February 2019
Annual RE Report 2018:
We haven't heard from everyone yet . . .
February 7th at the Distillery!
Registration Closes Monday
Brace yourself against the cold temps and short daylight hours of winter, by joining your peers in ministry for a cup of hot coffee/tea, warm fellowship, encouragement, prayer and learning (not to mention hot pizza buffet!).
Focus of the day:
How Your Ministry Fits into the Diocese' Big Picture of Missionary Discipleship
Morning Presentation; Afternoon Round Tables!
Preparing for ACRE in March . . .
Helping Catholic schools and parishes assess how well their religious education programs are forming committed Christian disciples. The NCEA IFG: ACRE edition is based on the Catholic Church’s expectations for an organic, systematic, and comprehensive education in Christian discipleship. Currently, it is the only tool that provides national scores for comparison and processes for tracking religious education program data over time.

What hasn't changed: Bishop Ricken's directive that all Catholic schools and parish Religious Education programs administer the ACRE assessment annually during the month of March.

What has changed: Mostly answer sheets.

Read a summary of what's changed and what hasn't.
Go directly to the NCEA site and read all about it!
New ACRE Logo
Ash Wednesday: March 6th
Here Comes Lent!
We can encounter the needs of the world through prayer, a commitment to fast, and a readiness to give alms. To serve as a guide for reflection, please check out both CRS Rice Bowl resources and share them with your families, catechists and students.

Click the link for a letter addressed to families, catechists and students about the CRS Rice Bowl for Lent. For more information, and resources such as daily reflections, prayer intentions, posters, simple meatless recipes, Lenten calendars, Stations of the Cross and digital retreats, visit www.crsricebowl.org. Materials are available in both English and Spanish.
Questions? Contact Cindy St. Aubin, Diocesan World Mission Director at 920-272-8192 or cstaubin@gbdioc.org
Using the Compass to Your Advantage (These are Free!)
  1. Complimentary listing of your parish events. Contact jkurowski@gbdioc.org
  2. 25 copies of the Compass for your classrooms.
  3. Free monthly bulletin inserts: Visit
  4. Parish Snapshots of your program!

Visit www.thecompassnews.org for more information!
Vocation Discernment:
Come & See Weekend

Is God calling you or somebody close to you to priesthood or religious life? A student in your program, perhaps?

If, so, please extend an invitation to spend a weekend of discernment with the men of St. Norbert.

The Come and See weekend of discernment will be February 15-17.  Please contact Fr. Michael Brennan, O. Praem at vocations@norbertines.org or 920-403-3012.
Sacrament of Confirmation at the Cathedral
Bishop Ricken celebrates Diocesan-wide Confirmation liturgies at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, every spring and fall.

These liturgies are for any candidate unable to participate in their parish's Confirmation liturgy or for those who have been prepared as adults through a Diocesan or Parish process and are prepared for the sacrament.

Each liturgy is limited to approximately 60 confirmands (candidates).
2019 Dates:
  • Saturday, June 8; 6:30pm
  • Sunday, June 9; Noon and 5pm
Teens Encounter Christ Weekends
Confirmation Retreat Option
Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) Anchor of Hope is hosting weekend (Friday 9:30am to Sunday 5pm) retreats in Green Bay during Lent, in
October, and over Christmas break.

The weekend includes: Mass, Reconciliation, Adoration, Stations of the Cross, conference time, small group gatherings, games, social times,t-shirt, Bible, separate adult and youth facilities, all food, and Agape meal (Adult guests experience TEC - not work at TEC!) .

Find out how Youth Ministers, High School Religious Education staff, and adult catechists may attend a TEC weekend for FREE ($60 value) . The TEC Committee can assist you in recruiting young people for this event which can be a retreat option for 16 years old students (up to 7 from each parish at each TEC weekend) .
Looking for Catechist Formation in 2019?
Host an FCC Component at Your Parish/School
Four Easy Steps . . .

  1. Choose which class to host (Bible; Creed; Sacraments & Liturgy; Prayer & Spirituality; Morality; Methods)
  2. Secure an instructor (list of possibilities available at gbdioc.org/fcctrainers)
  3. Set calendar and invite people (catechists, teachers, parish members)
  4. Contact Education Department for assistance with preparations.

It's Freezing in WI; Let's Talk about AZ!
The 2019 Religious Care Foundation Scholarship Application is now available (link below). It's for the Catholic Youth Ministry Conference (CYMC) in Scottsdale, AZ from June 9-12, 2019.

Qualifications are:
  • Youth Minister, Priest or Core who has not attended CYMC before
  • In the Diocese of La Crosse or Green Bay
  • Max of 3 people/parish
Love Begins Here 2019
This is the Diocese of Green Bay's third year to host our own local mission experience for middle- and high-schoolers based right in our own communities, Love Begins Here (LBH).

Check out the dates and locations for the summer 2019 season and start thinking of the possibilities!

Ascension Presents is a series of videos from Catholic priests, nuns and lay evangelists covering topics like "Why Be Catholic?", "Transgenderism", "Why God Allows Suffering" "Can I Get a Tatoo?" and more.

Word on Fire offers Bishop Robert Barren's Lenten Gospel Reflections booklet, available at no cost other than shipping/handling.

Joe Paprocki's Catechists Journey offers several Lenten-related articles (ex. "Developing Students' Prayerful Habits during Lent")

The Augustine Institute introduces The Adventures of Nick & Sam — first-reader books (ages 7+) that teach about the Faith through story and true-to-life adventures.

St. Joseph Communications offers Made New: Healing & Hope for Abuse Survivors by Crystalina Evert.

The USCCB offers a myriad of Lenten resources, booklets, pamphlets, etc.

Feb 2: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Feb 7: Hebrews 10:25 at the Distillery (Registration will be sent separately.)

Feb 15-17: Weekend of Discernment at St. Norbert Abbey. See article above.

Feb 22: Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle

Feb 28: Holy Hour for Vocations, 7pm, St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere

Mar 1-31: ACRE Assessment (see above)

Mar 6: Ash Wednesday

*Complete information,, about the Diocesan Catechetical Certification process (FCC and Ongoing Formation), including schedules, can be found at www.gbdioc.org/fcc
Online FCC (Foundational Catechetical Certification)
Component Registration Links

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.

Department of Education | Diocese of Green Bay | 920.272.8309 | education@gbdioc.org