E&C Newsletter

JUNE 2022


Upcoming Events

Our Calendar for the Coming Year!

Please take the time to download our E and C calendar below and save the dates on your schedule. We look forward to accompanying you in your ministry in the 2022-2023 programming year!

Revive: A Day of Retreat for Parish Ministers is Coming!

Thursday, June 9th, 10:30am-3pm

151 Charlotte Street

Canandaigua, NY

We have 3 spots left! Register today! We are so looking forward to our day with Deacon Jonathan Schott and all of you!

Registration: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=fh8zfumab&oeidk=a07ej2b4345f49f9f8a


Thursday, August 18


Hickey Conference Center- Diocesan Pastoral Center (Gates)


orkshops on family formation and an afternoon Collaboration session for those who want to complete a project with peers that can be used in the programming year! The projects will focus on the Eucharist and be hands-on, active opportunities that can help enhance your experience of the Revival! For ministers working towards our Parish Catechetical Leader Certification, this day will help fulfill some of the certification requirements. Refreshments will be provided with lunch on your own. Registration can be found below.


The EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL begins in the United States on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 19, 2022. Our diocese will kick off this Revival with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at Corpus Christi Church (part of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish) at 10:00 am, followed by a Eucharistic Procession on the grounds. We hope to make this a true diocesan event by having representatives from every parish in the diocese in attendance. Who might you send? Maybe a family whose child just received First Communion and gets to wear their special clothes once again, or possibly a new member of the church who was received at the Easter Vigil! A link is available on our Revival website http://eucharisticrevival.dor.org to register your attendees by parish. We'd also like to advertise the plans your parish has made for celebrating Corpus Christi Sunday at your church. Please contact us with details so that we may add them to the Revival website!

Please join us in praying the Prayer for the Revival (© USCCB):

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You!
I beg pardon for those who do not believe, nor adore, nor hope, nor love You.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly.
I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended.
And, through the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of sinners. Amen.

We Need Your Pictures!

We have begun work creating a series of Social Media posts around the Eucharist for upcoming Eucharistic Revival. The posts will fall under six categories:

  • Postures, Gestures, & Actions
  • Tour of the Church
  • What we use for Mass & Eucharistic Adoration
  • Parts of the Mass
  • Unheard Prayers at Mass
  • Liturgical Seasons, Feasts, & Holy Days

All said, we need a TON of photos to accomplish this. The full list of posts/photos we need can be found at:


If you can provide photos of any of these, our goal is to have images from across the Diocese. They will be formatted to all be the same (looking like the one below) and accompanied by text explaining. Photo credit will be given in the post. Just email them to Don (donald.smith@dor.org). He will update the spreadsheet so everyone can see what posts have images.

Examples of the posts:

Young Adult Ministry Update

Upcoming Young Adult Opportunities

Backyard Bonfire

Saturday, June 18

6:30-9:00 p.m.

Young adults are invited to join the St. Leo's Young Adult Ministry for their 2nd annual backyard bonfire! Hearts will be prepared for the Eucharistic Revival through the praying of the Rosary around the fire. Smores and drinks will be provided. RSVP by June 15. For address information and to RSVP, email Anya here.

John Paul II Project

John Paul II Project Study Abroad Promotional Video 2018

The mission of the John Paul II Project is to help young adults become builders of a civilization of love and truth through holistic formation programs that immerse them in the example and teachings of St. John Paul II. Whether young adults enroll in a semester abroad in the Footsteps of Pope St. John Paul II or decide to join a North American pilgrimage of renewal, they can expect a journey that will absolutely transform them into a better people.

Find additional information & opportunities for young adults

Catholic Scouting

Catholic Scouting Leaders Meet-Up

Wednesday, June 1

7:00 p.m.


Scouting in the last two years has undoubtedly been a challenge with the pandemic, changes in the Diocese of Rochester, etc. The Office of Evangelization & Catechesis is hosting a virtual meet-up to allow for some networking, the sharing of updates/best practices, and building of community. If you have any questions, contact Mark here. To register for the meet-up, click here.

Scouting in the Catholic Church

July 17 - 23, 2022

Philmont Training Center

Cimarron, New Mexico

Each year, the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS®) conducts the "Scouting in the Catholic Church” training conference at Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, New Mexico. The Conference brings together religious and Iay participants with varying experience in Scouting and the Catholic faith. The goal of the conference is to help participants understand how Scouting can enhance youth ministry. For more information, click here.

Adult Recognition

There are several recognitions for adults that have made positive contributions to the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, especially when it comes to incorporating faith into the scouting experience. You can find nomination forms and more information about these adult recognitions here.


Bible Timeline for High Schoolers

Big picture
Venture: The Bible Timeline for High School introduces teenagers to the “big picture” of salvation history in a way that is simple to understand and easy to teach. It uses the revolutionary Great Adventure Bible Timeline® Learning System that hundreds of thousands of Catholic adults have used to learn the Bible. This eight-lesson program will get teens to open their Bibles and learn the story of salvation history—from Genesis to Revelation—with a focus on God’s covenants and biblical characters. Once teens understand the Bible, their faith will become a relevant and indispensable part of their lives.

NCYC 2022 & NCYC 2023

What is NCYC, the National Catholic Youth Conference?

