Recent Events

End of Life Symposium…RESUSCITATED!!

The Finger Lakes Guild Was Happy to Present…

Catholic Conversations – Death with True Dignity

Thank you to Mt. Carmel House, St. Bernard’s and the Diocese of Rochester for partnering to make this event possible!

Despite being forced to go “remote-only” we had a great morning! Thank you to everyone who took part!

We are in the process of editing video of the opening four talks. We will make them available as soon as possible!

Among the important topics we address were…

  • Why does the Church teach that? (Foundations of Catholic Teaching)
  • Does Hospice mean I’m giving up?
  • I don’t need a Health Care Proxy because my wife will make decisions if I can’t.
  • I don’t want Hospice because they’re going to kill me with morphine!
  • But if I start the feeding tube, then the Church says I can never stop it…right?

…and many more…

Catholic Wellness Answers

FLG President Tom Carroll was the featured guest on Catholic Wellness Answers, a webcast of MyCatholicDoctor, on November 9th from 8-9pm. He discussed Palliative Care including symptom management, advance care planning, end of life decisions/care, and how to talk to your doctor to make sure your wishes and values are known.

Thank you to everyone who made the Respect Life Mass a huge success. A packed Cathedral was a wonderful sight to behold!

Fr. Tad Pacholczyk at St. Bernard’s

Thank you to Fr. Tad for his outstanding presentation on scientific and moral issues related to COVID-19!

Virtual Journal Club

We had another successful VCJ on Feb 10, stay tuned for us to announce the next meeting!

Healing: The Role of Religion in a Pandemic

The Finger Lakes Guild is happy to join St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in co-sponsoring this on-line event!  We are looking forward to hearing Sr. Grace Miriam Usala’s thoughts from her unique perspective of religious sister and internal medicine physician!

When: Thursday, April 8th, 7:30 – 9 pm EST

Where: Online via Zoom

Please visit St. Bernard’s event page to register.

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White Mass

Thank you to Bishop Matano, the Sacred Heart Cathedral, and the Catholic Courier for making our annual White Mass a resounding success on October 18, the Feast of St. Luke! See here for details.

Help Us Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide!

In an effort to stop New York’s assisted suicide legislation, the New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide is sponsoring an advocacy day (February 4, 2020) for medical professionals.  Please consider making the trip to Albany to aid their work.  Medical professionals bring a unique perspective that elected officials must hear.

See here for recent efforts on the part of our friends from the St,. Marianne Cope Guild in Syracuse!

Journal Club…by Video

We had a great Journal Club on January 16 with the wonderful addition of from friends fro Florida via video conference!  We hope you’ll join us (in person or remotely) for our next Journal Club meeting!

Members’ FLG Mass, Board Meeting, & Reception

We had a wonderful first-ever FLG Mass, Board Meeting & Reception on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Dec 9th!  See here for details.

Wine Tasting & Social for Students

Thank you to Dr. Seeger and his lovely wife Cathy for opening their home to us! A wonderful time was had by all and we very much enjoyed getting to know some of our first year U of R medical students!

Keeping Our Gaze on Christ as His Faithful Church

Thank you to the Catholic Moms of Rochester and the Mothers of Lu for inviting us to be part of this wonderful event!

Catholic Palliative Care and End of Life

October 28, 6:30pm, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

Our President, Tom Carroll, spoke on important, and often contentious issues around End of Life care.  For a brief summary see here.

White Mass

On October 26th, 4:30pm, at St. Louis Church, Bishop Matano presided at the annual White Mass.  See here for more!

Journal Club – The Moral Dangers of Technocratic Medicine

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for Journal Club on 10/10! 

Welcome Back Mass at U of R

We had a wonderful turnout for our Welcome Back Mass.  See here for more!

Catholics @ URMC

We had our first meeting of the summer on July 8.  Thank you to all how took part!  As a result of this meeting plans are in the works to organize a Mass for U of R Medical and Graduate students.  We’ll be announcing the date in the near future!

Devastating Consequences of Sex Trafficking on Women’s Health -Journal club

We had a very nice turnout for this important discussion.  We very much appreciate all who took part and hope to see you at our next event! 23 May 2019 from 7:15-8:45pm, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry

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Abortion Expansion in New York State: Working Toward a Local Catholic Response

9 May 2019 from 7-9pm, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry We are very happy to have been part of this important event!  The panelists did a wonderful job highlighting important aspects of the recently passed abortion expansion law.  There was also vigorous discussion with the audience, with many great ideas shared, including some great organizations: Our local Elizabeth Ministry, whose members provide support to moms who have lost children to miscarriage. Sidewalk Advocates for Life, who peacefully pray outside of abortion facilities and offer alternatives to abortion for pregnant mothers. Feminists Choosing Life of New York who are in the early stages of planning a lawsuit to challenge abortion expansion in NY. Thank you to St. Bernard’s for hosting this panel discussion on such an important, and difficult, topic!

April 23rd at the University of Rochester

Thank you to the U of R Newman Center for organizing this wonderful event!
Finger Lakes Guild Board Members Dr. Angela Maupin Kristan and Dr. Jean Baric Parker participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the University of Rochester’s Catholic Newman Center, on the recently-passed NYS Reproductive Health Act (RHA).  They were joined by attorney Raul Tabara, Jr., who offered a legal perspective on the legislation.  About 35 students and community members attended the event.
Dr. Kristan described the increased medical risks of late-term abortion on the mother’s health, and highlighted the considerable deficiencies in rationale offered by the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) in support of the RHA.
Dr. Baric Parker described that the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion is based on the fact that it violates the human dignity of a human being, made ‘in the image and likeness of God,’ and she described Church documents going back to the first century which specifically condemn abortion.
A lively question and answer session followed the panel presentations.
Abortion Panel (2019-4-23 Newman) 2