Young-adult group begins at St. Christopher in North Chili - Catholic Courier

Young-adult group begins at St. Christopher in North Chili

NORTH CHILI — Sara Follett said she’s in a prayer rut.

She says the same order of prayer every night before she goes to sleep.

To help invigorate her prayer life Follett, a sophomore at Roberts Wesleyan College and a native of Attica, Wyoming County, said she decided to join a new young-adult group at St. Christopher Parish.

“I want to spend more time reflecting on Scripture, because I’ve been to Catholic school all my life, but I don’t know a lot about the background of Scripture,” she said. “I want to reflect on it and relate it to my daily life.”

Follett and other Catholic students at Roberts Wesleyan College are part of a younger generation that parishes in the Five Saints West Planning Group hope to reach, said Father Robert Gaudio, pastor of St. Christopher, which in September celebrated its 40th anniversary.

“Part of our Five Saints West direction is to reach out to the 20 percent of students at Roberts who are Catholic,” he said.

St. Christopher and the other parishes in its planning group — St. Vincent DePaul in Churchville, St. Mary in Scottsville and St. Columba/St. Patrick in Caledonia — also are trying to reach out to local college-age students and recent college graduates, Father Gaudio said.

The new young-adult group is coordinated by St. Christopher’s new young-adult minister, Maranda Skolen, who for the last four years was co-pastoral associate and youth minister at Brighton’s Our Lady Queen of Peace Church.

Several students who attended the first young-adult event, Thank God It’s First Friday, on Nov. 7 welcomed the chance to talk with peers about the upcoming Sunday Gospel.

“I thought it’d be nice to hang out with other Catholics and discuss Scripture and have fun events,” said Katelin LaGreca of Eden, a sophomore at Roberts Wesleyan College.

LaGreca said she heard about the group when she met Skolen at Mass. LaGreca also brought along her roommate, Alyssa Boyles, a Roberts Wesleyan sophomore from Lockport.

“I just wanted to meet new people,” Boyles said.

During the First Friday event, the group made plans to have a weekly Bible study that would read the Gospel of Mark beginning in Advent. The group will follow the schedule set by the diocesanwide Marcan Bible study called The Mark Project, which is part of the Spirit Alive! spiritual renewal.

Additionally, the group will continue to meet at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at St. Christopher for various activities, including game nights, socializing and trips to area points of interest.

“Every first Friday we’ll read Scripture each time, and then the sky’s the limit,” Skolen said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For details on upcoming young-adult activities at St. Christopher, contact Maranda Skolen at 585-719-5851 or e-mail

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