July 2019
Please let us know of any personnel changes in your Religious Education/Youth Ministry office this summer so we can stay in touch!
Email: cfountain@gbdioc.org with name, ministry title of BOTH
incoming AND outgoing folks!
Thanks to all who have responded!
Live & In-Person
Today, July 1, last day to register!
MORALITY is a five-session course based on the third part (pillar) of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults : Christian Morality, the Faith Lived. Foundations of the Christian moral life will be explored and discussed. Monday-Friday, July 8-12th (10:30am-12:30pm)

It is recommended that CREED and SACRAMENT & LITURGY courses be completed prior to enrolling for MORALITY.

This course will be led by Kristin Bird, on the Diocesan Campus, Green Bay.
BIBLE is the only FCC component that is not offered as an online option, based on the Great Adventure: A Journey Through the Bible by Jeff Cavins. Monday-Friday, July 8-12; 9am-11am

This course will be led by Cassandra Kowaleski, on the Diocesan Campus, Green Bay.

There is no charge to register for these classes thanks in part to funding by the Annual Bishop's Appeal (thanks for your support). Registration closes one week before the first session of each class. Classes are subject to cancellation if the minimum enrollment is not met.
Professional Development Course for New Catechetical Leaders: Nuts & Bolts
First session August 1st
All new (to your parish, to the Diocese, to the ministry) catechetical leaders (RE/YM) are invited to attend this first-of-four sessions in this professional development event.

This one includes lunch!

Meet your fellow peers in ministry, pray together, and learn how your ministry ties into the Diocesan mission of discovering, following, worshiping and sharing Jesus. Other topics include: RE Handbooks; Catechetical Certification; Safe Environment; Recruiting Volunteers and Home Schooling Guidelines.

There is no charge to attend (thanks to the funding by the annual Bishop's Appeal), but registration is required, please.

Other dates for Nuts & Bolts (attend one or all): Thursday's; September 12; November 21; and March 26, 2019. 9-11:15am.

Upcoming Dates of CES:

  • July 29-31, 2019: Phase I Discover Jesus. Foundations of the encounter with Christ, focusing on the kerygma and the person of Jesus Christ. Fee: $175

  • August 5-7, 2019: For those who have taken CES I, this course focuses on healing, accompaniment and formation within the discipleship process. Fee: $175
Still Time to Register for Catholic Evangelization Studies (CES)
Join the 30+ people who have already registered!

Course Location: Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Manitowoc

Registration (and $50 deposit) deadline for Phase I (July 29-31) is July 12.
Love Begins Here. . . One More Session
Sacred Heart in Shawano Is the Last Stop This Summer!

Here's where we've been:
  • St. Gabriel Parish; Neenah
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Manitowoc
  • St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Waupaca
  • St. Joseph Parish, Green Bay

Many thanks to our hosts, our mission leads and our Core Team, and everyone who's kept LBH in prayer!

Thinking of being host parish next summer? Let us know at education@gbdioc.org
LBH Missionaries serving in Manitowoc in June
Steubenville Extended Trip Core Team
Steubenville Trips
Ready, Set, Go!
[All payments due now!]
Please pray for the safety and fruitfulness of our two trips to Steubenville sites in July:
  • Extended trip to Steubenville, OH: July 17-23
  • Mini-trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul: July 26-28

Patron saints for these trips:
  • St. John of the Cross
  • St. Joan of Arc

St. John and St. Joan, pray for us!
Dr. Scott Hahn is a popular speaker, teacher and best-selling author. He is the founder of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
Dr. Scott Hahn at the Shrine August 14, 15
Several Opportunities to Attend
Scott Hahn will be at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help on August 14 & 15, for the Feast of the Assumption and give powerful presentations on The Holy Family, Our Lady and St. Joseph.

Make a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in honor of the Assumption. Come on the evening of Wednesday, August 14, or the morning & afternoon of August 15—or all three!

