The Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester - Led by Bishop Matthew Clark, the Diocese of Rochester extends from the southern shore of Lake Ontario, through New York's Finger Lakes region, and to the New York-Pennsylvania border. Established in 1868 the diocese encompasses 12 counties and is home to approximately 350,000 Catholics, belonging to nearly 200 faith communities.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) - an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place.
The Vatican - The Holy See - The home of the universal Church.
News and Information
Catholic Courier - weekly newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, New York. Its mission is to provide news, information and commentary about the Diocese of Rochester, the Roman Catholic Church, and issues that affect each in order to credibly inform the Catholics of the Diocese as well as others, thereby advancing the mission of the Diocese of Rochester.
Catholic Information Network (CIN) - CIN's mission is to offer FREE information on the Catholic faith to all, including the texts of papal addresses and encyclicals, news and other articles as well as to facilitate open discussion on all matters of Catholic life through various Internet mailing lists. It is our intent to adhere to the Magisterium of the Church, the Holy Father and the Bishops of the world united with him as pastors of the Church, while remaining open to dialogue with everyone.
Catholic Online - gives the largest and broadest population of Catholics worldwide easy access to comprehensive, educational and timely information about Catholicism, and provides a range of easy methods to integrate their faith into their daily lives. The mission of Catholic Online (COL) is to accurately represent the Catholic religion: its “past” and present. Today, Catholic Online provides over five million pages of content including the largest online historical and biblical database about the Catholic Church including comprehensive information about over 7,000 Catholic saints and comprehensive online scriptures from all books of the Old and New Testament.
Catholic World News - Catholic World News is an independent Catholic news service staffed by lay Catholic journalists, dedicated to providing accurate world news, written from a distinctively Catholic perspective. With correspondents all around the world, CWNews.com seeks to provide loyal Catholics and other interested readers with all the daily news that affects their Church and their faith.
Zenit: The world seen from Rome - ZENIT is a non-profit international news agency comprising a team of professionals and volunteers who are convinced of the extraordinary richness of the Catholic Church's message, particularly its social doctrine. The ZENIT team sees this message as a light for understanding today's world. Their objective is to inform about the "world seen from Rome," with professionalism and faithfulness to the truth. They aim to view the modern world through the messages of the Pope and the Holy See; tell about the happenings of the Church; and inform about the topics, debates and events that are especially interesting to Christians worldwide. ZENIT carries out this service independently.
Faith Formation and Spirituality
American Catholic's "Saint of the Day" - Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God's invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint.
Catholic Culture: Living the Catholic Life - provides a combination of library, site reviews, information on the liturgical year, commentary and news. The information on the liturgical year includes activities, a complete calendar, prayer, recipes, and activities all based around the current liturgical season.
Catholic Mom -a web site for sharing and learning about parenting and faith issues. This site shares tips and ideas for enriching the celebration of the Sunday liturgy with your children at home. There are coloring pages, a Catholic Mom 'blog', recipes, book reading ideas, and more.
Finding God - provides reliable information about the Catholic faith, accessible explanations of Catholic traditions, and ready-to-use family activities to nurture faith in your home. This site has a really exciting feature—“the activity finder”—where you can find an activity for any grade level or faith-theme.
Sunday School Resources - A great at-home resource page. The goal of this site is to help teachers serving in a Christian Preschool Ministry or a Children's Ministry or a Sunday School class teach children what the Bible says about God and the way He wants us to live. They start with what the Bible says about God and the way He wants us to live. This is what they call Bible Truths. They then seek to present Bible Story Activities, Brain Teasers such as a Coded Message or a Word Search, Games, Clip Art, Coloring Pages, and Memory Verse ideas that teachers can use to reinforce the Truths. They also present information about the way people lived during biblical times so the children can begin to understand the setting in which the biblical events occurred.
The Word Among Us (Daily Readings & Commentaries) - As a result of the movement of the Holy Spirit in this century, many laypeople are seeking practical help in reading scripture and living in greater openness to the Spirit. Throughout its history, The Word Among Us has continued to follow a pattern of encouraging its readers to experience God’s presence in scripture and prayer and thus receive the grace of the Spirit more deeply in their lives.
Retrouvaille: A Lifeline for Married Couples - The program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of 6-12 post-weekend sessions over 3 months. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again. The main emphasis of the program is on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter - offers a weekend experience designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It's a chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It's a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. The emphasis of the Marriage Encounter weekend is on the communication between husbands and wives. The weekend provides a conducive environment for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, while encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship. It's not a retreat, marriage clinic, group sensitivity, or a substitute for counseling. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Marriage.
Peace and Justice
Hunger and Poverty
Catholic Family Center - Rochester's largest family service provider, helping nearly 63,000 people each year achieve independence with dignity. Unlike most local human service agencies that perform a few services for one or two populations, CFC is a comprehensive agency that houses nine major service areas for people of all ages, races, religions and socioeconomic circumstances.
Catholic Charities USA - Catholic Charities USA is the membership association of one of the nation's largest social service networks. Catholic Charities agencies and institutions nationwide provide vital social services to people in need, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. Catholic Charities USA supports and enhances the work of its membership by providing networking opportunities, national advocacy and media efforts, program development, training and technical assistance, and financial support.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development - is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.
Poverty USA - This site has information on how to educate, advocate and participate to end domestic poverty in the United States. To solve a problem, you must first try to understand it. And when it comes to finding a lasting end to the problem of poverty in the United States, the solution begins with education. It means recognizing the size and the causes of the problem, comprehending poverty's effect on human dignity, and knowing how deeply it impacts the quality of life for everyone in our communities.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) - Founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States, their mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. They aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.
