June 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!
Sacrament of Confirmation at the Cathedral
The registration deadline has passed, but everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate these liturgies at the Cathedral:
  • Saturday, June 8; 6:30pm
  • Sunday, June 9; Noon and 5pm
Please contact Arvilla Rusnak at the Office of Divine Worship (arsusnak@gbdioc.org) for more information.
New ACRE Logo
Your Turn to Assess ACRE!
The Office of Families and Schools is gathering feedback from your experience of using the ACRE assessment over the past few years. Whether you've administered the assessment to your RE students or not, please send us your thoughts as we consider future use of ACRE.

Our survey is short; completing it should only take about 5 minutes or so, depending on how much you want to say about it.

Deadline to respond: June 15! Thank you!
Sophia Institute Coming in June!
"Theology of the Body"
Tuesday, June 11 9am-2pm
Diocesan Campus, Green Bay
"Let us make man in our image.." What does it mean to be made in the Image and Likeness of God? What does it mean to be created Male and Female?
[Please see May 15 e-mail for course description and details.]

This session is open to teachers and catechists/youth ministers of all ages. All middle and high school teachers/catechists/youth ministers should have a basic understanding of Theology of the Body. 

PLEASE NOTE : Sophia Institute will also be presenting Theology of the Body at the October 3rd at the Green Bay Distillery, part of the Hebrews 10:25 Professional Development series. So, come to one, or come to both! 
Reading Recommendation from Bishop Ricken
Catholic parish Do's and Don’ts from millennial's
Author Tom Hoopes asks a group of millenials in his circle what attracts them -- and/or repels them-- from parish life. He then comes up with a list of Do's and Don'ts for parishes. Read the entire article at Aleteia.org.
July 11-14, 2019
Sunnyview Fairgrounds; Oshkosh
Lifest is offering a special Buy One Ticket - Get One Ticket Free for students in the Diocese.  Offer ends June 14th!

Go to:  www.lifest.com  and click on “BUY TICKETS”. Enter BOGO19 in the promotional code box and follow the instructions from there. 

Please pass this information on to any interested co-workers, families.

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
What Your Peers Are Saying about Catholic Evangelization Studies (CES)
Here's one . . .

"Our parish team attends the seminars together which has helped us become a stronger spiritual community."
-----Nadine Duncan, Director of Liturgy St. Bernard Parish – Appleton

Starting in 2019, priests and pastoral leaders from the Diocese of Green Bay are welcome to attend free of charge! Please encourage them to attend with your parish staff so you can grow as a team.
Summer FCC/Ongoing Opportunities
BIBLE is the only FCC component that is not offered as an online option, but there'll be two opportunities this summer to complete it in person:
  • Monday-Friday, June 17-21; 9am-11am
  • Monday-Friday, July 8-12; 9am-11am

The classes will be held on the Diocesan Campus in Green Bay and are based on the Great Adventure: A Journey Through the Bible by Jeff Cavins.
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY is based on Christopher West's commentary on Pope St. John Paul's writings, revolutionary teachings and reflections on the human body:

  • Monday-Friday, June 10-June 14; 10:30am-12:30pm
This class will also be held on the Diocesan Campus in 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.
Love Begins Here. . . and Soon!
First Mission Starts June 9th

Please join us in prayer:

Loving and gracious God, you called forth Mother Teresa from humble means to be a strong witness to the transforming power of your Son, Jesus.

Help us to be like her, Lord, to dedicate our lives to caring for the poor and suffering, to listen to your eternal Word, to be the face of Christ for everyone we meet.

Grant that, through her intercession, we might shine the light of your love in our daily lives so that all people, may come to know, love and serve you. AMEN!
Read more about our
Steubenville Youth Conferences--
One Trip Is Filled; Seats Available on the Other!
Steubenville Extended Trip Core Team

Back Row, L-R:Tristan Moses, Nick Huza, Mason Delsert, Jordan Clancy
Second Row L-R: Kaitlyn Grzelak, Carlie Hendricks, Ashely Prokash, Leah Nockerts, Katya Konopacki
Front L-R: Carolyn LeFeber, Ashley LaVoy, Sarah Oestricher, Maria Aragon, Gyzelle Rios

A super team leading a great trip!!
MINI TRIP : Full: Payments Due Now, Please!


EXTENDED : Seats Available; Looking to Fill Them by June 15!

​Dates: July 17-23, 2019

Includes visits to:
  • Holy Hill
  • Mundelein Seminary
  • University of Notre Dame & Basilica
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park 
Cost: $570/student    ​$470/Chaperone

New This Year at Camp Tek: Family Camp!
Registration for our first annual family camp will consist of a fee of $50/person. This fee will include all food and activities for the weekend in addition to a family camp t-shirt.

Don't hesitate to let us know what questions you have about pricing and activities included in the weekend!
Friday, June 28th - Monday, July 1st, 2019

Check-In for our first annual family camp will begin on the evening of Friday, June 28th before all family camp activities begin on Saturday morning. The fun will run through Monday, July 1st, all led by our Camp Tekakwitha staff!

Housing will be accommodating for families, and meals will be provided along with a unique family camp t-shirt! You won't want to miss the faith-filled, camp fun of our first annual family camp!
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.
Does your program employ anyone under 18 years of age?
Still need a criminal background check.

The Office of Safe Environment published a letter recently in the electronic Parish Pages about a new process to allow for the background check of under-18 employees. The instructions can be found on the Diocesan Website under the tab " Protecting Our Children": Safe Environment Forms & Manual Section 4 .
Augustine Institute offers an audio drama for family listening, "The Legends of Robin Hood." It's the Catholic side of the story of this hero, outlaw, champion. Listen to first episode for free.

ODB Films' Video Catechism, offered by St. Joseph Communications, is a four-volume collection that coincides with the four sections of the Catechism. At 3 to 8 minutes in length, VCAT films could be used in any setting as stand-alone content or as the complement to a theme night, a speaker, or a lesson plan. Learn more.

Dynamic Catholic has audio books for your summer commute or family vacation car ride. Titles include one FREE audio book, "A Graduate's Guide to Life" by Frank J. Hanna. See all titles offered.

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.

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

Ascension has published a new book by Sonja Corbitt, " How to Pray Like Mary", which outlines a 4-step program for getting habitual sin under control.

The Norbertine Center for Spirituality's Summer/Fall 2019 schedule of classes, retreats and other events is available on its website.

June 4: 1st Session of Integrating Science & Christianity (Ongoing Formation) at St. Agnes Parish, Green Bay.*

June 4: Familes & Schools Staff training at Camp Tek; office closes at 10:30am.

June 8: Confirmation Mass at the Cathedral

June 9: Pentecost Sunday! Confirmation Mass at the Cathedral

June 10: 1st Session of THEOLOGY OF THE BODY (Ongoing Formation) on Diocesan Campus, Green Bay*

June 11: Sophia Institute one-day Theology of the Body presentation (see above)

June 17: 1st Session of BIBLE (FCC) on Diocesan Campus, Green Bay*

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 3, 2019 (Hebrews 10:25 featuring Sophia Institute) at the Green Bay Distillery.

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
"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Apostle Peter, at Pentecost, according to
Acts of the Apostles 2:38  
Online FCC (Foundational Catechetical Certification)
Component Registration Links

Looking for BIBLE ? Take it 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.

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