St. John of Rochester Men's Club
Serving The Parish of St. John of Rochester
Support the Parish by participating in the 500 Club
The Men's Club of St. John of Rochester is a faith-oriented social organization whose goal is to bring our members closer to Christ through fellowship and service. We had our first organized meeting on September 17, 1964, and our first task was to solve a problem with the physical workings of our temporary church. Solve it we did, and our tradition of service began.
Over the course of our history, we worked to upgrade a building on Ayrault Road which was the parish's initial religious educational facility and Parish Center. We held our monthly meetings there, as well as a Parish Breakfast. We also helped in many off-campus activities to better the lives of people in need.
The spiritual side of our lives has been strengthened through the annual Men's Retreat held at the Notre Dame Retreat facility in Canandaigua. The turnout for this event, which is open to ALL of the men of the Parish, has been so great that we are the ONLY group to have the entire facility to ourselves.
We have helped set up the semi-professional kitchen in the Parish Center, supplying the dinnerware and utensils for the use of all of the organizations in the Parish. We use it extensively for our monthly meetings, as well as the Soup Supper on Ash Wednesday and the Parish Breakfast. For the Parish picnic, we grill the 'hots' and burgers.
The 3rd Thursday of the month from September through the following June are when we meet. A social time which encourages networking and meeting new people is held before our dinner. Our members are the cooks for these meetings, and we have a chili championship cook-off in February. A steak roast in June ends our year. At these meetings, we have a guest speaker. The topics have ranged from sports to politics to education to travel to environmental issues and anything in between.
Your financial support of the 500 CLUB over the many years has allowed us to provide over $250,000 to programs in the parish as well as selected charitable groups, and we have long supported both the Youth Group and several Boy Scout Troops. We ask for your support only once a year. Our first 50 years have been quite exciting and we look forward to our next 50. Hope you will join us.
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2017 Parish Breakfast