FOR ALL MINISTRY PROFESSIONALS
Annual Parish Profile Survey 2016-2017
Safe Environment Audit Report 2016-2017
NCEA IFG-ACRE 2016-2017
Technology Is Changing How We Live
Rite of Election
V Encuentro CATECHIST FORMATION
Catechist Formation Calendar
Prayer Intentions WHOLE COMMUNITY CATECHESIS
Small Christian Community Summit FAMILY MINISTRY
New Training for Fully Engaged Mentor Couples
National Marriage Week Events & Activities
Marriage Preparation Calendar YOUTH MINISTRY
"Return to Me" Young Adult Event
E3: Youth Ministry
Vocations Annual Workshop
Young Women's Retreat
ANNUAL PARISH PROFILE SURVEY 2016-2017…
Your response to the annual parish survey was due yesterday, 31 January 2017. We will be contacting those whose responses registered incomplete. This information is valuable because it helps measure trends and changes in the pastoral landscape both in your parish and throughout the diocese. It also provides a historical snapshot of your people and outreach. IF YOU ARE STILL WORKING ON YOUR SURVEY PLEASE COMPLETE IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Thank you.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT AUDIT REPORT 2016-2017…
We are following-up with parishes regarding the Learning About L.I.F.E. program. This is a diocesan mandate for all parishes as part of our compliance with the USCCB Charter for the protection of young people. Please make sure we know your status so that we can work to address any unresolved issues. Please upload your parish information as soon as possible.
NCEA IFG-ACRE 2016-2017…
This year we are implementing a new practice with the NCEA IFG-ACRE tool. The Diocese of Orlando will directly coordinate and resource the use of the assessment for our parishes and missions. Parish catechetical leaders are serving as the chief liaison and point-of-contact for this important undertaking. Parishes should have received information this week about the implementation schedule. Your materials order is due in a few days. It is important to stay on task. Contact us if you have any questions.
TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING HOW WE LIVE…
Did you know that between 2014 and 2015 the time Americans spent on their mobile devices increased 117%? Many companies have marketing specialists who understand how social media and smartphone apps manipulate our brains and behaviors in the same ways as addictions. There is a lot of fascinating research that underscores the importance of balance and prudence when it comes to using technology. That said, a lot of good is accomplished by our “always connected” digital environment. For example, last week we piloted our first-ever Secretariat-hosted webinar. It consisted of Part II of our New Ministers’ Orientation Series on foundations for ministry. Our online live session focused on the primary catechetical supports within the secretariat (i.e. catechist formation, whole community catechesis, family ministry, youth ministry) as well as a special-linkage we have with Dr. Kathy Harding of Morning Star School (Kathy provides parish outreach support with regard to special needs. She is an invaluable resource and we are grateful for her collaboration; you can contact her via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org). It was good inaugural experience and our allotted spaces were almost maxed-out! For a recorded version of this webinar, please contact our office at email@example.com or 407-246-4910. Expect more of these opportunities in the future. While a webinar is not a replacement tool for everything, it can be a valuable way for people to connect without needing to expend excessive travel time or resources.
RITE OF ELECTION 2017…
The Diocese of Orlando is gearing-up for its annual Lenten celebration of the Rite of Election. We are coordinating with the Office of Liturgy to assist with this monumental event. Parishes have been notified with the link to submit the names and pertinent information about their catechumens. IF YOU MISSED THIS COMMUNICATION, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Responses are due by 10 FEBRUARY 2017.
Preparations for the V National Encuentro for Hispanic Ministry are underway. They involve a multi-faceted process that convenes Catholics at the parish, diocesan, regional, and national levels for prayer and faith-sharing. The rationale for why we need a V Encuentro is as follows:
Hispanics/Latinos are the emerging majority, constituting of about 60 percent of all Catholics under age 18 in the United States.
Hispanic/Latino Catholics, engaged through a process of the new evangelization and missionary discipleship, will ignite interculturally competent leaders, to expand ministerial inclusion, leadership, and responsiveness in parishes, dioceses, schools, and Catholic institutions.
To strengthen the Catholic identity of Hispanic/Latino families and their missionary discipleship through baptism.
To invite all Catholics to live the Catholic Social Teachings with a prophetic voice while empowering them to address their own human development.
This week it was announced that parish kits may be pre-ordered. More to come in coming days…
In the meantime, keep the V Encuentro in prayer…
God of Mercy,
You that went out to encounter the disciples on the way to Emmaus, grant us a missionary spirit and send us forth to encounter our brothers and sisters, to walk along beside them, listen to their hopes and dreams, rekindle their faith with the fire of your Word, prepare them to recognize you in the Eucharist and send them as missionary disciples to share the joy of the Gospel to present and future generations of every race, language and culture.
