February 23, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 8
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:  "This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the gospel."
Question of the week:
What steps are you taking to opening yourself up to discovering the depths of the Gospel during this season?

Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."
Question of the week:
In what ways are your preparing yourself for deep listening this Lenten season? What are you hearing so far?
This Lent, eat in solidarity with families around the world with one of the CRS Rice Bowl meatless meals. Learn more.Dr. Carolyn Woo | What is Lent?

Authors from around the world will offer short reflections from their experiences of caring for creation and the day's readings.  These daily reflections will examine our faith and how we practice environmental stewardship. Learn more.

People for Others: Finding God in all Things -Lenten Resources 2015 
Reflections, photographs, retreats, Ignatian workout, and even Lenten scrabble and much more. Click for information.

"The goal is to thank the many Christians that have always shown love and respect towards Islam by showing them we in turn have the utmost respect for their beliefs," Riche said.  #Muslims4Lent  Read the full article.


Lent is a time for personal conversion, a time when Christians strip away all that is unnecessary and become more mindful of their dependence on God. Busted Halo's Fast Pray Give Lent Calendar (like an Advent Calendar, but for Lent) will give you a moment of spiritual contemplation each day, and new and practical ideas for fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Check it out.

Professional Development Webinar Series with Ave Maria Press.
In this webinar for parish ministers, Father Louis J. Cameli will draw insights from his book The Devil You Don't Know: Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life and make applications to the struggles we frequently encounter in our parish life together.
Register here.

 A Lent of Lord Of the Rings:
Reading Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" over the Season of Lent  
"Slow might be our progress, and though we have in mind our ultimate objective we, like Gandalf, might not know exactly how we shall reach it. However, little auspicious signs of grace abound to encourage us." Excerpt from Ash Wednesday.  Read more. 

Monday, February 23- St. Polycarp

Tuesday, February 24- Blessed Luke Calludi
Wednesday, February 25-  Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio
Thursday, February 26- St. Porphyry of Gaza
Friday, February 27 -St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
**On the Road to Sainthood: Leaders of African Descent
"The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard," said the Pope.  It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ,''  Pope Francis.
Read more.
24 Hours For The Lord - Press Release

Following the enthusiasm of past year, the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization proposes the 24 hours for the Lord also for the Lent of 2015, on March 13-  14.  Pope Francis will preside at a penitential celebration in St. Peter's Basilica in order to place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center of the Church's mission of the new evangelization.  The theme which will guide the reflection in 2015 is God rich in mercy (Eph 2:4).   Read the Press Release. 

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress #RECongress
NCCL will have a booth in the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Exhibit Hall, March 13-15, 2015.  The Provinces of Los Angeles and San Francisco, along with Bill Miller, NCCL President, invites NCCL members to help staff the booth.  This Congress regularly draws over 40,000 attendees annually.  Your main task is to be hospitable, share the benefits of NCCL membership and answer any questions.  Each shift is 90 minutes and one may serve one or two shifts.  The members of the  CA Provinces will be also staff the booth.  This is an opportunity to show how NCCL membership opens many doors for parish catechetical leaders.  Please contact Dr. Marc Gonzalez, Diocese of Las Vegas, for more information or to sign-up.
Intercultural Committee Update
Chairperson: Josie Contente, Diocese of Fresno

Currently this NCCL committee is meeting once a month through GoToMeeting.  The committee is discussing the following topics:

  • Evaluation of the University of Dayton course attended by 12 committee members on Culture and Cultural Diversity.
  • Guidelines and schedules for submission of articles to CL on Intercultural issues and formation.
  • Updating committee information and schedules
  • Continuing our discussion on gaining a unified understanding of our vision and goals as a committee and NCCL members.
Josie Contente

Josie Contente, when asked about the committee's recommendation of the Dayton course for our membership, said "I absolutely would recommend the Dayton course.  The course addresses many of the challenges we are facing in our NCCL community, but most importantly it offers answers and suggestions on how to effectively move forward.  If we are to grow as a professional organization this course gives a foundation to understand our colleagues and the community we are serving.  It is well worth the five week investment."   

Learn more about this Dayton course. 


National Survey of Asian & Pacific Island Catholics

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church (@USCulturalDiver) is conducting a national study to better understand and minister to Asian and Pacific Island (API) communities. API Catholics currently number nearly 4 million, or about twenty percent of all API Americans. This is a diverse and important presence in the Church today.  Are you an Asian or Pacific Island Catholic?  Do you work in ministry to/with Asian and Pacific Island Catholics?  If you can answer yes to one or both questions, your input is needed!  We invite you to complete this BRIEF (15 minute) QUESTIONNAIRE about your experiences.  Your responses will directly inform a National Pastoral Plan for ministry to Asian and Pacific Island Catholics.  The questionnaire will remain open until February 28, 2015.

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.  



Many scholarships are available to attend the NCCL Annual Conference! Don't miss the opportunity to apply, as deadlines are quickly approaching!  Some of our young adults are already responding with words of gratitude in their reception of the scholarships.      



New Wineskins Awards: Application Season Is Now! 

 Invite others to apply...or apply yourself...for the 2015 New Wineskins Award.  NCCL's New Wineskins Award is an annual award that recognizes and celebrates effective initiatives in catechetical and evangelization ministries. There are awards given at both the diocesan and parish levels. Recipients are awarded benefits exceeding $500 toward attending the NCCL Annual Conference. The deadline for submission is March 1.  Apply HereDiocese/Multi-Dioceses  OR Parish/Parish Cluster.    


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