NCYC 2022
November 10-12, 2022
Long Beach, CA
Walking on Water
The Diocese of Rochester will not be sponsoring a pilgrimage to NCYC 2022, but families and parishes may choose to attend on their own.

NCYC 2023
November 16-19, 2023

Indianapolis, IN
Theme TBA
More information about the Diocese of Rochester’s pilgrimage to NCYC 2023 will be shared as plans for the pilgrimage are formulated.

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.

Sacramental Snippets

From Preparation to Catechesis

This year's Ministerium gathering sparked a lot of good conversations, and got even more wheels turning. I would like to take a moment to share a couple of thoughts I had.

One of the points that stuck out to me was that the presenter spoke quite a bit about moving past mere preparation. He spoke of living the Sacramental life, rather than just getting ready and receiving Sacraments. We have been sharing this same conversation in the Diocese for quite a while.

Sacramental Preparation cannot stand on its own. Yes, it is a separate process from parish or school catechetical programs, but that does not make it independent. Learning about Sacraments, and reflecting upon them, is bigger than a preparation process. We need to remember that there are distinct parts of preparation:

REMOTE Preparation is often not even seen as preparation, but it is key. Similar to the RCIA, this is the period before anything formal actually happens, and it sparks the desire and starts the questions in the hearts of seekers. A good example of this is learning about baptism in first grade. None of the students are seeking baptism, nor do they have children seeking it. But it is planting the seeds of desire when they do have children in need of the Sacrament.

PROXIMATE Preparation is closer to the Sacrament. It is not directly preparation for the reception of the Sacrament, but it is linked (at least by time) to the Sacrament. In our Diocese we have two years of proximate preparation for Confirmation where we learn what is needed to live beyond the ceremony as Confirmed Catholics. In many ways, this is where we provide context for the Sacraments within the life of believers.

IMMEDIATE Preparation is when we do the nitty-gritty of preparation. Many of our First Communion and First Reconciliation preparation programs are immediate and the proximate preparation happens in catechetical classes. This is where we focus in and really reflect and learn about the particular Sacrament at hand. In Confirmation prep, for example, we focus on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and discipleship.

MYSTAGOGY follows the reception of the Sacrament. It is just as vital as any other part of the preparation, and does not end. It is the time to reflect on what the Sacrament means to the life of the faithful. Remember our example of remote preparation as learning baptism in first grade? That is also mystagogy. One looks back, the other looks forward. Christians do both!

So that's where my thoughts immediately went. I plan to continue reflecting, and welcome your reflections as well. Email me with any thoughts you had, and I'll gladly share them here in future newsletters.


Confirmation & Catholic Schools Memo from Bishop Matano

The Catholic Schools Office has recently completed a survey of Catholic Schools to ensure their curriculum is in line with the Confirmation curriculum. Bishop Matano has issued the attached memo noting that the listed schools do get the catechetical component of Confirmation Preparation through their school.

Everyone - public, home, and catholic schooled - prepares for Confirmation through the parish. Being in Catholic Schools is one method of completing the catechetical instruction that comes in the proximate preparation. Everyone still completes any parent-candidate meetings, retreats, service, and interviews at the parish. Immediate preparation is also completed in the parish.

Immediate Preparation should be done in the final weeks before receiving the Sacrament. It is a time to reflect on what has been learned over the two years and prepare to live it in their lives through the Sacrament. It should focus on The Working of the Holy Spirit, Discipleship/Life of Faith, and the Rite of Confirmation. It should include prayer and reflection - ideally in the form of a retreat.

What's New?


Congratulations to Teresa Dunn who received her degree from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry in May!

If you have news from your faith formation staff, please share with us by contacting our office!

Available in Our Lending Library!

We have some THUMBALLS available for borrowing. These balls are great for summer intensives and VBS. The NUMBER BALL allows you to assign a task connected to a number. For example, the student's thumb lands on the number 2, which means they "SAY THE GLORY BE" or it lands on 2 and they share where they saw God in the week, or it lands on 2 and they choose a card with a definition from church terms that they need to identify. How would you use the NUMBER BALL?. The MOVE YOUR BODY BALL, helps get the wiggles out after a long session or prayer experience, and finally, the LEADERSHIP BALL engages adolescents or families in conversations about the qualities of a good leader. Call our office if you would like to borrow any of them for your program!


Our SUMMER EDITIONS of THE FAMILY ZONE are a little more relaxed and focus on faith as well as family-together time! We've added a few new features for summer. Check them out for ideas to connect with families through social media and email or to have a gathered session that offers fun and faith all in one! Remember, if you are planning ahead, you can get on our FIRST SENDS list and receive the whole month of Family Zones early. Just contact Leslie at the office!

New on Pinterest

We've added a lot of new ideas to the board: Planning for a New Catechetical Year

New in Social Media Posts

Check out posts for Summer FAITH BUILDING ideas for families!

New on YouTube playlists

We've created a new playlist of POP UP Catechesis videos from Joe Paprocki. These videos would be great to use for "summer catechesis" in regular communication with families to keep them connected when classes are not in session. Below is a sample of these short catechetical videos in case you are not familiar with them. They are well adapted to forming both adults and kids!
Pop-Up Catechesis: The Ascension of the Lord

New in the SharePoint

Search here for fun summer community building activities for youth and families!

New on our Website

Check out eucaristicrevival.dor.org; updating weekly!

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