Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Hands of Christ

The Hands of Christ is a recognition program to assist parishes in affirming their high school seniors who have been the “Hands of Christ” in their church, home, school and community; sponsored by the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis.  Recognized seniors are invited to receive a plaque from the Most Reverend Bishop Salvatore R. Matano at one of three special Recognition Ceremonies held in February 2017.

The Criteria to receive this very special recognition:
• Has consistently demonstrated a Christian attitude by word and example.
• Has been actively involved in the parish as well as their school or community.
• Has been a positive role model to their peers, younger children and adults.
• Is a practicing Roman Catholic in a parish in the Diocese of Rochester and attends Mass.
• Is currently a high school senior.

The Process to recognize your honorary seniors:

• Youth Ministers, Catechetical Leaders, CYO Coaches, Scout Leaders, Pastoral Leaders, or other adults involved with the youth of the parish, make recommendations for recipients of the award to be approved by the Pastor or Pastoral Leader.  It is recommended that each parish develop their own process for this recognition.

• Youth Minister or designated minister collects forms, submits to pastor or administrator for approval and signature.  Enter registration information online.  Retain paper copy for your files.

• All registrations and payments will be accepted only using the online registration located in the Virtual Office.  Any registration submitted with non-payment will be subject to a substantial add-on fee.  Recognition forms are available in the virtual office now, as well as online registration at

• Recipients who are registered by January 1, 2017 will receive a letter from the Diocese of Rochester inviting them to one of the three celebrations.  RSVP not needed.

Letter to Parishes stating criteria for Hands of Christ Recognition

Paper Registration Form

Click here to enter registrants

List of 2018 Recipients