It's August and the gears are beginning to crank as we get ready to move into the new Catechetical year. Registration, mailings, permission forms, book orders, calendar planning, etc....there is so much to do!
Planning can be a collaborative effort as well with other ministries in your parish, among parishes in your PCA and in the region. Last year, we began to think collaboratively as many of the regional CL's worked to plan some catechetical regional events for adults and for the youth. As you plan your calendar, please keep in mind these dates.
August 17 - DigiTool Catechesis “It’s Tool Time in the North”. Two workshops, 10am workshop is Google Calendar, 1:00pm workshop is Twitter.
August 18 - Diocesan Tech Day, sponsored by the Diocesan IT office. Our Lady of Sorrows, Vestal from 9am - 3pm.
August 20 - Annual Diocesan Summer Workshop Sizzler - "Engaging Parents -
Forming Family Faith"
August 24, 6:30pm - Eastern Region Conference Planning Committee Meeting-
If you would like to come, please feel free! I will send a weblink to everyone that day so if you would like to join the meeting via our webex internet meeting. Notes from meeting
September 10 - First Catechetical Leaders' Meeting PM
(Thursday Evening, 6:30 - 8:30pm)
September 11 - First Catechetical Leaders' Meeting AM
(Friday Morning, 9:30am-11:30am)
OCTOBER CL MEETING TBA - Not sure yet. Might do some Cluster, PCA meetings. Stay tuned!
October 24 - Eastern Region Good News Event! Share with your catechists and other ministries. Keynote speaker, workshops, food, and more! Save the Date for the whole day!
Flyer and Brochures coming in September!
October 25 - Eastern Region Catechetical Youth Concert! Kick off the year with an energetic start! Great music by Fusion. Witness faith, community and celebration with your teens. More info to come. Save the date! If you are interested in helping the committee to
organize this event, please contact Anne Elacqua.
Flyers coming in September
September 27 - Dan Schutte Concert at 6:30pm at St. Paul’s, Rome, sponsored by St. Paul’s parish. flyer
November 5 - Catechetical Leaders' Meeting
(Thursday Evening, 6:30 -8:30pm)
November 6 - Catechetical Leaders' Meeting
(Friday Morning, 9:30am)
December 10 - Eastern Region Advent Evening of Reflection - Music and reflection with Exodus musicians. More info to come...Save the Date!!
April 15th & 16th Brother Mickey McGrath and all of his wonderful artwork at Christ the King. Details still being worked on.
- The Mid Atlantic Congress Conference is the first of week February in Baltimore;
- NCCL is May 23-26 in JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA!!!!
Program Reminders: As you plan next year, keep in mind that the diocesan guidelines
will have been implemented for over 1.5 years now. Please refer to the guidelines as you
plan your year. Faith Formation programs should include 30 direct teaching hours. This
can include regular class-time, retreats, intergenerational events, online equivalency to
meet objectives, and/or guided service with a catechetical component. Mass is not
considered as faith formation hours, though homilies may be catechetical to the entire
Sacramental preparation needs to be a separate from the faith formation program to focus
learning on the sacrament only and to invite those attending Catholic schools to have
sacramental preparation be in their own parish.
Please make sure you regularly check the Easternecho.org website. The entire calendar is there with all meetings, courses, workshops, diocesan events, and regional events. You can also share information on the website for your parish events which I can post on the calendar along with any flyers.
Follow the Eastern Region at:
- Facebook- “Office of Faith Formation, Syracuse”
- Twitter- @easternecho
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