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  • Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities - Tuesday June 2nd, 2020
    Bishop Matano joins his brother Bishops in prayer and attaches his support to the following statement of Archbishop Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: WASHINGTON, May 31 – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd ...
  • Food Drive for Migrant Ministry June 13 - Thursday May 28th, 2020
    Drive-Thru Food & Supply Drive For our Migrant Families Saturday, June 13, 2020 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm: Church of St. John of Rochester 8 Wickford Way, Fairport, NY Evaporated Carnation Milk, Dried Pinto Beans, Long-grain White Rice, Maseca (Corn Flour for Tortillas), All-purpose Wheat Flour, Mazola Oil, All-purpose Flour, Canned Tuna, Cookies & Crackers, Potatoes Nestle Chocolate Abuelita, ...
  • Statement regarding Governor’s announcement - Thursday May 21st, 2020
    We are grateful to learn through the Governor’s press conference today, May 20, 2020, that the topic of religious practice was addressed in the New York Forward plan. We are awaiting more information from the state which will help us determine how best we can resume Masses with the faithful present, albeit in some ...
  • Diocese makes plans for safe post-Pause worship - Tuesday May 19th, 2020
    Diocese makes plans for safe post-Pause worship
  • Siena Catholic Academy to Close - Friday May 1st, 2020
    Siena Catholic Academy in Brighton, which served students from throughout the Rochester region since it opened in 1993 as a diocesan middle school, will close permanently at the conclusion of the current academic year. The school has experienced years of declining enrollment. From nearly 300 students a decade ago, enrollment has dropped to approximately 130 ...
  • Memorandum: Mass in Time of Pandemic - Wednesday April 15th, 2020
  • Watch Easter Mass Celebrated by Bishop Matano - Friday April 10th, 2020
    Live television broadcast on Rochester’s News10NBC (TV Channel 10 and at 11 a.m. and live-streamed by the Catholic Courier via YouTube at
  • National Prayer on Good Friday - Tuesday April 7th, 2020
    Join Archbishop Jose Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of Los Angeles, in a national moment of prayer in the time of the coronavirus. Together as a nation, we will pray the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and seek our savior’s healing and protection. When? Good Friday, April 10 ...
  • Holy Week livestreams in the Diocese of Rochester - Thursday April 2nd, 2020
    In response to information provided by local and state government and health officials concerning the coronavirus, Masses in the Diocese of Rochester remain suspended.  Priests will continue to say private Mass and some diocesan parishes plan to continue livestreaming Holy Week Masses. Here is the list of parishes planning to livestream private Holy Week Masses (we ...
  • Letter to Priests and Administrators, Coronavirus Update, April 1, 2020 - Wednesday April 1st, 2020
    Letter to Priests and Administrators, Coronavirus Update, April 1, 2020