FOR ALL MINISTRY PROFESSIONALS
Ministry Resource Fair...Be There!!!
Last Chance!!! Intentional Discipleship and Your Parish CATECHIST FORMATION
Cohort in Spanish
Catechist Formation Calendar
Prayer Intentions WHOLE COMMUNITY CATECHESIS
Ministry Professionals' Gathering
Ministry Professionals' Orientation
Small Christian Community Summit FAMILY MINISTRY
Intentional Discipleship Workshop
Annual Mass for Marriage!
Marriage Preparation Calendar YOUTH MINISTRY
March for Life
Upcoming Events for the New Year
CATHOLIC PUBLISHERS AND CATECHETICAL VENDORS GATHER AT THE MINISTRY RESOURCE FAIR… BE THERE!!!...
As you look ahead to the coming catechetical year, now is the time to review programming materials and to assess what best meets your needs. This event is designed especially for parish catechetical professionals and school administrators and those who help select the catechetical resources you use.
Participants will have the opportunity to…
Meet with publishing representatives and vendors.
Review religion and catechetical programming resources.
Attend various brief presentations from the publishers with regard to their product innovations and uses.
Who should attend?...
Parish catechetical professionals.
School religion program administrators.
Key catechists, parish leaders, school religion teachers and aides.
What will you take away?...
An introduction to the broad array of catechetical programming resources and supports.
Contacts with publishers and vendors.
The good feeling of being on target in your planning…
LAST CHANCE!!!... REGISTER NOW FOR INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP AND YOUR PARISH (FEATURING THE CATHERINE OF SIENA INSTITUTE)!!!...
MINISTRY PROFESSIONALS' GATHERING
We invite you to the NEXT Ministry Professionals' Gathering on January 13 and 14.:
FOR MINISTRY PROFESSIONALS We will be meeting with the Ministry Professionals on January 27 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Chancery Courtroom for a day of learning and visioning.
Come and join us! Click here to RSVP
REGISTER TODAY FOR: INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP WORKSHOP ON JANUARY 13 OR 14!
This is for all those involved in ministry including: Family Life coordinators, Marriage preparation coordinators, Marriage Preparation Workshop (Pre-Cana) leaders and presenters, Mentor and FOCCUS couples, Marriage Enrichment leaders and couples! This presentation is based on the principles outlined in Sherry Weddell’s, Forming Intentional Disciples. Please click here for additional information.
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 flier or click here to RSVP.
AMORIS LAETITIA, CHAPTER 6, CASTING LIGHT ON CRISES, WORRIES AND DIFFICULTIES; ACCOMPANIMENT AFTER BREAKDOWN AND DIVORCE
Pope Francis and the bishops acknowledge that there are times for the good of the vulnerable spouse and the children, separation is sometimes necessary. The Synod Fathers noted that “special discernment is indispensable for the pastoral care of those who are separated, divorced or abandoned.”1 “Divorced people who have not remarried, and often bear witness to marital fidelity, ought to be encouraged to find in the Eucharist the nourishment they need to sustain them in their present state of life. The local community and pastors should accompany these people with solicitude, particularly when children are involved or then they are in serious financial difficulty.”2
It is important that the divorced who have entered a new union should be made to feel part of the Church. “They are not excommunicated” and they should not be treated as such, since they remain part of the ecclesial community.3 These situations “require careful discernment and respectful accompaniment. Language or conduct that might lead them to feel discriminated against should be avoided and they should be encouraged to participate in the life of the community. The Christian community’s care of such persons is not be considered a weakening of its faith and testimony to the indissolubility of marriage; rather, such care is a particular expression of its charity.”4
Relatio Synodi 2014, no. 47.
Ibid., no. 50.
Catechesis (August 5, 2015): L’Osservatore Romano, August 6, 2015, p. 7.
Next week: Chapter 6 – Casting Light on Crises, Worries and Difficulties, continued
Retrouvaille; is a program to help heal and support married couples experiencing difficulties. It’s also for couples who have separated or divorced and want to try again. The next program begins January 20, 2017 at San Pedro Center. For more information call 352-274-4614. Not counseling or group therapy. All calls and names held in strictest confidence. And please check the website at Retrouvaille.org.
You may also want to consider hosting a group for separated and/or divorced in your own parish. There are several programs available that can be facilitated by members of the parish who are provided adequate training.
The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide, by Rose Sweet, published by Ascension Press
Divorce and Beyond, by Greteman, Haverkamp and Radke, published by Family Ministries; Archdiocese of Chicago (also available in Spanish)
Divorced. Catholic. Now What? Navigating Your Life After Divorce, by Lisa Duffy and Vince Frese.
Additional Reading and web resources: Healing After Divorce; Hope for Catholics, by Susan K. Rowland, published by Franciscan Media; www.foryourmarriage.org; Catholic Divorce Ministry at www.nacsdc.org.
ARE YOU GOING TO MARCH FOR LIFE?
Are you going to March for Life in St. Augustine or Washington D.C.? We’d love to see your pictures and share your experience with our diocese! Use #marchforlifedoo or send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share them in a special album on our Facebook. Please note we must have parental/guardian permission in order to post any photos of minors.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE NEW YEAR!! Intentional Discipleship
January 13 & 14, 2017
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Our next Ministry Professional Gathering is on Intentional Discipleship! We will be joined by two presenters from the Siena Institute to learn more about accompanying others to grow as disciples of Jesus. This is all based on the book Forming Intentional Disciples, written by the co-founder of the Siena Institute, Sherry Weddell. You won’t want to miss this! If a parish registers 10 people, the cost goes down to $10 per person! Register here!
January 24, 2017 9am-1pm
Join the Diocesan Communications Secretariat to learn 7 ways to use social media for evangelization. At this event, we will introduce “Sharing Faithful Media,” a new resource for helping parishioners grow in their faith this lent. RSVP to Robert Diaz: email@example.com
New Ministers Orientation (Part II)
January 27, 2017
All are welcome to the second part of the New Ministers Orientation. The content for this meeting builds upon first orientation, and moves into envisioning the direction of our ministries. Click here to RSVP!
Reinventing the Vision of Young Adult Ministry
January 30, 2017 7pm-9pm
St. James Cathedral School
This free evening training will ask the hard questions about challenging the modern vision for young adult ministry and seek to offer practical methods for serving the dynamic demographic that is the Catholic young adult. RSVP to Kimmy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry Resource Fair
February 4, 2017 9am-1pm
Holy Family Catholic Church
Discover the latest programming resources available and view select demonstrations on the most current catechetical materials from major Catholic publishers! Register here!
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