September 2017
News and Views for
    Catechetical and  
         RCIA Leaders 
Published by  
The Catechetical Office
  Department of Youth Faith Formation 
Archdiocese of New York  
This Month
For All in the Ministry
Catechumenate (RCIA_
Catechist Formation
Webmaster's Column
Guest Columnist
New York Catholic Bible School

Save the Date 

Of Special Note   


  NYC Public Schools Sex Education Mandate  


Columns & Quick Links


Dear Catechetical Leader:
    It was great to meet so many of you, your catechists, and RCIA teams at last Saturday's Catechetical Forum at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. Bishop Walsh was joined by Deacon James Bello and several concelebrants for the liturgy. As always, Bishop Walsh's homily was inspiring and filled with gratitude to all of you who so joyfully give countless hours to teaching our children, youth and families. A lovely choir from St. Charles parish on Staten Island led us in singing the Lord's praises. MORE
For All in the Ministry
The Monroe Forum is coming: Oct 28.
Have you registered?  
    The Catechetical Forum will take place Saturday, Saturday, Oct. 28, at Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe. Bishop Dominick Lagonegro, Episcopal Vicar of the Northern Vicariates, will join us for the Monroe opening Liturgy.
Diane Lampitt 
Mrs. Diane Lampitt, vice president for product management at William H. Sadlier, Inc., will deliver the keynote address.
   Each year, the Catechetical Office brings you the Catechetical Forums, days of enrichment and creativity designed to help you make your religious education program inspiring, educational and appealing to children, youth and their families.
   Find out all the details and register yourself, your catechists, your RCIA colleagues, and all other interested adults from your parish here.


Directors and coordinators of religious education, along with pastors and catechists, can have all the offerings and news of the Catchetical Office on their smartphones and tablets. The new Catechetical Office App, "Catechetical," available free at Google Play or the App Store, was created by the Catechetical Office webmaster, Jim Connell.

Visit our website 
Have you checked out the Catechetical Office website today? There are all sorts of informative and enlightening webinars and other learning opportunities, plus up-to-date information on all things catechetical. Be sure to visit
Archdiocesan Forum on the
Saturday, Nov. 11, 9:00am to 3:00pm at Mt. St. Ursula High School, Bronx.  
The second annual Archdiocesan Forum on the Catechumenate will
Victoria M. Tufano
address "Ministering to the Baptized Christian: Understanding the RCIA - Part 2, Chapter 5." Keynoter Victoria M. Tufano, liturgical consultant and senior editor for Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, will address ministering to Christians seeking full communion with the Church.
    There will be two workshops. The Rev. Michael J. Lynch, STL, associate vicar for ecumenical and interreligious affairs for the Diocese of Brooklyn and pastor of Our Lady of the Cenacle Church, will discuss the pastoral steps for accompanying candidates on their journey to full communion. Dr. Donna Eschenauer, associate academic dean and professor of pastoral theology at St. Joseph Seminary, will give practical and pastoral suggestions for the Rite of Reception and the care of candidates in a parish setting.
      All the details, including registration, are here.
Catechist Formation
Certification & Award Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 5  
Come join your catechists as they reap the harvest of their many hours of study and reflection. More than 350 catechists this year have earned certification at levels one, two, three or four. These volunteers have given themselves wholeheartedly to handing on the faith in parish religious education programs and the Catechumenate (RCIA). 
   At the same ceremony, the Catechetical Office will honor Sr. Kevin John Shields, OP, regional director for Sullivan/Orange; along with Frank Sadlier Dinger and William Sadlier Dinger of Sadlier Publishers; Mario J. Paredes, KGCHS, presidential liaison for Catholic ministries at the American Bible Society; Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers; and Bishop Gerald Walsh, vicar for clergy, who also will preside at the ceremony. A reception will follow. 
   If you plan to attend, be sure to email Sr. Nancy Doran, SSC, who is organizing the ceremony.
Updated information on classes 
Many of our catechists, directors and coordinators have asked for clarification on catechist formation classes, Levels 1 and 2. Sr. Nancy Elizabeth Doran, SSC, writes to explain Be sure to save
Dutchess/Ulster Regional Office
Regional Director has a new address
The Dutchess/Ulster Catechetical Office has moved to new headquarters at the Parish of Regina Coeli in Hyde Park. The Catechetical Office is grateful to the pastor, Rev. Michael Morris, for his warm welcome and for providing the regional director, Mrs. Linda Fitzsimmons, and her assistant, Elizabeth Pascoe, with safe, clean new facilities.  Mrs. Fitzsimmons' contact information is:
Dutchess/Ulster Regional Office
2 Harvey Street
Hyde Park, NY  
TEL (845) 444.9100
FAX (845) 204-7388

By Jim Connell, Webmaster
An "app" is short for application.  An application is a synonym for a software program.  Typically it refers to software used on a Smartphone or mobile device such as the Android, iPhone, BlackBerry or iPad, as in "mobile app" or "iphone app."  Why are apps important?  Because the way that people access content on the Internet has changed.  People use their smartphones to access the Internet more than they use their desktop or laptop computers.  In addition, 77% of adults have smartphones and that number is growing (by the way, the percentage of Smartphone use is greater among youth and young adults).  The average American accesses apps and mobile sites about 150 times a day.
In response to this changing landscape, the Catechetical Office has developed an app called Catechetical.  Catechetical supports the ministry of the catechetical leaders of the parish religious education programs and RCIA in the Archdiocese of New York. By using this app, you can connect to resources, training opportunities, reflections and receive updates and notifications of breaking news. There is also an area for catechists. The app is free.  To download it, go to  We believe you will find it handy and useful! 
G uest columnist 
The Best Antidote to Violence
By Sr. Patricia McCarthy, CND
Columnist, Rhode Island Catholic
The day after the Las Vegas shooting a first grader came to school with a few pages, carefully printed in the best first grade script she could manage. On the first page she had written, "Guns are not toys. I do not play with toy guns." And she had her picture attached to it. On the second page was written "Kids don't let kids play with guns." The third page was a request for a toy gun turn in at her school. More 

New York Catholic Bible School
 The New York Catholic Bible School, which is part of the Catechist Formation program, provides Levels 3 and 4 Catechist Certification.
  If you are a catechist who has completed Levels 1 and 2 OR you are a director or coordinator of religious education and have completed the Catechetical Leadership Program, you are eligible for a significant discount. Your tuition will be $50 per trimester, three trimesters a year. There is no registration fee.
   Note that the Bible School welcomes all adults, not just those in the catechetical ministry. For these persons, there is an annual registration fee of $35; tuition is $150 per trimester.
  New Manhattan Class starts January Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Class now forming for January in Orange County. 
   ...Visit the Bible School website for more on this program and then complete either an  "I'm Interested" or "I'm Ready to Apply" form on line. Be sure to indicate the locale in which you are interested. If you have any questions, contact Maureen McKew, the director.