March 30, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 13
Palm Sunday - Utilize these great videos by the USCCB to reflect and learn on the various readings as you enter Holy Week.   Daily Reflection Videos by USCCB.

Monday, March 30- St. Peter Regalado

Tuesday, March 31-  St. Stephen of Mar Saba
Wednesday, April 1-   St. Hugh of Grenoble
Thursday, April 2 - St. Francis of Paola
Friday, April 3- St. Benedict the African
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.  

Update About The Conference! Tim R. Smith Joins Us!


Come join Timothy R. Smith for an interactive night of songs, heartfelt stories and hilarity that celebrates our common journey of faith. Tim's ministry has taken him across the United States, conducting parish missions, men's retreats, youth rallies, and music ministry workshops that engage, educate and inspire.


Tim has over 100 musical compositions published by OCP. His songs combine traditional and contemporary musical idioms that are easily accessible to both listeners and worshiping assemblies. Some of Tim's well-known liturgical compositions include: Give Me Ears To Listen,

Voice Of Christ, O Mother Of Jesus,In Every Age, and his newly released Mass of the Sacred Heart.


Make sure to check out the latest Catechetical Leader Magazine to learn about the slates and the voting process!  All magazines should have arrived in your mailboxes last week.  This is a great opportunity for our organization as there are two wonderful slates offering their gifts and talents. More information...

The Federation For Catechesis With Hispanics
La Federación para la Catequesis con Hispanos (FCH) se enorgullece en anunciar su nueva página de internet y su publicación trimestral electrónica. La visión es que esta página de internet sirva como centro de recursos y noticias, y donde se pueda tener una red de conexiones. Se ha creado como una herramienta de promoción y abogacía para la catequesis con Hispanos. Aunque ya hay excelente recursos, los planes para el futuro son de tener foros de discusión, videos, lista de presentadores, y un lugar para compartir ideas y mejores prácticas. Esta semana recibirán el primer ejemplar de la primera publicación electrónica con información actual sobre la Pre-Conferencia de FCH,  seminarios en línea y otro r ecursos para la catequesis con Hispanos. Los esperamos en
The Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics (FCH) is proud to announce theirnew website and quarterly newsletter. The vision is for this web presence to be a resource center, a place where news can be announced and where people can network. It was created as a tool for the promotion and advocacy for catechesis with Hispanics. While there are great resources there now  the plans for the future is to have discussion boards, video and speakers, and idea sharing. This week you will receive the first ever FCH e-newsletter with timely information about the FCH pre-conference, upcoming webinars and other resources for catechesis with Hispanics. Please join us at
New Books Help Children Put Faith in Action
Two beautiful new children's books about putting faith in action  are now available from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Loyola Press!  Green Street Park  is a story about Philip, his family, friends and neighbors, who learn to imitate the model of St. Francis of Assisi by caring for creation in their own neighborhood. In  Drop by Drop , Sr. Mary Jerome's classroom receives a visit from Mr. Mike, from Catholic Relief Services. He invites the students to "journey" with him across the world to Burkina Faso, where they learn about how lack of water affects a little girl name Sylvie and her family. These wonderful books are a true treasure to help parents  -and all educators- teach children about responding to Christ's call to love God and neighbor, and are perfect for sharing as bedtime stories or in the classroom.
The books are available for sale on the Loyola Press website. They make great Baptism and First Communion gifts! Care for God's creation is a theme of both books, so they also help families, parishes and schools prepare for the release of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment this summer. The USCCB will give away some free copies of the books on USCCB social media during the week of Earth Day, April 20-24, 2015.  
Living the Easter Call: Discipleship & Mission

The "Living the Easter Call: Discipleship and Mission" project consists of seven mystagogical sessions (one for each week of the Easter season), based on the book Call and Mission: The Adventure of the Twelve Continues (USCCB, 2014).


Gatherings based on these sessions may take place at the usual time for RCIA meetings; however, they should be clearly separate. Attendance of both the neophytes and members of the parish community should be encouraged. However, these sessions are not designed for the catechesis of inquirers or cate- chumens as they presume the reception of the sacraments.


The goals of these sessions are as follows:

*To assist "the community and the neophytes in moving forward together, meditating on the Gospel, sharing in the Eucharist, and performing works of charity" (RCIA, no. 37).

*To help the faithful, especially the neophytes, come to a "more fruitful understanding of the 'mysteries' so that they draw a new sense of the faith, the Church, and the world" (RCIA, no. 38).

*To help form the faithful who participate into missionary disciples, ready and able to share the Gospel through their words and actions.



 Join us and thousands of people from around the world starting April 12, 2015 for a five-week free online learning experience on helping young people encounter Christ and the Church! Each week will have a Master Teacher(s) focusing the topic around a chapter from the apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium or The Joy of the Gospel. Surrounding that topic will be other experts and practitioners helping you put that theme into context in a variety of NetSourcing Learning Communities, such as clergy, parents, faith formation, and ministry with high school youth, middle school youth, or young adults .


Master Teachers include: 

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Bishop Frank Caggiano, Dr. Ansel Augustine, Angel Barrera, Tom East, Rev. Joe Espaillat, Bob Rice, Joan Weber, and Dr. Carolyn Woo.


NCCL is proud to serve as a theme content provider in this great initiative!


For learn more or to register, please go to

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