Becoming and Remaining Catholic

The Catholic Church is unlike any other organization on earth. In fact, it is more accurate to call the Church an “organism” – a living body: Christ’s body.

Pope Francis, recently said, “Jesus did not come to teach a philosophy, an ideology. . . but rather a “way”, a journey to be undertaken with him, and we learn the way as we go, by walking.”

Why be Catholic?

To become Catholic is to become part of His body – a process that begins with Baptism and continues forever. Being Catholic in today’s world provides great challenges and opportunities for personal growth and self-awareness, and also a solid foundation for a life of community and relationship with God.

Eight Good Reasons for Being Catholic

Selected from, here are eight great reasons to be Catholic.

1. An optimistic view of creation
2. A universal vision
3. A holistic outlook
4. Personal growth
5. Social transformation
6. A communal spirit
7. A profound sense of history
8. A respect for human knowledge


Parishes welcome new members into the Catholic Church through a process of education, faith sharing, and rituals known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) bring adults and children over the age of 7 who have not completed the Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church, or complete their initiation. The process begins in September and culminates with the reception of the sacraments at the Easter Vigil.

Contact the Faith Formation Office at 585-338-1146 for more information.

Catholics Come Home

The Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the United States, accounting for about 25 percent of the country’s population.

The Church is a vibrant, active community of believers which continues to have a positive influence on the lives of many people. However, there are people who for one reason or another have stopped actively participating in the Church and attending Mass. We live in a busy culture and society, and many demands are placed on us. Yet people are searching for a deeper sense of meaning, for a closer relationship with God, and for a more authentic spiritual identity.

Since the Church is a family, we miss those Catholics who may have left the Church or who have stopped participating in its vibrant liturgy and sacramental life. Perhaps you (or someone you know) are in this situation and do not know how to come back or how to become active again. The first thing you need to know is that you are always welcome back. The Church misses you and hopes that you will choose to come home as an active member.

Catholics Come Home is a non-profit, independent charity whose purpose is to invite inactive Catholics, and others searching for a faith home, to the Catholic faith. Their informative and interactive website helps to answer questions about Church teachings and gives an overview of the Catholic faith.

We sincerely hope you will also find more peace, real answers, and true happiness through the gift of faith.