge

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READY FOR LENT? Take on the Lent Podcast Challenge: 40 podcasts in 40 days. All from relatable, authentic Catholic voices. Just like yours. Spoke Street Media, powered by Redeemer Radio, believes in Catholic media that is welcoming, encouraging, and inspirational. To learn more about Spoke Street Media's Lent Podcast Challenge and to sign up, click here.

Virtual National Theology on Tap

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Friday, February 12

9:00 p.m.

The Virtual National Theology on Tap is back! Join Pete Burak from Intentional Disciples and an inspiring line up of guests including Dr. Ralph Martin! They'll discuss the current state of the Church, what the Spirit is saying to us right now, and how we are called to respond. Don't keep this to yourself, invite a friend, and let's all grow together! For more information and to participate, click here.

2021 GIVEN Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum

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The GIVEN Forum is designed to help young adult Catholic women with a heart for mission and an aptitude for leadership identify their particular gifts and find practical pathways to put them in the service of the Gospel. Acceptance to a GIVEN cohort includes a year of one-on-one mentorship after the Forum, when women grow in leadership skills as they implement an Action Plan. The application period for the 2021 GIVEN Leadership Forum in Washington, DC is now open thru February 12. Women age 21-30 are encouraged to apply! Financial Assistance from the Diocese of Rochester may be available. For more information about the assistance, contact Mark. Learn more about the Forum, by clicking here.

Lent Lectio Divina

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Young adults are invited to join a Lenten Bible Study beginning on Tuesday, February 23rd and continuing every Tuesday during Lent! The Bible study, sponsored by the Diocese of Worcester, will involve Lectio Divina along with a discussion. Each session will be unique to that Sunday's gospel reading so individuals are welcome to attend all gatherings, some, or even just one or two. Feel free to attend as often as you are able! For more information and to sign up, click here.

Young Adult Ministry 101

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Thursday, February 25

2:00 p.m.

A webinar for all who minister with young adults. The webinar is hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry and the Loyola Institute for Ministry, Loyola University New Orleans. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

A Year of Saint Joseph

The Year of St. Joseph Explained w/Devin Schadt

Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the universal church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus. In a Dec. 8 apostolic letter, the pope said Christians can discover in St. Joseph, who often goes unnoticed, "an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble." To learn more about this year dedicated to Saint Joseph, click here. This time we share an episode of the Catholic Feedback Podcast with Keith Nester. Keith welcomes Devin Schadt, the author of a new book called "Custos: A Total Consecration Through St. Joseph" for the lowdown on this incredible year and what it means for all of us.

Check Out Ways to Grow in Faith Together!

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For more about young adult ministry, contact Mark Capellazzi at