The Treshold of a New Year and a New Vision...
As we meet the New Year and anticipate a new diocesan vision, we need to call upon Wisdom. Wisdom allows us to see with God's eyes the possibilities the future holds, while still embracing the stories of old.
We all know that the changes will be part of the new pastoral care environment. How we embrace change and continue to be a community that is thriving and strong will be a challenge for all of us, but if we open our hearts to the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit, great things are possible.
And that is where our CL conversation carried us this month...
1. NCCL Reminder Notice: WEBSITE LINK
The last day to register for the early bird prices is Jan 16, however registrations will continue beyond that date. You can apply for Heritage Scholarship money up to $500 at anytime before the conference. Just a sidebar note...NCCL is a "traveling" conference. The last three years have be relatively close (Atlanta, St. Louis and Buffalo). This may be the last close by NCCL conference for many years. If you can...take advantage of this year's New York state NCCL conference! Conference: May 18-21
2. MAC Conference: WEBSITE LINK
Mid Atlantic Congress conference is an all ministry conference, not just catechetical. There is a group rate, so if you are interested in going to the MAC, please contact either Theresa May (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Andrea Schaffer (email@example.com) to be added to the diocesan group list.
Conference: Feb 12-14
Our prayer was adapted from "Illuminating the Threshold" by Jan Richardson.
I invite you to see the full written text as she provides a beautiful retreat experience.
4. Diocesan Webinar - From Our Home-screen to Yours!
The January webinar date has been changed to February 11. Deanne Hall will share her experience of dealing with "When Students Can't come to Class". Dee is the director of a parish in Oswego...where winter is FOREVER!!! Hockey is a big part of the sports culture. As a result, students involved with hockey weren't coming to religious education classes. Find out how Dee provided "Back Pack Faith" for these students.
5. NCCL/Sadlier Webinar Series: Evaluating your Adult Formation Programs
As we have been looking at ways to evaluate and assess our programs, this looks like a good webinar series to evaluate the needs of your adults, plan and assess adult formation. They do ask that if you register to plan on attending each of the webinars. If you want to come to one or all three at our office, Cheryl and I will be hosting the webinars on the BIG SCREEN in our office. Just let us know if you would like to come to the office to view.
OFFICE VIEWING WEBINAR
6. LEVEL I ONLINE Schedule
Level One courses begin online once again this month. Sessions for the Word are underway now, but The Catechist sessions begin next week. These flyers are duplicates from last month.
ONLINE SCHEDULE --- ONLINE REGISTRATION (faithformationevents.weebly.com)
7. Level I In-Person Sessions
- The Catechist: Call and Mission (Jan 21, 28 & Feb 4) St. Peter's, Rome FLYER
- The Word: Foundation to Catechesis (Mar 4, 11, & 18) St. Paul's, Rome FLYER
- Discipleship: Living the Faith (April 8, 15, & 22) St. Peter's, Rome FLYER
8. View from 20,000 Feet from Above
On this website, you will find the slide presentation and the script. We only focused on the Eastern PCA's at our meeting. Some of the things worth keeping in mind as we plan collaboratively in the future:
- Two colleges are lacking a Catholic presence, MVCC and SUNY Morrisville. As we think of our Youth and Young Adults, we may want to reach out to these areas as well.
- As we plan collaboratively, we are working to look less "parochial" in parish life. Let's try not to be "parochial" in PCA's either. Look to the big picture for regional collaborative efforts in faith formation and youth ministry.
- We have two new Vicars...Fr. Mark Kaminski and Fr. Richard Dunn. We will be continuing our discussions from this month at our next month meeting. Fr. Mark is definitely coming to both meetings. Fr. Dunn is on vacation at this time, so we will try to find a time that will work for him to either meet with us or "virtually" enter a conversation with us via phone, internet or other.
- In meeting the needs of the region to plan collaboratively, we need to begin putting things on the books for 2015, 16 & 17. Some of the ideas are:
- A music concert for young adults featuring "FUSION". We may look to creating other events to go along with this or a youth mass. Here is a link to view "Fusion". He is a young Christian artist with a powerful message, "fusing faith with today's music."
- We are also wanting to plan our calendars better so that the region can work better at scheduling confirmations, retreats, service projects. Let's start thinking and planning as a collaborative group in our CL meetings.
- A regional event will be scheduled for CL's and catechists next year, whether we have a diocesan event or not. Let's start brainstorming about what this will look like. What are the needs for CL's and catechists, teachers, adult formation ministers, etc.
- Do we want to plan an adult concert. Can we afford Lori True? Would this be something to look into? Let's get some info before next meeting. Andrea will check on this.
- As we work collaboratively throughout the region, all parish programs need to be mindful of diocesan guidelines when planning their programs. All parishes should be offering 30 hours of faith formation to grades 1-10. All parish programs should provide a separate direct preparation for students and families for First Penance and First Eucharist belonging to their parish. All parish programs should provide separate direct preparation for their parish students, families and sponsors for the sacrament of Confirmation. Your program can be unique to meet the needs of your parish, however they need to abide to the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Bishop and the Office of Faith Formation. It is also necessary to be considerate and collaborative with your neighboring parishes, especially if both are in the same school district.
- Please come the next meeting prepared to continue this planning for the future. Also in discussion will be some administrative tips for planning and managing your program.
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9. Western Region January Workshop Day
10. Comments? Ideas? Events you would like to share? Suggestions for the Region?
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