Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Takeaways from Arise

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Several ministers from across the Diocese participated in the National Leadership Forum on Ministry with Young Adults in December. This virtual forum organized by the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry gathered over 400 young adult ministry leaders from around the country to share best practices and introduce new skills. For more information about the Forum and the work of the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry go to Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing some takeaways.

Reflection on the Events at the Capitol

A Reflection on the Events of Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Fr. Ray Fleming (Pastor of St. Monica, Immaculate Conception/St. Bridget, and Emmanuel Church of the Deaf- Rochester) offers a reflection on what "We the People" means for us as Christians and U.S. citizens in response to the violence on January 6, 2021. For prayer resources for peace, click here and here.

Book Study Series

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Every Other Thursday

6:30 p.m.

Conference Room A

School Building- St. John the Evangelist (Spencerport)

Beginning on Thursday, January 14th, and repeating every-other-Thursday, join Fr. Peter Mottola for a discussion on the book The Religious Sense by the Servant of God Msgr. Luigi Giussani. The first gathering will begin with a brief introduction to the person of Giussani himself, an overview of the book, and reading the homily that was preached at Giussani's funeral by Cardinal Ratzinger (less than two months before his election as Pope Benedict XVI). Participants in the series are expected to do readings before gatherings. For more information, contact Fr. Peter here.

St. Pius Young Adult Ministry Gathering

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Thursday, January 21

7:00 p.m.

The Young Adult Ministry at St. Pius Tenth Church extends an invitation to their next gathering. The gathering will be rooted in a discussion about the parallels between the Lord of the Rings trilogy and our faith. You're encouraged to watch Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring BEFORE the gathering. Come with one thing from the movie that you felt related to something faith related (eg. a character is a type of God the Father or Christ, an image or object symbolizes sin, etc.). If you can, find a video to share of the scene you're discussing as a reminder of what happens. For more information, click here.

Words with Wine

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Thursday, January 21

7:30 p.m.

Join St. Bernard's adjunct professor, Apolonio Latar, STL, for a discussion of Oscar Milosz's play, "Miguel Mañara," and how it and other works of art have inspired and generated the charism of Communion and Liberation. Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting link. More info is available here!

2021 GIVEN Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum

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The GIVEN Forum is designed to help young adult Catholic women with a heart for mission and an aptitude for leadership identify their particular gifts and find practical pathways to put them in the service of the Gospel. Acceptance to a GIVEN cohort includes a year of one-on-one mentorship after the Forum, when women grow in leadership skills as they implement an Action Plan. The application period for the 2021 GIVEN Leadership Forum in Washington, DC is now open thru February 12. Women age 21-30 are encouraged to apply! Financial Assistance from the Diocese of Rochester may be available. For more information about the assistance, contact Mark. Learn more about the Forum, by clicking here.


ASCEND21 Content Overview

January 21-23, 2021

Take a deep-dive into what it means to be "created for worship." Join this free 3-night virtual event that includes high-powered keynotes, convicting exhortations, live whole-hearted worship, and Saint Paul's Outreach's very own "ASCEND Show." For more information, watch the video above or click here!



February 4 – 7, 2021

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) is bringing thousands of people together for an all new SEEK experience unlike any other. Whether it’s through moderated speaker sessions, small group breakouts, shared mealtimes, and more, SEEK21 is your chance to be accompanied in your faith journey on a more personal level, right where you are. It’s what makes this year’s event extraordinary. For more information, click here.

A Year of Saint Joseph

St. Joseph stuff for the Year of St. Joseph with Fr. Calloway

Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the universal church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus. In a Dec. 8 apostolic letter, the pope said Christians can discover in St. Joseph, who often goes unnoticed, "an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble." To learn more about this year dedicated to Saint Joseph, click here. This week we share a video with some resources to help you honor this special year.

9 Days for Life

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9 Days for Life is a novena supported by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. For more information about 9 Days for Life and to join in the praying of the novena, click here.

Check Out Our Young Adult Resources!

Check out the resources below from the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis!

For more about young adult ministry, contact Mark Capellazzi at