Every Moment of Life is Sacred

“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me.” (Luke 9:48) It is striking that God identifies himself with the little ones. When God sent his Son Jesus Christ to us, we saw in a state of unbelief how he was born and died, not in magnificent manner but in the most humble way. The moral is that God reveals his holiness in the most ordinary way.

Every moment of life is sacred. God’s presence is like a hidden treasure. It requires alertness to recognize his presence. We lift up our minds and hearts to be ready for the sacred.

God is knocking at the door. We must respond in faith. Faith is the ability to see God. In faith we cannot sail along our everyday events as if nothing spiritual ever has any impact on us. When we eat, get dressed and go to work, we must grab every moment to see that God is at work, revealing His truth, goodness and beauty in us. Certainly the divine has not finished molding and shaping the world.


Upcoming Events for Young Adults

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This Week’s Calendar

Tuesday, May 17

7:00pm – 9:00pm: Praise and Worship at Resurrection
9:00pm -10:00pm: Softball at McQuillan #2

Looking Ahead

Monday, May 23
7:00pm – 8:30pm: Endow at St. John’s

Tuesday, May 24
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Softball at McQuillan #2

Event News

Social Squared
As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Rochester Catholic Young Adult Social Action Group, called Social Squared, invites you to join us for a discussion at St. James Coffee House on Tuesday, March 29th at 6:00pm on the corporal Work of Mercy “Visit the Imprisoned.” Follow-up will involve opportunities to volunteer for programs encouraging children of inmates as well as opportunities for mentorship programs through Next Chapter Ministries.

Summer Book Study – “The Joy of Love”
On April 8th, the Vatican published Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation entitled “Amoris Laetitia” or “The Joy of Love.” This document discusses love in family life. Young adults are considering studying this papal document this summer. If you are interested in attending or possibly interesting co-leading the study, please e-mail Jenny Helms at vmhelms1@gmail.com. Thanks!

Young Adult Summer Softball Team
Interested in playing on the Young Adult Softball Team this summer?  Games are played every Tuesday night from May – end of July.  Please contact Dana Petricka for more information and/or to sign up.

1st Annual St. James Coffee Run!
Mark your calendars for the 1st Annual St. James Coffee Run on July 30th, 2016. The run features a 5-mile run and a 1-mile walk/rum. Join us for this fun even as we help raise money for St. James Coffee, and please visit our website for more information or to register.

Schoenstatt Year of Mercy Pilgrimage
Join us for a day of prayer and pilgrimage on Saturday, May 21st from 9:00am to 6:00pm! We will be journeying to the beautiful place of Schoenstatt on the Lake in Sleepy Eye, MN, a Marian shrine designated by Pope Francis as a pilgrimage site for the Year of Mercy. The schedule consists of Reconciliation, Mass, silent reflection, and community as well as the chance to walk through the Holy Doors of mercy. Schoenstatt is a place where love for Mary opens avenues for a relationship with God and renews love for neighbor and self. The cost is $25 per person (includes lunch and snacks). For more information and to register, contact St. John’s parish office at 507-288-7372. All are welcome!

ENDOW “Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women”
Meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7-8:30pm for fellowship, prayer, and study! We will meet in the LOFT area of St. John’s, which is up the stairs from the fellowship area. Please contact Megan Rodriguez at mrodriguez@sj.org for more information. 

Frassati Fraternity:  Men’s Group
Young men, ages 18-39, are invited to join this dynamic group for young men – hosted in a variety of settings to serve a variety of interests and needs. Through prayer, service, and study, we break through surface level relationships to instead build true fraternity, with the challenge to build up virtuous lives among men. We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Contact Brian Kusek at bkusek@sj.org for more info. 

Rochester Living Rosary
Based on the Living Rosary Association, each member of the Rochester Living Rosary will take on a new mystery to focus their meditation on at the beginning of each month and then share their experiences with the other members of the Living Rosary at the end of the month.  Contact Jess Mollison to sign up: mollison.jess@gmail.com.


Our Faith Cannot be Muted

To profess the faith does not necessarily mean that we stand and preach in a public square. From our hearts we profess our faith wherever we go. Admittedly there is a difference between professing faith in Church and talking to folks at a local store. For sure we must equip ourselves with various Christian expressions. Our conversations need phrases like “God bless you” or “God will help you through it.” Just as at a ball game athletes make a sign of the cross, we profess our faith by talking about God and life with respect. The more we express our faith in an effective way, the more the impact of God will be on people. Faith is a living thing. Our faith expresses itself best through the joy of our Christian life.

-Fr. Thien Nguyen