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Blessed Thomas Maria Fusco

Thomas was born to a noble family in 1831 in Pagani, Italy. He was the seventh of eight children. When he was only six years old, his mother died of cholera. A few years later, his father also died. His uncle, a primary school teacher, took charge of Thomas' education. The canonization of St. Alphonsus Liguori in 1839 stirred aspirations for the priesthood in Thomas' heart. He entered the seminary in 1847 and was ordained a priest in 1855. Immediately Thomas opened a morning school for the formation of boys and organized evening prayers for youth and adults. During these years, Thomas nurtured a deep devotion to the crucified Christ and to his Blessed Sorrowful Mother because of the deaths of his uncle and younger brother. In 1862 he opened a school of moral theology in his home to train priests for the ministry of confession. That same year he also founded the priestly Society of the Catholic Apostolate for missions among the faithful. In 1873, Thomas was deeply moved by the plight of an orphaned street girl. After careful discernment, he founded the Congregation of the “Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood�. For the remainder of his years, he was completely dedicated to his priestly ministry, preaching spiritual retreats and missions, teaching catechism to youth and organizing prayer for young people and adults at his parish. He worked to build a strong devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus among the people he served. In 1891, Thomas died of liver disease at the age of 59.< /p>The cause for his beatification was opened in 1955 and the decree of his heroic Christian virtues was published in 2001. At Thomas' beatification, Pope St. John Paul II presented him as “an example and a guide to holiness for priests, for the people of God and for his spiritual daughters, the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood.�

17th Annual Ziti Dinner

Event Date: 
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 15:30 to 18:00

Saturday, March 7, 2020

4:30-7 p.m.

Our Mother of Sorrows Boy Scout Troop 130 will host its 17th Annual Ziti Dinner March 7 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. Tickets will be available at the door. Take out will be available. 

Eucharistic Adoration & Compline

Event Date: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 18:00

Sunday, March 15, 2020

7 p.m. 

Spend an hour deepening your connection with God and people all over the world. Eucharistic Adoration and Compline are ancient forms of prayer that have been relevant in every age. Teens and young adults are invited to come join the Sisters of St. Joseph for music, silence, and hearts joined in prayer. 

Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop

Event Date: 
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 08:00

Saturday, March 28, 2020

9 a.m. 

St. Pius Tenth Church Stephen Ministry is sponsoring a half-day workshop for those interested in starting their own Stephen Ministry Program at their church. Topics include ministering to those experiencing grief, introduction to Stephen Ministry and how to care in a distinctively Christian way. Cost is $15 per person or $50 for four or more registrants. You can register by calling 1-314-428-2600.

Magnificat Rochester Breakfast

Event Date: 
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 08:30

Saturday, March 28, 2020 

9:30 a.m.

All women are invited to a buffet breakfast at the Brook-Lea Country Club and to hear the witness talk of Regina Civiletti, a mother of three teenagers, who was suddenly widowed and learned about the Jesus' mercy and forgiveness and was able to forgive the man who killed her husband in a car accident. Confession will be available at 8 a.m. and Noon. Seating begins at 8:30 a.m. with meal and program beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

Event Date: 
Friday, April 17, 2020 - 19:00 to Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 15:00

Friday, April 17, 2020-Sunday April 19, 2020

8 p.m. (Friday) - 4 p.m. (Sunday)

The next Marriage Encounter Weekend is April 17-19 at Notre Dame Retreat House. The weekend experience is for couples who want to make their good marriage even better. The weekend includes overnight accommodations and meals. Cost is $100 application fee and donation. For more information, go to wwme.org