Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Prayer for Our Time | Season of Creation

Tuesday, October 6

7:00-7:30 p.m.

Virtual Gathering

Informed by “Jubilee for the Earth”, a yearlong celebration set aside by Pope Francis to honor the fifth anniversary of “Laudato Si", the Sisters of St. Joseph invite young adults to contemplate the call to conversion and the repairing of relationships among ourselves and with the earth during “Prayer for Our Time”. You can join the virtual gathering live or on demand here.

Theology and Culture | Faithful Citizenship- October 6

Join St. Bernard's School of Theology & Ministry for another presentation on faithful citizenship with Dr. Larry Chapp! Dr. Chapp is a retired professor of theology from DeSales University (PA). He received his doctorate from Fordham University in Catholic Systematic Theology, with a special emphasis on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Currently Dr. Chapp owns and manages the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Farm with his wife in Harveys Lake, PA. For more information and to register, click here.

Racism, Black Prophets and Faith

Wednesday, October 7

7:00-8:15 p.m.

Virtual Gathering

Join other young adults for an opportunity to learn about Sr. Thea Bowman, a Black, Catholic Prophet and look outward, reflecting on how our faith can empower and strengthen our actions individually and communally. Simultaneously, as people of faith, we will wrestle with the fact that much transformation needs to occur within the Church, ourselves, and society in creating the “Beloved Community.” For more information, contact Meghan Robinson at Our Lady Queen of Peace | St. Thomas More.

Food, Faith, & A Film

Thursday, October 8

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Doughtery Hall- St. Mary's Church


Join the young adult community of St. Benedict's Parish for an evening of food, fellowship, and faith! Young adults will gather for food and to watch a film from the Formed Symbolon Series on a relevant topic of faith, followed by a fruitful discussion on what everyone heard. Dinner will be around 6:00 p.m. and the film will begin around 6:30 p.m. Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained at the gathering. Space at the gathering is limited so please email Ben Van Heck to RSVP.

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

This week we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. Known for several centuries by the alternate title of “Our Lady of Victory,” the feast takes place in honor of a 16th century naval victory which secured Europe against Turkish invasion. Pope St. Pius V attributed the victory to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was invoked on the day of the battle through a campaign to pray the Rosary throughout Europe. Learn how to go deeper than the external mechanics when praying the Rosary in this video.
How to REALLY Pray the Rosary

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. The Diocese of Rochester has a website full of resources to help you engage in the pro-life movement. You can find that website of resources here.

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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.

Community on Tap- October 10

Join Community on Tap for an afternoon of service with the South Wedge Food Program, which provides free groceries for those in need in the Rochester area. All participants must wear masks. Gloves and sanitizer will be provided. There will be a post-service get together at Swiftwater Brewing (378 Mt Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620). For more information, click here or email Community on Tap.

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.

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.

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