May 11, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 19

Children: How can I show Jesus' love to others this week?

Adults:    Who needs my prayers this week?
Children: Who can I pray for this week?

 

Adults:    How can I continue with the mission of Jesus in the world?

Children: How have I told others about Jesus? Have I helped them like Jesus teaches?
 

SAINTS
Monday, May 11- St. Ignatius of Laconi
Tuesday, May 12-  St. Pancras 
Wednesday, May 13-  Our Lady of Fatima
Thursday, May 14-  St. Matthias
Friday, May 15-  St. Isidore the Farmer
 
NCCL ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Encounter the Joy of the Gospel!  
¬°Descubre la Alegria del Evangelio!
Pre-conference: May 17
Conference: May 18-21       
Post-Conference: May 21  
REGISTRATION STILL POSSIBLE FOR #NCCL2015

Register online, or register onsite!

 

Business Meeting Minutes Now Ready! Just a reminder to read the Business Meeting Minutes prior to our meeting on May 18, 2015 in Buffalo. Download Business Meeting Draft Here.


Church Tours Available in Buffalo!   On May 16-17, Blessed Trinity Church, the Buffalo Religious Arts Center (former St. Francis Xavier Church), and Corpus Christi Church will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy's Fifth Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. Included among offerings at the 3 Buffalo sites are free guided tours, videos and brief lectures covering art, architecture, and the impact of immigrant groups and ethnic populations. Hours at Blessed Trinity, 317 Leroy Avenue are Saturday, May 16 from 2-4pm and Sunday, May 17 from 12-2pm. 
Information at  www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or call 716-833-0301. The Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East Street will be open on Saturday, May 16 from 11am-3pm. This former Catholic Church serves as a repository of artifacts from other closed sacred sites. Information at  www.buffaloreligiousarts.org or call 716-481-2350. Visit Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark Street on Saturday, May 16 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, May 17 from 12-5pm. Information at  www.corpuschristibuffalo.org or call 716-896-1050.
 
NCCL NEWS
Evangelization Committee Has A Special Invitation
In this Easter Season of joy, the NCCL Evangelization Committee has resurrected a series of articles on the theme of evangelizing catechesis that were commissioned by NCCL back in 2000.  The articles cover a wide range of important aspects of catechetical ministry and were written by significant national figures.  The Evangelization Committee is looking for NCCL members to participate in a revisiting of this series and doing an updating on this most timely evangelizing catechesis theme.
 
If you are open to the possibility of writing a current response to one of the articles in the series from 2000, you may access the titles and articles online now!  Please take a look and see which one you would like to write a current response for (from a 2015 perspective).  Then communicate your interest to Tom Quinlan, Evangelization Committee co-chair, at tquinlan@dioceseofjoliet.org.  These articles and responses will be added to the NCCL evangelization website's blog at www.21stcenturycatholicevangelization.org.  The length of contributions is a modest 300-500 words, so please consider participating in this initiative.  If you have questions on this, please feel free to contact Cathy Cornue (ccornue@syrdio.org) or Tom Quinlan by email or chat with them during the conference in Buffalo.
The Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics: 
LIVE From Buffalo!
FCH is proud to present our annual pre-conference LIVE STREAM! The theme of the pre-conference is "Effective Catechesis with US born Hispanic Youth." The keynote speakers, Ken Johnson-Mondrogon and Lynette Saenz will share their research, experience and practical approach to the issue. Their keynote presentation as well as a panel of youth leaders will be streamed live via our web site. The event will take place Sunday, May 17th at 9 am eastern. For more information or to actually attend this free live stream please visit  http://fchcatechesis.org/events/ This live event via the web is free-- you are encouraged to make a donation on the link available on our web site but it is not required. 
Professional Development Webinars for Parish Ministers 
The Parish Pilgrim: Cultivating Intentional Inner Journeys
Date: May 12, 2015

Time: 3 p.m.-4 p.m. EDT

Drawing on Christine Valters Paintner's newest book,  

The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within, we will explore spiritual practices which can inspire us to live the pilgrim way even in our daily lives and in the midst of other commitments. From hearing the call to packing lightly, beginning again, being uncomfortable, and returning home, Christine will offer ways to coax a spirit of holy adventure in your parish through a series of reflections on the biblical stories of journeying.  Register now!

2015 Catechetical Sunday Resources Available!
 NCCL is happy to share with you the 2015 Catechetical Sunday resources entitled, "Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person." 
These resources were developed by the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis in collaboration with several other USCCB Secretariats and offices.  The resources contain helpful articles, lesson plans, artwork, prayers, reflections and more to assist in sharing about the importance of every human person and religious liberty. The resources can be helpful for catechists, teachers, diocesan and parish directors of catechesis, principals, superintendents and many more.
Click here for your Catechetical Sunday resources.
Introducing The Weekly Family Video Reflection From Strong Catholic Families

 Every Wednesday a video link and reflection question will be posted on our Strong Catholic Families Facebook page for families to watch, reflect and discuss.

Wednesday's Family Video Reflection of the Week, "The Truth Does Set You Free!"

 

 

The Strong Catholic Families Facebook is updated daily with articles, resources, videos and family related information aimed at Catholic parents and the leaders who minister to and with them. Share it with parents and colleagues and help build up the domestic church. Recent postings include...
  • What's Your Family's Mission? (Video)
  • The Beauty of Being Colorblind
  • This Priest Totally Gets the Glory of Marriage... and How to Proclaim it! (Video)
  • A Parent's Plea to the Church
  • 10 Tips for Parents (Video)
  • Creating a Faith Nurturing Home
  • 5 Reasons to Have Family Dinners
  • "What Do You Want from the Church?" Parent Survey Results

For even more family friendly resources, visit  www.strongcatholicfamilies.org 

 

FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM
The  Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness  will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power-St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.  USCCB  Memorandum With Fortnight Materials.
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