NCCL PARTICIPATION IS IMPRESSIVE
This weekend begins the site-preparations for this year’s gathering of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (its 80th) hosted by our province (in Jacksonville). It will be an exciting event and the Florida participation is notable with around 100 attendees from across the state. Thank you to the more than 30 attendees from the Diocese of Orlando. These opportunities do not come along everyday so it is wonderful that so many of you are able to partake of this national endeavor to gather catechetical professionals across parish, diocesan, publisher, and academic genres. Pre-conference events begin Saturday and the official opening takes place Sunday-evening. It will be a great week leading into the holiday-weekend. Bless you all!!!...
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TWO MORE CLASSES FOR JUNE CLINICS
We have added 2 classes for June Clinics 2016. The classes are 307 Sacramental Preparation for First Communion and 309 Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation. These classes can be covered in one Saturday and attendees get credit for both of them. We encourage taking these classes and registering soon. Please pass this information to the school teachers and volunteers in the parish.
Every Monday at 10:00 am the executive team of the Secretariat for Laity, Family, and Life will be meeting to pray for your intentions. Please send us your intentions for the week using the following link: Click here.
HOSTING CATECHIST FORMATION CLASSES
Requesting to be a host location can now be done online. Click here to submit a request.
Thinking of the future, we need to make a little change together. As of July 1st all the fees for Diocesan Catechist Formation classes (DCCP) will be $20.00 with no processing fee. I hope we can make this transition smooth for the volunteers and the catholic school teachers and, of course, for the organizations to plan their budget accordingly.
Thank you to all who said yes to being part of the task force to refresh the content of our diocesan catechist formation. Together we will start the process of reviewing and updating the content. We will keep you posted.
MINISTRY FORMATION CONFERENCE
Please mark your calendar for September 17, 2016. We are planning our Ministry Formation Conference which will be a great formation opportunity for catechists.
Catechist Formation Classes
To Whom: Catechists, Catholic School Teachers, and Catechetical Leaders Cost: $15 Registration Fee. Registration: Closes ten days before the class meets. All registrations are online. Class Times: Classes are 9:00 am - 4:30 pm except where posted. Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org, (407) 246-4912 or email@example.com, (407) 246-4880.
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Family Ministry Update
LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS... I have not included the entire text of Pope Francis due to space limitations so I highly recommend reading the entire exhortation, especially the reflection on St. Paul’s words in Chapter 4
Paul’s list ends with four phrases containing the words “all things”. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Here we see clearly the countercultural power of a love that is able to face whatever might threaten it.
First, Paul says that love “bears all things” (panta stégei). This is about more than simply putting up with evil; it has to do with the use of the tongue. The verb can mean “holding one’s peace” about what may be wrong with another person. It implies limiting judgment, checking the impulse to issue a firm and ruthless condemnation.
Married couples joined by love speak well of each other; they try to show their spouse’s good side, not their weakness and faults. Love does not have to be perfect for us to value it. The other person loves me as best they can, with all their limits. If I expect too much, the other person will let me know, for he or she can neither play God nor serve all my needs. Love coexists with imperfection. It “bears all things” and can hold its peace before the limitations of the loved one.
Love believes all things - Panta pisteúei. Love believes all things. Here “belief” is not to be taken in its strict theological meaning, but more in the sense of what we mean by “trust”. This goes beyond simply presuming that the other is not lying or cheating. Love trusts, it sets free, it does not try to control, possess and dominate everything. This freedom, which fosters independence, an openness to the world around us and to new experiences, can only enrich and expand relationships. The spouses then share with one another the joy of all they have received and learned outside the family circle.
Love hopes all things – Panta elpízei. Love does not despair of the future. Here hope comes most fully into its own, for it embraces the certainty of life after death. Each person, with all his or her failings, is called to the fullness of life in heaven. There, fully transformed by Christ’s resurrection, every weakness, darkness and infirmity will pass away. There the person’s true being will shine forth in all its goodness and beauty. This realization helps us, amid the aggravations of this present life, to see each person from a supernatural perspective, in the light of hope, and await the fullness that he or she will receive in the heavenly kingdom, even if it is not yet visible.
