E&C Newsletter



Upcoming Events


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!


You're invited to join us for this year's Advent retreat! Open to all those who work in Catechetical Ministry (including Catechists!) Please plan to spend the day with us at St. John of Rochester where we spend the day focused on our Advent journey. Dawn Burdick, Catechetical Leader at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Rochester. Dawn took her own journey on the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James in Europe. The El Camino is a pilgrimage dating back to the 9th century. Join us to hear about Dawn's experience, reflect on your own faith journey, visit the Adoration chapel and prayer stations and connect with colleagues in ministry! At 4:00 PM, we will make our way to Powers Farm Market for an optional social as we take their wooded path to the manger scene! We hope to see you there!
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CATECHIST FORMATION: Best Practices in Teaching the Liturgical Year

Join us for another session of our online Catechist formation series open to volunteers, Catechetical Leaders, and parents! These sessions provide a "Catholic 101" overview of the topic, resources for teaching, and opportunities for sharing among participants. It's a great way for parishes to provide formation for those in ministry and for parents as primary catechists of their kids. TWO sessions are provided to accommodate schedules. We hope to see you at one of the sessions below and ask you to register in advance. All those who participate IN-PERSON will receive exclusive digital resources for those who join us LIVE.

Class Facilitator: Leslie Barkin

DEC. 7 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

When: Dec 7, 2022 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dec. 7 from 7:00-8:30 PM

When: Dec 7, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Are you in the habit yet? Check our E and C Dashboard EVERY MONDAY to find the calendar updates, deadlines, and online opportunities to enrich your ministry. Below is the link to this week's dashboard. Click on it and bookmark it! Then, get in the habit of checking it weekly to be well-informed!
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Registration fee: Thursday – free; Friday – Saturday: $25 per person

This year’s theme: Gratefully Rejoicing as the Body of Christ is emblematic of Christian discipleship: that the Risen Christ accompanies us, teaches us, nourishes us by His Real Presence in the Eucharist, and sends us – gratefully rejoicing – to be life for the world as He is for us. \Take a quick look at https://www.hopehealrenew.org/

You can also view the brochure for the schedule and session descriptions.

This is not your typical “stare at the screen” kind of event! You can pray and chat with the planning team and fellow attendees from across the country during morning coffee-talks; converse directly with our wonderful sponsors; and even sing along with our virtual choir! Plan to spend time in our unique Meditation Chapel.

You will have access to all the sessions until December 31, 2022.



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Thursday, November 3 | 6:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart Cathedral

296 Flower City Park | Rochester

In this first year of the Eucharistic Revival and ahead of National Vocations Awareness Week, young adults from across the Diocese of Rochester are invited to the diocesan Be A Witness Young Adult Mass on Thursday, November 3 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The evening will be a great opportunity to ponder how to witness to the Christ we receive in the Eucharist while living out one's vocation. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Matano and Father Peter VanLieshout will be the homilist. The evening will also include Adoration, food trucks, and fellowship. More details will be shared in the coming months. Registration can be found below. For more information, email Mark at Mark.Capellazzi@dor.org.


The Office of Evangelization & Catechesis has a directory of young adult communities/ministries on oec.dor.org. If your parish has a ministry for/with young adults and want to be included on this directory, please contact Mark at Mark.Capellazzi@dor.org. If your parish is currently on the directory and information needs to be updated, please let us know.



Journey of Faith- Coming Soon!

A scout from McQuaid Jesuit High School has decided to work with the Diocese of Rochester Catholic Committee on Scouting to create a faith series for his Eagle Scout project. The Journey of Faith series will be a three-year series, which the Diocese of Rochester Catholic Committee on Scouting will take over after year one, that will engage scouts and their families in the National Eucharistic Revival. Scouts and their families will visit different faith communities within the Diocese of Rochester. Each visit will include attending Mass/participating in a prayer experience and learning more about what makes that community unqiue. 2022-2023 series dates are coming soon! If you would like to learn more, contact Mark Capellazzi at Mark.Capellazzi@dor.org.


2023 Hands of Christ Nominations

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The Hands of Christ is a recognition program, sponsored by the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, in which the Bishop of Rochester affirms high school seniors of our parishes who have been the “Hands of Christ” in their churches, homes, schools and communities. Hands of Christ recipients:

  • Have consistently demonstrated a Christian attitude by word and example.
  • Have been actively involved in the parish as well as their school or community.
  • Have been a positive role model to their peers, younger children and adults.
  • Are a practicing Roman Catholic in a parish in the Diocese of Rochester and attend Mass.
  • Are currently a high school senior.

Nominations are being accepted now through December 1! You can find the online registration form and nomination materials, by clicking the button and files below. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Hands of Christ recogntion, please email Mark at Mark.Capellazzi@dor.org


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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.

We are beginning to discuss plans for NCYC 2023, which will take place November 16-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is our intention to offer a diocesan pilgrimage to NCYC 2023. We know a lot has changed in parish life and the lives of your families since we last attended NCYC in 2019! We are asking for feedback from catechetical leaders so that our pilgrimage addresses the needs of young people and their families while deepening the faith of those that participate. Catechetical leaders can provide feedback by completing the survey below by December 1. Questions can be directed to Mark at Mark.Capellazzi@dor.org.

'22-'23 Global Celebration of Young People

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The Global Celebration of Young People is an annual opportunity for the Catholic Church to reflect on, acknowledge, and celebrate youth and young adults in their local communities, in solidarity with communities in every country and on every continent. This celebration exists in tandem with World Youth Day (next hosted in Lisbon, Portugal in 2023) where young people come together, with the Holy Father and millions of youth and young adults around the globe, to pray, learn, serve, and celebrate their shared Catholic Christian faith in Jesus Christ and his Gospel. The theme for the 2022-2023 Global Celebration of Young People is "Mary arose and went with haste" (Lk 1:39). The 2022-2023 Global Celebration of Young People begins on Sunday, November 20 (Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe). For resources related to the celebration, click the button below.


Sacraments - Growth and Change

With the leaves and the weather changing, it is worth looking at how the Sacraments are times of change in our lives, and how we embrace that in our programs.
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What's New?


We welcome Katie Amann back to Catechetical Ministry! Katie has been working in an administrative role at Southeast Rochester Catholic Community and is now taking on Faith Formation for the parish! Good to have you back, Katie!

Welcome to Miriam Ojeda, who is joining the Faith Formation team at Holy Apostles, where she has been on the staff in administrative roles. So good to have you on board Miriam!

We wish Pam Sikora all the best as she leaves St. John of Rochester and joins the faculty at McQuaid...you will be missed Pam!

Blessings to Carlo Stebbings and his wife, Claire, who have welcomed their fourth child, Gemma!

PLEASE contact our office with news of transitions in your parish. We can be most effective in supporting your parish staff when we are aware of new hires, retirements and other transitions! We are also here to pray with and for you. So, please, let us know, when you need prayer warriors in your life!

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