Friday, May 28, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Passport to Success

The New England Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education (NECDDRE) invites you to the Summer Institute and Retreat - Passport to Success - to be held June 25-27, 2010 at the Immaculate Conception Spiritual Renewal Center in Putnam, CT.

Passport to Success is a four-part journey for training and enrichment of parish catechetical leaders.

Part I - Preparing for the Journey - is designed for new or nearly new parish catechetical leaders. It allows participants to identify their gifts and leadership qualities and clarify the nature and scope of their parish responsibilities plus an opportunity to increase skill and knowledge in the areas of management/administration, communication/relationships, curriculum implementation and recruiting/training catechists.

Part II - Embarking on the Journey - has as its focus building on the foundation of Part I or its equivalent. Topics incluce Call to Discipleship, Role of the Catechetical Leader in Prayer and Worship, and Role of the Catechetical Leader in Evangelization.

Part III - Ports of Call - is open to anyone involved in parish ministry. The focus is based on the topics in The Effective DRE: A Skill Series from NCCL/Loyola Press. The topics offered in June include Understanding Catechesis, Catechizing for a Just World, Building Community and Maintaining Professional Balance.

Part IV - Extending your Journey - is open to parish ministers or persons who seek to enrich their faith. Part IV is based on Catholic Basics: A Pastoral Ministry Series. Topics covered at the June session include Mary and the Saints, Ecumenism, Sacramental Theology and Ecclesiology.

There are also evening events open to all participants.

For more details or to register, go to or contact Pat Keck or Olive Greene at

Monday, May 24, 2010

LifelongFaith Associates

The Spring 2010 issue of Lifelong Faith on "The New Digital Media & Faith Formation" has received very positive responses from their subscribers.

Consider subscribing to LifelongFaith. Just go to There are some free articles to view if you would like to check it out before you subscribe.

The Faith Formation 2020 book will be published in Fall 2010. And a brand new website just for Faith Formation 2020 will also be launched in the Fall.

John Roberto has published some wonderful articles - do yourself a favor and check them out. There are articles on every aspect of life long faith, including quite a few on Adolescent Catechesis, Moving Online: Faith Formation in a Digital Age, and Emerging Adulthood & Faith Formation.

Check out the website for information on upcoming workshops.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Adult Faith Formation Symposium

The New England Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education invites you to join us for the biennieal New Englad Adult Faith Formation Syposium 2010, scheduled for August 11-12 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough, Massachusetts.

The theme of the Symposium is "New Technologies, New Relationships: Connecting with Young Adults. We Will discuss what is important to young adults, how technology can bea useful resource in your parish and how we can use technology effectively in lifelong faith formation.

The speakers include Mike Hayes, co-founder of and the author of Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in their 20's and 30's; Tim Welch, consultant for Educational Technology at Catholic Education ministries, Diocese of Saint Cloud, MN and author of Technology Tools for Your Ministry; Sr. Janet Schaeffler, a national consultant, author and VLCFF online faculty membor and columnist for Catechist Magazine; Fr. David Frederici, a priest from the Diocese of Fall River and chaplain to CARIAS, a student organization at Cape Cod Community College; and Richard Drabik from the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton and the develper of the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation.

Registration fees are $135 before July 19 or $150 after July 19.

For more information or to download the registration form/brochure, go to

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"Teaching Theology with Technology"

Upcoming Webinar:

Don't be intimidated by the technology. Effective teaching/catechesis never changes, but the tools do. Ave Maria Press will be hosting a Webinar that will provide a brief survey of some of the latest tools and resources online and in many of your classrooms.

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Time: 4:00 pm EDT (duration - 30 minutes)

The New Roman Missal is Approved

The Roman Missal, Third Edition, the ritual text containing prayers and instructions for the celebration of the Mass, has been approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (Vatican).

Pope Benedict XVI welcomed the news that the English translation of the Roman Missal will be published soon. He stated that "A new task will then present in which one way or another will involve all of you - the task of preparing for the reception of the new translation by clergy and lay faithful".

As catechetical leaders, it is very important that we stay abreast of the work by the Office of Divine Worship. Please look at the General Resources and the Parish Resources available on the United States Bishops' website -

Catechetical Sunday 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis approved for Catechetical Sunday 2010 the theme "Matrimony: Sacrament of Enduring Love" to coincide with the release of the Bishops' Pastoral on Marriage.

Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated on September 19, 2010.

Some of the resources are already available (at no charge) online at

Included are lesson plans, teaching aids, resources for catechetical leaders and families, prayers, and various articles for pastors, etc.

The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership has also developed some resouces - a reflection booklet on the Sunday readings, designed for catechists and parents and a pin with a silver cross with a gold heart laid upon the cross. Check them out at