February 2, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 5
Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
All were amazed and asked one another, "What is this? A new teaching with authority." Mark 1:21-28
Question of the week: Who has been a disciple that has taught you in ways you had never imagined? What about their way of teaching was so inspiring?

Looking ahead...
Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also.  For this purpose have I come." Mark 1:29-39
Question of the week:
There is an urgency to Jesus' response to the disciples, despite his need for quiet prayer. When have you felt called to respond with urgency to build the Kingdom of God, despite your own needs?

Monday, February 2- Presentation of the Lord 

Tuesday, February 3- St. Blase
Wednesday, February 4- St. Joseph of Leonissa
Thursday, February 5- St. Agatha
Friday, February 6- St. Paul Miki and Companions
*Cause for sainthood opened for Chiara Lubich
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Meet Your New Executive Director
Four Weeks of Glimpses...
Week 4: A Glimpse Into Her Vision. Learn about Margaret Matijasevic's thoughts on technology and cultural diversity.  Continue Reading.... 
 Pre-conference: May 17 Conference: May 18-21  Post-Conference: May 21

Many scholarships are available to attend the NCCL Annual Conference! Don't miss the opportunity to apply, as deadlines are quickly approaching!


A special note from the NCCL 2015 Conference Planning Committee:  

For all those who "Saved the Date," please fully register for this conference either online or through the mail. Go to www.nccl.us to complete your registration online or print the registration form in the brochure, fill it out, and enclose a check (payable to NCCL) for the total amount due (including additional costs, like the trip to Niagara Falls or the post-conference fees).  Please mail to:

National Conference for Catechetical Leadership
3031 Fourth Street, NE Suite B | Washington, DC 20017

...And tell your colleagues in ministry about this wonderful opportunity to pray, network, and receive professional development to enhance your service to the Church as catechetical leaders! See you in Buffalo!

Rapid Resource Session

YOU could present a Rapid Resource session at our 2015 Conference in Buffalo to:
  • Describe an effective program, resource, or other information you've developed for your diocese or parish 
  • Discuss a book or a piece of research you would like to share with your peers
  • Share an innovative response to a catechetical need
  • Describe NCCL Committee goals, inviting attendees to assist or be a member
Complete a Rapid Resource Quick Fire Application.  Email Elizabeth Girton by February 15.

 New Wineskins Awards: 

Application Season is NOW

The New Wineskins Award was established by the NCCL Board in 2009 to highlight innovative and successful ministry efforts in the areas of evangelization and catechesis. Each year, NCCL honors a parish and a diocese with the New Wineskins Award and shares information about each recipient's ministry initiative with the hope of fostering a spirit of creativity in formation ministries across the nation. Applications for the 2015 New Wineskins Awards are due in my no later than March 1st and applicants need not be NCCL members.

Click for more information and to applyDiocese/Multi-Dioceses  OR Parish/Parish Cluster 

Catechetical Resources
Through a special partnership with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission and ABC Television Network in the USA, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation is pleased to announce that their 2014 documentary "The Francis Effect" will begin airing on close to 250 ABC affiliates beginning on February 8, 2015.

Fr. Thomas Reese also released an article on The Francis Effect entitled, "The Church Is More Than Just The Pope."  He says, "Francis has given us hope and shown us the way, but it is up to us to pick up the ball and run with it. There is no room in the church for passive observers; we are all called to be the body of Christ active in our world today." Perhaps, the fitting question is, "What is your contribution to The Francis Effect?"

2015 Catechetical Sunday Artwork Now Available!  

The Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis is pleased to announce that the theme for Catechetical Sunday 2015 is: "Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person." To allow dioceses and parishes to incorporate the theme and artwork in their planning, thirteen jpeg images of clip art plus images of the entire poster in English and Spanish have been created and are posted earlier than expected!

Please know that the Committee has chosen the theme: "Prayer: The Faith Prayed" as its 2016 Catechetical Sunday theme.


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Consider A New Way To Pray The Examen
Reviewing emotions with the Examen. Mark Thibodeaux's new book discusses: 
  • Do you consider emotions aspects of your life that you can work with or not? Why or why not?
  • How might a review of the day's emotions affect the way you deal with other parts of your life?
Other helpful resources for the Examen:
Inspire Artistic Young People 

 The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Multimedia Youth Contestis a tool to engae young people in grades 7-12 in learning about poverty in the U.S., its root causes, and faith-inspired efforts to address poverty, especially through CCHD.       

21st Century Catholic Evangelization
An NCCL resource for Catechetical Leaders!
The NCCL Evangelization Committee has consistently committed itself to curating great content and resources on the topic of Evangelization.  Utilize the site by bookmarking it and investigating  its many layers of great content.
News From the Vatican:
"Among the number are four U.S. prelates: Louisville, Ky., Archbishop Joseph Kurtz; Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput; Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo; and Los Angeles Archbishop Jos� G�mez....From the U.S. the substitutes are Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich and San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone." #Synod2015 
"Speaking to Vatican Radio, Monsignor Guido Marini, Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations, says that from now on - starting from the 29th June this year - the ceremony of investiture of the Pallium will take place in the Metropolitan Archbishops home dioceses and not in the Vatican... Marini says that in this way the ceremony will continue to symbolize communion between the See of Peter and the Successor of the Apostle and those who are chosen to carry out the episcopal ministry as Metropolitan Archbishop of an Ecclesiastical Province, and it will favor the participation of the local Church in an important moment of its life and history."
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