Members’ Mass, Board Meeting, & Happy Hour

Members’ FLG Board Meeting

Come celebrate The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary with our first ever Members’ Board Meeting on December 9th at St. Bernard’s!  Since December 8th is a Sunday this year this is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it!

This event is open to all Finger Lakes Guild Members.  If you’re not a member yet, feel free to sign up here (or you can also sign up after Mass).  We hope to see you there!

Schedule for the evening:

  • 6:30-7pm – Mass in the St. Bernard’s Chapel
  • 7-8pm – Open Board Meeting
  • 8-9pm – Happy Hour

Creighton Model Introductory Session

Tuesday, September 1, at St. Bernard’s, 120 French Road, Rochester, NY.  

This is the first of nine classes providing instruction about the natural method of fertility care referred to the as the Creighton Model. Dates include September 17, October 15, November 12, January 7, February 4, March 10, April 7, May TBA, June, TBA.

A 2019 participant in the Creighton Model Fertility Care Practitioner Internship program recently released a video discussing some aspects of this natural method of family planning.  The video may be viewed at

To Register: call Anne Olek RN, FNP-BC 585-310-8305.

Welcome Back Mass @ U of R

Thank you to everyone who made this weekend’s Welcome Back Mass at the Interfaith Chapel at the U of R a huge success!  We had a great turnout including members of the community, med students, residents, fellows, and attendings!

We now have a slew of new members and we’re excited to have each of you join the Guild!

Thank you especially to Fr. Cool and the Newman staff for making this possible!

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U of R Welcome Back Mass

Please join us this Sunday (8/25) for 10:30am Mass at the Interfaith Chapel at U of R!

A picnic, co-sponsored by the Newman Community and the Guild, will immediately follow Mass.

This is a great opportunity to share worship, fellowship, and food with U of R students (undergrad, medical, and graduate), faculty, staff, local physicians and the community at large.

Catholics @ URMC Meetings

Catholics @ URMC is a collaboration between the UR Newman Center and the Finger Lakes Guild that aims to bring together Catholics, and non-Catholics, to provide mutual support for those working in the health professions. We are planning to meet monthly at noon. We will open by praying Sext (the Midday prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours) and then having an open discussion about either a preselected topic or whatever may be on the minds and hearts of those in attendance. Meeting Schedule:
  • July 8, 12:10 – 12:50, back right of the Strong Cafeteria
    • Topic – Future of Catholics @ URMC
  • August 2, 12:10 – 12:50, back right of the Strong Cafeteria
    • Topic – Challenges to Living the Faith at Work
  • September 19 October 2nd, 12:10 – 12:50, back right of the Strong Cafeteria
    • Topic – Real-World Impact of Physician- Assisted Suicide in NYS
If you are not familiar with the Liturgy of the Hours fear not, you are not alone! It’s quite easy using the iBreviary app and we’ll all walk through it together.

Theology of the Body Event at St. Bernard’s!

From Dr. Kuhner

I am excited to invite you to a unique event for teens and parents on the topic of Theology of the Body and Fertility Awareness, taking place at Saint Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry! Recognizing the ever-increasing challenges posed by cultural trends, a highly qualified team of medical professionals and catechetical leaders will provide an evening of education and discussion, firmly grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church, that will explore the significance of our sexuality within God’s plan and what it means to live free and healthy lives with regard to our sexuality and fertility.

WhatFully Alive! Health and Freedom: Understanding the Body. An Introduction to Theology of the Body, Health and Fertility Awareness

Who: Fr. Peter Van Lieshout (Pastor, St. Peter’s Parish)

Mrs. Rebecca Mitrousis (Youth Minister, Church of the Holy Spirit, Penfield)

Mr. David Klosterman (Catholic School Teacher)

Dr. Angela Kristan (University of Rochester Medical Center)

Mrs. Anne Olek, (Family Nurse Practitioner and Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner and Educator)

Dr. Paul Carpenter (Medical Director, Gianna Center of Long Island for Women’s Health & Fertility at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center of Catholic Health Services)

Mrs. Jaqueline Tomko (Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner)

When: Friday, April 26th,  6-9pm

Where: St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, 120 French Road, Rochester, NY

The speakers will address the following questions (and many others):

  • What is the relationship between sexuality and the sacred?
  • Why did God create us as body and soul?
  • What does it mean to live a healthy life with regard to sexuality?
  • How do nutrition and lifestyle affect my body and my fertility?
  • How can learning about how my body and my fertility work help my overall health?

The event will include a taco dinner. There will be a $10 fee per family, to cover the cost of food and speakers.

Please register online before April 24th via the following link: