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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Resources

The bishops of the United States are committed to their Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal to parishes. Through the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, dioceses have put in place effective policies for safeguarding the most vulnerable. Learn how you can take part in ensuring children and vulnerable adults are kept safe in your own communities and beyond with these three easy steps this April.

Day of Penance and Mercy March 28

The Day of Penance and Mercy is March 28 at all parishes. Confession is good for the soul!

Priests will be available extended hours at all parishes. Check your parish bulletin for times.

21st Annual Schools Golf Classic

OR complete the form below.
Make check payable to
Catholic Schools
and mail to: Diocese of Rochester,
Attn: Golf Classic, 1150 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY 14624

Deaf Catholic Retreat 2017

Witnesses of God’s Love

1. Called to a Loving Encounter with Jesus
2. With Words & actions: Do it!
3. Walking Together with Jesus
4. Bearing Fruits of New Life
5. Celebrating the Joy of Being Missionary Disciples

Safe Environment Newsletter

Caregivers play vital role in protecting kids from guns

By Jane Sutter
Nicholas Naumkin was a 12-year-old middle schooler who loved acting, drawing andcomputer animation. But just a few days before Christmas 2010, the Saratoga County youth was accidentally shot in the eye by a classmate in the kitchen of the classmate’s home. Nicholas died the next day.
The classmate had taken the pistol out of his dad’s dresser drawer to play with it, according to the Times Union newspaper in Albany.

Diocesan Mass for Life Jan. 22

Bishop Matano will be celebrating Mass on
Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
7 Austin Street, Rochester
in support of all human life, especially the unborn
This Mass for Life is a local celebration to give thanks to God for the gift of human life
and to pray for the legal protection of unborn children, coinciding with
the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe vs Wade decision.
For more information, contact Suzanne Stack, Life Issues Coordinator
at 585-328-3210 x 1304 or

March for Life 2017 information

Buses leaving Thursday night, January 26
returning Friday, January 27 by
Mass at the Basilica with Bishop Matano
10 AM
Gathering near the Mall
to m
arch with
Bishop Matano
12:45 PM

The Season of Advent

Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).

Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our Advent calendar above can help you fully enter in to the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.  More Advent resources are listed below.

Deacon Information Session Dec. 14

When: 7:00 PM Wed. Dec. 14

Where: St. Mark Church, 54 Kuhn Road, Greece.

Details: We will provide an overview of the 5 year application and formation process and the time commitment involved and answer questions about ongoing ministry. An eligible applicant for permanent deacon formation is a man of strong and active faith who can demonstrate a record of service in the communities in which he lives, works and worships. He must be at least 35 years of age and no more than 62 years of age at the time of ordination, in good health, emotionally mature and stable in his professional and personal relationships. Men may be single or married. Interested men and their wives are encouraged to attend.

For more information: Please contact Deacon John Brasley, Director of Deacon Personnel & Director of Deacon Formation, Diocese of Rochester, 585.328.3228 or

Schools recommended for accreditation

The Diocese of Rochester’s Department of Catholic Schools announced today that all 19 of their schools have been recommended for Systems Accreditation by a Visiting Team from the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), a worldwide leader in accreditation and continuous school improvement.
MSA-CESS is a non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits school systems throughout the world. Their accreditation process is voluntary, and schools /dioceses/districts choose to undergo the extensive process to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of performance standards. The accreditation process helps schools – and ultimately students – to continuously grow and improve. By examining institutions within the system as a whole, Middle States Association Commission is able to assure that the students and families within our communities are receiving an excellent quality of education provided by Rochester Catholic Schools.“ Our principals and teachers are truly deserving, and we are honored to receive this prestigious recommendation,” says Dr. Anthony Cook, Superintendent of Catholic Schools. “Upon the expected approval of the visiting team’s recommendation in the Spring of 2017, our school communities will continue on a trajectory of growth as a system of schools.”

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.

White Mass Nov. 5

Taking its name from the white coat commonly worn by those in the medical
field, the White Mass is the Catholic Church’s opportunity to pray with and
for Catholic health care professionals, doctors and medical personnel
who are dedicated to their Faith and are privileged to participate
in the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician.

Fall 2016 Creating a Safe Environment Newsletter

Cell phone safety for children

When and if a child should get a cell phone is ultimately a parental decision. Children want cell phones for games and social communication. Parents want their children to have a cell phone for safety. When you give your child a cell phone, you are giving them a portable computer with mobile Internet capability. Know a phone’s features and capabilities before you purchase. It’s important to discuss issues of privacy, inappropriate texts/photos, and safety. For parents wanting extra safety features, there are special phones designed just for children.
It’s a fact: just about everyone in America has a cell phone. There are now more activated cell phones than there are people in the United States. Children are no exception. The average
age for a child’s first cell phone is just over 11 years old; 77% of children ages 12-17 have a cell phone. Cell phones are the primary form of communication for teens; and they send more
texts in a month than they do phone calls. With statistics like that, cell phones need to be a primary focus for safety.

Hispanic Heritage celebrated Oct. 7

A special celebration of the contributions of the Roman Catholic Diocese’s Latino Catholics and
their long history of faith here will be held Friday, October 7, 2016, at Our Lady of the
Americas, 864 E. Main St., Rochester. All are welcome.
The evening’s activities begin at 6 p.m. with the Rosary, followed by a bilingual Mass at 6:30
p.m. Celebrant is Bishop Nelson J. Pérez of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York. After
Mass, there will be live music, dinner and special presentations. The theme of the evening is
Honoring Our Heritage. Building Our Future.

Catholic Schools to hold Open Houses

We welcome all families to consider the gift of a Catholic education. Catholic schools provide a strong foundation for the Church’s greatest treasure, our young people. Additionally, more information can be found at each schools’ web site. Families may visit any of our elementary schools listed below at any time throughout the year, but each school will also host Open Houses.

Message from the Bishop on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Fifteen years ago this coming Sunday, our nation was forever changed by the horrendous
events of Sept. 11, 2001. On that day, our nation suffered a single day of carnage that tore at the very fabric of our daily life and broke our hearts. Fifteen years later, with the sorrow and anger and fear of that day still fresh, we also bear the grief of many more unbearable and horrific acts of terrorism and violence throughout our world.