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Catholic Courier Diocese of Rochester, NY February 2017



My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: In the next several weeks, I will celebrate events with the youths of our diocese. These events are always impressive and a source of renewed hope now and into the future. At the writing of this message to you, I am preparing to concelebrate Masses at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the March for Life, January 26-27, at which thousands of young people, our dioce- san youths among them, will raise their voices in prayer invoking the Lord's assistance in the proclama- tion of the sanctity of all hu- man life from the moment of conception until natural death. With joy and enthu- siasm, and with the vibran- cy of youth, our young peo- ple both understand and cherish the right to life. At the beginning of this month, we honor our Catholic schools and the dedicated parents, pastors, principals, faculties and staff who work so very hard to provide a Catholic education for our children and young adults. Their presence at the Masses cel- ebrated during Catholic Schools Week affirms the centrality of Jesus Christ in every person's human, per- sonal and spiritual develop- ment as He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. What a joy it always is to speak to these young people about our treasured gift of faith. During this same month, our scouts in our Catholic Scouting programs will re- ceive religious emblems. At the ceremony, I remind them of the Scout Law, namely that a scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent - all virtues so consistent with the Christian way of life. Once again, how im- pressive it is to see our youths making decisions that reinforce their union with the Lord. And in our religious-education pro- grams, committed faith for- mation directors and teach- ers are regularly encour- aged by young people seek- ing to know Jesus. Our young people are so willing to help others. On February 7, 8, and 9, the Hands of Christ Award will be given (at St. John the Evangelist Church, Greece; St. John of Rochester Church, Fairport; and St. Mary Our Mother Church, Horseheads, respectively) to several hundred high school seniors who have been the "Hands of Christ" in their parishes, in their families, neighborhoods, schools and communities, to their peers, to those in need, to those needing the support of Jesus. Each recipient of this very special recognition: Has consistently de- monstrated a Christian attitude by word and example.

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Table of Contents

Locals march for life

Recount experiences of D.C. event - 3

Inaugural petitions

Interfaith leaders pray for nation - 4

Women bear witness

Speaker, pro-life marchers inspire - 6-7

Assisted suicide decried

Catholics petition state lawmakers - 8

Seeking young adults

Paper, parishes hope to engage - 10

Teachers extol careers

Praise time at Catholic schools - 17-18

Schools center on faith

Incorporate it in myriad ways - 19

Responding to refugees

Catholic schools help kids, families - 20

Extracurricular assist

Student club helps community - 21

Kids' Chronicle

God banishes Cain for killing Abel- 23

Youths excel with support

Bishop SalvatoreR. Matano From the Bishop

Cover photo by Jeff Witherow/Catholic Courier

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