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A Conversation on Race.

How our Church Treats the Topic of Race and the Sin of Racism

What do Christians Need to Know?

You are invited and encouraged to join us Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 6:30 PM at Holy Cross Church Parish Center

For a Presentation and Dialogue about the USCCB document open wide our hearts—A Pastoral Letter Against Racism with


Judy Toyer is an attorney with a commitment to live her faith as she practices law and volunteers in activities to promote justice, equality and peace. Judy has practiced law for over 35 years in private law firms and as a corporate in-house attorney in the areas of business law and civil rights with a focus on labor and employment law. She has served on New York State court-appointed committees involved in the regulation of attorneys, and in leadership positions in the American Bar Association and the Monroe County Bar Association, working to promote justice, equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, the justice system and society.

As an expression of her faith, Judy has served on the boards of faithbased organizations and other nonprofits, as well as in Church ministries, including parish pastoral council and consolation ministry. She has completed training in the philosophy and practice of nonviolent social change and conflict reconciliation, as well as in faith-based leadership for social justice.

Judy has been a presenter in several programs, speaking on race, racism and racial justice advocacy in the Church and society, including parish talks and dialogues on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’document Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love—A Pastoral Letter Against Racism. She was a presenter in the Mercy Spirituality Center’s 2016 Summer Institute “Practicing Mercy and Justice,” and the Mercy Spirituality Center’s 2019 Women of Peace program on Catherine De Hueck Doherty, a Catholic pioneer in racial justice advocacy. Her volunteer work for justice and equality includes service as a guide for the
Rochester Museum and Science Center exhibit “Race: Are We So
Different?” and as a facilitator for “Conversations on Race” sponsored by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library.

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Join Us for Breakfast and a Speaker


Saturday, June 11, seating begins at 9:00 AM and                 program ends at 12:00 noon.

Brook Lea Country Club, 891 Pixley Rd, (off Chili Ave)

Magnificat Rochester invites all women to a breakfast. Our speaker Kim Rodriguez-Torres is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has been involved in ministries for the past 30 years. Kim was on the Central Service Team for Magnificat, which governs this World-Wide Int’l Ministry to Catholic Women. She is the founder of “Bella’s Blanket of Blessings” a prayer blanket ministry that was started after her 4-year-old niece; Bella, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. These prayer blankets are for the sick, suffering and anyone else who needs prayer.

Reservations: $25.00; after Saturday, June 4: $27.00; Student $15.00; Registration required; no tickets sold at the door. Deadline: Wednesday, June 8.

To Register: Mail check to: Magnificat Rochester, PO Box 24787, Rochester NY, 14624

Include your name, address, phone number and email address. You can also register via PayPal ($26.40) on our website at

For more information: Call Diane Hayes, 585-943-4759, or send an email to:


Come with a willing heart and an open mind.

Desert Day of Prayer

Wednesday, June 1, Day begins at 8:45 AM and concludes at 3:00 PM at Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY

ONE DAY retreat alone with God. As we continue to navigate these challenging times, give yourself an opportunity to converse with God in order to revitalize your life and heart. We will give you the time, space and materials...all you need to do is come with a willing heart and an open mind. 

We will limit attendance to 25 so all may have space for quiet reflection.

During your time with us, our priests are available for confession and/or conversation and will offer Mass at the closing of our day.

The cost is $25.00 and includes lunch!

To register, please contact us at 585-394-5700 or         

Ensure that the Church’s mission of Word, Worship, Community, and Service continues.

Seven Parishes begin Pastoral Planning Effort

A Charlotte/Greece/Hilton Pastoral Planning Task Force has been created and has held its first meeting. The goal of this planning effort is to ensure that the Church’s mission of Word, Worship, Community, and Service continues in a vibrant way in our area under the constraints of demographics, financial resources, and priest availability.

Our Pastoral Leaders, not the Diocese, have initiated this work. Members of the Task Force are the following:

  • Holy Cross/Our Mother of Sorrows: Fr. William Coffas,       Fr. Joseph Martuscello
  • Holy Cross: Joseph DiVincenzo, Ryan Snyder
  • Our Mother of Sorrows: Marc Boeh, David Witkoski
  • St. Charles Borromeo: Fr. John Firpo, Gina Reeder, David Steklenski
  • St. John the Evangelist: Fr. Peter Enyan-Boadu, Paul Parkman, Nick Verdino
  • St. Lawrence: Fr. Lee Chase, Steve Amico, Jeri Rombaut
  • St. Leo the Great: Fr. Joseph Catanise, David Jones, Barbara Surash
  • St. Mark: Deacon Frank Pettrone, Peter Blind, Kimm Wesley

Presently the Task Force is gathering information which will be discussed at future meetings and shared with parishioners. We will keep you informed as this work proceeds.




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