Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Month of Mary

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Young Adult Retreat

The bodies, minds, and souls of young adults from across the Diocese of Rochester were nourished on Saturday, April 22 during a retreat hosted by the St. Leo Young Adult Community! Many thanks to the young adult ministry leaders, Brandon Allaman from Livin U, the parish staff, and the Knights of Columbus for helping to nourish young adults! If you would like to learn more about the St. Leo Young Adult Community, please email Anya at, or click the links below.

Mass of Healing for Miscarriage and Infant Loss

Sunday, May 7

11:15 a.m.

St. John the Evangelist (Spencerport)

The Diocese of Rochester’s Elizabeth Ministry, which is a Catholic support network for miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss, is having a Mass of Healing for Miscarriage and Infant Loss. Father Justin Miller, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport, will be the celebrant of the Mass. Parents, siblings, grandparents, family members and friends are all welcome to attend this Mass in remembrance of their child(ren). Refreshments, support and resources will be available after Mass. For more information about the Diocese’s Elizabeth Ministry, please contact Molly Hickey here or Janene Loughran at 585-329-1974.

2023 Diocesan Wedding Recognition Mass

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Sunday, May 21

2:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart Cathedral


All married young adults, their families and guests are invited to join Bishop Matano for a Mass and renewal of their vows. If you are interested, you can register online (head count for planning purposes only) by clicking the button below. If you need additional information or have questions you can email Don Smith at

Young Adult Dinner & Discussion

Come for the dinner and stay for the discussion! This monthly young adult gathering is an opportunity to share a meal with other young adults and discuss a variety of faith topics. The gatherings are organized by the communities of Saint Thomas More and Our Lady Queen of Peace. For more information, click the button below.

Salesian Young Adult Retreat Weekend

A young adult retreat weekend is being hosted this June by the Salesians of Don Bosco at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point, New York. The Salesians are a family of men and women religious founded by an Italian Catholic priest, Fr. John Bosco. Salesian Spirituality seeks to provide a place of belonging, a growth in relationships, a freedom to do good, and a deepening in virtue. For more information and to register for the retreat, email
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The speakers and musicians have been announced for the New York State Eucharistic being held on the weekend of October 20-22, 2023 at The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, NY! For more information on the Congress, the speakers and how to register for the Congress, click the buttons below.

Young Adult Gathering Idea- Awakening the Spirit Nature Walk

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As we continue in the Easter season and experience spring, here is a young adult ministry gathering idea from Young Adult Ministry in a Box that is focused on nature. This nature outing includes visiting a local water feature (whether it is a creek, river, pond, lake, or ocean) hiking there together and doing some reflection on baptism or the renewing power of water. Check out this Awakening the Spirit Nature Walk idea by clicking the file below.

The Art of Building Community with Young Adults Recordings

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A 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. 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.

New Young Adult Ministry Forming in Corning

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A new ministry for faithful young adults is forming in the Corning area! Daniel Trosa, a young adult himself and parishioner at All Saints Parish in Corning, is leading efforts to form a ministry for young adults, inspired by the elements of Salesian Spirituality, that seeks to provide a place of belonging, a growth in relationships, a freedom to do good, and a deepening in virtue. Daniel has met with leaders from numerous parishes in the southern tier portion of our Diocese to understand the needs of the young adults and ensure this new young adult community is intentional. If you are interested in learning more about this emerging young adult ministry, collaborating with Daniel, or have questions contact him at

National Institute for Ministry with Young Adults

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Support for young adult ministry in the United States continues to grow! The new National Institute For Ministry with Young Adults is a result of that growth. The new institute will focus on:

  • Formation of those who currently or will do ministry with young adults, including solid catechesis and kerygmatic evangelization
  • Accompaniment of ministry leaders working with young adults and their ministries on the local level
  • Research and development in the expanding field of ministry with young adults
  • Serving ministry leaders at the national level, co-responsibly with our bishops

To learn more about the new National Institute For Ministry with Young Adults, its work, and how you can get involved, click the button below.

Young Adult Coffee After Mass

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Every Third Sunday of the Month

St. Mary's Church


The young adult ministry from St. Benedict Parish in Bloomfield/Canandaigua has a monthly Young Adult Coffee After Mass! Coffee After Mass happens every third Sunday of the month following the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Church in Canandaigua. It is a great way to find community with other young adults and dive deeper into what was heard at Mass. Please email DeAnna Brennan with any questions here.

Young Adult Spaghetti & Scripture

Credit: Catholic Courier

Photo Credit: Catholic Courier

Every Thursday

Pasta Supper-6:30 p.m.

Bible Study-7:00 p.m.

Auburn Area

Okay, maybe not spaghetti every week, but the young adult community in Auburn invites young adults for pasta and bible study every Thursday evening. For more information about the weekly young adult bible study in Auburn, contact leaders Kieran and Laura McManus at You can learn more about the young adult community in Auburn by clicking the button below.

Sisters of Mercy Young Adult Opportunities

Word with Mercy

2nd Thursday of the Month

8:00 p.m.


Word with Mercy is a monthly evening of prayer and reflection that will utilize Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina is a method of praying with scripture. Word with Mercy will focus on Sunday scripture readings. For more information, email Sr. Michele at Register here.

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