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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Catechetical Sunday is being celebrated across the country on September 18, 2011.
The theme this year is "Do This in Memory of Me".
Free downloadable resources (clipart, poster, commissioning ceremony, homily hints, bulletin notices, articles, in-services for catechists/teachers, prayers, intergenerational retreat, etc.) are available at http://www.usccb.org/ and look for "Catechetical Sunday" in the right column.
This is a wonderful opportunity to honor your catechists and better catechize the whole parish on The Eucharist.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
As the new catechetical year approaches, catechists are focusing their attention on how to best engage their students in faith formation. In the United States alone, roughly 150,000 catechists are new to the job each year! With that in mind, Joe Paprocki (remember him? - he was our keynoter at last year's Congress) will once again be hosting a series of free Webinars through Loyola Press called "Getting Started as a Catechist."
He will be hosting four webinars in the series, each focused on teaching a different age group. All will air from 8 pm to 9 pm, EST.
- August 17 (teaching primary age children, grades 1-3)
- August 24 (teaching intermediate age children, grades 4-7)
- August 30 (teaching junior high and high school)
- September 6 (teaching adult faith formation)
In these webinars, you will look at the basic skills of being a catechist, how to plan effective lessons, ways to lead compelling prayer, tips on how to organize a variety of activities, and how to maintain order and discipline in the learning environment, in addition to other topics, all tailored to the specific age group you are preparing to teach.
These webinars are free and give catechists, and those interested in becoming catechists, the opportunity to learn more about this wonderful vocation from the comfort of your own computer.
For more information or to register, or to see what else Joe has to offer, go to his blog - http://www.catechistsjourney.com/.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Last chance to register!!!
The biennial New England Convocation for Catechetical Leadership is being held at the Springfield, MA Marriott on August 5-7, 2011 (Note: there is a Pre-Convocation on RCIA on August 4-5.
Eight good reasons to be at the Convocation:
- One day registrations - come either Friday, Saturday or Sunday only - meals and events and parking included in the one day
- Great speakers of international renown (e.g. John Allen, Vatican Correspondent and author). You don't need to travel any farther than Springfield for this opportunity
- Multicultural perspective - speakers in Spanish and simultaneous translation available
- Bishop Richard Malone will facilitate the panel discussion on Saturday about the future of Religious Education
- Wonderful opportunities for conversation about pastoral work
- Great food!
- Camaraderie with those of us who "labor in the vineyards" of New England
- And most importantly, we will miss you if you don't come - your perspective will be missing.
Please consider being with us, and bringing or encouraging staff members or parish members who would benefit from this.
Go to http://www.necddre.org/ for copies of the brochure and registration forms
Friday, June 17, 2011
The New England Convocation for Catechetical Leadership is scheduled for August 5-7, 2011 at the Springfield Marriott Hotel.
The theme for the convocation is "Evangelizing Catechesis: Today, Tomorrow & Beyond".
The pre-convocation (on the RCIA) will be held August 4-5.
Register now! This is a wonderful opportunity for catechetical leaders to gather as a region to learn, explore, and share.
Major speakers include John Allen ("The Future Church"), ValLimar Jansen, Tom Kenzia, Sr. Ruth Bolare, Fr. Juan Calderon, Maureen Provencher, Rob Brancatelli, Mary Jane Silvia, LaVerne Bertin, and Carol Eipers.
Workshops are also available in Spanish.
For more information and the registration forms, go to our website - http://www.orehartford.org/.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
John Roberto will be presenting "Envisioning the Future of Faith Formation" in a webinar presented by Paulist Evangelization Ministries (formerly the Paulist National Evangelization Association).
The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm ET.
John will offer practical strategies, ideas, innovations, and resources for targeting the spiritual and religious needs of those who participate only occasionally, those who say they are "spiritual" but not religious, and those who are uninterested and unaffiliated.
John Roberto is President of LifelongFaith Associates (http://www.lifelongfaith.com/), editor of the journal "Lifelong Faith", and coordinator for the Faith Formation 2020 Initiative (http://www.faithformation2020.net/).
For more information or to register, go to http://www.pncea.org/ and click on "online events and training".
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Join Joe Paprocki, National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, who fill facilitate this complimentary webinar on "15 Ways to Make Your Religion Class More Catholic." Catholicism is a unique way of seeing. As catechists and religion teachers, we impart this way of seeing to others. The Catholic vision is characterized by the following:
- a sense of sacramentality
- a commitment to community
- a respect for the dignity of human life and a commitment to justice
- a reverence for Tradition
- a disposition to faith and hope and not despair.
Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00-8:00 pm, CDT (8:00-9:00 EST)
To register: go to Joe's blog - http://www.catechistsjourney.com/
Monday, April 11, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
The Annual Office of Religious Education Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 7:30 at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford.
Awards will be presented for:
- Service Awards
- Completion of the Echoes of Faith Catechist Formation Program
- Recognition Awards (Light of the World) for adults
- Recognition Awards (Discipleship) for high-school seniors
Recommendation forms are due no later than March 25th.
For copies of the forms, go to www.orehartford.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal will be used in all parishes beginning with Advent, 2011.
Father David Baranowski, Director of the Office for Divine Worship, will be presented a workshop on what this change will mean for us and how we can best prepare for it.
The workshop is designed for Catholic school and parish Religious Education personnel.
There are 3 dates/locations to choose from:
- Tuesday, May 3rd at St. John of the Cross in Middlebury
- Tuesday, May 10th at St. Rita in Hamden
- Tuesday, May 17th at St. Mark the Evangelist in West Hartford
All workshops are from 10:00 - Noon.