Families & Schools of Discipleship

Office of Children & Youth Faith Formation

May the Blessings of Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter be upon You!
St. Joseph, Pray for Us!
April 2020
Faith Formation/Youth Ministry Update

This monthly e-newsletter serves catechetical and youth ministry leaders in the Diocese of Green Bay by furnishing them with updates, events and other resources helpful to them in their ministry of fostering households and communities of discipleship.

Discover Jesus. Follow Jesus. Worship Jesus. Share Jesus with others.
Tomorrow, Thursday, April 2:
Time to Catch Your Breath. . .

Hebrews Plugged-In: An Hour of Prayer & Self Care for Catechetical Leaders

10:00 am via Zoom
No registration necessary; just join us!

The link provided below, to Father Brad Vanden Branden's presentation, will also be available on our Facebook page and during the Zoom meeting tomorrow.
Meeting ID 544 795 1047
Thursday Diocesan Panel Discussion Webinar

Tomorrow, April 2; 1:30pm

Details on this page:
Notices, Updates, Events
Generally useful information.
In the past month . . . Whew!
Since the March RE/YM Update, we've sent out THIRTEEN messages. Here's a reminder of what they were in case you missed them (check your e-mail for these dates), or just want to see where we've all been in the past 31 days:
  • March 3: Steubenville-Extended Registration Open
  • March 12: Mid-month Reminder (Hebrews Event, CYM Convention, AZ)
  • March 41: COVID 19 Update
  • March 16: RE/YM Online Resources
  • March 17: Guidance from HR
  • March 17: Announcement regarding Mass Attendance
  • March 17: Correction to HR Guidance
  • March 18: Update from Safe Environment & Invite to First Diocesan Panel Discussion Webinar
  • March 19: HR Update and Extended Timeline
  • March 24: NCEA & NFCYM Webinars
  • March 25: Safer-at-Home Implications and Invite to Second Diocesan Panel Discussion Webinar
  • March 25: Parish & Schools Financial Strategies
  • March 26: Hebrews Plugged-in Invitation
Current Status of Upcoming Events
Subject to Change, of Course!
Hebrews 10:25 Lenten Reflection (April 2) : Salvaged as a virtual hour of prayer. Tomorrow, 10am, via ZOOM.

First Communion Dates : Parishes are advised to reschedule 1st Communion once it is deemed safe again by the State of Wisconsin to relax the current social distancing guidelines.
Confirmation Dates: Guidance will come directly from Bishop's Office.

Administrative Assistants Professional Development Event (April 30) Ironically called "Open the Doors" : Postponed to yet-to-be-determined future date.

Steubenville Trips: Currently planned as scheduled.

Love Begins Here: Waiting till mid-April to review options. Please direct any questions to Callie for the time being. Join us and encourage kids to check facebook (Love Begins Here - Green Bay) for its Small Acts of Kindness Challenge!

Sophia Institute at the Shrine: Currently planned as scheduled. See last month's Update for links to registration.

Foundational Catechetical Certification (FCC): Face-to-face courses suspended; online courses still available (see below).
NCCL: Our Membership = Your Membership
Once again this year, the Diocese of Green Bay will purchase a Diocesan-wide membership to the NCCL, meaning individual parishes will not have to have their own membership. Instructions to getting (re)established were sent via e-mail on February 20th.
Use our NCCL membership to log-in (member portal) to access the "COVID19 Discussion & Resources" Group. This is a place for resources, prayer, discussion and support. NCCL partners with organizations like Catholic Relief Services, Our Sunday Visitor, and Ave Maria Press to offer resources, webinars, etc. Check it out!

Did you know NCCL also uses a job listing service? Through our membership you can seek or list ministry positions.
Retirement Coming?
The Office of Families & Schools would like to recognize, in thanksgiving and prayer, anyone retiring from the ministries of Catechetical Leader or Youth Minister in our Diocese. Is there someone in those roles at your parish who will be retiring this spring/summer? Please let us know!

Think Summer: Think Camp Tek!
Summer registration is open, and our camp weeks are beginning to fill! A week at Camp Tekakwitha runs Sunday through Friday for campers ages 6-17. Campers looking for a shorter week can register for our "Lil Tek" program and stay Sunday through Tuesday afternoon while high school campers can consider registering for our Leaderquest or Explorers experience.

