Volume XIII Issue III January 22, 2024

 Dear Erin,            

The informational Zoom sessions in preparation for the 3 Rites of Election will be held:

Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, January 31 at 10:00 am

Links have been sent via email to the email address of the person who submitted your registration form. Others may also attend. The links will be emailed again this week. If you did not receive the first email, please contact Erin at Erin's Email

While there is no need to register, a representative from each parish who registered people is required.

Confirmation with Youth in DOSA

Some reminders and best practices:

Administering Confirmation to Youth in DOSA

Administering Confirmation to Youth (Spanish)

Both Bishop Pohlmeier and Bishop Estévez will be confirming this year, so please make sure you are aware and preparing appropriately for each.

Letters to the confirming Bishop are expected to be in his hands 3 weeks prior. They are to be typed.

Prior to the celebration, the youth should be gathered and calmed in a space outside of the main body of the church.

Also, many members of their families are not familiar with being in church, so providing something like the Eucharistic Revival Sacred Silence pages might help these folks to more fully prepare for this sacred moment. These are below and the OCF has copies in the office.

Sacred Silence pew card (English) This is really the English one this week.

Sacred Silence pew card (Spanish)

If there are to be pictures in church with either Bishop, you should have at least one person whose only role is to make this run smoothly and reverently.

Ministry Formation Program information sessions for the Class of 2027

The Diocesan Ministry Formation Program (MFP) is frequently called the best kept secret in the diocese. Now in its 32nd year, it should not be. In October 1990, Bishop John J. Snyder tasked some local leaders to create a program that would help the laity to live out their baptismal call to evangelize. He wanted this program to focus not only on theological background, but also on the development of pastoral application, leadership skills, and personal spiritual growth. One can expect from the MFP:

●Three years of comprehensive growth in theological topics, human development, pastoral skills, and spiritual formation through classes, group study, skills workshops, prayer experiences, and retreats.

We are hosting 5 information sessions across the diocese to share more information and practical steps:

Monday, January 29  Catholic Center 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Monday, February 5  St. Matthew Parish 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 3 Queen of Peace Parish following 10:00 am Mass

Monday, March 11 St. Catherine of Siena Parish 6:30 -8:00 pm

Monday, March 18 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish  6:30 – 8:00 pm

An RSVP is nice, but not a requirement: Lauren's Email

Therefore, welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God"

(Romans 15:7)

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission invites all Ushers & Greeters in the parishes of the Diocese of St. Augustine to join in a 


"Reflecting the Warmth and Welcome of Christ Himself"Re

Two opportunities:

Saturday, February 3 at Holy Faith Parish 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Saturday February 10 at St. Matthew Parish 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Register here

Basic Certification

The next "All in Two Weekends" will be held at Corpus Christi Parish in St. Augustine on the weekends of January 13-14, 2024 and January 27-28, 2024

January 27 Scripture and Church

January 28 Liturgy and Sacraments and Basic Beliefs

Registration is open for the second weekend until this Wednesday at noon.

Jotform to register

We are pleased to announce the time and location for the annual "Catholic School Special. Registration has opened. (early, but to get people thinking about their new hires)

June 10 -13, 2024

San Juan de Rio Parish Hall, upstairs meeting room hosted by San Juan del Rio School

Monday, June 10, 2024 Faith Development and Catechetical/Legal

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Role of the Catechist and Practical Skills

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 Scripture and Church

Thursday, June 13, 2024 Liturgy/Sacraments and Basic Beliefs

Jotform to register

A Webinar for Parents by Julianne Stanz

Raising a Catholic family can be challenging, especially when it comes to discussing faith with our children. Sometimes we all need a little encouragement and tips on how to address issues of faith respectfully, honestly, and accurately. In this webinar, author and mother Julianne Stanz will share wisdom, strategies, and tools to help parents, grandparents, catechists, and other caring adults respond to children’s questions about Catholic beliefs, ethics, morality, and faith practices in a manner that will resonate with them.

