February 16, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 7 
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?

Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:  "This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the gospel."
Question of the week:
What steps are you taking to opening yourself up to discovering the depths of the Gospel during this season?

 

Beginning Lent
"Lent is a favourable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him."  Read more.

Go Into the Desert this Lent
Go Into the Desert this Lent
"@USCCB: On Ash Wednesday snap a selfie of your ashes after Mass. You could receive this book! #ashtag" Learn more.
 
Nurture your prayer life this season.  Books, art, various examens, reflections, meditations, retreats and much more.  See more.

Using Instagram For Lent
Busted Halo� InstaLent Photo Challenge throughout the Season of Lent (until Easter). Lent is a time to draw closer to God. We hope to do just that with the creative ideas for photo-sharing we'll provide each day. So get ready! Your Instagram feed is about to look a whole lot like Lent. See details on how to participate. #BHLent2015 #ShowUsYourAsh

Each week contains a GUIDE which should be read careful early in the week - hopefully on Sunday. Each Guide is meant to make a home in the background of our consciousness all week long. Read it on Sunday and we might want to read it once or twice more during the week to remember well its theme and the grace to be prayed for each week. Learn more.
 
Free e-Book - 7 Ways To Practice Lent by Joe Paprocki
Lent is the season when God calls his people to return to him with their whole heart. God says that when we return to him, we will find him gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in kindness.

Ecumenical Opportunity- Beloved: An Online Journey Into Lent and Easter
Retreat with other Christian denominations during Lent.  In this online retreat, you will find an elegantly simple space to reflect on your journey and find sustenance as you travel toward Easter. Intertwining reflection, art, music, and community, this retreat provides a distinctive opportunity to move through Lent in contemplation and conversation with others along the way.

Interfaith Opportunity
People of all faith traditions are invited to join in the fast by committing to Fast from Fast Food and "go without" for 40 days. By doing so, we are also choosing to walk hand-in-hand with our brothers and sisters who are leading the struggle that would lift millions of working families out of poverty and put us all on a road back to prosperity.  #FastFoodFast  Learn more. 
SAINTS

Monday, February 16- St. Gilbert of Sempringham

Wednesday, February 18- Blessed John of Fiesole
Thursday, February 19- St. Conrad of Piacenza
 
NCCL NEWS
An Important Time For Outreach

Are you planning to attend the NCEA Convention/NPCD Convocation, which is being held April 7 - 9, in Orlando Florida? NCCL plans to have an information table at the convention. We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to spend an hour or two at the table greeting participants and distributing information about NCCL. This is a great (and easy) way to support NCCL! For more information, please contact Bill Miller.

A Message From Your NCCL Animators
Wendy Scherbart, Jim Gontis, Jayne Mondoy, Ken Ogorek, and Judy Snyder

We heard you! The NCCL animators received requests to dedicate time for conversation during our DD/Staff joint forum on Monday, May 18, 2015. 2:00-4:00pm. Great idea! Please help us bring your request to life by participating in this 3-question survey by Sunday, March 15, 2015.   Questions? Contact is Jayne Mondoy, Diocese of Honolulu.

National Survey of Asian & Pacific Island Catholics

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church (@USCulturalDiver) is conducting a national study to better understand and minister to Asian and Pacific Island (API) communities. API Catholics currently number nearly 4 million, or about twenty percent of all API Americans. This is a diverse and important presence in the Church today.  Are you an Asian or Pacific Island Catholic?  Do you work in ministry to/with Asian and Pacific Island Catholics?  If you can answer yes to one or both questions, your input is needed!  We invite you to complete this BRIEF (15 minute) QUESTIONNAIRE about your experiences.  Your responses will directly inform a National Pastoral Plan for ministry to Asian and Pacific Island Catholics.  The questionnaire will remain open until February 28, 2015.

Donate To NCCL Using Amazon
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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  
REGISTER NOW 

Register online, or print the registration form in the brochure  to register by mail.  Utilize the same procedure if you participated in "Save Me A Place." Just check the "Save M

e A Place" category.

 

Videos From Our Presenters!

Dr. Timothy Matovina at #NCCL2015 in Buffalo, NY

Still not sure what to register for?  

Check out our social media profiles for some selfie videos created by various presenters! #NCCL2015 Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

 

VideoDr. Timothy Matovina from the University of Notre Dame.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

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

 

The New Wineskins Award

The New Wineskins Award was established by the NCCL Board in 2009 to highlight innovative and successful ministry efforts in the areas of evangelization and catechesis. Each year, NCCL honors a parish and a diocese with the New Wineskins Award and shares information about each recipient's ministry initiative with the hope of fostering a spirit of creativity in formation ministries across the nation. Applications for the 2015 New Wineskins Awards are due in my no later than March 1st and applicants need not be NCCL members. Click for more information and to apply: Diocese/Multi-Dioceses  OR  

Parish/Parish Cluster.  

 

2015 Call For White Papers

NCCL invites all members to develop a WHITE PAPER on the topic of:

Ministerial Applications of Evangelii Gaudium for the Domestic Church.  Learn more.

 

 

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... 

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