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Service of hope and healing for the opioid crisis Sept. 14

Our Mother of Sorrows Church in Greece will hold a special community Service of Hope and Healing for the Opioid Epidemic on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

The service, to be celebrated by the Very Reverend William G. Coffas, pastor of the church at 5000 Mt. Read Blvd., is free and open to people of all faiths.

“It is our hope and prayer that we can bring the community together to pray for solutions and an end to this societal scourge that has tragically harmed so many people,” Father Coffas said. “All are welcome to join us as we pray the Psalms and celebrate Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and ask our good and gracious God for help.”

A reception with light refreshments in the parish hall will follow the service.
For more information, call (585) 663-5432, visit www.motherofsorrows.net or Facebook: Mother of Sorrows.

Religious Freedom Week, June 22-29

People of faith are committed to serving others in God’s love in healthcare, child welfare, migration and refugee resettlement, education, and more.
Religious freedom protects the space in which we can continue to serve.
Religious Freedom Week begins June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher. Join Catholics across the country to pray and act for the freedom to serve faithfully and with integrity.

Safe Environment Newsletter | Spring 2018

Bivona Child Advocacy Center helps children heal after abuse
When a child is a victim of sexual or physical abuse, having to re-tell to multiple adults what happened may just exacerbate the trauma. The goal of Bivona Child Advocacy Center is to reduce the trauma that victims experience and provide services to the child and family by coordinating activities of various agencies.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The 2017 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, produced by the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection (SCYP) in 2018, describes the progress of Catholic dioceses/eparchies in implementing victim assistance and child protection policies and programs in the United States, particularly those found within the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The report is based on an annual audit process, carried out between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, by StoneBridge Business Partners.

Catholic Medical Conference May 5

The Finger Lakes Guild of the national Catholic Medical Association will present its first conference with speakers and workshops to provide information and support for Catholic medical professionals.

The May 5 event at the Rochester Institute of Technology Inn &Conference Center in Henrietta will conclude with the annual White Mass for health-care professionals to be celebrated by Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, explained Jean Baric Parker, a Finger Lakes Guild member.

Diocesan Day of Penance is March 14

The Catholic Church believes the Sacrament of Penance (sometimes called Reconciliation or Confession) is a graced opportunity for us to celebrate God’s forgiveness. The Sacrament calls us to a true sorrow for the sins we have committed, along with an intention to repair our lives and our relationships with God and our community.

Prayers for victims of Florida tragedy

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano has joined his brother bishops from around the country in praying from the victims and families of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people and injured at least 14 others.

Lent 2018

The 2018 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, for Latin-rite Catholics with Easter Sunday on April 1.

During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season.

Diocese issues flu protocols

Due to the recent flu outbreak locally and across the country, the Diocese of Rochester has issued the following protocols to be observed for the celebration of Mass at all faith communities. The guidelines were issued Jan. 24 by Father Paul J. Tomasso, diocesan vicar general and moderator of the curia.

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

The Diocese of Rochester Department of Catholic Schools will celebrate Catholic Schools week from January 28 – February 3, 2018 in all 18 schools. This year also marks the 150th Anniversary of the Diocese of Rochester, which will be highlighted throughout the week in class projects and special activities.