Love endures all things – Panta hypoménei. This means that love bears every trial with a positive attitude. It stands firm in hostile surroundings. This “endurance” involves not only the ability to tolerate certain aggravations, but something greater: a constant readiness to confront any challenge. It is a love that never gives up, even in the darkest hour. It shows a certain dogged heroism, a power to resist every negative current, an irrepressible commitment to goodness.
In family life, we need to cultivate that strength of love which can help us fight every evil threatening it. Love does not yield to resentment, scorn for others or the desire to hurt or to gain some advantage. The Christian ideal, especially in families, is a love that never gives up. CALENDAR OF MARRIAGE PREPARATION OPPORTUNITIES
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Youth Ministry Update
ARE YOU TAKING YOUTH TO A CONFERENCE OR CAMP THIS YEAR?
Are you taking a group to a Steubenville Conference, Ave Maria Conference, Covecrest, Alive in You, Catholic Heart Workcamp, or another youth ministry event? Be sure to get your chaperones fingerprinted in enough time! We are also expecting the verification process to take a bit longer during this first year of the new fingerprinting system, and summer tends to be the busiest season! Get any verification forms or fingerprinting processes done early!
Whole Community Update
MINISTRY FORMATION CONFERENCE
We are excited to be working on the Ministry Formation Conference. It’s going to be a great day and we would love to have you there. Please add September 17 to your calendar and invite other ministers to attend as well.
We are planning to incorporate some of the most popular topics from the past as well as bring new suggested topics and speakers. We will have more details soon.
Ministry Formation Conference
September 17, 2016
Bishop Moore High School
Bible Verse of the Week
"There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.”
Last Call for Class Starting in September 2016
Study Theology and Spirituality in Orlando!
Are you inspired by Pope Francis’s commitment to the
“freshness and fragrance of the Gospel”?
Do you want to better answer the call to holiness
in everyday life and bring disciplined study to your Catholic faith?
Come and see about master’s degrees and certificates in theology
and ministry offered in Orlando by the Loyola Institute
for Ministry of Loyola University New Orleans.
They combine in–person study (commonly known as LIMEX)
with online learning.
An information session is scheduled at Annunciation Catholic Church
in the Padre Pio Center on Thursday, June 23 at 7 PM.
LIMEX graduate and facilitator Basil Pflumm will lead the session
and share the experience of his Loyola studies.
For more information, please see www.lim.loyno.edu/orlando
Annunciation Catholic Church
1020 Montgomery Road
Altamonte Springs FL 32714
The Padre Pio Center is immediately behind the church
WELCOMING THE ORDER OF CELEBRATING MATRIMONY
On February 2, 2016, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB, issued a Decree of Publication for the English translation of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony. He wrote that this ritual text “may be published and used in the Liturgy as of September 8, 2016, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and its use is mandatory as of December 30, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. From that day forward, no other English edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony may be used in the dioceses of the United States.” The Spanish language edition of this rite, Ritual del Matrimonio, had already been published by the USCCB in 2010.
Once again, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and the BCDW Secretariat Staff will team up to offer formation on the revised rite. Workshops have been strategically scheduled in regions across the country and the FDLC has prepared materials for liturgical catechesis. The workshops are intended for priests, deacons, parish musicians, and leaders who actively prepare couples for marriage and for the celebration of Matrimony.
The workshop for FDLC Region XIV will be held in Orlando on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Sts. Peter and Paul, Winter Park. The day-long workshop will combine the very best of liturgical theology and pastoral practice and will cover such topics as:
What's new in the second edition? What has stayed the same?
The Theology of Marriage
Duties and Ministries
Pastoral Preparation of Engaged Couples
The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony within Mass
The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass
The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and Catechumen or a Non-Christian
Principles of Preparing the Wedding Liturgy
Music for the Wedding Liturgy
… and more with time for discussion and questions.
The cost of the workshop is $55 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch, workshop materials, and presenter fees. Register online by clicking here.
Diocesan Events Calendar
The Diocesan Calendar is now set up to include all Diocesan events. If you have an event which you would like the rest of the Diocese to know about, submit your event to the Communications Office using the link below. Once processed, your event will end up on the main calendar on the Diocesan website, categorized by ministry.
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