January 26, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 4 
"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. Mark 1:14-20
Question of the week: What are some difficult aspects of your life that are not easily put down to come into an intimate relationship with Jesus?

Looking ahead...
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?

Monday, January 26- Saints Timothy and Titus

Tuesday, January 27- St. Angela Merici
Wednesday, January 28- St. Thomas Aquinas
Thursday, January 29- Servant of God Brother Juniper
Friday, January 30- Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska
*Pope Francis says he will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra in Washington.  Learn more.
*Romero as Martyr. Listen here.
*"It is the news that Catholics in South Africa and the rest of the African continent have been waiting to hear." Benedict Daswa to be Beatified.
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Meet Your New Executive Director
Four Weeks of Glimpses...
Week 3: A Glimpse Into Her New Role Of Executive Director
Margaret Matijasevic
has five Signature Themes, according to StrengthsFinder, that will naturally contribute to her new role as Executive Director of NCCL. 
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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!

 New Wineskins Awards:

Application Season is NOW

Invite others to apply...or apply yourself...for the 2015 New Wineskins Award.  NCCL's New Wineskins Award is an annual award that recognizes and celebrates effective initiatives in catechetical and evangelization ministries. There are awards given at both the diocesan and parish levels. Recipients are awarded benefits exceeding $500 toward attending the NCCL Annual Conference. The deadline for submission is March 1

Click for more information and to apply: Diocese/Multi-Dioceses  OR Parish/Parish Cluster 


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.
Catechetical Resources

2015 Catechetical Sunday Theme Announcement

2015 Catechetical Sunday Theme and Artwork

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, 13 jpeg images of clip art plus images of the entire poster iCatechetical Sunday 2015n English and Spanish have been created. The new 2015 Catechetical Sunday site complete with articles, clip art, prayer cards, customizable catechist certificates, Commissioning service,  and promotional information will be posted on the Catechetical Sunday website in April. 

Copyright � 2015, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved. Permission is hereby granted to duplicate this work without adaptation for non-commercial use. 

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

Professional Development Webinar Series
Learning Wisdom in the School of Your Own Life: Thomas Merton's Practice for Contemplative Prayer

Presented by Jonathan Montaldo, creator of the ten-volume series for small group dialogue, Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton
Date: January 27, 2015
Time: 3 p.m.-4 p.m. EST

In anticipation of Thomas Merton's 100th birthday celebration, author and Merton expert, Jonathan Montaldo, will provide parish ministers with a unique perspective on contemplative prayer and demonstrate how we can integrate it into our lives or the lives of the people we serve.

How Will You Partner with Parents in 2015?

With the Synod on the Family and the World Meeting of Families occurring later this year, the emphasis on family and parents in 2015 has never been more clear or more critical. The Strong Catholic Families Initiative has several programs and presentations that help diocesan and parish leaders to partner with parents to bring home the faith and grow the domestic church of the home. Options range from 2-3 hour presentations to church leaders/clergy on partnering more closely with parents to hosting a Catholic Parent Revival or offering a two day training of the trainer events that provide dioceses with the tools to positively transform current models and strategies of accompanying families in faith through. To learn more, visit the Strong Catholic Families website and contact Michael Theisen to discuss what may work best for you and your local efforts.

 Echoes of Faith 3.0
This website was created to assist catechists in theological, spiritual, and practical formation.  Help catechists be the best they can be!

Digital Discipleship
Digital Discipleship Boot Camp (DDBC) is an opportunity for you to gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a Digital Disciple.


Lent is Coming! Are you ready? 

Order CRS RiceBowl materials 

Download the new CRS Rice Bowl App 

Watch the CRS Rice Bowl Videos 


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