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January 19, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 3 
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, "What are you looking for?" John 1:35-42
Question of the week: "What are you looking for?" What are some ways you can you bring that question into your prayer life?  And how can you foster ways to see the response to your prayer?

And looking ahead...
"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. Mark 1:14-20
Question of the week: What are some difficult aspects of your life that are not easily put down to come into an intimate relationship with Jesus?

Pope Francis has been inspiring in his ability to "put down" the expectation of offering a perfect answer to a young Filipino girl, Glyzelle Palomar, and to cry alongside her in an experience of hearing her story, demonstrating for us what coming into relationship with Jesus looks like. Sometimes what we are asked to "put down" to come into that relationship in any given moment isn't what we expect. Let's pray for our openness to the invitation.
SAINTS

Monday, January 19- St. Fabian 

Tuesday, January 20- St. Sebastian
Wednesday, January 21- St. Agnes
Thursday, January 22- St. Vincent
Friday, January 23- St. Marianne Cope
 
"Saint Joseph Vaz was first, an exemplary priest.  Here today with us are many priests and religious, both men and women, who, like Joseph Vaz, are consecrated to the service of God and neighbor. I encourage each of you to look to Saint Joseph as a sure guide.  He teaches us how to go out to the peripheries, to make Jesus Christ everywhere known and loved," Pope Francis.
NCCL News
Congratulations Bishop Christoper Coyne!
On December 22, 2014, The Holy Father appointed the Most Reverend Christopher James Coyne as Bishop of Burlington, in Vermont. His installation Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m, January 29, 2015 at the St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington.
Learn more about Bishop Coyne, the Episcopal Advisor to NCCL, and offer your support and congratulations by greeting him in social media or on his blog. Visit our blogLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter 
Meet Your New Executive Director
Four Weeks of Glimpses...
Margaret Matijasevic (Matiashevich) can be found on LinkedIn where the history of her experience in catechesis is listed.  She has been working within professional catechetical work for the past fourteen years, and prior to those years, she served as a volunteer catechist in various areas of ministry, when her vocational call to catechesis was nurtured. Continue Reading....
Pre-conference: May 17  Conference: May 18-21  Post-Conference: May 21 
 
We minister as leaders in catechesis and evangelization because at some point in our lives we encountered God through Scripture and we want to share that love of God with others.  Such Joy that we, as believers, find in the Gospel!  Such Joy that we want others to also encounter, a Joy that makes all things possible through Christ!  As we Encounter, again, that Joy of the Gospel during this conference, we examine the culture we now live in and the many methods that are available to us - from the arts, to modern technology, to simply living as persons of joy - as we guide others to also Encounter that Joy!

Save Me A Place! Rate was scheduled to increase on 1/16, but there has been an extension made for midnight on Monday, January 19.  Register now before the increase!

Conference Brochure 

New Wineskins Award Nominations Due February 15, 2015

Award Criteria: The parish/diocese ministry initiative must exhibit:

1. A strong catechetical and/or evangelization dimension;

2. Innovative qualities

3. A history or track record of at least three year

4. A demonstrated record of effectiveness

5. Fidelity to Scripture and Church teaching 

Nomination for a Diocese/Multi-Dioceses

Nomination for a Parish/Parish Cluster

ADULT FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES 

Evangelii Gaudium/Joy of the Gospel is being utilized for adult formation in various dioceses. Various valuable resources have been created.
  • A Joy Which Is Shared offers a daily dose of Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium. Hundreds of readers from across the country have subscribed to receive a daily paragraph from this inspiring apostolic exhortation. Diocese of Joliet.
  • The Diocese of San Bernardino is proud to present podcasts of Pope Francis� Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, "The Joy of the Gospel." Each week they offer short sections of the Exhortation in downloadable audio format as read by diocesan clergy and staff. At the end of each section a reflection question is posed.
  • The San Fernando Region in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is utilizing Evangelli Gaudium as a "Journey Into Discipleship" experience.  The leadership in the region are reading the book together, and are utilizing study guides with questions for discussions each month.
  • Joyful Witness: The website introduces the concept of Joyful Witness with, "We all know one. It's that person you just feel better by knowing. You witness the good things they do, which is the only real way you know that they do them-because boastful isn't even a word they understand. When you step out and seriously take a look at them, there's nothing anyone would be impressed with on the surface-they're not famous, or rich, or experts at anything in particular. Dig a little deeper, and you suddenly see the passion with which they live their Catholic faith-every single day."

Adult Faith Formation: Discovering What We Need to Know. Register Now!

SESSION II - Connecting and Responding to Those We Serve

January 28, 2015 - 1:00-2:00 PM EST
SESSION III - Survey Options: Practical Applications
 

February 9, 2015 - 1:00-2:00 PM EST
The Leadership Institute
The Leadership Institute is sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association Departments of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education and Religious Education, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and the Secretariats of Catholic Education and of Evangelization and Catechesis, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Track I serves new diocesan educational or catechetical leaders. Track II serves the professional development needs of veteran diocesan administrators.
Dioceses across the U.S. are implementing a variety of ways to honor 9 Days For Life. Are you?
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