Growing in Faith Together

From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Parking Lots & Patron(esse)s

Wednesday, August 12

7:30 p.m.

St. Leo the Great (Hilton)

Interested in knowing more about the saints? Do you like history? Want to get out of the house? Join us for Parking Lots & Patron(esse)s as we learn about a man who is known as one of the best administrative popes of the ancient Church, St. Leo the Great, and the parish that bears his name. We'll gather in the parking lot in front of the church. You are welcome to sit in your trunk or bring a chair and sit outside your car. Masks must be worn. Feel free to bring your own snacks. The evening will be live-streamed for those not able to or uncomfortable attending here.

Young Adult Bible Study


7:30 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. For more information, please click here.

Connecting with a Catholic Community on Campus

Are you or someone you know attending an area college and wanting to stay connected to the faith? A contact form has been created that forwards contact information to the institution's campus ministry office or to the parish responsible for the campus. The form can be found here and ministry/parish contacts can be found here. If the college is outside of the Diocese of Rochester, please contact

Civilize It Rountable Discussion

Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate, a program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), asks Catholics to pledge civility, clarity, and compassion in their families, communities, and parishes, and call on others to do so as well. This roundtable discussion with Bishop Dewane of Venice, FL, Bishop Dorsonville of Washington, DC, and Andrew Musgraves, of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, invites Catholics and people of good will to respond to the call to imitate Jesus' example of love for neighbor during an election year. For more resources for the Civilize It movement and Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, click here.
Civilize It Rountable discussion

Pews & Plantains- Cultured Catholicism

Oscar TwoTen and Vince Granado represent proudly Puerto Rico and the Philippines on this multicultural faith-based talk show. To learn more about this talk show, visit Pews and Plantains on Facebook.

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Natural Family Planning Awareness

The Church recently celebrated Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a week that highlights the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae and marks the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Mother. Humanae Vitae articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love, and responsible parenthood. This video from Bobbie and Jackie Angel explains why Natural Family Planning helps us live out God's plan for human sexuality, conjugal love, and responsible parenthood. For more information on Natural Family Planning, click here.
Why We Love Natural Family Planning

Embracing Parish Life

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame seeks to make parish life more accessible to Catholic young adults, because belonging to a diverse community of believers and learning to be engaged in the care of that community are incredible opportunities to encounter God's love and grace. Check out the graphics below to discover how young adults can embrace parish life well.

Companions on the Journey

Sign up to be a Prayer Partner for another Young Adult

Looking for another personal way to pray during this time while making a new connection? Sign up to be a prayer partner for another young adult. We will provide you with a name and email address of another young adult that you can pray with and for.

Sign up here!

Bethany House Needs Your Gift of Prayer

The Bethany House needs help with their Wednesday virtual prayer/reflection experiences. Each experience is 15-30 minutes and may contain music provided it is in public domain, as Bethany House does not carry any copyright licenses. The services are recorded and then posted on the Bethany House's Facebook page and other social media platforms. Please check out what they have been doing. If you or a ministry you are involved in would like to volunteer or has any questions, please contact Sr. Karen Dietz, SSJ at 585-454-4197 or

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