Families & Schools of Discipleship

Office of Children & Youth Faith Formation

February 2020
Religious Education/Youth Ministry 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.

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Notices, Updates, Events
Generally useful information.
Hebrews 10:25 February 6 (or 13th, if weather's bad)
Registration Closes Today (2-3-20)!

February 6, 2020
Snow Date if Needed:
February 13, 2020
Green Bay Distillery (Ashwaubenon)
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.

Our theme for the day is "The Next Phase: Disciples on Mission”. Bishop Ricken will be one of our keynote speakers and will share with you the transition from disciples on the way to disciples on mission and will give the general overview of the goal to raise up 1000 Missionary Leaders and 25,000 Missionary Disciples and 30 seminarians by 2025.
Novena for Families
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help offers a Novena to Our Lady of Good Help: Queen of Families February 1-9. To receive the prayers via e-mail, use the link below.
It's Almost March, and You Know What That Means . . . ACRE!
All parishes and Diocesan schools are required to administer the ACRE assessment to students in 5th, 8th and 11/12th grades in the month of March. NCEA is working with partner Catholic Faith Technologies in administering IFG:ACRE. Helpful Links:

Please direct any questions about ordering, receiving materials or results to Catholic Faith Technologies .
We're Headed to Job Fairs . . . Do You Have/Anticipate Any RE/YM Openings?
The Office of Families & Schools will be participating in job fairs at various colleges this winter and spring and would like to be able to share with college students interested in working in our diocese any job openings for DREs, CREs or YMs. If your parish has openings for any of those positions we would like to know so that we can share them with these students and encourage them to apply.
NCCL Membership
Once again this year, the Diocese of Green Bay will purchase a Diocesan-wide membership to the NCCL, meaning individual parishes will not have to have their own membership. Instructions to getting (re)established will follow.
rural life
Send all entries &
inquiries to:
Peter Weiss
Catholic Charities & Living Justice
1825 Riverside Drive
Green Bay, WI 54301
Rural Life Essay & Drawing Contest
For students in Grades 1-8: Create a picture or write an essay (200 words of less) on the topic:

"How does faith impact the work of farmers?"

Include student's name, address, grade and school/parish on back of an 8.5X11 drawing or essay. One entry per person. Deadline to enter February 14th.

Winners receive a Culver's gift card and entries published in the Rural Life issue of the Compass.
There's More . . . Rural Life Scholarship $$
The Rural Life Scholarship is a scholarship worth $500 sponsored by the Rural Life Committee of the Diocese of Green Bay. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial aid for an aspiring student going into the agricultural field. To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must meet certain criteria, and to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must submit both the application and the Pastoral Recommendation Form. The application deadline is March 15.
Looking Ahead to Lent
The Diocesan Office of World Mission Services offers a wealth of Lenten resources, most of them FREE. Check out these websites:

For questions or assistance, please contact Cindy St. Aubin at 920-272-8192.
The Return of Sophia Institute
June 10, 11, 2020
The Sophia Institute has once again secured a grant (which means there'll be no charge to attend!) to have two offerings of faith formation for teachers/catechists in the Diocese of Green Bay. June 10 and 11 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion.  The topics will be:

Register for each course separately (use links above). All teachers/catechists welcome!
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 later this month
Upcoming dates you should know about.
 Dates to Keep in Mind:

Feb (early): Registrations for summer Steubenville trip (St. Louis) open
Feb 5: 1st Session "Mental Health First Aid for Faith Leaders" (see 1/15/20 e-mail)
Feb 6: Hebrews 10:25, Green Bay Distillery
Feb 13: Inclement weather date for Hebrews 10:25
Feb 26: Ash Wednesday
Mar 26: Nuts & Bolts (Final session of 2019-20 series)

**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.
New Resource for Lent (or anytime!): Live Your Faith by Fr. John Girotti
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!
If you plan to show this series to a parish group, Fr. Girotti has graciously offered to come to your group and make either the first or last presentation live and in-person based on his availability. Call Carol at 920-272-8309 to learn 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!
More Resources:

Ascension is offering a bundle of
Lenten resources ( No Greater Love starter pack; The Way of the Cross- Praying w/Jesus; and The Ascension Lenten Companion journal & DVD).

RCL Benziger has a host of FREE, downloadable Lenten resources available.

Augustine Institute is promoting Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know at bulk rate prices for parish use during Lent. Read more . They are also promoting the book The Tears of Christ: Meditations for Lent drawn from the sermons of recently canonized St. John Henry Newman.

Bishop Robert Barron's Lenten Gospel Reflections book for 2020 is now available for FREE (plus shipping/handling).

St. Joseph Communications presents the VCAT (Video Catechism), a series of 60-minute films that tackle relevant questions of faith. Four volumes follow the pillars of the Catechism. See a sample episode. See sample discussion guide . See more.

Sophia Institute hosts a page of liturgical year resources , including Ash Wednesday Mass journal.

Jeff Cavins hosts the "40 Day Challenge" for Lent, called The Activated Disciple. It consists of a book, video, and journal to help participants re-orient their lives toward Jesus. Read more. . .

Another "free" book (you pay shipping/handling): Dynamic Catholic's Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West.

New this month: Ascension's Pocket Guide to Adoration by Fr. Josh Johnson, host of the podcast "Ask Fr. Josh"
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.
Retirement Coming?
The Office of Families & Schools would like to recognize in thanksgiving and prayer anyone retiring from the ministries of Catechetical Leader or Youth Minister in our Diocese. Is there someone in those roles at your parish who will be retiring this spring/summer? Please let us know!

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