June 8, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 23
While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said,
" Take it; this is my body."  Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.  Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink  again the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."
 
How does your participation in the Eucharist grace you with sharing Christ with the world? What specific ways can you share Christ more intimately?

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?
SAINTS
Monday, June 8- St. William of York
Tuesday, June 9-   St. Ephrem
Thursday, June 11-  St. Barnabas
Friday, June 12-  Sacred Heart
 
NCCL NEWS
$2897 Raised So Far!! Help NCCL Reach $6500 By July 1!

 

With approximately 3% of NCCL members contributing so far*, we have the opportunity to surpass our collection from last year, totaling $6,155. We are nearly halfway there already! Let's keep this momentum up, and really make a difference! Donations have ranged from $1-$500... so each contribution has a huge impact! On behalf of all members, a special thanks to all those that have donated!    

 

 

 

 

* NCCL has a total of 1,854 members, and if we continued with the average donation of $47.58 per member, our grand total for Echo the Promise would surpass $88,000. 

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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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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.

Effective Catechesis with US born Hispanic Youth

June 11, 2015

10:00 am Pacific, 11:00 am Mountain, 12:00 Central and 1:00 pm Eastern times

 

This webinar is a follow up of the theme of the FCH pre-conference on May 19 in Buffalo. Our presenter is Ken Johnson-Mondragon. He will set the context first by introducing some of the statistics shared at the pre-conference and then facilitate (based on the pre-conference discussions) the best way to reach US born Hispanic youth & how to implement it in the parish or diocese. You don't want to miss this opportunity to discuss how best to reach out to Hispanic US born youth! There will time for questions! Please visit www.fchcatechesis.org webinars for the link.

 

 

Ken Johnson-Mondrag?n was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM.  After receiving his M.A. in theology from the Catholic University of America, he served for four years as a parish youth minister and pastoral associate.  Since 1999, he has worked for Instituto Fe y Vida, a national Catholic formation institute for Hispanic youth and young adult ministry, where he serves as a member of Fe y Vida's Senior Pastoral Team and a consultant for Fe y Vida. In 2007, Fe y Vida published his first book, Pathways of Hope and Faith Among Hispanic Teens. Ken is nearing completion of a D.Min in Hispanic ministry from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio and is currently working on a guidebook for ministry with Latino adolescents.

NCCL Is Moving!
NCCL is soon to have a new home in Washington D.C.  LEARN MORE!
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Every Life Is Worth Living
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops would like to make you aware of some upcoming resources that may assist you in your work.
Each year, October is observed as Respect Life Month-a special time to reflect upon "the incomparable worth of the human person" (Evangelium Vitae, 2) regardless of age, ability, or circumstance. Though observing Respect Life Month does provide a particular opportunity for reflection, prayer, and action, this truth of who we are and the exploration of it and what it means for daily life is an ongoing journey throughout the year and throughout our lives.
To assist you in helping those to whom you minister go deeper into this understanding, we would like to invite your use of the upcoming materials for the 2015-16 Respect Life Program, which begins in October 2015 and continues through September 2016. The theme for the year will be "Every Life is Worth Living," and more information is available on the attached flyer.
If you have any questions, please contact Anne McGuire, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach for the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, at amcguire@usccb.org or 202-541-3070.
Download Informative Flyer.
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