Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Takeaways from Arise

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Several ministers from across the Diocese participated in the National Leadership Forum on Ministry with Young Adults in December. This virtual forum organized by the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry gathered over 400 young adult ministry leaders from around the country to share best practices and introduce new skills. For more information about the Forum and the work of the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry go to This week we share another takeaway.

Change to Growing in Faith Together

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Change is not always easy, but we hope that this change will be a good one! Growing in Faith Together will be moving to a monthly distribution schedule starting in February. We hope this change will help you declutter your email inbox and make learning about the opportunities to grow in faith together more enjoyable. If you have any questions, contact Mark here.

Trivia Night

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Wednesday, January 27

8:00 p.m.

Young adults are invited to join a special TRIVIA edition of the Diocese of Worcester's virtual Theology on Tap! Grab your favorite beverage and join from your living room to put your trivia skills to the test. Top score will receive a $25 Amazon gift card! Other prizes will be available for other top scores as well! For more information and to participate, click here.



February 4 – 7, 2021

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) is bringing thousands of people together for an all new SEEK experience unlike any other. Whether it’s through moderated speaker sessions, small group breakouts, shared mealtimes, and more, SEEK21 is your chance to be accompanied in your faith journey on a more personal level, right where you are. It’s what makes this year’s event extraordinary. For more information, click here.

Young Adult Ministry Webinar- RECORDING!

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The National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry in collaboration with Loyola Institute for Ministry, Loyola University, New Orleans offered a special webinar that dove into the Vatican's new Directory of Catechesis and how it can be used to accompany young adults. To learn more about the new Directory of Catechesis, visit the USCCB's website, here. You can purchase your own copy of the Directory of Catechesis at the USCCB bookstore here. Below you can gain access to the webinar recording.

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 coming soon 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.

A Year of Saint Joseph

Reflections on "The Year Of St. Joseph"

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 week we share a reflection video from the Archdiocese of Chicago on the lessons learned from a Saint the Holy Father called a beloved, tender, accepting, and courageous father.

Rochester Pro-Life Opportunties

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With this year’s March for Life set to be virtual event, the Diocese of Rochester is offering many activities for interested participants. One of those activities is a Mass for Life celebrated by Bishop Salvatore R. Matano on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Mass will be livestreamed by the Catholic Courier, with in-person attendance limited to 150 people due to social distancing regulations. To learn more about this opportunity and others being offered in our Diocese, click here.

Check Out Our Young Adult Resources!

Check out the resources below from the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis!

For more about young adult ministry, contact Mark Capellazzi at