March 2019
News and Views for
    Catechetical Leaders  
Published by  
The Catechetical Office 
  Department of Youth Faith Formation 
Archdiocese of New York  
This Month
Special Confirmation
Webmaster's Column
All in Ministry
Guest Columnist

Save the Date 

The Forums
Oct. 5: Bronx
October 26: Monroe 

Of Special Note   


  NYC Public Schools Sex Education Mandate  


Columns & Quick Links

Dear Director/Coordinator,       
It is hard to believe that we are in the third week of Lent.
     This week, Catholics all over the world stepped back a bit from the penitential focus of Lent to celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation. This feast marks the day when the Angel Gabriel appeared to the very young woman Mary, telling her that God was asking her to be the Mother of His Son. MORE 
55 Youth with Disabilities to be confirmed by the Cardinal
St. Patrick's Cathedral - Sunday, April 28

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation upon a group of 55 young persons with disabilities on April 28, 2019, at the 10:15 A.M. Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.  Although it is usually recommended persons with disabilities be integrated into their parish ceremonies, this is a special opportunity for the Archdiocese to recognize in a particular way young people with special needs.
    For all present in the Cathedral, it is a reminder of the unique gift each individual is in the Church community. The Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities (paragraph 6) encourage us to bring all baptized persons to the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is truly a joy for these young people and their families to partake in this celebration.
    The celebration of Confirmation for Youth with Disabilities was established more than 30 years ago by the late John Cardinal O'Connor, archbishop of New York from 1984 to his death in 2000. As a young priest, Cardinal O'Connor had prepared children with Downs Syndrome for First Communion. Children with developmental and physical disabilities remained close to his heart throughout his life.

By Jim Connell, Webmaster
Being efficient when I work is a priority.  I feel it helps me do more in less time.  When I assist people on the computer, I am surprised how often people move their hands between the mouse and keyboard, not realizing it is faster to use the keyboard more and the mouse less.  Why?  Because your hands do not have to leave the keyboard.  This saves time and effort.  Here are some keyboard shortcuts that can help make your life easier:
  • When filling out an online form, or entering a username and password, use the tab key to go from box to box, instead of clicking in each box with the mouse.
  • When scrolling a webpage, use the down or up arrow key to scroll (sometimes the page up and page down keys do the same thing), instead of controlling the scroll bar with the mouse.  This also will work in Word.
  • If you want to copy and paste, select the text and use Ctrl c to copy, Ctrl v to paste.  You can select text without using the mouse by holding down the Shift key and using the left or right arrow key.  (Bonus: Ctrl awill select everything in the document).
  • You can use Ctrl z to Undo your last action (usually called a mistake!); after selecting text, use Ctrl b to bold; use Ctrl u to underline; and Ctrl i to italic.
  • To make the print larger in a web browser Ctrl + will enlargeandCtrl ­­­- (that's the minus or hyphen key)will make it smaller.
Try these out and if you are interested in learning more, consult this article from Microsoft - there are dozens of keyboard shortcuts.  With a little practice, these shortcuts become second nature.  And with all due respect to Disney World, a little less mouse is actually a good thing.
For All in Ministry  

The Forums: Save the dates now.
Yes, yes. The Forums for Catechesis and Youth Ministry appear way off. However, in our ministry time flies at supersonic speed, so please mark your calendars and remind your catechists and pastor to do likewise.

October 5:   Cardinal Spellman High School, Bronx
October 26: Sacred Heart, Monroe

Directors and coordinators of religious education, along with pastors and catechists, can have all the offerings and news of the Catechetical Office on their smartphones and tablets. The Catechetical Office App, "Catechetical," available free at Google Play or the App Store, was created by the Catechetical Office webmaster, Jim Connell.

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Guest Columnist
"Slip Slidin' Away" 
Sr. Patricia McCarthy, CND, columnist for Rhode Island Catholic, writes this month about the diminishing respect for life in the United States.
   She says it reminds her of the 1977 Paul Simon song, "Slip Slidin' Away," a lament about fading love and people just quietly slipping apart.
   Read more of her thoughts here.