Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

The Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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DIOCESAN YOUNG ADULT MASS | NOVEMBER 3

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In this first year of the Eucharistic Revival and ahead of National Vocations Awareness Week, young adults from across the Diocese of Rochester are invited to the Diocesan Be A Witness Young Adult Mass on Thursday, November 3 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The evening will be a great opportunity to ponder how to witness to the Christ we receive in the Eucharist while living out one's vocation. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Matano and Father Peter VanLieshout will be the homilist. The evening will also include Adoration, food trucks, and fellowship. More details will be shared in the coming months. To register for the gathering, click below. For more information, email Mark at Mark.Capellazzi@dor.org.

St. Pius Young Adult Ministry Opportunities for August-October

New Online Course for Young Adult Ministry Leaders

The new Introduction to Young Adult Ministry online course walks learners through the particular ways the Church reaches young adults. This new course is great for those just beginning the journey of leading a young adult ministry and serves a catalyst for new ways of thinking for those who have been leading young adult ministry for several years. The course is a collaboration between the Diocese of Rochester and the Catholic Apostolate Center. Click the button below to learn more.

Young Adult Ministry Spotlight

Please help us welcome Kieran and Laura McManus as the new leaders of the young adult ministry efforts in the Auburn area. Kieran and Laura moved to the Diocese of Rochester a little over a year ago and are looking forward to connecting with other young adults in faith in this new volunteer role. They plan on continuing the weekly young adult bible study started several years ago by former leader, Grace Fallon.


If you would like to connect with Kieran and Laura or would like to learn more about young adult ministry efforts in Auburn, contact Mark at Mark.Capellazzi@dor.org.

Eucharistic Revival Opportunity | Day of Recollection

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Young adults are invited to a Day of Recollection entitled: “Transforming Our Hearts Unto Christ’s“. The Day of Recollection will include Mass of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Sacred Heart Devotions and a homily. Confessions will also be available. The morning will be led by the newly ordained, Father Aaron Kelly. Refreshments will be served as a part of the morning. For more information, click the button below!

Weekend Eucharist Retreats | Notre Dame Retreat House

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Notre Dame Retreat House is offering several weekend retreats this fall on the importance of the Eucharist and why it is a gift and the action that should inspire our every day living. Retreats will offer thoughts on the different aspects of the Mass such as Mass and its History; Mass as a Meal; Mass as Thanksgiving and Mass as Mission. Registration is limited! Click the button below for more information.

Summer Days of Rest & Renewal on Seneca Lake

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Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc., a Roman Catholic ministry, invites young adults for a day of rest and renewal at their Seneca Lake property. Opportunities for days of rest and renewal in summer 2022 are as follows:


  • Saturday, August 13-"Suffering and Faith" facilitated by Ann Kern
  • Thursday, August 25-"Liturgy of the Hours with 3PM Mass" facilitated by Deacon Ward Nolan and Jayne Badano-Bidwell, Mass celebrated by Rev. Anthony Amato (Parochial Administrator for St. Peter's Parish in Clifton Springs)
  • Monday, September 19-"Divine Mercy is Really Present with 3:30 PM Mass" facilitated and celebrated by Rev. Matt Nycz (Diocese of Buffalo)


For more information, contact Donna Wieand (716) 901-4313 or email her here. You can also visit the Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers website below.

Young Adult Ministry Idea | A Little Slip of Heaven

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Christopher Shannon, a Rochester native and current Associate Professor of History specializing in American Catholic history at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, offers a presentation entitled, "A Little Slip of Heaven: Songs and Stories of the American Irish, from Baby Boom to Baby Bust." It tells the story of the Irish American Catholics in the decades following the Second World War. Through original songs based on traditional Irish melodies, Chris looks at how, in a time of tremendous change, Irish-Americans tried to remain true to their ethnic and religious culture rooted in urban, working-class neighborhoods. Though he deals with the topic in as broad as possible terms, many of the songs are based on Chris's experiences growing up in the Tenth Ward and Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester. This presentation works well for young adult gatherings. If you would like to learn more about bringing Chris to your next young adult gathering, contact Mark here.

Young Adult Missionaries Needed!

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Spiritus, a ministry of the Mount Taber Center in Wisconsin, is looking for passionate Catholics, between 20-29 years old, who want to grow in leadership, holiness and inspire the next generation to live out their Catholic faith. SPIRITUS missionaries live in communities by gender, travel to schools and parishes throughout Wisconsin, and inspire 5,000+ youth in grades 2-12 through retreats, spiritual programs, and parish-based youth ministry. SPIRITUS missionaries come to Wisconsin from all over the U.S. and spend nine months on mission from mid-August to mid-May, receiving:


  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Spiritual direction
  • Lodging & food
  • Monthly allowance
  • Health insurance
  • $3,000 completion stipend

*No fundraising is required!*


Youth Ministry Internships are even available to team members who wish to gain more experience in ministry! For more information, click the button below.

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 Mark.Capellazzi@dor.org.