April 27, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 17
Adults:     Who is shepherding me? Who have I shepherded?  
Children: Who has been like a shepherd to me by their example?

Adults:    When have has God pruned me so that I could grow and give life?
Children: When have I felt good because I did something to help someone?
Enter more deeply into the mystery of the Resurrection with our imaginative contemplation exercise. Click here to experience.
Monday, April 27- St. Simeon
Tuesday, April 28-  St. Peter Chanel 
Wednesday, April 29- St. Catherine of Siena
Thursday, April 30 - St. Pius V
Friday, May 1- St. Joseph the Worker
Encounter the Joy of the Gospel!  
?Descubre la Alegria del Evangelio!
Pre-conference: May 17
Conference: May 18-21       
Post-Conference: May 21  

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 Me A Place" category.  


Business Meeting Minutes Now Ready! Just a reminder to read the Business Meeting Minutes prior to our meeting on May 18, 2015 in Buffalo. Download Business Meeting Draft Here.
Niagara Falls Tour On Sunday, May 17th!
Only five more paid reservations are needed for the Niagara Falls Tour on Sunday, May 17, or the tour will be cancelled!  If you've been considering this great tour of the Falls, please sign up by May 6.
Information on the tour can be found at Visit Buffalo!  To register for the tour, please email the NCCL offices at office@nccl.org as soon as possible.
Partnerhship for Adolescent Catechesis (PAC):
Special Message from NCCL President, Bill Miller

BIG NEWS from the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis (PAC)


As you may already know, NCCL is one of three founding members of the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis (PAC). Formed in 2003, PAC is a unique collaboration of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL); with support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).


In 2013, PAC commissioned a national document to be written on the topic of Adolescent Catechesis. The document is titled: "The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis". All three organizations collaborating in this project have been asked to solicit feedback on each draft of the document in order to make it the finest product possible. The first draft of the document has been released and members of NCCL have a wonderful opportunity during these next three weeks to read the first draft (approximately 45 pages in length) and offer constructive feedback, which will then be considered by the writing team, comprised of members from all the partner organizations.


If you are interested in adolescent catechesis, here is your opportunity to help shape the document which we believe will be an important resource for use in catechizing adolescents years to come! To discover how you can download, read and give feedback on this important national project: Download the Instructional Document here.

Thank you for your participation and contribution in advance.
PAC Confirmation Project 
The PAC sponsored Confirmation Prep Project has come to an end. However, Mike Carotta is willing to continue inservicing parish Confirmation teams this summer and fall at little or no cost to each diocese. (registration fee).    Download the flyer  and contact Mike directly at   mcarotta@aol.comHe is building the schedule this month.
Update 2:  Are You Ready to be a Candidate for National Certification?

Learn more through various updates from the Certification Committee through CL Weekly throughout the 2015 year!
National Certification for Lay Ecclesial Ministers promotes professional, competent and faithful ministry that is recognized in many dioceses. 
What is Certification for Lay Ecclesial Ministers?
What is Certification for Lay Ecclesial Ministers?

Part two of "Why should I be certified?" focuses on identity and connection. Affirm your commitment to ministry in the Church and strengthen your professional identity within your field and your connection with the national ministerial organization for your field. Initial applications for candidacy and completed portfolios will be accepted up until October 1, 2015

Please visit www.lemcertification.org to begin your journey toward certification!
2015 Catechetical Sunday Resources Available!
  NCCL is happy to share with you the 2015 Catechetical Sunday resources entitled, "Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person." 

These resources were developed by the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis in collaboration with several other USCCB Secretariats and offices. The resources contain helpful articles, lesson plans, artwork, prayers, reflections and more to assist in sharing about the importance of every human person and religious liberty. The resources can be helpful for catechists, teachers, diocesan and parish directors of catechesis, principals, superintendents and many more.

Special Intention Requested of NCCL Members: Please Hold In Prayer All Catechetical Leaders Undergoing Transitions...

Peace Within

May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possiblities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.


For Catechetical Leaders seeking new positions, consider participating in NCCL's Career Center. Click here to learn more.

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