This month's meeting filled the room with so much energy, thanks to three excellent presenters - Kris Skinner & Deb Krisher from St. Augustine, Baldwinsville and Maura Molner from St. Mary's, Skaneateles.
This month's agenda included:
Please open the entire blog post to see notes and more! (Read More)
This month falls in the midst of our Lenten Journey, which seemed timely for such a spiritual presentation for our professional development series this year. I hope you find it as meaningful as I did.
Below you will find this month's packet of handouts and the professional development presentation.
EASTERN REGION AREA - SPRING GATHERINGS FOR AREA YOUTH
If you would like to add an event to share with other parishes in the region and bring youth together, please add the information to the chart or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnering with Parents - Faith Formation Possibilities
In this post you will find:
Professional Development Series - Partnering with Parents
Opening Prayer - "Picturing Your Faith"
Information Reminders from September's Meeting.
1. Statistic Reports Due November 1st. Send to Regional Director.
The regional director tallies up all parish statistics in the region into a report that will then be combined with the other regions. The diocesan totals will then be sent to Fr. Elmer for the diocesan report. Always keep a copy of your report as well.
Please encourage your catechists to attend this workshop day! Share the following promotional materials with them via email, parish website and/or handout flyers.
The Diocese is helping the Office of Faith Formation vision for a future that meets the parish needs and expectations to provide effective catechesis. Within this process of study, a survey will be sent to all pastors and all Catechetical Leaders within the next few weeks. Please make sure you complete the survey which will take about 15 minutes. This is VERY important that everyone participates. The survey will be sent via email from Hezel Associates. We will send a notification from our office to let you know that it has been sent.
5. Roadshow - Pastoral Leadership - The overall theme for the 2017-2018 Road Shows is "Equipping Missionary Disciples." The Road Shows will focus on what diocesan offices offer by way of training, initial and ongoing education/formation, leadership development, and opportunities for certification and advanced study. Presenters for the October 2017 Road Shows include: Lisa Hall (Family/Respect Life); Fr. Lou Aiello (Permanent Diaconate); Bob Walters (Youth and Young Adult Ministry.Opportunities for ministry leadership and education. First one in the east is October 26, here at St. John’s.
6. Last Month's Meeting Slides - September, 2017
Slides Click Here
If you did not review last month's meeting, please take a look at the slides. There was A LOT of information, plus the professional development piece.
October's Professional Development:
What does it mean to Partner with Parents?
Please review the following slide presentation. Click the gear in the black tool bar on the bottom of presentation to see presenter notes OR click this link to view the presentation from Google in a new window.
Next Meeting - Advent
Our next meeting is not until December 7 & 8. As we did last year, the meeting will permit those wanting to attend Mass can join us at St. John the Evangelist. More info to come.
This will be our Advent Reflection - Spiritual Development. Over the next 5 weeks, your weekly update will include a retreat type resource on the Kerygma Experience. Do as much or as little as you want. It will be a prayerful journey to prepare for Advent. Then in Advent, we will take this deeper. We will also have time for sharing.
January meeting we will return to professional development series.
I am leaving this comment area open if you would like to share insights from the material, ask questions, or suggest a topic for professional development.
This month's meeting is formatted differently this time due to the large amount of materials. You can download this as a ppt, but note that the pages are set up as 8.5 X 11. If you are a google user, you can add to your own drive. Everyone should be able to view from below.
I am also providing you with the direct link to this slide presentation which can be found by clicking HERE.
At the bottom, you will find icons to click to next slide or to view full screen.
Faith Formation Leaders' Meetings (CLs and YMs)
Our first meeting we will kick off the new catechetical year, focusing on how our ministry plays a part in making missionary disciples. During the year, we will be exploring several documents that relate to this theme for our own professional development, as well as starting to dive into the new NCCL/Loyola Press series, "The Effective Catechetical Leader'. I am also planning this year to have Paul Welch come to one of our meetings to share the partnership work with CRS. But most importantly, I want you to share the wonderful things you are doing or planning!
First Meeting - Mark your calendars!!!!
September 14 Evening Gathering (6:30PM) / September 15 Morning Gathering (9:30AM)
Both gatherings will include lite meals and snacks.
Please note the form to complete for Confirmation Retreats located at the top of the side bar. This form will be located here to complete all year. If you are looking for a retreat, please request access to the listings.
No, it's not All Saints Day yet, but....
How can you bring the saints into this year's catechetical theme?
Thursday, August 16 is the Feast of St. Stephen the Great, the patron saint of Hungary. Just a tidbit of info about me...I am half Hungarian! My great grandfather, Istvan, was named after the patron saint of his homeland.
This can be a fun activity for students to look up their heritage and learn about some of the customs from those countries.
As we talk this year about missionary disciples, who were some missionary saints? Have students research catholic missions today and ways to help them.
Missionary work has changed in the modern era as it prioritized social justice issues as various religious and lay associations in the church today are much more involved in an option for the poor. Jesuit missions, as in Africa and India, are more involved in educating and further assisting some of the poorest rural populations.
