Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

The Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

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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. To register for the gathering, click below. For more information, email Mark at

Young Adult Faith & Fellowship Opportunities | September-October

New Online Course for Young Adult Ministry Leaders

The new Introduction to Young Adult Ministry online course walks learners through the particular ways the Church reaches young adults. This new course is great for those just beginning the journey of leading a young adult ministry and serves a catalyst for new ways of thinking for those who have been leading young adult ministry for several years. The course is a collaboration between the Diocese of Rochester and the Catholic Apostolate Center. Click the button below to learn more.

Young Adult Ministry Spotlight

Please help us welcome Nora Bradbury-Haehl as the new Pastoral Associate / Youth & Young Adult Ministry for St. Thomas More & Our Lady Queen of Peace in Brighton. Nora has worked with teens and twentysomethings for more than twenty-five years. She’s spent her life creating and sustaining supportive communities for youth and young adults. She most recently was the Associate Director of the Newman Catholic Community at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

If you would like to connect with Nora or would like to learn more about young adult ministry efforts in Brighton, contact Nora at

Sisters of Mercy Young Adult Opportunities for September-November

Weekend Eucharist Retreats | Notre Dame Retreat House

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Notre Dame Retreat House is offering several weekend retreats this fall on the importance of the Eucharist and why it is a gift and the action that should inspire our every day living. Retreats will offer thoughts on the different aspects of the Mass such as Mass and its History; Mass as a Meal; Mass as Thanksgiving and Mass as Mission. Registration is limited! Click the button below for more information.

Summer Days of Rest & Renewal on Seneca Lake

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Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc., a Roman Catholic ministry, invites young adults for a day of rest and renewal at their Seneca Lake property.

  • Monday, September 19-"Divine Mercy is Really Present with 3:30 PM Mass" facilitated and celebrated by Rev. Matt Nycz (Diocese of Buffalo)

For more information, contact Donna Wieand (716) 901-4313 or email her here. You can also visit the Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers website below.

A Little Slip of Heaven

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Christopher Shannon, a Rochester native and current Associate Professor of History specializing in American Catholic history at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, offers a presentation entitled, "A Little Slip of Heaven: Songs and Stories of the American Irish, from Baby Boom to Baby Bust." It tells the story of the Irish American Catholics in the decades following the Second World War. Through original songs based on traditional Irish melodies, Chris looks at how, in a time of tremendous change, Irish-Americans tried to remain true to their ethnic and religious culture rooted in urban, working-class neighborhoods. Though he deals with the topic in as broad as possible terms, many of the songs are based on Chris's experiences growing up in the Tenth Ward and Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester. If you would like to learn more or attend the gathering, click here.

Mother Teresa: No Greater Love

October 3 & 4

25 years have passed since the death of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta , sparking a renewed interest in this spiritual giant of the 20th century. Filmed on 5 continents and featuring unprecedented access to both institutional archives and the apostolates of the Missionaries of Charity, this film reveals not just who Mother Teresa was, but how her singular vision to serve Christ in the poor continues to be realized through the Missionaries of Charity today. This is far more than a documentary. It is at once a soaring tribute to one of our great, modern, Eucharistic Saints. This is a great gathering idea for young adult ministries. Click the button for show times and locations. The Office of Evangelization & Catechesis plans to attend the October 4 showing at Eastview Mall (Victor), if anyone would like to meet up!

JPII Formation House for Young Adults

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Live in Community & Grow in Sanctity…in Kraków Poland!

Young adults can spend their spring exploring Poland while taking classes, volunteering, or working a remote job! Be immersed in an authentically Catholic environment and challenged to grow personally and spiritually, in a supportive community! To learn more, click 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