Registration is separate and required for all talks.

Wednesday Evening $20
Thursday Morning Free
Thursday Afternoon Free
Catechetical Sunday 2019
Sunday, September 15th
The USCCB has a variety of materials for sale (and some for free) to help celebrate Catechetical Sunday.
Prayer for Catechists, Prayer for Family Commitment, Catechist's Prayer, Certificates, etc.
Safe Environment:
New Victim Assistance Coordinator

Courtney Coopman joined the Office of Canonical Services last month to assist Bishop Ricken in implementing the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Courtney will respond promptly and coordinate the assistance and immediate pastoral care of any person who claims to have been sexually abused as a minor by cleric, church employee or volunteer. Through a trauma informed lens, she will assess victim needs and coordinate needed services.

Courtney can be reached at 920-272-8174 or ccoopmans@gbdioc.org
Courtney Coopman
Victim Assistance Coordinator
If you or any of your colleagues have any questions about anything pertaining to this topic feel free to reach out to Courtney, who would be happy to help. 
Catholic Faith Technologies has a course of study about Coaching Coaches, a unique blend of Christianity, coaching strategies, and engagement.

Catholic Faith Technologies also offers "Faith & Life Online", resources to supplement the Ignatius Press curriculum. Includes such things (all trackable) as Interactive Games; Learning w/Sacred Art, Home Study Option and Make-up Assignments. See a short demonstration.

Dynamic Catholic has published a children's book by Matthew Kelly, Why Am I Here? which helps form good decision-making skills. Price recently reduced and free shipping.

"Confession is a Place of Victory" is an 8-minute video featuring Fr. Mike Schmitz, produced by Ascension as part of its new system for evangelization, The 99. The video gives the viewer the sacrament of Reconciliation from the priest's perspective.

Bishop Robert Barron has established a new website and authored a short book ( Letter to a Suffering Church) that places the sexual abuse scandal within a theological, historical and scriptural context and suggests a path forward.

Word on Fire has a new course, "Seven Myths about the Catholic Church" in which Dr. Christopher Kaczor addresses issues like same sex marriage, clergy abuse scandals, contraception. See an interview with Dr. Kaczor about the course.

Pope Francis's new book is Rebuking the Devil which is available from the USCCB. It is written for youth, parents, educators, etc. In it the pope tells the story of the devil’s history, character, and works, and his suggestions about what you can do to see victory over the devil. 176 pgs; $12.95

The Norbertine Center for Spirituality's Summer/Fall 2019 schedule of classes, retreats and other events is available on its website.
July 4: Independence Day! Diocesan Offices CLOSED until Monday, July 8th.

July 8: 1st Session of BIBLE* at the Diocesan Campus (see article above)

July 8: 1st Session of MORALITY* at the Diocesan Campus (see article above)

Aug 1: 1st session of Nuts & Bolts for New Catechetical Leaders (see article above)


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 3, 2019; 8:30am-2:30pm (Hebrews 10:25 featuring Sophia Institute) at the Green Bay Distillery. Presentation: In His Image. No charge, but registration required. Click icon below for more info and online registration.
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, December 8, 2019 (Green Bay Youth Conference --GBYC-- at the Shrine of Our lady of Good Help 9am-6pm).
*Complete information,, about the Diocesan Catechetical Certification process (FCC and Ongoing Formation), including schedules, can be found at www.gbdioc.org/fcc
Summer Reading

"Ordinary Time is about moderation - walking with Our Lord Jesus Christ as we live our daily lives. There is, in fact, nothing ordinary about it. It is, rather a season in which our Faith should grow!

Fr. John Girotti in his book "A Shepherd Tends His Flock" available for sale at the Office of Families & Schools (e-mail education@gbdioc.org to order)  
Online FCC (Foundational Catechetical Certification)
Component Registration Links

Looking for BIBLE ? Or MORALITY ?
Take them in person this summer (see article above). All are Welcome!

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.

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