New event targets high-school seniors - Catholic Courier

New event targets high-school seniors

Music, witness talks and Bishop Matthew H. Clark are all part of a first-time gathering for high-school seniors.

“Senior Scene” will take place Friday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Rochester’s Sacred Heart Cathedral. The day of prayer, fun and fellowship will include witnesses by guest speakers; lunch; and a closing prayer and blessing by Bishop Clark. Father Joseph Marcoux, parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Cathedral, will serve as host. The scheduled keynote speaker is inspirational musician Tony Melendez, who was born without arms and plays the guitar with his feet.

This event will emphasize to high-school seniors that “we all have a vocation. It may not be to the priesthood, although they will hear about that,” said Carol Dady, diocesan coordinator of priesthood vocations awareness and discernment.

Senior Scene is open to all diocesan high-school seniors. Cost is $10 per person, and the registration deadline is May 6. Those interested in attending should contact their parish for registration information. Melendez and his band will also hold a concert at Holy Redeemer/St. Francis Xavier Church, 316 Bay St., at 7 p.m. on May 20. For details, contact Elizabeth Johnston at 585/232-1133 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or e-mail to

In addition to Senior Scene, the diocesan vocations-awareness office will once again offer a “24 Hours with the Lord” retreat June 3-4. This annual program is for young men ages 18 to 40 who are interested in learning more about the priesthood vocation. It will begin with an overnight session at the Borromeo Prayer Center in Greece, followed by a trip to Sacred Heart Cathedral the next morning to attend the priestly ordination of Deacon John Loncle. The event features discussion and reflection on the call to priesthood and is hosted by several diocesan priests serving on the Vocations Awareness Team. Those interested in attending should speak to his pastor or parish administrator.

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