The Catholic communities in Irondequoit will sponsor a conference on Tuesday, Aug. 10, to encourage a stronger sense of spirituality during everyday life.
“Summer Celebration of Faith 2004: Living in Wonder and Awe” is offered through the collaboration of St. Cecilia, Christ the King, St. Margaret Mary, St. Salome and St. Thomas the Apostle churches and St. Ann’s Community. The evening event, held at St. Ann’s, 1500 Portland Ave., will include two presentations, dinner and a time for reflection and prayer. The presentations will target the working population, but anyone interested is encouraged to attend.
The goal is for participants to walk away from the program with “a stronger understanding of their spirituality and how it is part of everything they do,” said Donna Moll, religious-education coordinator at St. Salome.
“Our religion isn’t just something for Sunday morning. It’s something that is part of the way we act and interact with everyone,” she said.
The program kicks off at 5 p.m. with “Spirituality of Everyday Life,” a presentation by Mark A. Hare, metro columnist for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and a parishioner of Rochester’s Sacred Heart Cathedral. Hare earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pittsford’s St. John Fisher College and a master’s degree in speech communications from the State University of New York College at Brockport. He began his career as a high-school teacher at Rochester’s Nazareth Academy. He went on to serve the Democrat and Chronicle and the now-defunct Rochester Times Union as a reporter, columnist and editorial page writer and editor. Gannett Newspapers and The Associated Press have awarded him several citations for writing excellence.
Hare will talk about the opportunities he has had to see God work in ordinary people.
“What I hope I can pass along is that prayer will give you a new set of eyes to see the world,” he said. “Those eyes in turn will help you realize that we are all on a journey. We all fail, we all stumble, but we also must learn to depend on each other and help each other make that journey to God.”
At 7:30 p.m., “Spirituality in the Workplace” will be presented by Gregory F. Augustine Pierce, president and copublisher of Assisting Christians To Act Publications. His book, Spirituality @ Work: Ten Ways to Balance Your Life On-the-Job (Loyola Press, 2001), has received two awards from the Catholic Press Association. Pierce resides with his family in Chicago, Ill.
“The main point I want to be making with people is that spirituality is not just something that you find getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life,” Pierce said. “It is also possible to raise our awareness of the presence of God in the midst of everyday life.”
A 6 p.m. dinner and a 7:15 p.m. prayer are also part of the program.
Pre-registration for the presentations is encouraged, though walk-ins are welcome. The cost for each presentation is $5 per person. Checks should be made payable to St. Salome and may be returned to any parish drop box or mailed to St. Salome, 4282 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14622 to the attention of Summer Celebration.
For more information, contact Donna Moll at 585/234-3505, ext. 4.