Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Month of the Holy Name of Jesus

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Solemn Mass for Pope Benedict XVI

Wednesday, January 4

7:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart Cathedral

296 Flower City Park | Rochester

The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Rochester, will offer a Solemn Mass for our deceased Holy Father Emeritus. Young adults are invited to come and pray, with many others from the Diocese of Rochester, for the repose of the soul of Pope Benedict XVI.

Young Adult Game Night

Thursday, January 5

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Peace of Christ Parish- St. John the Evangelist Church

553 Humboldt Street | Rochester

Young adults (18-39) looking for company on their journey of faith/life are invited to the Young Adult Game Night! Pizza, snacks, and plenty of fun games will be provided. Those that attend the gathering are welcome to bring their favorite games as well. No pre-registration required!

Young Adult Christmas Party

Young adults gathered recently at St. Leo the Great in Hilton for a Christmas gathering. The gathering included 4:00 p.m. Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent, decorating cookies, and a gift exchange, and more! For more information about the St. Leo Young Adult Community, click here.

Holy Hour for Life

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Thursday, January 19

Sacred Heart Cathedral

296 Flower City Park


In solidarity with bishops around the country, Bishop Matano will preside at a Holy Hour for Life as a part of the nationwide observance of the Vigil for Life, which takes place January 19-20. For more information about this opportunity or others offered by the Office of Life Issues, click the button below.

A Season of Celebration for Ministries with Young Adults

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Passing the Torch: A Season of Celebration for Ministries with Young Adults

In honor of the National Celebration of Ministry with Young Adults, the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, in collaboration with the National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry and the National Institute on Ministry with Young Adults, is hosting a two-part webinar series for those that minister with young adults. This two-part webinar series is open to anyone who works with young adults ages 18 to 39.

Part 2: Looking Forward

Thursday, Jan. 26th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Part 2: Looking Forward, "to look to the future in order to nourish our enthusiasm, cause dreams to emerge, awaken prophecies, and enable hope to blossom” (Christus Vivit, no. 199).

This webinar is an opportunity (in part one) to see where the Church is going next and what new initiatives and opportunities are on the horizon for this ministerial area, and to preview what is coming soon from the brand new National Institute on Ministry with Young Adults. As the Advisory Team transitions toward the National Institute, this will also serve as a “passing of the torch” from one leadership team to another – and we invite you to be part of that journey together.

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.

Winter Ski Retreat

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Young adults are invited to ski in Michigan in the footsteps of St. John Paul II at this winter ski retreat sponsored by the JPII Project. Use the code 10OFF to receive an additional $10 off. The mission of the John Paul II Project is to help young adults become builders of a civilization of love and truth. Its focus is on holistic formation programs that immerse the next generations in the example and teachings of St. John Paul II. To learn more about the retreat and the JPII Project, click the button below.

Visiting Rome?

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If you are a young adult or know a young adult visiting/studying abroad, the Diocese of Rochester can help request tickets for Papal Audiences and Liturgies through the Bishops’ Office for United States Visitors to the Vatican! The Visitors’ Office, sponsored by the Pontifical North American College and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), can also provide information on making a pilgrimage to Rome prayerful. If you would like more information, contact Mark at

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 begun 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.

Eucharistic Revival Speaker Series

Wednesday Evenings

6:30 p.m.

St. Paul’s Church

Young adults are invited to the Eucharistic Revival Speaker Series at St. Paul's. Each month there will be a guest speaker presenting on a different topic related to the Eucharist. Speakers include Fr. Peter Van Lieshout, Dr. Matthew Kuhner, Sr. Karen Dietz, Lisa Lickona, Fr. Peter Mottola, Fr. Bob Kennedy, and Christine Kvam. Series participants will receive a free copy of the book Becoming Eucharistic People by Timothy P. O’Malley which will be incorporated into the series. The series will also be available via livestream on the parish website. For more information, click the button below.

St. Paul Street & School of Evangelization

About St. Paul Street Evangelization

St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE) is a grassroots, non-profit organization, dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations by taking the Catholic Faith to the streets. St. Paul Street Evangelization provides the tools and resources for Catholics to engage the culture in a simple, non-confrontational method of evangelization which involves making themselves available to the public to answer questions about the Faith and to pray with those who request it. SPSE has had tremendous growth and now has teams throughout the United States and internationally. The St. Paul School of Evangelization is the educational arm of St. Paul Street Evangelization dedicated to training, equipping, and mobilizing Catholic disciples for the urgent work of evangelization.

Young adults have expressed interest in both the street evangelization and school of evangelization. If you would like to learn more or join other interested young adults in getting involved, email Mark at You can also learn more by clicking the button below.

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