Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Eucharistic Holy Hour

Thursday, October 1

St. Boniface Church

7:00 p.m.

The Southeast Rochester Catholic Community encourages young adults (18-39) to take a break from the busyness of life and spend some time with the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The Holy Hour will be hosted at St. Boniface Church and will include periods of silence, the Rosary, and other spoken prayer. For more information, click here.

40:30 Young Adult Group

The Southeast Rochester Catholic Community invites young adults to leave the noisiness of the world and gather with other young adults in faith. This new young adult group takes its inspiration from Isaiah 40:30-31. The group currently gathers Mondays at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, click here.

Young Adult Bible Study

Every Thursday

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Individuals 18-35 are invited to a Bible study organized by the Auburn area young adult ministry. Read/discuss passages from the Bible and Church documents while enjoying fellowship with other young adults. The study is informed by Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) Equip. For more information, please click here.

Digital Disciples Night- October 1

Join Fr. John Burns as he talks about how in times such as these, it's easy to question God's plan, where our lives are headed, and whether we have a loving Father. Hope is the answer. As we read in Romans 5:5 "hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us."

Fr. John was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2010. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He undertook philosophical studies at Catholic University of America and theological studies in Rome. In 2019 he was assigned Vocation Promoter and Promoter of Women’s Religious and Consecrated Life.

For more information and to participate, click here.

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Lost in Encyclical Translation

When we speak our native language, our vocabulary insists on nuances unique to our own experiences. It is no wonder why Pope Francis wrote his encyclical Christus Vivit in Spanish. His understanding of serving the young church came from his experiences. To truly understand this, however, we must be diligent in examining interpretations of his words. Brenda Noriega breaks down major cultural differences in the English and Spanish of Christus Vivit and opens channels of dialogue for future creative ministry strategies.

OSV Innovation Talks - Brenda Noriega - Lost in Encyclical Translation

Respect Life Month

October is Respect Life Month! As Catholics, we believe that every life is sacred, from the moment of conception until natural death. Every person is made in the image and likeness of God, and so each and every person has inherent dignity. This is also the foundation of all Catholic social teaching. For more information about Respect Life Month and how to better witness to the Gospel of Life, click here.

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Theology and Culture | Faithful Citizenship- October 6

Join St. Bernard's School of Theology & Ministry for another presentation on faithful citizenship with Dr. Larry Chapp! Dr. Chapp is a retired professor of theology from DeSales University (PA). He received his doctorate from Fordham University in Catholic Systematic Theology, with a special emphasis on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Currently Dr. Chapp owns and manages the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Farm with his wife in Harveys Lake, PA. For more information and to register, click here.

Community on Tap- October 10

Join Community on Tap for an afternoon of service with the South Wedge Food Program, which provides free groceries for those in need in the Rochester area. All participants must wear masks. Gloves and sanitizer will be provided. There will be a post-service get together at Swiftwater Brewing (378 Mt Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620). For more information, click here or email Community on Tap.

Theology on Tapas Kickoff Successful

Our Theology on Tapas series got off to a fragrant, delicious, and joyful start last week! Thank you to everyone who joined us! At our next gathering in the series, on October 21, we'll learn how to make chicken stew with plantains in honor of St. Laura of St. Catherine of Siena. There is still time to sign up for the rest of the series. To learn more about Theology on Tapas and to sign up, click here.

Rochester Catholic Men's Conference

Saturday, October 17

7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This annual conference for men goes virtual in 2020! The theme for this year's conference is “Called to Holiness”. The morning includes praying the rosary, Mass with Bishop Matano, talks with Dr. David Anders (Host of Called to Communion radio show) and Troy Guy (Catholic Apologist & Nuclear Engineer) and much more. If you are interested in learning more or registering, click here.

Additional Resources!

Check out the resources below to keep your faith strong this week and the weeks to come!

For more information about these opportunities contact Mark Capellazzi at