Families & Schools of Discipleship

Office of Children & Youth Faith Formation

August 2019 Newsletter

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.
Notices & Updates
Generally useful information.
Personnel Changes?
Help us help you stay in the loop

Please let us know of any personnel changes in your Religious Education/Youth Ministry office so we can stay in touch!

Email cfountain@gbdioc.org with name, ministry title of BOTH incoming AND outgoing folks! Thanks to all who have responded so far! 
Free Webinar on Youth & Stress
"High Anxiety: Unlocking the Effects of Stress and Anxiety in the Lives of Youth and Young Adults" is a free webinar being offered on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 2pm EST (that's 1pm here in WI). The presenter will be Dr. Jodi Hunt, who is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Ministry in the Neuhoff School of Ministry at the University of Dallas.
Did You Miss Nuts & Bolts Today?
Three more sessions in 2019-20

All new (to your parish, to the Diocese, to the ministry) catechetical leaders (RE/YM) are invited to attend this series of professional development events.

Other dates for Nuts & Bolts (attend one or all): Thursday's; September 12; November 21; and March 26, 2019. 9-11:15am. For more information, e-mail cfountain@gbioc.org
Annual Scout Mass at the Shrine
Saturday, September 7; 4pm
Bishop Ricken will be celebrating the annual Scout Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion on Saturday, September 7th at 4pm. All Scouts, Scout Leaders (in uniform, please) and families are invited to attend. Scouts who have earned a Catholic emblem during the past academic year will be recognized. Refreshments follow Mass. Those being recognized should receive an invitation via US Mail in August and need to RSVP in order to have their name in the program and receive a certificate. For more information, please e-mail cfountain@gbdioc.org.  
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019; 8:30am-2:30pm
Green Bay Distillery

Hebrews 10:25 featuring Sophia Institute
Presentation: In His Image.
No charge, but registration required.
Join this Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program on helping students see the beauty of the profound realities of being created Male and Female through the lens of St. Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body . This Workshop blends scholarly presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected college professor, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow catechists and DRE's, Enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, Mass, and both formal and informal discussions.

Catechists Welcome & Encouraged to Attend!
Greetings from the Office of Safe Environment
As you encourage employees/volunteers to support your upcoming RE and Youth Ministry Programs, as teachers, chaperones, prayer leaders, aides, etc., please keep in mind the diocesan Safe Environment Requirements.  All employees (paid personal regardless of position/job title) and all adult volunteers who have contact with minors as part of their volunteer duties are required to:

1)   Have a Diocese of Green Bay approved background check,
2)   Complete a VIRTUS "Protecting God's Children" Adult Awareness session,
3)   Review and sign either the Our Promise to Protect (employees) or the Diocesan Code of Pastoral Conduct for Volunteers (volunteers).  
Instructions on how to complete each step can be found by following this LINK .

Thanks for your help in keeping all God's children safe!
Catechetical Sunday
 September 15, 2019
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 15, 2019. The 2019 theme will be "Stay With Us." Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith and an opportunity to commission catechists in the parish.
Looking for Textbooks . . . Can You Help?

Due to increased enrollment, Mike Cattani, Principal, St Thomas Aquinas Academy in Marinette is looking for any extra copies of:

FOLLOWING CHRIST, revised edition, 2010 reprint, Faith and Life Series, Book (grade) 6, Ignatius Press ISDN: 978-0-89870-909-4.

Please e-mail Mike if you can spare/donate any copies of this text. 
October: Extraordinary Mission Month
Free Resources Available
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Pope Francis has declared October 2019 an Extraordinary Mission month, Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.  The goal is to bring awareness for all to recognize this mission as the life and work for every Christian to live out with conviction and joy bringing the Gospel to all people. This can be accomplished through prayer, reflection and action. 

There are free materials available:

For more information, please contact Cindy St. Aubin , Diocesan World Mission Director.
Upcoming dates you should know about.
Aug 1: Nuts & Bolts (see future dates in article above)
Aug 13: NFCYM Webinar: High Anxiety
Aug 14-15: Dr. Scott Hahn at the Shrine (see article in last month's Update)
Sep 7: Scout Mass at the Shrine w/Bishop Ricken
Sep 18: "Reboot" w/Chris Stefanick (watch for next month's Update or visit www.reallifecatholic.com/reboot )
Oct 3: Hebrews 10:25 at the GB Distillery (See Sophia Institute article above)
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, December 8, 2019 (Green Bay Youth Conference --GBYC-- at the Shrine of Our lady of Good Help 9am-6pm).
Studies, media, and materials to help you do what you do.
Catholic Faith Technologies also offers "Faith & Life Online", resources to supplement the Ignatius Press curriculum. Includes such things (all trackable) as Interactive Games; Learning w/Sacred Art, Home Study Option and Make-up Assignments. See a short demonstration.

The USCCB's Essential Guide to Seasons and Saints explores basic elements of the liturgical calendar and the seasons that make up the liturgical year, and identifies the characteristics of each season that should inform liturgical planning and celebration. 

Bishop Robert Barron has established a new website and authored a short book ( Letter to a Suffering Church ) that places the sexual abuse scandal within a theological, historical and scriptural context and suggests a path forward.

RCL Benziger offers free, informational articles on a variety of topics like Bullying and Evangelization & Catechesis.
Dynamic Catholic offers the book A Quiet Place: How Daily Prayer Can Change Your Life by Fr. John Bartunek. Learn practical tips for combating everyday distractions. Free book plus S&H. More info and free preview.

The Norbertine Center for Spirituality's Summer/Fall 2019 schedule of classes, retreats and other events is available on its website.

Aaaugh! Advent will be here in 4 months: Augustine Institute offers its favorite books and CDs for parish Advent activities. Special pricing before August 31.
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.
Catechetical Certification
Discover Jesus: One course per year for steady growth!
FCC Equivalencies
In order to encourage full participation and in support of the Diocesan mission of becoming missionary disciples, the attendance of a complete ALPHA series (all sessions plus the Alpha day-away), or Catholic Evangelization Studies course (all sessions) or a full-day Discipleship Formation seminar will count as
Enrichment, and participants will be allowed to defer the usual FCC requirements to the following year.

In other words, if a catechist/school teacher/administrator participates in one of the above listed courses in 2020, they have met the requirement for catechetical certification for that year but will still need to fulfill their usual FCC requirements the following year . In all cases, a Completion Form must be submitted to the Office of Families & Schools after the completion of the course as verification.  Completion forms can be found online or at through the course instructor.
Want to Offer a Live FCC Course?
Here's How . . .
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.


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