Date options for this summer include:
Session 1: June 7 - June 12 *Counselor-in-Training Week*
Session 2: June 14 - June 19  **Discounted Price**
Session 3: June 21 - June 26 **Discounted Price**
Session 4: June 28 - July 3
Session 5: July 5 - July 10
Session 6: July 12 - July 17
Session 7: July 19 - July 24
Session 8: July 26 - July 31
Session 9: August 2 - August 7

Leaderquest Options  (ages 15-18): Sessions 3 & 8
Explorers Options (ages 15-18): Session 7

For those looking for more information, please visit our website.
Love Begins Here 2020
Go to facebook and check out the Love Begins Here - Green Bay page for its Small Acts, Great Love Challenge! Each day a small act to perform with great love that will bring you closer to Jesus! Prefer Instagram? @lbh_greenbay
Summer Steubenville Trips
Two Dates, Two Destinations!
Mini Trip Details:
  • July 24-26, 2020
  • 22 spots still available as of 3/31/2020
  • First come, first serve until filled
  • $300/student or chaperone
  • Registration open NOW

Extended Trip Details:
  • July 15-21, 2020
  • 79 spots available as of 3/31/2020
  • First-come, first-serve
  • $570/student; $450/chaperone
  • Registration open Now!
Upcoming dates you should know about.

Dates to Keep in Mind:

April 2: Hebrews Plugged-In (see article above)
April 5: Palm Sunday
April 9-13: Diocese Offices Closed for Triduum/Easter. Reopen on Tuesday, 4/14/20
April 22: Administrative Professionals Day
April 25: Feast of St. Mark, evangelist

**FCC and Ongoing Formation schedules are available through www.gbdioc.org/fcc Please contact hosting parish/school to register for a class or get more information about location, parking, etc.
Catechetical Certification
Discover Jesus: One course per year for steady growth!
Online courses follow the same lesson plan as classroom sessions and may be used to take the entire course or specific sessions as make-ups. Participants are responsible for submitting completion form.
Studies, media, and materials to help you do what you do.
Shop Local:
Resource for Easter Season: Live Your Faith by Fr. John Girotti
Each DVD contains one segment of Father's series of 15 presentations, which was recorded at St. John the Baptist Parish, Howard during the past year. Topics include:

  • How to Become a Saint
  • Virtues; 7 Habits of Holiness
  • And Who Is My Neighbor: Catholic Social Teaching
  • Suffering & Hope in the Christian Life
  • Prayer Changes Things
  • Living Our Faith Today
  • And More!
Cost is $75/set of all 15 DVD's (+ $5 shipping if mailed). Available through the Office of Families & Schools. E-mail: education@gbdioc.org to order, or use printable order form.
Please remember, our at-home resource page is HERE.
More Resources:

ProCLAYM's April Newsletter to see what's ahead!

Ascension offers this Prayer to Combat the Corona Virus .

The Knights of Columbus have published two timely resources:

Ignatius Press publishes a wide variety of books for all ages (suitable for home-schooling of Religious education) and is offering a 35% discount by using the coupon code PRAYERS35 at checkout.

Steve Ray's talk, "The Pain of the Crucifixion" is being offered at no cost by St. Joseph Communications guiding us to Holy Week.

St. Joseph Communications presents the VCAT (Video Catechism), a series of 60-minute films that tackle relevant questions of faith. Four volumes follow the pillars of the Catechism. See a sample episode. See sample discussion guide . See more.
Looking ahead to Pentecost, Fr. Dave Pivonka ("The Wild Goose" series) explores the wildness of the Thrid Person of the Trinity. Watch the trailer.

Daily Catholic Wisdom , co-sponsored by Ignatius Press and St. Jos Communications, is a free e-mail snippet of Catholic thought every morning from literary giants, beloved saints, and relevant voices from today.

Bishop Robert Barron has written a new book, "Centered: The Spirituality of Word on Fire". See a video introduction.

The Diocese of Madison has developed and shared some family pages for Holy Week at Home starting with Palm Sunday.

Share Your Wisdom!
Have a resource that you've found helpful in training staff or engaging students? Watched a video that deepened your faith and led you closer to Jesus?

Email us at education@gbdioc.org with articles, videos, books, & more.

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