2018 Diocesan Social Ministry Conference
The Eucharist Commits Us to Our Neighbors in Need
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Mass: 11:00 AM
Conference: 12:00-5:00 PM
Registration: 10:30-11:00 AM and 11:45 AM to 12:00 PM

Notre Dame Retreat House, 5151 Foster Road, Canandaigua NY
Keynote by Giovina Caroscio, First executive director of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes, Former Director of Justice and Peace for Catholic Charities of the Southern Tier, and Spiritual director and retreat leader at the Mercy Spirituality Center Workshops and discussions on current social concerns:
The Opioid Crisis/Share the Journey/Refugees & Immigrants/ Life Issues/Trauma-Informed Care/Food Justice. PLUS: Social Ministry success stories from Diocese of Rochester parishes
$20 registration fee includes lunch and materials
Registration Deadline: Friday April 20
To register, contact Kathy Dubel 607-734-9784 ext. 2135 or
“To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for
us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest…”
Catechism of the Catholic Church


2018 Public Square Rosary

Sunday, May 13 at 12:00 Noon

Corner of Latta and Long Pond Roads—on the Wegmans side

Continuing the 13th of every month until the National Public Square Rosary Day on Saturday, October 13, there will be a Commemoration of the Apparitions of Our Blessed Mother to the Children at Fatima. As we know all too well, the United States as well as the whole world is in extremely urgent need of public prayer, repentance, and conversion, and Our Blessed Mother has told us repeatedly that we must ask God to save America through the Rosary. Therefore, please join us in praying the Rosary for our Nation on the days and times listed below. 

Wednesday, June 13: 6:00 P.M.


Friday, July 13: 6:00 P.M.


Monday, August 13: 6:00 P.M.


Thursday, September 13: 6:00 P.M.


Saturday, October 13: 12:00 NOON

If you have any comments, questions, or would like more information, please call Nancy Weiland at 392-8037.

An Invitation to “Share Our Blessings”!
It’s the season of giving thanks. One of the gifts for which we are grateful is our freedom in so many areas.  Those of us who drive have the freedom to go where we need to go, when we need to go there. Freedom to do the simple, but necessary things in our everyday lives.

Some of our elderly neighbors no longer drive and may need a ride to do these simple, but necessary things…like a stop at the pharmacy…a visit to the doctor…a trip to the grocery store. Can you help?

If you have a couple of hours a week, or even a couple of hours a month, consider being a volunteer driver. You can select your geographic area and the times you wish to drive. You will be provided with training and supplemental liability insurance, as well as the satisfaction of sharing your blessings. As you drive through life, take someone with you!

To learn more about becoming a volunteer driver, call Sr. Anne Guerin at 244-8400, ext. 142, or email, aguerin@lifespan-roch.org

Courageous Neighbors
The greater Rochester community has been blessed through the years by the resettlement of courageous people who have often endured horrors in their home countries and many years in refugee camps. Despite language barriers and few financial resources, most quickly learn the skills needed to become vital contributors to our community. Who are these new neighbors?

In honor of National Migration Week (January 7-13), Catholic Family Center is sharing these short videos which give a glimpse of the lives of a few people who came to Rochester as refugees. Find them at
“When we turn that [contemplative] gaze to migrants and refugees, we discover that they do not arrive empty handed. They bring their courage, skills, energy and aspirations, as well as the treasures of their own cultures; and in this way, they enrich the lives of the nations that receive them. We also come to see the creativity, tenacity and spirit of sacrifice of the countless individuals, families and communities around the world who open their doors and hearts to migrants and refugees, even where resources are scarce.” Pope Francis, 2018 World Day of Peace

Hospice Volunteers Sought
Journey Home is a not-for-profit, charitable, ecumenical volunteer organization, whose mission is to guide and support individuals and their families as they journey through the dying process. We simply offer a home setting with trained volunteers to meet a person’s basic needs at the end of life.

Journey Home needs to rebuild their volunteer base for the first time in 16 years. Medical experience is not necessary. The only requirement is a desire to care with a loving heart and warm hands. Training/orientation is offered to help facilitate this care.
For information and/or to volunteer, please contact Tracey Jagla, RN, BSN via e-mail at journeyhome994@gmail.com or call at 225-1240. Journey Home is located at 994 Long Pond Rd. Visit www.journeyhomegreece.org

Providing Warmth for the Homeless
Rochester Emergency Action Committee for the Homeless
We are a group of concerned citizens united in our efforts to provide emergency shelter for the homeless. To connect with REACH - Rochester Emergency Action Committee for the Homeless, sign up for Facebook today. There are many needs and many opportunities to share your time, talent, and treasure.

Are you looking for a life-giving volunteer experience?
Do you enjoy volunteering in schools? At drop in centers? With the elderly? At soup kitchens? At daycare centers?

