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Catechist Formation Update
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I’m fascinated with the catechist formation programming because it offers great opportunities to form not only the volunteers in the parishes and catholic school teachers, but the new generation of Catholics that many of you are in contact with in a classroom or small group. This is the core reason of our ministry and we need many men and women committed with the Church of today and tomorrow.
We need you to serve in this wonderful ministry of passing the faith to other generations. To be part of this Ministry you will need to complete some basic formation. To attain the basic certificate, 6 courses are required to be completed. Some of these are offered in different deaneries and several locations around the diocese.
Our upcoming classes next week are:
103-N3 Introduction to Scripture at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Clermont
205-W2 Celebrating the Eucharist at Holy Spirit Parish in Lake Wales
105-E2 We Live Our Faith: Catholic Moral Teaching at Fr. Lopez High School in Daytona Beach
Please take advantage of these formation opportunities and register for the classes by visiting our calendar below.
AMORIS LAETITIA, CHAPTER 6, ACCOMPANYING THE FIRST YEARS OF MARRIED LIFE
It is important that marriage be seen as a matter of love, that only those who freely choose and love one another may marry. When love is merely physical attraction or a vague affection, spouses become particularly vulnerable once this affection wanes or physical attraction diminishes. Given the frequency with which this happens, it is all the more essential that couples be helped during the first years of their married life to enrich and deepen their conscious and free decision to have, hold and love one another for life.
Another great challenge of marriage preparation is to help couples realize that marriage is not something that happens once for all. Their union is real and irrevocable, confirmed and consecrated by the sacrament of matrimony. Yet in joining their lives, the spouses assume an active and creative role in a lifelong project. Their gaze now has to be directed to the future that, with the help of God’s grace, they are daily called to build. For this very reason, neither spouse can expect the other to be perfect. Each must set aside all illusions and accept the other as he or she actually is; an unfinished product, needing to grow, a work in progress. A persistently critical attitude toward one’s partner is a sign that marriage was not entered into as a project to be worked on together, with patience, understanding, tolerance and generosity. This fact needs to be realistically presented to newly married couples from the outset, so that they can grasp that the wedding is “just the beginning.” By saying “I do,” they embark on a journey that requires them to overcome all obstacles standing in the way of their reaching the goal. The nuptial blessing that they receive is a grace and an incentive for this journey.
Next week: Continuation of Chapter 6 – Accompanying the First Years of Married Life - continued
OCTOBER IS ALSO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
Domestic Violence, also known as Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) occurs across all racial, ethnic, economic and social spectrums. Click here for link.
NEW TRAINING FOR FULLY ENGAGED MENTOR COUPLES IN THE SOUTHERN DEANERY!
Fully Engaged is an inventory tool similar to FOCCUS. This dynamic training will equip participants with tools to effectively minister to engaged couples and provide appropriate pastoral responses.
When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Where: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1603 Thacker Ave., Kissimmee, FL 34741
Check in: 8:30am, Training from 9:00am-4:00pm.
Fee: $50 per couple - includes materials, light breakfast, and lunch
If you are a parishioner of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, please contact Linda Dizon at 407.847.2500 Ext. 213 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
FOLLOWING UP AFTER A RETREAT
Thank you to everyone who came out to our roundtable discussions yesterday! We had a great discussion in the morning on following up after a retreat. Below is a small snippet of the brainstorming we did on reasons to retreat and follow-up! I’ll be sending out notes from the meeting next week, with the practical suggestions we developed as a team!
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY TRAINING
Colin MacIvor with Ascension Press is coming to Orlando on December 6th to offer a full day of training in their new YOU Theology of the Body program. Join us for this important training, where you will be introduced to the Theology of the Body as it relates to teens and pre-teens. Register online here: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1879448
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