2020 Lenten Retreats and Presentations in the Diocese of Rochester - Catholic Courier
Father Michael Fowler leads a Lenten retreat at St. Paul of the Cross Church in Honeoye Falls March 23, 2017. Father Michael Fowler leads a Lenten retreat at St. Paul of the Cross Church in Honeoye Falls March 23, 2017. (Courier file photo)

2020 Lenten Retreats and Presentations in the Diocese of Rochester

This is a list of some of the Lenten retreats and presentations occuring in the Diocese of Rochester parishes. The following list was compiled from parish bulletins and websites.


  • Holy Family Lenten Retreat, Saturday March 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Holy Family Gym. Giovina Caruso of the Mercy Spirituality Center will be the presenter of the program. A light luncheon of soup and bread will be served. There is no charge but preregistration is required. If you are interested in attending and/or donating bread or soup, please contact Kathy Timerson at the Holy Family Rectory 315-252-9576 ext. 14 or kathy.timerson@dor.org.


  • St. Benedict Parish Lenten Retreat, Monday March 2 and Tuesday March 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 95 North Main Street, Canandaigua. Deacon Peter Dohr, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes and Catholic Charities of Wayne County, will be the presenter of the retreat entitled, “Jesus: The heart of my existence.”


  • Lent: The Journey to Easter Parish Lenten Evenings of Reflection, March 8-10 from 7-8:15 p.m. at St. Mary Church224 Franklin St., Elmira Southside. Father Frank Jones, C.Ss.R and Nancy Lynch from the Notre Dame Retreat House will offer three evenings focuses on the journey from Lent to Easter. Each evening will have a slightly different format with time to listen, time for quiet prayer and time to respond.


  • Fairport Catholic Community Lenten Retreat: “That You May Have Life”, March 1 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection; March 2 from 9-11 a.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. at St. John of Rochester; March 3 from 9-11 a.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. at Church of the Assumption. Father John Cusick will be the presenter. There will be a time for questions and discussion following his presentations. Morning sessions will begin with hospitality from 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 


  • Lenten Mission with Father Paul Burowski, C.Ss.R, March 30 at Holy Cross, March 31 at All Saints and April 1 at St. Anthony at 7 p.m. 


  • Lenten Retreat, Tuesdays March 10, 17 and 24 at 6 p.m. at St. Jude Church, 4100 Lyell Road. Coffee social to follow presentation. 


  • Lenten Retreat “The 99 Experience”, March 16-18 at St. Mark Church, 54 Kuhn Road. Soup supper at 6 p.m., followed by presentation at 7 p.m.
  • East Greece/Charlotte Parishes Lenten Retreat: “Simplicity: Clearing a Path for God”, March 9-10 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3003 Dewey Avenue. Retreat to be led by Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ. 


  • Lenten Retreat: “Positive Changes”, Saturday February 29 at 12:45 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 3747 Brick Schoolhouse Road. Sr. Joan Sobala, SSJ will present an inspiring and reflective presentation to begin Lent. Small group discussions and reconciliation at 3 p.m., Mass at 4 p.m., pot luck dinner to follow Mass. 

North Chili

  • St. Christopher Parish Lenten Retreat, Sunday March 8 at 1 p.m. at St. Christopher Church, 3350 Union Street, North Chili.  The retreat will be led by Sister Jody Kearney, RSM. Those who attend are invited to small potluck and pizza lunch beginning at Noon. Bringing food to share is not required. 


  • Parish Lenten Mission, March 8-10 at 6 p.m. Father Bob Kennedy will be the presenter for St. Maximillian Kolbe’s Parish Lenten Mission called “Lift Up Your Hearts: Deepening a Spirituality Based on the Liturgy. Each evening begins with soup supper at 6 p.m. with the presentation starting at 7 p.m.


  • Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick Living Stations of the Cross, performed Fridays during Lent at various locations at 7 p.m. (2/28: Hilltop Retirement Center; 3/6 St. James Church, Waverly; 3/13 St. Joseph Church, Endicott; 3/20 Boulevard United Methodist Church, Binghamton; 3/27 St. Patrick Church, Binghamton; 4/3 Sacred Heart Church, Sydney; 4/10 at 7:30 p.m. St. Margaret Mary Church, Apalachin)


  • Peace of Christ Parish Annual Lenten Soup Supper, March 23 at 6 p.m. Rev. Peter Peters, a retired Episcopal priest who is active in REACH (Rochester Engaging in Action for the Chronically Homeless) will be the guest speaker.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Anne Lenten Soup Supper Series “Racism in Rochester: Where We Have Come Form and Where We Are Going”, Wednesdays of Lent, March 4-April 1 at 6 p.m. at the St. Anne Church Social Hall, 1600 Mt. Hope Ave. No registration required, event ends with prayer at 7:30 p.m. Please consider bringing your own soup bowl and spoon for soup. 


  • St. John the Evangelist Church Parish Mission, March 29 at 4 p.m. (Perservance Through Suffering in the Old Testament), March 30 at 6:30 p.m. (Perservance Through Suffering in the New Testament), and March 31 at 11 a.m. (The Martyrs of the Early Church)

Watkins Glen

  • Lenten Parish Mission, March 8-10 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur Street. Father Ed Palumbos will lead a series of meaningful talks and interactive experiences. 


  • Soup-er Lenten Series, March 10, 17, 24 and 31 at St. Rita Church, 1008 Maple Avenue. The series includes adoration from 1-3 p.m. and 5:30-6 p.m, Soup and Bread Supper from 6-6:45 p.m., presentation by Dr. Damian Zynda on March 10, Father Tim Niven on March 17 and Deacon Jim Fien on March 31 from 6:45-7:30 p.m. Taize prayer will be held on March 24 from 6:45-7:30 p.m. 
  • Lenten Suppers, March 12 and 26 at 5:45-6:45 p.m. at the parish hall at St. Paul Church, 783 Hard Road. Following supper, adult enrichment program will be held at  7 p.m. 

Wolcott/Fair Haven/Red Creek

  • Lenten Soup Suppers, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 and April 7 at 6 p.m. starting at St. Mary Magdalene, 15 Northup Avenue in Wolcott, and alternating with St. Thomas Church, 6927 Main Street in Red Creek. Presenting the highly rated “Genesis to Jesus: Journey Through Jesus Video Series.  

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