Please note, this webinar is January 25 from 11:00 - 12:00 Central Time. (adjust accordingly)

Link to register

Resources to Share with your Families from a Variety of Sources

Catholic Kids Media (short Youtubes)

Loyola Press Family Resources

The Kids Bulletin for Sunday (activities before and for in the pew)

The Kennedy Adventures - Practical solutions for Catholic parents (focus on homeschooling)

Cath Family - Resource library for raising children in the Catholic Faith

Strong Catholic Family - resources and activities for Catholic families

Faith and Fabric - Activities for Catholic families

The Catholic Toolbox - ideas, inspiration and resources for catechists and parents

Busted Halo - articles, video, podcasts, radio, and social media for "saints in the making"

Real Life at Home - seasonal activities

Teaching Catholic Kids from Our Sunday Visitor

Susan Vogt is a speaker and award-winning author. She is committed to helping enrich marriages, inspire children, deepen faith, and simplify family life.

Susan served as the Director of Family Life for the Diocese of Covington for 15 years where we became friends. She and her husband Jim co-directed that office to enable them to raise their four children with a parent present.

She has been the editor of the Journal of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers and content editor for the USCCB website on marriage. Susan has worked in family ministry for the Catholic Church for over 30 years designing and leading marriage, parenting, and leadership programs. Susan and her husband, Jim, have worked with ecumenical and social justice organizations including Parenting for Peace and Justice. She has written five books.

One of many FREE resources that Susan provides is her monthly Marriage Moments and Parenting Pointers newsletter. It is free and sharable with, especially since the entries are bulletin style. They are available in Spanish and English.

Link to February, 2024 MM and PP (English)

Link to PP & MM in Spanish As promised

Resources for Lent to get you started thinking...


Daily Reflections during Lent from Bishop Barron, also sign up for his free daily Lenten reflections

Catholic Apostolate Center: incredible collection of free online videos, clips, and other resources. Available in Espanol. Some Young adult content.

Creighton University Online Ministriesbulletin flyers, free downloadable Stations of the Cross, online retreats...

CRS: How to Practice Lent: videos, recipes, corporal and spiritual works of mercy

Hallow complete Guide to Lent for Catholics fully updated for 2024

40 ideas for Lent (Sr. Janet Schaeffler, O.P.

USCCB Resources for Lent 2024 (available in Spanish and English)

Youth and Families

Catholic Icing: Lenten Activities for Children

Diocese of Des Moines "Living Lent"

Loyola Press: Stations of the Cross for Children and Youthvideos, reflections, activities

Loyola Cycle B resources for Lent

40 ideas for 40 days for families (Joe Paprocki)

Sadlier Lenten Resources: All available in Spanish and English: for classrooms and for families

Continuing Formation

(Level III Opportunities)

The Spirit of Mentoring Ministry Helpers

M. Donna MacLeod

February 6th 3:00 PM

Jesus could have done the sacred work of the Father without seeking others to join his efforts but he chose to have helpers. Whether you offer Seasons of Hope Catholic grief support or lead other ministries, join M. Donna MacLeod, a seasoned team developer, bereavement ministry specialist, and author, to explore how to guide, support, and inspire helpers to bring the Lord’s compassion and joy to all they do in ministry. Using examples from Seasons of Hope that put Jesus’ soulful model of leadership into action, we’ll offer insights on what it takes to be the best mentor you can be and consider ways to turn the challenges of mentoring into opportunities for spiritual growth.

Go to this webinar

Catechesis on Prayer &

Prayer Practices

John Michael Reyes

Tuesdays February 6 & 13


Leadership Skills & Practices

for Catechetical Leaders

Dr. Dan Ebener

Thursdays March 7 & March14


Building Intercultural Competence in Catechetical Ministry

Sr. Ruth Bolarte, D.Min.

Thursdays April 11 & 18 


Inviting, Forming, and Supporting Parish Catechists

Jayne Mondoy

Tuesdays May 7 & May 14


Tuition for each course is $50. Link to register for these: NCCL Courses

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