The Sisters of St. Joseph have a broad range of volunteer opportunities both at our Motherhouse and at our ministries throughout Rochester. Visit our website for a complete list: www.ssjrochester.org/volunteer
Contact for more details:
Martha Mortensen-Kolkmann, LMSW
Residential Enrichment Facilitator, (585) 641-8415

Cannonball Cafe
Open 7 Days a Week
4437 Lake Ave at corner of Lake Ave and Latta Rd
Also Available: Great Desserts, Healthy Meals, Crafts
Global Mission: Fair Trade, Organically Grown, Sustainably Farmed Coffee—Enables farmers around the world to grow coffee instead of drug crops! Fair prices ensure education and health care for coffee farmers’  children and protect the environment as well!
Local Mission: Empowering women in recovery from drug addiction, trauma, and homelessness; Providing important skills for employment and education while supporting long-term sustainable recovery; Job creation-benefits both our women and the local economy.
FREE 1lb bag of fresh coffee when you sign up for the newsletter at www.ourcoffeeconnection.org.
*sponsored by Coffee Connection, Project Empower

Hope After Abortion
There is no spiritual pain that God's love cannot heal.
If you or someone you know has had an abortion, or in some way been affected by an abortion, please let them know that help is available to them. It is free, confidential, and loving. Pleases contact: Project Rachel at 1-888-972-2435. www.hopeafterabortion.org God's gift of peace is waiting for you.

Attention, Single Catholic Men 18-30
The nights of the Holy Eucharist, a community of consecrated brothers dedicated to foster in reverent devotion to Our Eucharistic Lord, invite you to discern your vocation at their House of Formation, located at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. Learn more: knights.org. Also, the Knights (who have members from around the country) offer hospitality to priests. Any priest who would like to make a no-charge private retreat at the Shrine can visit priestretreat.com for more information or to make reservations.  

Greece Lions Club Collecting Wheelchairs
For Eldersource Medical Equipment Loan Source
They are accepting manual wheelchairs, commodes, walkers. Please call (585) 340-7105 if you have a donation.

Legion of Mary
Wednesdays at 1:00 PM
St Thomas Apostle Parish Center, 4536 St Paul Blvd
You are invited to join a group of people who are devoted to the Blessed Mother. Our St Kateri group meets weekly to pray and perform spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The rewards are great and you are guaranteed all the graces of God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Please contact us and see what a difference this devotion to Mary can make in your life. Questions? Contact Janie Caretta, 266-0672.

Eucharistic Adoration followed by Compline
3rd Sunday of each month from 7 to 8 PM
St. Boniface Convent, 314 Gregory Street, Rochester, NY 14620
Eucharistic Adoration is simply spending quiet time in the presence of Jesus. When Jesus was  suffering His agony in the garden, He asked his apostles, “Could you not spend one hour with Me?” Jesus’ lamentation touches our hearts, and we respond, “We can.”

Tutoring Kids with Cancer
1-2 Hours per Week
Attention Retired Teachers (and others) who would be interested in volunteering to tutor children (ages preschool through high school) with cancer or other chronic diseases for free at your convenience; please call Linda at 317-7269 or 315-462-9072.

Catholic TV Network
The CatholicTV Network, America’s Catholic Television Network, is now available to cable and satellite providers in our area. Please help provide this upbeat, youthful, and exciting Catholic network and powerful resource to the people of our area and the entire nation.

To help, simply visit GetCatholicTV.com as an easy way to petition your cable or satellite provider. If you are unable to access the internet, please follow up with a postcard or letter to your provider.

Remember the address: GetCatholicTV.com

Prayer for Our Times...
Uniting Neighbor with Neighbor
and Neighbor with God

First Tuesday of every Month, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Sisters of St Joseph Motherhouse, 150 French Rd, Rochester NY
The Sisters of St Joseph invite you to share in a monthly evening of Prayer and Peace.
There is so much violence in our world. As people of faith we are called to be peacemakers and put an end to violence. Let us together pray for God’s grace and guidance for ourselves and for all who make policies and decisions that affect our neighborhoods, our nation and our world. Please join us in prayer, wherever you may be. Everyone is Welcome!
Peace is the way.  Peace is the way.  Peace is the way.  Peace is the way.  Peace….

Diocesan Evangelization Website
Launched February 2012
“The Spiritual Pilgrim:
a Catholic invitation to Faith”
is an evangelization website created by the Department of Evangelization & Catechesis of the Diocese of Rochester. It is an invitation for people who are already searching the Internet for a faith connection, longing for a spiritual home, or just want to know more about Catholicism. The site offers seekers a place to explore the way Catholics find Jesus in the Gospels, in the community, and in the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. It answers some initial questions, then can connect the inquirer with a person in a parish for further conversation.
You can help spread the word!

  • e-mail the link spiritualpilgrim.dor.org to someone you think would find it helpful
  • post this link spiritualpilgrim.dor.org on your personal Facebook page
  • ‘like’ the website
  • post the videos to your Facebook page