PROFESSIONAL GATHERINGS: FOLLOW-UP AND A LOOK AHEAD…
Thank you to everyone who attended the recent Courage sessions regarding ministering to those with same-sex attractions and their family/friends. For those desiring the presentation materials, please click on the following links for Father Bochanski’s presentation: Click here for Part 1 - Anthropology Click here for Part 2 - Difficult Questions
Also, thank you to those who attended yesterday’s introduction to Theology of the Body. Both events provided solid catechetical foundations to Christian anthropology which we can appropriately build upon in ministry.
As we look to our upcoming professional gatherings in early 2017, our focus will be aimed on discipleship with the desire for broad application across all ministry arenas that can support and transform parish life and outreach. We know that discipleship is the underpinning of Catholic life and experience. Jesus mandated us to “Go and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19), our catechetical directories, canonical principles, and liturgical laws all presuppose discipleship. In fact, evangelization (i.e. proclamation of the Word, initiation into the Body of Christ, and catechesis that matures and deepens one’s faith) at its core is an interrelated means to foster discipleship. Here is a glimpse at how our upcoming professional gatherings and formation opportunities will underscore this priority.
Friday, January 13, 2017 - MINISTRY PROFESSIONALS GATHERING
(for clergy and lay ecclesial professionals)
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - CATECHIST FORMATION OPPORTUNITY (for catechists and volunteers)
“INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP” (featuring the Siena Institute with training support in both English and Spanish) The challenge facing today’s parish is figuring out how to engage its members and to maximize its presence on the periphery. The Siena Institute has developed a parish support program based on renowned author, Sherry Weddel’s work, Forming Intentional Disciples. Our January events are for all-levels of parish leadership with the hope that this training will serve as a catalyst for transformative discipleship and ministry at your parish.
More information and registration details: Click hereSaturday, February 4, 2017 MINISTRY RESOURCE FAIR (for clergy, lay ecclesial professionals, catechists, and volunteers)
Catechetical and ministry resource providers. (will include publisher breakout sessions as well as exhibits)
Many publishing companies have brought new product to market in the last year while others are releasing new materials in the coming months. For example, updated Basal programs, sacramental catechesis and initiation resources, Catholic Scripture studies, apologetic programs, small Christian community materials, and a host of other ancillary and technological aids will be available for review. Vendor representatives will be on-hand to discuss their product, introduce features, and address questions. Find the best materials available for your parish’s needs. See what is out there. Dream and envision new opportunities for growing faith and engaging your community in intentional transformative discipleship.
More information and registration details: Click here
SAFE ENVIRONMENT: LEARNING ABOUT LIFE COMPLIANCE…
As the end of the calendar year nears, we will be following-up with you regarding diocesan safe environment compliance. ALL PARISHES are required to provide the Learning About LIFE program to those minor-aged participants of parish religious education programming. Arch/dioceses are audited annually by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to ensure that its parishes are fulfilling this important task. Now is the time to report your programming compliance. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
FSLA MANDATE: HR UPDATE…
Some of you still have questions about the recent changes required by the U.S. Department of Labor. Pastors and business managers have been informed of these changes and how they affect employees. Your supervisor should be able to address your concerns. If, however, you have unresolved personal concerns, please contact the Human Resources department as these matters are situationally dependent for each employee.
With these new changes, we expect that adjustments to how we minister will naturally occur. Please keep me abreast of these developments as they unfold. There are two reasons for this: 1) for what we might be able to do within the diocese to reduce hardship or difficulty, and 2) to share on the national-level what it taking place and how it is affecting ministry. Various organizations are tracking this and our input will be important to share in the appropriate forums.
BLESSED ADVENT AND A SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST…
May each of you find this Advent season to be a time to draw you toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us pray for one another, and for all those in need. Mary Frances Colburn (Divine Mercy) has asked for prayers for her mother Wyn Murphy who is nearing the end of earthly life. Please hold her and the entire family in prayer. God bless you all!...
COURSE 307 AND 309
We have a great opportunity for catechists who offer sacramental preparation classes in parishes. Courses at level 300 are not offered regularly, so I would like to invite those who need this course to register as soon as possible. The course will be presented this Saturday in St. Catherine of Siena parish starting at 8:30am. To register, click here.
NEW COHORT IN SPANISH
The cohort in Spanish for basic catechist training is all ready to start on Saturday, January 28. This cohort is a great formation opportunity for all ministries. If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com. To register, click here.
We are starting to plan next year's Dayton face to face courses. The Dayton University catalog offers a wide variety of formation to all who serve in a ministry as volunteer or employee. If your parish is interested in this formation, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was very happy to participate in the Dayton University face to face program graduation ceremony of a great group from the Hispanic Community at St. John Neumann in Lakeland. Maria Jimenez has been the facilitator who has taken that responsibility very seriously and is making a dream come true for many of these immigrants. Five of the participants have already received their Level One Certificate and many more are continuing in this process. Congratulations to all!!!!
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SUMMIT!
On March 25, 2017, we will be gathering to learn more about Small Christian Communities. It will be a great opportunity for people who are already involved in Small Communities as well as people who are interested in starting this at their parish.
What: Small Christian Community Summit
Where: Ascension Catholic Church
2950 N Harbor City, Blvd., Melbourne
When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Cost: $15.00 Includes Lunch
AMORIS LAETITIA, CHAPTER 6, CASTING LIGHT ON CRISES, WORRIES AND DIFFICULTIES
A word should also be said about those whose love, like a fine wine, has come into its own. Just as a good wine begins to “breathe” with time, so too the daily experience of fidelity gives married life richness and “body.”... The love present from the beginning becomes more conscious, settled and mature as the couples discover each other anew day after day, year after year... Such couples have successfully overcome crises and hardships without fleeing from challenges or concealing problems.
The Challenge of Crises - The life of every family is marked by all kinds of crises, yet these are also part of its dramatic beauty. Couples should be helped to realize that surmounting a crisis need not weaken their relationship; instead, it can improve, settle and mature the wine of their union... Each crisis becomes an apprenticeship in growing closer together or learning a little more about what it means to be married. There is no need for couples to resign themselves to an inevitable downward spiral or a tolerable mediocrity... Couples will gain from receiving help in facing crises, meeting challenges and acknowledging them as part of family life. Experienced and trained couples should be open to offering guidance, so the couples will not be unnerved by these crises or tempted to hasty decisions...
Next week: Chapter 6 – Casting Light on Crises, Worries and Difficulties, continued
Sometimes things can go very wrong in a marriage. Retrouvaille is a program to help heal and support married couples experiencing difficulties, couples broken, lonely and hurting. 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.
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY TRAINING
Thank you to all who were able to come out to the Theology of the Body training yesterday! What a wonderful day, hearing about the identity of the human person and learning how to better teach this truth to the adolescents we serve. Thank you for a great day!
WAITING IN JOYFUL HOPE
Don’t miss out this Saturday! Invite the young adults of your parish to come to the young adult morning of Mass, brunch, workshops and adoration! To find out more info and to RSVP, check out the Facebook event page: Click Here
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