The quinceañera, or 15th birthday celebration, is a Latin American tradition that marks a girl's transition into young womanhood. In many cultures the occasion includes a Mass of thanksgiving where the girl renews her baptismal vows and becomes an adult in the eyes of the church. The Mass is rich with symbolism -- the young woman wears a crown symbolizing her victory in living a Christian life, receives a sacred medal symbolizing her expression of faith and carries a bouquet of flowers symbolizing the new commitment she is making to her community. Natalie Hoppe of Fairport recently celebrated her quinceañera with a Mass at Penfield's St. Joseph Church. (Click here to view more photos from this event and/or buy prints.)

  • Apr 14, 2010
    Parishioners and friends of St. Bridget Church gathered Feb. 14 to celebrate the final Mass at the church's 14 Mark Street location.
  • Apr 05, 2010
    More than 200 pro-life advocates gathered on Good Friday, April 2, for the Stations of the Cross in Reparation for Abortion.
  • Mar 31, 2010
    The annual Chrism Mass was celebrated by Bishop Matthew H. Clark March 30 at Rochester's Sacred Heart Cathedral.
  • Mar 29, 2010
    Kindergarten students from St. Rita School in Webster visited Cherry Ridge, a senior living community in Webster.
  • Mar 25, 2010
    On March 20 Seton Catholic School in Brighton hosted its annual BLAST celebration and fundraiser in the school's gymnasium.
  • Mar 11, 2010
    High-school seniors from across the diocese were honored March 10 during a Hands of Christ awards ceremony.