January 2019
Did You Submit Your 2018-2019 Annual Report?
Thanks for your cooperation; the report is a very helpful tool for us!
Last call . . . Registration closes tomorrow!
Friday, January 11th at Nativity Parish, Green Bay
This the first of what hopefully will become an annual event in which youth groups in the Diocese of Green Bay will meet, compete and have fun. The more people you invite to attend, the better your chances of winning!

Celebrity judges include Bishop Ricken! People's Choice Award will also be presented, along with prizes (including cash for your Youth Group).
Just Released . . . For Catechetical Leaders, Youth Ministers, Catechists
These talking points were developed in collaboration with Catholic Charities, Communications, Safe Environment and Families & Schools offices and are meant to help you respond to questions from parents or students about the sex abuse scandal.
These talking points are not meant to be used to initiate a dialog, but only as a resource to help answer questions that arise in the context of classes or in conversation with parents or students.

February 7th at the Distillery!
Registration Opens Soon
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 Speakers, Afternoon Round tables
Please pray for our pilgrims:
March for Life: Jan 15-20: Washington, DC
In a nutshell, here are a few things to keep in prayer:
  • Safe travel for 126 students, 35 adults and bus drivers from our Diocese
  • Fruitful works of mercy at the nursing home and food bank during their visit
  • Successful March for Life on Friday, January 18
St. Gianna Molla,
St. Pope Paul VI,
St. Albert the Great
Pray for us!
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
Looking for Catechist Formation?: 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.

Catholic Home Study Service No Longer Available
For many years, t he Missouri Knights of Columbus sponsored Catholic Home Study, which the Diocese of Green Bay used as an Ongoing Formation option (for catechetical certification purposes) . The Knights recently withdrew funding and the site was forced to shut down.​
If interested, you may purchase the books at catholichomeliving.org while they last.
Other On-going Formation opportunities are listed here.
Too Early to Think about Next Summer? (Never!)
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!

Looking for New Years resolutions ideas?

St. Joseph Communications presents "St. Francis of Assisi: Sign of Contradiction", a 74-minute film (on DVD). Released in 2018, it is about the real person with real struggles, temptations and doubts who was St. Francis of Assisi. See the trailer.

The USCCB announces the release of a new pocket-size book, Book of Mary: Prayers in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary ". Designed for daily use.

Need a refresher on the Diocese' Disciples on the Way process? Visit the website, find explanations, resources. Better yet, register to attend February 7th's Hebrews 10:25 event and hear about it in person!


Jan 6: Epiphany

Jan 7, 21: Continuation of Fr. Girotti's presentations "Live Your Faith" at St. John the Baptist, Howard.*

Jan 21: Martin Luther King Holiday; Diocesan Offices closed.

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

*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