Health and Related Issues
National Catholic AIDS Network - assists the Church in recognizing the pain and the unique challenges inherent in the HIV/AIDS pandemic and in living out the Gospel mandate by offering compassionate support, education, referral and technical assistance.
Ecology and Environment
Web of Creation: Ecology Resources Transforming Faith and Society - established to foster the movement for personal and social transformation to a just and sustainable world from religious perspectives. To that end, the information at this site will: connect you with ideas, resources and strategies for doing eco-justice; inform, inspire, encourage, educate you about eco-justice; and support you in your efforts to live, work and pray in ways that promote eco-justice.
Peace and Nonviolence
Pax Christi USA - strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. This work begins in personal life and extends to communities of reflection and action to transform structures of society. Pax Christi USA rejects war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination. It advocates primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation.
Catholic Jobs - features free job listings for Catholic organizations, as well as free job searches and career tools for anyone seeking employment.
Retreats and Camps
The Abbey of the Genesee: Cistercian Monks Seeking God and Following Christ - They are a community of contemplative monks living according to the Rule of St. Benedict and the Constitutions of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, more commonly known as Trappists. As such they strive to seek God and follow Christ under a rule and an abbot in a stable community that is a school of brotherly love. Each year we welcome many men and women, Catholics and non-Catholics, desiring to come aside and rest awhile with the Lord. We provide three houses where silent, monastic-style retreats can be made by individuals or groups.
Mount Saviour Monastery - The Monastery of Mount Saviour is a community of monks striving to live a simple, genuine and full monastic life according to the Scriptures and the Rule of St. Benedict. Calling to mind the Gospel precepts and the traditions of the earliest monks, we welcome guests to our monastery. In the strictest sense, we do not conduct a retreat house, since we do not ordinarily provide conferences. Our guests are invited to structure their own day according to the monastic schedule of the Divine Office, Eucharistic Celebration, silence and reflection. At times, the guests are invited to join the monks in so me aspects of the daily work.
Notre Dame Retreat House - run by the Redemptorist Congregation, primarily as a ministry, to offer retreat experiences for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester. Notre Dame Retreat House is a holy place where people come to reflect on life and their relationship with God. ALL are welcome to spend some time away with the LORD who speaks to our hearts and instructs us in his ways. Whether frequent visitors, or new to our House, whether youths, young adults, or regular folk, all will feel welcomed by our staff. Through the discipline of retreats, numerous people have been revitalized, and returned to parish and family life with greater enthusiasm and purpose.
Camp Koinonia - located in the Finger Lakes area and is a beautiful setting to host retreats. Each year the Camp holds 3 weeks of "Family Camp" where families participate in a variety of fun faith filled activities each day that are highlighted with a daily mass. (Another great benefit is that all the meals are prepared for you during your stay!) Camp Koinonia is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide a camp environment for family and personal renewal.
Camp Stella Maris - Resident Camp - ages 7-15 An experience to remember for a lifetime! From first-timers to third generation campers, the Camp Stella Maris resident camp offers a unique and exciting values-based camping environment. Children enjoy the outdoors, make friends, learn new skills, as well as challenge themselves spiritually, emotionally and physically - an opportunity for personal growth while having lots of fun! Safety is CSM's priority.
Office of Vocation Awareness of the Diocese of Rochester - Information and contact information for those considering a possible vocation in the church.
Thinking Vocation?- Webpage put together by Catholic Vocations Ministry Australia with various materials and links that are designed to help those discerning their vocation.
Vocations Placement - an organization with one mission: to assist those who are investigating a call to religious life in the Roman Catholic Church. They help people become monks, brothers, friars, priests, sisters and nuns. To that end, their primary service is to schedule and facilitate retreats for those in the discernment process, with diocesan and monastic vocational directors in the area of their choice. Their service is, of course, available to women and men.
Youth and Young Adults
Busted Halo: An online magazine for spiritual seekers in their 20's and 30's
- We live in an age filled with seekers in their twenties and thirties who are desperately trying to find deeper meaning in their lives but whose journey has little to do with traditional religious institutions. BustedHalo.com believes that the experiences of these pilgrims and the questions they ask are inherently spiritual. Based in wisdom from the Catholic tradition, we believe that the joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of all God’s people. Nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts. BustedHalo.com strives to reveal this spiritual dimension of our lives through feature stories, reviews, interviews, faith guides, commentaries, audio clips, discussions and connections to retreat, worship and service opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. We are committed to creating a forum that is: open, informed, unexpected, unpredictable, balanced, and thought-provoking. Every time we ask questions about what our lives mean and what keeps us alive, we are talking about something that’s relevant to BustedHalo.com.
Disciples Now - a web-based ministry for Catholic adolescents in grades 6 to 12 throughout the United States focused on the traditions, life, and mission of the Catholic faith community. As a informational resource, Disciples Now provides opportunities to learn, to discuss, and to celebrate the challenges of discipleship in the context of daily life.
Holy Sepluchre Cemetery - assists the church in fulfilling its ministry to bury deceased members of our faith community in consecrated ground. The Cemetery serves as a peaceful and sacred site of beauty where family and friends can gather in prayer and remembrance. As a place of traditional Christian burial, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery reflects respect for the human person, belief in resurrection of the body, and hope of eternal life. We are dedicated to Christian burial of all members of the Catholic faith community, and to comfort all those who mourn them.
Once Catholic - Our mission is to put you back in touch with a face-to-face community of Catholics. Along the way, we want to walk with you as you sort through your issues with the Church.