We ask you this from our burning hearts filled with the Holy Spirit, in the Name of your beloved Son and through the intercession of our Mother, Mary of Guadalupe Star of the New Evangelization,
When: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Where: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
1603 North Thacker Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Check in: 8:30am, Training from 9:00am-4:00pm.
Fee: $50 per couples
includes materials, light breakfast and lunch
If you are interested in attending the training at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, please contact Lynda Monckton at 407.246.4882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Where: St. Peter Catholic Church
359 West New York Ave. Deland, FL 32720
Check in: 8:30am, Training from 9:00am-4:00pm.
Fee: $50 per couple
includes materials, light breakfast, and lunch
If you would like to attend the training at St. Peter Catholic Church, please Register Here.
Please contact Lynda Monckton at 407.246.4882 or email@example.com if you would like more information about the Fully Engaged inventory or parish-based Marriage Preparation.
AMORIS LAETITIA, TOWARD A BETTER EDUCATION OF CHILDREN: FAMILY LIFE AS AN EDUCATION SETTING
The family is the first school of human values, where we learn the wise use of freedom...
The family is the primary setting for socialization, since it is where we first learn to relate to others, to listen and share, to be patient and show respect, to help one another and live as one. The task of education is to make us sense that the world and society are also our home; it trains us how to live together in the greater home. In the family, we learn closeness, care and respect for others. We break out of our fatal self-absorption and come to realize that we are living with and alongside others who are worthy of our concern, our kindness and our affection.
...To help expand the parental relationship to broader realities, “Christian communities are called to offer support to the educational mission of families,”1 particularly through catechesis associated with Christian initiation. To foster an integral education, we need to “renew the covenant between the family and the Christian community.”2 The Synod wanted to emphasize the importance of Catholic schools which “play a vital role in assisting parents in their duty to raise their children... Catholic schools should be encouraged in their mission to help pupils grow into mature adults who can view the world with the love of Jesus and who can understand life as a call to serve God.”3
Catechesis (May 20, 2015): L’Osservatore Romano, May 21, 2015, p. 8.
Catechesis (September 9, 2015): L’Osservatore Romano, September 10, 2015, p. 8.
Relatio Finalis 2015, no. 68.
NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK
National Marriage Week will be celebrated February 7-14. The following are some planned events or activities that can help celebrate and strengthen your marriage.
Annual Mass for Marriage!
All married couples are invited to St. James Cathedral on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:00am to celebrate Mass with Bishop Noonan. There will be a reception immediately following Mass, with an opportunity for a photo with the Bishop. Please click here for flierorclick here to RSVP.
“Together in Holiness”– An Inspiring Event for Couples!
March 11, 2017 * 11am-6pm
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Please click here for more information.
Learn more and register at www.TogetherInHoliness.org.
Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan
Seven-day virtual (at-home) marriage retreat based on Amoris Laetitia (Pope Francis) and Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan (USCCB). Click here for more information.
Please check your local parishes for any additional activities.
"RETURN TO ME" YOUNG ADULT EVENT
Thursday, March 9th 7:00pm-10:30pm
San Pedro Retreat Center
“Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart” Joel 2:12
Save the date! Join Bishop Noonan on March 9th for dinner, a keynote, workshops and adoration. Learn more about entering into the season of Lent. All young adults ages 18-40 are welcome! More info on the Facebook event page! Click here.
E3: YOUTH MINISTRY
March 11, 2017 9am-3pm
Nativity Catholic Church
Join us for this training to enliven, equip and empower adults to serve our youth! The workshop will intentionally rally and train adults to volunteer for youth ministry, focusing on the four areas of human formation. This is an opportunity for Youth Ministers to accompany their ministry team in a day of formation and fellowship, but it’s also open to everyone wanting to learn more about ministering to our young church. We encourage you to welcome adults who are not yet members of your parish ministry team, as well as your current ministry team members. Please note: This opportunity is made to be hosted in various deaneries throughout the diocese—email firstname.lastname@example.org if that interests you. Click the image below for more information about this opportunity, and a link to register!
VOCATIONS ANNUAL WORKSHOP
April 22, 2017 9am-2pm
St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church
Inspiring young people to consider their vocation! Register here! Register here!
YOUNG WOMEN’S RETREAT
April 28-30, 2017
San Pedro Retreat Center
“Fiat- Let it be done!” A retreat for Catholic women ages 13-18, to deepen their faith, learn more about he lives of religious sister, and to better discern God’s call in their lives. Contact Sr. Kathleen: email@example.com, or go to the Eventbrite page here!
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