Patron Saints http://www.catholic.org/saints/patron.php
Google Images for Saint Fun Facts (like the one pictured above)
Catholic Missionaries - List https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Roman_Catholic_missionaries
Catholic World Missions - https://catholicworldmission.org/
Catholic Mission - Projects around the world http://www.catholicmission.org.au/catholicmission-projects
Catholic Relief Services - CRS.org
USCCB World Mission Organizations - www.usccb.org/about/evangelization-and-catechesis/world-missions/world-mission-organizations.cfm
Lots of info this month! Please scroll through completely to see:
Confirmation Requests for Fall 2017
1) From Father Joe O'Connor:
Dear Pastors and Confirmation Coordinators,
As I begin ministry as a pastor this Fall, Bishop Cunningham is left without a full-time assistant. Aware of that, please consider your confirmation request carefully this year. In particular, please consider the time and day of your request and the number of candidates. You may consider a weeknight ceremony. This year, Wednesday nights are being made available in addition to Tuesday and Thursday. If you are not already doing so please consider working together with your PCA for Confirmation. Parishes who have a small number of candidates should come together for a larger ceremony.
To make your request for Confirmation at your parish in the upcoming school year, please use the online form found at this link:
If more than one parish will be part of the ceremony, please submit just one form from the host parish.
The Bishop's office will try to accommodate all requests, but some adjustments may be necessary this year. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Also, if you are planning a parish anniversary or other event and plan to invite Bishop Cunningham, please submit that request as soon as possible.
Please contact me if you have any trouble with the online form.
Fr. Joe O'Connor
Super Grant Collaboration - Important Information From Dick Vetere
Regarding the Collaborative Parish Youth & Young Adult Initiative
Dick Vetere presented a short history of the Good News Super Grant and how it came to be in the Eastern Region. The grant is intended to encourage local parishes to collaborate on youth and young adult ministry. In 2015, prior to the grant, several parish catechetical leaders and youth ministers worked together to host a youth day and scheduled several young adult gatherings at Saranac Brewery. This year was very exciting for not only the sponsoring parishes, but for the entire eastern region. The parishes hosted the first concert/witness event for Jr/Sr high school teens, which brought in over 500 students… It was a huge success and was applauded by Good New Foundation. The Foundation recognized the success of these efforts and asked us to submit a proposal for funding.
After months of discussion and planning by a collaborative group of CL’s and Youth Ministers, a proposal was submitted to the Board of Directors of the Good News Foundation in June of 2016. The Board voted to create the Super Grant Fund for a three year period.
The grant targets collaboration in the following areas:
The first year brought successful events, listening sessions, and continued planning. Efforts to collaborate with the Diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Faith Formation and others are ongoing. The authors of the grant are committed to developing a partnership that allows the grant to enhance and supplement diocesan programs, not compete with them.
Another successful youth day took place in October 2016 as 500+ students participated in a retreat-like day led by Sophia Elacqua and filled a trailer with food items for area Veterans.
We partnered with St. Louis Gonzaga young adult ministry to sponsor a Young Adult Social at Zenia's Restaurant. The event was a very nice evening of food, prayer, short speaker presentation and much socializing. The event led to increased attendance at the monthly Theology on Tap gathering.
A mini-grant was given to the “Ride for Faith” which was a huge success and, will more than likely become an annual event.
Upcoming Youth & Young Adult events as we begin year two in the Super Grant are as follows:
Catechetical Leaders' Meetings for 2017-18
As you read through this, you will notice the poetry is written by Karol Wojtyla. You probably recognize this name...Pope Saint John Paul II. Before his ordination to priesthood, he was active in theatre and wrote dramas and poetry. I chose a few of the poems from his writing titled, "Songs of the Beauty of Water."
Heart of the Catechist
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:
- Sacrament Registry Book - should be at the parish with student information logged in. The Bishop will sign this.
- Please make sure students do not have gum!
- Refer to the Sacramental Guidelines for additional information regarding the liturgy.
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
Divine Pedagogy in "Faith Alive!"
- Structured & Comprehensive
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.
Good Friday Stations of the Cross
- 2017-18 Planning Template & form Survey
- Regional Calendar Planning Workshop in May
- Pathways - A whole NEW event! It's getting a complete makeover! Come celebrate! It's not just for certification!
- New & Nearly New Catechetical Leaders - Evening Under the Stars Part II: Sacramental Prep (sometime this summer?)
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”
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
Bishop's Pastoral Letter
Catechetical Leaders Handbook
Catechetical Leader's Retreat
Circles Of Care
Eastern Region Event
Eastern Region Event
Eastern Region May Dinner
Formation For Ministry
Good News Event
Level II Workshops
Level I Online
MySyrDio E Resources
Regional Youth Event
University Of Dayton
Vibrant Faith University
Year Of Mercy
Youth & Leadership