E&C Newsletter

May 2023


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Save the DATE for families in your parish, youth groups or other faith-sharing groups to attend NY State's Eucharistic Congress the weekend of October 21 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, NY!

Learn more about it at the link below!

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Each one of our parishes and families can admit to experiencing some sort of trauma over the last three years. Life has been difficult in many ways and though we may not know of their struggles, many of our parishioners are suffering. How can our parishes be a place of refuge?

Please join us, at the Pastoral Center, on Wednesday, August 30 for an all day training on Trauma-Informed ministry. This training will be offered by Molly Moon, the year-round program director at Camp Stella Maris who has a social work background and expertise in trauma-informed care. Let's be part of the solution to our countries growing mental health crisis by learning simple ways we can listen, be present, and offer guidance toward professional help.

Registration is live and can be found below.

Professional Development Day Planned for September 14

Please make plans to join us ,Thursday, September 14 for a Professional Development Day.

During the morning session we will offer the first half of the Mental Health First Aid training. This training is ideal for all in parish ministries and we hope you will take the opportunity to learn some important strategies in providing pastoral care to parishioners of all ages! Our afternoon session will focus on Best Practices in Relational Ministry. These will be ROUND-ROBIN sessions focused on best practices that lend themselves to successful relational ministry. What is your best practice? We want you to take part! We are seeking 6-8 leaders who will share a 15 minute session on a best practice in their parish. What types of topics are we seeking?

  • Best practice in forming bonds with parents and grandparents
  • Reaching today's teens
  • Children's programming that sets a course for lifelong formation
  • Accompanying individuals and families through tough times
  • Helping individuals of all ages to meet Jesus in Sacramental and daily life
  • Best practices in engaging new families (especially newly married, baptism or RCIA families)
  • Best practices in evangelizing those on the margins

Please download and fill-in the handout below. All "applications" are due by June 1, so that we can structure the day and create valuable resource files for this event!

Catechist Formation: MAY 10

Please invite your volunteers and join us virtually for either a morning or afternoon session on Best Practices in Teaching about the Holy Spirit. This session will be great for those who work with children, families, youth and Confirmation candidates. Learn about creative approaches to engaging your participants in all things Holy Spirit related!!

Facilitated by Leslie Barkin


We hope you have learned a few new things, or considered your approach, with this year's tidbits from Change it Up by Lee Danesco. The full book is available in our lending library along with many other resources that can refresh and refuel your catechetical ministry! As you look ahead to your next programming year and plan for your needs, Lee offers a tip on page 77. She says: "recruit volunteers to match your needs." Are you in need of a faith witness? A specialist in a particular area? An organizer? Consider WHAT you need most in your program before you just recruit a warm body. Then, brainstorm who you know and give a personal invitation to those who come to mind.

An Adoration Treasury for Young Catholics

Just released by OSV Kids with a Eucharistic Revival logo on it, this book, by Sr. Mary Bosco Davis, OSF and Sr. M. Lissetta Gettinger, OSF, is a wonderful resource to use as a focus for children and families in this soon to be parish year of the Revival. The book provides prayers, scripture and guidance for the devotion as well as a connection to saints who had a Eucharistic Devotion such as Blessed Carlo Acutis. Preview this resource by borrowing it from our lending library. Contact Leslie in the office of E and C.
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Are you looking ahead to next year and wonder how you can invite more young adult involvement into your parish? This four-part formation series, featuring scholars, practitioners, and young adults, on how to develop relationships and form community with young adults with a variety of age groups and ministry contexts can be a helpful tool. This was an educational series to help ministry leaders learn more about young adults and what it means to form community with them. You can find the session recordings below.


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Catholic Scouting is Youth Ministry Webinar (NFCYM)

Thursday, May 18

2:00 p.m.

Explore the relationship between scouting and youth ministry in the Catholic Church. Our expert speakers will share insights and testimonies on how scouting can be a powerful tool for evangelization, faith formation, and leadership development among young people. Whether you are a scout leader, a youth minister, or simply interested in learning more, this webinar is for you. Presenters include John Anthony, Alison Tate, Fr. Gerard Gentleman and Francisco Ruvalcaba. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

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July 7-9, 2023

St. John Fisher University

This is an excellent opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors (i.e. current 10th and 11th graders) to gain valuable skills and help them stand out among their peers as student leaders today and into the future. GDK focuses building a more just world, and includes keynotes, workshops, and hands-on opportunities to turn faith into action!

NFCYM Region 2 Gathering

May (23) - 24 - 25, 2023

Champion Lake Camp

(Glen Spey, NY)

Join other youth ministry leaders from across New York State for prayer, networking, professional development, and collaborative event planning. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 5/24 and end at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, 5/25. There is an optional evening social for those who are interested in arriving on Tuesday evening. If interested, please completed the required RSVP here by May 10. Questions can be directed to Colleen Trevisani (Colleen217@yahoo.com) or Christina Davis (Christina.davis@archny.org, 646-794-2853 office, 904-716-4984 cell).

Financial Assistance Available for Steubenville Main Campus Youth Conferences

Thanks to the generosity of a donor family, there is now even more financial assistance to those who would not otherwise be able to attend one of our four Steubenville Main Campus Youth Conferences. The donor’s intention is to “bring more young people to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – eliminating any financial barrier to this encounter.” Parishes planning to attend one of the four youth conferences this summer at Franciscan University of Steubenville, can use this form to request financial aid for your group. Requests will be handled on a first come first serve basis.

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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.

The NCYC 2023 Portal contain forms, information, resources, and much more for parishes that are participating in the Diocese of Rochester's pilgrimage to NCYC 2023 (November 16-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana). Questions regarding NCYC 2023 can be directed to Mark at Mark.Capellazzi@dor.org.

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Invitation from Notre Dame Retreat House

Have you been looking for a great place to hold a Youth Ministry or Confirmation Retreat?

Notre Dame Retreat House is the ideal location for such events. Let us focus on you so you can focus on retreat.

WE offer:

  • Meeting space(s), bedrooms, chapel, and meals all in one building
  • Prepared meals so your time can be spent on the spiritual needs of your group
  • Comfortable rooms with linens and towels and ability to separate teens from adults
  • Ample outdoor grounds for group activities

WE welcome the opportunity to be part of your 2023/2024 Program Year plans. Give us a call today . . . we are here to answer any questions. Better yet, come and see us and find out why Notre Dame Retreat House is the best place for youth retreats.

Notre Dame Retreat House

5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, NY 14424

585-394-5700 ndretreat@rochester.rr.com


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This time of year, we can find ourselves very BUSY. Don takes some time to look deeper at what being busy means.
Sacramental Snippet - BUSY times

FCLC Webinar Series on the Liturgical Year

The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions has a number of good webinar series that you might find helpful in planning your programs. Check out this one on the Liturgical Year: https://fdlc.org/2021/06/webinar-series-the-liturgical-year/

Marriage Recognition Mass

Please invite anyone who wants to celebrate their marriage to a special Mass on Sunday, May 21 at 2pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Bishop Matano will preside and offer a renewal of vows for couples.

We are looking for RSVPs purely for planning purposes. Anyone who does not RSVP is still welcome! Details and RSVP at: https://conta.cc/3Pne1pD

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Congratulations to Tyler Davis, from the Southeast Rochester Catholic Community who recently became engaged!

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