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Every parish does not have everything that every Catholic needs, and the variety of content in the Courier lets people know that the church is broader than their parish, broader than even the diocese, and broader than the United States.

— Father Daniel J. Condon, diocesan chancellor

Our Mission

The mission of the Rochester Catholic Press Association, Inc. (RCPA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is in keeping with the mission of the Catholic press as expressed by the late Cardinal John P. Foley: to “inform, form, inspire, educate and strengthen the religious identity of Catholics.” Through its award-winning news publications and digital media offerings, including the flagship Catholic Courier and the bilingual El Mensajero Católico, the RCPA shares stories that inspire faithful Catholic living for those in the 12-county area of the Diocese of Rochester, New York state, the nation, and the world.

As the conduit for disseminating timely, compelling and trustworthy information about the Diocese of Rochester, its parishes, their charitable activities and the wider Catholic community, the RCPA uses digital, print and social media to inspire lifelong faith formation and transform personal and community life as inspired and directed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

While the RCPA does accept limited paid advertising in its publications and facilitate sales of a few resources about the Diocese of Rochester, the vast majority of the 501(c) (3) non-profit’s funding comes from parish support. As costs rise for postage, health insurance and more — vastly outpacing growth in advertising revenue and severely testing the limits of parish support — we ask you to consider making an individual donation to help us keep bringing you the Good News you rely on.

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Using the form below, you can make a one-time donation to support the RCPA’s mission of creating content that informs and inspires readers. Donations will help fund operating costs that exceed what parish-paid subscriptions and advertising sales can cover.

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Sample Our Work

Your donation supports local news and feature reporting from a Catholic perspective.

<strong>Parishioners of Holy Trinity Church in Webster gather for a Pentecost Sunday Mass May 23, 2021. (Courier file photo)</strong>

Mass Matters
How does Mass matter to you? What does receiving the Eucharist mean to you? Hear from parishioners around the Diocese of Rochester as they share their thoughts about why #massmatterstome in this social media series from the Catholic Courier. Winner of the 2024 Father John Catoir Social Media Evangelization Award.

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Local News
The Catholic Courier includes extensive local news coverage, reporting on everything from New York state legislation that impacts Catholics to parish-level events and initiatives. This coverage can be found in multiple places on the site, including the Local News, Obituaries, Regional Life and Multimedia sections.

Four men in clerical garb laugh as they sit next to each other as they prepare to discuss diocesan priests vocational journeys.

Called to Priesthood
The Catholic Courier, in collaboration with the Priesthood Vocations Awareness Team of the Diocese of Rochester, developed this series of videos profiling the vocational journeys and current ministries of several diocesan priests.

A thurible of incense is seen at the start of the April 12, 2022, Solemn Mass of Chrism at Rochester's Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Why do Catholics…?
Why do Catholics…? is a feature series from the Catholic Courier that aims to answer questions about what Catholics do and believe. In this series, the history and reasons behind various Catholic faith practices and Catholic beliefs are examined in an in-depth and thoughtful manner.

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Catholic Schools Coverage
Catholic education has been a priority in the Diocese of Rochester since its earliest days. From profiles of school leadership to features on school initiatives and covering breaking school-related news, Catholic schools form an important element of the Courier‘s reporting.

A young man who is a convert to Catholicism bows his head.

Profiles in Faith
“Profiles in Faith” is a special series of the Catholic Courier that highlights Catholics across the Diocese of Rochester of all ages and walks of life who are role models for living the Catholic faith. Those profiled come from all 12 counties of the diocese around Rochester, NY.

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Advent Calendar
An annual multimedia feature, the digital Advent calendar features a countdown in which a new multimedia “treat” is unlocked each day of Advent through Dec. 25. Among the “treats” are some surprises from students and staff of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rochester, as well as crafts, games and Sunday Gospel readings.

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El Mensajero Católico
In 2005, the RCPA launched the monthly Spanish-language newspaper El Mensajero Católico and added a bilingual website in 2009. While El Mensajero was forced out of print when the COVID pandemic struck in the spring of 2020, its website and monthly e-newsletter continue.

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