June 15, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 24

He said, " To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.  But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade."

How do gestures of mercy and peace, even in the smallest of forms, build the kingdom on a vast scale?  What is an example of such in your life this week?

@justinhuyck: "A tender shoot (Ezek 17), a mustard seed (Mk4) - what is small and tender in me that God is cultivating?

Quiet! Be Still!

"From time to time, we all have days, weeks and even years that seem like a raging storm, and it was times like these that were on my mind as I read this week's readings. In them we hear of how God is Lord of creation, and we see the power of Jesus calming the storm." Read more.
Questions posed:
Have you ever seen the hand of God in a stormy time in your life? Does knowing God is the Lord of creation help you navigate the storms of life? 
SAINTS
Monday, June 15- St. Marguerite d'Youville 
Tuesday, June 16-   St. John Francis Regis
Wednesday, June 17- St. Joseph Cafasso
Thursday, June 18-  Venerable Matt Talbot
Friday, June 19-  St. Romuald

Questions posed by Pope Francis last month during the canonization of four incredible women:
How do I bear witness to the risen Christ?  This is a question we have to ask ourselves. How do I abide in him?  How do I dwell in his love?  Am I capable of "sowing" in my family, in my workplace and in my community, the seed of that unity which he has bestowed on us by giving us a share in the life of the Trinity?
 
NCCL NEWS
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This fund offers both immediate and long-term benefits. Each year, half of the donated funds will be instantly available for projects that promote professional development for current NCCL members. The other 50% of the money will be invested in a restricted interest-bearing account until the total amount reaches $100,000. After that goal is met, 5% of its value will be annually allocated to NCCL members for ongoing professional development.  Donate Now!   

NCCL Leadership - New Committee Co-Chairs
A special thank you to our newest Co-Chairs!  Their intentional discernment, leading to an openness to serve the catechetical community, will bring great insight and growth to NCCL.  

Justin Hyuck, Co-Chair - Product Development
Fr. David Loftus, Co- Chair - Product Development
Lorraine De Luca, Co-Chair - Evangelization
Therese Stahl, Co-Chair - Editorial  
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RCL Benziger would like to congratulate Bonnie Barker and the Diocese of Syracuse, New York! Bonnie is the winner of  our "Day with Jo Rotunno & Echoes of Faith 3.0" contest held at the 2015 NCCL Conference.

Prepare For Pope's New Encyclical On The Environment Scheduled For Release On June 18, 2015

Clues to the Encyclical II: A Long Tradition of Papal Teaching on Social, Economic and Political Matters 

"Francis' encyclical on the environment will take its place among at least 10 other papal letters issued over the past 125 years that have not only offered specific judgment and guidance on matters of public morality, but have interrogated their philosophical and moral assumptions from the perspective of scripture and doctrine. So while an encyclical on the environment is an expansion into new moral territory, such expansions are part of a well-established tradition." Read more.

 

Diocese of Orange: Care for Creation- Environmental Justice 

"Care for creation is a moral obligation.  Through our stewardship of God's gift of creation, we respect and protect resources to promote a hospitable environment today and for future generations.  Recognizing the interdependence and sacredness of all creation, the environment is a collective good that should not be manipulated and exploited, but shared equitably and preserved, while maintaining the environmental value of biodiversity.  Making choices to live simply, individually and within our parish communities, we acknowledge the gift of creation." Resources available here.

Only A Couple Of More Weeks Until NCCL's Big Move! 
NCCL is soon to have a new home in Washington D.C.  LEARN MORE!
*Please make note of this address change in your Diocesan and Parish databases, to assure all mail is received from you!
 
New Website To Help Catholics Be Salt and Light! 

WeAreSaltAndLight.org, a new website of U.S. bishops' Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, helps Catholics respond to Jesus' call to be "salt of the earth" and "light of the world" (Mt. 5:13-16).

The website includes:

  • More than 50 inspiring stories of real Catholic communities being Salt & Light
  • Over 100 resources  on praying, reaching out, learning and acting together
  •  Assessment toolsto find ways to grow as faith-filled disciples at home and abroad
  • A 1-minute introductory video
  • Responsive design, for usability on handheld devices

WeAreSaltAndLight.org equips Catholics to live out Pope Francis' call to "go forth" on mission. It also seeks to help Catholic communities-especially parishes, dioceses, schools, universities, seminaries, religious communities, and ecclesial movements-to carry out the vision of the U.S. bishops' landmark document, Communities of Salt & Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish. Visit today!

 

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