CL Weekly
January 12, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 2
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"You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." Mark 7:11
Question of the week: In what ways do you recognize yourself as a child of God? How do you affirm that giftedness of being a child of God in others?

And looking ahead...
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, "What are you looking for?" John 1:35-42
Question of the week: "What are you looking for?" What are some ways you can you bring that question into your prayer life?  And how can you foster ways to see the response to your prayer?
Monday, January 12- St. Marguerite Bourgeoys
Tuesday, January 13- St. Hilary
Thursday, January 15- St. Paul the Hermit
Friday, January 16- St. Berard and Companions

Meet Your New Executive Director
Four Weeks of Glimpses...

Week 1: A Glimpse Into Her Family Of Origin...
Margaret Matijasevic (Matiashevich) is a first generation American. Both her parents are immigrants. Her mother, Elizabeth, is from Glasgow, Scotland.  Her father, Mladan, is from Bosnia-Herzegovinia.  Much of her perspective on life comes from this experience of being from an immigrant home, as she has learned to recognize people's suffering, need for care and hospitality, as well as the struggle of all of humanity reflected in the immigration story.  As she says, "We are all journeying through the terrains of life, and we have much to learn from those who do such as immigrants. They physically live out that which is experienced in our hearts during conversion.  Having to leave all that is
Margaret Matijasevic  
familiar in order to enter into new expressions of hope and life."  Her mother was sponsored to come to America by her aunt.  Her father escaped former Yugoslavia, lived in a refugee camp, and was greatly assisted with various Catholic organizations to survive such, and to eventually arrive in the U.S.  Margaret grew up with her parents sponsoring family members to do the same, and currently lives in the family home where much of those stories of new life have taken place.  She says this about her Los Angeles home, "I'm grateful for my house. The stories of my family... Stories of immigration... Many took place right here in my home as this was the place many of my relatives settled when they first arrived. I'm blessed to live here, among my own family story, as well as those immigrant stories all around my neighborhood." 
NCCl Conference   
May 18-21
May 17
May 21 
We minister as leaders in catechesis and evangelization because at some point in our lives we encountered God through Scripture and we want to share that love of God with others.  Such Joy that we, as believers, find in the Gospel!  Such Joy that we want others to also encounter, a Joy that makes all things possible through Christ!  As we Encounter, again, that Joy of the Gospel during this conference, we examine the culture we now live in and the many methods that are available to us - from the arts, to modern technology, to simply living as persons of joy - as we guide others to also Encounter that Joy!

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Apply Now For Scholarships to the 2015 NCCL Conference!


New Professional Catechetical Minister Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to:

  • raise awareness about a career as a professional catechetical ministry among young adults who are currently employed in an ecclesial professional catechetical role

  • foster arch/diocesan involvement in affirming professional catechetical ministry among young adults employed in the catechetical field

  • create an awareness in young adults of the benefits of gathering with NCCL, the professional organization for catechetical leaders which includes parish and diocesan leaders, academic members, and publishers 

Young Adult Initiative 

The purpose of this scholarship is to:

  • raise awareness about professional catechetical ministry among young adults who might be discerning ecclesial professional roles

  • foster arch/diocesan involvement in bringing forth strong candidates for professional catechetical ministry among young adults

  • create an awareness in young adults of the benefits of gathering with NCCL, the professional organization for catechetical leaders which includes parish and diocesan leaders, academic members, and publishers


Adult Faith Formation: Discovering What We Need to Know

Co-sponsored by NCCL's Adult Faith Formation Committee and Sadlier.

Join us for this 3-part Webinar series that helps you evaluate your Adult Faith Formation program and offers you realistic next steps that are easy-to-implement. While attendance is not required at all three sessions, we hope you'll be able to join us.

Register now!     

SESSION I - Adult Faith Formation: Assessing the Landscape

January 12, 2015 - 10:00-11:00 PST

with Marylin Kravatz-Toolan and supported by Peter Ries

This session will allow the participant to:

* reflect on one's own hopes and dreams for life-long faith formation

* define the meaning of ongoing adult faith formation

* assess how one's place of ministry enables solid and meaningful faith formation opportunities for adults.


SESSION II - Connecting and Responding to Those We Serve

January 28, 2015 - 10:00-11:00 PST  

SESSION III - Survey Options: Practical Applications  

February 9, 2015 - 10:00-11:00 PST

Please pray for...
Michelle Duppong  from the Bismark, ND Diocesan Offices. She has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer.  She invites us to join in asking for healing through the intercession of Pier Giorgio.
Pope Francis Asks...
 How does a heart become hardened? He reflects on these areas:

Painful Experiences, Becoming Closed Inside Oneself & Insecurity.  Francis says, the heart in fact, "when it hardens, is not free and if it isn't free it's because it does not love."  Yet there is hope, as the Holy Spirit alone frees us from hardness and teaches us how to love.

Download Discussion Guides
A new dialogue topic for those involved with adolescent catechesis is now available to use with cohort groups and monthly meetings/gatherings. The focus question centers the group on:
How we help teens enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

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