April 20, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 16
Adults:     What questions about Jesus still arise in the midst of my faith?
Children: What question would I ask someone about Jesus appearing to the Apostles?

Adults:     Who is shepherding me? Who have I shepherded?  
Children: Who has been like a shepherd to me by their example?
Tuesday, April 21-  St. Anselm
Thursday, April 23 - St. George
Friday, April 24- St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
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.  


Hotel reservations for the Annual Conference should occur before April 22!  Go to our webpage for details.   Learn more.

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.
2015 White Papers: Ministerial Applications of Evangelii Gaudium for the Domestic Church
Cardinal Richard Marx of Munich and the Council of Cardinals (C8) gave insight into Pope Francis' thinking as he wrote "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel).  He said the Pope was concerned with a "holistic evangelization which includes culture, society, politics and economy" and not one that only concentrated on catechesis and sacraments. Throughout the Exhortation there is a call to conversion and to joy in every aspect of a disciple's life. 
This year's  White  Papers provide ideas in understanding how "Evangelii Gaudium" might be applied to families - the domestic church - with "new ardour, methods or expression" (Lineamenta for The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith) that deepen family members' joy for their faith.

At the conference, each paper will be presented.  After the presentation of each paper, a panel of responders will comment on the information presented from the worldview of their cultural and family situations.  After the final presentation, there will be small group discussion to concertize how the information can be applied to the participant's local settings.


Paper #1: The New Evangelization: Involving Families, the Domestic Church by David M. Thomas.  The family now sits right in the middle of all the cultural turmoil of the postmodern world. What can done by the church on a practical level to assist families to survive as they face the challenges of life today?


Paper #2: Families Evangelizing Families, A Spirituality of Accompaniment by Lauri Przybysz, DMin.  Rather than bemoan the disconnection of some families, we must be creative in finding opportunities for ministry among them.


Paper #3: Parents as First Preachers: Naming Grace in the Domestic Church by Mary E. Pedersen, DMin. The Second Vatican Council document, Lumen gentium, gave parents a mandate to serve as "first preachers" in the domestic church.  How would they do that in today's world?
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.
Reflections Offered By Presidential Candidates
Th leadership of the Evangelization Committee asked Lorraine DeLuca and Ken Ogorek, the two candidates being discerned for the role of president of NCCL this spring, to share their thoughts on evangelization for NCCL members and others to read.  Both entries are now available.   Simply go to:
and access the blog.  

While you are there, please consider subscribing to this curated evangelization (and evangelizing catechesis) resource website designed for catechetical and evangelization leaders in the Church.  And share this site with others who might benefit from it. 

Strong Catholic Families

 Over 5,100 people responded to the Strong Catholic Families survey of parents and leaders regarding what they most wanted to hear from the church/church leaders. The results highlight two specific messages that were clear preferences and also indicated that leaders and parents did not always agree on what were the most important messages for parents. 


View the results and read an analysis at the new Strong Catholic Families website and "Like Us" on Facebook so you can stay informed as new insights are shared in the coming weeks.

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