The meeting on March 9 &10 focused on "Divine Pedagogy" with presenter Robin Kennovin from Our Sunday Visitor. We began the meeting with prayer as we always do, but our prayer began with honoring and praying for Bishop James Moynihan. Please take time to also pray with the power point of images. Then continue prayer by "going to the well."
In Remembrance of Bishop Moynihan
If you would like to review Bishop Moynihan's pastoral letter written in 2001, click here and download the pdf. Equipping the Saints for the Work of the Ministry.
Blessing of the Well - Prayer Service
Heart of the Catechist
This engaging workshop is based from an address from Pope Francis to the International Congress on Catechesis that emphasizes the importance to catechists and their value to the New Evangelization, for ministering to those at the periphery. Three workshops are upcoming in the east. Please encourage your catechists to join us at one of the events... OR...call me to schedule the 2.5 hour workshop at your parish/PCA.
Spring Confirmation Schedule
If you looking for Confirmation celebrations for students who can't be present for the one offered at your parish, please refer to this schedule and contact the parish catechetical leader. Some things to keep in mind:
April Faith Formation Meeting with Kevin Dowd
The next Faith Formation Leaders' meeting is April 27 & 28. Please note this will be held at Mt. Carmel's Salerno Room. Kevin Dowd is being sponsored by Pflaum Publishing Group. Kevin will present “Using Scripture in Catechesis”. Dave Barocsi, the area representative from Pflaum will offer dinner and breakfast to "lift your spirits!"
Family Prayer Bag Idea
I found this idea and thought it was a really neat way to encourage families to pray using tangible items that make prayer fun. I have a pdf of ideas to put in the prayer bag. You can use all of or some of them at one event. Or, you can start with 3 or 4 items and have the students return the next week to get another prayer activity. You can be creative with this. You can also make seasonal prayer bags for Lent or Advent. Below you will find the pdf for the prayer activities. I also included the pdf with the template for the "Squares" prayer activity.
Divine Pedagogy in "Faith Alive!"
I was so happy to welcome Robin Kennovin, Catechetical Consultant for Our Sunday Visitor. Robin outlined five aspects of divine pedagogy and related them to how OSV incorporates these in "Faith Alive!". Divine pedagogy refers to the gradual and relational way God teaches us. The five aspects she talked about were:
Ride 4 Faith
Christine Gray, youth minister from St. Mary of Mt. Carmel, has put together an incredible faith awareness event highlighting participating parishes in the Utica area. A bike riding event on April 29th to visit various parishes and learn something special at each parish. With the help of the Good News Collaborative Parish grant which has helped the Eastern region parishes develop youth events, Christine has organized a true "whole community" event. Working the police departments of 3 jurisdictions, the bike route is safe and monitored by the police. At each parish, there will be a short teaching as well as snacks. The participating youth are also collecting donations for the Mother Marianne Soup Kitchen. No bike? No problem! Please see the flyer for all the details!
For glossy printed brochures, please contact Anne Elacqua at email@example.com
Catholic Young Adult Mixer
The eastern region Collaborative Young Adults have begun a new working relationship with the already established young adult group from St. Louis Gonzaga. The group has done several young adult mixers and fund raisers. Over 100 young people raised $6000 for Children's Miracle Network and $3000 for the Good News Foundation.
The group from St. Louis Gonzaga is working now with Dick Vetere to have a nice evening of socializing and networking.
Please invite the young adults from your parish.
To get large posters or distribution postcards, please contact Dick Vetere at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would really appreciate posters being placed around the community, ie grocery stores, colleges, etc.
Click here for small handout sheet template of the above poster.
Good Friday Stations of the Cross
If you are interested in having youth ride a bus for FREE to Christ the King and back to do Stations of the Cross with Bishop Cunningham, please contact Dick Vetere NO LATER than April 1st. You do not need exact numbers, we just need to know if there is interest. email@example.com
Stay tuned for upcoming weekly updates:
Next Meeting: January 12 & 13 (Thur evening and Friday Morning)
Agenda: Remember that document I sent a while ago, “Engage vs Involve”?? Well, this will be the topic in January! I am re-sending it with this update. Scott Rutan from RCL Benziger will present a workshop based on this paper and how these concepts can be implemented in faith formation.
“Engage vs Involve”
Please complete this form for the 2017-18 year so that I may have information to share with other CLs who are looking for retreats. This saves MUCH time since our office as a whole has decreased in man-hours. ONLY CLs have access to the retreat listings.
To see the retreats that have been added to the list, click the Retreat Listings link. The link will require permission to access. Please request access. (I have given permission to all CL email addresses. You may still need to request access though)
Previous Weekly Updates
June 23, 2017 Update
June 2017 Meeting
June 2, 2017 Update
May 5, 2017 Update
April 17, 2017 Update
April 3, 2017 Autism Week
March 2017 Meeting
December 2016 Meeting
October 2016 Meeting
September 2016 Meeting