Families & Schools of Discipleship

Office of Children & Youth Faith Formation

December 2019 Update

This monthly e-newsletter serves catechetical and youth ministry leaders in the Diocese of Green Bay by furnishing them with updates, events and other resources helpful to them in their ministry of fostering households and communities of discipleship.

Discover Jesus. Follow Jesus. Worship Jesus. Share Jesus with others.
Notices, Updates, Events
Generally useful information.
Thank You!
We've heard from almost everyone!

We’ve heard from most of our parishes now, but if you still haven't had a chance to submit your enrollment numbers (and answer a few questions), please do so NOW, or risk getting a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking!
Newly Released! Gift Idea?
DVD recordings of Fr. John Girotti's recent series "Live Your Faith" builds on his original series ("Know Your Faith") and trace the journey of Christian discipleship as outlined in parts three and four of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Each DVD contains one segment of Father's series of 15 presentations, which was recorded at St. John the Baptist Parish, Howard during the past year. Topics include:

  • How to Become a Saint
  • Virtues; 7 Habits of Holiness
  • And Who Is My Neighbor: Catholic Social Teaching
  • Suffering & Hope in the Christian Life
  • Prayer Changes Things
  • Living Our Faith Today
  • And More!
Cost is $75/set of all 15 DVD's (+ $5 shipping if mailed). Available through the Office of Families & Schools. E-mail: education@gbdioc.org to order, or use printable order form.
Save a Bundle!
Get Both DVD Sets ("Live Your Faith" and "Know Your Faith" for $150. Only while supplies last!

A $200 Value!
GBYC: Please pray for everyone (over 600 youth and chaperones!) who will be attending the Green Bay Youth Conference next Sunday, December 8 at the Shrine!

Last minute questions about the event? E-mail education@gbdioc.org
Kerygma Encounter at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality
December 12, 2019
Registration Closes Wednesday (December 4th)!

This day is for catechetical leaders and youth ministers; welcome! 

February 6, 2020
Green Bay Distillery (Ashwaubenon)
Hebrews 10:25 Save the Date!
We're returning to the ever-popular format of Hebrews 10:25 professional development event on February 6th. That means: brew time (networking/fellowship over coffee), morning presentations; Mass; lunch; afternoon round table topics.

Registration will open in January!
March for Life 2020
Trip Full; Wait List Formed
ALL spots are currently FILLED for the March for Life. Please apply to be on the 2020 trip wait-list. You will be contacted IF a spot becomes available. If you aren't contacted by January 11th, no spots have become available.

Love Begins Here: Summer 2020
Request Your Weeks!
For general information, please visit our website.

For specific questions, please e-mail lterrien@gbdioc.org
The planning for Love Begins Here 2020 is well underway and we are excited for the summer ahead! 

Have you looked over the Love Begins Here calendar and selected two possible weeks for your youth to attend? If you haven't filled out the LBH Week Request Form , please do so today! 

We are hoping that with this new system in place we can better accommodate all interested missionaries and better serve our parish communities.  
Summer Steubenville Trips
Mini (St. Paul MN) and Extended (St. Louis MO)
Mini Trip Details:
  • July 24-26, 2020
  • 110 spots available; first-come, first-serve
  • $300/student or chaperone
  • Registration open NOW

Extended Trip Details:
  • July 15-21, 2020
  • 100 spots available; first-come, first-serve
  • $570/student; $450/chaperone
  • Registration opens in February
Upcoming dates you should know about.
 Dates to Keep in Mind:

Dec 1: Registrations for summer Mini-Steubenville open (see article)
Dec 6: Camp Tek summer registration opens Very Early Bird Discount available (10%)
Dec 8: GBYC at the Shrine
Dec 12: Kerygma Encounter at St. Norbert Spirituality Center (see above)
Dec. 21-Jan 1: Diocesan Offices Closed
Dec. 31: Very Early Bird Discount ends at Camp Tek
Jan 10-12th: Winter Camp at Camp Tek
Jan 21-26: March For Life Pilgrimage, Washington DC
Feb (early): Registrations for summer Steubenville trip (St. Louis) open
Feb 6: Hebrews 10:25, Green Bay Distillery
Feb 13: Inclement weather date for Hebrews 10:25

**FCC and Ongoing Formation schedules are available through www.gbdioc.org/fcc Please contact hosting parish/school to register for a class or get more information about location, parking, etc.
Catechetical Certification
Discover Jesus: One course per year for steady growth!
Want to Offer a Live FCC Course?
Here's How . . .
Online courses follow the same lesson plan as classroom sessions and may be used to take the entire course or specific sessions as make-ups. Participants are responsible for submitting completion form.
Studies, media, and materials to help you do what you do.
The Augustine Institute has launched the Catholic Store , a one-stop shop for all things Catholic (gifts, books, etc).

Ascension is taking pre-orders for its new study series "Jesus: The Way, The Truth and The Life" by Edward Sri, Marcellino D'Ambrosio & Jeff Cavins.

Word on Fire has produced its first episode of its "Evangelization & Culture Show", available on YouTube , Apple Podcast; Stitcher; Google Play. It's a bi-weekly series.

Advent is Here . . . Enjoy these resources:

Augustine Institute (via FORMED) has a daily Advent reflection to send you. Sign up HERE. Kids' reflections also available.

Loyola Press has a host of Advent resources including a "Thank You for Telling Me about Jesus" card-making project for children, recommended to us by one of our new catechetical leaders.

Ascension offers "Rejoice! Advent Meditations with Joseph" In addition to the journal experience, there are free online videos also available.

Word on Fire presents "Advent Gospel Reflections" booklet with the daily readings plus a reflection from Bishop Robert Barron. Includes reflection questions and journal pages. Discounted bulk purchase.

The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has an index of Advent resources for students, for families and for anyone.
More Advent Resources . . .

The Missionary Childhood Association offers many Advent resources designed for beyond the classroom. Includes activities, prayers and saint/witness stories.

Busted Halo has a " Advent in 2 Minutes " video on YouTube. Suitable for anyone who can read!

CatholicMom.org has a list of Advent resources for children and families.

Loyola Press' Joe Paprocki has an Advent resource page, on its Catehchists' Journey website, that includes articles, blogs and more.

RCL Benziger also offers a slate of free, Advent Resources .

And Beyond Advent:

RCL Benziger offers these free downloadable, printable Christmas Season activities, prayers and more.
Share Your Wisdom!
Have a resource that you've found helpful in training staff or engaging students? Watched a video that deepened your faith and led you closer to Jesus?

Email us at education@gbdioc.org with articles, videos, books, & more.
May your Advent traditions and devotions lead you, your staff and your students to a joyous and blessed Christmas Season!

Families & Schools of Discipleship | Diocese of Green Bay
920.272.8309 | education@gbdioc.org