March 2, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 9 
First Sunday of Lent
Homily from the blog, "Teach What You Believe: Musings, Commentary, and Other Thought Fodder from a Roman Catholic Deacon
"Lent is about breaking down the walls and seeing all that is real.  Lent is about letting go of those false images that do not serve us well.  Lent is about remembering that we come to God by not doing right but by doing it wrong. Lent is about focusing on the real you -- the you already loved by God..." Full homily here.

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?

 Third Sunday of Lent
Resource below from Our Sunday Visitor.  For English, click here.

Apuntes de la Palabra
Texto sugerido para compartir la fe: El Evangelio de hoy

Paso uno: Escuchar la Palabra
Al escuchar esta lectura, �qu� palabras o frases los impact�? �Qu� parte de esta lectura toc� sus corazones? �Qu� se qued� en sus memorias?

Paso dos: Examinar su vida

Pregunta para los ni�os: Dios quiere que su fe resulte en una buena vida. �Qu� medidas pueden tomar durante la cuaresma para asegurarse de que esto suceda?

Pregunta para los j�venes: �Qu� necesita un cambio en tu vida en estos momentos? �C�mo invitar�s a Dios a ese cambio?

Pregunta para los adultos: �Qu� medidas est�n tomando en esta cuaresma para asegurarse de que su fe d� frutos en buenas obras

Monday, March 2- St. Agnes of Bohemia

Tuesday, March 3- St. Katharine Drexel
Wednesday, March 4-  St. Casimir
Thursday, March 5- St. John Joseph of the Cross
For 24 hours, the doors of Chicago area Catholic Churches will be open to Catholics and non-Catholics alike seeking forgiveness and prayer as part of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Festival of Forgiveness. Read more.

Contemplative Outreach

he intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer."    Retreats, books, community experiences, and workshops.  Learn more.

The Gita in Lent by: Francis X. Clooney, SJ 
"I mentioned th
at I would be blogging on the Bhagavad Gita during Lent. Now we are a week into Lent, so I had better start. The idea came to me while commenting on Mark 1, since the Gita too tells the story of a man in trouble who rises up renewed to his mission."  

Read more.

Everyday Lent - 6 Lenten Guides for Daily Devotion
Still searching for a daily discipline during Lent? The six provided links on this site offer daily meditations, prayer prompts, and activities for individual and family. 
See links now.
Christopher West | What is Lent? 
Christopher West | What is Lent?
40 Days of Gratitude

"As part of my Lenten commitment, I'm keeping a gratitude journal. In my journal, I'llsimply list things I'm grateful for."
Read more.

2015 Lenten Calendar 
Designed for adults, Sadlier's 2015 Lenten Calendar in English and Spanish offers a Scripture passage for reflection and a suggestion for an action, prayer, or contemplation for each day of the Lenten season.  Download here.

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.  All of you are gifted in various ways and others can benefit from you sharing your talents.         


Most Reverend Bishop Richard J. Malone, Buffalo, NY 

Bishop Malone's Message for #NCCL2015 in Buffalo, NY
Bishop Malone's Message for #NCCL2015 in Buffalo, NY

Opportunity to Showcase your Knacks
 All of you are gifted in various ways and others can benefit from you sharing your talents.

  • Are you working with persons with disabilities in passing on the faith?
  • Do you have a unique sacrament program that challenges the adults in growing in their faith while the children learn about the sacraments on the appropriate level?
  • Do you use the internet for adult faith formation and can share your ideas with others?
  • Do you make connections with teens that really count in the faith journey. 
  • These and many more areas of ministry can be a good Rapid Resource for this year's Conference in Buffalo, NY May 19 from 11:40 - 12:40 pm.  Presenters offer their session four times within that time period.  Each presentation is 7 minutes long followed by 3 minutes for questions/discussion.  Presenters will prepare a one-page handout that includes their contact information for each attendee at their session.If you are interested in this invitation please click here for more info


    A Message From Your NCCL Animators

    Wendy Scherbart, Jim Gontis, Jayne Mondoy, Ken Ogorek, and Judy Snyder

    We heard you! The NCCL animators received requests to dedicate time for conversation during our DD/Staff joint forum on Monday, May 18, 2015. 2:00-4:00pm. Great idea! Please help us bring your request to life by participating in this 3-question survey by Sunday, March 15, 2015.   Questions? Contact is Jayne Mondoy, Diocese of Honolulu.



    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
    Religious Education Congress 2015! Register Now!
    Religious Education Congress 2015! Register Now!
    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.
    U.S. Catholic Bishops Urgently Call for Greater Protection of Middle East Religious Minorities
    "In the wake of the brutal murders of twenty one Coptic Christians at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya, increased support to protect religious minorities and civilians should be combined with adequate humanitarian assistance and other assets, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace." Read more.

    An Opportunity For Outreach
    Are you planning to attend the NCEA Convention/NPCD Convocation , which is being held April 7 - 9, in Orlando Florida? NCCL plans to have an information table at
    the convention. Weare looking for volunteers who would be willing to spend an hour or two at the table greeting participants and distributing information about NCCL. This is a great (and easy) way to support NCCL! For more information, please contact Bill Miller.
    Echoes 3.0: Catechist Formation for the Digital Age
    In partnership with RCL Benzinger, this site was created to assist you in your theological, spiritual, and practical formation for your task. We want to help you be the best catechist you can be.  Learn more about the possibilities for your catechists.  Watch the demo.
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