You are enthusiastically invited to participate in this historic prayer service presided over by Bishop John Macholz, Bishop of the Up State New York Synod, ELCA and Bishop Salvatore Matano, Bishop of Rochester. The Journey continues but what a great moment to pause and celebrate what has already been accomplished. Please join us.
April 24, 2017 marked the 100th Anniversary of the date on which New York State Governor Charles Whitman signed into law a special act of the State Legislature establishing Catholic Charities Corporations in each of the Dioceses in New York State.
For this one hundred years, and for longer in some Dioceses, Catholic Charities agencies have been the primary vehicle through which the Church has responded to the Gospel call to love our neighbors.
“Create in me a clean heart”
Join us for the third annual Men’s Conference on Saturday October 14, 2017.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
7:00 am Registration opens
8:00 am Mass – Bishop Salvatore R. Matano
4:00 pm Conference concludes
St. Jude the Apostle Church
4100 Lyell Road
Rochester, NY 14606
Register online at:
$40 before August 1, 2017
$55 after August 1, 2017
$70 at the door
$15 all men under age 21
Register early to save $15 – $30
Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Snack
MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO:
Diocese of Rochester
(Memo field: 2017 Men’s Conference)
MAIL REGISTRATION & CHECK TO:
Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference
P.O. Box 90574
Rochester, NY 14609
Bishop makes 2017 parish-leadership appointments
Bishop Salvatore R. Matano has announced the following pastoral appointments, which become effective June 27, 2017, unless otherwise noted:
• Father Anthony J. Amato to parochial vicar, Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick, Owego.
• Father Frederick K. Asuming to parochial administrator, St. Theodore, Gates.
• Father Juan G. Benitez to parochial vicar, St. Louis, Pittsford.
• Father Joseph R. Catanise continuing as pastor, St. Leo, Hilton.
• Father Michael J. Costik to parochial administrator, St. Benedict, Canandaigua.
• Father John A. DeSocio to senior-priest status.
• Father Clifford A. Dorkenoo to parochial vicar, St. Benedict, Canandaigua.
• Father Richard T. Farrell to parochial vicar, Blessed Sacrament, Christ the Redeemer and St. Mary, Elmira.
• Father Raymond H. Fleming to parochial administrator, Immaculate Conception/St. Bridget, Rochester, while continuing as pastor, St. Monica and Emmanuel Church of the Deaf, Rochester.
• Father John V. Forni continuing as parochial vicar, All Saints, Corning.
• Father Michael G. Fowler reappointed parochial administrator, St. Agnes, Avon; St. Paul of the Cross, Honeoye Falls; and St. Rose, Lima.
• Father John F. Gagnier to pastor, Holy Cross, Rochester.
• Father John G. Gathenya reappointed pastor, Holy Family, Auburn.
• Father Paul Gitau reappointed pastor, St. Paul, Webster.
• Father Timothy E. Horan reappointed pastor, Holy Trinity, Webster.
• Father Stanley G. Kacprzak to pastor, Our Lady of the Valley, Hornell.
• Father Robert J. Kennedy to senior-priest status effective Nov. 14, 2017.
• Father Stephen R. Kraus to senior-priest status.
• Father Scott M. Kubinski to pastor, Blessed Sacrament, Christ the Redeemer and St. Mary, Elmira.
• Deacon David L. LaFortune reappointed pastoral administrator, St. John Vianney, Bath.
• Father William B. Leone reappointed pastor, St. Jerome, East Rochester.
• Father John F. Loncle to pastor, Blessed Sacrament, St. Boniface and St. Mary, Rochester, effective Nov. 14, 2017.
• Father Michael D. Merritt to parochial vicar, St. Francis & St. Clare, Waterloo.
• Father Peter B. Mottola to parochial administrator, St. John the Evangelist, Spencerport, with continuing work at the diocesan Pastoral Center, effective Nov. 14, 2017.
• Father Anthony P. Mugavero concluding service as parochial administrator, Immaculate Conception/St. Bridget, Rochester; continuing as pastor, Holy Apostles, Rochester.
• Father Malachy Nwosu to parochial vicar, St. Marianne Cope, Henrietta.
• Father Pius Pathmarajah continuing as parochial vicar, St. Charles Borromeo, Greece, and service in the diocesan Tribunal.
• Father Robert P. Ring reappointed as pastor, St. Louis, Pittsford.
• Father Carlos M. Sanchez Betancur to chaplain, Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals, Rochester, while continuing as parochial vicar, Peace of Christ, Rochester.
• Father Daniel Ruiz-Sierra to parochial administrator, St. Anthony, Groton; Holy Cross, Dryden/Freeville; and All Saints, Lansing.
• Father Louis A. Sirianni continuing as pastor, St. Mark, Greece, and as judicial vicar in the diocesan Tribunal.
• Father Thomas J. Valenti reappointed as parochial administrator, Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick, Owego.
• Father Peter D. Van Lieshout to parochial administrator, St. Peter, Clifton Springs.
• Father Thomas H. Wheeland to senior-priest status.
August 7, 2017
Beyond Left and Right: The Appalling Strangeness of Catholic Moral Teaching
Dr. Matthew Kuhner
Director of Catechesis & Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology
August 14, 2017
Love and Lies: Theology of the Body
Michelle Kuhner, M.T.S.
Masters in Theology of Marriage and the Family
August 21, 2017
The Real Presence: I Believe…Do You?
Fr. Peter VanLieshout
Parochial Administrator, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Parish, Clifton Springs
August 28, 2017
Discernment for Your Life: How to Recognize When God is Speaking to You
Sr. Laurie Orman
Vocation Minister Sisters of Mercy
Pope Francis has again requested worldwide feedback concerning issues that will be addressed at the October 2018 Synod of Bishops on “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.”
To prepare for the Synod, Pope Francis has written a Letter to Young People (ages 16-29) and the Synod of Bishops has released a preparatory document. In response to the Holy Father’s request, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester invites your consultation through an online questionnaire.
Please note: The questions from the preparatory document require a text (written) response. If you would like to review the questionnaire, please read through the preparatory document first. You will be able to skip any of the questions.
Information gathered in our Diocese, through the questionnaire and focus groups, will be included in the final report sent to the Vatican by the U.S. Bishops.
The questionnaire will be open from June 1, 2017 until July 24, 2017. If parishes would like to host a focus group for people ages 16-29, please have a staff person contact Dr. Shannon Loughlin at Shannon.Loughlin@dor.org.
To take the questionnaire, click here:
The Diocese of Rochester’s 19 Catholic elementary and secondary schools have been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, according to a joint press release from the diocese and the national association.
“The Middle States Systems Approach to accreditation examines school systems as a whole, ensuring that all levels are strategically aligned and working collaboratively to meet common goals and help grow and improve student performance,” stated Henry G. Cram, president of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. “I congratulate the Diocese of Rochester Catholic schools for their ongoing commitment to achieving excellence.”
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.
5K Run for Adults and Youth
And 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
St. Lawrence Church
1000 N. Greece Road, Rochester, NY
Saturday, May 5, 2018
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.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for every Catholic bound according to age and health. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
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
Caregivers play vital role in protecting kids from guns
Here’s What our Attendees had to Say…
“It was beautiful. I am renewed… refreshed… and ready for another year. God bless you all for your work and dedication.”
“So great to see women of all ages!”
“I think it was perfect. Don’t change a thing!”