February 9, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 6 
Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also.  For this purpose have I come." Mark 1:29-39
Question of the week:
There is an urgency to Jesus' response to the disciples, despite his need for quiet prayer. When have you felt called to respond with urgency to build the Kingdom of God, despite your own needs?

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, "If you wish, you can make me clean."  Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him,
"I do will it. Be made clean."
Question of the week:
How are you earnest and trusting in your prayer life, like the leper? When do you struggle to be such?
SAINTS

Monday, February 9- St. Jerome Emiliani  

Tuesday, February 10- St. Scholastica
Wednesday, February 11- Our Lady of Lourdes
Thursday, February 12- St. Apollonia
Friday, February 13- St. Giles Mary of St. Joseph
*Archbishop Oscar Romero and sainthood. Salvadorians celebrate the news. Watch here.
 
NCCL ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Pre-conference: May 17  Conference: May 18-21  Post-Conference: May 21  
 

REGISTER NOW!  

Register online, or print the registration form in the brochure  to register by mail.   

 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Many scholarships are available to attend the NCCL Annual Conference! Don't miss the opportunity to apply, as deadlines are quickly approaching!     

 

A special extension!  Young Adult in Ministry and New Professional Catechetical Minister Scholarship- These deadlines have been extended until February 25, 2015. Applicants do not have to be NCCL members and they can be nominated by any NCCL member in good standing. The scholarships provide full or partial aid for the  May NCCL conference in Buffalo.  Help someone (or even yourself) join this wonderful event!!!! 
Questions? Email Mike Wagner.

 

DON'T FORGET TO CAST YOUR VOTE THIS YEAR!  

NCCL is pleased to announce the two slates of officer candidates. They were approved during the November Rep Council meeting. We offer our thanks to each of these 8 people who are willing to use their time and talents to serve on NCCL's Board of Directors from May 2015 - May 2018. Voting will take place during the 2015 Annual Conference. More information... 

 
Catechetical Innovation
Parish Innovation

Build a Stronger Parish Community!  

Join Fr. James Mallon for Bridges Now on February 11, 2015 at 10 a.m. PST; (11 a.m. MST;  Noon CST; 1 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. AST) to explore factors that contribute  to a strong parish community. Fr. Mallon is an author, speaker, media specialist, and pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Halifax, NS. Father Mallon will share key elements that he believes that drive parish life, leading parishes and their people to respond to Christ's call to discipleship in love, service, and mission. Bridges Now is a free monthly web-based conversation hosted by the team of Catholic Life and Faith, including Leisa Anslinger, regular contributor to Catechetical Leader.   

Click here to register.

 

Catholics Come Alive! 
Father Robert J. Hater, author of What Can Catholics Learn from Evangelicals? now gives us a revision of the book entitled, "Catholics Come Alive!"  "Catholic parishes are invited to come alive, dream new dreams, and become more welcoming, nurturing, healing, and available, as they help parishioners appreciate the beauty of the Catholic faith."
Father Hater 
More information.
Liturgical Season (Lent) Innovation

Proclaiming the Seasons:  

Entering into the Lenten Scriptures

Presented by Victoria M. Tufano 

Designed for lectors, deacons, clergy, psalmists, and RCIA team members this Virtual  Workshop™ invites participants to delve more deeply into the Lenten Scriptures as they survey the themes, signs, and symbols found on the long journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.  

This workshop will only be offered on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM ET for the minimal fee of $5.00Click here to register.
40 Unique Ideas For The 40 Days! 
Creative ideas for catechists/parents working with young people. 
Check out these innovative ideas!
Daily Lent Reflections From Fr. Robert Barron
Daily Lent Reflections from Fr. Robert Barron 
Available in both English and Spanish. Fr. Robert Barron is offering free daily reflections for the Lenten Season.  Join over 200,000 people around the world on this journey.
Sign up here for English. Registro para espanol.
Academic Innovation
Franciscan University's Catechetical Journal More Widely Available

Franciscan University, in commemoration of its twentieth anniversary of the founding of its academic Catechetics program, is offering their quarterly journal to the wider catechetical community.  Learn more. 

 

 

Theology's New Turn
A Survey of Contemporary Movements.
"The words had a vaguely alien sound: postcolonial, mujerista, queer, eco-theological. But as I sat on our theology department's hiring committee and read applicants' dossiers, it was clear that the thinking behind these labels is shaping the work of many who are finishing doctoral studies in theology today and are moving into the schools." Thomas P. Rausch, SJ.
Read more.
Technology Innovation
Twitter and Google In Conversation?
Will your tweets and #hashtags be more searchable on Google? If so, this could be revolutionary to how people come to encounter the Gospel.  If you haven't been using twitter yet, now might be the time for you start thinking about it!  Read the little glimpse offered of this conversation.

A Twitter Hashtag For This Week
 
#ToGoForth led by @ToGoForth.  "The 2015 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is in full swing. Hundreds of leaders in the Catholic community from across the country and as far away as Cameroon, Australia, Canada and Vatican City, have come together for this annual conference sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The climax of the gathering will take place when these leaders bring an agenda driven by justice, truth and the common good to lawmakers in Congress this coming Tuesday."  Follow the blog here.

The Pope Uses Google Hangout!
The Pope is fearless in the means he uses to encounter people. What might this mean for the ministry work we do?  Have parish boundaries been extended into the digital continent already? And are we present in that space like Pope Francis models? Watch YouTube Archive
Vatican Innovation
Pope Encourages Our Teens To Work With Migrants
"Saying their letters had touched his heart, Pope Francis wrote a personal response encouraging teens in southern Arizona in their work aiding migrants." Read more.
Pope Will Address Congress
House Speaker Boehner announces Pope Francis will address Congress.  The pontiff's "historic visit" would make him the "first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress," Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was "truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation." Read more.  
Pope Urges 'More Widespread and Incisive Female Presence' in Church
The challenge to find new ways for women to be "full participants in the various areas of social and ecclesial life...can no longer be postponed," said Pope Francis. Read more.
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